For the owner of Serenity House, a modern three-storey home at Lalique Point,designing and building his home was not so much about being king of his castleas about being master of his environment.
From the unexpected angles that maximise the seascapes to the sustainable design that minimises energy needs, Seas the Day is an architectural triumph.
Where modern luxe meets the charm of yesteryear.
Leonardo da Vinci called simplicity “the ultimate form of sophistication,”and never was this more so than at Grand Cayman’s newest beach abode. Visually anchored by dreamy ocean views, clean, well thought out design principles define this home’s understated style. Devoid of trickery, its balanced proportions and pared-back chic beget elegantly uncontrived living. Refined and contemporary, most definitely, but above all else, a modern island family home that pays homage to the ultimate designer of them all – Mother Nature.
On the ninth floor of the Residences at Seafire, designer wall treatments, vivid colours, and custom millwork boldly go where no interiors in Cayman have gone before.
Taking its name from the Arawak for fishing line, Cabuya is a property that embraces the elements and celebrates the sea, in a refined and elegant way.
Enviably set in Grand Cayman’s ultra-exclusive Vista Del Mar residential enclave, La Rosa Náutica oceanfront estate commands its North Sound peninsula with all the stature of a ship’s captain on the bridge of a magnificent vessel. Catapulting the laws of luxury into a whole new league, it does what few homes can, managing, simultaneously, to be a family home, architectural wonder and the ultimate entertainer’s mansion. With its resort-style grandeur and sympatico siting intimately anchoring it in time and place, this stand-out property’s audacious ‘you-can-have-it-all’ good luxe are guaranteed to leave you weak at the knees.
Tom Scheerer doesn’t believe in keeping the weather out. He likes to let it in; to feel fully connected to the elements. That is why he designed and decorated Zanzibar, his home in Abaco, so that it could be opened up without fear of the effects of sun, salt and rain.
Historically described as Grand Cayman’s ‘green heart’, South Sound is nowadays more likely associated with the luxury villas and contemporary mansions lining its shores. Yet, Nirvana, an innovative, thoughtfully conceived eco-property, cocooned unobtrusively in a lush seagrape forest, may just turn the tide in favour of more environmentally sensitive shoreline chic.
Featuring the finest Afro-Caribbean fusion, doors open on the fiercest design makeover to hit Cayman’s scene-stealing Seven Mile Beach.
Enviably located amidst the heavenly transcendence of Grace Bay on the northeast coast of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Vision Beach’s genius lies in its perfect blend of beauty and substance.
Held in the palm of nature, true happiness reveals itself in the transparent appeal of an open house on Cayman’s windswept east coast.
Sometimes, out of adversity comes opportunity. That was certainly the case for one real estate developer and investor, who had long coveted three villas – Sea, Sand and Sky – that perched above the quiet shores of Long Bay, Anguilla.
Pinkie Palace, a restored century-old cottage, and Driftwood, a newly built home designed in traditional Caymanian style, weave together an eloquent story that touches on history, sustainability, transience, and the owners' globetrotting adventures. Heidi Bassett Blair and her family had first encountered the half-forgotten wattle and daub cottage, tucked in among the seagrapes on South Sound Beach while on vacation thirty years ago. Once home to a renowned midwife, Nurse Pinkie, Heidi felt the humble property embodied, “the romanticism of the seafaring culture and the women of the past who held the community together.”Charmed as much by its prime position on the beach as by the history contained within its layers of peeling paint and time worn doors and shutters, she never dreamed it would one day be hers. The years passed, the family moved to Bali and travelled throughout Asia, eventually settling in Cayman seven years ago. Three years ago, they were finally able to purchase the 115-year old cottage and the land around it. Restoring the cottage was Heidi’s priority. With the help of Dean Scott and architect, John Doak – an ardent advocate for the preservation of Cayman’s architectural heritage – the concrete block extensions that had been added over the years were peeled away, revealing ironwood posts, wattle and daub walls and beams with Roman numerals carved into them by the original builders. Almost 100% of these were preserved. Once the walls had been strengthened and a new roof, new floors and hurricane-rated windows added, the whole structure was lifted and moved 100 feet inland, making way for a new family home – Driftwood – to be built later on with the help of Jonathan Correia of Tropical Construction Management and Bavan Antonysraj.“It is such a gift to be able to live on this land, that the best way to give back was to preserve the legacy of those who were there before us,” Heidi reflects. “I felt strongly that we should celebrate the past and bring it up to date so that we may continue to create stories and educate this generation by bringing the cottage to the road side.”
From the street, the canal-front property appears to be a series of box-like structures of different heights, with few windows – apart from a glass-encased stair tower – giving no indication that inside these walls lies a light and spacious open plan home, with a seamless indoor-outdoor flow and an air of tasteful tranquillity.The owners, who hail from the UK and Spain respectively, wanted to build something that was rare at the time in Cayman: a Spanish-style ultra modern home, dominated by clean lines, white walls and floors, and acres of glass.Following an unsuccessful attempt to formulate a design with an architect overseas, the couple began to look closer to home.Within two days of meeting with award-winning architect, Robert Towell, they had a design they loved.
At the southern end of Harbour Island, on a lot leading down to a picture-perfect private beach stands King's View, a home where old-world island charm meets contemporary cool.
Living the High Life - The Residences of Seafire, Cayman IslandsA home with dazzling sea views is a luxury in itself, but two storeys up in the prestigious Residences at Seafire, one sensational condominium elevates exclusive seaside living to an art form. Ideally situated on Seven Mile Beach, with envy-inducing resort amenities at its disposal, this three bedroom condominium’s almost 3000 square feet of interior space combine superb finishes with sleek symmetry and sea-themed sophistication.
From a distance, the sloping, tiled roofs of Kempa Kai peek above the palms in the tranquil coastal community of Cayman Kai, giving only a hint of the Balinese-inspired beach retreat within.
The simple lines of tropical modern architecture are transformed by pops of Caribbean colour at the magnificent Villa Utopic in St. Barthelemy.
Simple but sophisticated on the outside, spacious and light-filled on the inside, and packed with playful design items picked up on their travels, Maya and Rich Lewis' majestic home at Clipper Bay is all them – from the overall design down to the smallest detail. Maya shares the journey from concept to completion.
A family home in Vista del Mar takes a different approach to the indoor-outdoor living concept,by opening the roof to the sky.