This was a great getaway week for my husband and me-we went for our birthdays! The cottage location is fabulous, with great views, privacy, and leaves you feeling removed from the rest of the world. Yet all the comforts of home are provided - well stocked kitchen, hot tub, nice towels & linens. As much as I loved the view from the front deck, the view upon waking up to the sun coming in the windows and looking out over the islands was even better! Groceries on the island are pricey, but the staff of Sago took us to the grocery store upon arrival and gave us advice on nice places to eat. Snorkeling was great every beach we visited. This is a great place to visit for active, laid back people who like to explore and aren't into staying at glitzy hotel type places. Boating is great here, too. Not a good island for biking as roads are curvy, hilly, and have tight bends to get around.
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!
Owner's Response: 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.
Owner's Response: 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
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!
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.