|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Mooncottage—the most romantic, utterly private & luxury St. John rental villa imaginable.
Mooncottage is nestled into a verdant hillside, built from native hardwoods, stone and surrounded by lush tropical gardens—it is a petite, luxury Caribbean villa without compare. Enjoy the romance of this luxury 5-Star Caribbean rental villa with unobstructed, romantic, down-island views of an endless Virgin Island horizon. Mooncottage is virtually breathtaking—a fantasy Caribbean villa and backdrop for your most romantic and restful island vacation, special anniversary, secluded Caribbean honeymoon or secret rendezvous imaginable. And, all of St. John's legendary beaches are only minutes away.
NOTE: Our guests usually rent 7 night stays. Yet, 10-14 nights are the most relaxing--prorated per/night rental rates apply. Shorter stays of 5 nights are also sometimes available but carry a moderate short stay surcharge. Please read all of our important notices at the bottom of this description prior to booking your reservation.
Why Mooncottage feels 'just right' for couples.
Most St. John villas are just built too large to feel cozy and romantic for couples. Mooncottage isn't too big of a villa. It was designed for couples and feels just right ... and you will feel right at home. From the gentle sounds at night to the brilliant turquoise colors by day, its magic surrounds you. St. John's world-class beaches are only minutes away. Wonderful local restaurants and bars close by. But the panoramic views day or night will simply blow your mind
Experience the Zen Caribbean magic of Mooncottage.
A petite and utterly romantic luxury Caribbean villa tucked within lush tropical gardens, set high upon a verdant hillside with a down-island view of an endless Caribbean horizon. Our Zen-Caribbean design is architectural, eclectic and spectacular. The views from Mooncottage are simply breathtaking . . . and the backdrop for your most romantic and restful St. John villa vacation imaginable. Imagine Cary Grant's grandmother's view from an 'An Affair to Remember' and you will get the idea!
Panoramic Caribbean Views that will simply blow your mind.
Mooncottage features 5-star, panoramic views that will simply take your breath away. Located in peaceful Calabash Boom, Coral Bay, USVI, Mooncottage has been enchanting guests and receiving rave reviews since 2005. Trip Advisor has logged over fifty-five unanimous 5-star reviews ... and for good reason.
Romantic Villa with Elegant Zen Caribbean ambiance.
Luxury Caribbean villa with chef's kitchen, living/dining, sleeping and bath areas all under a traditional Caribbean hardwood plantation roof. Ceiling fans and trade winds keep you cool and comfortable day or night. A romantic 360 degree veranda encircles the entire villa allowing outdoor enjoyment to either the sea or courtyard gardens. Also, St. John is one of the most beautiful and safe Caribbean vacations available. Clean, world-class beaches, shopping, Eco tourism, sailing and more are everywhere.
Master bedroom crafted in native stone right out of our hillside.
If the bedroom feels as though it has always been there ... that's because it has! 2 full baths and sleeping areas, separate Indoor and outdoor showers accommodate any season or romantic mood. The solar-heated blue pool will make it tempting for you to stay up here all week. If you wish to be sans clothes, no one will see or bother you. (shhhh) And, the villa was designed to be worn without shoes. You will love how the natural pink fossilized coral stone floor feels. A trickling Koi pond completes the fantasy.
Private and secluded location to enjoy nature at the border of the National Park
Large sliding mahogany screen doors blur the lines of indoors and out. We know almost everyone on St. John, so you will never be at a loss if there is something special you want. A gourmet meal or private massage brought to you. A snorkeling or scuba trip in crystal Caribbean waters. Whether on a Honeymoon, an Anniversary or together with another close couple, Mooncottage is the perfect, small, luxury St. John vacation villa.
Personal escort to Mooncottage - no worries getting there!
Our Mooncottage representatives will meet you in St. John and personally escort you to your own Caribbean hideaway. Soon a cold drink and killer view are yours at this St. John rental villa with luxury and romance peeking out at every turn. Unwind and enjoy the quiet without moving a muscle. Then head out to explore the rest of St. John. (Highly recommended) Extremely private surroundings mean you are free to be yourself. And, you deserve a Caribbean vacation villa like this. Come with someone you love-or just someone you want.
1. Travel Insurance: We highly recommend Travel Insurance for any unexpected problems such as family emergencies or rare severe weather-related problems. We cannot be held responsible for refunds of any kind due to these or other like occurrences. We will help you with a recommendation.
2. Rental Agreement: If you book online with HomeAway, you will be also required to sign our standard Rental Agreement and Liability Waiver electronically via DocuSign for your endorsement which will supersede all other agreements. We only require your name, address, email and phone number.
3. Satisfaction: Generally, we like to speak to our guests in-person on the phone before we book the villa. However, if you make your reservation online and are not comfortable for any reason after you book and we speak on the phone, there is absolutely no obligation. We reserve reciprocal rights to cancel for any reason prior to you signing of our Standard Rental Agreement and Liability Waiver. Please note that our Rental Agreement and Liability Waiver will supersede any other agreements.
4. Rentals falling on or around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years will be higher and will not be reflected in your HomeAway automated online quotation. Also, there is a $250 surcharge for an additional guest at Mooncottage.
5. Minimum stays: Our guests usually rent 7 night stays. Yet, 10-14 nights are the most relaxing--prorated per/night rental rates apply. Shorter stays of 5 nights are also sometimes available but carry a moderate short stay surcharge.
Thank you for your understanding. You will absolutely LOVE your stay.
I have been a fan of the Caribbean for most of my life. When I came to St. John in the late 90's, I knew this was the place--still feel that way.
My wife Tania and I love and care for Mooncottage as it is more than a just rental property, it is a labor of love--and our greatest pleasure is enchanted guests.
On our main Mooncottage website (just search Mooncottage on Google or Trip Advisor) you will find countless testimonials from people who have experienced Mooncottage as a rare piece of heaven.
I have an entertainment and marketing background -- and share my time between NYC and St. John (the ultimate expression of beautiful extremes).
I have never had a 'real job' ... for very long.
Brian: General Manager purchased this villa in 2005
St. John in my estimation is the most beautiful and pristine of islands in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world ... as well as one of the most natural and relaxing. You can go out in the day or evening and feel safe anywhere. The island itself is 2/3 National Park - meaning the beaches and trails are always maintained and kept clean and free of vendors. Mooncottage is surrounded by undeveloped land on 3 sides and has only one villa far below to call it's neighbor. We also rent and manage this villa as well so you really DO know your neighbors. Nature is everywhere and the trade wind breezes day or night are soft and magical. There is only ONE Mooncottages.
- Unequaled Privacy
- Quiet and Natural
- Easy access to Restaurants & Beaches
- Minutes from all of St. John's legendary beaches
- Located at the top of the property - no road noise or intrusions
- Tropical gardens
- Love nest
Mooncottage is special in every way. Our most recent visit (March, 2013) was our fourth or fifth (we've lost count) and it will not be our last.
We have rented several villas on St. John and elsewhere in the Caribbean, including on Nevis and St. Barths. Considering all factors (convenient location, friendly people, the National Park beaches, restaurants, good value), St. John is the best and for a couple, Mooncottage is the best of St. John.
Brian Vandenbroucke's seven year project has been spectacularly executed, down to every detail. The view from 700' up is mesmerizing, facing east/southeast over Hurricane Hole, Sir Francis Drake Channel on to Virgin Gorda to provide great light, but also protection from the heat of the late afternoon.
The creative asian-influenced design and warm woodwork are pleasing to the eye and the lighting system adds to the mood. There is total privacy. With a well-equipped modern kitchen and other amenities it is tempting never to leave the cottage. But the beaches beckon, an average of about 15 minutes away. Our favorite is Jumby, on the North Shore.
While the road up may be adventurous for some, recent improvements make it very easy, even returning from a candlelit dinner at our favorite St. John restaurant, Sweet Plantains, nearby.
We have been fortunate to be able to enjoy Mooncottage almost every winter and are already considering our next visit!
Mooncottage is absolutely a five star experience. The pictures are accurate, but can't describe or show how peaceful it really is. The sights, sounds, smells, and calming breeze are above and beyond what we expected. The owner, Brian is a pleasure to deal with. If you go, please read the book and look at the pictures of what it took for him to build Mooncottage. It reveals the effort and care taken to create such a magical home. Once we arrived, Bob guided us up the steep hill to Mooncottage. The road up proves that you do indeed need a four wheel drive vehicle. It just adds to the suspense of getting to this lovely spot. We are very thankful that Brian has decided to allow others to enjoy this perfect romantic retreat. You can feel the care taken to build this island gem as soon as you arrive. I have done resort photography and videos for many years. Mooncottage is just spectacular. If you go, you will want to go again. Please just don't book our week!
The description was more than accurate with location and amenities, spotless and so well maintained, Brian is awesome and walked me through the whole process of the easiest way to get to the island and his house. His caretaker met us at the boat and we followed him right to the house. I highly recommend this unit to a couple looking for a romantic getaway to relax and decompress Mooncottage is truly a Romantic Luxury Villa
Mooncottage is the perfect place to spend quality time with the one you love. It is located on the quiet side of St. John, away from the hustle and bustle of Cruz Bay, but still in close proximity to great restaurants and grocery stores. Mooncottage overlooks stunning Coral Bay and is only a short drive away from incredible beaches, snorkeling, and hiking trails. Our favorite was Salt Pond Bay & Rams Head. Coming back to Mooncottage after a long day of snorkeling (which by the way Brian provides great snorkeling equipment) and hiking, was such an incredible feeling. You feel like you're in total seclusion while in this beautiful cottage. All you see and hear is the flora and fauna of St. John. We really enjoyed relaxing outside, watching the sunrise while drinking our coffee and sometimes spotting a couple hummingbirds chasing each other around. Bob the property manager was also great. Upon our arrival, he met us at a local restaurant and took us to Mooncottage and showed just everything we needed to know for our stay. He also was staying on the same road and was always available if we needed him. Last but not least, Brian the property owner was extremely attentive and professional and made sure our stay was absolutely perfect. Brian has designed and built this house to ensure visitors a most romantic and beautiful experience. The overall experience well exceeded our expectations, and we will certainly be returning in the future. Thank you Brian and Bob for the extraordinary visit!
There truly are not enough positive ways to sum up our 10 nights at Mooncottage. From the very beginning, Brian was a tremendous help as we were researching locations to spend our honeymoon. He made sure to provide us any local "tips" we would need so that there were no surprises along the way. It's hard to trust all of the incredible review online (can Mooncottage really be THAT amazing?!) - but they are all true! The home is beautiful - pictures don't even begin to do justice to the stunning views - and the amount of space was perfect for the 2 of us. We wanted a honeymoon location where we could just relax and never feel like we were on a schedule, and Mooncottage provided the perfect accommodations for that. We spent mornings and nights just taking in all of the scenery below us, and spent our days visiting different beaches, restaurants, and bars each day. We came to embrace the (very bumpy) drive up/down the road to the house, and it's really kind of fun once you get used to it! The privacy is well worth the short extra drive -- and we loved being in Coral Bay on the less populated end of the island. We've already passed the name of the home along to a few of our friends who are looking for a special getaway -- and we can't wait to go back ourselves!
I really wanted to give this property 4 stars simply because I found it hard to believe that all the previous reviewers were being completely honest when every single one of them gave it 5 stars.
But it deserves five stars. It is a luxury villa at one with its natural surroundings. Brian literally carved the homesite out of the mountainside. And mountainside it is. The initial ride up the dirt roads with the super-steep switchbacks is initially hair-raising, but you quickly get used to it. And when you look out at that vista, it feels as though it was created just for you. You can't really see another property in sight unless you use the binoculars.
We only ate out once at Sweet Plantains, which was superb, and we are foodies with high expectations. The kitchen in the cottage is so well equipped that we mostly chose to purchase fresh local seafood and cook in. We used the outside gas grill quite a bit as well.
Brian has made a deliberate attempt to create a spiritual place of relaxation and he has succeeded mightily. The flora of the grounds (which are illuminated at night) made us feel like we were in the rainforest section of the U.S. Botanic Gardens. The outside shower, the fish pond, the hammock, the windchimes, and the constant breeze blowing through create an other-worldly place. Like before civilization. We expected Darwin to walk around the corner any moment.
We also appreciated the carbon footprint-less-ness of the place. All of the water used is collected rainwater, which is solar heated. Solar generates the electricity as well as runs the pool. It all worked beautifully. The water for drinking is triple filtered and was delicious.
We snorkeled at six beaches and saw so many amazing creatures.
But we always hurried to get back to Mooncottage and just be there. That's my best advice to anyone reading this-just be there.
Mooncottage was perfect from the very beginning! Brian was super easy to work with on the front end and there are NO words to describe how amazing the property and experience staying at Mooncottage was. Bob handles everything once you are at Mooncottage and he is equally wonderful!
The view is spectacular; the house has everything you could possibly dream of and the relaxing calm that we felt being there is indescribable. This was our first trip to St. John and we were spoiled! We cannot imagine staying in Cruz Bay now that we've been over to Coral Bay and experienced this true one of a kind vacation. Brian provides towels, beach bags, snorkeling equipment, full kitchen, grill, five star accommodations all in the most natural and wonderful setting.
The reviews and comments seem ridiculous, I know. You may even wonder for a moment if friends aren't just writing these reviews. But having just spent a magical ten days at Mooncottage, all I can say is--it is true and well worth it!!
Five Great Reasons to stay at Mooncottage
1. Romantic and Perfect for Couples
Designed to incite romance at every glance, Mooncottage features an attention to detail that has guests routinely referring to it as “Simply Perfect.” Mooncottage is a romantic St. John villa unlike any other. Perfect for two people wanting to enjoy each other on a Caribbean villas vacation.
2. Astonishing Panoramic Views
When you arrive at Mooncottage you will simply not believe your eyes—St. John rental companies often refer to our sweeping down-island views as the benchmark view for Virgin Islands 5-star ocean vistas. The Caribbean villa view will take your breath away.
3. Secluded Romantic Getaway Feels Just Right
Unlike staying at a larger luxury Caribbean villa rental on St. John, you will never feel lost at this petite and secluded romantic little villa inside or out. Designed to reflect simple Virgin Islands life in an elegant way—it feels just right. And you'll feel right at home at our private St. John getaway.
4. Oh! So Very Private and Secluded
Mooncottage is located on the border of the National Park in a very secluded locale—with almost no neighbors. Just minutes from the sleepy little village of Coral Bay situated literally on the border of the Virgin Islands National Park for restful solitude.
5. Zen Ambiance & Close to Beaches
Mooncottage is a St. John villa with a magical and spiritual look and feel--all part of its unique Zen-Caribbean design. You are never more than a few minutes from the best beaches on St. John, but you may never want to leave this magical little St. John cottage.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Shoulder Season 2015
Apr 15 2015 - Dec 14 2015
5 night minimum stay
Winter Season 2016
Dec 15 2015 - Apr 14 2016
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Notes||Travel Insurance: We highly recommend this. Rental Agreement: If you book with HomeAway, you will still be required to sign our standard Rental Agreement and Liability Waiver Agreement which will supersede any and all prior agreements. Shorter stays of 5 nights are available but carry a $375 short-stay surcharge.|
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