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Reef Bay Cottage - Expansive Water Views, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Reef Bay Cottage

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Reef Bay Cottage - Expansive Water Views, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Reef Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Native stone cottage, 1 bedroom/bath plus **2nd bedroom/bath available

A charming, native stone cottage, designed by an award winning architect. Located on the south side of St. John, at the edge of Fish Bay with unobstructed views into the turquoise water of Reef Bay extending east to Rams Head and south to St. Croix in the distance.

The one bedroom cottage is perfect for honeymooners and or couples looking for a getaway. A second bedroom, available for additional fee, located on the lower level with a separate outdoor access.

Just beyond the cottage, a few minutes on foot to the National Park trail that leads down to Reef Bay beach, a beautiful sandy beach to spend the day. Ideal for snorkeling when the seas are calm or surfing with the locals when the waves are up.

Whether you are traveling as one couple or two, Reef Bay Cottage is a convenient drive into town or an additional 10 minutes to National Park north shore sandy beaches.

The main level of the cottage has a dining room/area with the kitchen to one side and living room on the opposite side. Just past the living room with native stone walls, step through the French doors to the tranquil bedroom. The comfortable, traditional queen sized mahogany, four poster bed is elevated and fitted with organic cotton duvet. A spacious vanity/desk accented with a native stone wall located between the bedroom and bathroom with views on two sides. Enjoy getting ready with ocean views directly in front of you.

Bathroom has white marble counter top and mahogany cabinets. Separate door leads to the outdoor shower, private and fully tiled. Enjoy your shower with the sun filled days or starry nights.

The living room is furnished with a very comfortable, fully upholstered sofa and arm chair. Enjoy movie nights on the flat screen television.

The kitchen has granite counter tops, mahogany cabinets and stainless steel appliances, outdoor gas grill. Well furnished with cooking utensils and a beautiful water view from the kitchen window.

The cottage is fully air-conditioned and stocked with beach towels, beach coolers, reading materials and a hat library for those who prefer to pack light.

Step out onto the east sun deck to enjoy the ocean view with sounds of the waves as it reaches the sandy shoreline. During winter months, keep a look out for whales migrating through.

For an additional fee, the second bedroom on the lower level is furnished with a queen-sized, hand carved mahogany headboard from Tanzania, indoor bathroom and shower to one side and laundry room on the opposite end. This second bedroom is not intended for younger children/guests requiring supervision due to separate outdoor access.

The pool is located up the hill, on the grounds between the cottage and main house. Guests can enjoy the exclusive use of the pool during their stay.

Reef Bay is a sandy National Park beach. To access, walk just a couple of minutes, 100 yards +/-, to the trail head. 'Agility' is necessary due to the uneven steps to the beach. Please note other sandy beaches are easily accessible along the North Shore, about a 20 minute drive from the cottage.

Owner/Manager reserves the right to refuse rental to any party at their complete discretion. This rental is located in a residential neighborhood, please respect noise level in the evenings.

Reserve your spot today to ensure you have your place in the sun. Due to popular demand we suggest reserving early, reservations have been taken 18+ months in advance. Guests included clients building their own island dream home, honeymooners and parents to be on a baby moon. We've hosted brides and grooms, couples that came down as boyfriends/girlfriends and left engaged, she said 'yes'! Whether it's a special occasion, birthday, anniversary or just getting away. Hosts a rapid growing list of guests that continue their annual migration to St. John and find home once they arrive at Reef Bay Cottage.

This popular by demand, native stone cottage is designed by an award winning architect that is also a contractor and real estate broker. Whether you'd like to stay a week or the rest of your life, he can help find your perfect paradise. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions and we look forward to seeing you on-island.

Relax, unwind, put your feet up, Reef Bay Cottage is home while you are here. St. John, US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, we may drive on the left side of the road but it's worth it to see the tropical sunsets, palm trees blowing in the wind, and white sandy beaches just to name a few.

Main Level Enclosed Area: 702 Sq. Ft.

Balconies & Patio: 400 Sq. Ft.

Second Bedroom Enclosed Area: 148 sq. ft.

Total Square Footage: 1,245 Sq. Ft.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Reef Bay Cottage (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

Spectacular getaway cottage! Designed and built by the best architect in the Virgin Islands. Great views, quiet location, wonderful hosts.
Oct 2008
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Reef Bay Cottage - Expansive Water Views, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
average rating of 4.92 based on 28 reviews

The Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Reef Bay Cottage was a great place to experience St. John. The cottage had everything we needed and more. The kitchen was well stocked with all the pots, pans, and utensils you can think of as well as beach chairs, umbrellas, and snorkeling gear. The bathroom was stocked as well, with shampoo, soap, lotion, and bug spray. I could have left my entire bathroom bag at home. The photos on the website matched the cottage exactly. The beach was a short walk away and provided the perfect setting for a quiet relaxing afternoon. The cottage is in a very peaceful area with the busy town of Cruz Bay only a short drive away. It was the perfect place for the perfect vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect honeymoon getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Reef Bay Cottage for the latter part of our honeymoon and wish we had stayed here the entire time. The cottage was exactly as described and came with everything that we needed for our daily excursions (coolers, beach chairs, beach towels, bug spray, etc.). We were able to get some groceries upon our arrival so that I could make breakfast and also pack lunch before we headed out for the day. I even grilled dinner a couple of nights on the gas grill. The kitchen was fully stocked with all the condiments and coffee, tea, sugar, etc. We enjoyed our coffee on the patio every morning overlooking the waves crashing on Reef Bay. We spent the late afternoons with cocktails at the pool which overlooks the ocean - a great way to wind down after our adventures. Seng was the most accommodating host as well and really gave the trip that extra touch that will make us return in the future. I would recommend having a rental car since it is a little off the beaten path - very secluded which is what we wanted on our honeymoon. It is only about a 10-15 minute drive into town for all the bars, restaurants, and shopping. One of the unique aspects of St. John is driving the winding hilly roads - absolutely amazing scenery and vistas throughout the island. Already looking forward to our next St. John trip!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Berwyn, PA

Beautiful Retreat!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage was even more beautiful than we expected! So many perfect details from the beautiful decor and french doors to the beach towels and chairs, kitchen stocked with coffee, tea, sugar, condiments, etc. We were welcomed with a beach bag filled with snacks and a bottle of rum. The cottage had fresh island flowers throughout. The view is amazing, the location is private and serene, yet a short drive to town. It was the perfect place for a much needed vacation. Seng was a wonderful host. We would definitely stay here again in a heart beat!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
New York, NY

True Island Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had previously stayed at hotels/inns on the island, but decided we were comfortable enough to live like locals this time around. We could not have picked a more perfect oasis-- Reef Bay Cottage is close enough to get into town, but removed enough to enjoy the true tranquility that we love about St. John. Seng the owner was extremely easy to arrange with and was so welcoming the minute we arrived! She stressed how important it was to give her guests privacy but we also felt she was accessible for any questions--which we never had because she gave such a thorough introduction and recommendations!

The cottage was perfect for us as a couple and had literally everything we could have needed-- even bug spray which at that time of year was necessary! We made use of the grill/lovely kitchen to make some at-home meals, cocktails on the terrace and visited the beach each evening for a dusk stroll. We still ventured out a few nights to Cruz Bay and found the usually crowded roads pretty empty in the evening hours to make for easier navigation of the tight--and sometimes harrowing--roads.

We also loved that we could access our favorite trail, Reef Bay from walking the beach from the cottage with a few rock scrambles in between-it made for a much more interesting trek than in years' past!

All in all, renting Reef Bay Cottage was the perfect first foray into our assimilation as more local than tourist, and Seng and her gorgeous property set a high standard. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the most magical spots imaginable!

  • 5 of 5

Seng and her property are total gems! Seng went above and beyond in responsiveness and exudes a true joy and helpfulness in hosting. From a thoughtfully-stocked, monogrammed gift tote bag to rides into town to shopping stops to stock up on groceries to impromptu tours of the North Shore beaches, Seng gave of herself generously and fully while we were there. And now let's talk about this amazing place: Every detail is impeccable in this home designed by Seng's in-demand architect husband - paint colors, stone and brick architectural details, bedding, thick and luxurious towels, a private outdoor shower where you are accompanied by hummingbirds and feel like you are in a botanical garden, the amazing pool and deck up over the cottage, the landscaping and night lighting of the grounds, gorgeous views of turquoise waters out of every window, every kitchen appliance and tool you would ever need, satellite TV for those who watch, great reference books about St. John, a "hat library", loads of great DVDs, fast Internet access up by the pool [probably the best office view in the world!], wonderful tradewinds, a convenient and quiet residential location just a 10-minute drive from Cruz Bay and a 10-minute walk down to the beach. Couldn't ask for anything more! We hope to return again and again.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
United States


  • 5 of 5

This was my second visit to Reef Bay Cottage. We loved it so much we had to take our friends and

family there. Best vacation place ever. We highly recommended it to everyone!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Cruz Bay town
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 104
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cruz Bay town
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Reef Bay
Car: recommended

Reef Bay Cottage, located on the south side of St. John, 3 miles/15 minute drive from Cruz Bay town. Access restaurants, eateries, bars and shopping. Vendors providing watersports, including snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boards, parasailing, sailing, kayaking and power boat rentals. The northside of St. John has numerous sugar white sandy beaches within the Virgin Islands National Park, about a 20-30 minute drive from Reef Bay Cottage. Coral Bay and East End is about 30-40 minutes drive.

Lots of activities available for those of you looking for fun filled times or take it easy and do absolutely nothing at all.


Rates & Availability

From $270 Per night

Reef Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
January-May 2015
Jan 5 2015 - May 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
June-December 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Dec 18 2015
5 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
January-May 2016
Jan 4 2016 - May 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
June-December 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
5 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Owners/property manager reserves the right to refuse rentals.
50% Deposit of total rental amount to confirm reservation. Rental balance plus Security Deposit due 4-6 weeks prior to check-in date.
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Reef Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1549 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - Queen sized traditional West Indian bed, elevated
  • Queen-sized bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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