On the outside, Carlota Villa looks like a castle. Inside, our readers marvel at the one-of-a-kind furnishings, such as the dining room table being made from a Balinese monastery door. Art enthusiasts will marvel at the fountains that grace this estate, and the villa's design itself is a wonderful component of Carlota Villa. The living rooms are spacious and cozy, and the kitchen will delight anyone who likes to cook. This unique villa can easily accommodate four couples or a large family, and it's great for hosting parties.
Perched 500 feet on a hillside in the gated enclave of Upper Peter Bay sits Carlota Villa. Constructed by a family whose dream was to create a residence in which they could display their art and antiques (collected from their world travels), Carlota Villa truly is everything modern and luxurious.
Villa Carlota offers five large air-conditioned bedroom/bath suites in three pavilions.
Through an electronic gate and from the driveway courtyard, you will follow a coralstone staircase to the large terrace. A second Italian marble fountain feeds a large infinity-edge pool which blends into the 180-degree view of Peter Bay and the Caribbean Sea. All of the National Park beaches, such as Trunk and Cinnamon Bays, are less than a 10-minute drive from Villa Carlota.
The villa's main pavilion is centrally air-conditioned with adjustable controls, and features a spacious Great Room (the "India Room") which incorporates a large gourmet kitchen with a cypress ceiling, Brazilian granite, custom mahogany cabinetry, and bordered by a long countertop with stools. Adjacent is the dining area where an 18th-Century Balinese teak monastery door serves as the dining table. A convenient powder room is right around the corner.
On the other side of the Great Room is the living area, set with comfortable sofas, chairs, and a media center with a 50-inch flat-screen satellite TV, a Bose sound system, and extensive movie and music collections for your enjoyment. Louvered and screened mahogany doors open from the living area to the covered veranda which looks over diverse scenery. A large table on this veranda and artful lighting invite alfresco dining with a view.
From the Great Room, a curved staircase leads to the over sized second-level master suite and home office. This grand king master suite features a cathedral ceiling with Raffles East India fans, mahogany wood flooring, custom-made ceramic light fixtures designed by a local artist, and a Ralph Lauren four-poster bed. A large air-conditioned walk-in closet is adjacent. Mahogany doors open to a veranda on the ocean side of the pavilion, furnished with chaise lounges for looking out toward the National Park lands and the sea. The ensuite marble bath provides separate his-and her sinks linked by a massive wall-to-wall mirror, a Jacuzzi bathtub, and a separate glass-and-marble shower with native stone accents.
Just outside the master bath is Carlota Villa's roofed hot tub pavilion with coral stone floor. Although the spa pavilion is off the master suite, anyone may access the hot tub from the driveway courtyard or from the Great Room with a key. Continuing up the winding staircase from the master suite level to Carlota Villa's third level, a second bedroom/bath suite, this one with a four-poster queen bed awaits.
Back at the terrace and pool just outside the main pavilion, a green bamboo marble wet bar is available. Behind the wall with the lion's head fountain is a stainless steel professional gas rotisserie grill built into a stone grilling area, which easily connects to kitchen and dining area via a rear hallway.
Carlota Villa's second pavilion is on the other side of the pool terrace, offering two centrally-air-conditioned queen bedroom/bath suites on two levels for privacy. Each suite features a romantic four-poster bed with Vera Wang mattresses, a Chinese antique armoire, flat-screen satellite TV, and a private covered balcony just outside (the upper suite has both a step-out balcony and a pergola verandah). Both suites' baths are done in Italian rojo alicante marble and hand-crafted cabinetry, each with an overhead rain shower plus three body-massage jets in the wall. From the lower suite's patio, a secreted curve of three steps takes you right into the pool. On the lower level of this pavilion is the laundry room with two washers and two dryers; this area has a private service entrance so that the housekeepers may enter the house from the driveway courtyard without coming through the villa's main entry. A small exercise room adjoins the second pavilion, screened to let the trade winds in.
The driveway courtyard has ample parking and turning space for three cars, and an outside shower for after-beach rinse-offs. Across this courtyard is the charming Cottage Suite, nicely secluded from the rest of the property. The air-conditioned Cottage Suite is distinguished by cool travertine tile, a living area with a balcony overlooking the main villa, a full bath, a small kitchen with a covered patio for alfresco meals, and on its upper level, a king (or two-twin) bedroom with a full bath, a large verandah off to its side, a step-out balcony in front, and an ensuite bath.
Carlota Villa captures five-star grandeur castle turret, French terracotta tile roof, and fine finishes inside and out - be sure to admire the unique mahogany doors and windows, which are clad in bronze outside to match the bronze railings, and the harmonious use of Italian marble, native shell- and stonework and exotic woods throughout.
6 satellite TVs (in main pavilion: a 50-inch flat-screen TV in Great Room + a 19-inch flat-screen TV in kitchen; a 32-inch flat-screen TV with DVD player in 3 bedroom suites), Bose Lifestyle 38 Home Entertainment System with 48-DVD digital storage system + 5-CD player, interior + exterior Bose speakers, radio, iPod docking stations in all bedrooms, books, movie + music collections, central A/C throughout villa (except in exercise room); home office off master suite with DSL connection for your laptop + fax machine with dedicated line, 2 phone lines, 2 answering machines, Wi-Fi throughout entire property; gourmet kitchen with Jenn-Air dual-fuel range + warming oven; poolside wet bar with icemaker + mini-fridge, + stainless steel gas grill with rotisserie nearby; hair dryers, a safe for valuables in each of 3 bedroom suites, 2 fountains in courtyard, exercise room (no A/C) with Precor Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer EFX 5.17i + Precor Low-Impact Treadmill 9.35; assorted snorkel gear for guests, beach chairs; automatic generator; covered parking in driveway courtyard, dishwasher, laundry room with 2 washers, 2 dryers, microwave + a separate service entrance from driveway for villa staff/housekeepers. Fully air-conditioned Cottage Suite across driveway courtyard has a 32-inch flat-screen TV, stack washer + dryer, + small but fully-equipped kitchen. Electronic gate into property.