|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
|Living space||1000 square feet|
Suitable for childrenAsk
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Luxury, Beach, Tropical, Village|
Description from the owner
"Island Garden Villas is the most enchanting spot on Anna Maria Island." Imagine yourself surrounded by lush tropical gardens with the soft sounds of water trickling in the nearby fountain. Our six luxurious villas are beautifully decorated and just steps from the spectacular Gulf beaches. There's everything here you'll need for the perfect beach vacation including beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, tubes and floats, as well as bikes for exploring the island and a fabulous hot tub for relaxing after a hard day at play! Each villa is outfitted with all the amenities; a fully equipped kitchen, linens and bedding, a television, VCR...Read more
Luxury Beach Vacation Rental on Anna Maria Island
Holmes Beach, Florida
Additional Location Information
Location Type Beach, Tropical, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$178||$178||$895 - $1,250||$2,850 - $3,550||7 nights|
|Mar. 2 2012 - Apr. 30 2012
|May. 1 2012 - Jul. 31 2012||-||-||$1,095||$3,150||7 nights|
|Aug. 1 2012 - Sep. 30 2012||-||-||$895||$2,850||7 nights|
|Oct. 1 2012 - Dec. 31 2012||-||-||$1,095||$3,150||7 nights|
|All Other Dates||$178||$178||-||-||7 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Tax rate - 11.5% of rental - Tax
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 18, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Relaxing and rejuvenating in our "secret garden"!
The only bad thing about staying at Island Garden Villas at Holmes Beach on anna Maria Island, is having to leave! We were fortunate enough to do a repeat visit at this lovely spot last week (first week in May), and enjoyed it must as much if not more than our last visit.
We call it our secret garden because truly it is a hidden jewel of an oasis. It seems that every exotic plant, tree and flower can be found in and around the villas, all anchored by a huge beautiful flowing fountain in the center of the courtyard. This is truly one of the most relaxing and peaceful places we've ever found. And it's about a three minute walk down yet another "secret" path that opens out onto gorgeous Holmes Beach with its green and turquoise waters lapping at the very white and pristine sand.
The villa accommodations are very well appointed and tastefully decorated, and kitchens well equipped. The owners of Island Garden Villas, Chuck and Christy, are available and always accommodating for anything to make your stay more enjoyable.
Can you tell we love this place? If you're planning a stay on anna Maria Island, do yourself a favor and check into Island Garden Villas. You'll be delighted!
A Place of Serenity
Stay for a week in the birds of paradise villa. Everything from the garden to the villa's themselves was absolutely beautiful. The innkeepers C&C; did a fabulous job creating a warm and peaceful environment for us to relax in and catch up on the finer things in life. Close to the beach, shopping and restaurants. The property provides everything you need from towels to beach buggies to umbrellas. One of the few properties that has a hot tub. Will stay here again and would highly recommend to family and friends
Quiet and oh-so-relaxing beach holiday!
We just returned from a week at Island Villas with our 3 kids (ages 10, 12, 14), and none of us wanted to come home! We stayed in Unit 101, which borders the road, but was quiet, roomy and very convenient to the outdoor shower and hot tub (which we all enjoyed at least once a day!).
Our kids shared the king-sized bed with room to spare, and my husband and I slept blissfully on the queen. The showers were quiet heavenly (we are used to our water-saver showers in arid Colorado), the kitchen well-appointed and quite lovely with granite countertops, and we split our meals between our private patio and the central courtyard by the fountain. The beautiful and lush landscaping of the courtyard and the soothing sounds of the fountain contributed to our feeling of being hidden away from all the cares of the world.
Ample beach chairs, boogie boards, toys, and nets were conveniently and easily rolled to the beach each day in one of the large wagons available (that we kept loaded outside our unit all week!). The beach was fabulous--just across the street down a short path. We took long strolls along the beach each day, enjoyed many fabulous sunsets, discovered troves of sand dollars by snorkeling just off the beach, followed a pod of migrating cow rays as they skimmed less than a foot from shore, saw a few dolphin slip in and out of the waves, and generally enjoyed many hours of playtime with perfect 80-degree weather all week.
The kids most enjoyed hunting for shells near the city pier at the north island, loved the Mote aquarium (about a 30 minute drive), as well as the day on a rented pontoon boat from which we saw many dolphins and caught a few fish (Skip at Bradenton Beach Marina was great).
Christy and Chuck were lovely hosts, and responded quickly to all questions, even carting over a couple additional bikes for us to try out. They obviously know how to make their guests happy, and we could easily see why they have all 5-star reviews! We hope to be back!
Ballston Spa, NY
We stayed at Island Garden Villas april 6-13 th and had a wonderful time. The gardens around the property are beautiful and peaceful, there are many perfect places to curl up with a good book. The beach is right across the street and Cristy and Chuck have everything you would need for the beach, towels, chairs, umbrella etc.. They also have Beach bikes for their guests use and we rode to the pier every day to watch for dolphins! Everyone on the island is very friendly and they have beautiful sunsets! We highly recommend Island Garden Villas and can't wait to come back! Christy and Chuck were perfect hosts.
Mark and Jill
A beach vacation gem on the gulf coast that we will be visiting
When my husband and I arrived at the Island Garden Villas and stepped into our private villa-the Oleander, we had stars in our eyes. Our 1BD villa was one of 6 tastefully decorated villas that encircle a lovely garden courtyard with a bubbling fountain and patio seating. Our villa had 3+ rooms with ample space yet cozy-comfy for relaxing and sleeping,cooking and dining inside along with our private outside patio surrounded by lush tropical plants where we enjoyed dining each day. The amenities are ample in providing what guests would need equipped for cooking meals and grilling, laundry facilities and recreation. We were worry-free in knowing they supplied all the beach stuff and bikes which were great fun. Being only 50 yards across the street from the white sandy beach was the highlight.These are patron-only beaches in Holmes Beach, so they were quiet with a spattering of people, no beach sports but lots of seashelling. It was like heaven on earth, just what hubby and I were anticipating coming here. Holmes Beach on anna Maria Island is truly what owners, Christy and Chuck,refer it to being like "the old-time Florida" a small quaint,peaceful haven run by the friendly locals. There are numerous restaurants to choose from average to pricier so dining in makes sense sometimes. Our favorite place we dined out was, The Waterfront which literally is on the beachfront. Everything you need for convenience is within 3-4 miles, groceries, coffee shop,shops,rentals,restaurants,fitness center which my husband used every day. We cannot give enough praises about Christy and Chuck who we found to be a delightful couple,hard working husband/wife team, who we saw everyday taking exceptional care of their property. They always stopped to chat and ask about our day. Our vacation at Island Garden Villas was an exceptional find, truly a "beach haven" we will be returning to enjoy next year!
We've been staying at Island Garden Villas for more than a decade and can't say enough about what lengths the owners, Chuck and Christy, go to to make their visitors feel so welcome. We've stayed in three different villas over the years-each one uniquely different from the others, but always well decorated and extremely clean and comfortable. Each year we find another new touch, from new tropical plants in the garden area to decor changes to the villas. Anything you can think of that you need on the island vacation is provided from beach chairs and umbrellas to beach toys, and even a wagon to tote everything in. We're already looking forward to next year.
Mary Lou Tremills
London Ont. Canada
"Garden of Eden"
We fell in love with our villa the moment we stepped into it. It felt like our "home away from home"with excellent furnishings and appliances...all tastefully decorated. We were looking for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. This we found. The courtyard provided a quiet relaxing area to read, doze, or meet friendly villa renters while soaking in the soothing melody of the water fountain, water falls, and quiet background music. The caretakers of the "garden" cannot do enough to make everyone feel comfortable. For us, it was "just what the Doctor ordered" It truly was an escape from a long cold winter up north. The gulf/beach is just across the street and exceptionally accessible for sunning or walking the beautiful sandy beach...for miles!!!
Bill & Brenda Cornwell
Island Garden Villas - a little slice of Heaven!!!
We spend two months here each year. It is a delightful home away from home. Just as it's name implies it is like an Island. Sit in the center courtyard on a sun shiny day and you could easily think you are in Hawaii. The foliage is lush and gorgeous, you can feel how much the owners love beauty and nature and also you can feel how much they care for your comfort and happiness during your stay at the Villas.
Each of the villas is tastefully decorated with all the amenities one would need to set up housekeeping for months. At the villas you have the luxury of living in a small Gulf side town where you can walk to the beach, post office, library, stores, gym, or a restaurant or you can take in big city cultural events like art galleries, plays, musicals, museums, and shows in nearby Sarasota and
A stone's throw from a quiet beach that not only yields awesome sunsets but views of dolphins, manatees, pelicans and a variety of sea birds. There are lots of parks in the area to explore and places to ride bikes or paddle kayaks or canoes. You can vary your visit to suit your likes. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, we give Island Garden Villas a 10++.j
M and B
A little piece of paradise
We loved our stay at Island Garden Villas! Everything about it is so wonderful that we'd love to live there. The courtyard and gardens are absolutely beautiful with lush tropical plants, and sitting by the fountain is so relaxing. Our unit, Orchid, was clean, charming, and furnished with every conceivable need. The laundry room had all we needed for the beach and more--bicycles, magazines. The walk to the beach is down a lovely path and couldn't have taken much more than a minute. Sunsets are gorgeous and not to be missed. Our hosts Christy and Chuck are delightful and always willing to chat, answer questions, share their story. We will definitely try to return but for a longer stay the next time. Thank you, Chuck and Christy, for a most memorable stay in your little piece of paradise.
It ended too soon!
We were lucky to have the opportunity to stay 2 weeks at Island Garden Villas. Nonetheless, I got teary eyed when I walked to the beach for the last time to say good bye! It ended to soon. I absolutely loved "our" villa, the gardens and the location. Christy and Chuck were wonderful and responsive to any needs that we had during our stay (including changing our water heater when we had a problem). We rode our bikes and our motorcycles; we shopped at thrift stores as well as nice boutiques on Pine Street; We went to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and toured Port Manatee; we ate wonderful food at the Waterfront, the Sand Bar and also loved Minnie's. The villa was very clean and had everything needed for the meals we prepared, beach items such as chairs and towels, and areas outside for relaxation in the garden and the hot tub. We already hope to return next year and without hesitation hope to stay at Garden Island Villas again!
A Very Merry Holiday!
We spent the Christmas holiday at Island Garden Villas and had an excellent time! Our 2BD/2Ba Villa (#103) was comfortable, well-maintained, and well stocked for cooking. The owners, Christy & Chuck, clearly take great pride in their property and we enjoyed talking with them and getting tips for good places to eat. The grounds are tropical and lush and were beautifully decorated for the holidays. There is an on-site laundry facility and beach chairs/towels and bikes are included in the amenities. The beach is a short, easy walk across the street. Anna Maria Island is a truly a beautiful, low-key place to relax and enjoy a slower pace. I do hope to return and would definitely stay at Island Garden Villas again. Thank you Chuck, Christy, and Blackie (the resident cat!) for a wonderful vacation!
Perfect place to stay!
We were in Fl for daughter's wedding. We absolutely loved the Island Garden Villas! Chuck and Christy were so very helpful and pleasant and answered all our questions. The villa was wonderfully clean and quiet and decorated very well. Would love to stay here again soon.
Kevin & Barb
A little piece of heaven at Island Garden Villas
We stayed in Holmes Beach at Island Garden Villas in the Bird of Paradise villa. The villa was beautifully decorated, clean and had all the amenities you need for a week at the beach. The garden with the fountain was beautiful and we enjoyed sitting outside on the table for breakfast while listening to the birds singing. The beach was a short walk away and there were carts available to load up beach chairs and umbrellas that are available in the villas. The beach was beautiful and water was warm. The service was excellent at the villas and was one of the nicest places we have visited. We will come back.
Becky & Carl
Peaceful, relaxing paradise on anna Maria Island
We happened upon this paradise five years ago and have come back every Labor Day weekend since. Chuck and Christy have created a very beautiful, charming, peaceful vacation getaway that feels just like home. They have thought of every small detail to make your time there the best it could possibly be. The gardens are truly amazing and well maintained. Sitting by the fountain and gardens reading a book or having a cup of coffee early in the morning or relaxing with friends under the moonlight, creates memories forever. I look forward to the this visit every year to take the edge off our very crazy hectic lives. Thank you both for creating such a beautiful environment to enjoy at the beach.
Signal Mountain, TN
We had a wonderful time at Island Garden Villas. One is never sure about the result when making reservations online and sight unseen but the villas were everything they professed to be...and more. We felt right at home from the minute we arrived. We marveled at how Chuck and Christy anticipated our every need. They are gracious hosts.
Since we had children with us who love to swim, I worried that not having a pool would elicit lots of complaints but there were none. We swam at several of the beaches available on anna Maria Island and some in the family snorkeled in the bay. Everyone had a great time.
I have been coming to anna Maria since I was 3 months old and this is my 2nd stay at The Island Garden Villas. We feel so lucky to find it because it is the best place to stay on the island! Chuck and Christy have thought of everything. The villa is clean and well stocked, bikes, beach toys, umbrellas and chairs are available. When we were not on the beach we were relaxing in the amazing gardens. The beach is a very short walk down a shady path. We will be back!
Neil & Donna Doren
Garden of Eden-Beauty-Elegance-Charm-All the amenities-Great Loc
We want to thank you for your hospitality and care during our recent stay at the Island Garden Villas. The garden at the center of the villas is absolutely beautiful and brought to mind what Eden must have been like. The fountain, flowers & birds singing, the wonderful variety of plants were all so relaxing and comforting. The nearby hot tub perfect. We also loved meeting shy "Blackie", Eden's resident cat.
The villa with all its ammenities provided a very beautiful "home away from home"...clean,lovely decorated and furnished, selected and maintained with loving care.
From this home base, the beach wea a short walw away and chairs & beach umbrellas were provided. We enjoyed vising the special piers and found grocery store and restaurants only a short drive away.
We enjoyed visiting the aquarium, including an ecological boat tour. We also enjoyed our trip to the Ringling Home & their Circus Museum & Art Museum when we weren't relaxing at the beach & Villas.
We look forward to returning and we highly recommend it to our family & friends.
My home away from home
Dear Chuck and Christy
Our 10 days at the Palm Villa were the best days of our Vacation in Florida. Although we got there during horicane Debbi, we had a wonderful time. The Villa is absolutely beautiful, clean and comfortable, like being home. My best part was riding bicycle in the morning and walking the beach in the evenings, especially watching the sunset. My son loved the hot tub and riding the moped. Thank you for your hospitality; best wishes.
relaxing week on the beach in a comfortable and private setting
My daughter, son in law, 2 yo grandson and I were looking for a beach getaway that would suit all of us. Island Garden Villas was the perfect choice. Our villa was immaculate, well appointed and charming, as were the surrounding gardens. Chuck and Christy were perfect hosts;everything necessary for a week on the beach was provided, from sand toys to bicycles to umbrellas, to carts to haul everything to and from the beach. Christy was able to provide helpful information about island resources and provided us with a great referral for Gulf fishing in Captain Mike Grieg. I can't think of any way to improve on the week we spent at the Villas.
Val Ray and Hilery
Reading Berkshire UK
Wonderful homely stay
Hi We are now all home and wishing we were still in anna Maria we had a great stay in the most comfortable villa the equipmant was just like home from home, we hope to return next year
The McCloud Family
Our stay at the villa was wonderful!!
This was our first stay at Garden Island Villa and it could not have been more perfect! It was immaculately kept both inside and out! The grounds were beautiful with all the tropical plants and they provided such privacy! Chuck and Christy were so sweet and it was evident that this is not just a job to them but a passion! We will definitely be back!
This is such a wonderful and unique place to stay. I can't decide what I like best about it. It is 1/2 a block to the most gorgeous beach with crystal clear water and no crowds. The sunsets take your breath away. Then you come home to your villa in this unique and well maintained property adorned with white pergolas and fantastic tropical gardens. You can't beat the courtyard with the fountain. And to top it off Christy and Chuck are the most fantastic owner/managers ever! They are so friendly and welcoming. I had three special requests, kind of picky requests, and they fulfilled them immediately and with grace. I have been back twice now and I love it. Truly a tropical paradise. I can't wait until next year.
Lisa and Mike
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
We enjoyed our holiday in a beautiful, well-kept villa that prov
My husband and I recently returned from a two-week stay at Island Garden Villas. We chose this accommodation based on many positive online reviews, and were delighted to see that it lived up to top billing. Our 2-bedroom villa was bright, exceptionally clean, tastefully decorated, well-equipped and as close to the beach as we wanted to be. The mature gardens and courtyard fountain were beautiful and peaceful -- no noisy parties or tobacco smoke. We were able to meet with other guests, but also enjoyed our private patio. I honestly can't think of a negative comment, as the villa fully lived up to our expectations. We hope to return to this same unit next spring if it is available.
T and M
Island Garden Villa was clean, quiet and relaxing. The location is perfect. It is right across from the beach path and close to food shopping and the local places to eat. The owners are very friendly,kind and warm people. We saw them on a daily basis. The villa is spacious and quaintly decorated. It was a lovely place to visit and stay. There are no negatives about the villa or Holmes Beach. We will return.
Tipp City, OH
All the stellar reviews I read prior to my visit were accurate
What a difference to stay at a condo where the owners are available and actively involved in the care and maintenance on a regular basis. Christy and Chuck are available to their guests, but more imporantly have created an atmosphere of comfort and respect for them. You truly don't need to bring anything but your personal items--they even supply umbrellas! And all of the beach and condo "extras" are clean and well maintained and there is plenty for everyone. Even the laundry area is a pleasure to spend time in! This is the first time we have not stayed directly on the beach, but I didn't even notice it because the condo and grounds are so beautiful and inviting. It is a very short stroll to the beach and this area of the beach is especially nice--wide and clean. The only reason I wouldn't recommend Island Garden Villas is to keep it available for myself and my family!
Much needed vacation
Let me start by saying this is not just a rental its a piece of home. It exceeded all expectations. It had everything we needed. We cooked most of our meals at the house instead of eating out. So we were able to use the grill they provided and the kitchen is fully stocked.
The villas are directly across the street from the beach and they provide a wagon and all the beach toys to enjoy the sand and surf.
The villa is lovely and the gardens are magnificent. The flowers wer in full bloom and just beautiful. The fountain makes for a relaxing mood to enjoy happy hour with the other guests.
I loved the location, the other guests and all the extras they provided, plus what a bonus to have all my laundry done before I got home.
Thank you again for a much needed and very relaxing vacation. We hope to see you next year.
Sharon & Mark
St. Louis, MO
Island Garden Villas is an oasis of beauty and peace for a restf
We stayed in the Hibiscus Villa which was just as lovely as the pictures indicated. It was very spacious with a large, well equipped kitchen. The unit was clean and well cared for. The beauty is found in the gardens, a perfect place for that morning coffee,reading books,meditating,or sipping wine and good conversation. The plants and flowers are tastefully arranged around comfortable furniture, patios, and walkways. The beach is so easy to reach, just across the street and on a path. Chuck and Christy have everything you will need to make your beach stay perfect. We loaded the wagon with chairs, umbrella, cooler, towels, all that we needed, they provided! The weather was 80 and sunny everyday! Magnificent sunsets on the beach each evening! We found delightful restaurants for breakfast, but preferred to grill in the evenings. Chuck and Christy have the gift of hospitality. We plan on returning to this piece of paradise!
The villa was clean, beautiful, completely equipped and an oasis
We were graciously welcomed by the owners, Christy and Chuck. We travelled with our 2 teens and the entire family thoroughly enjoyed our visit...the villa, gardens, friendly residents, hot tub. Everything was provided including: gas grill & utensils, quality outdoor furniture, beach umbrellas and chairs and bikes. We hope to return every year!
Judy & Tim
We feel a total sense of relaxation when we arrive!
This is year three for us at Island Garden Villas. Anna Maria Island is a very special island and the beaches are beautiful. We bike ride every day on the bikes provided by Island Garden Villas. They also provide beach chairs and umbrellas for use at the beach. The grounds are kept absolutely lovely and the courtyard is peaceful and serene. We also use the hot tub on cool nights. Everything at Island Garden villas is attended to with love and care from the owners. We will continue to visit every year if we can!
we loved our lush, hidden garden escape
As you get out of the car and start to head through the hedge, you enter your own island garden world. Lush plantings, thoughtful details and comfortable and welcoming furniture surround the fountain in the center of it all. Our villas had expansive porches opening onto this wonderful courtyard, which made us feel like the garden itself was our tropical home away from home. Lovingly tended, well-appointed living spaces also helped us settle in and relax for one of our most memorable getaways in a looong time! Thanks Christy and Chuck!
Aesthetically beautifu, peaceful and well tended.
This was our second stay at Island Garden Villas. On this second stay we brought our children with us and shared two condos. Our stay was over Christmas and we were a little hesitant about having Christmas far from home. Our condos had wreaths on the door, and small Christmas trees at the door. It was lovely as always. The gardens and fountains have a European feel but it is fabulous to have the warm sandy beach just a few yards away. The villas are spotless and very tastefully decorated. We had everything we needed including beach chairs, beach towels, bikes and beach towels. This will always be our Florida destination of choice.
It was perfect in every way.
Island Garden Villas is the perfect place for a beautiful relaxing vacation. I've stayed there many times and have never been disappointed in any way. The sevice is second to none. The villas are immacculate and beautifully decorated. The gardens surrounding the villas are stunning and very peaceful. Also, so nice on a chilly windy day when you can't go to the beach. I loved the whole experience and have recommended it to many friends and family.
Connie and Reid
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Next visit to Holmes Beach will look at Island Garden Villas 1ST
This property was perfect! Clean and comfortable, with all the comforts of home. Very private setting, peaceful and quiet. From the moment we arrived we had everything we needed. Beach chairs, towels, bikes and even laundry on site. House was great, bed very comfortable, kitchen with everything needed. Hot tub was great! Beach access is right across the street. Many great restaurants within walking distance, also available.. a free trolly. The owners Chuck and Christy were close by if you need anything extra, and they were so nice. Next time we visit Holmes Beach, we will look at Island Garden Villas first. Hopefully they will have a home available!
Randy & Kathy
This was our second trip to Holmes Beach,Fl. Both times we have stayed at the Island Garden Villas. Chuck and Christy have thought of everything that one would need for a beach vacation from beach towels, chairs, to sunscreen and even after too much sun aloe! The villas are beautifully decoracted and fully equipped. The gardens are equally as beautiful, it was so relaxing to just sit by the fountain after a day at the beach, which is just a very short walk across the street. There are also great restaurants on the island. Chuck and Christy are great people and I have recommened the Island Garden Villsa to everyone I know!
Lois and Cooper Wood
Hidden Garden Delights
After 8 years of returning to Island Garden Villas, we can say this is the best place to stay on Florida's Gulf Coast. The villas are gorgeous and no detail has been overlooked. The courtyard is so lush and relaxing that you will never want to leave. We have stayed at many places across the U.S. and Christy and Chuck are the most friendly and hospitable hosts we have ever met.
Great place! Our sixth time!
We stayed at Island Garden Villas in July and just had to come back again in September. Usually we rent a two bedroom unit and invite our adult children to come over and stay a few nights. They never take us up on the offer. Finally in July my daughter and her fiancée came over for three days. She could not believe how nice the place was and questioned herself why they have not accepted our invitation before. Now she wants to coordinate with other family members and rent the entire place for a family reunion.
The rooms are clean and spacious and are decorated islandy. All of the essentials including what you will need for the beach or even a bike ride are provided. Chuck and Christy are very friendly and make sure that all of your needs will be met.
The courtyard with the fountain, immaculate grounds makes such a tranquil setting to enjoy your stay. Can't wait go back again.
We stayed at Island Garden Villas Spring Break and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our unit was clean, beautifully decorated, and had everything you would need. Another guest said that all you really needed is a swim suit and he was right. Our kitchen had all the small appliances, dishes, and utensils you could want.
Christy and Chuck really think of everything and it's all so organized and accessible. There are wagons available to take to the beach, bikes, helmets, beach towels, beach chairs and pool toys.
I saved the best for last ... the garden. It is so relaxing to just sit in the courtyard and look at a magazine (also generously supplied) and listen to the fountain. Christy and Chuck work tirelessly to maintain this beautiful, natural oasis and it shows!
We highly recommend Garden Island Villas and found Christy and John to be warm and wonderful, but unobtrusive hosts.
The Fosters of Ohio
Excellent place to stay
Our second visit to Island Garden Villas.
Excellent accomadations, perfect location for us, wonderful beach, care takers on hand daily attending to the gardens, etc.
Parking at our door a bonus.
Carol & Bonnie
The gardens were absolutely beautiful & it has great ammenities.
The owners were very friendly & accommodating. The location to the beach was very convenient & the villa was very neat & clean.
Oasis of Peace on a lovely Island
We travelled as a family of 4, with 2 small daughters, and stayed at the Island Garden Villas for 8 nights. The villa itself was like a home from home, with full kitchen, 2 baths rooms, great comfortable beds and a nice lounge to sit in during the evening. It was like stepping into someones home and staying for a week. In the middle of the villas is a courtyard garden full of tropical plants and pathways leading to the office where there is laundry facilities and all manner of equipment for the beach, balls, buckets, boards etc. The beach is 150ft from the villas and there are garden trolleys that you can take to put the parasol (provided in the villa) and beach stuff in (plus the 2 kids in our case) and take this over to the beach, which is perfect white sand, clean and habitated by numerous types of wild birds, fasinating to watch. We enjoyed days on the beach, returning to wash off with the cool showers outside the villas, perhaps with a dip in the hot tub which was always on and hot. We might them spark up the communal gas grill and eat outside until dark. Christy and Chuck (the owners)were around attending to the villas, and were helpful and interesting to talk to. We felt entirely comfortable in seeing them daily and they were always willing to offer help and advice. Although we went in off season, most businesses on the Island were open, I would particularly recommend Slims place on Gulf Drive, which looks like a regular bar but does great food and a decent range of draft beers.
To conclude I would recommend the island garden villas without reseervation, for families, couples or anyone who wants to chill out and relax.
Our best vacation yet.
Our third year staying here and it is always wonderful. Love the hometown feel and its close to the beach.
A Garden Paradise with all the amenities of home!
We have vacationed on anna Maria Island many times but our stay at the Garden Villas was the best! These quiet tropical villas with their magnificent and manicured gardens provide a breathtaking retreat that calms the spirit and soothes the nerves. The location near the beach and shopping is perfect and the rooms are immaculate. What's more, Christy and Chuck are the consummate hosts. They provided every detail to make our stay pleasant and comfortable from fluffy towels and beach equipment to hand cream in the bath and spices in the kitchen. After a day on the beach there is nothing better than sipping a cool beverage by the bubbling fountain while enjoying the ambiance of twinkilng lights and soft music! We look forward to returning again and and have already booked our next stay!
Berrie Springs, Michigan
Where do I start? Wonderful
The Villa was just as describe on the webpage! We went as a family of five on vacation and had no problems.The weather was wonderful, only rained one day, but then that was our shopping day! The Villa was clean and kitchen was excellent.We cooked and grilled a lot and there were supplies, like seasonings, coffee, etc. already there. I can't wait to go back.On our way home my husband said, "you know when you can't wait to go home after vacation? I can't wait to come back!"
Beautiful foliage and a touch of paradise including serenity and tranquility began our experience at Island Garden Villas. Cleanliness is also at the top of the list. The conveniences were numerous: laundry room near, any beach item you would want, bicycles to ride, computer hook-up, hot-tub, outdoor grill. Just all the conveniences of a home away from home plus more describe the paradise we experienced. Christy & Chuck gave us a warm welcome as though we could have been family and encouraged us to please let them know should we have a need of anything else. Truly, a recommended Five-Star stay!
Nice place.Nice Beach.If you need to relax very close to the sea then this is a lovely place.
Probably the nicest place we have ever stayed
We walked into our place and were overwhelmed with the cleanliness and comfort. It smelled clean, not musty like so many other places. With about a minute to the beautiful beach, it was perfect for us. Having beach chairs, towels, boogie boards, an umbrella, and best of all, a big wagon to carry it all in was a bonus. The grounds were beautiful, and Chuck and Christy were working on them every day. We liked Holmes Beach and anna Maria Island better than other islands in the Tampa area. It was laid back and not quite so commercial. Sarasota was an easy trip to some really nice shopping. We would return to Island Garden Villas any time.
Len & Connie
Everything you would want or need from the perfect vacation!
Christy & Chuck provide the perfect combination of location and lodging. There is really nothing that you require except your clothes. The garden is something to be experience by all. Thank you for a great week!
Len & Connie
Best Vacation Ever
We stayed in the Bird of Paradise Villa on ana Maria Island from 5/14-5/19. The villas are absolutely gorgeous and are furnished with everything you need. The proprietors Christy and Chuck are wonderful people to deal with and they were always very helpful with anything we needed. The villas are approx a 2 minute walk from the beautiful beach. There is also quaint little shops in town for shopping and tons of restaurants to choose from. I would definitely recommend the Island Garden Villas to anyone interested in visiting ana Maria Island.
What a treat...fun was had by all!
I was recommended the villas by some family. It was better than expected. Every accomadation and service available not a detail left out. The place was immcaculate. Holmes Beach is one of most beautiful vacation areas. I look forward to staying at the Island Garden Villas.
Sam and Debbie
Island Garden Villas is our new favorite place to stay. The entire property is the perfection of a tropical getaway. Pictures on the internet do not do it justice. From the minute we arrived we felt at home and very welcomed bt Chisty and Chuck. We will always choose Island Garden Villas when we visit this area in the future.
Dave and Susie Elliott
Grand Island, NE
Our piece of paradise
Christy and Chuck are fabulous hosts! They were there to greet us immediately and checked on us from time to time to make sure all of our needs were met. The Villa was great. Perfect size for us and our friends, plenty of room, clean and very nice. We loved the fountain area where we met other guests and met new friends. Definitely want to return, but would like to stay longer next trip!
Larry and Jill
Island Garden Villas--A Pleasant & Peaceful Retreat
Chuck and Christy have created a beautiful retreat. In the center of the villas is a courtyard brimming with tropical foliage and flowers of many colors as well as fountains that provide the restful sound of falling water. Our villa is tastefully decorated, clean, comfortable, and complete. The service is always friendly and first-rate. And what is more, it is a great value.
Rick and Denise
We had the most wonderful time at Island Garden Villas on anna Maria Island. The villa (Hibiscus) was perfect; adorable, private, and spotless. The gardens and fountain were amazing! The villa was right next to the beach and within walking/biking distance to everything. Bikes, beach items, etc were all available at no cost. Chuck and Christy made us feel so welcome and were available for any help or questions. The returning guests were fun and friendly - we absolutely loved everything! Washer and dryers were not in the villa which would have been more convenient, but were on site which worked fine. Overall, we chose the perfect vacation spot to celebrate our anniversary!
Fruitland Park, FL
This was our second visit and it was as wonderful as we remembered! It is a home away from home! Every detail is wonderful, from the soft towels in the bathrooms to the sitting areas outside. Very roomy and comfortable. Enjoyed the sitting area around the fountain in the evening. Short walk to the beach. Lovely owners who make sure you have everything you need!
Our family has been visiting Florida in January for several years. We were delighted that our instincts about Island Garden Villa were right on the money.
We had a few special needs as we were traveling with a 3 year old and a 6 month old. Christy and Chuck made sure that we had everything we needed at the unit upon our arrival and in storage we found a ton of beach toys for the days to come!
Although the weather sometimes was a bit chilly (even for Chicago folk!) it was great to take advantage of the hot tub and settle in to a spotless, cozy abode.
We had some random requests that were attended to at Christy and Chuck's earliest convenience (including a late night call to ask where the nearest ER was!) I couldn't give a higher rating for service!
Although the Villa was completely full we didn't see many of the other renters. It was a peaceful, beautiful place steps away from the ocean, and it felt as close to home as one could feel being 1000 miles away!
When we arrived and entered our villa it felt like we were not in the us at all it felt like maybe we took the wrong plane and ended up in the Keys somewhere. The villa we stayed in was furnished just right and very clean. The beach I mean the Gulf of Mexico was just a stroll across the street down a sanded path covered with Florida greenery and flowers gave a peek a boo look at the Gulf as you walked along it and then it opened up into this amazing panoramic of ocean, sky and white sand beach that dazzled the mind we spent hours enjoying it. The folks that own the Villa's made us feel right at home and at ease with provided all we needed during our stay they are wonderful people. I plan on returning to Island Garden Villa's but next time I will bring my husband for sure.
Truly the perfect get away! Cindy
Wonderful in every way!
The owners are extremely friendly and accomodating. Everything is provided for a relaxing beach vacation. The gardens are beautifully designed, maintained and give you the feeling of a private paradise. We will return as often as possible.
Nan and John
This was our second stay with Island Garden Villas, and it was a beautiful and relaxing as the first!! Christy and Chuck maintain the property in the highest fashion, with beautiful gardens, tastefully decorated villas, and all the comforts of home!! Only wish we could stay longer!! Until next year!!!
Terry & Tim
Just across the Sunshine Skyway - Pinellas County - Seminole, FL
After searching almost every property available on the island that allows cats we chose Island Garden Villas. From the moment I talked to Christy, I knew it was a special place that she & her husband Chuck took great pride in! We were not disappointed at all. The villa was clean, well equipped and was tastefully decorated to suit the beach vibe! At first I was reluctant to get a place without a pool. However, we were not disappointed at all. The beach access was directly across the street through the adoring Seagrapes and to the less crowded strand of beach! After spending the day in the water, shelling, walking, watching the birds and sunsets it felt great to jump in the hot tub. Although not as hot as I normally like, it was still refreshing (and clean) to my surprise! Some of the other guests preferred it the temp that it was set on but I ended up being satisfied! Kudos to Christy & Chuck. The grounds are gorgeous and well kept up! I love the tropical foilage and took a million pictures of the flowers and plant life and I'm even a native Floridian!!! Oh, and we never get tired of seeing Dolphins and Manatees. We saw several of both in the Gulf during out stay. That's always an added bonus!
My husband and I found The Island Garden Villas to be one of the most peaceful and accomodating places we have ever stand. We couldn't find one thing they had not thought of. The rooms are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, appointed with water fountains that provided a very restful environment.
relaxing beach vacation
we had had a good idea about this villa from the previous reviews and pretty much everything that were said in those reviews are true. Christy and Chuck, the owners of this villa are very nice and they made sure that our stay at the villa was comfortable and relaxing. The place is exactly the same as you see in the pictures of this villa. Beautiful garden and nice rooms. The beach is only 2 minutes walk from the villa. The beach is beautiful, calm and water. Just like the pictures of the beach on the Villa's website and brochure. Our daughters who are 13 and 9 enjoyed the beach very much. They didn't mind that there wasn't a pool in the villa as the beach was just so nice, they didn't need a pool. It was a lovely beach vacation place and we definitely would like to go back and stay at this villa again.
Janet & Ron Hicks
Garden of Eden
Perfect in every way, from the beauty of the courtyard to the nearness of the beach.
GREAT VACATION GETAWAY
This was our second stay at Island Garden Villas.
The garden courtyard was my favorite. Beautiful plants, great background music and fountain. The perfect place to read and/or just relax. The Beach was just a short walk down a path across the street.
Chuck and Christy also provide beach supplies/chair, umbrella and toys for kids chairs,umbrellas and toys for kids.
We will definately re-visit again.
David and Diane Colson
Best Beach Stay ever!!
We visited May 30 thur 5th and the stay was the best ever beach vacation we have had. Christy and Chuck were the best hosts and made our stay that much better. We stayed in the palm villa and it had everthing you needed. The laundry room had all the water toys and beach chairs and even some addtional sun screen if you needed it. The water was wonderful and anna Maria Island was very nice we rode our bikes around the town, we ate and fished at the City Pier. We also had dessert at the Sign of the Mermaid, one of our friends say they had the best peanut butter pie he ever tasted. This place is great and we will be back each year from now on.
Nancy and Caitie (mother/daughter)
New Albany Indiana
Can't wait to go back!
This was our third time staying at the beautiful Island Garden Villas, and again, we came away refreshed and re-energized. Everything we needed to enjoy our getaway was provided by Chuck and Christy, the gracious hosts of this peaceful mecca. Like many people, we come to this area of Florida for the fabulous beaches and the blue-green Gulf waters. "Our" beach is not only gorgeous, with fine white sand and lots of seashells, but it is also the perfect place to watch the breathtaking sunsets! And it is rarely crowded! Watching for dolphins is a favorite pastime, and on our most recent visit, we saw several manatees as well! When we can tear ourselves away from the beach, we love to just hang out at the villa. Each one we've stayed in has been artfully decorated to give the ambiance of our own private "beach house". We've never stayed anywhere else where our expectations based on the brochure and the website have actually been exceeded! Not just the villas, but also the courtyard, which is a tropical haven to be enjoyed in solitude or chatting with other guests. We've driven the coast from St. Pete to Venice, and won't think of staying anywhere else but anna Maria Island, and definitely nowhere else but the Island Garden Villas!
Great surroundings, accommodations and service
We were pleasantly surprised. Booked the trip through the internet search and found the villas to be very clean, tastefully decorated and the surroundings were gorgeous. The owners made our stay extremely easy -- had everything we needed for our beach stay including sunscreen! The kitchen was well equipped -- really couldn't have asked for more!
Battle Creek, Michigan
A totally relaxing getaway
We had an awesome time at Island Garden Villas and Anna Maria Island 05/14/2010 ~ 05/21/2010. Island Garden Villas is a wonderful place to stay,Chuck and Christy are wonderful hosts and either on site or easily reached for any questions or concerns. The villas are situated around a beautifully landscaped courtyard with a fountain in the center. There is a gas grill for guests to use,a very nice hot tub and a shower outside to rinse sand and sunscreen off before entering your villa. Also they have on site laundry,beach gear(chairs,umbrellas,towels,wagons,etc.),bikes and fishing poles. They offer one bedroom,one bath or two bedroom two bath villas and each one has a private patio area. We have been there three times and stayed in three different villas and each one has been just as nice as the last. They have full kitchens with a dinning area,a nice living area, which has a tv,movies to watch and a few games to play if you like.They also have free wireless internet,which I took advantage of to send pictures and chat with family back home,a folder full of things to do in the area and places to eat and a guest journel to read about other guests experiences and to write your own.
The island offers many things to do from parasailing,jetsking/boat rentals as well as scooter or golf cart rentals and charters for fishing or site seeing to name a few. There are also many resturants,small shops(some within walking distance), and a grocery store. Pretty much anything you need. And they have a trolly service to get you to and from anywhere on the island.
It's a beautiful,quiet,relaxing place just a very short walk to a beach that is used mainly by people from the villas and condos around it and not the general public. I think these are the things we like most and why we keep coming back. And the thing we like the least is saying good-bye
Moray and Kathleen
A little bit of paradise
We stayed here for a week last year and for just
over two weeks this year. Next year we hope to
stay for even longer.
Chuck and Christie are the most welcoming and
wonderful hosts, everything that is required for a
relaxing and great vacation is supplied. You
require to bring nothing with you but your clothes
and food. Everything else is provided.
The property is only two minutes walk to the beach
and that beach has white sand for as far as the
eye can see. One would think, from the few people
there, that it was an exclusive beach for you
Should you not be enticed by beaches, the garden
here is beautiful with a wide variety of plants
and trees, water features and soft music in the
We have enjoyed many perfect evenings sitting in
the garden in the company of other guests,
enjoying a glass of wine in the beautiful
Mebane, North Carolina
A little bit of paradise!
These villas, surrounding a courtyard filled with masses of tropical blooms, are elegant. Our one-bedroom villa, the Oleander, was more than well equipped, charmingly decorated, and very comfortable.
Christy and Chuck have outdone themselves to offer their guests all amenities to make your island vacation pleasant: beach towels, chairs, umbrellas,carts to haul your beach equipment to the beach, bicycles (with helmets), laundry facilities, lots of books and current magazines, hot tub, gas grill. How sublime to sit in the courtyard in the morning with a cup of coffee or in the evening with a glass of wine.
This was our first visit to Island Garden Villas, but it won't be our last. We've already reserved two weeks for the same time next year.
The owners take such great care to make sure that the
place is "spotless" and give great care to details to
make your stay enjoyable. They provide everything you
need chairs, towels, books, bikes, etc. We have
stayed many places and the beds will make you not
want to go anywhere else...ever! We came for the
beach but the front porch was so beautiful nestled in
the gardens that we only went to the beach for the
sunsets! My favorite part was the seclusion and total
The owners/hosts provide a thoroughly relaxing atmosphere. From the beautiful gardens to the gorgeous villas everything was thoughtfully presented. Across the street from the beach, the hosts provide everything for a day at the beach - umbrellas, towels, chairs and a cart to take it all there. The villa was very well stocked with kitchen supplies, there was laundry facilites on site, and bikes were available to use. we could not have wished for anything more!!
A haven of beauty and calm
As soon as you enter the courtyard of Island Garden Villas you are transported into a haven of beauty and calm. Lush tropical foilage surrounds a water fountain which provides a soothing soundscape. The service we received from the owners Christy and Chuck was wonderful. I had some special needs which I communicated to Christy before we came and she took care to meet them. The home was beautifully furnished, very comfortable and fully equipped with everything to make our stay perfect! (Including all beach amenities)
The property is about a one minute stroll to the beach.
Lynne and Brian
Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Well, what can I say, Chuck and Christy are the perfect hosts. Brian and I didn't think there was ANYTHING we needed that they hadn't provided. The Oleander was absolutely gorgeous, so comfortable and perfect for relaxation The grounds are so well kept and I think I saw a new flower bloom every day. Christy is one awesome gardener, which is very evident, Chuck is the best handyman, and together make a great couple. The closeness to the beach and the availability of the beach carts to take all we needed for a day of sand and sun in one trip was a great idea. The courtyard is a lovely relaxing area with comfortable chairs and tables and soft relaxing music playing, so during the day or evening I found it a nice place to curl up with a good book or glass of wine! We had 2 weeks of bliss, and would not hesitate in any way to say - Go, Check Island Garden Villas out for yourself, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!!
Thank you both for the most relaxing time we've had in a long time. Hopefully we will see you again in the not too distant future.
A lovely place to stay for a relaxing break. Peaceful and calm, with a tranquil courtyard garden.Villa was absolutely lovely and spotlessly clean. The attention to every detail was done with such care. The owners have thought of everything.
We will be back next year.
Bay City, Royal Oak, and West Bloomfield, Michigan
Our family's island gathering spot.
Grandma and Grandpa had our kids and their kids in one place, under the Florida sky, in a small courtyard that looked like Paradise. We sat around the firepit, grilled our goodies, scooted out to the beach, and truly enjoyed private and individualized accomodations for each family unit.
Beautiful Anna Marie Island has a jewel in it's midst. Chuck and Christy become your friends, as well as your hosts. It is the complete package.
We all said that we would surely go back someday. We hope that comes true.
Maple, Ontario, Canada
Paradise on Anna Maria Island
Island Garden Villas is a jewel on Anna Maria Island. The villas are beautifully decorated and equipped with every imaginable comfort. The lovely gardens are peaceful, with fountains, relaxing music playing and an array of tropical flowers. Both the villas and the gardens are immaculately kept. The prestine beach is breathtaking! Island Garden Villas meets all the criteria of a "Perfect" vacation. Most importantly, our hosts, Christy and Chuck, were extremely gracious and ensured our utmost comfort. We were so pleased to stay at their villas and now consider them friends. Christy & Chuck's pride of ownership can definitely be seen everywhere at Island Garden Villas. Every possible ammenity to ensure 100% guest comfort has been addressed. The entire property exhibits great attention to detail. We congratulate them on creating a true home away from home and an absolute paradise in their gem on Anna Maria Island. In fact, our stay was so perfect we ended up extending our vacation because we could not bear to leave. We will definitely be returning to Island Garden Villas. We highly recommend this beautiful luxury accomodation on Anna Maria Island for a truly picture perfect vacation. But, be warned, you too will fall in love with Island Garden Villas and leaving this paradise will be difficult! Once again, thanks Christy & Chuck for an absolutely perfect vacation!
The most comfortable, enchanting place we have ever stayed
My husband I decided to take a last minute trip to Anna Maria Island and
while looking for a place to stay, we were overwhelmed with the number of
choices. It is always a fearsome thing to book a new place and wonder if it
will turn into a vacation nightmare, but we were so delighted with our stay
at Island Garden Villages it could not have worked out better.
First of all, the hosts Chuck and Christy are very welcoming,
accommodating and helpful. When we arrived we were amazed at the
enchanting beauty of the villas and the courtyard gardens.
Then walking into our villa was wonderful -- it was bright, clean,
beautifully decorated, and oh so comfortable. Everything we needed was
there in the villa, and there was also a separate laundry area with all sorts of
beach toys and bikes, magazines, etc. The kitchen in the villa had
everything we needed for home cooking too.
It was quiet, which we really needed, and our privacy was respected.
At night, after a long day, we would look out our French doors at the
gardens lit up with magic. It was so peaceful and beautiful. Very restoring.
The villa was just a walk across a street to a beach path and the Gulf, and
we loved the location. It was perfect for us. The beaches there were quiet
and beautiful, offered perfect swimming, and one night we saw dolphins
swim right by us.
We also spent time eating out at Hurricane Hanks -- very good shrimp,
Euphemia Haye on LongBoat Key -- the best desserts in the world, The
Island Creperie -- the best buckwheat crepes and delicious French dinners,
and Ginny’s and Jane E’s to get sandwiches, quiches, etc. and fresh
cinnamon buns. There were fun antique stores and shells shops too.
There's so much to do in the area, not only on Anna Maria, but on the other
keys as well, and it is a gorgeous drive into Sarasota.
We had such a good time we can't wait to go back. We want to thank our
hosts Chuck and Christy for providing us such a beautiful place to stay. It
was the perfect retreat for us
Paradise In Florida
At Island Gardens it is a home away from home! Every room is unique. The decor is spectacular. We love the beautiful courtyard full. of tropical flowers, waterfalls, and an awesome fountain in the middle of the gardens. Hosts Kristi and Chuck are the best! They make the stay so pleasant. The beach is a two minute walk. Can't wait til next time! Love you, Chuck and Kristi.
Tom, Cindy, Andrew, And Jennifer Silvers
3 Kiwis and 2 Aussies
Everything we hoped for and more
As a group of well seasoned travelers we found
the service given by Christy and Chuck second to none.The Villas were immaculate and fully equipped,the gardens beautifully presented and the location to the beach,shops, and restaurants if needed was ideal.To be on the beach within 2 minutes, able to prepare and cook inside or out on the grill and sit to our meals in a tranquil,tropical setting was exactly the priority we had set for this break away from hectic work and social commitments.Island garden Villas gave us this and more.
This is truly a place that is tended with love and care, and every consideration for the guests.We will be back.
Beach Loving Sisters
My sister and I have spent our last 2 annual beach vacations at Island Garden Villas. We loved it so much the first time that we didn't even have to think twice about where we wanted to go this year. Christy and Chuck have certainly created a paradise here. Each completely furnished villa, surrounded by gardens of tropical foiliage and flowers, is expertly decorated in beach tones, which makes your beach experience that much better. The path that leads directly out onto the beach is right there across from Island Garden Villas. Their location for shopping and restaurants is also superb. And after a day at the beach, or shopping, or visiting the local spa for a massage, you can relax in the wonderful hot tub that's available to the guests there. Chuck and Christy have thought of everything to make your stay even better by having bicycles, beach chairs, beach toys, wagons to load your stuff in all available for the guests. This is definitely a first class place and we will definitely go back for another stay. You just can't miss with Island Garden Villas. Take a look at their website. You'll be hooked and you won't regret it.
Hasse and Marita
Island Garden Villas - our second home
We love Island Garden Villas on Anna Maria Island, Florida. It is our "second
home". We come back every year. Christy and Chuck are the most adorable
hosts, always so helpful and warm. The villas are wonderful each one, we
have stayed in four of them. They are all wonderfully decorated and you get a
strong feeling of beeing home. The garden is so peaceful with its hundreds of
flowers, palmtrees and plants and we have also met people there who have
become our friends. The beach only a two minutes walk from the villas is so
lovely, both during the days with the white sand and warm sea and the
evenings, with its beautiful sunsets. We always want to return. See you next
May again, Christy and Chuck!
Hasse and Marita Brandt, Radmanso, Sweden.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Island Garden Villas, Anna Maria Island
We recently returned from our fourth visit (12 days) to Island Garden Villas. The owners, Chuck and Christy, are such friendly hosts and they strive to make sure you have the perfect holiday.
The units are beautifully decorated, exceptionally clean, and contain all items needed for housekeeping and cooking. There are beach umbrellas, toys, chairs, and beach towels for your use, even a little wagon to take everything to the beach, which is only a short walk, literally steps, across the street. Crossing the street is not a problem as this is the quieter end of Anna Maria Island, a residential neighbourhood. At night, there is very little noise from traffic.
The large fountain in the middle of the courtyard, with it's tinkling water sounds, aids in the sense of calmness and coolness. The lovely gardens and courtyard provide tranquil shade to spend time reading, eating your meals, or chatting with other quests, a favourite pastime of ours!
There are shops and a large grocery store located a short drive away, less than 10 minutes. Also, if you don't want to cook your own meals, there are numerous restaurants on the Island, in all price ranges.
We find Island Garden Villas to be the ideal place for a beach vacation offering total relaxation in a beautiful setting. We wouldn't think of going anywhere else!
Bliss and Serenity
This is the third time I spent Thanksgiving week with a friend at Island Garden Villas. The lush gardens and the tastefully decorated apartments (each one is different) offered ample opportunities for relaxation, meditation, and fun. The kitchens are so well equipped that we found all the gadgets necessary for the new recipes we were trying out that week.
Sitting on the porch or in the courtyard was always relaxing. The sound from the water fountain and the background music (very subtle) created a soothing atmosphere. On cold evenings, the hot tub and the gas fire place created enough warmth to feel cozy and comfortable outside.
The days at the beach were easy and comfortable, since the owners provide beach chairs and towels and even bicycles for those inclined to use them.
It is obvious that the owners care very much about the garden, villas, and most of all, about the guests. One gets a feeling of a "home" rather than just a vacation place--one can socialize or withdraw in whatever measure one prefers. The perfect place for people who try to escape from a hectic or challenging life life and long for a quiet and serene surroundings to relax.
matt and sherri
Our Island Paradise
This was our second stay at Island Garden Villas and we have already booked our stay for next year. We love the immaculate villas and beautiful gardens. Everything is provided to help make our stay special. The beach is beautiful and never crowded. Most importantly, Christy and Chuck are wonderful hosts. We will continue to recommend Island Garden Villas to anyone traveling to Florida.
Derek & Isabelle
We have been vacationing at the Island Garden Villas every year, for the last 5 years and we look forward to our visit all year long! The villas are beautifully decorated, very clean and well stocked... just bring your swim suit and toothbrush! The hosts, Chuck and Christy are among the sweetest people we have ever had the honour of meeting. The Island Garden Villas... Just Heaven!
Lanark, Scotland, UK
I only have one hesitation in recommending Island Garden Villas as the most immaculate, tranquil, warmly welcoming, ideally-located and wondrous place to make a home for two weeks. It's that some lucky person books my slot. Because this is such a special place that I fully expect to bring my family back for many years to come.
So, taking a deep breath, here goes...
Accommodation: utterly spotless and beautifully decorated, stocked with every conceivable comfort and utensil, from dream-inducing beds to a giant BBQ, from Wifi to a hot-tub. The gardens are immaculate, stunning and tended daily by the warm, discreet, gentle, perfectionist owners, Chuck & Christy.
Evenings in the courtyard, the fountain tinkling and the lights twinkling, are heavenly.
Location: Only 120 paces from the whitest, sugary-sand 6-mile stretch of beach imaginable. Grab one of the little beach trailers, pop in your parasol, beach chairs, floats, raffia mats, coolers, buckets and spades (ALL provided) and walk through the Secret Path to the sandy strand and feel your cares and your worries simply fall away.
Watch pelicans dive, dolphins bob lazily, (and the local osprey catching dinner), all the while staring at the azure blue of the Gulf Coast. It is utterly magical.
Local Amenities: Simply everything you need -from supermarkets to local craft shops. Great restaurants abound, from fine dining to ice cream parlours (special mention for 'The Sandbar', 'The Sun House' - and 'Peaches' for breakfast). Cinema nearby too.
Shopping: An outlet mall in Ellenton, International Plaza in Tampa and the Millennium Mall in Orlando should keep even the most ardent shopaholic satisfied.
Attractions: If you want to 'do' Disney, Universal Studios and Seaworld, etc in Orlando (all hugely expensive!), then it's 2 hrs by car, but do yourself a favour - the rides are scarier and the prices more reasonable at Busch Gdns in Tampa, only 45 minutes away.
I.G.V. = Ideal Getaway Vacation...
The Marx Family
2nd great stay...
We are a family from Germany and stayed at Island Garden Villas
twice. Both times we were thrilled with the hospitality of our hosts
Christy & Chuck as well as the wonderfull location with the beach
being so close by...
Each time we could enjoy a different villa, which were both most
tastefully furnished and offered all the convenience you can
Also we were very impressed with the garden situated around the
fountain where we enjoyed most relaxing hours.
Christy and Chuck provide beach chairs, bycicles, boogie boards
and other toys for children to play with at the beach which we and
our 7-year-old son appreciated very much.
We are definitely planning on coming back and have already highly
recomended the Island Garden Villas to our friends in Europe...
ANOTHER GREAT VACATION
FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN COMING TO THE VILLAS. WE RETURN YEAR AFTER YEAR FOR A FEW SIMPLE REASONS. VALUE-YOU GET A FULL KITCHEN AND CAN COOK ALL MEALS AT THE VILLA. THIS CAN SAVE YOU A 1000$ OVER THE WEEK. CLEANLINESS-CHUCK AND CRISTY MAINTAIN THE PROPERTY FROM THE INSIDE OUT. THE LEVEL OF CLEANLINESS IS FAR BEYOND ANY OTHER PLACE WE HAVE STAYED. COMFORT-FROM THE MINUTE WE ARRIVE IT IS PEACEFULL. IT IS ALWAYS VERY QUIET AT NIGHT. YOU CAN SIT ON YOUR DECK AND ENJOY THE BIRDS AND A LITTLE BREEZE. THE BEDS ARE VERY COMFORTABLE AND THE SOFA IS GREAT TO. AND WE CAN NOT FORGET THE HOT TUB. THIS IS BOUND TO MAKE YOU FELL LIKE YOU ARE A NEW PERSON.
WE DRIVE DOWN EVERY YEAR WITH 3 LITTLE ONES, STOP IN GEORGIA,STOP IN DISNEY RESORTS, AND THEN THE VILLA FOR THE WEEK. WE ARE STILL TRYING TO FIND PLACES TO STAY IN GEORGIA AND DISNEY THAT COMPARE TO THE VILLAS.
OUR THREE LITTLE ONES LIKE TO PLAY AROUND THE FOUNTAIN AND WE LOVE TO COOK ON THE GRILL. WE LOVE THE BEACH, IT'S A 1 MINUTE WALK TO THE BEACH.
WE RECOMEND THE "SANDBAR" RESTRAUNT AND THE "WATERFRONT". THERE IS ALSO A GOOD MEXICAN PLACE ON THE ISLAND "TORTILLA BAY".
THERE ARE GREAT SHOPS AND ICE CREAM PLACES ON THE ISLAND.
IN CLOSING IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A QUIET RELAXING PLACE TO STAY THAT IS CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE THIS IS THE BEST AROUND.
I would highly recommend this property, excellent villa, beautiful and well maintained garden, plus gracious hosts made our stay most enjoyable.
The villas are well located very close to the wonderful beaches of the Island,they are well furnished with attention to detail.
We certainly hope to return.
Winter Park, FL
A dear and longime friend(from Louisville,KY)and I have stayed at the Villas for the past 3 years during Thanksgiving week. We have stayed in the area for 8 years and found The Villas while driving around. We stopped, looked, and were so impressed with the accomodations(you need bring nothing but clothes)and garden setting but even more so with Chuck and Christy--such delightful hosts. We are a nurse and teacher--both with high stress people jobs so peacefulness and quiet are #1 priorities. Both of us are avid readers and the environment is so conducive to reading or just being--if you don't get too relaxed and fall asleep--but that is OK too. Love the kitchens--even better after surprise changes last year--we cook most meals in and enjoy eating in the courtyard (wonderful gas grill)or on the porch(a must for leisurely breakfasts and paper reading). Music, garden, and fountain are so relaxing--wonderful for painting or sketching or sewing--never enough time for all we bring to do!! The hot tub is wonderful--especially if cool weather and then wine and treats by the gas fire pit--an evening ritual. Two bedrooms and bathrooms are great.Furnished beautifully and makes one feel so at home. There is even a cat which we both love and helps us miss ours a little less. We look forward all year to going back--actually seems like going home. We know where to get groceries, movies, and wine. An easy trip and vacation--so little preparation. Have a tradition of grouper sandwich as soon as we get there at a waterfront restaurant. Lots of art galleries and shops in the area. Beach is quiet and usually not crowded. A supurb retreat for old friends to catch up, eat, drink, and rejuvenate. We are counting the days till November when we will arrive again to PARADISE. Each trip we pick a word to describe the trip--SERENITY--ENCHANTMENT (Xmas decorations are stunning and different yearly-a fairy land)--BLISS. Not enough can be said how gracious Chuck and Christy are--we're coming home
Wonderful Villa in a Beautiful Setting
We have stayed at Island Garden Villas (IGV) three times and loved it each time. Anna Maria is a great little town with a lot to do, but it is not touristy. A great mix of nice restaurants and hole in the wall bars. IGV is across the street from the beach, down a short path full of foliage. The owners of the villas are very nice people that go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay. The kitchen is stocked with the necessities (pots, pans, silverware, etc.) and the villas are nicely decorated and up to date. We also had access to a storage area with beach chairs, toys, wake boards, etc.. Above all, it is one of the cleanest places we have eve stayed and this is VERY important to us. They have also done an amazing job landscaping the property with tons of native plants and flowers. It is nice to sit by the fountain in the evening while cooking on one of the provided grills. We plan to go back to Island Garden Villas and highly recommend it!
We have been vacationing on Anna Maria Island for years. After staying at other places, Island Garden Villas is where we have found all we're looking for in a vacation. The villas are beautifully decorated and very well maintained. Chuck and Christy are wonderful hosts and each year I'm amazed with new things they've added to make the vacation more enjoyable. Their attention to details is amazing. I highly recommend staying at Island Garden Villas-you won't be disappointed!
Jeff & Sandra Stewart
Home from Home
We went to Anna Maria Island in November 2007 for the first time we had no accomadation pre-booked and went into the Chamber of Commerce for some advice. They gave us a few options and some information we liked the look of Island Garden Villas from the leaflet so we phoned Chuck and went to have a look at their villas. We were very impressed with the decor as soon as we walked in and arranged to stay there for a few days but ended up staying longer. Chuck and Christy were so welcoming and not only that they think of everything to make your stay so relaxing. The facilities are extremly good, they have a laundry room were there are beach chairs, brollies, sun tan cream, fishing rods, push bikes there is not much that they have not thought of for your comfort. We enjoyed our stay so much that as you can see we returned the following year. All i can say is that it is the best part of paradise that we have found and we will no doubt return. In fact we should maybe keep it to ourself how good the villas are.
A wonderful experience
My wife, daughter and I have stayed at Island Garden Villas twice,
the first time in 2006 and again the following year. Both occasions
have proved, without question, to be the best family holiday we
could have wished for.
Anna Maria Island is a wonderful place, the property is immaculate
and the warmth of the welcome we've received from the hosts,
Chuck and Christy, is the icing on the cake.
The pristine beach and blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico are a small
stone's throw from the villas. It's also home to manatees, dolphins
and turtles. What more could you ask for from a vacation?
We've been unable to return to AMI for the past two years but we're
counting the days to the time when we can get back there.
For those who care about the environment and want to share in the
earth's beauties, this is one place not to miss.
But please don't all rush there at once because we don't want the
island to be overrun with people :-)
Mark, Fiona and Sophie
Most relaxing vacation...
What a wonderful place to just "be" - the gardens are not only beautiful but very relaxing to just hang out, read a book or visit with friends. The units themselves are very nice and comfortable--feels like we are at home. Christy and Chuck have thought of everything you would need - beach chairs, beach toys, and even the latest magazines to read while relaxing on the beautiful beach. Friends at work have been going there for years and we are glad to have found this little spot of heaven on earth. It is the way Florida used to be when I lived there as a child and look forward to returning each year...
Wonderful place away from home
This was our third time at Island Garden and as always we had a wonderful time. Christi and Chuck are such great hosts. We loved the christmas tree in the court yard and the wreath on the door. How thoughtful. The villas have everything you need and are very nicely furnished. The beach is just across from Island Garden and not very crowded. No need to buy beach chairs, magazines and umbrellas. It is all there for you. We are planning to bring our grandkids down for Christmas this year and are looking forward to our visit.
Greg and Renate Overstreet