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T H E U LT IMATE JE WE LLERY DE ST INATION IN T H E BVI
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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.
For those finding a sanctuary
SEASIDE ESCAPE Little Bay, Tortola, US$4,250,000
VILLA DULCINEA Belmont, Tortola, US$2,500,000
BLU TORTU Belmont, Tortola, US$1,950,000
JASMINE VILLA Long Bay, Tortola US$1,900,000
PINEAPPLE PLACE Belmont, Tortola US$1,995,000
SUMMERSALT Belmont, Tortola US$1,650,000
TRANQUILITY Little Bay, Tortola US$1,350,000
ELYSIUM Little Bay, Tortola US$1,250,000
CAPTAIN’S HOUSE Belmont, Tortola US$850,000
HAWK’S NEST SEASIDE VILLA Virgin Gorda US$6,000,000
SEA PALMS BEACHFRONT VILLA Virgin Gorda, US$2,950,000
Maritha Keil (Managing Broker) +1 284 340 5555 | firstname.lastname@example.org BVISIR.COM Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated
AMATERAS Virgin Gorda, US$2,900,000
For those seeking an exceptional life
BVISIR.COM | +1 284 494 LIMETREE BAY, MOSKITO ISLAND US$22,500,000 Here is a rare opportunity to own shares in a secluded island in North Sound with only a few other home owners while also enjoying communal green belts, docks, beaches and recreational facilities.
VILLA KATSURA, LITTLE DIX BAY PRICE UPON REQUEST Villa Katsura, a 23,500 square foot residential estate on the peninsula of Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands is situated on nearly 3 acres of land. From the breath-taking Caribbean ocean views, to the incredible architectural Asian-inspired craftsmanship, this serene sanctuary offers the ultimate in luxurious island living. Complete with waterfalls, poolside fire pits, private beach access and use of all Little Dix Resort amenities. CELESTIAL HOUSE, LONG BAY US$5,250,000 Celestial House has a stunning secluded setting with natural, awe-inspiring, surroundings. This 6 bedroom 6 and a half bathroom secluded estate home attests to its name in its elevated position above one of the island's most renowned beaches. The expansive, wrap-around veranda, welcomes guests into the main section of the luxurious home which comprises an open-plan, extensive living room and spacious covered lounging and dining pavilions. Maritha Keil (Managing Broker) +1 284 340 5555 | email@example.com BVISIR.COM Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated
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BVITOURISM.COM | 1-284-852-6020 Tortola | Virgin Gorda | Jost Van Dyke | Anegada | Cooper Island | Guana Island Little Thatch | Necker Island | Norman Island | Peter Island | Saba Rock | Scrub Island
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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1 8 H O U SE O F LUXU RY How House of Luxury has become a top high jewellery destination in the Caribbean
L U X U RY S P E C I A L
28 TH E FUTU RE O F LUXU RY A new private BVI island resort that offers the ultimate getaway
38 N EW I N TH E N O RTH SO U N D What’s new at the ultra-luxe Marina Village and how to get the most out of your visit
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44 WEEKEN D G ETAWAY Experience the best of the best for an ultra-lavish weekend on Virgin Gorda
54 SAI LI N G I N STYLE See how VOYAGE and Horizon Yacht Charters are making every guest feel like royalty
R EG U L A RS
EDITO R’ S LETTER
13 N EWS trends, inspiration & objects of desire, bringing to life BVILOVE
1 6 ISLAND MAP Explore the BVI
62 MIXED DO U B LES All you need to make a cocktail party go with a swing!
The BVI specialists in corporate services Whether you own real estate, a boat, or carry on a business in the British Virgin Islands, online, or anywhere in the world – Coverdale Trust Services are the BVI specialists in corporate services providing personalised and efficient incorporation, trust, and mutual fund services. To learn more about our complete line of services, visit coverdalebvi.com. We have recently moved to new premises at 4 th Floor, Water’s Edge Building, Meridian Plaza, Wickhams Cay II, Road Town Tortola BVI CONTACT Krishma Orr-Fraser or Ronald Schmalcel TEL +1 284 494 6727 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
“I think the older I get, the more I realize that the ultimate luxury is time.” - Michael Kors
On our cover
Danielle Farara-Cross Danielle wears 18-kt handmade Italian Fope Jewelry - Solo Mialuce collection necklace & bracelet, Love Nest collection rose, white & yellow gold bracelets and Eva Anniversario collection yellow & white gold bracelets. Prices start at $1,800. All available exclusively from House of Luxury. Farrah swimsuit in cinnamon by Myra Swim $125, available from NAMI Resort & Swim. Photography: Digvesh Jain Make-up: Erin Paviour-Smith Hair & Styling: Stacy D. France Photographed on location at Long Bay Resort, Tortola, BVI.
FOR THOSE THAT live in, visit or love the BVI, we know that time seems to slow down the minute you arrive. We know what a luxury it is to be surrounded by unending beauty day-in and day-out. And we also know how amazing it is to enjoy a few of the finer things in life in such an awe-inspiring setting. This issue celebrates those finer things - and the luxury that is time well spent in these beautiful islands. Our cover feature says it all: House of Luxury is more than just a jewellery store. For more than three decades the brand has been providing top-of-theline jewels and gems to those wanting something extra special for themselves or a loved one. Now ensconced at Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park, House of Luxury offers high-end brands and custom pieces along with top-notch service to all who want an elegant shopping experience. What’s more luxurious than a private island? The new Aerial BVI resort on Buck Island is the future of luxury travel. With tons of space, thoughtful design, and luxe experiences to transform hearts and minds, Aerial BVI provides a sanctuary for those wanting to come back to their true purpose. Virgin Gorda is often called the “billionaire’s playground”, and two pieces highlight what this beautiful island has to offer. First, we get an update on what’s new at the posh Oil Nut Bay Marina Village, as well as a peek at some of the properties for sale and rent there. Then, a feature on options for an opulent weekend abound, including great food, a spa day and more. We can’t forget that the BVI is one of the world’s top sailing destinations. And with travel returning to the Caribbean in big numbers soon, the time to book the perfect yacht charter is now! Horizon Yacht Charters and VOYAGE Charters offer impeccable service for all-inclusive charter options and will WOW guests with their creative itineraries and of course, the BVI is the star of the show. From the once-in-a-lifetime luxury of an all-inclusive mega yacht charter to the daily simple pleasures of enjoying a meal on the beach with loved ones, the BVI sets the stage for an unforgettable visit. Enjoy the issue, Sara
THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS TOURIST BOARD
Our cover model Danielle Farara-Cross is a native of the BVI. She is a Client Advisor on the Credit Team at VP Bank (BVI) Ltd and is the mother of amazing twins.
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BRING GREA GREAT DESIGN HOME
Arawak Interiors specialises in custom interior design for private villas, private islands, resorts and restaurants. Offering a wide range of furniture, fixtures and fittings at our interior store and warehouse in Road Town and new hybrid store in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda.
TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT, CONTACT ROY KEEGAN: +1 284 494 5240 CELL +1 284 541 7483 EMAIL email@example.com Arawak Interiors, Road Reef Plaza #9, Road Town, Tortola OFFICE
Global Knowledge, Local Experience +1 284 494 7144 I firstname.lastname@example.org I bcqs.com
In this issue Charlie Bufton
PUBLISHER Erin Paviour-Smith
CON TAC T U S Advertising Enquiries email@example.com
EDITOR Sara Sherman
Editorial & General Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org WhatsApp: 284 346 1559
ART DIRECTOR Sally Fullam
CONTRIBUTORS Charlie Bufton April Glasgow Sara Sherman
Charlie Bufton is a BVI resident and island lifestyle blogger (The Barefoot Angel) focusing on British Virgin Islands businesses, in particular the recovery and re-openings post-Irma. A keen foodie, she loves exploring the restaurants and resorts and then sharing that experience with others via the blog and social media.
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Mr. McCoy became Director of Tourism in August, 2020 having previously worked in various tourism-related capacities since 2005, promoting “the beauty and the essence of the Virgin Islands" both locally and abroad. In his previous post as Film Commissioner of the British Virgin Islands, Mr. McCoy successfully promoted the British Virgin Islands as a location for film and photography projects including the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
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N E WS LUXU RI O U S AD D ITI O N S AT O I L N UT BAY MARI NA VI LLAG E There are some exciting additions to the Oil Nut Bay Marina Village. For all the residents, villa guests and BVI boaters out there, Marina Village at Oil Nut Bay is building a new Day Spa that is set to be open in early 2022. Featuring a couples massage room, two individual treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations plus a hairdressing station…an Oil Nut Bay marina stop won’t ever have looked so good! With 180 degree ocean views, the Marina Villas are an exciting site for your home away from home in the BVI. With only three available for purchase, these villas are currently under construction and will be completely built and furnished by February 2022. They boast an open living concept, covered deck, suspended pool, two bedrooms and have an optional 3rd and 4th bedroom on the lower level. Becoming a Marina Villa owner means you become a member of Oil Nut Bay’s elite community, offering complete property management services and the opportunity to put your home in the rental program. It also means you gain access to an array of best-in-class on property amenities. Whether it's enjoying the day at Beach Club with your family, working out at the Wellness Center, participating in the various activities or keeping your boat in the marina, being a part of Oil Nut Bay is so much more than just owning a home. If this exciting new opportunity speaks to you, Oil Nut Bay invite you to learn more by contacting the Sales team by email: email@example.com.
RIGHT AND BELOW Oil Nut Bay's Marina Village is expanding with a new Day Spa plus three brand new Marina Villas under construction.
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SAY IT LI KE WE The Virgin Islands Dictionary, by KareemNelson Hull is a collection of words and phrases used frequently, naturally and enjoyably by the people who call the Virgin Islands home. In this fun and interesting read, you get a sense of many things about the people of the islands: that they are sometimes curt, very funny, and insolently mischievous at times. The words coupled with the way Virgin Islanders dramatically speak; make for a good time and hours of fun. This dictionary will also do that, provide hours of fun and an easy tool for cultural exchange and pride and is the best guide for a newbie to learn the ins and outs of the Virgin Islands language. Copies of The Virgin Islands Dictionary by Kareem-Nelson Hull retail for $32. Available at Clover’s and Nook bookstore.
WH O N EEDS SU PERH ERO ES WH EN YO U HAVE MU M AN D DAD Spoil your Mum and Dad with these beautiful gift ideas from Nutmeg & Co. this coming Mother’s day on 9th May and Father’s day on 20th June.
> MOTHER'S DAY BROOCHES
Exclusively at Nutmeg & Co. These stunning and delicate handcrafted brooches are between 2"- 4" in size. There’s dozens of designs featuring beads, cotton thread and sequins. Each one is totally unique. Mum can wear on a scarf, mask, or when not in use, display as art! Small display shadow boxes available.
< FATHER'S DAY OPINEL KNIVES & ACCESSORIES
Also exclusively at Nutmeg & Co., Opinel’s eponymous wooden-handled knives manufactured in France since 1890. We have complimentary engraving with initials, name or message. Single classic folding knives, gift sets, garden sets or the perfect corporate gift. Plus we can order full chef or kitchen sets - just ask to see our catalogue. Nutmeg & Co. 164 Waterfront Drive, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Tel. and WhatsApp +1 284 541 2663, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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People who love to eat are always the best people - J ulia C hild
Grape Expectations is a gourmet seafood and meat specialist selling to restaurants and provisioning for charter yachts and villas in the BVI. The range is eclectic from all over the world such as Langostino from Spain and grass-fed beef from Silver Fern Farms in New Zealand, sourcing the best for you and the chefs here in the BVI. Order your provisions and dine in style, whether in quarantine or entertaining at home with friends. It’s easy to order your gourmet provisions online at grapeexpectationsbvi.com and they deliver right to your door. Let your taste buds experience so many wonderful provisions on hand from all over the world. Contact Nigel Keegan at Grape Expectations - call or WhatsApp +1 284 346 9463 or email@example.com. Follow them on Facebook: Grape Expectations BVI.
J U ST G IVE H I M TI M E MONT BLANC GEOSPHERE
Celebrating the 160th anniversary of Minerva, the Mont Blanc 1858 Geosphere honours the heroes of mountain climbing with a professional-grade, innovative timepiece. Built for those who travel the world in their perpetual quest for exploration, it expresses respect for true mountaineers as it is dedicated to the Seven Summits Challenge – the holy grail of climbers. The combination of materials such as steel and ceramic underlines the high quality and exclusiveness of this timepiece. On the dial, the world’s seven summits are marked with red dots on two turning globes and are also engraved on the case back.
ORIS AQUIS SOURCE OF LIFE LIMITED EDITION
Mont Blanc Geosphere US$5,700 Oris Aquis Limited Edition: Source of life US$2,675
The Oris Source of Life Limited Edition is inspired by the River Rhine and celebrates the role water plays in creating, connecting and sustaining life, and invites us to think philosophically about how we care for the world’s water sources. It’s based on Oris’s high-performance Aquis and features a circular date display and water resistance to 30 bar/300m. The Oris Aquis Source of Life is a strictly limited edition time piece. Only 2,343 exist in the world. Come and see these and many more stunning selections of watches for ladies and men at House of Luxury, Tortola Pier Park, +1 284 443 3030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EXPLORE THE BVI The British Virgin Islands, part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, comprises 4 main islands - Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada, and some 50 smaller islands
Jost Van Dyke
Little Jost Van Dyke
Sandy Spit Sandy Cay
O ET T U RO
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Necker Island Moskito Island Great Camanoe
Prickly Pear Island Eustasia Island
The Dogs Scrub Island
Fallen Jerusalem Ginger Island Salt Island Dead Chest
4 Miles Port of Entry / Airport
Port of Entry / Ferry Ferry Routes
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HOUSE OF LUXURY seascape villa
30 years of elegance means only the best for the BVI’s jewellery-obsessed BY SARA SHERMAN P H OTO G R A P H Y BY D I GV E S H JA I N FO R H O U S E O F L U X U R Y, S T Y L I N G A N D H A I R B Y S TA C Y D . F R A N C E , M A K E - U P B Y E R I N PAV I O U R - S M I T H . P H O T O G R A P H E D O N L O C AT I O N AT T H E B E A U T I F U L L O N G B AY R E S O R T, T O R T O L A , B V I .
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Danielle is wearing 14K Gold Bezantine "Queen's link" Necklace and Bracelet (starting price $899 necklace and $559 for bracelet, on her left hand, she is adorned with a 14K Gold Full Diamond Pave Cuban link bracelet (price starting at $7,995).
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1) 18K Yellow Gold Hearts on Fire 3 Prong Stud Earrings (starting at $895); 2) 14K White Gold Prong Set Tennis Bracelet (starting at $1,895); 3) Engagement Ring 14K White Gold, Centre diamond 4.01ct, Side Diamonds 0.42ctw ($69,995).
FIRST OPENED IN 1990, House of Luxury began its jewellery-making empire in Sint Maarten. After a second store opened there, the high-end jewellery house opened a third location at Tortola Pier Park in 2016. For more than three decades, House of Luxury has been dazzling customers with top-notch service and an unparalleled selection of gold, silver, watches, fine jewellery, and investment gems. Owner Sanjay Surtani learned the jewellery business from his father and grandfather. He would help in the store at an early age processing credit card orders, creating receipts for customers, wrap purchases or bring drinks to browsing clients. He loved helping out and received a modest allowance for his work. As he grew he watched the family-owned business carefully and began taking an interest in the jewellery-making side of things, allowing his creative side to shine. “As a traditional Indian family, jewellery plays a huge role in our culture, festivities and everyday life. I got most of my jewellery when I was born, as it is customary to adorn your child, grandchild, niece or nephew etc. with jewels and gems to welcome them to
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“We offer more than just products; we create an experience to mark the memorable day when you treated yourself or someone you love to something special.” - S an j ay S urtani the world. In addition, jewellery marks many occasions in our life, including memorable birthdays, graduations, weddings and so on,” said Surtani. After graduating with a Masters of Science in finance from Birbeck College, University of London, Surtani had planned to work in the financial field. Then the 2008 financial crisis happened, and Surtani was convinced by his grandfather to work in the family business, even temporarily, while the crisis calmed down. Surtani spent a number of months in New York City and earned his certification from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the industry leader in diamond and precious gemstone education. A love for gems began as he learned about gemological chemistry and how rare they actually are. “What many people don’t realise is that the beauty in gemstones actually lies in their imperfections.
It’s what makes every stone unique,” said Surtani. Soon after, Surtani began working at the family business in Sint Maarten and learned the ins and outs of running a bustling high-end jewellery business. “When owning your own jewellery retail business, you are not only a jeweller but an accountant, marketing director, gemologist, sales directory and so much more. This is when I really started growing and appreciating all that came with being a jeweller. It allowed me to express myself creatively and this is what I enjoyed the most. Whether it was the marketing side of the business with ad campaigns, digital posts, tailored events or the design side, where I gained experience in making custom pieces from existing client gemstones or brand new pieces which allowed you to mark an important occasion in life. This is when I feel happiest doing and it’s what keeps driving me,” said Surtani.
DANIELLE WEARS FROM TOP 1) 18K White Gold Canary
Diamond Drop Earrings, Canary Diamonds 12.15ctw, White Diamonds 1.53ctw ($19,900). 2) 18K White and Rose Gold Canary Diamond Bangle, Canary Diamonds 11.30ctw, White Diamonds 8.03ctw ($33,950). 3) 18K White Gold Canary Diamond Ring, Canary Diamonds 2.41ctw, White Diamonds 0.60ctw ($6190)
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source, it’s a very personal process. Falling in love with the brand, what they do, what they stand for, what their products are like, it’s something very special because the brands we carry represent who we are as a business,” said Surtani.
Watches and Timepieces
DIAMOND HOOPS: 14K Yellow Gold, 3.91ctw diamonds. MAGIC LOTUS AUTOMATON: Hand-engraved and hand-painted white mother-of-pearl dial, black onyx subdial. 18K red gold case and applied ring. Hand-engraved applied decoration in 18K red and yellow gold. Hand-wound mechanical automaton movement with push-button triggering mechanism animating pond, carp and lotus flower. Self-winding mechanical hours and minutes movement. Power reserve of 68 hours. Diameter 43 mm. Numerus Clausus of 28.
Jewellery lovers come in many different tastes, but true jewellery devotees know the difference between “fine jewellery” or more mass-market pieces and what are known as “high jewellery” pieces. High jewellery doesn’t have one specific definition, but of course is made from the highest quality materials. From top-quality metals and the most unique and precious gems, high jewellery pieces are often custom made and not only hold their value but often gain value over time. House of Luxury designs custom pieces for clients with every kind of gem and metal to create a truly personalised, wearable piece of art. “There is so much excitement and satisfaction when you are able to create a unique piece of jewellery for a client as it helps them mark an occasion or a happy moment in their life. It creates a memory and an experience and allows them to own their own little piece of art and this, for me, is something that is priceless,” said Surtani. In addition to custom pieces, House of Luxury also has curated relationships with major jewellery
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houses all around the world to bring the highest quality gemstones and pieces to their customers. “We have a great relationship with all of our brands. Many are large global names that bring plenty of expertise and heritage with them. Many of the brands we work with are still privately owned and therefore have a family or personal feel to them,” Surtani explained. Many of the brands that House of Luxury works with are environmentally sustainable and conscious. For example, just as there is fair-trade coffee, there is fair mined gold, which provides transparency of the origins of the gold. House of Luxury also has a due diligence process with diamonds, in which the stones are sourced through the Kimberley Process to ensure they know that every gem comes through legitimate channels. Whether it’s dining with the Scheufele family (owners of Chopard) or connecting with brands that share common values and ethics, the Surtani family is committed to only providing the best to their clients and customers. “When deciding which brands to work with and what products to
Although a niche market, high-end watches and timepieces are a musthave for many collectors and people wanting to make a statement with something they may wear every day. “We offer different ranges of timepieces and mainly concentrate on Swiss watches. The Swiss watch industry has all the history, heritage and tradition that has made the watch industry what it is today,” said Surtani. Watches have levels of complexity that range from traditional, threehand timepieces to the “ultimate” in timepieces, the Tourbillon. When choosing or investing in a timepiece, Surtani wants people to remember that these are works of art, and the watch often “speaks” to its owner. Some watches take more than a year to create and are sometimes assembled, taken apart and then reassembled to make sure everything fits seamlessly together and functions perfectly. Surtani recommends taking a few different aspects of a timepiece into account when choosing a watch: HERITAGE Knowing the pedigree, know-how and expertise of a particular manufacturer can tell you a lot about the quality of their pieces. “Take Jaquet Droz for instance: they have been around since 1738 and are one of the oldest manufacturers in the world. Their timepieces are extremely limited and most pieces are made in small batches. Their speciality lies in their automaton movements, which to put in simple terms are self-operating mechanisms that perform a predetermined function,” Surtani explained.
SCARCITY/RARITY The fewer there are, the more value they hold. Finding pieces that are created in a limited quantity or are numbered are always sought after by collectors. COMPLICATIONS/ CERTIFICATIONS The more complicated a timepiece is, or the more moving parts it has, the more craftsmanship and expertise is required to ensure the piece performs at an optimal level. Complications are viewed as a watchmaker’s ability and
innovation level, and many makers are always trying to improve their complication skills. COSC and Geneva Seal certifications both ensure that timepieces have gone through rigorous testing and offer testament to the accuracy of a watch’s timekeeping. IN-HOUSE In-house movements mean that the actual parts and pieces of the timepiece are produced within the company and not purchased elsewhere. This aspect is important
as it shows the capabilities of the watchmaker and also makes the piece very unique to that particular brand. PERSONALITY Every watch offers something different and exciting and the piece must speak to its owner. Jewellery is often seen as a “women’s” thing, but men like to look sharp as well. A high-quality watch is something Surtani believes allows men to splurge without looking too over the top or flashy.
CHOPARD HAPPY FISH: Set with 18K rose gold and stainless steel, the blue mother-of-pearl dial features a luminescent fish pattern. Five floating diamonds and gold fish charm, plus an opulent aligator leather strap offer Caribbean elegance with a relaxed vibe.
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DANIELLE WEARS: Assorted Chains, 14K Italian Gold, Mariner "Puff Gucci" Link, Flat Cat Eye Link, Fancy Two-Tone Barrel Link, White & Yellow Gold Kria Link, Yellow Gold Flat Fancy Link.
Jewellery Box Essentials
According to House of Luxury high jewellery designers Jewellery is very personal, but the designers at House of Luxury have a list of must-haves for every woman’s jewellery box. DIAMOND STUDS There is nothing more practical than a pair of diamond stud earrings. They are perfect for every occasion, whether on a trip to the supermarket or a dinner with special friends and loved ones, diamond studs are an effortless, timeless piece. HOOP EARRINGS From classic to edgy, small to big, round to square, hoop earrings really allow you to express yourself. Sanjay Surtani’s favourite style are diamond “In and Out” hoops. These are hoops with brilliant diamond set on the outer circumference as well as the rear interior circumference, meaning all you see are diamonds! TENNIS BRACELET OR BANGLE A simple single row of diamonds around your wrist screams timeless elegance. In Indian culture, there is always a custom that a lady should never leave her home without two articles of jewellery: a pair of earrings and a bangle or bracelet! SOLITAIRE DIAMOND PENDANT What better way to match any piece of jewellery than a beautiful diamond being set in white gold on a dainty chain. A diamond solitaire pendant makes it look like a little piece of heaven is floating around your neck. DIAMOND RING/RIGHTHAND RING This is the piece that I feel you can have the most fun with. Whether a striking right-hand cocktail ring as a statement piece or a diamond solitaire engagement ring, there isn’t another piece of jewellery that allows you to express your personality as much as a ring!
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“A good timepiece is a precision instrument which showcases a watchmaker’s talent and ability. It’s seen these days more as a work of art than just a piece of jewellery. Men enjoy working with us because of the range of products we offer: timepieces, necklaces, to different types of gold as well as stones. In addition, the custom design element is one most-used by men when they are making jewellery for themselves as well as for their loved ones,” said Surtani.
Clients may begin as customers at House of Luxury but eventually, become more like family. The Surtani family has built their legendary business on honesty and service. In addition to going above and beyond to make a customer happy, they guide guests through the process of choosing the perfect piece to suit each person’s needs and personality. “Our goal is to offer more than just products, but to create an experience to mark the memorable day when you treated yourself or someone you love to something special.” ■ House of Luxury Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town Tortola. British Virgin Islands +1 284 443 3030 email@example.com
THIS PAGE FROM TOP 1) 18K White Gold Hearts on Fire Solitaire Pendant. (starting at $850); 2) 14K Gold Diamond Halo Solitaire Ring. Centre Diamond 3.06ct, Side Diamonds 0.52ct w ($22900); 3) 14K Gold Princess Cut Solitaire Ring with Wave Shank (Princess Centre Diamond 1.06ct Side Diamond 0.91ctw $5800); 4) 18K White Gold Heart Shaped Halo Diamond Ring (Heart Shaped Solitaire 0.79ct, Side Diamonds 0.70ctw, $4900). RIGHT, DANIELLE WEARS: 1) 18K White Gold Emerald Cut Dangling Earrings Diamonds 11.75ctw ($19925); 2) 14K White Gold Bangle Emerald Cut Criss Cross Bangle, White Diamonds 3.27ctw ($4950); 3) 18K Emerald Cut Diamond Criss Cross Ring Diamond 0.89ctw ($2495).
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Danielle styled by Stacy D. France. She wears: Page 19 – Rita Top $80 and Kahlo Bottoms $80 by Myra Swim; Page 21 – Ella Rumba Dress $398 by Erika Pena; This page Vero Isla Dress $228 by Erika Pena. All by NAMI Resort & Swim.
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THE FUTURE O F L U X U RY
A private island destination designed for transformation, healing, and impact launches as the epitome of BVI luxe in 2021 BY SARA SHERMAN P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y M A R C O B AVA , A E R I A L P R O D U C E D
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The view from the sunset deck in Unity House.
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The Aerial BVI is one of the most ecologically-friendly properties in the Caribbean and a haven for those looking to elevate their life.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The Aerial BVI beach bar. Infinity pool at Unity House. The pool bar. Custombuilt beach gym. Higher Love fire pit.
NOTHING SAYS “LUXURY” like a private island. And in the BVI, a new wave of “purposeful luxury” has emerged in The Aerial BVI. The new, all-inclusive private island destination combines the beauty of these islands with a unique opportunity for resort guests to reconnect to what really matters in their lives. Perched atop Buck Island overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the expansive 43-acre property offers impeccable views of 14 surrounding islands and notto-be-missed sunsets. Designed to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor experiences, the resort itself is fused with the island’s topography to make “nature’s little secret” - the British Virgin Islands themselves - the star of the show. Five residences - Unity House, Faith House, Serenity House, Love Villa and Grace Villa - can sleep more than 30 guests at a time. Spacious rooms with en suite baths and outdoor showers add to the unique island experience. Each individual room was designed with a specific intention that is shared with guests to maximize their time at the resort. Guests will also enjoy relaxing on private terraces and balconies that allow them to soak in as much of what Mother Nature has to offer from the beautiful BVI. A sparkling horizon-edge pool seems to reach out into the sea, and a wide range of on- and offisland activities will keep everyone entertained while staying present and centred. The staff at The Aerial BVI are passionate about curating an incredible bespoke experience for guests. Bookings include a personal island concierge, multiple island hosts, world-class nutritionist chefs, wellness consultants, spa therapists, water sports instructors, as well as garden and animal specialists, all welcoming guests with a range of cerebral and physical activities.
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Infinity pool at Unity house with spectacular view beyond.
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The primary purpose of The Aerial BVI is to help guests achieve personal goals while encouraging real, authentic growth from the inside out. Part of this growth begins with the strategically-sourced local BVI food, professionally prepared by nutritionist master chefs. All food and beverage has been carefully curated to heal people and raise their vibrational frequency, exposing guests to a new way of eating that allows them to think their best, feel their best, create at their best, and connect back to the planet in a beautiful and sustainable way. The property is a true farm-to-table experience serving the most delicious yet healing food on the planet. Every dish has been carefully sourced to offer optimal health for guests while sustaining the planet. Onsite gardens grow produce and herbs that the kitchen uses, and all other ingredients
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Each individual room was designed with a specific intention that is shared with guests to maximize their time at the resort. Guests will also enjoy relaxing on private terraces and balconies that allow them to soak in as much of what Mother Nature has to offer from the beautiful BVI. which cannot be grown on the property come from local BVI suppliers. Any other non-BVI food items are sustainably sourced. By keeping food as local as possible, The Aerial BVI has created strong community ties which guests can experience through foraging expeditions with the chef and local cooking classes. Wellness is woven into the island’s DNA and runs as a backbone to every guest experience. The Aerial BVI boasts world-class wellness practitioners who are on hand to guide guests through activities such as guided writing, presence
training, environmental healing, red light therapies, immunity-boosting treatments, acupuncture, nature hikes, yoga and ocean water therapy. Guided wellness retreats are also available and practitioners work with guests prearrival to cater each retreat to the goals and desires of individual visitors. One mission of the Aerial BVI is to serve as a positive resource for the surrounding British Virgin Islands. During a portion of their stay, guests are given the opportunity to serve or give back in the form of teaching within the community, turtle tagging, reef clean up and more. This
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The Grace Villa features a fantastic sunset-facing terrace. The Dream room features an elegant bathtub, along with a 360-degree view deck and stargazing nook. The Gratitude room offers a sunrise-facing deck. The outdoor shower and view from the Dream room.
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The gathering space in Unity House is perfect for group discussions.
collaboration has resulted in a ripple effect of positive transformation for the greater community. The Aerial BVI’s sustainability credentials stretch far outside just the kitchen with practices such as composting, zero waste management programs, sustainable job training programs for local BVI islanders, electric on-property vehicles (Mokes) and community outreach, with major solar power projects planned for the future. Additionally, the resort’s structures feature materials made from natural stones and shells from the island itself. Rooms are stocked with products featuring all-natural ingredients, including locally-made sunscreen. The Aerial BVI is an all-inclusive experience, bookings start from £30,500 per night with a 3-night stay minimum. To inquire about reservations, visit www.aerialbvi.com. ■
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From the expanded Marina Village to the unforgettable dining and accommodation options, Oil Nut Bay is an unparalleled luxury experience that anyone will enjoy BY SARA SHERMAN P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F O I L N U T B AY
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The view from the Marina Villas at Oil Nut Bay make renting or owning property in the BVI an amazing experience.
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WHETHER YOU’RE PLANNING to stay for an extended visit on Virgin Gorda or want to stop by while on a sailing or yacht trip, the stunning community at Oil Nut Bay will not disappoint anyone wanting a truly elegant experience.
Opened in 2019, the Marina Village has become the premier North Sound destination for sailors, yachters and visitors to Virgin Gorda. The coffee shop serves delicious artisanal drinks from Virgin Island Coffee Roasters and offers house-made pastries and bread baked daily. Guests can sip
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their beverage as they stroll the docks enjoying the stunning scenery or browse for their next favourite read in the village library. A games room provides a fun place to enjoy a little friendly competition with friends and loved ones. Complete with darts, foosball, pingpong and billiards, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! If a little retail therapy is more your style, the boutique is fully stocked with resort and swimwear to suit everyone’s taste. Featuring Caribbean and international designers, the carefully curated collection of trendy items and gifts is perfect for an afternoon
of shopping with friends or enjoying time to yourself. The new Marina Market has everything you need to provision your boat or pick up something delicious for a snack at the beach. Offering a wide variety of edibles, wines, spirits and beverages, the Marina Market also offers some favourite takeaway items from Nova restaurant. The state-of-the-art North Sound marina includes 93 berths that are perfectly situated in the natural harbour of Deep Bay. The secure alongside mooring can accommodate yachts up to 130 feet and a draft of up to eight feet. Berths are available for nightly reservations, and mooring balls are available in Deep Bay, with 10 balls for boats up to 60 feet and one mooring ball for boats up to 120 feet. In order to protect the delicate marine environment, Oil Nut Bay highly discourages anchoring in Deep Bay and Eustatia Sound. Marina and day guests are also able to purchase a resort day pass to the Oil Nut Bay Beach Club. This pass offers access to the multi-level swimming pool with a swim-up bar and complimentary access to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkelling equipment. Advanced reservations are required for the beach club. In addition to all of the fabulous amenities available at Oil Nut Bay’s Marina Village, an exciting expansion project is also underway. A white sand beach and day spa that will be open to the public is slated to open in early 2022. Guests can enjoy a beachside manicure or pedicure, or get the perfect blowout for dinner at Nova that night. Outdoor showers plus individual and couple’s treatment rooms will be available for massages and facials. The day spa will be the next ultra-luxe addition to the Marina Village, making it a must-stop on your trip to Virgin Gorda.
An instant favourite as soon as it opened in 2019, Nova is now an unforgettable part of the Virgin Gorda restaurant scene. Featuring global dishes and plates that friends and family can enjoy together, the overwater restaurant is a chic island lounge, perfect for any time of day. Weekends at Nova are truly special. Start the weekend right with Rose Saturdays, which include bottomless house rose with selections from a three-course menu from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Then indulge in Sunday brunch, which includes choices from a two-course menu plus bottomless mimosas and mojitos each Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Whether you’re enjoying some turtle-watching in an overwater hammock or daybed or enjoying a handcrafted cocktail from the designer bar near the suspended swimming pool, you’ll be planning your next trip to Nova before you leave.
Whether you’re planning to stay for an extended visit on Virgin Gorda or want to stop by while on a sailing or yacht trip, the stunning community at Oil Nut Bay will not disappoint anyone wanting a truly elegant experience.
Love your time at Oil Nut Bay and want more? Exquisite Marina Villas are now available for rent or purchase so that you can extend your luxury stay on Virgin Gorda - for a week or forever! Only three Marina Villas remain available for purchase; if you love the sound of owning exclusive luxury property on Virgin Gorda, this is the perfect place to call home.
FROM TOP FROM TOP Enjoy stopping at one of the North Sound's best establishments via the marina at Oil Nut Bay. Cocktails at the overwater lounge are perfect at any time of day, and small plates are ready to share with friends and loved ones at Nova.
SEA SABELLA/WINEOWN/ MONEYPENNY VILLAS AVAILABLE TO RENT These recently-completed villas offer two bedrooms (both master suites), two and a half baths, open-concept living space and sweeping 180-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and ONB’s 93-slip marina. MARINA VILLA 7 Two spacious master bedroom suites make up this fabulous villa home. An expansive outdoor deck with both
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covered and sun-filled areas make the most of the fantastic view, and a private plunge pool with local stone finishings caps off this magnificent home. 1401 square feet, 130 square metres $3,450,000 MARINA VILLA 8 Don’t miss the opportunity to own a penthouse suite-style home at Oil Nut Bay. Marina Villa 8 offers fantastic rental opportunities with both a onebedroom lock-off suite with kitchen below the one-bedroom master penthouse suite, complete with expanded kitchen, entertaining and laundry areas. 2195 square feet, 208 square metres $3,950,000
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MARINA VILLA 9 Perfect for a family or those wanting a bit more space, the three-bedroom Marina Villa 9 comes completely furnished, perfect for multiple streams of rental income. The upper level features two master bedroom suites, plunge pool and outdoor shower, while a separate lower level bedroom offers sleeping accommodations for another four guests. ■
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Nail Bay Sports Club offers sports and activities for everyone. Whether enjoying yoga on the lawn or a cocktail by the pool, Nail Bay Sports Club provides a serene setting for active people wanting the best of both worlds.
THE BRITISH VIRGIN Islands has frequently been described as a ‘billionaires playground’, and with good reason. We do appear to have more than our fair share of luxury resorts, high-end villas and exclusive private island hideaways - given our relatively small size. Visitors enjoy the understated elegance of our resorts and the unpretentious style. The Territory is known for an exceptionally luxe tourist experience making it a bucket-list Caribbean destination for many. “The British Virgin Islands is a destination known for its range of offerings that strike the delicate balance between simplicity and elegant luxury. From accommodations with outstanding architectural features found in unique locations throughout our archipelago, to luxury crewed sail and motor yachts that ply our waters, the British Virgin Islands has many options for high-net-worth visitors to experience. Luxe lifestyle is at the core of our marketing strategy as our guests are encouraged to explore as many islands and indulge in as many experiences as their itineraries would allow. These are also the guests that have remained loyal and have continued to visit the BVI in defiance of the current world situation.” - Clive McCoy, BVI Director of Tourism
The jewel in this crown, at least in this writer’s humble opinion, is Virgin Gorda, home to some of the British Virgin Islands’ most established resorts and upmarket rental villas. The unparalleled natural beauty of the Baths and Virgin Gorda’s boulder landscape is another unique draw. And, while you certainly don’t need a billionaire’s bank account to enjoy a vacation here, Virgin Gorda can cater to even the most discerning visitors, at almost any price point! Whether you dream of arriving by helicopter to a private island escape or speeding across azure waters for a bite to eat and a glass of rosé at an exclusive resort, Virgin Gorda provides some of the most impressive luxury options in the Caribbean. There is
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something for everyone with lavish accommodations, spa and wellness opportunities, sporting activities, and fine dining. The last few years have seen huge developments in Virgin Gorda with the rebuild of Nail Bay Sports Club, as well as the opening of Oil Nut Bay’s brand-new Marina Village and Nova Restaurant. The re-opening of Rosewood Little Dix Bay after closure for renovations and yet more excitement as further North Sound openings are slated for later this year and early next year. And, if you wanted to sample some of Virgin Gorda’s most luxurious accommodations, restaurants, and activities for yourself - here’s just a taste of what you could experience!
Private tennis lessons and workout at Nail Bay Sports Club with lunch at Sugarcane Restaurant Nail Bay Sports Club reopened in May 2019 with the recently redeveloped Sugarcane Restaurant on site. Rebuilt from the ground up with a sleek new look, they freshly redesigned all of the facilities. Now featuring a private tennis court, the only air-conditioned squash courts in the Territory, table tennis, a swimming pool and a gym this members-only sports club offers the perfect venue to while away an afternoon. Make use of all the amenities! Start with your workout, work on your serve and then relax and cool off by the pool after lunch with a well-
Nail Bay Sports Club offers tennis, (including private lessons), squash, table tennis and a gym for members and visitors to enjoy. Sugarcane restaurant serves a delectable Asian-inspired menu. Cocktails by the pool are a great way to spend the afternoon, then enjoy a cool dip!
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deserved cocktail or two. Everything that you need is wrapped up in one location. Nail Bay Sports Club even offers a world-class tennis and squash coach, Joe Faragher-Kneipp. So, you can book yourself a lesson and get racquet tips from a professional. Be sure to leave enough time to enjoy Sugarcane Restaurant and its mouth-watering Asian-inspired menu. Stake your claim on a sun lounger and relax poolside, or enjoy one of the swinging seats and sensational sunset views, surrounded by the pristinely maintained gardens. Grab a cocktail from the bar; they offer a selection of mules and margaritas. Sugarcane Restaurant epitomises laidback luxury with its open-air, beach-chic design and sandy floor, perfect for stretching out your bare feet as you unwind with your cocktail. Above you, the thatched roof and warm lighting enchantingly reflect off the water after the sun has set.
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Personalised Spa Treatment at Spa and Sparkle, Nail Bay
No luxury weekend getaway would be complete without an all-out pampering experience, which is exactly what you get at Spa and Sparkle. Situated in Nail Bay, just up the hill from Sugarcane Restaurant, therapist Leesa Jones offers treatments in her spa sanctuary or she will come to your villa and treat you there. Have her set up on your deck and enjoy the cool Caribbean breeze as she treats you to a mani-pedi or massage. Choose a 90-minute massage and facial with a balancing sound bath and aromatherapy oils - a real treat for all the senses. Hot lava shells work wonders on your tired muscles, penetrating heat into areas of stress, melting away tension as Leesa massages away your aches and pains. Using premium spa products and
aromatherapy oils to help nourish or invigorate, revive, or empower you sample the oils and choose the blend based on your mood individual needs. For some of us, taking the time to relax and focus on ourselves is the real luxury.
Luxury Living at Baraka Point Estate
Set on the point between Nail Bay and Mou ntain Trunk beaches and with six ocean-view suites spread across this private two-acre property, Baraka Point Estate is ideally suited for large families, intimate events, and groups of friends. The sumptuous decor is an eclectic mix of Moroccan, Indonesian and Indian influences with rich fabrics, patterned tiles and carved hardwood furniture giving it a luxury bohemian feel and a distinctive style. Each spacious king-sized suite is air-conditioned and beautifully
THIS SPREAD Sumptuous spaces at Bakara Point Estate: The infinity pool, outdoor terrace, elegant ocean-facing bedrooms, the roof deck, and relaxing areas with impeccable views.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Chef Tommy's unique and thoughtful dishes are perfect for any meal. From an elegant dinner at the villa to appetizers and cocktails at the breakfast bar, Bakara Point Estate's elevated take on food is sure to delight.
appointed with decadent features including canopy beds or soaking tubs and their own private deck or terrace space with sweeping sea views. Lush tropical gardens surround the suites and there is a large infinity pool, roof terrace and sea deck with panoramic views of the nearby islands. But what sets Baraka Point apart from many of the other luxury villas on Virgin Gorda is their dedicated team. General manager Corey, concierge Arianne, private chef Tommy and their housekeeping and grounds staff work
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together to provide an outstanding guest experience. With an arsenal of activities available, varied dining options, wellness and spa treatments and their concierge service, the team is on hand to truly curate the ideal luxury vacation. Imagine sunrise yoga sessions led by Arianne, direct access to three beautiful beaches, pizza parties, beach bonfires, tapas platters or a gourmet tasting menu designed especially for you by chef Tommy. Fine food is a particular highlight at Baraka Point. Let them pack you a picnic for the beach or lay out a spread on the roof terrace with sun-downer cocktails. Baraka Point staff pay attention to every little detail and offer uniquely personalised service and hospitality that brings guests back time and again.
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Fine Dining at Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Whether you’re hosting a glamorous event or planning a romantic meal for two, the team at Rosewood Little Dix Bay creates magic with their fine dining options. Executive Chef Francisco Sanabria is known for his work at Michelinstarred establishments and leads the team in providing one of the most elegant and unforgettable culinary offerings in the Territory. With four unique restaurant and bar areas, you are spoilt for choice. The resort’s signature restaurant, Reef House, provides an authentic ‘farm to fork’ experience showcasing the freshest ingredients the British Virgin Islands have to offer. The menu rotates daily and features locallysourced provisions as well as fruits,
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vegetables and herbs which are grown on-site in the resort’s garden. You can watch master chefs prepare culinary feats beneath the cathedral ceilings at the Pavilion restaurant before sipping one of the 107 international rums available in the adjoining Rum Room. Sample the premium spirits or enjoy a speciality craft cocktail from their bartenders. For something more laid back, follow the path down to the open-air stone mill directly on the beachfront and dine at their Sugar Mill restaurant. Enjoy creative Caribbean tapas plates and a raw bar with seafood specials showcasing the day’s catch, before kicking off your shoes for a digestif on the beach. Rosewood’s reopening in January 2020 saw the return of the BVI legacy that is Little Dix Bay resort, a truly distinguished luxury property. ■
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The waves of the ocean provide the soundtrack for outdoor dining at Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Sip a craft cocktail at the bar while enjoying the spectacular view. Unique dishes showcase the catch of the day. Executive Chef Francisco Sanabria sources fresh ingredients from the resort's on-site garden.
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The BVI is one of the best sailing destinations in the world, and chartering a yacht like Summer Breez from VOYAGE Charters is an experience you won't soon forget.
SAILING IN STYLE There is no better place in the Caribbean to charter a yacht than in the BVI BY A P R I L G L AS G OW P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F H O R I Z O N YA C H T C H A R T E R S A N D V OYA G E C H A R T E R S
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TYPE “BEST SAILING destinations in the Caribbean” in your internet search engine and the British Virgin Islands is the very first option. And when many think of BVI sailing, you may think of bareboat charters and beaches, but what about luxury yachts? A recent BBC article on luxury describes it as “Luxury has evolved beyond people, places and things in ways that fill our lives with fascination, pleasure and meaning.” This updated definition of luxury, moving away from what we understand as glitz and glamour, offers a new focus on how good that luxurious thing or experience makes us feel. This feeling is exactly what makes guests choose luxury yachts,
according to both Sarah Jones of Voyage Charters and Kayleigh Starkey of Horizon Yacht Charters.
The VOYAGE slogan is: “Your vacation, your yacht, your voyage.” “The BVI is ideal for luxury yachting, well set-up and very attractive to high-end clients. Yes, certain aspects are challenging, but it’s part of the charm of being here,” says Sarah Jones, Marketing and Crew Manager for VOYAGE charters. Jones describes VOYAGE as providing excellence from stem to stern. A professional luxury charter company with a highly qualified team means that much of the
luxury experience is attributed to the company’s superior service and how VOYAGE maintains a very high standard for the upkeep of the yachts. She also says that VOYAGE has maintained a specific fleet size so that clients can experience a personal touch, stating: “Our intention is to continue offering excellence within a more boutique company style. We believe that VOYAGE is an outstanding brand and we always endeavour to deliver our slogan each and every time: Your Vacation. Your Yacht. Your VOYAGE.” VOYAGE Charters is based out of the beautiful BVI destination of Soper’s Hole on Tortola. Currently, there is much excitement as the company is celebrating 25 years of operation! Sarah is the daughter of the company’s founders and directors Robin and Jo-Ann Downing. The couple moved from South Africa to the BVI with one VOYAGE boat. All VOYAGE yachts are designed and manufactured by the VOYAGE Yacht Factory in South Africa. On completion of each yacht, their delivery captain sails the yacht across the Atlantic all the way to the BVI, which normally takes between 35 and 40 days. The boats are owned by private investors who equally love the lifestyle and the whole VOYAGE team. Sarah came to BVI in 1996 and now works in the family business with her husband, the Yacht Sales Manager; her older brother the Base Manager and sister-in-law, Charter Coordinator, as well as many long-serving employees. The team of 40 employees, Sarah says, is just like our own family.
Why choose VOYAGE? According to Jones, “Our attention to detail in the charter industry is unmatched. The luxury is in all the details, down to the bed linens. This is not just a job, this is our family’s legacy, so we take it very seriously.”
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VOYAGE clients arrive as friends and leave as family. They become like family because the company offers warm, friendly service that develops into a great relationship. Many guests have been chartering with VOYAGE for over 20 years with one client enjoying his VOYAGE Yacht since 1997. The brand has a strong repeat client base with very loyal clients. In fact, so loyal that after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, one client told Jones: “If you have a raft, we will come charter with you.” Before the hurricanes, the fleet was 30, but currently stands 17 strong with many more luxury yachts joining the fleet in 2021 and 2022. Because every single boat was damaged, some VOYAGE owners purchased new yachts. Fortunately, VOYAGE was able to repair more than 12 vessels at their adjacent West End Boatyard. Unfortunately, the hurricane recovery for the luxury yachts, and many other industries, was interrupted by COVID-19. Jones says that while the situation is “extremely trying”, there is still lots of hope and excitement for the future. Not only did VOYAGE manage to keep all its employees, the reservations team in the USA are working hard with the many enquiries and bookings now coming in. “People are so looking forward to getting to the British Virgin Islands because there are still so many things to do, see and enjoy while sailing on Your luxury VOYAGE yacht,” said Jones. This is especially true due to the quarantine or what Jones calls the ‘Q-days’. BVI’s current protocols for all visitors involve a negative COVID-19 test three to five days before travelling, then another test upon arrival, then guests proceed to their four-day quarantine aboard the vessel. After four days, once they receive a negative test result, guests are cleared to leave the vessel and
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“We are preparing for a much brighter future. When things change, the flood gates are going to open. Now is a good time to come to the BVI, because things will be busy soon.” - S a r a h J o n e s , VOYAG E C h a rt e r s
move around the Territory freely. Jones assures the process is smooth and is only getting better with time. She says that the VOYAGE full-time concierge, Nicola, helps guests in planning new experiences in BVI, of which there are many. VOYAGE guests (and crew who will join the ‘safety bubble’) spend Q-days on one of the fully equipped yachts, visiting anchorages that are less frequented, having fun at water activities like snorkelling and diving, and eating gourmet meals made by Michelin Chef Kenetha Ashton. If you are on a crewed charter, you really don’t need to go ashore. Everything is on board. Jones assures that guests will be in a safe environment, the crew is regularly tested, continue to wear personal protective equipment, and practice social distancing; which is all very possible on vessels like the 590, a large, luxury yacht which she says “guests will never feel crowded on”. The 59’ yacht has a fly-bridge, aft and forward cockpits, seven refrigerators, six spacious identical walk-around cabins for up to 12 guests and two en-suite crew cabins, along with a galley with two dishwashers, an induction stove, AC, and electric ovens. One special feature is the electric VOYAGE window made by Lewmar, designed especially for the 590. The window is lifted by a switch to let air into the galley. Some of the 59’ are electric catamarans. Jones proudly explained that VOYAGE is the first to introduce an electric charter boat to the BVI luxury yacht industry, the “Electrified 48”. Aside from the engine being super quiet, Jones says electric yachts are
the future of the industry, adding, “Minimising our footprint with this new technology is a wonderful thing. The industry will change and move in that direction. We’re not afraid of cutting that path. When we first came to BVI, we were the first to charter catamarans at a time when it was mainly monohulls. We are used to paving the way.” VOYAGE currently has six more 590s on the way. Some are electric, and some are hybrid with diesel engines and a battery system. The boat was designed and built specifically for luxury charter in the BVI. The smallest VOYAGE charter boat is 48’ and has four cabins plus two V-Berths, which can be used for crew or kids bunks. They also have 50-, 52- and 58-foot vessels. Jones is very optimistic about the future and advises guests to book their luxury yacht now, adding, “We are preparing for a much brighter future. When things change, the flood gates are going to open. Now is a good time to come to the BVI, because things will be busy soon.”
Horizon Yacht Charters
“Start at Amazing” is the Horizon slogan. Kayleigh Starkey, Horizon’s Luxury All-inclusive Charter Broker, says the British Virgin Islands is ideal for luxury charters. “The BVI has everything you could possibly want out of a luxury vacation. The beaches are stunning, sailing is magnificent, and we have a very high standard of provisioning services on offer,” says Starkey. “It’s also the people and the service that guests come back for, year after year...
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Crewed charter meals are prepared by Michelin Chef Kenetha Ashton. Watersports abound with toys for all ages. Lounging on the deck and taking in the view is one of the best parts of a luxury charter. Meals can be taken indoors or on deck. Spacious cabins allow guests to relax. Charter guests become family after one trip with VOYAGE!
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Why choose Horizon?
CLOCKWISE FROM FROM TOP LEFT The flybridge is the perfect space for guests to all relax together, with multiple seating areas, a large hot tub, full bar area and pop up outdoor TV; Angel Eyes’ main salon incorporates huge floor-to-ceiling glass windows, allowing guests to enjoy the ever changing island view; Yacht angel. A guest wears Angel Eyes' signature wings at the hot tub on board; Chef Jenn is a versatile chef who works closely with guests to plan an exquisite menu tailored to their personal preferences. Images courtesy of megayacht Angel Eyes.
guests especially love the beach bars - popular ones like the floating bar/restaurant, The Willy-T and the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, along with the low-key ones in Anegada.” Horizon Yacht Charters is a family business that began with only a
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few yachts in 1998 at Nanny Cay on Tortola. Starkey’s mother, Sylvia Driver and business partner, Andrew Thompson are the company’s directors who both have many years in the industry and Starkey’s husband is the Yacht Sales Director. The company’s home base is in BVI, with other bases in St. Vincent and Grenada. Horizon offers luxury yacht charters throughout the Caribbean and the Bahamas too.
The personalized service and seamless flow, in addition to having a team in the BVI who can relate to what’s happening on the ground, compared to others whose customer service representatives are based elsewhere. Many of the employees have been with the company for 10 to 15 years and love sailing and the beautiful islands with a passion. “We are a family business, which means that repeat guests see the same faces every year. People connect with that,” Starkey said. Kayleigh says that the luxury division has been around for 10 years The division evolved as a response to guests requesting an all-inclusive service, not only with a captain and a chef but with high-quality vessels and professional crew. The broker explains that more often than not, the crew aboard luxury yachts have worked their way from smaller bareboats, up to high-end yachts. The chefs are trained to fivestar gourmet level, and the captains are always professional and highly certified. All crew are friendly and efficient and will go the extra mile to provide the best vacation experience to their guests that they can. “This is the way people want to charter nowadays. If you afford this high-end luxury, you get amazing quality,” Starkey said. The Horizon fleet now comprises 50 yachts, with several luxury yachts recently added. One such luxury yacht, Angel Eyes, popular for not only the elegant decor and attentive crew, but also the angel wings which guests wear to take pictures “for the gram”! As a broker, Strakey advises potential guests on every aspect of their vacation. Born in BVI, she’s very knowledgeable about sailing and onisland activities. When guests make an inquiry, Starkey sends them an online brochure which includes testimonials, crew bios, yacht specifications, photographs and sample menus.
We’re like dancing under the moonlight on the deck after a day of cruising. In other words, you’ve got nothing to worry about. From our fast claims processing to our insurance products that fit your specific needs, we always put people first. It’s easy to do when you have offices throughout the Caribbean and a company culture dedicated to looking out for our clients. To learn more, visit cgcoralisle.com.
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To ensure the right fit, she curates charters while considering guests’ needs along with the personalities and profile of the crew. She can also arrange for a ‘blended meal option’ for guests who wish to have both the on-board chef’s meals, with some online dining, along with villa rentals if guests wish to explore either before or after the charter. All menus are tailored to the guests’ dietary requirements, so this type of vacation is perfect for someone with special food needs. Guests tend to fly into the nearby USVI and charter over to the BVI. Horizon has partnered with a private jet company for persons who wish to have a direct flight to BVI via San Juan to “travel in the same bubble”. “You wake up, coffee’s brewing; the crew has continental breakfast there for you, with an option for a nice hot breakfast once everyone is up and ready. Then you move on to
your first stop for the day - maybe some snorkelling, then pull into the next anchorage in time for lunch. After lunch, you may go to another anchorage and play with the water sports toys available on the yacht, and then have some sundowner cocktails. Dinner is always a three-course gourmet meal with dessert and after-dinner drinks. It’s your charter, you get exactly what you require,” explains Starkey, describing what a typical day on the ocean with an allinclusive luxury yacht looks like. While COVID-19 has impacted charters, Horizon has inquiries are steadily coming in for late 2021 and bookings in 2022. They are seeing a similar response for pent up demand as the BVI has a loyal following of repeat guests. Starkey has also seen new people coming in every year, which makes her proud as a BVIslander. Horizon has been offering special
“bareboat” packages and discounts to further encourage bookings. One such package allows for persons to work remotely from your yacht for a month, while the kids can do their online learning. Another package is the Learn To Sail where you can gain your ASA certification with an instructor on one of their bareboat yachts, where clients gain knowledge and experience while enjoying the awesome sailing offered in BVI. Horizon also believes now is the perfect time to book a luxury charter in the BVI. “You have everything you can possibly need on the boat. All crewed yachts have fantastic watersports on board, some with snorkelling and diving equipment, others with Hobie cats and kiteboarding,” Starkey Said. “People who are travelling to the BVI are having the time of their lives and are booking for next year too!” ■
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MIXED DOUBLES All you need to make a cocktail party go with a swing! Learn about the origins of classic mixes as well as the best way to make them. Chin chin! R E C I P E S , ST Y L I N G A N D P H OTO G R A P H Y BY L I N E S + A N G L E S
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Penicillin cocktail (see recipe following page).
PENICILLIN COCK TAIL ( F O R 2 S E RV I N G S )
PREP TIME: 5 MIN COOKING TIME: 20 MIN D I F F I C U LT Y: E A SY C A N N OT B E F R OZ E N INGREDIENTS: For the honey-ginger syrup: 5 oz | 2/3 cup honey 1 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced TO ASSEMBLE: 2 1/2 fl oz blended Scotch whisky 1 fl oz peated single malt whisky 1 3/4 fl oz fresh lemon juice METHOD: For the honey-ginger syrup: Combine honey with 2/3 cup hot water in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, gently stirring, until honey dissolves, 3-4 minutes. Add ginger to the honey syrup; gently simmer for 10 minutes. Set off the heat to infuse. Meanwhile, place two martini or coupe glasses in a freezer to chill. To assemble: When ready to assemble, half-fill a large shaker with ice cubes. Add the whiskies, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons honeyginger syrup. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty, 30-45 seconds. Fine-strain into the chilled glasses. Serve straight away for best results.
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OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER AND T WO COCK TAIL S ( TO M CO LLI N S , AN D AN O LD FA S H IO N E D MAD E WITH TEQ U I L A) ( F O R 1 2 S E RV I N G S )
PREP TIME: 10 MIN COOKING TIME: 40 MIN D I F F I C U LT Y: M E D I U M C A N N OT B E F R OZ E N INGREDIENTS: 2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 scallion, chopped 1 celery stalk, finely diced 2 tablespoons baby capers, rinsed 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated 2 tablespoons Pernod, or other Absinthe-style liqueur, divided 1 cup sourdough breadcrumbs 2 bacon slices, finely chopped 24 fresh rock oysters 2 /3 cup butter, at room temperature, cubed and divided kosher salt freshly ground black pepper METHOD: Blanch the parsley in a saucepan of salted boiling water until bright green, about 10 seconds. Drain and refresh in a bowl of ice water. Drain and place the parsley in a food processor. Add the scallion, celery, capers, and lemon zest; pulse until finely chopped. Add 1 tablespoon Pernod and some salt and pepper to taste, pulsing a few times. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Line two baking sheets with pieces of
crumpled aluminum foil. (This allows the oysters to sit flat. ) In a bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs and chopped bacon. Set aside. Carefully shuck the oysters with a shucking knife; hold the oyster wrapped in a towel in one hand, and slide the tip of the knife into the hinge of the oyster, located at the thin end where the top and bottom shell meet. Once the tip of the knife is in the oyster, wiggle the knife back along the length of the shell to sever the adductor muscle that is attached to the top shell, opening up the oyster. Carefully scrape the oyster meat onto a tray lined with paper towels; reserve half the shells. Spoon the parsley mixture into the reserved shells and return the oyster meat on top. Top with the breadcrumb mixture; dot with butter. Place the oysters on the foil on the sheets. Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and bake the oysters until golden brown and bubbling, 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter with the remaining Pernod in a small saucepan. To serve, spoon the melted butter mixture over the oysters.
Oysters Rockefeller and two cocktails (Tom Collins, and an Old Fashioned made with tequila).
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HERB SANDWICHES WITH CAVIAR AND A GIBSON COCK TAIL ( F O R 1 2 S E RV I N G S )
PREP TIME: 10 MIN COOKING TIME: 10 MIN D I F F I C U LT Y: E A SY C A N N OT B E F R OZ E N
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INGREDIENTS 12 slices soft white bread 4 tablespoons butter, softened 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 1 cup fresh dill, finely chopped 1 /2 bunch chives, finely chopped 4 oz | 1/2 cup crème fraîche 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 3/4 oz fresh beluga caviar, kept on ice
METHOD Spread the bread slices with softened butter. In a bowl, stir together the chopped herbs. Scatter the chopped herbs over half the buttered bread slices. Cover with remaining bread slices to complete the sandwiches. Cut out four rounds from each sandwich using a 2-inch wide cookie cutter. To serve, top sandwiches with crème fraîche, shallots, and caviar.
Mini mozzarella balls wrapped in ham, devilled eggs and a Manhattan (see recipe following page).
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MINI MOZZ ARELL A BALL S WR APPED IN HAM , DE VILLED EGGS AND A MANHAT TAN ( F O R 1 2 S E RV I N G S )
PREP TIME: 5 MIN COOKING TIME: 25 MIN D I F F I C U LT Y: E A SY C A N N OT B E F R OZ E N
Spoon or pipe the egg yolk mixture back into the egg white halves. Arrange on a platter, spaced apart, and garnish with cress. (If not serving straight away, cover and chill until ready.) For the mini mozzarella balls: Preheat a broiler to high heat.
onto metal skewers, 12 skewers in total. Arrange the skewers on a grilling tray. Place the tray under the broiler and grill the skewers, turning occasionally, until the cheese starts to soften and melt, 2-3 minutes. Carefully transfer to a platter or
Wrap the bocconcini with the prosciutto. Thread two bocconcini
plate and drizzle with olive oil before serving alongside the deviled eggs. ■
INGREDIENTS For the devilled eggs: 12 small eggs 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons crème fraîche 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 dashes Tabasco sauce 1 teaspoon kosher salt /2 teaspoon paprika /2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 /2 oz | 1/2 cup garden cress, snipped For the mini mozzarella balls: 24 bocconcini, drained 12 prosciutto slices, torn in half 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 1
METHOD For the deviled eggs: Place the eggs in a saucepan of cold water; set it over moderate heat and bring to a boil. As soon as you see bubbles, turn off the heat, cover with a lid, and leave for 10 minutes. Drain the eggs and refresh in a bowl of ice water. Drain, crack, peel, and rinse off any shell. Carefully halve the eggs and remove the yolks to a mixing bowl, adding the mayonnaise, crème fraîche, mustard, Tabasco, salt, paprika, and black pepper; reserve the egg white halves. Mash the egg yolk mixture until smooth.
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