Just returned last night from an incredible week on the island. I am in such a funk...missing it already. Just wanted to give some info on where we stayed - Mampoo Hill in Devers Bay.
This property is not for everyone....but we LOVED it!!! It is right on a rocky beach complete with hammock. Snorkeling is there as well...but it was a bit rough. The house is completely open with 2 seperate master suites on each end of it. The suites are airconditioned or you can open the screened windows and listen to the waves. There is this unique sound made on a section of the beach where there are small rocks....when the waves recede ...it makes this really cool sound - a snap crackle pop kind of sound - almost like those rain sticks - you have to hear it for yourself
You lived on the decks. Breakfast, cocktails, star gazing. Plenty of shade and no problem with insects (which was my biggest fear) 2 resident iguanas that we named Larry and Theresa came and hung out with us on the deck every day.
The little banana quits "yelled" at us until we filled their feeders with sugar water.
If you are looking for "fancy" or a resort type feel - then this place is not for you. If you are looking for privacy, a short drive to Cruz Bay (10 minutes), for the sound of palm trees swaying in the breeze and the sound of the waves crashing to the shore - then check out their website.
I am NOT being paid to endorse -LOL- we just absolutely loved it and we will go back in the near future - but this time for a minimum of 10 days. The week just flew by.......
many thanks to this forum - I did a lot of reading prior to this trip. Though this was my 4th trip to the island...the last one was 15 years ago - so the info I read was very useful.
If you are a first timer going - you will see that every turn/bend in the road brings you upon another gorgeous vista..another gorgeous beach. Snorkel as many beaches as you can fit in.
It is what the island is about - it's not just the rum (though rum IS an important part of it)
St John is and will always be a special place for me. I have no doubt whatsoever that we will be back in the very near future