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ISLANDER GINGER BEER A traditional thirst-quencher


A heavenly course – but devilish


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A message from the Prime Minister

TCI's sporting hero

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Arts festival comes to Haïti


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Property values and investments 30






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

beautiful islands

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

was born.

welcome you to the first issue

magazine, ‘Cacique’.

I hope you find our

new magazine of interest.

‘Cacique’ is also available to download from our website (

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


energy into creating Islander

time favourite drinks, conjuring

& Caicos.

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

10 Cacique

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! 11


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

heated discussion.

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

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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

20.66 s

the population at large because

ise his talent. As fate would have

to leave the island somewhat

Denis Kuvaev /

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.” 13

Denis Kuvaev /

Maxisport /

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-

world stage.”

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-


Denis Kuvaev /

islands. I miss the beaches and 15

By Gary Gimson Images: Ileana Ravasio at ATTIMI photography


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

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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’

pristine condition.

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- 17

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.

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hero – especially on Thursday

Carifesta XII

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

more celebration

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.

For more

celebrate the culture,

information, visit:

identity and all-round

‘Caribbeanness’ of the region. Almost every

aspect of cultural identity is represented through

literature, dance, cinema, food, fashion and music. 19

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

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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,

multi-million-dollar international

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. 21

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

to Grand

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.

22 Cacique

Donkey Sanctuary


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




By Gary Gimson

24 Cacique

Provo Golf-Club

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

26 Cacique

tee shot will find the water and

for such an arid destination in

blue tees.

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. 27

propertyWatch: The Shore Club

Secure your own

spot of


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. 29


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

National Gallery

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

Kingston skyline

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

spirited city.

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,

30 Cacique

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 31


Sunflower in Hope Gardens

Devon House

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.

32 Cacique


Jamaica's famous Blue Mountains

If the Bob Marley

Museum didn’t

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 33

Follow the story of Jamaica’s top-selling rum…



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

34 Cacique

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. 35


Brian’s signature marinated rack

of lamb, plus Asian glazed spare


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

Minimalist decor



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

36 Cacique

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 Lumley’s the seafood options are extensive: lobster, grilled salmon, steamed fish, curried conch and garlic shrimp 37





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-

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‘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-

Jamaican capital.

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. 39


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

sprightly performers.

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

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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 41


Apple Watch

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

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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.

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information Baggage

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-

gage, the maximum dimensions

are 62 linear inches (158 cm) and 70 lb. Any baggage larger than

this may incur extra charges and

might not be guaranteed on your flight. Any luggage heavier than 70 lb will not be accepted as checked luggage.

Check-in Airport check-in opens

90 minutes before sched-

uled flight time. Check-in and

tic flights, while on international

Gift certificates

There’s nothing more special than the gift of travel; so why not treat someone to an interCaribbean gift certificate, available in denominations of US$ 25, US$ 50 or US$ 100. These personalised gift certificates can be sent to either you or your recipient. Email us at: to get yours now.

fare will be charged. If the infant turns two years old before the

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-

cepted only on direct or non-stop flights, not on connecting flights.

Proof of age will be required, and

Passports and visas A valid passport is required for travel to

all interCaribbean international destinations.

an Unaccompanied Minor form

Passengers travelling with interCaribbean may

child is accepted for travel.

or with the respective embassy or consul of your

must be completed before the

Cacique Rewards

interCaribbean Airways is pleased to introduce its all-new rewards programme, Cacique Rewards. When you sign up to the rewards programme, you become a Cacique: a historical title given to the chiefs and leaders of the Caribbean islands. As a Cacique, you will earn points for every flight segment you fly on interCaribbean and these will translate into rewards. Head to the website to sign up and start earning now!

also require a visa, so it’s advisable to check online destination country.

The USA and its territories offer a Visa Waiver

Scheme to passport holders of certain countries. This means that these passengers are required

to apply for and receive an ESTA number before

travel, which can be obtained on the ESTA Travel

Authorisation website. For a list of countries where passport holders do not require a visa, and other exceptions, visit the passports and visas page on our website.

For more information on the above, and addi-

tional information about flying with interCaribbean, visit our website:

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route map Nassau










Providenciales Grand Turk South Caicos Puerto Plata

Santiago de Cuba Montego Bay

SamanĂĄ Santiago

Port-au-Prince Kingston


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Cap HaĂŻtien



Santo Domingo





San Juan







At interCaribbean Airways, we aim to connect you and the Caribbean as easily, quickly and efficiently as possible. Travelling around the western Caribbean with interCaribbean Airways means you can save time going from one island to the next, so you have more time to enjoy what you came here to enjoy.

Existing routes

Planned routes

Nassau Providenciales Grand Turk South Caicos Puerto Plata Cap Haitien Santiago San Juan Santo Domingo Port-au-Prince Kingston Montego Bay

Tortola Santiago de Cuba Samanรก 47


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

Cruise speed:

298 knots, 343 mph / 552 km/h

turboprops Range:

Up to 750 miles /1,200 km

Service ceiling: 29,800 ft / 9,085 metres

Beech 99 Manufacturer:

Textron Aviation

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

Cruise speed:

205 knots /380 km/h at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)

Service ceiling: 25,000 ft / 7,620 metres

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Cacique | Issue1, June-August 2015  

Cacique is the inflight magazine for interCaribbean Airways, connecting you and the Caribbean. Published by Land & Marine Publications Ltd.

Cacique | Issue1, June-August 2015  

Cacique is the inflight magazine for interCaribbean Airways, connecting you and the Caribbean. Published by Land & Marine Publications Ltd.