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Tropical Beach Retreat – Lyford Cay

James Andrew - Lyford Cay

James Andrew - Lyford Cay

Lyford’s ever-present turquoise waters remind one that this is a rather magnificent tropical beach retreat! One is never far from the sea here; it constantly entices one to enjoy a toe in the sand, to dream, and to stay tan. In the evening, rolling surf soothes one to sleep; come morning, the ionized sea air coaxes one gently to action. The ocean informs nearly everything here, and this is most true of Lyford architecture. While touring the former Paley residence, “Lightbourne House,” for instance, one encounters a layout that makes sense on many levels, but it is the beautiful tropical vistas and seascapes that take center stage—in the drawing room here, a strategically place sofa on axis with a lovely set of French doors framing the sea beyond, creates the most gloriously captivating scene.

For those traveling by sea, there’s the world class Lyford Cay Yacht Club, making it an easy thing to service one’s Wally Mega (and indeed there was one in residence) whilst meeting up with friends for lunch. Incidentally, since we’re on the subject of yachts, our very own marine portraitist Scott McBee was here this weekend to photograph the strikingly handsome yacht, “Black Night,” for a grand painting he’s working on—we can’t wait to see!

With the sublime Caribbean sea and sky as a backdrop, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket and sunglasses,Tom Ford “Regency” pant in pink and green silk madras check and cotton pink polo shirt, pink and white retro print silk pocket square from Charvet, vintage Rolex watch, braided white leather flip flops by Schettino di Capri and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.


  1. I feel as though I have taken a holiday reading your posts on Lyford Cay. The colors, the mood is positively sybaritic, elegant, dreamy.

  2. Oh Dear!

    James! Hutton! Newell!!


    I thought I had “escaped envy”!!

    It reared it’s ugly head when I read this post!

    Two of our daughters married men who belonged to “Lyford”; and we celebrated my birthday there 14 years ago!

    When everyone else was out swimming and snorkeling; I was in that beautiful great big room drawing the floor plan! Seriously….it is true. I still have it! brilliant !! (cozy for 2 or 250!!)

    What a brilliant and gorgeous “great big room”!!

    Tom Sheerer did a fabulous job of “freshening”! (I got photos; from them…they spent 10 days in december!!

    How did so many of my favorite people end up at this without me??
    James, Newell, HUTTON?????



    I know you all had a fabulous time! Thank God it was the “first annual”!!

    You guys are the “coolest cats around”!

    How is that guest list?? Amy room for the second annual????

    Happy New Year!

    James; you looked and smelled fabulous!!


  3. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Philip,

    I find your comments so reassuring!

    I am thrilled that you have summed up exactly the narrative I have been trying to express in my words and photos.

    Love and Light


  4. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope,

    Well the 2nd Annual Design Weekend is already in process!

    It was such a smashing success that people are already lining up to have their homes on the tour.

    So mark your calender for 2014.



  5. I will put you in my will!!!!

    Such smashing coverage!

    Beautiful! And it is a difficult place to describe! You did a brilliant job!

    No glitz!! Elegant, understated…the ultimate elegance: comfort and no pretension!!!

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penelope,

    You are so divine!

    How beyond thrilled I am to get such tremendous accolades from a taste maker like yourself.

    Love and Light


  7. Flavio says:

    Hay lugares en el mundo donde se puede apreciar, disfrutar, sentir la mano de Dios pintando con mágicos oleos.
    Uno de ellos es Lyford Cay, un paraíso terrenal, para hacer de el un estilo de vida, disfrutando del sol, arena, agua, noches doradas y amaneceres junto a las personas mas importantes de nuestra vida.
    Como un amante del lujo y del buen vivir no pude dejar de pensar en Lynford como uno de los lugares elegidos para vivirlo en su máxima expresión.
    Estoy feliz de que hayas estado allí, y haber vivido cada palabra que he escrito.
    Saludos desde Mendoza

  8. James Andrew says:

    Querido Flavio,

    Tu eres un poet!

    Ojala vamos hacer lo un WIJW? en Argentina!

    Besos y Abrazzos,


  9. Leo says:

    Looking very relaxed here my friend, can’t wait for the sun to be here and to start sporting that white linen and espadrilles again!

    Hope you’re well



  10. James Andrew says:

    Well Hello Leo,

    Lovely to hear from you!

    Yes I am ready to return to Lyford imediately!

    Have you given up Facebook?



  11. Leo says:

    De-activated my account temporarily.

    We must Skype soon!

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