Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live the Caribbean lifestyle?Undoubtedly there has always been someone to burst that bubble whenever the question is raised - "it'd be way too expensive!" some may say, or "maybe if you won the lottery!"The Caribbean not only contains some of the most picturesque locations on the planet, but some of the luxurious and magnificent properties the world has ever seen.
Price certainly plays a factor, so Point2 Homes have compiled a list of the most expensive Caribbean residential options - the elite homes, villas and mansions that put all other properties to shame.
Palazzate, Speightstown, St. Peter (Barbados)
With over two acres of land, Palazzate is located in an area known locally as the ‘Barbados Riviera’ and is close to the historic area of Speightstown. The ground floor has direct access to the gardens and an extended patio. The first and second floors are very similar — each with the same marble and mahogany closets but have different finishes to the kitchens. All of the kitchens have the best appliances and access for staff.
Located on the Atlantic coast, it is on the beach of Marigot, whose waters are classified as a natural protected area. It offers two villas (and a guardian's house) where tranquillity, peace and opulence reign.
Reflecting pools flank the steps that lead down to the two-bedroom "Manuel Canovas Cottage" which is perfect for people who seek the independence. The fitness room has a skylight that juts up through the main pool.
Named as one of the top Billionaire playgrounds by Forbes magazine, Antiqua is home to numerous famous individuals such as Eric Clapton and Oprah, and is known for multimillionaire manors like the Mellon estate at the exclusive Mill Reef Club.
The capital of Antiqua is St. John’s, which is situated in the northwest and has a deep harbour, making it ideal for large watercraft. English Harbour on the southeastern coast is famed for its protected shelter and along with the neighbouring village of Falmouth is internationally famous as a yachting and sailing destination.
Originally designed and constructed between 1939-1941 for Carbon Petroleum Dubbs, Chelston was conveyed to the Government of The United States of America in 1964. For over 30 years, the property served as the official Bermuda residence of the United States Consul General. The list of distinguished visitors to Chelston is lengthy. In addition to President George Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle, guests included Senator John Kerry, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut, Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, General Colin Powell, former Democratic Presidential contender Michael Dukakis, and Mrs. Dukakis, former Secretary of State Edwin Meese, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, President Ronald Reagan's daughter Maureen, newspaper columnist Ann Landers , actor Michael Douglas, and model/actress Brooke Shields, to name a few.
Chelston is especially well loved in the Bermuda community for its memorable July 4th extravaganzas, at which more than 2,000 guests gathered each year to celebrate America's birthday.
The main house occupies a position approximately 200 feet above sea level with awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean, the City of Hamilton and the gardens and sweeping lawns that comprise the estate.
Chelston's architecture includes elements like high ‘Bermuda tray' ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple sets of French doors. The lower level includes a well-equipped home cinema, a family room and a gym, as well as a two-bedroom/two bathroom manager's suite. On the terrace beside the nearly Olympic-size swimming pool, a rare Chinese stone fireplace in the shape of a five-armed dragon makes the flower-draped pergola enticing throughout the seasons.
The Narrows includes a private club house with infinite pool and a dock to access all the water toys you can imagine.
The newly built main house and separate guest cottage together provide more than 18,000 square feet. This includes seven bedrooms, eight full baths, and three powder rooms.Off the foyer, a gallery leads to a powder room and exercise room with large screen TV with satellite, bath, steam shower and adjoining courtyard. Two bedrooms feature walk-in closets, king size beds, private baths, and French doors to the terrace. All bathrooms have glass enclosed showers and single vanities.
Decorated in a classic style, the two story guest cottage includes a foyer with powder room, a great room with terrace, a kitchen with laundry, three bedrooms with baths, and an upstairs master suite with a queen size four poster bed, dressing room, double vanity, bath, and terrace. In the guest cottage, all bathrooms have showers only.
Villa Katsura was completed in 2014 after seven years of painstaking craftsmanship that blends Asian tranquility with the ultimate in Caribbean ocean views. Only materials of the highest quality were used in the construction including an impressive array of woods from around the world.
The estate is divided into three separate pavilions: the master bedroom, the main house with living room, kitchen and one bedroom and the beach house containing three bedrooms. Officially the house has five bedrooms but the layout offers extreme flexibility to sleep more if necessary.
Each bedroom has its own unique bathroom with either a custom shower or bathtub. At the furthest end of the property, the master bedroom is reached over its own bridge and boasts its own sun terrace with fire pit. Unwind from a hard day at the beach in the oversized double shower that opens out on to a private koi pond and waterfall.
The pool at Villa Katsura is situated below the main house and edged by rocks and is complete with heated spa rock pool, steam shower room, fire pits and waterfalls. A succession of stone steps and wooden bridges leads down to a private beach that is shared with only one other house. This sandy beach offers excellent swimming and snorkelling on the reef close to shore.
The Cayman Islands are well known as a financial centre on the world's stage and provide the highest quality of lifestyle available in a tax neutral environment, making it very appealing to people of high net worth to seek residency here - a position which is actively encouraged by the local government and, as a British Overseas Territory, is a very stable option.
Castillo Caribe offers a rare opportunity to combine this with privacy, security, luxury and lifestyle all on a pristine white sandy beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. The property features a spa, tennis court, billiards room, helipad, in-home fitness centre and home theatre room.
It sites atop 60 foot cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and features 14 bedrooms, 15 baths, three half baths, 30,404 square feet of living space, a 4,250 square foot top floor penthouse and a lift that access all five floors.
Situated on 3.5 acres, Playa Grande includes a seahorse shaped resort style pool with a swim-up bar, multi-terraced landscaping with exotic flowers, a solar panel field providing most of the power and a helipad for quick arrivals from the airport.