Welcome to Sago Cottage, a charming home nestled into the hillside above Coral Bay on St. John, Virgin Islands. Sago Cottage is a traditional west Indian structure - open and airy with brightly painted shutters and covered decks overlooking a gorgeous view. From its intimate and tasteful furnishings to its private hot tub under the stars, it is the perfect spot for a romantic holiday for two. The details and amenities are designed to give our guests an experience of the West Indies of a bygone era. With the cooling breezes and the captivating view you may never want to leave this idyllic hideaway.
The covered porches were designed and furnished with comfort in mind. They hold a small dining table, reading chairs and a porch swing to while away the rare rainy afternoon. A coconut shell bird feeder attracts a delightful group of finches in the mornings. The view to the south and east is of the eastern end of St. John, the neighboring British Islands and the Caribbean Sea. This peaceful spot has unforgettable sun rises as well as moon rises.
The cozy interior of Sago Cottage has a distinctly quaint feel without sacrificing modern conveniences. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a full size dining room and a small but comfortable living room. The bedroom features a queen sized four poster mahogany bed, hand made on St. John and is a perfect place to wake up to a day in the islands. The colorful louvered shutters serve to filter the light as well as frame the ocean views throughout the cottage.
Ságo Cottage is located in a secluded hillside setting with a great deal of privacy and no nearby neighbors. The last three quarters of a mile are via bumpy dirt road but the view when you arrive will be well worth the drive. Lovely white sand beaches, including Salt Pond Bay, are just a short drive as are national park hiking trails. Restaurants, shops and watersports are all available within two miles in Coral Bay. The main town on the island, Cruz Bay, is located 8 miles away. The airport is in St. Thomas which is reached via a twenty minute ferry ride (Ferries leave every hour on the hour and cost $7 each way).
We are happy to make suggestions for activities that suit your interests. When you arrive at your cottage we will go over a map of the island and point out the best beaches, hiking trails, snorkel spots, etc. Most activities can be arranged once you are on island but if you are planning a day on the water you may want to arrange that in advance. Consider Busy Bee Charters “Lap of St. John” on Wednesday for a really fun trip that departs right from Coral Bay.
Ságo Cottage is managed by on island owners. We will meet your ferry on arrival, arrange for discounted car rentals and provide the personal attention you need to make your stay with us as pleasant and relaxing as possible. We can also arrange for a driver to meet your flight for the 50 minute ride to the Red Hook ferry dock.
|Nearest Beach||Salt Pond Bay||2.5 miles|
|Nearest Ferry||Cruz Bay Dock||9 miles|
|Nearest Restaurant||Shipwreck Landing||1 miles|
We meet all first time visitors to show them out to the cottage
Coral Bay (Calabash Boom)
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My husband and I had such an awesome time at Sago cottage. It was exactly what we were looking for in a romantic, fun filled honeymoon. The house was beautiful and very well maintained. I would love to come back some day to stay at Sago in Coral Bay!
Thanks for trusting us with your honeymoon. I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for sharing! I hope we see you again. Susan
The whole experience at Sago has been wonderful. The transfers from St. Thomas to the ferry to the lady who met us at the dock and then took us shopping and then to our place was great. Very helpful and friendly. The house is amazing. The views are first rate. The outdoor shower and hot tub is really neat. The deer that walk around in the late afternoon is delightful. The road up is bumpy is if that is not your thing, I understand. deck overlooking the bay is first rate. Great kitchen, comfy bed and clean bathroom. I would recommend this place.
Thank you so much for your review. It's nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay and I appreciate your taking the time to share your experiences. Thanks for spending your vacation at Sago! Susan
This was our second time staying at Sago and it will always be very special to us. During our most recent trip I proposed to my now fiancee and we had a perfect week! Our travel to St. John was a mess but a simple call to Susan and her staff was enough to make sure that the ride from the airport, ferry, rental car, and lodging were all still perfectly arranged for a smooth first night on the island. What could have been a horrible start to our vacation was made very simple thanks to Susan, Warren G Taxi, Diane, Margaret and the whole team at Calabash.
Sago offers a beautiful view of the east end of St. John, Norman Island, Coral Bay, and the Hurricane Hole. The cottage is uniquely positioned close to the Salt Pond trails and snorkeling areas as well as north shore road and Anaberg ruins. Grocery shopping should be done at the starfish market when you arrive but you can always visit Louis at the Love City Market in Coral Bay or the Calabash Market. We particularly enjoyed spending time at Skinny Legs and snorkeling Waterlemon Bay. Aqua Bistro is an excellent restaurant with an outstanding bar. The Ram's Head Trail is also close by and is a hot but rewarding hike. In past trips we also enjoyed the morning yoga at Concordia but unfortunately this was closed during our most recent visit. Apparently many things open in mid-November for the "season".
If planning to stay at Sago, make sure to reserve a vehicle with 4WD. This is a MUST and also opens up the island for exploring. I personally love driving on the island but have to remember to KEEP LEFT! The road up to the cottage from salt pond road is very steep and the turns into dirt/gravel. There are two paved switch-backs before you get to the cottage and it helps to switch out of 4WD to make these turns (and go easy on your vehicle's transmission). I have never had trouble on the roads, even in moderate rain, just go slow and make sure to utilize your 4WD!
The sunrise from this cottage is breathtaking! When clear at nighttime (usually a few hours after sunset), it is nice to enjoy the night sky from the spa (while also avoiding mosquitos and no see ums). I would recommend utilizing the mosquito repellant incense or candles while in the spa or outdoor shower. The indoor fans and mosquito netting help prevent these pests while inside and sleeping. Be prepared for morning visits from "sneezy" the friendly island cat and local donkeys.
We came to St. John for our honeymoon and were trying to decide between a resort or a cottage like this. I'm so glad we chose Sago Cottage! It's just as beautiful as the photos you saw (if not more) and Susan and her staff made everything stress-free, especially the dreaded part of arriving after a red-eye flight and getting to the rental car company. There is a friendly cat who stays on the porch and you will see all sorts of animals outside the cottage and around the island (donkeys, goats, iguanas, hermit crabs, etc.). The views are to die for, especially the sunrises. We had fun exploring the island and doing adventurous activities, but our last day was devoted to hanging out on the deck, absorbing the beauty of the islands and reading. The perfect end to a perfect honeymoon!
Thank you for your lovely review. It sounds like Sago was just the right choice for your honeymoon. I'm glad that our staff was able to help soothe the effects of he red-eye. We appreciate your stay and hope to see you again! Susan
From the moment we stepped off the boat Susan's staff was there to meet us. After renting a car another staff member met us in coral bay and showed us to the house and all its amenities. The house was perfect. The view is breathtaking at any time of day or night. It was spotlessly clean and fully decked out for maximum island enjoyment. The beach chairs, coolers, and snorkel gear were all clean and of top notch quality. We loved the hot tub! Clean filtered water, a great outdoor shower, and the wonderful decor all aided in getting us into the island vibe. Coral bay is so removed and quiet. We often felt like we had the whole island to ourselves. I can not recommend Susan and her staff more. They were all great. If planning a Caribbean vacation, you can't do better than ságo cottage and calabash rentals. Just perfect.
I appreciate your letting us and future guests know that you had such a nice stay at Sago Cottage. My staff and I try to make sure our guests have a wonderful vacation and a review that lets us know we succeeded in that always makes us smile. Thank you! Susan
We had an amazing time on St. John and particularly Sago cottage. Susan, Diane and Margaret really did "think of everything" as it related to our stay. From the first communication asking about the place to the booking and the actual trip, the customer service and execution was top notch! It's a BIG DEAL to have everything go right on vacation and they never missed a beat....From the moment we stepped off the plane, our driver was right there waiting for us. Take their suggestion to get a private taxi. It makes things SO much easier and your stay starts off on the right foot!. After the taxi dropped us off at the ferry we had a short ride to Cruz Bay where Brian our greeter was waiting. He was great. Took us to get our rental Jeep and also took us to the grocery to pick up a few things. ( Great idea by the way! ) Brian had us follow him to the cottage and when we got there gave us a great overview of everything at the cottage and tips to make our stay better. He was great.
WOW!!!! That view is even more amazing than the pictures show. It's truly a MAGICAL place and I don't say that lightly. We have stayed at some pretty incredible places. The thing about Sago is it in it's effortless ease and beauty. It's no more or no less than you need. The simplicity of the place make the beauty of St. John and Coral Bay shine through. The porch is a wonderful place to read, have a glass of wine and chill. We did that a lot!
Everything you need has been thought about. The kitchen is fully furnished. There is great quality snorkel gear, coolers ( 2 sizes ) umbrellas, chairs, beach towels etc..You don't even need ice as there is a large cool pack in freezer! Plenty of guide books, restaurant menus, day trip suggestions and the office is very helpful to give you suggestions for things to do or just to point you in the right direction. There is also WIFI if you need it and it works well.
Really can't say enough about the cottage. It's such a wonderful place. Of course this is not for everyone. If you want a formal, Cruz Bay style villa or tons of unneeded space, this is not the place for you. This place is for people who love REAL St. John... the beauty, the simplicity and the charm of being really engaged to place you stay and who can enjoy the simple, yet beautiful life. If you are that person, GO TO SAGO!! You will love it.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We all try our best to make sure that our guests are happy and that the house is well maintained. It really makes us happy to get such positive feedback. We realize you don't have to take the time to share your experience so we are very grateful that you did. Thank you for staying at Sago. It sounds like it was a great fit for you. We hope to see you again. Susan
This was our first time at St.John & we will be back!! The staff at Calabash Cottages were very helpful. They were attentive & accommodating and we can't recommend them enough. The view at Sago Cottage cannot be beat!
Thank you for staying with us at Sago and for your kind words about our staff. I am sure they will be happy to hear that you were pleased with their efforts. We hope you return to Sago to enjoy more of the beautiful view. The week of the full moon is an especially lovely time to be up there. The moon rise over the water is gorgeous. Thank you for your review. Susan
this place is magical! we had a wonderful time...the views are awesome, very private, peaceful, quiet (except for the frogs croaking and birds chirping, which made it even more magical!!) i'll have a difficult time coming back to St. John and staying anywhere else!
Thanks, Julie. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the magic of Sago Cottage. If you return to St. John we hope to have you as future guests. Thanks for choosing our cottage. Susan
We were very pleased with our stay at Sago Cottage. The house was beautiful and had all the amenities of home. We really had no complaints. Even though there were no glass windows or AC the trade winds keep the house cool most of the day. The view is simply amazing the pictures (though beautiful) don't do it justice. We took the advice to Keep all food in the fridge so ants don't come in and didn't have any problems. The sunrises are worth the early rise. So don't miss them! Susan and her office staff make your trip smooth sailing if you take their advise. They arranged transportation to and from St. Thomas and set up our rental car on St. John. The whole vacation went off without a hitch. Don't be scared of the hill to the cottage, it gets easier everytime! We WILL be staying there again. What an amazing experience.
Dear Shaina, I am very happy to hear that you plan to return to Sago. That is the best compliment that we can receive. I am also glad to hear that you took advantage of the sunrises. My husband and I love to stay at Sago when there are open nights and coffee at sunrise in the hot tub is a must. We also have fabulous moon rises during the week of the full moon. Thank you for staying at Sago and sharing your experiences. Susan
We just returned from our stay at Sago Cottage. Everything we can say about this wonderful Cottage has been said and noted in the reviews. If you are looking for a memorable, beautiful, romantic lifetime experience, you will find it at Sago Cottage. We have been fortunate to have stayed at a number of beautiful places but this was special and exceeded our expectations. We will return. Susan has a great team and they will address any need you may have--FIRST CLASS.