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- 13 nov. 2018
Salle(s) de bain
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Salle à manger
Equipements de loisirs
Les réservations annulées au moins 60 jours avant le début du séjour pourront être remboursées à hauteur de 100%. Les réservations annulées au moins 30 jours avant le début du séjour pourront être remboursées à hauteur de 50%.
A uniquely charming and secluded open-air cottage with breathtaking views!
Allison’s Coral Bay ecoretreat cottage was an absolute dream. My husband and I stayed there on our honeymoon in April 2017. I had a vision of a private cottage somewhere tropical, which was surprisingly hard to find! We stumbled across this cottage while searching all of central America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean for something, and I couldn’t have been happier with out choice. Allison warned us that it would be a rough 4x4 road to the house with a nice steep set of stairs. We felt pretty comfortable with that situation - we’re active, work in natural resources and have to drive bad roads for work a lot of the time - so we signed up. She is not lying about the road or the stairs! It was doable, but definitely an adventure :P It made us plan our days ahead of time so we minimized the number of trips up and down that road per day, which I ended up really enjoying. The cottage is adorable and it’s obvious that a lot of love went into the design. There are personal touches everywhere, and the open-air bedroom is so dreamy. It’s definitely the type of place you could be just sitting in the hammock, reading a book and letting the day pass by. We were never in a rush to leave the cottage :) I loved feeling like I was part of nature - the little bananaquit birds do come right up to you as if they’re asking for sugar, little anole lizards skitter around in the evenings, and we even saw a hermit crab crawling around outside. The kitchen frog didn’t show up until our last day when we accidentally left the kettle lid open :-o and found him in there the next morning!
We really enjoyed off-the-grid living. It ended up just feeling like a REALLY luxurious camping trip and we loved being on that natural camping sleep schedule: wake with the sunrise (absolutely stunning view out of the Love Nest), fall asleep shortly after sunset. This worked out most nights except for the one where we partied hard in Coral Bay and didn’t get back until 11pm - no worries, there are solar lamps to light your way up the stairs! I seriously would love to come back to this cottage. St. John was lovely, too. We made no plans other than “get on plane, get rental car to cottage” and it was still a magical vacation. We spent our days snorkeling in all the little bays that are easily accessible by jeep or on foot, we hiked the Johnny Horn Trail to Waterlemon Cay (do it! We saw 4 sea turtles up close in the water!), and successfully visited (I think) every bar and restaurant in Coral Bay.
Perfect treehouse for us!
Seeking adventurous, good natured people! If you enjoy solitude, unbelievable views, a refreshing breeze, geckos on the spice rack, birds all around, hermit crabs traveling through your shower, driving your jeep like they do in TV commercials, plus you're willing to wash your own dishes, conserve resources (water and electricity are precious commodities here!), and grab a broom to sweep off the deck after a rainy or windy night, then this place is for you! If you crave a busy, sterile all-inclusive resort with drinks by the pool, maids and turn-down service, then keep looking.
Allison is a super host and the place is so lovely that it's hard to know where to begin. She responded to our texts and mini-emergencies promptly -such as referring a chiropractor when one of our group had a back issue flare up (she always adds, "tell him you're staying at my place, he's a good friend" with any referral).
I read another review suggesting not to use the kitchen. Au contraire! We cooked nearly all our meals here and packed lunches. Love this kitchen! Except one basket over the stove hangs too low for tall people;) so we used it on the counter to thwart bird attacks on our food. Bonus: the kitchen is in the shady part of the house so you can cook whenever and not get baked by the sun. If you're a serious cook, you will appreciate the well-seasoned cast iron pans in a variety of sizes. Two items to add- a mixing bowl and a cheese grater (so we improvised), but otherwise the kitchen has everything you need- including a coffee grinder (we brought our fav fair trade, shade grown, organic roasted beans from home). Word of caution: don't leave that banana you started eating and set down for a sec on the counter and walk away- not even for a minute! Those thieving pearly-eyed thrashers (birds sized like a jay) will help themselves!! Toss a dish towel, plate, or upside down basket over your precious food and all will be well, lol.
You really have to be the right sort of people to enjoy this quiet, out of the way treehouse for grown ups. We thought about camping but didn't want to schlep our gear here. This was more like glamping- you feel nestled in mother natures lap, but with a comfy bed and amenities like wifi and a charging dock whenever you want it. It was the perfect spot for us!
Peaceful tree-house living
Warning- if you don't like camping and nature, this is not the place for you! Now that that's out of the way, the Coral Bay eco retreat was freaking awesome!!! This peaceful, secluded, off the grid tree-house lands you 'far from the maddening crowd'. In staying, one experiences true off the grid living with solar power, a propane stove, indoor plumbing fed by captured rain water, and discharged into a septic. There is an indoor and outdoor shower that isn't heated, so be prepared for a cool shower... but in the hot sun it can be refreshing. If it's too cold for you, just heat some water on the stove to bathe with. Be prepared for critters to scurry about and bring bug spray.... again just like camping (or perhaps eco-glamping in this case). You also want to stock up on drinking water because it's too risky to drink rain water stored in unsealed containers. This tree house was relaxing and helped me reset my circadian rhythm that was so interrupted from my busy and hectic job a software engineer. My hubby is an env. scientist, so needless to say, we both were in heaven. We experienced multiple engagements with the bananaquints you can hand feed, humming birds, geckos, lizards, hawks, finches, millipedes, and even found a tarantula in its hole! Sleeping outside, under the stars in the mosquito net, and being naturally woke up with the sunrise was awesome. Thank you, Allison, for sharing your retreat with us!!
We had a wonderful trip. Allison was very thoughtful in checking up with us throughout the week. My daughter (16) and I loved being off the grid and so close to so much natural beauty. It was a cathartic trip for me. I needed it. Maybe metamorphic for her which is what I was hoping for. She has always loved animals and nature and this was a perfect place for her to experience the islands at as close as possible to its natural state. It was her first time in the islands and I am sure she will never forget it. I loved the hiking and the snorkeling...even though I had been to many of the trails and bays before...it was almost like the first time all over again when you get to show it to someone for their first time. I would love to come back again and stay here again. Maybe bring the wife next time. It was an adventure.
Thanks so much for the review and your kind words. It's such a joy to share something new and wonderful and natural with those we love, especially a teenager who appreciates it! That's how I feel about sharing the retreat with my guests...such a joy!
I'm glad you had a great time and I'd love to have you back any time...with wife, daughter or as a solo Rejuvenation Vacation!
All the best,
We stayed at Concordia twice but could never spend much time on our deck and enjoy the views because of wind, heat, or bugs. At this cottage, we were comfortably outside on our deck, day and night. The views are spectacular. Rolling over in bed to watch the sunrise never got old. If you haven't been to the island before, Allyson's care and attention will make you feel at home.
can't wait to go back
We stayed for 10 days & it was one of the best vacations we ever had. It was relaxing, great views & very peaceful. We're already talking about when we'll return.
If you are looking to get away from it all - this is the place to go! It's worth the hike to the top.
Allison had every detail thought out in the house - it was very comfortable.
We highly recommend eating at Oasis for fantastic 'comfort' food.
We would highly recommend this place!!
Le Coral Bay Eco Retreat est situé à Coral Bay, Saint- John, à la frontière du Parc national des Îles Vierges, hors du sentier historique et difficile Johnny Horn, environ un demi-mile de la belle église de Moravie Emmaüs, un mile de la plage, à quelques miles de une ferme biologique. Le sentier nécessite un esprit aventureux et est parcourue que par 4 roues motrices, à cheval ou à pied. Randonnée jusqu'à la piste vous emmène vers les ruines historiques Annaberg sucre, la baie Trail Brown, Leinster Bay et le joyau de la plongée en apnée, Waterlemon Cay.
Randonnée pédestre ou en voiture sur la piste mène au «cœur de Coral Bay" avec ses restaurants et bars qui ont souvent des spectacles et populaires où vous pouvez passer du temps avec "locaux" amicales tels que Skinny Legs, des cornichons, Island Blues, Aqua Bistro et Diner âne. Il existe deux marchés insulaires Coral Bay avec distributeurs automatiques de billets et deux services de messagerie et les magasins, y compris le complexe Cocolobo. L'arrêt de bus Vitran est à l'extrémité de la piste et offre l'occasion de voyager à l'ouest de la piste Reef Bay et à Cruz Bay ou à l'est Shipwreck Landing, Mlle Lucy, des cours de yoga à Concordia et belle Salt Pond Bay ... et il ne coûter de l'argent! Méfiez-vous, prendre ce bus implique parfois de longues attentes car il fonctionne sur le temps de l'île. Si vous avez une jeep ou êtes un auto-stoppeur (il est généralement sans danger sur Saint- John), vous pouvez également accéder à proximité ferme biologique de Joséphine ou les célèbres plages de la rive nord du Saint- John, moins d'un mile-bout de chemin.
Informations supplémentaires sur les tarifs de location
There's a fully refundable $500 security deposit for first-time bookings. I send a request a week or two before your arrival and refund it promptly after your departure, assuming everything is okay at the retreat. I'm willing to work out different payment terms; 50% payment at booking and balance due 60 days before arrival. Creative financing is okay too if you need to do something different. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rates listed are for 1-2 guests, extra fee for thrid person in order to be sustainable with resources. Five-seven night minimum throughout the year and 7 night minimum during winter holidays.