The BVI’s ‘Greenest’ Luxury Resort gets a Refit
- May 2nd, 2014
- in PROPERTY
Divine Equanimity – Exclusive Feature Island: Cooper Island Beach Club
The ‘greenest’ white-sand beach resort gets an upgrade
Photography by Yachtshots BVI and KathrynRapier.net
It is difficult to believe that internationally renowned resort Cooper Island Beach Club could be any more tantalising, serene, or euphoric than its current incarnation. Perceived as the island resort that elevated the standard in the BVI’s lavish outer islands, the eco-friendly retreat that’s committed to sustainable tourism has continually reinvested in its service to exceed its guests’ desires.
The retreat that houses 92% of its staff on island, has allowed its ethereal appearance to evolve over the last five years and each element of the resort has now undergone a refit that maintains its ‘green’ concept and relaxed, luxury expression.
Innovative designers Arawak Interiors, carry their distinctive style and reputation across the entire BVI. The works of the company are unique and adored, seen at a variety of island resorts, restaurants and high-end villas across the region. Many are locales of global fame and recognition to BVI residents and visitors alike. To name a few conspicuous examples – Necker Island, Peter Island, Saba Rock Resort, Golden Pavilion Villa, St Bernard’s Hill house, Mooney Bay, Aja Villa, Coco Maya Restaurant, Little Thatch, Steel Point Estate, and Tingalayo Villa.
Although all these locations are considered high-end, the universal perception of Cooper Island is that it has a unique, untouchable quality that detaches it from surrounding resorts. The island has a smooth groove and despite being frequently fully booked, guests always feel freedom in its spacious environs.
Arawak’s on-going relationship with Cooper meant they were able to meet the resort’s upgrade requests flawlessly, collaborating with the owners for the overall design of the bar deck, rooms and new boutique. Arawak matched their design concepts with use of recycled old fishing boats and reclaimed teak from Bali. Creating their furniture with this material was the perfect model for Cooper Island’s powerful mantra on sustainable development and eco-friendly initiatives.
In the renowned sections of Cooper, Arawak were responsible for sourcing stylish and sustainable furnishings for the guestrooms, restaurant, outside lounge, plus bar tables and chairs.
In the brand new section which comprises a Rum Bar with over 100 rums, a Boutique, a Coffee Shop and Dive Shop, Arawak furnished the outside lounge area, bar tables and chairs, the wooden shop displays and the welcoming outdoor cushions that add a homely feel to the al-fresco space.
With these recent additions to the cosy yet expansive resort, Arawak plans to continue supporting future development requests for Cooper and will be even more accessible with their plan to launch their new boutique lifestyle outlet in the prestigious Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda in June.
Cooper Island who powerfully stride on with their ‘green’ perspective are installing a third array of 64 Solar Panels on the roof of the new retail building, bringing their total to 208 photo-voltaic panels producing 48 kWh units of energy per hour.
Their kitchen-garden is being extended this year and their mini-farm will include lime, orange, mango and avocado trees. A welcome addition will be a hydroponic garden for salad crops and herbs.
At the rear of the new Rum Bar, space has been allocated for a Microbrewery so they can produce their own craft beers in future.
It is no surprise that the exotic hideaway has won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in both 2012 and 2013, receiving the timeless compliment that despite renovations and new facilities, the resort upholds its ‘old’ beach club quirkiness and down-to-earth charm.
Cooper Island [email protected] USA/CAN: 1 800 542 4624 +1 284 495 9084
Arawak Interiors [email protected] +1 284 494 5240