Villa Katsura

British Virgin Islands

A Private Zen Retreat

OBMI was hired to create a Japanese-inspired villa at Little Dix Bay. Taking our cue from the owners’ collection of Asian art objects, and guided by their love of the Japanese aesthetic, we designed a residence to complement the tranquillity of the landscaping and ocean views. Although steeped in the exotic Far East, it is every inch a Caribbean sanctuary, with a level of luxury and detail rarely seen. Woodwork showcases Tiger Wood, European Larch, and Western Cedar. Beams of Douglas fir grace cathedral ceilings in the majestic main living space.

Three separate pavilions include a main house, beach house, and extremely private master bedroom reached by its own bridge. The main house features a pool with a tub created from heated rocks, a steam shower room, and a waterfall. The property has five bedrooms in total—each with its own bathroom and a small kitchen concealed behind a shoji screen—but we designed a flexible layout with modular partitions to accommodate extra guests. The simplicity of the design highlights the quality of the finishings; the minimalist lines are never overshadowed by elaborate décor or electronics. Solar panels and plentiful battery storage contribute to an independent power supply.

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23,500 sq.ft. / 3 Acres


Three Separate Pavilion Home
Five Bedrooms
Main House
Living Room
Heated Rock Pool, Steam Shower
Outdoor Kitchen w. Professional Gas Grill