The designer of the recently renovated Alaia has perfected the art of subtraction. The beauty of this luxury rental property lies not in what is there - although the Christian Liaigre furnishings, the natural materials, and the inviting textures are plenty appealing - but what is absent. Gone are any sign of pretense, clutter, or complication. There are no TVs in the bedrooms, which makes it easy to disconnect and escape from distractions. Rather, the focus stays firmly where it should be: on your loved ones and your carefree time on vacation together.
The layout of Alaia is simple and intimate, well set up for families or groups of friends to share time together and have quiet, private quarters to which they can retreat. And its location within St Barths makes it very convenient. In St Jean, it is just a short drive down to Nikki Beach and the rest of the social life in the area.
The fully air-conditioned main house contains a living and dining area with whitewashed wood paneling on the walls and unfussy furniture, as well as a TV with the Dish Network, in case you prefer not to be entirely cut off from the world. The oversize dining table is generally set for four, although there is room for additional chairs. The compact galley kitchen is open to the dining area and features a blackboard on which guests can express their artistic side. The living space here opens onto the pool terrace.
This house also contains the master bedroom, which has an ample dressing area and is next to an office that can also be used as a children's bedroom. These two rooms share one bathroom. Two separate buildings house the two other bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, each on its own level. The lower-level bedroom also has a kitchenette inside and lovely terrace area in front.
The predominant feeling is of airiness and nature, thanks to a design that incorporates neutral colors, organic materials, and a look that is simple but with lots of soul. No detail has been overlooked, from the choice of pictures in the frames to the soft texture of the bed covers.