If you missed drinking rum with Hemmingway in Key West or Cuba, you can still grab a bit of that adventure in this West Indian home. Old Caribbean charm with all the modern amenities.
Callaloo was carefully built to preserve old West Indies design and ambiance. Each bedroom is a separate cottage surrounded by porches, decks, patios and open air baths and showers.
It is filled with authentic Caribbean antiques that are rugged, no need to worry about being careful. Couches, chairs, and the entire place work well with wet bathing suits and rum.
This is the perfect honeymoon place, romantic, and private, yet it is great for a group. Everyone will have privacy: Moonlight Cottage, Shell Cottage,Pineapple Cottage and a sleeping loft in the main house with a 4th bath.
The bathrooms were copied from resort cottages in Bali. Shower under the stars or the sun. Bake in the West Indian oven. Quickly smoke roasts, turkey, vegetables using aromatic tropical woods.
What Callaloo offers that you will not find in other villas:
Charming antiques, outdoor bathrooms, totally open cottages, romantic bed nets, total privacy, West Indian oven, two entry roads (one is a driving adventure and the other is for little old ladies; (I’m an older gal, but I prefer driving the adventure road). Center island location gives proximity to all the northern beaches, East end beaches, Salt Pond, south shore bays. 600 ft. elevation insures cool breezes.
Keywords: A cluster of houses with ocean and mountain views,
I am a retired yacht designer. I've sailed to most of the Caribbean Islands and St. John is the best. For 15 years I collected photos of every charming West Indian cottage to design my own West Indian tin-roof 'shack'. I wanted a place for good times and parties; for my friends and family. Rather than a large American house such as you find in Florida or Hawaii, I wanted it to look truly Island. Furnishings were collected for years and stored in my potting shed. I designed the house and supervised the construction. Most of all I have enjoyed the visitors and parties that are always at CALLALOO
The Owner purchased this villa in 1994
Our group of 9 spent 10 days at Callaloo. Many of us have stayed in several other houses on St. John so we have come to expect glorious views, breezy porches and bumpy roads. Callaloo has all this and more. The most striking feature of Callaloo is the open air aspect. We had the delightful sense that, even when "indoors," we were somehow outside. The site is wonderfully landscaped, adding to both the lovely outdoor feeling as well as the privacy of Callaloo. (I have to say I especially loved the 3 walled bathroom of Moonlight Cottage!).
The cottage type set-up was great for our large group and length of stay. We could separate by going to our own area or get together in the common areas. Both the living room and the dining table were just the right size for 9. With a group as large as ours, having 4 bathrooms was definitely a plus. All the rooms were clean and pleasant, furnishings including beds completely comfortable.
We have never felt the need for a pool while in St. John so I didn't expect to use the one at Callaloo but our two boys really liked it and did use it several times.
We had no prior experience cooking in an outdoor brick oven, so we were surprised by how much we enjoyed the experience! We cooked a roast of beef, pork roast and turkey; all the meats came out delicious, moist and with just a hint of smokiness.
We tend to be more oriented to Coral Bay and the south shore than Cruz Bay, so the location was great for us.
We couldn't ask for better, more gracious hosts. They made sure they were available and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We felt the price rate was very reasonable in an area where it is sometimes hard to find reasonable prices.
We would definitely stay at Callaloo again next time we visit St. John.
3 of my girlfriends and I spent a glorious week at Callaloo. It was everything we hoped for and more. The rooms were extremely comfortable and clean. The open air windows and doors were a delightful change from the way it is in Connecticut. The salt water swimming pool was an added bonus. The views from every building and pool area of Coral Bay were breathtaking and were constantly changing throughout the day. The sunsets were beautiful and the sunrises (although I only saw one) was out of this world. The bathroom/shower experience was awesome, I never before enjoyed a bathroom so much.
The plants around the house are beautiful and mature. I would have to say the only thing about the trip to and from the house is the unpaved portion of the road leading to the
house. It was brutal. Totally worth it when you get there, but it's bumpy!!
One of us had been here before and 3 were new to Callaloo - we will all be back again next year. We had the very best time ever. Thanks to the hosts for offering their dream house to those that appreciate it.
Perfect vacation once again. This is the second year 6 of us were fortunate to stay at Callaloo. I consider myself a very lucky girl. The home is absolutely beautiful. It's wide open, cool, breezy, relaxing and the view is spectacular. The private pool is relaxing and very romantic. The view of the bay down below is breathtaking. The owners have gone out of their way provide EVERYTHING you need during your stay (beach chairs, coolers, gas grill, etc) They also were very accommodating in guiding us along our vacation planning. They told us where to rent our car, how to catch the car barge and about a great charter boat and captain to take us on a day trip to the BVIs. We had our passports, Captain Bradley Wilson his boat the Deja Blue and off we went. He made the whole trip a pleasure. He showed us the map and helped us plan our route, making sure that we had great snorkeling along the way. The owner's of Callaloo were great about suggesting wonderful restaurants, music venues, and shopping. We couldn't have had a nicer trip to St. John. If it's up to me, we will go every year. I am hoping it will become our very own "tradition". I highly recommend renting this house. It's not just a house, it's an "experience". Travel safe.
We were delighted to return to Callaloo for a 10 day stay! This is such a beautiful spot with an up close and personal relationship with the surrounding plants and animals. We made a point of trying many things we hadn't done before. Dinner at Miss LUCY's, an Eco tour with Hidden Reef tours, snorkeling at Great Lameshur Bay, Jumbie Bay, a visit to Annaburg. After many trips to St John we still have a long list of things to do and see! Callaloo is a great house for a group because there is enough room for everyone to have privacy if they want or come together for food, games or gazing at Coral Bay. We can't wait for our next visit!
We loved Callaloo! If you love the outdoors and the beauty of St John this is a great place for you. We loved the open air experience. We made sugar water each day and watched the birds. We took a hundred pictures of the little geckos. The sound of the tree frogs at night and the cool breezes were heavenly. Being so close to Coral Bay was great. I love this quieter side of the island and being able to hop on Center Line Road and get to Cruz Bay in no time was perfect!
We love to snorkel and went to Francis bay, Little Lameshur Bay, Haulover Bay, Maho, Waterlemon and Leinster Bay. we went to the Tektite museum!
There is no cable TV but the wifi is fast enough for Netflix.
St John is my favorite place on earth and Callaloo is my favorite house! We will be back!
This is our 12th or 13th stay at Callaloo House and it truly feels like home. There is no better place on earth as best we can tell. The owners are gracious and so thougthful. The space is the epitome of relaxing, calm, and spacious. Guests can choose how much privacy or group involvement they want based on the cottages chosen or the common space in the main house. The pool, complete with delightful hand-painted tiles is a touch of heaven at the end of a hot beach day. The open air, gardens, and porches are pure heaven. The views are spectacular, and the breezes are ever-present. Well-appointed and comfortable, one could never leave and be happy, or simply enjoy the luxury of coming "home" at the end of a busy day. On the quieter side of St. John, your best noise risk will be tree frogs, donkeys, and birds. Access to Coral Bay is easy. People with mobility troubles can stay in the main level without difficulty. Would highly recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get up the front entrance, but the back road (closer to Coral Bay) can be managed with a standard car.