Reviewers Rating: Excellent
We stayed at Meritage Cottage in late September for our honeymoon and it was exactly what we had hoped it would be. It is a private, "one room" cottage which provided us with excellent accomodations for our honeymoon. Here are some details...
Inside: A fully equipped kitchen (even some rum!), king size bed, a comfortable living space, bathroom with a nice sized shower, satelite TV with DVD player, phone for local calls, closet and drawer space, air conditioning. The bed was very comfortable and the air worked very well (when needed). The cottage is very well maintained, clean, and beautifully decorated with an island feel.
Outside: A private deck with hot tub, lounge chairs, patio table, and gas grill. The cottage faces west with views of Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole Bay with St. Thomas in the distance. The location makes for beautiful sunset views from the deck. You can also hear the crashing of the waves from Hart Bay.
We didn't use the A/C much while we were there, except in the mid-late afternoon when the sun was pretty hot coming in the windows facing west. Being up in the hills we felt there was often a comfortable breeze cooling the cottage.
Meritage Great House is on the same property as the cottage (you share a driveway), though we never felt bothered by the guests at the Great House. There is privacy fencing on one end of the deck which pretty much seperates you from guests at the great house. Though, if you wanted to peer down on them (or vice versa) it would be possible. When they were out using their pool we could hear them from our deck, though it was never a problem.
The property manager was very helpful - even replaced the DVD player with one of his own when it wasn't working properly. This was greatly appreciated during the rainy day of our trip and also after a long day at the beach so we could watch some movies.
Meritage is a short drive from Cruz Bay and is in the Chocolate Hole area. Coming out of "town" on Hwy 104 you'll pass The Marketplace and the Westin. Turn right onto Chocolate Hole East. Then take an immediate left on Tamarind Road and stay to the left at the fork in the road and you're just about there. I wrote this to give you an idea of where Meritage is located. All the roads to get there are paved and in a good condition.
I would highly recommend Meritage Cottage to a couple looking for a romantic getaway or for solo travelers. We enjoyed the views, hot tub, quality of accomodations, and proximity to town. The cottage is surrounded by lush tropical forest which gives you a very secluded feeling. While it's far from the most extravagent villa on St. John it was exactly what we had hoped for on our honeymoon.
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