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“Perfection in Paradise”

Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple

Let me start by saying that I have visited many islands in the past and St. John is the most beautiful I have been to and In Harmony Retreat is a gem in this tropical paradise. It has all the touches of home from cooling air conditioning, a relaxing pool, stereo with an iPod dock and many other essentials to make your stay comfortable. But because of its location, you have easy access to the best restaurants on the island, the less crowded beaches and the seclusion that will make 7 days here the most relaxing week of your entire life. My wife and I got engaged here . . . then we spent our honeymoon here and we will definitely be returning. Greg is the most accommodating host and will give you tips on where to go if it is your first trip to the island. I recommend going when there is a full moon and heading to Miss Lucy's for the full moon luau, eat lunch at the Tourist Trap (get the Boom Boom), grab a burger at Skinny Legs and get the pizza at Donkey Diner. If you are searching for that perfect place for a couples getaway . . . STOP . . . you just found it. You will enjoy stunning views, quiet privacy and perfection in paradise.

Notch In All Aspects!!

Guest: Terry and Elizabeth (Middletown, NY)
Date of Stay: 07/04/11 Review Submitted: 07/13/11

We have had a wonderful, relaxing vacation at this delightful house! We have enjoyed being here as much any of our excursions-just a great place! The place is well stocked and enjoyed using the snorkeling gear amongst other useful items. It has been a lovely, private relaxing escape and we will go on line to recommend this lovely place highly! Thanks!

Owner response:Thanks so much for your kind words and glad you had a great trip. The villa is really becoming quite popular with couples and everyone just loves the location and privacy. Love to have you back anytime! Take care. Greg

The Perfect Private Romantic Place for Two

Guest: Laura (Columbia, Maryland)
Date of Stay: 03/29/11 Review Submitted: 04/24/11

We have vacationed on the beautiful island of St. John many times and have stayed at various locations. We found that Coral Bay is the best spot to be and a little more laid back, than the other busier side. This villa is in a great, quiet location on Seagrape Hill, just up a hill from the popular Skinny Legs restaurant/bar. You can get anywhere within 10-20 mins drive on the whole island anyway. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, shopping, great beaches and better snorkeling around that side as well. It is fun to just get in the rental jeep and explore the island. In Harmony Retreat was the perfect find for us and highly recommend it for couples that just want to relax, enjoy the island, and get away from it all. This was our second time back to this rental property. This one bedroom villa is so comfortable, stocked with everything you need, and the views are just to die for. It has nice breezes, unlike some of the other lower places we have stayed and is very private and romantic. The dipping pool can be heated and turned into a jacuzzi type pool if desired. Since St. John have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the smaller pool was all we needed. It was nice unwinding in after a day at the beach and at night, under the stars. We just loved the caribbean style 4 post bed and the house is stocked with great movies, books and cd's that we enjoyed. The kitchen was modern and perfect for nights we cooked in with an outdoor grill as well. We just enjoyed the magnificent views each morning and loved lounging about, taking in all in . The pictures just don't do it justice. This rental was more than we expected, had everything we needed and highly suggest it. We will hopefully be back again and again, the perfect place for two.

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: In Harmony Retreat inquiry from St. John Villa Rental

Hi Greg,

Just wanted to email and thank you so much for all that you did for us during our stay on St. John for our Honeymoon! We had such a wonderful time and so appreciated all your tips on places to go, restaurants, and of course what you provided at In Harmony including the sweet extra treats like champagne. The villa was perfect for us and we loved our stay, you have done such a great job on maintaining it and making it a great, private spot to retreat to. We will definitely be recommending St. John to our friends and telling them that In Harmony is the place to stay! :)

We did end up going out for a nice dinner to Zozo's, you were spot on with it being the best food on the island, we had steaks and they were the best steaks I think we'd ever eaten!

We didn't want to leave on Tuesday, it was a sad day for us, we could have stayed for much longer it was so restful and fun, especially the beaches, wow!

Thanks so much again Greg for all you did, we hope to see you again one day down there on the island, we definitely want to come back!

Have a great time in West Virginia!

Andy and Lauren

April 9, 2009

"The Harmony Retreat is the perfect place for two! The view is great! The villa is very comfortable and tastefully done! The bedroom is very nice (A/C, flat screen TV, comfortable bed and plenty of closet space). The deck area and porch are wonderful to just sit out on and relax, read a book or just take in the view! A plus is the fact that the road to the villa is paved! If you have ever driven some of the non-paved roads on St. John...you would know exactly what I mean. The villa is well stocked with most everything you need. The owner is a super nice guy and very helpful and accommodating to your needs! Even though there are neighboring villas, the Harmony Retreat is very private, with lush tropical landscaping and privacy barriers. This is a perfect honeymoon retreat or for just two people that want to get away from it all! It is convenient to restaurants and shops of Coral Bay and an easy drive to the beaches and National Park areas. This was our 7th year spending time on St. John and the Harmony Retreat far exceeded our expectations! We will return for sure!"

Victor Davis

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 1:41 PM
Subject: Thank You!

Greg,
Just wanted to thank you for everything during our visit to St. John. We loved the house! It was perfect for our honeymoon: very private, great movie collection, port for our ipod, fully stocked kitchen, fabulous hot tub and great spot for stargazing at night! We loved being near Coral Bay. Your home and location was far superior to any of the resorts we could have chosen. It was everything we could have hoped for and more. We enjoyed hearing you play guitar at Morgan's Mango and many thanks for the cocktails. What a fantastic trip! We hope to return again one day and will certainly recommend In Harmony Retreat to anyone heading to St. John. Take care and the very best.

Thanks again,
Andrea & Tripp Morris

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 12:09 PM
Subject: Thank You

Hello Greg,
 
I just wanted to "Thank You " again for your assistance during our stay on St. John and at your rental property.  Your house is so nicely decorated, well stocked with everyhting a traveller could ask for, and in a wonderful location--what a view.  We were very impressed!  The trip was such a nice reprieve from a Minnesota winter; within one day's time, we went from temperatures in the 80's to below 0!  Last week we experienced our coldest temperatures in five years, so needless to say, we kept talking and thinking of our time in St. John! 
 
We wish you well with you rental house, Karen Marschel

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Greg,
 
We're heading out in a few hours, but before we did, I just wanted to thank you again for your kind hospitality here in St. John.  We had an absolutely wonderful time, and that really was due in large part to your amazing villa.  The villa was fantastic, you did a great job with it.  It had everything we needed and we couldn't have been more happy with it -- a very, very comfortable place to spend a week.  And the special touches you put on the villa (great furnishings, full kitchen, CDs, wireless internet, beautiful landscaping) really made a huge difference.  It was also extremely helpful to have had you meet us at the boat dock and to have Mark greet us once we arrived at the house.  
 
On another note, my brother is thinking of making a trip down here next year, so I may put him in touch with you about possible dates.  And of course we will let you know when we might be making another trip -- after this trip, we'd never stay anywhere else.  It also goes without saying that if you need references, we'd be happy to provide them for you.
 
Thanks again, and all the best.
 
Dan and Lisa
 
P.S.  I think the light in the pool may have gone out yesterday, or maybe the bulb just got loose.  Was not a problem for us at all, but just wanted to let you know.

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Jul 9, 2008 11:21 PM
Subject: Thank You

Greg,

Just wanted to let you know what a great time Kristen and I had
staying at In Harmony Retreat last week for our honeymoon. Thanks to
Mark, we got our jeep and stopped at the grocery store before
following him in to the house. It would have been a lot more stressful
to do those things by ourselves after two days of travel. Mark was
patient, helpful, and fun. The house was beautiful and the view was
spectacular. We've already had conversations that start with "When we
go back..." so you may be hearing from us again in the future. Thanks
again. We had the time of our lives!

Jim Vajda

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 3:11 PM
Subject: St. John

We wanted to let you know that we have an awesome time and loved staying at your place.  It was so close to everything in Coral Bay and it was very comfortable.  Hope to get to visit again and would love to stay there again.  Take care, Bobby and Debbie

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:42 PM
Subject: RE: Confirmation

Greg:
 
Just wanted to send you a quick Thank You again!  It was so comforting to have you meet us at the barge and knowing you were only a phone call away since it was our first visit to St. John.  In Harmony Retreat was more beautiful in person than as pictured on the website.  We brought our own music, but found that a lot of what we brought you already had and much more.  We will definitely recommend your villa to our friends and family and look forward to visiting again.
 
Regards,
 
Lynn & Hank

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 11:08 PM
Subject: Re: Confirmation for : In Harmony Retreat

Greg,

Happy New Year!

We had a great time at the place and really enjoyed the home, the view, and the hot tub. 

Thanks for your hospitality. Pat was very kind and had great tips for our stay. 

You've done a fabulous job with the house and we really appreciated all the attention to detail-- we had a relaxing time and wished we could have stayed longer, especially since it's getting cold in NYC!

Best, Samira

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2007 2:08 PM
Subject: Happy Holidays!

Hi Greg,

Brian and I just wanted to wish you and Mark a wonderful holiday!!!

Also, I wanted to thank you again for being so accommodating while we stayed in your villa. It was perfect - exactly what we were looking for!!! You've done such a wonderful job with it. We had such a wonderful time and are already starting to plan our next trip. I'm sure you'll be hearing from me soon!!

Things have been quite hectic since our return, but as soon as I get a chance I promise I will post a review on as many travel forums as possible... Anything I can do to help you get the word out!!!

Well, I hope you gentleman have a wonderful holiday by the sun, sand and ocean!  Unfortunately, we've had approximately 24+ inches of the white fluffy stuff fall since our return from vacay!!! Argh. I need a tropical holiday more than you can imagine!  

Be sure to send Mark my well wishes. I hope you both have a happy, healthy '08!!! 

With warm regards,

Angela & Brian Burke

P.S. Did Mark get that job at the jewelry store?!!

To: "Gregory Kinslow" <greggrooves@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 8:42 AM
Subject: Merrill's Reviews


Hi Greg. Thanks again for letting us use your villa for our trip!

2 Virgin Island Website Forums:
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http://virgin-islands-on-line.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=1

Trip Advisor site:
www.tripadvisor.com
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147409-d758274-r10450843-In_Harmony_Retreat-St_John_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html

We stayed at this villa October 20-27 for an our anniversary and birthday celebration and absolutely loved it. The scenery from the balcony was breath-taking, and the owner, Greg, has equipped the villa with everything you would need. The villa is new, so everything is in great shape and clean. There are 2 TVs w/cable, DVD and CD players (with an impressive collection of movies and music for your use), the kitchen has stainless steel appliances with all of the extras you would need (we cooked a few nights while there), a washer and dryer in a basement area under the villa, and a dipping pool outside with a huge deck and beautiful landscaping. There is wireless internet too. The villa is on a hill overlooking Coral Bay and convenient to the restaurants and markets in Coral Bay. . . . Wonderful location for a few of the out of the way snorkel areas and to the North Shore beaches. . . . Highly recommend and will definitely be staying here on our next trip to St. John. website: www.inharmonyretreat.com

To: info@inharmonyretreat.com
Subject: the Villa
Date: August 26, 2007 10:39:09 PM EDT

hi greg:

just wanted to thank you, and tell you how enjoyable our stay at your place was.

of course the villa. is beautiful, but more than that,
the way u worked with us, the advice u gave us on where to go
diving and snorkeling...

we will be coming down hopefully next year, and of course we
are going to stay at in harmony.

thanks again, and i'll be in touch.
kenny

To: info@inharmonyretreat.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 1:30 PM
Subject: rental information

Hello Greg,

I was given information about your home from Anne Marie.  I am getting married in St John November 14th, 2008.  My fiance and I have visited St John a few times and have stayed in Coral Bay all 3 times and loved it.  I wanted to inquire about how much it would cost to rent out this lovely place in November of 2008. I know it is quite a long time away, but I want to find a special place for us to stay after the wedding.  I am sure it would be at least a weeks stay, but maybe more...do you rent out weekly or nightly?

Have a great week, I look forward to speaking with you.
all the best,
Amy Hxxxxx

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