Virgin Islands Property & Yacht | January/February 2022 | North Sound Special

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OIL NUT BAY ON THE MAP The acclaimed resort’s Marina Village is a must-stop destination for sailors and locals.

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NORTH SOUND DIARY

WHI M SI C A L DAYS S P E NT SAI L I N G P RI ST I NE WAT E R S

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VIRGIN GORDA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

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This spectacular beachfront estate has six ensuite bedrooms in four beautifully decorated air-conditioned pavilions, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. A great room, office/library, dining room and fully-outfitted kitchen comprise the main pavilion. Outdoor amenities include an ocean-front infinity pool, lighted tennis court, and private decks. Paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel equipment, bicycles and other beach and recreational equipment are provided. The property is just steps away from The Baths, Virgin Gorda’s famous destination, and two unspoiled beaches, Little Trunk Bay and Valley Trunk Bay. A private movie theater, daily maid service, state-of-the art gym and a chef complete the villa’s offerings.


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M O S K I T O I S L A N D

LIME TREE BAY US$22,500,000

SEASIDE ESCAPE Little Bay, Tortola, US$4,250,000

VILLA KATSURA, LITTLE DIX BAY Virgin Gorda | US$40,000,000

VILLA DULCINEA Belmont, Tortola, US$2,500,000

CALYPSO VILLA, CROOK BAY Virgin Gorda | US$3,500,000

SILVER PALMS Long Bay, Tortola US$2,200,000

PINEAPPLE PLACE Belmont, Tortola US$1,995,000

SEA PALMS BEACH FRONT VILLA Virgin Gorda | US$2,950,000 TRANQUILITY Little Bay, Tortola US$1,350,000

BLUE MOON, SPANISH TOWN Virgin Gorda | US$995,000 ELYSIUM Little Bay, Tortola US$1,250,000

Maritha Keil (Managing Broker) Maritha Keil (Managing Broker) +1284 340 5555 | maritha@bvisir.com +1284 340 5555 | maritha@bvisir.com

BLU TORTU Belmont, Tortola, US$1,950,000

HAWK’S NEST SEASIDE, CROOK BAY Virgin Gorda | US$6,000,000

SUMMERSALT Belmont, Tortola US$1,650,000

BELOVED VILLA Virgin Gorda | US$2,250,000 OUTER BANKS Brewer’s Bay, Tortola US$2,400,000

Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated

V I R G I N G O R D A

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SAMSARA VILLA | SHANNON ESTATE | $1,600,000


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M O S K I T O I S L A N D

LIME TREE BAY US$22,500,000

CALYPSO VILLA, CROOK BAY Virgin Gorda | US$3,500,000

HAWK’S NEST SEASIDE, CROOK BAY Virgin Gorda | US$6,000,000

SEA PALMS BEACH FRONT VILLA Virgin Gorda | US$2,950,000

BLUE MOON, SPANISH TOWN Virgin Gorda | US$995,000

BELOVED VILLA Virgin Gorda | US$2,250,000

Maritha Keil (Managing Broker) +1284 340 5555 | maritha@bvisir.com

Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated

V I R G I N G O R D A

VILLA KATSURA, LITTLE DIX BAY Virgin Gorda | US$40,000,000


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The Baths, Virgin Gorda.

CHART YOUR COURSE. AND FEEL FREE TO WANDER. Discover one of nature’s best-kept secrets when you cruise into the British Virgin Islands. Set among 60 islands, cays, atolls and isles, this destination is overflowing with unique culture, good food and endless adventures. Stop in to see what it’s all about and then plan your trip back to immerse yourself deeper.

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Message from the Premier of the Virgin Islands Honourable Andrew A. Fahie Welcome, one and all As Premier of these beautiful islands, we are delighted to welcome you with BVILOVE to our home, the British Virgin Islands. Our small cluster of islands with secluded anchorages, splendid beaches, a world-class marine industry, and favourable trade winds, has combined to earn us the reputation of “Sailing Capital of the World.” Our magnificent archipelago has re-emerged to showcase even more stunning, pristine land and seascapes. But more significantly, as a people emerging from recent adversity, we have shown resilience and returned to our core values, which we call BVILOVE. BVILOVE is a mantra that unites not only the people of the territory but resonates through all the sectors of the economy and the various aspects of our lives. We love our British Virgin Islands, and we invite you to love this territory too. In fact, we know that many of our loyal guests have had a lifetime love affair with the British Virgin Islands, and first-time guests quickly embrace us as well. I am pleased to say that we have a renewed focus on showcasing authentic experiences in the British Virgin Islands, celebrating our people, our culture, and rich heritage of hospitality. I congratulate and express thanks to Virgin Islands Property & Yacht magazine for joining us in spreading BVILOVE with this special issue that focuses on the jewel in the crown of Virgin Gorda–the North Sound. I am sure you will enjoy the many stories, beautiful resorts, talented people and spectacular scenery being profiled. However, we hope that your encounter with BVILOVE does not end in the pages of this magazine, but that you will explore our many islands and cays and truly indulge in the many authentic experiences that we have to offer. Experience our local cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs or local cooks–I’m sure you will love our national dish of fungi and fish; go sailing with our many experienced captains and explore secret getaways, where cobalt blue waves splash against powder white sand beaches; take a safari bus over our lush green hillsides for the most spectacular views; meet some of our colourful characters who are guaranteed to make your visit memorable; discover our many attractions from museums in Tortola, the colourful, laidback beach bars on Jost Van Dyke and nearby cays, the Greater Baths National Park in Virgin Gorda, the Conch Shell Mounds in Anegada and the many other unique experiences found throughout our entire chain of islands. At the end of your trip, we believe that the only difficulty you will face will be that of choosing your favourite island. If you are visiting, I implore you to take time for what I would describe as an amazing combination of pleasurable activities, unforgettable sightseeing adventures, and nature-induced relaxation, which will rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. Our people are eager to welcome all visitors to our territory, whether you are a repeat visitor or if you are making your maiden voyage to the British Virgin Islands. Welcome again and thank you for making the British Virgin Islands your destination of choice. Do have an enjoyable visit with us, and we look forward to greeting you with BVILOVE on your next visit! With BVILOVE, Premier Hon. Andrew A. Fahie

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20 62 N O RT H S O U N D S P E C I A L

20 OI L N UT BAY MARI NA VI LLAG E

A destination for charter boats, villa guests and locals alike.

32 N O RTH SO U N D DIARY A whimsical diary of a journey around the North Sound on a charter yacht.

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58 A LI FELO N G LOVE AFFAI R

62 D ELISH

A look into Esther Wheatley’s life and love for Virgin Gorda.

What to do when your lemon tree is plentiful.

P R O P E RT Y

46 We profile some of the hottest real estate in the North Sound and surrounding neighbourhoods.

R EG U L A RS

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PU B LISH ER’ S LETTER

1 8 ISLAND MAP Explore the BVI

40 MORE SWEET THAN BITTER The iconic Bitter End Yacht Club reopens, better than ever.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

Welcome

Photographed by Carolina Ansaldo. Wardrobe by Arawak, hair by Studio One Salon & Spa.

On our cover

TO OUR NEW issue, and the new year. We’ve got North Sound fever! Right now, this dream BVI destination is abuzz with boats loaded with tourists and locals alike having fun on the water and checking out all the world-class properties in this magical little part of the BVI. I love my job, and as part of it, on occasion I get to take a sneak peak behind the scenes at some really special properties. Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Bitter End Yacht Club 2.0. General manager Patrick and assistant manager Alyssa kindly took Charlie Bufton and I on a tour of the brand-new resort. The attention to detail, quality and thought put into the construction really struck me. So much care was taken to preserve and re-use many original pieces of the resort; from the original staff boat that has become a beach bar, to timber, and many iconic reminders of days gone by at Bitter End. BEYC 2.0 is a thoughtful, sustainable, upcycled masterpiece. Read all about Bitter End rising in our feature on page 40. And as if a sneak-peak at BEYC 2.0 wasn’t enough, we were whisked off to Oil Nut Bay Marina Village and hosted for lunch at NOVA Restaurant by Oil Nut Bay’s director of marketing, Shaylene Todd (meet Shaylene in “People in this issue” on page 14). We were spoiled rotten with the incredible gourmet sushi boat and a crisp glass of rose–a match that is truly made in heaven on a warm afternoon in the North Sound. Oil Nut Bay Marina Village should be on every charter yacht’s “must do” list. It’s a one-stop shop for charter guests with exquisite dining at NOVA Restaurant, barista coffee and provisions, shopping (for him and her), water sports and premium amenities, all set in the most beautiful, upscale over-water property. Read more about Oil Nut Bay’s Marina Village in our exclusive cover feature on page 20. Many who lived in and frequented the BVI prior to 2017 will remember Fat Virgin’s Cafe that was lovingly owned and run by Esther Wheatley. VIPY’s Anika Christopher spoke with Esther about her life after Fat Virgin’s. You can read her story on page 58. In our Delish feature on page 62 we give you some ideas about what to do when your lemon tree delivers a healthy crop. Have fun out there.

Erin

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS TOURIST BOARD Experience the cool vibes at Oil Nut Bay Marina Village, featuring BVI saxophonist Kamau Georges. Photography by Oil Nut Bay.


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A born and bred Canadian, Shaylene joined the Oil Nut Bay team at the end of 2019 as their director of sales and marketing. No stranger to the Caribbean, Shaylene made the move to the BVI after living in Belize for six years, and felt immediately at home in the sailing capital, having previously worked as a first mate and chef on chartered catamarans. Passionate about the sun, sand and sea and with both a creative side and an exceptional drive, it’s now her mission to bring Oil Nut Bay’s story to the world. She is honoured to be a part of their world-class team, under their visionary chairman, David V. Johnson, and is eager to foster meaningful partnerships on behalf of the ultra-luxe community both inside and outside the BVI. She is joined in the BVI by her loving partner, Luke, and her adorable dog, Beau.

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T R E N D S , I N S P I RAT I O N & O B J E C T S O F D E S I R E

N E WS G ET TH E LOO K FROM NAMI FO R LU N CH AT N OVA Lunch at NOVA Restaurant calls for a minimal but chic dress code and no other brand does this better than MYRASWIM. The seamless Rhoads one piece paired with full-length flowing resortstyle pants are perfect for pool to bar while at NOVA. Jazz things up with statement earrings and a bracelet, a sophisticated pair of sunglasses, chic boater hat from Lack of Color and tote from Mar y Sol. All available from NAMI Resort & Swim, Romasco Building (opposite Social Security Board), Road Town, Tortola. Tel: 284 496 8989, email: namibvi@gmail.com

LE FT NOVA, Oil Nut Bay. B E LOW, CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LE FT

MYRASWIM Rhoads one piece $209, MYRASWIM Dalton pants $170, Balfour earrings $259, Spencer wide brimmed boater $135, Sylvie bracelet $199, Prince matte black sunglasses $119, Cyprus tote $135.

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MAD E FO R RU D E G I RLS

Rude Swim highlights the talent of the Caribbean in both its creation and its promotion.

Rude Swim, a new breed of swimwear, is created by BVI-born and raised Kezzia Gray. Kezzia’s inspiration comes from growing up in a place where women fiercely embrace their bodies, culture and lifestyle. Rude Swim accentuates the true Caribbean lifestyle; not what you see in postcards. Each piece is thoughtfully handmade in small batches from upcycled materials to form a soft and durable swim fabric. After visiting Indonesia multiple times while traveling, Kezzia chose an ethical workshop to create her sustainable swimwear line. Comes in sizes S-XL with sizing aimed for a true to size fit. Kezzia plans to add more sizes to ensure the brand is inclusive for all bodies.

Rude Swim is available at NAMI Resort & Swim, Romasco Building (opposite Social Security Board), Road Town, Tortola. Tel: 284 496 8989, email: namibvi@gmail.com. The range will be moving into other stores on other islands and online soon.

BODY CARE FOR GUYS & GIRLS Introducing Ballsy for Men–because the ladies have had their own products for ages, so let’s give the guys a chance. This range of men’s hygiene products fight sweat, odor and irritation on those private man parts. No parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic dye and 100% cruelty free. Packed full of plant extracts, essential oils and other highquality natural ingredients that are safe for your sack. Beach Powder and Beach Powder Shimmer allow you to say goodbye to sandy skin. Beach Powder is a talc-free, eco-friendly powder that removes sand from your body and leaves a sun-shiny, lustrous shimmer on the skin. Heading to the beach bar? Beach Powder Shimmer is perfect for glamour at the beach, and for all your beachperfect Instagram-moments!

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Available from Nutmeg & Co., Road Town’s Flagship Gift Shop & Gallery. 164 Waterfront Drive. Tel: 284 494 1426, WhatsApp 284 342 9993. @facebook.com.nutmegandcobvi.

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H O U S E O F G U CCI Channel Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani with beautifully paired ladies’ Gucci sunglasses and watch. These Gucci pieces, and many more are available at House of Luxury, Tortola Pier Park, phone: 284 443 3030 or email: sales@houseofluxurybvi.com.

Gucci ladies watch $1,050 and sunglasses $1,090.

STU D I O O N E CELEB RATES On January 14, Studio One Salon & Spa celebrates eight-years of pampering our community, with many stories to be told. Co-owner Nicoleta Bongarth is known for her high standard of customer service, and has been in the spa and beauty business for over 20 years. Second owner Che Pemberton, an economist by day, also holds a qualification in salon and spa management. For their anniversary celebration, Studio One has partnered with eight other local businesses for an amazing raffle and prize giveaway including Mi Amor, Trefle, Arawak, David Thomson Photography, French Deli, BVI Gin, Cake Fantasies & Ajax’s Institute of Cosmetology. Part of the proceeds from the raffle go to Ajax’s Institute of Cosmetology in Virgin Gorda.

FROM LEFT: Che, Nicoleta, Isabelle, Dwight & Mignolia.

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Join the team at Studio One Salon & Spa to celebrate their eight-year anniversary in style! January 14 from 5pm, 130 Main Street, Road Town, Tortola. WhatsApp: 284 346 5622.

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EXPLORE THE BVI The British Virgin Islands, part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, comprises of four main islands–Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada, and some 50 smaller islands Guana Island

JOST VAN DYKE

Little Jost Van Dyke

Great Tobago

Shark Bay

Green Cay Diamond Cay White Bay

Little Tobago

BREWERS BAY

Sandy Spit

GREAT HARBOUR

Little Harbour

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Soper's Hole

Little Thatch

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West End

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Road Harbor

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APPLE Belmont LONG BAY BAY Smuggler's Cove

Steele Pt.

Monke Lamb Bay

Josiah's Bay

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Great Thatch

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Sandy Cay Ballast Bay

M RO DF N A

Cooper Trunk Bay Bay

Road Town CAN GARDEN BAY

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SEA COWS BAY

Bran Slaney Pt

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Pockwood Pond

Nanny Cay

Frenchmans Cay

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Great Harbour

Little Harbour

Pelican Island The Indans

Flannagan The Bight Island The Caves

Key Point

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Benures Bay

Norman


Bones Bight

Soldier’s Point

Windas Bight

Lobiolly Bay

Pomato Point Setting Point

Nutmeg Point

Necker Island Moskito Island

Prickly Pear Island

Seal Dog

Great Camanoe

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North Sound Long Bay

George Dog

The Dogs

North Bay

Scrub Island West Dog

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Lee Bay

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Little Camanoe

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Long Bay

Marina Cay Trellis Bay

Spanish Town Spring Bay

Deadman’s Bay

Ginger Island

THE VALLEY

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Tortola 1. J. R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens 2. Main Street 3. Queen Elizabeth II National Park 4. Old Goverment House Museum 5. 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum 6. Sage Mountain National Park 7. North Shore Shell Museum 8. Fort Burt 9. Fort Recovery 10. William Thornton's Estate ruins 11. The Dungeon 12. St. Phillips Anglican Church 13. Josiah’s Bay Plantation 14. The Windmill at Mount Healthy National Park 15. Callwood Rum Distillery 16. Green VI Glass Studio 17. Shark Bay National Park 18. Soper’s Hole

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Copper Mine Pt.

Manchioneel Bay

Rhone Marine 24 Park

Dead Chest

Peter Island

Round Rock White Horse

Big West End

Salt Island

n Island

Lower Soldier Bay

Fallen Jerusalem

Sir Francis ake Channel

South Bay The Sound

South Bay

Carval Rock

Cooper Island

Markoe Bay

KEY Port of Entry / Airport Port of Entry / Ferry Ferry Routes Historic site

Peter Island Bluff

Benchers Bay

South Sound

Crooks Bay

Devil’s Bay

Buck Island

Eustasia Island Saba Rock Oil Nut Bay

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The Baths

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Savanna Bay

Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour

Fat Hogs Bay

Biras Leverick Creek Bay

Mahoe Bay

Great Dog

Beef Island

MAYA COVE

Nail Bay

Little Dix Bay

ndywine Bay

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ANEGADA

West End

National Park site Shipwreck Anchorages & Marinas Swimming beach

Virgin Gorda 19. Spring Bay National Park 20. Little Fort National Park 21. Nail Bay Sugar Mill Ruins 22. The Copper Mine National Park 23. Gorda Peak National Park Other Islands 24. R. M. S. Rhone National Park 25. Prickly Pear National Park 26. Prickly Pear Island 27. Sandy Cay National Park

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Oil Nut Bay Marina Village has it all – a marina, the unparalleled NOVA Restaurant, cafe, shopping, provisions, premium amenities for charter guests and coming soon, a day spa.

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D EST I N AT I O N U N LIMITED Oil Nut Bay is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Now, a taste of that luxury lifestyle is available to all guests at Oil Nut Bay Marina Village. Be sure to include it on your itinerary! BY C H A R L I E B U F TO N P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y O I L N U T B AY

ON THE FURTHEST east tip of Virgin Gorda, in the North Sound, sits Oil Nut Bay. Flanked by the cerulean waters of the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the other, this ultra-luxurious 400-acre resort is just a stone’s throw from the prestigious Necker and Moskito islands, Eustatia and Saba Rock. It’s arguably one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the world. For those dreaming of their next island escape, it doesn’t come much better than this idyllic retreat. Accessible only by boat or helicopter, Oil Nut Bay is the epitome of luxury island living. Every amenity awaits you, whether you are a homeowner or a villa guest.

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E XC L U S I V E C OV E R F E AT U R E

Renowned BVI saxophonist Kamau Georges is a Sunday brunch staple, playing his chilled tunes at NOVA Restaurant.

The private beach club has threetiered swimming pools and a swim-up bar surrounded by landscaped tropical grounds, multiple restaurants with world-class dining options, two tennis courts, helipads, a gym and wellness centre, and exclusive rental villas. You can choose to dine at one of the three exquisite restaurants on-site or eat in the comfort of your villa with a private chef or their “ONB Eats” food delivery service. Heading the food and beverage team at the resort is Daniel Echasseriau (formerly of Belmond La Samanna,

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‘We’re thrilled to see the North Sound come back to life this season’ SHAYLENE TODD Saint Martin), who brings 24-years of luxury hospitality and fine dining experience to the property. Known for their meticulously high-end property developments, Oil Nut Bay uses only the finest architects and leading industry artisans to construct their exquisite island homes, supervising the design and buildout every step of the way. As a result, the

resort is constantly evolving. It has the home-sites land ready for building, breathtaking turn-key villas for sale, and luxurious, ecologically engineered villas in the extensive rental portfolio. Post-Irma, the management added Oil Nut Bay Marina Village, the only public area of the property, which has seen further expansion of its own since it first opened in 2018.

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Oil Nut Bay, although geographically attached to Virgin Gorda, is more of an island—accessible only by boat or helicopter.

Oil Nut Bay Marina Village

A full-service marina, available to everyone, Oil Nut Bay Marina Village comprises 93 slips, 11 mooring balls and a host of other facilities. It’s home to NOVA, an overwater restaurant and bar with a suspended swimming pool, hammocks and daybeds. There are air-conditioned marina showers, retail boutiques, a coffee shop, and a well-stocked market for your wine and provisions, locally grown coffee, freshly baked pastries, and tempting takeaway sushi.

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A dip in the pool at Oil Nut Bay Marina Village, with its magnificent views over the north-eastern end of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound, including Deep Bay and Eustatia Sound.


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The perfect overnight stop en route to Anegada, Oil Nut Bay Marina, is suitable for boats up to 130ft and 8ft draft, with channel markers leading from Saba Rock and the Bitter End Yacht Club, making a straightforward approach to their docks. First, restock your boat at the market and ensure that you have ample wine and provisions for the rest of your charter. Then, fill your water and load up with ice before you continue to explore the islands. Finally, don’t forget to include time for a meal and a swim at NOVA restaurant. This season alone, the marina village has added two new retail boutiques, an on-site water sports centre with an instructor, and revitalised the experience at NOVA restaurant with a brand-new menu, making this stop an absolute must on your itinerary.

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Enjoy the breezy al-fresco dining experience as the shell chandelier gently rustles overhead. NOVA Restaurant

NOVA’s exciting new menu options now include a selection of generous sharing platters and sushi boats, perfect for larger groups or hungry crew. Immaculately presented, they are sure to wow the whole table. The dishes bring influence from all over the globe with bold flavours and creative plating from NOVA’s chef de cuisine, Maria Furdui. There is also an additional vegan menu. New manager, Quinton Maclear, leads the restaurant team. Enjoy the breezy al-fresco dining experience as the shell chandelier gently rustles overhead. Attentive service, an extensive wine list, and their

ABOVE NOVA’s brand new Menu includes a range of sushi dishes that are to die for. RIGHT NOVA Restaurant at Oil Nut Bay Marina Village should be top of the list when visiting the North Sound. The perfect day out for villa guests and locals; and stop off for charter guests on the way to Anegada.

delicious hand-crafted cocktails perfectly complement your meal. The weekend brings their popular “rosé Saturday” promotion and bottomless mimosas and Marys for brunch on Sundays, with live music from Kamau Georges. On Tuesday nights, the NOVA restaurant team has a DJ playing chilled-out island vibes at sunset and then upping the tempo after dinner for a mid-week party you don’t want to miss.

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The four new marina rental villas currently under construction will join the existing three in the collection, which are proving exceptionally popular and quick to rent. Each with its own private pool and spacious terrace, the villas are impeccably finished and elegantly decorated with views over the Marina Village and the ocean beyond. Floor-toceiling sliding glass doors onto the sun-soaked deck area let in plenty of natural light, and beautifully light the clean white living spaces. Furnishings are kept tastefully neutral with lots of wood, glass and other natural materials used. They have en-suite bathrooms with sumptuous soaking tubs, double vanities and outdoor showers, walk-in wardrobes and an open-plan kitchen dining and lounge area. The Marina Villas are available in either two, three or four-bedroom configurations. More exciting developments at the Marina Village continue in early 2022, with the anticipated opening of a new day spa and the completion of four additional luxury Marina rental villas.

New day spa and beach area

Adjacent to NOVA restaurant, the new day spa (opening in spring 2022) will include three treatment rooms– one of which will be large enough for couples’ treatments–two mani-pedi stations and a small hairdressing salon. A hairstylist and masseuse/ esthetician will offer a full menu of spa treatments that you can book in advance of your visit. In front of the day spa, mangroves shield the new beach area, the perfect place to relax after your invigorating treatment.

Luna Boutique and Deep Bay Watersports In November 2021, two new boutiques were opened at the Marina Village, curated by Roy Keegan of

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Winedown Villa, overlooking the Oil Nut Bay Marina Village. Throw open the floor-to-ceiling doors to the spacious deck and sparkling plunge pool. The day spa opening in Spring 2022, completes the luxury offerings at Oil Nut Bay Marina Village.

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ABOVE Learn to e-foil, kite surf, paddle board or wind foil at Deep Bay Watersports. Lessons are offered daily, as well as all the gear you need for your time out on the water. BELOW & LEFT Palmacea, a luxury, sustainable range of swimwear; just one of the many brands available for women from Luna Boutique at Oil Nut Bay Marina Village.

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Arawak BVI. Luna Boutique stocks a collection of high-end resortwear brands, including Australian swimwear, Seafolly. Flowing maxi dresses, beautiful beach coverups and rails of stylish separates and women’s accessories line the walls. Deep Bay Watersports has mens apparel and activewear, including Patagonia and OluKai, the Hawaiian footwear brand. In addition, they now offer kayak and stand-up paddleboard rental, e-foiling, kiteboarding and wing hyrdrofoiling lessons (by appointment) with internationally qualified watersports instructor Tommy Gaunt (of Tommy Gaunt Kitesurfing in Anegada) for those looking for a little more adventure on their vacation.

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ABOVE MoneyPenny is one of Oil Nut Bay’s Marina Villas, a beautifully appointed vacation home. Lavish nautical style living with breathtaking views. LEFT The coffee shop with daily fresh pastries and barista-style coffee, as well as an extensive range of provisioning items, snacks and meals. Guests can stock up on essentials before continuing on charter or day trip.

Children’s activities - nature centre and ranger programme

It’s not just the adults that are so expertly taken care of at Oil Nut Bay, there is plenty for the kids to do too. There’s the Hobbit-inspired Nut House Kid’s Club and the new nature centre, with its beautiful marine and mangrove mural by young Antiguan artist Amaya Cameron. A creative and educational resource filled with information about the local flora and fauna, it will inspire the

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younger generation and help teach them the importance of conservation. The property is packed with wildlife to discover: flamingos, animals in the rescue barn, and the bay filled with turtles and other sea life. This year Oil Nut Bay is adding a ranger programme, with badges that children can collect after completing different environmental lessons and challenges. This is ideal for local schools and repeat guests, as they earn these badges over time. The team at Oil Nut Bay can’t wait

to welcome guests back this season, and predicts a busy and exciting few months as sailors race back to the British Virgin Islands to enjoy the ideal sailing conditions for which the BVI is famous. Shaylene Todd, Oil Nut Bay’s sales and marketing director, says: “We’re thrilled to see the North Sound come back to life this season. Oil Nut Bay is eager to welcome boaters to our Marina Village, to augment their experience in the British Virgin Islands with our worldclass amenities, and to play our part in this territory regaining its position as a top Caribbean destination.” You need to make sure that Oil Nut Bay is on your itinerary when you next visit the BVI. You can see Oil Nut Bay’s location in our “Explore the BVI” map on page 18. ■

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Diary entry found left behind on a charter yacht that had sailed around the BVI. BY TRACI O’DEA

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Sunday morning: I’ve arrived in the North Sound by catamaran from Nanny Cay. We’ve just finished a week of sailing around the British Virgin Islands–Cooper Island, Norman Island, Trellis Bay, Jost Van Dyke, Cane Garden Bay, Sandy Cay, Anegada, Spanish Town. Camping out in the North Sound for a few days to see where the wind takes us.

The North Sound is the name for a protected body of water sheltered by Virgin Gorda and several other islands. It is known for its private islands, pristine beaches, top-notch marinas, exclusive resorts, engaging watersports, divine restaurants, and welcoming bars spanning Moskito Island in the west, Necker Island in the north, Oil Nut Bay to the east, and Leverick Bay to the south. In the centre of this sailing mecca are the newly reopened Saba Rock Resort and the protected nature island of Prickly Pear. For snorkellers and SCUBA divers, the North Sound has almost infinite visibility–the water is so clear, you can forget it’s even there. Kite surfers flock to this part of the Caribbean for the easterly trade winds which funnel between the islands at certain points. The experts will happily share the best spots.

ABOVE Saba Rock Resort recently reopened to rave reviews. Visit for a drink, lunch, dinner or book your stay in their luxurious onsite accommodation. This small but boutique little resort is a must see.

Sunday morning (later): We hop off the catamaran and drive the tender from our mooring ball over shallow seas that are a shade of blue my brain doesn’t believe is possible. Ignoring the distraction of the turquoise waters, I navigate us to Saba Rock Resort where we tie up the RIB on the dock and disembark for Sunday brunch. We don’t leave until the sun goes down.

Only an acre-and-a-half in size, Saba Rock Resort is one of the tiniest resorts in the North Sound, but it has a huge heart. The destruction from Hurricane Irma gave the owners an opportunity to rebuild Saba Rock from the ground up. The quirky and cosy rooms are decorated with surf boards, nautical knots, pictures of the past, and historical touches. The island also features a lovely grassy lawn for lazing around while sipping cocktails and a gorgeous beach for sunning, swimming, and snorkelling.

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Monday afternoon: I slink off the bow of the catamaran into the womb-like waters and snorkel around the boat, spying parrot fish, moon jellies, and a green sea turtle. Back on the boat, I sip on a cold beer with lime while watching the kite surfers straighten their lines before they take off from Eustatia Sound. The wind catches their kites, and they become liaisons between the sea and sky, navigating both elements with the joy and ease of sea birds.

Eustatia is a private island for hire. The 35 acres can be hired for groups of up to 14 guests at a time. Included with luxury accommodation are pristine beaches, gourmet meals, watersports instruction, bespoke cocktails, and a powerboat cruise. The gazebo at the summit of the island provides one of the best vantage points in the North Sound–a 360°-view that includes the nearby islands of Virgin Gorda, Prickly Pear, and Necker. Eustatia Island also boasts sustainability: the island is 100% solar powered; water is collected from cisterns or desalinated; and food and landscape waste is composted for fertiliser. LEFT Eustatia, one of the North Sound’s private islands. A magical, luxury escape. BELOW Necker Island is known the world over for being synonymous with luxury.

Tuesday? Wednesday? I’ve lost track of time: I’m covered in ring-tailed lemurs at Necker Island. This place is wild. But then the gorgeous staff serves us champagne and sushi on a floating platter in the pool, and I remember that Necker Island is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world.

Necker Island allows guests to take over the entire island for 40 guests at a time (up to 54 if it’s for an event or celebration). The Bali-inspired décor feels uplifting and relaxing with a hint of mischief. Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s home, and billionaires, movie stars, hip-hop moguls, and premiere athletes have all stayed here. But unlike some of the other private islands, Necker also opens up a few weeks a year for Celebration Weeks where couples or smaller groups can book a room in one of the villas.


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Some evening … I’m sitting on a sun lounger at SandBox Bar & Grille on Prickly Pear Island watching a magenta sunset turn each ripple on the water into a saucer full of psychedelic cotton candy swirls. When the sun finally disappears beyond the horizon, I turn back to the beach, only to see, rising over Virgin Gorda, the most enormous full moon that seems so close, I feel like I could reach out and stroke the cheek of the man in the moon.

ABOVE SandBox Bar & Grille is also an ideal location for children and families to play in the shallows while watching the kitesurfers charge across crystal clear water.

About a third of Prickly Pear Island is designated Prickly Pear National Park, home to many species of plants, insects, lizards, and birds that can be seen along many of the island’s walking trails. The reefs around Prickly Pear provides some of the best snorkelling in the BVI with stunning corals, sea urchins, fish, crustaceans, and sea turtles. The island is uninhabited, but features the SandBox Bar & Grille on the island’s southernmost point.

Thursday–all day and all night: I’ve heard stories of guests arriving at Bitter End Yacht Club by sea plane. Jealous. We zoomed up on our tender and docked outside before being greeted by some of the friendliest people we’ve met in the Caribbean. Billionaires mingle with beach bums. We were happy to be somewhere in between. We came for brunch and didn’t leave until they kicked us out. There was just too much to do. I even tried paddle boarding (before my first mimosa). And I didn’t fall too many times. I’ll leave the kite surfing and Hobie Cats to the more experienced wind experts … dinner was divine. I can’t get enough Caribbean lobster. Y’all can keep your cold-water lobsters at home. Is it true that fat is more buoyant than muscle? Because I’m floating after my overindulgent day at Bitter End.

The iconic Bitter End Yacht Club has returned after a five-year hiatus of recovery and reconstruction from Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the pandemic. Bitter End basically invented what is now taken for granted in the North Sound–barefoot luxury. In addition to having several restaurants and bars, provisioning services, and a boutique, Bitter End is home to one of the most comprehensive water sports centres in the BVI. BELOW An artist’s rendering of the brand-new Quarterdeck at Bitter End Yacht Club, returning after a five-year hiatus.


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Friday morning: Blunder Bay Estates is the newest property development on Virgin Gorda. Located at the gateway to the North Sound, Blunder Bay Estates comprises 21 acres of untouched beachfront land divided into 10 building plots. The development company looks to construct a 12-berth marina, four private docks, private roads, a helipad, beach facilities, and other amenities.

That’s it. We’ve decided that we have to live here. We met a property developer at Bitter End who clued us in to Blunder Bay. We cruised over on our tender and fell in love with the secluded point that sits at the entrance to the North Sound. What a ridiculous location! Directly across from Moskito Island. We’re seriously considering it. This place has gotten in my blood!

Friday night: We start off with happy hour at Jumbie’s Beach Bar in Leverick Bay. Delicious drinks served by a friendly staff. Live music, good vibes, great food with our feet in the sand. A little dance with some Moko Jumbies. And maybe a few too many painkillers.

Leverick Bay Resort & Marina is a brightly coloured compound comprised of a hotel, rental villas, a spa, marina, beach, bars and restaurants as well as watersports and Arawak Boutique. It’s a place to kick off your shoes and relax without feeling like you’ve accidentally stumbled onto someone’s private island. Everyone is welcome at Leverick Bay.

Friday night (later): It’s midnight. I’m decked out in glow-stick jewellery on the beach at Moskito Island for a party, where a DJ spins dance tracks, partyers wear neon mesh tops over bikinis, laser beams bounce off the palm fronds, and Beyoncé says “hi” while I dig through the cooler for a Diet Coke. Am I allowed to mention that Beyoncé was here? Did I sign an NDA?

ABOVE The iconic Leverick Bay Resort & Marina is a wonderful place for guests with families, boasting shopping, two restaurants, a bar, provisioning, and entertainment with Moko Jumbies and the famous Mr Beans show.

Moskito Island, newly launched and co-owned by Sir Richard Branson, offers three separate estates that can be hired individually for groups of up to 22 guests. The Branson Estate, a multi-level cluster of villas situated on a rugged rocky outcropping on the island’s northeastern tip, includes multiple pools, hot tubs, and a private beach. For sleeker, more contemporary accommodation, the Oasis Estate is centred around a massive wraparound infinity swimming pool with a master accommodation and poolside pods. With thatched-roof huts, cliffside hammocks, and beach access, the Point Estate serves up barefoot luxury.


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So much fun, food and delights at Oil Nut Bay Marina Village. Relax, unwind and treat yourself.

Saturday lunch: I’m never leaving this place. We’ve found an overwater restaurant and lounge, NOVA at Oil Nut Bay. I’m lazing on a daybed that is suspended above the sea. We’ve had the freshest, coldest cocktails delivered to us, and I’m contemplating taking a dip in the pool, which is also suspended over the harbour. Or I might try my hand kite surfing or e-foiling with local professional, Tommy Gaunt out of their Deep Bay Watersports Centre.

Nestled in the northeastern corner of Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay consists of 400 acres of private luxury homes, rental villas, suites, restaurants, pools, bars, a sprawling beach, watersports, game room, market, boutique, coffee shop, tennis courts, and more. Impeccable service and innovative dining are two of the hallmarks of this exclusive resort.

Sunday morning: I woke up early to watch the boats sailing in and to soak up the last few hours in this magical place. My week in the North Sound is over, and we’re going to sail back to Nanny Cay then hop on a plane back home. I will never forget the bluest waters I’ve ever seen, the warm people I’ve met, the many tasty dishes and cocktails I’ve consumed, and the spontaneous adventures that seemed to present themselves at every turn. I’ll be back next year to see what another week in the North Sound may bring. ■

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MORE SWEET THAN BITTER Bitter End Yacht Club is ready to open its doors once again to the legion of guests who flocked here before the hurricanes. BY T R AC I O ’ D E A R E N D E R I N G S A N D P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F B I T T E R E N D YA C H T C L U B


THIS PAGE BEYC2.0 has been completely re-thought with a fresh new look, constructed using repurposed and upcycled materials. BELOW The interior and exterior of the new clubhouse.

A PHOENIX RISING from the destruction and devastation from hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the global pandemic, Bitter End Yacht Club returns, much to the excitement of guests, whether they’re coming from across the world or across the Sound. The original Bitter End Yacht Club was founded in the 1960s, purpose-built by sailors who wanted an outpost in the North Sound. In 1973, the resort was taken over by the Hokin family, who had initially just asked about the possibility of buying one acre for a seaside cottage, but ended up buying the whole place. They have privately owned and operated it since then. For 44 years, Bitter End prospered. The resort served as the ideal hub for kindred spirits to come together and chat about the sea. Olympic sailors, beer can racers, spectators, and celebrities have always been attracted to the resort for its unpretentious, welcoming vibe.

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Hard times

In 2017, Bitter End Yacht Club was completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Kerri Jaffe, chief marketing officer at BEYC says: “We were a direct hit. Almost one hundred structures were destroyed within just a few hours.” The destruction took over a year to clear, and then the family began rebuilding. “No storm of any category could extinguish the Bitter End spirit,” reports the BEYC website. The attitude of “BVI stronger” has prevailed throughout the islands, and Bitter End is no exception. Photos and videos of Bitter End’s decimation were often used to show the destruction of Hurricane Irma. “Seeing it come to life again, after the hurricanes and the pandemic, it’s a shining light after a time that’s been dark for people near and far. It’s rewarding for us and bolstering for the community,” Kerri comments. Throughout the rebuild process, the resort retained several long-term crew members, often retraining them so that they could participate in the renovations.

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‘We surveyed thousands of our guests, and the feedback we received was that it didn’t have to look the same, but it had to feel the same.’ “Our bartender Bacchus was trained to be part of the construction crew for the rebuild, but he’ll be back behind the bar when we reopen,” Kerri mentions. Many former staff who did not stay on will be coming back to Bitter End. “To many people, it is more than a job, it’s a second home,” Kerri says.

Community spirit

“We surveyed thousands of our guests, and the feedback we received was that it didn’t have to look the same, but it had to feel the same,” says Kerri. Though it has the reputation as being the top water sports destination in the Caribbean, Bitter End never feels pretentious. “It’s about the community,” Kerri says, “kindred spirits who come together locally and from all over the world.” Whether you arrive by sea plane or

dinghy, you will always be welcome at Bitter End, that is what makes the resort and marina one of the most popular in the world. The new Bitter End is even better than before. The Nautical Village features a provisioning market with top-of-the-line products. The boutique showcases Bitter End’s own line of fashion and gear for sailing, swimming, surfing, or simply swanning around the resort. Additionally, the new Bitter End now has five drinking and dining experiences to allow guests to have a variety of vibes–from fine dining to a salvaged boat beach bar. The Nautical Village will also have a kids’ club, outdoor movie theater, and of course, a world-class water sports facility for diving, paddle boarding, snorkeling, kite surfing, sailing, wind surfing, and more.

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THIS PAGE Take in the views from the new over-water Marina Lofts. BELOW Bitter End Rising, and the sleek and cosy bedroom suite in the Marina Lofts.

Water lofts

The newest additions to Bitter End Yacht Club are the over-water Marina Lofts. These gorgeous huts are truly designed for lovers of the sea. “They’re magical,” Kerri says. “Two-storey lofts with stunning views over the water with two private decks–one which serves as a private dock–the Marina Lofts have been tailored for active adventurers who are called to the sea.” The lofts are open to the sea breeze, and the two decks offer opportunities to relax and watch the sail boats come and go in the marina. Only two lofts are currently available, but there are plans to build three more. BVI residents who like a staycation at Bitter End need to book these lofts as soon as possible.


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ABOVE Perched above the marina, Upstairs at the Quarterdeck boasts 180 degree views of North Sound. LEFT Reeftique is Bitter End’s fashion boutique, featuring curated fashion and Bitter End’s own line of apparel for watersports enthusiasts. BELOW The Market is BEYC’s elevated gourmet grocery store—a one stop shop for all of your provisioning needs.

The Hokin family originally came to the BVI aboard a 72’ sailing trawler, and the importance of family vacations remains at the center of Bitter End. Kerri says: “Bitter End has always been multigenerational. A place that family members pass on to their children and grandchildren. It’s a tradition that we want to continue for generations to come.” Kerri tells me that many families met each other at Bitter End and now always vacation there together. These families are sure to be some of the first to reserve their vacations at the newly renovated resort. The devastation of Hurricane Irma provided an opportunity for the family to reassess, rebuild, and reconnect with the community, and the Hokin family’s commitment to retaining the spirit of the resort has resulted in an even better Bitter End. ■

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Quietly nestled in the lush embrace of Virgin Gorda’s Mahoe Bay, a gently curving coastline and turquoise lapping waves are the backdrop to a stunning boutique property: Mango Bay Resort. Perfect for commercial investment or an incredible private family getaway compound, Mango Bay is protected by a coral reef, creating a serene, family-friendly place to relax. Renovated in 2019, Mango Bay covers two acres and houses seven cheery villas with a total of 22 bedrooms and bathrooms. Three of the villas are directly facing the sand, meaning a dip in the ocean or a walk on the beach are just steps from the patio. Two other villas have fantastic ocean views and two additional villas enjoy views of the lush tropical landscaping. Manicured pathways connect all of the villas, making this a great getaway

for large families or gatherings. The beachfront villas feature two two-bedroom villas and one threebedroom villa, each with covered patios to relax in the shade and enjoy the tranquil sound of the waves and the impeccable island views. The two ocean-view villas each have three bedrooms, and one of them features an upper-floor studio. The two gardenview villas each have four bedrooms with ample space for groups. Mango Bay also includes an additional half-acre for dock development with a 160-foot seabed lease, independent sewage system, main-grid electrical and a 260-kVA generator. The property also comes with pre-approval for an on-site restaurant, should an investor want to pursue a diverse commercial operation. A nature lover’s dream, a property on Virgin Gorda is uniquely situated to appeal to a wide audience of

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The view and private white sand beach are the heart of Aquamare, known as Beach Park. Located in front of the villas and slightly raised for better views, Beach Park is set back from the shoreline and perfect for unwinding with a good book, enjoying a cocktail at sunset, or sitting back and watching children enjoy the sand. A thatched palapa, lounge chairs and a signature kingsized swinging “dream bed” are all available to maximise the serenity of the waves in the background. Mahoe Bay itself hosts two beautiful live reefs housing a myriad

of underwater life, like turtles, Parrot Fish and hundreds of other species. The unforgettable tropical surroundings make Aquamare an incredible place to call home. ■ PRESENTED BY: Rico Garcia RE/MAX Best Priced Properties ricogarcia@remax.net Phone: 1-284-346-2444 remax-bestpriced-bvi.com

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Little Bay Estate

The only truly private beachfront estate available in the BVI today, this magnificent property includes nearly 2000 feet of oceanfront and is accessible only by boat or helicopter for ultimate privacy. Little Bay provides a sanctuary in the Caribbean where the weather is perfect and the protected waters of the North Sound in Virgin Gorda provide a safe anchorage in a pristine environment. Two brand new private docks, the larger of which is 180 feet long with a 10-foot draft, offer unparalleled water access. The newly constructed contemporary beach home with guesthouses on Camelia Point provides sumptuous views of the North Sound, Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek, Moskito Island, Prickly Pear, Necker Island, Saba Rock and Eustatia Island.

The Beach House and Camelia Point Guest Cottages

The minimalist, classic and timeless style of the interiors of The Beach House property allows the breathtaking Caribbean view to be the star of the show. Four bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms provide more than ample accommodation for owners and guests to enjoy the unique

and magical serenity of the North Sound and Virgin Gorda. The Great Room, illuminated by the natural light, provides a comfortable space for dining and entertaining in the central area of the home. Modern, minimalist European furnishings throughout the home contribute to a relaxed, elegant feel. Just a few steps from the sand, the surrounding hardwood covered decks are deep enough for dining al fresco, relaxing with a morning coffee, or entertaining guests with cocktails just inches from the ocean. A professional gourmet kitchen with a professional gas range, large island, two sinks, two dishwashers and loads of cabinet and drawer storage offer home cooks a chef’s paradise or ample space for a private chef to create impeccable dishes. A generous pantry with sub-zero refrigerators and freezers, along with a prep station and wine cooler fridge, provide plenty of space for any and all ingredients. A breakfast nook just off the kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy coffee and the view. With approximately 1500 sq ft of interior space, the two guest cottages have complete privacy from The Beach House. The first is a onebedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom

cottage, and the second is a twobedroom, two-bathroom cottage. Both are bordered by spacious covered and uncovered terraces. The very safe and protected beach at Little Bay is quite simply perfect for storing and launching a Hobie Cat, kayak or paddleboard. Easy snorkelling right off the beach and towards either of the two rocky headlands will take you into a mysterious underwater world of turtles and tropical fish. The owner has chosen not to build a swimming pool, enjoying instead the natural beauty of the ocean, but it would be very possible to construct a pool on the flat grassy area just behind the beach. ■

PRESENTED BY: Chris Smith Managing broker coldwellbankerbvi.com bvivillarental.com Cell: 1 (284) 340 3000; office: 1 (284) 495 3000: whatsapp 1 (284) 340 3000.

Little Bay Estate is a unique sevenacre secluded beachfront property with private docks situated in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda.

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Estate Lot 15, Oil Nut Bay

On the far eastern tip of Virgin Gorda, an ultra-luxurious community provides the ease and amenities of resort living with the privacy and seclusion of a private island getaway. Oil Nut Bay was developed by David Johnson of Victor International and has been lovingly cultivated into an extraordinary resort residential estate with sustainability at the heart of every single part of the community. Estate Lot 15 is a five-acre ridgetop lot offering the best views of Necker Island, Eustatia Island, the North Sound and the sea beyond. The location’s simply stunning sunsets and cool breezes make it an exceptional place to build a dream home. The site has already been prepped and levelled for a world class home, with retaining walls already in place and the Oil Nut Bay team ready to continue construction. The site comes with full architecture plans for the exquisite home, which was the last project to be designed by the late Dr Ken Kao before his passing in 2017. A dearly loved and influential professor and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and author, his incredibly talented Boston-based studio Kao Design Group (formerly KDG, now DSK) designed the new Great House for Necker Island after the fire of 2011 along with other homes on Necker Island and Moskito Island,

and also the home of David Johnson at Oil Nut Bay. The property sale includes a dock in the Oil Nut Bay Marina. Oil Nut Bay is flush with resort-style amenities to enjoy. A newly built Marina Village includes a gourmet market, coffee shop, boutique and more. Oil Nut Bay also features a beautiful beach, swimming pools, restaurants, bars, kids’ centre, tennis courts and more. Everything residents and their guests would need is at their fingertips, while still feeling a world away from the stresses of everyday life. Estate Lot 15 at Oil Nut Bay represents a rare opportunity to create and enjoy a truly special and unique legacy property. Generations to come will appreciate the attention to detail and sustainability elements that have been carefully curated to make this incomparable community a reality. ■

PRESENTED BY: Chris Smith Managing Broker coldwellbankerbvi.com bvivillarental.com Cell: 1 (284) 340 3000; office: 1 (284) 495 3000: whatsapp 1 (284) 340 3000.

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Estate Lot 15 at Oil Nut Bay represents a rare opportunity to create and enjoy a truly special and unique legacy property.


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Mooney Bay Estate

A truly unique opportunity lies within the 22+ acres of land (with freehold title) at Mooney Bay Estate, the largest privately owned property with oceanfront on the North Sound that is not part of a larger community development, meaning it can be exclusive and entirely secluded. Due to damage during Hurricane Irma, the property is a blank slate on which a buyer can build their very own Virgin Gorda dream. Whether looking to build a luxurious home or for an enticing

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commercial opportunity taking advantage of the North Sound beach frontage, Mooney Bay Estate provides an excellent base in the hottest Virgin Gorda market. The land is situated on the north coast of Virgin Gorda towards the western end of North Sound, with Leverick Bay Resort and Marina located to the east and the Blunder Bay Resort to the west. The property overlooks Moskito Island, a luxury residential development and sub-division. The island’s rolling hills create a beautiful backdrop for the estate,

which is currently only accessible via boat. There is a sea-bed lease for a dock, along with space for a swim platform extending from the beach in front of the villa, although both were damaged by Irma leaving just a small main jetty with a barge ramp adjacent. As part of the development of the property, the owners have obtained outline planning consent for the reconstruction of the original dock and an extension giving a total length of 208 feet with an arm of 120 feet. The water depth at the end of the dock extension is around 16 feet. The

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Imagine your own private playground on 22 acres. An incredible opportunity to secure the largest privately owned property with oceanfront on the North Sound of Virgin Gorda that is not part of a larger community development.

owner is in the process of applying for full planning consent for the dock extension. Debris from the hurricane damage has been cleared, but no repairs to the property have been made. The villa consists of nearly 3,000 feet of enclosed living space, meaning endless possibilities for designing a home or rental property. The main villa pavilion has a master bedroom suite along with two other bedrooms, while two other adjacent pavilions also provide private suites with two bedrooms each. An expansive dining

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area and covered lounge area offer stunning views of the bay just next to the freshwater pool. Other property amenities include a manager’s cottage with two bedrooms and storage space beneath, a full-size tennis court and large cisterns. With absolutely stunning views and privacy nearly unattainable anymore, Mooney Bay Estate offers an incredible place to call home. A developer’s dream, the commercial opportunity of this property is also a rare gem for someone with a vision for a North Sound lifestyle. ■

PRESENTED BY: Edward Childs Smiths Gore (BVI) Limited Tortola & Virgin Gorda British Virgin Islands Cell: 284 346 3918; office: 284 494 2446.

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Tamarind Villa

With a picture-perfect view of Leverick Bay overlooking the stunning North Sound, Tamarind Villa is a highly desired location to call home. Whether relaxing at the pool or enjoying a cocktail as the mega yachts go by, with views of Prickly Pear, Saba Rock and Moskito islands, this Virgin Gorda property is nothing short of amazing. A beautiful villa styled with understated Caribbean flair, Tamarind Villa’s main house features a spacious great room, including the living area, dining room and kitchen. Designed with native stone, the large kitchen island boasts ample counter space with granite countertops and all the appliances and amenities needed to host dinners for friends or visiting family. The large great room is open on three sides to an expansive covered patio, blending indoor and outdoor living and creating the best of both worlds for Caribbean living. The master suite overlooks the North Sound from the private terrace and has a walk-in closet and en suite bath. Two other guest rooms offer newly renovated bathrooms and their own private patios with views of the sea to enjoy day and night. Across the newly resurfaced and spacious pool deck, a new guest cottage with two more bedrooms and large en suite baths provides ample space and privacy for guests. A cool freshwater pool overlooking the sea is positioned to enjoy the Caribbean sun all day long. Along with independent air conditioning in each room, a completely independent apartment with a private deck and separate entrance is also housed beneath the main villa. Located just a short walk from the beach on three-quarters of an acre of lush hillside, Tamarind Villa is part of the Leverick Bay Estate and is just minutes from entertainment for everyone. Owners and guests enjoy resort privileges and can indulge in

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all the amenities offered, including the beach, large swimming pool, two excellent restaurants, marina and dockage, watersports, gift boutiques and spa. Ownership of the villa also includes two mooring balls in Leverick Bay as well as access to the private jetty to keep a small boat. Tamarind Villa has been lovingly renovated after Hurricane Irma and will make an excellent vacation home or rental income property. With its ideal location in one of the hottest Virgin Gorda neighbourhoods, as well as turn-key rental potential, Tamarind Villa will make a perfect Virgin Gorda home. ■

PRESENTED BY: Bernadette George Smiths Gore BVI Limited

135 Britannic Hall, Road Town, Tortola, BVI. VG1110 bernadette.george@smithsgore.com www.smithsgore.com Cell: 284 542 2118; office: 284 494 2446.

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Tamarind Villa is located in Leverick Bay, North Sound. Located just a short walk from the beach on threequarters of an acre of lush hillside.


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A L I F E LO N G LOV E A F FA I R A look into Esther Wheatley’s life and love for Virgin Gorda. BY A N I KA M . C H R I STO P H E R P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A L A S TA I R A B R E H A R T, B R O A D S W O R D C O M M U N I C AT I O N S & E S T H E R W H E AT L E Y

“MY ATTACHMENT TO Virgin Gorda is like receiving your first kiss from your first crush and I’ve been crushing on Virgin Gorda all my life,” Esther Wheatley, a lifelong lover of the Virgin Islands, and Virgin Gorda in particular, explains. Esther was born and raised in the Virgin Islands. Her deep love for the islands was inherited from both her grandparents and parents, who were born on Virgin Gorda. Her father was Ralph Telford O’Neal, OBE, the longestserving elected representative in the British Virgin Islands. He represented the ninth district Virgin Gorda, and served as chief minister of the British Virgin Islands for three terms. Though she grew up on Tortola, Esther spent summer vacations and Christmas holidays on Virgin Gorda. This is where her love for the island was fostered and grew. It became such a crucial part of her being, that even when she lived in another country, Virgin Gorda resided in her heart. “Though I spent time abroad for school, I always knew that [Virgin Gorda] is where I would make my home,” Esther explains. After completing her tertiary education, she lived in New York for

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‘Though I spent time abroad for school, I always knew that [Virgin Gorda] is where I would make my home’ ESTHER WHEATLEY some time, but soon decided that it was time to return home. In 1990, she left USA and lived on St John for a short time, until she received a call from Charles Tobias. He informed her of a job offering at the new Pusser’s Pub and Gift Shop. For Esther, it was an opportunity of a lifetime, as it meant she would finally return to the place that she always dreamt of. Esther accepted the offer and worked as a manager for Pusser’s retail at Leverick Bay for two years. After that, she received another opportunity, working at Little Dix Bay, where she was hired as retail director for all their stores. She worked there for five years. In 1996, she received a life-changing opportunity that would allow her to express her love for Virgin Gorda through entrepreneurship. That year, Esther was approached by the owner of Biras Creek, who asked if she would like to operate her own business at Biras Creek’s retail/

gift shop. Ever the entrepreneur (and with a wee nudge from her friend and current employer, Chris Smith, managing broker, Coldwell Banker BVI), Esther grasped this opportunity with both hands. Two years later, the Fat Virgin Cafe/Restaurant was born. It grew to become one of the most successful small boutique and dockside restaurants in the Virgin Islands. Esther says the inspiration for the name stemmed from an early childhood memory. “The first time I heard that Virgin Gorda translated to Fat Virgin, I knew anything I made was going to be called that. I was about 8 or 9, and from then, I held it dear to my heart.,” Esther shares. This newly established business proved to be not just a place to eat, but also a crucial community space. “I was privileged to have grown up in a time when I could witness Virgin Gorda transition from a place of lanterns, flambo and dirt tracks

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THIS PAGE Fat Virgin Cafe/ Restaurant was one of the most successful small boutique restaurants in the BVI, beloved by loyal BVI residents and tourists alike.

to a place today with electricity, streetlights, paved roads around the island and several hotels and villas,” Esther says as she reflects on the development of Virgin Gorda. Fat Virgin was an invaluable part of this development, and her experience affords her a deep appreciation for this journey of development. It remained in operation just short of 20 years. “Before Hurricane Irma came in 2017, we had the unfortunate incident of Biras Creek Resort’s closure in June 2015. It was a challenging time, operating for two years without a certain infrastructure as a result of the shut-down, then the big storm

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of 2017 completely destroyed the Fat Virgin,” Esther explains. After the Fat Virgin closed , Esther started thinking about the next move in her career. “I was figuring out how I would reinvent myself, when I was approached by Chris Smith to join his team in the real estate industry,” Esther explains. Due to her love for people (and Virgin Gorda), she says: “although there was a lot to learn, I took to it like a duck to water.” Chris is delighted to have her on board. “Sadly, in 2017 Irma took a liking to the Fat Virgin and ran away with her! However, every disaster

also provides opportunity and a silver lining. “We are absolutely delighted that Esther has joined the Coldwell Banker Real Estate BVI team, bringing all of her love, experience and intimate knowledge of the history of the BVI, and in particular Virgin Gorda and its people.” In addition to sharing the history of Virgin Gorda, Esther has also introduced previous clients from Fat Virgin to the company. “We had a very loyal following of Fat Virgin clients, many of whom were homeowners on Virgin Gorda. We have always considered them as not only clients, but friends,” Esther says. Alongside her work, Esther also enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Honorable Vincent Wheatley, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, and the ninth district representative. They have two daughters: one a graduate from Swansea University Medical School, and the other a graduate of London School of Economics, with a master degree in international relations and politics. To learn more about Virgin Gorda, follow the advice of Chris. “Next time you visit the BVI, take some time to sit with Esther, have a coffee (or a rum and ting, depending on the time of day) and listen. You can find her at the sales desk at Rosewood Little Dix Bay where Coldwell Banker are the exclusive real estate agents.” ■

CONTACT ESTHER WHEATLEY Cell: +1 (284) 545 1401 Office: +1 (284) 340 3000 Email: esther@coldwellbankerbvi.com For more, see coldwellbankerbvi.com

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LEMO N Z I NG There’s nothing quite like the versatile zingy lemon. They’re tart, fragrant, and fantastic in so many desserts as well as baking. Try lemons in everything from lemon posset to lemon ricotta muffins. LINES+ANGLES/THE FOOD UNION


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Lemon Posset

Citrus Shortbread

S E RV E S 6 – 8 D E P E N D I N G ON GLASS SIZE

330 gm plain flour 120 gm caster sugar finely grated rind and juice of 2 lemons 1 /4 teaspoon sea salt 200 gm butter, coarsely chopped 2 egg yolks

600 ml double cream 150 gm caster sugar finely grated rind and juice of 3 lemons fresh berries and mint leaves to serve Heat the cream, sugar and lemon rind in a saucepan over a low heat until the mixture starts to simmer. Stir continuously for around 3 - 4 minutes, then remove from the heat. Cool until the mixture is lukewarm and pour into small serving glasses. Cover the surface with cling wrap and allow to set in the refrigerator for 2+ hours. Garnish with fresh berries and mint leaves, and serve with Citrus Shortbread.

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Preheat oven to 180 C. Add the flour, sugar, lemon rind and sea salt to a food processor and process to combine. Add the butter and process until fine crumbs form (a couple of

minutes). Then add the egg yolks and lemon juice, processing to combine. Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll the mixture out on a lightly floured sheet of baking paper till 6mm thick, refrigerate to rest for 30 minutes. Using a cookie cutter cut out rounds, re-rolling the scraps till the dough is used up. Place the cookies on an oven tray lined with baking paper, and bake for 15 – 20 mins until the edges are golden. Remove from oven and cool the cookies on a rack.

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Lemon & Ricotta Muffins MAKES 12 375 gm self-raising flour 220 gm caster sugar 3 tablespoons finely grated lemon rind 70 gm seed mix (chia, sesame, linseed) plus extra for sprinkling 200 gm fresh ricotta 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 280 gm plain greek-style (thick) yoghurt 125ml vegetable oil LEMON ICING 160g icing sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the flour, sugar, lemon rind and seed mix in a large bowl and mix to combine. Then add the ricotta, egg, vanilla, yoghurt and oil, using a butter knife mix again until just combined. Spoon mixture into 12 x 1/2 -cup-capacity (125ml) greased muffin tins. Cook for 20 – 25 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Set aside to cool for 2 minutes in the muffin tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. In a small bowl mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice for the Lemon Icing. Drizzle over the muffins with a small spoon, then sprinkle with the extra seed mix.

1 teaspoon baking powder /4 teaspoon sea salt vegetable oil for cooking 1 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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CITRUS HONEY SYRUP /2 cup caster sugar juice 1 large orange and 1 large lemon 1 /2 cup water 3 tablespoons runny honey 1 cinnamon stick 1

Lemon Fritters M A K E S 1 2 –1 6 F R I T T E R S DEPENDING ON SIZE 250 gm firm ricotta cheese 2 large eggs 1 /4 cup caster sugar finely grated zest 2 lemons 1 /2 cup plain flour

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LEMON FRITTERS Mix the ricotta and eggs together in a large bowl, leaving some texture in the ricotta. Add the caster sugar and lemon zest, then gently stir in the combined flour, baking powder and salt.

Heat 1 cm of oil in a sauté pan over a medium heat. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the oil and cook for 1 minute on each side or until golden and puffed. Drain on kitchen towels, then toss in the Cinnamon Sugar. Transfer to a serving plate and serve warm drizzled with the Citrus Honey Syrup. Serve extra syrup separately. CITRUS HONEY SYRUP Place all of the ingredients in a saucepan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook at a fast simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until reduced and syrupy. Cool then chill till ready to use.

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Lemon Curd 3 tablespoons cornflour 50g caster sugar 275 ml cold water 3 lemons, zested & juiced 50 gm butter, cubed 3 egg yolks 100 gm crème fraiche In a bowl mix the cornflour and sugar, then gradually whisk in enough cold water to just make a paste. Zest the lemon rind into a saucepan and add the rest of the cold water. Gently warm the mixture over a low heat. Mix the lemon juice into the cornflour paste, then pour into the saucepan and whisk together. Cook the mixture until thickened, whisking all the time. Add the butter, stirring continuously, then add the egg yolks one at a time. Continue cooking gently until the mixture thickly coats the back of the spoon (2 - 3 minutes), then remove from the heat to cool. Once at room temperature whisk in the crème fraîche

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and transfer to a container. Cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.

Lemon Curd Sponge Cake SERVES 6–8 150 gm caster sugar 4 eggs finely grated rind of 1 lemon pinch of salt 100 gm plain flour 50 gm cornflour 1 /2 teaspoon baking powder 40 gm melted butter 250 gm crème fraiche 150 ml pouring cream 30 gm icing sugar, sieved 1 teaspoon vanilla paste 1 1/2 cups lemon curd – mix with a little hot water if curd too thick to drizzle edible flowers to decorate - violet, pansy, borage

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter three 18 cm diameter cake tins, line bases with baking paper and dust with flour. Whisk the caster sugar, eggs, lemon rind and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer until pale and tripled in volume (5 - 6 minutes). Sieve in the flour, cornflour and baking powder in 2 batches, fold to combine, then fold in the melted butter. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins and the smooth tops. Bake the cakes until golden brown and the centers spring back when lightly pressed (8 - 10 minutes). Cool in the cake tins for 10 minutes, then remove from tins and cool completely on a wire rack. Whisk the crème fraiche, cream, icing sugar and vanilla paste in a bowl until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until required. Place the first cake on a serving plate and spread one third of the crème fraiche mixture over the cake, followed by a generous drizzle of lemon curd. Place the second cake gently on top of the first and repeat the process. Place the remaining cake gently on top and repeat the process again. Decorate with edible flowers and serve with extra lemon curd.

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Limoncello 2 1/2 cups vodka peel of 8 ripe unblemished lemons 3 /4 cup sugar 3 lemons, juiced and strained 3 whole cloves 1 cup water Combine the vodka and lemon peel in a non metal container, and cover and steep 48 hours in a cool, dark place. Boil the sugar, lemon juice and cloves with the water until syrupy. Cool the syrup. Strain the peel from the vodka, and remove the cloves from the syrup. Mix the syrup and lemon vodka together and store in a sterilized bottle. Serve the limoncello chilled in glasses straight or with ice and soda. ■

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