Sea La Vie
Sophisticated Island Living in The Bahamas
Forget everything you thought you knew about luxury island living. The Residences at The Dunmore will change your perception entirely on what it means to live a relaxed yet refined life on a tropical island. A rare opportunity has emerged at The Dunmore, a luxury boutique hotel situated on Harbour Island’s famed Pink Sand Beach: It is the chance to own an incomparable oceanfront home with five star amenities, in one of the world’s most coveted and exclusive locations. Welcome to the new era of beachfront chic.
The Bahamas is home to many famous addresses and private islands, but few places, if any, can boast of the exquisite turnkey lifestyle that comes with The Residences at The Dunmore. Nestled within a peaceful enclave among the lush tropical gardens and manicured grounds of the resort is a stunning beachfront home, aptly named Sea La Vie. It is one of only four private residences at The Dunmore. Set along a three-mile stretch of the famous Pink Sand Beach, it has use of all the resort amenities, concierge and maintenance services*.
This bespoke estate management support allows your luxury island hideaway to be a true retreat from the responsibilities of everyday life. “This house is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Nick Damianos of Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s the last beachfront property available at The Dunmore and is one of the most captivating homes in all of the Bahamas. This house comes with bragging rights to the best location, design, and luxury facilities. It’s truly one-of-a-kind.”
Sitting high on a beachfront dune, dramatic views of the turquoise water and pink sand flow gracefully into the beautiful home. Sea La Vie really cannot be described without first discussing the indoor – outdoor style of living. Designed by famed Miami architects de la Guardia Victoria Architects & Urbanists (DLGV), the house is built in a U- shape affording sweeping views of the ocean into nearly every room in the house. DLGV is an internationally acclaimed firm with numerous top awards under its belt including the Philip Trammell Shutze and Palladio Awards. Their brilliant design of the property at The Dunmore effortlessly brings a sense of breezy beach life into an elegant and timeless space. With its high soaring ceilings and exquisite attention to detail, the house exudes glamour but still maintains a sense of casual island living.
With a nod to traditional Bahamian architecture, much of the social living space is on the upper level including a spacious great room, kitchen, family room, bar room, and dining pavilion. A master bedroom with uninterrupted ocean views and a guest room are also on the upper level. Downstairs, there are two guest rooms, a central living room, and a laundry room. There are plentiful picturesque windows throughout and in the Great Room there is a wall of glass doors that completely fold away to connect the space with the infinite views of the Altantic. Designed with family and entertaining in mind, there are four bedrooms and five and half bathrooms. The entire house is 4,694 square feet and wraps around a central terrace perched gracefully above the powdery pink sand beach.
Saturated hues, natural materials, and no corner left untouched are just a few of the brilliant design concepts that Alessandra Branca has used to decorate Sea La Vie. Branca is a world-renowned interior designer and her work is continually featured in top publications including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Vernada. Her incredible portfolio has won her a place on ELLE DECOR Magazine’s prestigious A-List for the past four years in a row. Taking cues from the tropical surroundings, she has designed the residence at The Dunmore with Bahamian elegance and glamour mixed with a laid-back island vibe. Branca’s design calling card is casual sophistication and it is evident throughout the property because, as she says, “On Harbour, even the most proper people become much more relaxed.”
Playing off the colour of the ocean and the beach, beautiful blues and pinkish reds are featured throughout the home, juxtaposed against white washed pecky Cypress walls that resemble driftwood. The great room focuses on a dramatic white coral chandelier and vibrant pops of colour are whimsically placed throughout the house. Perhaps the most playful use of colour is behind the bar, with its rosy walls intermingled with taupe shelving and black counter tops. The master suite however is a sanctuary of calm and comfort featuring neutral walls and linens, a plush four-poster bed, and stunning vistas of the beach.
From Chippendale style railings to Moroccan stools and polished concrete tables, Branca has treated the 650 square feet of outdoor living space with as much attention as the indoors. The lower terrace features a sundeck perfect for catching some Bahamian rays and sneaking a nap with the ocean lapping in the background. While he upper terrace is designed for entertaining with lounge area and a covered dining pavilion, both with commanding views of the sea.
Part bare-foot chic, part cultured luxe, Sea La Vie perfectly captures the dazzling yet understated elegance of the islands. There has never been a more perfect home for experiencing the Bahamas the way it was meant to be.
* The Residences at The Dunmore have access to every single amenity the resort has to offer and more including concierge services and dining. Fancy a turn down service? Consider it done. Shopping prior to your arrival? The fridge is already stocked. With a five star resort at the tip of your fingers, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make this move sooner.
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