Satinwood was a great base for our 7 day vacation in St. John. The views of Coral Bay and BVI beyond were spectacular from both master bedroom porches, the main porch, the dining / living area, and from the pool. This villa is quiet and fairly secluded at the end of Miracle Mile road. This unit is better than advertised in the pictures.
The Coral Bay breezes are amazingly consistent at the Satinwood villa elevation. "No air conditioning" was not a problem for us. The one night the breezes quit, the fans did just fine at keeping the air moving. The tree frog serenades each night were amazing. The hummingbirds were interesting to watch, and the morning doves and owls were relaxing to listen to.
Dale from Cimmaron St. John greeted us at the car ferry in Cruz Bay and was fantastic...loads of information, quite friendly, and very thorough. Cimmaron St. John team members were ALL great...Marilyn arranged our "Bad Kitty" BVI trip, which was the highlight of our trip, another wonderful young lady stayed late on Saturday night to show us through some other properties we were interested in. A+ rating for Cimmaron team!
This is a relaxing property which is self-sufficient (solar panels / generator back-up which is very quiet, local water collection, battery back-up, composting toilets (no problems with smells), etc.). Satinwood is an interesting feat of engineering / architectural design perched on the hillside.
On the top level are two master bedroom suites with their own baths / showers, and upstairs secondary sleeping loft. These sleeping quarters flank the centrally located kitchen / dining room / living quarters / main porch...it is a very utilitarian set-up. This property would be great for 2 families with 2-4 kids each. We didn't utilize the lower level where there are additional accommodations, as well as the washer / dryer.
We had easy access to all North Shore beaches, boating, and snorkeling, as well as Coral Bay and Cruz Bay. Although I would caution that it is a 20-30 minute drive to Cruz Bay at 20 mph, and you do not want to be going much faster due to the steep hills and sharp turns on Rt. 10 / Centerline Rd. Also watch for drivers who apparently think the double yellow line on the road should be placed under the middle of the car. Other than that, we only had to dodge donkeys, wild pigs, goats, roosters, iguanas, and mongooses on our drives into town. Quite fun and interesting.
We had a lot of rain late in the week, so watch for fallen rocks on Rt. 10, just around the sharp turns. Strongly recommend small 4 wheel drive Jeep for both tight parking in town, and traction on the hills during the rain. The driveway into Satinwood is steep, with a tight turn-around at the bottom of the hill, but Cimmaron's maintenance guys came (without our prompting) and blew leaves / debris off the drive so getting in and out was no problem. The maintenance guys also resolved a back-up generator problem that we didn't even know about. They seemed very proactive and on top of it all.
We really enjoyed eating at Aqua Bistro, Skinny Legs, and Miss Lucy's in Coral Bay, as well as Rhumb Lines, Joes BBQ, Jakes, and Ocean Grill in Cruz Bay, and shopping Mongoose Junction (the only reasonable place to park in downtown Cruz Bay).
This trip was our 36th wedding anniversary and 40th "first date" anniversary celebration. We absolutely loved everything despite the 3 days of rain we got. We hiked the Reef Bay trail, petroglyphs, and Reef Bay Sugar Mill Ruins on the cloudy days. However, the next time we will spend as much time as possible on power or sail boats exploring the 90+ islands, and snorkeling the fantastic reefs in St. John and the surrounding USVI and BVI islands and cays.
We are so pleased with everything related to our stay at Satinwood, including Cimmaron St. John's excellent support. Job well done.