As Pushkin said:
“Here is the Russian spirit, here Russia is smelt…” ⠀
The legendary dancer’s touch, Rudolf Nureyev’s, can be sensed in every detail of the perfectly preserved interior of the maison Nureyev, a building that actually dates back to the 1950s.
Perhaps the most characteristic element in the house, which has been featured in a series of glossy magazines is the solid teak deck built to Nureyev’s specifications in order to allow him to dance whilst facing the immensity of the ocean. As one writer put it, it is “like a giant raft eternally searching for infinity.”
Nureyev’s home can be seen standing on the edge of a cliff here, and between the stone walls that offered protection against the coast’s driving winds one can make out traditional derelict huts that have survived from before the island won popularity among international visitors, and even some cows roaming free in search of forage.
Words cannot describe the living history that is to be found in one of the island’s most authentic villas.
Previously the home of Rudolf Nureyev, one of the greatest ballet dancers of his era (1938-1993) and one of the first Soviet ‘defectors’ among the Soviet creative class. During his early 60s whilst touring Paris, Nureyev decided that he would not return home to his homeland. Nureyev was not only known for his dancing however, but also as a stage director. His collection of artwork, paintings and objects as well as his passion for beautiful houses is why Rudolf chose to make his home here, on the island of St. Barth. Today the house opens its doors to those who are ready to absorb its history and culture.
The magnificence of the villa will leave you hesitant to return home once your eyes meet the edge of the water; mere inches from the house – leaving only stone boulders between you and the endlessness of the ocean.
The house is located close to the hotel Le Toiny , who through their management of the villa enable you to take advantage of the efficient hotel services provided; airport transfers and indulge in breakfast delivery, room service, twice-daily housekeeping and a connection to a private concierge 24/7. All to be enjoyed with 360-degree views of endless natural tranquility and beauty.
But do not let history draw attention away from its ultramodern interior.
The property has been through a major renovation and is now equipped with the most modern of technological essentials, the property boasts four impressive and unique en-suite bedrooms. Two masters are located on the main floor of the villa; an additional bedroom suite with private terrace and kitchen on another, and a guest cottage with independent bathroom and pool-view, the property also has an area with a private heated pool, Jacuzzi and steam bath.
The new owners of the villa (Charlie and Mandie – previous owners of St. Barth Isle de France) have ensured that the house’s interior character has remained frozen in time. Crystal chandeliers, heavy tables and armchairs adorned with velvet upholstery embrace sun-bathed mahogany panels.
Outside, a spacious water-front dance terrace means you can spend your evenings partying or relaxing like the creative elite once did.
For those interested in this island jewel, booking or further information can be found by contacting us directly.
A special thanks to Felipe Sandoval and Hortense Saudou for their assistance in organizing the property photo shoot and for having a chance for our team to feel the Russian spirit here in St. Barth.