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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

My husband and I visited St. John for the first time over Thanksgiving week. We knew we didn't want the standard all-inclusive resort experience, but were unsure what other options were available on the island. We lucked across reviews of House of Open Arms, and it all sounded so lovely, I immmediately reached out to Catherine. From our first contact...

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Alexandria, Virginia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing place, built by Catherine, a wonderful host and amazing artist (full disclosure, Catherine is an old friend of ours). There is a main house with the Villa and the small pool on the bottom level and Catherine's home and studio on the top. Below the main house is a small cottage. All are perched on the...

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Thank Telletdl
Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I finally returned to St. John after 18 years to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. I spent a long time searching for the perfect place as both of us wanted to see more of the island and not stay in a resort this time around. We chose House of Open Arms (Villa). I had very high expectations...

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Thank Timothy R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed in the cottage.The view is amazing, beautiful sunrise every morning! Catherine is wonderful! She meets you at the ferry dock, takes you to get your car, takes you to the grocery store and then leads you to your temporary home. After that she prepares a fabulous meal for you! Catherine also has a wealth of knowledge about the...

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Thank L H
Hillsboro, Ohio
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Purposefully Peaceful My wife and I enjoyed the coziness of the cottage for 5 nights and fell in love with our perch above the most amazing view to the entrance into Coral Bay and Hurricane Hole. I was a little intimidated about traveling during "hurricane" season but honestly the slow time on the island was wonderfully quiet. We had only...

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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

A House of Open Arms was an idyllic place to spend our anniversary! We chose the villa and we couldn't have been happier; it was even more beautiful and spacious than it appeared in the website photos. Everything about the house reflected Catherine Perry's artistry and talents. Her warmth and graciousness are abundantly displayed in the many ways she serves...

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Thank Kim M
Colorado USA
Reviewed 13 July 2016

We stayed here seven years ago and immediately decided to stay here again the next time we came to St. John. We did. We couldn't have been more pleased. Once again, Catherine is just an excellent host. She's a terrific cook, she knows what her guests want and need, and she somehow makes you feel like she's not there even...

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Sterling, Virginia
Reviewed 13 July 2016

House of Open Arms lives up to it's name. Catherine is a wonderful host for this villa with spectacular views, incredible sunrises, relaxing pool, beautiful flowers, birds and other critters. After a day of travel, we were treated to a delicious seafood dinner on the patio, prepared by Catherine. She graciously provides nearly everything you need, is available if you...

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Earleville, Maryland
Reviewed 7 July 2016

We just spent a week at the House of Open Arms in the cottage. Everything was perfect from the time we stepped off the ferry in St. John where Catherine Perry, the owner, was waiting for us. She took us to our car rental and then we followed her back to Coral Bay where House of Open Arms is located....

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Thank kkostyshyn2013
USA
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I stayed at the cottage at the House of Open Arms and it was absolutely amazing! The cottage is very comfortable, decorated beautifully and has everything you need (by the way, the wifi connection is excellent). And the view...the view is gorgeous! I sat on the patio in the morning and evenings and it is so serene. There is always...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A House of Open Arms is a beautiful vacation villa and cottage on the peninsula of Fortsburg in Coral Bay, St. John, USVI. 75% of St. John is Nat'l Park and we are located just outside of it overlooking Nat'l Park waters of Hurricane Hole, East End and beyond to Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands. We have solar water power and we are on the grid so we have air conditioning too! 180 degree white water views wrap around this delightful one bedroom villa and charming one bedroom cottage. The villa is 1000 square feet and has 1 bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, veranda and pool. The cottage is 650 square feet and has a wrap around porch, outdoor cooking area, front entryway, bedroom and an inside bathroom with an outdoor shower. Both areas are separate and very private. The cottage is down the hill from the villa about 40 steps. While the cottage will only hold 2 people, the villa can accomodate small children easily. The property is owned and managed by Catherine Perry a local potter and watercolor artist. She is available for local knowledge, helping plan excursions, restaurant recommendations or any need you may have. House of Open Arms is located on a breathtakingly green, private hillside with constant, cool ocean breezes. Come relax in peaceful elegance and see how well you can live while staying in balance with the world around you! ... more   less 

Additional Information about House of Open Arms

Address: 00830, St. John
Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John
Price Range: £134 - £283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
a House Of Open Arms Hotel St. John
House Of Open Arms St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
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“The villa for a more complete kitchen and the pool, the cottage for complete privacy.”
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 of 5 bubbles Telletdl, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Views, Comfort, Romantic”
 of 5 bubbles d0ugbaker, 30 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We've only stayed in the Villa, and very highly recommend it (which comes with a pool...)”
 of 5 bubbles dahlheim, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Best view of the island”
 of 5 bubbles jfelicetti5, 8 May 2016 | Read review
“Best cottage we have ever vacationed, breezy, quiet, and charming. A great place to rest.”
 of 5 bubbles babfyfawn1963, 7 May 2016 | Read review
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