Ananda (Balinese for “Perfect Bliss”) - sits atop Mamey Peak, one of the highest points on St. John, a 2 bedroom villa secreted behind an electronic gate with the luxurious amenities of a fine eco-resort, yet private only to you! Right next door is sister villa Sarang, which you may also choose to rent for up to 8 persons total. The beautiful and protected St. John National Park is perfect for those who enjoy being very close to everything, yet surrounded by nature. Designed and built as a personal hideaway by expatriate Anthony Palmer, Ananda offers a unique refuge on one of St. John’s highest points, within the lush confines of the Park. Ananda is on a bountiful acre enveloped by verdant parklands beyond, with endless skies offering cooling trade winds all year ‘round. The panoramic views from this high up are amazing, stretching from Coral Bay Harbor, to the British Virgin Islands, and crystalline blue waters.
As secluded as you’ll feel, you may be surprised to know that Ananda is still convenient to the large grocery stores, shopping, dining and nightlife of downtown St. John (Cruz Bay)… the dining, nightlife and convenience grocery at Coral Bay to the east… and is accessible to attractions, nature trails and island beaches like Maho and Francis Bays within just a 5-minute drive.
Once you enter Ananda’s gate you will walk a path through trees festooned with colorful orchids and pass a prayerful, seated Buddha. Continue on and before you, the carved butterflies of the custom entry doors will hint at the freedom from the cares of the world you now leave behind. Ananda’s beauty lies in simple splendor. The skies, earth, and waters outside are connected to the internal environment through the ingress of trade winds, quiet conversation of birds, and gentle song of the wind chimes. Natural teak and Caribbean art reflect the world beyond. Depending on the time of year, you can even enjoy fruits like bananas, mangoes and papayas fresh or with the meals you prepare. Bananaquits (or “yellow birds”) will visit you from time to time, patiently awaiting meals of sugary water that you may provide.
Openness abounds inside, with generous spaces for lounging, exercising in the coolness of the mountain breeze, or even doing yoga! The gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances and all the utensils, spices and implements you’ll need to create dazzling meals throughout your stay. Dine indoors, outside, or even in your own suite, for each of the 2 bedrooms has its own living and dining space - make the experience as inclusive or as private as you prefer!
The entire second level of Ananda is taken up by the very large master queen suite, complete with private bath and a sun deck where you will marvel at the 270-degree ocean and down-island view, plus a “Romeo and Juliet”-style private veranda and office space. While hidden from the eye, ventilation points exist within the corners of this suite, allowing for continuous cooling through circulating air within. A second, smaller bedroom has a full-sized bed and a modest footprint - but it was designed for nature lovers, who will be enchanted by its large and fully-screened porch, private entry and private dining and reading area, all poised right over a majestic 50-foot bamboo grove below.
Privacy, tranquility, and the grace of Nature’s beauty are all that you’ll need at Ananda, an inspiring and unique retreat!
There is no air-conditioning at Ananda; the high elevation contained with smart design (and ceiling fans when needed) keep the villa cool all year 'round!
Both Ananda and sister villa Sarang are 100% non-smoking villas and no open flames are permitted inside, please.
There is a caretaker who lives in his own separate quarters within the Estate; he is there to assist with property related matters and you may see him during your comings and goings, but your privacy is always complete and assured at Ananda!
42" TV in Living Room; gourmet kitchen done in teak wood with stainless steel appliances, full convection oven + 5-burner stove, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster, large assortment of spices; ; triple-filter ultraviolet water system, solar powered water heaters, energy efficient LED lighting, hair dryer, 2 safes, Wi-Fi, outdoor gas grill, telescope; washer and solar powered dryer, hot tub.