Upscale, Private 1- Br Cottage With Detached Kitchen, Pool And Stunning Views.
About Jim Pfeiffer
We live in Southern New Hampshire and enjoy escaping the Winter.
Jim Pfeiffer purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Jim Pfeiffer chose Estate Carolina
We have vacationed on the island of St. John for over 25 consecutive years. We started as campers at the Cinnamon Bay Campground, graduated to a decade of bareboat chartering in the USVI and BVI, and then began renting vacation homes in Coral Bay. At first, we visited once a year, then twice a year, then on occasion, three times a year. It was pretty clear that we liked St. John and Coral Bay. We purchased the property in 2002, finalized building plans in 2013 and began construction in 2014. The project was completed in January of 2015. Skyloft is built to current construction codes, has an occupancy permit and has passed electrical and fire inspections. Skyloft, named for its small footprint and spectacular VIP view of all the 'action' in Coral Bay, is our vision of simple, upscale, relaxing, outdoor tropical living. We were visited by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Skyloft was damaged, but the damage was repairable. Except for the entry stairs, which were destroyed, no critical infrastructure was damaged. The roof and deck remained intact. We flew down to St. John in November 2017, and stayed, affecting repairs through the beginning of May 2018. Work is ongoing, though the stairway has been fully rebuilt and is ready now. The entire villa has been restored, cleaned and repainted inside and out. We are returning in November 2018 to supervise the remaining recovery work and complete our "task list". We have delayed opening our home for guest rental until January 2019 because we want to be sure every detail is attended to. We are currently (July, 2018) accepting reservations for January 2019 and beyond. We are happy to share Skyloft with you. Welcome!
What makes this Cottage unique
There are many wonderful homes and cottages for rent on St. John. We designed our home to include the best features from all of our rental and camping experiences over the years including upscale villas, Maho Bay Campground, Cinnamon Bay and Concordia Eco-retreat. Skyloft features affordability, privacy, outdoor living and cooking, screened-in sleeping, two spectacular outdoor showers, a small private pool, unbeatable views and a naturally shaded, second deck at the edge of tropical woodland.
Pool / Spa
Children not allowed
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
It’s true what the other reviewers have said, the drive up to the house is harrowing! We figured it was a lot of fuss about nothing (having driven on many islands and some crazy roads in Tortola) but no, everyone was right. Our flight was delayed in Atlanta and we didn’t reach coral bay until around 8PM so we managed to get up the hill in the pitch black, and over time it DID get easier! The house itself is absolutely lovely, every inch is so perfectly thought out. I had been concerned about lack of shade on the deck, please don’t let that be a worry of yours- there is always a large shady spot with that incredible view! The pool was fabulous, the outdoor kitchen is SO well planned, we cooked often. The pictures of this property can’t really show the incredibly EXPANSIVE VIEW. I assumed there would be some kind of eye sore...somewhere?! No, it is absolute perfection, and you understand why the drive up is so worthwhile. We spent the last 10 days talking about how much we love this place and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have found it and booked it- do yourself a favor and book it for yourself to find out! Trust us, it’s magical!
Relaxing vacation at Skyloft
Skyloft is an amazing oasis - the perfect place to spend our St John vacation. The owner provided a thorough and detailed guide to the property, which ensured that we were comfortable, and the many small touches made the week that much more special. The local caretaker was also incredibly helpful and informative. We highly recommend this property!
More than a vacation
Sometimes experience exceeds expectations, but rarely beyond a simple measure of satisfaction.
The experience we lived at the Skyloft will not shortly be forgotten.
To simply state that the facilities, amenities, and interactions were above par would fall short of the mark.
We can all relate to enjoying a good movie....but then there is the story that touches us and can stay with us for a lifetime. The experience is difficult to articulate to someone short of having them watch the movie for themselves.
So was the nature the Skyloft experience..
But I wish not leave the review without a tangible example of our hosts::
Missing my original flight, and then arriving much later In the evening than planned - on a different day- due to delays on the second flight, was not a problem. Jim’s responsiveness was reassuring, and he was there throughout to accommodate and adjust. And by the way....Thank you Shookie!!! Shookie waited at the rendezvous point well past schedule, and daylight; to personally bring me to the house.
I of course called him as soon as I arrived on the island. Not only did he insure me that he would wait for me to complete the 20 minute drive across the island but then happily insisted that I stop and shop for groceries in the main town first. So finally, we met on “Rt. 107” where the adventure began.
The environment was so pleasing at Skyloft that I stayed my entire first day and night on St John without ever leaving there.
Good thing I had those groceries!
Thank you Jim for all the courtesies you have extended to us throughout the stay.
Well built, well maintained, clean, well stocked villa for two people. The drive up the hill to the house is an adventure, the 50 steps can be tiring after a day of hiking...but the view from the deck is well worth it. Cooked at home on the grill every day (two grocery stores within a mile), swam in the pool (shared with some frogs & lizards once the sun goes down), loved taking a refreshing outdoor shower , watched a little tv at night before going to sleep (Netflix, fire stick), posted pics of our day (WiFi is good), but mostly just sat at the little bar height table on the deck and enjoyed the amazing view. Communication with owner & local host was excellent.
Just as great as our 1st stay!
This was the 2nd time we stayed at Skyloft and it was just as wonderful as the 1st time! It is such a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can’t even tell if the hurricanes did any damage to the property. We will never get sick of the view from the deck overlooking Coral Bay and waking up with the sunrise!
This is our 5th time staying on the islands. Skyloft was by far our favorite view. The drive to the house was VERY steep and challenging but you get used to it.
The 2 building lay out was really unique, most of your time is spent outside. We used the pool every morning and most evenings. Jim was always accessible by text. We recommend this beautiful home!! It definitely had a “glamorous camping “ vibe. Thank you Jim!!!
Jackie and Paul Raymond- February 2019
Coral Bay is a small residential community on the eastern end of St. John. It borders the Virgin Islands National Park. There are five restaurants within a five minute drive from the house including the well-known Skinny Legs Bar, Indigo Grill, Oasis, Pickles, Wok on the Beach, and Aqua Bistro. There are plenty of bays for snorkeling and beaches for swimming. There are two convenience stores and a larger market all within 3 miles of Skyloft.
Many pristine north shore beaches, including Maho, Trunk and Cinnamon are 10 minutes away. Cruz Bay, a hub of activity where the ferry from St. Thomas is located, is 30 minutes from Coral Bay.