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CONTENTS APRIL - AUGUST 2014

Property Interiors Lifestyle

8 Contributors A few of our valued photographers, writers and

makeup artists. We also need to thank Carlie Ester, Natasha Simpson, Corie Elcock, Michelle Ward Dan Christaldi, Mike Toy and Leigh Hill.

12 Out and About Places, spaces, activities and events happening in Barbados.

14 Historic and Magical

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Mangrove Plantation Lovingly restored, updated and currently for sale, Mangrove Plantation has an interesting history. Story by Rachel Ramphal.

20 Out Of The Blue Blue Sky Luxury offers spectacular getaways to suit your every need.

24 Changing Gear A look at the history of Bushy Park and its exciting future.

34 Gear & Gadgets Stay ahead of the “Man� pack with a selection of top-notch retail items.

38 Sleek, Chic and Unique Natasha Simpson chats with Interior Designer Stephanie Barnes about her life and design career.

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47 Ask The Expert Premium Relationship

Officer at Scotiabank Trudi Proverbs offers advise.

50 Lone Star State of Mind Vintage vibe meets cool

Caribbean chic at the newly renovated Lone Star restaurant.

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60 Long Hot Summer Scorching looks for the hottest beach or poolside glamour.

68 Create a Look You’ll Both Love His and Hers design simplified so you

and your spouse can live in harmony.

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A Vintage Tea Party Coverage of a fabulous event held at Fisherpond Great House by The Know Me Love Me Foundation to aid in the educational needs of school children.

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Apes Hill Golf & Polo Club Delivering on their promises with a spanking new clubhouse in the works.

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Person of Interest - Debbie Reifer Her laid back, soulful sound has been compared to Norah Jones and her music is a hybrid of many different genres. Tracy Highland chats with this rising star.

91 Indigo Rising Tips from Walkers World on integrating classic tones

Living Barbados Magazine “Macston”, Overdene Gardens, Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church, Barbados, BB14030 Rachel Ramphal: 253-9236 Email: rachel@livingbarbados.com Linda Lewis-Bishton: 232-7869 Email: linda@livingbarbados.com Digital magazine viewed here and via our facebook tab facebook.com/livingbarbados

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96 News & Views What’s happening on the Real Estate scene.

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98 Property Listings A directory of property for sale or rent in Barbados. 6

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April - August 2014

On the cover: Shannon Harris models an Agua Bendita one piece swimsuit. Photography by Julie Chalbaud on location at Little Good Harbour Hotel.

All information and pricing compiled in this publication was accurate at the time of printing. However, this information may be subject to change at anytime without notice. Copyright reserved. None of the contents in this publication can be reproduced or copied in any form without permission in writing from the Publisher


A FEW OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS KHALIL GOODMAN Khalil Goodman’s photography combines classic lighting and fresh ideas. This combination has won him mass appeal and work in advertising and fashion. When he’s not art directing a new set of images, Khalil spends too much time reading comic books and listening to all the wrong music at the right volume.

JULIE CHALBAUD This issues swimwear fashion shoot and the Vintage Tea Party event for the Know Me Love Me Foundation, took a lot of preparation and planning. We were delighted to work alongside a dedicated and talented photographer like Julie who went way beyond what was expected to execute the stunning images found on pages 60-67 of this edition.

TRACY HIGHLAND Tracy is a trained journalist turned PR consultant who ditched her law and finance studies in favour of a Mass Media degree and never looked back. Her decision has taken her far; her life a collage of interesting adventures-from the news room at Starcom in Barbados to the LA Studios of the late Ray Charles. Today, through her company, JILL Media, she continues to fulfill her passion for writing, PR, social media and people.

JAKE THOMAS Jake was born and raised in London, he specialises in Photography and Cinematography and has worked in the UK film and Television Industry and has shot short films, corporate videos, commercials, music videos as well as photographic work though out the world. His latest venture has been in Morocco where he spent two months shooting on-set stills for the Lumo Project, a UK production of the four Biblical Gospels.

SABRINA NEWSAM Sabrina has worked for MAC Cosmetics for the past eight years, first as an artist in the local store and now as Regional Trainer for the Caribbean. Her professional makeup training can be accredited to MAC Cosmetics Senior Makeup Artist Gisel Calvillo and Training Manager Salina Law. Sabrina applied the new Spring/Summer make up trends on the models in this editions fashion spread “Long Hot Summer” on pages 60 to 67.


On The Rocks Bar & Grill Located in the new, elevated annex of Sheraton Mall and surrounded by lush garden plantings, On The Rocks is open to serve lunch and dinner from 11am to 10pm Monday to Saturday. They boast a delicious and healthy grilled menu with favourites such as Seared Yellow Fin Tuna, Salmon and Mount Gay Ginger Ribs, their home made Beef Burger and the Rock Burger, made with ground beef, minced pork and diced shrimp. The menu features fresh ‘made to order’ salads and sides of grilled sweet potato, eggplant, zucchini, butternut squash and tomatoes to name a few. Enjoy drinks and signature cocktails from their well stocked bar and stay abreast of sports and news from around the world on three TV screens. Reservations are recommended, dress code is casual. Email: ontherocksgrill@gmail.com or call them on 437-0703 and like them on Facebook

OUT & ABOUT ACTIVITIES & EVENTS HAPPENING IN BARBADOS

THE MILL

A casual restaurant and bar located next to the Millhouse Complex near Warrens. A perfect and peaceful location to enjoy breakfast, lunch or just to take a break and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and free WiFi. Food is prepared using herbs from their very own garden and is available to eat in or takeaway. Choose from melt in your mouth Bagels and Breakfast Cutters to a variety of sandwiches and wraps or one of the lunch platters like Cool Jerk Chicken, Best Bajan Baked Ham or the Garlic Infused Pulled Pork. Kick back and relax at The Mill on the weekend at their Friday night ‘Mill Chill’ and Souse Saturdays. For more information telephone 271-9396.

CROSSFIT IS THE CURRENT BUZZWORD IN FITNESS! The Sport Of Fitness arrived in Barbados officially in April 2013 with the opening of CrossFit IslandFit, Wildey. The Box (aka the Gym) has 7 accredited level one trainers who have been delivering the methodology to great response. CrossFit defines itself as constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. The experience is hard to explain and better experienced for yourself. You can try it out the last Saturday of every month at 2:00pm at our “Bring a Friend” workout. Open from 4:30am - 9:30pm, Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 8:00am - 5:30pm. There are also lunchtime WODs (workout of the day) at 12:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. More information can be found at www.islandfithq.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or call 622-1214.

Nasim & Jack’s Curry Night at Holders Great House It was at the invitations of Wendy Kidd and Jack Kidd to cook at Holders Great House, and do what Nasim does best, that Nasim & Jack’s Curry Night was conceptualized. ‘Locals and visitors alike love spicy food, especially curry and the thought of eating authentic curries has whet their appetites!’ Every Thursday night Nasim will be cooking a different menu with curries from around the Sub-Continent and SouthEast Asia in the beautiful surroundings at Holders Great House. Start your dinner off at 7:00pm by relaxing in a spacious lounge area with an Aperitif, favourite cocktail or beverage to the sounds of Asian music. Dinner starts at 7:30pm. Reservations are a must, telephone 432-6385 or 432-7338.

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HORSE CHARITY AFTERNOON RIDES HORSE was created to improve the quality of life and eliminate unnecessary suffering, abuse and ill treatment of horses, many of whom were found collapsed in roads, drains or wells suffering from starvation and dehydration. HORSE invites you to enjoy a ride through the idyllic countryside and take in some of the majestic views that Barbados has to offer. Get to know the history of the horse you ride while knowing that you are providing a vital lifeline to them through your interest and donations. Open everyday, helmets supplied, boots or closed in shoes strongly suggested. Under 13’s must be competent riders, alternative options for younger children. For more details on the afternoon rides call 262-3754 or 828-5173.


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Historic & Magical Mangrove Plantation Lovingly restored and updated Mangrove Plantation is currently on the market By Rachel Ramphal Photography by Jake Thomas and Dan Christaldi

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arbados is celebrated for its rich history and as a popular heritage destination. While some historic homes have fallen into ruin or disrepair many more have been lovingly restored, offering a unique home experience. Many of these plantation houses were built on sugar estates in the sixteen and seventeen hundreds. Mangrove Plantation is one of these wonderfully restored 18th century homes. A home of prominent historical heritage, the name “Mangrove� also bears a botanical significance to the white mangrove trees which no doubt grew by the large pond that was present when the early settlers arrived on the island. The Skeetes, one of the island’s most prominent families, played an important role over time on the island. They were part of the traditional elite from the time of colonisation in 1628. Mr. John Brathwaite Skeete held the highest position on the island at the time of President Of The Council - from 21st June 1827 to 6th February 1829, when Governor Ward returned to England to retire. The Skeete family pur-

chased Mangrove in the early 18th century and expanded it by purchasing parcels of surrounding lands. While the main house today has been totally modernized, it retains the same footprint of the original house. There is even a tomb on site where many of the family members were interred. The current owners took over the property in 2000 and have since fully restored it together with the beautifully landscaped grounds - adding a pool and Jacuzzi. The buildings were made from coral stone excavated from the on-site quarry, now a lush private garden. Some of the desirable features of this home are the wide, wrap-around terrace downstairs, patio space off the bedrooms, hardwood floors and special architectural details like a fully restored mill wall as well as large windows and doors, allowing light and the trade winds. The estate, at just under thirty acres, is ideally located on a hillside ten minutes inland from the West Coast of the island. Breezy and private, its elevation affords views out to the brilliant blue Master bedroom with view to the gardens

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Formal Dining room opens to the outside gardens

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The kitchen boasts commercial grade stainless steel appliances and a farmhouse sink

Caribbean Sea, which can be enjoyed from many vantage points on the property. The stately main house can accommodate eight in four bedrooms while a two-bedroom cottage, the former Carriage House, conveniently houses another two bedrooms. The house has been updated to a very high standard with furnishings and fittings purchased and collected from across Europe, America and the West Indies. The furniture strikes a collected and cohesive harmony; a mix of antiques and classics with select Asian pieces. A grand mahogany staircase leads up to the bedrooms on

the top floor. Here, the master bedroom has a private terrace and full-length windows. A sumptuous en suite bathroom features fine fittings with a giant sunken bath as the ultimate indulgence. Three additional bedrooms, one of them en suite, open onto a shared terrace overlooking the gardens and restored mill wall. The fully converted mill now houses a charming downstairs bar while a gallery at the top, accessed via spiraling mahogany steps, offers outstanding, panoramic views. Downstairs the dining and sitting rooms have exposed wooden

Steps from the house and under the shade of a majestic Bearded Fig tree the owners have constructed an expansive deck with built in seating. Here a long, tiled island complete with a sink and large grill is the perfect spot for cocktail parties at sunset or terrific outdoor barbeques.

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Outdoor area with view of the coast

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beams. Doors open from these rooms onto the verandah allowing for beautiful vistas of the gardens. Exquisite bespoke Persian rugs and wonderful artwork add warmth and sophistication. In the dining room a wet bar and wine cooler make entertaining a breeze, with a fully serviceable Butler’s Pantry, steps away from this room. The kitchen’s commercial grade, stainless appliances have modern appeal yet, it remains cozy and faithful to the era of the house - with a farmhouse sink, an oven surround in tiles of soft blue and a butcher block island. Just off the kitchen is a light and airy breakfast room, offering a relaxed alcove for dining. This informality continues in the TV room, where a wall mural of playful green monkeys frolicking in trees mirrors their exact behavior outdoors - a nod to the motif so popular to the island. The Carriage House Cottage is a perfect symmetry of modern and colonial features, with exposed coral stone walls, while clerestory windows and indoor gardens maximize the light coming into the building. The open-plan kitchen and dining area open directly onto a spacious pool deck - where tables and chairs are ideal for al fresco dining and loungers for the perfect perch to relax in the sun or shade. Steps from the house and under the shade of a majestic Bearded Fig tree the owners have built an expansive wooden deck with built-in seating. Here, a long, tiled island complete with a sink and large grill is the perfect spot for cocktail parties at sunset or terrific outdoor barbeques. This house is an idyllic retreat to raise a family and a most enchanting place to host guests. From past to present, Mangrove continues to weave her magic. Mangrove Plantation is available for sale through Bajan Services | Knight Frank. They specialize in luxury property for sale and rent in Barbados. For more information Call +1 (246) 422-2618 or Email sales@bajanservices.com. Web: www.bajanservices.com

Wrap around terrace downstairs


The restored mill house with look out deck at the top

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Stunning peek at luxurious “Gardenia” – a private, beachfront 6-bedroom oasis on the West Coast

Out of The Blue By Carlie Ester Photos compliments of Blue Sky Luxury

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here’s a place you can spend your days eating up views of the rich platinum coast and its glassy Caribbean Sea, with a cherry burst of tropical flora on top. It’s secluded too, so you can pass your time undisturbed. Just ask for “Gardenia”. Better yet, you may tie the knot at “Fustic House” - the picture perfect backdrop of eleven acres of lush gardens with koi ponds, a lagoon pool and the ability to accommodate your nearest and dearest in one estate. You’ll be cared for by the sizeable staff, including a personal chef who easily incorporates your specific dietary needs into five-star delights. Of course, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the trademark Oliver Messel touch that brings sleepy colonial architecture to larger than life status. As idyllic as these places sound, you don’t have to settle for a dream. The Blue Sky Luxury brand, in just eighteen months has already made its presence known in six islands, with a slew of ferociously loyal clients: CEOs, Board Executives, celebrities and other high profile guests who never get less than premium quality service. With regional expertise including more than 6 years formerly heading the Terra Caribbean group of companies’ marketing department, Kathy-Dawn Burke as Leader, Holiday Home Rentals understands what discerning holidaymakers seek. Her eyes light up as she describes her company’s services: “We want to ensure our guests experience not just the very best, but something special for their family or group. Luxury holiday homes offer value and make customization easy with peace-of-mind and absolute privacy.”

Caribbean Holiday Home Experts, left to right: Dominique Silvera-Peterkin, Manager, Holiday Home Rentals and Kathy-Dawn Burke, Leader, Holiday Home Rentals.

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Airy and attractive open terrace of the serene “Leamington Pavilion” estate lends itself to relaxed entertaining.

Dominique Silvera-Peterkin who recently joined as Manager for Blue Sky Luxury, brings solid experience in tourism, marketing and brand building in the Caribbean. Energetic Dominique’s responsibilities include expanding the brand’s portfolio in the region. “In keeping with the Blue Sky Luxury vision, beyond adding only the finest selection of Caribbean holiday homes, we understand the uniqueness of each island. We are also leveraging on our London and North American connections to market our brand globally.” The tremendous organic growth by Blue Sky Luxury is no accident. It can be attributed to Kathy-Dawn and Dominique’s natural synergy as well as over 40 years hospitality and marketing experience shared between them. Even before developing their individual careers, these dynamos were well acquainted as young students - both attending the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Blue Sky Luxury has an extensive list of plush playgrounds that vary from chic condos in the south, to palatial West Coast estates. You are always guaranteed to either a beachfront property or a private swimming pool and you might just get the added perk of a tennis court, badminton court, park or even a putting green. Clients of Blue Sky Luxury are so enthralled by these superb villa rentals that they often book their next visit before they’ve even finished their current one. This sort of loyalty is by no means an anomaly for Blue Sky Luxury; it’s the norm. Rooted in Barbados with expansions to Dominica, Jamaica, Antigua and St Lucia and St. Martin, it’s clear that villa vacations are the icing on the cake in the holiday market. With Blue Sky Luxury’s high number of repeat guests, the proof is in the pudding. Guest services are one of their strengths - with a remote concierge working on call 24/7 to

Blue Sky Luxury helps you create memories by offering spectacular getaways tailor-made to suit your fancy. Specializing in villa vacations, its line up of breathtaking holiday homes is enhanced by the delivery of impeccable and personal service. satisfy even the most obscure of requests. From birthday parties, a celebration capped with fireworks, to Santa on a jet ski, Blue Sky Luxury goes above and beyond to produce the fantasy holiday you deserve. The young brand also has the significant advantage of being rooted in the strength of sister companies Bajan Services and Terra Caribbean; names synonymous with top class property management and sales with a wealth of regional experience. With more expansion plans on the drawing board, soon you will be able to enjoy a luxury villa holiday…anywhere under the blue sky. Even if your final destination isn’t Barbados, from Courcheval to Punta Cana, your experience will be guaranteed to amaze But if you are in Barbados, you might be enthralled by the zen and Asian-inspired beauty of the superb Greensleeves estate. Maybe it’s peace of mind you desire that comes with security and seclusion, somewhere like the historical tropical estate of Mullins Mill – complete with an authentic Barbadian sugar mill. Whatever you fancy for your personal getaway, Blue Sky Luxury will always make sure your expectations are exceeded. Their difference is as clear as the sky is blue. For more details call them on (246) 622-4466 or visit their website www.blueskyluxury.com

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g n i g C h an G e ar AND T H E H ISTO R Y TURE E X C IT IN G F U ARK OF BUSHY P

By Mark Wheeler

Photos by The Barbados Rally Club and Himal Reece

Circuit racing in the Caribbean began in 1956 on a disused USAF base at Atkinson Field (aka South Dakota) in the former British Guiana, now Guyana. While it took Barbados more than 15 years to catch up back in the day - Bushy Park did not open until Independence Day 1971 – the island is set to lead its regional neighbours into a new era when the redeveloped facility is launched at Top Gear Festival Barbados. The first circuit was a dirt track carved out by Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams in a former onion field next to his home in the island’s south-eastern parish of St Philip, with fellow motor sport enthusiasts Heinz Meyer and Pat Gonsalves riding shotgun on his Volkswagen-based racing special called ‘Foolishness’. Despite seeming a haphazard way to ‘design’ a racetrack, it remained unchanged for 40-plus years, and now lives on in the new layout. Bushy Park’s journey from dirt track to world-class facility has been a chequered one, forced into closure twice by worldwide economic downturns. It is testament to the determination and vision of those involved that this new chapter is being written in equally difficult times, with the two-fold aim of finally building a

Escorted by Barbados Rally Club Chairman Trevor Gale, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Errol Barrow chats with drivers Willie Hassell, famous for racing with no shirt, and Joe Bradshaw.

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Bizzy Williams (left) and Mike Atwell head the single-seater grid at the Race of Champions 1975

Brothers Roger (left) and Barry Mayers (right) followed by Guyana’s Mark Vieira in the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship 2011


Wheel-to-wheel saloon car action 1974

permament home for island motor sport and providing a massive boost for sports-tourism. After the runaway success of its opening fixture, the track was given the full Barber-Green asphalt treatment in time for the Action ’72 Easter Motor Race Meeting. The crowd was huge – period estimates suggest 20,000 – and Prime Minister Errol Barrow arrived by helicopter, not so much a publicity stunt, more a necessity, such was the weight of traffic. Over the next three seasons, Bushy Park was a pioneer in sports-tourism, as racers from Europe and North America flew in once or twice a year to take on the cream of the Caribbean, Barbados joined by Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and other territories; drivers such as Gabriel Konig and Gordon Spice from the UK developed life-time friendships, while visiting race cars often failed to make the boat home, as locals snapped them up to supplement the regional inventory. With events for karts, circuit and dirt track motorcycles as well as cars, each of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) four race meets a year attracted 70 or so entries. Race-winners included Williams and team-mate Mike Atwell (twice the Formula Caribbean Champion), Michael Gill, Doug Maloney, Andrew Phillips, Peter Ullyett and Harry Watkins – most of those surnames are heard in island motor sport circles to this day. Just as the sport was really taking off came the first blip in Bushy Park’s history - a casualty of the global oil crisis, it did not reopen in 1976 and fell into disrepair. A decade later, plans were drawn up for the redevelopment of the site as a combined facility

for two types of horsepower a 2.8-mile Grand Prix circuit enclosed within a horse racing track up to 1.5 miles long, taking in a large tract of land to the south. Despite guarded commitment from Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and the enthusiasm of legendary racehorse trainer Bill Marshall, however, the plan was abandoned, although the circuit continued to be used for occasional speed events. Under new management, but with the BRC still the organiser, the track reopened on United Nations Day 1992. Minister of Sport Hon Wes Hall arrived by helicopter, as Prime Minister Barrow had 20 years earlier, while St Philip North MP, Hon Warwick Franklyn, described the re-opening as “a further expression of the sports-tourism fusion”... a phrase we hear often, two decades later! With no more single-seater racing cars, local rally drivers like Raymond and Sean Gill, Richard Roett and Roger Skeete came to the fore in the saloon car classes, while familiar names from the ‘70s returned, including Michael Gill and Doug Maloney. Another global recession was looming and there were few long-haul visitors; there was significant regional interest, however, Guyanese brothers Jad and Ray Rahaman, in particular, earning an enthusiastic local following. Above, from left: Mark Maloney, Bizzy Williams, FIA President Jean Todt, St Philip North MP, Hon Michael Lashley, BMF President Andrew Mallalieu at the ground breaking ceremony of Bushy Park Circuit, August 2012.

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Doug Maloney, seen in his current Audi A4 quattro, is unique in having raced over five decades

But it was not to last. After just 2 years, the Pirelli International of October 1994 was described as “the grand farewell”, with Prime Minister Owen Arthur promising his Government would assist in keeping the sport alive in Barbados. As the circuit closed for a second time, Bizzy Williams, who raced a saloon car that day, was still the outright lap record-holder: while his time of 42.6s, set in a Brabham BT28 single-seater in 1975, had not been beaten this time round, the saloons of the modern era were not far off – Sean Gill’s Toyota Starlet was the fastest, at 43.98s. Island fans were not starved of circuit racing for as long during Bushy Park’s second hiatus, as the newly-formed Barbados Auto Racing League (BARL) ran its first full season in 1997, building on unofficial gatherings of competitors in the intervening couple of years. From small beginnings, BARL grew steadily in membership and secured increased sponsorship, while Bushy Park benefitted from a swathe of improvements - electronic timing was introduced, followed by new start lights, roofing of the pits and newly-painted grid markings, while diligent work by Wendy Williams and her crew brought the grounds back to their former glory. BARL’s first International Race Meet in 2003 was sponsored by Williams Industries, as the venue attracted revived interest from the region, Barbados becoming one of the host countries of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship in 2008. In recent seasons, around 100 local drivers have raced at Bushy Park each year ... and Doug Maloney is still one of them. The region’s only driver to have competed across five decades - when Bushy Park was closed, he ‘filled in’ with rallying and speed events – he is now the proud grandfather of third-generation Maloney racers, while son Mark is the lead investor in the re-development of Bushy Park. Other current track stars have past connections, too, not least Stuart Williams, who has followed father Bizzy as outright lap record holder; his time of 40.866s (2012, Lotus Elise) will stand

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Nearly all of the original 1.3-kilometre layout remains although it has been excavated and re-laid to blend in with the new southern loop bringing the total length to 2.2kms, with a constant width of 12 metres, developed to achieve FIA Grade 3 approval. Internal link roads create a kart circuit of 1.2kms, which will meet Grade A venue requirements for CIK-FIA events. Once licensed, Bushy Park will be able to host International circuit-racing categories such as Formula 3 and Touring Cars,and karting events up to World Championship level. In addition to circuit racing, there is a drag strip, while other disciplines, such as autocross, dexterity, drifting and rallycross will be catered for, along with industry and road safety driver training programmes.

forever as the old circuit record, while Roger Mayers and his Ford Focus will stand as fastest four-wheel-drive, his time of 40.996s clocked in March 2007 finally dislodging Bizzy, almost 38 years on. The last line of chapter three was written in June 2013, when BARL brought the curtain down on its 17-year tenure, Bushy Park’s longest period of continuous use... over 42 years, each of the island’s motor sport clubs have organised events there and all of them eagerly wait to see what the new multi-purpose facility has to offer. Following three years of planning and consultations, supported by motor sport’s world governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the Government of Barbados and the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF), work started last August and was progressing well at press time towards completion in late March. Funded by a group of local investors, the developer and operator, Bushy Park Circuit Inc (BPCi), is turning the dreams of island motor sport fans into reality. A major coup for the circuit, for Barbados and for the wider Caribbean is the arrival of Top Gear Festival Barbados, along with the opening round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship; this has been long in the planning, with the BMF and BPCi working alongside the Barbados Tourism Authority to bring it to fruition. The spectacular programme of activities will not only provide the island’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans with a weekend to remember, but also launch Bushy Park Circuit to a worldwide audience in print, broadcast and social media.


Barbadians and fans of motorsport are gearing up for one of the most exciting events to ever happen in Barbados - The Top Gear Festival. Hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, visitors to Top Gear Festival Barbados will also see The Stig and the Top Gear Live Stunt Driving Team in action. Stars including British Grand Prix racing driver Lewis Hamilton will take to the track in a series

May 17th - 18th, 2014

Supercars always play their part at Top Gear Festival

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of Top Gear-style stunts and challenges for a thrilling weekend of rip-roaring motoring action. In the past they have been jaw-dropping stunts such as the world’s first indoor loop-the-loop and a fleet of flaming Porsche 911s. The opening round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship marks the first time Top Gear Festival has included a qualifying round of an international series in its format. Red Bull GCR drivers represent some of the most talented action sports athletes in the world, including gymkhana icon Ken Block, championship skateboarder Bucky Lasek, former Grand Prix driver Scott Speed, and Tanner Foust, who cohosts the US version of Top Gear. Right: Hosts of The Top Gear Festival Barbados Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch screen, 16-megapixel camera and is waterproof and dust-proof. From Electronics On Edge, Broad Street 436-1449, Sheraton Mall 437-8707 Lanterns Mall 435-8746

B BUCKET LIST BOOK Inspire yourself with this coffee table book on the best 50 Places To Sail Before You Die. Available from Dwellings, Millhouse for only $69.95 Visit them online at dwellingsbarbados.com

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C SMELL GOOD DUDE Ineke Derring Do - Eau de Parfum for men is a blend of citrus notes, magnolia, cardamom, pepper, musk and cedarwood. Pure Source, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Call 271-8211.

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Known for environmentally sustainable jewelry, these handcrafted pieces by John Hardy are the perfect gift for the rugged, modern man. Available at all Diamonds International locations. Call 430-2400.

E DURABILITY

Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers® Original Leather 6-Inch Boot is both durable and well styled. Available at Timberland Barbados, Carter’s Shopping Complex, Wildey, call 467-9555.

F GOLF GOODIES

Practice shot book ends are made of metallic silver with a matte black glaze and are great for the office or Man Cave. From Archer’s Hall Design Centre, Speightstown. Call 422-0400.


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The classic Aviator has been upgraded! With mirrored blue lenses, metallic frames and Damier canvas arms, the Louis Vuitton Conspiration Pilot sunglasses are trendy and timeless. Louis Vuitton, Limegrove. Call 622-1000.

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Mille Miglia Gran Turismo XL Chrono “Speed Black” watch is also water-resistant to 100M. Available at Diamonds International, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Lower Broad Street Bridgetown. Call 430-2400.

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Grease and grime belong in your car not on your face. Dissolve away the dirt with Ernest Supplies Soap-Free Gel Face Wash from Pure Source, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Call 271-8211.

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Cool and crazy, these African Funk boardshorts by 69 Slam are made from 100% Polyester Microfiber. Available at Lazy Days Surf Shop, Quayside Centre Mall. Call 435-8115.

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Classic board shorts by Hurley are perfect for liming surfing or swimming, and are super comfy with 4-way stretch. Available at Lazy Days Surf Shop, Quayside Centre Mall. Call 435-8115.

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Louis Vuitton’s Damier Cobalt Keepall travel bag is timeless and distinctively modern with its spacious and versatile style. The Keepall epitomizes the art of travel. Louis Vuitton, Limegrove. Call 622-1000.

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SLEEK CHIC AND UNIQUE NATASHA SIMPSON CHATS WITH INTERIOR DESIGNER STEPHANIE BARNES ON HER LIFE AND DESIGN CAREER

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tephanie Barnes is arguably one of the most highly regarded and in demand Interior Designers in Barbados. A West Coast Canadian, Stephanie was born in Vancouver and raised in nearby White Rock, British Columbia but she kept her Caribbean heritage alive with annual family visits to Barbados. Her Grandfather Therold Barnes was best friends with Frank Collymore and highly involved in the Arts as well. He was a Designer/Architect by trade and designed the Caribee Hotel, Hast-

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Cin Cin by the Sea private dining room which encompasses custom glass art wall with bespoke furnishings and sleek lighting to create a beautiful dining experience.

Apes Hill residence foyer with traditional travertine tile, custom made wood and metal bench and chandelier. Wall art was custom painted by west coast canadian artist and hangs over the bench for a splash of color.

ings as well as residential homes, mainly for the family. He was also the set and costume designer at the Empire theatre so it’s quite natural that creativity is in her genes. Stephanie Barnes Interior Design Studio was born after she met her husband on one of her “Bajan vacations”, married and settled on the Island eventually. The studio is a full service interior design firm specializing in private residences, commercial projects and hospitality projects, both in Barbados and Canada. Her designs and ideas have received both local and International recognition and her design studio was awarded the prestigious International Virgin Atlantic Caribbean Property Award at five star status, the highest level achievable. As Principal of the design firm, Stephanie’s at-

tention to detail is apparent in all of her jobs. She seamlessly blends the client’s personal style with her distinct design vision resulting in spaces that are chic, classic and unique. A successful soccer player for British Columbia who earned an athletic scholarship to the USA, Stephanie spent almost 20 years following her athletic passions. After concluding her sports career she focused her discipline, drive and talent on her dream of becoming an Interior Designer. Graduating uppermost in her class, with an Associates Interior Design Degree from the Art Institute of Vancouver, was just the beginning of a life-long passion and appreciation for design, architectural preservation and the environment.

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This 1700’s plantation house formally a library, was turned into a beautiful kitchen complete with custom cabinetry, glass-door pantry, a beautiful pair of chandeliers and stunning hand selected marble backsplash.

Her love for design, though focused most of the time on her work, encompasses an array of other interests, some less apparent than others. Her interest in fashion came as little surprise as evidenced by her trendy but classic style, quite similar to her interiors. Stephanie is not only a lover of fashion but an avid sports fan and, naturally as a Canadian, a hockey lover! Perhaps less obvious, but equally relevant, are some of her other interests. She works in Barbados to help the Animal Welfare Society, and along with her husband, rescues mistreated dogs and strays nurturing them until they are healthy and then finding them homes. From an early age volunteer work has always been important to Stephanie and still is. At the age of twenty she coached a Men’s Special Olympic team in British Columbia; in Nashville she worked with the Drug and Homeless Society and throughout her years in the US, she was a part of women’s homeless abuse programs. Upon learning

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more about Stephanie it is apparent that not only do her interiors have many layers, but she too is multi faceted. The Stephanie Barnes Interior Design Studio operates both in Barbados and the West Coast of Canada. The studio is a full service interior design firm specialising in private residences, and commercial spaces including restaurants, lounges, condos, malls and hotels. The studio’s services are not limited to interiors and extend to full lighting, electrical designs, door and window schedules and designs as well as exterior consultations and designs such as gates, driveway concepts and more. The Studio is made up of a talented, diverse and highly qualified team with Stephanie at the helm. Lori Ridley is the associate architect and Tanya Foster, design associate and custom painter/ artist. Stephanie’s expertise, attention to detail and design philosophy, paired with her team’s strengths, guarantees projects that are not only timeless, but flawless as well.


This bedroom encompasses warm, natural tones, with a sleek rug, textural pillows and artwork from the client’s home country bringing meaning to the space. The side table was inspired by an Italian design and produced locally by Fusion Metal Design Inc.

Stephanie is perhaps best known in Barbados for her design at Cin Cin by the Sea restaurant, for which she was awarded the prestigious International Virgin Atlantic Caribbean Property Award at five stars, the highest award presented. The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe and they celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. A world-renowned mark of excellence, which Stephanie’s design at Cin Cin was so deserving of. She has recently been nominated again for this year with the project to be announced. Cin Cin’s décor embodies everything that is chic with a refreshing contemporary and elegant design. Other varied commercial projects include the food court at The Sheraton Centre Mall and The Mews Restaurant, Holetown. The difference between these three projects alone is a testament to her versatility. She is currently working on

STEPHANIE’S EXPERTISE, ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND DESIGN PHILOSOPHY, PAIRED WITH HER TEAM’S STRENGTHS, GUARANTEES PROJECTS THAT ARE NOT ONLY TIMELESS, BUT FLAWLESS AS WELL.

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Q. Who are some of your design influences? A. Some of my design influences are architects and designers who are strongly influenced by nature and incorporate the inside with the outside elements such as Frank Lloyd Wright. Also Iris Apfel a famous fashion icon and interior designer born in the 20’s whose work is still current to this day. Great design is always timeless. Q. You seamlessly blend contemporary and traditional pieces with ease, which can often be quite difficult to do successfully. Are there any rules to follow when doing this? A. You need to find the right balance. A mid century item mixed with a modern piece may work nicely but certain eras do not always harmonize as well. Keep in mind the era of the piece, the lines, the purpose and where it is to be used as that plays a large factor. Combining materials from traditional and contemporary sources can create interesting spaces but attention should be paid to ensure they scale out appropriately. Q. When not working what are some of your interests? A. That does not happen very often :) but, spending time with family, friends and my husband are on the top of my list. I love fashion so I check out the latest styles and as a former athlete I try to stay connected to the sports world. Traveling is also very important to me, and definitely my dogs, which are my children.

Stephanie custom selected marble slabs from abroad to cover the wall behind the limestone floating tub and faucet, to create a dramatic yet comfortable guest bathroom in this Sandy Lane villa.

the renovation of Pisces restaurant in St. Lawrence Gap which will be completed this year. Stephanie’s residential projects are equally impressive with a portfolio that boasts quality projects with variations in size, budget and style. Some of these include a luxurious villa in Sandy Lane which the Stephanie Barnes Interior Design Studio custom designed everything from bespoke iron – work doors and staircase to bathrooms and exterior design. A Cape Cod inspired home in British Columbia, completed with a conscious budget proving that high style can be both stylish and affordable. Then a historic Barbadian plantation home she masterfully restored, bringing fresh life to original rooms and enhancing what was already a architecturally relevant home. A contemporary residence at Apes Hill Club showcased high-end finishes and custom designed fixtures not to mention a museum worthy collection of contemporary furnishings and artwork juxtaposed with thoughtful accents. In addition to designing commercial and residential spaces, the Studio has also been responsible for some of the most alluring cocktail parties and charity events on the island, including the highly successful Charity Chicks ‘Tickled Pink’ parties in 2010 and 2012 on the roof top at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Stephanie Barnes Design Studio is poised for a continued and highly successful career and we will be watching out for her elevated and inspirational designs for years to come. Contact Stephanie on (246) 271-0447 or (246) 826-1749 Email her at: studio@stephaniebarnesdesign.com To view more of her work visit www.stephaniebarnesdesign.com

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The staircase railing and windows in this private Sandy Lane residence were designed by Stephanie Barnes Interior Design and hand built by Stuart McChleary owner of Fusion Metal Design Inc. Stephanie custom chose the stone slabs out of Italy for the stairs and had them custom cut for a seamless fit with the integrated stair lighting.


Trudi Proverbs is a Premium Relationship Officer at Scotiabank, Warrens with over 19 years’ experience in banking.

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I already have a mortgage with another bank but I’m thinking of switching. What does Scotiabank have to offer? As part of our switch mortgage program, we help to pay a portion of your legal fees. We’ve found that for many people, the thought of having to pay the legal fees associated with switching their mortgage has been prohibitive, so we ease this burden quite significantly. If you switch your mortgage to Scotiabank, you can also bundle in additional funds which you can use for any purpose such as home renovation, education, medical costs or debt consolidation. We’ve found this is also a big reason why people switch as they can consolidate all of their debt which usually results in improved cash flow and hence, savings. Depending on the customer’s needs, we also identify what other possible banking solutions we can offer to make your life easier, such as a credit card or small business banking services.

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I have recently married and my wife and I are considering buying land and building a home on it. Once we have found a spot that we like, what are the first things we should do?

I am interested in switching to a 30 year amortization but I’m 40 years old. Would I be too old to qualify?

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We don’t actually have an age limit on when you can qualify for a 30 year amortization. However, we would still take your age into consideration and help you to plan around that age scenario in the way that’s best for you. So for example if you are 40, and have a certain level of financial commitments, we can give you the 30 year amortization to help you with your current cash flow situation. We can then revisit that at each renewal process. You can still qualify for a 30 year amortization but if you know that you want to finish paying off the mortgage say, in 20 years, we can help you work out how to get that done.

Before you even get to that point, ideally you should first come to the bank as a couple to have a conversation about what you can qualify for so that you can approach the land hunt from a more informed viewpoint. When you come in, you should bring your most recent payslips, proof of outstanding debts and proof of savings. We would look at your budget and income and see how much you can use towards your down payment and what you can qualify for.

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LONE STAR STATE OF MIND! By Rachel Ramphal

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VINTAGE VIBE MEETS COOL CARIBBEAN AT THE NEWLY RENOVATED LONE STAR HOTEL AND RESTAURANT.

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uilt on the site of a 1940’s petrol station and bus garage, this Boutique Hotel sits on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Platinum coast of Barbados. Proclaimed ‘The Ivy of the Caribbean’ by Michael Winner, the attached Restaurant sits aloft a luxurious deck inches above the sugar crystal sand with the turquoise sea mere footprints away. Under new management and, with a recent renovation by stellar designers Lynne Pemberton and Jayne Best, the updated look of both the fine dining restaurant and the boutique hotel suites have received rave revues. The recent addition of The Lone Star Beach House next door, offers the discerning luxury traveler privacy in a select choice of sophisticated accommodations. One Penthouse and two additional suites, bearing the names of legendary classic cars, are spacious and the décor is simple understated luxury. Each suite has their own beach access and private terraces look through shady palm trees to the calm and breathtaking turquoise waters of the hypnotic Caribbean Sea. The designers achieved the desired quintessential Barbadian aesthetic throughout the suites and restaurant through the use of hardwood floors, white boarding and louvered shutters. In the ‘Cadillac’ penthouse a King size Four-poster bed, separate sitting room and luxurious bathrooms add the ‘wow’ factor while service is key and ‘whatever the guests request is their pleasure.’ The Lone Star likes to refer to the suites as ‘less of a hotel and more like your very own Caribbean respite.’

The Lone Star welcome is as legendary as its service and you would be forgiven for believing that you were their only customer. The Lone Star Beach House next door, previously a private villa on the beach, was purchased by Lone Star owner Mr. Whelan and his daughter Jayne and transformed into another boutique hotel offering additional accommodation with the same luxe interiors and service. A private Chef can be provided for guests in six en-suite bedrooms over three levels where again, they receive the same personal service so synonymous with the Lone Star name. The International A-list clientele who frequent the restaurant consists of well-heeled travelers, who appreciate fine dining in a superb setting. A smart palette of crisp whites and shades of blue set against dark wood floors are accented with vintage lighting and mirrors but by far the most amazing accessory is the location. The view from day to night is a never-ending canvas of water stretching to the horizon in a masterpiece of the sea and sky. Yachts sail by in the day and at night the Moon shines her glittering path across the inky ocean all set to the ambient soundtrack of gently lapping waves. At the bar a lounge offers comfortable seating where you can chat with friends while enjoying cocktails, wines and champagnes. Here framed pop art pieces add a splash of colour and a playful sign proclaiming ‘Private Property, Nudists Beach’ strikes just the right tongue-in-cheek humour. The Lone Star welcome is as legendary as its service and you would be forgiven for believing that you were their only customer. Wait staff in their mechanic’s uniforms make for an entertaining backdrop as they whisk effortlessly up and downstairs from the kitchen bearing gastronomic delights.

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Caramelised Lemon Tart with Raspberry ice cream

Penthouse Terrace with view to sea.


Enjoy spectacular beach views whilst you dine

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The recently renovated Lone Star Beach House is now available for short term rent. This beautiful house enjoys a prime beach location next to the Lone Star Restaurant

The daytime atmosphere in the restaurant is laid back and beach friendly, in the evening, smart casual and always hip and trendy. Discerning clientele enjoy an International menu which also features some Italian, as well as local specialties. Ocean breezes circulate throughout the open space and a new outer boardwalk has been added to accommodate casual beachside lunches or evening cocktails. Enjoy the ‘Lone Star Sunset’ here… in the sky and ‘on the rocks’, a sexy blend of Southern Comfort, Kola Tonic, Cherry Brandy, Orange Juice and Angostura Bitters. Manager Giorgio Benedetto is keen to emphasise the winning ingredients of the restaurant; the very best vegetable produce is flown into the island from Europe twice weekly. Fresh fish, salmon, oysters, and Loch Fyne mussels from Scotland and American grass fed beef star alongside locally procured items such as mango, banana, local fish and fresh herbs. All food is vacuum-sealed and dated on arrival stunning sunset thus ensuring it retains its superior quality and the new brigade of World class chefs do the minimum of preparation to the food allowing instead their inherent flavours to shine. Giorgio is also extremely proud of the apprenticeship program The Lone Star offers to trainee chefs from the local Hospitality College eager to learn they are showing great potential in the kitchen. Giorgio specializes in restaurant build and installed a Jade Waldorf kitchen, the very best for high performance commercial kitchens. From the in-house bakery to pizzas from a wood stone pizza oven the kitchen turns out memorable meals from beginning to end efficiently, even the desserts are all made in house, including ice creams made with fresh local ingredients such as mango, basil and coconut. Fresh made pastas also feature on the menu in dishes such as Open Ravioli with Wild Mushroom and Butternut Squash and Little Neck Clam Linguine with White Wine, Garlic and Fresh Herbs. The lunch menu offers light appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizzas while the Main course could be Fresh Market Fish with Grilled Vegetables, Bank Beer Battered Cod served with hand cut chips and mushy peas or Fresh Maine Lobster with garlic herb butter and Couscous. In the evening the menu is more extensive and includes a selection of Pastas, Fish & Seafood and Meats with inventively paired accompaniments and a choice of Celestial Sauces such as Green Peppercorn, Béarnaise and Madeira Jus. Accessories (aka ‘Sides’) like Truffle Mac n Cheese, Smoked New Potatoes and Baby Cauliflower Cheese are decadent and a heavenly ‘Little Stars’ menu is available just for kids.

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Model Jessica is wearing a black neoprene Glideskin monokini, www.butterflyboutiquebarbados.com or call (246) 256-5004 or (246) 234-9039 for details. All jewelry by John Hardy, available at Diamonds International stores island wide. Make up provided by MAC Cosmetics in the new Spring/Summer trend ‘New Ideal’. MAC Cosmetics are available at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Cave Shepherd, Broad Street. Nail lacquer by MAC Cosmetics in ‘Soiree’. Shot on location at Little Good Harbour, St. Peter. Photography by Julie Chalbaud.

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Model Leah is wearing a bikini by Agua Bendita, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Jewelry by John Hardy, available at Diamonds International stores island wide. Navel ring is models own. Make up provided by MAC Cosmetics in the new Spring/Summer trend ‘Light FX’. MAC Cosmetics are available at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Cave Shepherd, Broad Street. Nail lacquer by MAC Cosmetics in ‘Delicate’. Shot on location at Fish Pot Restaurant, St. Peter. Photography by Julie Chalbaud.

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Model Kari is wearing a snake print bikini, Always Summer, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. All jewelry by John Hardy, available at Diamonds International stores island wide. Make up provided by MAC Cosmetics in the new Spring/Summer trend ‘New Ideal’ with Viva Glam. MAC Cosmetics are available at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Cave Shepherd, Broad Street. Nail lacquer by MAC Cosmetics in ‘Spirit of Truth’. Shot on location at Little Good Harbour, St. Peter. Photography by Julie Chalbaud.

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Model Shannon is wearing a one piece swimsuit by Agua Bendita available from Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. All jewelry by John Hardy, available at Diamonds International stores island wide. Make up provided by MAC Cosmetics in the new Spring/Summer Trend ‘Amped up Bronze’. MAC Cosmetics are available at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Cave Shepherd, Broad Street. Nail lacquer by MAC Cosmetics in ‘Delicate’. Shot on location at Little Good Harbour, St. Peter. Photography by Julie Chalbaud.

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Model Chelsie is wearing a bright yellow/green neoprene bikini, www.butterflyboutiquebarbados.com or call (246) 256-5004 or (246) 234-9039 for details. Jewelry by John Hardy, available at Diamonds International stores island wide. Navel ring is models own. Make up provided by MAC Cosmetics in the new Spring/Summer trend ‘CC Thru Colour’. MAC Cosmetics are available at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Cave Shepherd, Broad Street. Nail lacquer by MAC Cosmetics in ‘Morange’. Shot on location at Little Good Harbour, St. Peter. Photography by Julie Chalbaud.

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Model Shannon is wearing a “Luna Border” embroidered poncho dress in red, www.butterflyboutiquebarbados.com or call (246) 256-5004 or (246) 234-9039 for details. All jewelry by John Hardy, available at Diamonds International stores island wide. Make up provided by MAC Cosmetics in the new Spring/Summer Trend ‘Amped up Bronze’. MAC Cosmetics are available at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Cave Shepherd, Broad Street. Nail lacquer by MAC Cosmetics in ‘Delicate’. Shot on location at Little Good Harbour, St. Peter. Photography by Julie Chalbaud.


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t’s an age-old dilemma; Finding a decorating style that suits his taste and her style is sure to cause some conflict. Often what she has in mind is definitely not going to be his cup of tea and vice versa and thus the Design War Begins! It’s all about compromising and marr ying your looks to create a look that works for both of you. Some of the most interesting spaces are a blend of masculine and feminine elements which make a space personal, eclectic and cozy. Look for common elements such as size, colour or material when meshing looks so they complement each other without being too matchy or too stereotypically masculine or feminine. Going with more natural and neutral elements is always the easiest and safest route, but creating a gender neutral space doesn’t mean it has to be beige and boring. It’s time to let opposites attract. Ditch the design war & end the decorating dilemma. Here are some tips on creating a married space:

The MASTER Bedroom: This room should be a perfect oasis for the both of you. Be inspired by a fresh and neutral hotel look. Avoid overly feminine pastels and floral patterns. Create a serene getaway that works for both your styles. Create interest through lighting and decorative pillows. Photography by Dan Christaldi

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SOME HELPFUL TIPS: Discuss spaces you both find appealing. Decide on large pieces together and involve each other in decision making for each piece. Grey and green are considered the most gender neutral colours as are some shades of violet and blue. Dark rooms add a masculine note to feminine colours and patterns.

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The MEDIA room: This will be a space you spend a lot of time in as a couple and so it is essential to ensure you blend design and function. Masculine wall art can be combined with feminine accents for a modern sophisticated appeal. Photography by Dan Christaldi

The DINING room: This is a great area to have a blend of styles. Don’t feel the need to go for a matching set. Mix up your styles for the table and the seating and finish the look with a lighting element.

MORE GREAT TIPS: Agree, not just on a budget, but on what each room will be used for and how much money will be allocated to each item in your space. One person can lead the search for the couch while the other person is responsible for narrowing down the end table picks. He does the research on televisions and she makes the final choice as to which rug completes the look. Sometimes styling unusual pieces together can create the most exciting rooms. Don’t be afraid to be bold and interesting.

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AFor Vinthetage Tea Party very best reasons Photography by Julie Chalbaud

On a cool Friday afternoon in the St Thomas countryside, a bevy of charitable ladies turned out in their finery for a good cause, to support the Know Me Love Me Foundation’s Vintage Tea Party fundraiser at Fisherpond Great House. Owned by John Chandler and his wife Rain, this stately home is an exemplary example of old world charm, with its unique Barbadian architecture and period furniture which made Fisherpond the perfect location for an event such as this. A busy morning had seen a hive of activity as this traditional Barbadian Plantation home was decorated with vintage-style decorations, swaths of flowing white material and theme props, while the gorgeous gardens were utilised to their fullest potential and fabulous flower arrangements were the centrepiece on each table. Tiered stands were full to the brim with exquisitely decorated cupcakes, pastries and French macarons and each place setting featured beautifully

designed menus and gorgeous antique tea cups and saucers in a variety of designs and styles. At 3pm, a sea of ladies in hats, gloves, pearls and lace began to arrive and were greeted at the door with a Victorian style paper fan and ushered through the house (catching eager glimpses of the table décor along the way) into the lush gardens where a refreshing glass of Minted Blueberry lemonade awaited. Guests were encouraged to peruse the wonderful selection of generously donated items on display – including a Caribbean Cruise, a weekend in St Lucia, stunning jewellery, beautiful outfits, spa treatments, event tickets and more. Opposite page: Roberta, Lady Simpson, Rafi Simpson, founder of the Know Me Love Me Foundation, his wife Lauren and children from Reynold Weekes Primary, St. Philip. Rafi is holding one of the backpacks filled with supplies that were donated to the school children. Above left: Some of the prizes at the Vintage Tea Party included a treatment form Coral Reef Spa and tickets for two to the SOL Rally VIP Tent.

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Outdoor table area showcasing cupcakes and other tea time treats as well as a decorative teapot made entirely of icing by Frances King. Tableware by Fisherpond Great House.

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Gina Cummins, Brand Communications and External Affairs Manager with Sol Barbados Ltd with her Victorian fan - a thank you gift to all guests from the Know Me Love Me Foundation

Everyone wandered happily around the verdant surroundings, serenaded by the talented Debbie Reifer performing an acoustic set. As her dulcet tones wafted through the ferns and orchids, more guests arrived, ladies milled around, chatting with friends and making decisions on which items they would bid for. Roberta, Lady Simpson graciously welcomed everyone and shared some of her experiences visiting the schools and children’s homes to donate backpacks. She then introduced her grandson Rafael (‘Rafi’, as he is affectionately known) who shared the Know Me Love Me story. The name of the Charity he founded was inspired by one of his friends who had traveled to Africa and met an orphan boy. When asked if he could have anything he wanted what would it be, his answer was simple…”For people to know I exist, and I want to be loved.” Education would be the tool to bring about change for so many ‘forgotten’ children. The aim of the Know Me Love Me Foundation is to give children the tools to achieve their academic dreams, delivering backpacks filled with educational materials to children who cannot purchase them. “Often the little materials, the trivial items we take for granted, are the very things that stop children from getting an education. It is the notepads, pencils, crayons, rulers, and erasers that can make the difference to a child going to school embarrassed because they don’t have a pencil, notebook or a schoolbag, to a child having the confidence to go forward each day with the supplies that they need.” Education has the biggest impact on the lives of those in need - it has the power to free people trapped by poverty, gives hope for a successful future, provides physical shelter and care for children and can change the future for an entire village. In 2013, the Know Me Love Me Foundation supported children in Barbados through the donation of backpacks filled with such supplies, visiting schools and children’s homes island wide to meet the children and staff to determine

French Macarons by The Green Monkey Chocolatier

Above left: One of the many beautifully laid tables that were scattered throughout Fisherpond Great House for guest to sit at and enjoy their tea.

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what additional support they can directly give to ensure that children in Barbados benefit from the life-changing opportunity that education can give them. Headmistress of St. Margaret’s Primary, Glendene Hayde had this to say about the work that Roberta, Lady Simpson has carried out on behalf of the Know Me Love Me Foundation in Barbados; “Kind, caring and considerate are just some of the words we use to describe Lady Simpson. Just over two years ago she visited St. Margaret’s Primary to introduce one of her books. The students captured her heart and since then she has been finding ways to enhance their learning experiences. Her inspiring words at Morning Assembly, her participation in Reading Week as well as travelling from her home with six puppies to help enrich the Science curriculum shows her dedication to these students. Thank you Lady Simpson.” Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon, the inimitable John Chandler, brought everyone together to sit down at the tables as the wait staff poured steaming cups of tea and served both sweet and savoury morsels. Conversation flowed to the sound of the grand piano, creating a lovely ambiance. Honouring the theme of the event, gifts were given for the ‘Best Costume’ Angela Simpson, along with a random draw for surprise door prizes; ’Best Head-piece, fascinator’ Gina Cummins and ‘Most Pearls’ Susan Reid which elicited much laughter from the crowd. The event was a tremendous success – and after the tables were cleared and the china washed and put carefully away, the organisers were thankful to not only those who attended, but also to those who made generous donations including: Foster & Ince Cruise Services, Angela Simpson, Hotel Boucan St. Lucia, Gina Hunte, CEI Caribbean, Island Bags, Diamonds International, Going Places Travel, ButterflyBoutiqueBarbados.com, Dolly’s, The Crane Hotel, R& R Cruising, The Cliff Restaurant, Dwellings, Champers Restaurant, Silver Moon Catamaran, Barbados Golf & Country Club, Ryall Fitness, Simpson Motors Ltd, Relish Fresh Café at Simpson Motors, Sol Barbados Ltd, Ela Boutique, Coral Reef Club Spa, Platinum Wines & Andre Williams; the caterers and florists who provided sumptuous delights and gorgeous floral arrangements: Cin Cin Restaurant, Sweet Temptations, Corbins Catering, Anna Went Catering, Simply Flowers and SSMJ Orchids, and of course John and Rain Chandler. Debbie Reifer and accompanying guitarist Marius Charlemagne entertained guests.


Cupcake display showcasing another stunning teapot made entirely of icing by Frances King

Floral arrangement by Christina Foster of Simply Flowers

Sign compliments of Statements Signage

Sponge Fingers and Smoked Salmon & Cucumber sandwiches from Corbin’s Catering. Fresh Fruit Tarts by Sweet Temptations. Tableware provided by Fisherpond Great House.


Charmaine Cox, Christina Simpson, Gina Cox and Nicole Davis

Mini Beef Croissant by Anna Went and Thai Chicken Tartlets by Cin Cin

Lauren and Rafi Simpson and Roberta, Lady Simpson

Local blogger & writer Natasha Simpson and Kellisa Belgrave, Virgo Communications

Linda Cooper, Pauline Taylor and Anne Reid Fabulous Cruise prize thanks to Foster & Ince Cruises

Maureen Davis and Susan Hynam

Monica Maloney, Angela Simpson and Peggy Proverbs

Natasha Herrera and Mom Pricilla Carter

Esther Hunte from Island Bags


Prospective purchasers along with rental clients can look forward to a state of the art fitness centre, locker rooms, a luxurious and modern restaurant and bar, flood lit tennis courts and a resort pool.

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Apes Hill Golf & Polo Club

Delivering on their promises! THINK OF THE STUFF YOUR DREAMS ARE MADE OF. NO I MEAN REALLY THINK. WHEN THE SWIRLY SPARKLY FANTASIES DISSIPATE LIKE STALE MIST, WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU? FROM CHELSEA TO CHANCERY LANE AND FROM SWITZERLAND TO ST. SILAS HEIGHTS, MOST PEOPLE WANT THE SAME THING. A WARM LOVING HOME FOR THEIR FAMILIES, A SAFE COMMUNITY AND THAT ONE FAMILIAR PLACE WHERE – LIKE THE 80’S SITCOM CHEERS – “EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME”. Well that place is finally coming to the Apes Hill Golf & Polo Club. This calendar year will see the construction and opening of the much-anticipated clubhouse, which will be spearheaded by accomplished local architect Larry Warren. With the preliminary design progressing well, the construction and infrastructure retrofitting of the clubhouse will only add to the bustle and bristling efficiency of this fast growing, diverse community. Moving so fast, in fact that, rentals for existing villas have increased by 20% when compared with the same period for last year and 2015 bookings are already coming in. Prospective purchasers along with rental clients can look forward to a state of the art fitness centre, locker rooms, a luxurious and modern restaurant and bar, flood lit tennis courts and a resort pool. According to Director of Sales, Rentals & Marketing Linda Williams the big pull is that if you start building your home now, it will coincide with the completion of the clubhouse. Speaking of pleasing, the completed clubhouse promises to provide a hub for the families that have chosen to make one of the properties their home. Children who are neighbours at home and in the classroom will have somewhere central and safe to chase each other between the deck chairs under the shady palm trees; couples and groups in need of a relaxing swim and a cool adult beverage after an invigorating round of golf or game of polo can make the clubhouse the last stop before heading home to a light supper. Based on the current offerings, these homes can range from villas of between 2,600 and 3,400 square feet for the semi detached option. While detached villas tend to start at 4,000 square feet and can be either bespoke or from our stock plans. From back fill to paying the bills and providing the villas’ feather dusters, the Apes Hill team will hand hold clients through the entire process of design and construction with duty free concessions and a competitive timeline. The flurry of excitement about the upcoming clubhouse adds to the appeal of the Polo Club, which is growing exponentially. Another big pull for prospective clients is the offering of polo lessons, full chukkas and matches available for players of all ages and skill ranges. Polo Club Manager, James Dickson says that the services being offered are becoming increasingly diverse based on client demand. The Polo School is naturally a place for that sense of community to be reinforced, as it provides what amounts to an extracurricular activity for couples and families with similar tastes and schedules. Added to this are both local and visiting players that James and his caring, meticulous team look after arranging chukkas, matches and tournaments. As usual with James, there’s a gleam in his eye when he mentions exciting new developments on the bloodstock front. Similarly the ever ebullient Linda Williams can always be seen dashing about with phones to each ear in a flurry of red lipstick and blonde hair. But make no mistake, 2014 is going to be a big year for Apes Hill Golf & Polo Club. For certain it will continue to be the place where “everybody knows your name”. For more details call (246) 432-5400 or email: info@apeshillclub.com

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PERSON OF INTEREST

By Tracy Highland Photos by Khalil Goodman

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hen you see singer Debbie Reifer walk out on stage with her shy demeanour, half a smile playing on her face, you are almost prepared to be underwhelmed. But then she starts to sing and something magical happens. Debbie’s style is unique. Her vocals are pure, simple and sweet. They draw you in and wrap you up in the essence of the song. Afterwards, when you realise she’s also written the lyrics to much of what you’ve just heard, you’re even more in awe. Her laid back, soulful sound has been compared to Norah Jones and her music is a hybrid of many different genres. She has an amazing talent and has caught the ear of many, including celebrity couple Erin Fetherston and Gabriel Sporta who hired her to perform at their Barbados wedding which was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings last year. “I was so nervous!” she said of the milestone performance. “But everything went well. The lead actor from Dawson’s Creek (James Van Der Beek) came up to the stage with his little girl and started dancing with her while we were playing,” she added while fondly remembering the event. Debbie started her career in music just over two short years ago, but her life tells of a love affair with music that started long before that. She was born the first of two children to a Barbadian father and a Jamaican mother, both physicians who were living in the U.S. at the time. They moved back to Barbados when Debbie was two and a half years old. She says she was a bit rebellious, mouthy and slightly awkward as a child. Her one constant was music. “I always loved music, it made me feel amazing whenever I would hear it.” She attended school in Barbados; first at St. Angela’s, then on to Harrison College where she earned a partial scholarship to Drexel University in Philadelphia to study computer engineering. She moved back to the U.S., enrolled in school and began a journey which would lead her away from her musical inclination but also eventually make her realise its importance in her life. “At the time, music didn’t even cross my mind as a study option because I didn’t think it would be socially accepted as a good choice for a career path,” she explained. Debbie finished her studies with a degree in Computer Information Systems, very little to show music wise, and reeling from the loss of her mother who died of cancer during her last few semesters of school. Right: Debbie performing at Canadian Music Week. Far right: Debbie on stage at this year’s Honey Jazz show in Barbados.

Photo by Yvette Reid

Debbie as a cute three year old

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She decided to stay in the U.S. and look for work. “It was a bad time in the U.S. job market,” she remembers. “I spent about 7 months just doing jobs I was over qualified for.” Her break came when she was asked by a friend to help her company write proposals for their bidding season. “I drove down to DC and stayed there all weekend. On the way back home I got a call from their HR department offering me a job,” she recalls. She quickly climbed up the ladder and in a short time she found herself contracted to work for the U.S. Department of Defense, next door to the Pentagon, as an Information Security Analyst, a highly sensitive position as it relates to U.S. national security. “I still have to be careful when I talk about it, but what I essentially did was design and enforce policies to ensure that sensitive information within a system is kept safe,” she explained. Even though the job required grueling hours, sometimes averaging 90 hours a week, Debbie could not ignore the call of her first love, music. She would carve out time to visit a friend in Philadelphia who had a studio. “At the time I wasn’t dreaming of a career as an artist. I was just going for the sheer love of writing and recording songs,” she said. It eventually got to a point where, according to her, her whole day revolved around the thought of music. “I decided that happiness for me was about contentment, not a six figure salary. It was about spending time with the people I love and doing what makes me feel most content, which is music,” she explained. “Music is the one thing I was born to do.” Debbie moved back to Barbados to pursue her musical career full time and hasn’t regretted the decision. The past few years have been busy ones and she has quickly made a mark on the music scene. She recorded an EP, Hearts Like Mine, featuring the song Amber, which was recently picked up by the international non-profit organization The Pixel Project for use in their global campaign to stop violence against women. She’s written for the critically acclaimed local movie, Chrissy and her music is featured prominently in the film’s score. She was chosen from a field of thousands to perform last year at Canadian Music Week, Canada’s premier music showcase and she also headlined a show at the legendary Red Bones Café in Jamaica. At the beginning of this year Debbie was nominated for best new artist at the Barbados Music Awards. Currently, Debbie is working on putting together songs for a new album due for release later on in the year. She’s excited about working with legendary musician and producer Clive Hunt, whom she met and formed an instant connection with in Jamaica. Clive has produced for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Dean Frazer and the Wailers. “Working with him reminds me of how much this is about creating works of art. I never want to stop,” Debbie said of Hunt. She’s also focused on growing her catalogue of music in hopes of getting placement in more films and on TV, one of her major career goals. Despite her successes so far, Debbie remains driven by the fact that she still has a long way to go. “I don’t think I’ve even scratched the tip of the iceberg in terms of what I really want to achieve,” she stated humbly. “For someone who started so late, I’ve made great strides.” “For me, it’s about the music. I feel like I still have so much growing to do. I’m always just striving to put out the best version of the music that’s inside my head.”

Q: Where can our readers hear your music?

A: My songs Amber, We Are Love and Til I Die are on rotation on local radio stations and I perform live every Wednesday night at Cin Cin by the Sea restaurant.

Q: What do you in your spare time?

A: Hmmm. Do I have spare time? I’m almost ashamed to say this but I catch up on Reality TV. My show is Braxton Family Values. I also like going to the beach and reading. The last novel I read was The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory.

Q: What is on your playlist right now?

A: So many songs, but my favourites right now are Have No Fear by Bird York; Over the Love by Florence and the Machine; and Samba Na Sola by Ceu.

Q: How would you describe your personal style? A: Bohemian, classic, quirky!

Q: What do you want your legacy to be?

A: Great music. Timeless music. Music that touches, heals and inspires change. You can find out more about Debbie at www.reverbnation.com/debbiereifer, www.facebook.com/debbiereifermusic or follow her on twitter or Instagram @debbiereifer.


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REAL ESTATE NEWS AND VIEWS

RELOCATION SERVICES

Barbados Relocation Services provides a professional and warm experience to all those relocating to our beautiful island. For the business owner, your employees are your most valuable asset, and their successful relocation to Barbados is essential to the success of your company. We take care of every detail and every aspect of your journey to living comfortably in Barbados.

Here is our list of relocation services: • Airport Meet & Greet • Container clearance and moving services • Housing (purchase and rental options) • Vehicle leasing or purchase • Work permits & Special Entry Immigration applications

• Public and private education options

for children • Housekeeping and care taker sourcing • Pet importation • Island tours and familiarization • Club memberships • Guidance on shopping, dining out, entertainment, medical, banking and legals

Make us your Relocation Agency of choice and we promise to provide the very best service! Tel: (246) 826-6135 or (246) 826-6131. Email us at info@barbadosrelocate.com www.barbadosrelocationservices.com

Arawidi For Rent

Arawidi is a privately owned property situated in the exclusive Moonshine Ridge, St James, overlooking the 10th green of the world-renowned Apes Hill Golf Club and surrounded by open views of the Caribbean Sea. It is a magnificent 10,000 sq.ft. villa that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living with spectacular architecture comprising generous sundecks from each of the 5 stunningly appointed Master Suites including walk-in dressing closets, wet-rooms and en suite bathrooms. The 5th Master bedroom sits in its own detached cottage with private entrance. Other ammenities include an infinity edge 50 meter flood-lit pool, landscaped gardens, sea views, media room, Flat-screen TV/Wi-Fi/cable television /telephone system, dedicated ‘mood-lighting’ panel in each room, outdoor & indoor dining, fully fitted kitchen with Miele ovens, steamers, separate fridge/freezer, wine-fridge & separate ice-maker, microwave & hob, 24 hour security, Golf Club and Beach Club access, housekeeper/laundress. Excellent Chef, Butler & Waitress available upon request. For further details email: Info@apeshillclub.com Www.apeshillclub.com

Waterside - Luxurious Beachfront Residences Set along pristine Paynes Beach, these stylish beachfront condominiums are in the perfect location for those seeking the comforts of the West Coast. Ranging in size from 854 to 3,634 square feet, the luxury apartments featuring high-end finishes, comprise 1, 2 and 3-bedroom models along with a chic 5-bedroom penthouse suite. Boasting covered terraces with stunning ocean views and open-concept kitchens with the latest appliances, these beautifully furnished condos are ideal for entertaining. Residents enjoy several onsite amenities including concierge service, a gym, direct beach access, a large pool and deck and 24-hour security. Floors are connected with 2 elevators. Fine dining, chic boutiques and entertainment are a mere 5 minutes away in lively Holetown. Want to enjoy Waterside’s luxury? Contact Bajan Services|Knight Frank at 1(246) 422-2618 or visit us online at: www.bajanservices.com.

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Crane Resorts Introduces Luxury Quarter Share Ownership from US $138,000 Managing Director of Crane Resorts, Paul Doyle recently announced a new Quarter Share Ownership (13 weeks) programme tailored to those who wish to spend a significant time in Barbados without the costs of the outright ownership.“Quarter Share owners will enjoy all the benefits of Crane Resorts’ world renowned Shared Ownership programme,” said Doyle, “Not only will buyers now own a quarter share of a luxurious residence but they will also enjoy access to 5-star resort amenities such as three fine dining restaurants, two bars, spa, tennis courts, fitness facilities and 1.5 acres of cascading swimming pools – all at the door step of one of the world’s finest beaches!” Quarter Share owners also benefit from unprecedented vacation exchange opportunities worldwide as the number one ranked resort in RCI®, the world’s largest vacation exchange company as well as through membership in The Registry Collection®, the world’s most prestigious vacation exchange network. This is in addition to a profitable rental pool option that has covered all expenses and has made a profit for all weeks not reserved for use by the owner. Quarter Share Ownership in luxurious, fully furnished one and two bedroom residences featuring lush gardens, private pools, Jacuzzis, and dining gazebos is priced at US$138,000 and US$206,000 respectively. To learn more, call Crane Resorts’ Property Sales Centre at (246) 416-6560 or email property@craneresorts.com.

CONGRATULATIONS REALTORS REAL ESTATE LIMITED ON YOUR AWARD!

Realtors Real Estate Limited are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a 5-Star International Property award for best Real Estate Agency in Barbados for years 2013-2014.
Mrs. Suzanne Davis, Managing Director and Mrs. Tammy Brown Office Manager. Real Estate Co-Ordinator received the award on December 8, 2013 at an awards dinner at the Grosvenor Hotel in London where they were winners from all over the world. Pictured on right Suzanne and Tammy receiving their award from the organizers of the International Property Awards.

Cornucopia

San Flamingo

Location! Location! and neighbours!

Worldwide Dream Villas recently sold a property on Polo Ridge and was reminded of just what a great spot it is to own a home. Large plots, lovely breezes, very quiet and views out to sea that will keep you mesmerised all day. It’s a special location with great neighbours and a Polo field behind you. Two Houses have been sold recently but there are still 3 great Houses for sale today – Call them to view San Flamingo (US$4.75 M), Cornucopia (US$2.95 M) and Buttsbury Court. For details call Worldwide Dream Villas on 1 (246) 432-6307 or visit them online at www.worldwidedreamvillas.com

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Bajan Services|Knight Frank, Newton House, Battaleys, St. Peter BB26094 Tel: (246) 422-2618 Fax: (246) 422-5366 Email: sales@bajanservices.com www.bajanservices.com

Villa Petit Bateau

Mangrove Plantation

A grand heritage property, about 10 mins. from the West Coast. This tranquil, gracious, restored 4-bedroom plantation house with converted sugar mill, adds to the classic feel. It has a wide wraparound terrace, pool and gardens. The Carriage House provides another 2 bedrooms for guests. • FOR SALE: US$7,800,000

One of the finest in the elite Sugar Hill Resort, commanding panoramic sea views. The 6-bedroom home’s lily pond is the highlight of the main entrance. The infinity-edge pool, Jacuzzi, gazebo & bar make entertaining a dream. Featuring a ‘chattel’ playhouse for children and a 2-bedroom cottage. • FOR SALE: US$7,650,000

Old Trees Penthouse

Green Monkey

Port St. Charles 371

Firefly

Villas On The Beach 403

Queens Fort No 1

This lavish 5-bedroom residence sets itself apart from any other residence within the award-winning Port St. Charles Marina Development. Private and tranquil, this lavish residence seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living. Complete with a 110-ft. boat berth, pool and private pathway to the beach. • FOR SALE: US$8,950,000

This well-appointed 4-bedroom penthouse with 6,500 sq. ft. of living space, commands epic West Coast sea vistas. 2 master suites open to private ocean view balconies. High-end finishes, private plunge and deck pools complete this luxurious home. A lagoonstyle swimming pool dominates its garden. • FOR SALE: US$6,750,000

Set amidst lush private gardens, this residence enjoys stunning views out over the landscaping of Sugar Hill. This 5-bedroom house is built in the traditional Barbadian colonial style. Owners enjoy the use of the tennis facilities and clubhouse. • FOR SALE: US$4,200,000

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With a desirable Queens Fort address, Green Monkey has a classic design. A coral stone fountain in the tranquil atrium welcomes visitors to the distinctive 5-bedroom home. A swimming pool with a large deck and gazebo nearby make outdoor living a must. Golfing and other amenities are nearby. • FOR SALE: US$4,950,000

An amazing 3-bedroom luxury condo in chic Holetown on the West Coast. Seascapes are enjoyed from the large patio off the master and a lagoon-style pool with waterfalls accentuated with landscaped gardens enhances the grounds. Golf, tennis and shopping are all nearby. • FOR SALE: US$1,950,000

Sunwatch

Elegant, 3rd floor penthouse in illustrious Port St. Charles offers spectacular views of the sea and peaceful lagoon. 2 spacious terraces including one on a rooftop with a Jacuzzi, barbecue and wet bar make it ideal for entertaining. The villa, which comes with a 60-ft. berth and private beach access, is just north of Speightstown. • FOR SALE: US$4,250,000

A charming 3-bedroom villa with open-plan design and a pool nestled in lush greenery. This one-level home in a desirable neighbourhood features a spacious kitchen, living and master bedroom with a double vanity and large tub. Minutes from Holetown, the villa has direct access to the beach. • FOR SALE: US$1,600,000


Property Listings Crane Resorts, Crane, St. Philip Tel: (246) 416-6560 Email: property@craneresorts.com www.thecrane.com www.beachhouses.bb

Owners receive unprecedented benefits, including the amenities and services of 5-star resorts; turn-key services that cover everything, a profitable rental pool option and unrivalled exchange opportunities to luxurious resorts worldwide. All closing costs are included in quoted price. Quarter (13 weeks) and Shared Ownership also available.

The Crane Resort 852, St. Philip

Beach Houses 4142/3, St. Philip

Luxurious 4050 sq. ft. front row villa featuring exceptional ocean views, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two pools, large gardens, hammocks and BBQs on approximately 8900 sq. ft. of land. • FOR SALE: US$2,195,000 (Off plan)

The Crane Resort 3627, St. Philip Immaculate and luxuriously furnished 1074 sq. ft. penthouse offering lush garden views, one bedroom and one bathroom as well as a rooftop terrace complete with pool, BBQ and outdoor furniture. • FOR SALE: US$475,000

Beach Houses 4231, St. Philip

The Crane Resort 813, St. Philip

Beach Houses 4222, St. Philip

The Crane Resort 3617, St. Philip

The Crane Resort 3611, St. Philip 

The Crane Resort 3621, St. Philip

Majestic, fully furnished 3820 sq. ft. penthouse located just yards away from Crane Beach offering three bedrooms, three bathrooms, vaulted ceilings and a spacious ocean front patio with outdoor furniture. • FOR SALE: US$2,612,000

Spacious and modern 1100 sq. ft. studio apartment with spectacular ocean views featuring a large private patio offering “no tan-lines” privacy, 18 ft pool and private garden with hammock and BBQ. • FOR SALE: US$715,000 (Off plan)

Attractive 1,050 sq.ft. one bedroom, two bathroom residence offering a spa tub in the master suite as well as a large balcony, chairs and tropical garden view. • FOR SALE: US$475,000

Large ground floor colonial-styled 1550 sq. ft. residence with breathtaking ocean views, large terrace with sun loungers as well as a 28 ft “infinity edge” pool. Features one bedroom and two bathrooms. • FOR SALE: US$975,000

Fully furnished ground floor two bedroom 1550 sq.ft. residence featuring a large terrace, lush private garden, pool and gazebo for outdoor dining. • FOR SALE: US$695,000

Ocean front two bedroom, two bathroom villa featuring open plan living spaces leading on to an expansive terrace featuring panoramic views, 37 ft “infinity-edge” pool and hot tub surrounded by a tropical garden. • FOR SALE: US$1,795,000 (Off plan)

Spacious 1718 sq. ft. penthouse located in the Park Residences. Features one bedroom, two bathrooms and a large rooftop terrace with pool, outdoor furnishings and garden view. • FOR SALE: US$695,000

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Property Listings Seaside Realty Inc, #11 Porters, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 439-7010 or (246) 419-4510 Email: info@seasiderealtybarbados.com www.seasiderealtybarbados.com

Crystal Heights, St. James

Three lots available in an established, upmarket neighbourhood, a few minutes away from Warrens with all amenities. Glorious west coast beaches are also just a short drive. • FOR SALE: US$115,000 - 8,386 sq. ft. • FOR SALE: US$115,000 - 8,423 sq. ft. • FOR SALE: US$140,000 - 11,214 sq. ft.

Long Bay, Christ Church

A 3 Bed/2 Bath stand alone home situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with lovely beaches and many amenities of Six Roads all just a short drive away. This property is priced to sell, being offered at considerably less than its recent Valuation! • FOR SALE: US$182,500

Fitz Village, St. James

Just a two minute walk to the beach is this gated community comprising of six very nicely finished townhouses. Each unit features 2 Bed/3 Bath and approx 1,200 sq. ft of living space. • FOR SALE: Starting at US$287,500

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Cottage Crescent, St. George The 3 Bed/4 Bath home sits on approx 6,300 sq. ft. of land located in a quiet cul-de-sac. With a study, laundry room and carport while an area off the deck was designed for a 16 ft. span exercise pool but can be cultivated into lawn and garden area. • FOR SALE: US$287,500

Water Hall Terrace, St. James

A sizable, 4 Bed/3 Bath home in an elevated position featuring a large open plan style, home office, and partly covered deck. A ridge lot, across the road, offering breathtaking views of the west coast is also available for sale for US $375,000. • FOR SALE: US$397,500

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Palm Court, St. James

A development comprising 12 two-storey, spacious townhouses in quiet, central Prior Park. With six 3 Bed & six 2 Bed units all with A/c bedrooms. • FOR SALE: From US$300,000 2 Bed/2.5 Bath • FOR SALE: From US$325,000 3 Bed/2.5 Bath

Brownes, Christ Church

Spacious 2 Bed/2 Bath luxury boutique apartments within a gated community. Ideally located on the South coast within walking distance to beaches, shopping, restaurants and night life. • FOR SALE: Starting at US$450,000 • FOR RENT: Starting at US$2,250

Chancery Lane, Christ Church

Just a short drive away from the beach you will find this 3 Bed/2 Bath family home situated in the nice established neighbourhood. All bedrooms have built-in cupboards and are quite breezy. • FOR SALE: US$300,000

Cane Garden Park, St. Thomas

A spacious 4 Bed/3 Bath family home with lovely views. To the back of the property is a massive purple heart deck that is partly sheltered with a wet bar and partly open-air with a large “swim spa”. • FOR SALE: US$495,000


Property Listings Seaside Realty Inc, #11 Porters, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 439-7010 or (246) 419-4510 Email: info@seasiderealtybarbados.com www.seasiderealtybarbados.com !!! CED REDU

Glen Acres, St. George

Upton, St. Michael

Holders Hill, St. James

Millennium Heights, St. Thomas

Neils Plantation, St. George

Wanstead Heights, St. James

Black Rock Commercial, St. Michael

Royal Westmoreland, St. James

Upton, St. Michael

A stunning 3 Bed/4.5 Bath executive style home with A/C’s in all bedrooms. Offering a private pool and pool side bar, as well as a Koi pond & pool house which also doubles as a home gym. • FOR SALE: US$500,000 • FOR RENT: US$4,500

Amazing deal! Sitting on a 31,343 sq. ft. lot is this unique opportunity. The main house with living area upstairs and a downstairs office. Next to the home is a separate 1 Bed cottage as well as a smaller studio cottage. • FOR SALE: US$700,000

A 4 Bed/3 Bath home on 22,000 sq. ft. offering quiet, comfortable living with features such as a pool, vented BBQ area, large back-up generator and back-up water tank. • FOR SALE: US$747,500 • FOR RENT: US$3,500

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Townhouse & Condo units in a gated community with access to 2 large pools, 2 lit tennis courts, clubhouse, gym and jogging track. Two minutes from Warrens. Excellent rental potential! • FOR SALE: US$750,000 3 Bed/2.5 Bath • FOR SALE: US$475,000 3 Bed/3.5 Bath • FOR SALE: US$265,000 1 Bed/1.5 Bath

A large commercial property on the main road consisting of a retail store, offices and warehouse, as well as a loading bay for containers, additional container storage and ample parking. • FOR SALE: US$1 Mil.

A wonderful 5 Bed/3.5 Bath home sitting on over 2 acres of manicured grounds, with wet bar, bbq. area, terrace and an above ground swimming pool. Separate from the main house is a beautiful 3 Bed /2 Bath cottage. • FOR SALE: US$850,000

Beautiful holiday rental 2 Bed/2.5 Bath villa with a private 1 Bed /1 Bath cottage located in an exclusive gated resort with communal pools, tennis, a world renowned golf course, clubhouse, spa and beach availability. • FOR RENT: Starting at US$350 per night

Large 3 Bed home and an additional 1 Bed self contained apt, with distant ocean views, pool and established gardens. Additional features include a large water tank, hurricane shutters, retractable awnings and a new permclad roof. • FOR SALE: US$1,050,000

A very spacious 4 Bed/3 Bath apartment with a huge open-air patio, with an additional two rooms. One best served for storage, the other possibly as a small home office. Price includes garden maintenance and a monthly water consumption of BBD$50. • FOR RENT: US$1,500

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Property Listings Worldwide Dream Villas, Indigo Courtyard, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432-6307 Email: zaheera@worldwidedreamvillas.com www.worldwidedreamvillas.com www.barbadosdreamvillas.com

Port St Charles 102 This immaculately furnished villa boasts stunning sea and lagoon views from each room. It features large outdoor space, plunge pool and the beach a few steps away. This 4 bed., 5 ½ bath. villa has a 50 ft. berth on the south of the property and 2 exclusive parking spots. • FOR SALE: US$3,750,000

Fairways, Sandy Lane

Waterside, St. James

Colleton Great House

Heywoods 160

This newly built, 5 bedroom home located on the exclusive Sandy Lane Estate. This residence has a practical one-level layout with expansive covered terraces. It is immaculately finished with designer interiors lending to great entertaining areas. • FOR SALE: US$5,705,000

26 luxurious furnished beachfront condominiums. Each apartment is finished to the highest quality and has unobstructed views of the beautiful Paynes Bay Beach. This development features 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments. • FOR SALE FROM: US$675,000

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Turtle view 10

This stunning 3 bed. townhouse is within walking distance to Holetown, major restaurants, shops and beaches. It has done exceptionally well with short term rentals and the unit is being sold as a package. All confirmed bookings after an agreed sale will be inherited by the new owner. • FOR SALE US$625,000

This unbelievable 10 bed. 10 bath. home is located in St Lucy. Built in 1647 and surviving the hurricanes of the 18th century, was renovated in the 1980’s. Many of the original interiors were maintained so as to preserve the wonderful, rich history of this beautiful property. • FOR SALE US$9,800,000

Located within the desirable residential neighbourhood of Heywoods Estate on a well landscaped, completely enclosed lot; just a 5-minute walk from magnificent beaches at Heywoods and Port St. Charles. This villa features 3 bedrooms 4 ½ bathroom. • FOR SALE US$945,000

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The Set

This stunning villa features 3 bed. 2 1/2 baths & a study which can be transformed into a 4th bedroom. This unique open plan villa features an immaculate kitchen, leading to a large terrace. It is great for entertaining or relaxing. The wide terrace is complimented by a heated spa pool. • FOR SALE US$475,000

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Completed to the highest standard, it’s equipped with a/c and ceiling fans throughout, marble bathrooms, floors and a superb fully equipped Miele kitchen with granite worktops. It features 4 ensuite bedrooms & a sea view from the top floor. • FOR SALE US$1,650,000

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Glitter Bay 312 PRICED TO SELL!!

Located within the lovely Glitter Bay Estate. The luxury condo comprises of 2 bed/2 bath, living/ dining room & a spacious terrace. This beachfront apartment is situated on the second floor overlooking beautifully landscaped gardens and magnificent platinum coast. • FOR SALE US$590,000


Property Listings Realtors Real Estate Limited, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 432-6930 Fax: (246) 432-6919 Email: info@realtorsrealestatesales.com www.realtorsrealestatesales.com

Applehall Lots, St.Philip

Residential lots in the quiet and breezy neighbourhood of Applehall which is near to the Crane and all amenities in Six Roads. Land Area: 5,840 – 8,107 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$75,000 - $100,000.00

Coralita Row 73, Sunset Crest, St. James
 Unfurnished 4 bed, 3.5 bath home, fully landscaped. It sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Sunset Crest. It has 2 kitchens one being unfinished and the 3 bedrooms are en-suite. Financing available through owner. Land Area: 15,740 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$595,000.00

Trundles, Jamestown Park 14, St. James


Trundles is a newly built well equipped duplex comprised of two houses which share a sun deck/ pool. One of the units features 3 beds and the other 2 beds. Land Area: 9,295 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$695,000.00

Maynards Grove 34, St. Peter

Rowans Park South 163, St. George


The Set, Seaview Road, St. James


Maynards 93 “Down Under”, St. Peter


Charming 3 bed, 2 bath furnished home offering a spacious living space which is situated on 6,566 sq. ft. of enclosed land and well-kept gardens. Covered Area: 2,000 sq. ft. (approx.)
 • FOR SALE: US$390,000.00

3 bed, 2 bath home in a quiet and breezy residential neighbourhood. The property is fully enclosed with a gazebo and a splash pool at the back of the house. Land Area: 8,240 sq. ft. (approx.)
 • FOR SALE: US$375,000.00

Unfurnished 4 bed, 3 bath uniquely designed home which is ideal for residential & commercial use. Land Area: 11,752 sq. ft. (approx.)
 • FOR RENT: US$3,250.00
 • FOR SALE: US$600,000.00

5 bed, 3 bath home with Indonesian style decor. Beautifully carved wood wall accents & large patio overlooking gully and tree tops. Gazebo view of swimming pool carved out of coral stone. Traditional wood pizza oven for outdoor entertaining. Land Area: 32,956 sq. ft. (approx.)
 • FOR SALE: US$625,000.00 




Blessed Manor, Christ Church


Coastal View 5, Thicket, St. Philip
 3 bed, 2 bath custom-built home with breath-taking views of the island. Self-contained 2 bed, 2 bath downstairs apartment with a private entrance.  Land Area: 14,837 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR RENT: US$4,000.00
 • FOR SALE: US$1,450,000.00

6 bed, 6 bath home with 3 beds upstairs and 3 downstairs and a spiral staircase joining the two floors. Upstairs has an enclosed sitting room with a bank of windows bringing in the light overlooking the garden.  Covered Area: 3,942 sq. ft. (approx.) 
 • FOR SALE: US$1,250,000.00

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