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The Most Extraordinary Property – Villa Katsura


Unashamedly, deservedly, the most exclusive and extraordinary property for sale in the BVI

Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

Coldwell Banker BVI are delighted to present Villa Katsura, a 23,500 sqft beachfront home on the Little Dix Bay peninsula, far surpassing any other property currently on the market in the BVI.

Set in almost three acres of manicured gardens, this peaceful and secluded hideaway offers the ultimate in luxurious island living and full access to the amenities of Little Dix Bay Resort.


The owners spent several years building the property as a haven of Asian tranquillity blended with the ultimate in Caribbean ocean views, finally completing the project in 2014. The years of painstaking craftsmanship and ongoing meticulous maintenance have resulted in a house truly second to none.

Only materials of the highest quality were used in the construction of Villa Katsura – an impressive array of woods from around the world, including Tiger Wood, European Larch and Western Cedar. Beautifully hand-crafted doors with floor to ceiling glass, flood the rooms with light and completely open up for an outdoor living experience even whilst inside.

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The Asian inspired décor has been collected and imported by the owners to complement the tranquillity of the landscaping and ocean views. High cathedral ceilings with intricate beams of Douglas fir are the key feature of the palatial living space. Storage is plentiful but cleverly concealed behind custom-made shoji screens in each room.

Whilst the architecture, quality of finish and stunning location set it apart from anything else on the market, it is the gardens that many will consider to be Villa Katsura’s crowning joy. Personally designed by landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu, world-renowned for his rock landscapes and healing gardens, the gardens are immaculately manicured and punctuated throughout by waterfalls, koi ponds, stone walkways and bamboo groves.

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The property even boasts a Children’s Garden with an enclosed lawn, creating a safe play area for the youngest of guests.

The origami cranes fashioned from metal atop the entrance gateposts welcome you to the property and lead the way to the entrance pavilion complete with water feature and steps down to the koi pond adjacent to the kitchen entrance.

The estate is divided into three separate pavilions comprised of the master bedroom, the main house with living room, kitchen and one bedroom, and the beach house containing three bedrooms. Officially the house has five bedrooms but the layout offers extreme flexibility to sleep more if necessary.

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Extra futons and screens can be added to create more sleeping areas in the main house bedroom and the self-contained apartment on the lower level of the beach house.  Each bedroom has its own unique bathroom with either a custom shower or ofuro bathtub. Hidden behind shoji screens in each bedroom pavilion is a small kitchen with refrigerator, freezer and microwave. Personal laundry facilities (washer & dryer) have been included in the upstairs bedrooms of the beach pavilion, the master bedroom, the kitchen and by the pool for guest convenience. Housekeeping laundry facilities are also available at two other discreet locations on the property.

At the furthest end of the property in a secluded position, the master bedroom is reached over its own bridge and boasts its own sun terrace with fire pit.

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Unwind from a hard day at the beach in the oversized double shower that opens out on to a private koi pond complete with waterfall. Enjoy your morning coffee in a corner of the spacious veranda, shaded by one of the many indigenous trees that have been carefully preserved and incorporated into the garden design.

The spacious and airy kitchen is equipped with the professional grade appliances you would expect of a property of this extraordinary calibre. Dining areas abound both inside the kitchen, outside on the dining terrace or downstairs on the pool terrace, which also features a professional gas grill, and fully equipped outdoor kitchen.

A succession of stone steps and wooden bridges leads down to a very private and secluded beach that is shared with only one other house.  This sandy beach offers excellent swimming and snorkelling on the reef close to shore.

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The pool at Villa Katsura is a destination in its own right. Situated below the main house and edged by rocks, the natural shape of the pool and reflection of the sky above gives the pool the appearance of extending out into the ocean beyond. Complete with heated spa rock pool, steam shower room, fire pits, and waterfalls, you and your guests will find no need to stray far.

Quality and simplicity are key themes in the overall ambience of the property. The richness of the woods and the quality of the finishing are never overshadowed by pretentious décor or complicated electronics systems. Solar panels and plentiful battery storage make a significant contribution to the house’s power supply, which is fully air-conditioned. Comfort, convenience and efficiency have been prioritised and consequently the living experience at Villa Katsura is worry-free and effortless.

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Villa Katsura is move-in ready and will be sold complete with linens, kitchenware, Landrover, and even a golf cart. You need bring nothing but your clothes. Villa Katsura has been designed as a private residence, but would work equally well as a staffed luxury vacation retreat.

For the discerning few, Villa Katsura offers a remarkable opportunity to own a house unrivalled anywhere in the BVI and perhaps throughout the Caribbean. There is quite simply nothing else like it.

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Villa Katsura – Presented by Coldwell Banker BVI

Product ID: CS876

Price: $40,000,000

Beds: 5

Baths: 12

Approx ft2: 23,500

Lot: 2.793 acres

Location: Virgin Gorda

Location Type: Beachfront

View: Stunning sea views across the Dogs, Beef Island through to Tortola


Chris Smith
Chris arrived in the BVI in 1992 to work for Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island. After several great years on Necker, Chris moved to Virgin Gorda and became involved in real estate sales and development, and vacation villa rentals and management as managing broker of Coldwell Banker.
Chris Smith

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