Villa Alila is a unique and charismatic home offering a luscious retreat, full of tropical flavour, whilst blending ethnic accents and Balinese-style tranquillity, set in the up-market Sandy Lane enclave. This serene oasis comprises over an acre of mystical and varied gardens, with an impeccably styled home set across an array of separate pavilions, in a delightful indoor-outdoor fusion.
Cutting edge fittings meet with a spiritual haven and architectural panache. Renowned architect, Michael Gomes is behind this sumptuous home. The Balinese design principle of several connected pavilions set across walk-ways with pond, water feature, swimming pool and outdoor bathrooms is clearly at play in Villa Alila, whilst views to the sea, the natural breezes and views across the golf course have been maximised.
The living spaces are airy, hallmarked by exposed slatted dark timber ceilings and open sides, for the pavilion feel. Elegant and classical interiors fuse with local raw materials; mahogany, wicker and coral. The main living room is a breathtaking space with high vaulted ceiling and dazzling; an piece hanging light takes centre stage whilst there is a sedate, colonial-lodge feel fusing with antique, pale-washed furnishings, ethnic tapestries and interesting artefacts.
The deep red-stain timber contrasts with the vivid white palette and furnishings; altogether Alila creates an ambience of spiritual calm and intimate character. The informality and ease of open plan living, long statement granite breakfast bar, starburst mirrors, lush tropical plants and banana trees blend in an eclectic fusion of grace and style. Outdoor living is executed so naturally, with a serene walk-way across the small river, several dining spots and mystical corners, as well as a koi pond and glistening saline infinity pool.
Alila, meaning “strong soul” offers a serene retreat with cutting edge features; surround-sound media with flat screen and i-pod docks, and top-grade kitchen fittings. For an added note of glamour, the on-hand chef makes dining a breeze. Each of the bedrooms epitomise low-key luxury, whilst the Master suite is rather special, with rain-shower wet room and striking free-standing semi-outdoor tub for a rock and roll edge!
Sandy Lane is an exclusive hot spot on the Western coast of Barbados; Alila is a unique, hospitable get-away with every comfort in place along with a uniquely mystical quality with its Asian influences and entwined indoor-outdoor blend. Sitting back on the raised gazebo with cocktails at sunset will be about as good as it gets!
Villa Alila is nestled in a premium position in the very exclusive West Coast of Barbados, also known as the “platinum coast” for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters. Despite this region being developed with high-end hotels and stately private residences to an international jet-set, its coast remains one of the most beautiful Barbados has to offer. With the recent development of extensive boardwalks, visitors can enjoy spectacular sunset strolls with the glittering sea as their companion.
The Sandy Lane Hotel is an iconic spot drawing a star-studded clientele, whilst Sandy Lane Beach in St James is one of the region’s finest beaches. Ideal for swimming, and snorkelling, tropical sea life and sea turtles can be spotted, whilst opportunities for kayaking and paddle boarding are abundant.
Villa Alila is ideally positioned, offering both tranquil seclusion as well as being close to the prestigious Sandy Lane Golf Course and the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre which comprises upscale boutiques, spas and fine dining.
In contrast, a visit to the historical Holetown will offer a taste of local flavour. The Chattel village has a more artisanal flavour, offering local crafts, art and jewellery. The Chattel houses offer a striking contrast to the colonial residences with their dazzling white coral facades and open verandas; the former are vividly coloured with fancy gables and gingerbread fretwork. The Chattel houses date back to plantation days; the small wooden shacks were designed to be movable, yet this didn’t limit their decorative charm; finished in candy pinks and pistachio greens with pretty shutters and sloping roofs.
Within close proximity to Alila, visitors can enjoy the fine culinary art at Tides Restaurant for something a little special, or Zaccios for informal pizza lunches with the kids. The west coast offers everything from rum cocktails at the bar to Thai cuisine or local Bajan fare. A culinary experience here takes influences from African, Caribbean, West Indian and European gastronomy for something a little unique. Known for its rum tradition, started circa 370 years ago, the island is brimming with tours of the world’s oldest rum.
Barbados is a place of contrasts, from movie-star hedonism to cane-cutting village life and artisanal fare; from fishing villages to dramatic, rugged Atlantic coastlines - visitors will enjoy a vivacious diversity within a very accessibly-sized island. A unique blend of vibrant, local life and colonial-influenced afternoon teas alongside cricket matches on the green!
At Excellence Luxury Villas we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the
concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team.
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!