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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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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, world-class marine industry, and favourable trade winds, has combined to earn us the reputation of ‘Sailing Capital of the World.’ After a brief hiatus to preserve the health and safety of all residents and guests, our magnificent archipelago has re-opened and 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 themed, The Authenticity of Our People, Our Culture, Our Cuisine, Our Environment. I am sure you will enjoy the interesting features of our people, culture, cuisine, luxury sailing, real estate, environment, events, and business. 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 get-aways, 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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58 B VI HIKING Enjoy the great socially distanced outdoors with a great hike in the BVI 66 D ELISH High tea with a Caribbean twist! 70 G REEN VI How environmental initiatives are keeping the Territory green
look at the reopening of some A of the BVI’s most iconic resorts
RESORT SPECIAL 36 L EVERICK BAY The wellloved North Sound resort is back and better than ever 42 R ESORT FASHION Step into the island lifestyle with some local brands offering resort pieces all year round 50 O BMI For more than 55 years, OBMI Architecture has been shaping hospitality in the BVI
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REGULARS E DITOR’S LETTER N EWS , trends, inspiration
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“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” – Robert Orben
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IN A WORLD that glorifies work and being busy is worn like a badge of honour, the Caribbean is a welcome respite to the traditional “rat race”. Taking time away from daily life to relax and luxuriate in the prospect of doing nothing is something that these islands do better than anywhere else on Earth. The BVI is a place of perpetual summer and resort vibes all year round. That’s why so many people flock to these beautiful shores and are starting to return in greater number in 2021. This issue is dedicated to that lovely resort culture and celebrating some of the BVI’s most-loved resorts that are experiencing a reopening like none other. We explore Virgin Gorda’s Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Leverick Bay Resort and Marina to see how they are welcoming guests back with top-notch amenities and experiences. Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock Resort and Long Bay Resort give us a sneak peek into their reconstruction progress with exciting plans for the future. The hospitality industry is alive and well in the BVI, with only good things to come. OBMI Architecture has been an integral part of the resort industry for more than five decades, and we learn how their expertise has influenced some of the Territory’s most iconic hotel getaways. A good vacation also involves two other important elements: shopping and dressing the part. In a special feature on resort fashion, we explore different BVI boutiques and brands celebrating resort culture in a number of ways for visitors and locals alike. More than just a place to stay, the BVI offers sailing and watersports, fantastic food and culture, all ready for guests to enjoy - whether they are visiting for the very first time or are coming back for more of the BVI they love. Enjoy the issue. Sara
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NEWS SNUGGLE UP WITH A BOOK AT NOOK In late 2020, Kate Henderson opened locally owned and operated Nook book shop, which culminates Kate’s passions for the BVI community, retail business, and her love of reading and books. There is a wonderful array of books and gifts available for all ages and from many corners of the world. Nook features the latest bestsellers and classics including fiction and memoirs for both adults and children, as well as the very best in cookbooks, coffee table books, business, lifestyle, and arts and craft books. One of Nook’s goals is to promote and encourage readers of all ages in the community through fun reading events of favourite children’s books, plays developed from book characters, workshops for development of young writers and also book clubs. A valued secondhand book section provides the opportunity for previously loved titles, available for purchase for just a few dollars each. Utilising pre-loved personal libraries that are no longer needed to provide an inexpensive source of books for readers on a budget. All revenue from these pre-loved books is reinvested in charitable activities that promote reading in the community. To top off this wonderful new destination, you can enjoy a cup of your favourite coffee and tasty treat from the Island Roots cafe, right there in-store. Nook is not just a shop, but a fun destination that the whole family can enjoy. Situated next door to Nutmeg & Co., Waterfront Drive (opposite the Road Town ferry terminal). Reach out via phone and WhatsApp: +1 284 340 3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEFT AND BELOW Bring the family to Nook and enjoy a great read, fun events with coffee and cake!
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GO AWOL! AWOL (“Art WithOut Limits”) is the philanthropic arm of Debi Carson. AWOL brings BVI youth and community together to engage in independent, creative works and collaborative projects such as the ReCreate Art Competition and Project LOVE this last December, as well as painted murals like those at Romney Park in West End, Ebenezer Thomas Primary School and Bregado Flax School on Virgin Gorda. You can also see recently created works proudly displayed at Island Roots at Nook book shop. Art knows no age, gender, race, creed or culture. It brings people and communities together and is a tool for expression and healing. AWOL uses art as the catalyst to collaborate, create and community. Anyone can join AWOL and be a part of creative community projects or you can pick up these wonderful art kits and create at home. AWOL art kits are hand-assembled and contain a variety of items to create 5+ art/craft projects. Follow the included inspiration or go AWOL and let your imagination run wild. Just $25 and for each kit purchased one is donated to charity. Over 75 kits donated so far! To purchase, visit Nook book shop or reach out to Debi Carson - email@example.com.
Baby’s got designer eyes Add these beautiful designer sunglasses to your resort fashion look from House of Luxury. Bold-framed glasses and sunglasses characterize the Gucci eyewear line for women, from classic aviators to cat-eyes and Hollywood inspired styles. At House of Luxury, you will find sunglasses by not only Gucci but also Cartier, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga in styles for both ladies and men. Ranging in price from $295 to $1,000. Come and see these and many more stunning selections of sunglasses and accessories at House of Luxury, Tortola Pier Park, +1 284 443 3030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A POET IN OUR MIDST Epiphaneia - by Richard Georges WINNER of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2020 ‘They say birds always find their way back home but home is a nowhere — a memory; a never was.’ Set in the immediate aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Irma, the most catastrophic storm to strike the British Virgin Islands, Richard Georges’ Epiphaneia is a collection of rich, transcendental verse. Beyond the loss and devastation that such a natural disaster brings, Georges’s ideas span beyond the physical world, asking us to consider the ways in which families and communities come together amidst such tragedy. Blood runs under the earth. A father will instruct his daughter to the hills where their ancestors are buried. A flying man opens a door in the sky. Children play in the twisted roots of a landscape both dangerous and triumphant. Constantly attuned to the devastating power of nature and where the body, too, is ‘a precarious house’, these poems are hymns to the resilience of the human spirit. Georges locates in the negative space of aftermath both the ghosts of history and the mythic beginnings of a yet unlived, rejuvenated world. Signed copies of Epiphaneia retail for $20. Available alongside other titles by Richard Georges at Cedar Cafe, Mellow Moods, and Nook book shop.
SIGN OF THE TIMES Annie MacPhail at Nutmeg & Co. has 10 years of experience in professional interior and exterior sign making, and specialises in the use of reclaimed wood and traditional materials - including but not limited to painting, engraving, raised graphic or combination techniques. Nutmeg is proud to provide speciality signs of any size for hotels, villas, restaurants, and corporate companies. Hanging or stand-alone post mounting solutions, professional graphic design services to produce custom signs using your existing brand, fonts, colours or Nutmeg will design from scratch to suit an idea or new start-up. Located inside Nutmeg & Co. 164 Waterfront Drive, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Tel. and WhatsApp +1-284-541-2663, email@example.com.
Keep calm and custom frame Lisa Gray at Images Custom Framing & Art Gallery has 15 years of experience in professional custom picture framing. The team at Images can frame any type of art, photography, prints, certificates and keepsakes of any kind. They use archival and conservation materials, premium clear, reflection control and conservation glass. Canvas stretching and custom-sized blank canvas, float frames and custom shadow box frames for 3D pieces are also available. Images holds all materials in stock - including over 3,000 ft of moulding and over 70 matte colour choices. Professional printing service is available, as well as art and frame restoration with fast turnaround time. Enjoy a complimentary consultation on colour, style, matte choice, and glass type to get the finished look you will love. Images also provides hanging and design services. Located inside Nutmeg & Co. 164 Waterfront Drive, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Tel. +1-284-494-1426, WhatsApp +1-284-543-6295, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The stunning beach view from Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda will abe a welcome sight to visitors anxious to return.
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THERE’S A REFRESHING energy to a new season in the BVI, and so many favourite restaurants, bars, and especially resorts are reopening. Many of these iconic destinations have been shuttered in some form since the devastating hurricanes of 2017, so it’s beyond exciting to feature updates on classic BVI getaways. Even amid a global pandemic and unforeseen challenges, the most famous resorts of the BVI are coming back stronger than ever before. “The accommodations in the BVI have long been known for unpretentious elegance, and the offerings have grown steadily over time. From private island resorts to glamping, we are sure to have options
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for the most discerning guests. Our exclusive private island resorts and other luxury properties offer personalised service, palate-pleasing culinary delights, engaging activities, health and wellness, while ensuring privacy, safety and security,” said Clive McCoy, Director of Tourism for British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission. “This has never been more important than at this present time. The Board is very excited about our resorts, as many have undergone extensive renovations and some total rebuilds within the past three years, creating a refreshing ambience that beckons all guests to visit and experience BVILOVE!”
Rosewood Little Dix Bay Virgin Gorda’s iconic 500-acre escape, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, reopened to visitors on 4 December 2020. Recently awarded a Gold Badge in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels rankings, Rosewood Little Dix Bay was just named the number one hotel in the British Virgin Islands. A new private jet charter service with Tropic Ocean Airways allows guests to book protected air travel, and enhanced health and safety measures are being taken all over the resort. “The strength and resilience of Virgin Gorda and Rosewood Little Dix Bay never cease to amaze me, and I’m proud to unveil our plans to
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accommodations at Rosewood Little Dix Bay are truly luxurious and offer the perfect island getaway. Complete with high-level resort amenities and two pools, guests won’t want to leave and will be rushing to come back.
reopen the resort and share its magic with the world once again,” said Andreas Pade, managing director of Rosewood Little Dix Bay. “We’ve long made it our mission to provide an unparalleled, tailored experience to all who visit, and we look forward to welcoming guests back and furthering our legacy.” The resort’s 81 guest rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars and wellness and recreational facilities are all utilizing thorough, high-
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frequency cleanings in accordance with local and international authorities. Limited-contact options for checking in and out, housekeeping and dining provide another level of personal comfort for guests, as they will be consulted before arrival as to their preferences. Locals and visitors from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico can enjoy luxury accommodations at an exclusive rate, including a $100 nightly resort credit. Rosewood Little Dix is known for their bespoke style and elegant service, and the stunning location sets the stage for the perfect getaway. Two pools, a sophisticated tennis centre, hiking trail, fitness centre and fantastic cliffside spa all contribute to the vacation of a lifetime.
Bitter End Yacht Club Since the early 70s, Bitter End Yacht Club has been a beacon for sailors and island lovers alike. The classic Virgin Gorda destination has been busy rebuilding since the devastating hurricanes of 2016, and are positioned to reopen their Phase 1 plans of Bitter End 2.0 in the fall of 2021. Phase 1 plans include opening their nautical village, which will provide accommodations and amenities to visitors and sailors from around the world. The marina’s centrepiece will be an open-air, twostory marina building with outdoor seating and a lounge with fabulous views of the comings and goings in North Sound. This gathering spot will be a one-of-a-kind venue where marina guests and yacht club members can gather for rum punches, sunsets and celebrations of all stripes. There will be an array of private bathing facilities for the exclusive use of our marina guests, enhanced WIFI, shore power and other amenities to make sure your stay at the marina or in the mooring field will be convenient, comfortable and above all, fun. As those who have spent time at sea know well, thoughtful provisioning
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resort features like tennis and a world-class spa in addition to a fantastic resort dining experience at Rosewood Little Dix Bay reopened in December 2020.
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is key to a happy crew and successful voyage. As part of Bitter End 2.0, a new and improved general store, the Bitter End Market is a highlight of the rebuild. The market will feature garden-grown produce, fresh-caught local seafood and prepared dishes, punctuated by gourmet treats and an array of wines, spirits and other beverages, all topped off by Chef Winston’s world-famous key lime pie and other bakery delights. Bitter End 2.0 will also see the return of the Reeftique Boutique featuring island-style fashion alongside Bitter End’s own line of seaworthy goods from Bitter End Provisions. And Bitter End would not be the same without the beautiful beaches and robust watersports hut and activities programs. Kayaking, paddle boarding, diving, snorkelling, beachcombing, cruising and of course sailing will remain at the heart and
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Yacht Club has provided a unique place for sailors and people who love the BVI. Reopening in fall of 2021, BEYC will feature a marina village for provisioning and accommodations for guests.
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THIS SPREAD After Phase 1 completion, continued construction on the 64-acre Bitter End Yacht Club will bring unique accommodations and resort amenities.
soul of Bitter End. And, with over a mile of shoreline, Bitter End’s guests will be able to relax and unwind looking over the North Sound on some of the most beautiful beaches on the globe. In addition to the marina’s nautical village, a small number of unique seaside bungalows will be ready for the Phase 1 reopening. These bungalows boast two floors with sweeping views of the North Sound and openair verandas on both levels with the Caribbean Sea lapping just below. The second floor features the master suite and deck, while the first floor provides living space that can be converted into two additional single beds with a bath and deck, making it ideal for families or couples with ample space to relax and soak in the views. On the heels of the Phase 1 reopening, continued work on the boutique hotel and 64-acre property redevelopment will evolve to include a variety of unique accommodations and hospitality amenities.
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Guests will soon be able to enjoy cocktails and Sunday brunch as Long Bay Resort reopens their beach bar and restaurant in early 2021.
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enjoy the impeccable view and the warm Caribbean water just off of the resort property at Long Bay Resort. Six beachfront guestrooms, each featuring a private patio, will open early this year.
Long Bay Resort Located on the iconic Long Bay Beach in West End, Tortola, Long Bay Resort is reborn. Often voted one of the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean, Long Bay Resort is set to reopen its beach bar, restaurant and six oceanfront rooms in early 2021. The restaurant was built in 1748 as sugar storage, offers casual luxury and is starting with the famous Sunday brunches and special events. The new Palapa Beach Bar is open Thursday through Sunday. The beachfront guest rooms were created with a distinct vision of a natural, laid-back Caribbean vibe that blends indoors and out with
a beach-chic aesthetic. Each room features a private patio.
Saba Rock Perched on a one-acre cay in the middle of North Sound Virgin Gorda, Saba Rock is the perfect blend of tranquillity and sophisticated island fun. Following a complete rebuild, Saba Rock will officially open in the Spring of 2021. “We’re eager to rejoin our local tourism partners in welcoming guests to this beautiful destination,” said General Manager Alain Prion. “Saba holds a special place in the hearts of many, and we can’t wait for our past guests to see and experience the new resort. We expect fans will embrace our new identity and hope our chic and casual setting will attract new customers as well.” The total transformation of Saba Rock includes a new contemporary
design aesthetic focused on the destination’s nautical lifestyle. The magnificent ocean surroundings are the star of the show. Seven guestrooms and two suites will soon open and feature water-based adventure themes that the BVI is known for, including diving, kiteboarding and windsurfing. Elevated resort amenities and services are a welcome reinvigoration, including a bar and restaurant on the lower level featuring an eclectic menu of Caribbean-fusion cuisine. The Happy Hour Bar and Lounge on the upper deck will also be available to be rented out for private events. Other onsite amenities include a dive shop, retail boutique, spa with select services, full-service marina, and a kiteboarding and kitesurfing school. Reservations can soon be made at www.sabarock.com. ■
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Saba Rock is a beloved BVI institution reopening in Spring 2021. With a new lower level restaurant and bar, seven guestrooms and two suites, guests will soon be able to toast to another perfect day in the BVI at Saba Rock.
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In the British Virgin Islands, everyday life involves the beautiful clear ocean - either swimming in it, sailing on it, or simply looking out over its ever-changing colours. Kids in the BVI are always in the water and when lucky, spot turtles coming up for air, stingrays just off the shore, or crabs scuttling away up the beach. The ocean is full of exciting and interesting creatures, so dive in and explore!
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With the second kid's activity book in the BVI Pirate Islands series. Explore shipwrecks, sea life, and sunken treasure in Wonders of the Deep! A brand-new activity book that helps kids and their families learn about the beautiful and unique marine creatures that live around the British Virgin Islands with pages full of games and activities, keep a look out for some legendary pirate sea creatures! Along with the books, there is a poster size map to help youngsters explore these beautiful islands.
Pirate Islands and Wonders of the Deep are available at all Arawak Boutiques - Nanny Cay and Soper’s Hole, Tortola, plus Leverick Bay, and Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. Wholesale is also available. For more information please contact Arawak Boutiques on +1 284 494 5240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Full of exciting experiences and Caribbean hospitality, Leverick Bay is once again showing guests the best of the BVI.
LEVERICK BAY RESORT & MARINA An experience unlike any other 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 M A R C E L I N O J AV I E R T O
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LOCATED ON THE beautiful island of Virgin Gorda, Leverick Bay Resort & Marina is lapped by the beautiful blue waters of an unspoiled lagoon best known as “North Sound”. When you decide to spend time at Leverick Bay Resort & Marina, you will soon discover that it is much more than just a stay. What would otherwise be another typical visit will be transformed into a full-on experience unlike any other. But what makes this resort so incomparable? In a recent interview with Mrs Sharon Flax Brutus, the Director of Operations, she told us that she likes to call herself a Tourism Experience Curator. She told us her role involves, “looking towards the future and how we can position Leverick Bay Resort and Marina as a leading hospitality entity on the British Virgin Islands where we offer a great avalue and a great guest experience.” With that, we can clearly see that the dedication to creating not merely another visit but rather a unique and memorable experience for guests. Even in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leverick Bay has been
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putting measures in place to respond to the crisis and continues to improve the guest experience. “We are pleased to say that our safety and hygiene protocols are some of the best and most consistent in BVI. All of our staff have been trained and have received Gold Seal Certification and we continue to train them on the latest enhancements to our safety protocols. We recognize as well that many of us are now staycationing in our very own BVI so we have worked hard to create special offerings for residents that include spa as well as restaurant offerings,” said Brutus. But this of course is just the beginning of what makes Leverick Bay an experience unlike any other.
More Than Just A Room Each of the 14 spacious, hillside guest rooms have been specifically designed to provide guests with the picturesque view of North Sound, Mosquito Island and the Caribbean Sea. Located just above the Leverick Bay Resort & Marina, Bay Suites called Cinnamon, Spice, Ginger and Nutmeg
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Leverick Bay Resort provide stunning views of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound.
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also offer stunning views of the surrounding islands and sea. As outstanding as the breathtaking views they offer, the guest rooms and bay suites themselves bring to life the natural beauty of Virgin Gorda. All of the details of the guest rooms, from the cool tile floors to the tropical colours, transforms the space into a haven of tranquillity, allowing guests to escape and relax in island style. Each spacious unit is fully airconditioned, including two double beds, a small refrigerator, coffee making facilities, ceiling fan, cable TV, telephone, and an in-room safe. Each one- or two-bedroom suite has air-conditioned bedrooms and bathrooms. They also have fully modern kitchens, spacious living area, barbecues and breezy wraparound terraces. Moreover, there is cable TV, CD stereo system, and telephone.
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And you know what’s even better? The suites are just a few steps away from the resort’s beach, freshwater swimming pool, restaurant, tennis court, and resort spa, where the experience continues!
B eachside B eauty At Leverick Bay Resort & Marina, every day can be a beach day! Lounge at the freshwater swimming pool or take a swim in the pristine ocean just beyond. If you are looking for a bit more adventure and would like to venture even further out into the sea, Leverick Bay remains your number one choice. Brutus also added yet another way guests can add to their adrenaline rush. She noted that “Leverick is also a great jump-off point for the rest of North Sound and even Anegada.” Sail out on the seas with Bradley Powerboats BVI Ltd Charters and Rentals. The company offers Charters services from 17 to 45ft, offering boat rentals from 13ft dinghies to 30ft custom-built Bradley Powerboats. For more information, call cell: (284) 345-3941 Experience a fun-filled day of adventure with Blue Rush Water Sports and enjoy the various water sports and activities including flyboarding, jet skiing and kayaking. For more information, call (284) 499-7515 If you are seeking an on-land adventure, Leverick Bay offers options for guests to venture out and explore the beautiful island of Virgin Gorda. “From Leverick one can motor over to the soon-to-be-open Saba Rock or take in a cocktail at Sand Box on Prickly Pear or venture further afield by going over to Nova Restaurant at Oil Nut Bay. Guests can rent a jeep or mini moke and explore the island or take a safari tour to Spanish Town and visit the Baths; the number one attraction in the British Virgin Islands,” said Brutus. But what if you are seeking
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Experience the large, sandy beach, freshwater swimming pool and water sport activities. Indulge in Caribbean cuisines while being entertained with live music and performances. something entirely different? What if you are seeking to dive deeper and experience an underwater exploration? Even if you are not a certified diver, look no further. At Leverick Bay, guests have the unique opportunity to enjoy snuba diving with BVI Snuba. Snuba diving is a form of diving that combines what is easy about snorkelling with the experience of scuba diving. For more information, call (284) 341 0660
Island Style At Leverick Bay, there are a variety of resort boutiques including Arawak and Pussers – two of the leading boutiques in BVI. During your visit, you can find the perfect outfit, swimsuit or souvenir at Arawak Boutique! Shop sun-soaked styles where they offer a wide array of tropical clothing, sarongs, beachwear, UV tops for children, accessories and so much more! Open daily from 9 am – 5 pm. At Pussers, this gift shop offers a line of exceptional natural fibre sports and travel clothing and accessories for men, women and children. For more information, call (284) 495-7369
Fine Dining and Entertainment At Jumbies Beach Bar, you can enjoy a cocktail with your toes in the sand. From roti to conch fritters to pizza, there are many food options to explore! But there is far more to enjoy aside from the delicious dishes and special drinks. At Leverick Bay, one’s dining experience is elevated with live music and exclusive performances! Entertainment runs the gamut from Mocko Jumbie dancers and
fire eaters as well as DJ’s and live bands from many genres. Mondays through Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm at Jumbies Beach Bar, the Legendary Michael Beans excites L E V E R I C K B AY the crowd with his spectacular singing. And be sure to stick around until the end because you cannot afford to miss the conch horn contest at the end of each show! Every Friday evening, there is a chance to enjoy a tasty grilled dinner at the all-you-can-eat beach barbeque. The menu features a wide array of options, including roast pig, fish, chicken, and West Indian style ribs. And starting at 6:30 pm, you will get the chance to dance the night away and immerse yourself in local culture with the Moko Jumbies performances!
But the fun doesn’t end there. As spinning, twirling and twisting flames fly through the night air, lighting up the sky, fire dancers will also arrive on the scene to help make the moment special. The Profile/ Hardcore Band also adds to the evening with their live music. At the restaurant at Leverick Bay, you will also find one of the best restaurants on the island. Chef Stanley Ramotar captured Alex Yates’s dream and cooking techniques to keep delivering top-notch dishes. The restaurant offers the perfect culinary experience with delicious local seafood specialities, the best house cut beef and fresh Anegada lobster. To have an even greater experience, enhancing the taste of the food, you can expect a large variety of wines to complement your meal. Enjoy unique fine dining and authentic flavours while taking
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advantage of the beautiful scenery and breezy ocean views from the Caribbean style open terrace. Open Saturday – Thursday at 6:30 pm For those who choose to entertain in their villas or aboard their boats, don’t worry. Leverick Bay’s chefs in the Chef’s Pantry can help you with your meals. At the Chef’s Pantry, there is a wide selection of gourmet items including seafood, special meats and cheeses, fresh-baked breads and pastries, coffees, fine wines and spirits all from a professional chef’s kitchen. For special requests, you can give them a call. Store hours are 7 am – 7 pm daily, For more information, call: (284) 344-1621 Email: chefspantry@ leverickbayrestaurant.com ■
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FASHION & LIVING With home-grown brands TrèfleHOME, NAMI & Arawak BY KRISTIN FRAZER N A M I P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y M E L I N D A W I N K L E R , S T Y L E D B Y S TA C Y F R A N C E , S H O T O N L O C AT I O N AT O I L N U T B AY R E S O R T, B V I T R È F L E P H OTO G R A P H Y BY KA M AA L L E T TS O M E , E P I C P H OTO G R A P H Y A R AWA K P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y C A R I B B E A N J U L E S P H O T O G R A P H Y
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FASHION IS A trillion-dollar industry with thousands of resortstyle brands and thousands more that are coming on stream daily. The global apparel market has grown to around $1.5 trillion dollars leading into 2020, demonstrating that the demand for clothing, shoes and accessories is on the rise across the world. While COVID-19 has impacted fashion globally, the desire to stay on trend and in style has not diminished and online sales have increased. Within our local economy, our brick and mortar stores are more important than ever, ensuring that local retail businesses thrive, and continue to contribute to our overall economy. In our slice of paradise, we have a small taste of some of the best brands globally which are all offered right here in the BVI.
NAMI Resort & Swim Effortless…comfortable...luxury….. those are the words that define a new space in the resort-style fashion community within the British Virgin Islands. Launched in late 2020, NAMI Resort & Swim was founded by Stacy France and offers accessories, swimwear and resort-wear that are chic and minimalistic, yet bold in solids and prints. Captivating and stylish in décor, NAMI brings a new vision to the boutique that can be matched with the finest boutiques in the world. NAMI means “waves” in Japanese and was used as the platform for the brand through their love of Japanese culture and style. Based in Road Town Tortola, the new boutique embraced fashion and style through world travel and cultural experiences.
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With fashion being so diverse yet definitive, bringing their passion for style and in-depth research of what products were going to be offered was quite a journey, and the brand was born. “After living in Canada, my partner and I travelled the world and I always loved fashion so naturally, a boutique was the next step. I wanted to make the store different and I realized that so many people visit the BVI and pay thousands of dollars to enjoy our paradise while we enjoy it for free….so why not enjoy it by dressing in something luxurious” – says Stacy. BVI lovers and locals alike can enjoy a one-stop shopping experience and enjoy a fresh take on fashion from pieces from around the world. With such diversity, you can
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easily create your own style and headto-toe look that you will enjoy. As you enter the store, you are captivated by its interior detail and décor. The ambience and setting of the space with its products and accessories on all white walls, and visual imagery of sand and an “in-house” beach chic scene create an international shopping experience in paradise. NAMI’s multiwear options and storytelling of each brand available are top notch with quantities that are “just enough” to every customer that enters. “I believe that the fashion industry is always changing for the different seasons, but as for swimwear and resort wear for spring and summer, it always brings back key pieces, styles and cuts which I consider timeless. Here at NAMI
ABOVE AND RIGHT NAMI offers swim and resort wear from global brands to complete any island look.
we offer those pieces, which are high quality, chic and timeless” – says Stacy. This resort-style fashion boutique offers international brands that all tell their own story. These brands include: JUAN DE DIOS This Colombian brand is known for their flare, colour, prints and 2-in-1 bathing suits. This brand is also sustainable and considered an outwear brand that can be dressed up or down with jeans or trousers. It’s always great to find swimwear that you can purchase with 2-in-1 concepts and design! MONTCE This USA based brand that offers more conservative styles
that are girly, full of prints and simply “très chic”! You’re sure to look stunning in this sustainable brand! BFYNE Known for their bold and tribal print designs for women, this brand offers high quality African prints and swim designs that are for bold, confident and sexy women!! CHARLIE HOLIDAY Offering natural fibres in clothing and coverups like Cotton and Linen, Charlie Holiday offers pieces that are effortless in style. This line can be dressed up or down and can be worn across a variety of occasions. NAMI The NAMI brand was designed locally and offers resort style pieces that are easy to wear, comfortable and breathable with size offerings that fit most body types.
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LEFT Project X, under the TrèfleHOME label, is creating custom chefs jackets in bright and breathable materials that continue to look sharp after a busy day in the kitchen. This is Gorvey A. Henry, Cake Designer, Gorvey Henry Cakes.
GUADALUPE DESIGNS This Columbian brand is known for her tunics and coupled with modern prints that speak to a wide array of women. This brand offers 100% cotton designs that look and feel good on any body type. MYRA SWIM This Australian swimwear brand offers neutral palette colours and buttery soft fabric with high cuts that are inspired by the 90’s. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Jordan Woods, Lori Harvey all wear these designs. If your fashion style caters to a more neutral and simpler palette, this can be your next favorite swim piece from NAMI. ERIKA PEÑA Designer Erica Peña is originally from Puerto Rico but currently resides in Bali and offers 100% Cotton pieces that should automatically be in your travel bag for your next staycation or vacation. Each piece fits like a dream and the earth tone colours along with the flowing movements in each dress available creates long-lasting impressions. No outfit is complete without an accessory to compliment or match. NAMI is especially proud to have the accessory brand Mar y Sol from Madagascar. This product line offers bags and hats made from straw and raffia, with each piece being made by hand by women in Madagascar. NAMI currently offers a percentage of the proceeds from each sale that goes to Madagascar to assist the women that make each product. NAMI tells a beautiful story with each piece and brand offered through opportunities of mix and match styles that all compliment each other. NAMI is the perfect combination of showing BVILove and support to a boutique
that has created an international standard of beauty in products, interior décor, style, fashion, visual art and detail to all those who enter the store. This is the life of fashion in the BVI and this is the experience that NAMI has created for you. Your one stop shop begins and ends with NAMI Resort & Swim - for effortless, comfortable and luxurious style. Contact NAMI Resort & Swim: e-mail: email@example.com Instagram handle: @namibvi Facebook handle: @nami resort & swim
TrèfleHOME - Project X In a world of fashion, creativity always comes alive. In the BVI, resorts, style and fashion has been an ever-growing trend with new concepts, diversity and bursts of inspiration at each turn. Birthed in 2008, Trèfle, a household BVI brand has served beautiful and timeless pieces of swimwear and resortwear over the years and has offered complimenting accessories that are both eye-catching and memorable. Their attention to detail and original print concept design throughout their various collections has impacted fashion and resort- style living in the most influential way. From subtle style and two-tone combinations to vibrant and dynamic pop of 5 or more colour-way print options are what makes each collection unique and within arm’s reach. On a global level, fashion is everchanging and while style has a wide range of options with numerous brands and companies creating their space within the new year through this pandemic, everyone has now focused on how they can expand or rather pivot in these uncertain times. For Trèfle, one of its labels called TrèfleHOME is now entering a new market of merging Fashion with food. While the label specializes in swimwear and resortwear, Kristin and her team have created an outlet within the BVI through their vision of being a multi-
labelled brand that tells one story. Fashion for Trèfle has since expanded and their style has translated to their more recent products of Chef Jackets. The concept of curating an entire experience while vacationing in paradise is at the heart of the brand. What this looks like can be through a product, service or virtual experience that the end user would enjoy. Whether you’re a guest at your favorite resort, shopping at your favorite boutique, cooking for your guests, virtually creating an experience for your clients to enjoy or simply relaxing through one of BVI’s staycation in paradise, fashion and style goes hand in hand with what the Trèfle brand offers. Under its label TrèfleHOME, Project X offers custom chef jackets using original design concepts that each chef can wear for both public and private guests. “In my world, fashion and paradise go hand-inhand. There are no limits to what can be achieved when you love what you do” – says designer Kristin Frazer. A chef’s profession is art with an indirect visual of style and fashion. Kristin and her team can experiment and combine fresh looks, a tailored fit and breathable materials that when combined, tell a great story. Project X ensures that each chef coat always looks sharp — even after many hours of work. The standard white chef coat has become a lesser norm and bold but rich colors like Fuschia(Pink), Stone Washed Denim, Royal, Charcoal, Purple along with new intricate chef jacket styles have made big impressions in modern restaurants and for private chef sessions in the BVI and throughout the Caribbean. A play on minimalism but sometimes boarder lining bold beauty is where the brand’s custom chef jackets meet each client. “Fashion is a word that stretches across all forms of life, so it was natural for me to focus on something that I specialized in during my senior days of attending the BVI High School (now
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re-named Elmore Stoutt High School). If one were to ask me if I could’ve seen myself where I am today back then, I would say…..I sure can! The only thing that has changed during my experiences as a creative and path leading to my career is time. I couldn’t be more excited to extend my fashion style to those that show so much passion for their craft in the kitchen!” Project X has an unmatched service that caters to the specific needs of each client in creating custom jackets that would spark conversations and ignite a room with its electrifying prints. No two jackets are the same and the process is swift from concept to completion. Made locally with love, we invite you to this fresh take on fashion with TrèfleHOME Project X and extend
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BVILove to a brand that continues to redefine fashion – Project X style! If you’re looking to entertain guests, have virtual video chef sessions or if you are simply ready to take your cooking style to another level in fashion, TrèfleHOME under the Project X label is ready to serve. Contact Trèfle: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram handle: @treflehomebvi
Arawak Let’s go on a journey to a special place that features beautifully designed and hand-crafted items from around the world. For over two decades, Arawak has been the one-stop-shop, Caribbean lifestyle store for locals and visitors alike. Each Arawak store is a true island
lifestyle experience - with boutiques located in Nanny Cay, Sopers Hole and Leverick Bay, a home interiors store at Road Reef, Road Town and a brand new hybrid lifestyle store in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda you will find a diverse array of fashion brands for ladies, kids and men plus shoes, jewelry and accessories, kids games and toys, gifts, and home interior items. Arawak offers some of the best resort and swim brands found anywhere in the world while carefully curating looks that compliment various body types and ensuring diversity and inclusivity among the wider community. Some of these brands include: MAAJI SWIM This deluxe Colombian brand boasts on their beautiful print concepts and
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colour-blocking combinations. Offering reversible suits in whimsical patterns and comfortable fabrics, its products and its socially and environmentally conscious mission makes this Colombian beachwear label unique. SEAFOLLY Born out of Australia, this luxury label offers tailored swim that cater to a wide range of women that love a great fit, comfort and style. ROXY This multi-product line started out in swimwear and was instantly a success! Now offering sportswear and other areas of apparel, Roxy is now a global lifestyle brand,
offering products for every aspect of the active girl’s life. The key ingredient of Roxy products is that inimitable Roxy spirit. “Daring, confident, naturally beautiful, fun, alive: Roxy”. Accessories are often the last thing on someone’s mind when putting an entire fashion look together, but it is crucial to the complete look and can make or break your day/night outing. Arawak has explored this category well with simple yet timeless styles from brands that you are sure to love: HAVIANAS Everyone loves a great pair of Havianas flip flops! These are simply a must have for the beach, comfortable and durable, and available in many different, funky styles and patterns for men and women. QUICKSILVER Quicksilver is the
brother company to Roxy and offers a wide range of accessories and other products for men that are classic with products that ever go out of style! REEF: Offering slippers and other great accessory products is a brand that has stayed consistent with its mission and style. Has your interest been peaked as yet? To add to the flavorful selections of fashion brands, Arawak also offers local brands and other great items that are right at your fingertips. At every location, you will find that one piece that melts your heart. Contact Arawak e-mail: email@example.com Tel: +1 284 494 5240 Instagram Handle: @arawakbvi Facebook Handle: @arawakbvii ■
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HOSPITALITY BY DESIGN A conversation with OBMI Architecture’s Tim Peck and Marvin Flax about the firm’s influence on the resort and hospitality industry in the BVI I M AG E S CO U R T E SY O F O B M I A R C H I T E C T U R E
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AS A LEADING architecture firm spearheading local and global ‘resort design’ conversation, OBMI has reached a new milestone celebrating 55 years in the British Virgin Islands and 85 years as a firm. In honour of this achievement, OBMI’s Managing Director, Marvin Flax, and Chairman, Tim Peck, look back on the firm’s contribution to tourism development in the territory.
VIPY: Congratulations on this firm’s latest milestone anniversaries! OBMI has been part of the success of a variety of developments throughout its long history here. What would you say was the most significant contribution to our hospitality industry? TIM PECK: Since the firm established its local studio here in 1966, OBMI has been fortunate to have
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supported and driven the BVI’s hospitality and tourism industries from its early breaths to where we are now. It’s difficult to select one project, however, our early work in the 1970s with the design of Biras Creek Resort and Peter Island Resort provided a significant milestone at the beginning of tourism in the BVI. Since the initial development, OBMI has maintained ongoing relationships with each resort assisting them with refurbishments and extensions throughout their lifetime.
VIPY: Those resorts certainly supported the territory as a leader in
hospitality for the Caribbean. When you joined the firm in the 80s to lead the BVI office was the local resort development experiencing the same growth and what was OBMI’s involvement? TIM PECK: Yes, our firm was designing and leading an expert team of consultants for Long Bay Beach Resort which would be the largest resort in the British Virgin Islands at the time. For nearly three decades, our designers and project managers worked with the resort through many phases of expansion, including the design of the majority of residential villas on the hillside above Long Bay.
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Reflecting back, our growth as a firm was running parallel to resort development in the BVI. Over the years our firm has worked with a number of locally owned hotels including Maria’s by the Sea on their first expansion, Treasure Isle Hotel with the previous ownership, and Village Cay Marina. In addition, OBMI was also responsible for the design work on the major repositioning of The Moorings,
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including the marina facilities, the hotel, and the restaurants. VIPY: Tourism seemed to have hit its stride over that time and seemed to have helped us catch the eye of some global and premier hospitality brands. Was OBMI part of any of the key projects where some of these international brands added a BVI resort to their portfolio? TIM PECK: We were honoured to take on the role of trusted
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advisors and lead designers for the first Autograph Collection hotel in the Caribbean and Marriott International’s first property in the British Virgin Islands, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina. As the first private resort to open in the BVI in more than 15 years, operations for the resort began in mid-2010 with the
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hotel, resort amenities and residences. The resort was hand-selected for its originality, character, and uncommon details, all synonymous with the Autograph Collection portfolio. Our firm has since continued to contribute to the resort’s phased development for real estate expansion. Our vision for this next stage kept the architecture and design of the villas complementary to the property by speaking to a British Colonial-style with distinct touches of Caribbean in a village-inspired setting around the marina basin.
VIPY: With such an impressive
start and contribution to the resort development in the territory, how has your approach to design changed over the years? TIM PECK: While designers at the firm today leverage the latest in innovative technology and a larger network of trusted specialists, the
practice’s design philosophy has remained as the foundation for the firm and its projects. Over the years we have developed a strong international hospitality design reputation, particularly in the luxury sector, and we recognize that the essential ingredients for designing unique destinations across the globe are found in the local culture and history. Eight decades of design innovation, expansion and prestige are credited to our ability to tell our client’s story using four basic “storytelling” tools: quality of design, service, heritage, and environment.
VIPY: Your passion in your role
for creating unique and authentic experiences that benefit your clients, end-users, the communities, and the natural environment where projects take place is evident. Is there any recent hospitality work that you feel embodies this distinctly? MARVIN FLAX: Our recent work on the refurbishment and
renovation of Rosewood Little Dix Bay is one that comes to mind. As one of the Caribbean’s most legendary resorts, it was an honour to work alongside Meyer Davis and uphold the Rockefeller legacy with new world amenities. Since reopening, the project has received industrywide acclaim for once again securing its reputation as one of the world’s greatest getaways offering a level of refinement, seclusion, and untamed beauty unrivalled in the Caribbean. Another standout is OBMI’s involvement with Oil Nut Bay over the last decade. Victor International’s mission to create a sustainable luxury resort villa community that preserves the natural integrity and beauty of the island was very much aligned with our own values and design ethos. We feel privileged to have worked with David Johnson to develop the architectural character of the resort development and act as a local and trusted advisor to his team and clients.
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Rosewood Little Dix Bay Pavillion Lounge
VIPY: Those are wonderful legacy
projects that you have contributed to, and we’re sure there are more in your pipeline. How would you describe your firm’s method for success to a prospective hospitality developer or operator over the last 55 years in the BVI and 85 years as a firm? MARVIN FLAX: OBMI provides a trusted, collaborative, and successful experience for our clients that stems from our active listening, intelligent interpretation, open dialogue, imagination, expertise, and precision. Our personal commitment to stakeholders is to realize their ideas and aspirations brilliantly, while successfully delivering on their business vision and purpose. Our dedication to delivering superior quality and service, while respecting the tradition and environment of where we live, work and play has and continues to propel OBMI as one of the leading design firms in the British Virgin Islands and across the world.
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Our dedication to delivering superior quality and service, while respecting the tradition and environment of where we live, work and play has and continues to propel OBMI as one of the leading design firms in the British Virgin Islands and across the world. About OBMI OBMI is a global architecture and master planning firm widely celebrated for the design of distinctive high-end resorts and hotels, bespoke residences, and engaging urban areas. Since 1936, our mission has been to collaborate with clients to transform their visions into three-dimensional forms that are authentic, unique, and incomparably marketable. With architecture studios around the world and local experts on the ground, we’re the international design firm in your backyard. ■
Marvin E. Flax, International Associate AIA, Managing Director
Tim Peck, RIBA, LEED AP, ISHC, Chairman
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HAPPY HIKING! The islands are full of socially-distanced activities to enjoy - and there’s no better way to experience the BVI than with one of the wonderful hiking trails from Trails & Tales: The British Virgin Islands Hiking Guide by Ron Beard AFTER A YEAR like no one has ever experienced, the world has changed. Now more than ever, we are searching for fun activities to enjoy that are safe. Hiking is the perfect outdoor pursuit that keeps you and your family fit, while staying socially distanced and
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taking in some of that fresh BVI air. A great way to see more of these beautiful islands is to pull on some sturdy hiking shoes, grab your sunscreen, a snack and some water and get outside to take in the breathtaking surroundings (not to mention incredible views!).
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his is a multi-dimensional walk through the innards of Beef Island with a wide variety of environments and challenges. These include a bush section, a trek up Mount Alma, a wander round Banana Wharf salt pond, rugged coastal strip and the peaceful postcard-pretty Trellis Bay, with a soft return through a miniature their crews’ repetitive meat-free their crews’ repetitive meat-free African-like savannah land. diets of rum and ﬂying ﬁsh, kept diets of rum and ﬂying ﬁsh, kept Like Island many other coastal locations livestock on Beef making it livestock on Beef Island making it across the Territory, the name of possibly the ﬁ rst sail-in take-away possibly the ﬁrst sail-in take-away then game immediately left. old reared beef! On is a multi-dimensional walk the island of On gives the forThis fresh, locally rearedsort beef! for Follow fresh,the locally and poorly surfaced road looking out the local residents innards Beef residents Island away. lore has it that piratical the other hand, thethrough other the hand, theofLocal local for the second dirt track on the left withjust a wide variety of a environments captains of yore, concerned may have kept few cows may just have kept a few cows and park, near this and(see challenges. These include a and welfare about the health ofsensibly,here here Trail B.1). (seejunction Trail B.1).
Mount Alma & Trellis Bay Hike
(Waypoint A on the map). bush section, a trek up Mount Alma, This BEEF ISLAND | 28 Mount Alma and Trellis Bay BEEF ISLAND | Mount Alma and Trellis Bay a wander round Banana Wharf salt is the start of the walk. Note that this pond, rugged coastal strip and the peaceful postcard-pretty Trellis Bay, with a soft return through a miniature African-like savannah land.
TRAIL DIRECTIONS Head to Beef Island and after crossing the QE II bridge, pass the junction to the airport terminal on your left. Some 200yds ahead, where the main road bends left at the telecoms tower, turn right and
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track may now be gated to dissuade vehicular traffic, but you can still pass by foot. Follow the muddy track in a generally NE direction as it cuts through the scrub forest and, in 150yds, look out for a small more open area on the left previously used for informal parking, While the track bends right, up towards a couple of cabins, do not follow it. Rather, hunt around the left
edge of the open area looking for a rather indistinct trail through the uninviting undergrowth. From here, the next 70yds can be a bit of a pain as the level trail makes its way in a NE direction through an abundance of aloes with thick splayed leaves and pinguin bromeliads tinged with red and sharp, prickly points waiting to pierce your shins. Persevere with care and poles (or machete, if one is to hand) and after a few minutes you’re through the worst. The trail is much clearer now and it’s a pleasant wander along this historic path under the forest canopy where there is still evidence of its earlier role as an important cattledriving route through the middle of the island. In places it seems to run in the bed of seasonal streams with large boulders all but barring the way, but keep heading NE and you won’t go far wrong. However, even at this early point, B little more than 350yds from the start, you have a choice: either follow the main trail towards the N coast of Beef Island . . . or, take the recommended Side Trip to the top of Mount Alma in a SE direction (described below).
SIDE TRIP TO MOUNT ALMA (Shown in red on the trail map) Conceivably this could be a short but semi-strenuous hike in its own right, up the well hidden access trail, summiting and then retracing your steps back along the inward route to the start, having taken 1.52hrs depending on time at the top. However, since it is a comparatively short distance (a round trip of about 1.5mi), with a net addition of little more than one hour plus rests, it is included in the main walk as a ‘must do’ Side Trip. The first challenge, however, is to find the starting point (it took me three failed attempts to locate the trail). You are looking for a well concealed path at right angles to the main trail, about 350yds from the prickly pinguins. You’ll need to search for a small cairn (pile of rocks) on the main trail. Opposite this, on the right, look out for route markers in the form of small, colored ribbons and /or plastic ties attached to tree trunks and branches at eye level. Follow these ribbons. After the first success, you’ll quickly become accustomed to the art of ‘ribbon spotting’.
The trail wends its way slowly upwards, zig-zagging here and there, carefully avoiding the biggest of the boulders and steepest sections. This is hardly surprising since the trail is used by the BVI Airports Authority who look after the aeronautical navigational beacons that assist pilots using Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, the Territory’s main gateway. Indeed, you will see the focus of their attentions perched on top of the hill. The predominant vegetation here is dry forest with the ubiquitous turpentine and loblolly trees contorting themselves around rocks and each other in sinuous, amorous embraces. Mourning doves, identified by their mournful four-note repetitive calls, and the high-pitched ‘kisskiss’ of the bananaquits, define the character of the friendly forest and this makes the journey that much more pleasurable. For the most part the trail is easily followed, but a keen eye for the sometimes well-concealed ribbon markers remains essential. There are one or two notable sections where the line of sight stretches ahead 30yds or more and it is in those sections that sightings of bright lemon yellow sulphurs and
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gulf fritillary butterflies, large ground lizards with turquoise tummies and running rodents are most likely, so stay alert. After some twisting, steep and strenuous sections, you will sense more daylight above and the emergence of more rock outcrops and boulder formations below. While still some way to go under the thinning canopy you’ll eventually be tossed up quite suddenly upon the steep, rocky approach to the top. Be persistent and find a suitably safe route to the summit, which reaches over 730ft above sea level. Find a solid nesting perch atop the rocks before taking in the stunning views, for if you don’t,
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the scale and perspective of the scenery below may mesmerize you momentarily and upset your internal gyroscope. The 360-degree panorama from the top C is spectacular and might be described as one of the best views in the BVI. Looking W, the foreground is taken up by the bountiful Geiger tree seasonally heavy with its deep-orange flowers ; the middle distance is dominated by the incongruous billiard table flats of the airport runway with the slender bridge beyond, an umbilical cord tying Beef Island to the magnificently mountainous profile of Tortola. With views W to Tortola, N to Scrub, the Camanoes and Guana Islands, E to Virgin Gorda (concealing all its North Sound relatives beyond) and the energetic southern sweep of islands bordering Drake’s Channel, the whole scene is worth a prolonged “WOWWEEE!,” thereby entirely justifying the effort expended. The chaps who regularly service the aeronautical station, immediately E of the summit, have a job that some hikers would truly envy . . . at least for the first few sorties. Must be one of the best views in the Territory! When the mood takes you, retrace
your steps carefully, now in a NW direction, down the same steep trail returning to the path where you turn right, to rejoin the main walk towards the N coast . . . or left, back to the start if time is limited.
CONTINUATION OF MAIN WALK Follow the easy path past collections of rocks and trees seemingly sculpted from the pages of a Grimm’s fairy tale and in another 600yds, off
to the left and down a shallow slope, you’ll sense the edge of the Banana Wharf Salt Pond. Be patient and ultra quiet over the next section and you’ll find a short route down to the water’s edge where with any luck, you may espy a collection of sandpipers and plovers poking around in the shallows for a snack. Continue on in broadly the same NE direction through the scrub forest, and the rocky trail will level off and the crusty edge of the pond will reappear. Here you have another choice: either, go straight ahead sticking to the trail which tends right and winds its way E below bulbous turpentine trees and black mangroves; these skirt seasonally ponded areas which are protected by an historic limestone wall constructed parallel to the coast, where you turn left. Or, if you want to see the sea ASAP, follow the trail left past the turpentine trees over calcareous rocks and be guided by a miniature
coral cairn some yards ahead. This will bring you from beneath the scrub forest canopy through the allamanda bushes and suddenly onto the rocky shore and into a refreshing onshore breeze. A few more steps and choose your spot atop the coral
berm for a 10min breather. D From your vantage point look N and you’ll see the unmistakable Scrub Island Resort. The view E is towards Virgin Gorda with Spanish Town to the right and the magnificent Gorda Peak dominating the centre ground.
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The section of the coast you’ve just arrived at is quite exposed and prevailing winds carry all sorts of marine detritus ashore. However, the good people of Trellis Bay are mindful of value and consequently a lot of this paraphernalia, mostly washed overboard from charter yachts, is then regularly harvested and prudently recycled locally. Meander W along the coastline and detour to observe the other side of Banana Wharf Pond. This is surrounded by all sorts of attractive vegetation including
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wild frangipani with its single white fragrant flowers and the distinctive luscious red berries and rich green leaves of the juvenile gumbo limbo (turpentine) tree, all set against the verdant backdrop of Mt Alma towering above. Another 400yds along the coral coast and you’ll approach a substantial rocky headland with a tiny sandy beach in front. ( on previous page). E The route through the middle section of the rocks (marginally left of the headland) is easy to find
and you may even be tempted to enjoy the hammock contraption made from remnants of beach combed fishing nets and slung enticingly between convenient seagrape trees. Once beyond the headland, the coastal strip becomes even narrower and waves may impede your progress around some of the larger boulders. Follow the coast around, looking out for ruddy turnstones and sandpipers playing chicken with the wavelets. As it slowly turns W along and eventually into Trellis Bay, appreciate the more sheltered waters and the consequential myriad of craft at anchor, scattered across the bay. The beautiful crescent beach extends for almost a mile, offering plenty of opportunities to laze under a palm tree or take a quick, cooling dip. At this point F you’re almost in line with the runway of Beef Island airport, the largest of the Territory’s three and currently the subject of ambitious plans for expansion. At the time of writing, precisely what these may comprise and thus what effect they may have on the environment of the bay, its residents and the profile of the Territory as a whole, was unknown. About halfway along the beach there is a direct route back to the car; so, if interested look out for the carcass of an old ‘cat’ on the left! Where this decaying catamaran has
been hauled just above the high water mark, a small path passes it and leads to a vehicular track. G This runs parallel to, but only 20yds inland from the bay for its entire length. However, our route cuts across it at right angles and continues on a little zig-zag trail due E through the bush for 100yds. At this point the landscape opens out revealing the large and, depending on the time of year, dried up Central Beef Island Salt Pond . Follow the right side of the pan for a further 200yds until you see electricity poles ahead. Immediately below these, turn right and follow the path through the tall, African savannah-like elephant grass for 200yds to a farm track. An interesting little detour off right will take you to several fields won from the bush H . Besides keeping the excellent Beef Island soils tilled and seeds planted, working these
fields also involves seasonal watering and hand weeding – all of which effort produces regular harvests of fruit and vegetables such as corn, yams, tannia and dasheen. After this interlude, return to the track and follow it, tending right, 100yds to the old surfaced road on which you arrived. At the junction turn left and another 100yds will bring you back to the start. Having completed the walk, you may wish to drive into the unconventional confection of Trellis Bay and explore it’s rustic charms. Once your field research is over and you’ve definitely decided on your hostelry of choice; order a local brew, sit down, remove the boots, relax, toast the wonders of Beef Island and take a refreshing slug. Congratulations, you’ve made it yet again (this is getting to be a habit)! ■
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In this issue, we thought it would be fun to feature a High Tea for our readers but with a BVI flavour. We have incorporated locally sourced ingredients, and our recipes are adapted to create tropical elements and flavours in each dish. Get together with a group of friends, and enjoy these delightful island bites! R E C I P E S B Y K AY L E I G H D R I V E R FOOD STYLING BY E R I N PAV I O U R - S M I T H P H OTO G R A P H Y BY R A I N B OW V I S I O N S BV I
All to cool and transfer to a jar, keep refrigerated for up to a week. TIP: Use this curd to make a passionfruit tart or have it on toast in the morning!
Tropical Biscotti Biscotti is one of those baked goods, that you can add whatever you fancy to it; nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips etc. I found this great tropical mix at RiteWay in the baking section which includes dried papaya, pineapple, and coconut; it goes perfectly in this dish. Of course, you can substitute with whatever dried fruit you like. It will keep for a week or so in an airtight container. Enjoy with your coffee or tea! L E V E L E A SY M A K E S 2 0 P I E C E S A P P R OX . 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 3 /4 cup caster sugar 4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter 2 eggs 3 /4 cup dried tropical fruit mix 1 /2 cup toasted unsweetened desiccated coconut
Passionfruit Curd I grew up with lemon curd, always tucked away in our fridge. We used to have it on buttered toast or fresh croissants and it was just divine. To keep in the tropical theme, I thought it would be great to try it with passionfruit instead, and it is delish! You will want to keep this recipe on hand. L E V E L E A SY M A K E S 2 C U P S A P P R OX .
INGREDIENTS 4 oz unsalted butter 1 cup of fresh passionfruit juice (about 12 passionfruit) 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 3 /4 cup caster sugar In a small saucepan melt the butter. In a bowl, whisk together the passionfruit juice, eggs, and sugar until combined. Add this mixture to the butter and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 5 – 10 minutes. Make sure to pay attention to it as you don’t want the eggs to scramble!
Preheat oven at 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Using a large mixing bowl and an electric hand whisk, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and ensure they are fully incorporated. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together until wellcombined. No more than 1 minute to avoid a tough dough. Using a spatula, fold in the tropical fruit mix and coconut, stir until evenly distributed. Tip the dough out onto the baking tray and form a loaf about 10” long by 4” wide. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Once baked,
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allow to cool for at least 30-minutes. Using a serrated knife, slice the loaf, cross ways, about 1/2 inch thick. Lay flat on the same baking tray, and bake for a further 15 minutes, turning over halfway through for even colour. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches Traditionally at High Tea, cucumber sandwiches are served. To update them I thought I would incorporate a chicken curry mayo, cut them round and serve open-faced. These are fresh and full of flavour and if you have any of the chicken mixture left, you can save it and have it over a salad for lunch the following day. I hope that you enjoy them! L E V E L EASY M A K E S 4 CUPS APPROX. 1 rotisserie chicken, diced 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tbsp curry powder 1 tbsp spicy mango chutney 1 /2 red onion, finely diced 4 stalks celery, finely diced 1 green apple, finely diced Salt & pepper to taste Sliced bread, crusts cut off Thinly sliced cucumber Alfalfa sprouts To make the sandwich fillings, simply stir together the first 8 ingredients. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. You can shape the sandwiches any way you like, I used a 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut out the rounds. To build the sandwich, start with the bread on the bottom, then 3 slices of cucumber, the curried chicken, and top with the alfalfa sprouts. You can keep these open-faced, as pictured, or you can top them off with another bread slice, and secure with a tooth pick.
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FOR THE SALTFISH ROULADE 1
/2 lb prepared salt fish (see note below) 4 oz cream cheese 1 /2 cup mayonnaise 1 /4 cup ketchup 1 tbsp mustard 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning Juice of 2 lemons Dash of hot sauce 2 celery stalks, fine dice 1 /2 small red onion, fine dice Finely diced bell pepper for garnish
Mini Jonny Cakes with Salt Fish Roulade Jonny cakes and salt fish are very prominent in many Caribbean dishes. The Jonny Cake recipe I used was from www.food52.com, and it worked perfectly. I’m sure many of you have your own recipes for them; what makes these a little different is that they are bitesize, and therefore a perfect vessel for the salt fish roulade. Of course, if you aren’t a fan of salt fish, you can certainly substitute with smoked mackerel.
Put all of the above ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. For the best presentation, put into piping bag and pipe over the Jonny cake. Or serve in a dish and use it as a dip with crudité. The flavour gets better if it sits overnight in the fridge in an airtight container. NOTE: To prepare the saltfish, place in saucepan and cover with water, simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and repeat again. You might have to do this a few times to ensure the fish is rehydrated and salt is removed. Allow to cool. Flake fish, leaving the skin and bones behind. ■
L E V E L EASY M A K E S 20 CAKES APPROX.
FOR THE JONNY CAKES 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tbsp baking powder 3 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 2 oz unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup water 2-3 cups vegetable oil Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Work the butter into the dry ingredients. Add the water slowly to incorporate. You might not use it all. Turn dough out on to a flat, floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. All to rest for at least 30 minutes. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick and use a small round cookie cutter. Using a fork, pierce each one. Heat up oil in a deep pot, preferably cast iron. You will know the oil is hot enough when it begins to ripple. Carefully drop the dough into the oil (be careful not to splash it!), and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until golden. Set on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil.
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KEEPING IT GREEN AFTER QUARANTINE For more than a decade, Green VI has been engaged in the formidable task of influencing green change in the BVI. BY J OA N N E P E N N E Y A N D F E L I Z A F E N T Y
IF YOU’RE READING this, congratulations! You made it through the 2020 quarantines and lockdowns and are now stepping into the light of a new year, where opportunities to be “green after quarantine” abound. So, as you make plans and resolutions for the New Year, consider the many vibrant Green VI eco-projects currently active in the Territory. They’re aimed at helping us choose a greener, cleaner, healthier way of life and they show us “where to start” in
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addressing climate change. Here’s a chance to take a look at what’s going on right here, right now and “get with the programme” of your choice, as we shake off the hardships of 2020 and welcome 2021.
WE RECYCLE True to its name, this is all about the “WE”, as it connects communities, businesses and government in building a BVI Recycling System. In partnership with the Department of
Waste Management, WE RECYCLE will divert 50% of our waste stream - glass, plastic, aluminium and yard waste - from incineration and landfill and upcycle these resources to create products and jobs. “Reduce-ReuseRecycle” education is delivered through presentations, school lesson plans, door-to-door outreach and media campaigns, while an app provides the location of 51 public Recycling Bins and tracks the overall success of the System.
ABOVE Here’s the Green VI Team that’s working on Tortola and Virgin Gorda to move BVI green change forward. Projects will be extended to our sister islands soon. Are you with us? FAR LEFT As of 7 months ago, 23,212 tons of waste, including over 4 million single-use plastic water bottles, were diverted from being burned or landfilled because we rinsed, separated and recycled our trash. LEFT On Virgin Gorda, mosquito breeding sites have been reduced by 84% over the past 3 years. 42 Community Clean Ups helped, as did covering up and communicating.
BUGOUT! It might sound like a slang term or a new dance craze but, here in the BVI, it’s an innovative, community-driven Vector Control Programme that significantly reduces the number of mosquitoes that carry diseases such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya by implementing safe, targeted vector control with aggressive source reduction, smart monitoring, and rapid response to threats. The BUGOUT! programme also provides education, engagement, and empowerment to motivate citizens and inspire actions that reduce vector threats at home, work, church, school and public spaces.
In partnership with the Department of Waste Management, WE RECYCLE will divert 50% of our waste stream - glass, plastic, aluminium and yard waste - from incineration and landfill and upcycle these resources to create products and jobs. GREEN CERTIFICATION This programme is the best way to promote your business as a recognised eco-friendly, environmentally conscientious company. Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the programme incentivizes businesses to adopt best green practices and provides customised checklists, training, recycling collections and community engagement opportunities. Members can attain Gold, Silver, Bronze or Leadership Certification, and a Green Fund for education and outreach is also part of this dynamic private sector project.
GARDEN PROJECTS Garden Projects took root at five schools in 2019 and a rejuvenation
plan was put in place when COVID closings eased. The gardens foster connections to nature, food security, and carbon footprint reduction and provide Lesson Plans in the school curriculum for propagating and maintaining a sustainable garden, marketing produce, reviving traditions and upcycling organics into compost.
MULCH PROJECT Green VI partnered with the Departments of Waste Management and Agriculture and local farmers to create this programme. Wood chippers on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost van Dyke reduce bush and tree cuttings to mulch for covering soil to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and improve the soil’s structure, drainage,
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TG O RUEREI N S MV I
ABOVE Electric cars are alive and well in the BVI. They easily handle uphill travel and recharge on the way down. These no-emission, no gas, no noise, charge-at-home marvels are also reasonably priced. LEFT Small Step/Big Difference Please! Single-use water bottles are burying us in plastic waste. Install home/workpla ilters or get your drinking water in large jugs from machine dispensers. Ask everyone you know to walk with a reusable water bottle. Tip - they make great Christmas gifts!
and nutrient-holding capacity. Also, through the project, the Public Works Department will mulch roadside waste for soil regeneration, water retention and overall support for local agriculture.
GREEN LIVING WORKSHOPS These are designed to get into your head, heart and home. These workshops are educational forums, in-person consultations or group training that will include a wide range of topics, such as “Going Paperless”, “Home Composting”, “Greening Your Cleaning” and “Shrinking Your Light Bill.”
ENERGY PROJECTS Talk about truly inspired missions! A Solar Grid Tie project to connect the public and the BVI Electricity Corporation with viable alternative energy practices is a very big step toward energy independence. Thanks to the experts at the ATEC company, both YEP and our Virgin Gorda
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container office have the capacity to run on solar power. With help from Rotaract/Rotary of Tortola, the sun is also powering a Sunew Solar Tree in the Positive Action Movement Park, where folks can sit in the tree’s shade and charge cell phones. Add the electric cars we run on Tortola and Virgin Gorda to demonstrate the practicality of this zero-emission alternative, and a future of clean, independent energy from our sunlight and wind looks a lot brighter.
ADOPT-A-SPOT Green VI encourages community stewardship of our green spaces. Persons, companies and organisations volunteer to look after a public area that may have become run down or untidy with litter and trash, or overgrown with weeds.
ADVOCACY Protecting our fragile environment never stops, and legislation plays a critical role. We’ve helped develop
two important bills that await government approval to become law. A Ban on Plastics (disposable food-ware, bags, etc.), with concurrent import duty exemption for eco-friendly alternatives, will significantly reduce plastic pollution, and a Container Deposit Bill will ensure the long-term funding needed for sustainable recycling. We also advocate Government-owned Recycling Centres, with operations outsourced to local contractors, and a shift in thinking to Materials Management, whereby waste is considered to be a resource. For example, recycled plastic is now used to manufacture polywood and crushed glass is used in construction.
PARTNERSHIPS The backbone of Green VI’s work, our working relationships range from one-on-one time with young volunteers to Memorandums of Understanding with Government. We happily count both local and international non-profits among our colleagues and readily turn to leaders in the field for best practices and innovation. Communities, companies, government and YOU are all part of the plan to make a better BVI.
ARE YOU IN? Whatever support you can give hands-on volunteering, lending a voice to advocacy, donating money or expertise or simply passing on the message - it’s all much appreciated and it all makes a difference in how we can live better and be better. For 11 years, Green VI, as a local non-profit, has been engaged in the formidable task of influencing green change in the BVI, with a Mission to demonstrate and facilitate environmentally friendly systems. The work is well documented and easy to understand at www.greenvi. org. Ring 346-4040 to talk to Green VI, or email email@example.com. ■
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