Getting steamy between the sheets?

Villa Azura Antigua CaribbeanTwo of our exclusive villas can help you keep your cool in the bedroom

Are you outrageously hot in bed? Are sweltering climes and humidity turning you into a demon between the sheets? When the only reprieve is a sky-high air-conditioning bill – and a carbon footprint of Jurassic proportions – there’s little chance of alleviating those sleepless nights.

Antigua & Barbuda’s tropical temperatures may be a delight by day, but after dark the calefaction can mean there ain’t no satisfaction when it comes to snooze time. Two of Luxury Locations’ most exclusive homes now offer an innovative solution. Their award-winning climate control beds are the perfect partner for rest and relaxation, allowing you to keep your cool in the bedroom and do your bit for the environment at the same time.   

Air-conditioned-bedThe high-tech Evening Breeze four-poster beds are the latest addition to luxurious villas Kulala and Azura, a stone’s throw away from secluded Long Bay Beach on Antigua’s pristine east coast. The patented system cools, dehumidifies and filters the air around you – silently and with no draft. It also uses up to 80 per cent less energy than conventional air-conditioning. James and Amanda Neal, the villas’ owners, say the pioneering technology has proved a hit with holidaymakers. “When we first built Villa Kulala we felt there was no need for air conditioning as there was always a lovely breeze from the trade winds on the east of the island,” Amanda says. “However we then found that a lot of guests were saying they were uncomfortable at night, especially during the summer months when there is less wind. Knowing the high cost of electricity on the island we were reluctant to fully air condition the bedrooms.”

It was some time later, when the couple were poised to begin construction on Azura, that they learned about the revolutionary beds being used in a number of high-end resorts across the globe. “They’re designed for countries that have high electricity costs. They have been installed in many resorts and houses, particularly in Africa, since they can run off solar power and generators,” Amanda continues. “Ideally the units are incorporated into the build, as we did in Villa Azura. However, we were so pleased with the beds that we decided to fit them into Villa Kulala too, although this required some modification to the existing beds. We love them because we can sleep in cooled comfort with the windows open without air conditioning the whole bedroom and wasting energy as the mosquito nets contain the cooled air.”   

Villa-CaribbeanResearch shows that enjoying the right amount of sleep keeps the immune system in balance and safeguards physical and mental wellbeing too. Temperatures in excess of 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) are generally considered injurious to sleep, leading to more wake time and lighter dozing. A cool room is optimum because it mimics what occurs inside the body when one’s internal temperature drops during the night to its lowest level.

The specially-designed canopy beds mean the area within the mosquito net is kept air conditioned while still permitting the louvred windows to be left open. Amanda adds: “Anyone building a new house/resort on Antigua should be thinking about energy costs and eco friendliness – and we believe our new beds have delivered both to us.” The beds are not the only eco-friendly feature of these two fabulous homes. All interior walls have also been plastered using American Clay, a 100% natural and non-toxic plaster which ‘breathes’ with changes in temperature and humidity.

Boasting stunning views over local landmark, Devil’s Bridge, from its al fresco dining area, four-bedroom Kulala is a unique retreat for anyone looking for the utmost in peace and tranquillity, and close proximity to Antigua’s world-famous beaches. Just minutes away from beautiful Long Bay, where calm, crystal waters are a haven for sea turtles, Kulala offers unparalleled luxury spanning almost two acres. A nature lover’s paradise, it’s nestled among resplendent gardens with a charming courtyard and infinity pool afore an expansive sundeck offering unobstructed views across the Atlantic Ocean.

kulala-poolThe thoughtfully designed interior features Balinese timber columns, furniture and artwork, complemented by high ceilings and wooden floors, adding a further touch of elegance and style. The open-plan living area includes a fully fitted kitchen, large inside dining area and a games room with pool table. Also just a short walk from the beach, Azura has three bedrooms, an infinity pool, outdoor gazebo-covered dining area, expansive sundeck and all-weather sunloungers, ideal for soaking up the rays or the spectacular scenery. The vast living room has an abundance of comfortable seating and French doors opening onto the covered verandah and pool with exceptional ocean views. An adjacent sunken den affords privacy and seclusion for quiet work or simply relaxing and watching television.

The dining area, with quality teak table seating eight, also overlooks a private walled garden. Horticultural enthusiasts will love the beautifully-landscaped surrounds where you can pick fruit directly from the trees. Villa Azura, fully staffed with house manager, housekeeper and gardener, also has a magnificent private terrace above the verandah — an idyllic spot for evening cocktails, sunbathing or stargazing.

by Gemma Handy

Both Kulala and Azura are available for holiday rentals and also for sale. Call our team on (268) 562-8174 for more details.