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The Garden, St. James, Barbados

$7,245 - $12,650 / USD PER Night
10 Bedrooms, 11+2 Half Bathrooms, Fully staffed, Beachfront, Heated infinity edge pool, Gym, Home Theatre
Features &


Crystal Springs, an enchanting seaside villa, is a testament to the island's historic grandeur. Its elegant faccade, stylish decor and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea create a theatrical ambiance, yet the impressive villa innately feels like a welcoming, comfortable home.

Set on 1.7 acres on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the estate features stunning tropical foliage, vibrant flora and mature trees. A natural gully runs through the property, and a secluded white sandy cove sits just below the main house, lapped by calm azure waters. The 12,000 sq ft residence comprises six exquisite buildings connected by coral stone terraces and pathways; each offers delightful space for relaxing and entertaining. With 10 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, Crystal Springs is the ideal villa for large groups, families and corporate gatherings.

Built in the 1940's, Crystal Springs was meticulously redesigned in the 1960's by famed Oliver Messel, who after establishing a successful career in stage and film design, turned his hand to architecture with considerable renown both in Barbados and the nearby island of Mustique. His theatrical style, characterized by grand archways, pillars and elegant finishes, emphasized outdoor living space, taking full advantage of the beautiful tropical settings that surrounded the homes. Crystal Springs is no exception; a true Messel masterpiece, it has an indelible spirit and charm that sets it apart as one of the most captivating residences on the island.

After purchasing the home in 2013, the present owners have lovingly restored Crystal Springs to her original splendour, revitalizing her spirit as Messel first envisioned it, and paying homage to the villa's architectural significance as one of his most stunning creations. The team involved in the restoration was primarily Barbadian; local experts, artisans and craftsmen ensured the home's historic integrity was maintained, and the few new additions blend effortlessly with the original structures. Most of the original furnishings have been refurbished, now artfully combined with specially commissioned local artwork to create a sophisticated take on Caribbean style.

The 10 en suite bedrooms at Crystal Springs sleep up to 20 people comfortably. There are two sets of communicating suites and the Tea House features both a king and two twin Murphy beds, ideal for young families. All suites are luxuriously appointed with pristine 100% white cotton linens, elegant furnishings and local artwork. The rooms are light and airy, with enchanting views to the sea, gully and gardens through large windows framed by billowing floor to ceiling curtains. Built-in cupboards provide ample closet space. The rooms are fitted with Jambox speakers by Jawbone and most feature flat screen televisions. Every bedroom has both ceiling fans and air-conditioning. The en suite bathrooms are finished with imported Italian marble and feature pampering touches such as seersucker robes, Acqua Di Parma toiletries and blow dryers. Four bathrooms feature open-air showers and most have incredible views of the gully or Caribbean Sea.

The Annex, located adjacent to the main house, suspends over the secluded white sandy cove and gully. Its oceanfront terrace features an intimate bar area. A private stairway leads down to the beach, and at high tide, the water laps the bottom steps, allowing you to literally step right into the Caribbean Sea. The cove is a delightful spot to sunbathe and enjoy water sports, including stand-up paddle boarding, Sunfish sailing and snorkeling. Crystal Springs is one of the few private homes with a cordoned-off swimming area, making it safe to enjoy the beautiful waters. The home also has an 18' speedboat equipped for waterskiing and other aquatic excursions; the boat master can also arrange diving lessons and equipment rentals. Should you desire a good stretch or deep meditation, just below the Annex is an ideal terrace for yoga, looking out to sea with the verdant gully as the backdrop.

The heated infinity swimming pool, finished in a stunning blue Bisazza mosaic tile imported from Italy, is lined with inviting chaise loungers. The mosaic tiles reflect the sparkling sunlight, and the infinity edge offers a window to the sea, where catamarans gracefully sail by. Relax in the shade with a favourite cocktail in hand, or accept the water's invitation to take a dip beneath the midday sun.

On the rare rainy afternoon or chosen evening in, enjoy films on the big screen in the newly furbished state of the art home theatre. Decorated with an array of memorable film posters, it provides the ideal setting for watching both new and old classics, complete with state of the art surround sound and leather reclining chairs. The property also has an ultramodern fitness centre outfitted with Technogym equipment, for those who wish to keep up their workout routines.

The staff at Crystal Springs has been with the estate for years; the butlers, cook (with assistant), boatmaster, housekeepers and laundresses will ensure your stay surpasses every expectation, providing attentive, yet unobtrusive service. Guests can also visit the butler's pantry, offering easy access to that essential morning cup of coffee, snacks and other necessities. There are also guards on hand to ensure security from dusk to dawn. The property manager is on call to address any questions, concerns or needs.

Crystal Springs sits comfortably within the heart of the island's prestigious west coast, within easy reach of Speightstown, an historic town to the north filled with cafes, shops and restaurants, and Holetown, the island's epicenter for world-class shopping, dining and nightlife. World-renowned golf, polo and marina facilities are also nearby, satisfying sportier travelers. Crystal Springs' property manager can assist with concierge services inclusive of reservations, planning excursions and any other arrangements necessary, ensuring your stay is an unforgettable experience from start to finish.


Distance to Beach: a private stairway leads down to the beach
Distance to Town: 5 minutes to Holetown, 15 minutes to Bridgetown
Distance to Airport: 35 minutes to Grantley Adams International (BGI)

Features &


  1. -Air conditioned bedrooms/Gym/Theatre, ceiling fans
  2. -Fully equipped kitchen; service pantry; bar
  3. -State of the art home theatre, leather reclined seating for 12, 150+ film library and AppleTV to stream on the big screen
  4. -Bedrooms: Jambox by Jawbone Bluetooth speakers, flat screen TV's with cable & Apple TV in most
  5. -Sonos speakers in all public living areas, Flat screen TV's with cable & AppleTV
  6. -WiFi throughout, fax machine
  7. -Private fitness centre features ultramodern equipment by Technogym
  8. -On-site generator
  9. -Security safes
  10. -Hairdryers, robes, slippers, Acqua Di Parma spa size shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/body lotion, personal amenities (as cotton balls, Qtips and shower cap) provided

Outdoor Features:

  1. -Private stairway leads down to the beach, secluded cove with cordoned-off swimming area, beach chairs, beach shower
  2. -55'x20' infinity edge pool, sun deck, loungers, safety fence can be installed around swimming pool on request, covered terraces/verandahs
  3. -BBQ, 3 al fresco dining areas, including a cliff-top gazebo and oceanfront terrace
  4. -1.7 acres, gardens, bridge spanning the natural water course that bisects the property,
  5. -Private excursions on 18' speed boat equipped for water-skiing, donuts, knee-board and wake-board (petrol at additional fee $)
  6. -Golf courses nearby: Royal Westmoreland, Apes Hill Club and Sandy Lane ($)
  7. -Tennis courts and Polo fields nearby ($)

Extra Services:

  1. -Wake-up calls and turn-down service provided
  2. -Boatman: Private excursions on 18' speed boat (petrol at additional fee $)
  3. -Security: Electronic gated entrance with intercom; 2 Security Guards-present from 6pm-7am
  4. -Concierge Team: Knowledgeable, experienced and committed to serving your needs. The Guest Services Coordinator enjoys helping others and is passionate about taking great care of guests. The Concierge Manager, uses her exceptional organisational skills to ensure you enjoy a seamless holiday experience. They love making arrangements and recommendations to help make your holiday special...before your arrival, for your arrival, during your stay and right up to your departure. Just ask what they can do for you!

Staff Details:

  1. -Property Manager: Oversees all details of the villa, inclusive of full concierge services
  2. -Chef/Cook/ Assistant Cook: Delightful local and international dishes made according to your preferences, cost of food extra $
  3. -2 Laundresses: Industrial laundry facilities on site; dry cleaning by special request


Property Manager, Chef, Cook, Assistant Cook, 2 Butlers, 4 Housekeepers, 2 Laundresses, Boatman, 2 Security Guards



Master Bedroom 1:

King bed, en suite bathroom, double shower/open air shower, double vanity, dressing room, kitchenette, Nespresso machine, air conditioning, ceiling fan

Bedroom 2:

King bed (can convert to 2 Twins), en suite bathroom, shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan

Bedroom 3:

King bed (can convert to 2 Twins), en suite bathroom, shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan


Bedroom 4:

King bed (can convert to 2 Twins), en suite bathroom, shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan

Bedroom 5:

King bed, en suite bathroom, shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan


Bedroom 6:

King bed, en suite bathroom, open air shower, dressing room, communicates with Bedroom 7, air conditioning, ceiling fan

Bedroom 7:

King bed (can convert to 2 Twins), en suite bathroom, open air shower, dressing room, communicates with Bedroom 6, air conditioning, ceiling fan


Bedroom 8:

King bed, en suite bathroom, open-air double shower, stand alone tub, dressing room, kitchenette, Nespresso machine, air conditioning, ceiling fan PLUS 2 twin-sized Murphy beds in sitting room (ideal for young families)


Bedroom 9:

King bed (can convert to 2 Twins), en suite bathroom, shower, communicates with Bedroom 10, air conditioning, ceiling fan

Bedroom 10:

King bed (can convert to 2 Twins), en suite bathroom, shower, communicates with Bedroom 9, air conditioning, ceiling fan


  1. Two guest half bathrooms


  1. Children welcome (under 12yrs not permitted to stay in the two pool cottage bedrooms)
  2. Maximum 20 guests
  3. No smoking is permitted inside
  4. Pets not allowed
  5. *Late departures and early arrivals incur fees - please inquire

7.5% taxes not included
5 night minimum stay year-round
VAT is applicable
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