Whether it’s the phenomenal light and vibrant colours, the unbeatable beauty of the coastline or its reputation as the ultimate luxury retreat, famous fashion designers have long headed to the Caribbean to escape the intensity of the catwalk.
Giorgio Armani owns a cliffside retreat in Antigua and Oscar de la Renta hides away in an oceanfront paradise in the Dominican Republic. Donna Karan kicks back at her beach house in the Turks & Caicos, while Ralph Lauren spends his leisure time at his villa in Jamaica’s Round Hill, where he has also designed the hotel’s 36 rooms, all of which are decked out in the Ralph Lauren Home collection.
Big fashion brands have been keen to lend their names to chic resorts. Barbuda’s K Club, for example, was originally conceived by Italian designer Krizia Mariuccia Mandelli.
The Caribbean is once again becoming synonymous with world class designer brands, with the luxury Oil Nut Bay resort in the BVIs now home to suites designed by Fendi Casa, complete with the giveaway F embossed on the carpets. And on St Barts, an island that is no stranger to designer opulence, LVMH (the world’s largest luxury group) has bought the Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, offering its wines, spirits and cosmetics to guests in the luxury suites and spa.