Lovely Hikaru has undergone a very sensitive renovation, honoring the striking modern clean lines, while adding some new touches overseen by our very talented designer Sophie and her Building Team under the direction of Mr Luke.
We now have 5 bathrooms featuring outdoor stone showers, a new kitchen house with polished concrete floors and counters, a much larger open living room with built in concrete couches, restored original vintage Quaker furnishings, ceilings opened to the metal roof lined with white tongue in groove board, African fabric covered furniture, new locally made Ratan lighting, high efficiency white 3- blade ceiling fans, and AC units in the 5 bedrooms (for those who want them- many will not so that they can be soothed by the ocean/mountain breezes and the sound of the crashing waves).
You will now enjoy a covered chic seating area on the lower seaside facing terrace, and a covered front porch with built in seating. We will certainly preserve the many wonderful mid-century features of this home.
Villa Hikaru is pleased to announce the completion of Garfield Cottage! This separate cottage located just behind the main villa has been gorgeously restored into the perfect tiny house, offering an embracing space for two additional guests with their own kitchen, bathroom, screened porch and deck! It has been named Garfield Cottage in loving memory of one of the owner's Jamaican born physician father who loved such structures. This is only rented with the main villa to assure your privacy during your stay. With the addition of Garfield Cottage Villa Hikaru now comfortably houses 10!
This unspoiled area is one of the few fisherman's villages that welcomes tourist -- not a tourist area that tolerates fishermen.
Our five-bedroom beachfront villa includes a 50-foot lap pool, private tennis and croquet courts, and wonderful cook-housekeepers.
You can walk deserted beaches, or snorkel, body-surf, or fish. You can photograph and share the lives of our fishermen neighbors; or you can enjoy the privacy of an acre-plus lot, shielded by trees and flowers.
Privacy: We're in a fishing village, but shielded by heavy plantings on an acre and a quarter. And you even pick your own tropical fruit! Our village neighbors will welcome you if you choose to visit, but will not intrude. Watch for returning fishing boats from our patio, then walk 300 yards to the harbor to watch fish weighed and sold -- and bring some home! Or walk to the west over a series of all-but-deserted beaches, half-mile scallops of sandy beach separated by reef spurs you can climb over or wade over in reef shoes.
We allow two tradespeople -- a basket maker and wood carver -- to come into the back yard to show their wares. Miss Vanecia will tell you they're there; it you say no thanks, they'll pack up and leave.
You can walk a hundred yards down our lane, if you'd like, to learn to play grown-up dominoes at a neighbor's bar.
Touristic things: Our groundskeeper leads a walk into the hills behind us, pointing out birds and orchids.
You can drive to Black River, or hire a local boatman, to see the historic slave-trading block, visit the colorful local outdoor market, or -- best of all -- go up the river a few miles, through mangrove forests and open marshlands occupied by colorful birds and crocodiles. On the way home, stop at the famous Pelican Bar for a drink.
The night sky and views : With almost no light pollution, the stars are brilliant. Go for a midnight dip in the pool, but once there turn the pool lights off to enjoy the magnificent sky. Only one Dipper at a time to the north; the Southern Cross rising over the ocean during the night.
Our wide patio catches an onshore breeze most of the day, and gives you a panoramic view of the Caribbean at your doorstep so wide you'll have to turn your head to take it all in.
All this while Miss Vanecia and Miss Elesha keep house for you, shop and prepare and serve all meals, and make it a very special vacation.