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Tucked into the shoreline amid the ornate residences of South Sound, one of Cayman’s newest, most design-centric luxury rental homes opened its doors this past summer.
The opening, an intimate gathering of influencers in the travel and luxury sector, was a departure from typical such openings and the low-key yet glamorous affair was right in line with the property itself.
Point of View is a 7,000-square-foot home at the tip of South Sound near the exit leading to the coastal road for the Eastern districts. The six-bedroom, six-bath home is unassumingly chic from the roadside but the interior is dressed with dazzling casual glamour.
Designer Molly Thomas shared the inspiration for Point of View with InsideOut Magazine. “It was a Mediterranean-style home but we changed a lot of that with paint colors and removing all arched windows and decorative arches from the ocean side, so I would call it modern Mediterranean.”
In keeping with a design rooted in coastal luxury living, the back façade of Point of View looks like an image clipped from a luxury rooftop pool and day club. The home sits on a sliver of prime South Sound beach, but it is the 150-foot-wide mega pool that steals the show.
“Due to the house’s proximity to the sea, we knew the pool would have to be very narrow. We decided to look at that as a benefit instead of an impediment, and designed a pool that followed the lines of the house from one side to another.”
What resulted was a show-stopping deck feature at the back of the home, split into three distinct areas: a “family pool” with a shaded hot tub, plunge pool with benches and in-pool table; a “sun shelf” in the center ideal for babies or for lounging in the warm water; and a “adult pool” with an in-pool ice chest and fire pit. The entire area is polished off with a half-moon style beach deck that completes the home’s stunning outdoor experience.
The laid-back luxury of Point of View continues in the home’s interior, a lush hideaway for up
to 16 people at a time. All spaces were conceived in a calm, cool palette of grays and whites.
“The theme of the house was modern glamour but it still needed to be childproof and renter-proof,” Molly says, who coated the home in Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. “It’s the perfect neutral gray, not too muddy and not too blue either.”
In place of bold color, Point of View serves up elegance in spades; the use of mirrored surfaces, crystal chandeliers, statement lighting fixtures and luxe textures throughout lend an air of everyday glamour.
Molly adds, “Light fixtures are a great way to add glamour and elegance in rental properties and they are unlikely to be damaged.”
Two such fixtures hang as bedside lighting in the master bedroom, struck in pewter metallic and suspended from the ceiling to bedside, creating visual bookends to the king-size oceanfront bedroom. Touches such as these add a glowing warmth to the bedrooms at Point of View and break up the space’s soothing minimalism.
A full master suite boasting a soaker tub and steam room is also outfitted with an in-closet cappuccino machine for lazy Sunday mornings.
“Light fixtures are a great way to add glamour and elegance in rental properties and they are unlikely to be damaged.”
With bedrooms dotted around the periphery of the home and the incredible backdrop of sparkling swimming pool and beach outside, Point of View is anchored by a large and central multi-purpose living space.
A full-service kitchen is kitted out with in-wall appliances, leaving visual space for another lighting stunner, this time a circular chandelier suspended above the large kitchen island, which can be used both as a cook’s work station or for bar-style dining, depending on the occasion.
The kitchen overlooks a small circular breakfast nook, formal dining area and a casual dining lounge, all of which overlook the sensational beach and pool deck.
“We liked the separate living spaces,” Molly says. “When large groups are staying at the villa, it’s nice for everyone to be able to gather together in the great room or have some more privacy in the formal living area, rec room or large master bedrooms.”