Banana

Peterborg, north side - 5 bedroom villa

In a bold departure from Caribbean style, this dramatic, five-bedroom custom home is perfectly perched on the edge of a cliff looking down into breaking surf and beyond to sea vistas dotted with distant islands. All sleekly done in a minimalist mode of formed grey concrete (even the floors inside and out are of cool concrete), this private villa sets a new standard of design on St. Thomas with its primitive-modern style.

Stands of tropical banana trees along a staircase welcome you to Banana's six pavilions, beautifully arranged along the cliff line. Banana's main level centers around the breathtaking Promontory Terrace, offering the breezy Great Room which features a large, flat-screen cable TV, sitting and dining areas, and the heart of Banana - adjoining indoor and outdoor kitchen areas set for alfresco dining and gathering, all linked together by a covered gallery walkway artistically punctuated by a series of courtyards, terraces and verandahs.

At one end of Banana are three air-conditioned king bedroom/bath suites. Two of these suites occupy a two-story pavilion beside the living and outdoor dining areas, and the third king suite is at the mezzanine level just adjacent to that pavilion. At the opposite end of Banana's sweeping expanse are two more air-conditioned king bedroom/bath suites, each in its own private pavilion bisected by a trellised courtyard.

And just below is the dramatic pool, built amongst massive boulders and overlooking soothing waves and pelicans diving for their dinner. Ethnic design and furnishings influenced by trips overseas complete the very pleasing fare at Banana - and you'll revel in the openness and free-spirited ambience and the expansive space of this cool, breezy and awe-inspiring hideaway perched over the sea.

   Weekly Rates (excl. 8% tax):
           # of persons:     1-4      5-6      7-8      9-10
 April 10 - December 19:   $ 5,550  $ 5,950  $ 6,350  $ 6,750
      Thanksgiving Week:   $ 6,750  $ 6,750  $ 6,750  $ 6,750
   January 8 - April 29:   $ 7,000  $ 7,000  $ 7,500  $ 8,000
   Christmas/New Year's:   $ 9,000  $ 9,000  $ 9,000  $ 9,000
Specifications:
Maximum number of guests: 10
Bedrooms: 5 (5 kings)
Baths: 5½ + 2 outside showers
Pool: 14' x 34' x 3.5' - 8' deep
Nearest Beach: Magens Bay
Kids welcome: yes, over 8 years only (notarized liability waiver required for all children under 12 years old)
Entertainment and Amenities: 6 cable TVs (wall-mounted flat-screen TV in Great Room + small TVs in all bedrooms), CD/tape player + radio in all bedrooms, DVD player, movie + music collections, books, games, A/C in all bedrooms, hair dryers, answering machine, safe for valuables, indoor + outdoor kitchens, built-in gas grill, 2 refrigerators + mini-fridge, cooler, trash collection twice per week, dishwasher, laundry
Maid service included: once per week
Smoking: Outside only.
Square Footage: Interior: 2,480 sq. ft. + exterior: 4,535 sq. ft. = TOTAL: 7,015 sq. ft.
Miscellaneous: A 7-NIGHT MINIMUM RENTAL IS REQUIRED AT BANANA ALL YEAR AROUND.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: As of summer, 2010, there is a home being built around the point to the southeast of Banana, which can be seen from Banana's pool and from Banana's easternmost bedroom. However, the location of the site, the surf and winds sounds and wind direction keeps noise from this project to a low or non-existent level. If you would like us to check the construction activity for you as an update, please let us know and we will visit the site.
Pictures by Don Hebert


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