Tropical Anniversaries at Mooncottage are Heavenly

Choosing Mooncottage for 25th Anniversary | Seven Special Reasons

There are so many special reasons why choosing Mooncottage for your 25th Anniversary is so special. But we’ve narrowed it down to (7) seven. In our 15 years of business, far and away from the most often booked couples vacations are those on an anniversary. And, more often than not it’s a SILVER anniversary. Congratulations!

We’ve mentioned for years the 5 reasons that make Mooncottage so special

Ridiculously Romantic, Spectacular Ocean Views, Just Feels Right, Oh! So Very Private, Magical Ambiance.

But, now we’re going to give you 7 NEW reasons why Mooncottage is so perfect for Anniversaries — Silver Anniversaries in particular.

1. Tranquility

Choosing Mooncottage for your 25th Anniversary reflects so many aspects of a long-lasting relationship. For a couple to stay together for this many years takes work … and many other things.  A loving and lasting relationship also takes a tranquil spirit. One that can adapt. Roll with the changes. Pick up where you left off–and begin again. What makes Mooncottage so special, is that we are attuned with nature. Nature is adaptable, rolls with changes, and can begin again when trouble comes ’round. You can feel how the structure and the surroundings blend together in perfect harmony here to create tranquility.

2. Beauty

My parents were married for 58 years. It astounds me to this day how they could do that. Well, one reason was because of beauty. My parents thought one another the most beautiful human on the planet. (And, they were pretty cute admittedly ). But, they told each other that regularly until the day they died. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course. But, we can promise you how beautiful Mooncottage is on the outside and inside …. for you.

Mom and Dad Early 1940's

Mom and Dad Early 1940’s

3. Intimate

This word can mean many things to many people. But in our case, it means, “cozy.” You will never be too far away from one another–nor too close if you need some space.  There isn’t one square foot of this exquisite property that doesn’t “make sense.” Not a single place that has no meaning. Because every piece of architecture, or casual object you see, is not casual at all. EVERYthing at Mooncottage has meaning and a story. Nothing is arbitrary. And, isn’t that what intimacy really should be all about?

4. Magical Ambiance

Ok, we said this before in the first 5 reasons, but it simply can’t be described how magical a place this place really is. The magic here is not an illusion. The magic here is real. Because the magic of love is not an illusion either. And, the authenticity of that is palpable here. “Be not ‘afeard. The isle is full of noises. Sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.” — William Shakespeare

5. Conducive to Romance

From the perfectly tuned wind chimes to the 4-poster teak bed. From the panoramic million-star view to the carefully laid coral stone flooring. From the evening lighting inside seen from the pool outside. This place says … “Romance, come to me.”

6. Designed for Amor

Everything in the design and site selection of Mooncottage which began in 1998 began with a Design for Love. I traveled to Jamaica when I was in my 20’s and visited Noel Coward’s house, Firefly, on top of a mountain overlooking “Little Bay.” (Pronounced Lickel Bay with a Jamaican lilt)  And, I was smoked. I KNEW that I had to build something like this someday. And when I climbed that big tree looking for my perfect spot on St. John for Mooncottage, I saw that view in which I fell in LOVE with and designed a villa to try to complement the view’s perfection. But, it was always designed to be shared with someone you have a great love for.  You’ll see why.

7. Private

Privacy is key. In 15 years, potential guests ask me without fail 2 questions: #1 “How far is it to the beach?  (not far) But hearing this for 15 years was the inspiration for us to create WavesDR Beach Getaways in the Dominican Republic.  #2 question is usually asked with a shy clearing of the throat, “Ahh, just how private are you … I mean, like at the pool?” My answer invariably is that swimsuits are illegal and irrelevant here. That’s how private it is. Choosing Mooncottage for your 25th Anniversary is a decision you will never regret.

Why not stay at Mooncottage like so many Anniversary Couples have over the years for Anniversaries of any length. Or … why not JOIN OUR MAILING LIST 

Romantic getaways in the Caribbean

St John Reopens to Tourism

Consider Traveling to a Private Luxury Villa for Vacation

From all we’ve seen, traveling to a smaller-sized vacation destination is safer in these turbulent times.  And, as St John reopens to tourism as of June 1st, 2020, I am reminded of a John Muir quote:

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”  

Who is John Muir?

Muir was a famous 19th-century naturalist. He was an early advocate for the preservation of America’s wilderness and the healing power of nature. He helped preserve Yosemite Valley and the Sequoia National Park. And of course, Muir Woods. On May 19, 1945, more than 500 United Nations delegates came from the first U.N. peace conference in San Francisco to gather at Muir Woods National Monument where the first meeting of the United Nations occurred.

Had Mr. Muir ever visited St John, he surely would have recognized the island’s natural beauty as a source of strength and healing power of nature.

John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt

John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt

Who is Laurance Rockefeller?

Indeed, Laurance Rockefeller, the philanthropist, at first sight, thought St. John the most beautiful place in the world. So much so was his belief in St John’s idyllic beauty, he dedicated himself to creating the Virgin Island National Park. Because of Mr. Rockefeller’s vision and generosity nearly 60% of St John Island’s natural beauty is preserved for all to marvel at in perpetuity.

Laurance Rockefeller in St John USVI

Laurance Rockefeller in St John USVI

Behold a touch of a rainbow over Coral Bay from Mooncottage.

St. John Rainbows are awesome at Mooncottages.com

Consider our Simple Proposal for Health

We know one thing for sure. Our villa guests are some of the most experienced and sophisticated travelers in the world. For instance, they know their desire to get away has never been greater. They also know, in that desire to get away, is an essential message about their self-care. So, as St John reopens to tourism we offer a simple proposal for your consideration. Choose to visit St John now and you’ll discover our private villas are surrounded by indescribable natural beauty. As a result, they can be your starting point for rest and healthy self-renewal during these trying times of the past few months.

Thoughts on St John Reopening for Tourism

Your safety and health is our highest priority. We opened on June 1st, 2020 and our Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. is saying the following, “I must note though that so far we have only had three tourists that have tested positive for the virus since June 1, 2020, when we opened.” Yet, Bryan said greater screening measures go into effect Monday, July 13, for passengers “originating” in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. As a result, we know your continuing good health in these turbulent times is now an essential consideration in your decision about where, when, and how to travel. However, if you believe you are confident in your ability to keep you and your family safe when traveling, we think there are extremely good reasons for choosing St John as your next vacation getaway.  So, no matter your decision please know this. Whether you decide to visit now or soon, we would be thrilled to welcome you to our private villas.

Take Advantage of  The Healing Power of Nature

Spending time enveloped in nature is responsible for many scientifically proven, measurable beneficial changes in the body. In short, you will experience the healing power of nature. For example, stress reduction is just one such critical benefit. Far from the maddening crowds, imagine the approach of your first St John evening. Embrace the peacefulness and serenity you’ll feel at the extraordinary beauty of the sunset over Coral Bay. I suspect your heart rate will slow. This St John nightfall is filled with soothing natural sounds and sweet delightful breezes. In our secluded and tranquil villa, a night of deep sleep awaits you. Under a thousand million stars, surrounded by lush verdant greenery, your mind and body will begin their desired restoration.

Discover Wonder, Delight, and Awe in St John

Upon awakening, the panoramic St John views will dazzle your senses: the prominence of mountains, the expanse of the Caribbean Sea, and the unfolding life of a flower. You’ll experience wonder and delight in this encounter. Moreover, you will be awestruck by the beauty that surrounds you. Most importantly, the good you will feel is simply unavoidable. Why you ask? Perhaps, because at this moment you feel completely connected to the entire world. Shakespeare wrote, “one touch of nature makes the world kin.” (this is not a typo … kin in this case means “family.”

Teahouse Treehouse Villa Rental Time Lapse

Why is a Teahouse Treehouse Villa Rental Morning so Nice?

Well. Just take a look at this cool video at Teahouse Treehouse villa rental one of my recent guests. You always have a fresh breeze blowing in your face. (You can see how the clouds move right over the top of you.) But let’s make a shortlist. See all Teahouse Treehouse Photos

  • It’s small and cozy
  • You can cook outdoors and still see THIS view while you cook
  • The night is so peaceful and it’s SO quiet
  • Our hot tub is fantastic and you usually see the moon and the view
  • There are so many fun things to do nearby

What kind of fun things?

Snorkeling is always a great bet. And one of the best places to go is right in front of you on this video. Look at the lowest spot on the video. That is called Haulover. It’s on East End about 10 minutes for the Teahouse Treehouse.

  • Hiking the National Park
  • Shopping at cool little shops
  • Hanging  out and drinking Rum and Cokes
  • Listening to our local musicians
  • Sailing

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Blue Sky Concierge | Mooncottages St John Villa Rentals

Blue Sky | St John Rental Villas Concierge

Blue Sky Concierge | St John Rental Villas Concierge

What can I say about Blue Sky Concierge and Shanna Dickerson? She is our Mooncottages St John Villa Rentals Guest Concierge helping you have an ever a better time in St John.

Shanna is an athlete, world traveler and consummate professional when helping connect our villa guests to something they want to do while in the Caribbean. She is a driven business professional with a heart of gold and you will love working with her. She is upbeat, positive and truly a nice person.

Here’s Shanna’s story:

In 2010, at 30 years old, she was already having a midlife crisis and was considering a major pivot in her life and career. The recurring question she kept asking herself, “Is it more important to live where you want and find work, or stay where you are climbing a corporate ladder with the hopes of retiring to an amazing place when you’re 60?”

At nineteen years old she launched a career in the music industry after standing on the stage looking out at 30,000 people during a concert of Widespread Panic, access granted from her boyfriend at the time, whose dad was managing the band. Then and there, she decided that she wanted to be on the back end of the concert industry, bringing the biggest artists to people around the world. She then spent her twenties in Nashville promoting and working with such artists as The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Kenny Chesney, Jay Z, The Police, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Kayne West, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Tim McGraw. Her most fulfilling job during those years was as tour manager for Steve Winwood in 2004, spending months on the road with him and the band on a tour bus.

By 30, she had achieved her dreams in the music industry and decided it was time to go after another dream. Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, her parents often brought her and her brother to the Virgin Islands for vacations. This entrepreneur was craving an adventurous island life, and so, against the advice of her friends and co-workers, she sold all of her belongings, terminated the lease on her Nashville apartment, and used her remaining money to move with her yellow lab, Dakota, to St. John in the US Virgin Islands to start living a new dream.

Blue Sky Concierge | Mooncottages St John Villa Rentals

St John Vacation Rentals Favorite Gardener Josephine

Coral Bay Gardens | St John Vacation Rentals

Coral Bay Peeps Profile | Josephine Roller – Coral Bay Garden Center

St John vacation rentals owners’ and guests’ favorite gardener. Meet the irrepressible Josephine Roller and hear her vision about composting post storm organic materials instead of throwing them in the dump. We’ve had so much organic wood-based waste to dispose of after the Hurricane IRMA and she is very outspoken about what should be done. She has met with USVI Governor Mapp about this concept but has not received a green light.

Josephine’s vision is both philanthropic and environmentally correct. The Ball Field by the Moravian Church in Coral Bay has been the staging area for stuff that needed to be disposed. An ongoing movement, Josephine said she is willing to compost it all and give it out to neighbors.

I met Josephine 20 years ago when I was beginning to landscape at Mooncottage.  She knows everything when it comes to plants. I call her “Doctor” … as she has a PHD in Agriculture and once ran the Dept of Agriculture facility here in Coral Bay. And, she’s enigmatic and energetic the proprietor of the only Organic Farm on St John. I asked her why vines started to grow right after the hurricanes. She said, “Nature doesn’t like to be naked, so they filled in temporarily.” (BIG laugh from her after). Classic Josephine.

Also seen on this video is her son Hugo Jr. He works on the farm. Their daughter Mimi was on the USVI Olympic sailing team.  Both Hugo Jr. and Mimi are the most physically beautiful young athletes and nicest people you’ll ever want to meet.

Josephine’s Greens are famous here on St John and St Thomas and are carried by most all of the grocery stores, but you can always stop by their working farm to pick up eatables like amazingly spicy arugula, micro mix, spinach, tomatoes when in season, herbs, papaya, etc. … and beautiful plants and orchids for the garden.

We villa owners know Josephine very well, with her BIG laugh and BIG smile. She and husband Hugo have managed the Coral Bay Garden Center as long as I’ve been here and that was 1998. Her store in the valley in Coral Bay was pretty badly beat up in Hurricane Irma … but they are gradually rebuilding and are doing a great job. Stop in and see her.

Josephines Greens Friend of Mooncottages

St John Cottage Rentals Cool Fun Store Coral Bay

St John Cottage Rentals Coolest Beach Store

 Coral Bay Peeps Profile | Mumbo Jumbo

When you come down for vacation at Mooncottages St John Cottage Rentals or anywhere else on the island, take a ride out to Mumbo Jumbo in Coral Bay.  It’s in the same complex as Skinny’s restaurant where the famous burgers are are served. Vanessa runs Mumbo Jumbo in Coral Bay with great beach wear, spices, souvenirs, flip flops and the best of vibes on the planet.

I’ve personally known Vanessa and Larry Clarke for over 15 years. They have two amazing kids and work darn every day. Larry you can’t miss with a shock of blond hair–in fact, they ALL have blonde hair. Larry also has a trucking business in Coral Bay as is a fireman that lives often right at the bottom of the hill where our villas are and where the firehouse currently. Good guy to know for a lot of important reasons if you own or manage a rental villa 🙂

Open almost anytime you should be awake, Mumbo Jumbo has something fun and reasonable to please the kids or family in between going to the beaches on our lovely St John. We’ll write up something about Skinny’s another time, the venerable hamburger joint often with music on random evenings. Always fun to mix the two events–eating and shopping!

Stop in & tell ‘em we sent ‘cya.

St John Rentals Cool Fun Store Coral Bay

St John Cottage Rentals Cool Fun Store Coral Bay St John Cottage Rentals Cool Fun Store Coral BaySSt John Cottage Rentals Cool Fun Store Coral Bay

St John Villa Rentals Finest Carpenter

St John Villa Rentals Favorite Carpenter

Coral Bay Peeps Profile: Stephan Scholz | Master Carpenter & Furniture Maker

When it comes to woodwork for St John Villa Rentals – Stephan Scholz is in a class by himself. Look how he man-handles these massive timbers into place by himself with only block and tackle out of the 16th century. Rock on Stephan!

Master woodworker from Germany, resident of St John and my friend for 20 years. Stephan is responsible for nearly all of the spectacular woodwork you will enjoy at both Mooncottage & Teahouse Treehouse. Including our cozy custom beds and the unique outdoor (under roof) kitchen at the Teahouse Treehouse. All built from Teak.

Stephan says, “If I don’t build it to last 100 years, it isn’t worth the wood.” We agree. Stephan and Elliot, (our iconic Coral Bay St John sailor) and owner of Silver Cloud brought our hardwood for Mooncottage up from South America in the late 1990’s.

One day, Stephan and I shared a few Becks, argued incessantly (as usual) and waxed poetic about the next cool thing to build. So, in 2007 I discussed a vision for the Teahouse Treehouse.  Japanese-inspired small cottage combining Stephan’s engineering skills to withstand the the rigors of our Caribbean weather without hardly a nail or screw – “post and beam” constructed entirely. It’s amazing for all of you architectural lovers … or lovers in general.

Teahouse Treehouse … link to photos. The sliding Shoji screens adapt to any weather condition quickly. But, more importantly,  half of the house opens to the splendor of Caribbean Sea for your enjoyment. (Very Japanese I have to say)

Educated as an engineer in Germany, Stephan Scholz apprenticed with one of the finest cabinet makers in Germany and learned his trade very well.  St. John resident for many years he has a long waiting list of customers who want anything from cabinetry to custom woodwork to furniture to homes. But, he is really an artist and an individual. I simply love this guy!

Stephan Scholz is Mooncottages favorite master woodworker.

Stephan Scholz is Mooncottages favorite master woodworker.

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Mooncottages Favorite Pizzeria

St John Villa Rentals Favorite Pizzeria

Coral Bay Peeps Profile – Pizzabar in Paradise

Mooncottages St John Villa rentals favorite Pizzeria in peaceful Coral Bay is Pizzabar in Paradise. Potential guests always ask about how Coral Bay restaurants have recovered. Here is only ONE example how we’re doing great! The pizza crust dough is completely handmade daily. It takes 6-8 hours to rise properly.  I’m not sure I want to try this at home. Would rather go to Pizzabar in Paradise.

Check out 3-steps on masterful pizza manufacture by Fabio master Italian chef.

Step #1 perfect pizza

Step #2 perfect pizza

Step #3 perfect pizza

Coleen is the gracious owner of Pizza in Paradise, a native Bostonian, she had a dream and here it is! When asked how this all happened, Coleen told me last night that she put a notice on Craig’s List for a master Pizza maker on St. John, USVI. Fabio happened to be working on the other side of the island at another restaurant. And – the rest is history. Pizzabar in Paradise was born a year ago last Friday.

When staying at Mooncottages St John Villa Rentals or anywhere in St John, stop by Coral Bay for the tastiest, most authentic pizza anywhere near Rome or the equator for that matter with a great local vibe and live music on Tuesday nights.

Charming hosts and the food is simply great. I like the Margarita Pizza with fresh tomato and basil … the best!

Mooncottages Favorite Pizzeria Mooncottages Villa Rentals Favorite Pizzeria

Mooncottages St John Villa Rentals Favorite Pizzeria

Mooncottages St John Villa Rentals Closest Store

St John Villa Rentals Closest Deli

Coral Bay Peeps Profiles | Calabash Boom Market

On your next stay at Mooncottages St John Villa Rentals, stop literally down the hill to pick up what you need at the Calabash Boom Market. The suave and kind Ali runs this very well stocked and clean family business with his wife Maria. Often  they have local fish right out of the ocean from our local fisherman. But always a little of everything is available. Fresh sausage, steaks and chicken for the grill. Did I mention how well this Deli in Coral Bay was maintained and stocked? They are just the nicest people … and SO close to Mooncottages, just right down the hill.

Calabash Boom Market Owner Ali - Mooncottages St John Rental Villas friend

St John Villa Rentals Market Love City Market

St John Vacation Rentals Love City Market

Coral Bay Peeps Profiles | Love City Market | St John Villa Rentals Life Saver

This store is right on the way into Coral Bay and is a life-saver for locals as well as St John Vacation Rentals guests. Mustafa is the eloquent and articulate owner of Coral Bay’s venerable and extensively stocked grocery store since 2001 – Love City Market.  When storms hit in September, he donated perishable goods to the community. When his generator power was finally back, they were providing sustainable goods to the community at all hours.

Now, that the clouds have cleared and our St John Villa Rentals are up and running and better than ever, guest and locals alike love … Love City Market. Open “early to very late” – 6:30AM – 9:30PM.

Mustafa is a very nice man but a very serious businessman and cares about his establishment. His son also works at the store “dawn to very late” with other employees tirelessly. Tremendous people. When you come to Coral Bay on your St John villa vacation, please stop at Love City Market and say Hi … and buy stuff. He’s been local resident on St John with family and friends since 1992 and is here to stay. When all else fails, these guys are usually open and always friendly with fresh produce, an extensive wine and liquor collection and anything else you might want.

Love City Market Produce - St John Villa Rentals

Love City Market - St John Villa Rentals Store

Love City Market Coral Bay - Friend of Mooncottates St John Villa Rentals