Submitted: November 13, 2012
Stayed: November 2012
My family and I just returned from a 10-day stay at Cabrita Cliff Haus. The second we walked in and saw the amazing view, we didn't want to leave the house! There is no reason to. It is the best view on the island! The house was great...it was fully equipped with everything we needed. The patio/pool is amazing...it was perfect for watching all the boats, wildlife and sunrise and sunset. The kitchen had everything for cooking and grilling. We had our two small children with us (ages 9 mos and 2 yrs) and it even came equipped with a crib, a pack-n-play and two high chairs! This was a big help.
Walter and Jane were wonderful in giving us any information or recommendations we needed. They suggested a boat charter with Dive Aquamarine, and we booked the VIP day trip--it was one of the best experiences and days we've ever had. We swam with sea turtles, snorkeled with tons of yellow-tailed snapper and had tons of amazing food and drinks prepared by the AMAZING crew, while watching the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen. Do it!
I was initially nervous about the house for the kids...was afraid my two-year-old would find a way to fall off the cliff or something! But it felt very safe, a lot of foliage so it is not just a sheer drop off. As long as you keep the kids away from the spiral staircase, which is steep, the rest of the house seems very safe.
The only negative I can speak of was the America's Cup Suite where my kids were staying had a very musty odor. But in fairness, Jane and Walter didn't initially know we would be using that room, and had I said something earlier, they said they had dehumidifiers that they could have run to get the mustiness out...not a huge deal. But on the other hand, that suite was awesome for the kids...it is away from the other rooms and has a living room and kitchen, so we could all hang out there in the mornings before everyone else was awake, as to not disturb them!
Also the road leading up to the house is a bit treacherous...but like others said, we had a minivan and a small rental car and both did fine.
Nothing is in walking distance because of the "dangerous" roads, but the Ritz and Secret Harbour beaches are no more than a 5 minute drive from CCH. Red Hook is just a 7-8 minute drive and there are many places to eat there, as as well as the ferry to St John and some of the BVIs.
Thank you Walter and Jane for a fabulous stay at CCH. I will be dreaming about that view until the next time we return! Cheers!
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: Hi Laurie, thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful and detailed review.
We're sorry that you found the America's Cup Suite musty. Cabrita Cliff Haus has light occupancy from August through October during the height of hurricane season and as you said, with advance notice we could have aired it out properly.
The estate roads on Cabrita Point are not public roads. Fortunately one of the residents owns a paving company and paved all but two short sections. Most of our guests and Ritz Carlton guests love to jog out on the peninsula. Its safe, secluded 'island feeling' and little or no traffic makes it a great place to exercise.
Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Best regards, Jane & Walter
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