Virgin Islands Property and Yacht June 2015

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ROSEWOOD HOTELS LITTLE DIX BAY The Rockefeller vision is the BVI’s showcase resort

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From the Editor As a time when the brakes have been engaged on the tourism front, June

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welcomes an even more relaxed island lifestyle for residents relishing an existence envied by many, and visitors still indulging the extravagance of tropical living in the BVI. Bars and restaurants will provide more seclusion and marine activities may be even more easily accessible – can’t really see a downside. Opening June’s issue, we review Taino in our Villa Showcase this month, inviting you to tour one of Tortola’s finest vacation rentals; a property that blends its traditional Caribbean style with an injection of Asian design influences. We are also honoured to exhibit Roseweood Hotels Little Dix Bay in this edition – a phenomenal iconic resort of luxury, rejuvenation, and tranquillity with the fortune of being located on an island— Virgin Gorda—that has such rare distinction, it truly stands as unique in the Caribbean. BVI HomeSense reminds us how diverse this archipelago is in reviewing the differences between island living choices in the Territory – this is definitely a pleasure that distinguishes the BVI from the rest of the Caribbean. This year, we welcomed back the Oyster Regatta with its fantastic fleet of cruising yachts and compelling social vibe – renowned as the ‘Oyster Family.’ They permitted us to put one of their fantastic vessels under our Yacht Spotlight – Bandido, an outstanding live-aboard experience for those fortunate enough to sail her. From Sea Level writer Megan makes soup a spectacular dish through her versatile culinary skill with Roasted San Marzano Tomatoes that we’re sure all her Lolalita guests have thoroughly enjoyed; this paired with a vibrant Pinot Noir selected by Caribbean Cellars to top it off. We interview the authority on hurricane season here in the BVI to provide sailors with as much preparation as you need. The BVI is a very fortunate location, but it’s best to be at optimum efficiency should an adverse scenario present itself. We entertain more from the BVI Maritime History Tales of our resident historian Geoffrey Brooks, who relays the fable of a ‘fateful spark’ that creates quite explosive results. Another refreshing addition to our pages is a visit to Little Switzerland, experts in jewellery and watches, excelling in knowing ‘what to wear’ and how to maintain those treasured trophy pieces. House, home accessories retailer enlighten us with some warm gift ideas for Father’s Day in Things We Love, cherishing our dad’s and bringing a smile to their faces. Following, we are still in reverence of time’s almighty speed as VIPY RC Nominations are up – log on at and let us know who should be counted for the July-August vote as the best in their individual categories. Closing, we present a unique aspect of the British Virgin Island’s geographical location – some very attractive sunsets in our Virgin Islands Life segment. This spread demonstrates why you need to be here.

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE of the Virgin Islands.

Stephen L France

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Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell Kate and Fran are owners of House, a renowned BVI retailer that provides everything you need to make your house a home.

Sebastiaan Opschoor Sebastiaan is the marketing manager for BVI Sotheby’s International Realty; the company specialises in residential sales, vacation villa rentals, commercial property, including private islands, marinas, hotels and resorts.

Megan Schlobohm Chef Megan has a fierce passion for cooking. Perfecting her menu on various yachts, most of her phenomenal culinary abilities are self-taught, bringing innovative cuisine to Crewed Yacht Lolalita in the BVI.

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32 Yacht Spotlight

42 Jewellery and Watch Guru

Villa Taino is a vacation rental that will revitalise the senses and dazzle the eyes with its incredible panoramic vistas

The Oyster Bandido makes its welcome appearance in our feature this month and what a stunning yacht she is

18 Roseweood Hotels Little Dix Bay

Lead Caribbean jewellery and watch extraordinaire Little Switzerland reveal the latest trends and how to keep your prized possessions pristine

36 From Sea Level

45 Things We Love

We delve into one of the most attractive resorts in the Caribbean on one of the finest, unique islands in the region

Our yacht chef presents a delicious starter course in Roasted San Marzano Tomato Soup – perfect alongside tasty ciabatta bread and a wine pairing from Caribbean Cellars

Some great gift ideas for Father’s Day that will bring a smile to that stern brow

22 BVI HomeSense

38 Need-to-know Advice on 2015 BVI

47 VIPY RC Nominations 2015

6 eclectic island-living choices that make the BVI the diverse location it has become

26 Racing for Love The Oyster Regatta—a coveted social sailing experience—returns to the BVI with its incredible fleet of cruising yachts

Hurricane Season

June 1 to November 30 is that time and here are a few pointers for the sailors among us

40 BVI Maritime History Tales An explosion of a story, this time we see the unfortunate, dramatic fate of another of our Virgin Islands’ sloops

Cast your nomination for the guys you think deserve it most!

50 Virgin Islands Life One of the allures of the BVI is in the luck of its location – this particular geographical element permits the best sunsets

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LAND Villa Showcase: Presented by

Words by Lauren Charley. Photography by Don Hebert

house is a building where people live in order to reside

snorkelling spot, and Long Bay Beach, renowned for its mile-long coastline of

in the essential comforts of necessary shelter, but it is

white sand and tranquil turquoise waters.

the furnishings, adornments, and personal touch of a

Panoramic vistas of St. Thomas, the Tobagos, and Jost Van Dyke and all

property’s owners, that make this residence a home.

the way east to Cane Garden Bay are painted on the close horizon, and down

Tastefully decorated, boasting exotic character and unique, hand-picked ornaments, Villa Taino, presented by Villas of Tortola, is the fingerprint of

below, flamingos can be sighted in the Salt Pond at the foot of Belmont Peak. The villa is conveniently located a 10 minute drive from the West End Ferry Terminal, 20 minutes from Road Town, and 45 minutes from the airport.

its proud owners’ identity and their passion for

Amenities are close by, as many shops and restaurants can be found in the

the British Virgin Islands.

quaint and colourful marina, Soper’s Hole, including Scaramouche, a lounge

Nestled within the hillside of Belmont Estate in Tortola’s West End, Villa Taino is a tropical retreat,

bar and fine dining restaurant overlooking the harbour. Less than a five minute drive away, Long Bay offers additional beach-side

revealing the colours, architecture, and style of a traditional Caribbean home,

dining options. Secluded on the west point of Long Bay at Nature Boy’s Beach

with a unique Asian flair.

Bar, patrons can purchase alcoholic refreshments from one of the island’s

Its prime location offers unobstructed views of Smuggler’s Cove, a peaceful



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famed beachside shacks.

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When driving up the private road approaching the property, the fuchsia bougainvillea flowers distinctively paint the gated entrance to Taino along its driveway. The house is secluded behind meticulously landscaped gardens, with Christmas palms, zora, and award-winning hibiscus flowers, accompanied by papaya, mango, and lime trees. The island-inspired home sits behind a spacious deck area, with a 40” x 11” infinity pool, overlooking the astonishing views of the neighbouring islands. The open architectural layout which was designed by the owners from inspiration gained upon their international travels, enables a cool breeze to travel gently throughout the house and covered, open-aired living area. An eclectic mix of furniture—including wicker sofas and hanging basket chairs— provide a comfortable space to relax. Inside the building’s concrete exterior, colourful walls embrace the sun as it filters into the indoor dining area, separated by an archway window opening to a fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances. Al-fresco dining on the porch provides views of Tortola’s West End from Carrot Bay to Cane Garden Bay, and is best enjoyed with delicious barbecued cuisine, prepared on the Weber gas grill. Within the house is a cosy library with a unique collection of books, artefacts, and games, and a flat screen TV equipped with a full selection of cable channels. Accommodating up to six guests, Taino has three bedrooms, each with a spacious en suite bathroom. The two guest suites within the main house contain queen beds, and a master suite is located in a quaint detached pavilion across the outside patio, with a large, four-poster king size bed.



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Taino pays homage to the design of traditional Caribbean dwellings, featuring bold and pastel colours inherent of these types of homes. The classic combination of Benjamin Moore’s (BM) light pink ‘Antique Coral’ accentuated

Presented by Villas of Tortola Villa Rental

by BM’s deep blue ‘Bainbridge Blue’ is a distinctive feature, as the chosen paints

Location: Belmont Estate, West End, Tortola

are among many of the shades selected personally by the owners, who are

Bedrooms: 3 (1 king, 2 queen)

deeply passionate about art.

Bathrooms: 3

In the master suite, hand-painted on the floor is a simple diamond pattern

Maximum guests: 6

to mock an oriental rug, just as the Tortolans had done in the past to impress

Pool: Yes- 40’ x 11’

European aristocrats when they came to visit the BVI.

Maid Service: once/week

The majority of adornments that give Taino its international character were

Beaches: Smugglers Cove and

acquired in antique stores in New York City, during the time when the owners

Long Bay less than 5 min drive

resided in the villa over the winter season. It was their intention to combine exotic worlds when designing and furnishing the house, and so the furniture


and antiques are a collection of African, European, and Asian treasures.

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The warm and welcoming ambiance, along with eye-catching ornaments such as monkey lamps, a life-size pouncing cheetah, and collections of

Caribbean seashells are the personal touch of the owners, which entice guests to return to the charming vacation home and relish their time in paradise.

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LAND Words by Stephen L France Photography courtesy of Rosewood Hotels Little Dix Bay

A good resort receives repeat business by accomplishing three features brilliantly with the sole purpose of creating escapism – a task synonymous with promoting the relaxation of mind and body. In achieving the three key allures intrinsic to resort advertisement, success will be relished; however, a memorable retreat is obliged to exceed the standards set by a successful tropical haven and deliver enigmatic wonder, creating loyal patronage repeatedly returning for years. Of course in advocating the three features where a resort must meet perfection, we are discussing accommodations, cuisine, and ‘vacation indulgences,’ (often referred to as wellness activities). So why has Virgin Gorda’s Rosewood Little Dix Bay emerged as the iconic epitome of the BVI, coveted by vacationers seeking Caribbean paradise? It begins with the Rockefeller vision – a concept that parallels the tranquillity that all people desire…

Accommodations and Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s loyal patronage Laurance Rockefeller—the famous American philanthropist—was the founder and visionary of the picturesque dream location witnessed on Virgin Gorda. His concept of the idyllic destination constituted flawless accommodation, great fare, and added luxuries – like fishing, sailing, or snorkelling. Consequently, the resort has flourished with monumental moments like Her Majesty, The Queen’s visit. With a rich history, January 18, 2014 marked the 50-year milestone of operation for the property, instilling a tradition among many families who have been venturing there since the resort opened. The luxury of being situated on the 8.5 square mile island of Virgin Gorda—retaining its original geographic and cultural authenticity—affords the resort seclusion, that’s disappeared with other commercialised Caribbean destinations overrun with development. The stunning natural setting is an intricate part of the accommodation, evidenced in its positon on the prestigious 2014 ‘World’s Best Caribbean Island’ Travel and Leisure list. Natural beauty of the resort is maintained and the accommodations are cleverly camouflaged within the lush landscape of the resort. Despite having 100 rooms, suites, beach houses and villas, almost all accommodations are concealed from the beach and bay.



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s the country’s second largest employer, over 325 staff work to exceed guest expectations, with some associates holding tenure for almost as long as the resort has been open. Resort associates have developed a culture of personalised service for the guest that has consistently returned for 25 years or more, as well as the guest visiting the resort for the first time. With this level of professional diversity, the resort also welcomes BVI residents with special rates available during the summer and summer shoulder season.

Culinary expertise and diversity Talking to Food and Beverage Director, Fabio Petrone, he explained the efforts behind the culinary expertise at the resort: “We work with Virgin Gorda vendors and farmers from nearby Caribbean islands to source things like tomatoes, cucumbers, [and] Virgin Gorda pumpkin,” he said. “We also source things like coconuts, mangoes, and lemongrass from resort grounds.”

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History and local culture inspire the menus, while maintaining approachable flavours and dishes for the various guests that visit the resort. With three unique open air dining experiences—the Pavilion, the Sugar Mill,

land activity, and a comprehensive assortment of spa treatments completing any vacation experience. For the ocean explorer, there is a natural coral reef at the mouth of the bay.

and the Beach Grill—at the resort, guests have variety in the incredible scenic

The reef serves to calm the ocean current and offers a haven for undersea

views while enjoying their meals.

wildlife including sea turtles, various brightly coloured reef fish, a local

“Many of our guests enjoy a casual Tapas and Sangria small-plates dinner at the Beach Grill,” said Fabio, referring to the popular eatery situated dockside. “The menu includes, guava-vanilla barbecue meatballs, Virgin Gorda conch

barracuda named Chester, some smaller reef sharks, and the beauty of the coral reef itself. Entertaining land based activity, the resort features FranklyFitness Wellness

fritters, Focaccia breads, and of course the requisite house-made Sangria.” Another option is the iconic Pavilion that can be seen from a distance with its four peak roof originally designed to symbolise the peaks of Virgin Gorda. This open air restaurant offers ocean views and serves an international menu highlighted by Caribbean flavours. The alterative choice is the intimate Sugar Mill restaurant beachfront fine dining experience. “[Distinctive]…are the panoramic floorplans, offering perfect views of the bay from every seat,” said the food and beverage director. “[We serve] dishes like Virgin Gorda Watermelon with feta and olive tapenade,

programming. The New York based lifestyle company, offers a holistic approach

or a local catch of Snapper or Mahi, dressed with a light essence of herbs.”

creams, wraps, and masks, that are derived from natural ingredients harvested

to living well, presenting everything from classic strength and conditioning training, to yoga, meditation, and nutrition/lifestyle consultation. For the relaxed pace of Caribbean life, new spa director, Menique De La Rosa, who is also the regional director for Sense Spas in the Caribbean, New York City, and Dallas, is re-launching Sense Spa at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, highlighting the unique offerings inspired by the local environment. “We are developing a ‘spa pantry,’ which features freshly prepared treatment from resort grounds,” said Menique supporting the overall ethos of having the

Wellness – vacation indulgences available to all Wellness is a broad term, but Rosewood Little Dix covers all bases of its meaning via a myriad of activities available. There are watersports, healthy



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natural environment play a physical and visual part in the services. With such a divine experience at great value, Rosewood welcomes visitors and BVI residents alike to experience the magic the resort has to offer.

Rosewood Little Dix Special Offer Visitors booking any 90 minute treatment at Sense Spa, will receive a bonus 15 minute cleansing and nourishing scalp and hair treatment, featuring natural neem leaf and coconut oil. This special bonus treatment is custom tailored to highlight the rich resources of Virgin Gorda that Sense Spa responsibly harvests and prepares in the spa’s fresh Spa Pantry. The offer applies for spa reservations from June 01, 2015 to September 30, 2015. Getting to Rosewood Little Dix • Regular inter-island ferries will take visitors from Tortola and other BVIs to Virgin Gorda’s ferry terminal, where a complimentary resort shuttle will be waiting • For guests travelling from the USVI, a special Fly BVI Air Taxi is available, which takes just 15 minutes to go from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda Airport, where a waiting complimentary shuttle takes just 5 minutes to reach the resort. The air taxi costs $275 per person, based on two travellers; an air credit can be applied when round-trip transfers are reserved T: +1 284 495 5555 or T: +1 284 852 5500 Reservations: 888 ROSEWOOD (888 767 3966)

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5. Words and photography courtesy of Sebastiaan Opschoor BVI Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the most enticing facts about the BVI, is the differences found in the islands. When choosing to purchase a home in the Territory, take time to explore and find the island that suits you best. Each island has its own unique character, vibe, size, and landscape and there is the possibility of falling in love with an island you might have never thought of. Below, we highlight the uniqueness of six of the main islands that are a part of ‘Nature’s Little Secrets’ here in the BVI. Go out, explore, and live the life you imagined – it might be just a ferry-ride away...

1. Tortola Awe Inspiring Views

2. Virgin Gorda Exquisite Way of Life

Diversity and natural beauty; from majestic views on tropical hill tops to a

An exquisite way of life amidst the rich and famous with pristine white sandy

seemingly untouched North Shore with secluded white sandy beaches, to

beaches and extraordinary sailing in the tranquillity of a small island community;

the shops and restaurants of Road Town – most residents stay close to Road

the areas of Windy Hill, Coppermine, and Spring Bay with pleasant, rolling hills,

Town and enjoy living in the surrounding hills, but there is so much more.

provide peaceful living with close proximity to the famous Baths.

The sailing enthusiasts aim for the view of Sir Francis Drake Channel on the

From the west side up towards the exclusive resorts on North Sound, the

south side and proximity to world renowned marinas, while beach and surf

focus is on refined, luxurious living, which makes it one of the most coveted

lovers enjoy country life on the green hillsides from West End all the way to

islands in the world. Richard Branson, amongst others, put Virgin Gorda on the

Josiah’s Bay.

map; the isle now attracts affluence from all over the world.



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3. Scrub Island World Class Marina Luxurious living alongside a global class resort and marina, which has provided sanctuary to world travellers since Christopher Columbus first visited – Scrub Island offers superb amenities along with the flexibility to create your own oasis. Although it is a relatively small island, all the amenities are readily available such as restaurants, bars, gourmet market, beaches, health club, and various water sport activities. In addition, its central location affords proximity to the airport, but that’s unlikely to be important when in paradise.

4. Jost van Dyke Timeless Island Life Timeless Caribbean island life with your toes constantly touching the sand; enjoy your cocktail at one of the many world famous beach bars on the west side. White Bay Beach, which is one of the BVI’s premier vacation destinations, was made famous by Kenny Chesney in his song, No shirt, No shoes, No problem. The hillsides provide magnificent views of nearby islands, including St. John and St. Thomas in the USVI. Choose to live on the eastern side for the spectacular views, and more importantly, proximity to Little Jost Van Dyke, Diamond Cay, and the picturesque islands Green Cay, Sandy Spit, and Sandy Cay.

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5. Great Camanoe Robinson Crusoe Existence A daily ride in a small runabout is part of the joy of living on this unique island, helping to fulfil the pleasures of this glorified Robinson Crusoe existence. With almost no amenities and back to basics mentality, you will truly unplug from daily life. What sets this island gem apart are the incredible views, often allowing you to see from Anegada to St. Croix. The other captivating differentiators are the ‘big skies’ at night, and during the daytime, the protected and cosy feeling you get from looking down at the reef of Marina Cay.

6. Anegada – An Unspoiled World Apart 2.

A world apart, with bright sandy beaches, miles of unspoiled reefs all around the coral island and—unlike the other islands—almost flat; not many choose to live this secluded life, but those who can and do, remain as close to nature and its glorious beauty as one possibly can. Plus, there is the opportunity to indulge daily in eating, reputedly, the Caribbean’s best lobster. Whichever island you choose to live on, the greatest pleasure of the BVI and its fantastic archipelago, is the fact that you are so close to the other isles – you can always dip in and out of each location at will.

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The British Virgin Islands is a renowned sailor’s

paradise for its prime, predictable sailing conditions, which is why the country is the frequent host of many competitive regattas each year. Oyster Regatta returned to the BVI for its 6th time to host their 35th annual spring Caribbean event. However, unlike the majority of sailing races which place a strong emphasis on the competitive aspect of the sport, these exclusive regattas focus on the social bonding experiences shared between owners of luxurious Oyster yachts. The Oyster Regatta takes place twice a year, situated in a Caribbean location in the spring, and in the Mediterranean in autumn. They are designed to be social experiences, exclusive to members of the ‘Oyster Family,’ to showcase their prized possessions, and meet and build strong relationships based around their mutual interest: the ownership of a beautiful Oyster. Oyster Marine was established in 1973, quickly becoming an international market leader of world-class cruising yachts, and has since built more than a thousand vessels. The boats are recognised for their unique, modern design with elements customised to maximise the comfort and preferences of those who sail them. The yachts are more than material possessions and emphasise the importance of luxurious comfort over competitive performance, as it is the affluent yachting lifestyle around owning an Oyster, which defines the company. David Tydeman has been the CEO of Oyster for six years and is a naval architect by trade. He joined the company with an extensive background on the technical knowledge of yacht building and an uncompromising passion for sailing. During his time with



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Oyster, he has tweaked the classic design to improve areas of functionality and comfort based on his pre-existing expertise of the industry. “A lot of thinking goes around the social uses of the boat when we begin designing an Oyster,” said David. “The design is not created with high-tech sails or racing specifics, but rather, unique features to maximise modern essentials and comfort.” The Oyster’s naval architecture is created to withstand harsh weather conditions while cruising along the oceans of the world. “In many ways we are like a Bentley SUV…classy, quality, but tough,” David commented. The introduction of their signature ‘tear drop window,’ wrapping around the saloon space allows travellers to experience the extraordinary views when relaxing inside the boat. Oysters are built with the owners in mind and how they will co-inhabit with their crew, and as such are designed in a way to allow privacy and separation if they prefer. To adhere to this ethos of comfort, and recognising that Oyster owners enjoy passage making voyages, the boats feature the master cabin at the back rather than the front. Oyster owners enjoy coming to the BVI because it offers the chance for the race to take place in multiple locations on different islands, rather than beginning and concluding at the same base each day. Because Oyster places a strong emphasis on the social experience of the regatta, exclusive events took place each evening, including a prize giving, dinner, and party on each of the three visited islands. Day one began at Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola, where the owners registered, enjoying a cocktail party and buffet dinner at Peg Leg’s restaurant. On the first race day, the fleet travelled to Norman Island, where participants dressed up for a pirate-themed party at the Pirates Bight Restaurant. The final three days of the regatta took place around Virgin Gorda, where the Oyster Family raced for two days and spent one ‘lay day’ relaxing at luxury accommodations in the North Sound, including Bitter End Yacht Club, Oil Nut Bay, and the prestigious, state-of-the-art superyacht marina, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS).

“What I love about our regattas in the BVI is that we get to sail from place to place in some of the best, predictable sailing conditions in the world,” David added. Recently, Oyster launched the start of a new venture for their customers by implementing the World Rally, with its inauguration in 2013. During this rally, 100 people came together on 25 boats for a 15 month global expedition, congregating at organised locations to partake in social bonding events. Oyster’s next World Rally is set to take place beginning in 2017 and ending in 2019. In addition to luxury yacht builders, the company also sells secondhand yachts through Oyster Brokerage, a dedicated team of experts with an extensive database of technical documents and photographs to match prospective owners to their perfect, previously owned Oyster. Cruising on a luxury sailing vessel is alternatively offered for vacationers through Oyster Charters, who provide an experienced crew to operate or assist with the sailing and hospitality services provided on charter holidays.

“Sailors who are new to yachting trust Oyster because they feel safe in the customised, durable vessels when cruising the transatlantic,” David explained. The overall winners of the event were Reina in class 1, an 825 Oyster owned by Jeroen Hemels, and Infiniti of Cowes in class 2, a 72 Oyster owned by Ken and Diana Randall. The next Oyster Regatta will take place this autumn in the Mediterranean in Palma between September 29 and October 3, 2015. Between the official regattas, the owners will enjoy many other exciting opportunities such as parties, dinners, and boat shows to meet and connect with the Oyster Family.

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June 2015


SEA Yacht Spotlight:

Words by Lauren Charley. Photography by Billy Black

Built to withstand unpredictable

transatlantic journeys whilst

upholding an ethos as the utmost comfortable sailing experience, the luxurious yachts known as Oysters are developed by Oyster Yachts- an internationally recognised brand which caters to their loyal customer base known as the ‘Oyster Family.’ Available for purchase by a new or existing member of the Oyster Family, the stunning Bandido was custom launched in 2011 to provide an outstanding live-aboard experience for those who sail her. Bandido is a 63ft, triple award-winning, Oyster 625 – the signature creation of the world-renowned yacht designer, Ron Humphreys who works with the Oyster Design Team in coordination with owners to develop beautiful semicustom vessels. One of the advantages from the onset of her design was that Bandido is designed to be an owner-driven boat, as she is currently owned and operated solely by an experienced sailing couple. Alternatively, the vessel is large enough to host a crew on board, as she was created to accommodate up to eight guests in four cabins.

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A modern addition to the Oyster yacht models 575 and up, Bandido features triple vertical seascape windows, which create both a unique exterior feature—signature to the Oyster brand—and allow prime visibility when viewing the ocean from inside the vessel. On board, the yacht’s huge flush aft deck with teak laid floors is above adequate space to move around comfortably, as the sailing equipment has been positioned to allow the freedom of movement for guests. Her outdoor entertaining area is separate from the cockpit, providing a private area for relaxation where those who choose to can bask in the surrounding ocean’s tranquillity. Here, alfresco dining can be enjoyed on a gloss-varnished folding table under the shade of a protective bimini.



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The yacht features an opulent interior with teak wood floors, tailored for

In the galley, which separates the owner’s cabin from the saloon, a full

a fresh and contemporary feel. Her spacious saloon area affords comfortable

service kitchen is equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and stainless

lounge furniture with beautiful off-white leather upholstery and maple joinery,

steel sinks. The area is intended to allow enough space to comfortably

accompanied by a folding banquet table for more formal dining affairs.

prepare full meals, yet everything is arranged in close enough proximity to

Bandido’s layout contains three guest cabins and one master suite. The double guest cabin and twin guest cabin each have their own en suite bathroom, and the twin cabin, located aft of the navigation area can alternatively be used for crew members, should the owners desire it. Located at the stern of the yacht, the lavish master suite also contains an en suite bathroom, with the addition of a comfortable leather sofa and dressing table with a stool. Each of the sleeping areas provide above average storing

navigate the kitchen with ease while travelling at sea. Everything about Bandido has been personalised to appeal to both her owners’ preferences and the Oyster ethos of comfort. As the product of an international market leader of world-class cruising yachts, the stunning vessel promises to deliver uncompromised quality and performance, when embarking upon the endeavours of her future owners around the world.

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SEA Words by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita Wine pairing courtesy of Caribbean Cellars

Roasted SanMarzano Tomato Soup

Competing for my love of food is my love of words. There are some words out there, much like foods, that tend to be innately loved, and others that require time and experience to appreciate. The phrase, ‘variety is the spice of life,’ describes a taste of the big, beautiful world we live in that allows for us to learn and adapt our individual preferences in every potential aspect of life. For me, one of those foods – the kind I definitely did not appreciate – was the humble tomato. I grew up well into my twenties thinking they were bitter and odd in texture. Then, I met Captain Ernie, who (as I’m sure you know) is my husband. Ernie has a deep love for tomatoes, and opened my eyes to the great, big, multi-coloured world of the many delicious varieties. Provisioning is my favourite part of the week – the possibilities are endless. One of my favourite finds is a variety of tomatoes – Campari, Kumato, Cherry, Grape… yellow, brown, purple, red…and then there are



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San Marzanos. Oblong in shape, they are firm, juicy, sweet, and aromatic. These are my preferred tomatoes to use to make my homemade tomato soup. Back to my love of words. One evening, I had decided to make my Roasted San Marzano Tomato Soup for a charter of four couples, all celebrating their 70th birthdays. The soup was served as our first course and as I was plating the entrée, our stewardess came in and said the guests wanted to speak with me. A particularly boisterous, theatrical gentleman said very calmly, “That soup was ambrosia.” Here’s where it all comes together: on one of my refrigerators I have a collection of random words that I’ve learned and fell in love with. One of them is ‘ambrosia’ – in ancient Greek mythology, this word is defined as the food or drink of the Greek Gods. There couldn’t be a better compliment.



In a large saucepan, heat beef broth. Transfer roasted tomatoes to broth and let cook at simmer for 20 minutes. Deglaze the baking sheet with a splash of water to keep all the good flavours. Add in a handful of fresh basil and puree soup with immersion blender. Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle hot (or chilled) soup into your bowl of choice, garnishing with fresh basil and fresh-cracked black pepper. I highly recommend serving alongside a fresh-baked loaf of ciabatta bread.

4 cloves garlic, smashed and pressed 1 medium yellow onion, diced 2 cups fresh San Marzano Tomatoes 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

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Olive oil Salt and pepper


6 cups fresh beef broth Fresh basil Fresh-cracked black pepper

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Preheat oven to 400ºF. In a large mixing bowl, toss together garlic, onion, tomatoes, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet and bake until tomatoes are bursting open, stirring mixture occasionally.

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Caribbean Cellars Wine Pairing To go with this rich and delicious soup we’ve picked a vibrant and generous Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast in California. La Crema have been crafting fabulous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in this area since the end of the seventies and their latest vintage is no exception. Elizabeth Grant-Douglas, the Winemaker selected Pinot Noir grapes from vineyards all lying within 30 miles of the cooling influence of the Pacific ocean, carefully making them into wine which matures for just over 6 months in French oak barrels before bottling. She describes her wine as “a well-balanced Sonoma Coast blend. Fine tannins and good concentration create a broad, supple mouthfeel that lingers well.” We like to put the bottle on ice or in the fridge for 10 minutes before opening and we’re sure you will be back for a second glass. $21.50 per bottle.

From Sea Level Wine Pairings, courtesy of Caribbean Cellars At Caribbean Cellars, our team of experts have extensive knowledge in the art of fine food and wine pairings. Our shop and warehouse features state-of-the-art facilities for temperature-controlled wine storage and we stock a comprehensive selection of fine wine, beers, liquors, and non-alcoholic beverages. Place your order anytime online, by e-mail, phone or fax. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays 8:30am to 2pm. We can deliver free to offices in Road Town, marinas and anchorages island-wide, or to any of the scheduled ferry operators for delivery to the outer islands.

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June 2015


SEA Interview by Lauren Charley. Photo by Don Hebert and provided by DDM

urricane season in the BVI runs from June 1 to November 30, hitting its peak between August and early October. Whether you choose to be on island during hurricane season or not, there is a lot you need to know in order to adequately prepare in case a storm hits. Knowing the proper storage procedures for your yacht is crucial in order to prevent or minimise damage to the vessel during the harsh weather conditions, which generally include high winds, sea swells, and heavy rainfall. Thankfully, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has shared their extensive knowledge and experience with VIPY in disaster preparedness, specifically to the yachting industry:

What does the 2015 hurricane season predict for the BVI? The revised predictions for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season which were issued in April indicate that this year will be “one of the least active seasons since the middle of the 21st century.� The forecasters are predicting three hurricanes and seven named storms. One of the three forecasted hurricanes is expected to be major. The number of hurricane alerts issued by the DDM will be determined by the number of systems that pose a threat to the Territory and the duration of that threat.



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Which are the best marine shelters and where are they located in the BVI? Over the years, a detailed assessment of the vulnerability of marine shelters was undertaken and based on this assessment, a recommended listing has been documented and made available for public use. Many of these lie in sheltered harbours and in areas protected by reefs and mangroves. The list of land-based and marine shelters are available on the DDM website -

What options do boat owners have in order to prepare their boat for hurricane season? Boat owners have to have a plan in place from the beginning of each new year. Insurance policies require that owners have a hurricane plan in place and submit official documentation stating where their boat will be during the hurricane season. There are three main options for those who choose to not remain with their boat in the BVI:

• Vacate the area with the vessel prior to the start of the season • Have the yacht hauled out of the waters and stored • Obtain a ‘hurricane slip’ from a marina, so when there is a hurricane, the staff will go into the slip and prepare the boat Information provided by Sam Welch, Chairman, Marine Association of the BVI

What are the correct procedures for securing a vessel within a marina? • Secure the engines • Take down the sails and tie them up, or remove them altogether • Take all deck gear including life boards, life rings, and patch boards

down below • Make sure there is nothing left on board which could blow away • Secure the boat by at least 4 lines • Shut off the batteries - make sure these are checked every two weeks if the boat is not in use Information provided by Sam Welch, Chairman, Marine Association of the BVI How can we stay informed with updates regarding the hurricane season? Throughout the season, the DDM will partner with all local media and utilise its own website and social media platforms, to issue public service announcements and other types of information that provide guidance for residents as they make their preparations for the hurricane season.

For more information on Hurricane Preparedness, please visit the DDM’s website at or visit their offices at #3 Wailing Road, MacNamara, Tortola, BVI. The DDM also actively updates their information on their social media pages:

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June 2015


SEA Words and photography by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum



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This is the story of a locally built schooner and her abrupt, dramatic end. The Catherine was a beautiful trading schooner built of wood in Road Town by expert shipwright Leopold Smith. Leopold was the son of the prolific West End boat builder Daniel Smith and father to Ira Smith founder of today’s Smith’s Ferry Services. The Catherine was launched on April 12, 1949 from the ghut in McNamara where the Lion’s Club Park is now located. She was 63ft in length and an outstanding example of the talents and expertise of her builder. Leopold built her for his own use and owned her with two other partners. She was active in local trading for five years and then sold to Robinson O’Neal of Virgin Gorda. Robinson O’Neal added an engine and renamed her Maris. As the Maris, she continued to ply the waters of the Virgin Islands making regular trips from Virgin Gorda to St. Thomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico and back. It was on one of these trips to Puerto Rico, that she met an untimely end five years later. It had been a routine passage from Virgin Gorda to San Juan and the Maris docked at pier 5. She reached in the evening and after a quiet night, spent the whole of the next day unloading and loading cargo. The crew consisted of the Captain Winston O’Neal, brother to owner Robinson, a first mate, engineer, and five crew. There were also two other passengers—a man from Anegada and another from St. Thomas—bringing the total to 10 people. After unloading the various items brought from Virgin Gorda, the crew began loading the supplies for the trip back. The majority of the return cargo consisted of over 150 large propane tanks full of gas. As the crewmen struggled to place this heavy burden aboard, the engineer worked with a local mechanic who was making some repairs to the diesel engine. Captain Winston O’Neal was at the far end of the dock conferring with his brother, owner Robinson, who had piloted a small plane from his headquarters in St. Thomas to San Juan to meet the boat, as was his habit. The two passengers had been shopping and were bringing their personal items aboard. Now the crew consisted of five young men from Virgin Gorda. They were all around 19 years old and were under the supervision of the first mate, who was older—well into his 20’s—and a native of Anguilla. As the last of the gas bottles were being placed on board, the young crew members expressed their concern with how they were being stored. It seems that many of them were stacked in a horizontal position, instead of upright and some actually had the top with the regulator leaning down.

When they complained to the First Mate, saying that they thought they could smell gas, the bottles were put down and the crew were reminded that they had stacked bottles this way many times before: “What’s wrong with you all? Are you afraid of death?” was the remark made. With that said, the matter was closed and everyone continued to prepare the vessel to leave port. It was 3pm on Friday January 9, 1959. The local mechanic had left and the ships engineer was below, ready to start the engine. The crew and passengers were situated in various places on deck and one was on the dock to throw off the mooring lines. ‘Robbie’ O’Neal and his brother Captain Winston were finishing up business at the far end of the pier. When the local mechanic began working on the engine earlier in the day he had disconnected the battery cables. These were reconnected when he finished, but in his haste to leave, he had not tightened them properly. As the Engineer turned on the ignition key, the loose battery cable was made to arc which created a spark and an incredible explosion which lifted the deck in one piece into the air while forcing the hull underwater. Windows were broken across the bay in office buildings in San Juan and Carolina and the sound of the explosion was heard as far as 35 miles away. Incredibly, there was only one fatality. It was that of the First Mate who had admonished the younger men for being afraid. Every other crew member sustained injury for which they bear the scars today except two, the Captain and the crewman who were on the dock. The engineer was burned badly and marked for life. The others were mostly blown into the air and either landed on the dock or in the water. They received broken feet, legs, and arms and many still limp from the injury. For most of the injured, it meant almost a year in the hospital recovering and in some cases longer. They began their recovery in San Juan and then transferred to St. Thomas before returning to their homes in Virgin Gorda. For some, it took years before they returned to a life working at sea. For one, he never returned and stayed employed on land and to this day will not allow propane to be used in his home. The strangest thing is the fate of the engineer, for as the others were left with physical evidence of their ordeal, he was thrown straight up into the air and landed back down exactly where he had been sitting with no evidence of a broken bone or injury outside of the fact that he was dead. I will leave it to you to draw your own conclusion as I have related this story as told to me by the survivors – for me, it only reinforces the adage that truth is stranger than fiction.

June 2015


LIFE Words by Stephen L France Photography by Jessica Lane

It would be a surprise for any adult or adolescent, male or female, to not know the name of our jewellery and watch guru. It’s a title paralleling opulence, that’s gilded our subconscious as the prime location to acquire peak quality in those purchases that must be aesthetically superior. The name I refer to is none other than words used as a romantic term to describe ‘dramatic natural scenic’ features: Little Switzerland – a fitting title for a store that dazzles, mesmerises, and is the highlight of traditional Caribbean vacation shopping.

Why Little Switzerland are the Caribbean leaders in fine jewellery and watches Little Switzerland was founded over 60 years ago on the island of St. Thomas, USVI. Specialising in luxury branded goods, the stores have become a household name for quality, selection, and service in the jewellery and watch industry.



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32 stores stand in the Caribbean on the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola,

Further amenities to induce their guests’ serenity when shopping,

Puerto Rico, Barbados, Aruba, Curacao, Nassau, Key West, and St. Maarten – 14 of

include in-house financing—“this allows anyone to be able to purchase a

these outlets are in the British and US Virgin Islands alone. There are also several

gift for themselves or that special someone,” an email receipt for sake of

boutiques throughout the Caribbean, including Breitling, TAG Heuer, Omega,

convenience alongside hard copies, and jewellery cleaning advice to all

Tiffany boutiques, a mail order store, and a web store.

guests to efficiently protect their precious jewellery and timepieces.

With the BVI store opening in 2007, Little Switzerland has consistently sustained budget flexibility, offering a wide variety of branded goods ranging through Alex and Ani, Pandora, Omega, Chopard, and Breitling timepieces. Interviewing Madalyn Tavares—Little Switzerland’s Regional Marketing Executive for the USVI, BVI, and PR—she explained why the company has become a leader in fine jewellery and watches. ”We pride ourselves on our ability to have knowledgeable and friendly sales consultants, that take the time to help every guest who walks through our doors – we want the shopping experience to be fun,” she explained, referring to their

Currently, Little Switzerland’s most popular brands are David Yurman, John Hardy, Lagos (for which they are exclusive throughout the Caribbean), Breitling, TAG Heuer, and Omega. “David Yurman, John Hardy and Lagos are all exquisite luxury jewellery brands that offer designs mainly in .925 Sterling Silver and 18k gold,” Madalyn commented. “These three brands offer guests the ability to mix and match, as the styles of the three brands blend really well together. The hot trend this season is stacking bracelets – mixing and matching the styles/colours/brands/etc. to make a unique look.” With Little Switzerland’s unique approach to the shopping experience, the

customers as ‘guests,’ implying this surpasses

company relishes assisting each guest,

a standard retail transaction to almost

beginning with a friendly consultation.

translate as a holiday excursion in itself. As a member of the Luxury Jewellers Alliance, Little Switzerland is allowed the opportunity to create an even more comfortable shopping journey for their visitors– this includes

What to wear “Our Little Switzerland sales consultants are kept up to date with all the new industry changes and trends,” said Madalyn. “David Yurman, John

guarantee that the prices on branded goods will be the most affordable, and

Hardy and Lagos .925 Sterling Silver bracelets are all the rage – mixing

if this is not the case, a refund of the difference will be issued.

and matching and stacking the different looks gives the wearer the ability

“We offer an additional 2-year extended watch warranty, on top of the

to create a unique, one of a kind look,” she continued. “Also, gold has

manufacturer’s warranty,” said Madalyn, supporting the relaxed shopping

made a huge comeback in the jewellery world - mixing sterling silver and

ambiance Little Switzerland projects. “This gives the customer peace of mind,

gold together is on trend for this season. Be sure to also check out all the

knowing that they have gotten the best possible price.”

gemstones within each brand – these can add a pop of colour to any look.”

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How to keep your sterling silver sparkling Madalyn kindly revealed these industry secrets for keeping your jewellery looking its best: • Always wipe your silver jewellery with a soft cloth after wearing it – this removes perspiration and any other elements that can affect the lustre of your jewellery • It is recommended to clean the piece once every few weeks, depending on how often it is worn • The ‘at-home’ remedy for cleaning: Pour a few drops of Dawn Dish Soap (our personal favourite) in a bowl filled with warm water. Get a nice sudsy bath going by stirring the water with an unused toothbrush. Gently scrub the jewellery with the toothbrush, being sure to get inside all the nooks and crannies. Rinse clean with water and gently pat dry with a cotton cloth • Be sure to store all your sterling silver pieces in the specialised pouches that you purchase them in. This will keep the metal from rubbing up against other metals in your jewellery box • Always put your jewellery on last, even after perfume. The nature of natural metals and gemstones can sometimes be affected by the chemicals in lotions and perfumes.

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Treat dad to our wide range of Jack Black luxurious shaving and shower products

Perfect Gifts for Dad... By Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

Give dad the gift of a fond memory in this ceramic rope picture frame

Man’s best friend! This cast iron black Labrador is a loyal desk companion

This anchor embossed ceramic pot is ideal for cufflinks and watches

With beautiful photos of the sea, this is the perfect coffee table book for Dad

Anchors aweigh with this Boathouse scented candle

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Nomination Time! Let the nominations commence! But first, if you’re not familiar with our event or even if you are, please peruse the information surrounding the background of this fun occasion as well as the procedure for the months leading to the results.

About The Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 In 2011, VIPY created the RC awards’ vote and event to commemorate individuals and organisations for their distinctive contribution to the British Virgin Islands community. This is conducted via categories relevant to people, places, and services situated within the BVI. The voting is concluded with an award ceremony congratulating winners with the highest reader appreciation and the finale is held in October of every year. The event participation has expanded considerably since the event’s inception and the competition has intensified. For 2015, we have condensed the quantity of categories merging certain sections together for a broader number of businesses to become involved.

The VIPY RC 2015 Procedure This month is dedicated to nominations which can be placed at – this will close June 30. July and August will allow the opportunity for voting, which will also be conducted online. We must specify that nominations ARE NOT VOTES. All nominations will be accepted as long as they are real and relevant to the category – please attempt to spell the name of the BVI establishment, service, or person correctly.

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The VIPY RC Categories 2015 These categories are divided into the three sections of VIPY.


the property and sustainable development side of our publication

Best BVI Vacation Rental A property providing short-term let for vacation purposes – did the villa have a memorable chef perhaps? Or maybe an excellent excursion? Best BVI Resort/Hotel A commercial establishment offering lodging to travellers/tourists – what BVI hotel or resort has impressed you? Best BVI Architectural Firm A company employing one or more licensed architects, practicing the profession of architecture – what BVI structures have left you awe-struck? Best BVI Real Estate Company An organisation with a licensed broker(s) acting as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of real estate – who provides the best service in the BVI?


the maritime segment of our magazine

Best BVI Sailor Exactly what it says! – have you got a favourite captain, crew mate, or enthusiastic maritime regatta fanatic? Best BVI Marina Again, precisely what it says – which marina do you find has all the comforts for a stop-over? Best BVI Marine Activity/Company/School – sailing, diving, rib safaris, fishing, surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, etc. Which company has provided you with the greatest service for your aqua delights? Best BVI Yacht Brokerage Very straight forward – for those who have brought or sold yachts Best BVI Crewed Yacht Charter There is an abundance in this category, but we’re sure one will stand conspicuous Best Bareboat Charter Company And in this category, there is also a vast range – choose wisely


the lifestyle portion of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht

Best BVI Provisioning Store Who’s always stocked with what you need? Best BVI Health Spa Any resort, special building, or room where an individual is provided services to improve and/or condition their body Best BVI Restaurant/Bar Any commercial establishment where meals are prepared and served to the public. Your choice may include beach establishments and the BVI’s renowned and much-loved shacks, measuring their service, ambiance, and of course, culinary skill. Alternatively, it could simply be that restaurant that has the best view you’ve ever seen Best BVI Bartender Who made you the greatest cocktail? Who made you laugh the most? Who was that entertainer when you needed it? Best BVI Retail Store (Non-Groceries) This includes home accessories, DIY, florists, designers, clothes etc. Which store do you find yourself doing most of your shopping? Best BVI Local Artist Photographers, musicians, painters – who has caught your eye? Best Airline Flying into the BVI Who you got you here without a hitch? Best BVI Non-Marine Activity (Organisation/Company) What cultural, sporty, or alterative activity has spurred you on? If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Contact:

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LI F E Words by Lauren Charley. Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

There is something so tranquil about viewing a beautiful sunset. Vibrant colours of orange, red, yellow, purple, and pink blend together to create awe-inspiring patterns, which naturally magnetise us to witness this idyllic encounter. Because of our location in the Caribbean, here in the BVI, we are fortunate enough to experience sunsets which are more colourful, bright, and beautiful than seen in other parts of the world. The lack of unnatural structures permit unobstructed views of the horizon, providing the best sights at dusk. The reflection of sunlight on the ocean creates the diversity of colours visible on the electromagnetic spectrum, with the most gorgeous sunsets occurring when there are very light clouds.

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A haven for the senses: cool and peaceful, with the relaxing sound of surf in Smuggler's Cove below; and exciting, like an exotic oriental market, with antique furniture and an eclectic assortment of objets d'art from around the world,. The bedrooms, bathrooms and gardens also benefit from a travelling collector's acquisitions.

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Use of local stonework, rich hardwoods, travertine marble and 30-foot vaulted ceilings surrounded by lush landscape are hallmark features.

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The property is about 1000 ft above sea level and benefits from the higher elevation with year round reduced temperatures.

Due to the position on the saddle, this home has views from both the southern and northern sides. Created by the wellknown BVI architect Michael Arneborg.




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Great Camanoe, US$1,050,000

With captivating ocean views in every direction and impeccable detail the villa's luxurious ambience is undeniable. Only a short drive to the beach.

Majestic natural setting overlooking the water and a real sense of tranquility. The 3 separate units grant excellent privacy when family and friends visit.

Great Camanoe, US$750,000

There might only be a few better places in the Caribbean for soaking in a Jacuzzi and hosting a BBQ. Spectacular views over Marina Cay and Scrub Island.




Jost Van Dyke, US$525,000

As one of only 8 villas on the estate, Diamond View has it all; privacy, spectacular view of Green Cay, Sandy Spit, Sandy Cay and Tortola.

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2010 Winner, “Best Vacation Experience.” –Fodor’s Gold Choice Award

SOL Y SOMBRA Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

US$8 Million This spectacular beachfront villa boasts four beautifully decorated air-conditioned suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. Outside amenities include an ocean-front infinity pool and lit tennis court, bound within lush tropical gardens. Inside, take advantage of a European-style kitchen, private movie theater, daily maid service and state-of-the-art gym. An in-villa cook is available upon request.

Smiths Gore Limited : : British Virgin Islands

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Seashell Beach Villa

Distinctly Refined. Exceptionally Rare. Consciously Preserved. On the secluded eastern tip of Virgin Gorda lies a place where life is spent in perfect harmony with the ocean tides. Here, spread across 300 pristine acres, Oil Nut Bay offers freehold home ownership opportunities and unparalleled resort experiences in a setting where attention to detail and casual elegance abound.

Contact us to schedule a personalized visit or to arrange resort reservations.



Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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