The folks over at House Hunters really seem to fancy St. John. But really, why wouldn’t they…
In case you missed it, Eco Serendib was featured last night on a new episode of House Hunters: Where Are They Now? (We have Papa News of St. John to thank for this. He alerted us about the show being on just 30 minutes prior to airtime.)
For those of you unfamiliar with Eco Serendib, it’s a spectacular eight bedroom, eco friendly villa overlooking the waters of Fish Bay. The home was first featured on House Hunters about four years ago when Harith Wickrema was looking for a property on St. John.
Here is a quick clip from the original House Hunter’s episode:
Last night’s episode returned to the property, giving viewers a glimpse on the incredible updates Harith has made over the years. (Last night’s episode was filmed back in September.)
“Eco Serendib Villa and Spa agreed to be on the show with the hope of spreading the fact that while reducing the carbon footprint, one can also enjoy luxury,” Harith told us late Thursday night.
Since the show’s original airing, Harith has added 69 solar panels, as well as an organic garden designed by Josephine Roller (of Coral Bay Organic Gardens) which offers guests a seed to table experience. The villa supports the island’s Resource Depot to repurpose construction materials, and has a paperless conference room, a dining table made out of repurposed construction boards that look and feel like marble, and a repurposed Styrofoam barbecue stand.
But what makes this villa even more special to us is how it works to restore the island’s beaches.
“For every day the villa is rented, Eco Serendib donates funds to Friends of the National Park to plant native trees as part of the Eco Serendib Beach Restoration Project,” Harith said. “We have donated almost $20,000 since the program was launched last year.”
(News of St. John wrote a story about the project back in August. You can read that story here.)
House Hunters: Where Are They Now? featuring Eco Serendib will air again on February 22, March 6 and March 23. Check your local listings for times.