Crown Jewel of the Caribbean


By Linda Marx


Island living with its natural simplicity and silent luxury was the theme for the interior design of this spacious Parrot Cay villa by COMO. With stunning views of the sea, the villa is reachable down a winding driveway flanked with tropical landscaping.

The 8,790-square-foot private home is perched on 1.46 acres with 157 feet of beach frontage. It is part of the surrounding Parrot Cay private island resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands with 1,000 acres of sugar-white beaches, turquoise waters and the world’s third largest coral reef system.

Located in the northern Caribbean Sea, Turks and Caicos Islands, part of the British Overseas Territories, is an archipelago of eight principal islands and more than forty smaller cays, of which Parrot Cay is one of its most exclusive. The islands are about 925 km southeast of Miami, a 70-minute flight.

Once ensconced on Parrot Cay, guests can step out from the 3-bedroom villa’s 2,500-square-foot Brazilian hardwood pool deck and infinity pool onto the beach, which melts into the sea.

Christina Ong, the owner of Parrot Cay by COMO and its 20 villas, wanted an interior space that created a sense of place and tranquility, with ease and serenity that reflected the natural environment. With whitewashed ceilings, teak finishing, oak and Caicos stones, the understated elegance of the villa allows the beauty of the sea to make its own intended splash.

“Christina had a clear vision of simple luxury which was practical and maintainable,” says interior designer Linzi Coppick, Creative Director of Forme UK in London, who worked on the villa with architect/designer Cheong Yew Kuan, founder of Area Designs in Singapore and Bali, and architect Chris Davies, director of Coast Architects in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. “She wanted pure island living.”

A pair of wicker chairs overlooking the whirlpool tub are ideal for parents who want to watch their children play.
A pair of wicker chairs overlooking the whirlpool tub are ideal for parents who want to watch their children play.

Inside the open-plan villa, natural light stands out via oversized windows and doors, creating sun-filled spaces facing the pool, deck, ocean, and the endless green of the tropical landscaping.

Creating the interiors of this turnkey villa was a rewarding collaboration. The main design challenge was working with the huge great-room, which includes living room and dining room, since it is the heart and soul of this space with commanding water views.

“All access to other rooms comes from the great-room  along with reaching the terrace and pool area,” says Coppick. “Positioning and sourcing the right furniture to create comfortable and practical zones and ensuring easy maneuverability through the space with large format pieces was difficult.”

The solution was to select elegant, unfussy furniture with tactile upholstery of a scale which would sit proudly in the space. After many furniture, fabric and lighting presentations were offered by a variety of clients, a great-room decision was made.

“The luxurious aesthetic includes dark-timber furnishings which contrast dramatically against the cream finishes, pale cream marble floor tiling and white planked walls known as pickled ceilings, a common Caribbean technique,” says Coppick, who was pleased she was able to achieve the desired goal.

A taste of island living in the crown jewel of the Caribbean.

Even the great-room’s dining section, which can accommodate ten people for meals, was done in a large-scale format to maximize the impact. Black and white were chosen to avoid vibrant colors competing with the view.

The small contemporary kitchen was designed in a pale cream color to match the light airy spaces of the villa’s main living areas. Its marble floors complement marble countertops, the island top and backsplash.

The great-room and kitchen theme is repeated in the quietly elegant, art-filled den/study, with darker furnishings used against light and white in a picture-postcard scene.

A pair of master bedrooms, one on each side of the great-room  have floor-to-ceiling handcrafted glazed-oak doors facing the pool and ocean. The views open to teak decks with daybeds for extended lounging. The bedroom design, with its light beige, 12-inch wide oak floorboards, provides a warm feeling underfoot and contrasts against the dark bed and the bamboo back panel.

Large and open master bathrooms have free standing tubs and private outdoor shower gardens to amplify the island vibe. These areas are so opulent and luxurious that guests could spend much of their time relaxing in the tub or shower, just drinking in the view.

“This project was successful because our design team enjoyed working on it, and we listened to the wants and needs of Christina,” says Coppick. “When inside the villa, guests can expect a simple and understated elegance that offers a taste of island living in the crown jewel of the Caribbean.”

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