We stayed at Villa Morena the first week of March 2016. Ten years ago we visited St. John and stayed at Maho Bay Camps. They have since been sold to a private owner. Yet for the many reasons we came before, we knew we'd discover those and more when visiting again.
We arrived on St. John knowing this is not a resort tropical island. Our reasons for coming back included the quiet, nature-filled beaches, the wild donkeys, the lush vegetation and the eco-tourism that the island boasts. This time we discovered even more.
It started with our communications with owner, Dan. The photos of Villa Morena are beautiful and the price was right. We have a seven and five year old whose safety we were concerned about being so high up on the cliffs of Coral Bay. Dan and I spoke on the phone and he reassured me that the backyard was secure for the children not to plunge off the cliff; mom worry here.
We got our rental jeep from Amelie in St. Thomas. They were awesome. They picked us up at the airport and made it so easy.
Villa Morena is built on a steep hill like most houses on the island. After the first rugged drive up the hill I was used to the drive. The outdoor balcony is high up and children should be watched on the deck. But it is an incredible view. The house is well appointed and well kept. It's minimal decor works for me; it's cleaner because of it. I love the mango-wood (or looks like) ceilings. So beautiful. Our bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable.
Overall Villa Morena is a great place to stay if you are looking for a basic, clean home overlooking gorgeous Coral Bay. We didn't turn on the TV during our stay but they have a couple. Our friends stayed in the apartment below and loved it. We kept the sliders open at night to listen to the rain and sounds of the wildlife. There is a gutter outside of the master bedroom. After it rains (and during) there is a dripping sound that for some reason is very loud. I had earplugs that really helped. So I'd suggest earplugs if you are a light sleeper, for it rained every night while we were there. I called it the perfect rain because it was only at night and never during our beautiful beach days.
The washer and dryer were locked when we arrived. They are on the older side and small. Don't plan on much laundry while visiting because of the washer and dryer and because Villa Morena uses the rainwater system to get its water. This is an eco-feature that I really appreciated. It gave our children their first experience of real water conservation.
There is a clothesline on the deck with plenty of clothes pins. That was our preferred laundry option.
Dan and Lorena keep Villa Morena a humble vacation spot well worth the rate.
Enjoy! We really did.
This was our first trip to St. John USVI. I did not know the area or anything about accommodations. Dan proved to be a wonderful resource. From booking, arrival and throughout the stay he was only a text or an email away. The Villa Morena is on the "quiet end"on the island near coral Bay. We stayed in the lower two bedroom, efficiency - type apartment. It was perfect for us. We had total privacy, a gorgeous view of coral Bay- all nestled in a tropical mountainside paradise. The house is gorgeous. The neighborhood is beautiful. There are so many things we enjoyed about staying there. There were beach chairs, a small cooler and snorkel equipment for our use. All were appreciated and used. The welcome package was also a wonderful treat. I won't say more because I don't want to ruin anyone else's surprise! Dan recommended a boating charter and jeep rental that we used and both were perfect. One morning we woke up to donkeys on the driveway. We also fed the local birds from our beautiful patio. All week long we were entertained by the bananaquitwho who came and ate sugar out of a bowl that we put on the patio! Saint John is without a doubt the most beautiful place in the world I have ever visited. Don't hesitate to stay at this property. You will not be disappointed.
I can honestly say that Dan was truly helpful and always had answers for us. Villa Morena was exactly what we were looking for. We had the most beautiful views and the location was perfect. Thanks so much Dan for helping make our island adventure perfect!! We will definitely be coming back to Villa Morena!!
The villa is amazing and private. Dan is always in contact and extremely helpful. Dan does everything to ensure you are attended to from being picked up at ferry upon arrival to excellent suggestions on what you may need or want to do. The villa is not to be missed. It's close to everything from beaches to cruz bay. Dan makes sure from jeep rental to dive cruises you have whatever you need or want. The view from the deck is amazing and breath taking. The snorkel, chairs and towels are great for the beach. Definitely returning to this great place.
I said all I am going to say right above. The house was well equipped. We had some problems
that were immediately taken care of. We enjoyed our stay.