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On the cover: Exotic water lilies taken on location at Clement Samuel’s ornate tropical garden. Fitches Creek, Antigua




PUBLISHERS Welcome. Benvenuto. Bienvenido. Bienvenue. Willkommen.

Antigua & Barbuda– the gems of the Caribbean Caribbean Homes & Lifestyle magazine was first published in 2006, and this highly regarded real estate publication spanned many of the Eastern Caribbean islands. It also highlighted guest islands from further afield. The 2012 edition of Caribbean Homes & Lifestyle has been merged with Food & Drink Guide.


This special edition magazine entitled is 100% Antigua & Barbuda. The focus of this edition is a one-stop guide to beautiful and unusual places to stay. In the following pages we proudly showcase self-catering holiday accommodation and boutique hotels from the modest to the simply stunning. We know that this will be of valuable assistance to families, friends and everyone lucky enough to visit our friendly islands. The lifestyle, culture and natural beauty of Antigua & Barbuda are what make them such a great destination to visit and live here. Our islands are a safe, warm and a comfortable piece of paradise, well developed, yet unspoilt.We pride ourselves on living at a slower pace, yet we are nimble enough to change with the times. Testament to this is our increasing focus on the world’s oldest and most powerful energy source, solar power, and the increasing viability of renewable energy. As the world struggles to come to terms with the availability

of energy, food and water, Antigua & Barbuda stand well positioned to move toward a more sustainable environment. Antigua is truly a fantastic place, but it must be said that if you have not been to Barbuda you are missing a great experience. Barbuda is the ‘destination unspoilt’. Fiercely protected from over development by Barbudans, it remains the benchmark for a breathtaking destination and is comparable to nowhere else. For our lifestyle articles we look at the great works provided by the Antigua Yacht Club and our very own Olympic hero Karl James, teaching the children to sail. We also look at ABSAR and give thanks for their dedication to saving lives. We highlight the charitable works and spirit of sharing offered by the Inet International Pairs Golf Tournament. And we celebrate the fact that Antigua & Barbuda now welcome thousands of couples who choose our islands as their wedding destination every year. Paradise remains the best place to start a new life together. Dreams are realized by those who dare…

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Publisher’s Welcome




The Ultimate Wedding Experience

12-13. Charter Tours with Caribbean Helicopters 14-36. Unique Properties of Antigua & Barbuda 38-41. Can the Caribbean Secure a Sustainable Energy Future? 42-43. The Art of Working with Wood

48-49. INET International Pairs Golf Tournament


52-53. Going Green Antigua & Barbuda Style 58-60. Freda Gore’s Culinary Vacations



62-64. Brown’s Bay Villa Feature 66-69. Antigua Yachting - A Lifestyle Experience 70.

ABSAR - Antigua & Barbuda Search & Rescue

72-73. Antigua Yacht Club - National Sailing Academy 74-76. Bio Diesel Created by Themba BioFuels 78-79. Ruth Spencer – Spotlight Profile


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80-81. Caribbean Business Awards

TEAM The Buck Stops Here Gulliver Johnson Art, Design & Photography Director Janie Conley Editor Madeleine Jardim McComas Graphics Consultant Takumi Media Webmaster Chris Maisey Contributors & Photographers John Birk, Madeleine Jardim McComas, Zorol Barthley, Sascha Mercer Lucy Tulloch, Kevin Johnson, Elliott Lincoln, Janice & Derek Sutherland Jonathan Murphy, Laune Issac Acknowledgements Special thanks to: Dulcie Looby-Greene, Shantia Weatherill, Freda Gore Ruth Spencer, Derede Whitlock-Samuel,

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Elegant tropical homes from US$1,000,000

Luxurious Homes at Sugar Ridge Sugar Ridge is quite literally – above it all. 54 fully serviced home sites ranging from 0.33 to 0.84 acres are arranged on an elevated natural hillside bordered with sugar cane and indigenous flora and fauna. Every home site features panoramic views of palm-lined beaches, the turquoise Caribbean Sea, plus the neighboring islands of Redonda, St. Kitts and Nevis. The development provides vistas of the rolling landscape of Antigua’s dramatic coastal highlands. Buy a plot, and then build a luxurious Sugar Ridge villa. Each home is architect-designed in a “Classic Caribbean” style, constructed to blend in with the natural landscape, with lush gardens, infinity pools and large private terraces for year round outdoor living. Interior features include open-plan rooms and high ceilings to take advantage of the tropical breezes Alternatively, you can design and build your own Caribbean dream home (subject to approval).

Sugar Ridge sets the stage as a leader in its category. It is a unique mixed residential, commercial and hotel development on the fashionable southwest coast of Antigua. The on site facilities found within the 43 acre ‘Sugar Ridge Village’ include a stylish and profitable 60 room boutique hotel, 2 harmonious restaurants, boutique shops, 2 swimming pools, an Aveda spa, a Cybex health club with gym and concierge services. Sugar Ridge homes are within minutes of beach facilities, a marina and an 18-hole golf course and commercial stores. Homeowners benefit from: A unique luxurious resort experience with excellent amenities. A gated community with 24 hour security. For owners who are away for long periods of time, Sugar Ridge will organise rental of your home long or short term. Privacy is a treasured commodity at Sugar Ridge, and each property site offers owners a real sense of peaceful seclusion.

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Wedding Experience Antigua Barbuda

Antigua is the destination of choice for many romantic couples. Last June Antigua celebrated its 5th year of promoting this island destination with “June is Romance Month”, and according to BRIDES Magazine the twin islands are considered one of the world’s top 20 honeymoon destinations, are among the top 10 Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations, and one of 10 Romance Retreats in the Caribbean. We were also listed for having one of the “25 Best Beaches in 8


ouples are becoming more and more inventive about the place they choose for their wedding ceremony. Some choose a remote mountain top, the bottom of the Grand Canyon or a helium balloon in the sky, but a sparkling white beach at sunset in the Caribbean is the ultimate wedding destination. Antigua and Barbuda offer the best of these destinations. Whether you choose a wedding and honeymoon package or arrange your big day at a self-catering villa, you will never forget your Caribbean wedding day.

written by Madeleine Jardim McComas

Copper & Lumber Hotel, Nelson’s Dockyard

Barbuda Beach

the World” for Best Water Sports (Dickenson Bay in Antigua), and Best for Seclusion (Palmetto Beach in Barbuda). With credentials like these, you really should check us out for your very special wedding.

Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda

Grande Pineapple Beach, Hawksbill Rex Resorts, Jolly Beach Resort and Spa, Sandals Grande Antigua, Sugar Ridge Hotel and The Inn at English Harbour offer some of the best wedding and honeymoon packages on Antigua. The Copper and Lumber Store Hotel in English Harbour has an authentic 18th century charm that may be just what you are looking for. And for a very casual affair, Dennis’s Restaurant and Bar on Ffryes Beach has built a ravishing little gazebo on the beach that will have you happily wading in the shallows after the ceremony and trashing your dress, if you choose to do so, as a symbol of finality and commitment to your partner.

Dennis’ Restaurant, Ffryes Beach

Not to be outdone by its sister island, Barbuda has just launched a Barbuda Moons Romance Package at the historic Martello Tower, the site of a 17th century fortress that will become the venue for weddings and other intimate ceremonies. The Barbuda Moons Package offers a selection of romantic adventures in idyllic surroundings. You can have your pick of Day Moons, Baby Moons, After Moons, Multi Moons and Full Moons. You can customize your wedding and honeymoon itinerary to suit your personal wishes and your budget. Travel between the two islands is easily arranged, and the experience will be unforgettable.


One of the most memorable weddings I have ever attended took place at a private hilltop villa in Antigua. The bride wore a sarong with hibiscus in her hair, and the bridegroom wore shorts and a Tee shirt. The food was prepared by family and friends, and the couple were given a rousing sendoff to spend the night at a romantic hotel on the beach at Half Moon Bay. It was a simple ceremony, happy, moving, and entirely satisfactory.


Residency on the twin islands is not a requirement for visitors who want to get married here. The staff at the resort or hotel you choose will be able to advise you, and you should arrive on the island at least 1 day ahead of the ceremony to process the necessary documents. You’ll need to bring with you passports and birth certificates; for divorcees, originals of a Decree Absolute, and for widows and widowers, prior marriage and death certificates, and a Deed Poll in the case of a name change. A notarized affidavit of consent signed by both parents is required for persons under 18 years of age.

Dennis’ Restaurant, Ffryes Beach

Wherever you choose to stay on our beautiful twin islands, and however you choose to organize your wedding, you will find that the people on these islands love the happiness that comes with a romantic wedding. They will wish you health and happiness in your new life. Come to Antigua and Barbuda to start your new life.

Martello Tower, Barbuda

Copper & Lumber Hotel, Nelson’s Dockyard

Nelson’s Dockyard National Parks ...a uniquely Antiguan experience Step back in time… and explore the only active original Georgian Dockyard in the world. A fabulous and varied day out where we would suggest that you commence at The Dow’s Hill Historical Centre to gain an insight into Antigua’s history, people, culture and nature through a 15 minute multimedia show. Then proceed on to the famed Shirley Heights. Afterwards, make time for the wonders of the legendary Nelson’s Dockyard with its many facilities and amenities. And don’t forget our nature trails and wonderful beaches!

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PARK • Museum & visitor centre • Friendly knowledgeable tour guides • Beautiful beaches & wonderful nature trails • Unique historical wedding & event venue • Countless major military fortifications • Breathtaking views & photographic panoramas • First-class multimedia historical show in air-conditioned comfort • Marina, restaurants, bars, cafés, boutiques & gift shops • Wheelchair access The all-inclusive $8.00US per person entry fee includes access to Shirley Heights,The Dow’s Hill Historical Centre and all of Nelson’s Dockyard. The historic venues and the grounds of the National Parks can be hired for private events & weddings please contact us for details. Nelson’s Dockyard National Parks, P.O. Box 1283, St. John’s, Antigua Tel: (268) 481 5022 | Email:

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Barbuda Charters • Montserrat Volcano Tour • Antigua Island Tours • Custom Charters 268-460-5900 or 562-TOUR (8687) • Jolly Harbour, Antigua •


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A trip to the Montserrat Volcano?, Island hopping?, Golf?, Shopping? Whatever your dreams, let Caribbean Helicopters help make it a truly unforgettable experience.

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO TOUR Simply the most exciting tour in the Caribbean! A chance to see the live Soufrière Hills Volcano and the surrounding exclusion zone from the safety and comfort of a Bell helicopter. Includes views of the crater, pyroclastic flows, and the former capital of Plymouth, which in some places has been buried under 40 feet of ash! 45 mins | US $240 per person

ANTIGUA HALF ISLAND TOUR Combine the exhilaration of a helicopter flight with the amazing tropical scenery of the South West coast of Antigua. Includes Cades Reef, Rendezvous Bay, Half Moon Bay and English Harbour. 20 mins | US $115 per person

ANTIGUA FULL ISLAND TOUR See more of Antigua in 30 minutes than most visitors see on an entire vacation. This tour includes dramatic overhead views of most of Antigua’s hotels and historic sites, along with over 50 miles of translucent tropical waters, reef systems and, of course, 365 of the best beaches in the world! 30 mins | US $165 per person


See our sister island from above, spend the day, or enjoy an intimate lunch on one of Barbuda’s secluded pink sandy beaches – either way Barbuda is an experience you won’t forget.

CUSTOM CHARTERS Do you have something special in mind…? Shopping, Golf, Lunch, Sightseeing, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, St. Barth’s, St. Martin, Anguilla, Guadeloupe – we can take you there. Contact us with your ideas for a custom quotation. TOURS • CHARTERS • MEDICAL AIRLIFT • SEARCH & RESCUE • AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY • AERIAL CONSTRUCTION

Unique Properties

of Antigua & Barbuda


Fort Shelly Apartments


he following pages will showcase a selection of unique properties that are special in many ways. These properties offer an insight into a more intimate island experience. Each unique property has a distinct flavour and feel that is reflected in their price, with enough variety to suit all tastes and requirements.

Whether you are seeking a family villa for a leisurely holiday or a compact apartment for a sporting break, an executive suite to conduct business on island, or somewhere to host a company conference, this unique selection of properties will give you many options. They will make you want to visit our islands again and try another accommodation concept that you didn’t get to try the first time around. Unique service is part of the package you get when you choose one of our locally operated properties. Your hosts will be happy to go that extra mile to make you comfortable and get you orientated, so that your stay is carefree and memorable for all the right reasons. They will be happy to arrange your car rental, suggest and book tours and advise you on places to visit, allowing you to explore and discover our islands. Many of the owners of our unique properties have been in the hospitality industry for a long time and have invaluable insider knowledge about Antigua & Barbuda.

Trade Winds Hotel

Barbuda Cottages

Blue Heaven Villa

Buccaneer Beach Club

Trade Winds Hotel

There is always a lot to do in Antigua & Barbuda and no place is too far away. The V.C. Bird International airport is no more than 1 hour’s drive from any part of Antigua, and Barbuda’s Codrington airport is almost in the heart of Codrington village, just 15 minutes flight from Antigua. You can also choose to visit Barbuda via the Barbuda Express ferry, which takes less than 2 hours island to island, and Caribbean Helicopters also offer a bespoke helicopter transfer service – an incredible way to see, and arrive in Barbuda. This allows you to spend the maximum time enjoying your visit to our twin islands. We hope you will relax and explore our unique product and learn why Antigua & Barbuda are the “Gems of the Caribbean”, the most special destination in the Caribbean, if not the world.


Heritage Hotel

Sunrise View Antigua

intimate city hotel

holiday guest house

Tel: (268) 462 1247 | Fax: (268) 462 1179 E:

Tel: (268) 722 6919 or 775 6919 | E:

Located in the heart of the capital near the cruise ship dock, shopping centres and gourmet restaurants makes Heritage Hotel attractive and convenient. A short drive from the airport and you’ll be in comfortable and spacious surroundings popular not only with the business travellers, but also leisure visitors who love to experience the vibrancy of busy St. John’s. Our rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, cable television, free Internet service and other amenities. We are a full service property, offering excellent à la carte dining in our intimate Flamboyage Restaurant. We are also the city’s #1 business hotel with multiple conference facilities and inhouse catering for your successful conference, seminar or meeting.

Sunrise View Antigua is a 6 unit apartment complex just minutes from the capital city’s shopping district and 10 mins. from the V.C Bird Intl. Airport. Minutes away from the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the America University of Antigua and many popular beaches. It’s the ideal location, owned and operated by Raymond & Agatha Isidore who provide apartment homes for the discerning professional. Sunset View offers cost effective corporate rentals for overseas and locally based employees. Short-term units are ideal for business trips or vacations in Antigua. All short-term rental units are offered on a 4 night minimum stay. Excellent base for attending or participating in sports and cultural events or activities.

Heritage Quay, St. John’s, Antigua


Potter’s New Extension, St. John’s, Antigua

Lord View Manor

trade winds hotel

holiday rental apartments

intimate hotel

Tel: (767) 220 3100 or 448 0474 | Fax: (767) 449 9054 E: |

Tel: (268) 462 1223 | Fax: (268) 462 5007 E: |

Lord View Manor boasts a contemporary approach to Caribbean life and living with 4 stylish condo apartments that give you all the luxuries of being home and more… The hillside setting close to the beach makes this a wonderful location to vacation, recoup, study or entertain. Each apartment has a spacious open-plan design, wth the kitchen, dining and living areas flowing out to the balcony with lovely patio furniture. Oversized wall-to-floor windows, framed by the contemporary design of the building, permit stunning sea views. Master bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. Amenities include Wifi Internet, cable TV, DVD, full kitchen, washer/dryer, security alarm system, air-conditioning and ceiling fans in each room.

Trade Winds Hotel exudes a soothing sense of tranquility from its spectacular hillside setting overlooking Dickenson Bay. The hotel is renowned for its fine restaurant The Bay House. It is situated on the northwest coast, a short distance from numerous restaurants, beaches, water sports, golf and the wider business community. For business travellers and local corporate companies,the hotel’s diversity can provide opportunities for all kinds of meetings and events, from traditional packages to individually designed proposals. The hotel features a well-equipped boardroom and complimentary WiFi in all areas. Recently refurbished, the rooms and suites are designed for tropical comfort and offer an extensive range of facilities.

Paradise View, nr. Dickenson Bay, St. John’s, Antigua

Trade Winds, Dickenson Bay, Antigua 17

dove cove Hotel

Dry Hill, near Runaway Bay, Antigua


Antigua Seaview, ‘comfortable accommodations’ Mckinnons, Dickenson Bay, Antigua

holiday rental apartments

holiday rental property

Tel: (268) 463 8600/562 1017/18 | Fax: (268) 463 8601 E: |

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Dove Cove is a secluded, informal, all-suite apartment hotel set amongst manicured tropical gardens and complemented by an attractive swimming pool. Just minutes from the warm clear waters of three of the island’s most beautiful beaches – Fort James and Runaway Bay and the popular Dickinson Bay, this is the perfect base for a relaxing beach holiday. With its proximity to St. John’s this is also a great base for shoppers wishing to take advantage of Heritage Quay and its duty free shops, and the business traveller wishing to have quick access to the city. This all makes Dove Cove Hotel the perfect year round place for relaxation and rejuvenation, whether on vacation or a business trip.

We invite you to visit us on the Dickenson Bay coast where you can relax in tranquility with an ambiance for romance. Our accommodations are clean, convenient and comfortable and located in the safe, quiet community of McKinnons. Our fully furnished suites sleep up to 4 with a full kitchen, adjoining rooms and wheelchair access. The balconies offer picturesque views. Many beautiful beaches, restaurants, casinos, shopping malls, medical facilities, business centres, supermarkets, St. John’s City, the airport, Cedar Valley Golf Course, Carnival City and American University of Antigua lie within a 10 minute drive. We offer short and long-term packages and attractive rates for all our visitors.

Tel: (268) 720 9515 | Vonage: (786) 463 4870 | MagicJack: (813) 381 6163

Villas at Sunset Lane

Paradise View, Dickenson Bay, Antigua luxury boutique hotel • Unobstructed sea views • Fine Caribbean cuisine

The Villas at Sunset Lane is located above one of Antigua’s most scenic beaches – Dickenson Bay. This 10 room adults-only Boutique Hotel offers breathtaking views of the tranquil Caribbean Sea around the sugary white beaches that hug the island’s northwest coastline. Whether you enjoy the spectacular sunsets on one of the many hotel balconies or take the less than 10 minute walk to the beach, you can expect to be totally relaxed in this luxurious, secluded facility. We offer a home away from home with all the amenities needed for that perfect island vacation. After a day of exploring the island or just lazing around, enjoy a delicious rum punch while taking a splash in our pool or relaxing in one of our spacious bedrooms painted in warm and inviting tropical colours. With a mixture of Caribbean, Spanish and Mediterranean architecture, this coral pink hotel has clusters of well-manicured formal indoor/outdoor gardens, museum quality contemporary artwork throughout the buildings and exercise/massage rooms. Whether you are a honeymooning couple, celebrating an important occasion, or just enjoying time away with friends, Villas at Sunset Lane provides privacy and intimacy for a cozy social setting, where you will have the pleasure of indulging in scrumptious meals prepared by an experienced chef who specializes in Caribbean fusion cooking. If you’re ready for a quiet get away and want to be spoiled and pampered, book with us today!

• Hilltop location • Large swimming pool

T: (268) 562 7791 or 785 3269 |

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connie’s comfort suites

Radio Range, off American Road, St. John’s, Antigua

Penny Lane, Upper Fort Road, St. John’s, Antigua

holiday rental property

holiday guest house

Tel: (767) 220 3100 or 448 0474 | Fax: (767) 449 9054 E: |

Tel: (268) 784-9676 / 786-2671 / 562-6909 USA Tel: (315) 505 6565 E: |

ELS short-term rentals is a newly completed four storey apartment block featuring twelve fully furnished 1 bedroom suites, and four fully furnished 2 bedroom suites. Each suite has a private balcony, is air-conditioned with ceiling fans and includes a refrigerator, Internet and cable TV. Some rooms offer a stove for your convenience. The top floor features a small communal restaurant and games room for guests, friends and local patrons visiting the premises. The Roof Top Café is a lovely place to relax, enjoy the prevailing Caribbean breeze and take in panoramic views across the island. Staying at ELS you are just a short drive from downtown St. John’s, and within easy reach of both the southwest and northeast coast beaches.

Connie’s Comfort Suites are a great choice for any traveller, only 15 mins. from the airport and some of Antigua’s finest beaches. Our delightful 1-bedroom holiday apartments offer modern, clean, and comfortable suites with air-conditioning, cable TV and free Internet access. Guests also have access to a laundry, Internet café and adjoining grocery store. We are within walking distance of the city centre, various bus routes and 2 shopping areas. Being a family-run business, Connie’s has developed a reputation for offering guests a personalised experience and the opportunity to enjoy true Antiguan culture and hospitality. Our friendly staff cater to the needs of our guests, as highlighted in our motto: “Your Comfort is our #1 Priority”.

Anchorage inn

buccaneer beach club

holiday inn

intimate beachfront hotel

Tel: (268) 462 4065 | E:

Tel: (268) 562 6785/84 | Fax: (268) 562-6784 E: |

The Anchorage Inn is a small family owned and managed hotel. It is as charming as it is colourful, with 40 vibrant rooms named in honour of the Caribbean islands. Anchorage Inn stands impressively en route to the north’s main hotel belt Dickenson Bay. The Inn is located 5 miles from the airport, 1 ½ miles from the city, golf course, restaurants, supermarkets and a mere 1 mile from three excellent beaches. It is within close proximity to all cricket stadiums, sailing week activities, and carnival venues. All rooms are air-conditioned, have Internet access, daily maid service and safety deposit boxes. There is an on-site restaurant providing all day meals. Rental vehicles, tours, cell phones etc… can be arranged with reception.

Located directly on the beach, Buccaneer Beach Club is ideal for an informal, independent stay in Antigua. The 16 one-bedroom suites and 2 two-bedroom cottages are designed in a colourful Caribbean style and are surrounded by flowers and tropical palms, with views of either the swimming pool or the tranquil turquoise bay. Our suites and cottages have everything you need to have a great vacation or business trip. Water sports, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and casinos are located within walking distance. Our multilingual friendly staff are always on hand for assistance. Also a basic “grocery pack” with no surcharge can be organized for the guests on arrival. Transfers from/to the airport can be organized on request.

Anchorage Road, St. John’s, Antigua

Dickenson Bay, Antigua 21

Inn La Galleria

Five Islands, Antigua


city view hotel

Newgate Street, St. John’s, Antigua

bed & breakfast property

intimate city hotel

Tel: (268) 460 6060 | E:

Tel: (268) 562 0259/60/61 | E:

Inn La Galleria is an intimate Bed & Breakfast Inn with 7 guest rooms and 5 studios all of which have a/c, cable TV, a fridge and Internet access. The ocean view from some rooms and the lounge/restaurant is stunning. Guests from nearby luxury hotels come to our hilltop location to take photos. There are nine beaches in our neighbourhood, the nearest being just 5 mins. walk away. The public bus service to downtown St. John’s takes about 15 mins. The lounge/restaurant is suitable for cocktails, parties and weddings. It has a capacity for 100 seated round table and up to 300 cocktail style. Our budget rates start at US$55.00 per couple, including an “All You Can Eat Breakfast”.

City View Hotel is located in the heart of St. John’s, close to all major banks, corporate businesses, duty free shops and casinos. This property prides itself on quality service and complete comfort, with 50 spacious air-conditioned rooms complete with flat screen televisions and cable TV. The hotel is a leading business conference facility provider, with 2 fully equipped conference meeting rooms and a full array of catering services. The Sapodilla Restaurant and Bar on the ground floor holds up to 120 guests in cozy, yet sophisticated surroundings. Other amenities include free wireless Internet and telephones in all rooms, a gift shop, gym and room service.

Valley Creek Hotel & Fitness Centre

Fort Shelley Villas

holiday rental apartments

holiday rental apartments

Tel: (268) 722 0310 or 562 6677 E: |

Tel: (268) 4811544 or 726 1309 | USA Tel: +1(954) 3220450 E:

Self-catering accommodations are like vacationing at home, but with more opportunities for adventure. Valley Creek Hotel and Fitness Centre is an enchanting hotel with 10 duplex units. It is the perfect getaway. Each unit is fully air-conditioned, equipped and furnished to a high standard with a complementary Caribbean flair. Set away from the commercialism and congestion of the city, Valley Creek at the base of the Shekerley Mountains is surrounded by rolling mountain ranges, including Mount Obama, Antigua’s highest point. For the free spirited who wish to explore not just St. John’s city, Jolly Harbour or Jolly Beach, but the entire island on their own, there is a local bus stop close by the hotel or ample parking for your rental car.

Situated at the top of Fort Shelley Peak are two modern, spacious 5 bedroom villas that both command spectacular views of Morris Bay and south towards Curtain Bluff Hotel. The view is simply breathtaking in its magnificence. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs and broadband Internet access to keep you up to speed with worldwide happenings. To ensure maximum relaxation and privacy for our guests large private verandahs lead off every room and each has a luxurious private ensuite bathroom. A professional chef is available upon request and laundry service is available daily. The area is well known for the famous Antigua Black Pineapple and fresh fruits are available all year round from local vendors.

Valley Road, Creekside, St. John’s

Old Road Village, Morris Bay, Antigua 23 24

ocean view apartments

Royal Cove

Brooks Estate, Cades Bay, Antigua

Nr. Hermitage Bay, Antigua

holiday rental apartments

holiday rental apartments

Tel: (268) 560 4933 | E:

Tel: (268) 562 6829/30/31/32 | E: E: |

Ocean View Apartments have a picturesque hillside setting with natural breezes, a panoramic view of Cades Reef and the beautiful turquoise Caribbean Sea. Ideally located close to the “best” of the south coast just minutes from natural eco-adventures, trekking and the rainforest, Ocean View provides a truly great experience for couples, friends or families wishing for a relaxing vacation. The four spacious 1-bedroom apartments are fully furnished with airconditioning, en-suite bathroom, separate lounge area, fully fitted kitchen and private balcony. Whether you wish to be away from the crowds, experience the island’s natural beauty or just looking for value for money, Ocean View takes pride in pampering you.

Royal Cove is a cozy hotel consisting of 11 rooms located on the southwestern coast of Antigua. Each room has a front facing balcony overlooking Jolly Harbour and the swimming pool. A back balcony provides a scenic hillside view. The rock in the hillside forms the face of an Indian and is called The Sleeping Indian. There are two public beaches within 10 mins. walk from the hotel. Available are single rooms, double rooms, and two bedroom suites. All are air-conditioned, equipped with cooking utensils and include a telephone, television and Internet access. An air-conditioned bus is available for shopping and touring. Bicycle and car rentals are available so you can ride to the beach or cruise the countryside.

victory villas antigua

Ffryes Estate, Nr. Jolly Harbour, Antigua holiday rental cottages • Beautifully landscaped • Excellent location

Victory Villas Antigua is a modern exclusive hideaway, which consists of five spacious 2 bedroom self-contained and fully equipped villas. The high-quality villas are located within a secure, tropically landscaped compound with lots of safe space for families and couples to enjoy. The site commands spectacular views of acres and acres of rolling mountainside, a palm fringed natural pond, tropical gardens and a large swimming pool. The villas are perfectly located amidst lush tropical flora and the historic ruins of an old sugar mill and plantation. Victory Villas Antigua is just a few yards from Antigua’s world-

renowned Ffryes Beach, close to the Jolly Harbour Marina amenities that include golfing, a gym, boating and jet-skiing for the sports enthusiasts. Other close by attractions are the Antigua zip line tour and rainforest hiking. Victory Villas Antigua allows you to discover life in Antigua, “the gem of the Caribbean”, with its beautiful beaches - one for each day of the year. We are centrally located on the southern side of the island, within easy driving distance to explore every corner of the island. The perfect Caribbean paradise you have been looking for. So peaceful and quiet - you won’t want to go home. Victory Villas Antigua- a luxury home away from home. Visit us on facebook.

• 2 bedroom luxury villas • Large swimming pool

T: (268) 561 6628 or +1 (757) 941 8016 |


Oceanic View Exclusive Vacation Cottages

Paige Pond Country Inn

holiday rental cottages

holiday inn

Tel USA: (212) 537 6378 | Tel: (268) 562 6905 |

Tel: (268) 562 7663 | E:

This picturesque vacation spot is located in the heart of Antigua overlooking the lovely, scenic north shore. The resort is beautifully landscaped with tropically coloured gingerbread cottages set in a serene, tranquil and secure environment. Our spacious 2 and 3 bedroom cottages are tastefully furnished and contain modern conveniences such as Internet access, air-conditioning, microwaves and coffee makers. Relax at sunset on your very own verandah, pamper yourself in lush surroundings, enjoy the cool pool with a tropical smoothie or a Wadadli beer at the bar. Your every need will be met by our warm, helpful staff who will make your vacation unforgettable. Truly your home away from home.

Paige Pond Country Inn overlooks one of Antigua’s most important ecological rainforest areas called Body Ponds. Our location takes guests into the heartland of Antigua where tranquillity and peace reigns. Here daytime slowly turns to night as the sun lazily dips behind the lush countryside hills. Our 18 fully equipped self-contained suites are just 15 mins. from the city, and public transportation is easily available. Just 10 mins drive will take you to some of the most beautiful beaches to behold. Sample our freshly brewed lemon grass tea from our friendly and courteous homegrown staff, each with warm village charm. Come and enjoy the fresh air, chirping birds and lush greenery. A countryfied stay awaits you!!

Freeman’s Village, Antigua


Buckley’s, Antigua



Buckleys Heights Country Club Buckley’s Antigua

holiday rental aprtments

Buckleys Heights Country Club is a new luxury development of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments that bring Caribbean contemporary style and superior expectations to one of Antigua’s most prestigious locations. Buckleys Heights not only offers panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, it is also perfectly situated for easy access to the island’s main attractions. All apartments are air-conditioned and finished to the highest standard with plush, comfortable furnishings and fully equipped kitchens with all the modern conveniences needed for your vacation home. The location allows for rest and relaxation in a private retreat perfect to end every day of your trip with beautiful sunsets and star-filled skies.

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Friars Hill Road, St. John’s, Antigua Tel: +1 (268) 462 - EXEL (3935)

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ALPHA SUITES, Holiday Apartments

Renfrew, Antigua


Lamblion Holiday Apartments

Freemans Main Road, Belleview Estate, Antigua

holiday rental apartments

holiday rental apartments

Tel: (268) 461 3333 | E:

Tel: (268) 562 6642 or 764 2642 | USA Tel: +1 (407) 608 4974 E: |

Set amidst quiet rolling hills of the old Renfrew sugar plantation, Alpha Suites is nestled in a beautiful tropical garden, within easy distance of many of Antigua’s beautiful beaches and just 15 minutes from the capital, St. John’s and the airport. The 4 charming two bedroom apartments and studio unit are decorated with vibrant Island flair. The large sunlit bedrooms are cooled with a ceiling fan and air-conditioning. All units are fully-equipped with a modern kitchen, spacious dining and seating areas. Facilities include personal washer/dryer, two private balconies, Free WIFI, cable TV and friendly once weekly maid service.

Situated in the centre of the island just 10-20 mins from any beach is the LambLion Holiday Apartments. There are 11 self-contained, tastefully furnished 1 & 2 bedrooms or studio apartments, clean and stylishly decorated. Your deck or patio is a great location from which to sit and admire the Caribbean birds in the gardens. Your beautiful living room contains a queen sofa bed for extra sleeping; a writing desk, WIFI internet, and dining table. Your spacious airconditioned bedroom includes 1 queen bed or 2 twins, a dresser and closets. Watch your favourite cable TV show or a DVD. There is a laundry on-site. Airport pick-up and drop-off are free. Arrange a packaged vacation, and reserve a car when you book with us.

blue heaven villa, Long Bay, Antigua A luxury villa on Antigua’s Eastern Coast

luxury rental villa • Unobstructed sea views • Private retreat

A welcoming smile, panoramic ocean views from a wrap around pool and stunning tropical evenings star gazing from your private gallery. Savour tranquil nights in beds guaranteed to lull you into a deep sleep until you awaken to the gorgeous sun rising across the ocean. Discover our well-appointed villa which takes you back to British Colonial elegance, with beautiful furnishings, art and colours. With 3 stunning bedrooms in the main house and a separate fully equipped guest cottage, Blue Heaven can sleep 10 people in extreme comfort. The Colonial styled villa and cottage have exquisite bedrooms, relaxing living areas, cooling ceiling fans, standing fans, air-conditioning and antique armoires. There is also a

surround music system with speakers inside and out, a DVD player, cable television. The entire property has Wi-fi internet. At Blue Heaven, art and nature become one with panoramic views of the ocean from the manicured garden. We know it’s the little things that make a difference, and we will exceed your expectations to take care of you and all your needs. Whether you wish to have daily maid service, all meals prepared by a cook or chef, full provisioning, and a chauffeur service on hand, or complete privacy where you don’t see anyone at all, we will ensure your needs are met. We can help you organize days and evenings out, as well as memorable evenings in. This is the perfect vacation home for a family with children, or a small group of friends searching for the unique experience of Caribbean Vacation and Hospitality. You may never want to leave...

• 3 bed luxury villa & cottage • Large curved swimming pool

Tel: (268) 463 2438 | Fax: (268) 560 3839 E: |


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OUR PRODUCT LINE INCLUDES: Roll-up Shutters • Accordion Shutters Aluminium Storm Panels • Colonial/Bahamian Shutters Canopies • Retactable Awnings • Canvas Roofing Fix Frame Awnings • Large Umbrellas • Tents

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Coolidge Industrial Park, St. John’s, Antigua 179Tel: (268) 562 6071 |

DOMINICA DISTRIBUTOR JACO BANC AWNINGS Cassada Gardens, Roseau, Dominica Tel: (767) 449 1123 or 265 3339 |

Ellen Bay Cottages Seatons, Antigua

Indian Creek Executive Suites Piccadilly, Antigua

executive apartment suites

Tel: (268) 561 2003 | Cell: (268) 720 8637 E: |

Tel: (268) 562 7386/ 7387 E:

If you are looking for a place to stay where you can enjoy the natural environment and be a part of Antiguan life, Ellen Bay offers you a unique little taste. We are set a minute’s walk from the local jetty, in the picturesque fishing village of Seatons. Ellen Bay Cottages is a two-storey building painted the colour of the surrounding sky and Atlantic Ocean. Our units are keenly priced to ensure that your vacation remains affordable, with self-catering facilities. There are 3 apartments, consisting of a single studio apartment on the lower floor, and two 2 bedroom apartments on the upper floor. Our sister property Ellen Bay Rooms & Dinette offers rooms to accommodate from 1 to 4 persons with a dinette serving mainly local foods.

Named after the Amerindian village in the same area, Indian Creek Executive Suites is a unique blend of cosmopolitan luxury with a touch of West Indian elegance. These locally owned two bedroom luxury apartments are available for long or short-term accommodation rental. Each apartment is fully fitted with king sized beds, a Jacuzzi, flat screen TV and is fully air-conditioned. There is a cooling swimming pool for the enjoyment of our guests. Two Mercedes Benz vehicles are onsite for rental. We think that security is important, so with this in mind each suite is equipped with an alarm system for your safety. We encourage you to come and experience our hospitality and comfort that is second to none.

holiday rental apartments


• Great Prices • Prompt & Efficient Service • Free Islandwide Delivery • Unlimited Mileage • New Top Quality Vehicles

Bus Stop

Island Inn Guest House

holiday guest house

holiday guest house

Tel: (268) 721 2796

Tel: (767) 220 3100 or 448 0474 E:

Mr. Lynton Thomas owns the Bus Stop guest house with 3 guest rooms of a good standard, all with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, tea and coffee and a small refrigerator. Two rooms have a double bed and one has twin beds. Located near to the centre of Codrington Village, close to the bus stop. Mr Thomas also has a shop below the guest house and a convenient taxi service and bicycle rental. Meals and tours can be arranged.

The Island Inn Guest House is located on the eastern edge of Codrington Village in a beautiful garden. It consists of two fully furnished 2-bedroom, 1 bath apartments and one 3-bedroom, 1 bath apartment. All are fitted with cable TV and a microwave oven. The duplex building was built in 2006, and was designed by Hatford John, the owner. The building is designed so that a group or family can occupy all seven rooms. Mr. John is always on hand to assist guests,

River Road, Codrington, Barbuda


Valley Church Road, P.O. Box W374,  St. Mary's, ANTIGUA Tel: (268) 562-5180    Fax: (268) 562-5181 Email:

Codrington, Barbuda

Palm Tree Guest House

Gerald’s Guest House

holiday guest house

holiday guest house

Tel: (268) 784 4331

Tel: (268) 772 0932 or 726 0271 | Tel: (268) 460 0209 E:

Cerene Deazle’s Palm Tree Guest House is located on the outskirts of Codrington Village in a peaceful neighbourhood with wellkept surroundings. This popular guest house has 8 spacious ensuite double rooms each with a fridge and kettle. Cerene also has a large family suite which has 2 double bedrooms, a shower bathroom, separate kitchen and living room. All rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite TV and Internet access. Palm Tree is 10 mins. walk to the village and close to the airport, beaches are 10-20 mins. drive away. Meals can be provided on request and maid service is included. Prices range from US$80 to US$120 per night including government tax.

A holiday is much more than a change of scenery; better weather, no alarm clock and time to relax. A real holiday should be all about you. And it’s a pleasure for us here at Gerald’s Guest House to help you get the most of your holiday experience. With a small population, little development, a protected wild life sanctuary and miles of beaches, ‘Beautiful Barbuda’ is a true getaway. Gerald’s Guest House is located on this beautiful unspoiled island and consists of three bedrooms, one bathroom, a fully operational kitchen, cable television, hot and cold water and a small relaxing patio on the outside. Come and experience the vacation of a lifetime. Our rate is ECD$250.00 or USD$93.00 per night.

Outskirts of Codrington Village, Barbuda

Barbuda 33

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Barbuda Cottages

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Coral Group Bay, Barbuda holiday rental villa

• Eco-friendly solar powered • Contemporary design

Welcome to Barbuda! This fabulously designed self-catering cottage was built with total relaxation in mind. Not only is it spacious, tastefully furnished and footsteps from the white powdery beach, but it is also eco-friendly – being the only fully solar powered accommodation on the island. There’s a view of the ocean from every room, even from the showers! The master suite has an en-suite bathroom, walk-in closet and patio doors onto the raised ocean front deck. The second bedroom has a queen size bed with patio doors onto the deck, and third room has twin beds. These two rooms share a bathroom.

The modern kitchen is fully equipped with all appliances and utensils. The open-plan living room has a TV and DVD player with a selection of movies, wireless Internet, radio with CD and an ipod docking station, board games, cards and novels to enjoy when you’re not out exploring all that the island has to offer! Chill-out on the hammock and enjoy the sweet ocean breeze or feel free to snorkel directly in front of the cottage. Keep in mind that due to the solar power system a coffeemaker, hairdryer or iron will not work. We are located on the southwestern side of the island, only a short drive from Codrington where you can grocery shop, and enjoy our local dishes and bars. Uncle Roddy’s Bar & Grill is located next door for freshly grilled seafood meals. Rates from US$250 per night (2 guests) or US$350 per night (max. 6 guests). Discounted rates for stays of 7 days or more.

• 3 bedroom luxury beach villa • Footsteps from the beach


Terracotta Cottage

Island Chalet

holiday rental villa

holiday guest house


Tel: (268) 460 0065

Terracotta is the largest cottage in a small hamlet midpoint between Barbuda’s main village and many breathtaking beaches. The cottage faces a sprawling pond where horses, cattle, ducks and even the infamous Frigate bird can all be spotted from the comfort of the porch that encompasses the perimeter of the house. Once inside, high open beamed ceilings, terracotta-tiled floors and large windows ensure that the house is airy and cool throughout. Terracotta comfortably sleeps 5 guests in 2 spacious bedrooms. There is a family bathroom and a concealed outdoor shower. The open living space gives way to a bar-style kitchen that is fully equipped with all the necessary amenities and a washroom.

Overlooking the centre of Codrington village known as Madison Square, it is easy to find this popular inn. It is a favourite stop over for guests and tourists visiting Barbuda because of its excellent location. Transportation, supermarkets and a vibrant village life are all centred around this hub. Perline Askie, the owner and your welcoming host, offers a warm island atmosphere and great service. She prides herself on maintaining the accommodation to a good standard. The four bright guest rooms are all similar with comfortable queen beds, ceiling fans and ensuite bathrooms. There is a fully equipped communal kitchen and living room for guests use. Prices start from USD$80 in low season.



Codrington, Barbuda

maternity, baby & children store


A charming and unique gift shop located in the Royal Palm Mall. Legacy Gifts features Local Antiguan Art and Jewelry, Imported Handmade products, from as far away as the Philippines. #15 Royal Palm Place, Friar’s Hill Road St. John’s, Antigua 268.562.8065

Visit us for birthing accessories & equipment, educational toys, celebratory gifts, children’s furniture, local handicrafts & much more. Gift & Baby Shower registry available.

Home Interior Products, Decorative Accessories, Dinnerware & Flatware, Wall Art, Clocks, Candle Holders, Scented Sachets & Oils, Soft Furnishings, Gifts and much more...

Ask about our weekly kids & adult workshops or find us on Facebook at piglets, antigua.

#11a Royal Palm Place, Friar’s Hill Road, St. John’s Tel: (268) 562 7420 Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Monday-Saturday 9am to 6pm no.16 royal palm place, friar’s hill road t: (268) 462-MOMS (6667)

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“One Of A Kind Designs”


“The right gift; is the gift you are happy you gave, and the receiver is happier than you, to receive it.”


Antigua's favorite kids boutique offers a modern selection of newborn baby, children, pre-teen, maternity & women’s apparel.


Can the Caribbean secure

a sustainable energy future? written by John Birk, a passionate environmentalist


n 2007 with a population of less than fifteen million the Caricom countries spent US12 billion dollars on importing oil!

This begs the question; with the Caribbean’s abundant renewable re-sources of sun and wind, to mention just two, why are we still wasting our wealth importing increasingly expensive and ultimately scarce fossil fuels? Imagine, even if only half of this imported fuel could be replaced by renewables, US6 billion eventually would become available to improve infrastructure, education, medical and social services in the region.

Furthermore, as people start to generate their own power and sell the excess back to local power companies for resale, and as people also adopt electric cars, the extra cash they will find in their pockets will be spent with local merchants. It’s a no lose situation, improving our economy and at the same time creating new jobs.


So why is it so difficult or even illegal in some Caribbean countries for people to generate and sell back sustainable energy?

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The truth is that this is a worldwide problem. In many countries there are vested interests with no desire to give up the wealth bestowed upon them by the world’s demand for fossil fuels. These interests include oil producers, oil companies, oil distributors and sellers, and even some governments.

Energy is a US6 TRILLION dollar a year business. It’s the perfect business; and with fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas, you can own the source, distribution and point of sale. And with a cartel like OPEC you can set any price you desire. For example, during the 1973 oil embargo the price of oil increased from US$3 to US$12, yet the cost of extracting a barrel of Saudi oil remained unchanged at 27 cents! For many governments this is also a system to be desired. Fossil fuels attract a plethora of taxes and these taxes can be increased without attracting too much resistance from voters, who tend to blame greedy suppliers or oil companies. You will hear a plethora of reasons regarding why renewables will not work. There is a constant barrage of disinformation being spread through advertising, articles in magazines, on news and TV shows, all financed by people who possess almost unlimited sources of money.

1. - Renewables such as solar and wind power are intermittent and cannot reliably supply all our energy needs. Taken at face value this statement appears to be true. However, advanced battery technology allows this intermittent power to be stored for future use. Thus the claim is false. The truth is we save money which stays in the local economy; it stays in the pockets of local consumers who will spend it with local merchants.

January 6th, 2011 was a particularly good day in Spain, and 75% of the country’s energy needs on that day were supplied by clean renewable energy. And almost 45% of the electricity in Portugal’s grid will come from renewable sources this year, up from 17% just five years ago. 2. - Solar and wind power are too expensive. The term “grid-parity” in the parlance of renewable energy is the point at which it is cheaper to generate your own electricity than it is to buy it from the electricity company. In the US, Canada and many other countries grid is still cheaper. However, in Hawaii where grid electricity is US0.17 cents per kilowatt-hour it is cheaper to install a solar system, sell excess power to the electrical company during the day and then buy some back at night. As long as you have a properly sized solar system, you would not only never have to pay for electricity again, but you could actually get a check every month from the utility company. Here in the Caribbean where the cost of electricity can exceed US0.40 cents per kWh we have passed the grid-parity point many years ago. 3. - Solar panels will burn out shortly after the 20 year guaranty runs out, and furthermore, they will never generate enough energy to make up for the energy used to manufacture them. The longevity claim is patently false. Universities in Europe and North America tested modern solar panels that reached 30 years of age in 2008 and it was proven that 90% of the solar panels retained more than 80% of their capacity after 30 years. How many fossil-

I will list some of the reasons and debunk some tactics used by those who desire to slow or stop the development and growth of renewable energy technology. To highlight a few examples of the disinformation the public is subjected to:

Some countries have already made a significant impact on their energy needs by developing renewable sources of energy. Denmark now supplies as much as 24% of its energy needs from wind power.


fueled motors can claim that kind of reliability after 30 years? As to the claim that solar panels will never generate enough electricity to make up for the energy needed to make them, that was true in 1955 when Western Electric produced a 2% efficient solar cell costing US$1,785/Watt. Today with much higher efficiency, solar costs have dipped as low as US0.78 cents per watt, and the energy payback can be as little as 30 to 60 days.

4. - Utility companies say they have to keep running their fossil-fueled plants in order to pay off the 10 or 20 year loans that were required to build them. On the face of it this statement sounds reasonable, but consider the following example. A 7.5 megawatt power plant costs US8 million dollars to purchase and finance over ten years, and this plant will burn US4 million dollars per year in fuel oil, and will incur maintenance costs totaling US40 million over 10 years. It actually would be cheaper to mothball this plant and invest in renewable energy.


5. – Switching from fossil fuels to wind and solar power will cost jobs. That is what economists call creative destruction; old industries fade and fail, new industries generate newer and more numerous jobs. Where would we be, after all, if our forefathers had banned the harvester to save jobs on the land, or banned the car to save the jobs of buggy whip manufacturers? Investing in renewable energy technology will create new jobs. Continuing to base our economies on the use of

increasingly expensive and rapidly depleting fossil fuels will lead eventually to economic disaster. 6. – There is no cost-effective way of storing electrical energy. Current battery technologies are becoming more affordable. More importantly, new technologies such as MIT Dr. Donald Sadoway’s liquid metal battery (14 acres of these 1 by 3 meter units are predicted to store 13 gigawatts of electricity or enough to run New York city for 24 hours!), ceramic batteries by EEStor and CoorsTek among others are in the pipeline and when they arrive everything will change. Every house will have its own electrical storage units.

So why is it so difficult or even illegal in some Caribbean countries for people to generate and sell back sustainable energy? ...The truth is that this is a worldwide problem..., but in the next 5 to 10 years, we can become completely self-sustaining in terms of our energy needs... ”

To summarize, here in the Caribbean we can reduce our importation of oil by as much as 50% using currently available renewable energy technology. As new energy storage technology comes to market in the next 5 to 10 years, we can become completely self-sustaining in terms of our energy needs, and stop our addiction to oil.

In the future, the economics of self-generated electricity in the Caribbean, combined with greater acceptance of electric cars, will be so favourable that consumers will be able to borrow the funds necessary to install their own system and pay off the loan in 2 to 5 years. After that the billions that flowed into the pockets of the richest 1% will start to flow into the pockets of millions of citizens. As any economist knows, money flowing to the middle class and the poor benefits the economy 3 to 5 times more than giving the same amount to the ultra rich. It’s going to be a bright future for the people of the Caribbean.


The Working with Art of



im McComas took his first woodworking class at school in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of ten. He learned to work with small hand tools, and had his first lessons on the band saw, the least dangerous of the larger power tools. Liking the feel and the scent of different woods, and intrigued by the possibilities for creating things with wood, Jim carved his first piece of art – a 3 inch high replica of his dog Sparkie, a young Cocker Spaniel with long silky ears and a very erect tail. Many, many years later, this small carving is still in Jim’s possession, a nostalgic reminder of a carefree childhood.


In the years following this modest beginning, Jim gradually took on more ambitious projects, always working in wood, always carving, not yet willing to tackle the different, but equally challenging discipline of building furniture. As a young man seeking inspiration for his hobby, he was much influenced by the ancient Mayan stone carvings of animals in the Anthropological Museum of Mexico, in Mexico City, and by the work of the contemporary English sculptor Barbara Hepworth. His smooth, striking work in ebony wood of a powerful coiled snake is based on an early Mayan piece. His much larger, highly imaginative piece, Bird Woman, with its sinuous piercings and aggressive curved beak, is directly attributable to Hepworth’s influence. Then, in the 70s, he lost both his parents in a car accident in Spain, and carved an emotionally charged piece depicting them together, which he called Heads. It was after this work was finished that Jim

began to turn to furniture making, and to the challenge of turning wood on a lathe. Many beautifully crafted pieces of furniture followed, including a long, low oak chest with linenfold carving on the side panels, which was exhibited at the Corcoran Museum show of advanced student art in Washington DC in the early 80s. He gradually acquired the tools he needed to work on larger projects, and bought a lathe, teaching himself to turn bowls and platters, vases and urns. He experimented with combinations of light and dark woods, and with inlays. He began to carve and turn household implements like salad servers and the bowls to go with them. He explored the craft of Chinese joinery, and built lovely small tables with carved tops, upturned feet, and complex hidden joints. And as he grew older he began to realize that when he retired he wanted to continue to find ways to work with wood.

Jim McComas is now retired from the business world and settled in Antigua. He continues to work with wood, and has repaired and restored many unusual pieces, meticulously returning them to their past splendour. One of the most memorable pieces to pass through his hands here in Antigua was an 18th century mahogany veneered sideboard with distinguishing Hepplewhite satinwood inlay, discovered by the owner at an estate sale in Antigua, and probably made by a Hepplewhitetrained craftsman who came to the West Indies to build furniture for the great houses of the sugar barons. He hopes to find other such pieces, and to return them to their original glory.

The next phase in Jim’s development was carefully thought through, and led to a very rewarding period in his life. He apprenticed himself in his spare time to a small woodworking shop in Baltimore. The shop restored antique furniture for local museums and for individuals with beautiful old inherited furniture, handed down for generations, and often in dire need of repair. Many of the skills required to restore these pieces were new to him. These included milling and preparing raw wood, fine joinery, hidden reinforcement joinery, complicated assembly and glueing, veneering

and inlay veneers, finishing with French polish, an 18th Century hand-rubbed finish, and finishing with oil. He studied the construction of each piece that he worked on, and the period in which it was made, learning to recognize many different woods and the structural details of each period as he worked. He learned to correct the damage inflicted on many fine pieces by inexperienced carpenters attempting to make clumsy repairs to them over the years.


Vanora Villa

Browns Bay, East Coast, Antigua

holiday rental property


• 3 bedroom beachfront villa • Swimming pool

• Very private, exclusive location • A car is essential

Vanora Villa is perfect for a group of friends or a family with children of any age, who are looking for a quality and secure seaside vacation home in a private and tranquil location off the beaten track. The villa is beautifully designed with large patio doors and classic Caribbean louvered windows, all just footsteps away from a shallow sandy beach. If you like to take maximum advantage of your holiday villa, relaxing by the pool or beach, and don’t wish to go out for meals every single day, then this villa is great for you. The villa is built on one level and offers several verandahs and decks, so that you can be in or out of the sun and still enjoy the sea breeze. Vanora Villa is suitable for wheelchair users as there is only one step

T: (268) 725 4663 | on the property. It comfortably sleeps 6 guests. All 3 bedrooms are air-conditioned, enjoy ocean views and have direct access to the sundeck with its private pool. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances including a dishwasher. The kitchen’s serving hatch with breakfast bar opens up to the living room / TV lounge. Adjoining this is an indoor dining room with drinks bar. For outdoor dining and entertaining there is a large covered verandah. The property sits within a reef protected bay, perfect for kayaking and off-shore snorkeling. It has its own kayaks for guests. Sailing, kitesurfing and other water sports lessons are available at the nearby Nonsuch Bay Resort, where guests may also enjoy lunch or dinner. During high season lunch is also available at Harmony Hall. A car is essential as the location is secluded and 30 minutes drive to English Harbour and a little more to St. John’s.

Jasmine Hill

T: (268) 562 3198 or 461 2369 | C: (268) 725 0942 |

Seatons, Antigua holiday rental property • Peaceful & private location • Rural retreat, away from it all

Jasmine Hill is a spacious Plantation style home and the perfect vacation house for a family or group holiday. It is located in a peaceful, unspoiled part of the island, where the star filled skies at night are a fascinating after-dinner alternative to city lights. Jasmine Hill Villa has four well-appointed, ensuite bedrooms sleeping a total 8 people with ease. Two bedrooms are air-conditioned and all have overhead ceiling fans. There is a large covered verandah leading on to the attractive pool deck, where there is a gas barbecue. The pool has an overall depth of 4ft. 8inches, and the views from it over the sea and surrounding countryside are truly

breathtaking. There is a central sitting room with a CD player and book filled bookshelves, and also a living area housing the TV and an indoor dining area which seats 8. The kitchen has all mod. cons, including a six burner stove with large oven, dishwasher, large fridge and a microwave oven. In the adjoining pantry there is a clothes washer/dryer. The property has its own generator for use when the mains current fails. There are two solar heaters providing ample hot water. Housekeeping is included and a private chef can be arranged for entertaining or a special night in. The villa is nestled within 2 acres of gardens overlooking tranquil mangrove bays. It is a 4 mile drive to Long Bay beach, 20 minutes from Half Moon Bay and 30 minutes to St. John’s, English Harbour or the airport.

• Classical 4 bed, 4 bath villa • Large swimming pool


Montserrat view

Palm Beach Blvd., Jolly Harbour, St. Mary’s, Antigua

holiday rental property


• 4 bedroom/5 bath luxury villa • Beachfront location

• Swimming pool & Jacuzzi • Total living area 4,800 sq. ft.

An exquisite newly built villa, steps from the beach in the popular Jolly Harbour resort. Montserrat View is on the prestigious and exclusive Palm Beach Boulevard, and stands on a crescent shaped powdery white beach, one of the most beautiful in Antigua. It has fabulous views towards Montserrat and Nevis, while a walk or jog on the mile long beach is a great start to the day. The villa, completed in January 2006, is furnished throughout in contemporary Italian furniture, fixtures and fittings. It has a fully equipped contemporary kitchen with Miele appliances, a stateof-the-art outside bbq and sink.

T: (268) 725 4663 | All the bedrooms have large walk-in showers, totally tiled in mosaic marble. They are fully air-conditioned with ceiling fans and each has its own furnished terrace, a great place to watch the boats go by. All the living and outside terrace areas have fans and the villa is built to take advantage of the cooling trade winds both from the sea and the estuary leading to the harbour. There is an 18,000-gallon cistern, which supplies all the water needed for the house and pool. The Jacuzzi has powerful jets and can be heated and there is a fully equipped pool house. The villa has a separate self-contained annex, which can be used for a maid, au-pair or crew. The villa also comes with an 85 ft. mooring, so plenty of room for that yacht and is equipped with a golf buggy. Rental start at: US $1,400 per night/US $9,800 per week, low season.

Golden Point at Windward Estate English Harbour, St Paul’s, Antigua

luxury development • Spectacular location • Excellent investment

Situated on the south coast of Antigua the Windward Estate is one of the most prestigious new developments and commands arguably, the best view and location in the Caribbean. This superb high-end development is situated between the world famous Falmouth and English Harbours, and is only a moment away from the beautiful Pigeon Beach, along with Windward Beach, one of the island’s most unspoiled beaches. The strategic location is just a 30 minute drive from the airport and the capital of St. John’s. Falmouth Harbour Marina with its shops, bars, restaurants, bank, supermarket and much more is a short distance

away and the historic Nelson’s Dockyard is approximately a 10 minute walk away. This private and exclusive residential club will only have 24 personalized high-end villas all with superb ocean views. The villas will be spread out over 93 scenic and lush water-view acres. Approximately 20 acres of the development site will be dedicated to a high-end boutique hotel, which will include a clubhouse, private beach restaurant, tennis courts, central pool, beach bar, and health club all within a gated community, with 24 hr. security.

• Unique hotel & villa development • 24 luxury villa plots

T: (268) 725 4663 |

Residence plot sizes ranging from 1.3 acre to 2.4 acres and prices start from: US$1.5Million 47

INET International Pairs More Than A Golf Tournament

Gone are the days when golf was seen as a sport for retirees and businessmen with time on their hands; today’s golfer is probably aged anywhere from their early teens to their eighties, playing in all weathers, pitting their skill against 18 holes.

This page: Zorol Barthley, CEO of Golf Experience Caribbean sitting on the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrew’s Golf Course, Scotland


Opposite page top to bottom: Sir Vivian Richards (right) shares a joke with 2009 celebrity pair, Brian Lara and Dwight Yorke. Zorol Barthley with Winston Davis after donation of proceeds from auction. Lionel O’Brien (left) and Avery Jonas (right) at International Pairs World Finals flag ceremony


For the past three years serious amateur golfers in Antigua & Barbuda have had an opportunity to participate in the INET International Pairs held at the Cedar Valley Golf Course in Antigua. Winning this tournament means more than bragging rights; in fact the winning pair proceeds to represent Antigua & Barbuda at the International Pairs Tournament held annually in Scotland.

In the three years since the tournament began Barthley and his fellow golfers have raised thousands of dollars for worthy causes and individuals. This year’s recipient is former West Indies cricketer Winston Davis, who, following a tragic accident over 13 years ago, became a tetraplegic. The golf community dug deep and raised close to EC$30,000 to assist Mr Davis. Barthley is extremely pleased by the response. He said: “It is very heartening to see

The INET International Pairs is also becoming synonymous with celebrity guest players, from cricket great Brian Lara and former premiership footballer Dwight Yorke to Franklyn Stephenson and Jeffrey Dujon to NBA Coach Jim Todd. “The beauty of golf is that it spans age, ethnicity and sport. It attracts a lot of sportspersons, both retired and active and this allows for the development of partnerships that can benefit Antigua and Barbuda through exposure and linkages with sporting bodies and associations,” added Barthley. For Zorol Barthley and Golf Experience Caribbean the Antigua & Barbuda golf experience is just the beginning, especially when it combines a passion for golf with an opportunity to help the less fortunate.

Antigua & Barbuda’s participation in this tournament is directly attributable to Zorol Barthley, founder and CEO of Golf Experience Caribbean. A one time cricketer and administrator, as well as a local businessman, Zorol Barthely combines passion for golf with a love for helping others, and this separates the INET International Pairs from many other golf tournaments. Golf Experience Caribbean owns the franchise rights for the tournament in the Caribbean and Barthely is excited about getting other islands involved.

that businesses and sports persons are so willing to help raise funds even in these economically trying times. We had contributions from local businesses to regional hotels and golf courses and a personal item donated by Sir Vivian Richards.” Barthley added that it is important for him to always have a cause that will benefit from this growing event. “Our golfers have an opportunity to participate against the best amateurs at one of the premier golf courses in the world, and at the same time promote our country and still give back. It’s a great feeling to be able to use what we love as a platform to help others.”


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Tel: (268) 462 1142/3244/3477 E: | Here’s your chance to own that little bit of paradise. This elevated 0.50 acre lot offers spectacular views over the turquoise Caribbean Sea to the neighbouring islands of Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis. Just five minutes from five of Antigua’s most gorgeous beaches, the Jolly Harbour Marina and Sugar Ridge Hotel. Reasonably priced, this land is a great prime real estate investment.

St. Johnston’s Village, Off Factory Rd, St. John’s, Antigua TEL: 268. 721 0847 & 268. 782 4824

Joe Mikes Hotel Plaza is conveniently located in the heart of St. John’s within walking distance of all the downtown attractions. It is a small family run establishment ideal for the budget traveller. The hotel is simple, but clean and comfortable, with 24hr security and 12 air-conditioned rooms with cable TVs all at very reasonable rates. Due to the location the hotel is especially popular during the Carnival season. There is also a popular restaurant and casino on-site.

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e hear the terms “going green” and “eco-friendly options”... but what do these phrases really mean to us in Antigua & Barbuda? We are familiar with the effects of climate change and the impact it can have on our daily lives: increased numbers of hurricanes, coastal erosion and the invasion of foreign species, to name a few. The question we must ask ourselves as we begin to understand the implications of these changes is ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ The answer is surprisingly simple... ranging from taking the first small steps to help reverse these effects on a personal level, to involvement in major national and international projects that will noticeably reduce our carbon footprint in the world. We are blessed, in Antigua & Barbuda, with year round sunshine, constant trade winds and resourceful,resilient people...all components for making ‘going green’ a reality. Our government is currently updating legislation to exempt certain materials and equipment from various duties and taxes if they are imported for alternative

and renewable energy projects. The general public and businesses involved in such projects will be able to apply for these tax and duty concessions on a list of 28 specific materials and items of equipment by the end of 2011. These concessions will add much needed new incentives to the development of renewable technologies, ultimately making them more attractive to the consumer. Individuals can make a difference also, can alter their personal carbon footprint, by adhering to the concept of the “3 Rs”: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here are a few examples of the vast array of options to choose from in pursuing this concept. Reduce: Limit importation of produce by buying local greens, vegetables and fruits in season at your grocery or supermarket, from local farmers, or even from the numerous ‘back yard’ mini-farms. Avoid purchasing exotic and possibly bio-engineered imported produce. Not only would you reduce the amount of energy needed to transport these items to your home or restaurant in Antigua

& Barbuda, but you would also stimulate the local economy and encourage greater consumption of our home-grown food gems. Reuse: Many of us can recall walking as children to the corner store with shopping money and a cloth shopping bag in our hands. If shops today would ask their customers to bring their own bags, and if we would use reusable bags when going shopping we would all be helping to reduce the number of unbiodegradable plastic bags that end up in landfills, or littering the countryside where they can collect water and become breeding grounds for mosquitos, or landing in the ocean creating hazardous conditions for marine life. Place your own reusable shopping bags in readily accessible places such as in your car or handbag, or near your front door to make this even easier.

There is, perhaps, a perception that companies, offices and other corporate entities are exempt from going green; that this is a “tree hugger’s” dilemma. On the contrary, going green can make a big positive impact on the very important bottom line. From installing

Green Eco Management Ltd. (G.E.M.) provides services to individuals and companies looking for ways to be mindful of the way they use materials, resources and energy in everyday life. The company’s director, Sascha Mercer-Severin, offers an exciting range of environmentally friendly products made of recycled and/or reusable materials for individuals and companies. G.E.M. also offers services such as tailor-made educational programmes and home/ corporate eco-friendly overhaul projects resulting in cost and carbon savings. Sascha’s company philosophy is based on the principle that future positive effects have their roots in the actions of the present.

Sascha Mercer Tel: + 1 (268) 464 4239 Skype: G.E.M.-SMS

Recycle: Antigua is fortunate to have a recycling plant that accepts certain types of plastics, cardboard, aluminium and lead batteries. Many people have already reduced the volume of their household garbage by up to a quarter by depositing their recyclables at this not-for-profit plant in Carlisle. Quite a few schools have actively participated in recycling projects and by doing so have helped to stimulate young minds to be conscientious and creative in this field. Businesses such as hotels, restaurants, beauty salons and other service outlets can also reduce their garbage tipping fees as a result of reduced garbage volumes, by implementing “going green” strategies in everyday operations. This will not only save fees, it will also generate good-will with visitors, patrons and staff.

motion triggered light sensors, going paperless, encouraging staff to drink filtered versus bottled water, introducing energy (star) efficient appliances in office buildings ... to incorporating low flow/flush water use bathroom fixtures, all contribute to significant cost and carbon savings. Corporate giving to eco-friendly causes and charities is another form of going green. There are many companies in Antigua & Barbuda that provide “green” options for the consumer, such as architectural firms, building contractors and home appliance stores. By demanding green options as a consumer, you will expand the range of items and services on offer.



Escape, Unpack

the catamaran hotel Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

intimate beachfront hotel


Tel: (268) 460 1036 | Fax: (268) 460 1339 E: | We are the ultimate Antiguan small hotel, a very intimate place that treats you like the VIP you are. “Magical”, “hospitable”, and “relaxing” are words that have been used by our guests to describe the Catamaran Hotel experience. At the Catamaran Hotel, we are always seeking to improve the quality of our already modern, spacious, and exceptional accommodations, which are outfitted to meet your every need. Your comfort is our main priority and we offer rooms with ceiling fans and air-conditioning, fully equipped self-catering facilities, cable TV, Internet access, daily maid service, privacy, and superb ocean views. Perfect for couples, friends or vacationers with a young family.


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Soul Immersions

Dive Centre

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Falmouth Main Road, English Harbour, Antigua holiday rental guesthouse

Falmouth Harbour, Antigua VHF: Ch.68 | Tel: (268) 562 7199 | Cell: (268) 725 5377 Email:

Tel: (268) 463 7838 or 728 2897 | E: This amazing waterfront guesthouse offers fantastic facilities for budget travellers or land-seeking crewmembers. Situated harbourside in the highly sought after English Harbour area the property has 4 clean and spacious guest rooms (2 with air-con). They have shared inside and outside bath/shower rooms. Also available is a fully self-contained Caribbean cottage with a private harbour front verandah. For guests they offer free WiFi, a dinghy dock, a large car park, 50ft. of private beach, watersports rentals, and a large space for hosting private parties and events. Budget rooms are well under US$100 per night. The cottage is a little more depending on the length of your stay. Tax, service charge, and maid service included in price.

Soul Immersion is a full service dive centre with the latest  high-tech dive gear. It is run by Shawn Clarke, a local dive  instructor with 17 years experience in the waters around  Antigua. He offers a full range of PADI dive courses for all  abilities - open water to professional dive masters and  snorkeling adventures for non-divers. Soul Immersion is one  of only a few hydrostatic testing stations and they also  specialise in dive equipment repairs and visual tank  inspection. Seadoo underwater scooter rentals. Look out for the bright blue Soul Immersion dive shop,  located directly opposite the gas station in Falmouth.


The Children’s Store

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Discover an exciting collection of stylish baby, toddler and children’s clothing, shoes, underwear and accessories. Also see our quality range of parenting, baby products and nursery accessories.

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Villa Katia is a newly constructed villa located in the tranquil residential area of Galley Bay Heights, just a few steps away from a secluded private beach below. You enter the villa into an open floor plan which includes the modern kitchen, dining and living areas. Sit under vaulted ceilings with sky windows emitting natural light and overhead fans. It boasts a highly desirable gourmet kitchen with professional grade appliances. There is a spacious deck that features an infinity pool, alfresco dining and lounge area and a large private landscaped garden with beach access.

Now under new management with everyday low prices on building materials and construction hardware. Dews saves you time and money with superior products all under one roof.

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Freda Gore’s


in Antigua & Barbuda


aribbean Culinary Tours specializes in culinary vacations set in luxurious island villas on the Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia and Jamaica, where guests can enjoy a weeklong or weekend culinary adventure. Each Island has its own unique culinary individuality, and Freda and her assistants immerse guests into the culture of each island with hands-on cooking demonstrations, market visits, rum distillery tours, Island excursions, spa visits, scrumptious dining, beach picnics, and shopping.


Freda Gore was born into a family of farmers and bakers on the Nature Isle of Dominica. Her family later relocated to her father’s native island of Antigua where she attended high school. They relied on the family baking tradition and opened ‘Henry’s Bakery’ in the town of Gray’s Farm. After graduating high school Freda pursued a cooking and baking career and attended the chef program at the Antigua & Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute. At the end of that program she was recruited by the school as a cooking and pastry instructor, a position she held for 15 years. Relocating to South Florida in the late 90’s, Chef Freda worked at a number of restaurants as a head chef. She missed the joy of working with her native Caribbean foods, however, and launched her own catering and personal chef service specialising in ‘Floribbean’ dishes. During her time in Florida, while taking yearly trips to the islands, the idea for a culinary tour was born. “As I visited the local farmers market on the different islands I thought to myself, this is a part of our culture, this is what makes us who we are, and visitors to the

islands need to be given the opportunity to learn our culinary culture.” With that thought Caribbean Culinary Tours and Vacations was born. Freda Gore’s Antigua Culinary Vacation explores the island’s great repertoire of authentic Caribbean and indigenous Antiguan dishes with Spanish, French, English, Middle Eastern and African culinary influences. You will enjoy dishes such as the traditional one pot pepperpot, curried conch, seasoned rice, red snapper baked in banana leaves, grilled lobster and the famous Antigua Black Pineapple pie. Antigua is also famous for its world-renowned English Harbour 5 year old rum, which received The Double Gold award at the 2005 World Spirits Competition held in San Francisco, ranking it as one of the best tasting rums in the world. Make sure you taste this marvelous rum. You will also enjoy the pleasure of a day trip to Barbuda, an exclusive island few in the world ever get to visit, with exotic pink sand beaches and famous for its succulent freshly caught spiny lobster.

Freda Gore’s Professional Bio

Freda has also attended: The Caribbean Hospitality Training Institute Cornell University School of Hotel Management American Hotel & Motel Association, Food & Beverage Management American Chef Association Certified Chef Program

Chef, Host & Chef Instructor, ABHTI formerly, Hotel Training Centre Dutchmans Bay, Antigua. Head Chef: Coconut Grove Restaurant, Grand Pineapple Beach Resort, Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort Chef/Owner Silver Palate Personal Chef & Catering Service, Miami, USA Certified Caribbean Hospitality Trainer


Join Freda and her team on a culinary vacation to remember in Antigua & Barbuda. 2012 Antigua & Barbuda Tour Schedule March 16th-27th June 1st-7th July 13th-19th All-inclusive cost US$2,599 per person based on double occupancy.

Day One Transfer from the airport to the villa, where guests will enjoy a grand welcome with Island cocktails and dinner prepared by Freda and her assistants


Day Two Morning: Hands-on cooking class with Freda at the villa, followed by a local village tour. After lunch there is time to relax on the nearby beach. Afternoon: Tropical cocktail tasting with a local bartender followed by dinner preparation class with guests at the villa Day Three Morning: Tour of the local farmers market followed by lunch at a local island restaurant. Afternoon: A demonstration and tasting by our local Chef Jones, owner of Jones Island Restaurant & Catering. Then a cooking class using ingredients bought at the market. Day Four All day excursion to Antigua’s sister island Barbuda, famed for their

lobster. You will tour secluded sites, enjoy a fantastic lobster buffet lunch, and an early relaxing poolside picnic dinner with cocktails. Day Five Morning: Hands-on cooking class at the villa. Afternoon: Excursion to the capital city St. John’s with free time for gift and duty-free shopping. Early evening: Beach-picnic-dinner while enjoying the island sunset. Day Six Ladies will enjoy a day out at the Galley Bay Resort and Spa. Gentlemen will enjoy a day out sport fishing with our local ocean fishing crew. And for the last evening, there will be a celebration dinner prepared by Freda and her assistants Day Seven Goodbye breakfast and farewells. Depending on your flight schedule, there may be time for relaxing at the beach or some last minute shopping. Transfer return to the airport from the villa. For more detailed information on the vacation packages provided by Caribbean Culinary Tours contact Freda Gore at: or by telephone on +1 (615) 609 5421 or visit

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Kitchen Requirements Chef’s World has the perfect recipe for making life easier in the kitchen. We’re Antigua’s first and only one-stop store for the professional chef & gourmet home cook. We carry great gift ideas for wedding registries, birthdays and other special occasions. From kitchen design to slicing the steak on your plate. If you love cooking, you’ll love Chef’s World.

Chef’s World, Gambles Medical Centre, Friar’s Hill Rd, St. John’s Tel: +1-268-560-CHEF (2433) | Cell: +1-268-726-3233 |

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Antigua’s villa rental market is crucial to the economic wellbeing and growth of this desirable island destination, and it offers a wide choice of villas, from a simple cottage on the beach to glamorous multi-suite villas. Perhaps you’re not yet able to join the host of A-list celebrities and millionaire tycoon property owners in Antigua. The way to discover why it is a magnet for the rich and famous is to rent a villa and live like a movie star, if only for a couple of weeks.

Brown’s Bay villa is a private 3 acre bay front luxury villa with resortlevel personal service. It offers all these groups an excellent base from which to enjoy Antigua and to withdraw from the busy world. And relax in blissfully private comfort, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. The property comprises three Caribbean-style living quarters, each separate and private, interconnected by a series of natural stone paved walkways that weave their way through the intimate garden spaces. It comfortably sleeps up to eight guests, with plenty of room for family or friends. There are four bedrooms and

bathrooms, including a magical outdoor garden bathroom. The master suite building houses the main bedroom with a family sized ensuite bathroom, a spare bedroom that would be ideal for small children, and a comfortable living/TV room. The second charming building provides two large, additional guest suites surrounded by their own private tropical gardens. The centrepiece main building houses the living and entertainment areas, with a fully equipped state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen. The spacious formal dining and living room is a superbly designed space, eclectically adorned with classical antiques, beautiful furnishings and sailing memorabilia. Wonderfully crafted wooden doors lead from this space to an open patio with banquet-styled dining area set against a gorgeous view of the Caribbean Sea; the perfect backdrop for leisurely alfresco dinners. Enjoy outdoor cooking using a brick wood burning pizza oven.


or independent travellers, family vacationers, yachting and sailing professionals or enthusiasts, and for Antigua’s growing destination wedding market, renting your own private villa is the perfect choice. It is a liberating lifestyle choice for the vacation of a lifetime.

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The fully-fenced estate is entered via electric gates and a private drive. It borders a tranquil bay with its own dock and private beach (with no public access), furnished with sunloungers and 2 kayaks. The property is located on the far eastern coast of Antigua, a 10 minute walk from Antigua’s famous Harmony Hall and the newly completed Nonsuch Bay Resort. Both establishments offer fantastic food and Nonsuch Bay also offers kite surfing and sailing lessons with pick-up service from the villa’s private dock by Nonsuch Bay instructors. Brown’s Bay and the villa are a 20 minute drive away from English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard. Antigua is a world renowned yachting destination and the villa owners have their own totally safety equipped 28 foot Bowen Marine 300hp motorboat. The motorboat is equipped with Shimano fishing equipment and is available for chartering with its own captain. It is perfect for sea based trips and tours, and is an excellent craft for daylong boating adventures. Enjoy your own catch-of-the-day on

a fishing trip, have a BBQ on Green Island, or explore the natural anchorages and tiny offshore islands beyond Brown’s Bay. The Brown’s Bay villa rental includes regular maid service, Wifi Internet, cable TV in all bedrooms, international phone line, printer, and gym equipment including a treadmill. Supplementary concierge services are available at an additional charge; they will add an exceptional edge to your holiday. Other optional services include a private chef, villa provisioning, private charter tours, and car rental including car delivery to the villa. Everything you can imagine or need is available with this villa rental including tailor-made luxury experiences, designed for you to experience the most perfect holiday on the most captivating Caribbean island of Antigua. For more details and booking reservations contact: Pascale Nunes on +1 (268) 725-0767 or via email:

Offering a huge selection of Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass & Natural Stone Tiles. Also available, a beautiful collection of Glass & Natural Stone Sinks as well as authentic Mexican Pottery


written by Madeleine Jardim McComas photography by Lucy Tulloch, & Kevin Johnson,



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he world of international yachting is different things to different people, but for the professional crews, one of its features is that it is a relatively small, cohesive world. Captains, crews and owners meet and recognize each other from Sydney, Australia to Newport, Rhode Island, from Cannes to Rio. The Mediterranean is at the centre of the bustle and glamour that are so much a part of this world in the summer months. The Med and the US east coast are the main destinations for sailing super yachts, mega motor yachts, and smaller ones too, with ports such as Palma de Mallorca, Antibes and Monaco offering the glittering sophistication of old, established resorts. In the winter months, however, it is the little island of Antigua that has succeeded in building a reputation as the place to be, the centre of international yachting in the Caribbean. Antigua may offer less of the glamour of the American or Mediterranean ports, but from tentative beginnings in the 1960s to the present, it has developed a world class charter yacht show, and regattas and challenges that have become an irresistible draw for the yachting community. Yachts arrive here from all over the world. The Antigua winter season begins with the Charter Yacht Show in December. This event was started by the Nicholson family, and will be celebrating its 50th year in 2011. A total of 121 boats have been registered for this show; 61 motor yachts and 60 sailing yachts. The largest registered motor yacht is 266 feet long, and the smallest is 50 feet. Sailing yachts range from 185 feet to 50 feet. Moorings are available at the contiguous Nelson’s Dockyard, Falmouth Harbour and Antigua Yacht Club marinas, and the visual impact of this vast array of yachts gathered in one place, especially when lit up at night, is breathtaking. The value of the floating stock runs to many, many millions of dollars. Brokers booked for the 2011 charter show will come from Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom and the USA, as well as from Antigua and other Caribbean islands. The

show is a spectacular start to the winter season. Sailing races and regattas in Antigua are scheduled from December through early May. The Superyacht Challenge was introduced in 2011, and will be held for the second time in January 2012. This Challenge is a series of pursuit races held over a three day period, starting and ending in Antigua. The event has already established itself on the list of important international sailing events.

The Antigua winter season wraps up with Antigua Sailing Week, starting annually on the last Sunday in April and ending in early May. Sailing Week had its start in the 1960s as an informal race organized between Classic sailboats anchored at English Harbour. The earliest races were set between Guadeloupe and English Harbour. By 1967 the event had evolved into Antigua Sailing Week and it is now a popular international regatta, attracting boats from as far away as Australia. Sailing Week is an extremely well organized and very social event, with five full days of racing. The awards ceremony is held on the evening of the final racing day, and it is also the last major social event of the winter yachting season in Antigua.

The most prestigious of the Antigua regattas is the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, which takes place in mid-April. Established in 1988, this regatta is now the first of 10 prestigious Classic regattas sponsored by Panerai, of which the last is the Cannes Regates Royales in September. The most beautiful yachts in the world, including some of the J-boat class, compete in the Antigua Classic.

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The second major event on the Antigua winter calendar is the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC)Caribbean 600, the only offshore race in the Caribbean series. Introduced in 2009, the 600 nautical mile race starts from Fort Charlotte, English Harbour, heads north to St. Martin and then south to Guadeloupe by way of Barbuda, Nevis, St. Kitts, Saba and St. Barths. It is a highly competitive endurance race that has already proved itself and attracts many of the ‘hottest’ boats in the world.


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The intense focus on boats and boating in Antigua has encouraged a thriving industry of support and supply services. There are five important marinas offering varying levels of service; Antigua Yacht Club, Falmouth Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard, Catamaran and Jolly Harbour marinas. Service providers at these marinas and other independent operators provide yacht shipping and delivery services, chandleries, fuel and provisioning, diesel engineers, sail makers and riggers, awning and soft furnishing makers, electronic suppliers and services, painters and varnishers, air conditioning maintenance, metal welders and fabricators, customs brokers, and yacht storage yards. Services and goods provided in Antigua are equal in quality to those found at larger, older ports of call. Businesses that benefit indirectly from yachting tourism include restaurants, taxi and car rental companies, banks, groceries, wine and liquor merchants, laundries, gift shops, T-shirt and cap printers, hotels and private villa rentals, and many more. The positive impact on the local economy is far reaching.


© Kevin Johnson

Several yacht clubs and associations support the growing yachting industry. The Antigua Yacht Club is the leading yacht club on the island, and is also home to the newly established National Sailing Academy. It is the headquarters for Antigua & Barbuda Search and Rescue Service (ABSAR). Jolly Harbour Yacht Club can berth 9 super yachts up to 200 feet long, in addition to its regular berths. JHYC runs a popular Dinghy Sailing Program, which includes a Youth Sailing Program offering free dinghy sailing instruction every Saturday morning for Antiguan-born children aged 8 to 18. In the afternoons the JHYC organises an “all comers” competitive sailing event for local and visiting yachts. The weekly event attempts to promote a more relaxed and social form of competitive sailing. Jolly Harbour is also a resort development for boating enthusiasts, with affordable dockside properties and a full service marina. The Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association deals with government advocacy and environmental issues, customs and immigration issues, security, marketing and

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general development of the yachting product. The Antigua Sailing Association, which reports to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the national authority for sailing in Antigua and Barbuda waters. In looking to the future Antigua and the yachting community have made a significant commitment to the education of children in the sport of yachting, thereby opening the door to the many opportunities for work in the yachting industry. The National Sailing Academy, founded by visionaries from the yachting world in 2010, is funded by a voluntary assessment of one US dollar per foot of length per visiting yacht each year, in addition to significant charitable contributions received mainly from visiting yachts. The government of Antigua supports this initiative, and has declared swimming and sailing national sports.

Previous page (left): 113 Velsheda, J Class politely ducking (therefore not taking the wind) Previous page (right) top: Coyote 2, Beneteau yacht- Antigua Sailing Week 2011 Previous page middle: Visione beating to windward. Superyacht Cup Winner, Antigua 2010 Previous page bottom: Antiguan-built Herreshoff Dinghy taking part in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Opposite top: Barrett trimming from the Leeward deck of Galatea of Kate, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Opposite middle: Antigua Yacht Club, National Sailing Academy on the water Opposite bottom: View of Falmouth Harbour during the yachting season This page (top): Schooner Eleonora, 354 action on the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta racecourse. Taken from the over 100 year old Galatea of Kate, built in St. Kitts. This page (bottom): ABSAR rescue boat following a Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta race

image courtesy ABSAR

Free swimming lessons are provided by Swalings Swim Club in Jolly Harbour. Children are brought by school buses to the Antigua Yacht Club every weekday afternoon for free sailing lessons conducted by the Academy. Twelve new Optimist dinghies were purchased in 2010, and a small fleet of Pico dinghies, the next step up from the Optimist, recently arrived in Antigua. In April 2010 Woodstock Boatbuilders launched a 39 ft. Carriacou sloop, Summer Cloud, for use by students who graduate from dinghies to keel boats, and in May 2011 Richard Matthews, founder of Oyster Marine, donated a Cork Keelboat to the Academy. Plans are in place for an expansion of the teaching program to Parham and to Jolly Harbour, where the government of Antigua and Jolly Harbour Marina offer good facilities for the program. There is a feeling of great momentum in this initiative, and the heritage of yachting in Antigua and its future success appear to be secure.



Antigua & Barbuda Search & Rescue

ne of the most vital land and sea-based emergency services in Antigua & Barbuda is ABSAR, the Antigua & Barbuda Search & Rescue service. This hard working voluntary organization is dedicated to saving life in Antigua & Barbuda and the surrounding waters. It is an officially recognized search and rescue service that provides 24-hour coverage 365 days of the year. They are also the primary safety, rescue and medical agency for the Antigua Race Week and the Antigua Classic Regatta. ABSAR is headquartered at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina where it has a top quality medic station, as well as an ambulance and a rescue boat. ABSAR is a registered nonprofit charity, which relies solely on your donations. Donations may be given at the Medic Station. VISA and MC are also accepted.


Image provided courtesy ABSAR Š Robert W. Kranz

ABSAR, Yacht Club Marina, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua Contact phone: +1 (268) 562-1234 Email:

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e must take some space to highlight the continued good works of the Antigua Yacht Club (AYC) and their affiliated youth programs.

The National Sailing Academy headed by Commodore Elizabeth Jordan, and Senior Instructor Karl James and his team, was created in 2010. The program’s aim is to ensure every school age child is afforded the chance to learn how to swim and sail free of charge. This program runs through the school term and is funded by donations from private boat owners, who donate US$1 per foot per hull each year. The program currently funds swimming lessons at Swalings Swim Club for 400 children per week. There are 150 children currently taking sailing lessons each



Photographs & text by Gulliver Johnson

week at the AYC and the plan is to double this number when additional facilities come on stream. The AYC have also implemented a great summer program that allows kids between the ages of 8-18yrs to learn to sail. This particular program runs in two-week cycles throughout the summer, usually for a half-day each morning. If you can swim, you can join. The course is run by a team of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited instructors and exceeds RYA regulations; there is 1 instructor for every four students. The fees for the course are very reasonable. This is possible because the AYC subsidises the program through their membership fees.

Commodore Elizabeth Jordan, & Senior Instructor Karl James present Rami Haynes-Johnson with his summer sailing program award

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Karl James, AYC Senior Instructor

Karl James Sailing Competition Bio

Up to 2010: 9 consecutive Laser National Championships 2006: Central American Bronze Medalist, Laser Class From 2001 to 2005: 5 consecutive Caribbean Laser Championships 2001: Sunfish World Championship – Silver Medalist in Antigua 1996 & 2000: Olympic Games participant, Laser Class

A personal message from Karl. “Sailing is a great leveller – you do not need to be a great academic, it sees no colour and has no discrimination. Here in Antigua & Barbuda we are blessed to have favourable sailing conditions and a wealth of local and foreign sailing expertise at our fingertips. The sailing industry is an industry that can give direct employment to anybody interested at any level. Very few sports can boast the same, especially here. I feel an obligation to give the A&B community every opportunity that it has afforded me. My lifestyle has been fantastic. I have sailed the world and met and worked with some very special people. Anyone who is interested in the water can make a good life in the industry, and personal fulfilment is an everyday experience.”

2011: Superyacht Challenge on Nefertiti: RORC Caribbean 600 on Sojana,: Heineken Regatta on Sojana,: Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta on Marie,: Les Voiles de St. Barths Bucket on Sojana: Antigua Sailing Week on Sojana: Laro Piana in Sardinia on Marie: 6 metre World Championship in Helsinki, Finland on Nada: Rolex Maxi in Sardinia on Sojana: Les Voile de St. Tropez on Sojana.

Karl James was born and grew up in English Harbour. He started sailing at a very young age by holding his t-shirt in the air and floating on logs. He moved on to sunfish, and his love affair with the sea and the wind was launched. Whilst working at St James club Carl met Dennis Conner, the Americas Cup Winner, who sent Karl a Laser sail boat in 1993. By 1996 Karl was competing in the Olympics in Atlanta, USA. Karl continued sailing in regional competitions and building his hours on the big boats. In 2000 he competed in the Olympics in Australia, and in 2001 he won his first medal for Antigua & Barbuda, a 2nd Silver, in the Sunfish World Championships. With 28 countries competing and over 90 sailors this was an impressive achievement. Following this little burst of fame, Karl held the Caribbean Laser Champ title for 5 years running, from 2001-2005. He has won 9 national championships in a row. Karl has been a crewmember on boats that have won every major event in the Caribbean. Karl was a crewmember on winning boat Sojana Farr 115, in Antigua Sailing Week 2011, and he recently sailed in the 6 metre championship in Helsinki, where his boat Nada placed 7th, their best win to date.


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created by Themba Biofuels


he Caribbean islands are, at the present time, almost completely dependent on oil. Renewable energy plays little or no role in our regional energy supply, despite the fact that our conditions are more than ideal. However, slowly but surely the switch to renewable energy is gathering momentum, part of a global awakening to the sources at our disposal. Against this backdrop it is time for Antigua to take on the opportunity and the challenge of developing and expanding our renewables programme.


Elliott Lincoln, owner and founder of Themba Biofuels

Some environmentally conscious companies in Antigua are beginning to take those first steps. Themba Biofuels, a new privately owned and operated company, has started production of biodiesel fuel from recycled waste vegetable oil. Themba Biofuels is the brainchild of Elliott Lincoln, a highly educated mechanical engineering specialist trained in the UK and Germany. Elliott is of Antiguan parentage and grew up with his family in England. His ‘roots’ are in Antigua, and he has never stayed away for long. Seventeen years experience in industry, regular holidays in Antigua and the aspiration to do something positive led Elliott to return home and start his biodiesel business. Elliott explained that the process of converting waste vegetable oil into reusable fuel oil just made sense.“The process was something that I saw being done in the UK and I thought, with the island’s large hospitality industry – this has to be something that could work here.” Capitalising on his expertise and insight into the industry, Elliott began to research the potential for his idea. First, he found that his business

Themba Biofuels processing plant in Paynters, Antigua

Elliott was quick to recognize his opportunity, and now collects the containers of waste oil from Cooks and takes them to his processing plant where the oil is converted to biodiesel. “We have to address what we are going to do with the waste that we have piling up on our islands”, he explains. In seeking other sources of supply, he

approached the hospitality and restaurant sector, which now benefits from his waste oil collection service. His arrangement with hoteliers and restaurateurs alleviates some health and safety issues and leads to a healthier environment for us all. Once the waste oil arrives on site it is filtered to remove solid particles and then passed through several stages in the conversion process where the oil is chemically converted to biodiesel. The final stage is called “polishing”, which removes the last impurities. The biodiesel is then stored in a “finished fuel” tank, from which biodiesel can be dispensed for distribution. Currently, Antigua & Barbuda imports approximately 13million gallons of diesel fuel a year. “It can’t be a bad thing if we can reduce this amount even by a small percentage by utilizing the waste products we already accumulate on the island” says Elliott. The company is in the first stages of production and they

could contribute significantly to waste management on the island. Antigua’s landfill at Cooks was a case in point. The landfill site was prone to underground fires caused by the build up of methane gases released during the decomposition of waste. Burying waste oil exacerbated the problem and so management of the landfill site sought alternative ways to store the oil above ground. However, above ground storage of flammable material is not a satisfactory solution to the problem, and another more permanent solution was sought.


are still operating on a “learning curve”. They face challenges and resistance to recycling,, but going greener is without a doubt the way of the future in the Caribbean, and the sooner this happens the better off we will be.

The Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP), has been in operation since 2004, with a primary objective ‘to reduce barriers to the increased use of renewable energy, thus reducing the dependence on fossil fuels while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions’. Thirteen Caribbean nations are already part of the project, while the participation of Antigua & Barbuda is pending. Barbados, Bahamas, Trinidad and Jamaica, amongst others, have all invested in biodiesel plants. In Jamaica, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), are about to embark on a pilot project to produce biofuel from castor oil production.


Elliott Lincoln insists that “the benefits of this process are endless… First, it produces an environmentally friendly fuel that burns up to 75% cleaner than conventional diesel and is completely biodegradable. The second point is that biodiesel has a higher ‘flash point’, which means it is safer to handle and store as it can be heated to 266ºF before it ignites. “Potential applications for biodiesel fuel include diesel engines, marine diesel motors and diesel generators. Growing, producing and using renewable fuels can help Antigua & Barbuda become less dependent on imported oil. Not only would the increased use of renewable energy reduce carbon emissions and make us less susceptible to fossil fuel price volatility, it may also help economic development through employment opportunities and training, and create a competitive edge to help diversify our economy.

Spurring Elliott on with his project is his supportive wife, Fidela, and the other forward thinking individuals that surround him. Elliott sees his project as a long-term business. “We have a lot of very talented local people who have a great work ethic and produce excellent work. If we can start to use the resources around us to reduce costs we are going to do some really great things. Local solutions and a little know-how can help us address some really big challenges.” The technology required to develop these new industries already exists; and building local expertise, knowledge and confidence has got to be the way forward. Recently it has become apparent that Antigua & Barbuda has to nurture and build industries outside of tourism to become more sustainable and truly independent. Themba Biofuels is doing its part to reduce the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels. Elliott is proving that building on the usage of biodiesel fuel made locally from a waste product that would otherwise become hazardous waste is a viable alternative that will reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels.

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Ruth Spencer

National Focal Person-Global Environmental Facility/United Nations Development Programme & Owner of ‘Ruth’s Place’

Ruth Spencer is a Yale University trained Development Economist with an ambassadorial nature that extends far beyond the provision of accommodation that she offers to visitors at her apartments in Hodges Bay. ‘Ruth’s Place’ seeks to provide the best personalised service to students and tourists in a place where many cultures unite, and sharing and bonding has an intangible value that’s unforgettable. Her rustic apartments on Antigua’s northeast coast have fantastic ocean views and are within a couple of minutes walk from Jabberwock Beach, the home of Antiguan kite surfing, the American University of Antigua (AUA) medical school and scenic areas. Ruth goes that extra mile to ensure that her guests are happy and have a memorable stay – no matter how long they spend in Antigua & Barbuda.

In between all her busy work and voluntary commitments Ruth still finds time to relax and enjoy the company of her guests and student tenants by helping with supermarket runs, organizing trips to cultural events and arranging international Sunday luncheons that bring everyone together. Ruth explains, “The foreign students who study here in Antigua & Barbuda are future ambassadors of our islands. The experience they have here whilst studying will remain with them always and have an economic impact both now and in the future. It is my role to do what I can to help make their experience positive.” She is steadfast in her belief that enhancing more of a cultural mix and engaging with people from all walks of life will only help to benefit the way we can tackle our own local concerns, strengthening our “Antiguan & Barbudan Experience” for the better.

Ruth Spencer is a visionary force behind many local programmes. She is on the Executive PTA Board of the Princess Margaret Secondary School, the largest school in Antigua, and Dr. J. S. Nagra, MD – Dean of AUA, nominated her as the local spokesperson on the AUA Research Council, a new group hoping to provide funding for students engaged in research. Ruth has also been appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to facilitate the Global Environmental Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF) in Antigua & Barbuda. The GEF is the largest global public funder for environmental projects, and funds from the Small Grants Programme enable community groups to find solutions and tackle environmental problems at a grass roots

level. Ruth explained that, “I have a passion to change the lives of local people for the better and I think it was this mindset that secured me the position ‘National Focal Person’ for the Global Environmental Facility’s Small Grants Programme.” In Antigua, the following groups have so far benefited from the grants programme, the Antigua Beekeepers Cooperative, Antigua Fish Farming project, Why Me?, Antigua & Barbuda Cancer Society’s organic gardening project, The Humane Society, The Rotary Club which implemented the Waste Recycling Facility at Carlisle, and the Bendals Community Group’s organic gardening and recycling project. Groups with a proven track record can apply for funding and are able to administer funds up to US$50,000.00.


Caribbean Business Awards Launched in September 2010, The Caribbean Business Awards exists to recognize and reward business excellence and best practices in companies across the Caribbean. Endorsed by the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC), it is the showcase for the skills, achievements and innovations in the field of business in the Caribbean, providing the benchmark, inspiration and example for all others... it is a hallmark of excellence. Open to all businesses, The Caribbean Business Awards recognises business excellence from all industry sectors, embracing businesses of all sizes, whether new or long established, from all the Caribbean countries.

Carol Ayoung CEO, CAIC, Gayle Daniel-Worrell VP of Marketing & International Business, Trinidad & Tobago Unit Trust Corporation receiving Customer Excellence Award from Janice & Derek Sutherland CBA Founders

“Every successful company has distinctive skills and characteristics that make it great. From people to processes, from ideas to products...” Janice Sutherland, Co-founder of CBA


The benefits of the awards to businesses are numerous; • Provide insight into best practice initiatives within the Caribbean region. • Allow the organisation to demonstrate their progress within their chosen field. • Highlight this excellence not just within their home countries business community, but also within the wider Caribbean community and globally, thereby promoting the organization and increasing business. • In the current economic climate, companies and their achievements need to stand out amongst the rest. Companies often ask how that can be done, when budgets are being cut and morale is low. The Caribbean Business Awards offers companies the opportunity to do just that. Having recently completed its inaugural year, the winners of the Caribbean Business Awards 2011 were recently announced as follows; • Small to Medium Business of the Year – Construction & Industrial Equipment Ltd., St. Lucia • Large Business of the Year – Angostura Holdings Ltd., Trinidad • Small to Medium Customer Excellence Award –– Indigo Event Services, Antigua • Large Customer Excellence Award –– Trinidad & Tobago Unit Trust Corporation, Trinidad • Excellence in Tourism –, Antigua • Excellence in Hospitality – Food & Drink Guide Caribbean, Antigua

Gulliver Johnson, Director of Leeward Consultants & Associates, publishers of the Food & Drink Guide was surprised his company was an elected winner for the Excellence in Tourism award and stated, “Regional recognition of our project is a welcome boost. It is high time we celebrate and share our collective Caribbean success. I am personally very impressed with some of the businesses operating in the current environment; it seems hard times stimulate creativity and innovation. The CBA is an essential component to showcase our business acumen. The potential to inspire, influence and encourage positive movement is unlimited, and I urge all Caribbean business professionals to get involved, enter the awards and celebrate success.” The year 2012 will be an exciting year for the awards organizers and recipients, including several new categories and the prospect of televising the award winners at a prestigious gala awards dinner.

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then there’s at least one business award category for you to enter. No matter how small or large your company is, no matter what sector you operate in, if you’ve achieved something you’re proud of then we want to hear from you. Can your company afford not to enter? Full bios of the award winning entries can be found at:

Carol Ayoung CEO, CAIC, Vidia Doodnath, Executive Director, Genevieve Jodhan, Senior Manager & Financial Accounting, Angostura Holdings Ltd. , receiving Business of the Year Award from Janice & Derek Sutherland CBA Founders

For further details contact the Caribbean Business Awards Team in Antigua: +1 (268) 776 2286 or Jamaica: +1 (876) 418 6514. Or you can email us at:

So… Have you launched a new product? Have you enjoyed success in manufacturing? Have you been an exemplary employer? Have you created a customer-centric environment? Or, have you just had a good year?

Janie Conley & Gulliver Johnson, publishers of the Food & Drink Guide Caribbean receiving Excellence in Hospitality Award from Derek Sutherland CBA Co-founder 81 - Antigua & Barbuda  

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