I can't say enough wonderful things about this place! My husband and I stayed for a week at Island Stones in February (Valentine's Day week 2018). You would hardly know that the villa had been through two significant hurricanes; as the name indicates, it was constructed with island stones and concrete - it seems very sturdy, to say the least. The villa is beautiful and comfortable. The most striking feature of the place is, of course, the view - words, and even the photos, can't really do it justice. We would spend hours just lounging by (and in) the pool gazing out at the view without even realizing (or caring) how much time had passed. The infinity pool was also one of our favorite features of the place. It's creatively and thoughtfully designed with seats/tables for drinks, and is deep enough and big enough to do some actual lap swimming as well as to just linger along the edge taking in the view. (Keep in mind that you are up high and will have cool breezes - which is great for keeping bugs away, among other things! - so the pool may feel a bit brisk at times, so you may want to swim during the times of day when the sun is warmest.) The villa can be accessed off of either Centerline or North Shore road (via a road that is a mix of bumpy/rutty and paved), so the location is a great mix of convenience and feeling like you're in your own little world. It's very private. The family who owns the place (who are off-island but work with an on-island property manager) were all very nice and helpful in making sure everything about our stay went well and that we were happy. They even managed to set up a wifi system for us at a time when Internet access on island is still sketchy post-hurricane. We had a fantastic week there and can't wait to return next winter! (Moving in there permanently might be even better, but I'm not sure that's in the cards....)
Island Stones was wonderful. Beautiful, stunning views of the north shores of St.John and the BVI. Outdoor area provides fantastic relaxation, swimming, and soaking in the sun. Indoor areas provided ample room for 12 adults for cooking, dining, and relaxing. Bedrooms and bathrooms were well-maintained and up to date. Outdoor showers took getting used to, but enjoyable.
Would recommend for large groups, and would definitely return for future vacations.
The pictures/description of Island Stones set expectations high. Were still blown away during the property tour. Have already inquired about renting again next year.
We had six couples that traveled together for the first time. This house was perfect as it allowed each couple some privacy (not only from each other but from neighbors as well) yet there was plenty of common space to relax together. The outside bar and the nice deep pool with the amazing view of cinnamon bay was the most popular spot. Upon arrival the home was fresh and clean and each room had a welcome set up. Not only did the kitchen have everything we needed but there were beach chairs, beach towels, floats for the pool, snorkel gear, cooler for the beach, and so many more small amenities to make our stay comfortable. The outdoor showers were fun (although some women did take a few days to get used to them).
The game room was great for the short rainy times. The drive to the supermarket is not bad. Recommend a jeep or SUV if entering from Route 10.
The grounds and the pool were beautifully maintained. Having the headset/speaker connection out by the pool bar for our music was perfect. Finding light switches made for an interesting "scavenger" hunt type game - lol!
The home truly has a breath taking view, the outdoor showers are liberating and the hill provides great cardio exercise. The is just far enough away from town to give a truly tropical get a way yet close enough to make quick runs into town. I can't wait to go back again.
Hands down best villa in STJ. The pictures don't do it justice. The view is simply breathtaking! Everything was top notch from the comfy beds, linens, beautiful bathrooms and outdoor showers, decor, outdoor bar, poolside lounge chairs, stocked kitchen, the list goes on. I've stayed in many villas in STJ but Island Stones is second to none! Thank you for for a beautiful, clean villa, our family vacation could not have been better!