Covid-19 draws a new wave of younger buyers to the Caribbean

The pandemic is drawing a new wave of younger buyers to the Caribbean and has motivated people in their 40s, which is 10–15 years younger than the pre-pandemic buyer, One Caribbean Estates is finding.

“Previously we would have people aged 55 plus, who were looking at early retirement and spending more time in Barbados. Now we’re seeing that we have more tech entrepreneurs, young professionals, self-employed freelancers looking to buy in Barbados. With people no longer confined to working in an office, the pandemic has focused people’s minds on what kind of lifestyle they want to lead,” says Chris Parra, Founder and CEO of One Caribbean Estates.

One Caribbean Estate’s website analytics reported that a record number of people are searching for homes and rentals abroad. Chris says: “We have experienced record transactions for real estate sales and villa rentals over the last 12 months as people have realised the exceptional lifestyle the islands can offer.”

 

 

 

 

Low interest rates in the current economic climate means savers have been reluctant to simply keep their money sitting in current accounts and are deciding to bring forward their decision to relocate and buy sooner.

The easing of travel restrictions anxiety for US, Canadian, and British citizens is also a factor. In the UK, Boris Johnson is rumoured to plan on scrapping the green, amber and red list travel rules in the coming weeks to replace it with a simpler system and fewer PCR tests requirements.

 

 

 

 

Low interest rates in the current economic climate means savers have been reluctant to simply keep their money sitting in current accounts and are deciding to bring forward their decision to relocate and buy sooner.

The easing of travel restrictions anxiety for US, Canadian, and British citizens is also a factor. In the UK, Boris Johnson is rumoured to plan on scrapping the green, amber and red list travel rules in the coming weeks to replace it with a simpler system and fewer PCR tests requirements.

“Typically, the busy period is from November onwards, but we received the same level of interest for July this year despite the weather being unpredictable at this time of year,” reports Chris. “Real estate can serve as a good store of value in crises like the pandemic.”

 

 

 

Covid-19 has emphasised amenities buyers are looking for and One Caribbean Estates have reported that buyers are looking for larger homes with multiple offices and larger kitchens and have also seen a rise in buyers looking for homes away from the coast with more space.

Some destinations have been capitalising on the increased interest from younger buyers by offering visas and Barbados has led the way with its “Welcome Stamp” programme, which allows foreigners to live and work there visa-free for a year provided they can prove an annual income of at least $50,000.

 

 

 

Covid-19 has emphasised amenities buyers are looking for and One Caribbean Estates have reported that buyers are looking for larger homes with multiple offices and larger kitchens and have also seen a rise in buyers looking for homes away from the coast with more space.

Some destinations have been capitalising on the increased interest from younger buyers by offering visas and Barbados has led the way with its “Welcome Stamp” programme, which allows foreigners to live and work there visa-free for a year provided they can prove an annual income of at least $50,000.

Chris says that the Welcome Stamp Visa has attracted a lot of new visitors and investors to Barbados and invigorated the market. “It is perfect for those that can work remotely and want to live in a warmer climate.”

One Caribbean Estates offers clients new discounted Private Jet Service to Barbados with Caledonia Jets

Clients of One Caribbean Estates travelling to Barbados to view properties or on holiday can now fly by private jet to Barbados from New York or London, for the same price as a first-class flight, as a result of a new partnership with Caledonia Jets. The organisation has introduced a new service, Caledonia Elite, that enables passengers to book a private jet by the seat, and clients of One Caribbean Estates will receive an exclusive discount.

It means clients can have all the benefits of private jet travel but at a more manageable price. Passengers can arrive at the airport just 45 minutes before departure and benefit from seamless, smoother immigration and security processes.  On board they will be treated to bespoke silver service dining that features hot and cold tapas, sushi, filet mignon and charcuterie boards, plus hand mixed cocktails and champagne. With health and safety at the front of everyone’s minds, travellers benefit from fewer other passengers on board, and a negative test guarantee for all fellow passengers.

Exclusively for One Caribbean Estates’ clients, Caledonia Jets are offering a 20% discount promotion to all guests travelling from London (Farnborough) and New York (Teterboro) who book at least four “By the Seat” tickets with Caledonia Jets. Guests can opt to book all tickets for the same flight, or book seat credits that can be used up to 12 months from the time of booking. The offer runs until 30 September 2021 and is perfect for family groups that want to spend Christmas in Barbados. As part of the offer, clients enjoy complimentary ground transportation to their departing airport.

Caledonia Jets runs frequent services from London and New York to Barbados.  Prices for one seat from New York to Barbados are US$15,000 return and from London to Barbados US$15,000 return.

For passengers taking a private jet charter for families or staff, they can also take their pet on board.

One Caribbean Estates is a boutique real estate broker specialising in the selling, sourcing and renting of luxury residential property across the Caribbean. With listings in 25 Caribbean islands, One Caribbean Estates works with couples and families seeking their dream tropical homes and holidays to investment houses, wealth managers and property development companies that are looking for an investment opportunity.

Founded in 2019, Caledonia Jets was launched with a desire to bring a truly bespoke luxury service to the private charter industry, with Scottish hospitality at its heart. In light of the pandemic, the Caledonia Jets team quickly realised the need for a luxury service to accommodate the changing needs of the first class commercial market. As a result, Caledonia Elite was born. The Caledonia Group has registered offices in the UK, USA and Barbados.

The ‘Green List’ Guide to Barbados – Where to stay?

Following the recent announcement that Barbados will be added to the UK’s travel ‘Green List’ on Wednesday 30th June at 4am we’ve started plotting our dream Bajan getaway with One Caribbean Estates. From a secluded hideaway to a golfer’s paradise and a multi-generational adventure, we’ve handpicked our favourite villas for the summer ahead…

 

 

 

Best Affordable Option

 

 

Whitehaven is a newly built three-bedroom villa set within the gated community of Westmoreland Hills. Positioned on a ridge with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the villa enjoys a tranquil setting, yet is only a 5-minute drive away to the closest beach in Holetown.

The villa boasts an open plan living space, with floor to ceiling sliding doors that leads out to a covered dining and lounging terrace with a swimming pool. Guests keen to keep active can enjoy access to the development’s high-tech gym and swimming pool, which is just a stone’s throw away.

 

Rates at Whitehaven start from £317 per night

 

 

Whitehaven is a newly built three-bedroom villa set within the gated community of Westmoreland Hills. Positioned on a ridge with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the villa enjoys a tranquil setting, yet is only a 5-minute drive away to the closest beach in Holetown.

The villa boasts an open plan living space, with floor to ceiling sliding doors that leads out to a covered dining and lounging terrace with a swimming pool. Guests keen to keep active can enjoy access to the development’s high-tech gym and swimming pool, which is just a stone’s throw away.

 

Rates at Whitehaven start from £317 per night

Best for Multi-generational Adventures

 

With multi-generational trips more in demand than ever, Bajan Heights at Royal Westmoreland offers the perfect base. The spacious four-bedroom villa is set atop a ridge overlooking the West Coast of the island and has been designed to incorporate the tropical views from every vantage point. The villa features high-ceilings and coral stone interiors and boasts a private swimming pool, beautiful landscaped grounds and several dining options including a formal dining area, outdoor veranda, and relaxed sit-up breakfast bar.

With access to Royal Westmoreland’s facilities, families can fill their days with endless activities including golf on the award-winning course, tennis and even beach sports. In addition, the nearby town of Holetown with its many restaurants and chic boutiques is just a 5-minute drive away.

 

Rates at Bajan Heights start from £1,060 per night

 

With multi-generational trips more in demand than ever, Bajan Heights at Royal Westmoreland offers the perfect base. The spacious four-bedroom villa is set atop a ridge overlooking the West Coast of the island and has been designed to incorporate the tropical views from every vantage point. The villa features high-ceilings and coral stone interiors and boasts a private swimming pool, beautiful landscaped grounds and several dining options including a formal dining area, outdoor veranda, and relaxed sit-up breakfast bar.

With access to Royal Westmoreland’s facilities, families can fill their days with endless activities including golf on the award-winning course, tennis and even beach sports. In addition, the nearby town of Holetown with its many restaurants and chic boutiques is just a 5-minute drive away.

 

Rates at Bajan Heights start from £1,060 per night

 

 

Best for Golfers

 

Set in the sought-after Sandy Lane estate, Windward is a luxurious five-bedroom villa nestled amongst 1½ acres of private tropical landscaped gardens with a large swimming pool.

Windward is moments away from Sandy Lane’s three golf courses: The Old Nine, The Country Club and the world-renowned Green Monkey – a Tom Fazio creation carved from an old stone quarry. Guests at Windward can also enjoy exclusive access to the Sandy Lane Beach Club.

The villa boasts several entertaining spaces, a gym and large swimming pool. Rental of Windward also includes a private chef, housekeeper, laundress, nightly security guard, personal villa manager and a concierge service to organise and book any activities or excursions.

 

 

Rates at Windward start from £1,970 per night

 

Set in the sought-after Sandy Lane estate, Windward is a luxurious five-bedroom villa nestled amongst 1½ acres of private tropical landscaped gardens with a large swimming pool.

Windward is moments away from Sandy Lane’s three golf courses: The Old Nine, The Country Club and the world-renowned Green Monkey – a Tom Fazio creation carved from an old stone quarry. Guests at Windward can also enjoy exclusive access to the Sandy Lane Beach Club.

The villa boasts several entertaining spaces, a gym and large swimming pool. Rental of Windward also includes a private chef, housekeeper, laundress, nightly security guard, personal villa manager and a concierge service to organise and book any activities or excursions.

 

 

Rates at Windward start from £1,970 per night

 

Best for Privacy

 

 

Villa Tamarindo is an ultra-luxurious 5-bedroom beachfront villa set within one of the most exclusive developments in Barbados on the west coast. Fully enclosed and boasting a beach that is only accessible to its guests, the villa offers the ultimate private retreat.

Guests can spend their days relaxing on the beach, swimming in the villa’s 44ft swimming pool or exploring the villa’s landscaped grounds. And Holetown, with its array of shops, bars and restaurants is just 100 metres away.

Each en-suite bedroom offers unobstructed views of the spectacular ocean from an expansive terrace and sundeck and the property boasts a yoga studio and cinema room.

 

Rates at Villa Tamarindo start from £3,880 per night

 

 

Villa Tamarindo is an ultra-luxurious 5-bedroom beachfront villa set within one of the most exclusive developments in Barbados on the west coast. Fully enclosed and boasting a beach that is only accessible to its guests, the villa offers the ultimate private retreat.

Guests can spend their days relaxing on the beach, swimming in the villa’s 44ft swimming pool or exploring the villa’s landscaped grounds. And Holetown, with its array of shops, bars and restaurants is just 100 metres away.

Each en-suite bedroom offers unobstructed views of the spectacular ocean from an expansive terrace and sundeck and the property boasts a yoga studio and cinema room.

 

Rates at Villa Tamarindo start from £3,880 per night

Blow the Budget Option

 

Cove Spring House is the most luxurious beachfront villa in the Caribbean. Enjoying an idyllic cliff-top position on the prestigious Platinum West Coast of Barbados, the luxurious 10-bedroom villa boasts breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.

Set within 1.3 acres, Cove Spring House was designed using coral stone, denoting the hallmark of Caribbean aristocracy. There are 7 spacious bedroom suites in the main house with an additional 3 in the separate guest cottage. There is also a media room, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a commercial grade kitchen.Designed for outdoor living so typical of the Caribbean lifestyle, most rooms boast wide verandas opening on to the expansive patio with the freeform pool and Jacuzzi and to the stunning sea views beyond. At the base of the cliff is a secluded beach with private access only from the villa. The property is surrounded by lush tropical gardens providing complete privacy and serenity. Cove Spring house is ideally positioned mid-way between the historic Holetown and Speightstown offering a wide array of world class restaurants and luxury boutiques.

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Cove Spring House is the most luxurious beachfront villa in the Caribbean. Enjoying an idyllic cliff-top position on the prestigious Platinum West Coast of Barbados, the luxurious 10-bedroom villa boasts breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.

Set within 1.3 acres, Cove Spring House was designed using coral stone, denoting the hallmark of Caribbean aristocracy. There are 7 spacious bedroom suites in the main house with an additional 3 in the separate guest cottage. There is also a media room, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a commercial grade kitchen.Designed for outdoor living so typical of the Caribbean lifestyle, most rooms boast wide verandas opening on to the expansive patio with the freeform pool and Jacuzzi and to the stunning sea views beyond. At the base of the cliff is a secluded beach with private access only from the villa. The property is surrounded by lush tropical gardens providing complete privacy and serenity. Cove Spring house is ideally positioned mid-way between the historic Holetown and Speightstown offering a wide array of world class restaurants and luxury boutiques.

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Once added to the green list, tourists travelling to Barbados will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure, and on return from holiday complete a UK passenger locator form 48 hours before departure and book a day two COVID-19 PCR test in the UK.

Caribbean Real Estates is one of the best agencies for luxury villas rentals in the Caribbean, representing some of the finest private homes to rent in prime locations in Barbados, Antigua and Grenada. In addition, they offer a concierge service to plan and arrange every aspect of your stay.

Commenting on Barbados being added to the travel ‘Green List’, founder Chris Parra says “We are delighted with the news that Barbados will be on the green list and are very ready to welcome British visitors to the island again. With 33% of our international visitors coming from the UK in a typical year, the absence of British visitors was noticed and missed last summer.

“Barbados has handled the pandemic extremely well with low rates of infection and tourism businesses and restaurants are implementing strict health and safety measures to keep visitors safe..

“We realise that some will be nervous about travelling abroad, so want to reassure visitors that the island is operating with strict health and safety protocols in place and as a business.”

 

For more information contact us here.

Strengthening pound improves purchasing power for UK buyers

The UK pound has climbed as high as $1.411 recently, its strongest in more than two months, fuelled by a weaker dollar, improved UK economic outlook and market relief that a Scottish independence referendum looks unlikely in the near term.

A year ago in May 2020 the exchange rate was $1.22 so the difference over the year is very significant for UK buyers looking to buy a home in the Caribbean. It means their purchasing power has improved significantly meaning they can now get more for their money, since the Caribbean currencies are pegged to the US dollar.

Analysts said a contributing factor in the move in the pound versus the dollar was due to a disappointing U.S. employment report.

The UK’s economic revival is meanwhile being tipped to step up a further gear when the third phase of economic reopening takes place. Foreign exchange strategists at Citi say they see momentum as being likely to extend as Sterling was able to hold onto the recent “robust gains”.

 

For those looking for help and advice in looking for a home in the Caribbean, please contact One Caribbean Estates on email: [email protected]

Where to visit in the Caribbean during Covid-19?

The Caribbean region remains one of the few luxury destinations worldwide which are still easy to access during the pandemic. Although requirements differ throughout the islands, each country has gone out of its way to be welcoming to foreign visitors and make travel stress free and easy. This could be an ideal time to escape the North American or European winter in search of sun, sand, sea, rest and relaxation. Most importantly take a break from all the worries of the world and wind down in wonderful settings. 

So what is the current travel advice you have to consider when getting some winter sun?

 

Barbados

Probably the first island to introduce the digital nomad opportunity, Barbados has been ahead of the curve when welcoming a new type of traveller to its golden shores. By focusing on those wanting to work in this picturesque location long term rather than just tourists, Barbados has ensured that restrictions don’t impact on supporting its growing economy. To travel all you’ll need is a lab Covid-19 negative test result with a certificate from within 72 hours prior to arrival. Also, there is a short quarantine stay at government-approved hotels or private villas to obtain a second negative test in 24 hours. That’s a small price to pay for some of the world’s best beaches, friendly locals and guaranteed good weather. 

 

St Lucia

It’s easy to visit this jaw-dropping volcanic island, as long as you have a covid negative test taken no more than 7 days before arrival and covid safe certified accommodation on the island, you can explore St. Lucia on approved excursions.

St Lucia

It’s easy to visit this jaw-dropping volcanic island, as long as you have a covid negative test taken no more than 7 days before arrival and covid safe certified accommodation on the island, you can explore St. Lucia on approved excursions.

Grenada

Grenada’s airport has re-opened to all flights. New entry requirements and health protocols include required tests before travel and tests and quarantine on arrival, depending on the country of embarkation and travel history. These are updated regularly subject to change and details are on the Ministry of Health website.

Grenada

Grenada’s airport has re-opened to all flights. New entry requirements and health protocols include required tests before travel and tests and quarantine on arrival, depending on the country of embarkation and travel history. These are updated regularly subject to change and details are on the Ministry of Health website.

St Kitts & Nevis

Open border but movement limited to the hotel property for 7 days upon arrival.

St Kitts & Nevis

Open border but movement limited to the hotel property for 7 days upon arrival.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Travellers must arrive with a negative test done no more than five days before arrival. Travel in an approved taxi to an approved hotel and quarantine for five days with testing on days four and five (with a possible extension of quarantine for 16 days). Travelling by boat is recommended as one of the best ways to experience the Grenadines but you will need the necessary negative test proof.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Travellers must arrive with a negative test done no more than five days before arrival. Travel in an approved taxi to an approved hotel and quarantine for five days with testing on days four and five (with a possible extension of quarantine for 16 days). Travelling by boat is recommended as one of the best ways to experience the Grenadines but you will need the necessary negative test proof.

Antigua & Barbuda

Slightly hot under the collar, temperature checks are in place for screening all visitors at the International Airport. Also certified paperwork will be required for anyone over the age of 12 to prove a negative test within the last 7 days. You might be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and if you do not have suitable accommodation the government will provide you with something private.

Antigua & Barbuda

Slightly hot under the collar, temperature checks are in place for screening all visitors at the International Airport. Also certified paperwork will be required for anyone over the age of 12 to prove a negative test within the last 7 days. You might be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and if you do not have suitable accommodation the government will provide you with something private.

Dominica

Questionnaires and tests within 72 hours before arrival and submitted to the Dominican Ministry of Health who will email approval. Further rapid test on arrival and if negative you are free to explore the Nature Island.

Dominica

Questionnaires and tests within 72 hours before arrival and submitted to the Dominican Ministry of Health who will email approval. Further rapid test on arrival and if negative you are free to explore the Nature Island.

Some islands are easier to visit than others. Check before travelling and make sure you are up to date with all the necessary time compliant testing. One Caribbean Estates is happy to advise you on all aspects of your travel to ensure a rewarding trip.

Everything you need to know about the Barbados Welcome Stamp

What is the Barbados Welcome Stamp (BWS)?

According to the official website: “The 12-Month Barbados Welcome Stamp is a visa for a non-national who is employed in a country other than Barbados and who is resident and employed by a company registered and operating outside of Barbados (not carrying on business in or from Barbados).”

The Stamp allows foreign nationals to live and work in paradise for a year and take advantage of all the wonderful things that Barbados has to offer. It does not allow you to get a job with a Barbados employer, but rather to work for a foreign registered company from Barbados. 

 

How do I apply for the BWS?

Applications are now open. It’s simple to apply for the BWS, you just need to fill out the form here, submit the relevant requested documents and pay the associated fees. It’s also possible for a company to make multiple applications for their companies workers in one go. 

 

What are the fees associated?

Individuals applying for the BWS need to pay USD $2,000 (BDS $4,000) while the family bundle is USD $3,000 (BDS $6,000)

 

What do I need to have in place? 

Applicants for a BWS must be able to prove an annual income of USD $50,000. You also need to submit passport photos and a scan of the bio data page of your passport. It is not necessary to present a return ticket upon your arrival into the island. 

 

How long will I have to wait for a decision?

Your application will be processed within 48 hours of receipt. A visa will be processed and confirmed or denied in 5 working days or less. Once your visa has been granted you have 12 months in which to come to the island and make use of it. 

 

How long does the BWS last?

The BWS lasts for one year. During that time, holders of the visa will be able to travel to and from Barbados at their leisure. 

 

For more information on what to expect when you get to Barbados visit https://www.barbadoswelcomestamp.bb/faqs/ or contact us at One Caribbean Estates  – [email protected] +1 246 620 4105

We’ll be pleased to make your transition to Barbados totally seamless and have a number of rental and investment properties in the best locations throughout the island. 

 

Cool out in style at the Caribbean’s most exclusive locations

Stirred at The Ocean Club

 

Paradise Island

The Bahamas

 

It’s hard to believe that in a short 55min flight from Miami you can be in the Caribbean’s most fashionable destination.

If you don’t know this spot, just watch the James Bond remake of Casino Royale featuring Daniel Craig. The real star in the movie is this northern luxury seaside spot from the Four Season Hotel group. Whether you stay or visit you could practice putting on one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world by day or drink shaken or stirred martinis of an evening. You can even try a game of luck with your fellow visitors. If you want pure luxury in a country club setting then this place comes up Aces! You don’t even need a James Bond budget to live here.

 

 

Paradise Island

The Bahamas

 

It’s hard to believe that in a short 55min flight from Miami you can be in the Caribbean’s most fashionable destination.

If you don’t know this spot, just watch the James Bond remake of Casino Royale featuring Daniel Craig. The real star in the movie is this northern luxury seaside spot from the Four Season Hotel group. Whether you stay or visit you could practice putting on one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world by day or drink shaken or stirred martinis of an evening. You can even try a game of luck with your fellow visitors. If you want pure luxury in a country club setting then this place comes up Aces! You don’t even need a James Bond budget to live here.

 

 

Fine Dining at The Cliff Bistro

Barbados

 

You’ll never tire of sailing the Caribbean Sea, but if you want to rest up your sea legs then you can’t go wrong with The Cliff Beach Club. Barbados’ premier fine dining restaurant, The Cliff Bistro, now has a baby brother club serving local & French cuisine and with superlative cocktails to welcome the sunset views. A more relaxed scene means you can dip your toes on the pontoon with a drink rather than polish your shoes. However, if you’re planning to explore the island property market take a look at what we have to offer.

 

Fine Dining at The Cliff Bistro

Barbados

 

You’ll never tire of sailing the Caribbean Sea, but if you want to rest up your sea legs then you can’t go wrong with The Cliff Beach Club. Barbados’ premier fine dining restaurant, The Cliff Bistro, now has a baby brother club serving local & French cuisine and with superlative cocktails to welcome the sunset views. A more relaxed scene means you can dip your toes on the pontoon with a drink rather than polish your shoes. However, if you’re planning to explore the island property market take a look at what we have to offer.

 

 

Life’s a private beach at The Beach Club

The Bahamas

 

If you want to soak up the sunshine on golden sands with a more relaxed feel then you can recline in this private members beach club. Treat your family and friends to cocktails in this idyllic location. If you want to appeal to the younger members of your family, let the kids’ imaginations run wild with perfect snorkelling in calm waters that host turtles and other beautiful sea creatures.

 

 

Life’s a private beach at The Beach Club

The Bahamas

 

If you want to soak up the sunshine on golden sands with a more relaxed feel then you can recline in this private members beach club. Treat your family and friends to cocktails in this idyllic location. If you want to appeal to the younger members of your family, let the kids’ imaginations run wild with perfect snorkelling in calm waters that host turtles and other beautiful sea creatures.

 

Petit St Vincent Resort

Petit St Vincent, St Vincent & the Grenadines 

 

For the technophobes this place is worth a trip, with a full digital detox offered in this luxury hide away. Privacy is also guaranteed while you relax and admire the property on the island’s big brother further north.

 

Petit St Vincent Resort

Petit St Vincent, St Vincent & the Grenadines 

 

For the technophobes this place is worth a trip, with a full digital detox offered in this luxury hide away. Privacy is also guaranteed while you relax and admire the property on the island’s big brother further north.

 

Patrick’s Bar – The Firefly Hotel & Resort

Mustique

 

If you are island hopping to the big island, it’s worth a stop in Mustique and the celebrity hangout of the legendary and eclectic Patrick’s bar at the Firefly. With sustainable cuisines and ingredients from the resort’s own plantation on neighbouring Bequia, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything quite as authentic.

 

Patrick’s Bar – The Firefly Hotel & Resort

Mustique

 

If you are island hopping to the big island, it’s worth a stop in Mustique and the celebrity hangout of the legendary and eclectic Patrick’s bar at the Firefly. With sustainable cuisines and ingredients from the resort’s own plantation on neighbouring Bequia, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything quite as authentic.

 

La Plage

St Barts

 

The Caribbean’s luxury designer brand island, frequented by supermodels and the rich and famous. This is the place to be seen after a hard day’s shopping and house hunting. With Nikki Beach just a stone’s throw away, the views are stunning, whether it’s out to the horizon, or the latest supermodel reclining on the sun lounger in front of you!

 

La Plage

St Barts

 

The Caribbean’s luxury designer brand island, frequented by supermodels and the rich and famous. This is the place to be seen after a hard day’s shopping and house hunting. With Nikki Beach just a stone’s throw away, the views are stunning, whether it’s out to the horizon, or the latest supermodel reclining on the sun lounger in front of you!

 

And for a truly rustic experience

The Naked Fisherman Wine & Food Club

St Lucia

 

With a world heritage site, hiking, sulphur and mud bathing on this volcanic active island, you’ll need to relax and get back to the beach, before jumping in a sea kayak to continue your activities. St Lucia and its hot property market has grown over the last 20 years and now is much more than a wedding destination or holiday spot. In between the luxury resorts there is plenty of rustic charm in secluded beach coves. The Naked Fisherman wine and food club ensures you’ll get a truly global dining experience, as well as fabulous Caribbean cuisine.

 

 

And for a truly rustic experience

The Naked Fisherman Wine & Food Club

St Lucia

 

With a world heritage site, hiking, sulphur and mud bathing on this volcanic active island, you’ll need to relax and get back to the beach, before jumping in a sea kayak to continue your activities. St Lucia and its hot property market has grown over the last 20 years and now is much more than a wedding destination or holiday spot. In between the luxury resorts there is plenty of rustic charm in secluded beach coves. The Naked Fisherman wine and food club ensures you’ll get a truly global dining experience, as well as fabulous Caribbean cuisine.

 

 

Hawksbill Bay

Antigua

 

This is definitely a place to be seen or not, this beach bay is clothing optional! If you don’t fancy being risqué, head to English Harbour instead.

 

Hawksbill Bay

Antigua

 

This is definitely a place to be seen or not, this beach bay is clothing optional! If you don’t fancy being risqué, head to English Harbour instead.

 

Bay Watch

Martinique

 

Hollywood often uses the island when scripts need a distinctly Caribbean setting, and Martinique has a colourful and exotic feel. This French slice of vibrancy and natural wonders also boasts sublime gastronomy. Another Bond, Pierce Brosnan, filmed the critically acclaimed  The Thomas Crown Affair on the island. Bay Watch Marina might give you a further taste of Hollywood but just a touch of glamour.

 

Bay Watch

Martinique

 

Hollywood often uses the island when scripts need a distinctly Caribbean setting, and Martinique has a colourful and exotic feel. This French slice of vibrancy and natural wonders also boasts sublime gastronomy. Another Bond, Pierce Brosnan, filmed the critically acclaimed  The Thomas Crown Affair on the island. Bay Watch Marina might give you a further taste of Hollywood but just a touch of glamour.

The History of Barbados’ Platinum Coast

Barbados has played host to celebrities and famous politicians since the 60’s, but the island wasn’t ready to attract the A list until a well known Tony Award winning Broadway set designer (Oliver Messel) and a British MP (Ronald Tree) saw the potential of the West Coast. Its status as the Gold Coast of the island, due to the fact that the waters are at their calmest and bluest here, has now been upgraded to the Platinum Coast, and with good reason. Here’s a short potted history of how the West Coast became the Caribbean destination, with world famous mansions, hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shopping, all sprinkling stardust on a stunning backdrop of sun, sea and sand.

sunset in Barbados

Humble beginnings

The West Coast road wasn’t a popular journey for those wanting to reach the country’s capital city Bridgetown in the early part of last century. Barbados’ busy rum industry meant large trucks piled with sugar cane dominated the road and while some braved a bumpy bus journey on the dusty path in good weather, most travelled by boats which would pick up their passengers from jetties along the way.   

 

Fustic house in Barbados

 

Villas were developed along the coast by Messel (who designed houses all over the Caribbean including one commissioned by Princess Margaret) who found his trade perfectly matched the desired aesthetics of the rich and famous. However, it wasn’t until MP Ronald Tree struck luck with the government’s permission to develop villas on a larger scale that the coast boomed. Sandy Lane’s developments continue to be the blueprint of Barbados’ renowned waterside villas and the luxury resort is still popular today. In the early 60’s, before his death, Sir Winston Churchill visited his predecessor at Sandy Lane. From then on Barbados became the most exclusive of destinations.

Destination Barbados

It is often said that along with its balmy climate and (mostly) hurricane free status, it is the attentiveness of local staff that sets Barbados apart from other areas of the Caribbean. With privacy, laid back hospitality and a fun-loving atmosphere, celebrities like Sir Cliff Richard and Simon Cowell like to think of the island as a second home. In the early 70’s a world famous nightclub – Alexandra’s nightclub attracted rock stars like Mick Jagger and David Bowie and movie stars like Oliver Reed. By day Ronald Reagan could be seen swimming in Cobblers Cove with full secret service protection. 

Sandy Lane still plays host to Oprah, Sir Elton John, Justin Bieber, Gwyneth Paltrow and even the Queen (when she was last there) to name but a few. Barbados’ West Coast is also a very popular place for weary athletes to soak their aching muscles in the healing waters of the Caribbean Sea – Lewis Hamilton and the Beckhams are often seen here. Wayne Rooney enjoyed his time on the island hugely, and his £5million mansion sits just back from the beach. You can even rent it when he isn’t there and wave hello to Rio Ferdinand, Joe Calzaghe and Carl Fogarty, his neighbours. Meanwhile Supermodel and entrepreneur Jodie Kidd actually grew up in Holder’s House on Holder’s Hill which hosts the main Polo grounds in Barbados – another celebrity spotting affair on game days.

 

Prince Harry and Rihanna in Barbados
Prince Harry and Rihanna in Barbados

 

Your ‘Muse’ in the Caribbean

Barbados is associated with relaxation, but some come for work, if you can call it that in a place like heaven on earth. After squabbles and a considerable hiatus by their standards, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards patched up their differences on the West Coast and got back to making beautiful music. While Richards put up with Jagger’s insatiable appetites for the high life, they recorded the critically acclaimed Steel Wheels on the island. The music world owes lots to Barbados. While recording at Eddy Grant’s house, Jagger bumped into The Happy Mondays who were recording their sadly ill fated last album. In more recent times though, poster girl for the island, Rihanna became one of the highest grossing digital downloads of the year in 2012, beating Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. She still returns home regularly to strut her stuff at the Crop Over Festival.

Today the day and nightlife for the rich and famous is still very vibrant and a testament to the historical development of Barbados’ platinum coast. One Caribbean Estates is headquartered here and our must-have villas, townhouses and condos are beautiful embellishments to this timeless coastline. Get in touch with us to make an appointment

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