We stayed at Luna Vista earlier this month and enjoyed ourselves immensely.
We are a family of four (2 girls 12 & 13) and found Luna Vista to be the perfect place for us. The villa is gorgeous and very well equipped. Bruce and Jan (the owners) have thought of everything that their guests could possibly want or need. The kitchen is very well equipped for all types of cooking. Our favorite place was the front porch overlooking the east end of St. John and the BVI's in the distance. What a great place to have a coffee in the morning and watch the sun rise over the distant islands. The pool was a big hit with the kids and I found the outdoor hot water shower really neat.
Being a family of modest means price was important to us when we were searching for a place to stay. We found the price for a weeks stay was very sharp compared to other villas in St. John. More importantly, we don't feel we gave up anything in terms of the quality of our accomodations. Luna Vista is excellent value for the money.
Bruce and Jan are very friendly and full of information and recommendations on just about anything to do with St. John and the USVI's. They recommended we try Skinny Legs in nearby Coral Bay and we ate there twice and really enjoyed it. The Donkey Diner in Coral Bay also has excellent pizza. It was great having them handy as our personal "tour directors" and just to chat with.
At our request Bruce rented a powerboat for us for the day and captained it for a modest charge. He made all the arrangements including travelling to St. Thomas to pick it up and drop it off. It was a wonderful day of sightseeing, snorkelling on pristine reefs and in caves, visiting the BVI's, lunching at a neat place on Jost Van Dyke, kicking around beaches, and hanging out at a little beach bar called the Soggy Dollar. The day spent boating was a blast and was our favorite day of our week in St. John. I would highly recommend a day "on the water" and with Bruce taking care of all the arrangements for us, and driving the boat, it was easy.
We would like to thank Bruce and Jan (and Barney & Frankie) for their part in the "best ever" family vacation, and we will be recommending Luna Vista to all our friends as a just a great place to stay on St. John.
This review was originally submitted by Greg & Donna.