The Beach House,
Mustique Island, Caribbean
The Beach House is located on the southern tip of Mustique Island, part of the Grenadines in the Caribbean. The property consists of a collection of bamboo clad buildings across a steep cliff that descends to a beach terrace looking across the azure waters towards the mainland of St. Vincent. The setting has a distinctly Caribbean feel, lush green and surrounded by dense foliage with views across the sea.
The brief was to create a tropical jungle setting to the characterful bamboo clad structures, maximising the areas of planting on what was a steep, wild and overgrown site. The former drive was turned into a garden walk along the spine of the property with the introduction of a water basin and a dining pavilion. A pool terrace and private jacuzzi were added on the lower terraces. A pre-existing derelict shelter by the sea was revived and planted to create a private terrace next to the beach.
Planting is simple throughout with the client’s preference for colour to be kept to a minimum. The planting design became a study of form, texture and shades of green. Numerous species of philodendron, alocasia, bananas, palms and local fruit trees - all sourced locally - envelop the terrace walls and buildings.