Tropical living off the grid, live simply and close to nature with stunning panoramic views of sea, birds that land in your hand, solar-powered, on the border of the Virgin Islands National Park & its hiking trails, 1.5 miles to beach and snorkeling.
Bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Hole, Coral Bay Harbor, British Virgin Islands out to Virgin Gorda, stunning views, sunrises and spectacular sunsets and moonrises.The Coral Bay Eco Retreat is located in Coral Bay, St. John on the border of the Virgin Islands National Park, off the historic and challenging Johnny Horn trail, about half a mile from the beautiful Emmaus Moravian Church, a mile from the beach, a few miles from an organic farm. 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 amd shops including the CocoLobo complex. The Vitran bus stop is at the end of the Trail and offers an opportunity to travel west to the Reef Bay Trail and on to Cruz Bay or east to Shipwreck Landing, Miss Lucy’s, yoga classes at Concordia and beautiful Salt Pond Bay…and it only cost a buck! Beware, taking that bus sometimes involves long waits as it runs on island time. If you have a jeep or are a hitch-hiker (it’s generally safe on St. John), you can also access nearby Josephine’s organic farm or the world-famous northshore beaches of St. John, less than a mile-hike away. Tropical living off-the-grid, Live simply and close to nature on beautiful St. John. If you liked Maho Bay Camp, you'll LOVE this place! A hiker's and lovers' paradise, private and remote, open-air and silence. Solar-powered, located on historic Johnny Horn Trail, a one mile hike to primo snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay. Romantic with stunning views and spacious private decks overlooking Caribbean Sea, Coral Bay and the British Virgin Islands. On the border of the Virgin Islands National Park, only half a mile to Coral Bay restaurants, bars and buses to Salt Pond or Cruz Bay. With two bedrooms (including the Love Nest and the Life's a Beach Loft), the retreat is best suited for a couple or two firends. An option is a couple and a third person such as a child over 8 years old. This allows options with sleeping arrangements and weather management options.
Located directly on the historic Johnny Horn Trail (mile hike to famous snorkeling Waterlemon Cay beach!) and bordering the Virgin Islands National Park, this off-the-grid eco-retreat is an open-air/partially screened 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 to Virgin Gorda, 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. 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, island sheep and donkeys. One guest claimed, 'As I watched the sun go down, I felt my blood pressure do the same!' Others have called this home a treehouse, as it is surrounded by trees, has trees growing through the decks, 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 solar 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', 44 steps up to the house, lighted by solar lights and dotted with hoop-vine, night-blooming cirrus and turpentine trees.
The deck connects through double cypress doors to the screened-in living room which has a large comfy sofa, old-style rocking chair, books, DVD player/screen, charging area for electronic devices and Caribbean art, mostly of Caribbean women, created by Caribbean women. Generally, 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) who land on your hand to enjoy sugar, 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/spinach/basil/banana/pineapple garden and utilizes solar-warmed rainwater that is gravity-fed from a small water tower made of recycled 'drums'. For true water conservation and in keeping with old island traditions, the “dishwasher” is a dishpan/bamboo dishdrainer in which dishwater is saved for deck and garden plants. It has a spacious solar-powered Sunfrost frig (no freezer), 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 and a stove-top toaster. Eight gallons of purified island drinking water (in recycled gallon jugs) are provided.
Two bedrooms offer fabulous views from your pillow, both with queen beds with natural cotton bedding in tropical colors, lots of pillows, a heavenly, puffy duvet and romantic and practical mosquito netting. Cooled by the tradewinds, there are also low-wattage reading lights. The downstairs 'Love Nest', open-to-nature bedroom, 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 . The white 'Life's a Beach' loft bedroom is screened-in and accessed by a stairway from the living room, features a Caribbean style hip roof/ceiling, boat-style awning/hatches, a modified four-poster bed and photos of St. John beaches.
Open-air bathrooms feature fixtures with water-conservation flushes, a half bath on the main-floor and an indoor shower 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 a zero 'island eco-footprint, flip-flop style'!
At this eco-retreat, you are at one with nature; the perfect place for you if you're okay with walking up hills (from the driveway to the house!), up steps (44 of them to the house), love to hike and drive a rough trail in four-wheel drive. If you're not highly allergic, critter-phobic or sensitive to tropical gheckos (little lizards) or occasion flying bugs who visit this open-air home, you'll love it! Generally, the tradewinds keep mosquitoes and no-see-ums to a minimum and frogs and hermit crabs are our natural bug exterminators! Since it's off-the-grid, there are no hair dryers, microwave, dishwasher, hot water (Note: It is solar-warmed), air conditioners...or even a kitchen sink! But in their place are awesome views, privacy, gentle breezes, only natural sounds and star-lit nights...and high speed internet! Take the St. John Eco Challenge and see how small your environmental carbon footprint can be!
If you want a great view, peace and quiet, eco-adventure and a natural setting, then Coral Bay Eco-retreat is the home for you! Must love birds!
You have the whole house...and the nearest neighbor (unless Clark is home) is half a mile away! So you have complete privacy and a full retreat house aka as a treehouse to enjoy!
Interaction with guests
I'm available by text or cell most of the time. Otherwise, I leave you alone for your complete privacy. I won't be coming over or any of that. But I'll be happy to let you know about area events, bands at the bars, special dining, beach parties, etc.
Other things to note
Off the grid so you have the opportunity to live naturally in the tropics with an open-air (inside outside) Caribbean-style retreat. Hike to beaches and the cool bars and restaurants of Coral Bay. Or use a jeep to experience four-wheel drive travel on the historic Johnny Horn Trail and explore the island's 22 hiking trails and 30 beaches. Practice conserving solar energy and rain water and getting into the island rhythm of being close to nature and living simply. Amazing energy and stunning views!
What are the house rules?
1.Smoking is NOT allowed, no candles, incense or anything with flame is allowed.
2.People other than those in the Guest party may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of Guest.
3.The home is privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
4.Keep the property and all furnishings in good order. Only use appliances for their intended uses
5.No PETS sorry. They’re not allowed at any beaches or restaurants, so they would be left at home most of the time…not much fun for a pooch!
Parking is limited to one vehicle. Vehicle is to be parked in designated parking areas only at the first level of the driveway. Parking on the road is not permitted.
7.Housekeeping: There is no daily housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included in the unit, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate. Beach towels are provided. We do not permit other towels or linens to be taken from the house.
8. Water and Septic: The property is on a cistern and sensitive septic system. It is essential that water be conserved as it is captured rainwater and very limited. If excessive water is consumed, guest may be responsible for payment of purchased water $500. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything including used toilet paper. No feminine products should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that anything was flushed and clogged the septic system, you could be charged damages of up to $500.
I'm the Spiritual Coordinator for Unity of St. John Virgin islands and I'm in the Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute's Licensed unity Teacher program. My career has been counseling and teaching spiritual education. Check out our website at Maybe you can join us for one of our Adventures in Spirituality programs!