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Island life

19.10.20

Julia Millen spoke to local architect, Robert Towell about living the dream in the Cayman Islands

Living on the water’s edge, enjoying the warm breeze, the sound of surf and the turquoise and sky blue colours that are indicative of eternal summer are privileges enjoyed by the lucky few.

The Cayman Islands stand out among their island neighbours for their high standard of living and progressive outlook: these islands welcome foreign investment and, with no restrictions on foreign ownership, they have become a desirable destination for retirees, holiday beach home owners and, increasingly, those able to work remotely.

"The beauty of building a home in Cayman is that you can choose between oceanfront or canal front," says local architect Robert Towell. "If you live on the ocean the steady north-east trade winds keep you cool and the views of open sea and sunsets are spectacular. On the other hand, for those who want to spend their free time cruising, fishing or diving, a home on the canal allows you to moor your boat just steps from your door."

Towell is the creative force behind many of the islands’ most striking homes and hotels and is widely considered to have pioneered modern, minimalist designs in Cayman. He was also among the first to embrace seamless indoor/outdoor living designs and continually innovates with ground-breaking concepts that maximize his clients’ waterfront living experiences.

After 23 years’ working in Cayman, Robert has a though understanding of building on the islands and provides honest, impartial advice on government planning and building permits, costs and the most appropriate materials for an oceanfront home.

At a time when many are re-evaluating where and how they live, islands offer unique appeal.  With its stable government, excellent healthcare and fast, reliable internet connections the Cayman Islands is pretty close to Island Idyll.

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