Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
About Charlette Wernig
Mom & I are the two faces at Sonnenskuss these days since dad's passing in '05. Dad was a champion swimmer, and, with the help of a letter from Gene Tunney, was able to pick Key West, Fla. as his venue of choice to teach aquatic warfare during WWII. Mom, born in Germany (hence,Sonnenskuss), was a beautiful young ballet dancer. Two physical specimens, and just married, the newlyweds were able to live together off base. Dad loved his active duty in Key West (their first son was born at the naval hospital). He loved the heat & the water. Decades later, mom & dad (George & Charlette) began taking regular winter cruises throughout the Caribbean on the 'Bremen'. In '67 mom read about Cinnamon Bay in the NY Times, followed by consecutive annual stays at the campground. Our family fell in love with St. John, purchased a Serendip condo unit ('72-'73), and began the search for an ideal location to design & build a home in paradise. Mom & dad were always a 'perfect team' - proactive with enthusiasm - so, dad designed Sonnenskuss, loaded two 40' containers on L.I. (all bldg. materials, appliances, jeep, etc.) and commenced building in '79. The apartment was never touched by a '96 hurricane which purged the house of it's wooden structure. Rebuilt in masonry in '98, Sonnenskuss winter seasons provided infinite joy for my parents & friends - and continue to provide for guests new & old. Welcome!
Charlette Wernig purchased this Apartment in 1976
Why Charlette Wernig chose Estate Enighed
* a large, clean, bright & airy apartment * extremely convenient, secluded & private * faces sunsets 365 days a year * on the NP boundary, yet, only 4 blocks from the ferry dock * 250' elevation overview of Cruz Bay Harbor, beautiful Mongoose Junction & STT
What makes this Apartment unique
* exclusive guest parking bay * in very low density neighborhood *surrounded by tropical vegetation with birdlife & deer & donkey visitations * on the edge of the NP with it's forests literally outside a wall of glass * absolutely walkable to town & beaches
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Cancellations made at least 90 days before check-in qualify for a full refund. Also, a full refund is honored once the booking is filled by another.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great location and beautiful views!
This is our fourth trip to St John in five years. We absolutely love it here! We’re in agreement with all the other reviews, the location and views were awesome. So close to town. The hike up and down the hill with gear was challenging but in a good way! Just think of it as a free workout (guilt free eating and drinking). We’re in our early 50’s and did fine. The unit itself was a great size. Lots of storage space, large shower, plenty of bath towels, great counter space in the bathroom, ceiling fans in bedroom and living area plus a few more regular fans you can put anywhere, very comfy king bed. The only negative was lack of a stocked kitchen. We usually have a big breakfast and pack lunches for on the road and maybe cook an easy dinner once or twice a week during our stay. It had great pots and pans, few pieces of silverware (as in 3 forks), only one sharp paring knife, few cups, dishes were fine but no dishwasher (I knew that prior)but no dish drying rack. Things I wish it had: measuring cups and spoons, drink pitcher, storage containers for leftovers, reusable freezie packs for coolers, spices, foils, ziplocks etc. Luckily, we have lots of camping experience so we managed fine. The outdoor beach supplies were great! Two size coolers (12 pack & 6 pack), pool noodles, swim fins, 4 beach towels, reclining high back beach chairs.
The north shore beaches were our favorite as well as Salt Pond over by Coral Bay. Great snorkeling at Salt Pond, Francis Bay and Waterlemon Cay. When you’re at Salt Pond, make sure you do the hike up the Rams Head Trail and do the small hike over to Drunk Bay to see all the interesting stone designs. Favorite restaurants we’re Lucky Chops (great prices and gluten free options), Lime Inn, and Greengos. We just love the relaxing vibe of the island and can’t wait to plan our next trip!
Perfect Location, Amazing Views, Awesome Owner
This was our first time staying on the island of St John, and it won't be the last! Gary is the most hospitable owner! He picked us up at the ferry with our luggage to take us to the apartment. His knowledge of the island really helped us to make the most of our visit, as we spent our days out exploring, hiking, and visiting beaches. We were able to use coolers, beach chairs, beach towels, and water "noodles" to take to the beaches.
The apartment itself is much more spacious than we even imagined, everything in working order and beautifully maintained. The bed was very comfortable! Our favorite part was sitting out on the deck overlooking Cruz Bay with coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. We were able to walk down the hill to Mongoose Junction and then where ever we wanted to have dinner each evening. Yes, it is a steep walk to get back up to the apartment later, but we appreciated the exercise. If you can't handle the steep hill, you could just drive. Gary took the time one evening to drive us to his other property to see a sunset - what a spectacular vista with 360 degree views! He was always willing to help us in any way we needed and could not have been more accommodating. Thank you Gary!
BEST LOCATION ON ISLAND!!!
Sonnenskuss is the nicest most perfect place to stay on St. John! My wife an I have stayed in Cruz Bay 3 times prior, and we decided to give Sonnenskuss a try. BEST decision ever! Gary and Charlette are the most hospitable people you could ever imagine. The cleanliness of the property, beautifully groomed trees and gardens is a real pleasure to come home to. Gary even took the time to take us to his other property to watch the sunset.
After a day at the beach coming home and being able to walk to happy hour and not have to worry about parking is very convenient. There will be no need for us to look anywhere else, this is really in Cruz Bay and is the best deal you will find. We couldn't have asked for a better Christmas! Thanks Gary and Charlette and you will see us next year for sure!
WOW... PARADISE FOUND!!!
Sonnenskuss has it all...beginning with a great first impression!!!
*Our host met us at the ferry, brought us to the market to stock up on a couple staples and then on to what became our 'home away from home' retreat on St John.
*We were just in time for an AWESOME SUNSET!!!
*Private and secluded, (bordering the National Park), Sonnenskuss is a peaceful sanctuary amidst lush tropical gardens and a magnificent water feature which is loved by hummingbirds and bananaquits, all of which was created by our host, a landscape architect *Exclusive guest parking
* Sincere host hospitality
* Expansive view overlooking Cruz Bay, the sea and nearby islands from your own deck 250 feet above sea level
* Persistent prevailing trade winds
* On site help, advice and guidance from hosts with 50 years of St John experience
* Daily delivery of colorful fresh hibiscus flowers, lowered to our apartment door
* Beautiful, bright, white, cool, large living space, very comfortable and well appointed
* And if that is not enough, all this at an extremely affordable rate!
* Oh, and did I mention the AWESOME SUNSETS!!!?
We were so happy we chose Sonnenskuss for our stay on St John. This being our forth visit to the island, we use to do Maho and Concordia, we wanted to be close to town. This is the perfect one bedroom very comfortable open air apartment. The views from the deck in the morning over coffee and in the evening for sunset are spectacular, even saw some beautiful rainbows on the rainy days. Gary is so accommodating, from the flowers in the coconut shell in the morning to having a beautiful water fall piece in a beautiful lush green sanctuary area (only needs a small seat so you can enjoy the area and your coffee) Even though we rented a car for the ten days we enjoyed being able to walk to town each evening, have dinner and drinks and work off some of those calories on the hill back up to the room. We chose to have our breakfast's and lunches in the apartment or when we were out hiking or on the beaches and went to town for dinners so we did not do a lot of cooking. It was also wonderful to spend a little time upstairs talking to Charlotte, what a wonderful lady! You can't go wrong if you are a looking quiet room with a great view, just don't tell too many people, we look forward to returning again.
After we had booked Sonnenskuss, I had imagined myself sitting on the deck as I looked at the beautiful pictures on the site. It was more amazing actually being on the deck because I could see and hear the bananaquits, smell the rich, damp earth, feel the soft ocean breeze on my skin, and taste a delicious caipirinha! Gary could not have been more accommodating. He picked us up at the ferry and once we were settled in to our apartment, he took us to get bottled water, at a local dealer and then drove us to the grocery store so that we could get our supplies for the week. The location of the apartment was perfect for us. We like to walk and could easily get to our favorite spots in and around Cruz Bay. The hill we walked up to get to the apartment was steep but not long and helped us burn the calories we had taken in from eating the delicious seafood at Rhumb Lines, the homemade pasta at Vista Mare, and the tasty desserts at the Ocean Grill. One evening, Gary took us to one of his other properties on St. John so that we could experience the sunset from a high vista. We had a 360 degree view of the ocean and the sunset. It was such a sensory experience to feel surrounded by the vastness of the ocean as the wind whipped around us and the sun sunk into the sea. The view from the apartment was amazing and due to the open concept, it felt like you were always outside. Gary created and currently maintains the lush and exquisite landscaping that envelopes the property. Since we returned, I dream that I am sitting on that deck, appreciating the splendor of Sonnenskuss and St. John.