Sidney Torres: From St. Bernard to the Bahamas (Part 2)

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Think you`ll find Sidney Torres sitting behind a desk? No way.

“I like to kinda feel the land and see what belongs in certain areas and create around what I feel is right instead of getting someone to lay out a plan and say this goes here,” Sidney explains to WGNO’s Susan Roesgen. “My feeling has always been feel it from inside, in your gut, and then work through that and when you’re finished, you’ll end up with what you really want instead of having someone else do it for you.”

What he wants is just this side of paradise, a luxury resort in the Bahamas!

“Beautiful kitchen with the outdoor-indoor dining area,” says Jennifer Savoi, Sidney’s fiancĂ©e, as she gives a tour of the still-under-construction resort. “We have GE Monogram appliances that are going in here, very high end appliances.”

Sidney is the general contractor, but Jennifer, who is from Mandeville, has sort of become the interior decorator.

“I think we just learned each other,” Savoi says. “We just learned to work well together.”

They know what they like, and what they don’t like: no jet skis, no parasailing, no late night limbo parties. Just sun, sand, and sea.

So what do you get when you add simplicity to luxury? Check it out:

All the rooms are designed for complete comfort with an attention to detail – every detail – inside and out.

Even the grass is new!  Sidney wants your toes to have a nice trip right down to the sand.

When we were there, Sidney was still rolling out the green carpet: 500 pallets of Cashmere zoysia. But when the sun goes down, the candles come out and so does the food served in an elegant open-air restaurant.

It’s sensory overload, but what a way to go.

If you come to The Cove, your chair in the sand will be waiting, and so will a man who says his heart is in two places at once.

“New Orleans will always be my home, but this is my second home,” Sidney says. “For 20 years I’ve really enjoyed coming here and I’ve really enjoyed being in the Bahamas. It’s very comfortable here and the people are great. It reminds me a lot of New Orleans. I just like not having the city life. It’s kind of nice to be here in the jungle and be able to have the water and the fishing. It’s a great beautiful country.”

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