About Us

The best way to see the island of St. John is to experience it the way the residents do. For the past 30 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.


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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