Arabesque (ARQ) is a storied two-bedroom villa in the true St. Barth tradition, lovingly designed and built by architect/owners in the first wave of development on the island. Now newly renovated and updated, this home still retains the feel of earlier, simpler times that many longtime friends of St. Barth might think are disappearing. Villa Arabesque also enjoys the advantages of a great Pointe Milou address, with plenty of sunshine and a sweeping view east over the Atlantic, perfect for yacht-spotting during regatta season.
The layout of the villa is a careful balance of aesthetics and practicality, so the large pool and interior terrace are protected from the wind while the sea view is still visible from nearly every point on the property. The landscaping is natural and sheltering without limiting the sunshine, a mix of indigenous palms and barrel cacti. The main living and dining area is open and welcoming, with comfortable furniture and a unique ambience created by a collection of remarkable European and North African art and artifacts. The dining table is made from a rare, massive single slab of Bahia blue marble so iridescent it is practically a work of art itself. An impressive collection of coffee table books on art and architecture will provide plenty of diversion for days by the pool, and indirect cornice lighting gives the space a pleasing atmosphere in the evening. Little touches like a rebuilt antique ceiling fan from the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi lend this property a special feeling of appreciation for traditional heritage in design and beauty.
Outside the main living area to the east is a second stone terrace that is known as an ideal vantage point for aficionados of the Bucket and Les Voiles de St. Barth. It is said that from here you see at the crucial halfway point who is most likely to win. Villa Arabesques first bedroom is off the main living area but separated by a thick door to soundproof it from conversation or music. This bedroom provides the comfort of a four-poster bed, an ensuite bath with dual vanities and a rain-head shower, and corner windows with an ocean view. The second bedroom is slightly smaller, also with a private, ensuite bath and with an HDTV with satellite and DVD as well. There are screens throughout for guests who prefer the sea breezes, but both rooms are air conditioned.
Located on the east coast of the peninsula of Pointe Milou, Villa Arabesque is convenient to the shopping in Lorient and is just a short drive from Saline, the boutiques and beaches in St. Jean, and restaurants and spas at Grand Cul de Sac.
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