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This attractive villa is situated on a delightful hillside above the sweeping sandy beach of Long Bay. Moonstone is set in the centre of a small community of tastefully designed villas with panoramic views of Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Cay, and Sandy Spit in the distance. The turquoise water between Tortola and the distant islands lends an aura of tranquillity much appreciated by those more acquainted with the hustle and bustle of the workaday world.

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The first thing that visitors notice is that the area is extremely well kept with walls of local stone, well maintained driveways, and manicured gardens. Verdant nature and floral beauty is seen at every turn.   Moonstone’s ample parking and easy access is a pleasure.

The villa is divided into two separate rental accommodations; the Garden Suite with studio and the Penthouse Suite; they can be rented separately or as a whole. If the entire villa is decided upon, then the bedrooms on three different levels make for desirable privacy and each unit has its own entrance.   Every room at Moonstone is serviced with air conditioning, but many prefer the cool trade wind breezes enhanced by ceiling fans if necessary. Wi-Fi is available throughout the villa.

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As you descend the short steps to the Garden Suite, you are met with a delightful patio complete with plunge pool and comfy garden furniture with a gas barbecue on one side. This area is so enticing, you can almost smell the steaks grilling while you cool off in the pool or lounge in the hammock.

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Entering the living area through the glass doors, the kitchen with breakfast bar is handily located to the right while a colourfully upholstered sofa and chairs look out onto that mesmerising view.

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The bedroom boasts a king size bed, a flat screen satellite TV with DVD player, and a dock for an iPod. There’s a light and airy bathroom with tiled shower and plenty of closet space together with a dressing table and large mirror; in fact all the comforts of home and more.

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The studio is practically self-contained. It can be accessed down a short stairway from the Garden Suite, but also has its own entrance. A small veranda off the bedroom can be enjoyed best as the sun sinks down over the western horizon. The studio has its own kitchenette and coffee maker, so early mornings can be quietly pleasurable before joining the rest of the group for breakfast upstairs. It features its own tiled shower as well as a TV and iPod dock.

As might be expected, the Penthouse Suite is on the top floor of the villa and with a wood frame cathedral ceiling, it provides a certain feeling of grandeur. The majestic king size bed is complemented by wicker furniture, the hallmark furnishing in the entire villa.

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The Penthouse features a large covered veranda where dining is an absolute pleasure overlooking panoramic views. Both kitchens in the villa come complete with all modern conveniences like electric ranges, microwaves, ample refrigeration, coffee makers, toasters and blenders; enough for the keenest gourmet chef. The spacious shower is equipped with large closet and dressing table facilities. This luxury accommodation also comes with a 32” TV, DVD, and iPod player. This villa is a delight to return to after a day enjoying the BVI’s many tropical pleasures.

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‘Location, location, location,’ is a catchphrase we often hear when a site for a shop, restaurant, or rental villa is anticipated. Moonstone receives a 10 on that question. It looks out on beautiful vistas and is within walking distance of arguably Tortola’s best beach. It is within easy reach of several fine restaurants, a good supermarket, shops, and water sports at Soper’s Hole.

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Moonstone

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms:3

Pool: 6′ x 10′ dip pool 

Beach: Long Bay 3-4 min walk

Maid Service: once midweek.

Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

VILLAS OF TORTOLA

Julian Putley

Julian Putley

Julian began his writing career while sailing the world in his small yacht, a Tayana 37, in the early 80s. He is known for his Caribbean bestsellers Sunfun Calypso, a satire on Caribbean island life and The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI.

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