By Camilla McLaughlin

Sited on a gentle hillside on the Little Dix Bay peninsula, Virgin Gorda, and overlooking the ever changing blue of the Caribbean, Villa Katsura, a rarity in the British Virgin Islands, is one of a small roster of exceptional resort properties worldwide.

Although it offers more than 23,000 square feet, the residence doesn’t dominate the site. Instead, it appears as an oasis of tranquility and a natural extension of the terrain. Landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu, recognized globally for his rock landscapes and healing gardens, has masterfully encircled the home with gardens bringing a timeless sensibility. Waterfalls, koi ponds, stone walkways and bamboo groves are a few treasures one discovers as they stroll the grounds and gardens. There is even a children’s garden. A walkway and steps trail down to the beach. The stunning sandy beach is just about as private as you can get in the BVI, according to Chris Smith, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Real Estate BVI.

The square footage of the residence is apportioned among three pavilions — a striking main house, a beach house with three bedrooms and an indulgent master retreat. Like many great estates, Villa Katsura was years in the
making. One aspect that distinguishes this home especially in the region is the quality of construction, level of finish and attention to detail. It includes an impressive array of wood sourced from around the world, including Tiger Wood,
European Larch and Western Cedar. Beautifully hand-crafted doors with floor-to-ceiling glass flood the rooms with light and completely open up the space for an outdoor living experience. Smith says the quality and finishes are comparable or even better than estates in New York or California, which is a major achievement on a tiny island in the Caribbean, population around 3,000.

There have been few, if any, properties of this caliber in the region. Smith and Coldwell Banker BVI are offering this property at $40 million.