Focus on timeless design at Dragon Bay

Dragon Bay currently encompasses The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman resort, the Exclusive Island resort, The DeckHouses, and Secret Harbour.
 
Future plans for this sea-to-sea community stretching from the Seven Mile Beach to the North Sound include The Dragon Bay Boutique Hotel & Spa, a Harbour Village and a new 18-hole Greg Norman Signature golf course.
 
Dragon Bay will be unified by an architectural approach reflecting an ingrained respect for the explorers of the Colonial era – who transplanted European design and adapted it to far-flung tropical locales.
 
Following from the classic West Indian décor of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman resort, the design sensibility at Dragon Bay is intended to evoke the mood of the British Colonial period, but also embody a contemporary and elegant feel without being anchored to a particular time.

The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Starting with the first residences that took shape at Dragon Bay – The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman –Hall of Fame interior designer Frank Nicholson created a look that was neither modern nor old-fashioned, that was elegant yet welcoming, both classic and contemporary.
 
The island-style décor of The Residences evokes the British Colonial era with architectural features of arched doorways, high ceilings, and decorative crown molding, creating the effect of light and space grounded by the solidity of dark wood furniture, lightened by the use of understated colors and softened by the liberal use of accent cushions, throws and area rugs.
The details dovetail with the image of a classic West Indian plantation house – with tropical ceiling fans calling to mind simpler times and a four-poster bed in the master bedroom dressed in a muted pattern reminiscent of palm trees. 
 
The overall look is one of classic luxurious comfort that is not ornate or stuffy. The interiors blend well with the breathtaking views, complementing and not competing with the brilliant blues and greens outside.
 
Throughout, the focus is on the Ritz-Carlton tradition of understated luxury – featuring the best fixtures and fittings. All bathrooms are finished in decorative marble with customized Kohler fixtures, whirlpool tubs and separate shower enclosures.
 
Professionally equipped chef’s kitchens feature marble kitchen counter tops, custom Poggen Pohl cabinetry and top quality appliances including Sub Zero and Viking.
 
The design schemes at The Residences are complete down to the minutest detail – including 12-piece day and formal china with selections from Wedgwood, Christofle and Villeroy & Boch; crystal and glassware with selections from Baccarat and Christofle; and a full complement of bedding including Italian linens – all selected to perfectly complement the décor.
 
The Deckhouses
This attention to detail at Dragon Bay continues at the community’s next residential project – The DeckHouses.
 
A collection of private island estate homes, each situated on its own private cove, The DeckHouses’ exteriors feature clapboard siding and Plantation style pillars, and boast a design based on outdoor waterfront living – with expansive wraparound hardwood decks, summer kitchens and integrated boathouses.
 
The design focuses on the use of natural materials – hand-hewn hardwoods and natural stone.
 
Ipe hardwood flooring is used through the mid and upper levels, with a vanilla cream limestone floor on the base level. Tray ceilings feature distressed wooden beams, and a hardwood inlay at the front entrance depicts a compass pointing to the true North.
 
But it is the endless views that take centre stage. Ceilings that are 14 feet high and innovative floor-to-ceiling glass doors offer 180° views of the water, gardens and golf course.
 
To create a décor matching the magnificence of the scenery and architecture, acclaimed interior designer Pamela Hughes fashioned a look intended to bring the outside in.
 
In the living and dining areas, one is immediately struck by the recurring motif of the natural world, as Hughes aimed to reflect the beauty of the surrounding landscape through two distinct interior design collections.
 
Favoring a time-honored Caribbean ambience, the West Indies collection couples hardwood furniture in an authentic distressed, antique finish with complementing custom-designed wrought iron lighting fixtures to create a true homage to island living in a stylish, elegant and traditional fashion. 
 
Fabrics are offered in two color palettes – the striking Verdant Palm inspired by the luxuriant greens of tropical island foliage or the elegant Caribbean Sea reflecting the vivid blue, aqua and turquoise of Cayman’s unforgettable waters.
 
Casual, clean, and contemporary is the essence of The DeckHouses’ Modern Collection. This collection’s Ivory Coast color scheme is a crisp palette of neutral and pearlescent whites, creams and gold – as cool and calming as the ivory sands of Seven Mile Beach.
 
A more vibrant option in the Modern Collection is the Azure Cove color scheme – which is centered on soothing island blues and greens.
 
The essence of chic, the Modern Collection features sleek lines with a captivating textural interplay of glass, solid dark wood, and metal.
 
Both collections include hand-crafted custom furniture, interior finishes and fixtures; custom furnishings and window treatments, specialty lighting, state-of-the-art appliances and electronics, designer dinner service, flatware, glassware and a full arrangement of luxury bedding and bath essentials.
 
Secret Harbour
For the vibrant harbor community that will be Secret Harbour, the décor was born of global inspiration.
 
Secret Harbour evolved when developer Michael Ryan embarked on a year-long odyssey. Sailing to ports around the world, he gained insights which influenced the community’s architectural design.
 
With inspiration gleaned from Greece, Singapore, the Maldives, London and Turkey – Secret Harbour will inevitably reflect an eclectic, international sensibility that is still firmly rooted in the British Colonial tradition.
 
According to interior designers Carl D’Aquino and Francine Monaco  – the designers of the award-winning Silver Rain Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman – Secret Harbour will encompass the design elements of “exploration, daydreaming and serenity”.
 
“Crafts and international design traditions are introduced wherever possible, in unexpected locations and in fabric patterns revealing layers and secrets,” D’Aquino described.
 
There will be two décor schemes to choose from at Secret Harbour that encompass not only the look of the living spaces, but also the fixtures and finishes for the kitchens and bathrooms.
 
The Urban Loft collection appeals to a design-minded owner who’s looking for a chic, contemporary residence.  Colors and materials are borrowed from industrial spaces, but softened for refined island living. Colors are neutral and clean to create a feeling of openness.
 
The Urban Loft scheme will feature a white envelope with painted stone texture thresholds, tongue and groove doors and whitewashed wood beam ceiling accents. 
 
The Urban Loft kitchens have modern stainless steel appliances and cabinets finished in a high- gloss lacquer, and the stone countertops and tile backsplashes are finished in cool whites.  All the white is accented by modern polished tile in unusual rectangular shapes to add to the feel of a modern loft-style interior.  
 
The furnishings are in cool tones of white with splashes of color and richness of textures found in the rugs and fabrics.  The furnishings are stained wood with clean shapes and eclectic accessories.
 
The alternative Contemporary British Colonial collection appeals to the owner who’s looking for sophisticated island simplicity.  It is a fresh take on the expected traditional British Colonial style.
 
Neutral, warm taupe walls are accented by natural stained wood beams and dark wood-tile floors.  The kitchen cabinets are a sultry dark stained wood with top of the line stainless steel appliances.  The countertops and tile backsplashes are finished in warm sand tones with rich golden mosaic accents.
 
The living furnishings are traditional in style with an air of elegance blending rich textures and crisp linens with patterned accents.  Natural linens and soft textures create a soothing atmosphere.
 
This furniture collection is finished in warm woods with slightly rustic pieces incorporating bronze accents. 
 
Both Secret Harbour décor schemes aim to create comfortable and airy spaces, reflecting an international flair with art and accessories inspired by different cultures.
 
The unique global style of Secret Harbour will continue through to the community’s common areas, including a European-style waterfront promenade and a clubhouse housing restaurants, shops, a rooftop terrace lounge, La Prairie spa suites, fitness and recreational activities, private media screening rooms, and more.
 
Dragon Bay Boutique Hotel & Spa Resort
With so many properties to design and maintain at such a high level of detail, you would think the Dragon Bay well of inspiration could easily run dry.  But creativity continues to flow as plans shift to the future for the Bali-inspired stilt huts and villas of the Dragon Bay Boutique Hotel & Spa. Keep your eyes on the horizon for new design developments at Dragon Bay. 

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