Perched overlooking the sea on Anguilla’s northeastern shore, a spectacular 11,000 square foot three-bedroom oceanfront villa owned by Eudoxie and Sandra Wallace, who also own “Gorgeous Scilly Cay”, Anguilla’s legendary luncheon islet, has opened for guests.On four acres, the creation of Desert Rose Estate is a family “work of art,” says Eudoxie who, with his wife Sandra and their sons, played key roles in designing and building Anguilla’s newest guest accommodation.
Situated near some of the island’s famed beaches, the Estate takes its name from the desert rose plants that flank the villa’s front entrance and form a colorful framework for the showplace. The roses are a guest’s first glimpse of the lush landscaping that thrives around the villa and provide a striking contrast to the striated polished Anguillian rock exterior and fossilized coral, natural rock walls and polished Italian marble surfaces indoors.
More like a luxury home, the villa features three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a family room, spacious living room, gourmet kitchen and dining room. The atmosphere is cool and crisp and the décor is fresh and contemporary, with a relaxed luxury and elegance. Bedrooms feature king size beds dressed in luxurious white linens trimmed in Mediterranean blue. Bathrooms have plush Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes, hairdryers, make-up mirrors and fine toiletries. Virtually every room opens onto a 140-foot veranda on the sea side. Like the casual outdoor atmosphere of Scilly Cay, an open-air sensibility suffuses Desert Rose: 86 glass windows and doors ensure a backdrop of expansive tropical views.
The villa’s veranda features the finest outdoor furnishings, a dining table and barbecue grill. The 20’ x 40’ infinity edge pool, with chaise lounges and umbrellas, is the veranda’s welcoming focal point. An on-property tennis court is steps away.
Daily rates for rental of the entire Estate from now until April 13, 2007 are $2,000 for one bedroom, $2,300 for two bedrooms and $2,500 for three bedrooms and include the guest’s own deserted island for a day at Scilly Cay (on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday) and another day there with a complimentary lunch (Wednesday, Friday or Sunday). Also included is daily housekeeping service; continental breakfast with freshly-baked French pastries; and complimentary phone service to the US and Canada. The daily rate from April 14-December 15, 2007 is $1,500 per night for one, two or three bedrooms. There is a seven night minimum stay, a no smoking policy and no children under 10 years. 10% government tax and 10% service charge are extra.
Arriving guests can arrange for stocking of provisions and the services of a butler and/or chef. The concierge service stands ready to assist with island tours, car rental, restaurant reservations and deep-sea fishing excursions, as well as make suggestions for the best snorkeling, scuba and sailing spots.
For visitors to Anguilla, Eudoxie Wallace is something of local legend, captivating guests with his stories. At Scilly Cay, he and Sandra are full-time hosts and unofficial island ambassadors. A visit to their beloved cay is a visitor’s rite of passage, a measure of how well one really knows Anguilla and is an experience that has come to define Anguilla.
Desert Rose is a singular location for friends, family gatherings, small executive retreats, weddings and honeymoons. With it, the Wallace family has found an entirely new way to charm the island’s well-heeled visitors, introducing an estate that reflects the island’s natural resources that affords an unparalleled setting in which to captivate and enchant Anguilla’s most discerning guests.