Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande Beach Club

You can never be too rich or too thin.- Wallis Simpson

When I grow up, I want to be Celerie Kemble or at least have her fabulous life.  The New York by way of Palm Beach interior designer, who is married to financier Boykin Curry V, has an amazing collection of homes spanning from Central Park South to Long Island but her latest project, the Playa Grande Beach Club, in the Dominican Republic may be her most ambitious yet.

Celerie and Boykin with children Rascal, Wick and Zinnia in the compounds clubhouse.

Celerie and Boykin bought the property, which consists of 2,000 acres of untamed jungle and stretches of unspoiled beaches, a decade ago with several other investors.  From what I’ve read, it sounds like the project didn’t really take off until the couple began construction on their own home which resembles a charming Caribbean farmhouse with its gingerbread trim.

Note to self: Start looking for a financier husband now. Just kidding. Well, more like half-kidding.

Celerie’s family home, named Casa Guava, embraces indoor-outdoor living and is a true testament to her Palm Beach roots with its charming mix of art, Victorian wicker and shell mirrors.

Once things took off, an entire compound was built around the Clubhouse which has a dining area, lounge and bar.  The grounds also have a library, an upstairs evening bar and a lap pool perched at the edge of the beach.

Guests can stay in any one of the six one-bedroom bungalows or the three three-bedroom bungalows available for rent.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and prepared with locally grown produce and fresh fish caught daily.

I think I’ll take this guest room, please.

The terrace where meals are served.

What an amazing place!  Only Celerie could recreate a slice of old Palm Beach in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  I’ll be booking a room in my dreams.

Images via Architectural Digest and Indagare.

  • Penelope Bianchi
    April 2, 2015

    What a wonderful post!
    Celerie is a lovely, and original decorator…..she and her mother (who has a great decorating company in Palm Beach) are such great people!

    I want a house there!! Also! I visited the (former church) where her parents live; 40 years ago…..(or even more…scary!!) in Palm Beach…..and was completely “taken” with the charm and incredible history of this fantastic building that became their home!

    what a TALENT!!!@ YAY Celerie!

    And Yay “Ladies McCann”!!!!!!!

    • Cait
      April 6, 2015

      Hi Penelope!

      It is so wonderful to hear from you! I am a longtime admirer of your blog and design work!! That is so exciting to hear that you visited the church house in Palm Beach. I would love to see it!!

      All the best,

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