But there’s more to this villa than location alone. Inside—in addition to plush, British Colonial furnishings and high-end bathroom amenities—clients will find a traditional formal drawing room, complete with two crystal chandeliers and a baby grand piano. The formality continues in its dining room, where a dedicated staff of butlers and chefs serve sit-down dinners. But there are plenty of places here for clients to kick back and relax, including the swimming pool and pool deck, as well as the adjacent beach terrace dining area. Rates start at $4,500 per night.
l’oasis, st. martin This villa is in French St. Martin, but once inside, clients feel as if they’ve been transported to Morocco (with a little added humidity in the climate, of course). Reopening in January 2011, with extensive renovations, the villa has an upscale, earthy feel with stone flooring, dark wood accents and white walls prevailing. Moroccan touches include a domed entryway, ornate golden mirrors and tilework accents.
But don’t expect a small desert hut. The 6-bedroom building sprawls out along St. Martin’s Baie Rouge beach, with massive public spaces, including the kitchen and living room, open to the outdoors. Ideal for clients who want privacy without giving up the amenities of a resort. L’Oasis features a full-service spa, complete with a massage room big enough for couples’ treatments, an area for manicures and pedicures, steam room and gym with treadmill, elliptical machine and free weights. Two swimming pools, an outdoor pavilion for dining and, of course, direct beach access round out its amenities. With renovations underway designed to bring all its amenities to top shape, Palmer says that L’Oasis will be one of the Caribbean’s top villas when it reopens. Rates start at $4,286 per night.