Beauty of Baraka
- November 30th, 2011
- in Yachting
The Beauty of Baraka Point
The exterior beauty of Baraka Point strikes visitors first. As soon as my friends and I arrived on the property, we were led down a stone path that wove through lush landscaping of coconut palms, cacti, bougainvillea, frangipani, aloe and hibiscus until we reached our suites. Stepping onto each suite’s private deck, we were transported from the tropical gardens of Baraka Point Estate to the refreshing seaside of Virgin Gorda as we beheld the Caribbean Sea and the Dog Islands before us.
We dropped off our gear, changed into our swimsuits and headed to the main pavilion where the estate’s intense beauty struck us everywhere our gazes fell—azure panoramic vistas, boulders protruding from the hillside, an architecturally stunning golden awning, sprawling viridian lawns, and finally, the centerpiece of this unique retreat—the pebble-clad infinity pool.
The pool and surrounding coral stone terraces represent the heart of the property—the indigo semicircular pool features a built-in, partially submerged lounging area with muscle-soothing jets which quickly became my favourite place to read. Later, while Aretha Franklin belted out “Natural Woman” from one of the villa’s varied playlists, I stood in the wind-rippled water, staring out over the 270˚-view of the sea, and felt a part of the landscape itself, conveyed to a world where I became that smiling, care-free girl on a postcard.
The beauty of Baraka Point’s interior spaces is reflected in the serene Balinese-inspired decor in the main pavilion and the guest suites. Jewel-tone colours mix with meditative textures, reclaimed accent pieces, and slanted light streaming through the louvered doors and windows. Stunning interiors mingle seamlessly with lush tropical exteriors and seascapes framing the scenery in every room. The newest addition to Baraka Point, the cliffside games room and bar, maintains the colourful theme with citrine yellow walls, a taupe grey pool table, and russet accents. This room, slightly removed from the tranquility of the rest of the retreat, encourages playing, dancing, general merrymaking, and maybe a bit of karaoke, but we’ll get to that later…
Gastronomically, the beauty of Baraka Point can be summed up in Chef Ed Versluys’ statement: “Just so you know, the way it works here is, I keep making pizzas and bringing them out until you tell me not to.” Heaven to my ears. Baraka Point has an outdoor, Italian wood-burning pizza oven just beyond the dining terrace, and we took full advantage of it during our stay. The feasting began with an assortment of fresh and cured antipasti served on a slate platter, followed by a seemingly endless stream of handmade pizzas. At Baraka Point, no detail is overlooked, from lit candles in oversized hurricane lanterns romantically strewn along pathways and decks, to the attentive service provided by hostess, Debbie Takeuchi, who made sure our wine and water glasses were never empty. Now, back to that karaoke…yet another beautiful thing about Baraka Point is that while three of my friends loudly sang “Roxanne” along to The Police, two other friends engaged in an intimate chat on the spacious teak deck overlooking the beach, and another relaxed away from it all in her king-sized ocean-view suite. Baraka Point is set up to accommodate a large group who can experience the retreat as a romantic escape, a raucous fiesta, a spa holiday, an adventurous vacation or all of the above. Somehow in only two days, I managed to take advantage of a bit of each.
That night, I fell asleep to Baraka Point’s nighttime chorus—a lullaby of lapping waves, rustling palm fronds, a few scattered crickets and the occasional coqui frog. The next morning, the sounds of the sea were beckoning me, but instead I took a quick dip in the pool and had it all to myself until my friends emerged from their suites. Before the sun made its way over the hillside from the east, we had breakfast on the sea deck among Virgin Gorda’s famous boulders. Again, heavenly. After having our fill of fresh juices, pastries and fruits, our host Josh Ridgway served us artfully presented Eggs Benedict on homemade whole wheat English muffins—fresh out of the oven that morning.
After breakfast, we headed to Baraka Point’s secluded beach area. With the beach to ourselves, we spent the morning exploring—scrambling over the boulders, dipping our feet in the surf, wading through rock pools and discovering more of Baraka Point’s hidden treasures—a hammock hung between two massive granite rocks and an idyllic lounging platform nestled amongst the sea grape trees. For more barefoot relaxation, Baraka Point offers a spa and wellness pavilion overlooking a waterfall and koi pond as well as an outdoor yoga deck adjacent to the fitness center. While we couldn’t do everything in our one-night stay, we spent our last few hours in and around the pool, imbibing as much of the beauty of Baraka Point as we could before we had to return to reality.
Baraka Point is available to rent by the month, week or for last-minute getaways on a nightly basis. Please contact [email protected] for more information or visit www.barakapoint.com.