Aquamare, Virgin Gorda
British Virgin Islands VG 1150
Tel: 787 461 2638
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Aquamare melds the best aspects of a villa rental and a posh hotel. A house for celebration is the idea behind this trio of glass-enclosed, shingle-roofed five-bedroom villas fronting a half mile of beach on Mahoe Bay. And though Hollywood A-listers cherishing their privacy and space (8,000 square feet per villa) have been the first to avail themselves of the enclave's concierge (who will arrange spa treatments or an excursion aboard the property's 62-foot yacht), those who will feel most at home are families or other small groups gathering for a special occasion. In addition to identical master suites in each villa (along with one double and one junior), there is an open kitchen off a high-ceilinged great room that allows everyone to help stir the soup or observe the art of the personal chef, as well as a private infinity-edge pool. Furnishings are stylishly oversized, and as much thought has been given to the texture of the decor as to the (subdued) color, something you notice while standing on the pebbled floor of your master bath's private outdoor shower, wonderingdespite the double latticeworkhow private it really is.2008 Hot List
Which room to book: The third-floor master suite in Villa No. 1, which is closest to the sea, has the best views of the sunset and the islands of Sir Francis Drake Channel.