Newsletter July 2019
Completion of Lancaster Drive 20
We are delighted to announce that Lancaster Drive 20 has been completed and, though we say it ourselves, it’s simply breathtaking.
Designed and built with the discerning owner in mind, Lancaster Drive 20 is the ideal property for those looking for a modern, turnkey, luxury villa they can call their island dream home.
The contemporary-styled villa is located on a highly desirable ridge with uninterrupted panoramic views of the golf course and on to the Caribbean Sea.
The four-bedroom, four and a half-bathroom main house, with poolside half bath, offers reversed two-floor living, full-height sliding glass doors and private verandas. Some of the property’s stunning features include the grand twin staircase leading down to the pool from the first-floor living space, large covered outdoor dining terrace and media room.
The property is available furnished for staging, which allows owners to add their own individual finishing touches. Designed by Lucy Locketts Interiors in a style that blends modern Caribbean-design with traditional grandeur and formal elegance, the property comprises:
• Porcelain tiling and skirting to all areas
• Pella entry door and wood windows
• La Cantina sliding doors
• Travertine-topped vanities
• Waterworks fixtures and sanitary ware
• Kitchen cabinetry by Luxury Interior Caribbean Ltd.
• Granite/Hanstone Quartz countertops by Fiberpol Barbados
• Miele stainless steel appliances
• Porcelain tiled pool deck
• Glass balustrade by CR Laurence
• Landscaping by DLA Barbados
Clients can choose to raise or lower the finish level.
The separate two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage has a kitchenette and private living area with a large central veranda facing the swimming pool.
This newly-finished home has never been rented and was designed and built to meet the growing demand for open-plan, easy living homes, positioned in a stunning location in the heart of Royal Westmoreland. There is no competition unless you want to build it yourself!
Mahogany Heights Breaks Ground
Considerable progress has been made at Mahogany Heights since our last newsletter.
The road is nearing completion for the first phase and the foundations have been laid for Mahogany Heights 11 and 12. We are expecting occupancy for these two properties to be the end of July 2020.
The even better news is that Mahogany Heights 12 has just been sold so we know that its new, sleek and contemporary floor plan is proving popular with our clients.
Just to remind readers, Mahogany Heights comprises 12 semi-detached three-bedroom villas with southwesterly views of the 12th hole and the sea. Outside, the properties set themselves apart from other communities on the estate with their fresh, new and modern architecture.
Inside, the three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms are divided over two floors. There’s an open plan kitchen and large glass sliding doors leading to the open-air dining room and pool deck. All villas have their own outside shower, private 20ft. swimming pool and lush, mature gardens.
If the clean lines and new architectural style of Mahogany Heights are for you, but you may want a detached home in the near future, why not take advantage of our developer part exchange offering?
Invest in what works for your lifestyle now with this very rentable turnkey semi-detached villa. We will take the price you paid for Mahogany Heights, add 10 per cent growth to cover transaction fees and apply it to your own stand-alone home as your lifestyle justifies the further investment. Prices start at GBP £1,100,000.
Looking for a rental home or Caribbean family retreat? Then our latest community, Jasmine Grove, could be for you. This is the first time a community for right-sized stand-alone homes has been available in Royal Westmoreland in over 10 years. So, there’s plenty of demand!
Jasmine Grove is located on an elevated ridge with views over the 14th or 15th green, with sea glimpses and cooling easterly breezes. The secluded and private plots are sized for your home and an easy-care garden. If you have looked at Coconut Grove in the past, you’ll love Jasmine Ridge.
The custom-built detached properties in Jasmine Grove are based on our new Aster floor plan with both a three and a four bedroom layout available for the same price.
The single-level villas offer large open plan living and a private pool. They have been thoughtfully and architecturally designed for the environment and to meet the demanding standards of our clients.
To date, two houses have been sold and we’re breaking ground on the first home this August. Superbly priced with a starting price of just GBP £1,259,000 for land and build, Jasmine Grove is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.
Golf Cottages - Fractional Ownership
“What a great way to enjoy two weeks every year at Royal Westmoreland with all the benefits of full Club Membership while you explore home ownership options,” says Kim Goddard, Sales Director, at Royal Westmoreland.
The 1,080 sq. ft. two-bedroom, two-bathroom Golf Cottages are available now to purchase through our exciting fractional ownership programme.
The six cottages are fully furnished and air-conditioned, with an open-plan lounge, Miele-equipped kitchen and covered patio with a barbecue.
Facing the 12th green, in an elevated location with year-round breezes, the cottages are just steps away from a beautiful free form salt water pool (only available to this community).
Owners enjoy daily housekeeping during their stay and full club membership for the time they own. This means no green fees for owners, their spouse and children of any age, with discounted greens fees for their guests.
Kim Goddard explains: “Our Golf Cottages can be purchased on a fractional basis where you enjoy two weeks a year. It is fully deeded, willable, sellable and can be used for part exchange as your lifestyle changes over time”.
For those who understand that ownership is better than rental when controlling your valuable holiday time and making your money work for you, fractional ownership in our Golf Cottages is a great entry point to the Royal Westmoreland Resort lifestyle.
Now also available is our attractive rental service offering.
Thinking of buying at Royal Westmoreland?
Purchasing is a turnkey process and we will walk you through each stage.
Whether you choose fractional ownership, where we look after all details for you with a purchase agreement which you can review without pressure and all transaction fees are built into the purchase price; or full ownership, with one land and build agreement, rental scheme opportunities and finance options.
Want to find out more? Come and enjoy our Experiential Stays of up to three days. Book four weeks or less in advance and enjoy a 70 per cent discount. Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability.
Call us now on 01524 917316 to book your stay.
Crop Over Festival
If you’re lucky enough to be on Barbados this July and early August, make sure you check out the various Crop Over celebrations taking place across the island.
As its name suggests, Crop Over is an annual festival that dates back to 1687 celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest. Today, it’s a celebration of the culture and history of the island in the form of music, dance, food and arts.
There are lots of events on this year’s Crop Over Calendar but stand out events include:
July 9 - August 3 – The Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibit
Free art exhibit at the Central Bank of Barbados, open daily from 10 am to 6 pm and featuring some of the island’s best artists and crafters. Some of the work is for sale.
August 1- Panache
This is a prestigious, all-inclusive event at the Holders Polo Field with live music, Prosecco bar and seafood and carving stations.
August 5 – Grand Kadooment
The final big event takes place on August 5 with Grand Kadooment Day – and it’s quite the carnival experience. Masquerade bands with over 15,000 dancers dressed in sequined costumes, colourful feathers and jewelled headdresses dance behind music trucks and moving bars.
The parade starts at the National Stadium at 8am and pulsates to the soca/calypso beats through the streets to the Spring Garden Highway and on to the Frank Worrell Roundabout.
It’s great fun to watch but we suggest you join in with the dancing and celebrate with the locals in true Barbados style.
Rum, Sun and Fun
You don’t have to be on Barbados for long to realise the importance of rum to the people, culture and economy of the island. Widely accepted as the birthplace of rum production over 300 years ago, Barbados now produces the best rum in the Caribbean.
Rum remains a major part of Bajan culture today. Drink it neat or over ice; mix it with soda or enjoy in one of the delicious cocktails available in the bars across the island.
Our signature rum cocktail here at the Beach Bar is Royal Rum Punch. It’s a mix of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, simple syrup, fresh lime juice and orange juice, blended with ice and served in a long glass. It’s the perfect accompaniment as you watch the sun go down over the Caribbean Sea.
If you’d like to find out more about how it’s made, one of the most popular excursions for guests and owners is a visit to the Mount Gay Visitor Centre in Bridgetown.
Founded in 1703, Mount Gay is the oldest rum brand in the world. The 45-minute tour takes you through 300 years of rum-making history from sugarcane to bottle. You can then enjoy different varieties at the tasting session followed by a rum cocktail in the Mount Gay Bar and Lounge.
Prices start at just USD $50 for a signature rum tasting (transport included) to USD $125 for a full distillery experience with transportation in St Lucy. We particularly like the cocktail workshop (USD $70) and signature tasting with a Bajan buffet lunch for USD $75. The concierge team here can make all reservations for you.
The award-winning Foursquare Rum Distillery in St Philip offers a free self-guided tour followed by a rum tasting session (small charge). Known for brands like Doorly’s, Old Brigand and E.S.A. Field, the tour takes you through the various stages of rum making. Don’t forget to purchase your rum from the shop afterwards.
If you’re heading to the north of the island, drop into St Nicholas Abbey in St Peter. A rum tasting is included in the entrance fee.
For the ultimate rum experience, the Colony Club’s rum vault is a new event for the curious up to the connoisseur. Featuring 150 rums from across the world, guests enjoy a four-course meal with rum cocktail pairing and history on the development of rum in Barbados.
Food and Rum Festival
So popular is rum on Barbados, islanders even have a festival for it. Taking place every October (so one for the diary), the Barbados Food and Rum Festival begins with a cook-off in Oistins, Christ Church.
The full schedule is yet to be announced, but there will be a food and rum pairing event, an afternoon of canapés and spirits at the polo field, fine dining experiences and, of course, a beach party.
This year, Tom Aikens, one of the UK’s most acclaimed and inspirational British chefs, will be taking part in the festival.