These three properties stand out amongst the luxury homes of the British Virgin Islands
By: Sara Sherman Photography courtesy of BVI Sotheby’s International Realty

There are some properties that just stand above the rest. With luxurious features, large open spaces and absolutely incredible views, Maritha Keil and the team of agents at BVI Sotheby’s International Realty are there to help you through the process of purchasing and can help with the management services thereafter.

Seaside Escape

Tucked quietly away in Little Bay private estates, Seaside Escape provides just that – a sophisticated island escape like none other. With impressive architectural design and an exquisite attention to detail, as no expense was spared when creating this incredibly comfortable and structurally sound home. High-end finishes, distinguished craftsmanship and refined furnishings are gracefully combined in this custom-designed top-of-the-line home. No home on the island of Tortola closely compares for quality and finishes.

As you enter the grand living and dining area, you’ll be greeted by 20-foot cathedral ceilings with carefully crafted wood beam trusses and raised panel wainscoting. A huge expanse of hurricane-proof sliding glass doors makes the view of the 60-foot horizon edge pool and the spectacular vision of the sea and beach beyond the star of the show. These doors can slide all the way open to create an indoor-outdoor experience or be closed for those that prefer indoor air-conditioning with grand views. The large contemporary kitchen has clean lines, two ovens, a Sub-Zero fridge and freezer with separate wine fridge, plus an incredible walk-in butler’s pantry with additional sink, dishwasher and standup freezer.

Unwind in the huge master suite, with a built-in king-sized bed and motorised TV cabinet in the footboard. A massive master bath boasts his and her private vanities with individual sinks, a luxurious jetted soaking tub with overflow feature and a shower with a view of the beach to die for. The walk around wardrobe and dressing area has plenty of storage space, a washer and dryer and a half fridge behind elegant opaque glass sliding doors.

Two other guest rooms include an optional grand scaled private office, which ensures that there is always room for family and friends.

The graceful curve of the zero-entry pool makes the outdoor terrace a place you won’t want to leave. A well-positioned sheltered lounge and dining area comes complete with outdoor kitchen and barbecue, offering an inviting poolside area for family and friends while having a casual meal or for watching the game on the large TV.

This home has everything and was totally renovated recently. Complete with fitness room, two-car garage, spacious laundry, media centre, his-and-her offices, library and large lounging areas both indoors and out with tons of storage space and impenetrable hurricane-proofing measures mean this home is one that checks all the boxes.

Maritha Keil, the Lead Broker with BVI Sotheby’s International Realty, knows that someone will absolutely fall in love with this unforgettable home. From enjoying a cup of morning coffee under the over-the-water gazebo or taking in a stunning sunset with the ocean setting the stage for another perfect Caribbean moonlit evening, Seaside Escape has everything you want or need in a tropical home.

Ilaali Villa

(pronounced Ee-lah-li)

If Little Bay Estate feels exclusive on its own, then Ilaali Villa feels truly resort-like. A beautifully maintained 1.8 acres supports a three bedroom main villa and a standalone guest cottage with two additional bedrooms. Perfect for multi-generational families visiting together or simply a great space to offer to friends – Ilaali Villa is a private getaway that is simply unmatched.

From the private driveway, you’re greeted by an elegant entrance, where the spectacular ocean views begin straightaway. Step through the doorway and the internal courtyard and feel your worries melt away. This villa has been owner-occupied and is lovingly cared for, but offers incredible rental opportunities.

The main house is spacious and full of natural light, taking full advantage of the hillside and of ocean breezes for cooler island living. The residential wing consists of the primary bedroom plus two others, each with its own en suite bath. The primary master bedroom overlooks the secluded beach below, meaning the sounds of the sea caress the property at all times. A wall of built-in wardrobe with shelving and cupboards covers one side of the room, meaning there is a place for everything that can be hidden behind the chic smoked glass sliding doors. The primary bath is modern and elegantly designed to maximise space and offer luxurious privacy. Double sinks, a large lighted mirror and a walk-in shower give the bedroom a spa-like feel. The spacious bedroom areas are beautifully decorated with porcelain and/or ceramic tiled floors and walls with high ceilings and overhead fans. Two large balconies off the primary bedroom are the star of the show, allowing for private space to enjoy a morning coffee or take in the beautiful ocean views at any time of day.

The two other large bedrooms in this main house are spacious and both have elegant bathrooms, one of which features a stand-alone bathtub with views over the sandy beach below.

As you exit the residential area, a covered walkway leads past the sparkling pool and sun deck to an outside kitchen and dining area pavilion. The al fresco dining patio is just beyond and west of this kitchen with both covered and uncovered open areas, perfect for a family BBQ or an evening under the stars.

The interior kitchen area is open plan and offers ample space for creating meals and entertaining. Chef’s features include a walk-in pantry, huge stainless fridge, dishwasher and gas range – alluring company to hang out in this space and absolutely perfect for everyday living or a vacation-like experience. A large indoor living area provides a shady space to relax adjacent to the open kitchen.

A short walk and separate parking from the main house is the guest cottage, which comes complete with two additional bedrooms, a living area and its own galley kitchen. Whether you are indoors or outdoors there is plenty of room with over 4000-square feet of living interiors and over 3500-square feet of exterior decks, both covered and uncovered, providing lounging for optional reading in the shade or soaking up the sun. The views are as stunning from the guest house as the main house, so everyone can enjoy the best of either large gatherings or just a quiet escape while enjoying living at your own beachside estate at Little Bay.

Located on the southeastern coast of Virgin Gorda and built amongst the island’s iconic granite boulders, Casa Asmobrosa offers access to a secluded sandy beach and more than ample space to enjoy the stunning sea views. Situated in the exclusive Crooks’ Bay neighbourhood, this sophisticated and contemporary home is a tranquil, multi-structure villa with floor-to-ceiling windows offering alluring views of the bright blue Caribbean.

A long lap pool lines the outdoor deck area, perfect for cooling off during the day or a tranquil place for sunset cocktails. Masterfully designed, vibrantly painted and designed to compliment a Caribbean home and impeccably constructed, the geometric nature of the home ensures that the views are always front and centre in all of the rooms. Built with a flat, reinforced concrete roof proven to withstand hurricane-force winds up to 250-mph, this home beautifully combines structural integrity with a modern aesthetic appeal.

The lower level of the main house is open and inviting. Entering through the drawing room leads to a great room and dining area with kitchen and a set of floating stairs leading to the upper two bedrooms. This open space offers double floor height views over the pool terrace.

Just outside the kitchen area is an elegant open-air dining pavilion with a wooden overhead pergola for lounging outside in the shade. Behind the house is a large lounging and/or outdoor gaming area which could be perfect for a bocce court, ping pong, or a kids shady play zone.

The lower level master bedroom has a private terrace to enjoy the expansive ocean views in peace and tranquility. The upper level contains two additional bedrooms with en-suite baths. Each of the upper level bedrooms have large doors leading to private terraces with boundless ocean and hillside views.

The independent one bedroom guest house rests separately from the main house and echoes the modern design of the property. This is a lovely independent space for guests, grandparents or extended family. It has wraparound glass walls to offer unparalleled views of the ocean, along with a large bedroom, covered decks and its own kitchen, dining and living area. Private parking for both houses provide ample turnaround and entertaining with space for a dozen cars, if necessary.

Both the main house and the guest house feature parallel pillars, saltillo terra cotta floor tiles, custom made Sapele Mahogany bi-fold doors throughout the property, meaning each space seamlessly blend the lines of indoor and outdoor living at its best.

Virgin Gorda is one of the world’s most desirable sailing destinations, and this property offers truly fantastic rental opportunities. A perfect holiday home for year-round breezy and comfortable island living, Casa Asombrosa has everything you could possibly want in a Caribbean home.

Sharon Flax of BVI Sotheby’s International Realty in Virgin Gorda will provide you with a tour of this and various other potential properties for purchase.