The sweetness in life surely comes from a feeling of freedom and openness, where the outside world is as much a part of daily experiences as the time we spend indoors. Dulcina Estate is a magnificent homage to this version of sweetness: to privacy and parties, to decadence and delight, to the perfect sweep of a red flamboyant tree pressed against the bluest sea and sky.
Tucked away in the quiet northwestern corner of Nevis, Dulcina is only a few minutes from the finest swimming beaches on the island, the very best restaurants and the brightest, boldest cocktails. It is a home for large gatherings – four double bedrooms each with its own luxurious marble ensuite – and a home for intimate moments, with hidden corners buried deep in the 1.8 acre estate.
An oversized U-shaped sofa dominates the Great Room, inviting lazy afternoons beneath the vaulted ceiling with the doors folded back to allow the gentle breezes in; a 20-foot teak deck beyond leads to a heated salt-water infinity-edge pool, looking out to The Narrows that separate the St Kitts peninsula from its sister island.
The kitchen is fully equipped for everything from snacking to banqueting. High-end appliances by Wolf, Sub Zero and Miele add a touch of luxury to the timeless style. This is a house that could do extraordinarily well in the rental-market, with guests looking to celebrate milestones – even weddings – having the ultimate place to stay where attention has been paid to even the smallest details.
Overlooked by Nevis Peak, surrounded by jungle greenery and with sweeping views across to the Caribbean Sea, Dulcina Estate has an enviable position. Moreover, with the large plot-size there is the possibility of building a second property here, too, perhaps a cottage for permanent staff or a separate space for guests. There are significant opportunities both for development and rental.
Perhaps the overriding sense from Dulcina is that of being timeless. The style is sleek and elegant, a subtle combination of classic and modern that doesn’t push too far in either direction. And with such an emphasis placed on what is beyond the house – the pool and views and space and privacy afforded by the acreage and careful creation of burgeoning gardens – it can never go out of style. We will always need that sweetness in our lives, and Dulcina is perhaps the best reminder of that.