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Luna Vista 09/16/2008
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
We loved the location of Luna Vista, which is about halfway between the Bordeaux overlook and the smoothie stand on Centerline Road (Mamey Peak area). It is about 5 mins. to Francis and Maho, about 10-15 minutes to Coral Bay and about 20 to Cruz Bay. It is just off Centerline and you do hear some traffic noise, but compared to where we live it was not a problem. The tree frogs drown out a lot of noise, and when you run the AC you don't hear anything, either. Luna Vista is beautifully decorated, and spotlessly clean. There is a large covered porch with a great gas grill and table and chairs, a large living/dining area with fantastic views out over the BVIs, a 42-inch plasma TV with cable, WiFi, an iPod dock, a beautiful granite kitchen with dishwasher and full-sized fridge, a micro/convection oven, 4-burner gas cooktop, and everything you would need to cook or make blender drinks. Our hosts very graciously left us a liter of dark Cruzan rum, lots of soda, a mango, limes, a 6-pack of Carib, and lots and lots of other food supplies and condiments. There are 2 bedrooms, one very large master with AC and king bed, and a smaller back bedroom which can either be made up as twins or king, also with AC. There is a walk-in closet off this 2nd bedroom with cleaning supplies, beach chairs, water toys, a variety of coolers, beach towels, and Neat Sheets. There is a single bathroom in the hall, which was also beautifully decorated. Blue glass tile on the vanity, and very pretty tile in the shower area as well (no tub). Plenty of towels and beach towels, which were replenished during our stay. There is a small splash pool which you can see from the kitchen, with lush foliage surrounding it. We couldn't use the pool the week we were there due to a major mosquito bloom, but I would think in normal skeeter conditions, this pool would be a great way to cool off after a long beach day. The master bedroom window is the key to all breezes in the house--with that window open and the fans going, it was never ever too hot, even during the heat of the day. We heard no noise at all from upstairs--the house is built very solidly. And while we needed the AC at night in the smaller bedroom, the master gets such strong breezes that we usually just left the window open and fan going.

Things to be aware of: there is no washer or dryer in the rental, which really wasn't a problem for us since we took laundry into Cruz Bay one day and had it done for us while we were at the beach. The driveway to the house is very steep, and you definitely need a Jeep or Suzuki to navigate up easily. We got used to the driveway after a couple of days and it wasn't an issue at all. I didn't consider either of these things a negative, since the price was so reasonable and the amenities and location were great.

Best thing about the house: everything, but the highlights for us were the great views and breezes, the wonderful owners, Bruce and Jan, who honored our privacy, but also were extremely helpful whenever we had questions (and having them there definitely added to the feeling of safety we had during our stay), and the fabulous pets! The 2 doggies, Frankie and Barney, were the nicest dogs I have ever met. I must confess that we are not normally "pet people" since my husband has really bad allergies and my son had a nasty run-in with a dog when he was 2 that left him less than thrilled with dogs, but these doggies made believers out of us! They were quiet, friendly, lovable pooches, and we spent a lot of time with them during our stay. The kitties were also great, but we had a special place in our hearts for Frankie and Barney, who came to greet us every morning and every evening with tails wagging. My son is now a dog-lover thanks to them! This villa is a real bargain, rare on St. John, and I highly recommend it for couples or a small family.


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