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St. John’s Caribbean Affair to Remember

We’ve always said that Mooncottages and St. John’s Caribbean ambiance was magical and that the view from high up on this verdant Caribbean hillside reminded us a lot of the feeling you get when you watch the classic movie “An Affair to Remember.” Is it just us, or are we the only suckers for romance around the holidays? Deborah Kerr said, “… there’s something about this place that makes you want to whisper.” We agree … but, we personally get pulled into a rainbow of other emotions as well. Among these feelings on this holiday weekend is how honored we have been to be the magical Caribbean getaway where so many couples wanted to reunite and reconnect their love. Or get away and discover it for the very first time. And, this was the whole idea of St. John’s Caribbean dream of Moonocottage from the very beginning – a place to feel like you were always on a Honeymoon. But, the next time you’re feeling in need for something a little wistful, watch this classic movie with someone you love. Put your toes together underneath a blanket and let us know what feelings come up for you. We hope you’ll feel like coming back to visit us someday soon. Happy Holidays!

Romantic ST John Villas Website Launch

Today is the day! Mooncottages launches our new romantic ST John Villas website. Although this website may look somewhat like our legacy site, there are many new improvements behind the scenes that you’ll enjoy. For example, right away you’ll notice that we now feature more than one Mooncottage. Of course, our flagship property Mooncottage: St. John’s Most Romantic Villa is still featured front and center. For over 10 years Mooncottage has welcomed over 380 guests from around the world to this romantic St. John villas getaway and it just keeps getting better. But, with so much response over the years to our romantic villa rental model catering to couples, we are now featuring other very special romantic St. John Villas that fit our demanding criteria for:

  • Romantic ambiance
  • Secluded and private locale
  • Incredible views of the Caribbean
  • Impeccably maintained villa & property=
  • That certain special villa rental “je ne sais quoi

In addition, we obviously feature amazing photos of all of our romantic St. John villas. The site works with all mobile devices and computing platforms. We now have real-time availability calendars to all of of our properties online, so you can check your vacation dates right away. But best of all, now you can make a booking reservation online and HOLD your favorite vacation dates automatically. Of course, you can always still just call me as usual (‘cuz I get lonely). I love to hear personally from all of my villa rental guests year after year and have the pleasure to meet our new guests every day.

Other features of the new Mooncottages website that you’ll find helpful, especially for first time guests, are the scores of 5-star reviews from Trip Advisor, HomeAway and our own Guestbook Journal … all in one place to browse what others have said and enjoyed. And finally, the Mooncottages Blog that are reading right now is new! We’ll keep you posted on special offers and things happening on St. John and you can keep updated by simply liking us on Facebook or Twitter because that’s how we distribute our Blog posts.

Well, that’s it for now. We have all sorts of other new and exciting plans for the site and Mooncottages in the coming year. I’d love to hear from you. And, just in case you know of any other romantic villas in the genre of Mooncottage from anywhere in the world, please reach our to us at brian@mooncottage.com and tell us all about it. You never know, you may soon see it here.

Kindest of regards,

Brian

General Moonager

Romantic St. John: History tells why

Sure St. John is known for its pristine beaches and incredibly romantic St. John villas like Mooncottage, but history is everywhere here and part of the romantic ambiance that keeps people coming back year after year. Every year over a million visitors come to St. John to enjoy a restful vacation, beach holiday, romantic honeymoon … you name it. But, why do they keep coming back year after year. History is a big part of the reason visitors keep coming back to St. John year after year. No place in the Caribbean is richer in romantic legend and history than St. John. Here’s just a brief synopsis.

The first human inhabitants of the Virgin Islands were the Arawak Indians. The Arawaks were descendants of coastal Indians from what is now Venezuela and Guyana who were forced out of that area by more aggressive tribes sometime around 300 AD. The Arawaks lived peacefully here, fishing and farming, until the fierce and cannibalistic Carib Indians moved into the area about 100 years before the arrival of Columbus.

Christopher Columbus “discovered” the Virgin Islands on his second voyage to the Caribbean in 1493. Because the islands were sited around the time of the feast of St. Ursula, he named them “Once Mil Virgins” after the eleven thousand virgins that were martyred with St. Ursula. Columbus was a devout Christian, and some say a religious zealot who was obsessed with the idea of converting what he thought was Asia to Christianity. But Columbus received wealth and status also.

It was under the Spanish colonists in Hispaniola that slavery began in the Caribbean. The indigenous people, both Carib and Arawak, were forced to work in Spanish mines and on farms. Conditions for them were so bad that most died of malnutrition and disease and others escaped the Spanish for temporary asylum in Cuba. In less than two decades, more than one million Indians had died or fled  from the island of Hispaniola. By the time the Danes, British and French arrived in the Virgin Islands in the 17th century, the Indian populations had disappeared from there as well.

In 1585, five years after the end of his famous circumnavigation, Sir Francis Drake was in the Caribbean, once again in search of gold laden Spanish ships. Legend has it that he had a lookout from the island of St. Thomas (Drakes seat, where the view continues well to the east, into what is now the British Virgin Islands); and, that he organized his privateering flotilla in Coral Bay, St. John.

St. Thomas was settled in 1672 by agents of the Danish West India and Guinea company, but Denmark did not officially take possession of the Virgin Islands until 1754. The Danish estates on St. Thomas and St. John were planted with sugar cane, tobacco, and cotton – all very work intensive crops that would not have made a profit were it not for the labor of plantation slaves.

Slavery proliferated in the Virgin Islands until slaves out numbered Europeans on some islands by 5 to 1. Out of fear of rebellion, the Danes instituted a barbaric slave code that outlined the torture of disobedient or rebellious slaves. In September of 1733, after a summer of drought, an insect plague, two hurricanes, and the adoption of a severe and inhumane slave code, the slaves on St. John rebelled and took control of the island for six months until French troops arrived from Martinique to put down the rebellion. Rather than being captured, which would have meant death by torture, many of the rebels committed suicide at Ram’s Head. According to legend, 300 slaves jumped to their deaths from the cliffs.   acknowledgement: http://www.wiol.com

Nothing is EVERY boring on romantic St. John, because history keeps reminding us how long this paradise has been in existence. And, visiting St. John now gives us a birds-eye view everything St. John has to offer and more. Enjoy!

Mooncottages New Teahouse Tree House

On St. John, great little cozy places to stay are very hard to find. We know this, because Mooncottages has been in the business of delivering romantic coziness for over 10 years. Well, this year, we decided to open up this other great little studio for 2 called the Teahouse Treehouse. It’s hidden in the trees, but has a magnificent view that is open to the world. We’ll continue to show more photos throughout the coming weeks. We are scheduled to launch the Teahouse Treehouse around the holidays.