According to Forbes, “Covid-19 hasn’t stopped the spread of billionaires, who multiplied at an astounding rate over the past year. A record 493 people joined Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list this year—meaning the world on average gained a new billionaire every 17 hours since Forbes last took a snapshot of billionaire wealth on March 18, 2020” (Forbes).
The good news is that means there is hope for the rest of us. In the words of Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games, “May the odds be ever in your favour.”
Home to the likes of Bajan superstar and freshly minted billionaire, Rihanna, Barbados has long been a holiday getaway for some of the world’s wealthiest individuals, attracted to the island’s vibrant culture, cuisine, beaches and lifestyle. With the world rife with opportunity to reach billionaire status (crypto, Tik Tok, NFTs you name it), now is the time to invest in real estate on the island and check out some of the beautiful Barbados homes, townhomes and condos for sale.
Of course, finding a place to live is just the start. Qualified real estate agents at Island Villas are on hand to show you any Barbados property, guide you through the sales process and welcome you to the billionaire lifestyle in the Caribbean.
Are you ready to have some fun?
Let’s talk about the Top 3 ways to Live, Work and Play like a Billionaire in Barbados
- Roll into Cove Spring House (in the most expensive new car in the world, of course)
You have just achieved billionaire status (we’ll give you a minute and let that sink in)
Who would be your first call? Your partner…your lawyer…your real estate agent in Barbados?
We vote for the real estate agent – because priorities.
After finding the perfect Barbados property for sale, you arrange to collect the keys and channel your inner Beyonce and Jay-Z by hopping into your brand new, oceanic blue Rolls-Royce Boat Tail.
What makes this car so special?
In the words of Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, “Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.”
It’s easy to understand why Bey and Jay are crazy in love with this nautical themed, bespoke vehicle. Inspired by J-class yachts, the rear of the vehicle opens at the touch of a button to reveal a full picnic set (umbrella included).
Grab a glass of perfectly chilled champagne from the fridge (yes, there is a fridge in the car because apparently Bey and Jay like their champagne chilled to exactly 6 degrees Celsius) and be on your way to home sweet home – Cove Spring House.
Sitting atop a coral cliff overlooking the ocean, Cove Spring includes a 7-bedroom main house and 3-bedroom guest house. The impressive castle-like architecture is complemented by sophisticated interior design and the house is fully outfitted with a state-of-the-art fitness centre, 20-seater media room and multiple indoor and outdoor dining and living spaces. Like something out of a James Bond movie (cue Daniel Craig emerging from the free form pool and jacuzzi – in slow motion), Cove Spring also boasts its own private beach hugging the base of the cliff.
Private, surrounded by lush greenery and offering spectacular views, Cove Spring House is a prime piece of Barbados real estate and sits top of our list for living like a billionaire in Barbados – with your Rolls-Royce Boat Tail parked in the garage…or in the garden with the back open for a £20 million ($28.4 million) picnic.
- Have a drink with Louis XIII at Villa Nova
Ok, so now you’re living the life.
BUT, even billionaires get bored (really) and you may want to indulge in a little ‘light’ work.
Investing in real estate in Barbados can also be an interesting and profitable way to work like a billionaire on the island. The expansive buildings and grounds of the Villa Nova Hotel represent a unique opportunity to restore a historic colonial home, establish a boutique hotel, wellness retreat or even an Amazon warehouse (hey, if Bezos can go to space he can come to Barbados – just kidding!)
Consisting of a Great House and the Park House, Villa Nova offers 28 guest rooms, a reception area, restaurant, gazebo, library, music lounge, conference room and 2 bars. Other amenities include a pool, spa treatment chattel houses, fitness room and 2 tennis courts.
The historic Great House is one of the few remaining ones in Barbados and it has retained its old-time charm and character. Once the Caribbean home of Sir Anthony Eden, former British Prime Minister, with guests like Sir Winston Churchill, Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Noel Coward and Tony Blair, Villa Nova Hotel reopened its doors as a five star hotel in 2001 after a multi-million dollar restoration. A popular celebrity haunt, it was classified in the luxury category of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association and the Travel Award 2004’s “Caribbean Leading Boutique Hotels” and in 2007 Villa Nova was renovated again.
To celebrate your new business acquisition, we recommend a toast with a very special friend – Louis XIII. The oldest and most precious eaux-de-vie, Louis XIII is made using grapes grown in Grande Champagne – the premier cru of the Cognac region – carefully blended over the years to create the cognac inside every decanter.
Fascinating facts – No two decanters are the same. Hand-crafted by skilled artisans from the finest European crystal houses, each decanter is individually numbered and unique. The distinctive design features a 20-carat gold neck and 10 distinctive spikes on each side.
Every sip of the Louis XIII is ‘a taste of time’ – a fitting toast to your new Barbados property, the Villa Nova Hotel.
- Be ‘Seaduced’ by Beautiful Barbados
Buying a home in Barbados gives you the opportunity to experience a thrilling combination of relaxation and adventure. From chilling on the beach, cocktail in hand, to hiking the gullies and coastal communities of the East Coast, Barbados has an activity for everyone.
So, what would you do if money was no object?
The great thing is that most of the things listed on this list of ‘10 most common hobbies of the richest people in the world’ can be done right here in Barbados, including: car racing, polo, sailing and golf.
If you didn’t know, Barbados has some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Ranked firmly in the top 100 is Royal Westmoreland, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and boasting an enticing array of deep ravines and beautiful greens.
So, imagine buying a home in Barbados that overlooks the 16th Fairway – it is time to be ‘Seaduced’!
This newly completed 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom villa stretches over 2 storeys and incorporates an open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The unique entrance has a wooden bridge over moving water that is central to the house and adds to the open feel. Encompassing 6400 sq ft, Seaduced includes a media room, gym/office, laundry and staff area. The covered terrace has a wet bar and al fresco cook station situated at opposite ends of a large, negative-edge swimming pool. Steps either side of the pool lead down to a substantial sun deck.
Seaduced is definitely a great place to play like a billionaire in Barbados. The villa also comes with planning permission for a sizable 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom guest cottage that can be constructed later, should you desire.
We have barely scratched the surface of all the reasons why you should buy a property in Barbados (there was no way we were going to get through all 1.7 billion). BUT our number one top tip is to experience Barbados for yourself. Let our team at Island Villas help you discover the wonderful people, cuisine, activities and more that make Barbados a number one holiday destination and amazing place to live, work and play.