The New, New Yacht
Barnes Bay Villa has invented sailing anew. When you cast anchor here, leave your notions of sailing behind. This is better. Still on land, you feel aboard a luxurious yacht.
Designed by world-renowned architectural firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo – whose resume includes the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and Wynn’s Encore Hotel in Las Vegas – the 27,000-square-foot Barnes Bay Villa rises from the sea and seems to float upon the water.
The palatial quartzite and limestone exterior, installed by the finest Italian artisans and unrivalled on the island, has retained its immaculate elegance despite its place at the water’s edge in the face of the salty winds.
To enter the Villa is to set sail. As you step through the mahogany double doors, listen to the sound of a waterfall, an aural prelude to the voyage. It feeds a lazy, meandering stream that disperses into several smaller waterfalls and empties into the lower pool, steps from the private beach.
From here, the upper deck, enjoy a view through the North wing’s capacious Great Room to the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Lounge alone, or effortlessly accommodate 100 guests in a space that features a shady wrap-around veranda and a collection of paintings and sculptures curated from around the world. The adjacent media and entertainment room doubles as a library, while also containing additional pieces of unique artwork and exquisite mahogany furnishings.
As you descend to the lower level, still surrounded by views of the water, walk through the 18-seat dining room and state-of-the-art SieMatic kitchen, with bespoke cabinetry. In the lounge area, a bar with custom brass foot-rail enhances the pervasive experience of seafaring in luxurious captain’s quarters. When you stand up, stop. Through the crystalline bay window, you can all but reach out and touch it: the 60 feet by 25 feet infinity pool blends effortlessly into the azure sea.
To preserve the intimacy and privacy of the each of the four wings of the massive property, Italian limestone breezeways connect the North wing to the other three. Along the walkways, stone arches recall the air of a Venetian piazza.
From the North wing, walk privately to the upper level of the West wing, where the master suite overlooks the Villa’s West pool. The bedroom’s tasteful, minimalist furnishings retain its warmth. A mahogany cabinet conceals a television, which rises for viewing at the touch of a button. A coffee table crafted from a miniature wooden boat adds a whimsical nautical touch. At sunset, surround yourself with colorful views of the water from the spacious master bath and dressing room. If you must, work in the attached mahogany-outfitted study, which, along with ample custom cabinetry, offers several computer work spaces and audio/visual equipment.
As you exit the master suite, walk across to the East wing, where a second master suite opens to the rising sun by way of a shaded veranda. The bedroom, along with the Villa’s other bedrooms, features a huge hand-woven Portuguese rug. An oversized bathroom finished with Italian limestone and mahogany cabinets sits beside a custom walk-in closet with intelligently designed storage spaces. A private, indoor staircase provides access to a two-bedroom suite below, complete with full bathrooms, a wet bar and adjacent sitting room that is flooded with natural light. The Villa’s sleeping accommodations include a similar layout on the West wing’s lower floor.
The outdoor living spaces include private and open lounge spaces throughout the property. Sheltered terraces face gentle breezes, giving the sense of being on the deck of a resting ship.
To complement the natural contours of the Villa’s private 350-foot waterfront and beach, landscape designer Larry Steinle, who also created the landscapes at the splendid Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua, has surrounded the home with lush tropical flora. Even the kitchen garden and manicured tennis court blend seamlessly into the landscape.
The South wing completes the well-oiled machine that is Barnes Bay Villa. Below a generous caretaker’s suite quietly purr the systems that sustain the “yacht” – a veritable engine room. Here, the architects’ pedigree as luxury resort designers shines through. The masterfully engineered mechanical system fuels the building with solar-powered hot-water, a 100,000-gallon cistern provides drinking water and irrigation, and the enormous generator with attached diesel storage tank can provide uninterrupted power for several days. A Lutron control system regulates all interior and exterior lighting, and sewage is treated in a private, on-site plant. Like a yacht, the Villa is designed for versatility, self-sufficiency, and luxury. There are no afterthoughts.
From stern to bow, the “still yacht” is a synergy of intimate and expansive spaces, stretching into the sea, yet contained and complete within itself.Barnes Bay Villa could be yours to own and enjoy.
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