We really enjoyed our stay at Anchorage Aweigh. We are a couple in our 40's that have visited the island six times and have always stayed in homes rented through HomeAway. We have stayed in what would be considered "higher end" and higher priced homes, for the most part. We are very particular in where we stay and research quite extensively. We knew we would be up early and out the door beginning our days with hikes and then beach hopping. This location could not have been better for us. We enjoy staying on the Coral Bay side of the island. The view was amazing even better in person. The pool was one of the best and we have had a pool at all of our rentals. The bed is a king size and noted as very comfortable by many. For us, we usually sleep on a very firm tempurpedic mattress. Therefore, mattresses are always an adjustment for us. The layout was perfect for our stay just enough space for a couple utilizing the first floor only. There is an additional bedroom downstairs equal to the upstairs bedroom that they open if you have more guests. Our bedroom had an AC unit that cooled the room off quickly. We kept it off while out all day with no issues. The living area and kitchen do not have air conditioning they have sliding doors with screens to allow for the breeze to come in. We were there in August and it was a bit humid at times for us but manageable. We enjoyed the outdoor shower as well. The kitchen had everything you would need for cooking. The refrigerator has an ice maker. We used the beach chairs, towels and cooler every day. They also had paper towels, toilet paper and laundry detergent readily available. The washer and dryer were nice to have as well. One of the best parts of this rental was the owners. We really enjoyed Patricia and Scott. They are friendly and are ready to help if needed. They checked in via text to see if we needed anything during our stay. They offer plenty of privacy and only interact if you show interest. I would highly recommend it because they are amazing people and have a great story to tell. Anchorage Aweigh is not only an economical stay for all that you get. It is a wonderful place to create memories and to explore this beautiful island. It was the perfect fit for us. Thank you to Scott and Patricia for making such a beautiful home that will offer so many travelers a slice of paradise at a great price.
First, Patricia and Scott are wonderful. They are here as much or as little as you need and have thought of everything. The villa was fully stocked with paper goods, beach chairs, cooler, towels, new appliances including a gas stove (but we didn't cook) and every movie on DVR under the sun (not that you will watch much TV). The way they have designed the homes, there is complete privacy. The homes are only connected by the most amazing pool!!! The pool makes you feel like you are on the edge of a cliff with the most spectacular backdrop of Coral Bay. And then there is the wrap around porch with the same stunning view. Seeing all the boats in the beautiful Bay is so peaceful. It was our daily hang out for coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon.
Second, we thought the location in Coral Bay was perfect. Right down the hill is Indigo Grill. Best food in Coral Bay and great atmosphere. Pickles in Paradise, great breakfast and lunch is right around the corner and so is the well stocked market. You are 15 minutes from the best snorkelling on the island- Waterlemon Cay one way and Salt Pond the other. The ride to Cruz Bay is 20-25 minutes. If you take the North Shore road by the beaches the view is so spectacular, who really cares how long it takes.
Back to the villa itself- two bedrooms each with a full bath that includes the best rock and shell outdoor shower ever. If there isn't a second couple, the second bedroom remains closed. There is air conditioning, but we never turned it on. With the fans and how the villa is designed with huge sliders to capture the breeze you don't need it. Plus it truly keeps it tropical.
The road and driveway are both paved and there ample room to turn around in the driveway.
We have fallen in love with Anchorage Aweigh and will definitely be back!!!
We love St John and spend time there every winter. It is a wonderful island with friendly people — “no worries” on St John. Many beautiful beaches to choose from all with a
different character and conditions.
Coral Bay is our favorite location. We like to rent a different villa every year for a change of orientation and to meet new villa owners and make new friends.
Our choice this years was Anchorage Aweigh a new two bedroom, two bath house overlooking the west end of the bay. Beautiful views from the wide rap around porches on two levels, and easy access to the pool and deck area surrounded by palm trees and tropical vegetation. An oasis.
The house itself is well appointed. Carefully decorated with attractive and appropriate furniture and most importantly with comfortable beds.
The kitchen is spacious with ample counter space and well equipped with everything you need. A brand new Bar-B-Q sits just outside the door to the kitchen for easy access.
Leaving the best for last, Patricia and Scott, the owners, are extremely friendly and helpful. They are very knowledgeable about St John and can recommend the best beaches and restaurants the island has to offer. They also know a great deal about the flora and fauna on the island.
It was such a pleasure staying at Anchorage Aweigh this past year. We hope to return soon.
Stephanie and Scott
My husband and I are frequent travelers to St John and had booked our most recent stay with 2 weeks at Anchorage Aweigh. We were fortunate enough that during our stay in May of the prior year to personally see the home and meet Scott and Patty. We felt at home immediately and booked our stay. And we were not disappointed.
Anchorage Aweigh is the perfect villa from top to bottom. The location in Coral Bay is great and the view is amazing. Every detail was well thought out. The bedrooms are separate, gorgeous and comfortable. The outdoor shower was a huge plus. Since I cook every meal when we are on island, the kitchen was perfect and well equipped. Right outside the front door is the grill which was very handy.
The living room is comfortable with TV and satellite TV. Wifi helped to keep in touch back home.
In addition to the inside living space, the outside living space is perfect. A nice comfortable dining table which we used every morning and evening. A large sectional couch outside was wonderful for relaxing. There is also an additional, private screened in sitting area off the upstairs bedroom.
The pool area is absolutely stunning. Comfortable lounge chairs to relax on while you take in the gorgeous view of the pool surrounded by palm trees which over look Coral Bay.
Friends joined us on this trip and they loved the villa also and we all are already booked to come back in 2018.
Scott and Patty in the smaller cottage and they were absolutely wonderful. They were there if you needed them, or not if you wished to have absolute privacy. Could not ask for a better set up. They are very attentive and made sure we always had anything we needed. Also, they are a wealth of knowledge of special places to visit that made the trip even more perfect. My husband and I consider Scott and Patty friends and wish them nothing but the best and look forward to our next stay.
We wish to keep Anchorage Aweigh and St. John a secret, but the on the other hand, if you do not give an honest review of the island and the home, you feel you are doing a disservice to those spend their hard earned money on a vacation.
This was our 2nd year in a row visiting St John during the holiday season with our 2 teenage kids. We chose Anchorage Aweigh based on it's location and amenities. Owners Scott and Patricia have taken great care in building their dream vacation villa and live on property in the villa next door. Couldn't ask for a nicer couple to rent from. They have been on island for several years and are very knowledgeable for off the beaten path things to do. The villa is nestled in the Sea Grape hillside and protected from the seasonal trade winds that can be brutal at higher elevations. The landscaping is full of fruit trees, native plants, and is very well maintained. Besides the daily activities of snorkeling, hiking, and exploring the island, we thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent at the villa. Sunrise breakfast/coffee on the covered patio each morning listening to the wildlife and watching the boats in the bay was a perfect way to start the day. This villa has everything you need for a home away from home. 2 king bedrooms each with it's own outdoor shower (so relaxing!), fully equipped kitchen, outdoor grill, beach towels/chairs, coolers, tons of books and dvds to relax with after a long day in the sun. We used the pool several times and it was perfect temperature to cool off from the daily activities. Scott and Patricia have made paradise perfection in this well appointed villa that we highly recommend for a St John getaway!
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