When Daniel Buttafuoco needs a break from his busy legal practice and bitter New York winters, he and his wife fly to the Caribbean island of Nevis. There he unwinds with a round of golf on a course that climbs up a mountain through lush rain forest before descending to the edge of the Caribbean Sea.
“It’s beautiful,” says Mr. Buttafuoco, who is 58 years old. “There are monkeys all over the golf course. The views are stunning.”
The Buttafuocos currently own a three-bedroom villa at the Four Seasons Resort Estates, but they’re considering upgrading to a four-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot home in a new Four Seasons development called Villas at Pinney’s Beach. The property, located on the fourth fairway and just a short walk from the sea, costs $4.2 million. It features a contemporary design, with vaulted ceilings and walls of glass that open to a patio, pool and guest cottage. Interior appointments include white marble countertops, mahogany doors and Bosch and Thermador kitchen appliances.
The Nevis villas are among a handful of new luxury developments cropping up around the Caribbean that appeal not only to golf enthusiasts like Mr. Buttafuoco, but to beach-lovers and those who want family-friendly activities. These days, beach resorts are wooing buyers with everything from high-end fitness centers to equestrian facilities to water parks for children, says Neal Sroka, who specializes in global marketing for resort properties at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York.
When Mr. Buttafuoco isn’t on the Robert Trent Jones II-designed golf course, he says he sometimes heads to the spa for a massage or haircut. His wife loves lounging on the beach and dining at one of several restaurants. And his grandchildren can choose among activities that include crab hunting and nature walks.