Recently built atop Reed’s Point in Antigua, the location of Villa Papillon almost gives the illusion that you’re overlooking the Caribbean of pirate lore. The view of Pearn’s Bay has several small mountains in the near distance and, save for the modern sailboats floating in the bay, you almost expect a notorious captain’s ship to round the corner at any moment. It is easily one of the most engaging views on the island of Antigua no matter how many mornings you stare at it while sipping your coffee.
Villa Papillon is a six-bedroom residence that is now available for rental for those looking for an intimate, luxurious getaway that is a completely different experience than a resort. Perfect for groups such as friends traveling together or extended families, this villa has every detail that makes “exclusive” vacations desirable.
Designed to showcase the never-ending views, Villa Papillon features two unbelievably gorgeous outdoor eating areas and an infinity pool complete with a bar and an ice machine that pumps out crystal clear ice—the fun kind with the hole in the middle that mingles perfectly in a cold soda.
The gourmet kitchen on the main floor is commandeered by a private chef who makes all meals to order daily. There are also a housekeeper and house manager checking in frequently to ensure guests have everything they could wish for, or maybe even something they never knew they needed.
The king bedrooms all have ocean views of the expansive surrounding nature, and they also all feature ensuite bathrooms, providing great privacy and eliminating the “who gets the master” bedroom anxiety. Seating areas are incredibly comfortable with fluffy pillows and several inviting couches, with all details well-thought out by the professional interior designer (who also happens to own the house).
Besides lounging around the pool, sunning on the deck, and sipping cocktails while admiring the view, there is plenty to keep guests busy. For example, the house manager can arrange yoga on the deck, which is done before the sun gets too hot. It’s a lovely touch and the class is tailored to the guests’ ability levels.
The beach is a few short minutes via a path from the villa, and staff will bring lunch, beverages, chairs, and umbrellas for a beach day. For off-villa adventures, we like Barefoot Antigua charters. Charters start at about $700 for up to 6 people, and guests can enjoy snorkeling, swimming, wakeboarding, and simply exploring the island from the water.
Dining out is a must, as Antigua has many excellent restaurants. Visitors’ favorites include Sheer Rocks, because it may have the only view on the island that rivals Villa Papillon. Located inside Cocobay Resort—a very short ride from the villa—this spot features cocktails that are inspired and delicious, and it is also a prime location for selfie loving Instagram posters.
Additionally, Catherine’s Cafe has THE vibe. Right on Pigeon Point Beach, it is a truly laid-back place to enjoy French inspired cuisine while listening to a local band and sipping rose. The food is terrific, and the atmosphere is super chic. Wear your best flowy dress and bring a bathing suit in case you want to hang on the beach afterward.
Villa Papillon starts at $6,000 per night for 12 people and worth the splurge for the view alone. Add to that the privacy, the beauty, the chef, the small touches and luxurious service – it’s a bargain.