November 25, 2016 | By Bryn Symonds |
Innovative, luxurious and a first of their kind in the Caribbean, Over-the-Water Villas and Bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean are changing the all-inclusive game. Perched on a deck floating above turquoise waters, these villas deliver an unforgettable vacation.
Sarah Hartman is Director of Interior Design at Hospitality Purveyors, Inc. She tells how these villas came to be and what makes them so spectacular.
What was your design inspiration?
The inspiration was simple but dramatic — to have a chic interior that would open completely to the outside. Colours, feel, everything is all very natural.
Were environmental concerns incorporated into the design and production?
Absolutely. The location was chosen in a place that would least disturb the environment. We also added coral gardens under the villas to build up the natural environment further.
How did you incorporate Jamaica’s natural beauty?
The rustic feel of the exterior, allowing the natural colours of the sea to repeat throughout, and a large patio that brings the outside in.
What are the most exciting features of these villas?
Everything! These villas have so many amazing amenities. Glass floors to view sea life below, a private Infinity Pool, a Tranquility Soaking Tub, and a hammock made for two set right out over the sea.
How do you think private boat transfers, butler service and 24-hour room service complement the experience?
Couples will never have to leave their villa, unless they want to! Imagine breakfast served to you as you gaze out to the Caribbean Sea. Sandals private offshore island is adjacent to the villas so lots of options there as well.
How does it feel to see these villas come to life?
This project is a designer’s dream come true. It’s truly been a magical experience to watch these villas come alive. I can’t wait for guests to enjoy them.