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Stellar views and Clean Sweet Winds, we're Still Here in Hurricane Hole.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 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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More Details

Nina Hahler
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

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 Estate Zootenvaal

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • 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.


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Stellar views and Clean Sweet Winds, we're Still Here in Hurricane Hole.
average rating of 4.787879 based on 33 reviews
Springfield, Missouri

Hands down the best vacation we have ever been on. The views and water are absolutely breathtaking!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to St. John and after staying at Sweet Wind, there is no other place we want to go. We really took advantage of what Nina had to offer and it was an incredible experience. She has sea kayaks free for you to use and because of that, two of our vacation days we spent kayaking all across Hurricane Hole and discovered several completely secluded and GORGEOUS little beaches that we had all to ourselves.

The view is so incredible that I never could sleep in!!! I woke up each morning BEFORE sunrise in anticipation of the beauty that was about to be displayed before me, made my coffee and then sat out on the balcony waiting. It never disappointed.

Sweet Wind felt just like home and was perfect for us. The outdoor shower is amazing and beautiful! Feels so nice to shower in the warmth of the sun surrounded by the beautiful foliage Nina has around it.

Nina is just next door if you need her, but leaves you alone if you desire. We went over several times on our own to engage with her and she is a hoot! She was always super friendly and outgoing - we spent several nights sharing stories, singing, and probably keeping her up later than she would have liked (sorry Nina!!). We felt immediately as though Sweet Wind was like a second home to us and cannot wait to return!!! Next time we will bring our kiddos and show them all that Sweet Wind and the island of St. John has to offer!

We feel completely connected to Sweet Wind!! Sorry Nina - I think you've gained some regulars and may not be able to get rid of us now!! Haha!!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Meeting great folks like you makes this endeavor worthwhile, can't wait to meet your kids,...really enjoyed meeting you, Nina
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View and location was phenomenal!

  • 2 of 5

Unfortunately the beds were old and mattresses very soft. The electric fans did not work and the portable fans were way too noisy and one was filthy. Also we had no Wi-Fi or TV.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: They say lightning never strikes but it happened 2 times that hot August night. We had an electrical storm that melted my plastic shed that the WIFI repeater was on, at my place next door it burned up the outside lighting and melted the conduit. The TV's in both houses were not spared nor the telephone ,cable and WIFI. Thank you for all your husbands help. New mattresses are on order, pretty hard to find them after 2 hurricanes. What a year, better days ahead, I am truly sorry if you did not enjoy your stay. I 'm glad you enjoyed the kayaks, Cheers, Nina
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Spectacular views, great location, and a unique villa we will always remember...

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I spent a week at Sweet Wind at the end of May, and it was absolutely wonderful. The place has, if possible, even more sweeping views of Hurricane Hole and the east side of St. John than the photos are able to capture, and the bougainvillea and other tropical plants that Nina grows on the property are lovely as well. We visited St. John primarily for snorkeling, and Coral Bay is a terrific location for anyone interested in snorkeling such sites as Waterlemon Cay and Maho Bay in the north, Haulover Bay and Hansen Bay to the west and Salt Pond/Tektite/Yawzi Point to the south. It is a short (though sometimes adventurous! definitely rent a high clearance vehicle if you want to go to Great Lameshur and Little Lameshur bays!) drive to any of these beaches, and there is also mangrove snorkeling in the some of the bays right in front of the house. We enjoyed exploring the island during the day, then returning to Sweet Wind in the late afternoon to enjoy the refreshing trade winds, which blow across the deck and cool the house every evening (and help keep the bugs away).

Sweet Wind itself is a beautiful villa that Nina herself designed and decorated, and we loved the woodwork and the thoughtful details such as the nautically themed door and cabinet handles, original paintings, stained-glass lamps, and stonework in the outdoor shower (nothing is more wonderful than taking an outdoor shower in a stone grotto after swimming and snorkeling all day!) The kitchen is well-stocked with all the dishes and cookware you could want, as well as some general condiments, sugar, salt, etc., and we ended up eating at Sweet Wind most of the time we were there just because we loved the views so much.

We also had the chance to spend an evening with the owner of the property, Nina Hahler, who is a talented artist, musician and architect with a fascinating history. We really enjoyed playing music with her and talking out on the beautiful deck she built for her own house (shaped like a ship's prow), and meeting the dogs and baby fawn she was caring for after a recent flood. Overall, we had an absolutely wonderful stay, and definitely hope to return someday, perhaps with friends (Sweet Wind also has three separate guest rooms with en suite bathrooms, each of which has access to a deck and the same breathtaking views, and it would be a great place for 2 or 3 couples to stay together).

Thanks, Nina, for your hospitality and generosity! We'll be in touch!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharing this place I built with all my heart, and then having guests like you makes it all worth while.Your review just made me cry! How fun was that playin' drums and slide blues on the Dobro....over Hurricane Hole...and the baby deer is doing great! Cheers. 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: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: February 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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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: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Sweet Wind
Nearest Point of Interest
Brow Bay Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
my secret beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Johnny Horn Trail
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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.