Anchorage Aweigh turned out to be a wonderful place to stay for our group of four (two couples).
What we loved:
Dual master bedrooms on separate floors
Outdoor showers (there are none inside)
Wonderful salt water pool - so refreshing after a day at the beach and the pool has views too!
Lots of balcony/patio space on both floors
Great location to some wonderful beach and snorkel spots that are not swamped with tour buses. But not an unreasonable distance from the popular spots.
Large gas grill
Plenty of seating for four and even more outside.
The kitchen was really well stocked. I don't think we ran across anything we didn't have and we cooked every day.
What we didn't love:
Sadly the mosquito population was crazy when we were there. We had lots of bug spray but they still loved snacking on us. Apparently this is not the norm there, but it kept us from enjoying the outside as much as we would have liked.
What would make it better:
Would love to see a few games, cards, and dice added to the unit. There were lots of movies, but we would have enjoyed some games for the evenings. It gets dark early and we don't eat out much.
Tips - You might want to check out the unit before you shop. There were many condiments (butter, jams, mayo, mustard etc) that people had left. Might save a dime or two.
We enjoyed conversation with Scott and Patricia, they were always willing to answer questions but they were very conscientious about giving us space. We told them to come chat anytime so we enjoyed some chats by the pool.
I felt the photos very accurately represented the property and appreciated that there were no surprised. The living room was not air conditioned, which I had missed, but the bedrooms were. It got a little warm a couple times but nothing we couldn't manage.
This place is so awesome we almost don't want to share. But Scott and Patricia are wonderful and have created an oasis in paradise.
We love Coral Bay and we love Anchorage Aweigh. The view from the porch is perfect. We spent mornings drinking coffee and evenings drinking wine overlooking Coral Bay and all the boats. The view from the pool is unparalleled- you are on the edge of the world.
Anchorage Aweigh is perfect in it's accommodation and incredible privacy. You don't realize Scott and Patricia are right next door- but they are there if you need them. You only see their house via the pool- but wouldn't know they are there.
The king size bed is extremely comfortable and it's a full bath with a great stone and shell outdoor shower that is wonderful!! Amazing kitchen (although we didn't cook)- gas stove, dishwasher what more could you ask for. Comfortable couches and internet, cooler, beach chairs, towels, you don't want for anything. The fridge even makes ice.
Really cool part is while you have everything- it's almost off the grid.
We can't wait to return. Wonderful!!!
What can I add to everything that has already been said about Scott, Patricia, and Anchorage Aweigh? I turned 50 in December and wanted to do something memorable.... I researched so many countries, tours, and trips. I found AA on trip advisor, saved it as a favorite and compared everything to it going forward in my research. Not one place was as perfect a fit as AA, it was everything I wanted my trip to be!!! Scott responded quickly to my inquiries and booking request. The house was exactly what you see in the pictures-the only thing I didn't realize was the shower in the master bathroom is outside. There wasn't a shower inside as well. With how wonderful it was showering outside every day, I quickly realized there was no need for an indoor shower!! Coral bay was beautiful, quiet and relaxing. The roads were scary as hell, lol!!! I always drive the rental car on vacation-not this time!!! Slow and steady wins the race and you (almost!) get used to driving on the roads!!! The restaurant below the house was our favorite... fish tacos and fried sweet plaintains.... different tacos every day.... I'm craving them now!!! I know this is sad, but I couldn't wait to go to bed every night so that morning would come quicker and I could see that beautiful vista every day. Scott and Patricia met us at the pier with the rental car representative. It was a wonderful experience from A to Z. Affordable, friendly, beautiful. Go.... Go! Now! Thank you Scott and Patricia for my most unforgettable birthday!
Oh! And mailing our charger back that we left behind!!!! xo
Anchorage Aweigh was built with love. It is apparent in every detail. From the beautiful open living area/kitchen that is absolutely perfect to make a nice breakfast before heading out to explore the island, to the expansive balcony with a stunning view of Coral Bay and the surrounding hillside. We spent most of our time on the balcony listening to the Coral Bay choir of birds (and donkeys at night) and enjoying the best view in Coral Bay. Scott and Patricia were the most kind and helpful hosts that made this our favorite vacation we have ever had. Scott even helped my boyfriend out with suggestions for a surprise marriage proposal - it was absolutely perfect! Another stand out feature was the outdoor shower made out of gorgeous shells and stone - with enough room for two ;)
This was our 2nd trip to STJ with our teenage children. We highly recommend this villa for anyone wanting to stay in Coral Bay on St John and would definitely return to Anchorage Aweigh. The owners, Scott and Patricia built this villa themselves and live in the villa next door. They took meticulous care in planning and building this amazing villa and it shows in the workmanship and attention to details. The layout provides great privacy, protection from the seasonal winds, and breathtaking views. It has 2 king bedrooms each with their own outdoor showers (oh so relaxing!), fully furnished kitchen, on site laundry, beach towels and chairs, coolers, and a grill if you want to cook outside. The covered patio was perfect for a sunrise breakfast and coffee, listening to the wildlife, and simply relaxing out of the sun and in the light breeze. They also have many books and DVDs to choose from for your entertainment and the pool was a nice place to take a dip after a long day at the beach, hiking or kayaking. St John is truly an amazing place to visit with so much to do and see or if you just want to get away, this villa would provide a peaceful retreat with the comforts of home away from home. The communications and rental transactions were as easy as can be. Scott also offered advise on rental Jeep places, things to do, and some off the beaten path activities. Well done Scott and Patricia! Thank you for renting to us.
Anchorage Aweigh is a gem. Attention has been given to every detail. A smile and a calm comes over you the minute you walk in the door. Owners were off island at the time, but left Jane ( the caretaker) to see to our needs. What a lovely girl! Thank you for allowing us to share "a piece of paradise" with you.
Anchors Aweigh is Truly a hidden treasure. You can not put into words the true beauty of the views that you see. Absolutely breathtaking. The villa was magnificent! Private Outside showers - Genius idea! The morning Sunrise took my breath away. Total Zen! A must to be had by all!