Oil Nut Bay Prospers

A strong wave of new development is happening in the British Virgin Islands; one such thriving location is Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda.

Stepping foot on the dock at Oil Nut Bay, you will quickly realise that the community is booming with expansion. With numerous projects in early design stages, many others have recently been completed making the first half of 2018 very busy for the luxury resort and residential community.

OBM International is a part of many of these efforts and is helping to define Oil Nut Bay’s architectural vision for the next stage of development.

Together, Oil Nut Bay and OBMI have recently completed the construction of two luxury homes, including an incredible hilltop villa lot with spectacular views of both the ocean and the Sound.

This astonishing site called for a unique home with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to let the spectacular views into the contemporary interiors, and complete with a plunge pool that seemingly falls off the hilltop into the sea.

Villa Infinity was also recently completed; this property is an impressive four-bedroom residence measuring over 5,700 square-feet that symbolises luxurious Caribbean living. Nestled into the hillside, the estate offers a stunning wraparound outdoor terrace, that takes advantage of the dramatic cliff views and features a full-size infinity pool.

Two homes currently under construction include one villa that is on the steepest site in Oil Nut Bay, Villa iMaronti; the location affords a private six-bedroom villa with fantastic views and the feeling of complete secrecy from the rest of the island. This spectacular site demanded a bespoke home that felt as if it was nestled into the cliff for the luxury of privacy.

The site was also the inspiration for its floating design, utilising the slopes of the location to design the home so that it appears to float within the natural vegetation that will grow along the foundation of the house.

The Compass Rose is under construction with a design boasting a cantilevered design making portions of the villa appear to be suspended from the air. The fantastic villa boasts four bedrooms, a huge infinity edge pool, wrap-around terrace, and a private beach area. The property is nestled within its rocky perch, working with its natural elements throughout the entire design, and allowing the pool to be perched over the site through an engineered cantilevered design.

Several private residences and villas are also in various planning, design, and construction phases. Three new homes are being designed with an innovative, more contemporary architectural vernacular that will complement the community’s existing villas while adding depth and diversity to Oil Nut Bay’s style.

Architectural styling is sure to get increasingly dramatic and exciting as new villas are being designed.

A year following the devastating hurricanes of 2017, one can see the resilience in the BVI people and the desire for tourists to make the islands their home away from home as can be evidenced by the tremendous development at Oil Nut Bay. The community continues to draw luxury seekers from around the world and shows no sign of slowing down. Next time you’re cruising the waterways near Virgin Gorda, make sure to steal a peek at these amazing, developing villas at Oil Nut Bay—you won’t be disappointed.

James McDonald

James McDonald

James confidently contributes creative design solutions to his clients as a Senior Designer for OBMI’s Destination Creation and Island Living Studios. He collaborates with his team to bring residential and hospitality projects to life, including many luxury villas at Oil Nut Bay in the BVI.
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