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Villa Aquamare, British Virgin Islands

Nov 4, 2015
2015

Arrival/Check-In: Arriving at Villa Aquamare is more like coming home to your own private Caribbean estate than any check-in I’ve ever experienced. My husband and I arrived on Virgin Gorda via Air Sunshine from San Juan, taxiing along a sandy runway — ocean on one side and dunes on the other — and deplaned at a modest, one-story wooden building that serves as the lone gate as well as Customs and Immigration for entry into the British Virgin Islands. After a pleasant encounter with a friendly immigration officer, we pushed through the door to find our host, William Matthews, waiting for us. Again, it was like old home week; William’s relaxed manner eased our transition to island time, and he happily stopped at a local grocery market so we could pick up provisions for our four-night stay. Upon arrival at the villa, William helped us carry our bags and groceries inside and proceeded to help us stock the refrigerator and cabinets.

Guest Quarters: Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe the accommodations at Villa Aquamare. Comprising three 8,000-square-foot, five-bedroom villas connected by winding walkways but separated by verdant landscaping, the accommodations are ideal for family reunions, travel with friends and even corporate getaways. Each 1,000-square-foot bedroom includes its own sitting area, an outdoor balcony (three of five showcase expansive ocean views) and generous baths designed for relaxation and indulgence, each with a separate, ultra-private outdoor shower. Frette linens, towels and robes add to the allure. Throughout the villa, local stonework and rich hardwoods enhance the sense of place, while luxury touches like travertine marble and Hermès bath products create an atmosphere of elegance.

Guests can relax in the privacy of their own secluded retreat or converge in the massive first-floor living area consisting of a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, dining room seating for up to 12 guests and a comfortable living room with floor-to-ceiling doors that can be opened to create a truly alfresco experience. A private plunge pool and multiple groupings of tables and chaise longues create a comfortable setting for relaxation or conversation.

Services/Amenities: As resident host, William serves both as friendly neighbor and manager intent on ensuring his guests enjoy the ultimate experience, whether the focus is business or leisure. A slightly frayed dishtowel that may have gone unnoticed by someone else does not escape his eagle-eye oversight.

While there’s no restaurant on the property, it’s easy to pick up groceries and cook on your own. Another option: Hire a private chef, which is what we did for two of four nights. He may not be known on the world culinary stage yet, but Chef Tridick Chet Peters is a star on the rise. Not only did he arrive prepared to cook a delectable three-course menu, he also set a romantic candlelit table on our patio, coddled us during service and left behind an immaculate kitchen — all for a more-than-reasonable $75 per person, excluding wine. (Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner is on offer for $130 per person.)

The Experience: A stay at Villa Aquamare offers a gateway to paradise, but it’s pricey, averaging $25,000 per week during high season. On the other hand, all that indulgence is yours for as little as $5,000 a week if you choose to fill up all five bedrooms and book a group stay, business or leisure.

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Villa Aquamare

Mahoe Bay
Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands VG1150
tel 787 461 2638
villaaquamare.com

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