Crystal Springs, an enchanting seaside villa, is a testament to the island’s historic grandeur. Its elegant façade, stylish décor and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea create a theatrical ambiance, yet the impressive villa innately feels like a welcoming, comfortable home.
Set on 1.7 acres on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the estate features stunning tropical foliage, vibrant flora and mature trees. A natural gully runs through the property, and a secluded white sandy cove sits just below the main house, lapped by calm azure waters. The 12,000 sq ft residence comprises six exquisite buildings connected by coral stone terraces and pathways; each offers delightful space for relaxing and entertaining. With 10 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, Crystal Springs is the ideal villa for large groups, families and corporate gatherings.
Built in the 1940’s, Crystal Springs was meticulously redesigned in the 1960’s by famed Oliver Messel, who after establishing a successful career in stage and film design, turned his hand to architecture with considerable renown both in Barbados and the nearby island of Mustique. His theatrical style, characterized by grand archways, pillars and elegant finishes, emphasized outdoor living space, taking full advantage of the beautiful tropical settings that surrounded the homes. Crystal Springs is no exception; a true Messel masterpiece, it has an indelible spirit and charm that sets it apart as one of the most captivating residences on the island.
After purchasing the home in 2013, the present owners have lovingly restored Crystal Springs to her original splendour, revitalizing her spirit as Messel first envisioned it, and paying homage to the villa’s architectural significance as one of his most stunning creations. The team involved in the restoration was primarily Barbadian; local experts, artisans and craftsmen ensured the home’s historic integrity was maintained, and the few new additions blend effortlessly with the original structures. Most of the original furnishings have been refurbished, now artfully combined with specially commissioned local artwork to create a sophisticated take on Caribbean style.
The 10 en suite bedrooms at Crystal Springs sleep up to 20 people comfortably. There are two sets of communicating suites and the Tea House features both a king and two twin Murphy beds, ideal for young families. All suites are luxuriously appointed with pristine 100% white cotton linens, elegant furnishings and local artwork. The rooms are light and airy, with enchanting views to the sea, gully and gardens through large windows framed by billowing floor to ceiling curtains. Built-in cupboards provide ample closet space. The rooms are fitted with Jambox speakers by Jawbone and most feature flat screen televisions. Every bedroom has both ceiling fans and air-conditioning. The en suite bathrooms are finished with imported Italian marble and feature pampering touches such as seersucker robes, Acqua Di Parma toiletries and blow dryers. Four bathrooms feature open-air showers and most have incredible views of the gully or Caribbean Sea.
The Annex, located adjacent to the main house, suspends over the secluded white sandy cove and gully. Its oceanfront terrace features an intimate bar area. A private stairway leads down to the beach, and at high tide, the water laps the bottom steps, allowing you to literally step right into the Caribbean Sea. The cove is a delightful spot to sunbathe and enjoy water sports, including stand-up paddle boarding, Sunfish sailing and snorkeling. Crystal Springs is one of the few private homes with a cordoned-off swimming area, making it safe to enjoy the beautiful waters. The home also has an 18’ speedboat equipped for waterskiing and other aquatic excursions; the boat master can also arrange diving lessons and equipment rentals. Should you desire a good stretch or deep meditation, just below the Annex is an ideal terrace for yoga, looking out to sea with the verdant gully as the backdrop.
The heated infinity swimming pool, finished in a stunning blue Bisazza mosaic tile imported from Italy, is lined with inviting chaise loungers. The mosaic tiles reflect the sparkling sunlight, and the infinity edge offers a window to the sea, where catamarans gracefully sail by. Relax in the shade with a favourite cocktail in hand, or accept the water’s invitation to take a dip beneath the midday sun.
On the rare rainy afternoon or chosen evening in, enjoy films on the big screen in the newly furbished state of the art home theatre. Decorated with an array of memorable film posters, it provides the ideal setting for watching both new and old classics, complete with state of the art surround sound and leather reclining chairs. The property also has an ultramodern fitness centre outfitted with Technogym equipment, for those who wish to keep up their workout routines.
The staff at Crystal Springs has been with the estate for years; the butlers, cook (with assistant), boatmaster, housekeepers and laundresses will ensure your stay surpasses every expectation, providing attentive, yet unobtrusive service. Guests can also visit the butler’s pantry, offering easy access to that essential morning cup of coffee, snacks and other necessities. There are also guards on hand to ensure security from dusk to dawn. The property manager is on call to address any questions, concerns or needs.
Crystal Springs sits comfortably within the heart of the island’s prestigious west coast, within easy reach of Speightstown, an historic town to the north filled with cafes, shops and restaurants, and Holetown, the island’s epicenter for world-class shopping, dining and nightlife. World-renowned golf, polo and marina facilities are also nearby, satisfying sportier travelers. Crystal Springs’ property manager can assist with concierge services inclusive of reservations, planning excursions and any other arrangements necessary, ensuring your stay is an unforgettable experience from start to finish....Read more
Left on 08/02/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 2, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
This villa is in an absolutely perfect location - great grounds, private beach,
near Holetown, restaurants and pubs. Service and staff were great and
the food and attention to detail was fabulous. Boat and captain
were great and one of highlights of our trip. My wife
has Celiac disease and another woman could not
eat dairy or eggs and they accommodated all of
this perfectly. I had my 60th bday party there and
the staff did a fabulous job.
So, what is the "but?"??? The villa is need of
renovation. We were not looking for a shiny
marble type of villa but all the rooms need a facelift
Including the pool, fitness center and cinema. The
outside grounds and common areas are very nice.
We understand that the villa was just sold to a new owner.
Maybe he or she has plans for this gorgeous piece of
Left on 04/18/2013 for a stay in January 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 18, 2013Stayed Jan 2012
A fabulous Villa with great character with probably the best location on the island.The private beach is totally private it is very difficult for outsiders to get to it from the public beaches.Staff very friendly and efficient and a fabulous chef/cook.
Eight of us stayed there and each couple had their own space.Well worth the money as when split between 4-5 couples works out better value for money than staying in a five star hotel.
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