Illusion at Sugar Hill

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4


Wedding Venue Pool Resort Villa
Wow Factor
Modern Ideal for Kids Walk to Beach All Bedrooms En-Suite Wheelchair Access


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Illusion is a majestic home finessed with architectural panache and glamour within the prestigious gated community at Sugar Hill on the west coast of Barbados. So gracefully executed, it blends classical colonial design with world-class comforts.

Designed to resemble the Sandy Lane hotel, this home’s facade is a strikingly symmetrical design finished with ornately curved external stair cases, timeless arched windows and pillared verandas. Indoor and outdoor living blend seamlessly, with a chic dining porch leading down to the glistening pool framed with terrace and loungers, to the upper balcony deck, where guests can wander out for morning coffee. The terrace is punctuated with two stunning pavilions, for al fresco dining and cooking.

Entering this enclave, guests will have the impression of arriving at a secluded, tropical idyll of flawless design, pristine lawns and charismatic living spaces, framed by an explosion of Caribbean colour - swaying palms, mahogany trees, as well as fragrant papaya and coconut trees.

There is an Oriental tone to the sedate and tranquil gardens, with the serene pond dotted with water lilies and trickling fountain, whilst the sea is just moments away.

The facilities are peerless, with discreet on-hand staff, a putting green, communal gym and access to tennis courts, guests may find they barely wish to leave this self contained oasis. The interiors are artfully finished with verve and finesse - marble flooring, a dazzling palette of whites off-set by salmon pinks, regal touches and grand piano fuse to create a space that is ornate, yet timelessly chic.

From the drawing room guests can look beyond the billowing curtains and arched windows onto the luscious gardens, and from the magnificent first-floor master suite, decked in accents of soft mauve, complete with its own sizeable dressing room. Guests can enjoy sparkling sea views from the bed. There are four bedrooms, each with a bathroom, balcony, air-conditioning and safe.

The dining room is a fabulous space for entertaining, with solid timber dining set beneath the art-piece chandelier, or for informal dining, the wicker chairs and outdoor lounges will hit the right note, perhaps for a rum cocktail as the sun softens in the evening. The pavilions are decked out with Bose surround sound, making for a rocking pool party set-up!

From arriving at its rather dignified entrance with antique carriage lights, to wandering among the banana trees in the cooling trade winds, this enclosed world of quality and style will enrapture guests for a next-level holiday experience.

No detail is left under-thought at Illusion, no comfort left untended, this home delights and intrigues with its natural ease and charm - a little slice of magic!

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Amenities are not within walking distance, they are a short distance away (although guests may find they don’t wish to venture far with every comfort and staff service on hand!)
  • Wheelchair access to the lower level via a lift but not the upper level (the master suite is on the upper level)
  • The pool is unfenced and there is a pond with water feature in the garden and so small children should be supervised

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath TV Lift Wheelchair Access Gym/Fitness Room DVD Ceiling Fans

The Villa
Illusion at Sugar Hill might appear to be an apparition, but this villa is available for holidaymakers to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. With 4-bedrooms, ample sized grounds and a swimming pool – you won’t want to leave!

Ground Floor
- Living area
- Dining area
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Media room
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom

First Floor
- Master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom

Exterior Grounds
- Private swimming pool, with Roman steps access
- Gazebo
- Lawn area
- Outdoor dining & furniture
- Parasols
- Pond
- Private putting green
- Summer Kitchen, with barbecue
- Sun loungers

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning in the bedrooms
- TV
- Hairdryers
- Safe
- Ceiling fans


About the surrounding area of Illusion at Sugar Hill
Walk to Beach <1hr to Airport Watersports Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Illusion is set on the exclusive “platinum coast,” the glittering West coast of Barbados which is known for its exclusive developments, fine sandy beaches with turquoise waters and colourful, historical towns.

This sumptuous property is located in the Sugar Hill Resort Community where guests have access to a Clubhouse, acclaimed restaurant, two swimming pools, and four championship tennis courts. Tennis stars such as Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniaki have played on these courts! The beach facility, Fairmont Royal Pavilion, is only a five minute drive away, whilst the world class Royal Westmoreland Golf Course is only 1.1 kilometres distance. This is one of the most prestigious corners of the exclusive west coast, whilst being a short distance to local life, trade and traditions.

Speightstown (6.6 km) and Holetown (3.5 km) both offer abundant local flavour.

Holetown will offer a vibrant slice of local Bajan life as well as duty free shopping. The Chattel village is a melting pot of artisans, offering local crafts, art and jewellery. The Chattel houses provide a striking contrast to the colonial residences with their dazzling white coral facades and open verandas; the former are vividly coloured with fancy gables and gingerbread fretwork. The Chattel houses date back to plantation days; the small wooden shacks were designed to be movable, yet this didn’t limit their decorative charm; finished in candy pinks and pistachio greens with pretty shutters and sloping roofs.

Speightstown is also known as “little Bristol” - this town offers evocative local life, fisherman casting their catch on the jetty, a distinctly nautical feel along with street vendors and eclectic dining options.

The island’s capital, Bridgetown (14.6 km distance) is known for its British colonial architecture and historical sites blending with colourful shopping, an abundance of sea based activities and UNESCO world heritage status.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Grantley Adams International Airport BGI


Nearest Town/City Holetown


Nearest Restaurant The Orchid Room


Nearest Bar/Pub John Moore Bar


Nearest Beach Heron Bay


Nearest Golf Royal Westmoreland


Nearest Tennis On-site

(Walking Distance)

About the Island & Getting There

About Barbados

At first glance you could be mistaken for thinking that Barbados is purely a beach holiday destination, but you're urged to reconsider this common belief. The island of Barbados is peppered with astonishing landscapes (both coastal and inland), enchanting locals, sublime cuisine, intriguing rums, fascinating wildlife, symbolic architecture and a selection of striking holiday villas.

Delve deep into the history of the island and start your holiday by visiting Sunbury Plantation House & Museum. This former plantation was built in 1660's and the premises are scattered with antiquities that delicately detail a recent history of Barbados. St. Nicholas Abbey also provides an insightful representation of Sugarcane production, Bajan artefacts and a wonderful observation point at Cherry Tree Hill. If you’re keen to visit one of the oldest Parliamentary buildings within the Commonwealth and appreciate the democratic legacy of Barbados, drop by The Parliament Buildings. This neo-gothic congress can be found in Bridgetown and act as a representation of Barbados’s Independence. There is so much history present throughout the island and as a result, Bridgetown and its Garrison has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, which the locals are very proud of.

Great efforts have been made to persevere the natural beauty of Barbados, so if you’re drawn to the exploration of National Parks and multicoloured gardens, it won’t take you long to realise that Barbados is a haven for such paradises! Within the Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Farley Hill National Park, Flower Forest, Hunte's Gardens and Welchman Hall Gully - visitors, and Botanist alike, will be lost for hours admiring these astonishing botanical parklands. Keep an eye out for the Dwarf Poinciana, or Peacock Flower…it’s the national flower of Barbados.

Bajan’s take their food very seriously! If you and your fellow travellers are enticed by the gastronomic aspect of holidaying, we believe you’ve selected the right island. With every aspect of cookery mastered; from pickling to freshly prepared dishes, sweet & savoury, fragrant & spicy and of course, the bountiful choice of seafood. Check out the food stalls in Paynes Bay Church – where vendors exhibit locally made dishes & street food that will scintillate the taste buds. At the end of every working week, locals and tourists both flock to Oistins, for 'Fish Fry Day'. This is a must for those who haven’t undergone the experience! The evening starts with barbecues and then ascends into a joyful party. This caps off a busy few days of work for locals as well as the 'strains' associated with serious holidaying.

Barbados is of course iconic for its Beaches & Rum…so why not bring them together? You will have to go out of your way not to be able to find a beach bar along the west coast of the island, as well as the countless Rum Shops. Yes, you’ve read correctly, Rum Shops! These small and locally run businesses embrace the Bajan spice of life, in liquid form. Very delicious! If you’re searching for something a little more special, take a trip to the east coast and visit Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant at Windy Hill, for an unforgettable experience.

Barbados is a distinct and striking part of the Caribbean. It’s a great fit for all types of travellers, as the island really does have it all. For a little more information about this delightful island, check out our guide to a remarkable stay!

Prior to Booking

Please be aware that Barbados is an island nation that experiences weather patterns dictated by the Atlantic Ocean to the north of the island and the Caribbean Sea to the south of the island. This tropical rainforest climate results in the island experiencing a hurricane season, which usually occurs between June to November. When thinking about booking your holiday to Barbados Republic, please consult Foreign travel advice for more information.

Entry Requirements

Tourists who are British Citizens will not require a visa upon arrival and Departure Tax is included in most flight costs. Please check Entry Requirements before departure.

Local Public Holidays

21st January - Errol Barrow Day
28th April - National Heroes Day
1st May - Labour Day
10th June 2019 - Whit Monday
1st August - Emancipation Day
First Monday of August - Kadooment Day
30th November - Independence Day

Getting There

Barbados is served by Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown.

From the US:
Direct flights are available from Charlotte, Miami and New York with AA, JetBlue and US Airways.

From the UK:
Direct flights are available from London on BA and Virgin Atlantic. Chartered flights are also available from several other UK airports.

Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church, Barbados:

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

Illusion offers a sumptuous, safe and secure and well-serviced environment for families with children. The magical gardens offer a fairy-tale style experience, along with glistening pool for hours of splashy fun and world-class amenities at the Sugar Hill resort complex.

Barbados offers so much for family travellers. At only 21 miles by 14 miles, with 60 miles of pristine coastline, days at the beach as a family are the centre of a Bajan holiday.

From intriguing caves, to mystical gardens, from vibrant street-fare to formal polo matches - genteel cricket matches and colourful street crafts, Barbados offers a unique experience for youngsters which will captivate small imaginations for years to come.

Sugar Hill, on the west coast, offers proximity to some of the most child friendly beaches. Mullins Beach is a good option for kids with tranquil seas and long sandy stretches for sand-castle building whilst adults will enjoy rum punch from their rented parasols or older kids will indulge in water sports. Folkestone Marine and Visitor Centre in Holetown offers a fantastic museum and beginners snorkelling.

Harrison’s Cave offers a journey beneath the limestone surface that makes up much of the island - a mysterious 30 minute underground guided train trip taking in crystallised formations, intricate streams and awe-inspiring caverns. From collecting shells at the luscious Bathsheba Park, to a unique dining expense for the island’s traditional Friday night live music and fresh-off-the-docks flying fish, Barbados offers a vibrant, sensory experience for children.

Barbados offers a mystical experience for youngsters; one of the island’s traditions of swimming horses at dawn will leave exquisite memories for kids to cherish, and wildlife from tortoises to parrots to brocket deer will intrigue youngsters.

For older kids, Bridgetown offers several tours of intriguing shipwrecks, tropical fish and coral formations. Or, a combination of 4x4 jeep tour through tropical forest followed by a leisurely catamaran trip for a full family day out, finished up with sumptuous buffet at the end of the day.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Lift
  • DVD


Oliver's Extras

  • Security guard
  • Chef/Cook Included (6 days per week, groceries charged for additionally)
  • Maid Service Included (6 days per week)
  • Access to Sugar Hill Beach Facilities Included

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £2,500 charged to the client's credit card as a pre-authorisation at least 2 weeks prior to arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to a full inspection.
Arrival time 3.00 p.m.
Departure time 12.00 Noon
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Included in the rental price
Tax Subject to 7.5% VAT & a 2.5% Government Levy will be collected at time of booking. This fee is calculated based on your nightly rate and is capped at USD $10 per bedroom, per night. Additionally, a 1.5% service charge will also be collected.
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay 5 nights increasing to 14 nights during Christmas and/or New Year
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included
Pets welcome? Pets are not allowed
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping is not permitted inside the villa
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Villa Conditions
- Please note that a 50% Deposit may be required for any bookings travelling between mid December and mid January.

Rental Rates

Please note: All rates below are subject to 12.5% Shared Economy Levy & Service Charge

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - Apr 16th 2024 £10,021 £14,029
Apr 16th 2024 - Dec 15th 2024 £7,842 £10,979
Dec 15th 2024 - Dec 19th 2024 £10,021 £14,029
Dec 19th 2024 - Jan 10th 2025 - £33,546
Jan 10th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 £10,021 £14,029

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - Apr 16th 2024 €10,884 €15,238
Apr 16th 2024 - Dec 15th 2024 €8,518 €11,925
Dec 15th 2024 - Dec 19th 2024 €10,884 €15,238
Dec 19th 2024 - Jan 10th 2025 - €36,438
Jan 10th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 €10,884 €15,238

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - Apr 16th 2024 $11,788 $16,503
Apr 16th 2024 - Dec 15th 2024 $9,225 $12,915
Dec 15th 2024 - Dec 19th 2024 $11,788 $16,503
Dec 19th 2024 - Jan 10th 2025 - $39,463
Jan 10th 2025 - Aug 25th 2025 $11,788 $16,503

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Heavenly Paradise!

    on 10/03/2018

    Our concierge was very friendly and highly capable - excellent! We loved the amenities and the staff at the villa - it was total heavenly paradise!

  • We do hope to return to Illusion in the future

    on 03/01/2017

    We have had a fabulous three week stay here. We have been visiting Barbados for over 30 years and this house has been exceptional. Our family and friends were so happy and comfortable.

    The staff have been very attentive. Judy keeps the place spotless and is fun to chat with. Our Butler Ian and Chef Mark definitely put in so much effort. We cancelled a few of our dinner reservations because the food was far superior and it was so nice to entertain our friends who live/stay on the island.

  • Immaculate house and garden

    on 29/03/2016

    Frederick, Shanelle Chef, Judy, Shanelle, Linford and Celia were all exceptional. Delicious food, wonderful rum punches and immaculate house and garden. Huge thanks to everyone xx. Leigh-Ann was also a wonderful host.

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