The project, Anthony says, was driven as much by his love for design as a desire to create the ultimate retreat. “I’ve been touring for 20-something years,” he explains. “And when you’re locked in a hotel room, you learn how to enjoy spaces.” It’s knowledge he put to good use here, personally outfitting the rooms with a mix of furnishings custom made by local craftsmen as well as Indonesian and Balinese furniture and accessories fashioned from teak, mahogany, and sapele. “Marc appreciates detail and will spend as much time as it takes on something he’s passionate about,” De Lima Muñiz says. “Sometimes we’d stay up until 5 A.M. just looking at colors and textures.”
Anthony’s aesthetic interests extend to painting, too—a pastime he pursues in the artist’s studio he set up in one of the palapas. “There’s not so much imagination in performing a song that’s already a hit, so I need outlets like painting,” says the multiple Grammy winner, who will be touring in New York City in February. “I also like to do nothing,” he confesses of his ideal day at the compound. “I can sit in one spot for hours and simply watch my wife and kids in the pool or listen to the music playing on the sound system.” Adds De Lima Muñiz, “Music fills the house, inside and out, at all times!”
Anthony and De Lima Muñiz take pleasure in watching their guests embrace a toes-in-the-sand attitude as well. “The first day people get here, they want to do everything,” Anthony says.
In the evenings everyone usually gathers around the 20-foot-long teak dining table next to the pool. “I love that we can all sit down together at dinner, no matter how many we are,” says De Lima Muñiz. Anthony agrees: “It’s great to sit back and see how happy this place makes everyone. It’s priceless.”