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Recent USVI/St. John reviews

  • Spectacular setting

    "We just spent a week at the House of Open Arms in the cottage. Everything was perfect from the time we stepped off the ferry in St. John where Catherine Perry, the owner, was waiting for us. She took us to our car rental and then we followed her back to Coral Bay where House of Open Arms is located. The setting is so spectacular it took our breath away. The cottage itself is lovely and perfectly decorated. It has a beautiful outdoor shower with that magnificent view! The dinner she prepared upon our arrival was delicious and so appreciated after 14 hours of travel. The rest of the week was an adventure. We did a lot of snorkeling and even tried a day of diving (6-Paq Scuba). The island is full of places to investigate and the snorkeling was unbelievable. Catherine directed us to places off the beaten track and we were never disappointed. She was always available for questions, but was unobtrusive otherwise. Our overall experience was 5 star. After a busy day on the island we got to return to the cottage and the beautiful view off the deck where bannanaquits were waiting for their sugar (and would feed out of your hand if you wanted!). My husband says one of his favorite places on planet earth is the chair on that deck!! We miss that view, but are grateful we experienced it! We want to go back and plan a trip for 2 weeks as one week went so fast. If you stay at the House of Open Arms Cottage, you will need 4 wheel drive to get up her driveway and once you get there will have to navigate quite a few steps (much less at the villa). However, my husband is 60 and I am 59 and we were fine. Again, it was part of the adventure and always worth it when we arrived at the cottage! When you plan a vacation from a distance, you never really know how it will turn out. This vacation & location exceeded our expectations!."
    Guest: Kelly C. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 6, 2016
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  • Exactly what we we're looking for

    "Everything about this property was lovely. Marcia and Sam we're so very gracious. All day breezes kept us cool. The house had everything we needed for a more than comfortable stay. Looking forward to our next trip back. Will definitely stay again!"
    Guest: rose a. Date of Stay: April 2016 Review Submitted: April 30, 2016
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  • Comfortable and charming - again!

    "Once again we had a fabulous week at Christmas Cottage. The description is accurate, but as I said last year, it's a bit better in person, full of personality and very comfy. Super clean when we arrived, and Marcia is an attentive, experienced host, always just a text away if we have a question or need anything.Would highly recommend for anyone who wants a true island experience. Although it's close to her other house, it's amazingly private! As always we enjoy everything about St. John and particularly Coral Bay. Dinners and music at Skinny Legs and Concordia (esp. Monday night), dinner at Oasis more than once...and Aqua Bistro was also very good. Lots of hiking and time at the beaches. We'll be back!"
    Guest: Linda R. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: March 13, 2016
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  • David

    "Our family was blessed to have found such a beautiful home on the south side of St. John with easy access to all the island has to offer. Superb home with open island feel and plenty of space to unwind. Gorgeous views along the expansive porch overlooking the ocean below that provides ample shade to stay cool on hot days. The exterior landscaping and pool area were fantastic along with a high quality gas grill to cook fresh fish from The Fish Trap in Cruz Bay. Each bedroom is spacious and relaxing and spread out in the home from each other for privacy. The kitchen has every amenity that you could ever require a coffee maker, blender, pots and pans, cooking knives, etc... There was a full spice rack for your creations. Making the arrangements was easy and Hilarie assisted with our jeep rental. Any questions or concerns were promptly addressed however we really didn't have any issues since the home was great. As someone else noted, the end of the road is gravel and a bit bumpy but don't be alarmed since it keeps other people from adventuring to the home for privacy and once you make it to the home the first time it is not a problem. Going for walks down the road to boatmen point is nice and there is always the Easterly Trade Winds to keep you cool. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay on the island and would strongly recommend Hart Bay Ridge and working with Hilarie. Wifi throughout the home is great for teenagers. Excellent TV and satellite with Blu Ray in two spots in the home to watch movies or listen to music."
    Guest: Dave Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 13, 2016
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