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Coral Bay Eco Retreat:Tropical Living Off the Grid, Hike to Beach!

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Stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Hole and the British Virgin Islands are the focus
1 of 122Stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Hole and the British Virgin Islands are the focus
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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
2 guests
5 nights minimum
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Coral Bay Eco-Retreat: Live simply and close to nature on beautiful St. John; hike to the beach! If you liked Maho Bay Camp, you'll LOVE this place! Romantic and quiet with stunning views of the sea. Located directly on the historic Johnny Horn Trail (mile hike to popular Waterlemon Cay snorkeling beach) and bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, this off-the-grid eco-retreat is an open-air home that is solar-powered, cooled by the tradewinds, sustained by tropical showers and warmed by the sun.Overlooking the Caribbean Sea,Hurricane Hole and the British Virgin Islands, the view is stunning and the sunrises are spectacular. Coral Bay Eco-Retreat offers the unique opportunity to be in a remote location, yet only half a mile from the heart of Coral Bay and a mile hike to the beach ...Coral Bay Eco-Retreat: Live simply and close to nature on beautiful St. John; hike to the beach! If you liked Maho Bay Camp, you'll LOVE this place! Romantic and quiet with stunning views of the sea. Located directly on the historic Johnny Horn Trail (mile hike to popular Waterlemon Cay snorkeling beach) and bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, this off-the-grid eco-retreat is an open-air home that is solar-powered, cooled by the tradewinds, sustained by tropical showers and warmed by the sun.Overlooking the Caribbean Sea,Hurricane Hole and the British Virgin Islands, the view is stunning and the sunrises are spectacular. Coral Bay Eco-Retreat offers the unique opportunity to be in a remote location, yet only half a mile from the heart of Coral Bay and a mile hike to the beach and snorkeling of famous Waterlemon Cay. It's perfect for hikers and adventurers wanting to get away from it all and experience island eco-living “off the beaten path” in a tropical setting. Experience quiet for writing, relaxing or contemplation, punctuated by the sounds of the surf, birds, tree frogs and donkeys. Guests have called this home a tree house, as it is surrounded by trees and even has a tree growing right next to the bed! The large open deck is nestled among the trees and is perfect for admiring the view, meditating during sunrise (we call it the Morning Show) or for star-gazing on a balmy Caribbean night. It offers a glass-top umbrella table for outdoor dining with a view, a Weber grill and a Pawley Island hammock for two for the owner's favorite sport: hammock-warming! It is accessed by 'the stairway to heaven', 25 steps up to the house, lighted by solar lights and dotted with hoop-vine and turpentine trees. The deck connects through double cypress doors to the living room which has a large comfy sofa, old-style rocking chair, books, DVD player, charging area for electronic devices, Caribbean art, created by Caribbean women. A strong cell phone signal is usually available, especially for AT&T, and free wireless internet. The island-style open-air kitchen features a very busy hummingbird feeder and a coconut banana quit feeder, attracting many tiny yellow banana quits (official bird of the Virgin Islands) greeting you each morning. This old-time Caribbean style kitchen has a mermaid theme with hanging island baskets and kitchen antiques collected on down-island travels including iron skillets, kettles, even an old island school bell. The porch-style kitchen overlooks a herb /aloe/papaya garden and utilizes solar-warmed rainwater that is gravity-fed from a small water tower. For true water conservation and in keeping with old island traditions, the “dishwasher” is a set of dishpans in which dishwater is saved for deck and garden plants. It has a medium size solar-powered frig (small freezer with three ice cube trays), a non-electronic six-burner stove and oven (no microwave), a bar-style seating area overlooking the view, dishes, bamboo and eco-cookware, coffee-bean grinder, french press coffee pot and a stove-top toaster. The 'Life's a Beach' bedroom suite offers fabulous views from your pillow, with a queen bed with natural cotton bedding in tropical colors, lots of pillows, a heavenly duvet and romantic and practical mosquito netting. Cooled by the trade winds, there are also fans and low-wattage reading lights for your comfort. It has a private full bath, garden with island mural (created by our first guest), massage table area and deck with a tree growing bedside and a coconut shell bird feeder and photos of St. John beaches, small frig and coffee maker. The living room is also screened with walk-through magnetic style screen 'doors'. Open-air bathrooms feature fixtures with water-conservation flushes, a half bath on the main-floor and an outdoor garden shower. Rain water is collected from the roof, stored in cisterns, considered precious, limited and carefully conserved. Guests are encouraged to take the St. John Eco-Challenge: take cool-water St John eco-showers (not hot), limit flushing, turn off lights, dry your hair in the breeze and leave an 'island eco-footprint, flip-flop style'! At this eco-retreat, you are at one with nature; not the place for you if you're not into walking up hills, up steps or driving a rough trail in four-wheel drive. Or if you’re highly allergic, critter-phobic or sensitive to tropical geckos (little lizards) or occasion flying bugs who visit this open-air home. If you want a great view,peace and quiet,romance,eco-adventure and a natural setting, then Coral Bay Eco-retreat is the home for you! Must love birds! Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 66-0791701More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Not safe for young children.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Half bath
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About the Owner
Allison S
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2013
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Reviewed 1 August 2020

We were looking for the perfect getaway to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, and we definitely found it here, even amongst all the Covid-19 pandemic chaos. This house was so perfect for our personalities, and we felt like we just belonged here. Allison, the homeowner,...More

Date of stay: July 2020
Thank Mike B
Reviewed 23 June 2016

The view was breathtaking and we loved our feathered visitors. The property manager and her assistant were friendly & helpful. We appreciated the fact that we were not hurting the fragile island environment-it was an adventure that we'd love to repeat. If you're into being...More

Date of stay: June 2016
Thank lkkbowman
retreatlady, VR Owner at Coral Bay Eco Retreat:Tropical Living Off the Grid, Hike to Beach!, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

Hi LKK! Thanks for the great review. I know you had some challenges outside of the retreat that I was happy to help you with...I hope it all ended ok. I'm glad it didn't deter from enjoying your vacay with your daughter. I hope you...More

Reviewed 29 February 2016

We got married on the beach at Trunk Bay then stayed here for 8 fabulous days for our honeymoon. We are both very into hiking, camping, and backpacking so being off the grid was the perfect honeymoon for us. The house has everything you need...More

Date of stay: February 2016
2  Thank Kevin Y
retreatlady, VR Owner at Coral Bay Eco Retreat:Tropical Living Off the Grid, Hike to Beach!, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

I hope you CAN stay longer next time...for an anniversary! It was a challenge to get all the arrival details straightened out, but I know how I would feel if I were in your hometown for a visit and a car company screwed up....I'd want...More

Reviewed 16 July 2015

My husband and I honeymooned at the eco- retreat for ten days right after our wedding. We were in need of some deep relaxation in a place that was in the middle of nature, but also wanted a place with a comfy bed. This was...More

Date of stay: June 2015
1  Thank meagzzzz
Reviewed 25 April 2015

First, let's get this out of the way right up front: The view will simply blow your mind. It is beautiful...simply stunning. Now, moving on...I have never felt so close to nature than I did the week we spent in St. John. Using the Coral...More

Date of stay: October 2014
3  Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 15 April 2015

The Eco Retreat is a special place. We wanted privacy, nature, charm, creature comforts and a (tiny) bit of adventure. The Retreat provided all of that and more. The views are spectacular. Allison, our very accommodating hostess, must live in an equally incredible place because...More

Date of stay: April 2015
1  Thank aluckybug6
Reviewed 13 March 2015

The place, the view, the solitude is absolutely spectacular. We spent a week there and could not have been more pleased. You give up some things, like hot water, and you're not right in town for the night life. You have to drive up a...More

Date of stay: March 2015
2  Thank steve d
Reviewed 13 January 2015 via mobile

My wife and I honeymooned here and it was couldn't have been much better. Allison, as other reviewers have said, is wonderful and very helpful. She has a gift for creating welcoming and comfortable spaces. Seriously though, every aspect of the house was well thought...More

Date of stay: January 2015
1  Thank Nathan H
Reviewed 14 December 2014

Idyllic is the first word that comes to mind when waking up and experiencing the sunrise perched high on the Johnny Horn overlooking Coral Bay, the neighboring islands, and the expansive sea beyond. Allison is a wonderful person and peaceful in nature. She unobtrusively checked...More

Date of stay: December 2014
1  Thank lostsol95
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

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Date of stay: July 2014
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
DVD Player
Grill
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Local Guides/Maps
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
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Private Garden
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Water Views
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Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
The Coral Bay Eco Retreat is located in Coral Bay, St. John off the historic and rigorous Johnny Horn trail, about half a mile from Emmaus Moravian Church. The Trail requires an adventurous spirit and is traveled only by 4 wheel drive vehicle, horseback or hiking. Hiking up the trail takes you to the historic Annaberg Sugar ruins, the Brown Bay Trail, Leinster Bay and the snorkeling gem, Waterlemon Cay. Hiking or driving down the trail leads to the “heart of Coral Bay” with its popular restaurants and bars that often have live entertainment and where you can hang out with friendly “locals” such as Skinny Legs, Pickles, Island Blues, Aqua Bistro and Donkey Diner. There are two Coral Bay island markets with ATM’s and two mail services and shops including the CocoLobo complex. The Vitran bu...
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You can hike in and out of the retreat, but generally I do not recommend it. It's a tough half mile uphill hike, not fun with groceries, especially after dark!
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