Stand on the eastern side of the house in the early mornings, and you'll capture the panorama of the rising sun. Visitors swim in the 70-foot solar heated infinity pool, enjoy the shopping of St Barths, and sit in comfort on the highest peak of Point Milou. As the day winds down, they stroll to the west, recall the sights they soaked in as they sipped their morning coffee and decide if the sunset is better than the first light of day.
There were a number of well-defined decisions that lead up to the final design and build of La Danse des Etoiles, it did not happen overnight but rather was an accumulation of real-life experiences and challenges of previously owning a on a Caribbean island.
Creating separate outdoor living zones for activity and tranquility was a high priority. The owner knew that they wanted to have their outdoor living spaces to provide numerous environments for all activities they enjoyed outdoors. They wanted to be able to cook outdoors and have adequate dining areas that could host both elegant dinner parties and family gatherings. However, private spaces for both sun worshippers and shade seekers would have to be part of the mix. A stainless steel frame was built to provide the infrastructure for a shaded area. To provide additional comfort from the sun and hot weather, a water misting system was installed.
With a remote control device, a very fine mist is sprayed in order to help gently lower the air temperature. Once again, this was a customized solution individuals may or may not chose to use. The outside areas have two different levels and many private secluded spots where visitors can spend their time. The lowest level is located on the far west corner with the infinity edge of the pool to the east. Here visitors have complete privacy from not only the other visitors but from the adjoining neighbors. The view is spectacular as L'Orient and St Jean are off in the distance. Well-positioned walls are on the perimeter of the landscape that provides not only additional privacy, but block the traditional trade winds. No details were overlooked and even for recreation, an outdoor pool table was added. To add the convenience to the outdoor living experience a complete full bathroom and shower were built near the pool. A fresh, clean, comfortable look was created by using oversize glass windows and doors, dark wood floors along with only a minimal amount of soft inviting furniture. From years of renting out their previous villa, the owners discovered that many of their villa renters were often couples that shared equally in the expenses and therefore were hoping to have parity in the bedroom selection. Spending vacation time with other couples can be somewhat of a challenge so in their design of La Danse des Etoiles they decided to include equal size living spaces, king beds, private en-suite bathrooms with oversize showers, and a special feature, which seems to be the ones visitors remember the most private outside showers for each bedroom.
Combine the high ceilings, individually controlled climate controls, TV's, his and her closet space, iPod docking stations, and one level living every visiting couple should feel they did not receive the short-end of the deal.