Caribbean Summer Vacations are AMAZING!
St John Sunrise

St John Sunrise

Caribbean Summer Vacations and St. John Summer Vacations are AMAZING, especially at one of our Luxury Villa Rentals. The sea is warm and wonderful. Fewer crowds. Beaches & fun things to do. We are Mooncottages | St. John USVI Caribbean Luxury Villa Rentals & now Beach Retreats and larger villas in the Dominican Republic too! FUN! NO booking fees. NO security deposit billed. SAVE up to 22% on our site. ONLY. Singles, Couples, Families, Weddings. We have the Caribbean Summer Vacation villa or venue for you! Click any photo below and see for yourself! Or just cruise around our Lovely Website with Virtual Tours and more.

Teahouse Treehouse St John VI

Teahouse Treehouse St John VI

Mooncottage Pool and View

Mooncottage Pool and View

Villa Solemare Infinity Pool

Villa Solemare Infinity Pool

Go Swimming and See Life Below

Nothing better than going out for a swim or a hike in the Virgin Islands National Park.  And seeing a turtle, rays, and amazing fish of all kinds. And in the right season, you can see whales.

Sea Turtle St John VI

Sea Turtle St John VI

See What the USVI Department of Tourism thinks of Mooncottge

After Hurricane Irma in 2017 we were one of the first Luxury Villas up and running again. And so the Department of Tourism took this amazing little promotional video. Still Nice.

Mooncottages Luxury Villas Still Nice

Mooncottages Luxury Villas Still Nice

Drive around and See the Amazing St John Views

Driving in your little jeep up and down hills is half the fun! Everywhere you look you’ll see something that will take your breath away.

View of Coral Bay St John


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 to 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. In the evening lighting inside is 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 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. For 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 

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

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.”

How To Unplug On A Romantic Getaway


A big part of a romantic getaway is actually unplugging, de-stressing and relaxing. It doesn’t matter so much where you do it but how you do it!

How can we completely detach for a bit when life gets in the way? It’s not easy, but there is certain things that can help you to make your vacation a time that’s stress-free. Some of these tips can actually help your new mindset last far beyond the time your vacation is over!

Plan Ahead At Work

When you know you’re heading to St. John, let’s say, on a romantic getaway, plan ahead at work! Make sure you have someone to cover you while you’re away. You don’t want more stress than before you left for your trip. If you know things will be taken care of while you’re gone, part of the stress battle has been won and you can have a relaxing vacation.

Remember That You Need Vacations

We need breaks to help us feel relaxed and make us feel happy. Without vacation, where would we be? In order to recharge our bodies, vacations are vital!

Don’t Put Pressure On The Vacation

Don’t feel that you need to do anything at all while you’re on vacation. Spending your vacations running from here to there is what causes much more stress!

Find A Romantic Villa

Our romantic Mooncottage villas here on St. John is the perfect place to relax, unplug and rewind. We know you deserve a vacation and we happen to think St. John is the perfect place for one!

Why Being Near The Ocean Is So Special

st-john-villa-mooncottageThere aren’t many people who you will meet that dislike the ocean. The ocean is lovely! Being near the ocean is lovely too. It’s a peaceful place that keeps us in the moment and helps us to forget about our troubles. Why wouldn’t you want to be near the ocean? That is the real question!

Studies have shown that the presence of water actually enhances a mindful state. Something this powerful can really change your entire outlook on life. While meditation has become the focus of bettering our lives in recent times, the key to peace has been on the shore the entire time!

All of this makes the ocean the perfect place to reconnect with your lover and de-stress at the same time. On St. John, you can reconnect with more than nature. Here, you’ll reconnect with yourself and your lover. Our goal is for you to leave St. John with a renewed spirit, a renewed sense of self and a rekindled romance!

Mooncottages on St. John is the place for both a relaxing and a romantic getaway. Your mind and body will thank you for the rejuvenating time that you spend here right by the ocean in our romantic villas.

The Packing List You Need For Romance


When you’re planning a romantic Caribbean getaway, there’s plenty of excitement on your mind. It’s a fantastic feeling to get away with the one you love. In addition to all of the plans that you have in your mind, you’ll need to make sure you secure your luggage stocked with all of the tools that you need for romance on your vacation. Mooncottages has your packing list for your romantic getaway to St. John covered! Take a look at all of our suggestions below and be ready for the trip of your life!

Dress Clothes

Your passionate vacation will undoubtedly involve some nice dinners. Locally in Coral Bay, there are 8 great restaurants to choose from. Ms. Lucy’s, Shipwreck Landing, Sweet Plantains, Aqua Bistro, Paradiso Grill, Skinny’s … and more. Or, maybe you’ll go 20 minutes to town for something different. Women should make sure they pack only a light cotton or linen dress and the right shoes. (high heels not necessary, at all) Men should make sure they have what we call “island casual” … nice shorts and a nice shirt to suit the occasion.

Now for the romantic portion of our packing list:

· Massage Oil

· Wine

· Candles

· Lingerie

· Rose petals

· Gifts (If it’s a special occasion)

· Music

· Passion

All of these things can help you to get really creative during your special time together. Staying at Mooncottages in St. John will undoubtedly help you to bring your romantic getaway to a place you thought only existed in your dreams.

What are you waiting for? Book a vacation with your honey today!

What Does A Luxury Vacation Mean?


Luxury is derived from the Latin word luxuria, meaning great comfort. When you head out on a romantic getaway, that’s what you want­ comfort and class. When you read about luxury vacation villas on St. John, you probably have a picture in your mind. Life seems easier when it’s in the hands of luxury. Things are taken care of for you and there’s not a lot to worry about. You feel extra special when you’re staying in a place of luxury.

If you head out on a vacation with your lover, you’ll want to experience luxury and comfort without the worries of everyday life. That’s what we’ll do for you here in our villas on St. John. Whether you’re here for a weekend or a week, or longer, everything you’ll need during your stay will be available to you at our villas!

With sweeping views and a beautiful place to stay, all you’ll need to bring with you is the romance!

Everything that you’ll need to relax and reconnect with your significant other is here!

The next time you take a vacation with your significant other, make sure you do as the Romans did and include luxuria in every aspect of your romantic getaway!

Why You Should Take An Anniversary Trip

Your wedding day or the day you met your significant other was one to remember. Whatever dates that you consider a milestone, you should celebrate. A great way to do this is by reconnecting on a romantic getaway. We’re hoping that you’ll take a trip to our romantic villas in St. John for your anniversary, but if you need some convincing, we’re here to help you see why an anniversary trip to celebrate with your spouse is very necessary.

We Should Celebrate More Things In Life

There’re so many heavy things that we have to deal with in life. Why not take the time to let loose and enjoy the good things? We should be celebrating every chance that we get in life! Remember all of the happy times and recreate them!

Your Anniversary Is The Day That Brought You Together

There’s a reason that anniversaries are a big deal. This is, in fact, the day that brought you together. If it’s a wedding anniversary, it’s quite a day to celebrate. Wedding planning isn’t easy, and no matter how long you’ve been married, you’re probably still exhausted from planning your wedding!

You’ll See Things In A Positive Way

While day-to-day life gets exhausting sometimes, we can forget all of the good things from the past. Celebrating anniversaries helps you to look back on your relationship with your lover and think of all the good things you have accomplished and done together.

Book An Anniversary Trip

Whether you’re surprising your spouse with a weekend getaway, or planning your anniversary trip together, Mooncottages are here to help you explore St. John in the most romantic way possible.

Is Travel The Ultimate Way To Turn Up The Romance?

balboa-mooncottageAn article in Psychology Today breaks down whether or not travel is indeed the ultimate aphrodisiac. According to science, it can be! Mooncottages believe that it truly is. Travel awakens so many of the senses that we aren’t using on a daily basis. There’s something about new places and adventure that helps us to grow as people. Why wouldn’t travel help your romance to grow as well?

One study cited in the Psychology Today article states that couples tend to see an increase in arguing before they leave for vacation. The arguing subsides once they get there. It’s quite a phenomenon how many couples get along better on vacation! Too bad it’s not permanent!

There’re so many great things about vacations such as:

● You break out of your daily routines

● Travel helps conflicts

● It gives an opportunity to discuss life decisions

● Travel inspires change

There’s something about being away that makes you feel freer and encourages positive changes. Some people are inspired to work out and get healthier after they’re on vacation. Others want to reconnect and repair their relationship with their partner. The key is being in a different environment and breaking free from routines.

Many times, these changes can take place after the vacation takes place. Forget oysters and wine. We think that a romantic getaway in St. John is the perfect way to spark the romance in your relationship. We promise that you’ll be feeling great with your partner in one of our romantic villas on St. John!

How To Have A Romantic Getaway When You Have Kids

Papaya-mooncottageIt’s important to your relationship to have a romantic getaway even when you have kids. So what is a couple to do when they crave a vacation and can’t find a sitter? They bring the kids along with them of course! You may be wondering how you could have a romantic getaway in St. John when the whole family needs to join in, but it’s possible. Here, we’ll give you some tips to make sure that your vacation is romantic even when you’re traveling with the kids.

Remember Your Wants

Our villas in St. John are so romantic, you may not care if you have the kids with you or not! One of the best ways to make sure you have a successful romantic getaway is to do some of the things that you and your partner want to do. Whether you hope to go sailing or take walks on the beach, find ways to do what you wish on your trip. You’ll need to cater to your children, of course, but make time for the things you crave as well.

Connect With Your Kids

It’s a great feeling to see your partner connect with the kids on a different level. It can bring your family together as well as you and your partner when you have time to be together. The family that plays together, stays together!

Our beautiful St. John villas are perfect for the getaway that you deserve. Once you see the view, you’ll know that your vacation is money well spent! Book your romantic villa today!