We have just returned from a vacation an Moonraker that rates as the "trip of a lifetime." Four families (10 kids, 8 adults), 10 glorious days, and memories to last forever.
As we planned this trip (for nearly a year) it became a joke amongst our group that everything sounded too good to be true. Paul and Linda were so helpful and generous. The staff of Island Dream was kind and responsive. The pictures were to die for. The plans fell together beautifully. We started to fear that when we showed up someone would say "just kidding" and we'd be left with a shack on the side of the road!
Needless to say, that was not the case! Moonraker lived up to—even exceeded—every expectation. The house was every bit as beautiful as the photos. The view was beyond words. We estimated that we looked out on 220 degrees of ocean! The pool and patio area was something out of a 5-star resort. The service was impeccable. Danielle and Georgia were the most gracious hostesses! They even went so far as to call ahead to various beach locations to tell them we were coming... so chairs and umbrellas would be waiting for us on arrival!
Each suite in the house was more beautiful than the next. Each beach on the island was more beautiful than the next. Each meal we ate was better than the last. (And we ended with a home-cooked dinner by Chef Tyrone, so that should tell you how he rates!)
We had 18 people and never once felt a lack of space. The kitchen had everything we could possibly need (and several things we never figured out how to use!) The whole-house music system helped set the mood whether we wanted to have a dance party on the deck, a cannonball contest in the pool, or quietly star-gaze from the loungers while sipping rum punch. The kids enjoyed a number of evenings (after long days of swimming & snorkeling) watching videos in the movie room, or up in the game room playing chess! The adults could pick a different spot to read a book every day!
Each day we ventured to a new secluded beach (even the most popular ones were secluded by our standards). The drives were anywhere from 10-25 minutes. Sometimes on main roads, sometimes on dirt roads! Supplies were easily acquired at the local Best Buy (grocery store) and Tropical Distributors (liquor store)—both five minutes down the road. Fishing, shelling and crabbing were just a few steps away. And the sunshine was abundant.
We are counting the minutes until our return. Until then, we'll bask in the memories!