Apartment, Living Room, Efficiency Kitchen, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
About Jan Hoffman
My wife and I live in Maine most of the year, and move to our house on St. John for four of the winter months. We enjoy being your 'on site hosts' during your stay in Skyflower Suite. We will interact with you as much as you like, or will leave you to yourselves during your stay.
Jan Hoffman purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Jan Hoffman chose Upper Carolina
The villa is set 1000 feet up and looks out over Coral Bay and surrounding islands. The view is remarkable. Constant cooling breezes provide natural air conditioning. Very private and quiet, but only five minutes from shops, restaurants, and grocery stores, and 15 minutes from beautiful beaches.
What makes this Apartment unique
Skyflower Suite provides one of the most spectacular views in the Caribbean. It is peaceful, cozy, welcoming, and beautifully appointed. The owners pay careful attention to detail on the property, inside and out. Breezes are continual, coming in as easterly trade winds. The house was designed and built by the owners specifically for the site, so there are views from every room. Expansive decks allow plenty of room for outdoor sitting and soaking up the view. You'll want to take your morning coffee on the deck you watch the sun rise. You'll enjoy snorkeling, reading a good book on one of the many beaches, or hiking on St. John's extensive trail system. There are nearby fun places to grab a bite of lunch, or have an delicious, romantic dinner in the evening. You might want to try an afternoon siesta in the comfortable bedroom, or whip up a delicious rum punch or pina colada to enjoy on your deck. There are often bands playing at the local restaurants. Best of all, you'll want to come 'home' to this glorious spot at the end of each day!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Spectacular stay at Skyflower!!!!
Skyflower is a magical place that captures the peace and beauty of St. John. This was our third trip to St. John and third time staying in Coral bay. Skyflower was without question the BEST place we’ve stayed on the island. We spent 8 amazing nights but they flew by and now only seem like a wonderful dream.
Bill and Jan were the perfect hosts. After a very long travel day with many delays we were so happy to arrive. Luckily we made it just before dark and we had our first glimpse at the spectacular views of Coral bay and the BVIs from Skyflower. This villa makes you feel as if you are at the top of St. John. Bill and Jan were so welcoming. They helped us with our bags and quickly showed us around the suite, it was perfect.
Bill and Jan have put so much thought and love into creating a special vacation space. We immediately felt at home in the suite and appreciated all of the small touches (personalized welcome letter and framed sign, homemade muffins for our first breakfast, and a welcome bottle of Cruzan rum). We had everything we needed for a wonderful stay (fully outfitted kitchen, beach towels, nice hand soaps/lotions, ice pack/coolers, and very nice beach chairs).
We saw Bill and/or Jan most days, typically in the morning as we were headed out for that days adventure. It was nice to have a quick chat with them but with that being said they were very respectful of our privacy. They lovely people and it was a pleasure getting to know them.
Highlights of Skyflower suite:
Breathtaking views of St. John and the BVIs in the distance from both the expansive deck and from within the suite. There are sliders with screens that span the entire living space and bedroom to maximize the view so even if there is bad weather you can still sit inside and enjoy the view.
Extremely comfortable bed. It was amazing to wake up to the wonderful view everyday. Sunrise in Coral Bay is one of my favorite times of day on St. John and one of the main reasons we have always stayed on this side of the island.
Skyflower was a perfect location. The drive up to the villa is steep but the roads are in excellent condition. It is quick 5 minute drive down to Coral bay to restaurants (Aqua Bistro, Skinny legs, and Coral Bay Oasis/BBB were our favorites) and groceries. Our favorite beaches (Maho, Francis, Salt pond, and Little Lamshure) were only 5-15minutes away.
We are counting the days until we can return. Thanks again Bill and Jan.
A Little Piece of Heaven
We just came back from 7 wonderful days at Skyflower. Wow, this is such an amazing place. The views are breath-taking from the top of Bordeaux mountain. The pictures do not do it justice. We spent our mornings drinking coffee and taking in the warm summer sun and the cool ocean breeze. The location is perfect for taking in the sights and sounds in the middle and eastern end of St. John. The accommodations are excellent and the size of the apartment was more than enough for my wife and I. Everything in the suite is in excellent condition, and there's a full kitchen and modern grill if you're inclined to cook. Having spent the previous week at a villa just outside of St. Cruz I can assure you that Skyflower provides the best bang for the buck available on the Island. Bill and Jan are wonderful, and invited us up for drinks and appetizers one evening and we now consider them friends. Can't recommend this place strongly enough!
Perfection in Paradise
Well, it is day one of Skyflower withdrawal and we are doing as good as can be expected for leaving behind paradise for home in the midwest! We are expecting our first baby this year, so our focus for this vacation was the perfect, romantic week to celebrate our last months as a two person family. A lot of research went into finding our paradise, and we cannot believe how beyond expectations this trip was for us.
Pictures and words cannot even begin to express the true beauty of the Skyflower property. It is so much more than what is presented in this listing (everything listed is completely accurate). The minute we exited our jeep and headed down the stairs to Skyflower Suite, we knew we had found something special. No matter where we went on the island, nothing rivaled the view right outside our door from the expansive deck. But the view is not limited to breakfasts with Jan's delicious homemade banana muffins with tea or reading out on the deck - the view can be seen from the living area, kitchen, outdoor shower, and even lying in the comfortable king sized bed. There is nothing like waking up and looking out the door to see a beautiful sunrise over the surrounding islands.
To say Bill and Jan were gracious hosts is an understatement. I am so glad our time in St. John overlapped with the time they spend on the island. Besides being a wealth of knowledge for St. John, they are such genuine and nice people. Our stay would not have been as perfect as it was without their guidance to the best beaches, restaurants, etc., and we thoroughly enjoyed conversations with them on their deck. They hosted a cocktail hour with us before dinner one night, which was great. They even had a small gift for us (the most adorable sea turtle onesie for our future daughter)!
We would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone considering a trip to the Coral Bay side of St. John. For first timers like us, do not let the advice of "there's not as much to do on the Coral Bay side" fool you. We ate at a different restaurant every night, there is a small plaza with shops, restaurants, and a grocery store right at the bottom of the street from the property and many other attractions on the east side of the island are only a 10-15 minute drive. We did not return to the Cruz Bay side until it was (sadly)P time to leave.
Thank you so much Bill and Jan for a wonderful experience! We are truly grateful for everything and hope to see you again in the future!
What a gift!
Our week long stay at Skyflower was truly a gift from owners, Jan and Bill. We had a wonderful week and a lot of it was due to coming "home" each day to this beautiful spot.
Skyflower suite is the bottom of a two bedroom villa. During the winter the owners are using the main part of the villa and rent out the suite. First let me say that they are very nice people who seem to genuinely enjoy meeting their tenants. That being said - they are not at all intrusive, but, in fact are very helpful. During the rest of the year the entire villa is for rent. We did get a tour of the rest of the villa and it is very nicely done.
The best part of our unit is the very long, covered deck, which is totally private from everything else. We ate out there, rested and read, and had plenty of space to dry out our wetsuits and bathing suits, etc. on lines provided. The view from this deck is one of the most all encompassing that I have seen. All of the British virgins were staring back at us. Absolutely gorgeous. We like to play hard during the day, but coming back to this was a highlight!
We had a living room with small kitchen. Very comfortable furniture, TV we never used, a wall fan, books, board games, etc. The decorating was lovely with a lot of attention to detail and everything looked fresh. There was a microwave, toaster, stove and plenty of utensils, etc. The refrigerator is only apartment size which was a challenge for us, but we managed. Also the owners told us we could use any frig space we needed upstairs and also their ice maker. We didn't end up doing that, but it was nice to have the option.
Bedroom was King size (could be 2 twins). Very comfortable. Ceiling fan. We would wake up with the sun and just look out our slider at the sun rise. One big perk is the huge "garden" shower right out the door of the bathroom. Still very private from the deck but with an awesome view and the same breezes. We never had a need for A/C.
The road up is 108 and was only a 5 minute PAVED drive from the Aqua Bistro area. The entry to the driveway was level. I would recommend this highly to anyone. We hope to go back.
And be sure to eat Jan's special muffins while they are fresh! Awesome.
The photos provided for Skyflower are excellent. The suite was even better than expected.
Our hosts, Jan & Bill, were very welcoming and at the same time respectful of our privacy.
The deck is very private and goes on forever with, we're sure, the best view on the island.
A number of restaurants are very close, as well as a nice little grocery store five minutes from the house. We enjoyed hiking to many beautiful beaches that are less crowded than the west side of the island. I don't think you could go wrong renting Skyflower Suite.
Better Than Our Dreams
What we read about in the description and reviews and saw in pics when choosing to book this property proved to be accurate, although in reality not fully representative of our experience, which turned out to be far better than our expectations. When you first see the panoramic view of the islands and sea from this mountain side, it takes your breath away. And the great thing is that the thrill of that view never diminishes because it is ever changing in some way, and you get a slightly different perspective from the deck, or the living area, the bedroom, and even the shower. The living space is immaculate, nicely furnished, and a very comfortable bed invites restful sleep, etc. Plus there are so many special touches such as fresh flowers, original art, refreshments and treats upon arrival that make this a wonderfully welcoming place.
We been to St. John 7 or 8 times now, and have always preferred staying on the Coral Bay end of the island, but this spot on the mountain above Coral Bay was not only the most beautiful and comfortable of the accommodations that we've had, but turned out really to be the most convenient for getting to all the beaches where we wanted to snorkel, and to the nice mix of restaurants that are there. After our first trip up the mountain road led by our host, we soon realized that we made the right choice.
Our host and hostess, who are the property owners and were in the upstairs section, surely must be counted among the most gracious, knowledgeable, helpful, and interesting folk that you could ever hope to meet. While careful to always respect our privacy and solitude, they were quick to respond to any of our requests and questions. And when a couple of unexpected medical issues developed for us, it was especially reassuring to have their support and suggestions which salvaged what would otherwise have been frustrating and disappointing intrusions into our days in paradise.
All in all, our experience in this special place was better than we could have dreamed it could be, and fond memories of it will fill our actual dreams for many days and night to come.