|Space||4,800 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||7 - 10 nights|
Anam Cara Villa is a unique vacation home located directly on the water in Little Bay, South Sound, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. The Villa's spectacular private waterfront location is in a BVI designated marine sanctuary and near one of the last undeveloped landscapes on Virgin Gorda. The views off the decks and balconies range from looking directly down at sea turtles, various tropical fish and the occasional mantas swimming below to stunning views out to sea with endless waves rolling up on the offshore reef. To the sides and behind you are views of the surrounding mountains and hills of Gorda Peak National Park. Your closest neighbors are the parade of marine life below, pelicans and seabirds above and cows grazing serenely on the distant hillsides.
Anam Cara Villa is comprised of just under 5,000 square feet of tropical modernism architecture spread over two buildings designed for seamless indoor outdoor living. The five bedrooms are all en-suite. The three large master bedroom suites all have king size beds and large spa bathrooms complete with both indoor and outdoor showers, double vanities and soaking bathtubs. Upstairs in the main house are two additional en-suite bedrooms with private balconies directly over the water below. The main floor features a large gourmet kitchen connected to the outdoor living area through large 8ft by 10 ft doors and a unique breakfast bar with an 8ft by 5ft serving window. The kitchen/dining area merges into the living area which has two separate seating areas and stunning sea views. The lower level hosts a media room for watching movies or just hanging out.
Outside living features 12 separate decks and balconies each with it's own unique views. The centerpiece of the outdoor living area is your own resort like horizon edge pool complete with a swim up bar and outdoor sunken kitchen with barbecue. The saltwater pool has both a waterfall and laminar flow water features with fiber optic lighting. Pool lighting colors can be changed with a wireless remote control. All of the indoor and outdoor areas are tiled with natural travertine stone. You can choose to relax on the deck letting the marine and bird life of South Sound entertain you or simply hang out by the pool.
Just a short one mile drive away is the North Sound welcome center and dock where the various free water taxis will take you to the many restaurants, resorts and yacht clubs for drinks, lunch, dinner, shopping, or entertainment. North Sound is a destination unto itself whether it is Biras Creek resort, Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock Resort, Leverick Bay Resort or the new Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Virgin Gorda clubhouse!
It was love at first site when we first ventured off the main road into South Sound. The drive was like nothing we had ever experienced. The road first passes along the waterfront beach with palm trees, then past a horse stable and working farm with cows grazing. At the end of the this short drive we arrived at the unspoiled Virgin Gorda we were seeking. The road opens out onto a stunning sea view facing into the gentle trade winds. We knew we had found our own Caribbean paradise, our 'Anam Cara.'
So in 2007 the adventure of building began. Our goal was to create a retreat where families and friends could gather in an unforgettable setting. A place for renewal and sharing. A place for remembering the important things in life like laughter and love. At the same time we wanted to respect and minimize the impact on this very special setting. We were the first house in the BVI to use the environmentally friendly ICF building process. We also wanted to take advantage of the natural cooling and refreshing trade winds in the architectural layout. Other 'green features' include dual grey water recycling systems for the gardens, cool roof technology and other 'green building' systems. All the rain water from the roof is captured for reuse in a large cistern. We wanted to keep the electric usage (and our bill!) low by using energy efficient water systems and lots of LED lighting. There is very little night time light pollution which makes for spectacular star gazing as well. There is no noise pollution as the only sounds are from the birds above and the sea gently rolling along the offshore coral reef.
Anam cara is an Irish language term meaning 'soul friend.'
According to Celtic spiritual tradition, the soul shines all around the body like a luminous cloud. When you are very open, appreciative, and trusting with another person, your two souls flow together. This deeply felt bond with another person means you have found your anam cara, or 'Soul Friend.' Your anam cara always beholds your light and beauty, and accepts you for who you truly are. In Celtic spirituality, the anam cara friendship awakens the fullness and mystery of your life. You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy, and definition. When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place: home.
We hope that our home in Virgin Gorda will become your own 'Anam Cara'.
My husband and I joined 3 other couples for a wonderful getaway at Anam Cara Villa. The setting is very private, and the house has spectacular views. The bedrooms are well-appointed and each delivers privacy and outdoor space. The common rooms are spacious, and there is plenty of room to get away, both inside and outside. The pool, deck and swim-up bar are perfect to enjoy the sun and ocean breezes. The people of the island are friendly and so accommodating. Our arriving ferry was over an hour late, but the car rental folks and the housekeeping staff waited for us. The folks at Hog Heaven stayed open just for us - and we went back there later in the week for lunch, drinks and the amazing view! One could spend the entire week at Anam Cara Villa, but there is so much to do on Virgin Gorda! We visited Saba Rock, The Bitter End and enjoyed the Jumbi stilt dancers at Leverick Bay. We rented a couple of kayaks which were delivered directly to the house. We shopped at Bucks and cooked in almost every night. The kitchen is a cooks dream, and the huge windows open to the counter and stools outside, providing a very communal feel. We also chartered a boat for a day of snorkeling and had a great time! Thanks so much to Barry and Marie - your advice and pre-visit information was spot-on, and the house is even better than we expected. We would definitely go back!!
Our family stayed at Anam Cara for 11 nights over Christmas 2016. Marie was an outstanding host helping us secure a private chef, giving us ideas on boat rentals and dive shops. She was there when we reached out when the power went out on the island - there is a back-up generator so we never missed a beat. The home is stunning and perfectly suited for three couples and children or just large families. The views from the house overlooking Little Bay were mesmerizing. The kitchen was fully appointed in case you want to stay in and cook - we used the grill by the pool often along with the swim up seating and bar. The home has air conditioning in each room which we used mostly in the main part of the house and at nights in our rooms.
There would only be two things that I would say was not what we expected - not big things though. First, The bay is not easy to just walk down and swim in. After you get out 10-15 feet, it is great but you need to get over rocks so bring water shoes. Second, our group seemed to be susceptible to getting bitten on the back patio. However, no one else remarked on this in other reviews so it may have just been our timing.
The house is close to Gun Creek so we took the water taxi over to Saba Rock and Bitter end for dinners. Lunches or just to hang out.
Overall, it is a fantastic place to stay and see Virgin Gorda.
We had a group of 4 couples that rented this beautiful house. I can't say enough about the layout and how great it works for large groups. There are plenty of little nooks to hide and read a book in the sun or shade. The pool was a wonderful reprieve from the Caribbean sun, and all rooms in the house were wonderfully appointed. This is the kinda place to get away from it all. It is one of only two house on the entire bay, and while there is a close by grocery store and a few restaurants you'd never know unless you go looking. If you have a large family or group of couples that don't need the constant tourist trap activities and distractions you can't find a better place in the BVI.
I flew from Los Angeles to Virgin Gorda for a weeklong vacation with friends in May and had a fabulous time. The common areas of the villa are bright and spacious with stunning views of the sea. The bedrooms are all separate enough that when we wanted to relax on our own, we had plenty of privacy, which was nice. We enjoyed sampling the local cuisine at a few restaurants around the island but also made good use of the outdoor kitchen and BBQ on several occasions. The pool was the main attraction for us at the house. We spent many hours swimming and lounging outdoors as well as having a few homemade pain killers (our favorite local drink) at the swim up pool bar.
I would highly recommend Anam Cara villa for any group looking for a place to stay in the Virgin Islands that is both in a beautiful secluded setting and is equipped with all the amenities needed to feel like you're on a luxurious tropical getaway.
I had such an amazing trip to Virgin Gorda and the the villa Anam Cara was more than I imagined. Every room has an amazing view of the crystal blue sea and a very nice ensuite attached. The pool was perfect with the swim up bar which was great for socializing. Along with the multiple places to sit and relax outside or inside to take in the gorgeous weather and views! No complaints with the house at all. I can't wait to go back!
Anam Cara Villa is a wonderfully relaxing escape! The property is very quiet and private but a short drive away from island attractions. The views are incredible and the nighttime array of stars and planets that are visible from the house is unreal. The house is spacious and very accommodating and we very much enjoyed the pool - especially with the lights and the water features on at night. I started every day with a cup of tea and a book, enjoying the cool ocean breeze from the comfy chairs on the porch off the kitchen. I stayed in the house with six other people and we all had ample space and privacy. I look forward to staying here again in the future and heartily recommend the property to a group or family looking for an exotic getaway.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 14 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
10 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
Rates quoted are for 1 to 4 persons, add 15% for 5 to 8 persons and 30% for 9 to 12 persons. There is also a $500 refundable damage deposit. More details and answers to any questions upon inquiry for availability. Christmas New Years holiday 7 day minimum stay applies. Christmas Holiday rate is $2,000 per day with 7 day minimum stay.