The Haiku House:
We live on neighboring Statia and had a friend come pick us up with a Saban lobster fisherman, a quick 42-foot well-maintained boat. The boys’ weekend out started with a great trip on calm ocean waters.
Coming into Saba by boat is an experience on a whole other level than by air. The mountain rises from the water majestically and boasts adventure when the forest tops are in the clouds. It’s a lovely experience.
We departed a little late due to our customs being on Island time but were greeted with all courteousness by the harbor officials and customs on Saba. A quick passport stamp, and we were on our way. We were in touch with Michael, our host, and Haiku House property manager, all the way and apologized for being late. Michael responded by telling us his 30 minutes were all bliss as he could see our fishing boat plane into Saba waters from way high up.
A perfect welcome with classical music playing, flowers, an abundance of towels and amenities, a well-stocked fridge, and all the explanation one needs to run this gorgeous place called Haiku. The house is a three-bedroom and bath wooden cabin based on Japanese design and blends in with the mountain rainforest landscape as it has been sitting there for decades. It’s all nature, wood, and bliss.
The house was squeaky clean with amazing linens and amenities; it’s a 5* all the way. Pool and Jacuzzi well maintained and cleared from leaves daily by the lovely pool lady Cece.
We spent our days listening to music, talking, napping, lounging, and drinking great bottles of wine in and around the pool. Sleeping with the doors and windows open only to be woken up by a cloud passing through the bedroom or the mountain creatures coming alive in the early AM hours.
Thanks to Haiku, Michael and his team, our fisherman’s friends, and the lovely island of Saba, we had an unforgettable experience.
Sybolt ten Hoopen
Owner / Director
The Old Gin House
Orange Bay 1, P.O. 72
St. Eustatius – Dutch West Indies