From Design Envy
Replay Destinations, a fully integrated destination development company, has appointed Studio Piet Boon, an internationally renowned design studio, as lead designer for Half Moon Bay Antigua, the first new resort and real estate development of its kind in the Caribbean. Acclaimed for award-winning luxury hotel and residential projects in Europe and the United States, the Amsterdam-based firm will lead the overall architectural and interior vision for the Rosewood Residences, as well as the interior design for the new Rosewood Half Moon Bay, set to take shape on 132 pristine acres surrounding one of the world’s most celebrated beaches. In collaboration with preeminent Caribbean architecture firm, OBMI which is handling architecture for the Rosewood Half Moon Bay, Studio Piet Boon will introduce a new understated contemporary design by layering the sensibilities of traditional Caribbean architecture with a modern and distinctly environmental aesthetic.
With a highly-regarded multi-disciplinary body of work, Studio Piet Boon’s portfolio is comprised, amongst others, of AIRA Residences in Kuala Lumpur, Huys at 404 Park Avenue South and 101 Wall Street in Manhattan New York, as well as extraordinary custom homes and beach villas in destinations spanning Paris, Amsterdam and the Caribbean. Studio Piet Boon conceptualized the exterior and interior design concept for multiple hospitality projects varying from the international award-winning restaurant The Jane in Antwerp Belgium and Andaz hotel in Seoul South Korea to the Park Hyatt Hotel Hanoi in Vietnam and the Alon Hotel Las Vegas. Established in 1983 by Dutch designer Piet Boon, the company’s distinctive design sensibility has also extended into custom furnishings, fixtures and many other interior related products.
“Studio Piet Boon brings tremendous value to this endeavor by capitalizing on their international sensibility and innate understanding of the Caribbean landscape to reimagine the interior spaces of Rosewood Half Moon Bay and the Rosewood Residences in a way that has never existed before in the Caribbean,” said William Anderson, CEO of Half Moon Bay Antigua. “Conceived and orchestrated by a masterful team of designers and rooted in Caribbean history, Half Moon Bay Antigua will redefine the Caribbean paradigm by introducing a new level of ultra-luxury that will resonate with our discerning international clientele. Through our collaboration with Studio Piet Boon and OBMI, we will bring to life what we believe to be the first resort of its caliber in decades.”
Recognized for a remarkable ability to balance functionality, aesthetics and individuality into one-of-a-kind design experiences, Studio Piet Boon will effortlessly blend the structures with the area’s verdant surroundings. Emulating a design that reflects the lush locale, both the aesthetic of the Rosewood Residences and the interiors of Rosewood Half Moon Bay will represent a contemporary interpretation of the Caribbean vernacular utilizing a natural palate and materials with colorful accents. Set to open in 2021, Rosewood Half Moon Bay will feature 47 pavilion-style suites, including a three-bedroom presidential suite, and will be flanked by a collection of Rosewood Residences, each thoughtfully designed and architecturally stunning showcasing captivating views. Amenities will cater to the desires of today’s global explorer, with unobstructed ocean views, private infinity plunge pools, hammocks, open-air baths and shower gardens with live orchid walls that blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Studio Piet Boon will employ a natural design palate that will flow seamlessly from the resort to the residences connecting each experience to one another and to nature. Open concept layouts and immersive living elements throughout the development will reinforce the natural beauty of Half Moon Bay while also providing opportunities for adventure and experience.
“Half Moon Bay presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create something enduring, and I am honored to help shape the future of this magnificent place,” said Piet Boon. “It is an inspiring landscape that truly embodies all that is beautiful in the West Indies, from the crescent-shaped white sand beach and lush tropical plant life to the rocky bluffs and panoramic views. All of these natural elements allow us to provide experiences at Half Moon Bay Antigua that capture the island’s redefined effortless luxury as well as evoke a sense of timeless elegance.”
Half Moon Bay Antigua is currently comprised of 10 of the rarest and most exclusive land parcels available for sale in the Caribbean. With prices ranging from $10 million to $25 million, the 10 premier estate lots will afford a limited number of buyers the opportunity to customize a showcase home set just steps from the beach or perched on a seaside cliff. The crown jewel of the estate lots is the Mellon Estate, a three-acre parcel situated on a dramatic bluff overlooking the turquoise water below, formerly owned by philanthropist Rachel "Bunny" Lambert Mellon. Owners and resort guests will have exclusive access to the finest services and amenities, such as an on-site biodynamic farm, an iconic cliffside cocktail lounge and a Rosewood Spa, all just steps from one of the world’s most exquisite beaches.
With origins dating back to the 1600s, Antigua has enjoyed a rich and storied history. The site of the new Half Moon Bay Antigua development was previously home to Half Moon Bay Resort, one of the finest hotels ever built on Antigua back in the 1950s. The resort was frequented by notable names like Audrey Hepburn and Elton John, helping to establish Half Moon Bay as a global celebrity hot spot. With 3,200 feet of coral sand, Half Moon Bay Antigua is internationally lauded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, offering an unparalleled setting for what will be the most sought-after resort and residential community in the Caribbean. Located adjacent to a 27-acre national park, the destination is ideally positioned to provide a selection of immersive individual and family programming and activities, including windsurfing, paddle boarding, hiking and biking.
For more information visit halfmoonbayantigua.com.