In addition to its colonial style and chic new resorts and large scale properties along the western coast, Barbados is also home to an excellent selection of villa rental properties that provide seclusion with service, access to activity and onsite luxury amenities.
Most villa rentals are found along the island’s south and west coasts, and make staying in these higher-end locations a very affordable option for families, other groups traveling together, or just couples seeking a stay with ultimate privacy.
At the very high end of the villa spectrum, and with plenty of space for larger traveling parties with eight suites, is the spectacular Crystal Springs, located on a hillside in St. James parish on the “Platinum Coast”. Redesigned by Oliver Messel, the complex consists of a main house with an annex constructed over a gully, lush tropical gardens, two guest cottages, and a pavilion containing a mini-gym. The eight luxury bedroom suites each provide guests with ocean views.
Set on a unique beach front site with a small secluded beach cove, the entire house is constructed of local coral stone. A large swimming pool and pool deck, landscaped gardens incorporating fountain pools and water falls all make the outdoor experience spectacular. Indoors again, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, and located to the east of the main house is the Charming Tea House Cottage, a one-bedroom suite with kitchen facilities, sitting room, and a terrace overlooking tropical plantings and colorful lily ponds. The Annex spans a natural gully and the two bedrooms overlook the sea on the west and the garden on the east. Close at hand is the pavilion, consisting of two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and an air conditioned mini-gym.
Located on the grounds of Crystal Springs, the home theatre consists of ten comfortable recliners, an ice machine, fridge, Direct TV and VCR, and a stereo system with radio, double tape deck and CD player. Amenities include a Meridian North telephone system with three direct lines and extensions in each room.
A staff of ten consists of butler, cook, assistant cook, two maids, a maid/laundress, laundress, gardener, and two night watchmen. There’s easy access to golf, tennis and shopping.