Virgin Islands Property & Yacht | January/February 2023 | Luxe Living

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ON THE COVER Seaside Escape Opulence
What to do with
FOOD Private Chef Jacob Dearie
blackcurrants INSIDE Casa Asombrosa
Ilaali Villa Long Bay

This spectacular beachfront estate has six ensuite bedrooms in four beautifully decorated air-conditioned pavilions, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. A great room, office/library, dining room and fully-outfitted kitchen comprise the main pavilion. Outdoor amenities include an ocean-front infinity pool, lighted tennis court, and private decks. Paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel equipment, bicycles and other beach and recreational equipment are provided.

The property is just steps away from The Baths, Virgin Gorda’s famous destination, and two unspoiled beaches, Little Trunk Bay and Valley Trunk Bay. A private movie theater, daily maid service, state-of-the art gym and a chef complete the villa’s offerings.

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Message from the Premier of the Virgin Islands

Welcome, one and all As Premier of these beautiful islands, we are delighted to welcome you with BVILOVE to our home, the British Virgin Islands. Our small cluster of islands with secluded anchorages, splendid beaches, a world-class marine industry, and favourable trade winds, has combined to earn us the reputation of “Sailing Capital of the World.” Our magnificent archipelago has re-emerged to showcase even more stunning, pristine land and seascapes. But more significantly, as a people emerging from recent adversity, we have shown resilience and returned to our core values, which we call BVILOVE. BVILOVE is a mantra that unites not only the people of the territory but resonates through all the sectors of the economy and the various aspects of our lives.

We love our British Virgin Islands, and we invite you to love this territory too. In fact, we know that many of our loyal guests have had a lifetime love affair with the British Virgin Islands, and first-time guests quickly embrace us as well.

I am pleased to say that we have a renewed focus on showcasing authentic experiences in the British Virgin Islands, celebrating our people, our culture, and rich heritage of hospitality.

I congratulate and express thanks to Virgin Islands Property & Yacht magazine for joining us in spreading BVILOVE with this special issue that celebrates Luxe Living.

I am sure you will enjoy the many stories, talented people and spectacular scenery being profiled.

However, we hope that your encounter with BVILOVE does not end in the pages of this magazine, but that you will explore our many islands and cays and truly indulge in the many authentic experiences that we have to offer.

Experience our local cuisine prepared by awardwinning chefs or local cooks–I’m sure you will love our national dish of fungi and fish; go sailing with our many

experienced captains and explore secret getaways, where cobalt blue waves splash against powder white sand beaches; take a safari bus over our lush green hillsides for the most spectacular views; meet some of our colourful characters who are guaranteed to make your visit memorable; discover our many attractions from museums in Tortola, the colourful, laidback beach bars on Jost Van Dyke and nearby cays, the Greater Baths National Park in Virgin Gorda, the Conch Shell Mounds in Anegada and the many other unique experiences found throughout our entire chain of islands.

At the end of your trip, we believe that the only difficulty you will face will be that of choosing your favourite island.

If you are visiting, I implore you to take time for what I would describe as an amazing combination of pleasurable activities, unforgettable sightseeing adventures, and natureinduced relaxation, which will rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. Our people are eager to welcome all visitors to our territory, whether you are a repeat visitor or if you are making your maiden voyage to the British Virgin Islands.

Welcome again and thank you for making the British Virgin Islands your destination of choice. Do have an enjoyable visit with us, and we look forward to greeting you with BVILOVE on your next visit!

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Asombrosa at Crooks Bay, Virgin Gorda. 34 Luxury Living at Long Bay

Long Bay Resort is synonymous with laid-back luxury. Read all about this unique and exclusive opportunity to own your own piece of paradise with full service resort amenities.

48 Space Craft

Inspired by Oil Nut Bay’s luxurious villas, we work with Arawak Interiors and curate some great finds to give your space a luxury feel.


The Future of Fine Dining

Private Chef Jacob Dearie demonstrates specially curated dishes for VIPY and we talk to this down-toearth young man about everything from working in a two-Michelin starred restaurant to having his own BVI catering company. 56

Chic & Sleek

We give you some ideas for what to do with blackcurrants.

PEOPLE 64 A Lifetime of Luxury

In the next installment of our Young Entrepreneur series we find out how Kevis Hughes is helping to shape the future of luxury in the Virgin Islands. REGULARS

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In our Exclusive Cover Feature we take you on a tour through three properties - Seaside Escape and Ilaali Villa hidden away at Little Bay,
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Happy New Year!

In the BVI, I think that we all have the opportunity to experience luxury every day - just by walking onto one of our gorgeous, white sand beaches. As Roy and I hop across the white sand of Trellis Bay with our two excited boys in tow, the moment I love the most is seeing that aqua coloured water lapping on the shoreline. That to me is a luxury not many are lucky enough to enjoy.

In our LUXE LIVING issue, we have thoroughly enjoyed curating some of the most “in the lap of luxury” properties, food and living spaces for you to enjoy.

In our Exclusive Cover Feature, BVI Sotheby’s International Realty presents three properties, two of which are situated in the secluded, untouched Little Bay, Tortola. The third is situated on Virgin Gorda, which oozes luxury living at every turn.

Turn to page 34 to read all about Long Bay Resort’s phase two development - Long Bay Residences. Owners Brian and Shamra are no strangers to the development of exclusive resorts and are now putting this experience into creating luxurious, turn-key properties for purchase as second homes or investment opportunities.

In our Delish section, we were excited to watch private Chef Jacob Dearie create culinary heaven in the kitchen. Having previously worked in a two Michelin starred restaurant and apprentice Head Chef at Moskito Island. In 2021 Jacob launched Dearie Catering and is passionate about showcasing the fine flavours of the Virgin Islands. We follow that up with some sleek and chic dishes that you can create at home in our recipe feature on page 56.

In the fifth installment of our Young Entrepreneur series we meet Kevis Hughes. His background in luxury - from jewellery to tourism and his innate affinity for the super yacht industry make him a young man to watch. We tell his story on page 64.

Finally, thanks for picking up your copy of VIPY - wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and prosperous 2023.

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Luxe Living at Brewer’s Bay, Tortola

Outer Banks is a beautiful home in an exclusive residential estate located on the eastern side of Brewer’s Bay, Tortola called Anderson Point. Brewer’s Bay is one of the BVI’s most desirable beaches and this estate boasts expansive sea and island views. This peaceful and serene property was fully renovated to the highest standards even though the home sustained very little damage in Hurricane Irma. Outer Banks is a traditional West Indian design but has contemporary furnishings as well as conveniences and amenities. There is also a new back-up generator plus a covered, three-car carport and nearby boat launch. Price: $1,900,000.

For more information contact Akeem Wheatley at Emerald Properties on (284) 541 6861 or

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Jinx Morgan: Across the Virgin Islands Art Exhibition & Sale

Opening night Thursday 16 February 2023 from 4pm - 7pm. Show continues to the end of February.

Creative Energy

Brandon Tang is no stranger to design. Prior to moving to the BVI in 2014, he founded a New York design studio after a career in fashion and design. ‘’I was traveling a lot but with the pandemic and a young family BVI became home base so I was encouraged by friends to do something here.’’

And so VISTA, a creative consultancy was founded earlier this year. “Creativity meets commerce,” explained Brandon. “I help clients with interiors, marketing, development and custom scents. For instance we just finished a custom rug for a villa and we’re creating a line of signature room and bath amenities for hospitality properties.”

With clients in the BVI, the US and Caribbean (USVI, St.Barts, Curacao) the word is out.

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Jinx Morgan Art Show at Nutmeg & Co.

Jinx Morgan has had so many successful careers, they can barely be counted on one hand: restaurateur, hotelier, author, food and travel writer, watercolour artist. It is Nutmeg & Co.’s privilege to bring into focus some of the warm and wonderful Caribbean scenes from this most prolific and wellrespected BVI artist.

As with all of her talents, Jinx has the ability to see beyond the immediate, using a kaleidoscope of colours to depict the tropical sunlight reflecting on her subject matter, complemented by the shadows it casts on the flora, architecture and island scapes she chooses as her subject matter.

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Memories of the British Virgin Islands

Memories of the British Virgin Islands is a vibrant coffee-table book by renowned BVI painter and bestselling novelist Jill Tattersall. A reprint of the first edition published in 2014 takes readers on a visual journey through the history and culture of the BVI from 1965 onwards, when Jill and her family arrived in the BVI.

This beautiful keepsake contains 58 of Jill’s paintings in the rich colours of her original water colours, across 140 pages. Each painting is accompanied by a unique memory depicted by Jill.

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These three properties stand out amongst the luxury homes of the British Virgin Islands

There are some properties that just stand above the rest. With luxurious features, large open spaces and absolutely incredible views, Maritha Keil and the team of agents at BVI Sotheby’s International Realty are there to help you through the process of purchasing and can help with the management services thereafter.

Seaside Escape

Tucked quietly away in Little Bay private estates, Seaside Escape provides just that - a sophisticated island escape like none other. With impressive architectural design and an exquisite attention to detail, as no expense was spared when creating this incredibly comfortable and structurally sound home. High-end finishes, distinguished craftsmanship and refined furnishings are gracefully combined in this customdesigned top-of-the-line home. No home on the island of Tortola closely compares for quality and finishes. As you enter the grand living and dining area, you’ll be greeted by 20foot cathedral ceilings with carefully crafted wood beam trusses and raised panel wainscoting. A huge expanse of hurricane-proof sliding glass doors makes the view of the 60-foot horizon edge pool and the spectacular vision of the sea and beach beyond the star of the show. These doors can slide all the way open to create an indoor-outdoor experience or be closed for those that

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prefer indoor air-conditioning with grand views. The large contemporary kitchen has clean lines, two ovens, a Sub-Zero fridge and freezer with separate wine fridge, plus an incredible walk-in butler’s pantry with additional sink, dishwasher and standup freezer.

Unwind in the huge master suite, with a built-in king-sized bed and motorised TV cabinet in the footboard. A massive master bath boasts his and her private vanities with individual sinks, a luxurious jetted soaking tub with overflow feature and a shower with a view of the beach to die for. The walk around wardrobe and dressing area has plenty of storage space, a washer and dryer and a half fridge behind elegant opaque glass sliding doors.

Two other guest rooms include an optional grand scaled private office, which ensures that there is always room for family and friends.

The graceful curve of the zeroentry pool makes the outdoor terrace a place you won’t want to

leave. A well-positioned sheltered lounge and dining area comes complete with outdoor kitchen and barbecue, offering an inviting poolside area for family and friends while having a casual meal or for watching the game on the large TV.  This home has everything and was totally renovated recently.

Complete with fitness room, twocar garage, spacious laundry, media centre, his-and-her offices, library and large lounging areas both indoors and out with tons of storage space and impenetrable hurricaneproofing measures mean this home is one that checks all the boxes.

Maritha Keil, the Lead Broker with BVI Sotheby’s International Realty, knows that someone will absolutely fall in love with this unforgettable home. From enjoying a cup of morning coffee under the over-the-water gazebo or taking in a stunning sunset with the ocean setting the stage for another perfect Caribbean moonlit evening, Seaside Escape has everything you want or need in a tropical home.

Home Specifics

• One minute walking access to secluded Little Bay Beach

• Two or three bedrooms, depending on use of large private office

• Three full baths, two with Jacuzzitype tubs complete with jets and additional walk-in shower

• Additional office near master bedroom

• Large walk-around wardrobe with washer/dryer, mini-fridge and plenty of enclosed hanging and hidden shelving

• Additional Fitness room

• Poolside living room with outdoor kitchen and barbecue

• Elevator from garage to two story upper living levels

• Butler’s pantry

• Fully Air-conditioned

• Six huge capacity cisterns (possibly well over 200,000 gallons)

• Fully fenced with private gated access

• Back-up generator (newly installed in 2021)

• Media control room with smart-touch pads for fans, airconditioning and lighting

• Two-car garage, plus additional parking space for at least 10 cars

• Nearby surfing, snorkeling and only five minutes drive to airport or ferries departing to North Sound and Virgin Gorda

• Acreage: 0.734 acres

Price: $4.25m


Ilaali Villa (pronounced Ee-lah-li)

If Little Bay Estate feels exclusive on its own, then Ilaali Villa feels truly resort-like. A beautifully maintained 1.8 acres supports a three bedroom main villa and a standalone guest cottage with two additional bedrooms. Perfect for multi-generational families visiting together or simply a great space to offer to friends - Ilaali Villa is a private getaway that is simply unmatched.

From the private driveway, you’re greeted by an elegant entrance, where the spectacular ocean views begin straightaway. Step through the doorway and the internal courtyard and feel your worries melt away.

This villa has been owner-occupied and is lovingly cared for, but offers incredible rental opportunities.

The main house is spacious and full of natural light, taking full advantage of the hillside and of ocean breezes for cooler island living. The residential wing consists of the primary bedroom plus two others, each with its own en suite bath. The primary master bedroom overlooks the secluded beach below, meaning the sounds of the sea caress the property at all times. A wall of built-in wardrobe with shelving and cupboards covers one side of the room, meaning there is a place for everything that can be hidden behind the chic smoked glass sliding doors. The primary bath is modern and elegantly designed to maximise space and offer luxurious privacy. Double sinks, a large lighted mirror and a walk-in shower give the bedroom a spa-like feel. The spacious bedroom areas are beautifully decorated with porcelain and/or ceramic tiled floors and walls with high ceilings and overhead fans. Two large balconies off the primary bedroom are the star of the show, allowing for private space to enjoy a morning coffee or take in the beautiful ocean views at any time of day.

The two other large bedrooms in this main house are spacious and both have elegant bathrooms, one of which features a stand-alone bathtub with views over the sandy beach below.

As you exit the residential area,


a covered walkway leads past the sparkling pool and sun deck to an outside kitchen and dining area pavilion. The al fresco dining patio is just beyond and west of this kitchen with both covered and uncovered open areas, perfect for a family BBQ or an evening under the stars. The interior kitchen area is open plan and offers ample space for creating meals and entertaining. Chef’s features include a walkin pantry, huge stainless fridge, dishwasher and gas range - alluring company to hang out in this space and absolutely perfect for everyday living or a vacation-like experience. A large indoor living area provides a shady space to relax adjacent to the open kitchen.

A short walk and separate parking from the main house is the guest cottage, which comes complete with two additional bedrooms, a living area and its own galley kitchen. Whether you are indoors or outdoors there is plenty of room with over 4000-square feet of living interiors and over 3500-square feet of exterior decks, both covered and uncovered,

providing lounging for optional reading in the shade or soaking up the sun. The views are as stunning from the guest house as the main house, so everyone can enjoy the best of either large gatherings or just a quiet escape while enjoying living at your own beachside estate at Little Bay.

Home Specifics

• Five bedrooms

• Six bathrooms

• 4,000 total square feet of interior living space

• 3,500-square feet of both covered and uncovered outdoor pavilions, decks, lounging areas and walkways

• Paved private access with parking at both houses

• Three cisterns and additional access to town water

• Air-conditioned bedrooms

• Backup fully housed generator

• 500-square foot Horizon edge lap pool

• Acreage: 1.88 acres

Price: $3.3m

Little Bay, Tortola

A Private Hideaway

Seaside Escape and Ilaali Villa are two exquisite homes offered by BVI Sotheby’s International Realty in Little Bay, which feel like their own private island. The road to Villa Ilaali is paved and the road to Seaside Escape is partially paved, deterring cruise ship traffic and keeping the tourist-hauling taxis away. Much like a private community, Little Bay is all about sanctuary and the quiet island life. The fact that there are no beach bars or restaurants means the only people who are there are usually those that actually live in the bay and who choose to stay quiet and secluded in their secret Paradise. The residents have the beach mostly to themselves with perfectly soft, white sand and no sharp corals or rocks to hinder the experience. Neighbours often see each other here, as it is a dog-friendly and clean beach that caters mainly to the neighbours and locals who value seclusion. If all of this isn’t enough to convince you of the idyllic living of Little Bay, then tack on that it is close to the airport, shops and ferries going to North Sound, Virgin Gorda and Scrub Island. It’s also close to Josiah’s Bay for surfing and the Sail Caribbean Dive Centre at Hodges Creek. Little Bay offers the best of both worlds; you’ll come for the convenience but stay for the peaceful island solitude.


Located on the southeastern coast of Virgin Gorda and built amongst the island’s iconic granite boulders, Casa Asmobrosa offers access to a secluded sandy beach and more than ample space to enjoy the stunning sea views. Situated in the exclusive Crooks’ Bay neighbourhood, this sophisticated and contemporary home is a tranquil, multi-structure villa with floor-to-ceiling windows offering alluring views of the bright blue Caribbean.

A long lap pool lines the outdoor deck area, perfect for cooling off during the day or a tranquil place for sunset cocktails. Masterfully

designed, vibrantly painted and designed to compliment a Caribbean home and impeccably constructed, the geometric nature of the home ensures that the views are always front and centre in all of the rooms. Built with a flat, reinforced concrete roof proven to withstand hurricaneforce winds up to 250-mph, this home beautifully combines structural integrity with a modern aesthetic appeal.

The lower level of the main house is open and inviting. Entering through the drawing room leads to a great room and dining area with kitchen and a set of floating stairs

Casa Asombrosa, Virgin Gorda

leading to the upper two bedrooms. This open space offers double floor height views over the pool terrace.

Just outside the kitchen area is an elegant open-air dining pavilion with a wooden overhead pergola for lounging outside in the shade. Behind the house is a large lounging and/or outdoor gaming area which could be perfect for a bocce court, ping pong, or a kids shady play zone.

The lower level master bedroom has a private terrace to enjoy the expansive ocean views in peace and tranquility. The upper level contains two additional bedrooms with ensuite baths. Each of the upper level bedrooms have large doors leading to private terraces with boundless ocean and hillside views.

The independent one bedroom guest house rests separately from the main house and echoes the modern design of the property. This is a lovely independent space for guests, grandparents or extended family. It has wraparound glass walls to offer unparalleled views of the ocean, along with a large bedroom, covered decks and its own kitchen, dining and living area. Private parking for both houses provide ample turnaround and entertaining with space for a dozen cars, if necessary.

Both the main house and the guest

house feature parallel pillars, saltillo terra cotta floor tiles, custom made Sapele Mahogany bi-fold doors throughout the property, meaning each space seamlessly blend the lines of indoor and outdoor living at its best.

Virgin Gorda is one of the world’s most desirable sailing destinations, and this property offers truly fantastic rental opportunities. A perfect holiday home for year-round breezy and comfortable island living, Casa Asombrosa has everything you could possibly want in a Caribbean home.

Sharon Flax of BVI Sotheby’s International Realty in Virgin Gorda will provide you with a tour of this and various other potential properties for purchase.

Home Specifics

• Four bedrooms

• Four and a half bathrooms

• Main house plus separate one-bed guest house

• Air conditioned bedrooms

• Ceiling fans throughout

• Lap pool

• Secluded beach access

• Generator

• Private parking

• Paved access

• Nearby water sports including sailing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, foil-boarding and kiteboarding

• Acreage: 1.415 acres of gentle/level land

Price: $2.5m

To inquire please contact: Maritha Keil

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Long Bay Residences present a rare opportunity to own a luxurious, turn-key villa situated within Long Bay Resort, overlooking one of the most beautiful untouched white sand beaches in Tortola with all of the resort amenities to make this an ideal home or rental investment.


Long Bay Resort, situated on the North West side of the main island of Tortola was reopened at the end of 2020 after a total refurbishment by owners Brian and Shamra Strange, a couple originally hailing from Malibu with a special affinity for the British Virgin Islands. The property and the couple that own it both have a special provenance that come together to create something truly unique.

Steeped in history, some of Long

Bay’s original stone buildings date back to the 1700’s. These have been lovingly restored to pay homage to the property’s heritage. Surrounded by gorgeous lush tropical flora and fauna with views over soft white sand and aqua coloured water towards Jost Van Dyke and the USVI to the West.

Owner Brian is one of only 350 people in the world to successfully scale the Seven Summits - climbing the highest peaks in all seven continents including Mt Everest.

Steeped in history, some of Long Bay’s original stone buildings date back to the 1700’s. These have been lovingly restored to pay homage to the property’s heritage.


Auberge Resorts have a reputation as the leader in

boutique hospitality and the partnership affirms Brian and Sharma’s strength in creating a resort experience that is world class.

This is an achievement that demonstrates the type of determination this couple have in life.

He along with his Interior Designer wife Shamra, are well-versed in the ownership and management of luxury resorts. Following the reopening of Long Bay Resort with its stunning upscale, beach luxe design the couple opened The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in 2021, an Auberge Resorts Collection property located in California.

Auberge Resorts have a reputation as the leader in luxury boutique hospitality and the partnership affirms Brian and Sharma’s strength in creating a resort experience that is world class.

The couple have partnered once again with well-known BVI architect Dion Stoutt to create Long Bay Residences, the next step in the

development of the Resort. This ownership opportunity is completely unique, turn-key and priced to sell.

There are 15 lots now available for purchase in the development with two and three bedroom floor plans available, starting at just $1.2M for a 1,500 sq ft villa. All of the villas feature plunge pools, luxurious living spaces and top-of-the line appliances, fixtures and fittings.

Ownership benefits also include access to Long Bay Resort’s full service amenities including beachfront restaurant dining at 1748, cocktail bar, beach bar and coffee shop, access to all beach amenities and a selection of outdoor and watersports activities including surfing, paddle boarding and yoga.

Ownership in the BVI has never been easier with a team of experts to support you every step of the way.

Your villa can be managed by Long Bay Residences’ experienced management team that will handle all marketing, reservation bookings, housekeeping, turning over - for an all-inclusive hassle-free ownership experience should you look for passive income generation or carrying cost offsets.

Putting your villa into the rental programme however is completely optional and not mandatory.

Contact Long Bay Residences to learn how only 5-7 nights a month can offset the majority of debt service, utilities and maintenance after the 60/40 revenue split.



Luxury Private Dining with Dearie Catering

Close your eyes and imagine your favourite place to be. Perhaps it’s a beautiful garden on a private property, the deck of a luxury yacht or the comfort of your very own home. Now, imagine not just being there but also enjoying your favourite meal specially curated for you with the finest ingredients and excellent presentation. If you are mesmerised by what you’re seeing, this is exactly what the talented chef behind Dearie Catering, Jacob Dearie, is making a reality. With 13 years of culinary experience, Jacob is bringing the best of both worlds together; luxurious restaurant quality food combined with the intimacy of a private location.

Whether you are planning a party with family, looking for a unique experience with friends, hosting a corporate event - there’s nothing

quite as exclusive and luxurious as private dining with Dearie Catering.

Born to be a chef

Some people are born to cook. Chef Dearie is no different. “I was born a chef” he shared as he reflected on his childhood years. He grew up


“Jacob created and executed a delicious and beautifully presented lunch for 14 people. Super responsive, flexible and accommodating with regards to menu planning, it was far better than going to any restaurant! We could not have asked for anything more - it was beyond our expectations. A joy to have in our home, our guests were blown away (and he left our kitchen spotless!).

Highly recommend!

Thank you Jacob!”



“Chef Jacob is a very talented and creative chef. He was the most pleasant surprise and delight of our experience in the BVl. Jacob is very thoughtful with his menus using only the freshest of ingredients creating delicious dishes leaving you wanting for more. We were astounded as to how he was able to accommodate gluten free, lactose intolerant and dairy free restrictions without sacrificing taste. Being a sushi snob from New York City, he was able to impress me and my guests with a fabulous sushi themed dinner.

Every plate is beautifully presented and his summary for each plate is interesting to listen to as well. One of my guests wished she could bring him to prepare all her meals. We can’t wait to engage with Chef Jacob again and have our clients experience his diverse cuisine.”

in the kitchens and dining rooms of the various restaurants, pubs and hotels his parents owned and operated in England. With his father being a chef himself, he was able to explore ingredients and his culinary creativityigniting what would later become a lifelong love of cooking. “I lived above the restaurant growing up and I’ve known from 11 years old that I wanted to be a chef”. At the age of 15, he left school and was given the opportunity of a lifetime to work as a Stagiaire at the Virgin Limited Edition property in Morocco. Shortly after that, still at the tender age of 15, Jacob’s career kicked off when he advanced to the position of Apprentice Chef at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’

Saisons in Oxford, England. It is a two Michelin starred restaurant created by Chef Raymond Blanc that served up to 200 guests per day. While there, he worked across the various sections in the kitchen, successfully completing the apprenticeship. He learned classic French cooking techniques, food presentation, farm-to-table concepts, time management skills and developed a strong work ethic. On his 16th birthday, while many teenagers would be out celebrating, Jacob spent his special day in the kitchen, doing what he loves most. With his unwavering dedication to his craft, Jacob continued to climb up the culinary career ladder, working his way up from humble beginnings


as Apprentice Chef to Head Chef at Moskito Island in the Virgin Islands. While he is formally trained in French fine dining, Jacob enjoys cooking a wide range of different cuisines. He is particularly passionate about showcasing the fine flavours of the Virgin Islands. It is this love of local food coupled with his vast knowledge and experience in the culinary industry that laid out the roadmap for his transition into entrepreneurship.

Bringing the kitchen to you

In September 2021, Jacob officially launched Dearie Catering, his own private luxury catering company with an aim to elevate the culinary scene in the Virgin Islands. He offers creative and unique dining experiences, positioning private dining as the latest luxury. Finding inspiration from his travels throughout Europe, South America, Asia and other parts of the world, Jacob can cook a wide variety of different cuisines. With all that he creates, he adds a touch of luxury to each meal by incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers. “I am passionate about showcasing what the BVI has to offer and the potential of our local produce and seafood,” he told us. Not only does he employ a farm-to-table approach with his cooking, he also believes in eating well while fine dining. “I believe fine dining can not only be tasty but good for you as well.”That’s why he uses more modern techniques in the kitchen. For instance, he doesn’t rely on heavy classical butters and creams. Instead, he creates sauces that are lighter and healthier and

yet are still delicious. Regardless of what he’s cooking, the ingredients, the technique and flavours all come together in perfect harmony to create an unforgettable dish. After initial consultation, a bespoke menu will be designed specifically for you and your guests personal tastes and preferences. These carefully designed menus consists of an impressive array of unique dishes that everyone will enjoy. Not sure where to begin with your menu? Reach out to Jacob for sample menus to get you started! Whether you are a long-time resident or first-time visitor of the BVI, let Dearie Catering treat you for one or all of your meals. You can choose from in-villa dining, a floating sushi bar in the pool, canapé party, or larger events. All

Testimonial “Jacob is an extremely talented, thoughtful, wellrounded magician of a chef. While we have had over 50 of his meals, as clients, we keep coming back for more. Jacob can make any recipe a star. He is artistic and impressive in his flavours, his plating and is passionate about each dish he creates. As hospitality professionals, we rarely come across this type of talent and professionalism. Jacob is a gem that will impress your family, your clients, your guests, anyone that he puts a plate in front of, time after time. We couldn’t speak more highly of him and recommend him to anyone considering private chef or catering services.”


menus will be carefully created to suit the preferences and dietary requirements of each group.

In-villa catering Book private chef services for one meal, an entire stay, or any variation in between. From casual familystyle Caribbean BBQ to a formal five course fine dining meal, Jacob can cater to a variety of different cuisines and styles.

Floating sushi bar

Enjoy a variety of fresh sushi served from a floating kayak in the pool. This option is perfect for guests who want something a little different than a sit-down meal. The kayak, sushi supplies and of course, cold sake is all included in the experience.

Canapé party

A wide variety of canapés are served while guests mingle and chat – a great option for larger groups or corporate events. A chef’s table can be set up so guests can watch as the canapés are being prepared. As the menu starts off with savoury bites and finishes with sweet treats, there is sure to be something for all appetites.

Private events

From weddings to corporate parties, Jacob and his network of chefs and kitchen assistants can cater to large events. Food can be served from a buffet station, family-style down the middle of the table, or plated for each guest – whichever option you choose, you and your guests are in safe hands.

Get in touch today

Reach out for customised quotes, sample menus and all your other catering needs with Dearie Catering.

T/WhatsApp: +1 (284) 542-1488


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Inspired by four luxurious living spaces at Oil Nut Bay we brainstorm with Arawak Interiors and select a few great finds to scale up your living space.

Photography courtesy of Oil Nut Bay

Inspiration: Cheemaun Villa

Cheemaun, a 3 bedroom villa, is situated right on Oil Nut Bay’s pristine sandy beach and protected bay, perfect for families and children of all ages.

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Inspiration: Reef house

Reef House, outfitted with three luxurious bedrooms, is surrounded by lush landscaping and offers uninterrupted views of Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Eustatia Sound and Anegada in the glimmering distance.


Inspiration: Winedown Villa

This two bedroom villa with it’s open concept features floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a capacious deck and sparkling plunge pool. Winedown is only a short golf cart ride to the resort’s Beach Club and most popular amenities.


Inspiration: villa Maronti

Villa Maronti is a multi-level masterpiece of stone, glass and custom-crafted Italian tile with views for miles and every creature comfort your heart could desire.ride to the resort’s Beach Club and most popular amenities.



Luxurious, smooth and sumptuous. Blackcurrants with their subtle flavour and lovely black colour lend themselves to many combinations including Brie, cured moose or lamb.

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Brie with Blackcurrants


Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: easy


• 8 ounce brie cheese wheel

• 1/2 cup black currant jelly or preserve

• 1/2 cup fresh black currants; cleaned and dried

• 1 French baguette


1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Place brie wheel onto baking sheet and heat in the prepared oven for approx. 5-10 minutes, or until centre of cheese wheel is soft and gooey.

3. Meanwhile, cut baguette into 1/2” slices.

4. Remove brie from oven, using spatula to move cheese onto a serving plate.

tip Makes a appetisergreat breakfastor

5. Top with preserve and fresh currants; serve immediately with baguette slices. 56 VI PROPERTY & YACHT VI PROPERTY & YACHT | 57


If blackcurrantconcentrated syrup is not available, concentrated cherry syrup is a good alternative

Lamb with Blackcurrant Sauce on Black Pasta


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Difficulty: Medium


For the lamb

• 2 pounds lamb chops; bone-in

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 2 tablespoons butter

• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

• 1 pound squid-ink pasta; tagliatelle, for ex.

• 4 fresh thyme sprigs; for serving

• 1 cup fresh blackcurrants; for serving

For the sauce

• 3/4 cup roasting juices; or beef broth

• 2 tablespoons cornstarch; or more if needed

• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

• 1/2 teaspoon blackcurrant syrup; concentrated

• 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

• 1 teaspoon sugar

• 1 tablespoon soy sauce

• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; or more to taste

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; or more to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Season the chops with salt and pepper.

2. Heat a medium skillet over high heat and cook the meat until browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Remove chops from heat and brush with Dijon mustard. Place in an ovenproof dish.

3. Roast chops for about 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer

inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 125°F. Remove from oven and strain off cooking juices, if using.

4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, then drain.

5. While pasta cooks, in a medium saucepan add juices and/or broth. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch together with a little cold water until a smooth roux forms, stir this into the stock. Add all remaining sauce ingredients, stir, heat over medium and simmer for about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Serve prepared pasta together with the lamb chops and sauce, add thyme and fresh blackcurrants for garnish.

Duck Breast with Red Cabbage and Blackcurrants


Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes Difficulty: medium


For the red cabbage

• 2 tablespoons butter

• 3 cups red cabbage; shredded

• 3 tablespoons black currant syrup

• 1/4 cup white wine

• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

• 1 teaspoon ground cumin

• 1/2 cup bacon; cooked and crumbled

• 1/2 cup dried figs

• 1/3 cup blackcurrants

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; or more to taste

• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; or more to taste

For the sauce

• 2 3/4 cups chicken broth

• 2 tablespoons honey

• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

• 2 tablespoons black currant syrup

• 1 cinnamon stick

• 2 star anise

For the duck

• 2 large duck breasts; boneless, with skin intact

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; or more to taste

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; or more to taste

• 1 tablespoon butter

• Fresh figs to serve (optional)


1. For the red cabbage: melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium high heat and sauté the cabbage until it starts to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the syrup, wine, vinegar and cumin. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cooked bacon, figs and black currants. Season with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to serve.


If blackcurrant syrup is not raspberryavailable, syrup is a suitable replacement.

2. For the sauce: in a medium saucepan, heat the broth and honey over high heat until it boils. Add vinegar and return to a boil. Add the syrup and spices and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain into a medium bowl or large glass measuring cup.

3. For the duck: cut a checkerboard pattern in the skin of the duck breasts, without cutting through the meat. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the duck, skin side down. Fry for about 10 minutes until the skin is golden and crispy. Turn the duck breasts over and add butter. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes, spooning butter over duck occasionally. Remove from heat, tent with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.

4. Cut each duck breast in half and serve on top of the red cabbage. Serve immediately with sauce.


Cured Venison with Crisp breads and Blackcurrant Chutney


Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy


For the chutney

• 2 cups fresh black currants; cleaned

• 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/8 teaspoon ground cilantro

• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

• 1/8 teaspoon ground anise

• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the appetisers

• 8 crisp breads

• 8 ounces dry cured venison; very thinly sliced (or other game i.e. elk)

• 1 cup sour cream

• 1 cup baby arugula; washed and dried


1. For the chutney: in a medium saucepan over medium heat add currants, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes while they soften. Add vinegar, sugar and spices. Cook until the chutney thickens, stirring

occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until desired consistency is achieved. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. For the appetizers: assemble crisp breads with equal portions of venison and arugula. Serve immediately with chutney and sour cream on the side.

Blackcurrant Compote with Vanilla and Star Anise


Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Difficulty: easy


• 2 cups fresh blackcurrants; cleaned

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 2 tablespoons water

• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

• 1 fresh vanilla bean; split in half

• 3 whole star anise


1. In a medium saucepan add all ingredients and stir to combine.

2. Cook over low heat without stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring heat to a simmer, breaking up fruit, until desired consistency is reached, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Carefully remove the vanilla bean and star anise.

4. Pour compote into a bowl and either allow to cool or serve immediately.


Blackcurrant Ice Cream with Pistachios and Mint



Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Cooling time: 6 hours

Total time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy Can be frozen


• 1/3 cup water

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1 vanilla bean; split in half

• 2 tablespoons blackcurrant jelly or preserve; plus more for serving

• 4 egg yolks

• 2 3/4 cups heavy cream

• 1 cup fresh blackcurrants; cleaned

• 2 tablespoons pistachio nuts; shelled and chopped, for serving

• 2 tablespoons mint leaves; torn, for serving


1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add water, sugar, vanilla bean, and jelly or preserve; cook for 5-10 minutes until sticky. Remove from heat and carefully remove vanilla bean.

2. Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually pour them into the sugar mixture, stirring constantly, until well combined. Set aside.

3. In a large stainless steel bowl whip the cream using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

4. Add egg/sugar mixture to whipped cream along with the whole blackcurrants. Fold mixtures together carefully so they remain marbled.

5. Place stainless steel bowl into freezer and freeze until solid, up to 6 hours.

6. Remove bowl from freezer approximately 10 minutes prior to serving. Garnish servings with chopped pistachios, mint and extra jelly or preserve.

Healthy Blackcurrant Tea FOR 12 SERVINGS

Preparation time:


1. Preheat oven to the lowest possible setting.

2. On a large baking sheet, spread currant leaves out in a single layer.

3. Dry in oven for at least 2 hours, or until completely dried and easy to break apart.

4. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cool and store in an airtight box.


Leaves may also be dried in a food dehydrator.

5. When ready to brew tea, break apart desired amount of tea into a tea strainer or place whole leaves in a teapot or directly into a tea cup.

6. Add boiling water and stand for 5 minutes. Strain and serve with lemon juice or honey to sweeten, if desired

2 cups fresh
washed and dried
• Lemon juice;
taste • Honey;
10 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes Difficulty: easy INGREDIENTS: •
blackcurrant leaves;


In this, our next installment in our Young Entrepreneur series we find out how Kevis Hughes is shaping the future of luxury in the Virgin Islands

Luxury is a life-long love affair that starts long before you buy the thing you’ve always wanted. In the industry, many successful stories have their origins rooted in very humble beginnings. For many, they didn’t expect the life decisions they made to push them through the revolving door of an entirely new industry, affording them a special place in the world of luxury. Kevis Hughes, the luxe entrepreneur, is one such story. As part of this special Luxe issue of the magazine, we uncovered the story of how he got started in the luxury industry, his latest ventures and the secrets behind his ongoing success.

How it all started

When Kevis started out in the world of luxury, he had no formal training. But the way he was raised made

him understand the true value and meaning of luxury and created the conditions for his success later on.

When he passed someone on the street, he always greeted them with a “good morning”, “good afternoon” or “good night”. When his grandmother got part time cleaning jobs and needed his help, he never hesitated. “When she needed my help cleaning the bathrooms, I went right in and cleaned. My brother was on glass duty and I did the toilets,” he told us. These are just some of the principles that shaped his life, leading him to create brands that are authentic, precious and ultimately, human.

Before he graduated high school, he wanted to find a part time job of his own and wandered through the doors of Columbian Emeralds.

Initially, he applied for gift wrapping as it was during Christmas but when he came into work well dressed in

shirt and tie, his then boss had other plans for him. He ended up being the company’s gofer during that time and upon graduation, he quickly advanced to the position of sales associate. “My first impression was ‘it’s just pretty glass’… who’s going to spend $4,000 on it,” Kevis had wondered to himself. Yet, on the job he was introduced to the different semi-precious gemstones and learned the rules of sales and management. However, some rules are just meant to be broken.

Kevis vividly recalled one faithful day when a female cruise ship passenger walked into the store and asked to see a sapphire tennis bracelet. All the senior sales associates were busy at the time and Kevis really shouldn’t have shown her the bracelet but decided it was the right thing to do in that moment. By the time the customer


left the store, Kevis had secured a $10,000 sale, leaving the senior sales associates and his supervisor in disbelief at how he’d done it. This moment of “learning the rules and breaking them well” is what kick-started his career. There he was, paving his way into the luxury sector, never having any experience in it before. He went on to spend ten and a half years with Columbian Emeralds, working his way within the company. In his hands, the most amazing gemstones and precious metals in the world were transformed into beautiful works of art.

Another lifetime of luxury Kevis experienced two different extremes in his career in luxury. After learning the value of luxury at Colombian Emeralds, he went onto discover the art of putting it all together and curating the full destination packages at the BVI Tourist Board. In June 2009, Kevis was tasked to work with the BVI Tourist Board on a photo shoot for a magazine. He was responsible for curating the jewellery and assisting with overall coordination. By the end of the day, Kevis had made such a strong impression on the Tourist Board team that he was offered a job right then and there. From there, he jumped into the next phase of his career. He spent 9 years, another part of a lifetime in luxury, at the BVI Tourist Board. There, he led the charge at the BVI Tourism Board’s Marketing department where he added sophistication and style to everything from brand development to destination marketing. During his tenure, he mastered the art of luxury hospitality. He tailor-made unique experiences with luxurious products to create exclusivity and once-in-alifetime packages. After his third year

of being at the board, the BVI VIP Club programme, originally born in the German office, was introduced and brought to the BVI office. During that time, Kevis made sure the programme was a huge success. From celebrities to royalty to super models, Kevis had the unique opportunity to meet and work with a number of big names like Wendy Williams, Kevin Hart, Tyra Banks, Gisele Bündchen, Ludacris and even Prince Harry. He also played a role in the organising of a promotional plan with the Wendy Williams show where the

of knowledge and experience in the industry. This led him to teaming up with his brother, Temulji Hughes, to create his first company, KTJ Marketing and Public Relations. With his company, he specialises in creating and executing marketing strategies for luxury brands. As someone who understands the industry, he provides luxury brands with key insights about their existing marketing strategies and how they can be improved. His next company, KTM Yacht Support was born in response to the way the industry was

Kevis had made such a strong impression on the Tourist Board team that he was offered a job right then and there. From there, he jumped into the next phase of his career. He spent 9 years, another part of a lifetime in luxury, at the BVI Tourist Board. There, he led the charge at the BVI Tourism Board’s Marketing department where he added sophistication and style to everything from brand development to destination marketing.

then Premier, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal was featured on the Wendy Williams show. A special ‘Watch and Win BVI’ promotion also took place on the show where the winners got the chance to experience the BVI. Without a doubt, Kevis left his mark in the world of tourism. After another decade of luxury, he decided that it was time for him to embrace a new journey.

Being his own boss

In 2017, Kevis left the BVI Tourist Board to pursue his entrepreneurial path. From there, he set foot into the areas of super yachts, marketing and public relations and his first love - jewellery repair. First, Kevis needed to find a way to marry both his love for marketing and his wealth

growing in the Virgin Islands and wider Caribbean. Since its inception, it has grown tremendously, becoming the go-to resource for captains in need of assistance aboard luxury yachts. His third and final business (for now at least), Kiss the Jeweler, is his jewellery and watch repair company. It is currently closed as he is in the process of rebranding. To not reveal any surprises, you’ll have to keep a look-out for updates on his next move and what more will come as he continues to reshape the luxury landscape. In the meantime, he left us with a word of advice for anyone who is trying to make their way into the industry: “Obstacles do get in the way but often times we forget that by learning the rules we are able to break away from them.”

Obstacles do get in the way but often times we forget that by learning the rules we are able to break away from them.
Kevis Hughes
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