7 of the best Caribbean properties for sale now

If, like many superyacht owners, you’ve spent years exploring the Caribbean by superyacht then perhaps it is time to think about putting down firmer roots in the islands with a holiday home. But where and what to buy? We’ve rounded up the best luxury properties for sale across the Caribbean to help you find your dream property.

Nonamé at Oil Nut Bay

Virgin Gorda
Credit: Oil Nut Bay

Perched on the north-east corner of Virgin Gorda, overlooking a crescent-shaped beach, Oil Nut Bay is the BVI’s answer to full-amenity luxury island living. Only accessible by helicopter or yacht, the palm-tree-strewn peninsula is home to private villas, a full-service marina, tennis courts and a beach club. The six-bedroom Nonamé sits at the centre of this exclusive enclave, just a stone’s throw away from the island’s beach club and wellness centre.

“Nonamé’s unrivalled location within the heart of the BVI’s luxury resort community makes it stand out,” says Oil Nut Bay real estate manager Scarlett Steer. “The resort community offers homeowners effortless access to world-class dining and amenities, as well as the freedom to explore the surrounding islands and waters.”

Set on the beachfront, the single-storey property has six double bedrooms with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms. The master suite can be locked off and kept separate but elsewhere the design focuses on communal spaces. At its centre is an open-plan living and dining room with vaulted ceilings that opens out onto an outdoor entertaining and dining space. A family-style kitchen connects to this area and there is also a private chef’s kitchen for more formal occasions. The custom-furnished home has a bright beach aesthetic, with blue textiles and artworks adding pops of colour. Floor-to-ceiling windows help to draw the eye to the landscaped courtyard and infinity pool, manicured lawn and the powdery white sand beach beyond.

Ideal for yacht owners, the property comes with a nine-metre tender slip in Oil Nut Bay Marina, which also has its own village with shopping, provisioning, a coffee shop and an overwater restaurant. It’s the perfect gateway for day trips to discover the secret bays, dive sites and island bars that this corner of the Caribbean is world-famous for.

Nonamé is for sale with Oil Nut Bay, asking $29,500,000.


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Silversands Resort Villas

Grenada
Credit: Silversands Grenada

Sitting more than 100 nautical miles south of Barbados, Grenada’s sand- and spice-covered shores are less well known than some other Caribbean islands. However, multimillion-dollar resort Silversands is bringing a new level of opulence to the island and creating fresh real estate opportunities.

This four-bedroom villa is one of five beachfront properties included in the development. The pavilion-styled building with open plan living and dining area is centred around a grand infinity pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows mean that the home is flooded with natural light, and a neutral colour palette – incorporating pale oak furniture and light marble flooring – mirrors the sand outside. All of the property’s four bedrooms could be considered “masters” as they each feature en-suite bathrooms and dressing areas. The two bedrooms at the front of the villa have direct access to the pool and beach beyond, while the two at the back have private plunge pools and patios.

If none of the pools take your fancy, then the Caribbean Sea is just metres from the property. “The location is one of the best on the island,” says Chris Parra, founder and CEO of One Caribbean Estates. “You step out of the villa, and you are directly on the pristine Grande Anse beach.”

The new owner will also be able to make use of the five-star amenities of the Silversands hotel, including the spa, beach club, restaurant and rum and cigar bar. There’s also easy access to Port Louis Marina, which is less than two nautical miles away and can take vessels up to 91 metres.

Grenadian citizenship is included in the purchase, which Parra believes presents a good investment opportunity. “If an equivalent villa were for sale in Barbados, it would be on the market for $30 million [£21.5m]. As an emerging market, Grenada is a great investment right now.”

The villas at Silversands Resort Grenada are for sale with One Caribbean Estates, starting from $7,000,000.


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Cove Spring House

Barbados
Credit: Sotheby's Realty

Located in Saint James Parish, on the Platinum west coast of Barbados, Cove Spring House is a 10-bedroom mansion set on a 0.7-hectare estate. Boasting 1,860 square metres of living space, it can accommodate up to 20 guests.

Designed in Palladian/Georgian style and built using heat-repelling coral stone favoured by Caribbean aristocracy, Cove Spring makes the most of the natural light and facilitates indoor/outdoor living. Seven suites are located in the main house, with a further three in the guest house. Most rooms have spacious verandas opening to the large central patio with its swimming and spa pool. When it’s time to take a break from the sun, guests can head to the fitness centre, the fully equipped media room or perhaps enjoy dinner cooked in the house’s commercial-grade kitchen.

The villa has private access to a secluded beach at the base of the cliff which, according to Rae Stollmeyer of Sotheby’s International Realty, is one of the key selling points of this property. “With a home so expansive, it would be hard to only pick one favourite feature. However, its private beach is what makes it extra special,” she says. Access to a private beach is a great asset at any time, but particularly so now. “In light of the pandemic, people crave remoteness,” says Stollmeyer. “A private beach, with no risk of crowds, will be a major draw for many high-net-worth individuals.”

Privacy in general is also not an issue, thanks to the lush tropical gardens surrounding the house. Over the years, this has attracted a variety high-profile guests rumoured to have included Elton John, Nicole Kidman, the Duke of Sussex and Hugh Grant. “The amount of celebrities that have stayed in the house is testament to its uniqueness and exclusivity,” says Stollmeyer. “What makes this property so special is its scale, position and expansive offering and versatility.”

While Cove Spring is not short of amenities, it is also conveniently located midway between Holetown and Speightstown – right next to some of the island’s best hotels, restaurants and boutiques. Superyacht owners have plenty of options too, with both Port Ferdinand’s and Port St Charles’s marinas located just a 15-minute drive away. “This home would be the perfect fit for any superyacht owner who craves privacy, amenities, exclusivity, scale and prime ocean views,” says Stollmeyer. And with such pedigree, it’s sure to draw a (carefully selected) crowd of guests.

Cove Spring House is available for sale for with Sotheby's Realty, asking $40,000,000. 

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Lion Heart at Oil Nut Bay

Virgin Gorda

The beauty of Oil Nut Bay is the ruggedness of it – there isn’t anything else like it.” So says the resort’s founder David V Johnson from the terrace of his 745-square-metre villa Lion Heart while gesturing towards the horseshoe-shaped beach below and the wild Atlantic beyond.

Lion Heart crowns one of the highest points in Oil Nut Bay, a 160-hectare development perched at the north-east corner of Virgin Gorda. Created to blend into the surrounding landscape and take in the 270-degree views, the five-bedroom property and its adjoining one-bedroom guest house are built into the hillside with flat, garden- covered roofs. One of the late Ken Kao’s final designs, the architecture has a distinctive, modern feel. There are no hard corners, but rather rounded walls and dynamic open-plan spaces framed by enormous glass walls. “It’s really a comfortable house,” says Johnson’s wife Pam, pointing out furniture by French company Roche Bobois. The home’s focal point is the Great Room. With 5.5-metre-high ceilings, it encompasses a living room, dining area and open-plan kitchen – which is fitted with Gaggenau appliances and adorned with Italian-made walnut cabinetry and onyx worktops. Outside, there is also a separate kitchen for a professional chef.

Just off the Great Room is a media room and the master suite, which has walk-in wardrobes, his-and- hers bathrooms and a fitness room. On the lower level are four guest bedrooms all boasting en-suite bathrooms and private patios with panoramic ocean views, making it perfect for whale-spotting. There is also a double garage for golf buggies, the only vehicles allowed in the development.

“We have 12 more sites that will take a house like this, so we wanted to show what was possible when we created Lion Heart,” explains Johnson, who is now keen to turn his attention to building another standout home in Oil Nut Bay, which has plots for sale ranging from 0.2 to 2.8 hectares.

Lion Heart is offered for sale directly through Oil Nut Bay’s sales team asking $39,500,000.

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The Club Residences at Beach Enclave

Turks and Caicos

This contemporary three-bedroom penthouse forms the most luxurious offering in the second phase of Beach Enclave's Long Bay development in Turks and Caicos. Designed by Jacobsen Arquitetura and expected to be completed by 2022, the property makes the most of its prime beachfront position with three separate outdoor living spaces large enough for dining and lounging accessed by the grand master suite, master suite and open-plan living/kitchen area. A further bedroom can be found at the rear of the apartment with all three bedrooms offering en suite bathrooms. Located on the western shore of the Turks & Caicos island of Providenciales, all Beach Enclave owners have access to range of services and amenities including a full-time butler, housekeeping, yoga classes, watersports, a fitness centre, pool, private chef, boat charters, tennis courts, villa provisioning, concierge and on-site restaurants.

The three-bedroom Club Residence is listed for sale with Beach Enclave for $2,295,000.

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Half Moon Bay Villas

Antigua

Antigua’s established marinas, quiet coves and calm waters make it a superyacht magnet during the Caribbean season and a new development, in one of the island’s most picturesque bays, offers some of the most exciting real estate opportunities in decades. Less than eight nautical miles from English Harbour there are just ten villa plots for sale at the 132-acre Half Moon Bay estate, which will also be home to a brand-new Rosewood hotel.

Two of the plots were previously owned by the prestigious Mellon family and are being sold as individual estates. The Mellon Estate is the largest land parcel available and sits at the highest point within Half Moon Bay. While the Rosewood Estate has views of the coral sand beach and will offer easy access to the amenities on offer at the Rosewood Half Moon Bay. A further three sea cliff plots are set on a separate bluff and have dramatic panorama views. The remaining five Half Moon Bay estate plots are more than two acres each and sit at the heart of the sheltered bay.

Each new owner will be able to design and build their new home and they will also enjoy a full complement of bespoke Rosewood services. For those that miss out on one of the larger plots a further 44 Rosewood branded residences will also sit alongside the hotel.

The villa plots at Half Moon Bay are offered for sale directly through Half Moon Bay's sales team, POA.

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Point House at COMO Parrot Cay

Turks and Caicos

Part of the COMO Parrot Cay development, the private Point House spans more than 650 square metres and boasts views of the Atlantic Ocean and the brilliant turquoise waters the Turks and Caicos are known for. “Point House was designed by world-renowned architect Cheong Yew Kuan and is one of 12 private estates ideally located at the far south-west side of the island, adjacent to the nature reserve and with unobstructed views of the sweeping sandy beach,” says Robert Greenwood, director and senior broker at Regency-Christie’s International Real Estate.

The house was built in 2011, and Kuan drew on COMO’s minimalist aesthetic with natural materials and maximum use of daylight. Ceilings are high, at nine metres, and the white oak-framed windows are vast; glass doors surrounding the entire beachfront side of the villa allow sunlight to bathe the main living area and bedrooms. Interiors offer beachfront elegance using Balinese elements in the furniture and accents. The living and dining area is open plan, with Crema Luna limestone floors and a 3.6-metre hand-carved solid suar wood table and chairs that can seat up to 10. This combined space opens to a covered terrace and pool finished with lava stone from Bali. 

“Everything about this villa allows for a seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle and casually elegant gatherings,” adds Greenwood. Of the five bedrooms, three are on the main level. Two of these have private bathrooms, with sunken hand-carved Crema Luna limestone tubs and showers plus landscaped outdoor showers. The third bedroom on the main level has a private bathroom and can be converted to a media room, office or playroom. Upstairs, a fourth bedroom has a rooftop terrace, while shutters fold back to allow the through-breeze to filter into the living-dining area below. The fifth bedroom, nestled in the property’s botanical gardens, is a residence for staff but could be converted into a gym, art or yoga studio. And for those in need of a little pampering, COMO Shambhala’s wellness centre and spa, with its retreats, workshops and treatment offerings, is just an oceanfront stroll or short cycle away. 

Point House, Parrot Cay, is listed for sale with Christie’s Real Estate for $15 million.

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