British Virgin Islands Property and Yacht Magazine February 2014

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Feature Property: Steele Point Estate The essence of serenity and seclusion

Caribbean Bliss: Golden Pavilion Villa A tranquil world of its own within the Caribbean

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iving in the British Virgin Islands can be a dream come true; crystal clear turquoise waters, a year round tropical climate and some of the best sailing destinations in the world. So escape the winter blues and come to the Caribbean. With so many residence options, deciding where to live will be an exciting decision; a quiet private island or perhaps near a marina with restaurants and super yachts… Whatever you decide, take a deep breath, relax with a tropical refreshment and enjoy life! The British Virgin Islands comprise over 52 islands, rocky pinnacles and cays, appropriately named “Nature’s Little Secrets.”


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8 Skipper’s Tips: Charter with Cattitude

27 Things We Love

40 From Sea Level

The greatness of the catamaran charter boats in the BVI

Big changes for small change – have a look at the latest home accessories from House

Aspects of the BVI best seen and experienced by boat

10 Paradisiacal Peninsula:

29 Yacht Spotlight: Cuan Law

44 The North Sound Success Story

One of the most recognised and oldest boats to sail the BVI

A review of the amazing attractions and continued accomplishments of the prestigious North Sound area

Steele Point Estate

Our feature property is the essence of serenity and seclusion

16 The Christening of Endeavour II …and its Debut!

Endeavour II’s birth and grand entrance to BVI waters

33 Guidance for Gardening Grace

50 Spice Up Your High Season

Top tips to improve real estate value through landscaping from Sotheby’s

An easy culinary delight to keep guests content

20 Caribbean Bliss: Golden Pavilion Villa 36 National Theatre Live Our exclusive feature property is a tranquil world of its own within the Caribbean

52 Property and Yacht Listings

The latest and most entertaining cultural attraction in the BVI

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The height of the BVI sailing season is here… …and with this welcome news, come a host of regattas for avid sailors and spectators to enjoy; one such race falls in line with February’s etched celebration Valentine’s Day with the annual Sweetheart’s of the Caribbean Regatta – a widely popular event. In this issue, Geoffrey Brooks, curator of the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum reveals that Editor Stephen L France Publisher aLookingGlass Contributors Geoff Brooks Edward Childs Kate Henderson Maritha Keil Dietmar Lichota Fran Morrell Louise Reardon Megan Scholbohm Susie Younkle

Endeavour II—the traditional styled sloop that had its grand christening at the end of 2013—will be making its debut in this particular ‘lovers’ race’. This is a greatly anticipated time for the boat, which was the project of the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society who intend to educate the youth of JVD with the vessel among other motivations. Also in this issue, we feature two vastly different properties that are currently on the market: A visit to Golden Pavilion Villa transported us to tranquillity through its Balinese design influence and powerfully serene ambience. A review of Steele Point Estate—a shining example in contemporary architecture—boasts a unique location that stands as the epitome of privacy. Edward Childs of Smiths Gore provides a comprehensive review of the success of North Sound, Virgin Gorda – a location that optimistically looks to greatly assist in boosting the economy of the BVI property market. And no magazine issue would be complete without a few tips to guide homeowners on improving their real estate – this time, Sotheby’s volunteers their advice on the benefits of attractive landscaping. In closing, our first ever photography competition is progressing nicely with some stunning submissions. Log on and show off your own photos or vote for your favourites. There are certainly a couple of images that we think could use a slight bolster in admiration as

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By Louise Reardon, Captain and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

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There is little doubt that catamarans are among the fastest growing trends in the cruising industry today. If you look out on the water, you will observe that the majority of bare boats plying the BVI briny are sailing catamarans, where 20 years ago there was only a handful. In the year 2000, the BVI Boat Show for crewed yachts had 59% of the fleet composed of multihulls and in 2013 it was 89%. This steady growth is mirrored in the bareboat fleet and we can measure the increased interest in catamarans by simply counting cats to monos at the docks of our numerous charter companies. Dream Yacht Charters, only five years in business now in the BVI, started with four monohulls and one catamaran. Today, their fleet has swelled to 40 vessels and an overwhelming 85% of those are now cats. The key ingredients to their popularity are space and a non-heeling sail. The huge sleeping quarters and the comfort of one-level living, provide sailors with the sensation of being on a super yacht, despite the boat being only 45’ long. Even the people who prefer monohulls have moved to using catamarans on vacation and once visitors have chartered a cat, it’s unlikely they will return to a mono. Certainly this is the perfect vessel for family vacations as she sails flat and safe. The kids have room to play on the trampolines, imbibing while underway is smooth, the boat is incredibly easy to manoeuvre in close quarters, and all are equipped with generators to power the air conditioning. The lure is tremendous and this remains a lifestyle choice with attractive aesthetics, arguably superior to monohulls. Sales figures show production multihulls remain at a high and this is obvious as we see more and more cats delivered each season to the BVI charter bases. Robertson & Caine who manufacture for The Moorings, are said to be increasing their per annum production by 40% next year. The French ‘Lagoon’ production cats are the third biggest yacht manufacturer worldwide. But there are more than a few designs of catamaran available to charter in the BVI from the high performance Catana to Fountaine Pajot, Voyage and Privilège.



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Still, among the most popular cats out there today are the Moorings 4800 and the Lagoon 450, both comparable, but with different advantages. Nominated as ‘Boat of the Year’ in 2013 by Yachting World, the new Moorings 4800 has a vastly different layout from its genetic forebears, where a large forward cockpit with access from the main saloon completely opens up the shaded living quarters. This unimpeded passage fore to aft, wide side decks with flush hatches, and a broad cross deck from hull to hull, well aft of the main cockpit, lends so much room that no one should feel cramped on board. Another significant improvement is that the helm station now has access from both sides, which is important for the flow of passengers. The Lagoon is recognised for the very social walk through fly bridge and vertical windows that give more view, more room, and better shade. It is also fair to identify the Lagoon 450 because of the quality of the interior. All the mod-cons of contemporary living are available with microwave, hideaway 36” flat screen TV, and space for a washing machine. The light wood veneer throughout softens the ambience of each cabin, and on some models the ‘owner’s hull’ offers a sizable space with a study area, changing room, separate head and shower up forward – one would be hard pressed to find such expansive living quarters in a New York apartment. Like all cat families, there are measured improvements on their predecessors; lessons are learned and designs adjusted – for example, the Lagoon 450 introduces a new broad hatch over the cockpit, which serves to provide airflow to the guests beneath and a better view of the port quarter when parking. These tweaks to design are industry driven and constructive feedback and advice from charter companies keeps catamaran design evolving fast. As the popularity of sailing and power catamarans has soared, we have seen changes in the construction of docks and size of travel lifts on island. Where previously two monohulls lived, now one catamaran is accommodated so new docks are built to accommodate two cats side by side. We know we have the easiest cruising waters in the world: steady trade winds, flat waters, minimal current and tide, plenty mooring buoys, bigger docks, and cruising room for us all. All bases are at an easy distance to call out a chase boat (unless you’re in Anegada), so there is no stress for the bareboat captains. Bareboat captains are even allowed to get behind the wheel of a 58’ catamaran these days, which was unheard of years ago. But here we have a vessel type so easy to manoeuvre, that even part-time captains are enabled, empowered and emboldened. So, if you want to flaunt your skills to your friends and family, colleagues or lovers, take this tip – charter a catamaran.

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Words by Stephen L France Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI and Dougal Thornton, provided by Coldwell Banker

Steele Point, the iconic property of the British Virgin Islands, is quite possibly the most recognisable estate in all the Caribbean. Named after the peninsula it is situated on, Steele Point is the magnificent villa that dominates Tortola’s grand geographical location on the western headland. It is often the first spectacle to meet the eyes of sailors and passengers entering the BVI. This prestigious architectural attraction that sits on the cliff like a natural part of its environment has been a magnet, attracting infinite praise. One of the most photographed homes in the world, it has been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Island Life, Millionaire Magazine, Steinway & Sons, Caribbean Travel + Life, and in our VIPY feature in April 2013 detailing unique architectural designs. This prized architectural creation is the pride of the BVI and is a landmark remembered by visitors. Presenting the incarnation of privacy, this sophisticated property is often described as providing many of the benefits of a private island or a simulation of living aboard a great ship, but with a little more convenience – the calming, refreshing breeze throughout the property and the dramatic, panoramic views overlooking the azure blue seas of the Atlantic and Caribbean currents meeting together on the point, are breath-taking. The treasures of each day are filled with awe which comes from morning rainbows, orchids in bloom, romantic sunsets, turtles, porpoises and the fleets of fantastic yachts which ply the waters throughout the day. The views are unlikely to change for one is surrounded by islands unimpeded by development — Little Thatch, Great Thatch, St. John , Great Tobago, Little Tobago, Jost Van Dyke, Green Cay and Sandy Spit. The natural beauty of the views from the property are spectacular. The inviting airy main house evokes the feeling of freedom that is prevalent throughout the property. The villa features patios, courtyards, indoor and alfresco dining areas, and five air-conditioned suites with private, full-sized baths.

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The newly designed gourmet kitchen is accentuated with high end appliances, quartz countertops and beautiful millwork. The lounge area possesses all modern conveniences and is a relaxed and comforting space. A collection of fine art and original sculptures decorate the property’s interior and exterior, enhancing its majestic yet subtle aura. The private dock—a rare and highly useful resource—catering to a wide range of boat sizes, augments the sense of freedom that the property emits, facilitating travel around the 60 islands and cays of the BVI. This fantastic marine amenity with a private cove in the cliffside, is also ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. OBM International’s Tebelio Rodriguez, the architect responsible for the recent two-year refit of the property concluding in the latter part of 2013, explained that the original design by Michael Helm was never compromised, but rather upgraded and enhanced utilising only the best materials and newest technologies.

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The architect used the surrounding natural lighting to amplify the beauty of the property’s exterior and interior by strategically locating and increasing building fenestrations. The stunning panoramic views from Soper’s Hole to Jost Van Dyke are key elements in creating this impressive effect, allowing for improvement of the views such as the twinkling lights of St Thomas on a peaceful night, or the striking sunsets around Jost Van Dyke. The refit was made increasingly attractive by the insightful nature of the original design: “A profound reflection and understanding of the building and its relation with the surrounding environment, expressed as: an appropriate interaction of natural, durable, low maintenance materials, the selection of state-of-the-art furniture, fixtures and equipment, and…natural light,” said Rodriguez. Property owner Irina Wilson Gage and Rodriguez testify to the unfathomable connection of the property to the environment. The villa has an unparalleled clarity that collaborates with its tailor-made interior and a design in each room responding to orientation of the building, resulting in a perfect spatial experience. This gated peninsula is a leisurely driving distance from Tortola’s casual, gourmet restaurants and white sand beaches. An additional convenience is the very short drive to Tortola’s westerly port of entry, making accessibly from St. Thomas or a homeowner’s private boat a simple course. The incredible architecture of this property truly commemorates the expertise of design combined with location in the BVI.

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The Christening of …and its debut this month!

Words by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum Photography by Geoffrey Brooks and Todd VanSickle

On Saturday November 30, 2013 between heavy

squalls of rain, the sun shone through the clouds over Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, just long enough to witness the christening ceremony of the 32 ft sloop Endeavour II. After over nine years of construction and fundraising, the perseverance of the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society and a host of volunteer supporters finally paid off with the launching of the traditional styled sloop; a boat which is to become an educational platform for the youth of Jost Van Dyke and a welcome addition to the Virgin Islands’ fleet of traditional wooden sloops. Susan Zaluski director of the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society chaired the event, which featured Keynote speakers Dr Angel Smith, the director of the newly constituted Virgin Islands Studies Institute at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and Mrs Allison Flax-Archer, director of UNESCO (United



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Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) for the BVI, a

flora, fauna, fish and underwater assets of the area and is used as a way to

major sponsor of the sloop.

identify threats to the environment, gauging successes in its preservation.

Among those breaking a bottle of local rum on the bow to christen Endeavour in a tradition as old as boats that have sailed the seas, was Mrs Luce Hodge-Smith the director of culture for the Ministry of Education and Culture. Supporters and well-wishers came from many neighbouring islands of the BVI, USVI, mainland US and Canada. The Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society is the

Endeavour II is their latest and most ambitious project. The vessel is named after a former local Jost Van Dyke sloop which belonged to the Maddox family. It is a traditionally designed Virgin Islands’ sloop complete with the distinctive dead rise called ‘Moon Sheer’, but is built with modern materials and the use of contemporary techniques.

brainchild of local musical legend and restaurateur

Nine years ago, Foxy presented the idea of

Foxy Callwood, whose goal is to preserve the

building a traditional sloop. The plan was to

culture, natural resources of Jost Van Dyke and

construct it in a way that would provide training

its surrounding islands. After several years

for the youth of the island. The project would

of discussion as to how best to proceed

both support the Maritime Heritage of the

with these motives, the BVI non-profit

Virgin Islands while simultaneously teaching

organisation was registered in 2003 with

young people a valuable trade that could

Foxy serving as board chairman joined by members Tessa Callwood, Beverly Martin and Bruce Donath. Ms Susan Zaluski was hired as director and the society has been actively involved with environmental programs, youth awareness and training ever since. They have partnered with the National Parks to help manage

provide a livelihood in the future. Local Captain Kevin Gray got on-board and the project was underway. Funding was sourced and a set of plans drawn up in Canada based on local traditional designs. The plans were then lofted onto plywood and patterns for the hull shape were created. Endeavour was built completely in the modern way using a

Sandy Cay and Great Tobago, initiated a youth diving program which

method called ‘cold molding’. The hull was constructed upside down and the

also monitors the health of local reef life, and in 2008 created the Jost

frames were made with laminated plywood. The hull was covered with thin

Van Dyke Environmental Profile. This landmark document lists the entire

strips of wood and then covered with fiberglass.

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Although a traditional design and a wooden sloop, she is at the same time a modern fiberglass boat – the best of both worlds. The Territory is benefited by locally trained talent that can walk onto any shipyard and work at a highly skilled level. After the launching and christening, Endeavour II has been fitted out at Nanny Cay Marina and completed her sea trials. She is now ready to take her place with other traditional Virgin Island sloops Moon Beam, Sea Moon, Youth Instructor and Intrepid to participate in local regattas and cultural events. As the coordinator of the Maritime Heritage Program at HLSCC and Curator of the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum, I am delighted to welcome Endeavour II to the fold. She provides amenities that the other sloops don’t possess. She is larger, has a head, a galley, sleeping berths and an engine. We are hoping that she will provide ‘Mother-ship’ capabilities that will allow us to move and display our sloops throughout the Territory and further, the region. Just having an engine provides a much needed safety factor. The 2014 regatta season is just getting under way and Endeavour’s debut in the first big race will be this month – The Sweethearts of the Caribbean Regatta, held at Soper’s Hole over Valentine’s Day weekend. Other regattas approaching will be the BVI Spring Regatta, which will feature a traditional sloop race, The 40th Annual Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta at the end of May and The Great Festival Sloop Shoot-Out and Heritage Regatta held during August Festival. We are eagerly looking forward to Endeavour II’s participation, especially at Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta.

She is now ready to take her place with other traditional Virgin Island sloops Moon

Beam, Sea Moon, Youth Instructor and Intrepid to

participate in local regattas and cultural events. For the past several years, there has been an effort by both Government

and the private sector to increase the number of traditional sloops in the Territory and to also base them in different locations around the BVI. This is hoped to increase awareness of our maritime heritage and boost local support for our programs. Endeavour II, through the work of the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society, fulfils both of these goals. While being based in Jost Van Dyke, she will be used to carry tourists on day sails, which will provide revenue to support upkeep and a youth diving program which is already in place. She already is a high profile resident of Great Harbour, being the first thing that catches your eye as you approach the anchorage. With her distinctive rig and unique hull shape, she immediately brings forth memories of an older, simpler time. It was a time when these traditional local sloops ruled the waves and carried our local produce, livestock and people throughout the region.



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Exclusive Feature Property:

Golden Pavilion Villa

Words by Stephen L France. Photography by Don Herbert, provided by Smiths Gore

Golden Pavilion Villa stands as an expert employment of intricate, thematic design. Creating its own composed world within the BVI’s Caribbean scenery, the grandiose villa tends toward desires for secluded and serene island-living. Renowned for its Balinese architectural influence, the property is situated within a private residential estate in the north of Tortola and commands a distinctive waterfront location. The hillside retreat is positioned on 4.214 acres and reveals diligent attention to detail, combining Caribbean culture with Balinese ideals and an injection of British colonial elegance. This blend is exemplified on immediate admission through a traditional Balinese entrance gate design – angkul-angkul. Lily ponds, statues of dancing maidens and Buddhas welcome residents into the meditation garden, communicating charm and sophistication. Completed in 2007 to an impeccable specification, the residence’s design encompasses over 6,000 square feet of magnificently orchestrated living space. Comprising the interior is an extraordinary Great Room, airy library, refreshing media/family room, state-of-the-art kitchen, master bedroom suite and three guest suites located on the ground floor, all opening onto enchanting covered verandas. Conspicuous features include an extensive terrace—perfect for social occasions—equipped with a hot tub, outdoor fire grill, fully fitted indoor gym and a modern heated infinity edge pool on the exterior of the villa that smoothly juxtaposes the traditional feel. This is further enhanced by the stunning 180 degree ocean view. The vast second floor bar and pool room is furnished with a nine foot billiards table, the ability to take advantage of the 360 degree views and all the electronic amenities necessary to fulfil indoor entertainment.



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An independent one bedroom guest cottage, finished to the magnificent

The concept of easy living and distinct thematic approach of the

standard that the entire villa breathes, is privately located at a slightly

property’s design, endows homeowners with a viable and lucrative option

higher elevation off the access driveway; ideal for guests or managerial staff

of utilising the exotic hideaway as a villa rental, running the retreat to the

if the property is to function as a villa rental.

specifications they see fit.

In its entirety, the property hosts five inviting reception rooms, five exceptional bedrooms with poster beds and exotic fabrics and seven bathrooms. On the interior of the villa, traditional Balinese statues, furnishings,

Current Estate manager Matthew Restell tailors villa rental services to the requirements of individual groups, who possess the great fortune to vacation at this retreat. Whether it’s the beautiful view, reinvigorating walks

artwork and details commingle with sweeping views of the sea and Guana

around the adventurous rocky terrains and beautiful gardens, or relaxation

Island to produce a fresh ambience throughout the expansive space.

on one of the BVI’s best secluded beaches five minutes away, the villa

Interior flooring and exterior terracing come from Jerusalem Gold Limestone; exterior entry gate doors, decorative roof tiles, statuary,

transports its guests to tranquillity. At this present time, a multitude of watersports apparatus are available

furniture and artwork are from Bali; doors, windows and kitchen cabinets

to guests including kite boarding equipment, surf boards, boogey

are constructed from Brazilian mahogany, custom-fabricated on Tortola.

boards, water skiing gear, and fishing rods and tackle for shore and boat

Striking landscaped grounds baring witness to immaculate maintenance, grant passage to walking gardens and paths leading through sunken stone retreats and sitting areas that escort residents to sea access – great for avid fishing enthusiasts or those who wish to admire the ocean from a closer

fishing—the position of the property is the perfect spot for fishing with

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perspective. A short distance from the property lies secluded Little Bay beach for further enjoyment of Golden Pavilion’s encompassing splendour.

The villa can sleep up to 10 adults and 4 children

Such conveniences contribute to the private universe imparted by the

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Golden Pavilion Villa An exceptional offering in Tortola • Lovely waterfront gem is only a short walk from secluded Little Bay beach • The property enjoys stunning 180 degree ocean views • 4 bedrooms in main • 4.5 bathrooms in main • Infinity edge pool

an abundance of marine life swimming by the incredible rocks below. The

• Outdoor dining

present manager also has numerous snorkelling sets, easy accessibility to

• One bedroom guest cottage

stand-up paddleboards, and a tube that can be towed behind a boat which

• Gym

can provide hours of entertainment. Rental of kayaks and diving apparatus

• Landscaped grounds

are also attainable, delivering the comprehensive watersports experience

• Approximately 4.214 acres

that is customary of a BVI vacation. Culinary expertise complete visitors’ escapism at the exotic hideaway,

US $7,750,000

with options of chef service at the villa or exploration of the abundance of restaurants available. Managerial staff will go to great lengths to fulfil guests’ requests, ensuring the perfect holiday. With high numbers of returning visitors, the villa’s ability to unite visitors with the natural relaxed Caribbean feel, creates an addiction and provides great return on homeowner investment. The attractive alternative of annual residency grants year-round sunshine, calming breezes, scenic views and an atmosphere that bestows Zen qualities on mind, body and soul.



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CUAN LAW Yacht Spotlight:

Words by Stephen L France Photography by Bill Harrigan and Rainbow Visions BVI, provided by Cuan Law

Many have seen the splendid yacht Cuan Law. Whether stationed on CSY dock, Roadtown Harbour or at sea, the vessel is an unforgettable vision. With a 105 feet length on deck, a 44 foot beam, a mast height of 103 feet and a working sail area of 5,200 square feet, Cuan Law is an incredible sight. In addition to its size, space and ability to comfortably accommodate 20 guests with seven crew members, Cuan Law has acquired a stellar reputation. Owners and designers Annie and Duncan Muirhead have a wealth of sailing experience having clocked approximately two-hundred thousand miles in the seventies and eighties. Pioneers of the liveaboard-diving field since 1971, they are avid marine enthusiasts and placed their vast experience into building Cuan Law as the ideal vessel for BVI waters. In June 1987, building of Cuan Law commenced in a small fishing town on the shores of Lake Eerie in Wheatley, Ontario – a boat that in the present day is received with awe and fascination in the BVI.

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Speaking to Duncan about the colossal boat that he has used to serve the BVI holiday-maker demographic for 24 years, the accomplished entrepreneur has worked in the industry for considerably longer. “…Trimarine/Muirheads have been operating dive/sail/charters since 1971,” said the enthusiastic boat owner. “We have been pioneers of so much in our field – the second live aboard scuba diving boat in the world with Misty Law. The first to offer weekend to weekend trips. The first to accept credit cards,” he added, further exemplifying the length of time he’s invested in the industry. Conducting business in the BVI for 43 years, Annie and Duncan are figureheads for possessing the longest, successful operations in the marine trade. Cuan Law is one of the oldest boats in the Territory and with numerous and varied achievements, their title as ‘pioneers in the field’ is no exaggeration. “We discovered more than 20 dive sites in the BVI that are now established,” he continued. “We were the first to offer ‘by the cabin’ bookings. The first with your choice of convertible twin or double beds. The first with accommodation and public areas all on one level, so wheelchair friendly.” Founding members of the Charter Yacht Society—a non-profit organisation that represents the voice of individual yachts and their crew— is also a crowning feat. Indeed, this has meant that Duncan and Annie have had a huge impact on the sailing industry in the BVI – a location often classified as the sailing Mecca of the world. Duncan’s impending plans are to expand the charter market network. “We are really working hard to open up the South American market and have had several large family groups from there,” he commented. “Large extended family groups are where we are expanding and our record so far is four generations spanning 93 years.”



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Keeping their itinerary as diverse as possible while pursuing the goal of growing into different markets, Duncan said, “We do ‘Down Island’ trips to St Maarten, Saba, Sombrero, and the BVI a couple of times a year. These tend to be longer than a week.” With a magical career behind them and a brighter future, there is even something majestic about the name ‘Cuan Law’ – the Scottish Gaelic word for ‘Ocean Mountain’.

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By Maritha Keil, Broker and Dietmar Lichota, Marketing & Sales – Sotheby’s International Realty BVI

Photography by Yacht Shots BVI, provided by Sotheby’s

We are often asked by homeowners for tips about selling their property quicker within the current market. The first thing to consider is the price – the property must be priced correctly for the market, however, there are additional factors that will assist in the sale of a property. Although the dynamics that contribute to making real estate desirable vary, we believe there is a buyer for every property. Buyers have different motivations for property purchase. Some want a beach location while others want a place situated on the hillside. Many opt for something historical in comparison to demand for a turnkey house with no more to do than move in. Others want a project to make their property their own while decisions in household purchase may simply come down to the ‘best buy’ available. Efficient gardening is a great tool to impressively aid the aesthetics of property, leading to a faster sale. Listed below are top tips for landscaping that will boost the presentation of your property, showcasing it in the best possible light:

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1: Curb appeal is very important - when the buyer arrives, be sure there is no clutter, garbage or weeds in sight and that their first and last view of the property leaves a positive impression. 2: Be aware that some form of entry gate raises the perceived value and increases security. The gate establishes the stage and it’s much like gift wrapping on a present. 3: Views are important – trim the trees and clear the view below the balcony of any unwanted plants or rubbish. 4: Replace Guinea grass (Megathyrsus maximus) also known as “green panic grass” and other weeds with ground cover such as bromeliads (Bromeliaceae) and woolies. 5: Fruit trees are always attractive to buyers. Just the thought of picking their own juicy mango or papaya can sometimes help to sway a buying decision. 6: Due to our tropical climate, it is best the property shows adequate drainage to prevent mudslides and flooding. 7: Special and unique architectural features such as bridges, brick courtyards with water features, vine covered pergolas, etc… all help to enhance the charm and character of a Caribbean home. 8: There are some clients that prefer all natural, endemic vegetation, but we have found that most buyers like to see colour in the garden. Flowers demand more attention from the gardener, requiring pesticides and fertiliser, and needs more commitment, time and money from the owner. Natural vegetation requires less attention and care. This is important to think about when planning the extent of how much of the garden to landscape.



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9: Drip irrigation systems are advised to be working and operational to keep the gardens looking lush. A drip system is a wise investment when establishing the initial garden plantings. 10: Do not landscape too large an area when you do not have the budget to maintain it. It’s better to keep a smaller area looking good than letting a large area become overgrown. 11: Make sure nothing is growing into the gutter, roof, septic tank or cistern. The roots of Rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) and Ficus, love to inveigle their way into the available water supplies which can cause expensive damage. With these pointers, a beautiful garden presentation is sure to increase the desirability and value of your home while reducing expenses to potential problems that emerge when left unmanaged.

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Words by Stephen L France Photography provided by Nadia Menezes and Harriet Robertson

The BVI is privy to multiple cultural diversions—some more exclusive and challenging to discover— that form its universal image as a location offering varied activities. In collaboration with H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), Appleby Global offshore law firm commenced screenings of fantastic British dramas through the National Theatre Live series in the final quarter of 2013. The set of plays showcase award-winning performances across the globe from the UK’s National Theatre and has been enjoyed by 1.5 million people worldwide. The inspiration to screen these performances globally is part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Discussing the success of the series since its inception in the BVI, Nadia Menezes, organiser and lawyer at Appleby—who are the sponsors—and Harriet Robertson, associate director in setting up the series, both agreed



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Opposite: Famed Actor and Director Kenneth Branagh as protagonist Macbeth. Below: Naomie Harris and Jonny Lee Miller in the gothic adaptation of Frankenstein. Bottom: Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester as Iago and Othello in the upcoming production.

that their desire to increase cultural activity in the Territory, motivated their pursuit of this initiative. With their efforts to make this activity a reality spanning more than a year, Harriet said, “I’m a general culture-vulture and theatre lover. Some time ago, Nadia and I separately stumbled across National Theatre Live productions [in New York and in Sydney respectively] and we both realised what an amazing way it was to open up theatre to wider audiences and to more remote locations. Perfect for the BVI.” Nadia, who shares Harriet’s passion for theatre agreed: “I…was determined to see how we could introduce more cultural entertainment activities and a regular theatre programme in the BVI. This project makes internationally renowned theatre performances and the arts accessible for the BVI community, and combines education with entertainment.” The first four performances—Frankenstein, the thrilling gothic classic, Macbeth, which invites viewers to a movie-style presentation of a Shakespearian play about deceit, betrayal and murder, Habit of Art, a comedy with the late Richard Griffiths, and Hamlet, a renowned Shakespearian play exploring the depths of the human condition—have achieved success. Harriet and Nadia anticipated a novel spectacle in provision of this activity for the BVI and acted on their mutual aspiration: “…It was very exciting for me to learn that Nadia had similar ambitions to bring world class theatre to the island,” commented Harriet. “Thanks to support from Appleby and a lot of perseverance, we are very happy to say the first events have been a huge success and exceeded our expectations.” A crowded auditorium was entertained at the powerful performance of Frankenstein on Halloween night of 2013 and this enthusiasm funnelled

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into the subsequent display of the melancholic Macbeth in the following month. Tickets were donated to HLSCC English students and BVI High School Drama Club pupils for separate performances, in alignment with Harriet and Nadia’s admirable goal of providing education in synchrony with entertainment. Nadia perceptively noted that although there are cultural pursuits on the island, they can be difficult to find and on many occasions remain entirely invisible. To combat this challenge, Nadia said, “We have been very proactive in marketing the events and spreading the word about this exciting new project.” With the reasonable price of NTL tickets fixed at a similar rate to visiting the cinema, the BVI audience is granted a fantastic opportunity – London costs would be substantially more expensive. Nadia and Harriet noted that arguably the performances surpass the experience of live theatre – close up camera angles present all the drama and emotion, whilst wider shots and some cleverly mastered 360 degree views reveal the splendour of the sets, providing ‘Godlike’ perspectives and views from stalls’ seats simultaneously. Concluding, Harriet revealed her optimism in growing the audience attendance of the younger generation commenting that, “the BVI is a community of people from all around the world, with different backgrounds and cultures. Theatre offers a way to unite and connect through the universal themes of love, loss, revenge and sadness.” In discussing the task of gathering sponsorship, Nadia said: “I was able to get the support of my employer, Appleby, in order to sponsor this initiative.” Appleby’s philanthropic motion in this enterprise provided all the equipment, content for the theatre screenings and administration assistance. There is also discussion of donating ticket sale proceeds to theatre and art scholarships for HLSCC. This month, a new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play Othello will be presented on Saturday 22 (at date of print) telling the story of the destructive power of jealousy. With an impending bright future, the National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse and King Lear by William Shakespeare are impending performances to revere with great anticipation. Though the dates are still to be confirmed, March 22 and April 5 are possible dates for National Theatre Live’s adaptation of War Horse and May 24 for King Lear.

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Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef - SV Lolalita

Vacationing in the BritishVirgin Islands is a common‘BucketList item’, and once holidaymakers have experienced this slice of paradise, there is an insatiable craving to return.

he Territory possesses intoxicating seascapes, great watersports, delicious drinks, and diversity in great cuisine, all inviting fond memories. In planning a vacation to the BVI, the common routine is to select an island, whether Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada or the outer islands such as Peter or Scrub Island; following, to pick a resort or villa rental in that location; then subsequently, to choose excursions that fall within a reasonable travel distance of the intended temporary lodgings. The amazing opportunity available here in the BVI, is that tourists do not have to limit themselves to this potentially restrictive holiday plan. The crewed yacht industry makes it possible for vacationers to see infinitely more of the BVI from novel and exciting angles with the entirety of the region available from sea level.



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Vacationing by boats in the Virgin Islands has only improved over time. With gourmet chefs, savvy captains and personalised service, guests customise their blissful experience to their precise preferences. With the aspects that are within control in a BVI yacht vacation, like choosing between sailing via monohull or catamaran, capacity of guests aboard, watersports undertaken, islands visited, and cuisine sampled, it is a comprehensive tailor-made experience – this in comparison to standard holidays that may often prove limiting due to fixed location and less influence over the variables mentioned. Effectively, crewed yachts are high-end mobile resorts, built for comfort, ease, entertainment, and utilised for maximum accessibility to the most idyllic locations.

a common pleasure in a BVI holiday One of the special aspects about crewed yachts is the palpable prospect of proximity to any island – every day permits a visit to a new isle, allowing the best in adventures pertaining to that hotspot – one location may provide the finest snorkelling where spotted eagle rays are commonly sighted; another place might be perfect for kayaking and paddle-boarding; the next location might be renowned for night swimming with giant tarpon.

In addition, every night of the week in the Virgin Islands high season brings a new party and celebration. The nomadic nature of crewed yachts transports guests to their preferential nightlife activity where they can later return to the boat easily, all of which can be managed by their crew’s expertise and longstanding knowledge of the islands’ special events.

a favoured watersport that must be tried People from beginner to expert level enjoy spending their vacation time observing the colourful and enigmatic underwater world. On crewed yachts that offer diving, guests walk a few steps from their bedroom to the dive platform, relishing azure-blue water within minutes. Many crewed yachts in the Virgin Islands employ crew with dual roles – Captains and Chefs who are also Dive Instructors or Dive Masters, can guide guests who are interested in the activity to fully experience every site. Diving from a crewed yacht offers an opportunity for smaller groups to enjoy private diving at untouched dive sites across the entire Virgin Islands, without leaving the comfort of their ‘mobile resort.’ Many crewed yachts are licensed to teach scuba diving, allowing guests to earn scuba certifications for future vacations.

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popular and secluded locations in the BVI The Virgin Islands is widely known for its natural wonders, both above and below water. From a charter yacht perspective, guests are able to see as many of these epic sites as they are able to fit into their holiday time. A typical charter week can include the unforgettable snorkel spots at The Caves or The Indians, amazing photos like those snapped by a guest’s first tour of Virgin Gorda’s Baths, or nature trails like hiking Sandy Cay next to Jost Van Dyke – knowledgeable yacht crews will operate as personal tour guides at every phenomenal location.

an enjoyable activity for visitors The islands are well known for their delicious beverage concoctions and a strong preference is the BBC: Bailey’s Banana Colada. However, not every BBC is created equal and a very popular activity for visitors is sampling all the BBCs across the islands expansive range of restaurants and bars. This pursuit can work for any delicious island delight: the best ribs, the tastiest painkillers, or the creamiest conch chowder – the comfort of smooth, unimpeded transition from locale to locale makes this highly relished endeavour as fluid as sailing the BVI waters. On top of experiencing the entirety of the Virgin Islands, yacht charters afford attentive service and a priceless knowledge of the top locations, while the guests’ floating resort carries them effortlessly to their destinations. It is for these reasons, that many vacationers now enjoy their holiday time from sea level.



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The North Sound Success Story

An exclusive review of one of the most attractive destinations in the BVI By Edward Childs, Director – Smiths Gore. Photography provided by Smiths Gore, Victor International, Bitter End and Saba Rock

After the quietness of the summer months, North Sound comes to life for the Christmas and New Year holiday, providing the playground for land and yacht based visitors keen to take advantage of one of the BVI’s best known destinations. North Sound has always been known as a yachting centre, but

now the location is going through a change as land and marina based developments seek to rebrand North Sound’s identity as a luxury locale, competing with the best in the region. While the rest of the Caribbean was reeling from the impact of the recession in 2008, discussions were underway between resort developer, Victor International, and the owners of the 400 acre Oil Nut Bay Estate with the sale of the property eventually concluding at the end of 2008, just a couple of months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Two years earlier in 2006, David V. Johnson of Victor International, had taken a long term lease over Biras Creek Resort, upgrading the hotel and keeping the resort operational, which in turn facilitated the on-going development of Oil Nut Bay.



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Recognising the importance of North Sound as a yachting destination, David V. Johnson also acquired a dormant marina development project located in North Sound adjacent to Biras Creek, transforming this into the North Sound Yacht Club with the development of a 900 foot long super yacht dock, a yacht club and Harbour master’s building. In 2010, Mr Johnson entered into negotiations with the Sardinian based Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, who at the time were seeking a Caribbean base for its members. With H.H. the Aga Khan as president, the YCCS Yacht Club and Marina Virgin Gorda has established itself as the leading, event-based regional super yacht facility. At the other end of North Sound, Mosquito Island was quietly firming up plans for a private island development with owner, Sir Richard Branson, offering a limited number of lots for sale through private contacts, all of which are now committed. Based on sustainable development initiatives, the development at Mosquito Island has implemented strict development protocols that limit the carbon foot print of the development. Each owner is required to construct in accordance with the island’s green guidelines which are equivalent to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum scheme with renewable energy sources being favoured. Construction began in 2011 with the main communal areas now close to completion. The three year period between 2009 and 2011 saw a number of resort developments in the Caribbean fail through changing economic conditions, with many developments that had relied on bank financing to cover infrastructure development and pre-sales to pay back loans, forced into receivership. Meanwhile, in North Sound, the three major development projects at Oil Nut Bay, YCCS and Mosquito Island, maintained a level of construction not previously seen in the BVI for many years. This helped keep the economy of

Virgin Gorda, and many firms from Tortola, rolling through the worst of the downturn. In contrast to the heavily indebted projects elsewhere in the Caribbean, the Oil Nut Bay and YCCS projects are not externally financed which enabled the developer to ride the economic downturn. While the rest of the Caribbean struggled to find its footing as the downturn continued, North Sound has emerged from the recession as a leading destination and one of the few regional locations where significant investment has taken place in the luxury sector of the market. As we start 2014, North Sound is in a very different position from what it was five years ago, providing both visitors and potential investors a wide range of options. Whether visiting new resorts, marinas and restaurants or even seeking a home site within a resort environment, the area has it all. YCCS Marina’s high season yachting regattas include the annual Loro Piana

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Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous in March, which is being preceded by the inaugural Caribbean RC 44 Championship Tour in February – the equivalent to hosting a Formula 1 event on the ocean. These regattas bring not only a completely different scene to North Sound in terms of international yacht racing, but the publicity generated by the events puts North Sound, Virgin Gorda and the BVI as a whole into the international spot light. Oil Nut Bay has matured as a development, with Christmas and New Year 2013 hosting a range of guests in the recently completed villas and community facilities. Recognising the failure of so many regional developments, Victor International have completed the upfront infrastructure for the project together with the public areas of the resort which now include the Beach Club, fitness centre, Nut House (kids club) and Nature Centre, two tennis courts and the resort’s Palm Centre management offices. With eight villas completed, there are a further ten homes under construction with over $56M in contracts being bid locally to contractors from the BVI. The next phase of development includes the completion of the Marina Village by the end of 2014 and completion of additional back of house facilities and a utility distribution centre. Development at Oil Nut Bay is also strictly controlled with an emphasis on energy conservation through the use of renewable energy options – the developer has initiated a Community Stewardship programme whereby each sale at Oil Nut Bay will generate income for a community fund. Recent developments in North South include a small, exclusive estate community only accessible by sea, which commenced construction in the latter half of 2013 after several years in the planning; this included the submission of detailed environmental reports. The project is designed to be ecologically sensitive, with an environmental team headed up by a leading expert in marine biology. Blunder Bay Estates will provide an attractive niche market between its larger neighbours, catering, as it intends, to owners who value the ambience of a retreat and a peaceful place to build a villa of their dreams, close enough to, and yet far enough away from, the busier marinas and resorts at the other end of the Sound. Comprising just 10 estate lots, ranging in size from 1 acre to more than 2.25 acres, Blunder Bay Estates is located opposite Mosquito Island at the entrance to North Sound. The development will focus on a family orientated experience with a range of common facilities, including a Managers Residence, a 12-foot-wide road within a 24-foot-wide easement which will provide access to each lot, fibre optics and high-speed internet access to each villa, beach recreation areas and watersports facilities. Four of the lots will have private docks while the remainder of the lots will have a shared dock facility. While much has changed in terms of new luxury development and exposure to new markets, the overall ambience of North Sound remains



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focused on water sports activities taking advantage of the sheltered waters of the Sound. Complementing the new development are the existing resort facilities at Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek, Saba Rock Resort and Leverick Bay Resort and Marina, each of which caters to a different section of the tourist market. At the heart of North Sound is Gun Creek, a charming community adjacent to Leverick Bay which houses many of the local population who staff the resorts and provide many additional services to the guests and tourists who frequent North Sound. Any article on North Sound would not be complete without a mention of Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s first base in the BVI, which is now synonymous with luxury island rentals. After a devastating fire destroyed the main house in the summer of 2011, Sir Richard and his family have dedicated the last two years to rebuilding the Great House with the project completed in the summer of 2013. While maintaining the ambience of the original structure, the new Great House combines the attributes of a private home with the necessities of resort living. Necker Island’s impact on North Sound and the BVI cannot be underestimated with many A-List celebrities and wealthy entrepreneurs now familiar with the BVI as a result of a trip to this property. With development, change will inevitably come to North Sound. Increased boat traffic and development of previously untouched hillsides have the potential to change the very fabric of the Sound. However, carefully managed, North Sound can continue to provide tourists with an un-spoilt destination, cater to wealthy investors in the various residential resort projects, and provide the back drop for the international yachting regattas, visiting yachts and super yachts. The stakeholders in the Sound need to manage the resources for the future and ensure that North Sound remains the favoured hotspot in the BVI.

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By Susie Younkle, Home-Cook and Sailor It’s high season in the Virgin Islands, and houses and boats are filled with

moderate spiciness. Local supermarkets can meet the majority of your

seasonal residents and their visitors.

spice needs. Road Town specialty stores Best of British and Sunny Caribbee

This permits the opportunity to welcome hungry guests with a fragrant and delicious island-inspired chicken curry. Curries are great crowd pleasing dishes as they yield a large quantity

also carry an excellent array of spices, with Sunny Caribbee offering proprietary curry blends. A curry can easily be repurposed as a roti, a hugely popular Caribbean dish consisting of a seasoned tortilla-like flatbread stuffed with curried

and can be prepared in advance. As a bonus, curries usually taste better the next day, once the flavours

meat (often chicken), fish, shellfish or vegetables. Preparation of roti skins

have had a chance to meld. Most curries also fit my guidelines for cooking

requires time, space and a bit of expertise—generally too much work for

on a boat in the Caribbean: the ingredients are readily available and no complicated techniques or equipment are involved. ‘Curry’ is a widely varying word for dishes that contain meat, fish or vegetables in a highly aromatic sauce. To add seasonings to a

a boat. Instead, look for excellent locally-produced skins in the freezer section of BVI supermarkets. Top a roti with mango chutney and serve with a side of rice and a simple salad for a quick and tasty meal. A few years ago, I spent an extended winter season cruising the

curry, the gold standard involves

Eastern Caribbean between

grinding whole, fresh spices and hand mixing them.

Grenada and Puerto Rico.

Although I occasionally

My husband Matt and

create my own spice

I quickly fell into a

blend, I typically opt

routine when we arrived on a new

for high quality

island, which also


usually meant a

curry powder

new country. After

for the sake of convenience and

clearing customs

space constraints

& immigration, we would buy local

on a boat.

rum or beer and

Curry powders

then seek out the

differ significantly

best roti in town to

in their ingredients and degree of

accompany our drinks.

heat, so check labels

Each island has its own variations in creating rotis

carefully when buying

with specific spices, levels of

curry powder. For example,

heat and combinations of meat,

standard British-style curry

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makes curries particularly fun food to sample when travelling in the Caribbean.

Chicken and Potato Curry

This is a very fragrant curry, but not too spicy. Add a few dashes of hot sauce if you like your curry spicier. 4 Tbs butter 1 c chopped onion 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbs finely minced fresh ginger 3 Tbs curry powder 1 ½ lbs boned chicken pieces, cut in 1” cubes 8 oz plain yogurt 6 oz can tomato paste 1 tsp salt 2 lbs peeled baking potato, cut in ½” pieces 3/4 c coconut milk 1 ½ c water 1 c chopped tomato

Hot sauce – for serving

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook onion, garlic, and ginger until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add chicken and sauté until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add yogurt, tomato paste, salt, potato, coconut milk and water to pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer approximately 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender. Serve over basmati rice. Top curry mixture with chopped tomato. Makes 6-8 servings.

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This beautiful property is perched on the Haver’s Hillside - mimicking the bow of a ship with panoramic breathtaking views of Sir Francis Drakes Channel. Each of the three bedrooms has the same unobstructed views. The trade winds flowing throughout the house make this a cooly comfortable island retreat.

Superbly decorated and furnished villa located in the Long Bay Resort. Privately owned the villa has three selfcontained guest suites making it ideal for families, groups or couples. The Penthouse Suite has a King bed, vaulted ceilings with ceiling fan, AC,. kitchenette, lovely balcony with seating area.



Villa from $290 per night

Villa from $450 per night

Solaria is perched on the hillside above the Long Bay Beach Resort and offers wonderful 180-degree views of Jost Van Dyke and Sandy Cay. The interiors are furnished in relaxed tropical fashion with cool tiled floors and Caribbean colors.


Villa from $3750 per night

Located in Long Bay Resort,Villa Valentina has three levels. Each level is a self-contained guest suite. Can be rented whole or as separate accommodations. Adaptable and ideal for families, groups or couples.

Located high above the white sand beaches of Cane Garden Bay and the aquamarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Mango Manor is the ideal getaway providing the ultimate in luxury vacations.



Villa from $415 per night

Villa from $336 per night




Villa from $308 per night

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Villa from $700 per night

The home invites cool breezes and ample air flow into every room. Large doors open wide to fresh, flora-infused breezes, circulating through the main bedroom and tunneling through the living room.

Captain's House is deservedly popular. Well laid out with two king-size bedrooms in separate pavilions, it is beautifully designed to offer space, privacy and wondrous views over the ocean.

Maritha Keil (Broker) m: 284.340.5500/5555 Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.

The charm and beauty of this villa, with pleasing decoration, antiques and original Caribbean artwork ease the senses, making St. Bernard's Hill a relaxing and perfect vacation destination.

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A private retreat enabling guests to enjoy a peaceful sanctuary and memorable sunsets. Designed around a central swimming pool terrace the villa is formed of three separate pavillions with each room having ocean views and cooling breeze.

Just 42 feet above the beach, with stunning 180-degree views over the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands, Bayhouse was designed mixing classical Caribbean elements and modern, contemporary style.

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one of the most stunning houses sitting on the Caribbean Sea. Offering seaside swimming & snorkeling right from your front deck; and dramatic views of luscious nearby Caribbean islands, enhanced by the setting sun and spectacular sunrises.



4-bed, 3.5 bath house with spectacular views over Road Harbor. Only a 3-mins drive into Road Town. 0.546 acres of landscaped land with swimming pool, and is sold fully furnished.






This waterfront property has a 100-foot dock and a golfcart vehicle to transport you to the house. There are 2 moorings in 10 feet of water. Spanish-Moorish design, white alabaster façade and heavy redwood timbered doors. 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Two other bedrooms are in the nearby guesthouse.


Between Cooper Island and Virgin Gorda, Ginger Island has a large heart-shaped bay that only a few experienced sailors enjoy as a private retreat; a great advantage to any developer who wishes to maintain client privacy and seclusion.



2-bedroom 2-bath home on Ridge Road in Tortola with magnificent views of the harbour and outlying islands. There is also a private 1-bedroom 1bath guesthouse in the gardens below. Perfect for the working family.


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Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated

Two Villa property set on almost 1 1/2 acres on the Northeast coast of Tortola. Each Villa enjoys ocean and beach views and is just a few minutes walk down the hill to Little Bay, a white sand beach off the tourist track. A central pool and sun deck separates both villas, ensuring maximum privacy.


Two bedrooms on upper level, master bedroom on ground floor with en suite bathroom and private deck. The patio is ideal for outdoors entertaining and is a pleasant place to sit and admire the view.



Traditional West Indian 3-bed, 3-bath, estate home has a remarkable view from its perch 400 feet above sea level. The 2.36 acres are professionally landscaped. Includes generator, laundry, garage, boat and two cars.


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4-bed, 4-! bath villa in the verdant hillside Shannon estate on the North of Tortola with spectacular views of Jost van Dyke. The great-room, kitchen, living & dining open up to the swimming pool terrace.



4-bed, 4-bath luxurious residence offering seclusion, serenity and majestic views that express nature’s d r a m a t i c s e a s c ap e s . B e a u t i f u l landscaping. Private dock and marina facilities.


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Trunk Bay 5 bedrooms Steps to beach Exceptional rental history $5.3m

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5 bedrooms Breathtaking views $5.5m

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Last few remaining! Optional rental program, beach, pool, spa, gym, shops, restaurants, full marina facilities.

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TOAD HALL T H E B AT H S $6,000,000 Within the boulders at The

Baths. The most unique, romantic villa in Virgin Gorda.

T U R T L E B AY H O U S E N A I L B AY $2,750,000 Beautifully refurbished Villa,

4 beds and pool, steps to sandy beach, sunset views

RAKU C R O O K B AY $5,500,000 2 acres, freehold, custom beachfront home. No other BVI

LAVIDA N A I L B AY $5,500,000 Brand new contemporary

home finished to this standard.

D ’A R C Y ’ S R U N A W A Y LIT TLE TRUNK BEACH $2,500,000

R A M B U TA N N A I L B AY $2,200,000 4 bedrooms with pool. Right

LA CACHET TE T H E B AT H S $1,995,000 4 bedroom vacation home with

on the beach. Indonesia meets Caribbean in some style!

pool adjacent to The Baths National Park. Lovely views and breezes.

2 acres! 3 bedrooms. Walk to pristine Little Trunk Beach. Lovely stonework, boulders and views.

HARBOUR HOUSE L E V E R I C K B AY $1,200,000 4 bed, studio apt, North Sound

views from one of best Lots at Leverick Bay. Walk to Marina.

S AT O R I V I L L A S M A H O E B AY $2,950,000 6 beds, 2 villas, 2 pools, fabulous

5 bedroom home on the

AQUAMARE M A N G O B AY $4,500,000 One of three 8,000sqft beachfront Villas. Setting a new

beach with large infinity pool.

standard for luxury in the BVI

glorious ocean and sunset views.

ISLAND HOME TOO LAN Y MOR S PA N I S H T O W N N A I L B AY $1,200,000 $1,200,000 Architectural gem, 3/4 acre Lot Rare 2 acre lot on hill above beneath Gorda Peak National Spanish Town. Lovely 4 bed Park. Breathtaking views. home set in beautiful gardens.




Mahoe Bay beach!. Freehold with


$1,950,000 Walk to the beach from this fabulous 4 bedroom home with pool. Simply stunning views of North Sound!



Stunning ocean , island & sunset views, 3 beaches, infrastucture completed to high standard.

Choice of exclusive beach and hillside lots in ultra upscale developments. Call for more info.


3 bed with pool vacation villa, one Lot off the water. Walk to beach, bar, marina, pool T W I S T O F FAT E



Walk to this beach from versatile income producing 2 condo’s in one! O L D E YA R D V I L L A G E



Choice of convenient, well appointed condos. Pool, gardens, gym. tennis.

Call in to our offices at Nanny Cay Marina (Tortola) or Spanish Town (Virgin Gorda).

For all of your real estate needs, Smiths Gore is one of the pre-eminent real estate advisors Smiths Gore provides in depth residential services covering all the islands.



Frenchman’s Look Out US$7,495,000




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Sterling House US$5,500,000




Samsara US$2,975,000



Pelican House US$1,645,000

Palm Grove Villa US$450,000

Aquamare US$4,500,000

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Bay House US$4,200,000







Villa @ Little Dix Bay US$4,200,000



Golden Pavilion US$7,750,000

Pinewood US$930,000









100 Pond Bay US$6,700,000

British Virgin Islands Britannic Hall, P.O. Box 135, , Tortola Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, Virgin Gorda RT (284) 494 2446 VG (284) 495 5944 E

United Kingdom 17-18 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PT T +44 (0) 207 290 1616 E

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.

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T 1(284) 494 2446 F 1(284) 494 2141 E

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 legacy 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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