YOUR PRIVATE sanctuary
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.
Message from the Director of TourismMR. CLIVE MCCOY
Welcome to the British Virgin Islands, a stunning archipelago offering a unique multi-island experience, each with its own charm and characteristics. Known as the Sailing Capital of the World, the BVI boasts worldclass marine facilities, secluded anchorages, and favorable trade winds, making it an ideal destination for yacht enthusiasts.
Whether you’re considering a visit or are already here, we have a wide range of accommodations to suit every budget and style, from affordable inns to luxury villas and resorts. Following the revitalization efforts after the 2017 hurricanes, our accommodations are more inviting than ever before, featuring the latest in modern architectural styles that complement our Caribbean paradise.
Explore as many islands and coves as possible during your visit, whether you choose a charter yacht, power boat, public ferry, or rent a vehicle or scooter. Our tourism industry is featured in the Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Magazine, highlighting our modern-style accommodations, restaurants, and charter boats.
We invite you to indulge in an amazing combination of pleasurable activities, unforgettable sightseeing adventures, and nature-induced relaxation to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. Our people are eager to welcome visitors to our Territory, whether it’s your first time or you’re a repeat visitor. We hope you have an enjoyable visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
With BVILOVE,Clive McCoy Director of Tourism
20 Modern Luxury Redefined
This should read: St Bernard’s Hill House is synonymous with luxury. Take a tour of the beautifully modernised Estate, now available for luxury vacation rentals and staycations.
32 An Estate Written in the Stars
Constellations at Oil Nut Bay is truly one-of-a-kind. The architectural and design teams give us all the insights into its six-year creation.
42 Artful Architecture & Design Andrew Montgomery and Steven Townsend, co-founders of M+T AD introduce their contemporary architecture and design ideas.
48 With Military Precision
We talk to Leon George from FLR Enterprises about his unsurpassed experience and knowledge of the complex security industry.
54 Modern Style on the Water Hop on board the VOYAGE 650 power catamaran and hear all about the Company’s brand-new all-inclusive private crewed charter packages.
62 Breakfast at Tiffany’s
We cook up a breakfast with all the trimmings.
Working on our Modern Style issue is very poignant and somewhat close to my heart as Roy and I are in the early stages of planning the build of our family home.
As I write, Roy is on the land with his machete, pairing down some of the vegetation to get a good look at where the house could be positioned. It’s a time filled with excitement and long nights spent on Pinterest!
With the same amount of excitement we present two gorgeous homes, each very different in their modern features.
Our Exclusive Cover Feature property is the spectacular luxury vacation villa, St. Bernard’s Hill House on Tortola’s West End that has undergone a gorgeous interior modernisation - we are honoured to show you the big reveal starting on page 20.
We travel to Oil Nut Bay to view Constellations, a new build completed towards the end of 2022. Find out why this modern Estate pushes the boundaries of architecture and design in the neighbourhood - turn to page 32 to read the full story.
Our friends Andrew Montgomery and Steven Townsend of boutique architecture and design firm M+T AD talk to us about their early beginnings, design philosophies and a selection of their projects on page 42.
Living on a small island in the Caribbean naturally creates a casual approach to security. We meet Leon George, a decorated former US Marine and the brains behind FLR Enterprises - the BVI’s full-service security company, about why it’s important to prioritise your personal, commercial and home security - see page 48.
In our sailing chapter, we give you a personal tour of the sleek, modern and luxurious VOYAGE 650 Power Catamaran. The team also gives us the lowdown on their brand new private crewed yacht charter packages. For all the details turn to page 54.
For our foodie friends, our Delish feature gives you some delicious ideas for breakfast at home with all the trimmings. Yum!
Enjoy this issue, dear readers.
PS. We made an error in our March/April issue
“Outer Banks - Authentic Caribbean Charm Revitalised” Exclusive Cover Feature.
Debi Carson was the Interior Architect who worked on the two-year 2014 renovation project. We sincerely apologise to both Debi and Victoria Bezemer for the oversight.
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IN THIS ISSUE
Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carolina moved to the BVI in 2016 with her husband and son. Living surrounded by the ocean, by different tones of blues, greens and the most beautiful rainbows, was a blessing to help the family begin smiling again; after the loss of their 7-year old daughter.
For her, photography is about connecting with the beauty of the now, capturing souls, stories, magical places, special moments and emotions. She strongly believes in the phrase “Collect moments, not things.” Collect experiences, hugs, love, joy and smiles. Collect pictures and keep those memories alive.
Carolina has photographed for different brands, businesses and exclusive resorts in the British Virgin Islands. She also has a degree in Public Relations and Human Resources. VIPY is very proud to feature her beautiful work.
Power To Go… Fast
Highfield RIBs are exclusive to Mike’s Marine in the British Virgin Islands.
RIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) is the perfect vessel for leisure, water sports and small commercial use in the BVI. RIBs make island-hopping between our islands fast and fun and docking a breeze.
Featuring powder-coated aluminum hulls, the Highfield RIBs, originally designed to handle the tough conditions found along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, are
renowned for their durability and performance.
Mike’s Marine carries the entire Highfield range from tenders to classic console, deluxe sport right through to patrol RIBs.
Yet another benefit of purchasing from Mike’s Marine is their full warranty and Tortola-based sales, parts and service by their onsite marine technicians. As the BVI’s exclusive Honda Marine dealer, Mike has all the know-how.
Mike’s Marine is located at Bird Point, Road Town (opposite VISAR). Call Captain Mike Hallett on (284) 494 4000 (office), (284) 496 0301 (WhatsApp) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about his exclusive range of Highfield RIBs.
Say NO to GMOs!
New at Grape Expectations is the all-natural Sakura Pork range. There is no use of antibiotics or animal byproducts fed to the animals and they are non-GMOs, which is why Grape Expectations prefer to name the farms they purchase from.
Sakura Pork is a premium pork line brought to you by Heritage Berkshire. The goal of this high-quality farm has always been to create and market the world’s best pork.
It all starts with Heritage breed hogs. The hogs are fed a vegetarian diet of corn and soy meal without the
use of growth promoters, hormones or unnecessary fillers.
The animals are selected from a network of hand-picked Midwestern family farms owned by Sakura Pork. This allows Heritage Berkshire to monitor and enforce strict quality control guidelines, which include humanely raised pork in a climatecontrolled environment.
All this ensures the highest level of meat quality which is evidenced by the rich, red colour and marbling, resulting in a tender and juicy cut of pork that is superior in every way.
Grape Expectations is located at Bird Point, Road Town (opposite VISAR). Open Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. Order online at: grapeexpectationsbvi. com. Call/WhatsApp (284) 346 9463, or email provisioning@ grapeexpectationsbvi.com to place your orders or discuss special requests with Nigel. Delivery throughout the BVI.
To Her, with Love…Studio One
Salon & Spa is a full-service salon located in the heart of Road Town, Tortola. This professional and friendly team offers a wide range of services including haircuts, colouring and styling, spa manicures and pedicures, facials, massages and waxing.
“Using modern techniques, organic and high-quality products, matched with a beautiful experience is what we are passionate about,” says Nicoletta Bongarth, Studio One’s co-founder and lead stylist.
The team is excited to welcome Gaëtane who joins Studio One as lead Cosmetologist. Specialising in
Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology using the Sothys range - since 1946, Sothys has represented French excellence in professional treatments for beauty institutes and spas. They also stock a wide range of Sothys products in the salon.
Book your appointment with Nicoletta or Gaëtane at Studio One Salon & Spa, located at 130 Main Street, Road Town, Tortola. WhatsApp (284) 341 9649 or (284) 346 5622 email: email@example.com @studioonesalonandspa_bvi
Mid-Century Modern for the Caribbean Climate
Arawak Interiors stocks a vast range of furnishings, homewares, accessories and kitchenware for your villa, condo or yacht.
For a sleek mid-century modern look with style and durability,
This sleek, modern look is a match made in heaven for a luxurious sail on the VOYAGE 650 power catamaran.
The Cosima Maillot in black is cut from a signature Italian pebbled fabric that moulds to your figure. This elegant one-piece paired with Myra Swim’s Dalton full length flowing resort-style pants gives an effortless look for a day out on the water.
Add a chic basket bag, sunnies and an oversized straw hat for some extra pizazz.
This sophisticated look is curated by Stacy at NAMI Resort & Swim, located at Romasco Place (opposite Social Security Board), Road Town, Tortola. WhatsApp: (284) 496-8989, cell: (284) 496-7788, firstname.lastname@example.org @namibvi.
browse their Road Reef Plaza store, warehouse or made-to-order catalogue of teak wood frame, allweather rope furniture.
All of the looks in this range can be used either indoors or outdoors.
Arawak Interiors is located at Road Reef Plaza, Road Town. Call (284) 542 7240, email: arawak. email@example.com or for more see arawakvi.com @arawakbvi.
MODERN LUXURYBy Charlotte Bufton
St. Bernard’s Hill House is more than just a property. It is an experience that begins as the gates open, welcoming you to this mountain-top estate. The burst of bougainvillea, allamandas, orchids and palms transport you with an embrace of unusual beauty.
As you move through the inviting warmth of the main villa, the 320-degree panoramic views, the vast expanse of the horizon, with the surrounding islands punctuating the fine blue line between sea and sky require a pause, a slow breath, as you gradually take in the moment. Your breath slows and almost immediately you feel different, more relaxed, calmer, more yourself.
Perched atop St. Bernard’s Hill and behind wooden gates, this stunning villa, with its collection of guest cottages, offers a unique blend of privacy, exclusivity and natural beauty, making it the perfect destination for those seeking a tranquil escape from the busyness of everyday life. The villa seamlessly blends tasteful modern luxury with traditional Caribbean charm.
The property comprises of a main house and three guest cottages, providing ample space for large groups or families and comfortably accommodating up to ten guests in the five air-conditioned en suite bedrooms.
The main house boasts an openconcept design that maximises natural light and offers calming panoramic sea views from every angle. The living and dining areas feature vaulted ceilings and arched doorways with elegant and comfortable furnishings that reflect the island’s natural beauty. The kitchen is equipped with high-end stainless appliances and modern conveniences, making it the perfect place to prepare gourmet meals for family and friends or to have those meals catered for you by their Executive chef.
The bedrooms are tastefully decorated with tropical-inspired accents and offer expansive views of the ocean and the recently relandscaped gardens below. Deepcovered verandas and balconies adjoin every bedroom, enabling you to step through the white curtains onto your private balcony and take in those views from outside, enjoying the frangipani-scented Caribbean breeze on your skin. The primary suite in the main house is a true sanctuary, with a king-size fourpost bed, a walk-in wardrobe and a luxurious spa-like bathroom with a standalone claw foot bathtub.
The wellness room includes two massage tables.
The guest cottages are just a few steps from the main house and offer an inviting balance of privacy with proximity. Each unit features a private bedroom, bathroom and convenient coffee nook. The Allamanda villa comprises two bedrooms, one of which can be converted from a king bed to two twins, making it ideally suited for families traveling with young children. Orchid villa and Palm villa each have one bedroom and one en suite bathroom.
Outside, St. Bernard’s Hill House offers a wide range of amenities and activities for guests to enjoy. A large pool deck and landscaped tropical gardens with sweeping sea views surround the heated infinity pool.
A large pool deck and landscaped tropical gardens with sweeping sea views surround the heated infinity pool. This area also includes comfortable cushioned loungers, large movable umbrellas, chairs and a dining table, an idyllic spot to relax for the afternoon with a cocktail.
This area also includes comfortable cushioned loungers, large movable umbrellas, chairs and a dining table, an idyllic spot to relax for the afternoon with a cocktail. The sunset deck is the prime location for yoga and meditation, but the ever-varied sunsets can be enjoyed from any place of your liking in the main villa.
For those seeking a more active vacation, the St. Bernard’s Hill House resident concierge can coordinate island-hopping powerboat trips, sail excursions, water sports instruction or hikes around local trails. Your
itinerary can be as lively or as laidback as you like. The on-site gym has a treadmill, a stationary bike and a selection of free weights. Guests can also make use of the snorkeling equipment to explore the nearby beaches and coral reefs.
With its generous 8-acres of landscaped grounds, St. Bernard’s Hill House is ideal for hosting events such as weddings, corporate retreats and family reunions. The property’s spacious gardens and luxurious amenities provide the perfect setting for any event, grand or intimate.
The dedicated staff will ensure that
Your itinerary can be as lively or as laidback as you like. The on-site gym has a treadmill, a stationary bike and a selection of free weights. Guests can also make use of the snorkeling equipment to explore the nearby beaches and coral reefs.
The St. Bernard’s Hill House team firmly believes that some of the best times are spent together around the table, sharing delicious, fresh meals and celebrating friendship and family.
every detail is seamlessly handled, from catering and entertainment to transportation and activities. The team at St. Bernard’s Hill House prides itself on being able to curate your perfect visit offering the ideal blend of the exclusivity of a private villa estate with all the service and amenities of a 5-star hotel.
Executive Chef, Al Broderick offers bespoke dining experiences during your stay at the property - private dinners, celebratory lunches, high tea or even just a light snack as you return from exploring the islands or come in from a day spent by the pool. The St. Bernard’s Hill House team firmly believes that some of the best times are spent together around the table, sharing delicious, fresh meals and celebrating friendship and family.
Owner Dr. Juleen Christopher says, “We are thrilled to share the newly reimagined St. Bernard’s Hill House with you! It was always my dream to reconnect with my BVI roots, and after an extensive search, I chose St. Bernard’s Hill House as the ideal base from which to do so. Like anyone who has experienced the Estate, I was profoundly struck by its expansive beauty, the sense of peace and the sanctuary it provides.
The villa’s interior has been given a fresh new feel and the essence and warmth of the Caribbean and the curated luxury experience have been heightened.”
Whether you are seeking an exclusive island retreat for a family vacation or an unforgettable location for a special event, with its stunning architecture by original architect Jon Osman, luxurious amenities, personalised service and exquisite setting, this Estate is truly one-of-a-kind. •
Take advantage of the opportunity to experience the magic of St. Bernard’s Hill House, where memories are made.
• Property size: 8-Acres
• Location: West End, Tortola
• Sleeps: 10 guests
• Main house: 1 Primary Suite, 1.5 bathrooms
• Guest cottages: 3 The Palm - one bedroom plus en suite bathroom and private wraparound deck
The Allamandas - two bedrooms, each with en suite and private wraparound deck
The Orchid - one bedroom plus en suite bathroom and private wraparound deck
• Facilities: Heated infinity swimming pool, mains power, backup generator, air-conditioning, gym, yoga deck
EXCLUSIVE READER OFFER
St. Bernard’s Hill House would love to welcome you to stay and extend a 15% discount to Virgin Islands Property & Yacht readers for this coming summer. Offer commences on 1 July and closes on 1 September. Minimum 3-night stay.
Contact: Scarlett Steer +1 (284) 341 1589 firstname.lastname@example.org stbernardshillhouse.com @stbernardshillhouse_bvi @stbernardshillhouse
WE’VE GOT THE POWER
Mike’s Marine is the BVI’s only authorised distributor of Honda Marine and Honda Power products.
We provide sales, parts, service and warranty repair for all Honda small engines. Mike has decades of experience with all makes and styles of boats and has two additional Honda Certiﬁed technicians on sta .
1 Bird Point, Road Town, Tortola 284-494-4000 • 284-440-6060 email@example.com www.mikesmarinebvi.com
Mike’s Marine is a full service Honda Marine and Power Equipment dealership
A UNIQUE ESTATE written in the starsBy Erin Paviour-Smith Photographs courtesy of Oil Nut Bay
Developer and Chairman
David V. Johnson describes Oil Nut Bay as “a generational community; the perfect combination of science and art, where building is in harmony with nature”. This could not be truer of Constellations, a distinctive Estate in one of Oil Nut Bay’s most magnificent locations.
The creative vision for Constellations began over 6-years ago when it’s owners, a young family relaxing on their undeveloped land, looked up at the spectacular night sky with it’s millions of stars that seem to shine brighter than ever before from Oil Nut Bay’s private, untouched location on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound.
From these early beginnings, Constellations’ owners were decisive in their brief for a totally distinctive and contemporary home that would
challenge norms and push boundaries creatively, while staying within the parameters of Oil Nut Bay’s exceptional design and material guidelines.
A small team who thrive on ‘out of the box thinking’ was assembled starting with architecture and design, a collaboration between Andrew Montgomery and Steven Townsend, co-founders of M+T Architects, Victoria Bezemer from Green Room Designs and working alongside them, the Oil Nut Bay master construction team.
“We could see this project would break the mould in terms of it’s more modern and urban-style design brief and that was very exciting for all involved,” said Andrew. “The property’s north-facing aspect and prime, oceanfront location is exquisite and we made sure the home would take full advantage of this position, giving it ocean views from every living space.”
Steven adds “working with the natural typography of the land and considering the harsh elements,
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
including where the sun rises and sets and the wind directions were extremely important, initial considerations.”
“Also taking note of how the natural elements effected the property helped us make decisions on where living spaces would be placed, for example the pool on the west side gives protection from the wind,” he continues.
“Once the brief was set, the owners, architectural, design and construction teams never deviated from it - always questioning design ideas against it to make sure the vision stayed true” said Victoria, the project’s interior architect and designer.
From the outset and again consistent with the brief, a very modern, calming colour palette was selected, made up of cooler hues including blues, grays, whites with accents of black and chrome.
In terms of the materials, lava stone was used on the building envelope; it is a natural stone, but more consistent and rectangular, rather than an irregular, raw shaped stone. These colour palettes and materials have not really been seen previously in the wider Oil Nut Bay community.
Starting the tour, access to the property comes in at the rear. Two 6-passenger electric carts sit in the garage - essential for easy access to the sprawling Oil Nut Bay Estate and Marina Village that owners benefit from.
From the marble paved turn-around area, the view is hidden from the entrance by a wood-clad courtyard wall. It’s only when the incredible, large pivot door integrated into this wall opens that you are greeted by the breathtaking open air view in the exterior grand entry hall.
The nod to the constellations through the little pin lights in the ceiling only come into reality as you walk, expanding out to become more recognisable as your journey continues inside the home.
Set across two levels the house is expansive with a total floor area of 4,470 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. There is a large openconcept great room, living and dining spaces to your left and two master living spaces to your right.
The home provides dual living areas that can be quite separate from each other - providing a quiet space on one side and more sociability or family time on the other.
Arriving at the gourmet kitchen that is again oriented towards the ocean views, we see that the intent from the design team was for very streamlined and minimal. Some clever thinking was required to come up with a solution for the totally flush appearance of the cabinetry with no decorative hardware.
The large kitchen island has a waterfall edge and energy-efficient Wolf and Subzero appliances were fitted. Dornbracht luxury fittings were used throughout the kitchen and the separate laundry space, which was designed to be just as visually appealing as the kitchen.
Kitchen storage has been carefully thought with a hidden door into a pantry space that could be used as an owner’s lock up while the property is rented.
Looking around this beautiful home in its entirety, there is nothing in it that is not intentional. The modern palette, choice of building materials, together with the interior furnishings could be moulded in different ways to suit different tastes.
On the west side there is an outdoor bar area and chef’s kitchen with dining space and a salt water infinity pool again with a nod to the stars featuring little pin lights depicting zodiac signs.
There are some stunning statement pieces within the home; a whimsical glass chandelier that stands alone in the double-height foyer as a delicate piece that gives a peaceful break from its sturdy surroundings; a gold mirror in the master suite that has a similar texture to lava rock which compliments the rear accent wall behind the bed; unique artwork, furnishings and accessories.
The design team speak in detail about ensuring durability of the house, both in terms of the build and all of the furniture, fixtures and fittings that were carefully chosen and sourced as if purposed for a boat - to withstand the harsh coastal elements, such as exterior-grade fabrics for the upholstery both inside and out which is also easier to maintain and has UV protection; interior lighting is brassbodied with lacquer to avoid corrosion from sand and salt air; exterior shower fixtures are marine-grade stainless steel.
Stepping out through the floor-toceiling Euro-Wall sliders, there is over 2,500 feet of outdoor living space on each floor.
On the west side there is an outdoor bar area and chef’s kitchen with dining space and a salt water infinity pool, again with a nod to the stars featuring little pin lights depicting zodiac signs. Over on the eastern side of the property, just out of sight, there are two marine-grade outdoor shower pavilions.
The outdoor furnishings are again designed with the environment in mind with weighted or tie-down cushions, stone elements and a heavy Suar wood dining table cut from a single tree trunk section that was sourced from Tortola-based home interiors company, Arawak Interiors - creating a beautiful warm texture against the cooler hues in the space.
From the outdoor living area we head down through the meandering nature trail, passing by the look-out deck with it’s lounge area created with star-gazing in mind.
Continuing on the trail it takes us to the private little white sand beach, we take a seat in the beach hut and reflect on how the stars aligned in creating this one-of-a-kind property. •
To learn more about Constellations, please contact Oil Nut Bay’s Sales team:
BVI: +1 284-393-1000
US: +1 800-761-0377
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Architecture & DesignBy Erin Paviour-Smith • Photos & Renderings by M+T AD Constellations photos courtesy of Oil Nut Bay
The founders of boutique architecture practice M+T AD, Andrew Montgomery and Steven Townsend believe there is a similarity in skill, precision and freedom of thought required to design and construct a building as there is in sculpting a piece of art.
It was 2004 when Andrew and Steven became friends at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design. It was there, studying under the same professors, that the duo found cohesion in their design styles, subsequently taking up Virginia Tech’s Architectural and Design residency programme at the Villa Maderni in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. This gave Andrew and Steven the opportunity to hone their contemporary design ethos and core philosophies, influenced by a European aesthetic.
After heading off in their own directions with different firmsAndrew as an associate in a small boutique firm with a broad scale of works from furniture design to million square foot plus redevelopment projects.
Steven managed the design and execution of projects ranging from bespoke residences to mixed-use and hospitality developments upwards of one million square feet.
After a few years they founded their own practice, which seemed like a natural next step borne out of a longstanding friendship and meeting of the minds, not to mention their down-toearth approach to life.
Getting to know Andrew and Steven, what comes across is their unflappable
Steven also adds that the pair’s ethos is about working within the typography and landscape, which is so important in the Territory, with its mountainous geography. “It takes a special understanding of that to create beautiful living spaces that go with the land, instead of against it,”
nature and strong core philosophies: that buildings should last, details matter, spaces create experiences, architecture is sculptural and the importance of building individual and lasting relationships.
Steven also adds that the pair’s ethos is about working within the typography and landscape, which is so important in the Territory, with its mountainous geography. “It takes a special understanding of that to create beautiful living spaces that go with the land, instead of against it,” he says.
This le ads into a discussion around sustainability which is woven into every aspect of M+T AD’s design considerations.
“It very much depends on balancing what the client wants and helping them to make smart decisions through a collaborative process. For example system choices being solar or mechanical or helping them consider where the sun and wind is coming from - we just want to get the best possible result,” Andrew says.
“What is exciting to us is the fact that architecture is also about understanding how our clients want to live in their space. The spaces and the experiences that architecture creates can actually improve their quality of life,” he continues.
M+T AD’s introduction to the BVI was an initial project in Trunk Bay, Tortola. This project was a springboard into the Territory that has now become an integral part of M+T AD’s business, with two current projects under construction in the Trunk Bay neighbourhood, in addition to recently completed projects on Virgin Gorda.
Over time, Andrew and Steven have built a reputation for their bespoke approach to architecture and design. As we tour the incredible villa, Toad Hall, one of the pair’s projects currently under construction in Trunk Bay, Andrew outlines that they enjoy providing relationshiporiented, individual service and guiding their clients from conception to final handover.
“It’s just the two of us working directly with our clients and the construction teams, which is how we like to work,” he says.
As well as their various projects and speculative designs in Tortola, the pair enjoy working with the Oil Nut Bay Sales team to provide speculative work wherever required, to support the sales process.
“Our designs are created to provide ideas and inspiration to potential buyers for what they are considering buying into,” says Andrew. “This has been a longstanding, fruitful
relationship for both M+T AD and Oil Nut Bay over the last 6-years,” he adds. Sometimes these inspirations turn into full project commissions such as Constellations Estate which was a 5-year architectural and design labour of love. Andrew and Steven also recently completed the extension and full renovation of Xela (previously known as Jewel Box) at Oil Nut Bay. This six bed, six bath villa is described by Oil Nut Bay as “a premier BVI villa with distinct European flair.”
Over the years, the pair have gradually cultivated relationships throughout the region; a strong network of connections with Caribbean-wide industry partners such as CSE Engineering and BCQS International.
As to what the future holds, some
Sometimes these inspirations turn into full project commissions such as Constellations Estate which was a 5-year architectural and design labour of love.
To reach out to Andrew and Stephen about your architectural and design project:
+1 703 401 1402 (Andrew)
+1 559 772 5102 (Steven)
other Caribbean territories that have synergies with the BVI such as Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados could be in the works. We look forward to seeing what comes next for this team. •
With MILITARY PRECISIONBy Erin Paviour-Smith by Theo Thomas & FLR Enterprises
With a wealth of knowledge and experience, flanked with passion and an innate ability to protect, Leon impresses upon anyone he meets a sense that he can be entrusted to take the necessary actions to preserve one’s life and safety. We learn that the trajectory of Leon’s career in security began during his formative years growing up in the Virgin Islands.
The early years
As a native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands but with deep ties in the BVI, Leon developed a keen interest in security, law enforcement and the paramilitary growing up.
Leon’s Mum, Linda is originally from Anegada and his Dad, the late Leon A. George, originally from North Sound, Virgin Gorda. His paternal Grandfather, the late Leo George was the first security director of Rosewood Little Dix Bay and founder of Virgin Gorda Security.
A dedication to service was solidified when Leon began attending business, community and entrepreneurial meetings with his Dad. The guidance and discipline received at home served as a foundation in preparing Leon for a range of public service appointments.Photography
Security is something that you don’t know you need; until you need it. Meet Leon George, the brain behind FLR Enterprises - the BVI’s full-service security company.
While attending high school, he became an active member of the Explorer Program with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. After completing school, he relocated to the US where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a Non-Commissioned Officer and Crew Chief for the 4th Amphibious Assault Battalion.
Leon received orders to deploy on two separate occasions to southwest Asia where he participated in combat/ contingency operations in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a decorated Marine who was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Back on US soil, Leon was honourably discharged from the Marine Corps and he gravitated to what was second nature and became an officer with the Department of Homeland Security. As he transitioned from one organisation to another, his love for country and commitment to protecting the public saw him continuing to serve in the defense of the United States.
His employment with the US Government helped him to hone his security skills, which include law enforcement (LEO training), investigations, protection and qualified K9 instructor. Leon continued to diversify his career, working within several different federal agencies both in the US and Europe. He became a certified law enforcement instructor and certified security specialist, all while furthering his education in security and strategic management.
“We work closely with both the private and public sectors, including owners and managers of residential properties, (including estates and private islands), commercial properties, financial institutions and Government agencies to provide bespoke security solutions that are created for each individual requirement”. Leon explains.
Identifying a need back home
While living in the US, Leon occasionally travelled home to the BVI, initially offering basic security consulting services. Eventually he made the decision to relocate permanently due to a general lack of subject-matter experts in the field of full-service private security in the Territory.
“At the time there wasn’t much in terms of private security beyond watch-man type services” said Leon. “I could see that the community didn’t understand what was needed and possible in terms of private security in the BVI. There was more of a ‘reactive’ than ‘proactive’ approach”… ……“Prevention is always better than a cure!” he continues.
This rings true with the nature of our little part of paradise with its laid-back, village ‘we leave our front doors unlocked’ attitude. “Our community has a need for many types of detailed security services and FLR Enterprises has the unique experience and expertise to serve each one at a high level.”
“We work closely with both the private and public sectors, including owners and managers of residential
properties, (including estates and private islands), commercial properties, financial institutions and Government agencies to provide bespoke security solutions that are created for each individual requirement”. Leon explains. There are also the disaster management and emergency response services that FLR provides. In the wake of the 2017 hurricanes, FLR was the only local private security company operating in multiple jurisdictions in a cross-section of industries such as telecommunications, retail, hardware, motor vehicle dealerships, healthcare, government facilities and private estates.
Niche approach to security
Each client is unique and the FLR team tailors its solutions based on a detailed evaluation of the situation, property (assets), individuals and risks involved. Whether the need is at an electronic level, physical security patrolling, special events, executive protection, hard (armoured) vehicles, FLR’s detailed knowledge about the vast aspects of security using a ‘Holistic Security’ approach are second to none. This is a consultative process that Leon takes great pride in, with a view to long-lasting relationships that help clients understand the evolving security landscape and the need to
This is a consultative process that Leon takes great pride in, with a view to long-lasting relationships that help clients understand the evolving security landscape and the need to keep up-to-date with fluid incident management and continuity planning.
keep up-to-date with fluid incident management and continuity planning.
“Realising that security problems often manifest with little advance warning, we are prepared to handle serious situations whenever and wherever they arise” Leon adds.
Training & Development
FLR is the only certified company in the BVI that can provide law enforcement training and certifications to both the private and public sectors. The team at FLR adheres to best practices in quality training support and goes beyond just offering training modules and compliance through evaluations.
“With the sophisticated threats that are out there today it is not just smart, but best practice to train employees on safety and security measures that they
can institute into their daily routines, that will positively impact your workforce and business” says Leon.
The Company maintains relationships with law enforcement and Government agencies as well as other security providers.
The FLR team
All FLR employees undergo thorough screening and investigation, which includes a criminal background check, drug screening, validation of personal data, credit history review and reference checks.
Leon’s team consist of prior active duty, retired law enforcement, fulltime and part-time employees. FLR has access to a wide breadth of highly experienced resources which are not just fit for purpose but have worked on both sides of the security industry. •
... the water experts
Powered, on the waterBy Erin Paviour-Smith Photographs by Caribbean Jules Photography
Family-owned and operated BVI charter yacht company, VOYAGE Charters are recognised both at home and internationally for their bespoke, personalised service and their very own brand of award-winning sailing yachts.
The team invited me to their base at Soper’s Hole Marina on Tortola’s West End to take a tour of the stunning VOYAGE 650 Power Catamaran and learn all about the Company’s brandnew range of all-inclusive crewed charter packages.
It’s a beautiful calm day on the water, with a temperature of 81F and crystal-clear visibility as far as the eye can see. “This is the perfect day to start a charter” I think to myself as I drive along Tortola’s coastal highway to the VOYAGE Charters base where I’m taking a guided tour of the sleek and modern VOYAGE 650 Power Catamaran, the Company’s flagship power boat.
I meet Jo-Ann Downing, the Company’s Director on the dock. It’s close to 12pm and the atmosphere is buzzing with excited guests about to board their charter yachts; the staff and crew putting final touches in place for the midday set of departures.
As we slip off our shoes and step on board, Jo-Ann explains “This motor yacht is one-of-a-kind, designed and purpose built by VOYAGE Yachts in Cape Town, South Africa and is exclusive to VOYAGE Charters in the BVI”.
Very spacious with clean, modern lines and totally unique styling, the 650 accommodates up to 12 guests in total, or 10 guests with three crew. We start the tour by moving from the aft deck through the double sliding doors into the bar and dining area with the expansive, light and airy open concept galley, saloon and dining area with its sociable bar, perfect for cocktails while watching your private Chef prepare mouth-watering cuisine.
“Depending on the temperature and wind direction, the crew can keep the dining area fully enclosed with the air conditioning running, or fully open the aft set of windows on each side and the rear double sliding doors to create alfresco dining on beautiful balmy BVI evenings.”
The galley features state-of-the art appliances, separate coffee and cocktail stations and there is also a BBQ installed on the aft deck, so the guests’ every want and need is catered for.
I notice that there are wrap-around windows encircling the whole boat and Jo-Ann adds “Depending on the temperature and wind direction, the crew can keep the dining area fully enclosed with the air conditioning running, or fully open the aft set of windows on each side and the rear double sliding doors to create alfresco dining on beautiful balmy BVI evenings.”
Moving forward through the central front door into the forward cockpit lounge area with its large forward deck and two shaded double loungers for guests to retreat with a book and relax during the hot midday sun. Jo-Ann points out the extra wide walkways running on each side of the boat with grab rails designed for guests’ comfort and safety under way and at anchor.
Turning back through the galley and saloon Jo-Ann leads me down the port forward stairwell into the forward King en suite cabin which is
mirrored on the starboard side.
“Each of the cabins on this particular yacht feature original paintings depicting a full day from early morning tide, noon day shade, to sunset in the BVI” she says. “VOYAGE yacht owners have lots of fun choosing their yachts’ name and we enjoy curating the cabin artwork to reflect their individual personalities.”
The tour then takes us back up into the saloon and then down another stairwell to the mid-ship and aft cabins, again mirrored on the starboard side, to make a total of six king en suite cabins. Every cabin boasts an incredible view from the panoramic windows all equipped with privacy shades and Jo-Ann also talks about the beautiful, ambient lighting and air conditioning throughout the boat.
Leaving the cabins, we head up the teak, spiral staircase from the saloon to the upper deck fly bridge, which is a gorgeous, dual-purpose space - that can again either be semi enclosed against the elements, or opened up to take in 360 degree views and breeze.
Stretch out and relax in the shade of this U-shaped lounging space, which offers an unparalleled vantage point of your stunning surroundings. There is also a forward seating area opposite the Captain’s helm station and further forward are two doublesized loungers, perfect for soaking up the sun.
As we almost complete the tour of the VOYAGE 650 on the aft deck, we talk about just how familyfriendly this motor yacht is. There are countless thoughtful features throughout, right down to the teak yacht’s tender platform that doubles
as a swim platform so guests can enter the water with ease. This gorgeous yacht is a credit to the service-oriented VOYAGE team.
Still daydreaming after my tour of the 650, I wander down the dock to the office where Sarah Jones, VOYAGE’s Marketing Manager outlines the Company’s brand-new all-inclusive crewed yacht charter packages, that make private crewed chartering on any of the Company’s yachts super simple.
VOYAGE Standard Plus:
• Friendly and professional VOYAGE Captain
• Friendly and professional VOYAGE Chef
• Premium VOYAGE menu option
• Max 12 guests
• Friendly and professional VOYAGE Captain
• Friendly and professional VOYAGE Chef
• Friendly and professional VOYAGE Stewardess
• Premium VOYAGE menu option
• Max 10 guests
VOYAGE Premium Plus:
• Friendly and professional VOYAGE Captain
• Friendly and professional, award winning, master VOYAGE Chef
• Friendly and professional VOYAGE Stewardess
• Premium plus VOYAGE menu option
• Max 10 guests
To see all of the sumptuous menu options to match each of these packages, visit VOYAGE’s website using the QR code.
VOYAGE charters are also exclusive operators of the beautiful VOYAGE 590, winner of Best Charter Boat in 2022.
To book your charter vacation on the VOYAGE 650 or any of VOYAGE’s other yachts, please contact the USA Charter reservations team:
+1 888 869 2436 or +1 443 569 7007 firstname.lastname@example.org voyagecharters.com
To discuss VOYAGE yacht ownership opportunities, please contact Peter Jones, Yacht Sales Manager:
+1 284 346 5507 email@example.com voyageyachts.com
BREAKFAST at T IFFANY’S
There is nothing sweeter than sitting down on the weekend with family and friends for a delicious homemade breakfast with all the trimmings. Here’s six sure-to-please recipes to inspire cooks at home.
Pistachio Nut and Cranberry Granola
(FOR 6 - 8 SERVINGS)
Preparation time: 10 min
Baking time: 25 min
Total time: 35 min
• 2 cups old fashioned oats
• 1/2 cup shelled pistachios; roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup dried cranberries
• 1/4 cup flaked coconut
• 1/3 cup honey
• 1/3 cup coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, pistachios, cranberries and coconut.
3. In a small bowl, stir together the honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt.
4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir until well coated.
5. Spread the mixture in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool on the baking sheet before serving.
(FOR 6 SERVINGS)
Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 25 min
Total time: 40 min
• 1 pound sliced ham
• 12 large eggs
• 1/4 cup heavy cream
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 1 can stewed tomatoes
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Place individual ham slices over each muffin cup and gently press down in the middle to fill the shape of the cup.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and cream together and season with salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture into the muffin cups with the ham until about 2/3rds full.
4. Place muffin tin in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until egg is just about set.
5. Carefully remove from oven and set the oven to broil. Top each egg cup with some stewed tomatoes and return to the oven to broil for another 2 minutes.
Muesli Tart with Granadilla Sauce
(FOR 10 - 12 SERVINGS)
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 25 min
Total time: 35 min
For the sauce
• 1/3 cup water
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup passion fruit pulp
• 1/3 cup fresh mint; chopped
For the tart
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1 lemon; zest of
• 2 large eggs
• 1/3 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 teaspoon almond extract
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup quick oats
• 1/2 cup sliced almonds
• 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter; melted and cooled
For the sauce: Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over low to medium heat and boil until the liquid has been reduced by half or until sauce has reached preferred thickness, about 20 minutes. Set aside.
For the tart:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 10-inch tart pan.
2. Mix the sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add in the eggs and beat until well combined. Add in the salt and both extracts and continue to beat until completely incorporated.
3. Stir in the flour, oats and almonds and mix well. Lastly, fold in the melted butter.
4. Pour the batter into the tart pan and bake for 25 minutes or until golden on top and at the edges.
5. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. To serve, transfer to a serving platter and pour the sauce over the top.
Apricot and Pistachio Scones
(FOR 8 SCONES)
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min
• 2 cups flour
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup butter; cold
• 2/3 cup milk
• 6 fresh apricots; pitted and roughly chopped
• 1/3 cup pistachios; finely chopped
• 1 egg; lightly whisked
1. Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a baking sheet.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt; whisk gently to combine. Cut in the cold butter and stir until it resembles a crumb mixture. Pour in the milk and continue to stir until it comes together to form a shaggy dough.
Gently fold in the apricots and pistachios.
3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and press it out with your hands. Using a 2-inch circle cutter, cut out 8 scones and place on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash and bake for 12-15 minutes.
Corn Flapjack Stacks
(FOR 6 SERVINGS)
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min
For the flapjacks
• 1 large egg
• 1 can cream style corn; 14 ounces
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
• 1/2 pound arugula
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes; halved and roasted
• 12 slices cooked ham
• 1 avocado; sliced
• Freshly ground black pepper; to taste
• 1/4 cup honey
For the flapjacks:
1. In a medium bowl, beat together the egg and corn.
2. In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Slowly add in the wet ingredients until well combined. Add in the melted butter and stir until incorporated.
3. Heat a griddle on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Drop on about 1/4 cup of batter per flapjack. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the edges look set and there are bubbles on the surface. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Repeat the previous step with the remaining batter.
Stack 3 flapjacks on a serving plate. Place a handful of arugula on top. Layer a 1/4 cup of tomatoes, 2 slices of ham and a few slices of avocado onto the arugula. Season with pepper to taste and drizzle with honey. Serve and enjoy!
(FOR 4 - 6 SERVINGS)
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Total time: 30 min
• 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup quick cooking oats
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 large eggs; lightly beaten
• 1-1/2 cups whole milk
• 6 tablespoons butter; melted
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
• 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
• 1/2 cup fresh strawberries; halved
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk, butter and brown sugar. Add to flour mixture; stir until incorporated.
2. Pour batter into a lightly greased waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s directions.
3. To serve, top with yogurt and fresh fruit.
The British Virgin Islands, part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, comprises of four main islands–Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada, and some 50 smaller islands