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Welcome back to the lively West End

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EXCLUSIVE COVER FEATURE – SOPER’S HOLE

A special look at the rebuilt and revitalised Soper’s Hole on West End, Tortola

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VOYAGE CHARTERS Exceeding guest and owner expectations for 25 years

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The stylish reopening of their West End location

Top tips for entertaining at home

ARAWAK BOUTIQUE

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COOPER ISLAND BREWING CO.

The BVI’s first (and only) solar-powered brewery

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EDITOR’S NOTE

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” —Ralph Marston

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THE EARLY DAYS of the year are about fresh starts and starting over. But Spring is the Earth’s way of reminding us that even after the darkest parts of the year, renewal always comes. What a perfect way to welcome Spring than by featuring the fantastic revitalisation of Soper’s Hole in West End, Tortola. The marinas are open and we’re excited to tell you about many shops and businesses that are open now and those that will soon come. Voyage Charters is one of those businesses offering top-notch charter services, and Arawak Surf Boutique’s location is open again, providing merchandise, accessories and gifts to residents and visitors. After major rebuilding efforts, Cooper Island Beach Club is offering the BVI’s only solar-powered craft beer. Fully committed to being as sustainable as possible, this brewery offers great beer with minimal environmental impact. Spring is also a great time to dust off the nice glasses and invite friends over for drinks or dinner. Villas & Views provides some great tips for entertaining for a handful of friends or a large celebratory group. Finally, the rebirth of the Caribbean continues with new resorts opening throughout the region in 2020. We profile a few that are going to wow guests with beautiful views and plush amenities. Whether you’re coming back to the BVI after being away or have been a long-time resident or visitor, there has never been a better time to enjoy all that Nature’s Little Secret has to offer. Take a moment for yourself and let this issue renew and refresh your love for the BVI. Sara

Soper’s Hole on Tortola’s West End is back in business and flourishing. Photo: Caribbean Jules Photography

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Correction: In February’s issue, we printed an image in the Roger Downing Partner & Co. story. This image does not represent an RDP project; we regret this error.

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Arawak Interiors offers home interior design advice, custom designs and sourcing from Asia, Mexico and USA. We also offer an extensive range of furniture, fixtures and fittings to choose from at our interior store and warehouse located in Road Town. Arawak Interiors manages all the shipping and logistics to deliver to your door anywhere in the BVI. Overseeing projects for Private villas, Private Islands, Resorts & Restaurants.


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SOPER’S HOLE REVITALISATION West End is bustling once again, with more shops and amenities than ever before BY A M A N DA U L R I C H

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Soper’s Hole is a popular overnight anchorage and many businesses have returned and are open for business. This image: Caribbean Jules Photography

BACK IN THE 18th century, a former plantation owner, McCuthbert Soper, gave his family name to the West End Harbour, now called Soper’s Hole. Just off the southern coast of Tortola, Frenchman’s Cay protects Soper’s Hole and creates one of the BVI’s most picturesque first impressions for many visitors to Tortola. Frenchman’s Cay is connected to Tortola by a small bridge under which clear water flows constantly, creating a fantastic marina environment. Lined with quaint shops and a kaleidoscope of colours, Soper’s Hole is the Caribbean dream.

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The well-protected bay and sandy anchorage always benefits from a cool breeze and is high on the list of overnight stays for charter yachts touring the Virgin Islands. Deep drafts also attract many beautiful mega yachts, especially in the winter. Cruisers from all over the world return, again and again, to find respite in their temporary home at Soper’s Hole. When Hurricane Irma barreled through the British Virgin Islands in 2017, Soper’s Hole in Tortola’s West End, like many other harbours in the archipelago, took a hard hit. Some businesses in the marina were completely levelled, while others struggled in the months post-storm to offer limited services

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from damaged buildings. Soper’s Hole was also virtually cut off from the US Virgin Islands; the hurricane destroyed the West End ferry terminal, meaning that visitors and residents travelling via ferry between Tortola and St. Thomas could only go through Road Town. But now, more than two years after the record-breaking storm, the scenic marina on the far western tip of Tortola is back on its feet with new-and-improved offerings. The protected anchorage with a water depth between 20-30 feet features moorings and full-service marina facilities including long term or overnight dockage with water and electricity available to all berths.

Other necessities for boaters like diesel, gas and ice are also available. A wide host of eclectic restaurants and shops entice boaters and land lovers alike. Soper’s Hole Wharf & Marina officially reopened on December 13, 2019 with a block party and invited islanders to visit both long-standing and brand-new businesses. As of August 2019, West End is also formally reconnected with neighbouring islands. A temporary ferry terminal was opened that month, and officials from Customs and Immigration are now on hand to accommodate international arrivals. Construction on a more permanent structure will continue into the spring.

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LEFT The docks have been

rebuilt and the deep waters in Soper’s Hole means vessels of varying sizes enjoy plenty of space and amenities ABOVE West End provides one of the most picturesque anchorages and is a great home base in the BVI RIGHT Many restaurants and bars are open, providing meals and drinks with impeccable views

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Restaurants, Shops & Stores (open now) • ARAWAK

A boutique that sells both casual and elegant clothing, accessories and gifts. Other store locations can be found in Nanny Cay Marina and Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda.

• PUSSER’S COMPANY STORE A Caribbean-inspired

boutique selling clothing, accessories and, of course, Pusser’s Rum and Painkiller Mix.

• SUNNY CARIBBEE

• ISLAND SURF & SAIL

Unique spice shop offering exotic spices, seasonings, herbal teas, coffees and much more.

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Rental shop offering water toys, watersports equipment, lessons, safety gear, waterskiing and more. Breakfast and coffee shop featuring outdoor, waterfront seating.

• OMAR FUSION RESTAURANT & BAR

Restaurant serving Indian and Caribbean cuisine for lunch and dinner. The menu features everything from spicy curry to well-done steaks.

• PUSSER’S LANDING RESTAURANT Classic Caribbean

restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

• OCEAN SURFARI CHARTERS Sports fishing • VOYAGE CHARTERS

Sailboats rentals offering luxury sailing vacations aboard their bareboat or crewed charter catamarans.

• THE ADMIRAL PUB

Bar and Restaurant with cool breezes and a large outdoor space.

Other Amenities & Services • West End Boat Yard (Haul out & Boat Repair Services) • BVI Customs & Immigration • West End Ferry Terminal • Ocean Dreams Water Tax • Soper’s Hole Car Rental • Laundry facilities • Soper’s Hole Marina – Dockage, water, electricity, diesel & gas • Lighthouse Marina – Dockage, water, electricity, diesel & gas • Shepherds Marina – Dockage, water & electricity

Businesses expected to open in 2020 • Kenny T (clothing and gifts) • Harbour Market (groceries)

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LIFETIME TUCKED INTO SOPER’S Hole on West End, Tortola, VOYAGE Charter Yachts has been operating as a family-run business since 1995. They offer first-class service and an excellent experience onboard “AllInclusive, Captained and Bareboat” performance sailing catamarans and power cats. Robin and Jo-Ann Downing,

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the owners of VOYAGE charters, first arrived in Tortola in 1995 and instantly fell in love with the delightful, quaint West End location on Frenchman’s Cay so they made it the charter base for a fleet of VOYAGE yachts. Robin’s passion for boats began as a teenager whilst accompanying his grandfather on numerous fishing

expeditions off the coast of Durban, South Africa. During these trips, he developed a love for the ocean and a fervent interest in naval design, which eventually led to his national recognition in 1992, when he received the Centenary Boat Show Award for “Best Boat of The Year”. In 1994 Robin sailed from Durban to Cape Town and on to the Cayman

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Operating for 25 years in the West End, Voyage Charters provides a top-notch charter experience paired with unparalleled service

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Islands onboard one of his custombuilt boats and it was this adventure that changed the course of his life! He returned to South Africa and in early 1995 joined the Cape Town factory to build the first two VOYAGE catamarans, after which Rob and Jo headed to the BVI where they began a new and exciting life for themselves and their three children.

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TOP Voyage’s privately-owned fleet gives guests a charter experience they want to return to year after year LEFT Full service amenities are available at the Voyage Charter dock

In 2017, VOYAGE charters had 30 boats in the fleet. Hurricane Irma then wreaked havoc on the territory, greatly affecting the lives and businesses of the people of the BVI. Fortunately having been in a very strong position to rebuild the salvageable boats at their West End Boat Yard the company now has over 20 yachts in the fleet, all privately owned. Also joining the fleet during 2018 and 2019 were a few new VOYAGE 480s, including the very first electric yacht, Electrified. The incredible challenge of rebuilding after such a horrendous storm season

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TOP Private water taxi and public ferry service from St. Thomas make West End easily accessible LEFT The first electric yacht - Electrified - was a groundbreaker for the Voyage fleet, while many other boats were able to be salvaged after the 2017 hurricane season

has brought about much hope for a brighter future and a fantastic destination for all those visitors wanting to enjoy and experience the best charter grounds in the world. The time for a cleaner and greener future for the sailing industry is here, and VOYAGE is leading the way. The most exciting news for their 2020 program and ongoing Electric Hybrid yacht production is their newest design, the VOYAGE 590 that boasts a beautiful flybridge lounge with forward and aft cockpits. This stunning charter yacht offers six equal en suite queen cabins with walk-around beds, two en suite crew cabins, a spacious and luxurious dining area that can be open or enclosed to weather plus state of the art appointments for the open plan

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gourmet galley and guest lounge that offers panoramic views. There is no doubt the all-new electric 590 charter yacht will be a game-changer within the charter and sailboat industry and will become the flagship of the fleet! The first two of these gorgeous vessels arrive in April and July of 2020, and the third will be shown at the Annapolis Boat Show in October. A fourth and fifth 590 will arrive in 2021. The VOYAGE 650, Out of Office, a luxurious and stylish 12-guest Power Catamaran joined the fleet in late January 2020. The accommodations onboard are all equal size king cabins with walk around comfy beds, all en suite. Guests can enjoy a forward and aft cockpit plus an open plan dining area and spacious gourmet galley and

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lounge. The state of the art fly bridge can be open or enclosed and offers a spectacular view! All Inclusive Fully Crewed and or Captained charters are available. Over the years that Rob and Jo have been growing the company and increasing the VOYAGE fleet, the focus and effort has been to create an unparalleled experience. Many of their charter clients return year after year to enjoy the amazing amenities and

service VOYAGE charters has to offer. The VOYAGE Marina Office is open daily in Soper’s Hole. They offer a friendly and professional service and are ready to assist all their customers in providing a memorable stay. Daily viewing of the VOYAGE boats, manufactured by VOYAGE Yachts, is also available. For those considering yacht purchase, appointments for test sails can be made with VOYAGE Yacht Sales. ■


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Arawak Boutique bounces back

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The popular Arawak surf boutique offers visitors and residents apparel, souvenirs and gifts from popular brands like Hurley, Maaji and Reef

Shuttered after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Arawak’s West End boutique shop is once again welcoming customers BY CONOR KING DEVITT P H OTO G R A P H Y BY C A R I B B E A N J U L E S P H OTO G R A P H Y & A R AWA K S U R F B O U T I Q U E S

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THIS SPREAD Arawak’s

West End boutique is now open and offers beachwear for men and women, accessories for island and resort living plus t-shirts to appeal to a variety of styles and tastes

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AFTER A DIFFICULT two-year rebuilding period, Arawak’s West End boutique is now open and ready for customers. Prior to the passage of Hurricane Irma, Arawak’s store and the neighbouring shops, provisioning outposts and restaurants located at Frenchman’s Cay formed an eclectic mainstay on yachting itineraries in the British Virgin Islands. But after the record-setting Category Five storm ripped apart the

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docks at Soper’s Hole marina in September 2017, the entire West End community was forced to close its doors. Now, after significant reconstruction, Arawak’s boutique is ready to help spearhead the area’s recovery. After reopening in December 2019, the shop partnered with other local businesses in hopes that customers will once again want to return to the far western corner of Tortola.

“We are open but keenly waiting for the other shops to come back to give West End the draw it had pre-Irma,” explains Alice Lyons, a marketing and sales assistant at Arawak. “Previously, the boaters stopped into West End to replenish food supplies, fuel, ice and shop in the boutiques. Voyage Charters have been amazing and promoted us through their social media and website for their guests. We also offered vouchers for their customers as an incentive

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THIS PAGE Arawak has 4 locations. Arawak Interiors situated at Road Reef Plaza and Arawak Boutiques located at Nanny Cay, Leverick Bay and West End. There is also a hybrid store under construction at Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. RIGHT From high-end brands to quick souvenirs, Arawak has something for everyone

for their customers to stock up on clothes, accessories and gifts.” Pusser’s, Island Surf and Sail, and Omars have all reopened, and both Riteway and Sunny Caribbee Spice Shop and Art Gallery are also set to welcome customers again soon, according to Lyons. “We’re so pleased the West End store is up and running in time for the season,” says Arawak owner Roy Keegan. “It’s wonderful to see tourists coming through and enjoying Sopers Hole again after Irma. So much hard work has gone into the dock renovation since the hurricanes and

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we can’t wait for all of the businesses to come back, cementing Sopers Hole as a tourist destination once again.” Arawak Boutiques offer numerous items from popular brands like Hurley, Maaji, Roxy, Havaianas, Reef, Seafolly, Quicksilver, and Dakine, among others. The West End shop is one of the company’s three boutique locations. Their Leverick Bay shop reopened in November 2018, and the Nanny Cay location followed suit the next month. Arawak Interiors, located in Road Reef, resumed business a few months after Irma. The shop sells mainly Balinese furniture, homeware lighting, soft furnishing, and gifts. The company also plans to expand BCQS_VIPY_ThridPG-Horizontal_Feb-Issue_PRINT.pdf

Arawak Boutiques offer numerous items from popular brands like Hurley, Maaji, Roxy, Havaianas, and Reef.

as the BVI continues to build back what it lost in 2017. “We’re opening a new store in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda in March,” Lyons notes. “Due to demand on the island, we made the decision to open a new hybrid store, selling items from both our interiors and boutique stores.” And Arawak may not stop there: “We’re always on the lookout for new opportunities and store 1

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spaces, so watch this space for new store openings,” Lyons adds. “Aside from that, we are continuously on the hunt for new quality clothing lines, new product trends and more variety to keep both the locals and tourists coming back to Arawak Boutiques.” ■ To get in touch with Arawak Boutiques telephone 284 494 5240 or email admin@arawakvi.com.


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BREWING

SOME GOOD Solar powered and sustainable beer has never tasted so good BY SARA SHERMAN P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y M .W I N K L E R


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In the newly-refurbished rum

guests can sample fights Roger Downing and Partner Company got its start after itsbar, of the Cooper Island Brewing selection namesake architect, Roger Downing, first sailed to TortolaCo.inbeer1969. Now, a half-century later, the company looks back on landmark projects designed across the territory.

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TOP More than 75% of Cooper Island Beach

Club is solar powered and the brewery is furthering their sustainable mission ABOVE General Manager Andy Murrant inspects the only imported ingredient for brewing beer: the grain. After a production batch is finished, the spent grain is given to a local goat farmer for feed

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COOPER ISLAND BEACH Club is a unique eco-resort on the picturesque Manchioneel Bay on Cooper Island. With sustainability at the forefront of all operations, it’s only natural that a custom-built microbrewery, powered by the sun, was the next evolution of this exceptional destination. Back 2012, the idea for the brewery was born, most likely over a beer with the owners. At that time, the resort was operating at around 75% solarpowered. An earlier investment in a private desalination and purification plant to produce clean and safe drinking water had enabled them to reach a major goal and stop selling bottled water. But cases of imported beer continued to produce numerous bags of aluminium waste. With little to no recycling available, the brewery is allowing Cooper Island to further reduce its waste output.

The Brewery Working with UK brewing consultant Ian Ward and supplied by Willis

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European Ltd., Cooper Island Beach Club pounced on the rapidly-growing demand for craft beer across the globe. “We felt that our clientele was ready for craft beer and we put a business plan together with our consultant. However, it wasn’t until we built new premises for the boutique, coffee shop and rum bar in November 2013 that we had the space to make it a reality,” said Sam Baker, Cooper Island Beach Club Assistant Manager. And Cooper Island Brewing Company was born. Efficiency was the name of the game when it came to designing the brewery itself. Working hard to save space, power and water, the three 500L fermentation vessels, kettle, mash-tun and whirlpool were custom built in stainless steel and shipped to the BVI within six months. A grain mill, glycol chiller and kegcleaning station are located next to the brewing room, along with walkin refrigeration to store the finished product in 30L (8-gallon) kegs. Installed in December 2015, the first batch of beer was on tap at the bar by March 2016. “We now have five fermentation

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vessels which allow us to produce 2500L of beer at a time and have six different beers on tap,” said Baker.

Sustainability The focus of the entire resort is having as little environmental impact as possible, and the brewery is no different. Only 570L of water is used to produce 500L of beer. The sun supplies the power for the resort’s power grid and a solar water heater on the roof supplies hot water for the mashing-in process and cleaning the brewhouse. The only imported ingredients are the barley, hops and yeast, as the rainwater and desalinated water is purified on-site. At the end of each production batch, no more than 50 gallons of water is used to clean the equipment and kegs. Everything is cleaned with environmentally-friendly products and the wastewater is collected to be used for garden irrigation. The spent grain goes to a local farmer for goat feed. In addition to doing their part to reduce waste, Cooper Island Beach Club gives back by supporting

the BVI Sea Turtle Programme (a partnership between ARK and the BVI Government) by donating $1 from every Turtle IPA beer sold.

The B eer General Manager Andy Murrant is a self-taught brewer with lots of assistance from Adam Conrad on staff. The beer selection caters to an international clientele and a sampler “flight” of six different beers is available in the famous Rum Bar. Guests will typically find a lager, pilsner, amber ale, wheat beer, IPA and British Bitter on tap, but seasonal offerings such as a Guinness-style stout and a new Kölsch featuring Sorrel grown on island will be released this month. The beer is exclusive to Cooper Island as they can only just keep up with demand at the resort. Guests can enjoy the great beer while on island, but 64oz stainless steel growlers are available for purchase to take beer back on boats and yachts. Other Cooper Island Brewing Company merchandise includes insulated cups, t-shirts, flags, stickers, bottle openers, signage and clocks. ■

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A rotation of six beers are on tap at any given time, including a lager, pilsner, amber ale, wheat beer, IPA and British Bitter. Seasonal specials often make an appearance

The focus of the entire resort is having as little environmental impact as possible, and the brewery is no different. Only 570L of water is used to produce 500L of beer.

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The Beauty of Staying In Create your own sanctuary at home and you will relish entertaining all year long BY MEGAN McCANN P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F S M I T H S G O R E

RIGHT The kitchen always ends up being a focal point for parties, so use islands for cocktails or hors d’oeuvres. Open spaces are great for allowing people to mingle and enjoy the sunset

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THE BVI IS notoriously successful at celebrating the full moon with sandy toes and endless rum punch, however, we all revel in the beauty of occasionally being invited to an intimate dinner party surrounded by good friends instead. These gatherings give us time to hold real conversations and appreciate the views where the villa is nestled away. Dinner parties aren’t only a great way to initiate friendships, they’re

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one of the best ways to sustain them. Entertaining in your own home allows you to create your exclusive oasis and enjoy the evening at your own pace. Throughout our years of experience at Smiths Gore, we have learnt that an inviting hosting area is top of the checklist for many of our buyers. Whether this is an extended terrace commanding a magical waterfront position or a pool deck with room for lounging. Rest assured it will evoke an emotional connection to the property. It’s far too easy to let your mind wander and imagine yourself cooking up a feast at the BBQ or serving a pitcher of sangrias during the BVI’s golden hour. There is no denying that the BVI delivers plenty of inviting places to drink, but it’s not too often that you walk into someone’s house and they

have a fully stocked bar. Once you’ve laid eyes on it, it’s guaranteed to make you consider how easily you could build one in your own home! This really is the epitome of a special property with owners who love to host and is something we are seeing more and more of in the BVI. While many think that the seated dinner is under threat, it’s up to you, the host, to set the level of formality and protocols. The primary threat in 2020 comes in the form of culinary and dietary challenges. Therefore, it’s best not to overcomplicate the menu. Of course, communicate with all your guests prior to the evening and test the waters for allergies, however, a selection of pre-prepared dishes and salads through the centre of the table ensures you cater to everyone.

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ABOVE Seating in groups

Top tips for hosting in the BVI TURN PHONES OFF Many of us have experienced delightful gatherings interrupted by continuous beeps and buzzing. Sitting down and sharing a meal with friends should be cherished. There is not a place setting for your phone so don’t invite it to join for dinner. CURATING THE GUEST LIST If the conversation

is flat, it really doesn’t matter how fluffy the mousse was. Mixing friend groups can be a blast, but it does require an attentive host to ensure the conversation moves along. One of the easiest ways to help people gel is to point out the things they share in common, then watch a new friendship take shape!

CITRONELLA CANDLES Candles are an easy way to add dimension and ambience to your tablespace without breaking the bank. However, mosquitos will be poised and ready to crash your party so be sure to have specific citronella ones.

ICE It sounds too simple, but living in the BVI comes with its challenges - like keeping beverages icy cold! Over-buy, keep it stored, and don’t run out!

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allow for great conversations and a shaded area means afternoon soirees stay cool

Transforming your beloved house into a fully-functioning restaurant for the evening isn’t the desired outcome when entertaining. You will want to be present as the night unfolds, keeping one eye on topping up drinks and the other on the flowing conversation. We spend so much of our time either at work or running errands all weekend long, why shouldn’t we enjoy the sanctuary of our own home with others? We so lovingly renovate it and make it a reflection of our personality so let’s share that with new and old friends over dinner. Making memories at home helps us fall in love with our property all over again and after all, it’s our life’s most extravagant purchase. ■

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NESTLED IN THE heart of the elegant Yacht Haven Grande Marina, two properties stand out from the others for someone looking to make St. Thomas their home. Whether the USVI is a home base for yachting through the Caribbean or a second home created just for relaxing, Yacht Haven Grande is the perfect island oasis. These properties include access LEFT Yacht Haven Grande is a premier anchorage for vessels and megayachts, in addition to providing a fantastic view ABOVE Elegant furnishings make turnkey island living a breeze

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to a private pool, fitness centre and volleyball and tennis courts, as well as being right next to a variety of restaurants, bars and shopping. Downtown Charlotte Amalie is a short drive away or a scenic 20-minute walk along the stunning St. Thomas waterfront.

Island Elegance The high-end island getaway you’ve been dreaming of waits in this elegant condo end unit. With only the best furnishings - think marble floors, quartz countertops and chef-quality Viking range - Island Elegance is what

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Perfect for yachters, snowbirds or even year-round residency, these properties offer Caribbean charm and modern amenities. Just lock the door and go! a home away from home should be. Step out onto the shaded balcony and enjoy the St. Thomas sunset with a cocktail in hand. Then retreat to a master suite complete with a plush designer headboard behind a pillowy bed, ready for the best possible rest.

When it’s time to greet another day, getting ready in the huge bath is a treat, complete with walk-in tile shower and his-and-her vanities. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the private screened-in balcony and watch the island wake up.

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Coastal Contemporary As you enter this contemporary executive home, the entryway opens into a beautiful view of the harbour outside. Walk through the crisp and clean kitchen featuring granite countertops and modern lighting fixtures with a nautical touch to find new appliances and all the modern amenities for preparing meals or entertaining guests at the large island. Across the room banquette seating makes the most of the dining space, while still providing ample room for meetings at the large table or quiet, intimate dinners. The spacious living area is furnished with comfortable yet elegant pieces that make St. Thomas feel like home. The bedrooms offer plenty of space for resting after a day of beach hopping or welcoming guests that just came in from their yacht. The master bathroom features a large walk-in shower, as well as a soaking tub perfect for a quiet night in. ■

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THERE HAS NEVER been a more exciting time to explore our Caribbean neighbours. After a long period of region-wide recovery, 2020 will see a significant number of brand new resorts opening their doors to the public along with some muchloved Caribbean favourites which have taken their time to rebuild stronger, better and just as beautiful as before. The BVI’s own Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda welcomed its first guests in January. From the all-inclusive resorts opening in the Dominican Republic to small boutique hotels on the lessercrowded islands, the Caribbean will welcome a host of new properties in 2020. Read on for our top picks of the hottest new hotels and resorts.

Caerula Mar Club, South Andros, Bahamas When HGTV Canada’s “Fixer Upper” couple discovered an abandoned

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resort in the south of the island of Andros in the Bahamas, how could they resist the challenge to convert it into a stylish and design-focused new resort? Bryan and Sarah Baeumler were on a family holiday in the Bahamas when they discovered an old resort dating back to the 1960s and immediately saw the potential for creating something rather special. Opened in February 2020, Caerula Mar Club is situated in the south of Andros, the largest of the Bahamian islands and also the least inhabited. The resort is hidden in 10 acres of powdery white beachfront and consists of six private villas OPPOSITE PAGE COPPOSITE

With a focus on design, Caerula Mar Club in South Andros, Bahamas is a fresh take on the quintessential island resort THIS PAGE All 124 suites at The Morgan on St. Maarten have been luxuriously designed and have ocean or famed airport runway views

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and 18 Clubhouse Suites. Each building has been constructed with sustainable, natural materials and rooms feature breezy, outdoor living spaces. The island’s first-ever fine dining restaurant Lusca makes up one of the three dining experiences on offer. Whether you are seeking complete relaxation or an active break, Caerula Mar offers something for everyone including an oceanfront pool, hammocks, spa, fitness centre, complimentary non-motorised water sports, bicycles and local excursions to explore the island’s incredible diving, snorkelling, fishing and boating. For reservations visit www.caerulamar.com.

The Morgan Resort & Spa, St Maarten Slated to open later this year, The Morgan Resort & Spa is bringing luxury to Simpson Bay on the Dutch side of St Maarten. The sophisticated

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Dominica is the perfect base for exploring the island’s famed natural wonders

and sleek modern design is an architectural dream. All 124 rooms and suites have been luxuriously appointed with views of the ocean or even runway views to experience the famed Princess Juliana airport takeoffss - a resort experience like no other! Indulge yourself from the menu at SALT restaurant, designed by celebrity chef Ron Duprat, featuring French Caribbean cuisine using locally-sourced seafood. Relax by the sand-edged infinity pool or enjoy a specialty cocktail at the swim-up bar. Party like a VIP in a private poolside cabana, which are available for

advance booking. Pamper yourself in the spa and let the stylists at the salon perfect your night-out look. With the shopping and nightlife of Maho Bay and Philipsburg just a short taxi ride away, The Morgan is the ideal destination for a weekend break or celebration trip. For reservations visit www.themorganresort.com

Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Dominica Dominica has long been renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and has attracted adventurous visitors keen to immerse themselves in the waterfalls, lakes, wildlife and flora that the island has to offer. What Dominica has lacked until now is a truly luxurious world-class resort to unwind at the end of a hard day’s exploring. Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski opened its doors late in 2019 and is the prestigious group’s

first resort in the Caribbean. Situated in the north of the island, the resort lies on its own peninsula bordering the Cabrits National Park. Comprising 151 rooms, suites and villas the Kempinski boasts a signature spa, fitness centre, tennis courts, four restaurants, pool and meeting facilities. The luxurious accommodations have either mountain or sea views and many have their own private pools. The resort is committed to supporting Dominica’s local communities and source farm-fresh produce and locally caught fish to create the Creole and international cuisine served at the resort’s restaurants. Eco-adventuring has never been so glamorous! CARICOM rates start from US$215.00 for single or double Superior room per night, including entry to the wellness area and Wi-Fi, excluding 20% tax and service charge. www.kempinski.com/en/dominica ■

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