Testimonials for Casa la Famiglia
Please read what our guests are saying about Casa la Famiglia and visit back often as we continue to update our webpage.
"We fell in love the moment we walked through the doors. The most peaceful, beautiful sight I have ever seen—and that was only the view. The infinity pool, when photographed, gives the illusion that you are floating in the Caribbean Sea. The Villa is spectacular and has everything you will need to experience a carefree vacation. The kitchen is fully equipped along with every spice you could possibly need for a home cooked meal via the gourmet stove or the top of the line outdoor BBQ grill. Christine and Mark’s staff is top notch. Mr. Piper was waiting for us at the agreed upon time to drive us to the Villa. On the way to the Villa, he stopped to point out important locations on the island (preferred grocery store, gas station, quieter beach, construction site of second Villa). Upon arrival, he brought us into the great room where there were party favors, balloons, a banner, and a birthday card! I completely forgot that I had told Christine that this was the reason for the trip! I was very moved that she went the extra mile to make us feel special and welcomed!! Mr. Piper was always available for any questions, suggestions for must see beaches and/or restaurants, or any other needs that our group had. We had prearranged with Crystal, Christy’s of St. John, for breakfast, lunch, and beverage provisioning—which I highly recommend. She had purchased all of the items on our list and put them away. Within minutes of our arrival, we changed into our suits, grabbed a favorite beverage, and took in the view while floating in the infinity pool!! This was our first trip to lovely St. John and it was everything and more that we had hoped it would be. I now understand why everyone that I had ever talked to that visited this beautiful place had guaranteed me that I would fall in love and have to come back. We are planning on a return visit in 2019 and will definitely rent from Christine!!
Tracy, MN (submitted 05/2017)
- Tracy, MN (submitted 05/2017)
"We took our family to St. John to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We had been to the island 2 times before and we stayed in villas both times. Casa La Famiglia was by far our favorite villa to stay in. From the very first time I spoke with Christine on the phone to the end of our stay she was there if we needed her. The villa is fabulous, from the views to the accommodations. We were there with our two daughters, son-in-law, and our two grandchildren ages 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 and the villa worked our great. The main house has a master with an additional bedroom in the same wing and that is where the boys slept. It was perfect, the parents had privacy but they were still right there for the children. Christine even had bedrails for the two twin beds. When Christine says that you do not need much to bring much, believe her. Next time we are taking her advice and only bringing a carry-on. We did bring a lot of snacks from home and that worked out great. Food on St. John is really expensive. Thank you Mark and Christine for sharing your home with us. We are hoping to be back in 2020."
- Jan, CO (submitted 05/2017)
"The three priorities to real estate: location, location, location. Case la Famiglia has it all and more. A master artist couldn't paint a more perfect setting. This was our fourth visit to St John and this villa was a significant element of our best experience. We had a hard time deciding between visiting the world-class beaches or just staying at the villa to enjoy what it has to offer. I now have the owners in my speed dial. You won't find a better host on the island than Christine."
- The Owens Family, Idaho (submitted 04/2017)
"This home is nothing short of AMAZING! I can't imagine a better view anywhere on the island. The layout of the home was perfect for our group of 4 couples. Beautiful decor, everything you need and more (beach towels, beach bags, coolers, snorkeling equip, etc.). A great location with just a short drive to town. Christine is so helpful and thorough and always quick to answer any questions. We look forward to staying at this beautiful home again some day!"
- The Irwin Family, West Virginia (submitted 01/2017)
"We have visited St John many times, staying in other Villas ... Casa La Famiglia is by far the most beautiful
In every aspect!!! The setting, views to die for... the attention to detail inside this Lovely Mediterranean Home!!! They built this home with such quality
And we felt as though we were at a Five Star resort !!! The Four King Suites make it perfect for 4 couples or a family!! Though there are numerous great restaurants in Cruz Bay, two nights during our week stay we cooked in the amazing kitchen and simply enjoyed the ambience of this fab home!!! We will return for sure!!! Thank you Christine for your attentive nature
And for sharing your home!!"
- The Hall Family, Michigan (submitted 12/2016)
"Exceptional villa in perfect location
This villa was everything we expected and more! Upon our arrival, every possible detail was taken care of. From the moment we arrived, we were met at the ferry, transported to our villa, jeeps were delivered, dinner was served, groceries delivered and put away, making for a most delightful first evening. The villa was breathtaking! From arrival, the view from opening the front door will make you stop in your tracks just to take it in. But, it doesn't stop there, the living room/dining room is luxuriously comfortable and has every amenity you can think of. We watched the football game and were able to stream our music playlists throughout the villa. The bedrooms were spa like luxurious and the outdoor showers delightful! We spent most of our time outdoors on the terrace, in the pool and the hot tub enjoying the view, morning, noon and night....enjoying the super moon that showed itself in all it's glory! The location is perfect! We were close enough to Cruz Bay and the Northshore beaches where we spent most of our time enjoying the beaches and snorkeling. The private access to the beach and kayaks was such a nice surprise and an added bonus. This is truly a magnificent property in one of the best locations in St. John. From the architecture, furnishings, location and view, this property lived up and surpassed every expectation we had. We not only felt spoiled, but were so comfortable, we felt like we were home! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us on this beautiful island! We hope to be back soon!"
- The Guidry Family, Louisianna (submitted 12/2016)
"Having dreamed of this vacation at Casa La Famiglia for two years it did not disappoint! Our family had an exquisite Thanksgiving at your beautiful St. John home. Casa La Famiglia was everything we had hoped for and so much more. Not only did you provide everything we could possibly need from the kitchen amenities, to the bathroom soaps, the numerous pool and ocean toys, but everything smelled so good! Our time at your home was truly enchanting. We spent the days exploring the island, and the evenings cooking in Casa La Famiglia's exceptional kitchen. We can't wait to return to Paradise!
Thank you Mark and Christine for allowing us to share your lovely home.
- The Dunkin Family, Missouri (submitted 12/2016)
"What an amazing place! The layout of the villa was perfect, and the view spectacular. Christine and the island help were very accomodating and responsive. We had such a great time we decided to book it again! Our families took away some great memories."
- The Lanigan Family, Pennsylvania (submitted 11/2016)
"This amazing villa was the key component to a perfect vacation. The villa lived up to and surpassed every expectation we had. Every decorative detail, luxurious furnishing and visual delight made us feel spoiled and yet, wonderfully,comfortably at home all at once. When you combine this gorgeous, well-appointed home with its magnificent view on the idyllic St John island, it is truly paradise!"
- Laughlin Family, North Carolina (submitted 11/2016)
"Our stay at Casa La Famiglia was fabulous!! The design of the villa is first class with beautiful outdoor areas and top-of-the-line interiors. Family favorites include a gorgeous view of Klein Bay, the infinity pool and hot tub, the lovely and spacious living/dining area, and large bedrooms with complete privacy with both indoor and outdoor showers.
All the amenities vacationers could possibly want are at this villa! Snorkeling equipment, Kayaks, life jackets, beach bags, and games for both adults and children are available for guests.
This was our first trip to Saint John, so our family truly appreciated all the information provided by the owner. The owner extended a long distance hospitality that truly welcomes all guests. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa La Famiglia; it created memories that will last a life time."
- Spray Family, North Carolina (submitted 09/2016)
"What a wonderful vacation we just had at this most impressive villa. From the moment you open the door and see that view, it just takes your breath away! The pictures that are on the web site are not enhanced in any way, it is just that amazing in person; the views in every room and unbelievable. The owners, Christine and Mark, really thought of EVERYTHING when they furnished this most spectacular high end home; from the dining table that seats 10 comfortably, to the William Sanoma dinnerware to one of the things that I appreciated so much, the abundance of silverware. You can feel the luxury in all of the furnishings both inside and out! Every kitchen tool you can think of for cooking at home, and lets not forget the frozen drink machine! The beds were super comfy and dressed in classic bedding that was beautiful. They have this closet in the driveway that is more like an outdoor shop! Every snorkel item you may need in a variety of sizes are there for you to use, not to mention sand toys, beach chairs, noodles, life jackets.... Unbelievable!! Another plus for renting this villa was the mid week house cleaner, not just someone to change over the linens, this was a full villa cleaning mid week!! Our favorite place to hang out was definitely out at the pool/hot tub area every night, and we would all say it doesn't get any better than this. This house is expensive to rent, however you get what you pay for; rental cars delivered to the house, a pick up at the dock ready when you arrive, a welcome dinner just to name a few of the extras. They certainly had every item we needed for our party of 10 included ages 18 months, 4 years, 16 years, 20, and some in their 30 & 40's. The staff that Christine has working for her were all wonderful, pleasant and courteous from Piper to the landscaper's, to the house cleaner, all very professional and helpful. We will definitely be back and highly recommend this villa to everyone! This was our third trip to St. John and definitely our favorite place to stay."
- Patty Francis and Family, Massachusetts (submitted 07/2016)
"This is by far the nicest home my family and I have ever had the good fortune to rent. Everything has been well thought out and no expense has been spared. The home is beyond beautiful. It may be hard to believe, but the photos don’t even do this place justice.There are incredible views from every room. Everything you could possibly need from beach bags to a french press is available.The kitchen truly has everything you could ever need. We really appreciated the dinner,drinks and appetizers that were there for our first night. Christine was helpful every step of the way from booking to check out. She was a gracious host and it is evident that she makes her guests a priority. The midweek housekeeping was nice. We took advantage of the great beach chairs, snorkel gear in all sizes, water toys and the kayaks. The 2 private beaches are rocky so be sure to have good water shoes. The furniture inside and out is all of the highest quality. The beds were very comfortable and we enjoyed the white noise machines. the SONOS sound system was great. We also appreciated the book in the house with excursion and restaurant suggestions. The island lost power for a day but thanks to our private generator we were not even aware of it. I cannot imagine a nicer place to spend our time in St John."
- Joseph Stolcz and Family, Ohio (submitted 06/2016)
"Have stayed at many places on St. John. Casa la Famiglia is amazing! It just has that special touch. From the moment we arrived, We felt welcomed! Piper is the best! He made sure our every need was met. The complementary lasagna dinner waiting for us when we arrived was Great. You can tell the owners care about their guests . The Villa was amazing - very clean and comfortable! We had a blast! The bay was perfect for snorkeling, saw a lot of fish, even a nurse shark and a sting ray. Ted's Supper Club catered our dinner one night. This is a definite must! Christine was so great to work with! She was so personable on the phone. We felt like we knew her. We would urge anyone looking for a villa on St. John to try Casa la Famiglia. You won't be disappointed! Trust me. Thank you Christine for the hospitality! Looking forward to staying again."
- Jeff and Cindy Bastardi, Tennessee (submitted 06/2016)
"Our family all agrees that in our five years of annual trips to St. John, we have never enjoyed a villa and pool/hot tub as much as Casa La Famiglia. The southwestern sunsets over Klein Bay are spectacular to see. And the daily sun on the infinity pool makes it very comfortable. The villa’s private beach, kayaks and snorkel equipment were an added bonus for our group of nine. Listening to music and dancing with cocktails in hand on the massive veranda was a daily highlight. Casa la Famiglia is the perfect mix of luxury and family-friendly hospitality. The indoor and outdoor furnishings, toys, computer/printer, top of the line king mattresses, beach stuff, Sonos sound system, indoor/outdoor showers in every room and well-equipped kitchen are some of the top amenities. In addition to all of the necessities provided to guests, the beach bags are such a nice touch. The mid-week cleaning was a special treat. We also appreciated the coordination that Piper, the villa’s on-island property manager, provided with the Jeep, luggage storage and taxi service in Red Hook upon our departure. He was a very responsive manager throughout the week. Lastly, the reservation process is simple and organized. The owners, Christine and Mark, are very detail-oriented and efficient with their email instructions and helpful information before arriving, during our visit and upon our departure. This is especially important if you are new to St. John. We will recommend Casa La Famiglia to our friends and look forward to our next visit. Note – our favorite activities outside of the Villa – Frank at Island Exployer’s private boat trip/beach hopping/snorkeling around St. John/St. Thomas, Ocean 362 restaurant at Gallows, hiking, Hawksnest beach, Skinny Legs burgers, Ocean Grill in Mongoose Junction for fresh fish sandwiches, the Casino in Cruz Bay."
- Giny Goonan and Family, New York (submitted 03/2016)
"Just returned from an girl trip to St John's and our choice was Casa La Famiglia! Did we ever hit the nail on the head? Pictures are right on! House is amazing! Can't say enough about the luxury, comfort, amenities, Piper, welcome meal, pool, hot tub, OUTDOOR SHOWERS!!! The communication and advice from Christine is awesome and couldn't have been more helpful when all our flights got changed because of weather! We are looking at putting together a couple trip there as well! It works for all kinds of groups!! If we are putting stars on this house....5 Star all the way! You will NOT be disappointed!!"
- Tina, AR (submitted 02/2016)
"Casa la Famiglia is a dream villa that is truly paradise found. Everything about this villa is well thought out, luxurious and welcoming. From the moment you walk through the front door and see the breathtaking view and accommodations, you cannot help but smile and feel welcome and at home. This was our second stay at the villa and our party made the decision to plan a return trip before even finishing the first stay. We have stayed in other villas on St John but Casa la Famiglia is the best planned and thought out use of space in any home we have seen on the island- without question. Each room has an amazing view with top of the line furnishings, linens, and gathering space for small as well as large groups- families or couples. The villa is private and each of the 4 master suites is as incredible as the other with Restoration Hardware furnishings, linens, high, beamed ceilings, ceiling fan, TV & top of the line sound system and both indoor and outdoor private showers. There is no wasted space on the property, and no room without an incredible view of the water. The villa is warm, private, inviting and you could choose to sit in any place on the property and be happy & relaxed hearing the water recede from the rocks on the beach below. You can walk to Klein Bay and snorkel or kayak or swim in the pool. The kitchen is well stocked, beautiful and functional with top of the line everything and a wonderful enormous table to gather, and share meals together. There is snorkel equipment, kayak paddles, coolers and so many amenities that I guarantee that Christine & Mark have thought of amenities & comforts you didn't even think of. Casa la Famiglia was made with much love and attention and is indeed paradise found! Christine, the villa owner is so incredibly hospitable from the moment the property inquiry reaches her to well after you return home when she follows up on your stay. She sent a series of emails with important information and reminders about travel on the island which were timed perfectly. The website is easy to use and she is extremely responsive with questions or issues as are the villa managers on the island. Boat trips to the BVI, snorkeling ay Maho Bay to see sea turtles, or at Waterlemon Cay, hiking Ram's Head, dinner at Zozos or Rhumblines or Morgan's Mango-lots of adventures you can have! We will be returning to stay again at Casa la Famiglia and recommend it highly to anyone looking to rent on St John!"
- Anne Wolff, Minnesota (submitted 12/2015)
"Mark & Christine:
We have been privileged enough to stay at three different villas on St. John, USVI. We must say that from the moment we contacted you until we left it has been a delightful experience dealing with you. What a wonderful home and family! We have vacationed at other properties, but the owners of this home stand out well above the rest! You won't regret spending your vacation at Casa!"
- Thomas, MD (submitted 11/2015)
"If you are reading this then you have already settled on St. John to vacation. I cannot say enough about the beautiful island and its beautiful beaches. WOW! We had expected Casa la Famiglia to be incredible based on the impeccable attention the owners gave to us, but when we arrived, it was more than we ever expected. The owners had everything covered. We were met at the ferry by Piper, he took our luggage back to the house and then came back for us. Our rental car was already at the villa as well as our delicious dinner from Christy's. It was fabulous, and I recommend ordering additional items from Christy's to have for the week. The location is picture perfect and the island was very easy to get around from this location. We went to a different beach every day but always came back to the pool and extremely comfortable lounge chairs by the pool. We loved snorkeling and kayaking in Klein Bay. An easy walk down or parking is available at the entrance. It is rocky so wear good shoes! There was enough snorkel gear, masks and fins of all sizes, beach chairs, beach bags with towels for everyone. Each bedroom has its own entrance, indoor and outdoor shower, patio with chairs and the most comfortable bedding and towels. The kitchen has everything you would ever want. One of our favorites was the Margaritaville frozen cocktail blender! The kitchen included every spice imaginable and even ketchup, mayo and mustard packets. Family room had a Smart TV with satellite service and the music system was Sonos. I could go on and on but I think the reviews here cover all of it. We highly recommend it and look forward to another visit back there. Casa la Famiglia, thank you for a wonderful vacation that will never be forgotten."
- The Rispoli Family, New Jersey (submitted 08/2015)
"My family has been blessed to have stayed in many luxurious villas and hotels throughout the Caribbean, but Casa la Famiglia has them all beat. Christine and Mark have hit a gram slam with this house. The location at Klien bay is breathtaking the snorkeling there is as good as anywhere on the island. They have every amenity you could ever need rather it be for cooking or something you may need for the beach. The service Christine gave us was amazing from the initial email to the last email before we left to come home. Words can't say enough about all the amazing help she gave us! The concierge and villa manager were there for anything we needed. This is first class all the way. Thanks again Christine and Mark for a wonderful vacation.
- Ronnie and Elizabeth Sigler, West Virginia (submitted 07/2015)
"This home has everything you could imagine you'd need for all age levels. We, in particular, appreciated the meal upon arrival, Drew's concierge service & prompt attention of Piper with any issues that arose, all of the pool & beach toys, snorkeling gear for ~age6+, life preservers for all age levels, beach chairs, beach towels, beach bags in every room, coolers, high chair, pac-n-play, hairdryers in every bathroom, high end appliances/electronics (3D TV, Apple computer, high speed internet, beverage fridge, washer/dryer, stove, indoor/outdoor speaker system using Sonos), plethora of games, wii, children's books & coloring supplies, ample supply of dish soap & laundry detergent, and plenty of plastic stemware to use around the pool. This home could not be more gorgeous. We loved the indoor/outdoor showers in each room, darkening shades, and all of the high end Restoration Hardware sheets, towels, etc. There were keys to every room with a safe in the closet. It had unbelievable views from every space in the home, an outdoor shower next to the driveway to shower before getting into the pool, and fabulous decor. There was a steep walk on steps to Klein Bay but totally worth it for snorkeling and kayaking. We had an unbelievable 2-wk vacation at this home and couldn't have asked for a better place. It was fantastic! HIGHLY recommend it!!!"
- Beth Stivers and Family , Kentucky (submitted 07/2015)
"This vacation was epic!!! Christine took an extremely sad time of my life and managed to fill it with such Joy and beauty. We were almost going to cancel since the sudden death of my sister. The minute I walked through the door and glanced at the beauty both natural and man made, I felt like I was in heaven. The house was perfect in every way. The concierge were helpful. Mr Pipers were outstanding. Suffice it to say we put a deposit down for next year as soon as we got home. Already planning which beaches to go to. Many thanks Christine 🌞💖💖"
- The Harms Family, Virginia (submitted 06/2015)
"My family and friends traveled from Pittsburgh,Pa. I've been visiting the USVI for years, as my sister lived on island. St.John has always been my favorite, and this villa just topped the cake! Everything was perfect. It's so well designed and well appointed. My children, ages 2 and 4 loved the pool and the outdoor space. Each night we made a themed dinner- it was so great to spend time with family. The villa exceeded my expectations by far. We're already checking the calendar for our next visit! Thank you Mark and Christine for making this a memorable vacation! We look forward to working with you again!
- Amy, PA (submitted 05/2015)
"A group of 4 couples stayed here from 5/2/2015-5/9/2015 to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. The villa was absolutely perfect. Christine and Mark thought of every possible detail to make their guests' stay carefree and enjoyable. There is honestly not one detail that any of us could think of that was overlooked in the planning of this fabulous villa. The kitchen was perfectly stocked, the beds and linens were fabulous, the oversized beach bags were a nice touch, and they even thought to install a great sound system. There are just too many details to mention. Christine was very friendly to work with. She quickly answered any questions we had and made planning extraordinarily easy. There's not much more to say, our vacation was perfect!"
- Lisa McDonald , Chicago (submitted 05/2015)
"A very big thank you to Christine and family for letting us stay at their wonderful villa! This place is just amazing, and by far the best villa that we have ever stayed at on the island. Everything about this villa has the very best of everything, from Renovation Hardware furniture and linens, to the Margaritaville blender in the chef's kitchen, which we put to good use! BTW, we love the Sonos system on the patio! Christine, we can't thank you enough!"
- Mike Heath , Maine (submitted 05/2015)
"We have traveled all over the world, stayed in many resorts and have rented many private homes and condos but Casa La Famiglia is by far the NICEST place we have rented! From the location and amazing view, to the very functional for a large party floor plan, to the amenities, NOT ONE detail was overlooked! We felt like we were 'home'! Mark & Christine are genius' at setting up a private vacation resort! They made sure we had our own private concierge and driver service at our disposal, left a very detailed guest book on where to eat, where to shop, what not to miss and of course, which spectacular beaches were a must visit! We LOVED every minute of the experience and we give them KUDOS for not missing a thing! Thanks Mark & Christine, we hope to be back again!"
- Jill Rotta, Texas (submitted 05/2015)
"Having been blessed to visit many beautiful places throughout the world, our stay at Casa La Famiglia on St. John truly ranks as one of our favorites. From our initial inquiry into available dates, the owner Christine was personally involved in each step of booking our vacation travel. She made herself available to answer questions, assist us in reserving transportation, offered up insight into excursions and restaurants and just overall ensured our travel arrangements and stay on the island were completely stress free. She thought of every detail in creating a luxurious, beautiful and inviting home that has all the amenities you could wish for. The views inside are almost as beautiful as the views outside! Christine and Mark also have a support team on the island including a house manager and island manager that welcome you and ensure you have an experience that makes you want to come back. We are already looking at open dates for next year to return!
- Cher and Mike Fieri and Family, Chicago (submitted 04/2015)
"We searched for the perfect vacation home to celebrate a milestone in our family and Casa La Famiglia far exceeded our expectations. The home is simply stunning! The view is incredible! Our family (total of 8 in our party) loved spending time lounging around the pool & snorkeling in Klein Bay. The amenities at Casa La Famiglia are first class, we enjoyed cooking in the chef's kitchen, relaxing in the privacy of our own suite, gathering around the grand kitchen table visiting & curling up on the comfortable couches in the family room watching movies. Christine was fabulous to work with & helped us every step of the way for our first visit to St. John. Our vacation was a success & hassle free because of her guidance. The memories we made in St. John at Casa La Famiglia will remain with us for a lifetime!"
- Bonnie and Mike McFerrin , Texas (submitted 04/2015)
"Our family loves St John. We have visited many of the Caribbean islands. St John is by far our favorite. They have beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and friendly locals. Also, even during their peak weeks (New Years and Spring Break), the island never feels crowded and always feels safe for my teenage girls.
Casa la Famiglia is extraordinary. I would love to keep it a secret for our family. Christine and Mark have thought of everything. The house is beautifully decorated. The view is spectacular…words cannot describe!!! We had ages 2 to 45...the home exceed all of our expectations. Christine had toys for all ages…board games, books, video games, children’s toys (a lot of them), floats for all ages, snorkel gear, beach chairs, kayaks, beach towels and blankets, coolers. I could go “on and on” about the amenities…I’m sure I would miss some if I tried to list them all. Christine even had a wonderful lasagna dinner waiting for us when we arrived.
Casa la Famiglia is a true treasure in the Caribbean!!! We hope to return soon."
- The Leonard Families , Tennessee (submitted 02/2015)
"Our time at Casa La Famiglia could not have been better. We came with high expectations and they were more than exceeded (which wasn't easy for this picky group!). Every single thing about this home is incredible, the location (10 minutes to Cruz Bay), quality of building materials, chef's kitchen with everything you would ever need, pool (with sunshine almost all day long!), hot tub, chaise lounges, restoration hardware beach towels with a color coded beach bag for each suite, luxurious master suites with perfect indoor AND outdoor showers.... I could go on and on. There was not one detail that was missed, one of my personal picky favorite details was the fact that they give a new sponge for each group, I mean, who wants to use someone else's kitchen sponge?! and the Mrs. Myers Lemon Verbena, delish!
Christine and Mark did something really special here and I am so thankful that I was able to enjoy it. The level of service that Christine provided was exemplary, and having Justin handle our rental car made our vacation so easy. He picked us up at the ferry dock with our brand new rental SUV, we drove to his office for three minutes, and then he took us to the villa where we were just in awe. Justin was available whenever we needed him, willing to help out in any way possible.
I am embarrassed to say that we hardly left the house at all even though there were many things to enjoy on St. John, we just lounged all day at the pool, or under the perfect Tuuci umbrellas, or on the comfy sofas surrounding the pool and read, sipped rose wine, and relaxed. I can not imagine anyone coming here and not enjoying Casa La Famiglia, it is just perfect! Can't wait to return again."
- Jenna Petersiel, Massachusetts (submitted 01/2015)
"Casa La Famiglia was OUTSTANDING! The house is in pristine condition with views from every inch of the house. My friends and I rent a house in the Caribbean twice a year and have stayed in incredible homes but Casa La Famiglia is in its own league. The bedrooms are well spaced with expansive views, private terraces, outdoor showers and to die for views. Unlike other houses, everyone had a master and all felt we had the best room in the place. The infinity pool is remarkable and the perfect size. What we loved most about the house was the seamless indoor/outdoor living space. One often feels that they are sacrificing some luxury when visiting the Islands but the owners have outfitted the home with top of line everything from appliances, to furniture to mattresses. And the owners are superb and make the entire process straight forward, quick and full of ease all with a smile. I can't say enough about this house. WE WILL RENT THIS HOUSE AGAIN AND AGAIN."
- Elizabeth Stribling, New York (submitted 01/2015)
"This is the perfect vacation rental. Jaw dropping views and the house is truly a villa. Everything you need is there, well appointed kitchen, comfortable, private bedrooms, lots of nooks and crannies and paraphernalia for every water sport imaginable. And, wait until you see the pool. Christine is great to work with and sooooooo helpful. GO!!!"
- Pamela Watson , Maine (submitted 12/2014)
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Casa La Famiglia! Beginning with the my initial conversation with the owner, Christine, to looking at the house in the construction phase, to walking through the completed masterpiece, was unbelievable! I had searched for months, trying to find the perfect villa for a group of us. My top search criteria was: four identical master suites, a pool, and great views. After looking one last time, I stumbled across Casa La Famiglia. I knew it was meant to be! I could not believe this villa had everything I was looking for and then some! I contacted Christine because I had numerous questions and from the first phone call, I knew I wanted to rent from this wonderful, helpful individual. She has done a fantastic job with the villa's website but nothing prepares you for the first moment of walking through the main entry and being awed by the amazing views! They have truly thought of everything in this villa. We could not have wanted one thing, in fact, we were constantly finding so many little extras that I had never had in any other rental! (Seriously, who has an entire drawer of spices, a Margaritaville blender, and a belgian waffle maker??) The bedrooms were heavenly, the indoor/outdoor showers in each suite was luxurious and the common areas had more than enough room/seating for everyone! This villa was also easy to get to, which, is not the case with many villas built into the St. John hillsides. The property manager, Justin, was readily available, should we have any questions or needs.
We rented this villa, with a group of friends, for our daughter's wedding, so this was a very stressful time for me. I cannot tell you how peaceful and serene Casa La Famiglia was--just what I needed to come back to after a hectic day of wedding errands! To be able to sit in the hot tub, under the starlit sky at night, while the remote controlled lanterns were illuminated in the background, was magical!
Needless to say, checkout day was very sad for all of us! We will definitely return to Casa La Famiglia!"
- Lorrie Balka , Tennessee (submitted 11/2014)
"The pictures are amazing on the website and I had them as my screen saver at work the weeks leading up to our vacation. When we finally stepped foot into Casa La Famiglia it was breathtaking and beautiful beyond our expectation. We traveled with 3 other couples and 2 kids ages 12 and 6. From the time we logged on to put in our deposit we felt like we were part of the family. Christine put us in touch with amazing people to help us like Justin, Piper and Drew! Justin and Piper picked us up at he ferry and hooked us up with beautiful brand new Jeeps. They were a phone call away if we needed anything. Drew (St John Concierge) helped us find the best day trip to the BVI and was available to answer all of our questions. The house is truly amazing and perfectly designed for 4 couples and their children. They thought of everything anybody would need. The kitchen was incredibly stocked with spices, oils, condiments, papertowels, incredible appliances, pots, pans, glasses. Everything top of the line from the Restoration Hardware towels to the William Sonoma plates and silverware. Let me just ramble about some of my favorites.. Welcome dinner and drinks, Sonos WIFI music inside and out, remote control candles, beach bag and towels for each room, beach chairs, coolers, snorkle equipment for all sizes, kayak, rafts, indoor/outdoor showers in each guestroom. We snorkled in quiet Klein bay in the morning and went to the beautiful St John beaches in the afternoon but loved coming back to the house for happy hour. We floated in the infinity pool to watch the incredible Sunset and aftergow turn to stars. We would all go inside to cook together and listen to music, no need to go out. We loved all of the dining and sitting areas. We ate at the beautiful kitchen table, the back patio table and especially enjoyed the lit up courtyard or grotto (as we called it). We had the threat of a tropical storm come through but Justin came over to bring in the outdoor furniture and we felt safe in the house with a full generator. We were lucky it went by St John with only a 1/2 day rain. So much to do in the house (every game imaginable) that it didn't matter. Christine and Mark thought of everthing to make your vacation special. Just show up and enjoy."
- Tracey VanDyke and Family, New York (submitted 11/2014)
"The villa is everything it is advertised to be! We traveled with 10 people ranging in age from 10- 65. Everyone had a super time! It was very apparent that the owners love the finer things in life and want to share them with you. From the beginning, when we started planning until the end, when we returned home Christine made us feel more like family than strangers. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a great place for some R & R. Be sure to take a day trip to the BVI and visit the Baths. It was the favorite of everyone in our group."
- Juliann Longhi, Pennsylvania (submitted 08/2014)
"Our experience at Casa La Famiglia was fantastic - right from the moment we stepped foot on St. John. A member of the courteous staff greeted our party after we arrived by ferry, and our luggage was quickly loaded into the taxi. Once we secured our 2 rental cars, the rental car drivers from our party followed our taxi to the house for a tour of the grounds.
The house was simply awesome! The stunning visuals from the house's informative web page came to life in the blink of an eye. From the beautifully decorated rooms to the view of Klein Bay across the infinity pool, it was obvious that you were standing in an extraordinary place. The kids took off exploring down over the hill to Klein Bay, and we got ourselves acquainted with the fully equipped kitchen - complete with a delicious dinner calling our name from within the refrigerator.
The house has a classic, Old World feel to it, but don't get disappointed, technology lovers - Casa La Famiglia has more digital options than a new car. There is a large, 3D HDTV with channels provided by Dish, a BluRay player, an iMac, outdoor music, WiFi access, and a network extender from AT&T (not to mention a variety of state-of-the-art appliances in the kitchen). Plus, Throwback Thursday wouldn't have been complete without BluRays of The Brady Bunch and classic games including Pictionary, Uno, and [my new favorite] Farkel.
Our nominated rental car drivers appreciated the amenities on the exterior. There was more than enough room for our 4-door rental Jeeps in the driveway, and there was easy access to a hose for cleaning the house beach chairs and snorkel gear prior to returning them to the storage building near the driveway. Access to town for dining or shopping was just a short drive away, so the house location provided a great balance between island getaway seclusion and quick access to the 'lights of town'.
The staff did an aMAzing job of staying in communication with the house via phone calls and text messages to ensure the experience was exceeding our expectations. We really didn't have to lift a finger - the hardest thing we did each morning was pull ourselves from an extremely comfortable bed to decide which beautiful beach we wanted to visit after a short, scenic trek through beautiful St. John. However, the last morning of our vacation was the most difficult, because after a week at Casa La Famiglia we couldn't tell if we were going home or leaving home … :D"
- Amershek Family, Pennsylvania (submitted 08/2014)
"Our group consisted of 4 couples and I get a little too into the process of finding the PERFECT place to stay. We found the construction blog for Casa Lafamiglia and followed for 6 months before deciding this was our place. Christine was perfect and set up every detail beforehand. There are simply not words for the view when you pull into the villa, but most importantly, the view when you open the front door. A short 10 minutes got us anywhere we wanted to go including downtown or the Starfish Market for all of our shopping/grocery needs. Simply put, we will NEVER look for another villa after finding Christine and Mark's home. Knowing the quality/location of the home and the people we are dealing with takes all of the stress out of booking the perfect vacation home. We hope to go back at least every other year. Your search is over.. book it!"
- Jason and Jill, Indiana (submitted 08/2014)
"Absolutely one of the most beautiful and livable places in the Virgin Islands. Have rented many villas in the Caribbean and this was the best. My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary by taking our children and grandchildren to USVI; ages 3 to 68 and this was the perfect place to create lasting memories. There was something special for all from the pool to the Chet's kitchen to the outdoor showers in the bedrooms. Beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. Would recommend this home for all ages."
- The Fry Family, Missouri (submitted 08/2014)
"What a wonderful home. We have rented many villas in the past including two others in St. John, but never anything like this. Outstanding location, unbelievable accommodations and the best owners that we have ever met. Perfect place for our anniversary vacation with our family; ages 68 to 3. We had 10 total and it was perfect."
- Bill, Kansas (submitted 06/2014)
"What can say but wow! The owners are delightful and their home away from home spectacular. We loved everything about it. You will want for nothing. We had 4 adults and 5 children ages 10 - 12. Yes 2 sets of twins:). The kids loved the pool, hot tub, kayaks, and even the outdoor showers. The adults did too but I think the endless views captured me the most. St. John is a beautiful island with tons of snorkeling, good restaurants, beaches, hiking etc. I do have 2 specific recommendations. 1. Born to Rhumb (boat charter) Shane and Andi are the owners. They were terrific. Great with kids too. We went to the BVI, snorkeled at the Indians, then some caves, then lunch at Norman island with more snorkeling, Peter island and back. They customize trips to your liking! Highly recommend. 2. Paradise massage - Barb and Cary - they come to you. An awesome massage in your own home! Definitely an indulgence worth having! We plan to return in the not too distant future! Thank you Christine!
- Therese, Georgia (submitted 06/2014)
"My family and I were truly amazed by all of the well thought out features and amenities of Casa LA Famiglia. We rented this beautiful villa for a family vacation / Mom's birthday, and we can't say enough good things about our stay. We had 7 adults, an 11 year old and a baby that couldn't have been more relaxed or pleased with this getaway! The house was huge and the views were breathtaking! I know when you rent a home for vacation you tend to freak out making sure you bring everything needed to enjoy your stay... especially having our 8 month old with us, but the owners have pretty much thought of everything to help you cram a lot less into your suitcases. They have provided all of the essential amenities and then some... everything from a pack and play for the baby to a pretty stocked fridge. There were board games, video games, blender's, a grill, kayak's, pool toys and floating chairs, all the beach equipment you will need to have a great time. The house manager and especially the owners couldn't have been more helpful with the preparation for our stay and while we were there. They were always reachable and we're more than willing to help us out. I am not sure if I mentioned the view from the infinity pool yet, but it was the type of view that we had only dreamed of up until the point of our arrival. Simply breathtaking may sound cliche, but you will say the same if and when you stay at this beautiful home. This home and all the amenities and accommodations really made our stay one of the best vacations any of us had been on. All 9 of us would definitely go back and would highly recommend Cass LA Famiglia to anyone else looking for a great getaway!"
- Josh and Family, Illinois (submitted 06/2014)
"Casa La Famiglia is absolutely amazing! Right when you walk in, the view as well as the infinity pool are jaw dropping. We decided to cook the first night and the kitchen has every appliance and tool you would need. Everything in this home is top of the line. If you are looking for a first class vacation along with the privacy of a home, look no further. All you really need is your clothes and some sunblock. The house comes with coolers, chairs, beach towels/bags, hairdryers, ziplock bags as well as tupperware. During your stay, I highly recommend chartering a boat with Beachwalk Charters with Captain Weso. He is great and will take you to some amazing snorkel spots. Christine was also great to work with and made our arrival, stay, and departure seamless. You are missing out if you do not stay at this amazing property. We will be back as soon as possible. That is, if it not completely booked!"
- Ryan and Jessica Cooper, Alabama (submitted 06/2014)
"This villa made our vacation special on Saint John. Some of our requirements were full afternoon sun at the pool, hot tub, outdoor showers, access to snorkeling, a quick ride to Cruz Bay , full Air Conditioning, and home furnishings like we enjoy back home in Texas. Another requirement was making sure our villa had living room seating for our family of 10 to watch a movie or television program together. It had it all. The details that were thought up and applied were seen everywhere from the bedrooms to the outdoor spaces. We only cooked breakfast during our stay but her kitchen was stocked with items such as crystal barware, a margarita maker, a waffle maker and even a popcorn machine (which we used often). Justin and Piper took great care of our family and the appetizers and dinner that was provided by Christine on our arrival day was certainly a great welcome after a long day of travel. Great Hospitality. We would highly recommend this villa to families. Congratulations Christine and family!"
- Paul and Samantha, Texas (submitted 05/2014)
"Casa La Famiglia is luxury at its best - without feeling pressured to put on lipstick and get dressed to walk through a lobby! Christine was so helpful with my predeparture questions that when my husband and I arrived,we felt like we were at home. Waking up to that view of Rendezvous Bay with our morning cup of coffee was the highlight of our day. Not only is there a Cuisinart coffee maker, but Chris has a French press! Yay! Seriously, the chefs kitchen has every amenity, utensil and spice. My husband loves to fish and it was a pleasure to be able to cook side by side with all the proper accoutrements and beautiful indoor and outdoor settings. Of course we ate out too, with great dining options 10 minutes away. The walkable hill down from the villa will take you to kayaking and snorkeling. This is of course if you can pry yourself away from the infinity pool and jacuzzi overlooking a spectacular view of Klein Bay! The amenities here rival those of a 5 star luxury hotel - fabulous lounge chairs, ample shade and sun, tasteful and luxurious furnishings down to the thick towels, soft bedding and hair dryers. Imagine ending your day watching the sunset from your indoor/outdoor shower! Christine has made a great effort to think of everything her guests might need and her attention to detail shows. She was also a great source of information regarding water taxis, car rentals, restaurants and things to do. Accessible wifi and Apple computer made staying in touch easy - truly all the comforts of home. Upon arrival, the villa was spotless and presented beautifully. knowing that most of St. John is a national park, my husband and I were thrilled to see that Christine has made an effort to be green and eco-friendly with gentle reminders discreetly displayed. With that in mind, you have an option for more or less housekeeping. This visit we were with three other couples, but my husband and I will definitely be coming back next year with our children!
- The Francis Family, New Jersey (submitted 05/2014)
"No more spending hours online looking for a villa anymore! Christine and Mark have created an architectural gem in a magnificent place. The amenities that they provide have never been in a villa that we have ever stayed in. Toys and books for our grandchildren, 3-D movies for them and the adults, kayaks at the beach below the house, snorkel gear, tons of games in the house. They had the best backpack chairs on the market. The owners spared no expense, everything was top of the line. The spice drawer had about 40 different spices, every type of gourmet kitchen device you could think of, and she even had pots of herbs on the back patio. The villa managers were top notch and took great care of us from the moment we got off the ferry to the moment we left the villa to go home. The infinity pool is unbelievably gorgeous with the Caribbean right under your nose. The hot tub was great fun at night after dinner and we all especially liked our private bedrooms with both an outdoor and indoor shower. We felt like we were in heaven! We never wanted to leave the villa to go to the beach. Looking forward to next year!"
- Frank and Teresa , Pennsylvania (submitted 04/2014)
"We came to St. John to celebrate my wife's 40 birthday with three other couples and Casa la famiglia was awesome. In fact, we were overwhelmed with how amazing the house was. I think our words were WOW when we entered the house. I want to thank Christine for providing us a great dinner when we came our first day and to her villa managers for making my wife's birthday special. Our bedrooms were more than perfect and we thought the back patio with the outdoor string lights was one of our favorite areas at night to hang out in besides the infinity pool and hot tub. Great BBQ grill too."
- Mike and Cathy, Illinois (submitted 03/2014)
"Perfect location on St John. Villa is beautifully designed with every amenity imaginable. Every space in the villa is nicely decorated with gorgeous views of Rendezvous Bay, Ditleff point and St Croix in the horizon. Most memorable moments were playing bean toss with the family while looking out across the infinty pool, kayaking in Rendevous Bay, hiking the Reef Bay trail to see the petroglyphs, visiting secret beaches, and snorkeling. We would highly recommend this Villa to anyone that wants to spend time in paradise."
- The Canfield Family, New Jersey (submitted 03/2014)