Reviewers Rating: Great
Villa Callaloo is a delightful 3 bedroom with loft/4 bathroom West Indian cottage on Ajax Peak above Coral Bay facing East/Southeast. The great house with loft and two of the cottages are completely open – no screens, with large folding louvered doors. The effect is more like being in a large open air lanai than in a bedroom. Each of the open air bedrooms has mosquito netting and one bedroom, in the lower level of the main cottage, has screened windows. The appointments are not luxurious, but they are solid and comfortable. The views are extraordinary and the landscaping is some of the best that we have ever seen. Thanks to the Cingular tower across the valley on Bordeaux Mountain, we had better cell phone and mobile data access than we get at home.
One advantage of a 20+ year old house is that the landscaping is well established. There must have been 10 mature banana trees, some fruit bearing, an enormous kapok tree, a very large turpentine tree and a large collection of flower bearing and very green shrubs. The swimming pool was on the lowest level and provided great views of the mountain sides as well as a very private setting. You can occasionally hear the traffic going back and forth to Coral Bay, but we had only one early morning awakening as someone was pulled over by police below our villa.
We had one major challenge during our stay – mosquitoes. During the week prior to our stay, St. John experienced torrential rains. 7 days after the rains started, in one of nature’s easily anticipated cycles, the mosquitoes came out. We happened to be staying at Villa Callaloo when the mosquitoes peaked in a very big way – more mosquitoes than locals had seen in years. We solved this problem by moving to the screened bedroom, wearing lots of bug spray, burning mosquito coils and never standing still while exposed in the great house. We would stay at Villa Callaloo again in heartbeat, but the mosquitoes are disinvited.
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