Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
About Charlette Wernig
Mom & I are the two faces at Sonnenskuss these days since dad's passing in '05. Dad was a champion swimmer, and, with the help of a letter from Gene Tunney, was able to pick Key West, Fla. as his venue of choice to teach aquatic warfare during WWII. Mom, born in Germany (hence,Sonnenskuss), was a beautiful young ballet dancer. Two physical specimens, and just married, the newlyweds were able to live together off base. Dad loved his active duty in Key West (their first son was born at the naval hospital). He loved the heat & the water. Decades later, mom & dad (George & Charlette) began taking regular winter cruises throughout the Caribbean on the 'Bremen'. In '67 mom read about Cinnamon Bay in the NY Times, followed by consecutive annual stays at the campground. Our family fell in love with St. John, purchased a Serendip condo unit ('72-'73), and began the search for an ideal location to design & build a home in paradise. Mom & dad were always a 'perfect team' - proactive with enthusiasm - so, dad designed Sonnenskuss, loaded two 40' containers on L.I. (all bldg. materials, appliances, jeep, etc.) and commenced building in '79. The apartment was never touched by a '96 hurricane which purged the house of it's wooden structure. Rebuilt in masonry in '98, Sonnenskuss winter seasons provided infinite joy for my parents & friends - and continue to provide for guests new & old. Welcome!
Charlette Wernig purchased this Apartment in 1976
Why Charlette Wernig chose Estate Enighed
* a large, clean, bright & airy apartment * extremely convenient, secluded & private * faces sunsets 365 days a year * on the NP boundary, yet, only 4 blocks from the ferry dock * 250' elevation overview of Cruz Bay Harbor, beautiful Mongoose Junction & STT
What makes this Apartment unique
* exclusive guest parking bay * in very low density neighborhood *surrounded by tropical vegetation with birdlife & deer & donkey visitations * on the edge of the NP with it's forests literally outside a wall of glass * absolutely walkable to town & beaches
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Cancellations made at least 90 days before check-in qualify for a full refund. Also, a full refund is honored once the booking is filled by another.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Best Caribbean Vacation Ever!!
We have vacationed on almost every Caribbean Island looking for our "Go To" spot. We ultimately found St. John as that spot and have returned on several occasions. We are avid snorkelers and enjoy peace and quiet when not on a beach or in the the water. The most recent visit was the best we ever had because of our stay at Estate Enighed.
The online pictures do not approach the actual beauty of the island views which were extraordinary, morning, noon and night.
The studio was spotless and appointed with all of the necessaries, including access to everything needed for the beach.
About 150 yards down the road is Mongoose Junction although you would never know it was there once on the property. This is due to the pleasingly unique and all enveloping landscaping created by our host Gary. From the first step toward the Studio until arriving to the wrap around deck you travel through a surround of tropical plants, trees, and ground cover accented by an exquisite hand made sculptured fountain. It is this blend of environment and location that makes you feel as if you are on a completely secluded part of the island.
Finally, our host Gary was more accommodating and courteous than most people find from their own family members. Gary's hospitality made this visit an 11 out of 10, and we will return to Estate Enighed for our future visits to St. John.
Thank you Gary.
Marc & Kelley
We had a wonderful vacation here! The apartment was perfect and Gary a great host. Peaceful, and private yet walkable to town.The view was gorgeous any time of day or night. We appreciated the use of the cooler, beach towels, and beach chairs, snorkel gear. Gary gave some helpful tips on where to visit. Loved that we arrived to a bottle of champagne and beer to celebrate our anniversary- nice touch. A little slice of paradise!
My husband and I have just checked out from this wonderful spot in Cruz Bay after spending almost 2 weeks there. It is not easy to leave! Imagine every evening watching the sunset with a cocktail from your private balcony - enjoying the views of the harbor and islands beyond with your morning coffee, and watching the tropical rainfall and plentiful birds in the leafy garden around you.
Gary was unable to be on the island during our stay but was in contact with us throughout - very helpful in making sure we had all we needed. Mike, Don and Jane were excellent helpers as well and made sure we lacked for nothing. The unit is bright, sparkling clean, and newly remodeled with Everything you need for a very pleasant stay. We did not rent a car, but found it very easy to walk to all the shops, restaurants and taxis at the bottom of the hill. We made dinner at home a few nights, as well as all of our breakfasts. As confirmed by other reviewers, it’s a nice steep walk up the hill, but we found it prevented us from absorbing too many of the calories from those cocktails! We are in our mid 50s and did not find it to be too difficult.
Beach chairs, towels, noodles, coolers, and snorkel and mask sets are at all available for your use.
An added bonus is the lovely garden and landscaping surrounding the unit, a charming and unique entryway with curving stone steps is a pleasant welcome.
We would love to return one day soon -and highly recommend this unit to anyone looking for a quiet getaway, but still close to everything in Cruz Bay.
My husband and I just got back from a wonderful time in St. John and part of the reason for that is thanks to our stay at Sonnenskuss. First you get to the property at the hill right next to Mongoose Junction, so you are close to town and on the edge of the north shore beaches. After parking below the residence you enter the property at what seems like your own ‘secret garden’. You walk up stone gravel steps surrounded by lush landscaping with the sounds of birds all around you. Then you get to the deck and OH MY what incredible views! Sunsets are a must here. The studio itself is clean, bright and airy and equipped with everything you need. Pride of ownership is very apparent. Gary was a wonderful host who has been a long term resident of St. John. This was our 8th trip to St. John and I can easily say we would highly recommend Sonnenskuss to any couples looking for a great place to stay.
Great location and beautiful views!
This is our fourth trip to St John in five years. We absolutely love it here! We’re in agreement with all the other reviews, the location and views were awesome. So close to town. The hike up and down the hill with gear was challenging but in a good way! Just think of it as a free workout (guilt free eating and drinking). We’re in our early 50’s and did fine. The unit itself was a great size. Lots of storage space, large shower, plenty of bath towels, great counter space in the bathroom, ceiling fans in bedroom and living area plus a few more regular fans you can put anywhere, very comfy king bed. The only negative was lack of a stocked kitchen. We usually have a big breakfast and pack lunches for on the road and maybe cook an easy dinner once or twice a week during our stay. It had great pots and pans, few pieces of silverware (as in 3 forks), only one sharp paring knife, few cups, dishes were fine but no dishwasher (I knew that prior)but no dish drying rack. Things I wish it had: measuring cups and spoons, drink pitcher, storage containers for leftovers, reusable freezie packs for coolers, spices, foils, ziplocks etc. Luckily, we have lots of camping experience so we managed fine. The outdoor beach supplies were great! Two size coolers (12 pack & 6 pack), pool noodles, swim fins, 4 beach towels, reclining high back beach chairs.
The north shore beaches were our favorite as well as Salt Pond over by Coral Bay. Great snorkeling at Salt Pond, Francis Bay and Waterlemon Cay. When you’re at Salt Pond, make sure you do the hike up the Rams Head Trail and do the small hike over to Drunk Bay to see all the interesting stone designs. Favorite restaurants we’re Lucky Chops (great prices and gluten free options), Lime Inn, and Greengos. We just love the relaxing vibe of the island and can’t wait to plan our next trip!
Perfect Location, Amazing Views, Awesome Owner
This was our first time staying on the island of St John, and it won't be the last! Gary is the most hospitable owner! He picked us up at the ferry with our luggage to take us to the apartment. His knowledge of the island really helped us to make the most of our visit, as we spent our days out exploring, hiking, and visiting beaches. We were able to use coolers, beach chairs, beach towels, and water "noodles" to take to the beaches.
The apartment itself is much more spacious than we even imagined, everything in working order and beautifully maintained. The bed was very comfortable! Our favorite part was sitting out on the deck overlooking Cruz Bay with coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. We were able to walk down the hill to Mongoose Junction and then where ever we wanted to have dinner each evening. Yes, it is a steep walk to get back up to the apartment later, but we appreciated the exercise. If you can't handle the steep hill, you could just drive. Gary took the time one evening to drive us to his other property to see a sunset - what a spectacular vista with 360 degree views! He was always willing to help us in any way we needed and could not have been more accommodating. Thank you Gary!