Let me preface this review with the thought that I am a little reluctant to do so as I selfishly would rather this great cottage remain a secret! We stayed at Reef Bay cottage for 8 days in the end of Jan '12. Upon our arrival at the cottage we met Seng (our "hostess") who immediately made us feel at home and familiarized us with the cottage and amenities of the property. The cottage is set up perfectly for a couple with room for family or other guests with the optional downstairs suite. The cottage appears to be new and very clean, all the furnishings and decor are done very tastefully and in keeping with the caribbean theme. Another pleasant surprise upon our arrival was that a new deck had been built off the front of the cottage affording plenty of room to sit outside and take in the great views of Reef Bay (we had fun watching the surfers in the water of Reef Bay) and Rams Head.
This was undoubtedly the most well equipped rental we have seen in our many times renting in St John, no detail was missed from the toiletries in the bathroom (great outdoor shower) and coffee and seasonings in the kitchen (all high end new appliances) to all the necessities to use the new duet washer/dryer in the laundry provided on the lower level of the cottage. We were a little concerned when booking about the proximity of the cottage and pool to the main house, upon arrival the cottage is totally separate from the main residence and you enter the driveway to the cottage from a different road than the main house, you really are unaware of the main residence from the cottage thanks to the great landscaping and layout. Pool area (beautiful) is close to the main house up a stairway from the cottage, but privacy was never an issue as guests have exclusive use of the pool.
Other than checking in we never saw our hosts, other than a small issue with the water that was fixed immediately. I would absolutely recommend this cottage for a couple or more if renting the additional downstairs suite. The cottage is about 10 mins to Cruz Bay on paved roads, also great path to Reef Bay is a 5 min walk away. We have already re booked for winter 2013!