|Katitche Point Greathouse Villa is an oasis of luxury, relaxation,
and some of the most outstanding views in the British Virgin Islands.
Sitting high above the water, the villa offers vistas in every direction
- over to the Atlantic, across the Caribbean Sea, and down Sir Frances
Drakes Channel along which many of the BVI islands rise from turquoise
blue waters. It recently became a new member of the Small Luxury
Hotels of the World, a tribute to its outstanding architecture, luxurious
interiors, and the impeccable service of the staff.
It is also a masterpiece of architectural design. When I first saw this towering pyramid shaped structure sitting atop a pyramid shaped slash in the hill above Mahoe Bay, I recognized it as a new landmark - which can easily be seen from miles away and anyone sailing along Virgin Gorda's western shore in Sir Frances Drake's Channel.
Katitche Point Greathouse is aptly named, being a great house on a distinctive
Virgin Gorda land point midway between the southern and northern parts
of the island. Everything about this villa is spectacular - the rooms,
the endless panoramic vistas, the location above Mango Bay's beautiful
white sand beach, the gorgeous evening sunsets.
Much thought and planning went into designing and creating this outstanding villa - while searching for a "second home" in the BVI, the owners (by chance) discovered the location and the pre-existing foundation which had been abandoned years ago before a house was built on it. Standing that day on the raw concrete surrounded in 270 degree views, they visualized the possibilities of building a magical "great house" on the property.
Michael Helms, their award wining architect, envisioned remarkable ways
to design the Greathouse upon this unique setting so that views could be
seen in every direction and such that rooms would free flow into each other
and pivot around the central patio-garden area accented with a massive
The garden area links the double-door entry to four different structures each holding a different section of the villa -- a free-flowing living - dining - kitchen area, two different pairs of bedrooms, and a complete separate and exquisite master bedroom section all with stunning ocean views.
The pool area is breathtaking and appears to be suspended in space above gorgeous Pond and Savanna Bays. A spacious deck includes a large gas grill and sink, lots of comfortable lounge chairs, and the horizon pool which visually seems to flow into Savannah Bay far below.
Each room has large expanses of glass doors and windows to take advantage of the views - indoor areas flow into outdoor patios, verandahs, and terraces. Deck railings are cleverly made of almost invisible steel cables to give totally unobstructed views, rather than made from obtrusive wood. The view below is from the two guest rooms' verandah overlooking the pool and Tortola.
The villa has five bedrooms including a marvelous master suite plus four guest suites identical in size all linked by walkways from the gorgeous central garden area.
Each bedroom is named after the view it has and one evening, I caught the sunset from "Little Dix" suite:
The master bedroom complex has a kitchenette, freestanding king bed centered in the room with perfect views through large glass terrace doors, and a fabulous bathroom area created around a koi pond set in a tropical garden. We were very amused at the portrait hanging in the bathroom next to the water closet.
A large soaking tub sits at one end of the pond which is embellished with tropical plantings and incredible views across Drakes Channel.
The Greathouse holds a formal living room flowing into an elegant dining area with an exquisite teakwood table large enough to seat 14. Large sliding glass doors and windows provide vistas in every direction.
A wide covered terrace wraps around the dining - living room and has several seating areas - a round table in one corner with chairs - perfect for a oceanview gathering or lunch, and my favorite - a nook in the wrap around corner holding two long benches suspended over open space with two delightful wooden swings facing them.
A long marble bar with comfortable chairs separates the living room from a vast kitchen filled with the most modern and latest cooking equipment - cook top, ovens, dishwasher, and commercial sized refrigerator. A utility room with washer and drier is nearby.
Stairs near the kitchen area lead past an extra bathroom and up to a
TV lounge room featuring comfortable day beds and tropical furniture.
One side of the room overlooks the living-dining rooms below, the other
has a large window.
A steep metal ladder leads to a floor suspended in the top of the pyramid and has views through windows - vistas of blue Caribbean waters in the day, and star studded views at night. A sign on the ladder warns that children should not be allowed to climb it or access the high deck... I totally agree (in fact, I am uncomfortable with heights and didn't go up it either, however, my husband loved being on the high deck and looking through the windows).
Guests have easy access to the perfect white sand beach below the villa. Thick stands of coconut palms line the shores protected by tropical reefs full of fish and coral. Snorkeling is outstanding.
A guest service coordinator, property manager, and housekeeper, and gardener are included in rates; a cook or chef and selections from the villa's own wine cellar can be provided at extra charge. The staff can also arrange day trips to other islands such as Tortola or Anegada, scuba diving, snorkeling adventures, and deep sea fishing trips to name a few optional activities.
The central location is perfect - a quiet area of Virgin Gorda near
some of the best beaches on Virgin Gorda, and only a 15 minute drive from
the famous Baths in the south part of the island, and 20 minute drive to
the North Sound. Guests can enjoy dining out at one of the nearby
restaurants in Virgin Gorda, plus a beach-side restaurant is conveniently
located directly below the Greathouse, easily accessible by foot or by
After we contacted Katitche Point Greathouse's reservation services
for the dates of our stay, they provided travel information outlining all
the ways we could fly to the British Virgin Islands and reach the villa.
While planning our trip, we decided to add the Gourmet Chef Package that
includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the villa.
We then followed Angella's car out of the valley and up and around several
winding hillsides for a gorgeous 15 minute drive to Katitche Point Greathouse.
The road passed along several white sand beaches and gave us wonderful
views of the western side of Virgin Gorda edged with lovely blue Caribbean
waters. What a beautiful day in paradise!
Upon arrival, Angella (shown above) welcomed us to the Greathouse as we entered through the big double doors into a colorful garden area, the center point of the villa. We were surrounded by gorgeous tropical plants and fruit trees.
Angella introduced us to Mimi, the housekeeper and chef, then showed us around the villa, a wonderful tour of modern as well as classic furnishings, accented with artwork and photography. Each bedroom suite featured a king bed, two bedside lights, Bose CD player, full bath with shower, and covered terraces with comfortable lounge chairs.
The view from the pool terrace was breathtaking and we could see the southern tip of Virgin Gorda far away in the distance past Savannah Bay and Beach.
The master bedroom, up a few steps past two of the bedrooms, was a wonderful
hideaway! A king bed is centered in the room with a sitting area
and coffee bar on one side and a covered garden area on the other which
is highlighted by the Koi pond, tropical plants, and a deep soaking tub.
A oasis within the larger villa oasis. We noticed that the master
suite verandah was flying the Texas state flag! The villa has flags
from several countries of the world and USA states to fly for guests when
We settled in with Mimi serving us a delicious lunch of conch fritters, french fries, and salad. Then spent the afternoon unwinding from our long trip from Texas and savoring the gorgeous views that surrounded us.
We had arranged for Mimi to return each evening and prepare our dinner - the Chef in Paradise option. We started with Pina Coladas while watching a colorful sunset over Tortola.
Our dinner on the outdoor terrace started with flavorful Callaloo soup, followed by a Caesar Salad. The entree du jour was a very tender rib-eye steak with baked potato and fresh mixed vegetables. We finished with a delectable Chocolate Mousse. What a great way to end our first day in paradise!
The next morning after Mimi prepared breakfast, I wandered around the villa exploring all the rooms that we'd quickly seen on our arrival tour. A Bose system in the living area presented a huge array of CDs, so I chose several and the villa filled with music. Next I went up the stairs to the TV den, a perfect place to relax, watch satellite television, or play board games. A wide steel ladder leads to the Crows Nest with a window that gives a birds eye view across the Caribbean Sea.
Kenny went for a swim in the pool while I relaxed on the sunny deck. Were we being lazy? Yes we were!
I was delighted to find a high speed internet connection in the office near the kitchen and my laptop happily logged on to my mail. The office is also called the "Hall of Fame" with lots of framed magazine articles about Katitche Point Greathouse adorning the walls.
At lunch, Mimi served BBQ beef ribs, one of my favorite island meals
and hers were perfect! We washed it down with a Red Stripe beer or
Our days passed in complete relaxation as we read books, floated in
the pool, drove around Virgin Gorda exploring, and did a little snorkeling
on the nearby reefs of Mahoe Bay. Dive BVI in Spanish Town provides
wonderful underwater scuba trips. Many restaurants in and around
the island serve lunch and dinner for those who want to dine away from