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Featured in the last issue of St. John Magazine

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 2

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.

More Details

Emily Bratton
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Emily Bratton

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.

Emily Bratton purchased this villa in 1999

Why Emily Bratton chose Estate Concordia A

We have traveled all over the world and chose St.John as our place to live. We have lived here 25 years.

What makes this villa unique

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.


Estate Concordia A Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 5 night minimum 15 night maximum
  • jeep rental necessary
  • 2 people maximum
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms are located next to the bedrooms for privacy
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Even though we are a 2 bedroom we prefer to rent only to one couple as a romantic getaway.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The owners are available in the apartment down below if any problems arise. You have your own private entrance and total privacy.


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(34 traveler reviews)

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Featured in the last issue of St. John Magazine
average rating of 4.9117646 based on 34 reviews
Sarasota, FL

Incredible stay on St.John at Buddha Garden

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2009
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's 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.
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Birmingham, AL

A wonderful relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with with our stay at Buddha Garden. The property has fantastic views of Coral Bay and the BVI. The sunrises are spectacular. The owners have created numerous private tranquil spaces. The house is furnished with fascinating Asian art. The owners are friendly and accessible without being intrusive. Coral Bay with a nice selection of restaurants and a couple of markets was a short drive. Salt Pond Bay was nearby. If you enjoy hike the Ram’s Head Trail which begins at Salt Pond was a little challenging in spots, but offered exercise and beautiful vistas. We look forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful location- Beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this lovely home. It was quiet and peaceful and the breezes on the porch were fabulous. The snorkeling and beach at Salt Pond, which is only a quick drive away, were wonderful! I highly recommend staying at Buddha Garden!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dreamlike Oasis of Beauty and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

The Buddha Garden is a beautifully appointed, wholly restorative home and property. No photos do justice to the beauty, ingenuity, and thoughtfulness of this incredible home. It is integrated so naturally into the surrounding landscape, and the views from every corner of the home are breathtaking: watching storms from the arched shower window, full moon rises from the elevated bed on the roof deck, golden-lit breakfasts under the pagoda, the orchids blooming outside the kitchen...). The home is comfortable and spacious and decorated with exquisitely eclectic furniture and artworks from around the globe. The kitchen is very well equipped, and we happily prepared all of our meals over the course of the week (packing picnics in the provided coolers to bring on our excursions). The location is ideal for the beaches of the southeaster shore: Salt Pond (so full of Sea Turtles), Lameshur, and the hike out to Ram's Head. Views over Coral Bay catch the outlying Cays and a stretch of Tortola. The property is perfumed with jasmine and plumeria.. Driving to the bays on the north shore was an easy trip (swimming to Watermelon Cay being a major highlight). This is an ideal location if you are looking for unspoiled nature, and undeveloped coves. We never even made it back to Cruz Bay until we had to return our Jeep and board a ferry, such was the magnetic pull of Buddha Garden.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mixed Feelings

  • 3 of 5

After 3 nights at a wonderful rental in St Croix, we spent 12 nights at Buddha Garden on St John. Unfortunately, we left the latter property with mixed feelings. Buddha Garden is certainly unique - full of many interesting artworks from afar and pieces of furniture. We were thrilled upon arrival. The outside areas are also spacious with wonderful outlooks to a stunning part of the world. However, there are a few flaws with the property that would need to be corrected before I could recommend it to others.

We choose this place b/c we both practice yoga and were promised mats (there was only one that was deteriorating and needed to be replaced). Mosquitos were rampamt after the rains and we were shocked to discover that the screens on the windows and doors are not intact - there are a number of holes. The screen to the main entrance of the house is broken and there are gaps between the doors and the frames in a number of places. The consequence was that mosquitos could easily enter the property - which they did after a few days of wet weather. The problem was exacerbated as the mosquito nets on the beautiful, handcrafted, hardwood beds were not functional. Different pieces of material had been draped over the bed posts and held together with a few clothes pins - this made it impossible to avoid gaps (and there were not enough clothes pins, we had to ask for them). It would be relatively easy and inexpensive to resolve the problems with the screens. Also, the mosquito nets should be sewn together such that they fit the beds. In our travels in Africa and Asia, we have slept in some very basic accommodation but they all had mosquito nets that were effective and adjusted to fit odd-size beds.

A further issue was the work being carried at the owner's property that is situated immediately below the rented accommodation. Although this was not major construction and they started at a decent hour, the noise became an annoyance. We were told that Buddha Garden was going to be unoccupied after we left - that would have been a more appropriate time to conduct any work on the owner's property.

The property is advertised as a place to relax, unwind, meditate, do yoga. Unfortunately, when one cannot do yoga at home, nor sleep well because of being bitten by mosquitos the whole night, it is not a place I could recommend.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI: We asked them when they arrived if there was anything they needed to just ask. They never asked for extra yoga mats or we would have given them. We have replaced the broken screens and sewed the mosquito net immediatedly after we got this review. We now have two yoga mats. We do appreciate everyone' s input as we want to make your stay a great one.
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Buddhas and Beaches

  • 4 of 5

When the winds are blowing (frequently) and the chimes are sounding and the birds are chirping and the Buddhas gazing down upon you ---you can only be in one place ---Buddha Garden. For those who are into an abundance of Asian art, furniture, figurines, masks and books --this unique house will be for you. The views are magnificent.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Coral Bay has great shopping and restaurants. You can rent kayaks and go over the Hurricane Hole. Go snorkeling on 3 great beaches. You are close to several of the best hiking trails on the island. It is the most laid back and peaceful areas of St.John but also has live music and great nightlife.

Other Activities: Boating, shelling, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, horseshoes, shopping, kayaking, mini golf, parasailing, biking, health/beauty spa


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Xmas week Dec 26-Jan 5 is $2345.00 and President week Feb 16-23 is $2345

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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