Coral Bay Villa Rental Photos and Description
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
Castle St John is a unique villa within the Virgin Islands National Park boundaries. Built by the owner over eight years, it boasts the most extraordinary seascape panorama.
Two very separate bedrooms, king and queen, each with adjoining full baths. Besides the fully-equipped, modern kitchen and mahogany great room, there is a tiled outdoor shower, expansive decks and balconies, an observatory sundeck with giant chess on the fifth level, and a whirlpool spa nestled in a tropical garden.
Ceilings, furniture, and cabinetry are custom made of Cyprus and Mahogany with a feeling of casual elegance and artistic refinement... relics in the walls... fine mosaics... sculptures and a Zen sand garden. This unusual decor is accented by local paintings, masks, crafts, and statuary.
This is a romantic destination for your anniversary or honeymoon vacation! However, kids of all ages also love the mix of fantasy with the power of nature.
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Jonathan Back
I first came to St John as the general manager of Maho Bay, an upscale camping resort. I was lucky (or fated) to buy this exquisite land in 1977 and built a small wooden house for myself in the Japanese Sukia style. The house was entirely off the grid, with solar panels, a wind generator, solar hot water, and gravity fed shower. It was novel to mix the techie survival elements with the spiritual power of the wind on the mountaintop and the calming simplicity of the tea house.
Why Jonathan Back chose Coral Bay
When the house burned down in 1983, I was persuaded to build again...so naturally I followed the Three Little Pigs story and made my house out of stone. Dozens of talented people helped over the years, and I acknowledge a considerable debt to their generosity and patience with me.
What makes this villa unique
The little castle combines one of the island's most fabulous panoramas with complete privacy. It is elegant where nature calls for that, but it is not deluxe. Folks who want no adventure in their visit probably should choose another dwelling.
Guestbook comments from the owner
5 of 5 stars Reviewed on FLIPKEY for a stay June 23, 2014
The Castle St. John was an absolute dream! The initial ride up to the castle can be a bit daunting, but it is definitely worth it and easy after you adjust. (My husband says after the 2nd time he didn't find it an issue at all, and by the end of the trip I was even willing to try it out!) The building itself is beautiful, with a nice, large deck with lounge chairs, a hammock, and a regular table and chairs--not only was it a perfect place to relax with a book, but it was also a great spot to eat in the evenings and enjoy the view, which is beyond marvelous. We also really loved relaxing in the hot tub after a long day of hiking and snorkeling. The kitchen is well-equipped for cooking on your own, and the upstairs bedroom has the bed situated so that you wake up to gorgeous views of the island. The open-air aspect was actually one of my favorite things as well--we had visits from birds, lizards, caterpillars, and hermit crabs all week long :) If you are looking for secluded yet conveniently located for your honeymoon, this is an ideal spot: peaceful, beautiful, private, and close to oodles of yummy restaurants and beautiful beaches. In addition, the new property managers, Cathy and Clark, were extremely helpful. As brand new visitors to the island, we were a bit lost at first, but they met us in Coral Bay, guided us up to the castle, and even offered some very spot-on recommendations for dining and other activities in St. John. We are already trying to figure out when we can go back and take some friends along to experience the castle!