An interesting story
Indian-born-developer Dilip Barot vividly remembers the day he first learned to meditate. That was also the day he began to understand what it means to be mindful and present in the world.
Growing up in Gujarat on India’s northwest coast, Dilip lived with his parents and seven siblings in a tiny, two-room 300 SF apartment above a Hindu temple with a library next door. At the time, Dilip was five.
The now 63-year old real estate entrepreneur recalls, how his mom told him to place 5,000 leaves—one at a time—at the feet of a statue of the Indian god Shiva (the Lord of Meditation and Destroyer of Evil). At first, he didn’t know what the point was. But over time he began to understand its value: my mother was teaching me to meditate. While many people have a perception that ‘meditation’ is sitting with your legs crossed and eyes closed, his mother taught me “meditation in motion”—namely, learning to enjoy and experience each moment with your eyes wide open while respecting and savoring everything around you.
Nearly six decades and 20 million square feet of real estate later, Dilip has taken that early schooling on meditation, mindfulness, motion, and wellness and wrapped it in hundreds of millions of dollars of glass and luxury on 7.5 acres of pristine Atlantic Ocean waterfront just south of Palm Beach on Florida’s Singer Island called Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences.
Real Estate and Covid
In the age of COVID-19, the Barots’ calculus that wealthy, beach-starved travelers and newly-relocated south Florida transplants from New York City and California would seek out—and pay for—the next paradigm in living well and maintaining optimum health couldn’t have been better timed.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, real estate, travel, and hospitality have been shaken down to their foundations. Sectors like commercial office space, entertainment, and business travel, particularly in large metropolitan areas already pre-organized around density, may still suffer for years to come.
So far it looks like Kodsi has made the right bet as well. Legacy’s residential units, including their innovative MicroLuxe residences, are pre-selling faster now than ever.
The pandemic has reinforced our belief from the beginning that people want a lifestyle focused on wellbeing,” says Shama. “It has also shown us the importance of connection. People are becoming more aware of their own community now more than ever. While we place a strong emphasis on the five pillars of wellness, there is a sixth unsaid pillar at Amrit—and that is human connection. We truly believe that positive, like-minded people help bring out the best in each other. That’s why we’ve created daily wellness programming like the ‘Satsang’—which is where guests and residents gather to reflect on the day and enjoy the healing experience of being connected to one another. Wellness isn’t just about having a spa and some cucumber water in the lobby anymore.