When I imagined visiting St. Barts, I didn’t see myself sharing the experience with a tropical storm. As luck would have it, that’s exactly what I’m doing, though at least I’m doing it in style at Villa DOL, a sturdy, stone-columned three-bedroom villa on the pinnacle of scenic Pointe Milou. Somewhere below, there should be a sprawling view of Baie de St. Jean Bay, where tiny, colorful sailboats usually play offshore. Today curtains of tropical rain sweep across the island stage. From my spacious master bedroom, I see reflections of lightning flicker in the cliffside infinity pool. Breaks in the downpour provide glimpses of a rain-soaked landscape. Shafts of escaped sunlight illuminate the ocean’s true pastel colors. I won’t be enjoying Villa DOL’s two-tier patio areas today, nor will I be strolling through its lush private gardens, but I’m entranced. The villa’s view is making this storm captivating and has turned my bad-weather experience into a memorable one. From $25,000 per week.
Jon Whittle, July 2012 Issue
Sibarth Villa Rentals listed La Danse des Etoiles as one of their Top 10 Villas in the 250+ villa rental inventory. In their June 2009 publication this was their description:
“At first glance the alchemy of raw materials, mineral rock and rigorous concrete are palpable as they harmonize with the warmth and the nobility of wood and give birth to this unique and spectacular villa located in Pointe Milou. It took nearly two years for a team of stone cutters to complete this innovation architectural prowess. Walls and walls of chiseled stone and here an there a carefully positioned stone is placed deliberately to stand out from the others. This exemplary villa is the result of meticulous attention to detail and modernity, but also at the same time simplicity, refined elegance and luxurious comfort.
The kitchen made from concrete, stainless steel and dark wood is reminiscent of a boat with its 270 degree view, integrating so completely into the living room that it seems to disappear. The white living room is lit up by two transparent Kartell lamps and lighting from the Design Within Reach collection. The masterful architecture continues by marrying stone and wood in the bedrooms and bathrooms where the tiles are amazing tones of copper. The furniture is elegant and rare, like the inlaid bamboo table in the living room and the chests of drawers adorned with pen-shells in the bedrooms that are truly works of art. Not to mention the remarkable collection of Asian antiques originating from Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Bali.
The while interior living area opens onto a vast 300 square meter teak deck dotted with stone walls that support large metal structures tapped with grey canvas awnings that seem to balance while enhancing their great volume. A huge outdoor living space includes furniture from the Del Greco Collection and leads directly on to the crescent shaped 33 meter mirror-like Indonesian black volcanic stone pool which faces the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. A great sense of fullness radiates from the views and this universe, evoking the rare feeling of blissful total solitude. The sunsets with views over the distant islets and the islands of St. Martin and Anguilla are simply magical. In a garden where a custom-made billiard table adorns the green lawn, under the benevolent eye of a large Buddha, an outside bathroom in the shape of a nautilus shell completes the setting. DOL is an invitation to travel out of time, in a world where you can almost forget that the world exists at all.”
View of Inspiration
Circumstances brought Bob & Lynne Grossman to St. Barthelemy, but it was their intuition coupled with design smarts that led to their first successful villa investment. After transferring their knowledge and years of island living they recently completed their second fabulous villa...La Danse des
Their new villa allows visitors to compare each day’s sunrise to its sunset, a feature that most houses, penthouses or even palaces don’t offer. 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. Barts, and sit in comfort on the higest 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 villa on a Caribbean island.
After careful planning and years of searching for just the right location, they were able to purchase an ideal piece of property that represented a poetic connection between the sun, sky, and the sea on one of the highest spots of Pointe Milou. Immediately they began to visualize building their new villa. This fantastic setting allowed for 270 degrees of visual inspiration as there are unobstructed views north, east, and west...