June - August 2015 Issue 01
YO U R CO M PL I M EN TA RY I N - FL I G H T M AG A ZI N E
Let’s have a good clean fight… Superhero’s mission
ISLANDER GINGER BEER A traditional thirst-quencher
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A heavenly course – but devilish
Turks & Caicos Islands’ sporting star
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Contents Wind of fate blows sport hero to stardom
A heavenly course – but devilish
It’s seafood heaven…
ISLANDER GINGER BEER
IN THIS ISSUE
PROFILE VIEW: DELANO WILLIAMS
A message from the Prime Minister
TCI's sporting hero
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CITY FOCUS: KINGSTON
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WRAY & NEPHEW
Ten things to do and see in Kingston
A heavenly course – but devilish A taste of tropical splendour
Let’s have a good clean fight… Superhero’s mission to ‘concher’
beach blighters. I’d like to introduce
Melbourne Penn, a campaigner for a cleaner and greener TCI.
Welcome to our
unrivalled opportunity to explore
beautiful people, are what has
gives me great pleasure
& Caicos Islands. The Turks &
after, high-end vacation and
& Caicos Islands, it
to extend congratulations to
the management and staff of
interCaribbean Airways, a Turks & Caicos product, for establish-
ing itself as a major carrier in the Caribbean air transport industry;
the great benefits of the Turks
Caicos Islands is an archipelago
with unique features which play a
pivotal role in our own Caribbean tourism product and brand and act as a beacon for investment. We are classified as a small
and the production of this in-
island developing state,
our diverse island destinations.
40,000, but we are, indeed,
flight magazine, which promotes As part of our culture of
hospitality in the Turks & Caicos Islands, I must extend a special
‘Beautiful By Nature’ welcome to
all our visitors from overseas, and also encourage those who are
leaving our beautiful islands to visit us again.
This magazine, ‘Cacique’, will
provide you, our visitors, with an
with a population of under
made us one of the most soughtinvestment destinations in the world.
So come and come again to
relax, do business, invest in a place you can call home. Rufus Ewing
Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands
a group of islands that are
beautiful by nature, diverse in
geological formations and rich in biodiversity, heritage and
culture. Our turquoise sea, our
golden sun and our pearly white sandy beaches, combined with
our luxurious accommodations, political stability, economic
growth and strength and our
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s Premier of the Turks
Our first issue of
t gives me great pleasure to
interCaribbean Airways, the
of our new quarterly in-flight
welcome you to the first issue
I hope you find our
new magazine of interest.
‘Cacique’ is also available to download from our website (www.intercaribbean.com)
and from the website of our publishers.
Twenty-two years ago Lyndon
Gardiner, the company’s chairman and founder, acquired a
small four-seat aircraft. Originally intended to meet personal
needs, it became the catalyst for
a plan to provide on-demand air services throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands. In response to a
rebranded Air Turks & Caicos,
themselves; and so
duce new destinations.
‘Cacique’ is published at an exciting time for interCaribbean Airways and represents one of several new initiatives already announced in 2015
In recent months we have com-
wards scheme, Cacique Rewards.
as new opportunities presented
routes, while allowing us to intro-
aircraft rotations and crew rosters.
and international services. Fast time came to revisit the brand
and frequencies on our existing
scheduling suite for working out
pleted our new-look website and
forward 10 more years, and the
will allow us to increase capacity
as well as a new operations and
it became Air Turks & Caicos,
flying a schedule of domestic
joined our fleet. This new aircraft
an all-new reservations system
structure. After nearly 11 years of operation as InterIsland Airways,
Embraer EMB 120 aircraft has
announced in 2015. They include
ence online. And more to follow.
we have ambitious expansion
time of going to press, another
several new initiatives already
tracking for customer conveni-
we are not finished yet. In fact,
new cities to be launched. At the
Airways and represents one of
Soon we plan to launch flight
between Jamaica and Haiti. And
plans for our route network, with
‘Cacique’ is published at an
exciting time for interCaribbean
growing demand for air services, the company formalised its
One of the fleet, the Embraer EMB 120 aircraft 'Brasilia'
The benefit of a growing
interCaribbean Airways network is that passengers can travel within the Caribbean without having to transit the USA, thus saving time
and avoiding the need for a visa.
I hope you enjoy your flight to-
day with interCaribbean Airways. Should you wish to comment on our new magazine, please feel free to contact us at the e-mail address below.
introduced a frequent-flyer re-
We launched a new weekly ser-
vice between Kingston, Jamaica, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to
further facilitate trade and travel
Trevor Sadler, CEO, interCaribbean Airways
In this Issue
Welcome to the launch issue of ‘Cacique’ – interCaribbean Airways’ quarterly in-flight magazine.
his first issue of ‘Cacique’ coincides neatly with
interCaribbean’s exciting expansion as the airline seeks to serve an even wider network from its Providenciales
hub and welcomes additional aircraft to its fleet.
‘Cacique’ will try to reflect interCaribbean’s growing list
of destinations, but for this launch issue we concentrate on just three.
At home in the Turks & Caicos we profile local sport-
ing icon Delano Williams, an athlete sponsored by
interCaribbean, as well as the cultural icon Henry the Conch. We look at The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach (the first in a regular property feature), taste TCI’s new home-grown gin-
ger beer and play a tricky round at the fabulous Provo Golf Club. Over in Grand Turk, we feature the island’s unique feral donkey population.
Now to Jamaica, where we highlight 10 great things
to see and do in underrated Kingston and review The
Liguanea Club (now much improved) and dine out at 689
by Brian Lumley. The subject of our business profile in this issue is Jamaica’s J. Wray & Nephew.
Cacique highlights new developments at Ile-à-Vaches
(somehow Cow Island doesn’t sound quite so romantic),
Haiti’s trendy vacation spot, where Carnival Corporation is said to be planning a new cruise terminal.
I hope you enjoy this launch issue of Cacique. Please
email me if you have any comments about the magazine. Gary Gimson Publisher
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ICA makes travel show debut
Octavio Neto, of Radar Television, interviews interCaribbean Airways CEO Trevor Sadler.
interCaribbean Airways exhibited for the first time at the World Travel Market Latin America trade show in São Paulo on 22 to 24 April. The event was a perfect showcase for interCaribbean in its drive to expand and to seek fresh partners in the aviation and tourism sectors.
Texas Legends come to town
embers of the Texas Flying Legends vintage aircraft society stopped over in Providenciales in March and used the opportunity to show off their historic machines to local schoolchildren. The Texas Flying Legends Museum at Ellington Field, near Houston, is dedicated to honouring past generations by actively displaying Second World War aircraft. Five aircraft from the Legends museum took off from Ellington Field on a 2,200-mile journey over the ocean to perform at the 2015 St Barths Bucket Regatta on Saint-Barthélemy. En route to the French island, the warbirds touched down in Providenciales. During their travels they joined
New Kingston office
The new Kingston office of interCaribbean Airways is to open and will be located at Unit Number 8, Musgrave Professional Suites, 34 Lady Musgrave Road. Initial functions to be performed for the airline include administration, marketing and sales, reservations and ticketing, groups and convention bookings, customer service information, charters as well as cargo sales and reservations.
forces with four other vintage planes from Lewis Air Legends, of San Antonio, Texas. This historic journey was one of the largest fleets of vintage aircraft to travel overseas since the end of the Second World War. At each refuelling stop along the way to Saint-Barthélemy – including Providenciales – hundreds of families were able to view the planes, reminisce about their missions and teach their children about the men who once flew them. The warbirds made stops in Dothan, Alabama; Tamiami, Florida; Providenciales; Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; and Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport in Anguilla before swooping into Saint-Barthélemy.
New aircraft joins ICA fleet
interCaribbean Airways has taken delivery of another Embraer EMB 120 aircraft – the airline’s fifth in the fleet. The new aircraft is named 'Vandelane G.' in honour of the mother of the carrier’s founder. It has been brought into service to boost capacity on existing interCaribbean routes. The sixth and seventh aircraft are due to join the fleet before the summer. The new EMB 120 aircraft.
Islander Ginger Beer
How a Turks & Caicos Islander revived a traditional thirst-quencher By Kirsten Alexander
THIS HOT FAVOURITE IS ONE COOL ISLANDER
energy into creating Islander
time favourite drinks, conjuring
ginger beer is one of my all-
up thoughts of lazy days, picnics
Ginger Beer, straight from Turks Georgia, proprietor of the
with family and staying out late.
British West Indies Trading Com-
is unrivalled in its synonymity
line of TCI families: the Harriotts,
The iconic taste of ginger beer with summer. It’s a drink that
many people will think of fondly as a glimpse into the recent or distant past.
Perhaps no one thinks of gin-
ger beer more fondly, however,
than Georgia Dunn. For Georgia, ginger beer is much more than a
pany, is descended from a long the Hinsons, the Hutchings and
the Deanes. These four families
were among the first permanent
settlers on Grand Turk and down the years they were heavily
involved in the production and export of salt.
welcome memory; it’s an impor-
and future. So much so, that she
that their legacies live on today,
tant part of her life past, present
So influential were these families
has dedicated her time and her
not only through Georgia but
Michael Harrison Photography
don’t know about you, but
TCI's very own ginger beer
Islander Ginger Beer most notably through Grace Bay,
eat and drink, seeking natural
married into the Hutchings fam-
culinary experience,” says Geor-
named after Grace Hinson, who
ily. These families helped shape
TCI into the islands we know and love today, and Georgia is keen
to carry on her ancestors’ legacy. She knew that her family had
been making alcoholic ginger
beer for hundreds of years, so Georgia began her quest to
revive the drink: “I spent time
in various archives researching 17th and 18th century regional recipes as well as speaking
with island families who made fermented ginger beer as a household staple.”
In times gone by, ginger beer
ingredients with an authentic
gia. “Islander Ginger Beer, as a hand-crafted beverage made
with all fresh ingredients in small batch production, offers this
high-quality experience.” The
public are, indeed, becoming
more choosy about what they
consume – a trend that Georgia
describes as “moving away from the fast food and franchised
world”. Customers are making their own choices rather than
being told what to consume; and they seem willing to pay a bit
more for something of quality.
was the dominant drink in the
benefits that came with it. Ginger
ural ingredients, Islander Ginger
area, thanks largely to the health
In addition to its refreshingly nat-
is a natural preservative; so, com-
Beer has another benefit that is a
bined with the alcohol content, it
reduced the harmful bacteria that can cause food-based illness-
es. In addition, it was very easy to make, as Georgia explains:
“Ginger beer could be made by anyone with basic household
equipment and commonplace
ingredients. All that was needed was a clay pot to hold water, a
sugar source for the yeast and a combination of citrus, local
spices and ginger.” Et voilà – a
simple, easy and delicious drink.
Trend A more recent trend in the alco-
holic beverage market, however, has been the rise in popularity
and consumption of craft beers, and Georgia believes this has
welcome inclusion in the alcoholic drinks market: it’s gluten-free. Unlike beers containing wheat, Islander Ginger Beer is perfect
for those who suffer from gluten intolerance, or simply choose to avoid it. According to Georgia, this relatively small but rather
powerful group “view their food choices as less of a luxury and more of a necessity”.
On top of the natural and fresh
ingredients, Georgia has put her heart into the creation, development and production of something that is important to her
and many others. “I manage the process from start to finish and micromanage each step along the way,” she says.
The dedication and passion
created the ideal conditions for
shown by Georgia are refreshing.
public is much more discerning
panies there can be a distance
marketing her ginger beer: “The these days about what they
Whereas in some other com-
between producer and consum-
Islander Ginger Beer has another benefit that is a welcome inclusion in the alcoholic drinks market: it’s gluten-free
Portrait by Chas Fagan. Image: Alexandra Brace
Michael Harrison Photography
Simple ingredients pack a powerful punch
Georgia Dunn, the driving force behind Islander
Islander Ginger Beer offered
throughout the Caribbean so that the sugar cane-based alcoholic ginger beer can reclaim its
mantle as the most dominant beverage in the region.”
Ambassador Alongside Turk’s Head beer,
which is also available in the
Turks & Caicos, the ginger beer is er, Georgia responds personally
has a committed following – “a
and is passionate about continu-
are helping to make Islander Gin-
to every inquiry about Islander
ing her family’s legacy, stretching back hundreds of years, as well
force to be reckoned with” – who ger Beer a household name.
After more than 500 years in
as making a delicious beverage.
the making, what’s next for the
According to Georgia, the brand
plans: “Ideally I would like to see
She doesn’t do it alone, however.
brand? Well, Georgia has big
a perfect brand ambassador for
TCI. The two drinks may differ in
taste, market and price, but they are united in promoting a small but beautiful destination to the rest of the world. So let’s raise
a glass to the future of Islander
Ginger Beer and to TCI. Here’s to another 500 years!
Delano Williams Wind of fate blows sport hero to stardom By Gary Gimson
f the Turks & Caicos Islands
have a sporting hero, it’s not a subject likely to generate
This is because, in the TCI,
there is no argument whatsoever about the name of its sporting
hero. His identity is undisputed
throughout the islands and he is the 200 metre sprinter Delano
Williams. It’s a name you’ll hear a lot more in the months and
years ahead – and one to which a territory’s hopes and dreams are pinned.
While Delano is, indeed, a
proud son of TCI and a national icon, he has been dealt an odd
hand by history – both personally
and politically – and this has
eighth year on the island and it
adjusted well to the culture and
left him with some divided
For a start, Delano had to
move away from his home on
Grand Turk in order to fully real-
I’m well known here.”
Hurricane Ike in 2008 – a factor
clearly the right one. The level
it, his school was destroyed by
The early move to Jamaica was
that helped to make his decision
of competition is extraordinarily
easier for his mother.
As a result, Delano was packed
off to Jamaica on a scholarship. He boarded at the prestigious
Munro College in St Elizabeth, which has produced more
Rhodes Scholars than any other educational institution in the Caribbean.
‘Cacique’ magazine caught
up with Delano in Jamaica and
asked him about his life, his successes and his future plans.
“It was difficult when I first
moved [here] in 2008,” says
Delano. “But right now I’m in my
the population at large because
ise his talent. As fate would have
to leave the island somewhat
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feels like home because I have
GOLD MEDAL World Junior Championships in Athletics Barcelona, 2012 200 metres:
high on an island renowned the
world over for the prowess of its
sprinters. This year in late March, as every year, thousands of
people thronged to the national stadium in Kingston to watch
the ‘Champs’ – the traditional
Inter-Secondary Schools Boys
fited because my coach, Neil
Harrison, has made me into a
three-time Boys Champion in the 200 metres and a two-time 100
metres champion at the Boys and Girls Championship. I am also a two-time Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) champi-
on in the 200 metres and was a
World Junior Champion in 2012 in the 200 metres in Barcelona.
Delano is aiming higher: “My
and Girls Championship. Delano
objectives for the 2015 season
in these Champs, finishing just
best in the 200 metres, which is
Williams has previously starred a fraction of a second outside Usain Bolt’s record time.
Talking of his move to Jamaica
and his participation in local athletics and the Champs, Delano told ‘Cacique’: “I have bene-
are to get below my personal
20.27 [seconds], and also make the World Championship team for Great Britain. I will also be taking part in some Diamond
League races [in Europe], but not sure which I will be doing as yet.”
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Competing in 2012 at the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships
profileView Asked about training with Bolt,
sure that others can follow in his
es. In this context, he has run for
persuaded Nike to donate sports
confusion over the international
footsteps. For example, he has
Yohan Blake and the rest of the
world-beating Jamaican sprinters
gear to aspiring TCI athletes and
at the Racers Track Club, Delano
to get the giant brand to back
says: “It’s been a great experi-
Team Turks & Caicos for the next
ence thus far and I’m enjoying it
few years. More importantly, he
to the fullest as I prepare myself
has set up the Delano Williams
to compete with them on the
Foundation, a non-profit organi-
sation that caters for all sports in the TCI but especially track and field events.
Delano was also full of praise
both TCI and Great Britain. This
status of the TCI came to the fore at last year’s Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow. Delano did
not compete in the games owing to wrangles over which country he should represent.
(At the Commonwealth Games
in Delhi in 2010 he had represented the TCI.)
‘When interCaribbean came on board they helped me so much in terms of getting home to see my family and also backing my foundation’
for interCaribbean Airways.
board [in regard to sponsorship]
future. “All I have been doing is
For now, that Junior World
national of a territory that is not
Championship win remains the highlight of Delano’s career.
‘Cacique’ asked him how certain
Delight after winning the 200 metre final in 2012
he had felt of winning on that day.
“When interCaribbean came on
Delano is confident about the
they helped me so much in terms
preparing for this year’s events
of getting home to see my family
and also backing my foundation.” Of course, Delano is in the
curious position of being a
and lowering my personal best,” he says. “Training has been
going well for me, so I intend to perform well.”
Look out for this speedy De-
recognised by some internation-
lano Williams fellow in 2015. The
come back to divided allegianc-
al athletics organisations and we
sporting hero of TCI is set to get
“I was confident enough to know I was in the medal positions, but
when I won, it shook me and my entire management staff.”
The win also opened up fresh
possibilities for the athlete: “It
was a good win for me as it put me in a good position to get races and deals.”
But has Delano now been away
too long and has TCI become a distant memory? He thinks not. “Life in the TCI was good in my
younger days. I use to enjoy the company of my Mum and twin
sister, Ashley. Those days had to come to an end when I left the
the island food – especially my Mum’s cooking.”
In any case, back home in TCI,
Delano is doing his best to en-
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islands. I miss the beaches and
By Gary Gimson Images: Ileana Ravasio at ATTIMI photography
SUPERHERO’S MISSION TO ‘CONCHER’ BEACH BLIGHTERS
Let’s have a good clean fight… I
’d like to introduce Melbourne
uses a character to fight his cam-
suming guy one could happily
created is Henry the Conch.
Penn. Here is the kind of unas-
paign and the character he has
pass by in the street, who might
Quite simply, Melbourne is
even live unnoticed next door
dismayed by the lack of concern
the TCI’s equivalent of the ‘Daily
and for what he regards as the
or, perhaps, work unheralded at
for TCI’s fragile environment
cavalier attitude of many towards
Yet, like Clark Kent, mild-man-
nered Melbourne has an alter ego, a local superhero who
doesn’t need a phone box when
he wants to change persona and save Metropolis (or in this case Provo).
Melbourne’s fight is not against
the dark forces of evil. In fact, he
is just a campaigner for a cleaner and greener TCI. But, like the
comic books of the 1950s, he
keeping the islands tidy and in
‘Everybody loves what I’m doing. All the people here love Henry. We have the first conch character in the world and, of course, TCI has the best conch in the world’
Having started small, Mel-
bourne is thinking big. Sure,
he wants to see more anti-litter signs at the beach; but this is
more than just a tidy-up cam-
paign; it’s about creating a wider environmental awareness. Put
simply, Melbourne wants the TCI to be the cleanest islands in the Caribbean.
Henry the Conch
He is dismayed that the local
authorities are not taking it more seriously. The laws are there, but
they are not being enforced, says Melbourne. So he wants people to act rather than wait for the
government to do something.
He also thinks residents should
bourne attends Pro-
roundings are not kept clean and
Fish Fry event at the
be fined if their immediate surtidy (although it remains to be
seen whether such authoritarian legislation would be popular in TCI).
Support For Melbourne, it’s about raising
vo’s popular Island
Bight Children’s Park and
the tourists just love him. He rightly claims that his Henry the Conch costume is the
most impressive they have ever seen in their lives.
“Everybody loves what
the profile of the TCI, acknowl-
I’m doing. All the people
garnering support for his work.
the first conch character in the
edging the islands’ heritage and “I wanted Henry to be the official mascot of the Turks & Caicos
Islands,” he says. “So I went to the
here love Henry. We have
world and, of course, TCI has the best conch in the world.”
Melbourne is eager to explain
TCI Tourist Board. At first they did
the role that conch has played in
But once they had actually seen
Caicos Islands and why this par-
not respond positively to my idea. the character it was a different
story and they thought it was the best thing ever.”
Melbourne has even higher
ambitions, though. “My goal is to be the eco-friendly mascot for the entire Caribbean and I am currently talking to the
Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) about this.” (Melbourne was introduced to the CTO by interCaribbean Airways.)
the life and culture of the Turks & ticular shellfish has been such an inspiration to him. “Our
ancestors lived off conch and even traded conch to Haiti
for food. Conch shell was also used as a horn for communi-
cation. Then we burned conch
shells and used the ash to build our houses.”
Ready to tackle TCI's litter
Meanwhile, the Henry the
Conch campaign is well under
way. Each Thursday, resplendent in his exoskeleton outfit, Mel-
Henry the Conch will have a character for every island. A lot has been done
already. Henry already has a
Queen Conch character. And
there’s a Mister Barbados [half human, half flying fish].”
So how did the Henry char-
acter evolve? Henry the Conch dates from late 2010. “It was
originally created in my head
before I drew him. He was then just sketched to paper and to
look half conch, half human. He
is totally different from any other character out there. I did not
want him to look too childish or too handsome.
“I sent the front and side views to a firm in the US which specialises in computer animations. The
artwork was sent to the same
company that makes the ‘Sesame Street’ characters and then
developed. It was an expensive piece of product.”
Fabulous Now, Melbourne is setting up
Melbourne’s parents hail from
a Henry the Conch foundation.
TCI and The Bahamas and in
action,” he says. “The foundation
he has appeared in Nassau in his
“I just don’t want words, I want
acknowledgment of his heritage
In fact, Melbourne has invested Melbourne transforms into Henry the Conch
US$ 10,000 in the design of his
fabulous costume, but considers it “money well spent”.
Henry’s public debut should
Henry the Conch costume.
have been at Christmas 2012 at
called the Henry the Conch Eco
bourne aims to work on an
costume arrived three days late
keeping TCI clean.”
Conch. He is also busy creating
is being set up now and it will
be ready within weeks. It will be Foundation with the objective of
Donate He has spoken to businesses who will donate to the foundation and he is also asking
businesses to donate trees for
Looking to the future, Mel-
the annual conch festival, but the
animated movie of Henry the
other eco-friendly superheroes from around the Caribbean. “I
from the United States. TCI's fragile environment has a new hero
“But when Henry finally made
his debut, people were totally
amazed. They had seen the posters around the island for a year.
They thought it was just talk. But I actually did it.”
So next time you’re in Provo,
the Leeward Highway.
look out for TCI’s own eco super
year Henry the Conch will greet
During the course of this
tourists at the airport as well as encouraging foreign visitors to keep Providenciales clean.
hero – especially on Thursday
Arts festival is ideal showcase for Haïti
his year sees the 12th
celebration of Carifesta –
the Caribbean Festival of
Arts – an important event in the
diary of many people across the Caribbean, Latin America and beyond.
From its origins in Guyana in
1972, this roving festival now
takes place in a different region each time. This year, the proud
host of Carifesta will be Haiti and
the celebrations will take place in August under the banner of ‘Our roots, our culture, our common future’.
The original Carifesta,
which lasted three weeks, was conceived by a
local artists. In response to their
appeal, the then Prime Minister of Guyana, the Hon. Linden Forbes
Sampson Burnham, arranged for
the first Carifesta event to be held in 1972.
While the themes change
with every event – along with
Haiti itself is a land full of surprises – one that is now establishing itself as an exciting and popular tourist destination
group of participants
the host country – the
Writers and Artists
every Carifesta is to
at a Caribbean Convention in
Georgetown, Guyana, in 1970 who felt there should be
of the region’s rich
cultural heritage and
greater recognition of
common message in
This year’s event will takes
place in five venues across Haiti from 21 to 30 August.
Haiti itself is a land full of
surprises – one that is now
establishing itself as an exciting
and popular tourist destination. The Carifesta celebrations are sure to add to the growing
tourism appeal of Haiti as well as showing off the charms of
the Caribbean to the rest of the world. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the
event from a range of countries
including Grenada, The Bahamas and Jamaica. All can be sure of a cordial welcome from Haiti’s tourism sector.
celebrate the culture,
identity and all-round
‘Caribbeanness’ of the region. Almost every
aspect of cultural identity is represented through
literature, dance, cinema, food, fashion and music.
Historic island could be a money-earner for Haiti
Big tourism plans for
Capt Morgan’s hideaway By Ange Toussaint
ack in 1669 it was the
scene of raids and sieges by famous pirates,
port town of Les Cayes.
Covering an area of just 20
warships, gun battles and
square miles, the island has no
Ile-à-Vache or Cow Island is still
of only about 15,000 people.
shipwrecks. Centuries later,
remembered for its wild past;
but today the island is writing history in a different way.
Positioned at 18 degrees North
and 73 degrees West, this unique island is one of Haiti’s best kept
roads, no cars and a population Its highest point is 490 ft above sea level and its main features include swamps containing
lagoons and one of the largest mangrove forests in Haiti.
It may sound like a cliché, but
secrets. Nestled far from the
this picturesque oasis is the per-
and a half miles off the South-
on the beach, a cooling swim in
bustle of Haiti streets, it lies six west Peninsula. The island is only a 20-minute boat ride from the
fect backdrop for romantic walks the deep blue – in fact, your own holiday paradise.
The pirate captain Henry Morgan
It’s hard to believe that
Ile-à-Vache was once notorious
as a place of shipwrecks because of its dangerous reef. One of
these casualties was the Canadian fishing and racing schooner
‘Bluenose’, wrecked off the island on 28 January 1946.
Back in the 17th century the in-
famous Welsh privateer Sir Henry Morgan used the island to plan
Ile-à-Vache Minister Stéphanie Villedrouin
ing for over 10 years.
sentatives at the ground-breaking
according to the hotel’s website,
nity centre – the first step in an
lous beach suites, elegant ocean
Abaka Bay is ‘fit for royalty’,
were among government repre-
offering beach homes and fabu-
ceremony for an island commu-
view rooms nestled in the hills
ambitious $230 million develop-
with ocean views. In 2014 Abaka
ment project for the island.
Bay Beach ranked 57th in CNN’s
A government initiative called
World’s Best Beaches report.
Tourist Destination Ile-à-Vache
Ile-à-Vache also contains the
has been formulated. The aim is to provide new infrastruc-
impressive Port Morgan Hotel,
hotel’s marina can accommodate
named after Henry Morgan. The
ture including electricity and a
airport as well as new hotels and villas. The number of hotel beds on the island would be boosted to over 1,500.
Project There are plans, too, for an emergency centre, a library and an
agriculture infrastructure project to assist local food production.
The aim of this grand project is
to develop the island into a ma-
jor international tourist attraction.
boats with a maximum draught
through public funding from the
alongside the quay with anchor-
of 3.0 metres. There are berths
The project would be financed
ing on buoys and a range of
government, but the Tourism
Minister is also inviting other
The hotel offers homes in the
stakeholders to invest in it.
style of the local architecture. Its
Despite the promises by the
Haitian government, however,
not everyone is optimistic about
the project. Members of the Ile-àhis attacks. He and his men would convene there to hold tactical meetings before invading the
Spanish-run city of Cartagena.
Today, no longer a hideout for
pirates, Ile-à-Vache is a gem-like
Ancient map of the Caribbean
restaurants serve Creole-inspired dishes.
Vache community are protesting
they claim will remove them from
Ile-à-Vache project is approved,
against the development, which
If the Tourist Destination
ancestral land in favour of tour-
it would open the way to new
ism development. The government has denied these claims,
saying that residents will not be
possibilities for Haiti as it enters a new era.
Ile-à-Vache is being marketed
displaced but rather ‘relocated’.
by the Ministry of Tourism as an
daymakers and Haiti’s Ministry of
tinues to pitch its idea to the
is in favour of major develop-
luxury tourism destination.
two Caribbean-style resorts, Ab-
destination for Haitian people.
The island is a paradise for holi-
Tourism has plans to turn it into a In 2013 the then Prime Minister,
Laurent Lamothe, and Tourism
While the government con-
residents, the island already has
aka Bay Resort and Port Morgan Hotel, which have been operat-
unspoilt paradise. Whether one ments or the preservation of the
natural habitat, it’s safe to say that this Caribbean treasure is worth exploring.
Carrot-and-stick tactics on Donkey Island By Gary Gimson
them – if, indeed, anyone does – and what is their future?
I thought these were all le-
gitimate questions. And when
Turk cannot fail to
have noticed, the
island is seemingly
overrun by feral donkeys.
Well, that was my impres-
sion as I drove about the
island, and I was keen to know
why there appeared to be a don-
directed, perhaps surprisingly, to a well-resourced charity based in the UK called the Donkey Sanctuary.
It’s odd that a UK-based animal
charity should be taking such
an interest in the animals on an
island so far from home. But this is indeed the case.
key round almost every corner.
one I met seemed to know much
how many donkeys actually
I asked around locally, but no
about the donkeys and just took them for granted.
Now these donkeys seem
harmless enough and they pro-
vide a cute and interesting backdrop for local people and for
visitors like me. But why are the feral donkeys there, how many
are there, who actually cares for
First of all I asked the Sanctuary
tional Programme Development Manager.
This figure seems remarkably
modest. Yet, anecdotally, local people say donkey numbers
have been rising in recent years. It’s a sad fact that most Carib-
lived on Grand Turk? To my
bean islands with feral popu-
many hundreds, but the Sanc-
Turk are trying to reduce their
untrained eye, it seemed like
tuary answered otherwise: “The estimated number of donkeys
on Grand Turk, based on three
drive-by head counts in 2014, is approximately 150,” says Kevin Brown, the Sanctuary’s Interna-
HUMANE WAY FORWARD The Donkey Sanctuary is working with the island’s community to set up a Stakeholder Donkey Committee, which will aim to find a humane and sustainable way forward for the feral donkey population. The Sanctuary is in the process of employing a Donkey Officer in its International Department whose role will include a study of feral donkeys. This research will help the organisation learn more about these wild populations so it can apply this knowledge to areas where feral donkeys live – not just within the Caribbean islands but around the world.
s any visitor
I sought some answers I was
lations such as those on Grand donkey populations because of
conflict with humans. According to the Sanctuary, there have
been attempts in the past to
control or reduce local numbers by relocating animals to other
islands and through castration
programmes. But it admits there has been no system in place to
monitor and evaluate the impact
of these measures on the island’s population.
There is also concern that a
small and isolated population
is becoming inbred. “As to the
sustainability of the island’s gene pool, this is a difficult question
Grand Turk Donkeys to answer at this stage,” admits
ently they do. “The donkeys are
a special committee to be set
of the donkey population is cur-
es, but the TCI government is
stakeholders in the Grand Turk
Kevin. “However, the full genome rently being evaluated through a project funded by the Sanctuary [in association] with the Animal Health Trust (UK). This will form
mainly left to their own devicresponsible for their welfare
through the Department of Agriculture,” says Kevin.
To the casual visitor, it might
the basis for future studies on
seem that the animals and local
populations, including those on
but high donkey-proof walls and
the genetic variability of donkey isolated islands.”
Abandoned So why are there donkeys on Grand Turk in the first place?
Kevin explains: “Most of the don-
keys in the Caribbean were introduced by the Spanish colonists
between 300 and 500 years ago and became feral when aban-
doned at the end of the Spanish occupation.”
And does anyone actually care
about these creatures? Appar-
people live happily side by side;
up, including all interested
community, to discuss options for the donkeys.
Let us hope that a sensible and
viable solution can be found, because Grand Turk without
donkeys would be a real shame.
fences suggest otherwise. So the current arrangement is not ideal for either donkeys or residents. Kevin says: “The government
has looked at total removal of
donkeys from the island due to road accident cases, and has
also considered a sanctuary type environment for the entire pop-
ulation.” Neither solution has yet been implemented.
FREE-ROAMING HORSES It’s not just donkeys that inhabit Grand Turk. This island also has a large number of free-roaming horses. These horses are owned, however, and are used mainly for riding by tourists and local people. The horses do come into contact with the donkeys and share the same forage. The horses and the donkeys appear to keep to themselves, roaming in small groups of the same species.
In the meantime, the TCI
governor – who, of course, lives on Grand Turk – has asked for
A HEAVENLY COURSE – BUT
By Gary Gimson
Tricky. I think that’s the best word to describe the 6,719 yard, par 72 Provo Golf Course (PGC) and especially its treacherous back nine. But I could also add ‘tight’ and, when describing the do-or-die 17th hole, perhaps ‘unforgiving’ would be an even better adjective.
CLAIM TO FAME Provo Golf Club is one of three – well, two and a half actually – Karl Litten courses dotted around the Caribbean. Litten is perhaps best known for the courses he designed in the United Arab Emirates such as the fabulous Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club; but he is also the architect of Antigua’s Jolly Harbour course and of the nine holes at the Links at Divi Village in Aruba. PGC opened in 1992.
ff the back tees, Provo Golf Course a surprisingly difficult course,
with plenty of water and, from time to time, an ocean breeze
that can put a dent in the best
of rounds. The upside is that this abundance of water results in a
profusion of birdlife; so expect to see green egret, pink flamingo,
whistling duck and sparrowhawk. But as PGC’s director of golf,
Dave Douglas, rightly points out, this course need not be difficult for everyone. Yes, the course is very challenging; but it offers
four very different teeing areas
long periods of low rainfall and
this could have a bad effect on a golf course. But Dave explains:
ing set-up – none more so than
been decent so far. Dry season
I really like the signature 17th
“This year the rainfalls have
hole. It’s not quite TPC Sawgrass
very dry year and irrigation is
terror – a fear that a slightly mishit
May each year. Last year was a
ruin an otherwise blemish-free
general. Because the Turks &
scorecard. This penultimate
Caicos Water Company owns the
Provo Golf Club we are very lucky to be able to keep the course in fantastic condition.”
Six of the nine outward holes
aside for villas, while the back
tee shot will find the water and
for such an arid destination in
the Caribbean, TCI can suffer
but it evokes the same kind of
an extremely important factor
feature water and the fairways
As one of the drier parts of
the notorious par five 12th.
is normally January through mid
and it plays very differently from
the white tees compared with the
A real test
wind their way through areas set nine include a further four ‘lake
holes’ and a generally unforgiv-
hole is 163 yards off the chamAMATEUR EVENTS Provo Golf Club has twice hosted the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (in 1999 and 2009).
Provo Golf-Club five 16th (528 yards off the back
RECORD ROUND The course record of 65 from the back tees at Provo Golf Club is held by Darrell Kestner, a former PGA Tour player and head golf professional at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, Long Island, New York.
tee) is also pretty intimidating
and calls for careful course management to negotiate a large
stretch of hard pan on the fair-
way. Dave explains the reasons for such an area: “Waste areas
are used as a water conservation element and are very effective in cutting back on water usage as
drinking water is used to irrigate the Provo Golf Club from the
Turks & Caicos Water Company.”
Members PGC is the only 18-hole course
in the Turks & Caicos Islands, yet the club has only has around
150 members and even in high
season and with an influx of occasional players, it’s never too busy. Expect to pay US$ 185 for 18
holes (US$ 95 for nine) including a shared cart. After 1 pm the
price drops to a more reasonable US$ 135 and, for those
looking for a bargain, 18 holes is only US$ 95 after 3 pm. It’s pionship tees. Water guards the
whole front of the green and any tee shot is often hit into a two-
club prevailing wind that make
this hole doubly difficult and particularly treacherous. Long and
right also finds another patch of
water, but it is possible to bail out IN THE ROUGH… Of course, Provo Golf Club is not the only such venue in TCI. Visitors to Providenciales may not realise there is a nine-hole course on Grand Turk, the so-called Waterloo Golf Club, set in the grounds of the governor's residence. Augusta National it ain’t. This is a rough and ready layout that’s really only for golfing nuts resident on Grand Turk with nowhere else to play. The clubhouse – if you can describe it as such – has still to be rebuilt after being hit by Hurricane Ike in 2009.
left and get away with it.
Tough As mentioned, the 12th, a par
five, is particularly tough and at 549 yards is the longest on the
course. Says Dave: “There is no
question that the hardest hole on the course is the 12th hole.”
It’s not the only tough hole on
the back nine, however. The par
also possible to buy multi-round passes, which can be a big
saving for those who like to play in the mornings. For example, a
two-week unlimited pass is US$ 950 – or just US$ 67 per round
for someone playing every day during their stay. For guests
staying at The Regent Grand, golf at PGC is complimentary.
Once back at the clubhouse,
you can enjoy a calorie-busting lunch at Fairways Bar & Grill, where the hamburgers are a
particular favourite; or, better
still, opt for an equally impressive English breakfast – arguably the
best in Provo – before commenc-
ing that front nine. You will not be disappointed.
propertyWatch: The Shore Club
Secure your own
here and what to buy
in Providenciales? It’s
an enduring question.
And I guess that’s what any
number of well-heeled visitors to
– but hurry! erty in a secluded setting that is nevertheless easy to access.
The 2.5 mile long Long Bay
TCI ask themselves over a roman-
Beach is the setting for a devel-
with their better half.
Club in what, for me, is the most
tic candle-lit dinner on Grace Bay In recent years, Provo’s rising
property values have confirmed that buying here is a pretty wise
opment known as The Shore
compelling location of any new
Provo-based real estate project. The Shore Club has 38
investment decision. Even so,
beachfront condominiums and
always possible to outperform,
construction. The con-
with a careful buying strategy it’s Pamplona style, a bull run.
Now if I were a betting man,
I would wager there is one real
gem of an investment just waiting to be snapped up. The only problem – as so often with property
buying – is that many others have got in first.
six luxury beachfront villas under dos are due for completion at the end of this
year and the villas will be ready for occupancy in
June 2016. Condominium prices start at US$
1.65 million, while a villa will set you back more than US$ 5.5 million. Until now, Provo’s
This is generally a good sign, but
south-east coast (that’s Long
positions are already reserved,
seen little in the way of property
it can also mean that all the prize leaving the difficult-to-sell (and
ultimately hard-to-resell) units still awaiting a buyer.
I don’t think this is the case
here; and a visit to the site will confirm that, while many units have, indeed, been reserved
Bay Beach to you and me) has
development. It remains refreshingly unspoilt, its soft powder
white sands revealing only the
occasional ‘Man Friday’ footprint and, more recently, the planting of a row of perky palm trees.
The Long Bay setting is truly
(around 65 per cent had been
breathtaking and, in the words of
juicy morsels left for those who
vides one of the most generous
sold by April), there are still some appreciate the delights of this truly classy development. Investors
are said to be discerning clientele who want a luxury resort prop28 Cacique
developer Stan Hartling, pro-
beach allocations in Provo when compared with the number
of individual properties under construction.
Inside one of the luxury penthouses
The Shore Club is a Hartling Group resort – its first on Long Bay but its third in Provo. The Hartling Group is a real estate sales and development firm specialising in luxury Caribbean condominiums and villas.
Artist's impression of an oceanside property
The group’s two previous developments in TCI were The Sands at Grace Bay and the Regent Palms Turks & Caicos. The Hartling Group recently acquired an adjacent 25-acres of land on Long Bay Beach the only remaining parcel of its size. The developer is now looking at ways to use it for a bespoke project.
The Hartling Group’s owner re-
lations manager, Joan Hagan, told ‘Cacique’: “For a number of years Grace Bay received the attention
of most developers. Stan Hartling is the first developer to have the vision for developing on Long
Bay and to recognise its special essence and magic. He joins a
select group of property owners
on Long Bay who are paying trib-
ute to the beautiful two and a half mile stretch of beach by building bespoke residences on it.”
Access A smart new road has already been built to The Shore Club
from the Leeward highway, so
access is easy and simple, while
the international airport is only 15 minutes away.
Not only is the beach unspoilt
but the area surrounding nineacre Shore Club is also under-
developed, in sharp contrast to Provo’s Grace Bay area on the opposite side of the island.
So it may be the perfect time
buy at The Shore Club and on delightful Long Bay Beach.
Ten great things to do and see in By Kirsten Alexander
vegetables used in its cooking.
Family ownership, organic food and wonderful views make
EITS Cafe a ‘must visit’ when in
ingston is a city of cul-
tural juxtaposition. In
the eyes of many peo-
ple, it’s the vibrant hub of
the Caribbean – as well as being
Whether you’re a diehard
home to jerk chicken, Red Stripe
art lover or you simply
and the legacy of Bob Marley.
enjoy perusing a painting or two,
Between the uptown and
downtown of Kingston there is
so much to see and do, so many
places to eat and things to expe-
a photo gallery and, of course, a
gift shop for that small memento of Jamaica’s most celebrated
rience, that you would really have
to move there to fully immerse
yourself in the character of this
EITS Cafe Newcastle
With this in mind, we’ve whit-
Don’t let the enigmatic
tled your Kingston visit down
name fool you: EITS simply
to 10 unmissable experiences,
means Europe In The Summer. It
even the fussiest soul.
of the Continent, fused with the
so there is something to please
offers guests an exquisite taste
celebrated flavours of Jamaica.
Bob Marley Museum There’s nothing fusty, old or boring about this museum,
which contains no examples of
questionable taxidermy. As you might imagine, the Bob Marley Museum is more than just a
museum; it pays homage to a
musical legend. Marley’s house, where he lived from 1975 until
his death in 1981, was converted into a museum by his wife and displays some of his personal
treasures. There is also a theatre,
Its setting in the Blue Mountains near Kingston is as marvellous Homage to a legend, the Bob Marley Museum
as the food. Famous for its peaand-mint soup, the café takes
pride in growing, on site, all the
the National Gallery of Jamaica is unmissable. Located in down-
town Kingston, it showcases an
impressive collection of art ranging from traditional works dating back to 1,000 AD to contemporary pieces by some of today’s finest artists. The Edna Manley
Gallery is a particular highlight.
Be sure to check out the regular exhibition programme, which
showcases some of the best new artists.
Lime Cay For a largely uninterrupt-
ed slice of paradise, hop
on a boat from Port Royal and
set sail for Lime Cay, a popular destination for city folk. Occa-
sionally submerged by the tide,
the island is uninhabited, making it the perfect place to enjoy
a lazy afternoon picnic or go
snorkelling among some of the best reefs in Jamaica. Sundays
on Lime Cay have a different vibe from the rest of the week as the
Institute of Jamaica The Institute of Jamaica
is essentially Jamaica in a
nutshell. Located in downtown Kingston, the IOJ gives visitors the chance to experience and
learn about all things Jamaican. Offering a collection of exhibi-
tions related to the country and its music, natural history and
religion, the IOJ is a ‘must visit’
for anyone wishing to learn more about Jamaican culture.
Hope Gardens On the Ligunaea Plains just
outside Kingston is an oasis of
city people bring lunches, laughter and life to the tiny island.
Gloria’s Rendezvous Port Royal was once home
to real-life pirates of the
Caribbean. Today it contains one of the most popular seafood
restaurants in Jamaica. Located
about 30 minutes from Kingston, Gloria’s Rendevous has been
serving up critically acclaimed dishes since it opened in the
1970s. Seafood is the speciali-
Inside the National Gallery
calm in the form of Hope Gar-
shrimp and curried lobster
dens (more formally, the Royal
menu. Its unpretentious ambi-
in 1873, they are the largest bo-
among the best things on the ence and sunset views make
Gloria’s one of the best places to eat in Jamaica.
Botanical Gardens). Established
tanical gardens in the Caribbean, covering about 200 acres.
Visitors will find lots of interesting features, including a cactus
garden, an orchid house, a zoo,
fountains and a forest garden. It’s an ideal way to spend a glorious afternoon in Kingston.
Hope Gardens: perfect for a picnic
ty, with fried fish, honey jerked
Sunflower in Hope Gardens
Rather unusually, you pre-order
Wailers later went on to record
You may be surprised to
before making your way to a
here. This is a mecca for Bob
find a National Herit-
age Site in the bustling
heart of Kingston in the form
of an 11-acre property called
Devon House, a famous Jamaican landmark. The main focus is the beautiful 19th-century
mansion, built by Jamaica’s first
black millionaire, George Stiebel. Visitors can tour the house or
simply enjoy the idyllic grounds.
One of the treats on offer here is
some of the best ice cream in the world from the quaintly named I
your food at a kiosk on arrival
shady table. The food is inexpensive basic fare served in take-out containers, but always tasty and
often fiery. This place is as popular with Kingstonians as it is with
Trench Town Culture Yard
No trip to Kingston is
complete without a visit to
Scotchies. Located in what seems to be an anonymous car park
in New Kingston, it is the city’s iconic eatery, serving the kind of Jamaican food that visitors expect and really appreciate.
Jamaica's famous Blue Mountains
If the Bob Marley
Yard certainly will. As one might
Scotchies Jerk Restaurant
and furnishings used by Marley
welcome oasis where you can actually leaving it.
containing articles, instruments
on offer is consistently good and
satisfy your appetite for all things
take a break from the city without
Marley fans, with a small museum
visitors – a sure sign that what’s
Scream. There are various shops and restaurants providing a
their first album ‘Catch a Fire’
Marley, then Trench Town Culture expect, there are various venues throughout Jamaica that pay
homage to the reggae legend,
but one of the most authentic is
Trench Town Culture Yard in First Street, Kingston, the one-time
home of Vincent ‘Tata’ Ford, who first taught Marley to play guitar. Many monumental events oc-
curred in Trench Town, including the writing and composing of Marley’s hit song ‘No Woman No Cry’ and the formation of
the Wailers. Bob Marley and the
The beautiful 19th-century Devon House
Follow the story of Jamaica’s top-selling rum…
A TASTE OF TROPICAL SPLENDOUR
ike Red Stripe and
recognisable Appleton Estate
consumed with a mixer or in a
Wray & Nephew White
Wray & Nephew is Jamaica’s
character to cocktails and can
DG Ginger Beer, the
range of rums is premium aged.
Overproof Rum brand is one of
top-selling brand of rum.
Jamaica’s most iconic brands,
W&N’s White Overproof
cocktail. The rum adds a unique also be enjoyed in a traditional
rum punch or with Ting, ginger
and a distinctly Jamaican drink
Rum is a special blend from
is crystal clear and has a fruity
earlier this year, I saw a very large
molasses. It should always be
window of the duty free shop
so redolent of this fun-filled No visit to Jamaica would
be complete without sampling
cocktails made with this fine rum – and, of course, taking a bottle or two home with you.
It’s fair to say that almost every
Caribbean island claims to be a producer of the region’s finest rum; but in the case of Wray
& Nephew White Overproof
Rum this claim is especially well
founded – as any connoisseur will testify.
Pedigree The pedigree of the rum is be-
yond question. This White Overproof Rum dates back to 1825
when John Wray established the Shakespeare Tavern in Kingston.
Out of these humble beginnings, it has evolved into Jamaica’s
number one wine and spirits
producer. Moreover, the rum is bottled at a strength of 63 per cent alcohol by volume and is
not aged. By contrast, the equally
Wray & Nephew’s estates. It Sugar canes at the Appleton Estate
natural aroma with overtones of
beer, cola or cranberry.
On a recent visit to Kingston
bottle of W&N rum gracing the
Jamaica’s Wray & Nephew
An iconic Jamaican brand
at Norman Manley Inter-
national Airport. This was one of a limited edition
of W&N White Overproof
Rum called Emperor Wray that was sold in 3 litre
bottles produced as part
of a marketing programme. In fact, duty free sales are
vitally important for J. Wray & Nephew across its entire range of rum brands.
W&N White Overproof
Rum is also available for sale in other Caribbean islands, so you don’t necessarily
have to visit Jamaica to get your fix; but, then again, it would be a shame not to.
ESTATE TOUR If you like the taste of Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, why not visit the Appleton Estate to sample it ‘at source’. The estate is in the Nassau Valley in St Elizabeth and the official tour takes visitors on a journey through the history of rum and gives them an inside look at how this fine premium rum is produced. Visitors are taken on a guided tour of artefacts that tell the story of the Appleton Estate, the country’s oldest sugar estate and distillery in continuous production. At the distillery, visitors can view the copper pot stills that are unique to the Appleton Estate and give its rums their distinctive character. The tour also includes one of the ‘ageing houses’ where rums are stored in oak barrels for up to 50 years. After the tour, guests can sample the various rums and there is a gift shop selling bottles of rum and souvenirs. If they wish, visitors can purchase a gift-packaged bottle of the exclusive Estate Edition blend of rums aged at least 18 years. The estate is open for visitor tours Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm, but closed on Sundays.
JWN Ltd is Jamaica’s oldest com-
pany still actively trading. It is now owned by the Italian drinks giant Gruppo Campari.
Brian’s signature marinated rack
of lamb, plus Asian glazed spare
689 BY BRIAN LUMLEY
ribs, smoked pork chops and
rosemary-roasted chicken for the
It’s seafood heaven...
unashamedly carnivorous diner. For a starter, I chose a hearty
pumpkin soup and I have to
say this was truly delicious and I
could have eaten it twice over. It was nicely presented, too.
But, arriving from TCI, there
was no option for me but to
plump for the seasonal conch
By Gary Gimson the establishment that impression was hardly dispelled by the burly appearance of 689’s doormen.
Once properly inside, howev-
er, there was a warm welcome
from 689’s delightful staff; and this level of personal attention
was maintained throughout the
The restaurant is modern,
t’s fair to say that 689 by Brian
almost minimalist and decid-
thing of a reputation, espe-
I know not every foreign visi-
Lumley comes with some-
cially among the top brass at interCaribbean Airways.
“If you’re going to Kingston,
you must eat at Brian Lumley’s,”
was the parting shot from JY HQ as I headed for Provo Airport en
route to Jamaica. “And you must
edly un-Jamaican in its decor. tor to Kingston wants to hear
way to 689, a place I had walked
past on previous visits to Trinidad Terrace and had mistaken for a
slightly sinister nightclub. It cer-
tainly looks like one, and
as I entered
fine, I guess.
Like the piped music, the 689
prising. To tell the truth, I’m not an appetizer), but I’m happy to
eat pretty much any other type of seafood on offer throughout the Caribbean.
Extensive And at Brian Lumley’s the sea-
angels; but in reality the dish is a delicate preparation of shellfish accompanied by conch broth
with just a hint of those fiery Ja-
maican scotch bonnet peppers.
It was spot-on, and the dish was kept simple for me by being accom-
panied by ice-cold sparkling water.
If you like cheese-
Lumley is the man then the dessert
menu is a bit limited – although the
bread pudding with vanilla ice cream
tasted surprisingly scrummy.
Sadly, the tea and coffee
options weren’t up to much. I
was disappointed by the lack of
variety – no latte, for example. A minus point here, I felt.
All in all, this was well prepared
food options are extensive: lob-
and tasty food with prompt,
curried conch and garlic shrimp.
Shame about the choice of
ster, grilled salmon, steamed fish, In addition, however, there is
down to the restaurant from the
for you. If you don’t,
there likes Ed Sheeran. And that’s
keen on octopus (served here as
bishment – I quickly made my
It is claimed that the recipe for
689’s curried conch was handed
gruous. Apparently someone
Kingston’s Liguanea Club – highly ty’s recent and excellent refur-
spiritual home of conch.
cake, then Brian
music, too, was vaguely incon-
menu is as eclectic as it is sur-
recommended since the proper-
ison between Jamaica and the
Bob Marley or Peter Tosh, but the
try the grilled octopus.”
So after checking into
curry – if only to make a compar-
attentive and courteous service. music. But never mind.
At Brian Lumleyâ€™s the seafood options are extensive: lobster, grilled salmon, steamed fish, curried conch and garlic shrimp
CHARM LIVES ON IN
KINGSTON By Gary Gimson
he reports I had received
ments I heard before arriving
were far from complimen-
before arriving in Jamaica
into Norman Manley Interna-
tary. In fact, I only stayed at this
So my expectations were low.
particular establishment because
But how wrong they were, and
Kingston was already taken.
turned out to be. It’s fair to say
just about every other bed in
what a revelation the Liguanea
What’s going on here in this
that the slightly fading and
town, I asked myself? Is Jamai-
ca’s capital city really this busy in
March? Well, it seems that it was. Unable to find room at the
inn, I was persuaded that the
Liguanea Club might be my best – or indeed only – hope of lodg-
ings in a city apparently teeming with visitors.
Expectations Seeking reassurance that the
Liguanea was actually OK and wondering why it had rooms
when others did not, I spoke to those who know Kingston well.
“If you want to take a trip back to the 1960s, then this is the place for you,” was one of the com-
‘seen better days’ Liguanea Enjoy fine dining in lush surroundings
of yesteryear is no more. In its
place is a dashingly handsome
WHAT’S IN A NAME? Like Cacique, the name Liguanea comes from the pre-Columbian Taino people who once inhabited this and other Caribbean islands. It is named it after the iguana lizard that is endemic to Jamaica. The lizard was an important source of food for the Taino.
Simple, classic and timeless
young upstart of a property;
freshly starched, boots polished, spruced up, smartly turned out
out of place and would
probably still go unnoticed.
While the Liguanea’s lobby
and ready to welcome a new
retains the air of a fusty gen-
that have really seen the
generation of guests to the
Oasis Set in seemingly vast grounds –
ostentation, a simple and classic
biggest makeover. Gone are
atory flat-screen TV offering a
the unattractive furnishings and
courts – the Liguanea is an oasis
of colonial-style tranquillity amid the bustle of Kingston; a chance to escape into a dreamy and
long-forgotten world of liveried bearers and late-night stingers,
Here is spaciousness without ostentation, a simple and classic design together with the obligatory flat-screen TV
of barflies, untipped cigarettes
decades-old bed coverings. In
ing shorts with long socks and
perfectly presented; modern
and Brylcreemed men wear-
shiny black shoes. Of course,
the Liguanea is not like this any more; but the place somehow feels as though cocktails and
waiters would not be altogether
design together with the oblig-
wide choice of channels. Granted, the room’s door could have opened a little less clumsily – it
indeed, the site is large enough to accommodate several tennis
Here is spaciousness without
tleman’s club, it is the rooms
their place, the bedrooms are
without straying too far from the property’s venerable old-world
grace and charm. In fact, I have rarely felt so immediately at
probably escaped the refurbish-
ment – but I am being picky here. The club’s restaurant has been
hived off and, I am told, is run by a separate company. I have to
say the service and the quality
of food in the restaurant doesn’t quite match the elegance of
the hotel’s new rooms. But the
hearty goat curry comes highly recommended.
So would I go back? In short,
yes and without hesitation.
home in a hotel room.
An SUV that’s at home in town Refined new Disco Sport has ‘soft-roader’ appeal
By Gary Gimson
hen I bought my first
manufacturer’s now defunct and
ery back in the early
range – although the car also
Land Rover Discov-
slightly more svelte Freelander
1990s I was thrilled to be driving
borrows design cues from other
what seemed like an impressive
current Land Rover models.
and indestructible vehicle. I
To kick things off, Land Rover is
also liked the seven seats and
offering a range of four-cylinder
made me – or so I thought –
bo-diesel engines with stop/
enjoyed a driving position that
turbocharged petrol and tur-
master of all I surveyed.
start technology. Petrol deriva-
But when I look back, here
tives use an all-alloy Si4 2.0 litre
was a lumpy 4x4 with little in the
engine with 240 PS. The 2.2 litre
way of subtlety, producing an
turbo-diesel is available in either
asthmatic 105 PS (believe it or
150 PS TD4 or 190 PS SD4 spec-
not) from a less-than-refined 2.5
ification, with both the TD4 and
litre diesel engine and with little
SD4 producing the same 420 Nm of torque.
The punchy 2.2 SD4
model comes with a nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox and offers a meaty
190 PS, translating into a 0 to 100 kph acceleration time of
about 8.5 seconds – not bad for a less-than-aerodynamic 4x4.
Using the vehicle’s Eco Mode
fuel-saving option, owners can expect a 15 per cent improvement on the old Freelander’s consumption figures.
in the way of cornering ability.
gy moves on, seemingly unno-
more fuel-efficient eD4 tur-
I find it amazing how technolo-
Land Rover says a smaller and
ticed, and how, within a genera-
bo-diesel model is on its way
tion, SUVs have been effortlessly
later this year with mightily
transformed from less-than-
impressive CO2 figures of 119 g/
nimble tanks into surprisingly
km – vital for sales in European
markets obsessed with carbon
So please welcome the new
Land Rover Discovery Sport
(DS). Gone is the brutal profile of bygone Discos, to be replaced
by something that looks remark-
ably like an older brother to the
emissions, but not quite so criti0-100 kph in 8.5 seconds
cal in the Caribbean.
For those who love to be bombarded with data, there’s an
all-new eight-inch touch screen
infotainment system with intuitive
Superb off-road performance
controls and heightened connec-
tivity, plus a Head-Up Display that projects key driving data onto the windscreen.
Being a Land Rover, superb
off-road performance comes as
standard; in fact, it is pretty much written into the marque’s DNA.
It remains to be seen, however, whether the new DS is really man enough for all that tough, off-road conditions can throw at it
OPTIONS: Petrol Si4 2.0 litre
as Active Driveline, which switch-
Turbo-diesel 2.2 litre TD4 or SD4 models
four-wheel drive, plus a series of
0 to 100 kph:
es seamlessly between two- and other features.
Rivals At first sight, there are several
as the premium compact SUV market.
It remains to be seen, howev-
er, whether the new DS is really man enough for all that tough,
is told, this new Land Rover is
Terrain Response® and Wade
deep without a snorkel) as well
competitors in what is described
at it. Perhaps, when the truth
all-terrain technology including
through water up to 600 mm
this car has few if any real direct
off-road conditions can throw
The new model has a variety of
Sensing™ (this Disco can travel
undoubtedly has to offer, then
8.5 sec. (2.2 SD4 – 190PS)
a mere soft-roader for townies
(and there’s nothing wrong with
that) rather than a hairy-chested, export strength, go-anywhere
SUV designed for those out-of-
town weekends and trips to the beach that its sister Discovery
and Range Rover models handle so well.
4x4s out there which might be seen as rivals to the DS; but
when you sit down and actu-
ally compare specs, versatility, comfort, market positioning
and all the virtues a Land Rover
What do you mean, you want to know the time?
and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking
health and fitness companion”. Apple Watch keeps time to
within 50 milliseconds of UTC, the universal time standard. It
can be personalised with watch
faces ranging from the traditional analogue dial to an informa-
tion-rich modular face, or beautifully animated butterflies and jellyfish on the ‘motion’ face.
Specialised Apple Watch also includes
specialised functions on the
face such as sunrise and sunset, upcoming calendar events and daily activity level. Swipe up
from the watch face for custo-
misable information such as the
weather forecast, current location on a map and the music now
the last feature that would lead
Touch senses the difference be-
It comes under the heading of
the all-new Taptic Engine
Watch, released on 24 April, is
range of features, some of which
henever Apple re-
But, of course, time is probably
leases a new product onto the market, it is
anyone to buy a smart watch.
accompanied by much fanfare
and speculation. The new Apple
‘wearable tech’ and offers a huge
no exception. Many of its competitors have already brought out their own smart watches,
so perhaps it was only a matter of time before Apple followed suit.
you probably didn’t know you Premium model: The Apple Watch Edition
needed. It will take some clever marketing to convince many
The Retina display with Force
tween a tap and a press, while delivers a gentle tap on the wearer’s wrist whenever a notification or message is received.
Apple Watch also
buyers that the Apple Watch is
offers most of the
iPhone and iPad.
expect from a
as indispensable as the iPod,
According to Apple, the
Apple Watch combines highly accurate
timekeeping with “an intimate
functionality you’d phone such as
sending messages, reading email and
answering calls to your iPhone right from your wrist.
With Digital Touch, wearers can
COMPETITORS For Apple aficionados there is no competition, of course; but here are three potential competitors:
send a sketch, a tap or even the rhythm of their own heartbeat.
Apple Watch also incorporates
Apple Pay, so paying for coffee
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Android-based smart watch that serves as a companion for other Galaxy devices operating under Android 4.3. Includes a camera and costs US$ 420. Sony SmartWatch: This can be paired with any Android NFC device by simply touching devices. It costs about US$ 185. The watch features a compass and GPS and can be used as a remote phone. The Pebble: Able to connect to both Android and iPhone devices, this watch has a black-andwhite e-paper display and costs US$ 220. The Pebble has the longest battery life of the three, quoted at five to seven days, and is said to be fully waterproof rather than just water resistant.
got even easier.
Feedback Apple Watch also incorporates many of the features seen in
smartbands, monitoring physical activity and providing feedback
on, for example, calories burned. It includes an accelerometer, a Stylish homescreen
built-in heart rate sensor, GPS
and Wi-Fi. An activity app on your iPhone collects activity and workout data from Apple Watch for
viewing in greater detail. In fact, the watch largely works in tandem with an iPhone.
Battery life is always a concern
for modern technology. Apple Watch offers up to 18 hours of
charge, which in theory should last all day. Charging is via Ap-
that simply snaps into place.
As a fashion accessory, the Ap-
ple Watch comes with a plethora of options. It is available in two sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm, and
in three versions: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition.
The Apple Watch Sport (from
US$ 349 to US$ 399 including VAT) has a lightweight ano-
dised aluminium case and a
sports band in five colours. The Apple Watch (from US$ 549
to US$ 1,099 including VAT)
has a stainless steel case with a choice of three leather straps, a stainless steel link bracelet
and Milanese loop, and a black or white Sport Band.
The Apple Watch Edition (with
prices starting at US$ 10,000) is the premium model, with cases made of custom rose or extra
hardened yellow 18-carat gold alloy and a choice of unique-
ly designed straps and bands.
ple’s own MagSafe technology
with an inductive charging point
Apple Watch Sport
BATTERY Apple Watch offers up to 18 hours of charge, which in theory should last all day.
Every passenger travel-
ling on an interCaribbean
flight is entitled to one piece
of cabin baggage which must
comply with the dimensions 14 in
baggage acceptance closes
30 minutes before scheduled
departure time for domestic flights and 45 minutes before scheduled departure time for international flights.
x 16 in x 9 in and must weigh no more than 10 lb.
Free checked baggage is also
available, but is determined by
Any child aged between
14 days and two years may be
the fare class purchased. If free
carried free of charge on domes-
in your fare, it can be purchased
flights, 10 per cent of the adult
checked baggage is not included separately. For checked bag-
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are 62 linear inches (158 cm) and 70 lb. Any baggage larger than
this may incur extra charges and
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return journey, then a seat must
be purchased for the return flight. A boarding pass is not required
for an infant, but you will requite a Boarding Verification Document instead.
Unaccompanied children aged
between five and 11 will be ac-
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Proof of age will be required, and
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all interCaribbean international destinations.
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Passengers travelling with interCaribbean may
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Embraer EMB 120 ‘Brasilia’ Manufacturer: Embraer Crew:
Two pilots plus a flight attendant
65 ft 7½ in / 20 metres
20 ft 10 in / 6.35 metres
Seats: 30 Wingspan:
64 ft 10¾ in / 19.78 metres
Empty weight: 15,586 lb / 7,070 kg
Loaded weight: 26,433 lb / 11,500 kg Engines:
Two x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100
298 knots, 343 mph / 552 km/h
Up to 750 miles /1,200 km
Service ceiling: 29,800 ft / 9,085 metres
Beech 99 Manufacturer:
Crew: Two Seats: 15 Length:
44 ft 6¾ in / 13.58 metres
14 ft 41/3 in / 4.37 metres
45 ft 10½ in / 13.98 metres
Empty weight: 6,645 lb / 3,014 kg
Loaded weight: 10,900 lb / 4,944 kg Engines:
Two × Pratt & Whitney PT6As
1,048 miles /1,686 km at 216 mph
205 knots /380 km/h at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)
Service ceiling: 25,000 ft / 7,620 metres
Published on May 20, 2015
Cacique is the inflight magazine for interCaribbean Airways, connecting you and the Caribbean. Published by Land & Marine Publications Ltd.