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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.
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.
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.
St. John is a Caribbean Affair to Remember and Magical Mooncottage is just a small part of it. We’ve always said that Mooncottages was like the Caribbean “An Affair to Remember” With an ambiance that 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.
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 at this Magical Caribbean Affair to Rember. Among these feelings is how honored we have been to be the magical Caribbean getaway for over 18 years where so many couples wanted to reunite and reconnect with 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 of 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. Mooncottages has been and always will be a St John Caribbean Affair to Remember.
Mooncottage Romantic St John Villa was featured in Food and Wine Magazine last month. You may need a subscription to read the whole article. But here are the high points. How about that huh!? Nice to get a little recognition. We are celebrating our 19th year in business.
Wow. 2004. Since that time, we have been proud to have hosted well 0ver 1000 customers. Many of them come back year after year and add to our 18 years of consecutive 5-star reviews.
Mooncottage romantic villas in St John was a labor of love. It wasn’t easy to build here. It took 7 years to complete. We bought the property in 1998 and opened our doors in 2004. And my greatest pleasure is always to read the Guest Book upon my return. It is filled with heart warming things that people have experienced here. Last year we held a contest on Facebook and asked our former guests to tell us a short story about their experience here. Many relationships and (and familied) started here. And, we are very proud of that.
I encourage you to learn more about our little business Mooncottages. And see what romantic St John villas can do to refresh your life. Come visit here in St John sometime soon. You won’t be sorry. Guaranteed. pened a ne
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Cheers. And Happy New Year.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.