This recently completed villa is situated on the east coast of Antigua, on a small cliff with spectacular sea views. The closest beach is Long Bay, about 2 minutes drive away and the nearest village, Willikies, with a couple of small local supermarkets, a five minute drive away. Long Bay has two hotels and several small local beach restaurants and bars. Across the bay is the National Park and Devil’s Bridge, a local tourist attraction, with some nice walking and small wild coves and beaches. Betty’s Hope, a partly restored sugar mill plantation, is ten minutes drive. Stingray City is near Willikies and you can swim with the rays there. Half Moon Bay beach, where you can body surf, is about twenty minutes drive. The property is very quiet and private, and most suitable for several couples, or families with older children.
The interiors are a stylish mix of contemporary Caribbean style and Balinese furniture and décor, with beautiful greenheart wooden floors and louvered doors and windows, all with mosquito netting. All rooms are large, airy and comfortable, with ceiling fans, and every room has a view of the sea. The villa’s living area is a series of linked rooms that open out on three sides to get the best of tropical living. One side opens to the front terrace and the wonderful views across the bay, another to the secluded Balinese gardens. On the third side the doors open onto the games room, with billiard table, and the swimming pool area beyond. Tastefully decorated, with pictures and furniture from around the world, this room is a lovely area to sit on comfortable sofas and watch the flat screen television or listen to music, or just relax with a book. All four bedrooms open to terraces, or the garden, and have mosquito netting around the beds.
The front terrace has an outdoor dining area under a pergola, which can seat up to 10 people, and the property has two locally made clay barbecues. There is an infinity edge swimming pool, with views over the bay, surrounded by a furnished sun terrace. The gazebo, with large Balinese day bed and table and a carved stone window, looks over the swimming pool and out to the sea beyond. It is a wonderful spot to lounge out of the sun, with a rum punch in hand and read a book, or just gaze into the distance.
On the whole, due to the nature of the island, the gardens consist of lawn, with succulents and cacti and a few shrubs and low trees, as well as some bananas, pineapples and papayas in the more sheltered areas. A stone path leads to the cliff with steps down the cliff to the sea below and a small stone platform giving onto the bay. From here on less windy days it is possible to swim and snorkel, and you will probably have the place to yourself.
Beautiful kitchen, very well equipped, including huge Viking refrigerator and freezer with ice dispenser, Viking double oven gas range cooker, and a Viking dishwasher. The large central work table and storage cupboards are handmade by Chalon in the UK. There is an ice cream maker, a Magimix food processor, a Dualit toaster, a Nespresso coffee machine (bring your own Nespresso coffee capsules) as well as a regular coffee machine. Dining area, under a high pitched roof and open on both sides, to the Balinese gardens on one side, and the swimming pool area on the other. Living room, opening on three sides to terraces and gardens. Games room, opening to both front terrace and the swimming pool area, with a billiards/pool table (8’x 4’) and a darts board. Master bedroom, with antique carved 4-poster bed, opening to front terrace.
En-suite bathroom with wooden floor, two circular stone washbasins, bathtub and open air rain shower. Bedroom 2, accessed by a covered walkway between the two Balinese courtyard gardens. This bedroom has a king-size four poster bed, and an open dressing area, leading to a bathroom with a ‘garden’ shower and two stone washbasins. Bedroom 3: Twin bedroom, opening to garden, with open dressing area leading to a shower room with single stone washbasin. Bedroom 4, with king-size wooden bed, and open dressing area, leading to shower room, with a single stone washbasin.
In a separate set of buildings away from the main house is the utility room with washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board. Shower and WC.
Long Bay (nearest beach) 2 minutes drive
Willikies (nearest village) 5 minutes drive
Half Moon Beach 20 minutes drive