Coral Bay Eco Retreattropical Living Off the Grid:Hike to Beach!Natural,Peaceful(28 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:5-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Tropical 2BR eco-cottage;If you loved Maho Bay,you'll love this!On hiking trail!
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/partially screened 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 solar 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, night-blooming cirrus and turpentine trees.
The deck connects through double cypress doors to the screened-in 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/spinach/basil/banana/pineapple garden and utilizes solar-warmed rainwater that is gravity-fed from a small water tower made of recycled 'drums'. For true water conservation and in keeping with old island traditions, the “dishwasher” is a dishpan/bamboo dishdrainer 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. Eight gallons of purified island drinking water (in recycled gallon jugs) 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, puffy duvet and romantic and practical mosquito netting. Cooled by the tradewinds, there are also low-wattage reading lights. The downstairs 'Love Nest', 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 'Life's a Beach' loft bedroom is screened-in and 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 indoor shower 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 a zero '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 solar-warmed), air conditioners...or even a kitchen sink! But in their place are awesome views, privacy, gentle breezes, only natural sounds 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!
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Member since: 2013
- 692 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 3
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3
- 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, 1 Half Bathroom
- 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
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Duty Free Shops
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View:
- Ocean View:
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
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
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
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Pantry Items
- Deck / Patio:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
5 night min stay
2017 off season
May 1 - Oct 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2017
5 night min stay
2017 holiday season
Dec 16 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay
escape the cold 2018
Jan 6 - Mar 31, 2018
7 night min stay
Apr 1 - May 31, 2018
5 night min stay
Jun 1 - Dec 21, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 12.5%
There's a fully refundable $500 security deposit for first-time bookings. I send a request a week or two before your arrival and refund it promptly after your departure, assuming everything is okay at the retreat.
I'm willing to work out different payment terms; 50% payment at booking and balance due 60 days before arrival. Creative financing is okay too if you need to do something different.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Rates listed are for 1-2 guests, extra fee for thrid person in order to be sustainable with resources.
Five-seven night minimum throughout the year and 7 night minimum during winter holidays.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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 and 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.
Year Purchased: 2000
About: 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 Estate Emmaus, Saint John, USVI:
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
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Stunning view of Hurricane Hole, British Virgin Islands,Caribbean Sea, mountains
Tiny Banana Quits (Virgin Islands national bird) land in your hand for sugar!
Expansive view over the Caribbean Sea creates spectacular sunrises and sunsets
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
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
A private road to the home is rocky & steep, adds more adventure; be careful!
View from the deck
Built on two levels plus a loft, the retreat offers large decks and porches
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
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
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