A fanciful pedestrian gate ushers you through Symbio's lushly-landscaped grounds and into the entry foyer, which is inlaid with a polished stone compass rose. So very sophisticated and elegant, Symbio celebrates superb artistic design and detailed fine-craftsman execution throughout every space of this stunning two-bedroom, fully air-conditioned villa set on two-thirds of an acre.
On Symbio's main floor, a beautifully-furnished Great Room shares space with a stunning open-plan gourmet kitchen and dining area. In the high-ceilinged Great Room, handsome mobile wood panels are hung on rails in the Great Room so that you may slide them around to cover sections of the glass slider doors to prevent glare while watching the large flat-screen satellite TV during the day. The backs of the Great Room's ingenious upholstered designer sofas easily rotate around to the other side of these couches so you can either face the TV or enjoy the view outside without moving any furniture.
Glass sliding pocket doors open completely around the Great Room to incorporate the adjoining wrap-around covered terrace, furnished with a large modular sofa and hung with draperies to draw as you please to keep out sun or rain. More cushioned seating on the terrace overlooks the pool and gardens below, and beyond, azure sea views and fiery tropical sunsets. Angled concrete stairs descend from this terrace to an interim hardwood deck fitted with benches and a picnic table, and continue down to the pool, garden and gym level.
Alongside the Great Room and terrace is Symbio's magnificent kitchen, featuring custom cabinetry lined with bar stools and a domed barrel ceiling done in warm graceful curves of exotic Ipe and maple hardwoods, polished concrete countertops inlaid with sea glass, and equipped with stainless steel Viking appliances. At one end of the kitchen is a bar/coffee nook, and at the other end, a convenient door opens out to Symbio's fully-screened alfresco grill kitchen and wet bar, another comfortable and convivial spot furnished with bar stools at the sleek counter.
Through an archway from the Great Room and kitchen is the dining area. This alluring room boasts curved handcrafted Ipe-wood cabinetry and a large glass dining table with seating for six. Pocket glass slider doors fronting one side of the dining room disappear into the wall, opening up the screened grill kitchen and bar just outside as a bonus space for cocktails and grilling.
Down the hallway is a convenient powder room enhanced with a very unique door - original art sandwiched between glass and hardwood - and a chef's pantry with a large Viking refrigerator and workspace.
Symbio's air-conditioned queen guest suite is at the far end of the corridor, a restful retreat with a bay window seat, a spacious desk, light-blocking window treatments which allow you to sleep as late as you wish, and glass slider doors which open to a private covered verandah hung with pull-draperies for privacy. A concrete staircase conveniently spirals down from this terrace to the pool and gym level, perfect for a private midnight swim and stargazing. This suite's bathroom features a handsome double vanity of polished concrete and wood, and an alfresco rain shower sheltered by an arc of curved glass blocks.
The air-conditioned king master suite is an alluring and very private space, showcasing superb design. Accessed by a contoured staircase ascending near the villa's entrance and completely secluded on Symbio's upper level, this serene suite has a covered breezeway porch (perfect for yoga and massage, or a game of cards) and adjacent, a small step-out balcony which overlooks the pool area. The master suite offers a desk, and from the king bed, an ocean view. The ensuite bath features a richly-designed double vanity of warm wood and highly-polished concrete. For privacy, the WC is tucked behind an artful half-moon wall of tinted glass block; adjoining is the semi-alfresco rain shower, also partially enclosed by opaque glass block.
Down on Symbio's pool level are gardens and giant boulders providing privacy for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. Sun umbrellas and awnings are placed throughout the grounds, providing shady oases for reading and private moments. The freeform pool has a graduated walk-in entry just like a beach, is chlorine-free and features a fountain. From the pool deck, a wooden walkway leads past an ancient ficus tree to Symbio's well-equipped and air-conditioned gym, which also boasts a shady covered patio with more cushioned seating.
Creatively constructed within and around Virgin Gorda's renowned smooth granite boulders, Symbio offers a bounty of artistic custom-designed features. Arced contours, domes and arches create a soothing serpentine flow of organic color at Symbio enhanced by warm exotic woods, peaked wood-beamed and bamboo-lined ceilings, contemporary designer furnishings, lighting by Murano and Aqua Creations and an eclectic collection of art ranging from original paintings to carved African and ethnic sculpture. Every corner, every space and every detail were carefully laid out and ingeniously accomplished in grand style, resulting in a harmonious, elegant, yet cozy home.
Laundry service for guests' personal laundry is available (on the 4th day of your day, the housekeeper can do personal laundry for $10 per load, which guests may pay directly to the housekeeper).
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use." Symbio combines both with sublime originality, inspired style and luxurious comfort...five stars!
Symbio requests that all guests are over the age of 10.
This property offers reduced rates for using fewer bedrooms. Exclusive use of the villa is yours regardless of the number of rooms rented. View our rates for pricing per bedroom or request a quote. Rates are based on double occupancy.
Natural beauty is in abundance on the third largest of the British Virgin Islands. Explore the indigenous plant-lined trails, nature sanctuaries and natural wonders of the protected national parks. By mid-morning in Virgin Gorda, many have settled down on one of the many deserted beaches that fringe the island. The pace of life is slow on Virgin Gorda, but if you don't want to spend the day on a beach, there are plenty of other activities. You could explore The Baths- huge boulders provide a myriad of rock pools, secret beaches, and trails. Or spend the morning at a hillside restaurant cooled by gentle breezes while you watch the ferries cross the North Sound far below. Dramatic slopes plunge from Gorda Peak to the turquoise waters below.
Additional amenities include: music library, board games, movie/video library, beach chairs, air conditioning throughout, hammock, pool/beach toys, outdoor kitchen, dining room/area/table, outdoor bar, holiday such as thanksgiving/christmas/new years/easter & island events have specia, 5 night minimum stay high season, pool chairs, welcome basket, outdoor furniture, hairdryer(s), for personal laundry service is available, 10 night minimum stay festive season, cooler, cd player, 5 night minimum stay low season, 1 queen bed, water feature, snorkel gear, housekeeping 3 days/week, outdoor shower, note distances to amenities are approximate, 1 king bed, 2 ensuite bathrooms, patio deck or balcony, 5 minute drive to beach(es), professionally managed, gated, fitness room/equipment....Read more
Left on 12/13/2014 for a stay in December 2014 | Colin EReviewed Dec 13, 2014Stayed Dec 2014
The villa is truly amazing! it's hard to pick a favorite part, but the views, privacy and pool certainly grab your attention before you even see inside. Inside it is all high end custom furnishings and appliances in a really unique layout. The master is upstairs, up an external staircase, which I thought was strange, but after a few days I totally got it: Symbio was built in harmony with nature, a symbiotic relationship. It is built around the boulders, with the hillside, among the trees, not on a clear cut level plot. The walls open up to let the outside in and the verandas, too many to count, are nestled in the trees but with amazing views. It really gives the feeling of being in nature, not just near it.
If you have limited mobility, you may find the layout challenging due to the natural Boulder walkway and stairs everywhere. The kitchen is awesome, but it took us nearly a week to find where everything is because it's so big and well stocked. We cooked most nights and loved the rotisserie grill and large cooktop.
It's in a really private area so you like chatting to folks walking by you might be disappointed. The staff was great and incredibly helpful and friendly and they kept the place spotless and working great.
The showers are incredible! Having used rain shower heads in America with low-flow restrictions I was not prepared for how much better the experience could be! To shower while looking at the ocean and flowers really got you in the right mood for Virgin Gorda.
All in all it was a great experience and I highly recommend it. We will surely be back!
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