Leaving Cruz Bay an easy ten minute ride takes you to Catherineberg, a small uncrowded neighborhood of elegant homes. Island Stones is one of only two villas located on Bay Tree, a private dead end road. You will not see nor be seen by another villa and you will not hear road noise. But you will hear the soothing sounds of the surf at nearby Cinnamon Bay, your neighborhood beach.
Trunk Bay beach and Cinnamon offer swimming, snorkeling, hobbie cats, sunsails, windsurfing, and kayaking. Just minutes away in this north shore St John paradise you'll also find Hawksnest Beach, Maho Beach, and Francis Bay Beach.
Island Stones outdoor living areas are large and packed with amenities. The 40' long pool features a disappearing edge and a 140 sq ft 6" deep "Beach" area for sunbathing in the water. Within the pool are also two cocktail tables with two chairs built into the pool bottom. Nearby is the fully equipped covered Bar Terrace with refrigeration, gourmet grill, iPod stereo and bar tools. The surrounding sun deck is huge - 1200 sq ft. This area overlooks the pool where the disappearing edge seems to silently fall off right into the blue waters of Cinnamon Bay itself.
Featured on the Pool Terrace is also a covered Dining Terrace with outdoor seating for ten. Dine alfresco and be mesmerized by world famous island views out to the Caribbean Sea and dozens of islands and cays. A beautiful 300 sq ft trellis covered with flowering tropical plants provides shade for if sunbathing is not your preference. A stone outdoor powder room and outdoor shower offer additional outdoor convenience.
The Great Room is entered from the outdoor Dining Terrace or the Leeward Dining Terrace, your choice. The Living Room with 42" plasma tv, bar, gourmet kitchen, indoor dining room, and two king bed bedrooms are on the same level as the pool terrace.
When reviewing the villa website; please believe it and so much more! View from the pool deck is transfixing: several days with full-sky rainbows. Villa is well designed to provide large separate areas for individual privacy and full-family partying. Each bedroom has indoor and outdoor showers and private decks with spectacular Caribbean views. Island Stones is set in beautiful private gardens with flowers indoors and out. This serene setting is completely private: no houses or people seen. Website only hints at the fun and beauty of the infinity pool and spacious deck. The freshwater pool is crystal clear with an unusually attractive design, and very well maintained. You and your kids will love it non-stop. All the amenities are top-drawer. We relished the high-performance outdoor grill strategically at the large outdoor wet-bar. A/C throughout the villa, however we much referred the cool breezes and sounds of outdoor wilderness. Appliances are top-of-the-line, perfect for our large family: clothes washer/dryer, dishwasher, side-by-side freezer/refrigerator. WiFi operated well. Ample supply of excellent snorkeling gear and great canvas beach chairs were available. The property management company is very friendly and attentive to your every need. Cautions: 1. Jeep or SUV required. The villa is off Route 206; many portions are narrow and bumpy. Drive 1 mile north to reach some of the best beaches on the island, but 10 mph. 2. Flow from the showers will be depleted when all of your kids simultaneously use. Schedule. 3. Mosquitoes visited around sunrise and sunset; controlled by insecticide spray. 4. Shop in Cruz Bay. Favorite food market: Starfish (free parking). However, during the spring-break, Cruz Bay was too congested for us. Yet were delighted by excellent cuisine offered in small beachside restaurants around Coral Bay (book in advance). 5. Reserve this best multi-bedroom villa well in advance; you will not be disappointed.
Once again we have had the chance of staying in St John's best location. My family has stayed at Island Stones 5 times and its getting better every time. They bent over backwards again to make sure we were comfortable and the house was prepared with the utmost attention to details. We brought our parents this year and needless to say the home accommodated everyone's need for space and privacy. We are back in the snowy Northeast and already planning next year as my new screen saver is the fabulous view from the pool/patio area. Thanks again.
Words can not begin to express the beauty of Island Stones. It will be a part of my heart and memory forever. We spent a week at island Stones with our friends and family and it was the best trip we ever took. The villa was perfect...each room has it's own charm and they bedrooms are spread out so you never feel like you are on top of each other. The pics on the site were accurate in depicting the beauty of the villa and I believe the villa is even more magnificent in real life. The pool and view took my breath away every morning as I had my coffee outside. We got married while there and had the very best time. The Daly's were great and amazing to rent from...so friendly and willing to go the extra mile for us. We hope to return next year and every year after! Thanks John and Vicky for everything!
This was the most luxurious and relaxing vacation spot we have ever visited. The pictures online do not do it justice! The Island Stone was beautiful, clean and very comfortable. The views are just incredible. The amenities and location to the center of town and beaches were great. We are looking forward to revisiting again in the future!
People travel for different reasons and our group of 11 travel to get away from the day to day activities at home. We are used to finer things and want at a minimum what we have at home - our own space, A/C in all rooms, king size beds with our own en-suite. We also want a large pool and the best view available. Island Stones gave us all that and more. The view was incredible and the pool was perfect - day and night. We had a chef, Johnny B, cook for us our first night there and it was a perfect introduction. The week was not without a few glitches, but the property managers took good care of us and we were able to enjoy our week. It is a house with many upgrades and toys, maybe too many to maintain on a daily basis, but we did put most of them to good use. The guys were able to watch The Open on any of the many cable TVs, we played pool on the one rainy day, the washer/dryer were often used, the various tables allowed plenty of dining and game space, the outdoor bar/grill was perfect for poolside entertaining. Our only recommendation is it may be time for mattress upgrades and I mention it only because we have no doubt the owners will take care of this. Great time was had by all.