5 Stars - Kate, October 2020
Great experience all around. It was so fun, relaxing, and unique to stay on a boat. Jan and Lee are incredibly hospitable and so welcoming in sharing their home. If you have a chance to do an overnight cruise, highly recommend it!
5 Stars - Lindsay, October 2020
An amazing nautical experience.
5 Stars - Susan & Joel, Davidson, NC October 2020
Absolutely wonderful, Jan & Lee are great host with a lot of knowledge of area. The boat was an awesome place to stay, super clean and They made us feel so comfortable! We can’t wait to book again! Joel & Susan
5 Stars - Jackie & Kevin, Ocean Pines, MD September 2020
This is a wonderful unique experience. The boat is beautiful. Lee and Jan are terrific hosts. We could not have picked a better vacation this year. If you are looking to buy a boat, book now. If you just want a great getaway, book now. You will love it.
5 Stars - Andrew & Allison, Roanoke, VA September 2020
There is a reason this property has so many great reviews and it is because of the hosts. You will not regret this very unique experience if you get the chance to take it.
5 Stars - Richard & Sue, Hickory, NC September 2020
Jan and Lee are wonderful responsive hosts. Jan's frittata won my husband over to frittatas. Being on a boat was a comfortable adventure that made great memories.
5 Stars - Kevin & Heather, NJ September 2020
A truly amazing experience. If you like the water and boats, and amazing hosts, then this is the right place to stay, and experience to have. Jan and Lee are really wonderful people. They love their boat and sharing their love of it and the water with others. Jan's cooking is incredible and Lee make you feel like a captain you would travel the globe with. We felt more at home on their boat than we have in many other places. If you want to relax, eat some great food, and spend some time with amazing people, try this. We can't wait to do it again!
5 Stars - Brenda & Maynard, Wake Forest, NC August 2020
My husband and I had a wonderful, quite weekend away with not a care in the world. Jan and Lee made our stay absolutely divine!! The Yacht was very relaxing. A must do for everyone
5 Stars - Gina & Ken, Hampton, VA August 2020
Such an amazing, relaxing comfortable experience! Seriously can not say enough about how much of a great experience we had. Any doubts you have about weirdness of staying with strangers in a small space, throw them out the window. Any worried thoughts of cleanliness, small space or accommodations being less than par.....send them out the window too!! Any negative thoughts you may have going into this will be squashed by Jan and Lees amazing ability to make you feel comfortable. Their welcoming personalities from the second you meet them knock down any walls you may have built up with doubt. They are accommodating, informative and 100% around if you want them to be or scarce if you just want the space to yourself. Jan's food, Lee's stories, their ability to work effortlessly as a team to make your stay perfect are just a few of the MANY reasons I would recommend this little piece of paradise retreat. Thanks for all the little extra details you thought out to make your bed and breakfast ideal for shutting out the outside noise for us!!!!
5 Stars - Deb & Phillip , Dumfries, VA August 2020
We had a great visit! Jan and Lee were the best part of the trip. Enjoyed drinks with them at the end of the days. They charter their boat too so we took advantage of that as well on a rainy day in Inter Coastal Waterways and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended visit experience.
5 Stars - Dan & Tracy, Gettysburg, PA August 2020
What a fantastic experience! Jan and Lee outdid themselves. This was by far the best vacation we have ever had. Jan was super responsive to messages, and we got to feel like we knew her before we even got there. Once there, they welcomed us into their home and made it all about us, so we were comfortable and relaxed. I'm a big guy, 6'4" and really wide shoulders, but I had no trouble moving around. The bedroom we were in, I was able to stand straight up with no problems. The shower was a bit tight but completely doable. There was a shower up at the marina office that was available. Jan's breakfasts were excellent as well, thoughtful, and tasty. She set the table for us, cleaned up, and yelled as us for helping, LOL. They offered us privacy and time alone, but we also enjoyed just sitting around talking with them. If you get the chance, definitely go on a cruise with them; it was so much fun! We are certainly planning on another trip down!
5 Stars - Karen, Clayton, NC August 2020
My husband and I stayed for one night. We slept so good and had a great time!!! We really enjoyed our time with Lee and Jan. They are super friendly. The boat is very clean and felt like home. The bed was very comfortable.
5 Stars - Denise, Bloomfield Hills, MI August 2020
Some may call people who live on a boat “crazy.” Lee and Jan are exactly that. Crazy, down to earth, fun, good people. They truly know how to be the perfect hosts. From our first pre-stay communications, welcoming us aboard, making our stateroom comfortable, the plushest toilet paper on the Atlantic coast, to the most fantastic breakfast meals our stay was perfect. We will always remember our stay aboard the Shanghai-La and the amazing hospitality of Lee and Jan. It is because of this visit that we have committed to becoming “crazy” people too! Breakfast on a Boat is a wonderful experience!
5 Stars - Elaine, Milan, Ohio July 2020
Jan & Lee are so awesome, made new friends immediately. Our sunset cruise was so amazing & Jan's breakfast is delicious. We highly recommend staying on the Shangri-La! Can't wait for our next visit!
5 Stars - Stephanie, NC July 2020
A quaint little stay on the boat was a perfect getaway for my daughter and I. We woke to an amazing breakfast prepared by Jan and had the best conversations!
5 Stars - Hill & Barbara , Palm Beach, FL July 2020
I dream of boats, so this stay was a dream come true. Just remember, it’s a boat and a different life from a hotel or house. I loved it!
5 Stars - Gary, Zebulon, NC July 2020
We had so much fun with Lee and Jan. And what a cool get away on the water! The Shangri-La was great and just as pictured.
5 Stars - Chris, VA July 2020
We had a wonderful stay on Shangri-La. Much more than we expected. Jan and Lee are welcoming hosts and delightful to spend time with. They made our stay exceptional, one of the best that we’ve had in any Airbnb experience. Jan’s love of cooking was evident in every bite of the delicious breakfast she served us. What a treat! Since we are planning to purchase a similar boat we greatly appreciated their willingness to share their experiences with boat ownership and operations and take us on a lovely morning breakfast cruise. They have impeccable seamanship as well has their hosting skills. We highly recommend staying with them for we will certainly book again.
5 Stars - Stephanie, NC July 2020
Jan and Lee are wonderful and we enjoyed the time we shared with them! Their boat is beautiful and they make a great team! This was a weekend we won't forget and hope to spend more time aboard the Shangri La in the future! Steph and Andy
5 Stars - Andrea, VA July 2020
Just book it! We had the best time staying in the marina and then ‘on the hook’ under the stars with Jan and Lee. The boat is beautiful, clean, safe, comfortable and the hosts are interested in making your stay exactly what you want it to be. If you want privacy, you got it! If you want to hang out with old friends and hear stories of life on the sea, you got it! The meals were delicious, gourmet and full of variety. I would recommend this to anyone, no matter the occasion.
5 Stars - Chip, NC July 2020
5 Stars - Spiro, NY June 2020
The bedroom was spotless. Comfortable bed. Breakfast was amazing. The whole boat was beautiful and spacious. And Jan and Lee were the most amazing hosts. What started as a trip for us will become a destination in the future. I look forward to staying with Jan and Lee again in the near future
5 Stars - Brian, SC June 2020
Whether you are looking for a unique place to stay or wondering what it would be like to live on a boat, then you've got to check out Shangri-La. The accommodations are top notch and super clean. Jan and Lee are two of the friendliest folks you will ever meet and are fantastic hosts. Highly recommended!!
5 Stars - Brent, NC June 2020
My wife and I stayed only for one night in route to Atlantic beach. It was absolutely wonderful staying with Jan and Lee. We had a great experience! They go out of their way to take care of their guest, we went for a short harbor cruise (a must do for anyone staying) they took care of our luggage and provided safe parking. Breakfast was perfect. We will definitely be back!
5 Stars - Christine, NC June2020
Jan & Lee were great hosts. They were very gracious and hospitable. I enjoyed the conversation and hearing about their adventures on the high seas.
5 Stars - Miranda, NC June 2020
If you’re looking for an adventure, we cannot recommend this Boat and Breakfast experience enough! We spent last weekend with Captain Lee and Jan and it was absolutely a 10 star Bed and Breakfast. We felt right at home in the relaxed atmosphere from the beginning. We’ve been wanting to learn more about the Live Aboard lifestyle and they patiently answered all of our newbie questions. First time spending a night on boat while in the harbor and anchored out (which we found by visiting their website. ) The boat itself is in pristine polished perfect condition. If you want something unique to do while being fed the most delicious food with stunning views while enjoying inspiring conversation....I REALLY suggest you go visit the Shangri La down in Beaufort, NC. We can't wait to go back!
5 Stars - Shannon, NC June 2020
Thank you both so much, everything was amazing! Your home is awesome! It is so clean and breakfast was delicious. We truly enjoyed ourselves and will recommend you to everyone. We will be back!
5 Stars - Leo, NC June 2020
This was truly a great B&B experience. Jan & Lee are perfect hosts - we felt right at home. The marina neighborhood was friendly and welcoming. Jan is a great cook and we were treated to delicious breakfasts! They are also a safe and considerate boating team. We had a relaxing cruise along the coast and learned so much about the area and it’s history. The boat itself is clean and comfortable. We would recommend them for a great stay.
5 Stars - Jennifer, NC May, 2020
Lee and Jan made our first time overnight on a boat an amazing experience. They are very hospitable and the boat was spotless! The breakfast was delicious as well. Definitely a five star rating!
5 Stars - Brooke, NC March, 2020
We chose to stay on Shangri-la for our wedding night. The entire experience was phenomenal. We stayed the week after the COVID-19 really started causing closures etc. The week before our wedding was a real struggle but Jan & Lee helped to make our wedding night PERFECT! Even after we had to cancel our reception. I highly recommend for couples needing a night away to connect and focus on each other. And the breakfast you get homemade from Jan; it will change your life!!!!! We will be back :)
5 Stars - Jeremy & Amy - Jacksonville, NC February 2020
We had such a nice stay here. The hospitality was great and the breakfast was amazing. This was such a great experience. Thank you guys so much.
5 Stars - Heather & Sean - Hampstead, NC November 2019
A 10 star Bed and Breakfast! From the hospitality, accommodations, the beyond breakfast, and meeting Lee and Jan everything was outstanding! We look forward to date nights monthly with them!
5 Stars - Anil & Anju- Cary, NC November 2019
Jan and Lee, thank you for hosting us last weekend. Our experience for being first timers on spending a night at boat, and for being our very first B&B experience, was great. Your conversations and insight into boating was awesome, and your suggestions regarding what to do around town was awesome. We both thank you very much!
5 Stars - Julia & Chris - Houston, TX October 2019
Staying aboard Jan and Lee's boat was so fun and such a treat! Beautifully designed, trimmed with classic wood furnishings and a bed that I wish was my own, we couldn't have had a nicer time. Had we not had a wedding to go to, we would have spent even more time happily conversing with our hosts. I hope to have the opportunity to visit again!
5 Stars - Leanne - NC September 2019
Wonderful views ...easy walk to restaurants
5 Stars - Sarah & Blair - Zebulon, NC September 2019
I can’t say enough about this amazing stay! It was a unique experience getting to stay on the boat. Something my husband has always wanted to do. And thanks to Jan and Lee I was able to surprise him and make that dream come true. The yacht is gorgeous. The marina is quiet and beautiful. The bed was so comfortable we hated to get up in the mornings. Mrs. Jan is the sweetest host we’ve ever had. You will NOT regret your decision to stay here. We absolutely will be staying with Jan and Lee again in the future. Thank you so much for your hospitality Jan. We miss you and the boat already. God bless you both!
5 Stars - Kevin & Trina - Fargo, ND September 2019
Shangri La is a beautiful vessel. Jan & Lee make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. Breakfast was amazing each morning. Conversation was great and inspirational. Really enjoyed hearing their story and zeal for life. We are already planning our return trip.
5 Stars - Susan - Greensboro, NC August 2019
We were looking forward to staying on a yacht like this for the first time ever and we had a blast! Amazing hospitality, cozy quarters and walking distance to everything. Even though my husband is 6’1” and 200 lbs he was very comfortable on the boat and slept great. We are ready for our next adventure on dock B with Jan and Lee on the Shangri La.
5 Stars - Vonda & Scott - Mebane, NC August 2019
They can expect a wonderful experience with Jan and Lee and their Yacht. Can't get any better. It was a perfect stay. Would do it again in a heart beat. Our stay was very comfortable and everything was clean and spotless. You will not find better hosts than Jan and Lee.
5 Stars - Katie - Greenville, NC July 2019
Mrs. Jan and Mr. Lee were so friendly and welcoming! We had the best stay on their boat!
5 Stars - Jamie & Jeremy - Orem, UT July 2019
Wow! Stay on this boat! We had a wonderful 3 nights on the Shangri-La! Comfortable bed, warm shower, enjoyable space on top to read as the sun sets at night and the best breakfasts handmade by Jan on the boat to start your morning. Everything about it was lovely.
5 Stars - Delphine & John - Kill Devil Hills, NC June, 2019
Docked in a beautiful marina with interesting and hospitable hosts on a beautiful boat watching the dock neighbors with their beautiful boats and enjoying meeting them. The world's greatest breakfast. The stay was perfect, we will do it again. Thank you Jan and Lee, I looked forward to the stay, and it was even better than I imagined.
5 Stars - David & Amanda - Chapel Hill, NC June, 2019
Our experience on the Shangri La was fantastic! Jan & Lee we were beyond wonderful hosts. The boat is roomy and very well kept. All the spaces were exceptionally clean, the stateroom was quite large for a boat this size with a very comfortable bed, the bathroom inside the stateroom was very clean and worked really well. The stateroom had its own air conditioning system and they even two extra fans in the stateroom for people like myself who love air that is always moving. The biggest surprise besides the yacht were the most amazing breakfasts each morning that Jan prepared. I generally say food tastes good when served to be polite. These breakfasts were over the top and you can tell how much care Jan puts into everything she serves. Lee her husband was such an interesting and down to earth person. They offered us as much privacy as we wanted or they were available for recommendations, local knowledge or just really nice conversation. I am generally a private person and usually keep to myself in a polite way, I felt very comfortable with both Lee and Jan (As did my wife) and it was an added bonus when they were on board. Beaufort is a charming and historic seaport with excellent restaurants and a waterfront area. The walk into the heart of Beaufort was about 5 minutes from the Shangri La and a delightful one at that. The Marina is quite nice, quiet and the people all very friendly. Jan and Lee have created a wonderful environment which is basically a floating, bed and breakfast. Their enthusiasm and love for what they do shows. My wife and I would recommend the Shangri La, Jan & Lee and Beaufort to anyone wishing to take a break! Thank you guys! It was Excellent! David & Amanda
5 Stars - Marvin Black Mountain, NC June 2019
This is a great place, location and hosts. I will do this again. Marvin.
5 Stars - Erica - Greenville, NC June 2019
Wonderful place! Very clean and excellent host. The breakfast will leave you not wanting to check out. We can’t wait until our next trip
5 Stars - Zach - Virginia, May 2019
A great experience, Jan and Lee are awesome hosts. Couldn’t ask for a better time and really enjoyed being on their boat.
5 Stars - Susan and David - Raleigh, NC May, 2019
We had a fantastic boat-and-breakfast experience! Jan and Lee’s yacht is immaculate and surprisingly spacious. They have wonderful suggestions of things to do, and are just so much fun to hang out with! Jan’s breakfasts are absolutely delicious and gave us plenty of energy for exploring the beautiful Beaufort area. We cannot wait to spend more time with them on Shangri-La!
5 Stars - Robert & Anne - GA May, 2019
This is a great boat and they are perfect hosts. Food was great. This is a perfect place to stay for someone who likes boats or RVs. It is not for kids.
5 Stars - Don & Sandy - Charlotte, NC May, 2019
Wonderful hosts! Unique experience! Easy walking to downtown Beaufort! Some great restaurants and sights to choose from! Highly recommend!!
5 Stars - Mark & Linda - Raleigh, NC May, 2019
Jan and Lee were fantastic hosts!!!! We celebrated our 40th anniversary aboard the Shangri -La!! Beautiful views at sunset! Jan is absolutely the most amazing cook!!!! They appreciated since is was our anniversary that we wanted a little space and were wonderful accommodating that! But we really enjoyed hanging with them when we could!! Definitely would recommend!!!! Now if I can only convince my husband to buy a boat!!!!
5 Stars - Don - Charlotte, NC May 2019
Wonderful hosts! Unique experience! Easy walking to downtown Beaufort! Some great restaurants and sights to choose from! Highly recommend!!
5 Stars Mary & Don - Toledo, OH July 2018
Don and I spent 5 nights and 6 days with Lee and Jan in their wonderful home on the water. It was so peaceful and relaxing. Our hosts couldn't have been more accommodating, making sure all our needs were met and that we were well fed! Thank you Lee and Jan for a great time! Can't wait for our next visit!
5 Stars Linda and David B. - Minneapolis, MN August, 2018
We spent the weekend aboard Shangri-La, hosted by Jan and Lee, and can’t say enough about their hospitality, great food and the comfort and beauty of this lovely boat. We fell fast asleep every night, and loved the bathroom, shower plus hot coffee en suite in the morning. Very private. Jan’s breakfasts are amazing, and there’s nothing better than enjoying them on the top deck with a view over the harbor. Lee is a great conversationalist and happy to answer questions about the boat and sailing. A highlight for my husband was getting to see the engine. It was a terrific weekend for both my husband and me, and look forward to booking with Jan and Lee again.
5 Stars Anthony S. - Lewes, DE October/November 2018
Having early-onset winter blues last November, I treated myself to a rather extended stay aboard the Hotel Shangri-La. I was lucky enough to have seen (7) of our beautiful states, lots of bodies of water, and experienced all 4 seasons within the span of just a couple weeks. The accommodations are what you’d typically find in a boutique hotel. Your room is fitted with unique linens, and touches of the owner’s personal style are found throughout the boat. It’s really very cozy, comfortable, and welcoming.
There is nothing left to be desired when it comes to the hospitality department of your mini cruise ship, either. There is sometimes a set menu, but with a little advance notice of your stay, you just might be able to talk with the Head Chef and Sous Chef into making a favorite of your own. Each dish is lovingly prepared in the ship’s galley. While small in stature, the little kitchen is capable of putting out a 5-course meal if you so desire. It’s just a short walk into downtown Beaufort for some ice cream after the evening meal, but Jan’s desserts are worth sticking around for. You will NOT go to bed hungry! If you choose to bring your own liquor onboard, so be it, but I found the ship’s whiskey locker to be fully stocked with trusty favorites. At the end of each day of my stay, I found myself on the flybridge holding a beach drink and reveling in the company of my hosts. By request, music can be played low to set the mood for a little romance, or you can jam out to whatever you so choose for a more upbeat and relaxed evening.
Lee and Jan are world-class hosts, storytellers, and entertainers. Treat yourself to a unique experience in one of the East Coast’s most historic a
nd beautiful towns, and expect to depart on your last day as new-found lifelong friends.
Happy Motoring : )
5 Stars Joanne & Dave - Virginia Beach, VA January, 2019
My boyfriend and I spent 2 nights/3 days on Lee and Jan’s boat. The accommodations were great - the food was fabulous and the scenery was romantic. I would highly recommend staying here and will be back ourselves.