Oceanview Residence, Sugar Beach Resort, Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia – just 200 square miles in the Lesser Antilles – is an island of twin peaks, lush rainforest and pristine beaches. Those natural splendours meet at the island hideaway of Sugar Beach. Petite Piton, the smaller of the two volcanic spires, can be seen clearly from this traditional clapboard mansion, which sits on one of the largest plots in the Sugar Beach Resort. The large pool and sun terrace are perfect for relaxing, while outdoor dining areas provide fine views of the ocean. Alternatively, there is a wide range of restaurants at the resort, as well as a spa with treetop treatment rooms, a private beach and watersports activities. The residence’s gardens were designed by the legendary Veronica Shingleton Smith, a former film actress who landed on the island in 1952. The beautiful planting includes lime, mango, banana and grapefruit.
Monkey Manor, Royal Westmoreland, Barbados
Set in the gated Royal Westmoreland estate on the west coast of Barbados, this elegant villa is situated at the top of the exclusive Palm Ridge with commanding views of the Caribbean Sea. The property sits in just under one acre of tropical gardens, and consists of the main house and two cottages. The home’s open-plan design features contemporary finishes, including sleek marble floors and coral render. There is also a custom-designed Miele kitchen in both the main house and the self-contained guest cottage. Other notable features include a 1,000 sq ft first-floor terrace with sea views, a grand piano and an even grander swimming pool. Residents also have access to the amenities available at Royal Westmoreland, including a golf course, clubhouse, tennis courts and gym.
Villa Skyline, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Villa Skyline is a mountain-top slice of modernist architecture across four floors with an ocean-facing infinity pool for far-reaching views. This unique villa has more than 6,000 sq ft of outside entertaining space. All rooms have access to either the pool and decking area, or to one of the large balconies angled for views across the island or ocean. Inside, the living space extends to 4,000 sq ft, with two bedrooms on the main floor, and a kitchen and living area on the second floor. One floor up, the master suite includes a private lounge and gym area, together with the master bedroom. Providenciales has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, while the Turks and Caicos come close to island perfection.
La Belle Helene, Beau Estate, Saint Lucia
With the Caribbean on one side and the Atlantic on the other, Saint Lucia is an island of sophisticated escapism and dazzling beaches. Situated in a beautifully landscaped garden of 2.2 acres, La Belle Helene is dedicated to elegance, with marble floors, a graceful double staircase and lofty ceilings. It embraces formal dining, as well as more relaxed entertaining with spacious interior rooms that open on to beautiful terraces that frame ocean views and the Pitons. A waterfall cascades into the inviting pool, while the gardens slope down to the sandy white beach. The town of Soufrière is nearby, as is the Glenconner estate – but it will be difficult to tear yourself away from this peaceful retreat.
Patio Villas, Canouan, Grenadines
Close to Barbados and Mustique, Canouan is just five square miles of beach, rich greenery and world-class sailing. It’s the perfect Caribbean island for those in search of total privacy. Survey the scene from the top of Mount Royal to view the reef that shelters the island. Alternatively, simply look out from the elegant terrace of the Italian-designed Patio Villas. The spacious design and natural finishes create an easy flow from room to room, merging indoor spaces with outdoors. Discreetly managed by Mandarin Oriental Canouan, owners can enjoy the hotel’s impeccable amenities, such as the wellness spa, health and fitness facilities and restaurants. Residents can also test themselves against the championship golf course that meanders around the bay with views of the beaches and reef.
L’Anse aux Epines House, Lance Aux Epines, Grenada
Set on the shores of Prickly Bay, this colonial estate house has wonderful views of the ocean and the yachts that gather in the bay. The architecture of the house dates back to the 19th century, but it was completely rebuilt in 2007. Along with two guest houses, one of which is the old Sugar Mill Tower, the estate now provides more than 11,000 sq ft of stylish living space. The property is set in two acres of tropical gardens, with a path down to a private waterfront, three moorings and a deep-water dock, with pool and private beach. The five-star hotels of Laluna and The Calabash are close by, while the capital, Saint George’s, is just a short drive away.