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Coral Bay Eco Retreat:Tropical Life Off the Grid,Hike to Beach!

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Stunning view of Hurricane Hole, British Virgin Islands,Caribbean Sea, mountains

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Last updated: 07/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Coral Bay cottage description

DON'T MISS THE MOVIE ON THE 'AMMENITIES' PAGE! Coral Bay Eco-Retreat: Tropical living off-the-grid, Live simply and close to nature on beautiful St. John. If you liked Maho Bay Camp, you'll LOVE this place! A hiker's and lovers' paradise, private and remote, open-air and silence. Solar-powered, located on historic Johnny Horn Trail, a one mile hike to primo snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay. Romantic with stunning views and spacious private decks overlooking Caribbean Sea, Coral Bay and the British Virgin Islands. Only half a mile to Coral Bay restaurants, bars and buses to Salt Pond or Cruz Bay. With two bedrooms (including the Love Nest and the Life's a Beach Loft), the retreat is best suited for a couple or two firends. An option is a couple and a third person such as a child over 8 years old. This allows options with sleeping arrangements and weather management options.

Located directly on the historic Johnny Horn Trail (mile hike to famous snorkeling Waterlemon Cay beach!) and bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, this off-the-grid eco-retreat is an open-air home that is solar-powered, cooled by the tradewinds, sustained by tropical showers and warmed by the sun. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Hole and the British Virgin Islands to Virgin Gorda, the view is stunning and the sunrises are spectacular.

Coral Bay Eco-Retreat offers the unique opportunity to be in a remote location, yet only half a mile from the heart of Coral Bay and a mile hike to the beach. It's perfect for hikers and adventurers wanting to get away from it all and experience island eco-living “off the beaten path” in a tropical setting. Experience quiet for writing, relaxing or contemplation, punctuated by the sounds of the surf, birds, tree frogs, island sheep and donkeys. One guest claimed, 'As I watched the sun go down, I felt my blood pressure do the same!' Others have called this home a treehouse, as it is surrounded by trees, has trees growing through the decks, and even has a tree growing right next to the bed!

The large open deck is nestled among the trees and is perfect for admiring the view, meditating during sunrise (we call it the Morning Show) or for star-gazing on a balmy Caribbean night. It offers a glass-top umbrella table for outdoor dining with a view, a Weber grill and a Pawley Island hammock for two for the owner's favorite sport: hammock-warming! It is accessed by 'the stairway to heaven', 44 steps up to the house, lighted by solar lights and dotted with hoop-vine and turpentine trees.

The deck connects through double cypress doors to the living room which has a large comfy sofa, old-style rocking chair, books, DVD player/screen, charging area for electronic devices and Caribbean art, mostly of Caribbean women, created by Caribbean women. Generally, a strong cell phone signal is usually available, especially for AT&T and free wireless internet..

The island-style open-air kitchen features a very busy hummingbird feeder and a coconut banana quit feeder, attracting many tiny yellow banana quits (official bird of the Virgin Islands) who land on your hand to enjoy sugar, greeting you each morning. This old-time Caribbean style kitchen has a mermaid theme with hanging island baskets and kitchen antiques collected on down-island travels including iron skillets, kettles, even an old island school bell. The porch-style kitchen overlooks a herb /aloe/papaya garden and utilizes solar-warmed rainwater that is gravity-fed from a small water tower. For true water conservation and in keeping with old island traditions, the “dishwasher” is a set of dishpans in which dishwater is saved for deck and garden plants. It has a spacious solar-powered Sunfrost frig (no freezer), a non-electronic six-burner stove and oven (no microwave), a bar-style seating area overlooking the view, dishes, bamboo and eco-cookware coffee-bean grinder and a stove-top toaster. A Stefani ceramic eco-water filter and several gallons of purified island drinking water are provided.

Two bedrooms offer fabulous views from your pillow, both with queen beds with natural cotton bedding in tropical colors, lots of pillows, a heavenly duvet and romantic and practical mosquito netting. Cooled by the tradewinds, there are also fans and low-wattage reading lights for your comfort. The downstairs open-to-nature bedroom has a private full bath, garden with island mural (created by our first guest), massage table area and deck with a tree growing bedside and a coconut shell bird feeder . The white loft bedroom is accessed by a stairway from the living room, features a Caribbean style hip roof/ceiling, boat-style awning/hatches, a modified four-poster bed and photos of St. John beaches.

Open-air bathrooms feature fixtures with water-conservation flushes, a half bath on the main-floor and an outdoor garden shower. Rain water is collected from the roof, stored in cisterns, considered precious, limited and carefully conserved. Guests are encouraged to take the St. John Eco-Challenge: take cool-water St John eco-showers (not hot), limit flushing, turn off lights, dry your hair in the breeze and leave an 'island eco-footprint, flip-flop style'!

At this eco-retreat, you are at one with nature; the perfect place for you if you're okay with walking up hills (from the driveway to the house!), up steps (44 of them to the house), love to hike and drive a rough trail in four-wheel drive. If you're not highly allergic, critter-phobic or sensitive to tropical gheckos (little lizards) or occasion flying bugs who visit this open-air home, you'll love it! Generally, the tradewinds keep mosquitoes and no-see-ums to a minimum and frogs and hermit crabs are our natural bug exterminators! Since it's off-the-grid, there are no hair dryers, microwave, dishwasher, hot water (Note: It is warm), air conditioners...or even a kitchen sink! But in their place are awesome views, privacy, gentle breezes and star-lit nights...and high speed internet! Take the St. John Eco Challenge and see how small your environmental carbon footprint can be!

If you want a great view, peace and quiet, eco-adventure and a natural setting, then Coral Bay Eco-retreat is the home for you! Must love birds!





Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 692 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Concierge
          • Massage

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            For safety considerations, the minimum age for guests would be 8 years old...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Pets Considered
          • Children Welcome:

            One child over age 8; home is not suitable/safe for young children....moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

          • 'Love Nest' Bedroom : 1 queen

            Open air,mosquito net,adjacent bathroom,tree & birds by bed...moreless

          • 'Life's A Beach' Loft Bedroom : 1 queen

            Custom-built bed, view of the BVI from pillow,steps from LR,...moreless

          • THE LOVE NEST includes suite of custom queen bedroom area with deck, overlooking Caribbean Sea, bright Caribbean organic cotton linens, lightweight comforter, lots of pillows, a tree growing through deck beside bed with coconut bird feeder, private bath with shower, bedroom garden, massage table and linens, bright Caribbean art, mural and painting on recycled linoleum, collage. Located on separate level with steps down from kitchen and open-air setting, mosquito net, reading light and fan. Views of sunrise and sea without having to lift your head! THE LIFES A BEACH LOFT features a custom queen bed, photography of St. John beaches by St. John photographers, a custom queen bed with bright Caribbean organic cotton linens, lots of pillows and views of the BVI, the sunrise and the sea without lifting your head! Accessed from the living room up steps lined with Caribbean artwork, open air, shutters, mosquito net, reading light, fan, safe....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • 'Master' Bathroom : toilet, shower

            Part of the 'master suite', water conserving fixtures...moreless

          • Main level bathroom: toilet, outdoor shower

            Half bath on main level; separate outdoor/garden shower...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Although this is a two-bedroom home, it is requested that a maximum of two guests enjoy the home, primarily because it is off-the-grid and in terms of sustainability of rainwater and solar power, more than two guests is too much on the eco-system of the property. It is ideal for two people who want separate areas as well as a romantic setting with extra space for both guests to have their own space as well as the intimacy of the Love Nest or the Loft....moreless

              Entertainment

              • DVD Player
              • Books

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Bay/Sound
              • Churches
              • Duty Free Shops
              • Festivals
              • Forests
              • Reefs
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Horseshoes
              • Paddle Boating
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Massage Therapist

              Location Type

              • Ocean View:

                Bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Hole, Coral Bay Harbor, British Virgin Islands out to Virgin Gorda...moreless

              • Water View:

                Bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Hole, Coral Bay Harbor, British Virgin Islands out to Virgin Gorda...moreless

              • Rural:

                Bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, Located on the historic and remote Johnny Horn Trail, only two other houses on our private road, the community includes wandering donkeys and sheep!...moreless

              • Mountain View:

                The Eco Retreat overlooks beautiful and majestic Bordeaux Mountain, the highest point on St. John as well as other St. John mountains forming a chain that goes down to the sea...moreless

              sports and adventure activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Paragliding
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Wind-Surfing

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Dining:

                    Outdoor dining at glass-top umbrella table, four swivel chairs, located on deck overlooking sea, surrounded by trees; also kitchen bar-type dining area for two overlooking sea with hummingbird feeder...moreless

                  • Seating for 4 people

                  General

                  • Parking:

                    parking area downhill from house-requires walking up to steps to access house, about 100'...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    high speed wi fi in living room...moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    good cell phone reception especially AT&T...moreless

                  • Linens Provided:

                    all natural linens, tropical colors...moreless

                  • Towels Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    comfy couch, DVD player, wifi, rocking chair, 6' wide cypress doors open to views of sea and to open deck, surrounded by porch...moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Kitchen
                  • Refrigerator:

                    Sunfrost 12v energy saving frig-large capacity-no freezer...moreless

                  • Stove:

                    Mabe six-burner propane stove...moreless

                  • Oven:

                    Mabe stove and oven...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Coffee Maker:

                    French press and coffee bean grinder...moreless

                  • Toaster:

                    stove-top camper-style; works over burners on top of stove...moreless

                  Outside

                  • Balcony:

                    open air decks surround the house including a large dining deck with a tree growing through it, hammock and weber grill, four-person glass-top table; bedroom deck off Love Nest bedroom...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Open deck 30x30 with double Pawley Island hammock and dining area, trees growing through it, solar lights, perfect for star-gazing or ocean viewing; favorite sport: hammock warming!...moreless

                  • Water Sports Gear:

                    Beach gear, floats, beach chairs and umbrella, beach towels, picnic basket, coolers...moreless

                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Summer Discount
                  Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                  4 night min stay
                  $125
                  Weather Watcher! Season
                  Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  $125
                  Fall Discounted Season
                  Oct 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  $150
                  December Holidays Season
                  Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2015
                  7 night min stay
                  $250

                  Changeover Day: Saturday

                  Escape the Cold: Winter Season
                  Jan 4 - Apr 5, 2015
                  7 night min stay
                  $225
                  My Standard Rate
                  5 night min stay
                  $125

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Tax Rate 10%

                  Notes:

                  Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

                  Rates listed are for 1-2 guests, maximum allowed in order to be sustainable with resources.

                  Five-seven night minimum throughout the year and 7 night minimum during winter holidays.

                  Generally full payment at time of booking. Option of 50% of rental cost at time of booking; 50% balance due 60 days prior to arrival.

                  Security deposit:$500 due two weeks before arrival

                  Cancellation: More than 60 days before arrival date: 94% refund

                  Less than 60 days before arrival date: 94% refund only if re-rented for the same dates

                  Traveler's insurance recommended during hurricane season


                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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                  Last updated: 07/17/2014
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                  Location

                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  St. Thomas (STT)
                  7 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Cruz Bay
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Waterlemon Cay famous snorkeling beach
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Skinny Legs Bar and Grill
                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  St. Thomas
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Coral Bay Oasis Pickles, Skinny Legs, Island Blues

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  The Coral Bay Eco Retreat is located in Coral Bay, St. John on the border of the Virgin Islands National Park, off the historic and challenging Johnny Horn trail, about half a mile from the beautiful Emmaus Moravian Church, a mile from the beach, a few miles from an organic farm. The Trail requires an adventurous spirit and is traveled only by 4 wheel drive vehicle, horseback or hiking. Hiking up the trail takes you to the historic Annaberg Sugar ruins, the Brown Bay Trail, Leinster Bay and the snorkeling gem, Waterlemon Cay.

                  Hiking or driving down the trail leads to the “heart of Coral Bay” with its popular restaurants and bars that often have live entertainment and where you can hang out with friendly “locals” such as Skinny Legs, Pickles, Island Blues, Aqua Bistro and Donkey Diner. There are two Coral Bay island markets with ATM’s and two mail services amd shops including the CocoLobo complex. The Vitran bus stop is at the end of the Trail and offers an opportunity to travel west to the Reef Bay Trail and on to Cruz Bay or east to Shipwreck Landing, Miss Lucy’s, yoga classes at Concordia and beautiful Salt Pond Bay…and it only cost a buck! Beware, taking that bus sometimes involves long waits as it runs on island time. If you have a jeep or are a hitch-hiker (it’s generally safe on St. John), you can also access nearby Josephine’s organic farm or the world-famous northshore beaches of St. John, less than a mile-hike away.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2000

                  About the owner: 26 year resident of St. John, Allison offers her eco-home to fellow nature-lover guests as a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. She built the home herself (with a little help from her friends!) over a period of 15 years during a time of minimal access to basic construction services; ie she took materials up the rigorous Johnny Horn Trail in her jeep! She's created a natural home, complete with birds that land in your hand and hopes that you'll find the same serenity as you watch the sunrise from your bed! She lives on a nearby smaller island and is readily available to help in any way. She grew up in Florida and sailed to the Virgin Islands in her own sailboat, spending six months at sea en route. She has devoted her life to that of service, first as a school counselor, then as the 'island shrink' and founder and director of the islands first non-profit organization, the People Moving Forward Foundation. Later she and her daughter founded Viva Villas, a successful property management company on St. John and Sunshine Jeep rental. Guided to create spiritual growth opportunities, she created Rejuvenation Vacations, specializing in retreats for relaxation, yoga and spiritual growth. She has taught workshops and classes on A Course in Miracles, prosperity consciousness, living an optimum life experience and coordinates retreats for individuals on St. John. She has a beautiful daughter, Angie, and five fabulous grandchildren, three of whom are on St. John.

                  Why the Owner Chose Coral Bay:
                  The Coral Bay Eco Retreat offers an opportunity to experience off-the-grid living in a tropical setting. The energy of the area, overlooking the VI National Park as well as bordering it provides a serene and peaceful setting with an awesome view and silence, a rare commodity in these times! At one point, it was a haven for 'rescue goats' who had been injured or abandoned, as an adjunct to the island's animal care center, hosting as many as 15 little goats in a stable built by her and her grandson. This house is like no other, unique and sweet, simple and close to nature.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  * Location! Located on the historic Johnny Horn Trail, on the border of the Virgin Islands National Park, you're only a half mile jeep ride or hike from the heart of Coral Bay with its shops, bars and restaurants and a mile from the beaches of the VI National Park including the famous snorkeling of Waterlemon Cay. Peaceful and quiet! * Unique home: open air, solar-powered, gathered rain water, trees growing through the decks, birds that land in your hand!Totally sustainable. * Massage table on site for home-based massage visits


                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english
                   

                  Photos

                  • Stunning view of Hurricane Hole, British Virgin Islands,Caribbean Sea, mountains

                    Stunning view of Hurricane Hole, British Virgin Islands,Caribbean Sea, mountains

                  • Tiny Banana Quits (Virgin Islands national bird) land in your hand for sugar!

                    Tiny Banana Quits (Virgin Islands national bird) land in your hand for sugar!

                  • Expansive view over the Caribbean Sea creates spectacular sunrises and sunsets

                    Expansive view over the Caribbean Sea creates spectacular sunrises and sunsets

                  • The open-air bedroom boasts a heavenly bed with mosquito net and a bedside tree

                    The open-air bedroom boasts a heavenly bed with mosquito net and a bedside tree

                  • The 'Master suite's' bathroom offers an interior shower and water conservation

                    The 'Master suite's' bathroom offers an interior shower and water conservation

                  • Wrap around porches and open decks for viewing options-note solar panels on roof

                    Wrap around porches and open decks for viewing options-note solar panels on roof

                  • Open air kitchen features six-burner stove, solar frig,birds -no dishwasher here

                    Open air kitchen features six-burner stove, solar frig,birds -no dishwasher here

                  • Built on two levels plus a loft, the retreat offers large decks and porches

                    Built on two levels plus a loft, the retreat offers large decks and porches

                  • The yellow pen points to the location of our home, surrounded by blue waters!

                    The yellow pen points to the location of our home, surrounded by blue waters!

                  • A remote setting offers privacy and quiet, only neighbor is white roof to left

                    A remote setting offers privacy and quiet, only neighbor is white roof to left

                  • Sunrises are spectacular over the mountains and sea-we call it the morning show!

                    Sunrises are spectacular over the mountains and sea-we call it the morning show!

                  • The panoramic view extends to Bordeaux mountain peaks and Coral Bay harbor

                    The panoramic view extends to Bordeaux mountain peaks and Coral Bay harbor

                  • A private road to the home is rocky & steep, adds more adventure; be careful!

                    A private road to the home is rocky & steep, adds more adventure; be careful!

                  $125 - $250 per night (USD)
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                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 3

                  View calendar: Updated 07/17/14
                  Minimum stay: 4-7 nights
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