My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to stay at A House of Open Arms for our honeymoon. As I read other reviews, I feel like there is no way to express how helpful Catherine has been or how amazing her place truly is. Catherine sent us a huge book on St. John before we made the trip, which we used every day while on the island. It led to some of our favorite snorkels and hikes of our trip. Catherine gave us good advice on where to rent a jeep (you will need one if you plan on getting to a lot of snorkeling places and A House of Open Arms). The people at the rental company were so helpful and kind. Catherine met us at the ferry dock with big hugs for both of us. She led us through town to get us settled. She was always willing to give advice or tell us more about great opportunities on the island. At the same time, we felt like we had a lot of privacy in the cottage/on the property. The dinner she made us on the first day was fresh, local, and amazing. You will be spoiled! The cottage has everything you need (we ate all breakfasts there, made sack lunches, and cooked most dinners on the grill). She's supplied you with pots, pans, dishes, a toaster, a blender (we loved this), napkins, basic fridge stuff, WONDERFUL granola, coffee, and a great cooking area (see our pictures...there is a fridge inside the cottage). We sat and ate all of our breakfasts and dinners out on the porch listening to the waves and birds. Catherine has really thought of everything and has a great selection of books, music, bug stuff (though we did not experience ANY bugs), fans, and basic bathroom items for you. We loved that the whole cottage and property was off the grid and ran off of solar energy (she mentioned that she was going to go on the grid this summer just for certain days). We did our best to live with a minimum impact as we were there, which supports the lifestyle we have at home. The whole island is beautiful and we cannot wait to go back. We told Catherine we would tell all of our friends about her place and we will continue to do so! We've stayed at a lot of homes on vacation, but this truly was one of the best. We just hope you don't end up taking our days when we make the trip back!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- a House Of Open Arms Hotel St. John
- House Of Open Arms St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands