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Papaya Moon June 2009 08/03/2009
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
My wife and I stayed at Papaya Moon in June, 2009. It is a very private, one bedroom villa in upper carolina (Coral Bay side).
This is a truly carribean style home, very simple and no a/c. It is high up and is breezy, so a/c is not really needed. The house is actually three stories, but only the top floor has been finished which has a bedroom, small living room/sitting area and a good size kitchen with dining area, all are nicely furnished. There are two baths, each with showers, one which is an outdoor type shower. The driveway comes in at the top level of the house and has a deck walkway across to the top floor.

But what makes this villa is the outside areas and views. A huge deck on the third level with views of Peter island, the east end, hurricane hole, coral bay and bordeaux mtn.
A small deck on the second level that has shade. And a large pool deck on the ground level. Also a hot tub in a garden area. Beautiful landscapping throughout the property. The property (land) is very big and there are no close neighbors.

The villa rented in June,2009 for $1500 per week and was prorated for our 6 night stay. A great deal.
There was a nice welcome basket with a large bottle of cruzan and two hats with the villas logo and year.

The good:
Very private, great landscapping.
Wonderful views.
Great decks and outdoor spaces.
Nice pool with its own deck.
Hot tub with cover lift. (We used every night).
Good road with easy access to north shore road and coral bay.
Small lockbox type safe.
Nice gas grill.

The not so good:
Skeeters were pesky (it rained quite a bit while we were there, mostly at night), even the breezes didn't bother them.
Some of the carribean style screens don't fit tight, so a few skeeters made it inside. (there was an electric swatter waiting for them).

We enjoy the coral bay side of the island, so we really enjoyed Papaya Moon. Its easy to get villa gravity here, but its location is also very handy to north shore, coral bay, salt pond and the east end. Its a great place for a couple.

Randy Taylor

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