Villa Embrace Rental Residence opens in St. Barts – Robb Report

There is no shortage of chic resorts in Saint-Barth, but as of tomorrow, even more exclusive accommodation will be available on the Caribbean paradise. Double hug villa, the 12,000 square foot rental residence, laden with amenities, is carved out of the mountainside in Gustavia, the island’s capital. Aside from its Caribbean Sea views and secluded vibe, the four-story private residence stands out for its price tag, which depending on the season can run between $150,000 and $450,000 per week.

Located minutes from the beach and the city’s bustling restaurants, Villa Embrace is the vision of Vancouver financier Martin Weinberg and his wife Michelle, who discovered St. Barts 14 years ago and were struck by its beauty. . Specifically, its “southern French feeling in the middle of the Caribbean”, says Weinberg Robb Report. “The culture, the food, the beaches, we knew we would come back.

It was during one of these return stints that the restless Weinberg was offered the opportunity to grab Gustavia’s largest piece of land for sale. There was a caveat though: he had to do it within three days. Weinberg took the plunge.

The view from the terrace

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Immediately, the Weinbergs, who traveled extensively, began poring over the portfolio of photos they had amassed, intoxicating images of hotel suites and villas around the world that had captivated them and prompted the couple to tapping into their favorite aspects to “build what we thought was the best of the best,” as Weinberg puts it.

It took two years to dig the site and another two to create Villa Embrace from scratch by a team that included local architect Philippe Van Den Broek, London developer Oliver Holt and Winnipeg studio Glenat Duxbury Interior Design. A dozen French craftsmen, renowned for their superyacht interiors, have curated the palette of refined finishes.

The result is a spacious and airy abode that merges with the outdoors. Each of the five suites, adorned with furnishings from the likes of India Mahdavi and B&B Italia, are equipped with private terraces, with either an outdoor shower or a Japanese bathtub. One even has a hammam.

Villa Embrace St. Barts

The home is furnished with custom pieces and top-notch art.

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Conviviality takes place in the great room, in the company of a bar and a fireplace, or on the Italian sofas in the family room. The centerpiece of the game room, with its Vladimir Kagan chairs, is the leather game table made by TTTrunks that the Weinbergs spent two months designing themselves. “A lot of things we wanted we couldn’t find, so we made them,” says Weinberg, noting that a white onyx and stainless steel headboard and the architecture’s maritime-inspired table Italian furniture and design firm Barbarini & Gunnell, which mixes with the Casa Fendi bar stools in the dining room, are also bespoke. The Weinbergs infused their personalities throughout Villa Embrace, and this is reinforced in the works on display, including a series of nudes by Roy Lichtenstein and pieces by Andy Warhol that Weinberg has kept for decades.

Villa Embrace St. Barts

One of the bedrooms

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Two infinity pools — one of which, at 100 feet, is among the largest on St. Barths — and an outdoor massage area ensure daily relaxation. Keeping routines in check is also easy at Villa Embrace (essential given the seven-night minimum stay) as there’s Technogym equipment on hand and a study with a Knoll walnut and leather desk. A 24-hour butler and chef preparing meals to pair with wines from the abundantly stocked cellar (it’s also possible to orchestrate private dinners on one of St. Barts’ beaches) are also part of the style offerings. luxurious hotel.

Weinberg was keen to anchor Villa Embrace in its natural surroundings. Floors resembling white sand, eucalyptus cabinets stained the color of dark driftwood, and bathrooms shrouded in pearlescent shells “transparent the beach into a contemporary home,” says Weinberg. At the same time, he wanted to introduce something daring to Saint-Barth, better delineated in the amazing glass elevator. “We have our own waterfall and a living green wall,” adds Weinberg, “so when you go up there, it’s like looking into a jungle.” hug villa opens for reservations March 1. Rates are between $150,000 and $450,000 per week.

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