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Buddha Garden

Buddha Garden View from roof Sitting pagoda on roof King size bedroom Kitchen Outdoor table great room kingsize bed Dining room Collecting sea salt Sunrise from deck hummingbird near couch Sunset from porch Salt pond beach within walking distance view from deck View from porch


Last updated: 04/07/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Coral Bay villa description

Buddha Garden is your romantic getaway on St. John. A Greek Morrocan style villa overlooking the aquablue Caribbean sea. Relax, enjoy, unwind, meditate, do yoga and be inspired at Buddha Garden. A private world of exotic treasures from the Far East of Ric and Lolita (owners of Now @ Zen stores on St. John). Million dollar views of the BVI's, East end, St. Croix and endless 245 degree views of sea, sky, islands, sunrise, moonrise and spectacular clouds and rainbows. Frigates, pelicans and seahawks glide by and watch the bay below for the humpback whales which migrate through every winter. Located within 5 minutes walking distance from Concordia Eco camp and yoga center, white sandy beach and bird sanctuary. Ric and Lolita have been traveling throughout Asia for over 24 years and have built their home around their art. Once you experience the beauty and tranquility of Buddha Garden you will come back for more. Private masseuse and caterer can be arranged ahead of time. To maintain the peace and tranquility of our stay at Buddha Garden one couple only please.

Coyfish ponds, beautiful tropical garden area, tranquil meditation spots. Great yoga teacher available at Concordia. Spectacular cloud watching, sunset afterglow from flat Medditerrean roof shade pagoda. Bring your body leave your stress behind. Love, peace, happiness

Even though we are a 2 bedroom we prefer to rent to one couple only to keep the feeling of a romantic getaway with peaceful surroundings.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Villa

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Massage
          • Private Chef


          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Non Smoking Only:

            Allowed on porches...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Not Suitable For Children

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Both bathrooms are located next to the bedrooms for privacy

          Other Amenities

              • The owners are available in the apartment down below if any problems arise. You have your own private entrance and total privacy....moreless


              • Music Library:

                Jazz, lounge, blues, ethnic, Brazilian and lots of Putamaya CD's...moreless

              • Video Library:

                lots of movies...moreless

              • VCR
              • Radio
              • Books For Adults
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player


              • Away From It All
              • Romantic


              • Reefs
              • Restaurants
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Ruins
              • Duty Free Shops
              • Bay/Sound
              • Pond

              Leisure Activities

              • Shopping
              • Eco Tourism
              • Sight Seeing
              • Scenic Drives
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Shelling
              • Beachcombing
              • Horseshoes
              • Walking
              • Horseback Riding
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Laundromat
              • Fitness Center
              • Massage Therapist
              • Groceries

              Location Type

              • Near The Ocean
              • Ocean View
              • Beach

              sports and adventure activities

              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Kayaking
              • Sailing
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Cycling
              • Surf Fishing
              • Snorkeling
              • Water Skiing
              • Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Parasailing
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Rock Climbing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Hiking
              • Tennis

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining:

                    Have several places to dine, outdoor and indoor...moreless

                  • Dining Area

                  forms of payment

                      • Accept Credit Card


                      • Air Conditioning:

                        master bedroom is airconditioned...moreless

                      • Internet
                      • Sunbed
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Filtered Water
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Shampoo
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Parking On Street
                      • Wireless Internet:

                        Wireless internet is available starting Dec 15, 2009...moreless

                      • Telephone
                      • Linens Provided


                      • Catering Available
                      • Kitchen:

                        complete with all the pots and pans, herbs, spices that you need. Owner's kitchen who like to cook...moreless

                      • Blender
                      • Coffee Grinder
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Grill
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Toaster
                      • Freezer
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Microwave
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Stove


                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Barbecue
                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Wood Deck
                      • Beach Chairs
                      • Beach Towels
                      • Large Cooler
                      • Small Cooler
                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                      • Balcony
                      • Porch / Veranda
                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        close by rentals at Krabi's...moreless

                      • Water Sports Gear:

                        mask and snorkels and flippers...moreless

                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Gazebo

                      Payment Type

                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa


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                      • Incredible stay on St.John at Buddha Garden

                        Incredible stay on St.John at Buddha Garden

                        • Guest CaribbeaVisitors (Sarasota, Fl)
                        • Date of stay 07/22/09
                        • Review Submitted 08/09/09
                        First, I want to say how wonderful the island of St.John is for a relaxing vacation. Now the only way to improve on this was to find a place as special as St.John and we did! Buddha Garden is decorated in exotic Asian decor that was purchased by the owners on their many trips abroad. It is better than the pictures and at the end of the road so it is very private. There are two large bedrooms with attached bathrooms with walk-in showers, a great kitchen with a koi pond outside, a living room area, many neat dining areas and places to read including the roof deck. Good for yoga too. The views are something truly special. You look out on several of the British Virgin Islands, the east end of St.John and a beautiful bay below where you can hear the waves. There is always a great breeze too. We rented a jeep to travel to the numerous beaches and could not believe all the sea life we saw. No jet skiing so very relaxing. The owners Lolita and Ric were extremely helpful and answered any questions we had. We wish we had had a chance to talk to them about all their travels. Lolita provided us with a list of less known places to snorkel, their favorite places to eat and where to grocery shop. There is a market a few miles away (Lily's Gourmet Market) that had all we needed, we did shop once in town (Starfish) too. When we ate out the food was wonderful (Shipwreck, Skinny Legs...) and the servings were large so we made two meals from most places. Before coming we read about it being expensive to buy food and eat out but when you consider there is no sales tax or resort tax it worked out about the same as other island trips we have made. I saw on another review were some people stayed with out a jeep and you could do that but for us it was much easier to have transportation. My husband went into town twice to go out scuba diving (Low Key- which he said was the best group he has ever dove with) and we could go places when ever we wanted. We spent a great day on the "Baddy Kitty" that took us to several BVI (you need your passport) to swim, eat and have a drink. It could not have been a better trip. Like islands in the Caribbean in St.John you should be conscious about saving water and there is a water collection system at this home. I wish I could upload some of my pictures to better show Buddha Garden and it's views. We are hopeful to return again to say at this beautiful home.

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                        Owner response: I am glad that you mentioned Low Key and Bad Kitty as that helps everyone else when they want to go diving or the 'BVI's. I think you can explore the island more with a jeep especially if you want to dine out in some of our great restaurants.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 15/15

                      • Heaven on Earth

                        Heaven on Earth

                        • Guest Michele T.
                        • Date of stay 02/27/14
                        • Review Submitted 03/30/14
                        My partner and I just spent 10 amazing days in St John at the Buddha Garden. We are innkeepers in new England so choosing the perfect place to stay for our winter getaway was something we took very seriously. We are thrilled to say that we made the right decision by staying with Lolita and Rick at the Buddha Garden. This unique retreat house is located just on outskirts of Coral Bay and the 360 degree rooftop view is one of a kind spectacular. The house has been designed so that you have an incredible ocean view from every porch and deck, and there are many around the house for you to enjoy. Each piece of art in the house has so obviously been chosen with thought and care. The same can be said of each piece of furniture. Wonderful all around! The location is remote enough so that you feel alone and at peace, but close enough to drive to the market, beaches, and Coral Bay restaurants and other hot spots in town. We had a jeep which was a very smart choice and we spent our time exploring Coral Bay, North beach area and Cruz Bay. The beaches are the best we've ever seen and the restaurants, bars and shopping in Cruz Bay are awesome as well. The drive from the Buddha Garden to Cruz Bay is just about 35 minutes so very doable if you like. Coral Bay is definitely more remote and quiet and Cruz Bay is much more populated and busy. Both spots are wonderful in our opinion. The North beaches, which were our favorites are located right between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Rick and Lolita live downstairs at the Buddha Garden but you will never see them unless you want to. We wanted to meet them and spend time getting to know the very special people behind the creation of the Buddha Garden and they graciously accepted when we invited them up to the rooftop for a glass of wine. We now have 2 new wonderful friends who we can't wait to go back and visit:) We CAN NOT wait to return to St John and the Buddha Garden!

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                      • Another Fabulous Stay

                        Another Fabulous Stay

                        • Guest Anonymous
                        • Date of stay 11/27/13
                        • Review Submitted 12/06/13
                        This was the third time my wife and I stayed at Buddha Garden over the past five years. I have to say the house gets better every time! At night all you hear is the trade-winds and the croaking geckos. You wake up to the sun rising through the port-hole windows and fall asleep watching the stars. Everything about this house just oozes relaxation. At night, we sat atop the amazing rooftop deck gazing across the boundless ocean. All the while watching the passing sail boats and shooting stars; discovering constellations you would never be able to see in the brightness of the city. Ric and Lolita were as good of hosts as you could imagine. We plan to return again next year and start taking in the zen all over...

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • serene, spectacular view

                        serene, spectacular view

                        • Guest John Q. (Caledonia, MN)
                        • Date of stay 01/30/13
                        • Review Submitted 03/31/13
                        I came across Buddha Garden when searching for an escape from Minnesota winter. Idyllic would be how i would describe this secluded retreat with a gorgeous view. The house is spacious, comfortable and furnished with treasures from the East. Everything you might need is furnished whether you want to eat in or drop into Coral Bay to eat. Take advantage of the great snorkeling at a wide selection of beaches, they even provide all the gear. Being the early riser, i enjoyed my coffee watching the sun rise with the BVI in the background.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Buddha Garden - A Spectacular Retreat

                        Buddha Garden - A Spectacular Retreat

                        • Guest Tessa M.
                        • Date of stay 12/22/12
                        • Review Submitted 01/09/13
                        This property was absolutely fantastic. Beautifully furnished, very private, truly spectacular views. The house has everything one needs for a very comfortable stay. Off the beaten track (which suited us perfectly) and yet close to beaches, hiking, restaurants, etc. The owners were gracious and helpful whenever we needed information. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a unique and memorable escape.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Paradise


                        • Guest Prue M.
                        • Date of stay 12/22/12
                        • Review Submitted 01/07/13
                        Buddha Garden was more than I ever expected. While it is certainly off the beaten track, once you arrive you will know you have found something special. The house provides wonderful panoramic views of the British Virgin Islands and many wonderful areas to enjoy the views, not least of which is the rooftop pagoda. The interior is filled with art and treasures from the Far East that Rick and Lolita have collected over the years and have decorated their house with. It is truly a special place but also very functional and extremely well equipped. It was truly a wonderful stay and I would highly recommend it for those looking for a magical, relaxing stay away from it all.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Most Relaxing Vacation We Ever Had

                        Most Relaxing Vacation We Ever Had

                        • Guest Gwydhar G.
                        • Date of stay 11/26/11
                        • Review Submitted 12/12/11
                        We'd never been to the Virgin Islands before but after the stress of Thanksgiving and a busy personal and professional year we were burnt out and looking for a place to recharge. We absolutely found it in the tranquil, gallery-like setting of Buddha Garden. Our week at Buddha Garden was a wonderful balance of reading, napping, watching the stars and the sunrise along with visiting St John's beautiful beaches and taking a few exhilarating and unexpected car rides. (Everyone assures you that you can't get lost because there's only one road: to this we say: "you can" and "we did.") The home is welcoming and well appointed with the perks of a well equipped kitchen and wireless internet. We had the pleasure of dining at several wonderful restaurants: La Tapa was excellent food (but don't sit on the curbside if you can) and Aqua Bistro had some of the best burgers we ever had. We also had great fun visiting the owners' shop(s) Now and Zen. The owners, Ric and Lolita, are very gracious and accommodating and, if you are interested, have wonderful adventure stories from their travels around the world. I would absolutely recommend this place to any friend or family member looking for quiet and relaxation, and I would go back in a heartbeat!

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                      • paradise at the end of the road

                        paradise at the end of the road

                        • Guest julibet (durham, nc, usa)
                        • Date of stay 03/10/11
                        • Review Submitted 03/24/11
                        The pictures don't do this house justice. There are so many stunning outdoor places--sun and shade--to hang out, savor the views and catch the amazing breezes. The rooftop was our evening entertainment, watching the sunset, listening to the water, looking at the stars. I loved the bathrooms, too--lovely, natural all-tile and stone wet rooms with view portals. Chock full of art, books, and DVDs--not that we ever got around to turning on the TV. And, within walking distance, the restaurant at Concordia which is open-air, excellent, and reasonably priced. What a vacation find!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Good Vibes

                        Good Vibes

                        • Guest boomernation (charlotte, nc)
                        • Date of stay 01/30/11
                        • Review Submitted 02/14/11
                        The good vibes at the Buddha Garden started as soon as we walked into the villa. There was peaceful music playing and the gentle breeze was blowing through the house. The far eastern decor was wonderful. The villa was clean and well equipped with anything you might need for a great stay. The roof top terrace had the most spectacular views I have ever seen. There is total privacy. The location is perfect. We had a car rental and went to Waterlemon Cay (in 10 minutes) for great snorkeling. We swam at the uncrowded Little Lameshur Bay. Had wonderful Sunday Brunch at Miss Lucy's. Got groceries at Lily's and spirits at Love City Markey all within a 5 minute drive. Ready to go back.

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                      • Cloud Watching Retreat

                        Cloud Watching Retreat

                        • Guest Laura & Bill (Manasquan, NJ)
                        • Date of stay 12/24/10
                        • Review Submitted 01/10/11
                        We stayed at Buddha Garden in November 2010 for an unbelievable week. If you want to really retreat & get away from the "cookie cutter" offerings, this lovely & interesting home is for you. The pictures were accurate as was the description in the listing & more. Music was playing when we arrived along with a lovely cheese & fruit plate. This was our first time in St. John & we fell in love with the island, the people, the beaches & the beautiful scenery & this home. We loved the location, which over looks the Virgin Islands & Torotola & has magnificent views of the islands, the sea & the clouds. Early morning & late afternoon brings astonishing water colors to the sky & sea. Time for "cloud watching"! The breezes are constant, so air conditioning is not needed. The house itself is comfortable & very different in decor. We found this charming & we were constantly seeing something new hidden somewhere in the Koi Pond & in the gardens. The furnishings, from the pictures are from the Far East & really give the home a unique personality. Rick & Emily, the Owners, put a lot of thought& work into their house. If you want a romantic & adventure like "get away", this is the place for you! There are plenty of beaches & good restaurants in the Coral Bay vicinity & the beaches on the north end of the island are also close in proximity. Rick & Emily are also very helpful with any questions that you may have about St. John; whether it be snorkeling, beaches, restaurants, points of interest, history etc. We plan on returning next year as we truly enjoyed our stay at Buddha Garden & came away fully rested & felt that we had been in a very magical place. Don't forget to count the Buddhas!

                        Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children, sightseeing.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 6/6

                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Base Rate
                      5 night min stay
                      $285 $285
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

                      Discounts: 14 nights or more: $235 Nightly

                      low season
                      May 16 - Dec 14
                      5 night min stay

                      Discounts: 10 nights or more: $225 Nightly

                      high season
                      Dec 15 - May 15
                      5 night min stay

                      Discounts: 10 nights or more: $270 Nightly; 11 nights or more: $270 Nightly

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                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                      • Taxes Not included

                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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                      Last updated: 04/07/2014
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                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1999

                      About the owner: We own the boutique shop , Now & Zen in St. John and every year we go to Asia and buy directly from the artists that make it. We also feature local artists. We are located next to Shipwreck Restaurant.

                      Why the Owner Chose Coral Bay:
                      We have traveled all over the world and chose St.John as our place to live. We have lived here 25 years.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                      We have an 8 island view of the British Virgin Islands and are adjacent to a wild bird sanctuary and hiking trails and a white sand beach within walking distance.

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                      Speaks: english



                      • Buddha Garden

                        Buddha Garden

                      • Sitting pagoda on roof

                        Sitting pagoda on roof

                      • Kitchen


                      • great room

                        great room

                      • Dining room

                        Dining room

                      • Sunrise from deck

                        Sunrise from deck

                      • Sunset from porch

                        Sunset from porch

                      • view from deck

                        view from deck

                      • View from roof

                        View from roof

                      • King size bedroom

                        King size bedroom

                      • Outdoor table

                        Outdoor table

                      • kingsize bed

                        kingsize bed

                      • Collecting sea salt

                        Collecting sea salt

                      • hummingbird near couch

                        hummingbird near couch

                      • Salt pond beach within walking distance

                        Salt pond beach within walking distance

                      • View from porch

                        View from porch

                      $235 - $285 per night (USD)

                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 2

                      View calendar: Updated 04/07/14
                      Minimum stay: 5 nights
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