Athena

By Camilla McLaughlin

Just the architecture alone would make the villa featured on our cover an outstanding property, no matter where it was located. But being nestled on a hillside on the island of St. Barth makes it one of those much desired, one-of-a-kind rarities.

Although the Caribbean has no lack of waterfront luxury, there are few, if any, islands quite like St. Barth, where European ambience combines with opulence and authenticity. Sitting in one of the cafes, it’s easy to feel that you might be in Paris until you take in the blue of the sea and any one of the stunning beaches.

Athena, our cover star, sits above a curve of coastline, one of the island’s prime settings, and is positioned to maximize privacy and views. Expanses of sliding glass walls open the interior to water views, rolling hills and the gentle sound of the surf. Contemporary and well-conceived interior spaces incorporate elements of the traditional Colonial aesthetic. Vaulted beamed ceilings soften and enrich the clean lines. Outside, weathered wood balances the expanse of glass and connects the home to the surrounding natural setting. The design is modern, yet timeless. An extra-long heated pool extends along the side and back of the house. Multiple terraces flank each level.

The architect has configured the home on three levels, integrating six bedrooms into the main house. Two are comparable to master suites and a third master retreat is located a few steps away in a separate bungalow. There are two generous indoor/outdoor living areas as well as a kitchen and butler’s pantry suitable for a private chef or caterer.

“This property is well suited for families or groups of friends but is equally welcoming as a solo getaway,” says Tom Smyth, co-owner, St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the villa. St. Barth’s active rental market also enhances the investment aspect of any purchase. This home is listed for €10.9 million.