|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Dramatically perched 60 ft. over the calm Caribbean Sea, 'Cliffhanger' presents stunning views across Coral Harbor and into Hurricane Hole. Completely re-modeled and professionally decorated in 2011, this waterfront villa offers everything new; a new modern full kitchen with all the amenities, new bathrooms with stunning detail, and all new furniture, appliances, and electronics. 'Cliffhanger' is ideal for couples and perfect for families, as it comfortably accommodates up to 6 guests with its 3 air conditioned bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The master bedroom, kitchen, extra bathroom and living space is located on the main level. The other two bedrooms, each with their own entrance off the lower deck, can be reached via an exterior staircase. Having our home set up this way allows us to offer the master bedroom alone or in combination with either one or two of the downstairs bedrooms. Gaze into the mesmerizing blue and watch boats from all parts of the globe as they glide through the turquoise waters of Coral Bay Harbor. Spot turtles and sting rays from the sprawling dramatic deck while mixing drinks at the outdoor bar. Cheer on sailboat races from the comfort of your hammock.
'Cliffhanger' is located waterfront to Coral Bay with surf sounds around the entire property. From the villa you can easily access the Virgin Islands National Park and white sand beaches for hiking, water sports such as sailing, snorkeling, or diving, or just plain lounging on the beach. The Village of Coral Bay is just under 1/2 mile away, with many shops, restaurants, bars, and access to an array of adventurous activities. The still-pristine island of St. John is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands and lies just 3 miles east of St. Thomas and a mile from the nearest of the British Virgin Islands. Nearly two-thirds of the island is national park, with forests and nature trails for your enjoyment. Nature lovers will be amazed by St. John's ecological diversity.
Conveniently located with paved access to the front door, high speed internet, cable TV, soft linens, spacious decks both in the sun and in the shade, big blue ocean views from every room, and lush outdoor environment; these are but a few of the features that make 'Cliffhanger' the perfect choice for your St. John vacation.
Keywords: Coral Bay Villa, Waterfront villa, St John Villa, St John waterfront home, St John rental
Cliffhanger is a great launching pad or destination in its own right! All three bedrooms are clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated, and have to-die-for views and private bathrooms. The common space has a fourth full bathroom. The kitchen has more stuff than any place we've rented before, including a coffee maker, blender, rice cooker, toaster, and plenty of dishes and cookware. The two decks offer a cool breeze and plenty of shade for hanging out together, or apart, and enjoying the sound of the surf and amazing view of the ocean. You could easily spend your days just chilling at the house.
If you want to get out, I would drive. Although the house is very close to a few shops (including Dolphin Market-- which has excellent produce and some items I would expect to see at a high end store on the mainland), the windy road has very little shoulder, and the cars go pretty fast. If you want to go for a run, you likewise should drive someplace. (I enjoyed the rough dirt road and then trails by Great and Little Lameshur beaches.)
Other recommendations: 1) You can't beat a sunrise hike up Ram Head, just beyond Salt Pond Bay. (It's nice any time, but at sunrise you'll have the trail to yourself, and likely won't have to share the beach upon your return.) 2) Rent kayaks at Crabby's and paddle to Hurricane Hole. (Go for the full day. A half day wasn't enough to take it all in.) 3) Most of us got massages by Suki, who was excellent! firstname.lastname@example.org. We set up on the lower deck, which offered total privacy, along with a cool breeze, and the sound of the surf. 4) Getting in the water at the base of the steep wood and stone stairway from the house is challenging, but rewarding. There's decent coral along the edge in the direction of the harbor. 5) Don't miss dinner at Sweet Plaintains! (We went twice.) 6) Keep your eye open for live music opportunities. We caught some on Thursday night at Skinny Legs and wished we'd gone earlier. 7) And, of course, the beaches. In addition to the popular north shore beaches (we really liked Francis Bay, next to Maho Bay), Coral Bay offers its own gems. If you prefer a sandy beach, Salt Pond Bay and Little Lameshur are nice. If you crave solitude, and don't mid a smooth pebble beach, Great Lameshur is appealing.
Denise was attentive before, during and after our trip, and the property manager graciously accommodated our unexpectedly late arrival due to flight snafus. We were well cared for!
Though a Concordia tent cabin kind of guy at heart, I enjoyed our stay at Cliffhanger doing the friend/couples thing in March 2015, two different couples each of our two weeks. The three bedroom/bathroom combinations are very nicely appointed, so none of the couples feels the poor cousins stuck in the attic. The decks up and down allow privacy and the up deck is the morning and evening eating and socializing space. Cliffhanger has a well equipped and functional kitchen that I would be happy to have in my own home. The open kitchen and lounge area allows the cooks to schmooze with the others while doing their preps. Then it is dinner on the deck with the electric candles provided and a pleasant breeze from across the bay.
Cliffhanger’s location on the main Coral Bay road is convenient, about midway between some of the best snorkeling spots on the East End. It is also within easy walking distance of one of our favorite restaurants, Shipwreck Landing. Parking on the East End can be iffy, so being able to walk to a good restaurant was a huge bonus for us.
The view over Coral Bay is amazing, especially in the morning. From our upper deck we saw turtles, Eagle Rays and, one time, a Nurse Shark cruising the waters below. Cliffhanger provides a hummingbird feeder and we brought two others plus a sugar feeder for Banana Quits; lots of action for quiet viewing from the decks. The neighborhood iguanas (in the trees to the left of the upper deck) were non-intrusive and photogenic.
We never used the satellite TV once, so can’t speak to that. The Internet connection was strong and important to those in our number who were still gainfully employed and needed to connect back home. Extras included beach chairs, coolers of varying sizes, a small washer/dryer combo which was handy for those of us staying two weeks and a cleaning person who did a great job preparing for a new week of guests.
One of the co-owners, Denise, was an excellent person to deal with right from our first enquiry. She answered all questions promptly and I think could be very helpful to first-timers (this was our sixteenth year on St. John). Her agent on island, Jared, was always available and got us settled in with no fuss, despite the fact that we arrived at different times.
Two thumbs up for Cliffhanger.
Our return once again to Cliffhanger was as special as was our first experience. All the glowing reviews of this fabulous property remain absolutely true! I have especially enjoyed working with Denise; I consider her my friend, even though we have yet to meet in person. This year, we appreciated the addition of the hummingbird feeder on the upper deck that attracted two species of hummingbirds and bananaquits, as well. We also enjoyed the NPS bird watchers' Friday morning walk around Francis Bay. Thanks to Jared's recommendation, we had a thoroughly enjoyable day with Fly Away Charters where Colin guided us to secret snorkeling spots we could never have found on our own. We will most certainly return to Cliffhanger and St. John!
This morning as I began thinking about this year's family vacation, my mind went back to last year's trip in paradise. The combination of the island of St. John with its beautiful, vibrant, lush scenery in every direction and the villa (Cliffhanger) where we stayed made our trip perfect in every way. I sat down to write this review months ago, but must have gotten side-tracked--there are just so many wonderful things to mention, that it's difficult to put into words. Cliffhanger is even more beautiful than its pictures show. I remember reading that it advertised a "parking spot," which I thought was odd, but we soon realized how lucky we were to have such a convenient, safe, easy place to park. Many of the other private villas have steep, narrow, winding driveways which we certainly would not have wanted to maneuver--especially after a rainstorm. Actually, speaking of rain….we were stranded at Cliffhanger our last day there due to a tropical storm. We were not at all disappointed with having to stay inside the beautifully decorated, comfortable villa playing games and looking at the gorgeous views of Coral Bay during a storm. Once there was a break in the rain, we made our way over to one of restaurants close by for a quick bite. Cliffhanger is certainly beautifully decorated inside, but outside is wonderful as well. It has oversized decking with plenty of seats in the shade as well as the sun. It is spacious and includes everything needed for a wonderful vacation. We took advantage of having Jared (who helps manage Cliffhanger) grocery shop for us prior to our arrival, so we were fully stocked and ready to go as soon as we arrived. Cliffhanger's convenient location had a couple of really good restaurants nearby that were walkable! Aqua Bistro was our favorite in Coral Bay, but Shipwreck also offered a really good meal. Our entire family loved everything about St. John, and when we return we will certainly be looking into staying at Cliffhanger again!
If you choose Cliffhanger, you will never want to leave, I promise. This was our first time to St. John and I know we would never want to stay anywhere else. We loved staying in Coral Bay...it was quiet but close to everything we could want in terms of restaurants, groceries, beaches and snorkeling. Coming home to this spectacular house every day was truly luxurious. The views are incredible, the house is gorgeously decorated and you will want for nothing. My husband and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary here and each day we would come home and talk about what a fantastic respite Cliffhanger was at the end of a day at the beach. We raved about it so much, my in-laws have already booked a trip to Cliffhanger for Jan. Truly, it really doesn't get any better. For those who like water access right from the house and are comfortable with steep stairs...we swam & snorkeled right from the bottom of the stairs...an easy rocky entry and great explorations. Denise, the homeowner, is one of the best property owners I have ever worked with. Jared and Austin, the property managers, were fantastic as well. I can't wait to return, and bring the kids next time!
This home is completely as advertised and served as a perfect basecamp and retreat for my wife and me. The house is in impeccable shape and was spotlessly clean. It's comfortable, quiet, nicely appointed and has spectacular views. We found the location convenient to great beaches and snorkeling sites, hiking trails, several good restaurants, a small market and a kayak/snorkel rental shop. We took great advantage of the well outfitted kitchen and outdoor grill (better than the grill I use at home). The parking pad right off the road made access to the house much easier than many nearby houses. Denise was great to work with and Jared, the caretaker, was a big help getting us set up. We can't wait to return.
Cliffhanger is located waterfront to Coral Bay with surf sounds from the whole property. From the villa you can easily access the Virgin Islands National Park. Nearby White sand beaches, hiking and water sports such as sailing, snorkeling, diving and just plain laying on the beach. The Village of Coral Bay is just under 1/2 mile away, with many shops, restaurants, bars and access to an array of adventurous activities. The still-pristine island of St. John is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands and lies just 3 miles east of St. Thomas and a mile from the nearest of the British Virgin Islands. Nearly two-thirds of the island is national park, with forests and nature trails for your enjoyment. Nature lovers will be amazed by St. John's ecological diversity.
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Low Season-One Bedroom 2015
May 2 2015 - Dec 18 2015
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $29 per night, per additional guest|
Above rates are based on one bedroom.
2 Bedroom Rate (3-4 people) is $3400/wk
3 Bedroom Rate (5-6 people) is $3800/wk
2 Bedroom Rate (3-4 people) is $2500/wk
3 Bedroom Rate (5-6 people) is $3000/wk
Holiday rates apply to Christmas, New Year and President weeks.
Additional VI Hotel Tax (10%) & Refundable Damage Deposit apply.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Additional VI Hotel Tax and refundable damage deposit.