We share our pick of the best villas for memorable moments
With the growing trend for combining holidays with landmark celebrations – from intimate weddings to big birthdays and those once-in-a-lifetime honey(or buddy)moons – We share a selection of sumptuous properties and all manner of bespoke arrangements to guarantee memorable moments that last long after the celebrations cease.
For Whimsical Weddings: Fustic House & Mullins Mill
Fustic House: Built in the early 18th century,Fustic House was re-designed by celebrated English theatrical designer Oliver Messel and provides a striking backdrop for wedding celebrations. Complementing its exceptional interiors, lovingly updated by the green-thumbed owners, and a cliffside setting offers unforgettable views of the Caribbean coastline.
The property’s sun deck overlooking a tropical ravine is an ideal setting for alfresco wedding breakfasts deftly catered by Fustic House’s world-class chef, whilst the nearby tranquil beach of Half Moon Fort provides an escape for newlyweds to enjoy a quiet moment together. The Blue Sky Luxury’s Concierge Can team is on hand to ensure the bridal party takes full advantage of Fustic House’s enviable location by arranging catamaran cruises and day trips to neighbouring islands to continue the celebrations.
Rates: From US$ 3750 per night. Comprises seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Mullins Mill A charming property comprising a converted 17th century sugar mill – home to two airy linen-clad bedrooms. Whilst an adjoining cliff-front cottage and gate cottages on the ground offer a host of sleeping arrangements to ensure everyone has ample space. Informal and formal dining areas allow the Blue Sky Luxury team to cater for all forms of wedding breakfast arrangements bespoke to the couple’s preference whilst the gardens, cosy gazebo and infinity edge pool (with Jacuzzi and pool house) ensure a veritable outdoor playground for pre-and post-wedding get togethers or an extended buddymoon. The verdant exotic grounds, twinned with access to the owner’s cottage on Gibbes beach offers an enviable setting for a magical Caribbean wedding.
Rates: From US$ 2800 per night. Comprises eight bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms across three properties including the main house, the cliff-front cottage and the gate cottage.
For Romantic Escapes and Honeymoons : Leamington Cottage & Langara
Leamington Cottage: Guarded by Roman statues this charming one bedroom property epitomises cosiness with a dash of Caribbean cool. A private walkway straight onto the beach with its own reef offers couples and honeymooners the chance to while away the day with lazy snorkels under the sunshine. The Blue Sky Luxury’s professional team are on hand to rustle up romantic suppers à deux and beachside breakfasts overlooking the endless blues of the Caribbean Sea. A private plunge pool is also available.
Rates: From US$1,100 per night. Comprises one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms.
Langara: Set within lush tropical gardens and overlooking a sheltered cerulean swimming cove, Langara offers a luxurious penthouse retreat in the privately-owned Sandy Cove residential community. Generous living and dining areas, along with large terraces and spectacular ocean views, make for enchanting evenings of gourmet food prepared by a private chef and picturesque sunsets. As the sun goes down, couples can enjoy views up the West Coast from the north terrace private pool, and a personal butler will be on hand to ensure a most pleasant stay.
Rates start from: $2,100 per night. Comprises four bedrooms and four bathrooms
For Landmark Celebrations: Crystal Springs & Greensleeves
Crystal Springs: Set on 1.7 acres of beautiful coastline Crystal Springs is an exceptional beachfront villa spread across six spacious buildings. This elegant retreat designed by the legendary Oliver Messel and renovated in 2014, offers ten ample en-suite bedrooms, three al-fresco dining areas, a 50 x 20ft infinity pool, in-house cinema, modern gym and access to an 18’ speedboat and water sports equipment. The effervescent staff provide consummate first class service, gourmet delights and bespoke arrangements to ensure a once-in-a-lifetime celebration that forms enduring memorable moments.
Rates from: $7,245 per night. Comprises ten bedrooms and eleven and 2 half powder rooms
Greensleeves: Set on 11-acres of prime beachfront, Greensleeves is the ultimate luxurious tropical villa. The exclusive property comprises nine spacious en-suite bedrooms, each with their own terrace, some of which look out to the breath-taking turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. With a special two bedroom children’s wing and nanny accommodation, the beautiful villa is a perfect option for large groups with young children. Guests have access to tennis courts and a selection of water sports equipment, whilst a free-form pool with its own coconut tree-lined mini island and swim-up bar offers the perfect setting for cocktails at dusk. An accomplished private chef will cook up sumptuous meals for guests, or alternatively they may choose to explore the many local culinary hotspots. Greensleeves’ staff and concierge service will gladly provide excellent recommendations for a memorable stay in Barbados, beginning right from the moment guests touch down on the island.
Rates from: $7,500 per night. Comprises nine bedrooms and nine and two half bathrooms