Kelly Wearstler, the visionary whom The New Yorker calls the “grande dame of West Coast interior design,” has debunked any idea that her panache thrives only along a specific coastline. Though praised for her playful, vibrant interpretations of Hollywood Regency at California’s top boutique hotels and in the homes of her A-list clientele, she recently debuted a sleek, monochromatic look at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla in the British West Indies.
New Yorkers are also buying at Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Buyers become Dorado Beach Club members with access to three golf courses, a private water park, a tennis center, a spa, restaurants — including one by top chef José Andrés — and more.
So far, 55 Ritz-Carlton Reserve beachfront condos and homes have sold out of 65 (from $3.5 million to $6 million) and it’s currently building three estate homes that start at $10 million.
For a small island measuring just 16 miles long and 3 miles wide, Anguilla packs a big punch with luxury vacation seekers. Across the sea from St. Martin, the eel-shaped isle coveted for the lack of cruise ships, casinos and throngs of tourists is home to a seaside slew of high-brow resorts that attract a moneyed crowd who pay handsomely to unwind and indulge. Formerly Viceroy Anguilla, Four Seasons Resort Anguilla upped the ante following a $10 million rebrand and upgrade investment. The only resort on the island that fronts two beaches, the half a sandy mile it occupies is as perfect as the beach brochure photos that sell the island.
We’re in love with Four Seasons Anguilla, the brand’s second Caribbean property. There’s much to to love about the former Viceroy resort, including its perfect location on two of Anguilla’s most beautiful white sand beaches. One of our favorite features of the resort is that most of the rooms and villas on the property are actually for sale — meaning you could live the Four Seasons life year-round, if you so chose.
Matt Mueller, the director of development for the Summit Sky Ranch housing project in Silverthorne said that in Summit County, living green is more of a conscious choice for locals than a trend.
“It’s a way of life for the people who choose to live here to enjoy the great outdoors,” he said.
Summit Sky is currently under construction near the Blue River Valley. The entirety of the development has been done with outdoor enthusiasts in mind. In addition to restoring lakes in the area from gravel quarries, the development is taking on a special green certification — dark sky.
The Grove Resort & Spa will open its first phase in mid-February, which will include 184 suites and 6,000-square-feet of flexible indoor meeting space as well as poolside, lawn, and garden venues. When its completed, the 106-acre property will have 878 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, four swimming pools, a spa, and a water park with a surf simulator. There will also be multiple restaurants and bars on property, including Valencia with indoor and outdoor seating for 221 people.
How’s this for living on the edge? Among $20 million homes in one of Baja California’s most exclusive vacation communities, the Ledges at Espiritu look around to the Sea of Cortez, the lights of San Jose del Cabo, and the mountains of East Cape. From their Los Cabos hilltop perch, the new crop of condominium units can see it all, including the ample amenities that come with owning a spot at Espiritu.
After a 10-hour flight from Gatwick, I transferred straight to El Mangroove, a five-star “eco retreat” in Papagayo Bay on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, around an hour’s drive north-west from Liberia airport and close to the Nicaraguan border. In recent years, the bay has seen a proliferation of mid- and high-end resorts, including a Four Seasons and an Andaz.
El Mangroove’s minimal rooms, crafted from wood and stone, complemented the vista of the beach that bordered them. When night fell, the landscapes between the different buildings were obscured by thick, sooty blackness, and the distance between Central America and the shimmery light pollution of a London evening felt immeasurable.
Another resort is expected to be constructed in the Gulf of Papagayo by Monte del Barco, a subsidiary of the Investment Fund of Real Estate Development of the same name, which is managed by Aldesa.
$100 million will be invested in this complex, and it will be part of the Rosewood Hotels and Resorts chain. It will have 130 rooms.
The company will proceed with the architectural design with the firm HKS, based in Dallas, as well as take steps with them to raise the capital necessary for the construction project.
“Through the signing of this agreement and its future financing, the company seeks to revive the Monte del Barco project, while positioning it as a worldwide luxury destination,” said Javier Chavez, Chairman of Aldesa.