Windspree Vacation Homes St John USVI

Testimonials for The Secret Seashell - Estate Fortsberg

Thanks for sharing the Secret Sea Shell.. Won’t be keeping it a secret when we get home (plan on telling everyone!) Had a great time, hope to be back some day.

Boos Party , 03/2017

Thank you, Thank you for opening your home to us for the past 5 years. We have renamed it Utopia because that is what it is for us. This is our 17th trip to St. John and Secret Sea Shell is exceptional! 2017 is a year filled with blessings for us. 4.5 weeks at S.S, our 4th grandchild arrived while we were here and we both turned 65. Finally we will retire after 43 years with the same company. You beautiful home and St. John will always be our most treasured memories.

Mike and Debbie Crismore , Peoria, IL , 02/2017

This is our second visit to your home. Last year with 2 other couples, this year with our son and daughter and his girlfriend. We thoroughly enjoyed your home. The view, sounds of the ocean and the outdoor living space is spectacular. Such a relaxing place and we love it! /thank you for sharing it. We will be back for sure.

Karen, Dave, Mike, & Amber , Sutton, MA , 01/2017

Beautiful home with magnificent views! Thank you for a relaxing family vacation in this villa.

The Fredricksons , 01/2017

Our week at Secret Seashell was absolutely perfect.  We took friends who had never been to St. John and the house amenities and the view just blew them away.
It was a magical week.  We left the house to snorkel and enjoy the beaches of the East End, Maho, Francis and Waterlemon.  Enjoying turtles and other sea creatures.
We ate at several local restaurants like Miss Lucy's and Shipwreck Landing.  We bought souvenirs at the Coral Bay shops. 
Thank you for making the trip so special. This was our 6th trip to St. John and the best house we have stayed in so far.

Don and Karen Boddy , Elyria, OH , 07/2016

We recently stayed at secret seashell for a week. The pictures are impressive but the the place goes beyond expectations.  The view was great, the walk up to the fort at the top of the bluff was a treat.  Took you back in time.  We stayed at the villa a couple of days and did not venture out since it was so peaceful and relaxing.  It is secluded, unlike most St. John villas that have neighbors on all sides.  We loved this.  The pool is perfect and the waterfall made relaxing sounds.  It was large enough to spread out and have privacy.  The great room was spacious and a relaxing atmosphere. The gazebo next to the pool was our meeting and napping place.  I would definitely go back to this villa.  The windspree people answered all our questions before and during the trip.  I do recommend a 4 wheel drive for when you go off road.

Gary C. , 12/2015

This was our 7th year coming to St John, and we are fortunate that they’ve all been in the Coral Bay area. This is our 3rd year we’ve stayed at SS and couldn’t be more pleased once again. The house is situated in such a private and beautiful setting that makes you feel like you have the island to yourself. There was some construction going on by the shore, so morning quiet time was interrupted on occasion but didn’t tarnish the stay whatsoever. The house itself is as great outside as it is inside. We travel with grandma who is 85 this year, and she can get around with ease on the main level and patios. The inside is well equipped in the kitchen, and if you want entertainment, it has all the bells and whistles too. The outside patios and gardens is our favorite areas. When we are at the villa, we spend almost all hours on the covered patio taking in the breezes and views of Coral Bay, Hurricane Hole, East End and BVI’s. We are so blessed to call SS our home of the week and feel so comfortable there. We hope to be back again next year. As far as the area, well it’s STJ & Coral Bay and that says it all, but for those who are new to this quiet side, you won’t lack in amenities. The new Dolphin Market was well stocked and the new Indigo Grill’s pizza was fantastic. We picked it up twice to bring back and eat under the stars. Shipwreck Landing is still one of our favorites, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our traditional visits to Skinny’s for great burgers and live music. We love all the beaches but call Maho and Hawksnest our favorites. The hiking was great, but Paddleboarding is now our favorite activity. We dearly love the island and pray it stays just as it is for future generations to enjoy and embrace. Thanks for everything Windspree and Secret Sea Shell.

Windspree Guests , 11/2015

Thank you so much for opening your beautiful home. This is our 2nd stay at Secret Seashell andwe loved it just as much the 2nd time. The view here is amazing as are all of the amenities! It’s the perfect island paradise setting. So many great memories made here on St. John and the Secreat Seashell. Thanks again!

Until Next time!

Jeff, Emily, Cameron, Andy, Sean, & Kylee , Chattanooga & Knoxville, TN , 07/2015

Thank you so much for opening your home, it is one of St. Johns treasure. We absolutely loved our stay! If we ever have another opportunity to come to St. John, we will be back!!

The Lemeris Family , Enfield, CT , 05/2015

Since the early 70s we have visited St. John. 15 times, the las 12 trips in Coral Bay. This is our 3rd visit to Secret Sea Shell. 11 weeks there in total. It is truly unbelievable, the tranquillity, beauty and intimacy is unsurpassed. Thank you for allowing us to fall in love with your beautiful home.

We will be back…. Until next time.

Debbie & M ike Crismore , Peoria, IL , 02/2015

Thank you for a beautiful stay in your lovely home here on St. John. We have been to the island about 8 times in the last 30 years. One of our best friends who came here in 81’ after college decided to stay and make a life here! And happy to say it worked out so well. He and his family live nearby here so the proximity has been just great. We love Coral Bay and your home is so comfortable and beautiful appointed. . We took care of your hummingbirds J I hope the next renter keeps it up. They are so beautiful. Thanks again….

Nancy, Rob, David, Kelly, & Sarah , Redding, CT , 01/2015

You have a beautiful home. We have been so relaxed and comfortable here. Thank you so much for sharing this paradise. It is by far one of the best places we have stayed. It looks as though you put a lot of thought into the many things. I don’t know how the view could be anymore beautiful. The sound of the waves is so relaxing. My family enjoyed the conch shells and other shells incorporated into the walls. One of my favourite things was feeding the hummingbirds within 10 min of putting the feeder out. I had 5 birds eating and everyday there have been more. We love the pool outside sitting area. We could go on and on about your home, location, and the island. It was a wonderful week! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Gary & Robin Collins, Racheal & JOsh Doebel , Davenport, Iowa and San Diego, California , 01/2015

Thank you for sharing your stunning home with us. We had an amazing tip. Some highlights were Cinnamon Bay shipwreck shackles at shipwreck landing, the wild donkeys and a beautiful white dolphin. The memories of secret sea shell will live on in our hearts forever!

PS. The Dr. Dreadful board game is hilarious

Sarah, Jon, Mark, Anhm, & Lori , 01/2015

This was our first stay in Fortsberg, after many trips to St. John. As far as we are concerned your home is the "Gem" of the area. We were thrilled with your landscaping and choice of plants. The view was incredible ,and the amenities in your home gave us total relaxation.

Our stay seemed much too abbreviated. You have a " Hidden  Treasure" of a house which we enjoyed immensely. Thank you for your hospitality and willingness to let others share and enjoy the perfect island get away destination.

Carol,Dave,Will and Kate , N.C. , 07/2014

What an amazing place to spend 2 weeks on our 30th anniversary celebration! It was a perfect house to introduce our children to the beauty of St.John! Our Daughter and son-in -law celebrated their 1st year anniversary in addition to our 30th.. This was our 7th trip to St.John and the Secret Sea Shell created some of our most favorite memories of the Island we love. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful house and experience for our family!

Holly, Carey,Nicole,James,Douglas and Tamaki , Austin,TX , 06/2014

Thank you for sharing your home with us and making our visit to St.John so special!!

The Schapper's , PA , 06/2014

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with our family! It was a magical time of bonding and fellowship. We appreciate your offering up your home!

Brandt's , Fort Worth,TX , 05/2014

Thanks for sharing your home with us. We had a great time and would not have a problem recommending your house.

Daniels,Thompsons and Buchanans , 05/2014

Hi ladies!  Our trip was wonderful - the villa was very comfortable for the 6 of us - the pool was perfect, the beds, bedding and linens were outstanding. The kitchen was well stocked with anything we'd ever need.   The music system was outstanding - all we had to do was hook up wirelessly and it worked perfect.  Having a cooler and 6 beach chairs made our beach outings so much better than if we'd not had those.  

Candace , 04/2014

We had an amazing vacation during our visit to St. John this past April.  The Secret Seashell was everything we were looking for and more.  Beautiful views, comfortable and lovely decorated home, and fabulous pool. It was just what we need for a relaxing island getaway.  Thanks for the suggestions for dining.  We could not have asked for a better place to unwind and enjoy the breathtaking beaches and views. Of course coming back to the house after of day of fun in the sun was beyond words!  We will certainly return and are looking forward to our next visit to your magical island.  Thanks for making it so easy and enjoyable!  See you soon.

Barbara and Bill , NY , 04/2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Secret Seashell.  We've always stayed someplace in the Coral Bay area, even out to the point at East End. We love the solitude of the area.   The thing we liked best about the villa was the close proximity to the Northshore beaches and Coral Bay restaurants

The villa had a nice layout, the outside seating and pool was great for us older folks who just wanted to sit around and enjoy the view.  See attachment.  We took a walk down to the water and saw the rebellion cannons. Perhaps at another time we'll think of hiking up to the old fort.   


Thank you for all your help especially getting the the AC in the master bedroom fixed. Although breezy it did get quite warm and humid midway through our vacation.

 See you next year,


Frances , 04/2014

Secret Sea Shell is a wonderful villa home on St John. We have stayed at several and few can match the unique site and special qualities of the well thought out and built home. The house has a great flow of spaces inside and out which allows you to be immersed in the island beauty from most anywhere. We simply love Coral Bay and this home makes it that much better being close to all of our favorite places, especially Skinny's and Shipwreck! Our entire family from 84 year old Grandma to our teenage kids would highly recommend this comfortable home. The covered portico is our favorite spot and always start and end the day there. It was our 6th visit to the island and 2nd at Sea Shell and can't wait to return.

Mobley's , Evansville, IN , 03/2014

We have been vacationing on St John since the early 70's.  This was our 14th trip to this beautiful island and our second stay at Secret Seashell.   we love the Coral Bay Area and have fallen in love with this beautiful home.  The relaxing atmosphere at Secret  Seashell is unmatched to anywhere we've ever been.  The view is spectacular and we love listening to the waves.   We enjoy the local restaurants in Coral Bay.   We love Sunday brunch at Concordia, Shipwreck anytime, Plantains for a special night out or Aqua Bistro, Fish Trap is a great lunch, and Pickels is great for a sandwich on the beach or back at Seacret Seaschell. What a wonderful peaceful villa. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy this very tranquil home. 

Mike and Debbie , IL , 01/2014

So what can I say about The Secret Seashell.  To start, it was everything we thought it would be and even more.  This being our 10th straight year on St. John, it was our first time staying in Fortsberg area.  Previous trips have taken us to Fris Bay, Upper Carolina, St. John's Folly to name just a few. This is the 3rd time we have rented from Windspree and couldn't have been more pleased.

We arrived very early on island and grabbed our car, did our shopping and headed out to the office. It was so nice to be able to take the villa early, it was like a bonus day for us!  We even cooked bacon & eggs upon settling in.

The views were gorgeous and I enjoyed the solitude most of all.  No cars, no noise, just the splashing waves down below.  The interior of the house was decorated nicely and the kitchen and great room were a very nice use of space.  That said, we spent the majority of our time on the outside covered area, the furniture there was very comfortable and we enjoyed coffee, cocktails and just about every meal out there.  I especially liked the convenience of the kitchen/patio area/pool area/grill.  We didn't have to go far to enjoy all the lovely amenities. I don't like when you have to walk a lot of stairs to get to the pool/kitchen cause there are always drinks to be refreshed and vacation is a time to relax, not run up and down stairs!  LOL!

We loved the outdoor shower in the master bedroom, it's one of the things I look for when we rent.

We all work very hard during the year and literally start saving for our next visit as soon as we get home.  I love living like I'm a millionaire for 9 or 10 days even though I'm not, that is what is so special about these lovely villas.  The people that own them open them up to others to enjoy and that is so generous of them.

I would definitely recommend this property and we will be back on St. John again
next summer.

The Whitcombs , Rhode Island , 08/2013

Over a dozen of visits to St John- and this is indeed a favourite place in Paradise. Your home is beautiful and we can tell how well-planned the entire property is too! Windspree- Karen and Kay take such wonderful care of all aspects! We had a fabulous time!                   

The Haygoods , Watkinsville, GA , 12/2012

We so enjoyed our stay this week at The Secret Seashell!! It was the perfect place and size for our family. We appreciated all the detail and design it took to make this place as beautiful as it is. You have a lovely home and the view. Well the view is extraordinary! Thank you so much for providing the ideal lodging for our family vacation we loved it!


The Burton’s , Lexington, KY , 06/2012

We really enjoyed our stay at the Secret Seashell. The view from the house is amazing and one we will never forget. We enjoyed being able to drive all over the island and then being able to come back to the house to swim and relax by the pool. The house was exactly what we expected and really made our vacation complete. We hope to be back next year! Thanks again.


Cameron & Andy, Emily & Jeff, Kelsey & Austin , Knoxville, TN , 05/2012

We love your house! We had a wonderful week here. You gave a lot of thought to equipping your house for the comfort of your guests, it is lovely thank you! We love St John and we will be back!



Maureen, Randy, Tim, Lani, Scott and Tony , Charlotte, VT , 03/2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Secret Seashell.  Your home is gorgeous and the location is perfect.  We were able to enjoy the island just as we did on our last visit over 20 years ago!  We brought our twins to celebrate their 16th birthday and they were very impressed also.

The Davis Family , Harvard, MA , 07/2011

Thank you for a wonderful week in paradise.  We enjoyed your lovely home tremendously.  Would like to take your pool home bit it didn’t fit into the bag.  Your broadband was a life saver. Again, what a wonderful time we had sharing your home.

Mike and Patti , North Carolina , 06/2011

We’ve stayed 5 times on St. John (always in Coral bay or East End), and your house is by far the most nicely appointed.  It’s clear that a lot of care and planning was done.  We loved it so much that we didn’t feel the need to rush off to the beach!  We will be sure to only tell our friends about the “secret.”

Jack and Eileen , Boston, MA , 04/2011

We had a magnificent stay here at the Secret Seashell!  Your home is gorgeous and the location is ideal. I can’t tell you what a great time we had. All the best!

The Crawford Family , Charlottesville, VA , 03/2011

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