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Periwinkle Cottage of Coral Bay 08/04/2004
Reviewers Rating: Stars Excellent
We just returned this past Friday from our 4th trip to St. John for 11 days and our 2nd stay at Periwinkle Cottage in Coral Bay. We spent 10 days there in 2001 - we were married on St. John and spent our honeymoon in Periwinkle. We absolutely loved Periwinkle!!! The pictures on the website DO NOT do it justice!!! And Great Caribbean Getaways is great to work with! We have stayed at 2 other villas on St. John, both were very nice, but for the price of the villa and the amenities, we felt that Periwinkle is the best value on St. John. It is very private up a bit of rocky, hilly road, with only one other house that you pass. It is perfect for 2 people or 2 couples. The upper level has a living room/kitchen combo with a center island and seating area with cable TV, cd stereo and dvd player, (great room) - which is very airy with ceiling fans and has huge doors that open onto a large tiled and covered veranda with lounge chairs dining table and a hammock which you don't even have to rock yourself, because the breezes will do it for you. The lower level is accessed by a covered stairway and the lower deck to the bedrooms is also covered and has a bistro table and 2 chairs. The bedrooms are off the lower level and are a good size (each with it's own bathroom) with ceiling fans, large closets and both look over Coral Bay Harbor and the east end, plus views of Norman Island in the BVI's, and one of the bathrooms opens to the deck, so you can watch the boats in Coral Bay Harbor while showering - tres cool. Awesome moonrises and sunrises. Fabulous breezes which keep the house cool constantly - we never missed having air-conditioning and my husband can't stand to be the least bit warm - the lower deck off the bedrooms is large and has 4 lounge chairs, tables, a nice little dipping pool, great hot tub . Lots of good quality linens, pillows, fluffy towels and beach towels. Lots of cooking utensils - even a coffee grinder - dishware and flatware, new Weber grill (my husband loves to cook). The house is very charming and nicely decorated and has beautiful plantings and papaya, and banana trees all around it. My wedding bouquet was made from the flowers all around the property! Right below the house is an agriculture farm with a large number of goats. So at 8:00 am they start to bleat and are set loose in Coral Bay to graze for the day and then at 6pm every night they return to the pen below, sometimes passing right by us on the pool deck, but not to worry, Periwinkle is completely surrounded by fencing to insure the goats don't come near the pool :-)) LOL -

Wherever you choose to stay - St. John is the BEST place for a honeymoon or just plain old great vacation. We are hooked for life since our first trip in 2001!!!

SheilaW





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