Our History - Crystal HouseSketch 1900x520

1940s Barbados Luxury Villa • Redesigned by Oliver Messel in the 1960s • Fully restored in 2014

Our History

Built in the 1940’s, Crystal Springs was meticulously redesigned in the 1960’s by Oliver Messel, who after establishing an award-winning career in stage, film and costume design, turned his hand to architecture with considerable renown both in Barbados and the nearby island of Mustique. His theatrical style emphasized outdoor living space, taking full advantage of the beautiful tropical environs.

Crystal Springs’ magical ambiance first attracted the current owners over 20 years ago, when they spent their first holiday here. It was the beginning of a love affair that found them returning yearly, culminating with their purchase of the home in 2013. They have lovingly restored Crystal Springs to her original splendour, revitalizing her spirit as Messel first envisioned it, and paying homage to the villa’s significance as one of his most stunning architectural masterpieces.

The team involved in the restoration was almost entirely Barbadian; local experts, artisans and craftsmen ensured the home’s historic integrity was maintained, and the few new additions blend effortlessly with the original structures. The interiors have been beautifully refurbished; with most of the home’s original furnishings now artfully combined with specially commissioned local artwork, creating a sophisticated take on Caribbean style.