It’s a little scary when you are invited by a legendary fashion icon to visit their island home. My first visit was to one of the wonderful houses of Giorgio Armani on the island of Pantelleria, near Sicily. A quiet complex perched on a cliff overlooking the Tunisian coast, the experience plunged me into the magical world of the Armani lifestyle. It was only a matter of time before I made his trip to his tropical Caribbean haven on the island of Antigua.
Located in Galle Bay Heights along the west coast of Antigua, the exclusive residential project features only 25 luxury villas, just 10 minutes from the capital of St. John’s and 20 minutes from VC Bird International Airport.
The 86-year-old Italian billionaire loves the sun, and among the many properties he owns, most are located in picturesque coastal areas around the world. From a beachfront home in Pantelleria, a modest country house in Saint-Tropez, an old farmhouse on the Versilia coast in Tuscany, and a dramatic 213-foot super yacht called Mine, the tanned designer has always surrounded himself with the best that life has to offer.
Locals know right away when Mr. Armani is a resident of one of his properties. He loves to take walks in the morning, usually dressed in all black, while being accompanied by a cadre of beautiful models. His sense of style is manifested in his homes, he is simple, unstructured and very comfortable, just like the man himself.
Rocky cliffs perched above the crystal clear waters of Antigua is where Armani has a pair of villas he has owned since 2006. “Antigua is simply one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean, with lush countryside combined with a number of Countless Beaches “Antiguan makes you feel right at home,” says the designer.
The two villas have been combined to form a stunning cliffside complex surrounded by tropical gardens. The seven-bedroom Villa Flower and five-bedroom Villa Serena were designed by architect Gianni Gamondi, and include the master suite in the center that connects each villa outdoors. The complex feels more like its own village than a dwelling, as it juts out onto the beach.
As is typical in Armani homes, there’s plenty of beige and gray to accompany the carefully laid tatami mats on the Brazilian Camaro teak floors. The interiors are always done by their Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio team, and they also use their own furniture collection, Armani/Casa. As in most of his villas, there are always chaise longues for entertaining and there are plenty of outdoor spaces including windows without glass.
Each villa is equipped with its own private pool, gym, outdoor jacuzzi and large outdoor terraces. Villa Flower also has private access to a quiet sandy beach just below. The villas are now open for private rent, and also offer the use of a catamaran with a captain to sail around the nearby islands.
Properties can be rented as single luxury villas or as a 12-bedroom luxury property for larger groups starting at $88,000 per week.
The island opened to visitors in June, but they will be required to complete health disclosure forms before they land at VC Bird International Airport. Passengers arriving by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) within seven (7) days of their flight. Please review local guidelines as travel restrictions may change.