Gillespie Grapevine: Barefoot by Design

The latest in oceanfront resorts and developments from Malibu to the Maldives


Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has launched its
 first Caribbean property, Kimpton Seafire Resort
 + Spa, on Grand Cayman’s spectacular Seven Mile Beach. Designed by SB Architects, with interiors by Powerstrip Studio and landscape design by EDSA, the 266-room resort is Grand Cayman’s first new hotel in more than a decade and the tallest structure on the island. “The design team was mindful of its responsibility to create an authentic architectural language that responds to the site, light, views and water,” says Mark Sopp, senior vice president and principal of SB Architects.



Nestled in a 10-acre gated reserve, a short drive
from beautiful Zuma Beach in Malibu, Calif., the soon-to-open Cavalleri will comprise 68 residences designed by Edmonds + Lee Architects. The resort- like development features a landscape designed by Pamela Burton and includes a pool, outdoor dining pavilion, yoga terrace, tennis courts, bocce ball court, dog parks, citrus groves and quiet meditation spaces. Prices range from $998,000 to just under $2 million.


The new Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina delivers a luxurious, multifaceted vacation experience. The 17-story hotel, designed by Edward Killingsworth, is perched on the island’s pristine western coastline overlooking beautiful beaches and tropical gardens. Almost all of the 371 spacious rooms and suites enjoy ocean views with floor-to-ceiling windows and private lanais. Additional features include five dining options, an expansive spa and fitness complex and a custom- built wedding chapel nestled within the lush gardens.


The stunning Milaidhoo Island Maldives heralds
a new chapter of barefoot island living in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Baa Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. The 50 deluxe accommodations include 30 magnificent over-water villas, perched on stilts over the lagoon, along with 20 serene villas on the beach. The resort offers four dining and bar venues and four overwater spa suites as well as daily complimentary yoga and meditation classes. Rates for a Water Pool Villa start from $1,420 a night.


Gansevoort Turks & Caicos is launching five new oceanfront villas in 2017. Priced from $3.75 million
to $4.2 million, each villa is set on about half an acre and designed with four or five bedrooms, an infinity pool, sunken outdoor fire pit lounge area, expansive deck and indoor/outdoor living. The villas are located on Providenciales’ beautiful southern shore in an area known as Turtle Tail. Owners have the option to rent their residences through Gansevoort Turks & Caicos’ resort program.




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