How do you spell Heaven backwards? Nevaeh. Anguilla’s newest rental estate, pronounced ‘ne-vay-eh,’ has just opened for guests who are greeted by antique Balinese temple doors that open to a serene, soothing Japanese courtyard and traditional garden.
The new private retreat with a staff of 10, located in the island’s fashionable West End, is set in one acre of landscaped gardens that step down to a half-mile of pristine beach. To enhance the sense of seclusion, five of the bedrooms are in the main house, with three more in a guest house among the flowers and foliage. The second floor of the main house is given over to two master suites, separated by a pergola-shaded cocktail deck that is slightly elevated to maximize the sea views. The master suite on the first floor has been subtly designed to accommodate the needs of guests with mobility restrictions.
Adjoining the main lounge is a kitchen with five fridges and freezers (including an enormous GE SubZero), each integrated into the décor. A private chef is included in the top rate.
Guests can experience the infinity pool, color-coordinated with the sea; a lighted Astroturf tennis court that doubles as a basketball court; a dedicated air-conditioned Techno gym; sea scooters and stand-up paddle boards; beach volleyball and kayaks. Beachside, staff serve drinks, snacks and chilled towels, or can arrange a tented dinner or tiki-lit barbecue in the sand. At night, oversize candles flicker inside antique lanterns and spotlights sparkle on the iridescent blue tiles of the pool area – a great spot for nightcaps or skinny dipping by moonlight.
A state-of-the-art golf simulator allows guests to play the world’s most challenging championship courses as this is one of the most tech-oriented villas in the Caribbean. For a family or group retreat, there’s a nine-seat movie theater with surround-sound and X-box console, 70-inch satellite TV in a media room equipped with Blue-Ray and X-box console and a Sonus music system throughout the villa.
If You’re Going: Neveah can be booked through RickettsLuxury Properties. Winter rates Jan. 4-April 2, excluding food and chef begin at $6,000 a night for five rooms, $11,000 for eight rooms. Several rate plans are available throughout the year; for full details, call 264-497-6049 or 239-344-7810 or visit www.rickettsluxury.com. RickettsLuxury Properties is the rebranded name for Anguilla Luxury Villa Collection.
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International Travel Examiners J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.