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Castle under the Milky Way
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Castle under the Milky Way
Chess on the parapets
The Castle view looking East
Castle Villa from the South
The Castle's High Privacy
The Castle Tower from the West
Well you\'re not completely alone at the Castle
Castle Kitchen
How it feels in the Castle at night
Castle owner Eve, on the right, with family
It\'s open, but rain doesn\'t fall from this direction
This is the cozy lower bedroom
The Castle\'s outdoor shower (first floor)
The Castle Whirlpool Spa
The Castle offers unmatched privacy
Rainbow off the open stairs to the roof
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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KBK82
Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Views/Very Secluded”
Reviewed 7 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We wanted to try staying in Coral Bay, as we mostly stay in Cruz Bay. We booked this place based on the pictures. It does have a fabulous view, but is a little on the rustic side. That is great as long as you are prepared for it!! The ride up the hill is a little daunting and takes some getting used to. It is not for the faint of heart. The Castle is very open and quite beautiful. The bed was comfortable. The huge window at the foot of the bed allows the sun to wake you every morning at 6:30 so you are up and ready for the day early. There is no dish washer, so be prepared to clean your dishes before using them to make sure they are clean. The kitchen was pretty well equipped, but many of the glasses had chips out of them. The most disappointing thing was that the lounge chairs on the deck were ripped and the cushions old. It could use some new furniture. The outside shower was great!!

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Old furniture
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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robertson...
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awesome week on St. John”
Reviewed 24 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teenage boys) spent the week of March 14-21 on St. John and we stayed at "the Castle" near Coral Bay. We had no trouble getting a taxi from the airport in St. Thomas to the ferry dock in Red Hook and the ferry ride over to St. John was very pleasant. Once the ferry arrived in Cruz Bay we found our rental jeep and headed off to meet Rob at the Calabash Market near the Castle. Rob (the property manager) took us up the long dirt road to the property and showed us around. Rob was very friendly and gave us some valuable tips on getting around the island and things to see and do. The weather was perfect, sunny and in the low 80's every day. There was a constant breeze though the Castle so it stayed very comfortable, even in the afternoon. There was quite a menagerie of critters passing through, lizards, birds, hermit crabs, etc. IMPROTANT TIP: keep the wrought iron gate closed to keep out the donkeys, goats, and deer that wander by.

We very much enjoyed the "off-road adventure" sense of driving up and down the dirt road. We had a 4WD jeep but it was not really necessary although it would certainly come in handy if it had rained during our stay.

The kitchen was well equipped and everything as in good working order. There were two small telescopes but the mirrors were starting to corrode, however, the still collected enough light to be useful at Jupiter and Mars (the night sky was spectacular). The beds were comfortable and there was a cooler, beach towels, and beach chairs for us to use.

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Liked best: The location and the openess of the floor plan.
Liked least: There were a few mosquitos, but not enough to be unpleasant.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Ithaca, New York
Reviewed 7 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Liked best: Architecture and location of the Villa
Liked least: Well, driveway is challenging but worth it in my book
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Laura M
New Orleans, Louisiana
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19 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“We couldn't have picked a better honeymoon location!”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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The Castle St. John was an absolute dream! The initial ride up to the castle can be a bit daunting, but it is definitely worth it and easy after you adjust. (My husband says after the 2nd time he didn't find it an issue at all, and by the end of the trip I was even willing to try it out!) The building itself is beautiful, with a nice, large deck with lounge chairs, a hammock, and a regular table and chairs--not only was it a perfect place to relax with a book, but it was also a great spot to eat in the evenings and enjoy the view, which is beyond marvelous. We also really loved relaxing in the hot tub after a long day of hiking and snorkeling. The kitchen is well-equipped for cooking on your own, and the upstairs bedroom has the bed situated so that you wake up to gorgeous views of the island. The open-air aspect was actually one of my favorite things as well--we had visits from birds, lizards, caterpillars, and hermit crabs all week long :) If you are looking for secluded yet conveniently located for your honeymoon, this is an ideal spot: peaceful, beautiful, private, and close to oodles of yummy restaurants and beautiful beaches. In addition, the new property managers, Cathy and Clark, were extremely helpful. As brand new visitors to the island, we were a bit lost at first, but they met us in Coral Bay, guided us up to the castle, and even offered some very spot-on recommendations for dining and other activities in St. John. We are already trying to figure out when we can go back and take some friends along to experience the castle!

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Liked best: The privacy.
Liked least: International roaming rates on phones due to proximity to BVIs
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Reviewed 27 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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