A well-kept secret on the island of Barbados in the Caribbeanâ€™s West Indies, are two luxury residential resorts where it is possible to own an expansive ocean front home with amenities on par with a five-star hotel for prices starting at $1,595,000.
Located on then calm leeward side of the island on the Caribbean Sea, the luxury oceanfront developments, Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences and Saint Peterâ€™s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences, offer furnished and unfurnished villas, with spectacular ocean views. The two resorts, which are linked by a complimentary water taxi, are sister properties and as such, residents and guests share amenities—and a slice of heaven.
There are few resorts with a residential component on the island (and no others that offer the slew of amenities offered here), so if you are looking to invest in a property, these are the developments that are worth consideration.
Furthermore, Barbados is a year-round destination, unlike many other islands in the Caribbean (many of which shut down for several months each year). Port FerdinandÂ YachtÂ &Â Beach ClubÂ Residences and Saint Peterâ€™s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences are both open with full service 12 months a year.
Perhaps nowhere else in the Caribbean is it possible to own a turn key luxury home of this quality with little worry of hurricanes or safety. Indeed, not only is the island known for having one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean, there is little threat of the kind of hurricanes and tropical storms that have wreaked such havoc on other islands in recent years as it is located outside the hurricane belt. The location on the west side of the island, often referred to as the Barbados Riviera, is ideal as the water here is calm nearly all of the time.
Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club is the ideal location for anyone who loves boating, yachtingÂ and water sports. The sophisticated development, which has only 46 residences, is a full-service home-away-from-home for anyone seeking a turnkey luxury property in the Caribbean with a high touch level of service and quality.Â â€śItâ€™s a small community for beach and boat lovers â€“ it feels intimate and personal, yet at the same time quite refined,” saysÂ says Craig Eddins Managing Director of IMI Worldwide Properties, which is overseeing the real estate sales of the resort. “And the construction quality is the best in the Caribbean.â€ť
Situated on its own private marina, the property, which was designed in the style of Colonial-style architecture, features two, three, four- and five-bedroom luxury residences, each of which comes a deeded slip that is at least 60 feet long–some of the slips have the ability to accommodate a vessel up to 105 feet in length. If you donâ€™t own a boat, you can easily lease it out, as the slips like these are in high demand on the island.
Each of its villas, which are priced from $2.1 million and up, range in size from 2,500-square-feet to 6,300-square-feet and (many are offered completely furnished). Residences feature direct water views and expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces. Chefâ€™s kitchens are equipped with high-end appliances, such as Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele and GE Monogram. Buyers can also choose to decorate residences themselves, and are eligible to do so through a government-sanctioned program that will enable them to import to Barbados furnishings free of all import and customs duties.
Residences are airy and bright with marble floors and large picture windows. Each villa has a spacious covered outdoor space with a dining area, private whirlpool spa and seating area, overlooking the marina below. Residences are private and quiet, as there are only two units on each floor of the six separate four-story buildings.Â For those seeking larger homes, thereÂ are aÂ handful ofÂ six-bedroom Penthouse units that feature plunge pools and expansive indoor and outdoor spaces.
A Deluxe Penthouse, for example, with 6,310-square-feet total space, offers five bedrooms and four-and-a-half marble bathrooms. Listed (unfurnished) for $6,999,000, the home features 3,310-square-feet of covered space and an additional 1,421-square-feet of uncovered space, and two storage units with a total of 250-square-feet of space. The residence has an expansive wrap-around terrace with a splash pool and outdoor bar and spectacular marina and ocean views and chefâ€™s kitchen equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.
Offering a concierge service, waterfront bar and two restaurants, Port Ferdinand is a fully functioning resort. Its spa, the Sandbox Tree Spa at Port Ferdinand, offers a full range of holistic and Ayurvedic services with both indoor and outdoor treatment areas, while its fitness center features a full range of state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and a yoga room.
Thereâ€™s a kidâ€™s activity center that is equipped with arcade machines, ping pong, and a private theater for movie nights. There an activity center for adults as well, which includesÂ a billiard room and a virtual golf simulator studio (it is worth noting that Patrick Cerjan, the sales director for the resort and its sister property, Saint Peterâ€™s Bay, is also a well-regarded golf professional who can provide a lesson or two).
The resortÂ also offers an abundance of water sport activities for active travelersâ€“from swimming with sea turtles right outside the marinaâ€™s entrance, to jet skiing and learning how to wake surf. The water-adventure-possibilities are endless from the Port Ferdinand Marina.
Port Ferdinand offers two restaurants. Located by its swimming pool on an island in the center of the marina, The Quarterdeck Bar & Pizzeria restaurant open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner for residents and guests of the resort and is closed to the public. A second restaurant, 13Â°/59Â° Restaurant and Bar Lounge, is open to the public and is owned and operated by Chef Larry Rogers (a well-known chef and restaurateur on the island) and his wife, Michelle. Specializing in Caribbean-French-fusion cuisine, (with an abundance of fresh seafood) the restaurant is located alongside the marina and hosts one of the most popular Sunday brunches on the island.
The resort offers complimentary boat and motor shuttles that transport its guests and residents back and forth its sister property, Saint Peterâ€™s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences, should they want a quiet beach day or to dine at its beachfront restaurant. Residents of both properties are given full privileges so it is not necessary to carry a wallet, as you can charge to your house account. Also, adjacent to Port Ferdinand is Nikki Beach Barbados, a luxury beach club that features live music, dining and entertainment (more on Nikki Beach below).
Geared toward families, Saint Peterâ€™s Bay, which is designed in the traditional Caribbean style of architecture, offers 57 spacious beachfront residences in a tropical garden setting. Three- and five-bedroom residences range from 2,700-square-feet to 6,300-square-feet and each has its own Jacuzzi (larger units have plunge pools) on large ocean view terraces. Some units also have outdoor barbeque grills. One of the best features of the resort is that its residences are steps from a beautiful white sand beach that is 150 feet long.
At Saint Peterâ€™s Bay, indoor and outdoor living is the norm. Each residence features dining areas located on covered terrace with sliding glass doors that open into the living room. Bedrooms are spacious with many offering large walk-in closets and oversized marble bathrooms. Kitchens are equipped with high-end appliances and plenty of storage space. Units currently available for purchase start at $1,595,000. Each of the resortâ€™s buildings offers two elevators—one that access the main entrance to each unit and a second one on the beach and pool side, which is accessible from the terrace (cleverly referred to as the â€śbikini elevatorâ€ť).
One unit currently available for purchase is a Deluxe Penthouse with 6,300-square-feet of total space that is priced at $5,995,000 fully furnished (a lower price can be negotiated for a lower price). The residence features breathtaking ocean views from its large kitchen, living and dining areas. An expansive oceanfront terrace features a fully equipped bar, dining area and comfortable sitting area.
A private roof terrace features a pool, dining area and barbeque serviced by a dumb waiter from the main kitchen below. There are a total of five spaciousÂ bedrooms and six bathrooms. The spectacular master suite has a private ocean-view terrace as well as a large walk-through dressing area and bathroom. Beautiful travertine flooring is found throughout the home.
St. Peterâ€™s Bay features a private restaurant, The Gazebo Bar & Grill, with waterfront dining. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour, the restaurant is closed to the public as only guests and residents of Saint Peterâ€™s Bay and Port Ferdinand are able to dine here.
The property has a lagoon-style pool, a full fitness center and a yoga facility (guests and residents have full access to the Sandbox Tree Spa at Port Ferdinand mentioned above). The resortâ€™s robust water sports program, located on the adjacent beach, is staffed by employees of the resort. Guests and Residents have access to a wide array of sporting equipmentÂ including stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling gear on a complimentary basis.
Motorized water sports, such as waterskiing and wake boarding can be arranged and jet skis can be rented here, as well. Other aquatic adventures, including deep sea fishing, turtle tours and surfing can be arranged through the hotelâ€™s concierge team.
St. Peterâ€™s Bay is kid-friendly and offers an indoor Kids Center with daily activities. Kids also have complimentary access to the indoor kidsâ€™ play area, The Pirateâ€™s Den and the Buccaneerâ€™s Hide Out (an outdoor kidsâ€™ park), at the sister resort of Port Ferdinand.
Residents have full use of a concierge team at both Port Ferdinand and Saint Peterâ€™s BayÂ that will arrange for whatever you need prior to your arrival, from activities you want to have arranged to cleaning services. â€śThe concierge staff will get involved on the resort and ownership side,â€ť says Eddins of IMI Worldwide Properties. â€śIf you want your refrigerator stocked with certain foods, they will arrange for that before your arrival and during your stay.
Both resorts offer a complimentary water taxi that will transport residents (and guests) between the two resorts. The water taxi can also transport guests and residents for grocery shopping in Speightstown or to one of many restaurants located along the coastline.
Owners are eligible to apply for residency status on the island while maintaining their citizenship in the home country. This will enable an owner to stay as long as they wish throughout the year.
Both Saint Peterâ€™s Bay and Port Ferdinand have robust rental programs that are managed by the property. â€śHomeowners will put their unit in the resort program while keeping the dates that they want to use the property for themselves,â€ť explains Eddins. â€śWe have a lot of flexibility to make it as easy as possible for the owner.â€ť
The rental program isÂ generous for owners when compared with other residential resorts around the world. In addition, the resort has performed well with high occupancy rates throughout much of the year.
There are other benefits for owners, as well. The HOA at both developments, which varies depending on the size and value of each residence, is significantly less than other residential resorts, because it is offset by a resort fee that is paid for by transient guests, which benefits the owners. In addition, the developer negotiated with the Barbados government a duty-free concession for buyers at both resorts that allows them to order all of their furnishings with no importation taxes.
Homeowners that wish to participate in the rental program, who do not purchase a furniture package offered through the developer, must have their interior design plan approved.
TheÂ resorts are managed by experienced professionals, including Joseph Violi who recently took over the role of group general manager of both Saint Peterâ€™s Bay and Port Ferdinand.Â AÂ 30-year veteran of the industry, Violi previously served as the general manager of The Renaissance on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas.
An independent British Commonwealth nation, Barbados, which has the third-highest literacy rate in the world, has much to offer in terms of entertainment, food and culture.
Called the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean for a reason, there are an abundance of top restaurants, from formal spots you might expect to see in New York or London, to casual beachfront spots where you can take off your shoes and watch the sun set while dining on barbeque.
As the island is multi-cultural, with influences from as far as India, Italy, Mexico, China, Japan, Thailand and Hawaii, there is something for anyone. Some of the best restaurants to dine at include Nishi in Holetown (for high-quality, innovative Japanese food), La Cabane (a pop-up beach bar and restaurant that specializes in excellent rum drinks and barbeque), and Nikki Beach (a member of the international, luxury beach club chain known for its dining, creative cocktails and live entertainment. Nikki Beach is in sight of and adjacent to Port Ferdinand, it is possible to get there in only a few minutes by water shuttle.
Barbados offers a full calendar of events all year round, from rum festivals to sporting events. Cricket, horse racing, motor racing, sailing competitions, horseback riding and polo are all popular activities to participate in or watch on the island, while at a professional level, competitions attract top international players from around the world.
Barbados is a haven for golfers as some of the best championship golf courses in the entire Caribbean are located on the island. Barbados is home to five PGA courses, including ones at Sandy Lane Hotel, Apes Hill Golf Course and Barbados Golf Club. Tee times and golf club rentals can be arranged by the concierge at both Port Ferdinand and Saint Peterâ€™s Bay.
Barbados is easily accessible from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and South America.It is possible to fly nonstop to its international airport from many major cities. American Airlines, Jet Blue and Caribbean Airlines operate direct flights to Barbados from such cities as New York and Miami, while British Airways offers direct flights from London. Air Canada has a daily direct flight to Barbados from Toronto.
A video aboutÂ Port Ferdinand appears below.