Terrahawk is a delightful house with an enchanting view and direct walking access to a wonderful beach. The setting is simply spectacular, high above Hawksnest Bay and the Oppenheimer-Gibney Beach, one of the "poster" beaches on St. John. Although only a 10 minute drive to Cruz Bay and only a 3 minute drive to world renowned Caneel Bay Resort, the house with its lushly landscaped grounds provides a remote paradise for beach and nature lovers. The house itself is charming in its tasteful simplicity, casual elegance and very attractive decor and furnishings, providing everything one needs for a great vacation. There is no swimming pool but who needs one with one of the world's best beaches literally at your doorstep. For nearly 20 years, this magnificent setting was my vacation home away from home. What greater testimony than this can I offer about this truly marvelous place?
First off let me start off by saying the people at Travel Keys were extremely friendly and helpful! Met us at our ferry and took us straight to the place. We were a group of 3 adults and one child and it never ever felt cramped... whoever said that this place was too small for 4 people must have friends in higher places than us, cause we loved it! Now I'll admit it's no castle, but it's very nice, clean and comfortable and the rooms are plenty big! What a view! The whole place faces the bay... beautiful. At night you could hear the surf on the beach as it put you to sleep. (Once you got over this one really obnoxious bird that sang it's heart out after dark every night... my one and only complaint, lol!) The location is perfect! The house is nestled on the side of the mountains just above Hawksnest Bay in the National Park and is very secluded and quiet. There's another villa next door that was occupied the whole time, but we barely noticed they were there. Again the location was perfect for us... we wanted to do a lot of snorkeling and occasionally hit Cruz Bay to shop and dine out... the villa was positioned perfectly in between our main destinations making it easy and quick to get to where we wanted to go. The house is very comfortable, comfy firm mattresses, plenty of space to put away our belongings. Ceiling fans and aC in every room, though we never needed the aC. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom and outside shower. Didn't really spend much time in the living room, but the kitchen was very organized and came with everything you could possibly need to prepare just about anything... it even had a well stocked pantry with spices and oils, etc.. and a great small Weber gas grill on the deck! Most of our time there was spent either sleeping, cooking or hanging out on the deck overlooking the bay. The center is covered with a large round table that was perfect for just hanging out and relaxing. A 3minute walk down our driveway, across the street and down another driveway brought us to a gorgeous little "private" beach! Little unexpected perks were a washer and dryer downstairs, plus beach chairs and extra snorkeling gear and beach toys to use if we so desired on our outings. Definitely will be back!
We chose Terrahawk because of the convenient 2 minute walk down the driveway to a beautiful north shore beach. (We didn't want to have to load the kids into the Jeep every day just to get to the beach.) The walk and beach were everything we were hoping for! To be clear, there are other villas on hillside, but they are further up the hill, off of long access roads. Even though they can see the ocean, they still have to use a car to get there. Not so at Terrahawk. The villa is very private, nestled right into the natural landscape of the National Park. It can't be seen from the road, and most people we met didn't even realize it was there. Another great feature was the full kitchen with every kitchen utensil and gadget you could ever need. It felt more like we were staying at a friend's place. We cooked dinner in most nights, often using the gas grill on the gigantic deck overlooking Hawksnest Bay. There's another villa, called Callalloo, sharing the driveway with Terrahawk. Although I've never been inside, it also looked very nice, and we thought about convincing some friends or family to come next time and rent the place across the way. I'd say their service is top notch. The house was spotless, and every detail was attended to.
The staff was wonderful and very accommodating. Their customer service was second to none. Terrahawk is in a perfect location for access to the beaches. It is a 10 minutes drive to town which was perfect for us because we wanted the peace and quiet and sounds of the ocean.
Our family really enjoyed our stay on St. John and at the Terrahawk Villa. The location of the villa is great with access to all the best beaches and a short drive to Cruz Bay. The Gibney beach right down the hill (bit of a steep walk, but isn't too far) is gorgeous with good snorkeling right there. The Villa was very clean and everything was updated and modern. The A/C worked great and we were always comfortable. The service did a great job getting us to the Villa when we arrived, setting up our rental car (jeep), and explaining anything and everything we wanted to know. I would definitely recommend this place to others. I know I plan to come back again!
We have stayed at Terrahawk 3 times - and are looking forward to our next stay. Service has been exceptional- beyond expectation. (Ex. when our flight was delayed by several hours, someone from the agency picked up our rental car before the place closed) The house is kept very clean and in good repair. It is a very private place,with a beautiful view,and within minutes of shops/restaurants/beaches.
After visiting St. John multiple times, I discovered Terrahawk villa. I have stayed nowhere else since! I even took my wife there to propose in 2006, then went back in 2007 for our wedding and honeymoon. The villa is so conveniently located to Gibney/Oppenheimer beach that it's just a short walk down the hill to the best beach on the planet. Plenty of trees to string up my hammock as well. The A/C is plenty strong but you can still open the doors and enjoy the sea breezes. The kitchen is adequately equipped and in good order. It is truly the perfect getaway for a couple or "a couple of couples". The neighboring villa, Callaloo, has always been empty when I visited, so I have never had a parking problem, but I can imagine that it gets tight if both houses are at max capacity. But then, that's St John! Also, this agency has ALWAYS taken care of me. I've rented from three other management companies on St. John, and none compare. They are the best!
My husband and I have loved all eleven of our stays at Terrahawk. The house has been clean and welcoming every single time. We eat out every night that we are on the island, however, the kitchen is well provisioned for anyone who wanted to cook almost anything. The beds are very comfortable, the closets are loaded with hangers and the towels are thick. There are plenty of beach towels too. My husband insists on airconditioned bedrooms and lucky for us, all of Terrahawk is airconditioned! We are grateful for the safe for our valuables. Anytime we needed something repaired, the workmen have arrived in a timely fashion. And how can anyone say anything negative about the location? The North Shore is the best. Clearly we love Terrahawk or we would not have continued to book it year after year. Also, one last comment. Sharon, the housekeeper, is a wonderful woman. She is such a hardworker and is a sweetheart. We look forward to seeing her every year.
Our first visit to St. John began with a representative meeting us as we arrived on the ferry. She greeted us warmly, drove us to the car rental location, took care of the business there and drove us to Terrahawk, the villa we had rented. She was a great source of information about the town of Cruz Bay, the North Shore, and the villa. We were very pleased with the villa as she gave us a tour, explained its features, and showed us the short path to the beautiful beach on Hawksbeak Bay. We were also pleasantly surprised with the arrangements of tropical flowers and some food and drink provisions to see us through to the next day. These were unexpected and helped us relax after a long day of travel. One day after time at a beach snorkeling, we returned to the villa to find one of the air conditioners not working. We phoned Catered To to inform them of this problem. Their maintenance man was there in ten minutes! He had the problem analyzed quickly and returned the next morning to do the repairs. We were impressed with this speedy service. Terrahawk was the perfect villa for our visit. Our purpose of going to St. John was to go snorkeling in the Caribbean. Since it is located on the north shore it was short drive to many beaches. We snorkeled at 12 different locations that week. One of our favorites spots, however, was at the beach we could walk to from Terrahawk. We saw many fish, but also spotted squid, a nurse shark, and an octopus who put on quite a show for us. When we return to St. John we will definitely use Catered To and hope to stay at Terrahawk again.