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Stellar views and clean sweet winds over untouched Hurricane Hole.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Sweet Wind is a West Indian style home that sits just above secluded Hurricane Hole. The villa is very private, quiet and secluded, being in the Nat. Park, but it's just 1/2 mile from Coral Bay which sports live music most nights, shopping and fine or informal dining. Just a short walk down there's a pebble beach with good snorkeling and there are 4 kayaks available to explore the 5 bays that include Hurricane Hole. I designed and built the place in the more traditional West Indian style of 3 individual buildings with large decks connecting them. The main house being the kitchen, living room,and dinning room. There is a bedroom and bathroom attached via a private deck on the West side of the main house. On the East side of the main house there is a 3rd building, housing 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a large deck in between w/ dining table and lounge chairs. All the rooms have views, you feel like you are floating right over the ocean, and this layout makes them very private.A lot of love and care went into designing Sweet Wind, it's my own private art gallery, with hardwood floors, Purple Heart cabinets, fine dishes, antique furniture, local treasures and a bit of humor. There are two separate decks for complete privacy. One of the showers is outside, built with beautiful rock work. The bedrooms are in separate buildings,or pods which adds to the beauty and privacy. There is a lovely grotto behind the villa with an amazing stone retaining wall 9' tall and 100' long running all along the back side, that has the BBQ, orchids, flowers and herbs, and an outside shower. The villa has gates at both entrances that keep the wild donkeys out and children in. You wake up to a amazing sunrise above Hurricane Hole. This is the most protected harbor in the Caribbean, and we look out over the Coral Reef National Monument, so there is no overnight mooring allowed unless there is a storm warning. Sweet Wind is very quiet and private but just 1/2 a mile from town and you don't hear all the music and noise from Coral Bay

I think the photos say it all, Nina.

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Nina Hahler
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Nina Hahler

I live with my dog Lucy here in beautiful Hurricane Hole. I am a painter and a musician. I use oils, pastels and watercolours, and enjoy playing the mandolin, banjo and slide guitar. I had a salmon troller for most of my life and fished out of Sitka Alaska.

Nina Hahler purchased this house in 2001

Why Nina Hahler chose St John

Sweet Wind is just above Hurricane Hole in the National Park and overlooks Coral Reef National Monument. Boats can not overnight moor in the Coral Reef Nat. Monument and there are almost no other houses in view. Park trailheads are a short walk away,and It's very quiet and peaceful here, the view is amazing, and still close to town. The snorkeling and kayaking available here at Sweet Wind in Hurricane Hole make this a special place for outdoor enthusiasts.

What makes this house unique

The house is a West Indian style with hip roofs, three pods with private decks between, with greenheart floors, cyprus wainscoting and antique Caribbean furniture. The full kitchen has beautiful antique caribbean style purple heart cabinets with stone countertops. Open the back kitchen door and there is a lovely grotto, with a gas barbeque and a potted garden full of herbs herbs and spices. The villa affords great views and privacy. The views from most every room feel like you are floating over the ocean, all you see is water and Nat. park land. It is breathtaking and amazingly private. You hear no noise from the bands in Coral Bay.


Estate Zootenvaal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Grey Water System
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • There is an outside shower with orchids and plants in the surrounding stone wall, and it waters the Key lime tree below.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) All beds are pillow topped Queen sized beds, Child Beds (1) there is a cot, Baby Cribs (1) There is a playpen/crib and a boster chair, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Art lessons can be arranged, and art supplies for purchase. There are mandolins, guitars, dobro, banjo and African drums available to use by permission.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Stellar views and clean sweet winds over untouched Hurricane Hole.
average rating of 4.866667 based on 30 reviews

Gorgeous view. Convenient to Coral Bay food & drink. Secluded but owner nearby.

  • 5 of 5

We've visited Coral Bay Area three times and this was the best. If you are looking to get away from it all but still have good food and drink nearby this place is hard to beat. We kayaked and snorkeled and lazed on the deck and listened to the 70s era vinyl and BBQ'd and went to the Indigo Grill and Skinny Legs and countless beaches. For two couples it was perfect. Nina was always available if we had any questions. Nice breeze and moon reflecting on the water liking across to the unspoiled parkland. Was hard to leave.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is really a pleasure hosting such great folks..finest kind, hope to see you again, Nina
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The best place we have ever stayed on St. John. Beautiful house. Incredible views!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time exploring and beaching on St. John. Coming back to Sweet Winds every afternoon was just perfect. It was very comfortable and peaceful. We were four adults and the layout of the house afforded us plenty of privacy when we wanted and a nice place to gather. It has a nice outdoor shower and a beautiful patio and stone walled area behind the house. The kayaks are just down from the house with easy access to Hurricane Hole. We all thought is was the best spot on the island. Nina is a great host. One night we hung out and played music with her and had a memorable time. I would highly recommend Sweet Winds to everyone . We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! Spectacular view! And very cool house!

  • 5 of 5

We only stayed 3 nights, but would definitely recommend this as a great location to spend any length stay on St. John. Nina lives right there next door and she designed this very cool West Indies style bungalow. The house was very clean and with nice detail going into the design and décor. There was also access to snorkel and beach chairs which we put to good use, as well as kayaks down by the small beach below the house which we didn't get time to use in the adjacent cove. Located near Coral bay, this house is on the quiet side of the island, but there are a few dining options ranging in price, with our favorite being Skinny Legs for the beach bar style atmosphere and burgers, plus there are small groceries on that side. Make sure to stock up on bottled water for drinking, as with many Virgin Island properties, the tap water is via rain cisterns. Access to the amazing north shore beaches is convenient, with Maho, Cinnamon, and Trunk (get there early to park) all providing great views, calm clear water, and amazing snorkeling. It's about 30 minutes to Cruz Bay where the ferries dock, along with the plenty of shopping, dining, and car rentals.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We found Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

I just left a review on another site but I wanted to make double sure I left one here as well! Coming to STJ for 24 years and we never thought to stay in Coral Bay - now, we'll never go back to the other side. I tell people we felt like Peter Pan & Wendy in Neverland ~ its thats special and you feel that wonderful spirit right when set foot inside of Sweet Wind! You couldn't want or need for anything - Nina has gone way beyond making sure your stay is absolutely unforgettable. The first night met us with a full moon and we were just mesmerized! Coming across that breathtaking view was so amazing it didn't even look real! We went to bed with a breeze coming in while we stared at the stars! We certainly didn't miss an evening out on that Deck - there is no other view!! That was our favorite part of the day - enjoying Happy Hour and waiting for the sky to begin the show! So close to the North Shore Beaches, fantastic trails, kayaking, snorkeling, good eats and Nina has a fantastic, well equipped kitchen - it had everything! The outdoor shower was wonderful after our mornings running the nearby trails. Beautiful plants & flowers with hummingbirds flitting all around - this place is very loved and you can tell. We felt so grateful to be able to stay at such a very special place and we are so hoping to get back really soon! Thank you so very much Nina!! :)

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views and house; great experience. Close to everything in laid back Coral Bay.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time and enjoyed our stay at the quieter end of St. Johns. Good snorkeling and interesting history of the underwater living site nearby. Some good restaurants nearby. The house is beautiful with gorgeous hardwood floors and cabinets. Kayaks available but we didn't use due to time constraints. Very quaint and clean with nice artworks displayed.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Winds was the PERFECT escape

  • 5 of 5

for our tropical vacation on St John. Comfortable, clean with stunning views and glorious sunrises over Huricane Hole. The property had all the accommodations and amenities that we needed to make our stay on the Island one we will always remember. The comfortable bedrooms that overlooked the Bay, the outdoor shower secluded within the grotto, private decks, beautiful flowers, and the key lime tree; that provided us fresh limes daily! Nina was so helpful before our arrival and during our stay. She provided us with all the information we needed to secure us with a safe, adventurous and fun filled vacation. The best snorkeling spots, hiking trails, and beautiful white sandy beaches. I especially enjoyed my morning kayak around the beautiful and quiet bays.

Every day was a new adventure, but it always began with a breathtaking sunrise over Hurricane Hole, and the unspoiled beauty of the Eastern end of the Island.

Each bedroom has a private bath. The living area is comfortable with the flare of Island living, and the kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly need.

Coral Bay is just around the bend, and is bustling with activity.

We rented a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and highly recommend one. The roads are very steep and at times you could enter a 90 decree turn! But, it is all part of the adventure!

We can't wait to book our next stay, and it will be for more than a week!

Thank you Nina! We loved every minute of our stay at Sweet Winds!

Alice and clan

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: recommended

I am 1/2 of a mile East of Coral Bay, St John, just above Hurricane hole, a bebble beach nice for snokeling. Coral Bay has 2 grocery stores and 6 or 7 great places to eat and drink,listen to live music and sometimes dance. There are 2 National Park trail heads,and snorkel and kayak rentals within 1/2 mile. Also there are many white sand beaches that can be found within a 10 minutesfrrom thr villa.

Other Activities: Sweet Wind is in the National park and there are many trails nearby to choose from. Check out the map,enjoy.


Rates & Availability

Estate Zootenvaal House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Nov 21 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Summer rates
May 1 2017 - Nov 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Holiday rate
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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