AW2, a Paris-based architecture and interiors firm with a reputation for creating striking hotels in various parts of the world, is responsible for the clean and minimalist design. Forget the bright, tropical colours used to jazz up many a Caribbean property; at Silversands it’s all about neutral tones and natural materials: think creamy limestone terraces, light walnut wood floors, dark South American bulletwood vertical slatting on walls, and grey granite paths lined with black pebbles. Furniture in public areas and bedrooms, such as curvaceous and strappy chairs by Barcelonan company Kettal, is also eye-catching.
Eclectic, original pieces of art, bought specially for the hotel by Mr Sawiris, inject individuality and colour: outside the lobby entrance stand two giant wicker statues, bowing slightly as if formally greeting guests, and upright canoes painted with images of exotically dressed women, fishermen and cartoon cats. Bedrooms, in three-storey blocks, continue the muted essay in wood, limestone, cream and white, and are enjoyably hi-tech. From my bedside control panel I could not only dim the lights but also draw the window blinds and gauzy curtains around the bed, and in the bathroom my rainforest shower operated perfectly at the press of a button. Staff – who I found generally to be a bit over-eager, but it was nice to be called “Mr Fred” at every turn – check you in inside your room, and provide a comprehensive explanation of how everything works.