7 Things to Consider When Buying a Luxury Barbados Apartment
Buying a luxury apartment on a beautiful, tropical island is, for many, the fulfilment of a dream. It’s also a big decision and one where there are lots of things to consider. Here, we’ll take you through some of the most important things to think about when buying a luxury Barbados apartment.
- Design, space and features
Finding the right interior space is vital when choosing your apartment. It’s the place where you’ll spend a lot of time relaxing, eating and sleeping. You’ll need enough bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone you intend to take on holiday with you and enough living space to ensure everyone is comfortable and can enjoy being there.
For modern living, having an open plan living space offers the very best in apartment accommodation. It allows everyone to be together, whether they’re cooking in the kitchen or relaxing on the sofa and it lets natural light brighten up the entire space, making it seem even more spacious and airy. From a design perspective, open-plan apartments are also right on trend, improving the value of your property both for rental and resale.
You’ll find the one to three bedroomed Royal Apartments at Royal Westmoreland meet all these specifications – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They are also exquisitely finished with tasteful interior design and fully equipped with the essential mod-cons, including Miele kitchens, wi-fi and en-suite bathrooms.
- Outdoor dining and sun terrace
With such glorious weather in Barbados, a feature balcony or terrace is a prerequisite when looking for the right property. Ideally, it should be spacious enough for sun loungers and alfresco dining and have a fabulous view of the wonderful Barbadian landscape – not one that looks straight into someone else’s apartment.
The Royal Apartments at Royal Westmoreland offer exactly this, with the added bonus of a view that looks over the lush grounds of our 750-acre estate and, in most cases, beyond – to the stunning Caribbean coastline on which the estate is perched.
- Access to a pool
While the palm-fringed, golden beaches and shallow, tropical waters of the west coast are pretty hard to drag yourself away from, there are times when all you want is to stay by your apartment, get stuck into a good book and then dive into a nice, cool pool. Unfortunately, that experience isn’t always so great when you have to share a pool with a crowd of others and you struggle even to find a sun lounger, let alone some peace and quiet.
At Royal Westmoreland, we have the perfect solution to this. While our apartments do have communal pools, the number of apartments that share each pool is limited. You’ll never find the pool so crowded that you won’t be able to enjoy a swim or bask on a lounger.
- West coast location
If you are going to buy a luxury apartment in Barbados, it needs to be on the west coast. The west coast, around St James Parish, is the most desirable area of Barbados – a direct result of it having the most beautiful beaches and the calmest seas. The beauty of the west coast is what attracted movie stars and musicians to build their mansions here back in the day and this, in turn, has led it to be the most exclusive part of the island today. Indeed, it is still a magnet for the well-heeled and well-known.
As a result, the west coast is where you’ll find the best restaurants, spas and shopping experiences and it’s where the most upmarket properties and resorts are located. You’ll also find the beaches far less busy than the south, where the majority of hotels and holiday complexes are to be found.
Royal Westmoreland sits right at the heart of St James, its estate overlooking the beautiful Caribbean coastline. An apartment here brings you one of the most prestigious and sought-after addresses on the island.
- A private estate
While Barbados is a very safe place to visit, having a property located on a private estate reassures you that security is in place both while you are there and when you’re away.
Royal Westmoreland is a private, gated estate that provides round the clock security for our members and guests. This ensures that properties and amenities on the estate remain for your exclusive use and that everyone staying on the site is guaranteed the privacy they expect.
- Resort amenities
Most apartments for sale in Barbados are on a resort. When choosing which property to buy, one of the considerations has to be the amenities that the resort has to offer, as this can increase the enjoyment you will get from visiting and add significant rental and resale value to the property. The amenities on offer throughout Barbados vary considerably.
At Royal Westmoreland, you can be assured that our amenities, like our properties, are world-class. Across our 750-acres of beautiful landscape with its stunning sea views, you’ll find a championship-standard, 72-par golf course, floodlit tennis courts, state of the art gym and a saltwater swimming pool. When it comes to satisfying your appetite, we have a colonial-style Club House, Halfway House and traditional Rum Shak on-site and, just a stone’s throw away at Mullins Beach, we have a private Beach Club with sea view dining terrace – we even provide a shuttle service to get you there and back. From our eateries, you can take your pick from traditional Bajan dishes, delicious burgers or a full-on dining experience served up by our award-winning chefs. And there’s plenty to quench your thirst with too, including fine wines, great beers and of course, our divine, Barbadian rum cocktails.
Royal Westmoreland service, as you’d expect, is par excellence. Everyone will give you a warm welcome and look after your needs, but you’ll also have the services of your own housekeeper and our well-connected concierge – very helpful when you need to book a table at short notice. As a property owner at Royal Westmoreland, you’ll be treated like royalty throughout your time with us.
- Potential future benefits
As with any property purchase, there is always the potential for its value to increase over time. So, not only do you get to enjoy it while you own it; your investment could pay dividends in the end. The added advantage of owning an apartment in Barbados is that you can also rent it to other holidaymakers when you aren’t there – providing you with ongoing income through the years.
Of course, the design, finish and location of your property, together with the amenities it has use of, affect both the rental and sale value. The better these are, the more you stand to gain from your investment.
A luxury apartment located on a prestigious resort like Royal Westmoreland enables you to benefit from premium rental values and makes the property much more appealing to future buyers.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider when choosing to buy a luxury apartment in Barbados. Hopefully, the things mentioned here will give you suitable guidance and help you find the perfect apartment for your needs.
If you would like to find out more about purchasing an apartment at Royal Westmoreland, visit our Royal Apartments page.