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area.” When said property became …continued available for sale, Torres didn’t hesitate. He forked over $1.8 million for the resort and its 40 acres, and set about making it his vacation home. Along the way, he changed his mind. As the story goes, Torres was swimming in the ocean when he decided the place was too special not to be shared. What followed was an intense period of renewal and rebirth. The renovation process was an ambitious, 24/7 undertaking with Torres at the helm. Sight lines were carefully considered to ensure optimal views throughout the resort. The cutting of rock and the addition of 600 tons of sand created a second beach, separated from the original by a rock cliff. Zoysia grass was laid over 500 square feet of stones, and hundreds of palm trees were planted throughout the property. Ten months and $12 million later, what was once a massive, yet neglected, beach shack became a 60-room testament to barefoot elegance. “We worked every day of the week until 1 or 2 in the morning,” says Torres of those sweat, blood and tears days. “As crazy as those moments were, I can now look back at them and laugh.” Today, accommodations at the new and improved Cove range from secluded, bush-view cottages popular with honeymooners to Caribbean Cove suites that face the beach head-on. The crown jewel of the property is the Savoie Village, which boasts three bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, various living areas, a private pool and 24-hour service from Kezang Dorji, a Bhutan-born private butler who once tended to Keith Richards and Donna Karan during his stint at Parrot Cay by COMO in Turks and Caicos. Guests are checked into the resort via iPad at the library, which extends into the main restaurant, Freedom, part of which is enclosed in glass and oversees The Cove’s deck. This elevated spot is marked by blond wood planks, an infinity lap pool and seemingly endless views of the catalog-blue Caribbean waters. Beyond it, at the tip of the aforementioned rock cliff, sits Bar Tony, an alfresco perch tailor-made for umbrella rum drinks and calypso music day and night. Just as carefully conceived was the property’s interior design, much of which was overseen by Torres’ fiancee, Jennifer Savoie. In the suites, travertine marble and Brazilian walnut textures were put to good use, and the resulting uncluttered interiors are defined by clean, modern lines. Not surprisingly, some New Orleans influences worked their way into the decor, most notably in The “The natural backdrop of Eleuthera was our inspiration. It was important for us to ensure that the resort was organically a product of the island.” Sanctuary, a British Colonial-style building (housing The Cove’s smallest guest rooms) with wraparound porches reminiscent of old Louisiana plantations. “The natural backdrop of Eleuthera was our inspiration,” says Torres. “It was important for us to ensure that the resort was organically a product of the island.” Organic is indeed a good word to describe The Cove. When I visit the property in late spring, I learn this firsthand. Soon after arriving, I am sitting down to a lazy lunch in the Freedom dining room where I’m given the lay of the land. The next few days are to be as low-key and undisciplined as I want them to be. Many conch fritters and stone crab claws later, I encounter our host, clad in his signature black linen and espadrilles, on one of his many daily walks, and it doesn’t take him long to reveal that hands-on approach to business he’s so well known for. “We just got four stars on TripAdvisor,” he says leaning down to pick up a speckle of errant paper off continued… LAy OF THE LANd Clockwise from top left: One of many hammocks hung between palm trees at The Cove; the kitchen of the Savoie Village, the resort’s prime accommodation; a view of the Caribbean from the infinity pool. 74 | | July 2013

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