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Villa La Banane - St Barths

19th Jun 2014

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The fully revamped Villa La Banane is a tropical paradise.

Hidden in the heart of the Caribbean on the Island of Saint Barth and just a few metres away from the Lorient beach, Villa La Banane has a legendary past paired with glamorous stars. 

Among the traditional architecture and collection furniture, intimacy settles in naturally. Owners Benjamin Fabbri and Jean-Marc Israël’s passion for collectible furniture pieces from the 1950s, many of which were commissioned by Le Corbusier, is clearly evident. Fusing tropical allure with modernism, the impressive furniture collection [with several pieces designed by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret] is set against a tranquil backdrop of white bungalows and organic wood terraces. 

Largely made from Indian rosewood or solid teak, much of the furniture has been wholly adapted specifically for the villa; including a former library table now used for breakfast. “The object was to tell a story, not just show the artwork. We immersed ourselves in the fundamental ideas of the 1950s, but also in the spirit of the Caribbean that comes with the location,” says Fabbri. 

Relying as much on secrecy as on generosity, Villa La Banane can be rented as an entire property and proposes nine bedrooms in total where bathrooms open onto a private patio and swimming pool.

Absolute bliss.

Villa La Banane, Baie de Lorient, 97133 Saint Barthélemy;