- Category: Experts
- Author: LaCure Villas
Hibiscus is the Flower of St. Lucia
Hibiscus House is that perfect combination of old plantation style meets Caribbean chic that has its finest expression on St. Lucia. Originally built as a modest three-bedroom villa by a couple related to British actress Geraldine McEwan, new owners pulled out all the stops and had it completely overhauled, designed by renowned architect Lane Pettigrew. He rebuilt the villa to merge with the surrounding landscape, boasting free-flowing floor plan, gingerbread-lattice wall openings, jalousie windows and doors, and numerous verandas, balconies and terraces.
Now five bedrooms, Hibiscus House is tucked on a bluff, with some of the country’s most dazzling views over a spectacular infinity-edge pool to the Caribbean beyond and the Pigeon Island National Park. On an island where few villas have beach access or a private tennis court, this villa has both. Anse Du Cap Beach is only steps away, with a private swimming cove and jetty complete with snorkelling gear and and other watersports equipment. Not only does the jetty afford lovely ocean views, it is perfect for alfresco dining under the stars.
A barbecue area, with seating for 12, set amid the villa’s landscaped gardens, also offers wonderful outdoor entertaining. Dinner can be followed by a soak in heated Jacuzzi – glasses of champagne in hand, of course – the kids in bed after a busy day in their own pool and splashing fountain.
Inside the house, guests can settle amid a host of lovely design details, including gleaming mahogany floors, wispy billowing curtains, French doors, vaulted whitewashed ceilings and crisp white linen cushions. They can lounge in numerous seating areas, including a well-stocked library, and in a bedroom that has a ceiling fan, air conditioning, ensuite bath and private outdoor shower or ocean and garden view.
The staff is headed by Nicolas, who has been with Hibiscus House since its very beginning almost two decades ago. He carries with him the history of the villa, beguiling charm and a devotion to service. Two of the three housekeepers have 25 years of experience and act as creole cooks who can do amazing local and international dishes.
Hibiscus House is part of Cap Estates, at one time a prospering plantation of 1,500 acres and now the island’s most exclusive residential community, boasting its only 18-hole golf course and the St. Lucia Golf Club. It is also only a five-minute drive from Rodney Bay, with its great nightlife, restaurants and shopping opportunities.