"This was our first time on St. John and, obviously, our first time staying at Stone Harbor. Overall, we could not have asked for more. I am dreaming of going back there now as I type this (sigh). The villa was exactly as we had expected. It is not the Ritz Carlton (what is?), but it’s extremely nice for a 1 bedroom (2 if you use the loft upstairs) villa in Coral Bay, which is exactly where we wanted to be. The best feature of this home is its location. It is very close to Aqua Bistro, a very nice restaurant and bar in Coral Bay (literally a 50 yard walk down the short driveway and private street…all lighted and super-close!), and the Dolphin Market, a super-nice grocery that has everything you need food and beverage-wise in Coral Bay – plenty of name brand foods, beers, liquors, wines, etc. We were interested in staying in Coral Bay mostly because we wanted to see the East End of the island and also be in an area that was quiet and scenic. Although ALL of St. John meets this criteria, we were drawn to Coral Bay on the recommendation of some friends. The driveway is a piece of cake although it may look steep. Marc will tell you exactly how to back your jeep up the driveway. Totally easy for any person! The downstairs living quarters is separate from the upstairs, which means you have to exit the downstairs through sliding doors, walk up some steps and enter the upstairs. That said, it’s not a big deal at all. I actually enjoyed the short walk in the morning upstairs to open up the upstairs. Oh how I wish I were there now! In the mornings, I would go up, open both sets of double doors, which literally brings the outside inside and vice-versa. The sun would rise over the distance and it was truly heavenly. It was never “hot” so we just sipped coffee on the patio or at the small table inside and planned our day. It was never noisy, even at night. One of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever had. The kitchen is well-stocked and has lots of cooking utensils. The coffee pot is fine. We used bottled water just to be on the safe side, but everyone says the water on St. John is fine. There are several hand towels to use. The bathroom upstairs is nice too. There are towels and hand clothes provided. The loft looked fine, but we did not use it. There are lots of DVD movies to watch if you just want to stay in one day. The bed in the main downstairs quarters was great. Overall, this is an excellent villa and we would book again!"
Guest: Todd F.
Date of Stay: January 2015
Review Submitted: February 1, 2015