About Us

The best way to see the island of St. John is to experience it the way the residents do. For the past 45  years, Donald & Deborah Schnell have been helping travelers do just that. Their company, Bougainvillea Leasing Ltd. – StJohnJeeps.com not only offers vacationers easy access to the island through jeep and SUV rentals, but their sister company Artistic Villas, along with their concierge services, offer the rental of traditional island Caribbean villas as well as customized services that create a uniquely perfect vacation experience for anyone traveling to the island. With that in mind, please remember we are not a 24-hour call center in a foreign country, please allow a reasonable time for us to respond to your email inquiry. We cannot efficiently respond to all the people who email us if the people who email us the night before and then call us in the morning because ‘we haven’t responded yet’ We cannot reply to everyone at once or when we have to keep answering the phone. Like you, we were sleeping. If more than a day goes by, simply re-send your email first please before calling if still no response. The most common errors are people adding an ‘s’ to St. John in our email address or taking the picture with  their phone and not allowing the phone to complete sending the email. Please check. Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Jul4th, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.


Donald & Deborah Schnell have brought the experience of over forty years of St. John living to their customized vacation services. Donald & Deborah have made St. John their home since 1975 and have raised their three children – Abigail, Lucas & Michael – here. Donald & Deborah combine elements of their trips to Italy and Europe with traditional, island Caribbean Villas for a uniquely perfect vacation experience. Donald’s Studio creates ceramic lighting and offers lighting, design & decorating consultation to all the finest resorts in the Caribbean. Originally from Michigan, Donald attended graduate school at the University of Chicago where Deborah was a pediatric nurse.


Eric Lidicker moved to the Virgin Islands as an infant in 1969. He remained here until college and returned to St. John in 1990 after attending the University of Texas at Austin and spending several summers on Lana’i and Maui in Hawaii. Eric is the chief designer at the Donald Schnell Studio and works in all aspects of the vehicle and villa reservations.

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