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St John's Most Romantic Villa: Available for 2018 Bookings & Better than Ever!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Beds /2 Full baths. Magical for Honeymoons, Anniversaries or family of 3-4

Mooncottage—the most wildly romantic St. John villa rental. Utterly private & luxurious. Ideally suited for couples, but also perfect for a close family of 3-4. Since 2005 only unanimous 5-star reviews.

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*Shorter stays of 5-6 nights are OK, but carry a $250 fee. ALL cleaning fees, concierge & personal escort to our villa are included. VI Hotel Taxes of 12.5% will be collected by HomeAway/VRBO.

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.

Why Mooncottage feels 'just right' for couples.

Most St. John villas are 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.

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.

3. Personal Touch: Generally, we like to speak to our guests in-person on the phone before we book the villa.

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.

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 5-6 nights are also sometimes available but carry a moderate short stay surcharge of $250.

Thank you for your understanding. You will absolutely LOVE your stay.

Kind regards,


More Details

Property Manager
Brian: General Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Kindness
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Brian: General Manager

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.

I love and care for Mooncottage as it is more than a just rental property, it is a labor of love--and my greatest pleasure is enchanted guests.

Anywhere you look online 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

Why Brian: General Manager chose Calabash Boom

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 its 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 Mooncottage.

What makes this villa unique

- 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

- Lush Tropical gardens and natural beauty

- Love nest

Guestbook comments from the manager

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!
Feb 2013
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Calabash Boom Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • By 8PM we ask that loud music or partying end. We are in a quiet rural neighborhood and sounds carry a long way on the wind. Please respect the peace.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Master bedroom near the pool
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Unique indoor/outdoor shower
  • Our bathrooms are luxurious and simple at the same time. With an abundance of brightly colored bath towels throughout, you will never be short of something warm and fluffy to wrap around you after a dip in the pool or a lounge in the sun. Handmade glass tile, European fixtures and natural pink coral stone flooring throughout. Subdued, indirect lighting, large louvered ventilation, hardwood accents, terracotta sconces and many full-length mirrors allow you to see just how beautiful you really are :)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Handmade teak 4-poster
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Separate from Master Bedroom - by the pool w/ private bath
  • The cozy stone master bedroom faces the pool and has a view of both the garden and the ocean. You can hear the small skoi pond gurgling. A teak four poster bed fashioned by our brilliant (yet crazy) local artist welcomes you with open arms and is guaranteed not to squeak. (as if anyone would hear). Although luxurious, Mooncottage was designed to respect nature’s abundance without wasting it. Our soaps and cleaning products are mostly all natural. The fabulous pool is completely solar-powered; maintaining itself year-round with only the sun to thank. (Thank you sun!) The temperature of the pool is always nice, so even a midnight swim is highly recommended. Note: the moon is often so bright you might consider protective moonscreen. The tropical courtyard garden in back offers a pleasant break from the sea breezes as well as being a quiet place for meditation or reading. A simple hammock completes the picture.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
- Provisioning, Catering, Private Chef and Maid Service available at an additional charge. - Main house w/ separate stone master bedroom - 2 indoor full baths and 2 outdoor showers - Solar heated pool - Tropical gardens - Extremely private - High-speed wi-fi internet Mooncottage is a cozy and extremely private small luxury Caribbean Villa. It cannot be seen from the road or even from your driveway located at the end of a cul du sac. A quiet, natural place for your Caribbean vacation. It's high elevation and constant island trade winds assure cool comfort, tranquility and closeness to nature, with turtle doves cooing, humming birds humming, surf whispering below and the night skies offering you the moon and a million stars. And of course the ocean views day or night will simply blow your mind.


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St John's Most Romantic Villa: Available for 2018 Bookings & Better than Ever!
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Unbelievable 10 days!

  • 5 of 5

Believe it or not, this property is better in person than what is represented in the photos.

My fiancee and I arrived on the 18th of May for what felt like the shortest 10 days of our life. We were married the 21st and spent our wedding moon at this magical cottage. Upon booking the owner Brian was extremely attentive and quick to respond. He offered advice on restaurants, beaches, and general information which was very helpful and saved us a lot research during the stay. We received several calls while we were there simply checking in and inquiring to see if there was anything that we needed.

The morning sun woke us daily and we relaxed with our coffee by the pool enjoying the stunning views. At night the pond and wildlife put us to sleep along with the cool breeze. The kitchen had everything you could imagine and we utilized it and the grill quite often during the evenings.

If you are looking for a fantastic stay where you can simply pack up the ice chest, snorkeling gear, and head out for an adventure on the daily basis, St John and the Mooncottage will not disappoint you. It would also be hard to argue with the fact that Mooncottage has some of the best views on the island. We will be returning in the very near future.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the beautiful review. We would love to have you back any time. Kindest regards, Brian
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Austin, Texas

Mesmerizing Mooncottage!

  • 5 of 5

Hello travelers!

We returned from Mooncottage a week ago, and I still wake up every day in Austin, Texas looking for that beautiful morning view...Mooncottage is exceptional and exactly what you see in the pictures, actually even better with nature sounds and its mesmerizing view. Very hard to leave, but if we did, it was easy to get groceries down the street, say hello to the donkeys, drive to many beaches, have dinners in Cruz Bay, but also not feel guilty those times we decided to just stay because we knew our stay was magical. Bob and Brian were wonderful, and available whenever I needed them before and during the trip. Amazing ambiance, and truly a romantic paradise perfect for two! Yet, there is a very comfortable daybed in the main house if there are more than two, and that was our favorite place to watch a marathon of Wimbledon! Definitely stay at Mooncottage if you travel to St. John; it is a unique, first-class experience!


Patrice & Salvatore

Austin, Texas

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco

Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Teahouse Treehouse one and a half years ago and thought nothing could ever come close. But...Mooncottage is even more magical. The view are unbelievable and the house itself is just perfect and had everything we needed. The view from the bed made waking up each morning even better. As with Teahouse, Mooncottage is clean and meticulously maintained and so unique. Working with Brian to book and Bob once on island was so easy and enjoyable. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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wonderful private retreat

  • 5 of 5

my wife and I come to st. john every year and its been a long time since we spent more whole days enjoying our cottage than exploring beaches, restaurants and shops.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Mooncottage. It is beautifully set up on a hill, quiet all the time, with magnificent views of Coral Bay. Everything in Mooncottage works perfectly. The furniture is very comfortable, all the appliances work and the overall design of Mooncottage is very pleasing. Bob, the property manager is very pleasant and extremely responsive. The location is perfect. You are close to the restaurants and shopping in Coral Bay. We have already booked for January 2018!!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Baton Rouge, LA

Wonderful week at Mooncottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week at Mooncottage celebrating her birthday and our anniversary. What a week and what a place! Once arriving on St. John, Bob met us, guided us to the villa and gave us the ins and outs of the villa. Mooncottage is everything you would expect and more. The attention to detail is amazing. The villa was very clean, comfortable and private with amazing views. We thoroughly enjoyed St. John and especially liked the quietness of Coral Bay. We spent the mornings hiking the various trails around the island and the afternoons at the different beaches. There is something for everyone on St. John and Mooncottage certainly a special place. The only complaint you will have is that at some point you will actually have to leave.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St. Thomas (STT)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Shipwreck Landing, Aqua BIsto, Skinnys
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Miss Lucys, Shipwreck Landing, Aqur Bistros
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Salt Pond, Lamesheur, Maho & Francis Bay Beaches
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.5%

Travel Insurance: We highly recommend this. Rental Agreement: If you book and pay 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 $250 short-stay surcharge.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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