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CORAL BAY ECO RETREATTROPICAL LIVING OFF THE GRID:HIKE TO BEACH!NATURAL,PEACEFUL

Allison Smith

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Allison Smith

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
December 18, 2014
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CORAL BAY ECO RETREATTROPICAL LIVING OFF THE GRID:HIKE TO BEACH!NATURAL,PEACEFUL

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

Coral Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Tropical 2BR eco-cottage;If you loved Maho Bay,you'll love this!On hiking trail!

DON'T MISS THE MOVIE ON THE 'AMMENITIES' PAGE! Coral Bay Eco-Retreat: Tropical living off-the-grid, Live simply and close to nature on beautiful St. John. If you liked Maho Bay Camp, you'll LOVE this place! A hiker's and lovers' paradise, private and remote, open-air and silence. Solar-powered, located on historic Johnny Horn Trail, a one mile hike to primo snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay. Romantic with stunning views and spacious private decks overlooking Caribbean Sea, Coral Bay and the British Virgin Islands. Only half a mile to Coral Bay restaurants, bars and buses to Salt Pond or Cruz Bay. With two bedrooms (including the Love Nest and the Life's a Beach Loft), the retreat is best suited for a couple or two firends. An option is a couple and a third person such as a child over 8 years old. This allows options with sleeping arrangements and weather management options.

Located directly on the historic Johnny Horn Trail (mile hike to famous snorkeling Waterlemon Cay beach!) and bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, this off-the-grid eco-retreat is an open-air home that is solar-powered, cooled by the tradewinds, sustained by tropical showers and warmed by the sun. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Hole and the British Virgin Islands to Virgin Gorda, the view is stunning and the sunrises are spectacular.

Coral Bay Eco-Retreat offers the unique opportunity to be in a remote location, yet only half a mile from the heart of Coral Bay and a mile hike to the beach. It's perfect for hikers and adventurers wanting to get away from it all and experience island eco-living “off the beaten path” in a tropical setting. Experience quiet for writing, relaxing or contemplation, punctuated by the sounds of the surf, birds, tree frogs, island sheep and donkeys. One guest claimed, 'As I watched the sun go down, I felt my blood pressure do the same!' Others have called this home a treehouse, as it is surrounded by trees, has trees growing through the decks, and even has a tree growing right next to the bed!

The large open deck is nestled among the trees and is perfect for admiring the view, meditating during sunrise (we call it the Morning Show) or for star-gazing on a balmy Caribbean night. It offers a glass-top umbrella table for outdoor dining with a view, a Weber grill and a Pawley Island hammock for two for the owner's favorite sport: hammock-warming! It is accessed by 'the stairway to heaven', 44 steps up to the house, lighted by solar lights and dotted with hoop-vine and turpentine trees.

The deck connects through double cypress doors to the living room which has a large comfy sofa, old-style rocking chair, books, DVD player/screen, charging area for electronic devices and Caribbean art, mostly of Caribbean women, created by Caribbean women. Generally, a strong cell phone signal is usually available, especially for AT&T and free wireless internet..

The island-style open-air kitchen features a very busy hummingbird feeder and a coconut banana quit feeder, attracting many tiny yellow banana quits (official bird of the Virgin Islands) who land on your hand to enjoy sugar, greeting you each morning. This old-time Caribbean style kitchen has a mermaid theme with hanging island baskets and kitchen antiques collected on down-island travels including iron skillets, kettles, even an old island school bell. The porch-style kitchen overlooks a herb /aloe/papaya garden and utilizes solar-warmed rainwater that is gravity-fed from a small water tower. For true water conservation and in keeping with old island traditions, the “dishwasher” is a set of dishpans in which dishwater is saved for deck and garden plants. It has a spacious solar-powered Sunfrost frig (no freezer), a non-electronic six-burner stove and oven (no microwave), a bar-style seating area overlooking the view, dishes, bamboo and eco-cookware coffee-bean grinder and a stove-top toaster. A Stefani ceramic eco-water filter and several gallons of purified island drinking water are provided.

Two bedrooms offer fabulous views from your pillow, both with queen beds with natural cotton bedding in tropical colors, lots of pillows, a heavenly duvet and romantic and practical mosquito netting. Cooled by the tradewinds, there are also fans and low-wattage reading lights for your comfort. The downstairs open-to-nature bedroom has a private full bath, garden with island mural (created by our first guest), massage table area and deck with a tree growing bedside and a coconut shell bird feeder . The white loft bedroom is accessed by a stairway from the living room, features a Caribbean style hip roof/ceiling, boat-style awning/hatches, a modified four-poster bed and photos of St. John beaches.

Open-air bathrooms feature fixtures with water-conservation flushes, a half bath on the main-floor and an outdoor garden shower. Rain water is collected from the roof, stored in cisterns, considered precious, limited and carefully conserved. Guests are encouraged to take the St. John Eco-Challenge: take cool-water St John eco-showers (not hot), limit flushing, turn off lights, dry your hair in the breeze and leave an 'island eco-footprint, flip-flop style'!

At this eco-retreat, you are at one with nature; the perfect place for you if you're okay with walking up hills (from the driveway to the house!), up steps (44 of them to the house), love to hike and drive a rough trail in four-wheel drive. If you're not highly allergic, critter-phobic or sensitive to tropical gheckos (little lizards) or occasion flying bugs who visit this open-air home, you'll love it! Generally, the tradewinds keep mosquitoes and no-see-ums to a minimum and frogs and hermit crabs are our natural bug exterminators! Since it's off-the-grid, there are no hair dryers, microwave, dishwasher, hot water (Note: It is warm), air conditioners...or even a kitchen sink! But in their place are awesome views, privacy, gentle breezes and star-lit nights...and high speed internet! Take the St. John Eco Challenge and see how small your environmental carbon footprint can be!

If you want a great view, peace and quiet, eco-adventure and a natural setting, then Coral Bay Eco-retreat is the home for you! Must love birds!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Allison Smith (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 18, 2014

About Allison Smith

26 year resident of St. John, Allison offers her eco-home to fellow nature-lover guests as a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. She built the home herself (with a little help from her friends!) over a period of 15 years during a time of minimal access to basic construction services; ie she took materials up the rigorous Johnny Horn Trail in her jeep! She's created a natural home, complete with birds that land in your hand and hopes that you'll find the same serenity as you watch the sunrise from your bed! She lives on a nearby smaller island and is readily available to help in any way. She grew up in Florida and sailed to the Virgin Islands in her own sailboat, spending six months at sea en route. She has devoted her life to that of service, first as a school counselor, then as the 'island shrink' and founder and director of the islands first non-profit organization, the People Moving Forward Foundation. Later she and her daughter founded Viva Villas, a successful property management company on St. John and Sunshine Jeep rental. Guided to create spiritual growth opportunities, she created Rejuvenation Vacations, specializing in retreats for relaxation, yoga and spiritual growth. She has taught workshops and classes on A Course in Miracles, prosperity consciousness, living an optimum life experience and coordinates retreats for individuals on St. John. She has a beautiful daughter, Angie, and five fabulous grandchildren, three of whom are on St. John.

Allison Smith purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Allison Smith chose Coral Bay

The Coral Bay Eco Retreat offers an opportunity to experience off-the-grid living in a tropical setting. The energy of the area, overlooking the VI National Park as well as bordering it provides a serene and peaceful setting with an awesome view and silence, a rare commodity in these times! At one point, it was a haven for 'rescue goats' who had been injured or abandoned, as an adjunct to the island's animal care center, hosting as many as 15 little goats in a stable built by her and her grandson. This house is like no other, unique and sweet, simple and close to nature.

What makes this cottage unique

* Location! Located on the historic Johnny Horn Trail, on the border of the Virgin Islands National Park, you're only a half mile jeep ride or hike from the heart of Coral Bay with its shops, bars and restaurants and a mile from the beaches of the VI National Park including the famous snorkeling of Waterlemon Cay. Peaceful and quiet!

* Unique home: open air, solar-powered, gathered rain water, trees growing through the decks, birds that land in your hand!Totally sustainable.

* Massage table on site for home-based massage visits

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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Coral Bay Eco RetreatTropical Living Off the Grid:Hike to Beach!Natural,peaceful
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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Coral Bay St John
Dallas, TX
5

Incredible Getaway From it all!!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I are on our last night here and we just wanted to write this while it is all fresh on our minds. Leaving a house of 9 people for this retreat was exactly what we both needed and it lived up to every dream we had. Great property. Incredible views and just a fantastic way to take some time to ourselves and relax. We loved it!!!
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Beautiful retreat!

  • of 5
From the moment we arrived on the island, Allison was so helpful and welcoming! We had to cut our visit short because I got sick just after we arrived, but the house was wonderful and we hope to return soon for the longer trip we had planned. The beds were very comfy and the view was incredible. We also enjoyed watching all the wildlife around the property. Overall, minus my getting sick, it was a wonderful trip!
Thank you for everything Allison!
  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much L! I loved having you at the house and am so sorry you got sick. There's never a good time to be ill, but definitely not on your honeymoon. I'll look forward to having you back for Vacay Part 2 and hope you're feeling much better. Take care and give my best to your new husband. It was a pleasure to have you both at the Coral Bay Eco Retreat, even if it was short!
Thanks for taking the time to write a review.
All the best,
Allison
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5

Off the Charts!

  • 5 of 5
This was hands down one of the best vacation retreats I've ever taken. Off the Grid, Off the Beaten Path and Off the Charts- phenomenal! Part tree house, part sail boat/sail loft, the house is a labor of love, very thoughtful and inviting. The views were spectacular, trade winds welcoming and the night sky felt within reach with a gazillion stars. I opted not to rent a jeep and although strenuous hiking it was well worth the effort. There are a number of amazing beaches and ruins within hiking distance if you are up for what I came to call a "Bootcamp for the Soul". Off the Beaten Track (copy in the house) will be your bible, it is dog-eared for good reason. This is the best place to unplug and decompress- listen to the cacophony of nature, and reenter your sensory world. Allison went over and above to ensure that my stay was enjoyable and memorable. I would go back in a heartbeat. Can't imagine a better home-base for a revival of the spirit. This gem way up on the hillside made for a genuine eco-adventure on St. John.
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gwen! I love your Bootcamp For the Soul concept! So appropriate for the two-week retreat you put together for yourself and, I hope, so rejuvenating for you and your hard-working body, mind and soul. I hope your calves (that turned to stone) have recovered from all that hiking and that you have greater happiness in your life as you hold the joy of St. John in your heart. Keep up your good work and come back soon!
All the best,
Allison
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5

Perfect in many ways

  • 5 of 5
A perfect retreat to commune with nature and its delightful inhabitants. We were supplied with everything we needed to have a relaxing, delightful escape and Allison was a welcoming and responsive host. Outdoor bedroom was a treat. Definitely would choose Eco Retreat again.
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Coral Bay St John
5

Words cannot describe how wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5
Words really cannot describe how wonderful and beautiful Allison's Coral Bay Eco Retreat is, and fall short in explaining the peaceful feeling you have when you are there. As hard as it is to imagine, it is even better than the pictures make it out to be!! Since returning from our trip, we often think about it and our time spent there. Allison is one of the kindest people we have ever met, and she did so many little things to make our stay perfect. She put so much care and thought into the Eco Retreat- from the everyday household items to the lay-out to the decorations. It made us feel right at home. In our opinion, staying at the Eco Retreat is a perfect way to fully experience the island of St. John. It was amazing to feel in harmony with the island rather than as a burden on it. Seeing the frogs in the kitchen, the little geckos running around, the gorgeous humming birds and feeding the banana quits from your hand were such special experiences to us.
I must say that I was worried about not having a long hot shower each day, but although that might be the most relaxing part of my day at home, it certainly was not important while in such a gorgeous and peaceful place- I didn't mind a bit. And the conservation practices really made me think about how I can conserve when at home. I also must admit that I hold cleanliness in high esteem. The Eco Retreat is spotless and certainly more than surpassed my admittedly high standards. The island is an amazingly gorgeous, peaceful and wonderful place where you will see and interact with so many wonderful creatures (including sea turtles!!). You would truly be missing out on a very unique aspect of the St. John experience if you didn't stay in a place like Allison's Eco Retreat. We have recommended it to our friends and family and we certainly hope to make it back there someday!!
  • Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Krista for your kind words and for "getting it" at an off-the-grid retreat on a tropical island! I hope you can return soon. All the best, Allison
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Gorgeous views!

  • 5 of 5
Great place to get away from it all and just chill. We loved the birds zooming in for sugar next to the bed as we watched the sun rise. Star gazing and nature and all the comforts you need made for an amazing stay!
  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you loved it. The birds miss you....hope you can come back soon!

Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
St. Thomas (STT)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Skinny Legs Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Coral Bay Oasis Pickles, Skinny Legs, Island Blues
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Waterlemon Cay famous snorkeling beach
Car: not necessary

The Coral Bay Eco Retreat is located in Coral Bay, St. John on the border of the Virgin Islands National Park, off the historic and challenging Johnny Horn trail, about half a mile from the beautiful Emmaus Moravian Church, a mile from the beach, a few miles from an organic farm. The Trail requires an adventurous spirit and is traveled only by 4 wheel drive vehicle, horseback or hiking. Hiking up the trail takes you to the historic Annaberg Sugar ruins, the Brown Bay Trail, Leinster Bay and the snorkeling gem, Waterlemon Cay.

Hiking or driving down the trail leads to the “heart of Coral Bay” with its popular restaurants and bars that often have live entertainment and where you can hang out with friendly “locals” such as Skinny Legs, Pickles, Island Blues, Aqua Bistro and Donkey Diner. There are two Coral Bay island markets with ATM’s and two mail services amd shops including the CocoLobo complex. The Vitran bus stop is at the end of the Trail and offers an opportunity to travel west to the Reef Bay Trail and on to Cruz Bay or east to Shipwreck Landing, Miss Lucy’s, yoga classes at Concordia and beautiful Salt Pond Bay…and it only cost a buck! Beware, taking that bus sometimes involves long waits as it runs on island time. If you have a jeep or are a hitch-hiker (it’s generally safe on St. John), you can also access nearby Josephine’s organic farm or the world-famous northshore beaches of St. John, less than a mile-hike away.

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Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

Coral Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
December Holidays Season
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Escape the Cold: Winter Season
Jan 4 2015 - Apr 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
Spring-Summer Season
Apr 2 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$200
 
 
Weather Watcher! Season
Sep 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
6 night minimum stay
$125
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$125
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Rates listed are for 1-2 guests, maximum allowed in order to be sustainable with resources.
Five-seven night minimum throughout the year and 7 night minimum during winter holidays.
Generally full payment at time of booking. Option of 50% of rental cost at time of booking; 50% balance due 60 days prior to arrival.
Security deposit:$500 due two weeks before arrival
Cancellation: More than 60 days before arrival date: 94% refund
Less than 60 days before arrival date: 94% refund only if re-rented for the same dates
Traveler's insurance recommended during hurricane season

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Coral Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 692 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 'Master' Bathroom - toilet , shower , Part of the 'master suite', water conserving fixtures
    Main level bathroom - toilet , outdoor shower , Half bath on main level; separate outdoor/garden shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • 'Love Nest' Bedroom - 1 queen , Open air,mosquito net,adjacent bathroom,tree & birds by bed
    'Life's A Beach' Loft Bedroom - 1 queen , Custom-built bed, view of the BVI from pillow,steps from LR,
  • THE LOVE NEST includes suite of custom queen bedroom area with deck, overlooking Caribbean Sea, bright Caribbean organic cotton linens, lightweight comforter, lots of pillows, a tree growing through deck beside bed with coconut bird feeder, private bath with shower, bedroom garden, massage table and linens, bright Caribbean art, mural and painting on recycled linoleum, collage. Located on separate level with steps down from kitchen and open-air setting, mosquito net, reading light and fan. Views of sunrise and sea without having to lift your head! THE LIFES A BEACH LOFT features a custom queen bed, photography of St. John beaches by St. John photographers, a custom queen bed with bright Caribbean organic cotton linens, lots of pillows and views of the BVI, the sunrise and the sea without lifting your head! Accessed from the living room up steps lined with Caribbean artwork, open air, shutters, mosquito net, reading light, fan, safe.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Although this is a two-bedroom home, it is requested that a maximum of two guests enjoy the home, primarily because it is off-the-grid and in terms of sustainability of rainwater and solar power, more than two guests is too much on the eco-system of the property. It is ideal for two people who want separate areas as well as a romantic setting with extra space for both guests to have their own space as well as the intimacy of the Love Nest or the Loft.

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