Capital Group - Roy Shanholtz
Viceroy Anguilla is a 35 acre resort located on Barnes Bay
and Meads Bay at the west end of the island of Anguilla. The resort caters to spontaneity and is
positioned to take advantage of its unique setting and boasts over 3,000 feet
of beach frontage across the two bays.
The ultra-contemporary architecture sets the mood of a very upscale but
relaxed destination that can only be found in extraordinary destinations such
as Anguilla. Included in the resort
offerings are 166 units spread over hotel rooms, private villas, townhomes,
condos and penthouses, many with private pools and all developed to deliver
unequaled privacy and exclusivity. All
units have uninterrupted views and are in close proximity to the water.
The public areas of the resort include three
separate swimming pools, five restaurants, a spa, fitness center, kid’s club, climbing
wall, and beach and court sports facilities.
The public areas are arranged to capitalize on their individual settings
giving each location a unique identity with a distinct sense of place.
The accolades already credited to the Viceroy Anguilla are
not unwarranted. The resort and
experiences offered have already been lauded in numerous publications during
its short history; being labeled as the ‘reason to visit’ the Caribbean and
appearing in several travel magazine’s ‘best of’ lists; not just because of the
service and architecture, but also in large part due to the setting and
In a departure from the normal process, the Landscape
Architect was engaged once the project was well underway. The planning was already in place and several
buildings had already been erected, but the owner’s vision for the landscape
evolved during construction and the detailed design of the majority of the
project was to be reevaluated. In
addition, the project had to overcome the legacy of several hurricanes and
logistical challenges along with the global economic downturn which occurred
The Landscape Architect’s mission was to provide an on-site
design and management team to reinterpret the owner’s vision and work with the
construction management team on a daily basis to construct it on schedule and
within budget. The team was responsible
for scheduling and coordinating construction crews along with the redesign of the
remaining major elements of the project.
Working with the limited plant palette remaining from the
previous landscape design, the Landscape Architect worked daily to design and
implement a plan that achieved the vision of the owner. The marriage of
architecture and landscape was of paramount importance and the interior of each
unit had to extend seamlessly into the landscape and maintain total privacy in
a somewhat dense arrangement. In
addition, the new landscape direction was one of manicured hedges and limited
use of color which was in contrast to the original design. Creative use of the limited palette was
required and the resulting landscape was achieved through site sketches and
hands on design of the landscape in the field.
The field directed design approach proved to be successful
and was used to complete the landscape of the villas and a majority of the
public areas around the hotel core. A
private beach was also developed in front of several of the villas using the
same approach. In contrast to this
approach, a design package was also produced on site for the remaining major
areas to be completed later in the construction schedule.
These included bluff top pools at several of
the town homes, the Meads Bay pool at the east end of the property, and the tennis
court complex. The Landscape Architect
team was responsible for design and implementation of these areas as well.
Since opening in 2010, the Viceroy has already expanded to
update its offerings. The Landscape
Architect was again retained to develop upgrades to the landscaping and several
of the pool deck areas. Plantings were
expanded to inject more color throughout the resort and embrace the Caribbean
identity. Important landscape areas such
as the main entrance and condo arrival were revisited to add an extra level
detail appropriate to the resort.
kid’s club was expanded to offer an outdoor play area with a small splash park
and climbing sculptures. The tennis
complex was expanded to include a pro shop, new basketball and volleyball
courts, and a climbing wall. The Viceroy
has had a favorable impact on the Anguillan economy. Both during construction and continuing now
with operation, the resort is one of the larger employers on the island.