If you work hard and save enough, living on an island gives you the opportunity to buy land and build your dream home with an enviable view. Driving around the island always turns into a spot the amazing house game as we stare in awe at the scale and opulence of some of the newest builds. These are homeowners seeking quality of life, but Developer Perry Douglas and Artist and Interior Designer Petal Douglas, CEO’s of Beyond Luxury Vacations decided that this experience need not only be reserved for the Caribbean homeowner.
With a collective of villas across the Caribbean, Beyond Luxury Vacations provides a package holiday in the comfort of a home setting. Imagine staying at the Art Gallery villa in Grenada, arriving to a fully stocked fridge, enjoying delicious Caribbean-gourmet food cooked by your own chef, a private yoga class, or a refreshing swim without any interruptions or inhibitions.
I met up with Concierge and Brand Manager Lucille Sylvester for a tour of the villa. Upon opening the front door you are thrust into the view of the bay by a cleverly elevated entrance and surrounded by the charm of Caribbean chic. The kitchen flows into the lounge and the lounge into the verandah, which is the selling point of the house.
Inspired by Caribbean plantation homes, the accents of colour and paintings around the house reflect the right amount of light that is slightly muted by the dark wood furnishing created by local Grenadian craftsmen. With the interior Petal focused on sustainability, so that they could provide local workmen with employment opportunities. Lucille added that it was suitably named Art Gallery because it represents the other artist who are involved, from the hand crafted furnishing to the beautiful paintings on the wall, some of which are painted by Petal and available to purchase by guest.
CEO’s and Creative Director’s Perry & Petal Douglas have taken everything into consideration and maximised on the stunning view. I already got a taste of modern interior design in Grenada, but visiting the Art Gallery villa was like experiencing authentic island life with a touch of class. Using his expertise in the investment industry and experiences around the world Perry wanted to develop a concept that accommodated the traveller who works extremely hard and wants the very best out of a vacation, peace and tranquility, plus the opportunity to be apart of island life.
Considering this concept it was clear to see why Lucille originally from London, was so enthusiastic about presenting the property and her role as Concierge. Having lived in the UK she understands the feeling of being in the freezing cold and dreaming of the Caribbean and being in the Caribbean and not taking advantage of what it has to offer. Overseeing the bookings, guests and maintenance of the villa, she also makes it her responsibility to ensure that the on site chef, gardener and villa assistants are as well-informed as an experienced tour guide. ‘I frequently take staff out on a motorized dingy tours around the island and do lots of outings so that when the guests arrive they can suggest the best experiences for them. I believe it is very important for us as host to enjoy and embrace our island so that we can share it with others’, she passionately proclaimed.
With a diverse range of guest originating mainly from the USA, Canada, Europe, specifically the UK, Germany and Austria, Lucille notices that everybody who chooses a holiday in Grenada generally has a curiosity for life. She admits that sometimes the word luxury is mistaken for unattainable, but with Beyond Luxury Vacations the word luxury refers to the charm, authenticity and hospitality. ‘When a family stays at our homes we find out from each family member what they like doing and create a tailor-made experience for them intermingled with relaxation and the chance to embrace the natural surroundings’. She advises that it’s much more than fancy thread counts, unique one-off furniture and amazing art. All the services are executed with a sense of authenticity/Grenadian pride and always a smile – it’s about an unforgettable experience for you and your family.
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