Dream of owning a slice of heaven amidst sugary sand beaches and warm turquoise waters? Thanks to these savvy properties offering ownership in condos, townhouses, penthouses and, yes, private villas, all the luxuries of a top-notch resort and the creature comforts of home can be yours.
Words by Maria Carter
Just when you thought Anguilla could not be any more chic: enter the Viceroy, with architectural elements by international design consultant Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo and environs by celebrated designer Kelly Wearstler. The 35-acre resort, spanning 3,200 feet of beach, encompasses five restaurants, three championship tennis courts, three pools, an oceanfront spa, and fully furnished penthouses, townhomes and villas. Now in their final sales release, the residences feature ocean views, private pools, deep soaking pools, flat-panel TVs and Bose stereo systems, and silver travertine floors from Italy throughout.
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove, St. Thomas, USVI
Celebrating 30 years as a leader in the holiday ownership industry, Marriott Frenchman's Cove, a Marriott Vacation Club resort, was designed with the whole family in mind. The resort's restaurant, sundry shop and fitness centre provide convenience, while beachside grill areas and three on-property pools – including a beachfront infinity-edge with a slide and children's fountain – up the fun factor. With more than 150 two- and three-bedroom residence villas, it is perfect for small or large groups; the three-bedroom unit accommodates up to 10 guests. Each comes with a private balcony, deep soaking tubs, a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, flat panel televisions, DVD players and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Baha Mar, The Bahamas
The Bahamas' most ambitious resort to date, the $3.5-billion Baha Mar will encompass four hotels, over 30 restaurants, two full-service spas, a Jack Nicklaus championship golf course and the Caribbean's largest casino. The five-star destination is slated to open December 2014, though private residences are selling now. One- and two-bedroom units in the anchor hotel, The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, put resort amenities at owners' fingertips, while multi-bedroom homes in the other hotels – the stylish Mondrian, the sleek Grand Hyatt or the sublime Rosewood Hotel & Resorts™, feature individual terraces and easy spa, lounge and pool access, as well as ocean views. For the even more discerning buyer, the four-bedroom Rosewood Residences™ beach villas tout private pools.
Shore Club, Turks & Caicos
Situated on a spectacular nine-acre property spanning 820 feet of secluded shoreline on Long Bay Beach, the low density Shore Club offers 38 two- and three-bedroom beachfront condos, as well as expansive penthouses, in two low-rise buildings. With three pools, a spa, a tennis court and on-site dining, the furnished, beachfront residences feature private terraces, studio lockouts and fully equipped kitchens. Additionally, six luxury detached villas come with butler service, a private garden and pool. The $100 million development is now under construction on Providenciales and is the third Turks & Caicos resort to be developed by the award-winning Hartling Group and features their trademark commitment to design and construction excellence. The private address and absence of other commercial developments on Long Bay Beach makes owners feel like they are on a private island at this full service resort.
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