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hope the last few months have provided you and your family time to enjoy our many beautiful destinations. It’s always a great pleasure here at Gulfstream International Airlines to partner with those individuals and organizations who share our mission of giving back and improving the lives of our fellow man. As you relax and enjoy this magazine, ponder that a majority of economically disadvantaged youth not only don’t know how to read, they don’t even own a book. They couldn’t even read the words you’re reading at this moment. But for more than 10 years, an extraordinary man has been trying to make a difference in childhood illiteracy—and succeeding. Every year, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Twan Russell has made it his mission to help 800 at-risk youth get a better shot at life by knowing how to read and write. The Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation, (RLSARF) is dedicated to childhood literacy, making the joy of reading part of the game plan. RLSARF provides free after-school reading programs to increase reading proficiency, raise reading levels, create a passion for reading and share life skills that empower young persons in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. For the past six years, we at Gulfstream International Airlines have partnered with RLSARF’s signature fundraising events, Laughs for Literacy, Links to Literacy and Art and Athletes with proceeds benefiting their mission to eradicate illiteracy among our youth. We’re proud to be part of such a powerful movement and hope you’ll be equally inspired by this promising athlete, who found he could live his dreams through books even though an injury robbed him of the remainder of his professional football career. He’s shared that love of reading with thousands since founding RLSARF in 1999. “Forty million adults in this country are ‘functionally illiterate,’ reading at or below a fifth grade level. Millions of people cannot read things we take for granted,” Russell says. “Success begins with reading, having people believe in you and believing in your potential.” We believe in him and invite you to learn more about Twan Russell’s work by visiting www.russellreadingroom.com. Your tax deductible donations will help at-risk youth obtain the lifetime gift of literacy and increase their chances of becoming productive and successful citizens. Enjoy the flight. Happy reading. Sincerely, Dave Hackett President and CEO Gulfstream International Airlines

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King of Kayaks Paddle power could be giving way to battery boost with a new electric kayak that’s easy to maneuver and eco-friendly. At 13 feet long with a 44-inch beam, the roomy Kayacht Touring 130 combines the best of both worlds, a sleek electric machine for exploring even in shallow waters, marshes and wetlands and a personal boat for scooting around without making a sound. Dubbed the yacht of kayaks, the high-tech vessel features a polyethylene hull, cushy padded seats, stainless steel rack and pinion cable steering, running lights, bilge pump. lighted dash and more. The futuristic boat can seat up to three with battery power providing up to six hours of ride after which it’s back to what kayaks were meant for, to convert humanpower into horsepower. www.kayacht.com. www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


Sticky Tape Dispenser Ever notice that when you need to find both scissors and tape, one of the two is nowhere to be found? It’s almost as though cosmic forces are preventing you from wrapping gifts. Hence, the need for the Sticky Tape Dispenser. It hides your sticky tape in what appears to be a tape measure case. It looks metal but is made of durable ABS plastic and has an authentic sliding access clip/belt hook. It’s the toughest, most usable tape dispenser around and even comes with a roll of tape inside, ready for your wrapping needs. www.thinkgeek.com.

MasterCard & Bahamas: A Priceless Match There are some things you can put a price tag on. Others are priceless, like the chocolate rum raisin bread pudding dessert at world-renown Luciano’s of Chicago located in Nassau, Bahamas. The mouth-watering treat is on the house when you pay for your meal with MasterCard along with a benefits card that is available at hotels and the cruise port on the island. Luciano’s is one of dozens of partners in the program providing MasterCard members with on-island privileges at such landmarks as Graycliff and from retailers like John Bull or Carlo Milano, both on Bay Street and Paradise Island. Special offers range from diving experiences to Atlantis attractions, from fine dining to rental cars. Collect your Priceless Experience booklet as you land at Lynden Pindling International Airport. MasterCard is the official card of The Islands of The Bahamas. Check out the program on www.findyourwaywithmastercard.com.

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A New Year, All New Despairs It’s that time of year again. Time to get your 2011 Despair.com calendar, filled with 12 months of reasons not to get out of bed in the morning. Choose your own de-motivational posters for each month of the year. Personalize your calendar for work, home, or even that special loved one. www.despair.com.


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Once there was one, now there are 16 styles of e-readers, and anyone who ever doubted their sustainability only needs to look at their current popularity. Latest to enter the book-on-a-go market is Barnes & Noble’s Nookcolor. E-readers like Nook and Kindle, for those who have been visiting other planets, are digital books available on hand-held devices. These lightweight, portable readers onto which you can purchase and download books range in price from $139 to $899 with some of the least expensive models topping comparison charts. If you haven’t checked them out recently, options abound: size of screen (measured diagonally like a TV) from just a few inches to nearly 10 inches, touch screen controls, audio connect, one or two columns, facing pages, battery life. Some brands promise up to 7500 page turns. While printed books still far outweigh electronic in sales volume, the latter is gaining popularity in eco-circles for its kindness to trees. If you are considering buying your first, check out the research before reaching for the highest priced version.


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bahamas bound Island Hopping Your guide to The Islands of The Bahamas

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ust 50 miles east of South Florida’s coast lie over 700 tropical islands and cays that combine the seascapes of the Caribbean with the untouched quality of the South Pacific. Flamingos walk the shallows in search of shrimp while just beyond, along the sun-drenched pink-and-white sand beaches, iguanas feast on hibiscus flowers. In The Bahamas, “fast paced” is confined to wave runners and roulette wheels. Here, world-class resorts offer accommodations for families, business travelers, and couples in search of seclusion.

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The Abacos The famous red and white candy-striped lighthouse still serves as a beacon to all the sailing, fishing and yachting enthusiasts who come to play in the tranquil waters of the Abacos. The 130-mile stretch of bays, beaches, secluded inlets, pine forests, lagoons and pastel New England-style villages welcomes visitors who seek first-class diversions. The Albert Lowe Museum, located on Green Turtle Cay, highlights the area’s unique culture, from its shipbuilding traditions to its local artists. This quiet island escape entices those seeking unspoiled beaches and an extremely laid-back atmosphere.

Andros Andros is the largest island in The Bahamas and the fifth-largest in the Caribbean, attracting divers and fishing enthusiasts, as well as casual sightseers. Mostly flat, its 2,300 square miles is one of the biggest unexplored tracts of land in the Western Hemisphere. It consists of pine forests, thick impenetrable bush, mangrove marsh and palm-lined beaches along the east coast, riddled with lakes and creeks, and most of the local residents live along the eastern shore. The Andros Barrier Reef, the world’s third-largest and healthiest barrier reef lies off the coast, and divers come from all over the world to explore it. The reef plunges 6,000 feet to a narrow drop-off known as the Tongue of the Ocean. The island also offers a vast array of Blue Holes for the experienced diver. These underwater cave systems are found both inland and in the ocean, and though no one has even gone in one and out the other, it is believed that they do connect. Bonefishing here is among the best on earth, and Andros is also known for its world-class marlin and bluefin tuna fishing.

Bimini Bimini is made up of three major islands—North, South and East Bimini— each rich with history and natural resources. Most of the islands’ population, about 1,600 residents, live in Bailey Town in North Bimini, while the main tourist center is in Alice Town, also on North Bimini. Most of the hotels, restaurants and fishing operations can also be found here. It’s believed that this tiny island was once part of the road system of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. But today it’s the fishing that makes Bimini world renowned. www.aircurrentsmagazine.com

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Cat Island Named after the pirate Arthur Catt, Cat Island is the sixth largest island in The Bahamas, located near the Tropic of Cancer. With temperatures in the high 60s during the short winters, rising to the mid-80s in summer, and pristine virgin beaches, Cat Island is one of the most beautiful islands in The Bahamas. Local historians claim that Cat Island residents were the first to see Columbus. The great explorer himself was believed by some to have been welcomed here by the Arawaks. Beautiful beaches offer an array of water sports. Boating and diving

are among the main reasons to go to Cat Island, and diving lessons are available for novices.

Eleuthera Eleuthera is one of the longest islands in The Bahamas, 110 miles from top to bottom. This intimate isle of rolling hills and lush green forests beckons visitors with the subdued charm of yesteryear. Quaint colonial villages echo the history of the island’s pilgrim settlers who arrived over 300 years ago and named the land Eleuthera, “freedom” in Greek. Vacationers indulge in that same carefree spirit

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as they roam miles of pink sand beaches that lead to lush plantations where exotic fruits from pineapples to mangos grow in abundance. The mile-long Cave at Hatchet Bay invokes the Earth’s past with spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations that glitter by torchlight.

Harbour Island Best known for its soft sand pinktinged beaches, Harbour Island is a tiny, celebrity-studded island. Only three miles long by one mile wide at its broadest point, it boasts more restaurants, tony inns and examples of charming doll-house like architecture per square foot than any other island in The Bahamas. Most people traverse the isle by golf cart and whether you are stopping by the famed Arthur’s Bakery for a baguette or Pink Sands, Rock House or The Landing for a meal, you’ll find visitors and locals friendly and welcoming on this island steeped in tradition and proud of its cottagelike feel.

The Exumas This 100-mile-long string of 365 islands and cays—most of them uninhabited—is the yachting mecca of The Bahamas. These waters, some of the prettiest in The Bahamas, are also ideal for fishing (bonefishing especially). The Exumas stretch from Beacon Cay in the north to Sandy Cay in the south. The Exuma National Land and Sea Park, protected by The Bahamas National Trust, encompasses much of the coastline. The park is accessible only by boat and is one of the major natural wonders and sightseeing destinations, with an abundance of undersea life, reefs, blue holes, and shipwrecks. Portions of the James Bond thriller Thunderball were filmed at Staniel Cay. Not far from George Town, the largest settlement on Great Exuma, is the rapidly growing Emerald Bay area with the luxurious 5-star condotels at Grand Isle Resort & Spa and the famous Greg Norman Golf Course. www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


beaches for the ultimate in water sports and relaxation. The club scene comes alive with lively cabaret shows and upscale casinos where visitors revel—and gamble—into the night. From steel drum bands to cab drivers, the inherent charm of the locals makes a stay in Nassau truly a pleasure.

Grand Bahama Island A favorite port of Old World pirates and modern day rumrunners, Grand Bahama remains largely untouched since its swashbuckling days. Those seeking adventure can explore uncharted primitive forests, scuba dive through prehistoric underwater caverns, or swim side by side with dolphins. Freeport/ Lucaya offers posh resorts with service designed to pamper, splendid oceanview suites, and nightlife from casinos to musical revues. This tropical metropolis appeals to the sports minded with championship golf, renowned tennis facilities and deep-sea fishing. Discover vibrant island history where remnants of the Arawaks, the native Bahamians, depict the ancient culture that invented the definitive tool for the skilled beach bum: the hammock.

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sheltered harbor in Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas. Parliament Square in downtown Nassau displays the island’s colonial history with the Old World pageantry of the Supreme Court and the traditionally dressed police force. Visitors roam through the straw market filled with handwoven baskets before heading to scores of designer boutiques that house fine jewelry, watches, leather and perfumes. Hit the white sand

Aptly named, this island treasure attracts the world’s most recognizable people for worldclass yachting and casino action, Bahamian style. Stately hotels line the sugary sand beaches and pristine reefs adorn the shallow coastal waters. Though the jet-setters call this port the Monte Carlo of the New World, the island’s West End retains the flavor of its colonial past with white picket fences, exotic flowering plants and breezy front porches. Visitors can slip into the island mentality without leaving luxury behind. 4

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bahamas bound Abaco Club at Winding Bay Life doesn’t get any better than this By Diane Phillips

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he sea was roiling that day, brief quiet punctuated by thunderous roaring waves slapping against a shoreline. That should have been warning enough, but somehow it felt more like an invitation, a challenge waiting to be met. Here I was in one of the most beautiful resort communities in the world—no exaggeration—with over two miles of heart-shaped beach surrounding a bay of silky turquoise waters, a tropical links golf course frequently pronounced the best in The Bahamas, tennis, hiking, restaurants indoor and out, a clubhouse with spa where I could have gotten a massage. I was at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a Ritz-Carlton managed property with an address so elite it takes a membership to earn entry. No luxury was spared. Everything was at my fingertips. The setting was supremely, sublimely serene—until the moment that I saw the first piece of sea glass and knew that where that came from, there must be more. And where that came from was the single roughest part of the island on one of the rare, wild and windy days of the year. In other words, perfect. Because the thing about sea glass is if it is not tossed around in the waves, it could just lie there like the inanimate object it is on the ocean floor forever. The other thing about sea glass is that because it is best to capture it on a rough and blustery day, it is risky business. Risk or no risk, I was game— and going for it. So here is how you collect sea glass. Find a stretch of beach where the waves are strong enough to take flotsam, jetsam and sea glass and churn them around. You can’t just walk headlong into the water when it is that rough without really getting beaten www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


up, so do the obvious—back into the water. Your back is a much better brace against the rush of waves. You don’t have to go far. Back in, bend down as the wave washes over and scoop, then run like mad because the other thing about capturing sea glass from a roiling sea is that the same wave that brought it in will take it right back out if you don’t hold onto it for dear life and run like youknow-what. On that day, I gathered as much sea glass as I ever have in my life— each piece different, worn smooth by being tossed endlessly in the water, greens, blues, umber. We had a ball, laughing, catching our breath between waves, my grown daughter and boyfriend who gathered sea glass alongside me, each of us jumping waves like kids. And then the realization hit—that is what a fabulous resort is supposed to be. It is not just about the kajillion-count linens or the tony furnishings or the clubhouse with a view that you will never forget (and you will never forget the view at the clubhouse at The Abaco Club, trust me). It is about being in a place you love and www.aircurrentsmagazine.com

having an experience you will never forget. This was, I am blessed to confess, my third trip to The Abaco Club and if they let me come back every month, I promise never to tire of it. In all my travels, it ranks at the top for treasured moments and treasured memories. Start with the setting. Located on 530 acres of lush hilly land a 25-minute drive from Marsh Harbour Airport in Abaco in the northern Bahamas, the resort is testament to one man’s dream, businessman, sailor extraordinaire, hospitality visionary Peter deSavary who saw the property and envisioned a residential resort membership club built around the beauty of the surrounding waters, leisure luxury, part-time residence and golf. The first and only tropical

Scottish links golf course built on the sand, the 18-hole course won accolades from the time the first ball was hit. Its dramatic 18th hole has been photographed so often it must have earned its place in a golf hall of photo fame. Opened in 2004, it was purchased by Ritz-Carlton two years ago. With its ratcheted up emphasis on high-end residential resort properties, Ritz has only improved upon what was already near-perfection. New residences are sumptuous—A-frame ceilings, private decks overlooking the bay outside every room, Viking stainless steel appliances, granite counters, claw-foot tub, dual master suites. Even the one-bedroom studios with king-size poster beds and built-in cabinetry are so inviting you want to steam line your possessions and settle in for a while. When completed, there will be a total of 40, one to four bedroom cabanas, villas and cottages. Like other Ritz-Carlton Destination Membership Club properties—St. Thomas, Bachelor Gulch, Aspen Highlands, Lake Tahoe, Kapalua in Maui, San Volume 11 Issue 3 | 29


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Francisco, Jupiter, Florida and the newest in Vail, Colorado—the fractional ownership program allows you to purchase points in Abaco and use them at the resort of your choice. The larger the unit, the higher the season, the more points. Membership in Abaco starts at $110,000 and can range up to $285,000. The club also sells whollyowned turnkey cottages and estate lots. Prices range from $500,000 to $4 million. There are a few far more lavish and expensive private homes on the club property, helping to ensure real estate value. Whatever the accommodation, the central meeting place is the clubhouse with its dramatic 38foot wooden ceiling, friendly bar, and Archie, the bartender who remembers not only your name and how you did at golf, but how you like your martini. He’s an Abaco Club institution like FunBob who’s been teaching tennis, taking guests boating and serving up island stories ever since this island wonder gave

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the rest of the world more reason than ever to visit The Bahamas. If they invite me back—and I promise to accept—maybe I’ll take FunBob on that side of the island where few venture and, on a day

when a stiff wind blows, show him how to add another activity to a roster filled with so much pleasure it overflows. I’ll teach him to walk the wave backwards and emerge with a handful of memories. 4

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Accommodations range from luxurious poolside bungalows to 3200-square foot, four-bedroom, four-bath villas with private pools. Our elegant residences feature an abundance of glass to capitalize on the breathtaking views. Every detail is dedicated to modern luxury, comfort, and total privacy.

Sky Beach Club Resort Amenities Include: Amazing views of the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Secluded pink-sand beach. Contemporary dining in the Bistro. Infinity edge beachfront pool with swim-up cocktail bar. Gated resort community.

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Florida fun


Florida Fanfare Your guide to the Sunshine State

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ention Florida and instantly images appear of white-sand beaches, endless expanses of blue sky, sunshine and sparkling turquoise waters, but Florida offers much more. World-class restaurants, shopping, museums and cultural events fill city streets, while theme parks, nature preserves and historical parks cover more square miles than sunbathers. Here are just a few of the many things to do while visiting Florida.

Fort Lauderdale Often referred to as the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale is world-renowned as a yachting and sporting destination. Boating enthusiasts enjoy the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, one of the biggest in the world. Water lovers will also delight in water skiing, kite surfing, canoeing and kayaking, while landlubbers will revel in hiking, biking and fishing. Fort Lauderdale’s diverse ecosystems provide a magical world of flora and fauna. Scuba Diving magazine has named Fort Lauderdale one of America’s “Best Dive Destinations” and “Best Overall Value” for diving. For those who enjoy a more leisurely day, Las Olas Boulevard provides boutiques and art galleries, world-class cuisine, sidewalk cafes and jazz houses. Tucked away in the heart of the city is the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, a delightful assortment of shopping, dining, waterfront parks and major cultural attractions.

Key West Visitors to Key West can pet a shark, tour a cemetery, visit Hemingway’s former home with a wall dedicated to portraits of his wives and lovers, or experience the riches of a spectacular salvage expedition. The island’s beaches offer ample sunning and water sports opportunities, while beneath the surrounding turquoise waters, historic shipwrecks, a living coral reef and a myriad of marine life beckon underwater exploration. Hardly a weekend goes by without some kind of special event or festival. January brings the Key West Literary Seminar, celebrating the island’s heritage as a writer’s haven. In July, the 10-day Hemingway Days Festival begins with writer’s workshops, costume contests and other activities. In late October, Fantasy Fest features revelry and surprises to the island.

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Land lovers can discover the coral reefs without getting their feet wet at the Key West Aquarium, the first tourist attraction in the Keys. And no visit to Key West is complete without viewing a sunset at Mallory Square or atop La Concha Hotel.

Miami From parks to animals, shopping to nightlife, you can be sure to find the right activity to fit your personality and budget. Nature lovers will enjoy Everglades National Park, the third largest national park in the continental United States, with 1.5 million acres of rare and beautiful ecosystems. Miami Metrozoo lets you experience the excitement of the world’s jungles with more than 800 animals in a 290-acre habitat. For late-night fun, head for South Beach and Coconut Grove, where you can dance the night away in a trendy nightclub, sample the fare at a world-class restaurant or shop at the stylish boutiques. Check your calendar because Miami also hosts festivals throughout the year, including Taste of the Grove, a food-lover’s paradise, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, for those who are more artistically inclined, and Calle Ocho, an extravaganza of Cuban music, food and dance.

Orlando The Orlando/Kissimmee/Lake Buena Vista area is home to some of Florida’s best-known attractions.

Walt Disney World theme parks guarantee to bring out the child in us all. Adventurous types will want to check out Universal Studios Florida, where they can “ride” their favorite movies. More thrills can be found at SeaWorld’s newest attraction, Kraken, a floorless roller coaster that plunges underwater. Downtown Orlando boasts Church Street Station with restaurants, shops and games for the whole family. Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven slows you down and offers stunning botanical gardens and Southern belles in billowing skirts. On the water, the action-packed water ski shows are as thrilling as they are entertaining.

Pensacola Known as the “City of Five Flags,” Pensacola’s history gives tourists the chance to soak in its varied and colorful past. Historic Pensacola Village offers guided tours of exhibits including furnished period houses, museums, and archaeological sites spanning from the earliest Spanish explorers to the 1920s. The downtown area burgeons with art galleries, theatrical and symphony performances, big-name musical stars, and delightful restaurants and shops ranging from down-home to exquisite. To the west is the Naval Air Station, which boasts the worldrenowned National Museum of Naval Aviation and hosts the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show each November. Boasting some of the most pristine white sands in the state, Pensacola’s breathtaking www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


beaches offer the perfect setting for a seaside vacation. Nearby Milton offers opportunities for camping, canoeing, kayaking and tubing along its crystal-clear spring-fed waters.

Tallahassee With its rolling hills, canopied roads of moss-draped oaks, and Southern charm, Tallahassee defies the stereotypes most people hold when it comes to Florida. With the Gulf 25 miles away and the Georgia border only 14 miles to the north, Tallahassee is strategically located in the foothills of the Appalachians and at the juncture of Florida’s Panhandle and peninsula. Magnificent plantation houses, the newly restored capital building and the Museum of Florida History reflect the city’s deep-rooted history. Florida State University, home of the Seminoles, is the second largest university in the state. The city is brimming with school spirit, and football season is a colorful and exciting time to visit when there is a game in town. With college students around, a thriving nightlife is far from lacking. But if a leisurely day about town is more your style, you will find every sort of shopping, dining and interesting things to see.

West Palm Beach Featuring historic architecture and a variety of restaurants, West Palm Beach’s revitalized downtown makes it one of the most unforgettable cities in South Florida. Check out the first signature restaurant of Bravo! Network’s “Top Chef” star and Palm County native Stephen Asprinio— Forté di Asprinio. Featuring modern Italian cuisine and 500 bottles of wine, the restaurant is already creating buzz on a national scale.

Those wishing to venture further afield can take a drive on the wild side through Lion Country Safari, one of the world’s first cageless zoos. For the less daring, the Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park is the number one family attraction in Palm Beach County. This 23-acre zoological garden is home to more than 400 animals from around the world. For serenity, Morikami Park in nearby Delray Beach, with its Japanese gardens is unparalleled. 4

Tampa Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is 335 acres of family adventure, combining world-class animal habitats with heart-stopping rides. The exotic African theme whisks you to another land as easily as the roller coasters whisk you into the air. For something different, try Duck Tours of Tampa Bay, a narrated 80-minute land and sea tour in a genuine WWII amphibious vehicle. Wander along beautiful Tampa Bay, with shops, restaurants and sights for visitors of all ages. Be sure to stop by historic Ybor City, restored to its old-time charm. Watch Cuban cigar makers roll a stogie in Ybor Square, and dance the night away along La Séptima.

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Glass Act The artistry of Dale Chihuly

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hen the city of West Palm Beach celebrated its re-birth with a throng of 80,0000 packing the waterfront for entertainment, fireworks and a day that melted-into-night to remember, a quiet, powerful symbol of the transformation barely caught the media’s eye. Blocks away from the hoopla and hurrahs of a sparkling new downtown, a gallery opened in what had been an abandoned two-storey building. Not just any gallery in any mid-size town, but a gallery that symbolized that this city on Florida’s southeast coast had come of status. The gallery is called Habatat. At 539 Clematis, it houses glass art, including the unmistakable, jaw-dropping work of the man most consider the father of glass artistry, Dale Chihuly. Habatat houses Chihuly like Paris houses the Eiffel Tower. Habatat, first in Virginia, later a second location at a different South Florida address, and Chihuly are synonymous. Habatat owner Linda Boone has been representing the master of glass for 35 years. That Habatat should open in what a few years ago was near-terror territory is testament to the revitalization of West Palm Beach. That is one part of the story. The other is about a man who took an interest, turned it into a passion, took a passion and turned it into a lifetime of achievement, and amassed a body of work of creative energy and extraordinary elegance that so affects the viewer that, having seen Chihuly, you can never view glass art the same, With some of his creations, like the massive moon chandelier and its companion, the nine thousand-pound sun, in the snazzy, jazzy casino at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas, the work is so strong that you find yourself not just thinking about what it took to create the light and radiance, but seeing the energy of the sun and moon themselves. Chihuly has a way of making the inanimate come to life and he does it with substances—silica and sand—that seem to defy movement.

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“I don’t know what it is about glass and me. To think that glass is made simply of silica or sand, the most common material in the world and can be transformed from a solid to a liquid to a solid from just fire— it’s the most mysterious and magical of all man’s inventions,” says Chihuly. “Since I was a little boy I always loved glass. Thirty-four years ago I put a pipe into some stained glass that I melted in my basement, and I blew a bubble. Since that moment on I have spent my life as an explorer searching for new ways to use glass and glassblowing to make forms and colors and installations that no one has ever created before me—that’s what I love to do.” Today, at 69, Chihuly continues to toil at his artistry, though with a team, a method he developed after a tragic car accident in 1976 left him blind in one eye. It is through teamwork that Chihuly created Temple of the Sun—a three-dimensional, larger-than-life creation of blown and fired glass alive with color, revealing the twists

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and turns and energy of light itself. Every part of the installment, each of the 2,576 hand-blown glass elements, as huge as it is—17 feet in diameter from sunrise to sunset— exposes intricate details and patterns that evoke movement and each piece of glass is utterly unique with a story of its own. While Chihuly modernized the art of blown and fired glass bringing creations as delicate as herons to

a table top and as massive as river structures over Venice to a city landscape, blown glass dates back to the Roman Empire when it was a carefully guarded craft performed by secluded artists. During the Renaissance in the 17th century a book was published entitled L’Arte Vetraria (The Art of Glass) by Florentine priest Antonio Neri, revealing the secrets of glass blowing and production. Italy became the center of the glass-blowing world. The art form as we know it today has pried its way into the mainstream, surfacing on bodies of water, botanical gardens, major art galleries and museums and more unlikely locales including the lobby of the Bellagio Resort, Las Vegas and the Atlantis Resort & Casino. Chihuly, who would later lead the avant-garde development of glass as a fine art, became the first American glass blower to work in the prestigious Venini Fabrica on the island of Murano near Venice after he completed his studies. In 1971, he founded the Pilchuck Glass School

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people visited the show from all over the world, so I decided to return to Jerusalem to show my appreciation with 64 tons of Alaskan ice and created a symbolic Wall of Ice.” Habatat brings the artist without parallel closer to a new admiring public, including interior designers from around the globe and that is not only art, it is good business for Palm Beach County and for the new, re-energized city of West Palm Beach.

Says Habatat owner Linda Boone: “We’ve had the honor of representing Dale Chihuly for over 35 years—his oldest representative. It has been so exciting to be a part of his career from such an early start and to witness the growth of the contemporary glass movement.” For more information about Habatat Gallery visit: www.habatat.com. 4

in his home state of Washington. The tragic car accident five years later that left him blind in his left eye was the event that solidified his ground-breaking teamwork approach to glass sculpting—a model he observed during his apprenticeship in Italy. Chihuly began conceptualizing each project with paint on canvas and enlisting a team of artists to produce his designs. The results are larger-thanlife figures of multi-colored flowers, stars, baskets, cylinders and coiling, tentacle-like sea forms displayed around the world. He works today at the same nonstop pace he did as a young man, his style constantly evolving. “There’s no one piece that I consider to be my greatest success, but there are a couple of projects that stand out...quintessential big projects that have meant a lot to me,” says the artist. “Chihuly Over Venice and Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000 are probably two of the projects I am most proud of. For Chihuly Over Venice, my team and I spent two years working in Finland, Ireland, and Mexico and concluded our journey in 1996 in Italy, where I suspended Chandeliers over the canals and piazzas of Venice. That was an amazing project. In celebration of the millennium I was asked to do an exhibition in Jerusalem’s ancient Tower of David Museum, installing sixteen largescale installations. Over one million www.aircurrentsmagazine.com

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700 ISLANDS IN THE BAHAMAS


one & ONLY ONE LIKE ELEUTHERA By Diane Phillips


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t’s early and the morning dew is just beginning to release its hold on the day as we push open the screen door of the Rainbow Inn in James Cistern, Eleuthera. Mish, who recently married into the owner’s family and is our hostess and chef for breakfast, is young, fresh and is as a adorable as a magazine cover, clad in loose capris, bikini top and the unabashed glow of a newlywed. If at first you do a double-take that a bikini on a model-like 20-something can be considered work clothes, you quickly remind yourself that this is Eleuthera, after all, where casual is taken to blissful extreme. Minutes pass and you no longer notice the dress of the day (or absence thereof). It is the sea that mesmerizes you. Or maybe it is the aroma of the homemade spicy waffles Mish has whipped up and served with a generous drizzle of raspberry and chocolate. Bruno Moss is singing “I’ll Always Be There” on Sirius radio which reminds you that even in this friendly, family run inn with its indoor-outdoor carpeting, plastic place mats and the best homemade waffles you have ever tasted, Eleuthera is chockfull of surprises. Sirius surprises and more, like names. Names on stores like the East and Final Grocery (which is only final until the next one) or the Banana View Hotel or the Lizard Cafe or Honey Creeper Road. I’m not sure what a banana view is or why a cafe would be named after a lizard which is a bit creepy unlike the cafe itself which is really very cool and I’ve never seen honey creep although there is a road indicating that it could. And again, I am reminded that this is, after all, Eleuthera, land of surprises, isle of contrasts. Located 15 minutes by air from Nassau or an hour from South Florida, Eleuthera is about 250 miles southeast of Ft. Lauderdale. Unlike most islands in The Bahamas that are flat, Eleuthera is hilly, particularly in the north where 50 | Volume 11 Issue 3

lush greenery along long stretches of rolling road is reminiscent of Pennsylvania countryside in spring. The island is 110 miles long and slim, looking from the air like a balloon swelling in places where it is inflated and moments later, slimming down again, but mostly it is slender. The Atlantic Ocean with its deep blues lies on one side, the Caribbean Sea with sparkling, calm turquoise colors lies on the other. There is a particular point, called the Glass Window Bridge, named after the view you get if you are on a boat at eye level looking through what appears to be a framed window from one side to the other, where the contrast is stunning. On this day, standing atop the bridge 60 feet above sea level where there is just enough parking on the side for one curious visitor at a time, looking down and across at unbelievable vistas, the competing sides of Eleuthera are breathtaking. A stiff wind whips the Atlantic and the sea is boiling. Whitecaps build until they became rollers slamming into limestone cliffs. It’s as if Nature drew a line in the water and said “This side shall be calm and that side will take all the punishment.” And punish it, it does. Pound, pound, pound, wild and furious turning the whites of wave tops into froth. And just a turn of a head away, the water is as smooth as silk, soft as a baby bath. The two sides are divided only by a wall of coral with that now world famous glass window aperture. I’ve been in Eleuthera for less than 24 hours and this sense of evocative contrasts is dominating my interpretation of everything I see. They’re everywhere, the contrasts. Driving stretches of long, mostly empty roads, there is the occasional expensive European vehicle and, a moment later, a series of abandoned silos, some covered with vines. www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


The silos that once held feed for poultry and dairy cattle stand as stark, almost eerie, reminders of the days when Eleuthera was booming. Hatchet Bay Plantation produced enough chicken, eggs and milk to satisfy much of Nassau’s needs for nearly 40 years from 1936 to 1975. Today, its silos are ghosts against the sky, stalwart tributes to days when folks dressed up and drove for miles to wine, dine and dance at the nearby Hatchet Bay Yacht Club. Thirty five years after it closed, there are fresh reports that an American couple who have been visiting the island for years are planning to bring the poultry farm business back to life, a welcome injection into the local economy. But there are also those who like the quiet of Eleuthera and while they welcome the revival of Hatchet Bay, do not want to see their prized island become the latest tourism hot spot. Quiet is good, they say. Serene is even better and from north to south and everywhere in between there is a sense of serenity about Eleuthera. We landed at Governor’s Harbour Airport, in the center of the island that is so long it is served by three airports with international flights, Rock Sound in the South, Governor’s Harbour and North Eleuthera, the busiest of the three because of its proximity to the popular small islands off the Eleuthera mainland, the fishing village of Spanish Wells and the tony resort town of Harbour Island with its great dining and dollhouse-like architecture.

South of Governor’s Harbour, along the Banks Road where long drives lead to beachfront estates, a development appears called Pineapple Fields. Even in this economy, sales of the sunny, island-style condo hotel villas available for rent are brisk. Only a few one-bedroom villas in the $275,000 price range remain. Across the street is Tippy’s, one of the most popular lunch, dinner, lively entertainment spots in Eleuthera. Mariah Carey, who owns property at nearby Windermere Island, has dropped in at Tippy’s on more than one occasion, a casual indoor/outdoor spot lovingly named after Godfrey ‘Tippy’ Lightbourn, whose family roots stretch down deep as potatoes in the sand and who in many ways typifies the successful Bahamian, a builder who has left his mark on the physical landscape, a sailor, hunter, historian, husband, father and grandfather with a soft voice and a long reach. Continuing south, the landscape changes. Rolling hills give way to flatter land, more great beaches and the famed Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club where homes and townhomes are available for rent. Cape Eleuthera is laid-back leisure and sheer luxury with a homey feel. The sprawling resort with its popular marina and Barracuda’s Bar & Grille consistently ranks #1 among Eleuthera’s 16 hotels on TripAdvisor.com. Served by Rock Sound Airport, Cape Eleuthera is adjacent to a magnificent 4,500-acre beach preserve, helping to safeguard privacy and privilege. The resort is a favorite for weddings and events. Friendly concierge service arranges diving, fishing, snorkeling and other excursions. Cape Eleuthera, which boasts one of the few marinas on an isle of hills, estates, well-paved roads, pink sand beaches and incredible views but few natural harbors, is especially popular among boaters. Again, the contrasts—the coziness of Tippy’s and Pineapple Fields and less than 20 minutes away lies the stark stunning architecture of Sky Beach Estates where California-fresh meets Scandinavianminimalist. Built high on the cliffs, the view from the top where homes that double as a condo hotel are unforgettable. Other villas and residences dot the descending land. The property is so steep and vast you have to drive from hilltop to beach. Al fresco dining here is sophisticated. On a breezy Sunday afternoon, locals like Martina Carroll who left the bustle of Nassau for the quiet of Eleuthera are gathered. Carroll, who works with film crews, is planning for this week’s shoot with Cindy Crawford “her new shoe line,” she says. She’s worked with Tyler Perry, Diane Kirman and Stuart Rafill, with Johnny Depp. “Basically, you’ve got here and Exuma,” says Carroll, referring to the perfection of the waters, natural light, the opportunity. “They can bring equipment in here, rent houses shortterm.” And the natural sets—well, there are Volume 11 Issue 3 | 51


the contrasts again. “The whole island has so many different looks. Rolling hills up north, the drive with empty silos, the Glass Window Bridge, all the beaches. Sometimes I feel like I am in Europe.” The eccentricity of the island draws the eccentric to it. Artists. Writers. Musicians. Some, like Lenny Kravitz and the Black Crowes, hang out at Elvira’s where Chicky, an ageless proprietor with long silver pony tail, has equipped the place with everything the passing artist needs— drums, guitars, trombone, mouth harp, sax. “They used to stop by ‘cause they heard about us and they’d say, “If I just had my guitar or my drums, I’d sit in’ so I borrowed some money and I got them the drums and guitar and now they got no excuse so when they are here, they just come in and jam. We’ve had some real talent in this little place.” Outside, a few local guys sit at a wooden table that has seen better days and you have the feeling they’ll be there next time you come by which you promise Chicky you’ll do. “Any Tuesday or Saturday, we got music,” he adds as you depart.

If you happen to hit one of those nights when everyone is jamming at Elvira’s and it’s early June, you’re in double luck. Elvira’s is located in Gregory Town, home of the annual Pineapple Festival. Most of Eleuthera’s activity—and even the word activity could be an exaggeration—centers around Governor’s Harbour, smack dab in the middle of the island. That’s where the Urgo family, developers and managers of several of the world’s top boutique resorts, stumbled upon Coco di Mama which is now under the watchful eye of Michael Urgo, all 12 rooms and a whole lot of plans. Those plans include bringing in a classically trained chef to re-create the restaurant offering noveau Italian and true European dining. Expansion is moderate, up to 35 rooms. Urgo is good for the island, appreciates that this gentle place with its fine beaches everywhere needs a gentle touch. “Bigger,” he says, “is not always better.” Across the way within walking distance of Coco di Mama if you are brave enough to dodge dense bush and overgrowth is the former US Naval base, occupied during the Cold War with Korea and abandoned in 1980. At the time of its commissioning just after World War II, some 150 officers and commissioned men were assigned to the beachside site, 52 | Volume 11 Issue 3

their mission to spot Soviet subs. Like the silos of Hatchet Bay, vines cover the past. Trees and weeds grow up through buildings. There is an other-worldly feel to it and the ruins, like other reminders of Eleuthera’s prosperous past are there for the exploring. No one will stop you. There is no price for admission, no gift shop, just a personal walk through history, a walk that leads to a long stretch of pristine beach, like something from a movie set. The owners of Coco di Mama recently acquired the oceanfront property. It is hard, if not impossible, to visit Eleuthera without feeling that the island proudly hugs its past. There is no present Eleuthera without the history of Eleuthera, beginning with how the island got its name from a band of freedom-seekers, the Eleutheran Adventurers who fled religious and political persecution, settling in 1648 and calling their new home Eleutheria, Greek for free. At the turn of the last century this slender island was the world’s leading producer of pineapples. When disease destroyed crops and the soil could no longer bear enough fruit to compete with Hawaii, the pineapple plantations of Gregory Town dried up. Then came the dairy and poultry farms of Hatchet Bay and when the government changed from colonial to independent and foreign-owned businesses suddenly lost their hold, that, too, dried up. The population that once peaked at 16,000 dwindled as Eleutherians left their beloved island to seek jobs in Nassau. Today the population stands at about 11,000, many of whom are foreign-born second home owners, welcomed back once the country overcame its initial chauvinism. Many believe that of all the islands in The Bahamas Eleuthera is the next comeback story. There are those who are hoping this time the recovery will be

for real. They’ve been through closures and failures and hurricanes and projects holding out promise where long after the flash bulbs died, all that was left were shovels lying in the dirt. But Eleuthera, the first island settled in The Bahamas, is patient. The community spirit is rich. Every March, a silent auction held to raise funds for historic Haynes www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


Library draws a surprisingly large and festive turn-out. In May, the Ride for Hope to raise funds for the fight against cancer draws hundreds of riders and thousands of spectators. June’s Pineapple Festival is a reminder that although Eleuthera’s crop today is small, the island still has the sweetest pineapples in the world and every local resident will remind you that it was slips from Eleuthera that gave rise to Hawaiian pineapple production. Small farms still exist inland, growing pineapple, melons, tomatoes and peppers. Above all, Eleuthera is about her beaches, so many they seem to hold hands, interrupted only by strips of greenery where land interferes. Trees serve as windbreaks. Sea oats protect the dune. Beach morning glory creeps along the high bank where this early morning on this beach, mine are the only footprints in the sand. No hawking, no selling of jet ski rides or bracelets or overpriced drinks. Just peace and quiet. In Governor’s Harbour later this afternoon, the quiet erupts into laughter and activity. It is annual Baptists Day and church groups are competing in Junkanoo and games. There are the usual political speeches and kids playing, mothers not worried about them running, jumping, climbing www.aircurrentsmagazine.com

in the park. This is Eleuthera. Everyone knows everyone. Everyone’s got everyone’s back. I slip away from the speeches to duck into the white church with blue trim and its high stained glass windows shaped like a ship’s porthole. The worn red carpet and rich wood pews tell a story of how much a part of this community this church, St. Patrick’s Parish, is, and I wonder in the cubicle where the sign reads, Confessions by Appointment, what stories its many priests have heard. The church is quiet. It is a lot like Eleuthera. Full of promise and hope and gentleness, proudly bearing its past, but open to tomorrow’s visitor. The next chapter remains to be written. There is still vast land available and there are so many beaches untrodden. Then I realize. There are 700 islands in The Bahamas, but only one Eleuthera. If that sounds like the come-hither hype of islanders luring the would-be leisure visitor to choose this island in the sun over that one, forgive them for they know exactly what they are talking about. There is nothing else and nowhere else quite like Eleuthera. I know. I just discovered it or to be more precise, re-discovered it. And I will be back. 4 Volume 11 Issue 3 | 53


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From family to celebrity friendly, a steady stream of vacationers, honeymooners, love birds, fishing buddies, and individuals looking to spend quality time away seek out this glorious destination year round.

By Margie Kaye

Coral Sands’ Four Cottages Offer Dream Homes Away From Home A

s if the world-renowned pink colored sand beach, sun streaked turquoise water, delectable island fare and laid back luxurious amenities weren’t tempting enough to make you pack your bags for the Coral Sands Resort in Harbour Island, Bahamas, they have recently added four new beachfront one and two bedroom colonial style cottages and another two-bedroom cottage to their inviting selection of accommodations offering just a few more reasons for you to come and stay a while at Coral Sands. Brimming with attention to detail and indulgent comfort, these beautifully appointed dream cottages are awash in environmentally friendly function and designer décor, making them the ideal destination for an island escape. 54 | Volume 11 Issue 3

A wondrous blending of luxury and tranquility converge for the ultimate in relaxation. One two-bedroom and two one-bedroom cottages are located directly on the ocean front with breath taking ocean views; the other one bedroom model is nestled just 100 feet from the beach with a spectacular ocean view. The cottages each feature plush memory foam king size beds stylishly dressed in fine Anichini linens, crowned with headboards and surrounded by custom night tables, a desk, and bookshelves beautifully designed to house your belongings, creating a comfortable and homey feeling. Walnut plank wood floors adorned with area rugs add drama and warmth to each cottage, where every mood is enhanced with custom lighting and

decorative blackout window drapes. Whether enjoying a book perched in the oversized reading chair, watching television on the 32” flat screen television or winding down to music on your iPod, every comfort and convenience is there for the guests to enjoy. After a day spent basking in the sun, you can wash your cares away in the sensuous free standing bathtub illuminated by soft chandelier lighting or step into the large walk-in shower boasting oversized jet shower heads and www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


a sitting bench for a spa-like experience. A round decorative porthole window invites sunlight, sunsets and star gazing, and adds to the essence of seaside serenity. If you can’t get enough of nature’s beautiful surroundings, retreat to your spacious outdoor covered terrace with designer lounging furniture and day beds, and all the fresh air you can inhale. The cottage wet bar complete with refrigerator, coffee maker and tea kettle keep your favorite libations and snacks close at hand for enjoying an intimate happy hour day or night. You can double your pleasure and your living space in the new two bedroom cottage, Sea Oats, the ultimate beach front villa at Coral Sands featuring the same artistry and architecture of the one bedroom cottages. Sea Oats features two elegant master bedrooms, two luxurious bathrooms, kitchenette and dining areas presenting the ideal scenario for families and friends traveling together and maintaining their privacy when desired. The master Colonial-style bedrooms are cloaked in warmth with walnut plank floors, area rugs and designer furnishings built with shee shan sustainable wood. Elegant French doors stretch nine feet tall welcoming sunlight and awe

inspiring views of the world famous pink sand beach just steps down the path leading from the cottage. The living/sitting room offers a tranquil setting indoors, as does the spacious outdoor covered terrace. With ceiling fans stirring the intoxicating ocean air and an array of inviting patio furniture grouped atop the Ipe hard wood decking, the living is laid back from sun up until sun down, and then some. The beauty of this quaint 37-room boutique hotel lies in the understated elegance that transcends the property, set along the notorious pink sand three mile stretch of beach recognized as the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean by the Travel Channel, and consistently voted as one of the top five beaches in the world. From family to celebrity friendly, a steady stream of vacationers, honeymooners, love birds, fishing buddies, and groups looking to spend quality time away seek out this glorious destination year round. With weather consistently warm, in the 70s and 80s, balmy nights and breezy days make for a comfortable stay with a no-brainer light dress code and mindset of “anything goes.”

Staying on the lush grounds at Coral Sands is an all encompassing date with down time, but if the adventurer in you beckons, Coral Sands’ efficient and friendly staff will happily arrange various island excursions including deep sea fishing, scuba diving, bone fishing, and scenic tours by bicycle or golf cart. Whether a picnic on a private island is on your wish list or a historic tour of Dunmore Town is right up your alley, your hosts will make it happen for you. When night falls and dinner plans call, gourmet dining is what’s on the menu at the resort’s own Terrace Restaurant, considered to be amongst the finest restaurants in the Bahamas, and boasting a new and delectably

varied menu. With culinary creations orchestrated by Executive French Chef Ludovic Jarland, there are tempting selections of surf and turf elegantly plated and sumptuously prepared to your liking. The chef himself often appears tableside to make his personal recommendations for a guaranteed palate pleasing experience. Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi in a Salsa Verde Sauce, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, and Caribbean Bouillabaisse overflowing with an assortment of lobster, grouper, shrimp, mussels and clams bathed in a vegetable broth are among the favorites ordered each evening, along with creative spins on the fresh catch of the day. With all there is to savor at this beautiful island resort, isn’t it time to unpack your bags and stay a while? Paradise awaits at Coral Sands, where the living is easy in your home away from home. 4 Chapel Street, Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, Bahamas. www.coralsands.com 800-468-2799 or 242-333-2350. Volume 11 Issue 3 | 55


dining The Sophisticated Palate Five picks among the best of Nassau’s best

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iners who spend in today’s environment demand excellence. They’re less willing to settle for mediocrity. The good news for highend restaurants is that those which go the extra mile with top quality meats, European cheeses, homemade pasta, fresh herbs and spices, creative menu planning and fine wines will find an appreciative audience. And there is more good news for visitors to Nassau who truly appreciate fine dining. It’s home to four, 5-star restaurants, three on Atlantis properties and one of our favorites, Graycliff in the heart of the historic town. There is another restaurant in Harbour Island that is getting rave reviews, though we have not yet reviewed. That’s Vue, elegant dining Thursday - Saturday evenings only with Executive Chef Matthew Ona, former executive chef at The French Laundry, the intimate California wine country eatery some say is the best small restaurant in America. You have to book a table three months in advance. Look for the Vue review in the next issue.

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Graycliff An elegantly restored colonial mansion atop a hill in old Nassau is the home of Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant, the first 5-star restaurant in The Bahamas. From the sunken sofas in the lounge to the exquisite silver and glassware table settings, everything about Graycliff spells style. Cuisine is just as sophisticated with continental favorites, fresh Bahamian seafood, rich soufflés and desserts. Graycliff’s wine cellar holds over 200,000 bottles and the restaurant offers 50-some brands of gourmet water from countries around the world. An authentic small cigar factory is located in the Humidor Churrascario, a sister restaurant, that produces award-winning hand rolled Cuban style cigars made by Avelino Lara, legendary inventor of the Cohiba cigar. Located on West Hill Street, Grayclliff is open for dinner 7 days a week with lunch Mon-Fri. For a more intimate setting, patrons may select the private dining room in the cellar or dine at the Chef’s table in kitchen. Dress is elegant casual, www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


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Provence Going out to dinner should be about more than having a meal. At Provence, it is. The brainchild of Mark Innocenti, the dining experience is an instant flight of fantasy that invokes memories of Europe mingled with the warmth of the tropics, balmy breezes and delectable delights. Consistently reliable excellent fare. West Bay Street, Sandyport. Lunch Monday-Friday 11:30am-3pm. Dinner 6-10pm Open Sundays for special events. (242) 3270985 or check the website www. provencerestaurant.net.

Café Matisse Familiar faces, friendly waves, a sense that you’re lunching or dining at a local restaurant with an inviting international flair makes Café Matisse the home of Nassau’s power lunch crowd. Service is excellent, pasta and fresh seafood, always tasty. Located just off Nassau’s historic Parliament Square, Café Matisse offers intimate indoor and outdoor courtyard dining with interior décor inspired by its namesake, artist Henri Matisse. Open Tuesday to Saturday, lunch served noon to 3pm and dinner 6 to 11pm. Reservations recommended. Proper dress for dinner. www.cafe-matisse.com. (242) 356-7012.

Alexandra’s at August Moon For the ultimate in variety, taste the ever-changing menu at Alexandra’s. Choose tasting trios with a continental theme like Land of Dragons for Asian cuisine, Old Bailey for British, or sample individual plates. While the menu changes frequently, quality and service are always top-notch. Lyford Cay, West Bay Street. Open Monday -Saturday. Lunch noon-3pm, dinner from 6:30pm. Call (242) 362-6631 for reservations.

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Dining Picks Anthony’s Grill

Mangoes

Located within walking distance of the Paradise Island resorts and next door to Quiznos Subs, Anthony’s has been a staple of the Bahamian visitor diet for years. The popular eatery with its kids-friendly atmosphere is open for breakfast (from 7:30am), lunch and dinner. Starting at 11:30am and running straight through 11pm, you can order anything from the 8-page spread, including some two dozen choices of appetizers, soups and salads. Among the starter favorites: Anthony’s Super Combo—spinach dip, chicken strips, Buffalo wings, pork ribs, conch fritters, and the top choice—Anthony’s famous conch salad marinated, chopped, diced and served fresh each time. Main course choices include a hearty, hefty seafood platter, grilled Bahamian lobster tails, herb crusted red snapper, speared grilled shrimp, as well as burgers, pizza and the all-time meat favorite: sweet, tender baby back ribs. Authentic Cuban cigars can be purchased here. No reservations or jackets needed, casual, lively and fun. $$ Full bar with tropical drinks, beer, wine and cocktails. Breakfast 7:30am-11am, lunch 11:30am-4pm, and dinner menu available from 4pm-11pm. Nassau.

At Mangoes you’ll find pieces of the succulent fruit in almost every dish. A bold, but utterly delicious culinary idea. Seating up to 140, owner and Chef Brandon Sheffield mixes traditional Bahamian dishes with Continental cooking techniques for a scrumptious dining experience. Open Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30pmmidnight. Reservations are preferred. Call (242) 3672366 for more information. Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

Alexandra’s at August Moon For the ultimate in variety taste the ever-changing menu at Alexandra’s. Choose tasting trios with a continent theme (Land of Dragons—Asian cuisine, Old Bailey—British) for $15 or sample individual plates for $7.50. While the menu may frequently change, the quality and service never do. Open Monday-Saturday. Lunch 11:00am – 3:00pm, dinner from 6:30pm. Call (242) 362-6631 for reservations. Nassau. Graycliff The only restaurant of its kind in The Bahamas, Graycliff blends old-world charm with 5-star dining. Located in the main house of a 250-year-old Georgia style mansion, the restaurant’s menu offers the finest in traditional Bahamian meals as well as popular seafood and continental cuisines. Diners can feast on succulent Nassau grouper filet served on a bed of spinach with French Dijon mustard. The filet mignon with seasoned butter is a choice dish for patrons seeking a more familiar meal. Indoor and outdoor dining. Open daily for lunch from 12:30pm2pm and dinner from 7:30pm. Reservations required. Jackets required. West Hill St. Nassau; (242) 322-2796. 60 | Volume 11 Issue 3

Shula’s Steak House Americans love affair with steak is as passionate as ever and with restaurants like Shula’s Steak House, it’s easy to see why. The real score card of Shula’s is the meat, custom center cuts of Certified Angus Beef® steaks handled with a secret aging process make up their award winning SHULA CUTS. Shula’s: check out the location nearest you. www. donshula.com and arrive hungry. Casual dress at all restaurants. Seafood, including dolphin, shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, stone crab, lobster and local fare almost as popular as the steaks, lobster bisque in season. And save room for dessert. You’ll be asked to order your soufflé in advance as each takes about a half hour to prepare, but like everything else worth waiting for, it’s a treat you’ll treasure. Sloppy Joe’s A Key West institution, Sloppy Joe’s is a dining and social adventure with festive local fare and atmosphere. The famed Sloppy Joe sandwich is a savory mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, onions and celery. Make sure you indulge in a Papa Doubles, a favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway; it’s a sublime mixture of Bacardi light rum, grapefruit juice, sour mix, 7UP and local fresh lime. This celebrated hot spot plays live music three times daily and is definitely worth a visit. 201 Duval St; (305) 294-5717. Key West. Tippy’s Restaurant, Beach & Bar For a true taste of the islands with a barefoot lunch and a casual happy hour, check out Tippy’s, a place where “you’ll see shirts and ties at lunch and bikinis or sarongs at dinner.” Patrons from all walks of life rub shoulders over a sumptuous menu filled with island spirit. Open seven days a week for lunch (12:30pm2:30pm) and dinner 6:00pm-10:00pm). Dinner reservations are recommended. (242) 332-3331. Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera. 4 www.aircurrentsmagazine.com


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Marsh Harbour

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Miami

Key West

The Abacos Bimini

North Eleuthera Nassau

Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera

Andros Town

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Cat Island

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Havana

Georgetown *** Cuba Route is Charter Service Only: ALL CUBA Charters are subject to U.S. Government approval.

The Exumas

Alliance Partnerships & Frequent Flyer Programs

OnePass is Continental Airlines’ award-winning frequent flyer program. When you enroll, you earn mileage every time you fly Continental Connection— mileage good for free travel rewards. To enroll in OnePass, call (800) 523-FARE or visit the web site at: www.continental.com *Valid on all Continental Connection flights operated by Gulfstream International Airlines.

As part of our longstanding Code-share partnership with Gulfstream International Airlines, you can earn miles on Continental Connection flights operated by Gulfstream International when booked with a United Airlines code and flight number. To enroll in Mileage Plus call (800) 421-4655 or visit the web site at: www.ual.com.

OnePass is Continental Airlines’ award-winning frequent flyer program. When you enroll, you earn mileage every time you fly Copa Airlines, Gulfstream coded flights— mileage good for free travel rewards. To enroll in OnePass, call (800) 523-FARE or visit the web site at: www.continental.com

*Valid on United & Gulfstream International Airlines Code-share flights.

*Valid on Copa & Gulfstream International Airlines Code-share flights.


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All Butler The World’s First All-Butler Resort Sandals Emerald Bay is the world’s first All-Butler Resort, where every guest can enjoy the services of a personal butler who will take care of every want and need. From unpacking your suitcase to an impromptu picnic or dinner on your balcony, your butler is always on call — en-suite, by the pool or on the beach.

Global Gourmet

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The five restaurants that comprise the resort’s notable dining collection offer pairings of International cuisine with Beringer varietals corked exclusively for Sandals.

Caribbean’s

Best Golf Course

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Ocean Drive A GREG NORMAN-DESIGNED GOLFER’S PARADISE

The Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club is a Greg Norman-designed 7,200-yard, par 72, championship golf course that hugs a rocky coastline, with emerald fairways and prevailing trade winds edged by the sea.


Your exotic private escape I S W I T H I N E A S Y R E AC H Sandals premieres a new level of luxury with the introduction of the world’s first All-Butler, Oceanfront Resort—Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. This magnifi cent, award-winning resort offers its guests pampered intimacy amidst the secluded islands of The Exumas. Guests will find oceanview, butlerserviced rooms, suites and villas filled with features to indulge body and spirit. Aficionados of world-class pleasure will discover a 29,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® SpaX featuring Dermalogica® products, a pro-grade tennis center and a Greg Normandesigned golf course.* If you seek out-of-the-ordinary luxury in the Out Islands, come experience your own exotic, private escape at Sandals Emerald Bay.

For more information call your Travel Agent or 1-800-SANDALS or 305-284-1300

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Spa services additional. *Green fees additional. Unique Vacations, Inc. is the worldwide representative for Sandals Resorts.

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Emerald Bay Great Exuma, Bahamas

An Oceanfront Resort ROOMS, SUITES AND VILLAS APPOINTED TO PERFECTION Picture a sprawling island home, where the fine furnishings are inspired by the British West Indies, all the technologies are in place for your comfort, and windows overlook an endless sea of blue. This should give you the sense of what a typical suite is like at Sandals Emerald Bay. There are 183 rooms, suites and beachfront villas, and all come with the services of a butler trained to the exacting standards of the Guild of Professional English Butlers.



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