Perfect for physically active couples!
The Estate Lindholm Inn is marvelous! We could not have been more pleased. But - before we give you a full description about the merits of this lovely Inn - a few caveats are in order.
First, St. John is an extremely hilly island - this affords unsurpassed vistas, but it requires climbing most everywhere you go. Accordingly, St. John is not a destination for anyone elderly or with orthopedic problems. This lovely Inn is on the large, terraced hill (really a small mountain) overlooking Cruz Bay. Getting to your room will require one or two flights of stairs; to get around the gorgeous property (to the breakfast area, reception desk, and the pool area) requires sturdy legs and some stamina. The closest beaches, Solomon and Honeymoon, are reachable by a .8 mile hike down a rocky, somtimes slippery trail. And, after your relaxing time at the pristine white coral sand beach, you hike back up the .8 mile rocky, slippery hill. We did not mind this, and a dip in the Inn's fresh water pool after climbing the hill soothed the exertion. The other famous beaches - Hawksnest, Cinnamon Bay, and Trunk Bay, are 2 to 4 miles away and have parking lots, so if you rent a car, you can go to the beach without having to do the daily hike.
Second: driving on St. John is only for the intrepid: steep hills, narrow but well paved roads (mostly) and driving on the left side make it nerve wracking. That said, if you are fit and enjoy the kinds of things I've described, there is no better place to go on St John than the Estate Lindholm.
All the rooms are lovely, all have a breathtaking view from a comfortable large balcony. The large bedrooms have an ingenious floor plan which provides a "pullman" kitchen (ie microwave, mini-frige, sink, coffee pot with coffee and tea supplies, cutlery and plates,) a spacious bathroom with a large shower, a loveseat and reading lamp, an armoire, and a spacious bed without seeming crowded. The rooms are impeccably clean and appointed with simple, handsome antiques. You even have a gorgeous Caribbean view from your shower! Breakfast is self-serve in the garden area from 7 AM - 10 AM and is generous - fresh fruit choices, waffles, french toast, breads, muffins, cereal, juices, coffee and teas,etc. At breakfast the host and staff are available for consultation on your travel plans if you need help and they are very kind. The landscaping is inspired and a small but pretty fresh water pool (unheated) sparkles beguilingly on a terrace overlooking the Caribbean sea. There is daily maid service,too! The main difficulty you are going to have is getting up the gumption to leave your gorgeous balcony and the Garden of Eden atmosphere of the property! To make relaxing on the property even more appealing, there is an "Honor Bar" in the breakfast room where you can sign a chit for any beverage you would like - beer, wine by the bottle, soft drinks, many kinds of liquor - at a very reasonable price.
On your arrival night, make reservations for dinner with ASOLARE, an "asian fusion" restaurant which is on the property, but run by a different proprietor - make your reservation directly with ASOLARE, not with the Estate Lindholme proprietor. The food is good, albeit a bit expensive, and the view at sunset is - I know I'm overdoing this word - breathtakingly beautiful.
Because we had a pullman kitchen, we went to Cruz Bay for simple groceries (small Dolphin Market and larger Starfish Market, which has a big deli and hot carry-out food.) This way, we could have all our lunches and several dinners on our balcony, saving us a lot of money. Our favorite restaurant was Paradiso in Cruz Bay - get the mussels appetizer - it's huge, suffices as an entree!