Barefoot elegance

Designed with an environmental approach by a skillful architect that successfully preserves the beautiful natural and traditional feel, Palm House Villa is a bit of a detour from most of the luxury rental properties on the island. And yet, it is also in many ways, the quintessential embodiment of St. Barth: colorful and carefree, barefoot and bohemian.

The design is an effortlessly welcoming marriage between tradition and modernity. And not only does Palm House villa's laid-back aesthetic capture the spirit of St. Barth; the vacation home is situated right in the heart of the island, at Anse de Lezards. You can hear the crash and smell the aroma of the sea. (And given the fact that Anse de Lezards is one of the best surf spots on the island, it is a special treat that the villa comes stocked with its own surf equipment for guests to borrow.)

The latanier palm trees were taken into account during the renovation of the villa, and the landscaped design was motivated by the intention of preserving them. The villa was shaped to unfold seamlessly around them. This villa is a delight for small families or pairs of couples who want to focus on one another and on the nature that cocoons them.

The villa has the traditional Caribbean set-up of separate shingle-sided bungalows, but that classic concept is executed in a way that includes all the modern conveniences. The furnishings are modern but share space in harmony with the existing structure. Natural colors and materials predominate. At the same time, the style and luxury quotients are high: The linens and towels are from Missoni.

In its own pavilion, the living area is cozy and inviting, with warm wood ceilings and walls. The adjacent full kitchen has a pass-through to the covered dining area on the terrace beyond. Off of that terrace lie a petite swimming pool and several sun chairs. The bedrooms occupy separate pavilions, with island flourishes with palm tree wallpaper behind the beds, and have ensuite bathrooms.