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Message from the Premier of the Virgin Islands Honourable Andrew A. Fahie Welcome, one and all, As Premier of these beautiful islands, we are delighted to welcome you with BVILOVE to our home, the British Virgin Islands. Our small cluster of islands with secluded anchorages, splendid beaches, world-class marine industry, and favourable trade winds, has combined to earn us the reputation of “Sailing Capital of the World.” After a brief hiatus to preserve the health and safety of all residents and guests, our magnificent archipelago has re-opened and re-emerged to showcase even more stunning pristine land and seascapes. But more significantly, as a people emerging from recent adversity, we have shown resilience and returned to our core values, which we call BVILOVE. BVILOVE is a mantra that unites not only the people of the Territory, but resonates through all the sectors of the economy and the various aspects of our lives. We love our British Virgin Islands, and we invite you to love this Territory too. In fact, we know that many of our loyal guests have had a lifetime love affair with the British Virgin Islands, and first-time guests quickly embrace us as well. I am pleased to say that we have a renewed focus on showcasing authentic experiences in the British Virgin Islands, celebrating our people, our culture, and rich heritage of hospitality. I congratulate and express thanks to Virgin Islands Property & Yacht magazine for joining us in spreading BVILOVE with this issue themed “Our Islands”. 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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We celebrate the highly anticipated reopening of Saba Rock Resort – all shiny and new!

VOYAGE Charters celebrates its 25th anniversary, plus the VOYAGE 590 electric catamaran is on display at Annapolis Sailboat Show.

OUR ISLANDS

32 EXPLO RI N G O U R MANY ISLAN DS The close proximity of the BVI’s 50-plus islands makes it the perfect adventure destination.

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44 1 0 EDITO R’ S LETTER 13 N EWS Trends, inspiration & objects of desire.

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Explore the BVI

We tell the story of this onceinhabited, magical little island.

60 BVI ARTISAN S We shine a light on six BVI artisans – and find out that we’re just scraping the surface of our creative community. bvipropertyyacht.com


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Photographed at Josiah’s Bay beach, Tortola by Carolina Ansaldo. Wardrobe by Arawak, hair and manicure by Studio One Salon & Spa.

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WITH THE HIGHLY anticipated reopening of Saba Rock Resort, we celebrate the further revitalization of our community; another step towards a feeling of renewal and completeness since the hurricanes of 2017. Saba Rock Resort holds a special place in our hearts and VIPY is very excited to give our readers a sneak peek at this boutique resort, situated in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, prior to its official opening on October 15. I hope to see you all there soon … with a cocktail in hand. Continuing in the spirit of the “Our Islands” theme for this issue, we visit another intriguing little part of this paradise – Salt Island. Just above the beach you can still see the home of some of the island’s original inhabitants. Sea salt from the island’s pond can assist in keeping your skin healthy. I love visiting the island and taking a salt scrub, it makes your skin feel incredibly soft, once you’ve had a swim to wash it all off! I’ve travelled through the Caribbean and the Pacific islands, and something that makes the BVI so unique as a sailing destination is the close proximity of its 50-plus islands. It’s so much fun to take a day out on the water and just stop by a different island on the way home for a sundowner (as we often do!) We’re excited that our friends at VOYAGE are taking this issue with them to the annual Annapolis Sailboat Show, held from October 14-18, where they will be showing off the VOYAGE 590 electric yacht. You can learn all about this catamaran, designed and built by VOYAGE, on page 44. We’re putting a spotlight on six of our very own artisans in this issue. One thing that you will notice about our community is the sheer amount of creative talent amongst our people – from visual art, pottery and sculpture, and handmade upcycled accessories, to bags and skincare products (to mention just a few). Happy reading!

Erin

PS: In the “Painting of Stories - Jill Tattersall” article in the July/August issue, we included a date for Jill’s art show at Nutmeg & Co. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show unfortunately had to be postponed. We will let you know the new date once it is decided. THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS TOURIST BOARD

The revamped Saba Rock Resort opens in October–we offer our readers a sneak peak of the grand transformation. Photography by Javierto Mar.

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LIVI N G TH E D REAM : EASTOVER ESTATES , TO RTO LA EastOver Estates, proudly presented by Smiths Gore, is a small covenanted residential subdivision offering a variety of single family home sites extending from 0.59A to 1.25A. The estate features stunning sunrises, cool afternoons, soothing prevailing breezes, nearby beaches and unobstructed views over Virgin Gorda, the Camanoe Islands, Marina Cay, Scrub and the eastern islands of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Just minutes away, regular ferries run from Trellis Bay to Spanish Town and the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, Camanoe Island and Scrub Island. This is a secluded yet connected estate, with breathtaking views. For more information please contact Smiths Gore on +1 284 494 2446 or e-mail info@smithsgore.com.

LEAVE N O STO N E U NTU RN ED Invest in some landscaping and interior accents from Nutmeg & Co. Their ancient carved river stone lanterns and plant pots will add serenity and calm to your garden or create a conversation piece indoors. Slatted large single stone or three-piece lanterns can be lit-up with candles, wired or solar lit. The plant pots are cut from a single stone. Stools and small accent pieces are also available. To see these and much more, visit Nutmeg & Co, 164 Waterfront Drive, Road Town. You can call the store via WhatsApp: +1 284 342 9993 or landline +1 284 494 1426.

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BVI - I N S PI RED PO ETRY BY TRACI O’ D EA Poet Traci O’Dea, former lecturer at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College has released a book of poetry, Waving, inspired by the BVI. Dr Richard Georges, Poet Laureate of the Virgin Islands and President of HLSCC, says: “Traci O’Dea’s Waving is a meditation on the body and the universal sea, of letting go and letting be, as preoccupied with the spiritual as the physical”. O’Dea’s book has also received praise from New York Times best-selling author Sophie Cousens, who says: “Her words are at once beautiful, original, searingly honest and at times haunting. She guts the human condition and serves it up warm, still breathing on the page”. Excerpt from Waving: My Jeep windshield’s a piece of Plexiglas that’s so scratched up, I have to lean my head outside, like a dog, to see at night. The gas gauge and speedometer don’t work. Instead, I fill the tank from time to time and pray. Pinprick-sized rust holes, inverted Braille, let rain and sand sieve through the battered, gray hot metal floor. The roof’s a former sail. But sitting in the split cloth seat, feet bare, hair everywhere, as I steer on the high ridge to town (moon peeping through palm trees to shine on roofs, sea moss, and low-tide sand), the air is like standing naked at the open fridge deciding if I want water or wine. Waving by Traci O’Dea is available for $14.99 at Nook bookstore and most online retailers or through the publisher’s website: https://assurepress.org/ bookstore/waving

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TH E MASTER CRAFTSMAN S H I P O F MO NT B LAN C Whether it be creating writing instruments, leather, watches or accessories, the Mont Blanc master craftspeople work diligently, pouring their heart and soul into every step of the creation of these beautiful, luxury products. An extensive range of Mont Blanc watches and accessories are available starting from $145 at House of Luxury, Tortola Pier Park, phone: 284 443 3030, or email: sales@houseofluxurybvi.com.

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

Guana Island

Jost Van Dyke

Little Jost Van Dyke

Great Tobago

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Sandy Spit Sandy Cay

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Necker Island Moskito Island Great Camanoe

Prickly Pear Island Eustasia Island

The Dogs Scrub Island

Virgin Gorda

Marina Cay

Fallen Jerusalem Ginger Island Salt Island Dead Chest

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RETURN o f th e ROCK

Legendary Saba Rock Resort is set to reopen on October 15. While the resort’s resurrection sees it embracing the best in contemporary luxe, it’s lost none of its old-world charm. BY C H A R L I E B U F TO N P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y J AV I E R T O M A R

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Saba Rock Resort has been a work in progress since 2018, after being decimated by Hurricane Irma. It has been completely transformed and is ready to welcome visitors and locals alike on October 15.

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FOR DECADES SABA Rock has been a beacon on the British Virgin Islands sailing scene. When Herbert (Bert) Kilbride opened his private island home to passing boaters in the 1970s, selling beers and snacks out of his bohemian-style bar, The Pirates’ Pub, Saba Rock became an instant hit. A must-visit destination in the North Sound for those in the know. “My friends, it is quite likely that after your first visit, you will become bohemian Sabarockans, incurably dependent on the charm of the island. Every attempt to leave ends in the desire to return as soon as possible” Bert Kilbride Now, four years after Hurricane Irma decimated it, this iconic island resort is reborn, wholly reimagined, rebuilt and reopening on October 15, 2021, with a brand-new redesign. The latest incarnation of a much-loved BVI classic that has brought faithful visitors back year after year. Since reconstruction began in 2018, led by Gardner Construction with project management by BCQS International, there has been much anticipation around this grand reopening. Devoted Saba Rock supporters were eagerly awaiting more details as the resort began to take shape. Responsible for that new look is architect, Petr Kolar from ADR architectural studio. He introduces a modern and industrial beach-chic feel, with island-inspired design elements and a healthy dose of Saba Rock history–retaining many of the features that have made it so incredibly popular with guests for the last five decades. The team at Saba Rock wanted to keep the island’s original free-spirited charm, while bringing it up-to-date. Appealing to guests both new and old, every detail has been carefully considered, every comfort thoughtfully tended to. RIGHT Architect Petr Kolar has created a modern, industrial, beach chic feel.

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A key consideration for the construction was the longevity of the resort and the structural integrity. The previous framework has been replaced with a concrete structure: concrete walls, concrete floors, concrete ceilings, and a pressed wood roof. Exacting detail has been incorporated into the design and construction, so that the resort can better sustain future hurricane threats.

Accommodation options

The resort features just seven hotel rooms and two suites. They ensure that your getaway is perfectly secluded and delightfully private. There’s an element of exclusivity, rooms and suites are nestled in lush gardens at the back of the resort. They have kept the barefoot-casual vibe but elevated it beautifully. Spacious and generously appointed suites with sweeping ocean views, contemporary furniture and free-standing baths have vibrant accent colours of teal, scarlet and burgundy. Rich velvet furnishings are juxtaposed with polished concrete, bare wood, mixed metals and lots of glass. The quirky decor features surfboards, kite-boards, oars and other pieces of nautical paraphernalia. Each room is slightly different, but all of them feature a memory wall paying tribute to Saba’s transformation through the years. Smiling sepia-toned pictures of the “last Pirate of the Caribbean”, Saba Rock founder Bert Kilbride, stand out alongside bright blue skies, sea views, kite-boarders, surfers, flags and boats across generations of Saba Rock history.

RIGHT The resort features spacious and generously appointed suites with ocean views, contemporary furniture and free-standing baths.

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The accommodation is furnished with amenities like Nespresso machines, mini-fridges, dining furniture on the balconies, Bluetooth speakers and a bespoke resort AV system. Caribbean guides, adventure, sailing and pirate books, maps and other intriguing titles adorn the shelves. The suites benefit additionally from enormous outdoor living and dining spaces.

The boutique

The new Saba Rock Resort boutique will continue to stock the popular branded Saba Rock merchandise, expanding to include even more logo items alongside multiple lines of swimwear, footwear and apparel. In addition, they have partnered with local designers and will be offering custom made one-of-a-kind collections of high-end jewelry and resort wear. The stylishly curated

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‘Each room is slightly different, but all of them feature a memory wall paying tribute to Saba’s transformation through the years’ displays of garments are interspersed with the nautical pieces in the minimuseum that Saba is known for. Salvaged artefacts, memorabilia, coins and trinkets continue to be a feature at the resort, many donated by the Kilbride family. The new resort also sees the return of the famous Saba Rock aquarium, bigger and better than ever. Once again, it will house pieces salvaged from the wreck of the RMS Rhone by Bert himself.

Restaurant and Sunset Bar

The same spacious wrap-around deck area forms the restaurant, with

captivating views over the water and beautiful sunsets. Restyled with mismatched furniture, it has a barefoot elegance, with the bar now more prominent than ever. The hospitality team comes from various backgrounds–having worked across the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. As a result, the chef and his culinary crew intend to elevate the cuisine, featuring local dishes, fresh seafood and other extras and specialties influenced by their international experience. A favourite new feature has to be the addition of the Sunset Bar, upstairs of the boutique. This casual lounge space with its swinging seats, sofas

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‘Saba Rock Resort has embraced its history and found ways to imaginatively incorporate it into the new design’ and a pool table add another gathering place, the perfect lounge spot and play area for afternoon drinks and snacks. The antique mirrors, neon Saba Rock sign, rusted bar and hanging glass floats are cheerful and eclectic. Views over neighbouring Prickly Pear, Eustatia Island and, what will undoubtedly be a bustling dock, with seven slips for overnight sailing guests and 18 mooring balls, with plans for another 12. Other fun new features include the working red telephone boxes and a red post box.

Dive shop

This iteration of Saba Rock Resort will see a new dive shop on-site. Dive BVI now has a retail space offering dive training, dive trips, day trips, private charters, gear rentals, and air fills. Bert

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Kilbride initially founded dive BVI, so it seems fitting for them to have a home at the resort.

Spa and treatment room

Another new feature of the resort is the new spa. Resort guests will be able to enjoy a selection of massages, facials and other rejuvenating treatments. Despite its diminutive one-acre size, the team at Saba Rock Resort have maximized the space available on this islet to include all the features that you would come to expect from a Caribbean beach resort experience. While keen to move forward and make new memories, Saba Rock Resort has embraced its history and found ways to imaginatively incorporate it into the new design. Now the resort is ready to begin

its new chapter, and bookings are already live for the upcoming season. Resort manager Alain Prion shared: “This is an exciting time for the entire Saba Rock team as the countdown to our grand opening intensifies. The reception and anticipation surrounding this project continues to be an inspiration and has contributed to our team’s tireless efforts to ensure that we are ready to not only welcome guests, but exceed their expectations. We are mindful of the current climate in our industry. Still, we are happy to say we remain on schedule for our October 2021 opening date and look forward to creating and sharing memorable moments on this iconic island paradise, the new Saba Rock.” Rates start at just $550 for rooms in low-season and $950 for a suite. Contact the Saba Rock Resort team at info@sabarock.com to find out more. ■

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At the eastern end of Jost Van Dyke lies Little Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Spit and Sandy Cay, just a short sail from the main island, Tortola.


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WHOEVER SAID “LESS is more” had obviously never heard of multi-island vacations, because when it comes to a trip to the British Virgin Islands, more is definitely more. Do you like the thought of diving down to the wreck of the RMS Rhone on the western coast of Salt Island in the morning and getting up close to flamingos on Anegada by the afternoon? As regional marketing manager of the BVI Tourist Board, RaeNisia Scatliffe, said in our recent interview: “The British Virgin Islands is a treasure chest of neighbouring islands, beckoning to be discovered and rediscovered.” In this treasure chest of unspoiled volcanic islands, close proximity allows you to easily visit multiple destinations in a single day with just a hop, skip and jump from island to

island. Apart from their geography, the distinctive character of each island offers its own unique set of experiences. But before dropping anchor at any of the islands, let’s dive deeper and learn more about them.

Diving deeper

The British Virgin Islands, comprising of four main islands and over 50 islets and cays, is part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean. The largest island, Tortola, is home to the capital, Road Town, and is widely known for its yacht-filled harbours and white, sandy beaches, such as Cane Garden Bay, Smuggler’s Cove and Apple Bay. On the southwest side of the island, the Sage Mountain National Park offers trails and breathtaking views over the nearby islands. These landmarks and many

more characterise the island of Tortola. The only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain, Anegada, is the second largest island. Anegada is a pancake-flat paradise surrounded by remarkable Horseshoe reef, which is the largest in the Caribbean and the fourth largest on the planet. A variety of indigenous flora and fauna thrive here, from frangipani and feathery sea lavender to flamingoes and rare rock iguanas. There is also a wealth of history to explore, like the ancient conch shell mounds on the east end of the island that stand as a testament of the island’s Amerindian heritage. Natural beauty covers practically all of Virgin Gorda’s 8.5 square miles. The third largest island features breathtaking beaches and the world-famous Baths, a collection of massive beachside boulders as large as 40 feet in diameter. Nature lovers

Cow Wreck Beach on Anegada, the BVI’s flattest coral island. Anegada is known for its jaw-dropping beaches, like Cow Wreck Beach and Loblolly Bay. Sail from Virgin Gorda in the morning and enjoy a lobster lunch and a lazy afternoon at the beach!

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will especially enjoy the wonders of the national parks and nature sanctuaries. Hike up Gorda Peak, the island’s high point, for a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding islands. Named after an early Dutch settler and former pirate, Jost Van Dyke is the fourth largest island. Rent a jeep or walk the nature trails that extend over the entire island. Dance the night away to local music and live bands at Foxy’s. Enjoy the nature’s cool and refreshing jacuzzi, the naturally formed tidal pool that found at the east end of the island. Island exploration doesn’t end there. In fact, it is just beginning. As Clive McCoy, director of tourism, mentioned during our interview with the BVI Tourist Board “amidst our four main islands lies a safe haven of smaller islands and cays”. These 50 islets and cays allow you to explore a whole new side of island life. McCoy said that “this is the beauty of our beautiful BVI”; and implored visitors to explore our hidden gems and immerse themselves in the essence of endless possibilities. These smaller islands offer the added bonus of smaller crowds, making them ideal to visit during the pandemic. McCoy encouraged residents to “ditch the crowds and social distance close to home but away from it all”. And to visitors, he simply said, “find yourself here”. To make the most of all the sights, sounds, flavors and experiences that the Virgin Islands has to offer, RaeNisia Scatliffe implores residents and guests to curate their very own bespoke itinerary of “BVI Love” and “navigate our close-knit islands for an awakening adventure”. Creating an itinerary can take some time, but not to worry, we’re here to help. To get you started, journey through the next few pages recommendations to kickstart your island-hopping itinerary.

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Diving the wreck of RMS Rhone, a ship belonging to Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, which used to transport mail and passengers from and to the Caribbean. You can still see the artifacts that remain from its sinking during a hurricane on October 29, 1867.

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Saba Rock, situated in the heart of the North Sound, nestled between Prickly Pear and Bitter End.

First stop: Tortola

Our trip begins on the island of Tortola. Wake up and have some history with your breakfast in the converted Sugar Mill Hotel. There’s a lot to see and love about this historic hotel, which sits on the grounds of a 400-year-old sugar plantation. The hotel features three different common areas, including the Rum House (with two restaurants and a lobby bar), the private beach across the street, and the combined sundeck and pool area. History is written in the décor of the hotel, with old stone pathways and rusted relics of the original sugar processing equipment. But that’s not all. There are also elements of tropical design from the colour scheme to the chic sundeck furniture that capture the natural beauty of these islands. When taken together, this property creates the perfect setting for the ultimate island escape for adults seeking to unwind or couples pursing a romantic getaway.

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Smuggler’s Cove, Tortola is one of the most stunning beaches in the BVI. Your day there is not complete without a cocktail (or three) from the renowned Nigel’s Beach Bar & Grill.


But what if you are seeking a more adventurous trip? Just as you will find many types of hotels, like Sugar Mill Hotel, there are also endless options for an adventurer seeking an adrenaline rush and this next adventure awaits you on the blue and emerald waters of the Virgin Islands. Not sure how we’ll get there? Well, luckily for us, there are three major ports, with regular ferries, private and crewed yachts, and other vessels that offer visitors daily commuting options to the other islands. Short excursions will take guests from one port to the next in no time at all. As we make our way there, sit back, soak in the sun and let relaxation set in.

The Baths National Park, spanning seven-acres across Virgin Gorda’s north shore, a geological wonder with granite boulders as big as houses. A definite “do not miss” in the BVI.

Relax at Top of The Baths

Bring your flip flops, friends and family for food at the Top of The Baths on Virgin Gorda. Located above one of the most famous beaches in the world, The Baths, the Top of The Baths includes a restaurant, bar, pool, and collection of shops–all with views of the beautiful BVI. Their menu offers refreshing local Caribbean cuisine, including everything from pasta to conch fritters to wholesome sandwiches and wraps. And the nearby pool invites you to take a dive and cool off before or after your meal. And of course, before you ave, walk down the sandy trail and marvel the many grottos, tunnels, and arches formed by the gigantic granite boulders; another wonderful place to swim.

Snorkel the sea caves of Norman Island

If you love snorkelling, then Norman Island, the island reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, possesses stunning caves perfect for this activity. Those seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush will find spots along the cliff where you can climb and get a 30-45-foot jump into the sea.

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LEFT The Caves can be found on Norman Island, on the western edge of The Bight. It’s one of the most popular diving and snorkelling sites in the British Virgin Islands. It consists of three caves, all populated with schools of colourful fish. BELOW Visit Ixora Spa on Scrub Island and be pampered with such treatments as the Purifying Papaya Body Scrub or their signature Aloe and Cucumber Body Scrub.

Ixora Spa provides a wide array of services that encapsulate the beauty and essence of the Virgin Islands. Ixora Spa is located on a hillside offering a haven of tranquility to refresh and revitalise. Many of their tantalising treatments capture the healing properties of our natural environment, such as the Purifying Papaya Body Scrub, with its invigorating blend of succulent papaya, and their signature Aloe and Cucumber Body Wrap, which includes locally harvested aloe infused with fresh cucumber. An infinity pool and spacious yoga deck feature spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands. Indulge in a relaxing spa experience, delivered by highly trained therapists, where rejuvenating the mind and refreshing the body are paramount to the experience.

Wind down with wine at Foxy’s

Legend has it that the pirate Blackbeard would store his treasures in these caves. So you might just be lucky enough to find his buried treasure as you swim and snorkel here. But even if you don’t find anything, you will soon discover that the island’s true treasure is all around you. Jewel-coloured tropical fish swim through the waters of the caves, and thousands of orange cup coral and red sponge cover the walls. The longer you look, the more the intricate details of each precious piece reveals itself to you. Finish your snorkel with a drink (or two) at The Willy T, the

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cargo ship turned pirate-style floating bar, anchored just offshore. With all that high paced fun, it’s time for a relaxing break. And what better way to do that than with time at the spa? The many therapies and treatments at this next location will have you eager to book your next massage.

Luxury living at Scrub Island

This private island is a mere sevenminute ferry ride from Tortola and it possesses the renowned Ixora Spa. Named for the native tropical shrub,

As evening sets in, our journey ends with food and fun at Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke. There, you’ll find nonstop entertainment, whether listening to calypso singer, storyteller and charismatic owner, Foxy Callwood, tell a tale or sing a song, or dancing to the live music of local bands. The legendary beach bar has been serving food and strong rum to visitors since 1968. With his own rum distillery behind the bar, you can sit back and sip on Foxy’s classic rum cocktail, The Dread Fox, made with Foxy’s freshly brewed Firewater Rum. On Friday and Saturday nights, they host their famous Beach BBQ Buffet. Get a taste of our islands and help soak up the rum with their wide selection of local cuisine, from salads and sandwiches to rotis and wraps.

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ABOVE Snorkeling the crystal-clear waters of The Baths. LEFT The world-famous Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke. Foxy has been welcoming sailors and rock stars alike to “his” island for some 50-years. BELOW White Bay, also on Jost Van Dyke. Enjoy the fabulous beach bars and a Painkiller cocktail while “bobbing” in crystal clear water.

Start planning your trip

This incredible journey began in the rich history of Tortola at the Sugar Mill Hotel. Then, we jumped over to the massive beachside boulders at the Top of the Baths. From there, we hopped around the smaller islands, snorkelling in the sea caves of Norman Island and indulging in the spa luxury of Scrub Island. We ended the trip with some nighttime fun at the legendary Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke. This multi-island itinerary, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. Inspired yet? Dare to discover the never-ending treasures of the British Virgin Islands, where an immense bounty of one-of-a-kind experiences lies in our rich history and culture, exceptional food, captivating rhythms and natural beauty. Grab your bathing suit for the beaches, hiking shoes to explore the indigenous plant lined trails and forests, a spirit for adventure and start packing and planning your trip to paradise. We await your arrival. ■

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the large flybridge lounge, the captain can single handedly operate the yacht. Electric winches and roller furling genoa allow for sail trimming at the touch of a button, while wellbalanced spade rudders effortlessly hold your course. Wide flat side decks allow easy access around the exterior of the yacht, from the teak benches perched over the elegant reverse bows, to

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‘The spacious salon incorporates a captain’s station and an open plan galley, providing 360-degree views, and features a walk-through main deck from aft to front, all at one level’

The aft cockpit offers spacious table seating for 12 guests and provides a premium quality BBQ. Sliding cockpit windows allow for al fresco dining. Opposite, a bar area offers a second icemaker, a prep sink and stainless-steel fridge drawers. On the deck above, the magnificent shaded flybridge is the sociable hub area with its large lounge seating, built-in ice cooler and optimal vistas.

Intelligent luxury

As the sun sets and the stars come into view, tasteful ambient lighting creates a relaxed mood throughout

the 590. Blue lights illuminate the rig from top to bottom, and 14 blue underwater lights to attract an array of sea life from bow to stern, creating your own personal nighttime aquarium show. Each of the six plush and thoughtfully designed cabins include a walk-around queen bed, large portholes with blackout shades, ambient lighting, USB plugs, ample clothes drawers and cupboards plus under-bed suitcase storage, and a well-sized en suite shower. A further two en suite fore cabins can be accessed on deck.

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T HE STO RY O F SALT IS LAND Salt Island has a fascinating history and is a great spot to visit via charter boat or yacht. BY A P R I L G L AS G OW

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ABOVE Mr Hermon, a Salt Island native (left) and the late Hon. Cyril B Romney (right) (past Chief Minister, 1983-1986) harvesting natural rock salt in the Salt Pond on Salt Island, BVI. October 1983. Photo credit: Curtis De Ravariere (Paul’s Photo Services, 1983). LEFT Miss Clemmy, also a Salt Island native harvesting natural rock salt in the Salt Pond on Salt Island, BVI. October 1983. Photo credit: Curtis De Ravariere (Paul’s Photo Services, 1983).

About Salt Island

Historically, the island, which is one mile long and one mile wide, has not been known to have more than 100 inhabitants at a time. And today, it is a lonely island, as the last living resident, Norwell Durante, passed away in 2004. An extensive study by Dr Lianna Jarecki titled: Variable hydrology and salinity of salt ponds in the British Virgin Islands describes salt ponds as “bodies of water that occur from the bottom of steep watersheds”.

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Dr Jarecki found that out of the 17 salt ponds in the Virgin Islands, the Salt Island salt pond has the highest concentration of salt. The salt gets to the pond through seawater that is fed via underground seeps that trickle through the shore sediments, and then into the pond. During the plantation era, and after Emancipation, residents would use the salt to preserve their meats and fish, and also export it to neighbouring islands. It was also during that time that a “salt tax” was administered which stipulated a 30 per cent tax (or one bag in three) to anyone who harvested the salt. This is in accordance with the 1904 Government Salt Pond Ordinance.

But even before then, every year a pound of salt was given to the Queen as a form of “rent” on behalf of the island’s inhabitants. This rent was suspended when Queen Victoria recognised the kindness of Salt Island residents who helped those who survived the sinking of Rhone, a UK Royal mail ship that hit a reef and went down near the island in 1867. Salt Island descendant and local artist, Lutia Durante, says he remembers his grandfather Eustace Durante talking about the tragedy and how he helped bury some of the sailors who perished. While Lutia didn’t grow up on Salt Island, his great grandmother was born and raised there. Lutia’s dad, Vivian Durante, spent many of his younger days on the island’s southern side with his aunt. Vivian was born on the neighbouring Peter Island. Lutia shares that the descendants of both Salt Island and Peter Island have a shared heritage due to the proximity of the islands.

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Traditional salt breaking ceremony

In the late 1800s, residents performed the annual salt breaking ceremony, which initially took place around Easter. Residents would await the official firing of a pistol and the salt “picking” or collecting began. The last official ceremony took place in 2016, during Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebrations in BVI. Then Governor, His Excellency John Duncan received the “symbolic rent” or bag of salt, which was later presented as a gift to the Queen.

Have you ever wondered where your salt comes from?

The more popular table salt varieties are extracted from salt mines by drilling, and the evaporation of saltwater springs or wells. Another method is via the evaporation of seawater, which is how Salt Island salt is made. Because weather patterns have

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changed, the salt is now formed in the summer months, when the ponds dry up enough to leave behind a “white cast” of the once highly sought-after mineral.

How the salt is used in BVI today

ABOVE “Salt Island”. Water colour by Aileen Malcolm. A collection of limited-edition giclee prints portraying Caribbean life and characters are available from Nutmeg & Co. or available to view online at www.aileenmalcolm.com. BELOW “Salt collector”. Oil on canvas by Lutia Tai Durante, a descendent of some of the original inhabitants of Salt Island.

Salt Island salt can be found in many supermarkets and retailers throughout the BVI. Lutia’s daughter, Alexandra Durante, has upheld the salt picking tradition and uses the salt in many of the products sold at her store, E.Co. She adds the salt to her hand soaps, body scrubs and condiments. Her dad says that the salt can easily be picked and then quickly washed for use. Lutia recommends drying it in the sun for three or four days, which turns it a brilliant white. According to Lutia, it’s the best salt to use because there are no additives, and it encourages people to add it to their meals, just as his mom did in her cooking years ago. “Just a little bit goes a long way,” he advises.

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LEFT Moody and visually dramatic landscape: the salt pond on Salt Island.

Getting to Salt Island

There aren’t any ferries or regular scheduled day trips to the island, but you can charter a yacht or powerboat to get there. Many yachts choose to anchor out and dinghy in, or some just dive in and swim to shore. The actual salt ponds are just a short walk from the beach. And if you don’t want to go alone, you can plan to visit around the end of June, when the descendants of Salt Island host an annual day trip that includes an educational tour, food, drink and entertainment. More recently, companies such as Hike BVI run organised day trips and hikes to the island where patrons learn the history of the island and get to pick salt. ■

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ARTISTS IN ABUNDANCE British Virgin Islands are rich with artistic talent. We meet five talented artisans who draw inspiration from our stunning islands in the creation of their beautiful works. BY T R AC I O ’ D E A P H OTO G R A P H Y BY G I L DA CO S T I L L A , A N N I E M AC P H A I L , LIN CROOK & JEHIAH MADURO

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Celeste Tyson from Bamboushay Pottery

WHEN I THINK of the BVI, I think of abundance. Abundant vegetation on the hillsides, abundant waters teeming with fish, abundant views from every peak, abundant beaches, and abundant smiles. We are also lucky to have an abundance of artisans who share their work in

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TOP Bamboushay pottery works on display. ABOVE Bamboushay potter, Ramon’s hands working on a sconce.

the BVI and beyond. Their high-end creations share the abundance of the islands with those who can’t always be here.

Celeste Tyson loves that when you buy a piece from Bamboushay, you take a part of the BVI home with you. “A lot of our pieces involve actual impressions from sea life that has washed ashore,” she says. “Marine impressions are used from shells, coral, sea fans to brain coral. We also find inspiration in the environment of the BVI–palm fronds, sea grape leaves, and shell plates with accents of lizards, turtles, hummingbirds, fish, starfish, frogs, and examples of BVI fauna, replicas of BVI life.” The signature seagrape colour of Bamboushay pottery “blends the greens of the landscape with the blues of the sea,” Celeste says. Bamboushay pottery, wall sconces, and signature animal mugs have become synonymous with the BVI, providing unique touches that are a

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Tapestry coral reef ladies’ tote. Custom branded Aerial beach tote with custom key ring. Repurposed Sunbrella market bag with removable/ washable kite sail “purse diaper”, all by annie macphailTM bags.

‘We are also lucky to have an abundance of artisans who share their work in the BVI and beyond. Their high-end creations share the abundance of the islands with those who can’t always be here’ part of the interior vernacular. Celeste hopes to expand the Bamboushay brand beyond the Caribbean, giving it more of an international reach. Celeste’s uncle, Eldred Williams, started the business almost 20 years ago. He’s from Nevis, where his family are still in the pottery business. “He’s brought back a piece of his childhood through the pottery,” she says. The main potter at Bamboushay, Ramon Herrera Mariano, has been with the company for over 15 years. “The colors, shapes, and pieces that are produced are iconic to the BVI, but they are also a representation of the Caribbean as a whole. We are colourful, resilient, and multi-functional but with

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common features,” she says, laughing at her metaphor. “I love that about Bamboushay. I also love that the whole spirit has evolved–first solely pottery, then a restaurant, now the lounge vibe with live music weekly on Friday nights. People support Bamboushay in many different ways, whether having a meal, drink, meeting, or shopping in our boutique. They’re different businesses, but one Bamboushay family. The BVI has always been supportive. We are all one.” Pottery can be purchased at Bamboushay Boutique on Waterfront Drive or online at http://bamboushaypottery.com/

Anne MacPhail of annie macphail TM bags

Annie MacPhail’s designer bags are handmade in the BVI from re cycled materials: retired sails and kitesurfing kites, repurposed leather and rope, outdated promotional flags, recycled upholstery and awnings, and even the Olympic trial sails from the Anderson/Brockbank campaign. But don’t be fooled by the use of recycled materials; luxury annie macphail™ bags have an international following. From the smallest wristlet to the largest duffel bag, each bag is one of a kind and hand-sewn with the highest attention to detail. “I have this design gene,” Annie says as she breezes through her colourful location that straddles Main Street and Waterfront Drive across from the ferry dock in Road Town, Tortola. “My father was an industrial designer, first at Ford Motor Company at age 19, then for a firm where he

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP “Sunday Morning”. A typical VI family gets ready for church. “Mending a Fishpot”. The fishpot or trap was an ingenious method of catching fish and is representative of the BVI’s rich fishing heritage. “Making Cassava Bread”. A woman grates peeled cassava, while the other woman shapes the cassava meal into a large circle with a circular mold and roasts it on a hot iron.

designed, among other things, the airport loading ramps at Kennedy Airport.” Annie originally trained in graphic design, and her impulse to reengineer materials is in her blood. In addition to her sought-after annie macphail™ bags, she creates bespoke pieces that are unique to sailing or living in the Caribbean— such as hand-sanitizer holders for sailboats, kite-tube sandbags to weigh down yoga mats for outdoor classes, and washable covers to protect bags from surface transmission of COVID-19. Annie sources her used textiles from Doyle Sailmakers BVI, Necker Island, corporate marketing departments, and individual sailors in the community. Some recent bits included “a bunch of recycled leather from Cuan Law when they reupholstered” and “an awning someone was throwing away”. When she gets a funky fabric offcut or spinnaker, she creates limited edition designs that fly off the shelves. She also hopes to “chip off this waste stream in the BVI, bit by bit.” The entire annie macphail™ line is available exclusively at Nutmeg & Co. in Road Town or at anniemacphail.com.

Jehiah Maduro’s steel sculptures

While traveling abroad, Jehiah Maduro encountered a series of sculptures–multi-colored cows throughout the city of RaleighDurham, painted by local artists to celebrate a farming festival. He wanted to bring that kind of public art to the BVI. Jehiah has been drawing since primary school. In college, he pursued architecture, but upon graduating,

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he found a job in government as a graphic artist and has continued working there for the past 20 years. Working with steel came about because his brother Jaron Maduro, a lecturer at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, purchased a metal-cutting machine. “I provide the artistic direction, and he does the technical stuff,” Jehiah says. They started out making custom cut-steel signs, but the idea for outdoor sculptures played in the back of his mind, so he sketched cultural scenes from the BVI. “I spoke to a friend of mine from VICA [Virgin Islands Communal Association], and she was ecstatic about my sketches and showed them to the Director of Culture, Dr Katherine Smith,” he says. Dr Smith commissioned sculptures for Virgin Islands Culture Month. Each sculpture is four to five feet tall. They’re inspired by conversations with friends, the painted wall murals throughout Tortola by artists such as Ruben Vanterpool and Cedric Turnbull, and a photograph of his grandfather, Julian Madura, a Virgin Islands shipwright. “We have a rich heritage, and we need to show it off when we put on a celebration,” he says. Jehiah is already planning more sculptures, and he would “love to see more BVI art in the public sphere,” he says. He’s also working on more portable sculptures made of Plexiglas that are lighter and easier to pack in visitors’ suitcases!

Alex Durante of EC Soap Co

“Some of our customers are soap addicts,” says Alex Durante, executive director of EC Soap Co (East Caribbean Salt and Soap Company Ltd). “They’ll buy eight to ten bars at a time. Others are addicted to the natural deodorant or the papaya face mask–made from local papaya seeds which are high in enzymes.”

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FROM TOP A selection of EC Soap Co’s products on display in their Main Street, Road Town store. Alex Durante pictured with her dad, artist Lutia Tai Durante. Her locally sourced, natural products are made in the BVI.

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FROM TOP A selection of Lin Crook’s beautiful stained glass works: “Necker Island Lemur”, “Bubbles & Waves” and “Tiny Creature”.

Alex’s handmade, locally sourced products seem to be everywhere these days–most local hotels, resorts, and charter yachts feature EC Soap Co soap, shampoo, shower gel, sunscreen, and conditioner, but the big difference is that each batch is custom tailored for the client “so you don’t see the same products at each resort,” she says. Alex works with local farmers, beekeepers, and other harvesters to keep her products as local as possible. Local raw ingredients include aloe, turmeric, Salt Island salt, tea, honey, papaya seeds, cotton, and beeswax. She also uses her popular storefront on Main Street to showcase other BVI artisans. “I’m trying to create a medium for everyone to flow through. Real estate for storefronts can be cost-prohibitive for new artists and entrepreneurs starting out, so I offer them space in my shop.” Ideally, Alex would like to see a new pillar in the BVI economy– exporting of BVI luxury goods. EC Soap Co ships worldwide from www.ecsoapco.com, but the goal is to franchise the brand so the branches on other islands would sell EC Soap Co products as well as creations by their own local artisans, to celebrate the individuality of each island, while also offering high-end skincare that’s guaranteed to attract repeat customers.

Lin Crook of Island Reflections BVI

Lin Crook has been creating stained glass since 1981. Her passion started as a hobby, though she sometimes donated pieces to BVI art auctions and fundraisers. It wasn’t until last year that she got her trade license

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to create stained glass pieces and sell them under the name of Island Reflections BVI. Since then, she has been working nonstop, thanks mainly to word of mouth, BVI Community Board, and people seeing her pieces in local homes or establishments. Most recently, she completed three pairs of stunningly intricate bougainvillea windows for above the three entrances at Indigo House, Cane Garden Bay’s new foodie-favorite restaurant. “It’s all-consuming at the moment,” she says from her home overlooking Brewer’s Bay, where she also has her studio. Each piece is custom designed by Lin, then she cuts the glass, foils it in copper, solders it together, and treats the solder. One piece took her 190 hours to complete.

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‘Every piece is bespoke-kitchen cabinets, windows, freestanding pieces. I get my inspiration from living here-floral scenes, beach scenes, frogs, lemurs, dragonflies, sunsets’ L in C ro ok “Every piece is bespoke–kitchen cabinets, windows, freestanding pieces,” she says. “I get my inspiration from living here–floral scenes, beach scenes, frogs, lemurs, dragonflies, sunsets.” She likes “to incorporate something in each piece to make it unique and something unique from the BVI.” Lin does not have a website or a social media presence–she prefers potential clients to come up to her

studio to get an in-person feel for what they might like. Based on how busy she’s been without any serious marketing (and the fact that all of her work is currently sold out) it’s obvious that her talent is appreciated. Soap, steel sculptures, sconces, stained glass, and recycled sails! The British Virgin Islands inspire an incredible range of interests and artists, and we recommend that you support them all. ■

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