Architect & Developer

A Majestic Oceanfront Community

The development entity of Las Verandas is Pan Caribbean Capital Partners of Houston, Texas in partnership with North Shore Development S.A. of Roatán, the developer of the Pristine Bay Community. The General Partner of Pan Caribbean Capital Partners is headed by J. William Sharman, Jr. Mr. Sharman has developed and operated many hotels and resorts including the Lancaster Hotel in Houston, The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., The Cotton House on the Island of Mustique, The Victoria House on Ambergris Caye, Belize and a number of other luxury properties. Mr. Sharman worked with Gui Trotti, an architect based in Cambridge, Mass., on the luxury villa expansion at Victoria House some eight years ago. That successful project laid the foundation for a mutual approach toward creating a luxury destination resort on a jewel of an island that is Roatán, Las Verandas.

The Vision of Las Verandas

When we first saw the potential location for Las Verandas as a beach front enclave naturally sloping down to the Caribbean with a curved 1000 foot beach, we immediately envisioned low rise buildings constituting a “village” where pathways meet at a central focal point to where guests and visitors are drawn. The concept of a Mediterranean Village situated to make use of stunning vistas of the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean with lush, tropical landscaping became the central focus of the Las Verandas design efforts.

Architectural design perspectives were emphasized by the contours of the terrain. The pools, restaurants, and bars gather at the center of the site where all focal points meet and people can come together to celebrate and relax. Another important viewpoint begins at the “spring” where water runs vertically down a waterfall on both sides of the formal walkway and towards the reflecting pool in front of the gorgeous restaurant. The eye then calms the soul by featuring water flowing from a large floating pool, down a 9 foot waterfall into an infinity-edge pool at the ocean’s horizon. Inherently, the flow of water on the site begins where the main lobby stands and travels all the way straight down to the beach. The site is serene and ceremonial with a natural amphitheater framing the center of the beach like a stage…It’s incredibly magnetic.

Architectural design perspectives were emphasized by the contours of the terrain. The pools, restaurants, and bars gather at the center of the site where all focal points meet and people can come togeThe design philosophy of the structures and gardens at Las Verandas is based on utilizing as much of the local materials as possible. For example, the roof tiles reflect the color of the soil and will feature bamboo, wood and stones that are local. The ground was literally covered with brilliant Quartz, which we encrusted in some of the walls and concrete. Our color concept was inspired by the natural elements of the Bay Islands. Working with the palette of serenity, the buildings are solid white, devoid of competing colors to bring a sense of quietness, relaxation and peace to the atmosphere with only the lush landscape providing vivid color.

The landscape design is actually built from the native landscape as we have an on-site nursery with over 6,000 plants started from local plant cuttings and seeds. With Las Verandas set inside the already existing golf course community at Pristine Bay, we also created a style that would balance and complement the beautiful environment of the surrounding community.