La possibilité d’une île
Marie Le Fort
Some luxury resorts play the game of one-upmanship from the beginning. The newest of the Caribbean palaces, the Viceroy Anguilla is put together, and discovered, in the superlative. Designed by Californian designer Kelly Wearstler, it is an inspired Island Dream, situated in a perfectly orchestrated exotic setting.
Alabaster, richly carved wood, alternating chocolate and gray marble on the ground, extravagant woven rattan chairs and wrought bronze suspensions…After an endless row of palm trees, English green lawns against a background of curaçao blue sea, the brand new Viceroy Anguilla escapes, from the lobby, all the clichés one expects when you think ‘Caribbean resort’.
Having spared no visual effect, the California designer Kelly Wearstler has combined African influences – rough wood and sculptures – textiles and Indian touches with an Asian sensibility that refines, airs and reveals everything.
Lets start with the restaurant Aleta. With its colonial atmosphere in mahogany and white tones, the wall is covered with small wooden gray sharks hung upside down and huge sculptures of whitewashed driftwood; Aleta plays on a ‘catch-of-the-day’ menu. An authentic Caribbean restaurant.
The more sophisticated Coba adds an Asian inspired touch to its menu, decorated with an accumulation of gold materials, crystal glassware, caramel wooden stools, and brass sculptures to create an imposing neo-African atmosphere.
The light and airy Sunset Lounge opens out onto an infinite view of the sea, relaying the echo of waves and mermaids through sculptures that depict the marine world, as a continuation of an infinity pool. Nestled at the end of the resort, the Bamboo Bar & Grill restaurant par excellence. A minute braised fish, a salad that came in with the breeze, a colourful cocktail, and the restaurant décor is straight out of a film about the jet set lifestyle. Chic.
Inspired by the spirit of Art Deco, the spa interior reminds one of the residence of a rich American transported to the Caribbean. Seats covered with crocodile print leather, a table supported by a black and white striped sphere, ornately carved screens and blond leather carpets the colour of corn, wellness and beauty seem to have found a new expression amongst the turquoise waters.
By controlling and constructing a subtle alchemy of audacity, sensuality, demanding and fashionable timeless aesthetics, Kelly Wearstler has left a mark of her personal style. A style that brings the world together in the heart of Anguilla.