Sea Spirit is a VERY private 600-sq foot cottage superbly located on top of a dramatic cliff with sweeping ocean views and great breezes. Your privacy is ensured by National Park surroundings. It has some of the best hush-hush snorkeling at the front of the house that exists on island... caves, live reefs and ultramarine blue drop offs with rays and dolphins. There is a resident spotted eagle ray at the front of the house. From its unique location you can walk to 2 pristine beaches. Kiddle Bay is very Maine-like with large flat stones that crackle at night, becoming sandy on one side. The other is Grootpan Bay and tends to be empty. If there is ever anyone there, it tends to be a nude beach. It is a mix of sand, small pebbles and coral. Both bays offer awesome snorkeling.
A short drive takes you to either Salt Pond Beach or the Lameshuur bays. Your constant companions are the umbrella of stars at night, the smell of salt air and the sounds of the wind and the waves and the occasional deer grazing in the yard. The restaurants and shopping amenities of Coral Bay are only minutes away, though you might prefer enjoying the deck. It won’t be long before your biggest worry is opting for sunset drinks at Sea Spirit or at one of the local eateries, stargazing while relaxing in the hot tub or enjoying the musical scene in Coral Bay.
What’s no dilemma is our rates, we challenge anybody to procure such an experience as Sea Spirit for the price. Such a well-appointed cottage in such a one-of-a-kind location simply can’t be compared to any other St John house. Should you go for the Sea Spirit experience, you have to be warned: you’ll be back!
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Sea Spirit found me. When I walked onto this deck for the first time in my life I sat there for hours and watched the stars and moon shining on the sea. I felt a sea of spirit and not only knew that this house had captured me, but there was no doubt about its name, it was Sea Spirit. The healing quality of this little gem never failed me ever since. I know for sure that every new guest to Sea Spirit gets the same suckerpunch when he/she walks that deck. I hope you will enjoy this experience, too!
Terry R Witham purchased this villa in 2000
My wife and I stayed at the Sea Spirit in Dec 2014. It is as described in other reviews. The view from the deck in all directions is breathtaking. It is close to outstanding snorkeling locations and the restaurants of Coral Bay. However, the most outstanding feature is the deck. Sea Spirit is extremely well stock with everything needed for a great vacation. Do go prepared for noseeums and a few mosquitos. Both Terry and Olivier were great to work with and a great source for St John advice.
My wife and I stayed at Sea Spirit for our honeymoon and it was absolutely amazing. I highly highly recommend it. Even though we didn't arrive until after 11PM, the owners went out of their way to rent a jeep on our behalf, pick us up from the ferry and lead us out to Sea Spirit and show us around the place. The ocean sounds and stars at night were amazing but when we woke up the next day we were blown away by the view. It is a great place to stay if you want to rent a vehicle to visit different beaches and restaurants and really get a feel for the island as a whole. If you're looking for room service and a beach a few steps from your room, this isn't it. But if you want to feel like you have your own portion of the island, enjoy a lovely home, and have a view unlike any other, this is your place. Have fun and keep left!
My fiancé and I spent nine days of complete bliss in this magical cottage above the enchanting sea. Truly touched my soul. I had just finished treatment for breast cancer and was celebrating with a much needed vacation. Words can not express how Sea Spirit simply takes your breath away! Definitely the best place on the entire island. With all my travels there is no place I would rather be. We have booked another stay in November and have been looking forward to it ALL year. Terry, I sure hope we get to meet this time....
After four years of trying to arrange our hectic work and family schedules, my wife and I were finally able to reserve this marvelous cottage for an all to brief vacation. Situated on a bluff between two beautiful bays, Sea Spirit offered the ultimate in relaxation and privacy. The view, as mentioned, is spectacular and the colors change throughout the day. I probably took 50 pictures of the rock formation below the deck. While each day was spent exploring the island of St. John and its beautiful beaches each evening we would return to our quiet little cottage for relaxation and cooking out on the grill. Because of its remote location the night sky is spectacular and each night we saw shooting stars as we lounged on the porch in the cool evening breeze. This was the best vacation we have ever been on and that's saying something considering we have been to Asia, Australia, the Pacific islands, the Caribbean, central America and in my wife's case even the Seychelles.
The owner was wonderful and the house was clean and well maintained. Although remote there were amenities nearby for food and groceries. As mentioned by other reviewers the Sunday Jazz brunch at Miss Lucy's was fun and the music was great. Get there around 1:30 to avoid the noon rush. We definitely plan to return to this property as soon as we can break away.
Best vacation I've had in years! It's like you're the only people on the the planet, except for the occasional sailboat on the horizon. The only problem was making ourselves leave the deck long enough to enjoy the beaches and hiking trails.
The house is well maintained and the location is absolutely breathtaking.
We became very attached to the bananaquits and hummingbirds that joined us for breakfast on the deck every morning.
I thought the snorkeling was better than anywhere I have been in the Carribean. I made the swim from Kiddle Bay to Grootpan and saw tons of sea life, including several friendly sea turtles. My wife enjoyed snorkeling the reefs at both bays and really liked the chuckling sound the cobblestones made when the waves ran back out. I got quite a bit of underwater video, so definitely pack an underwater camera of some type.
Don't forget about the hiking trails. We really enjoyed the hike to the petroglyphs and some of the ruins.
The restaurants nearby are really good. Our favorites were Miss Lucy's ( don't miss the Sunday brunch) and Concordia. Our favorite meals though, were grilled on the deck. (there's that deck again.) and eating dinner under the stars. We were lucky enough to be there during the Lyrids meteor shower. What a way to spend your anniversary!
Terry was great to work with. Very attentive and helpful.
I must admit to being concerned about the house being built behind the property, but shouldn't have been. Once you pass it on the way in, you don't even know it's there. I would recommend Sea Spirit to anyone, and can't wait till I can schedule another trip!
Our stay at Sea Spirit was paradise. The location was the highlight of our trip. Someone asked where was our favorite place to eat and we said "our house" watching boats go by. We will definitely return to Sea Spirit.