Antigua & Barbuda, July 2017 – January 2018
Pomp & pageantry Antigua & Barbuda pulls out all the stops for Prince Harry’s visit
Why invest in Antigua? The benefits go way beyond the beaches
Vinyl revival hits AntiguA Life’s Little Luxuries: Divine desserts
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Landmarks and legends
A year of triumphs for Antigua’s sailing scene
Take the long view Ocean Grand offers an investment dream
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Antigua & Barbuda, July 2017 – January 2018
CONTENTS Letter from Luxury Locations 8
Carlisle Bay’s A-list appeal 42
Creating a home at Sugar Ridge 60
The new age in real estate services 10
Keeping it real: Handmade beauty 45
Map of Antigua 14
Why Ana’s is Antigua’s most elegant seafront spot 46
Luxury, hospitality and a spoonful of sugar at Curtain Bluff 64
Meet the Luxury Locations team 16 A year of triumphs for Antigua’s sailing scene 18 Life’s Little Luxuries: Divine desserts 24
Pomp and pageantry: Prince Harry visits Antigua 26 Ride of your life: Outdoor World 32 The Luxe List 34 Property feature: Tamarind Hills’ Breezy Bay 38
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Property feature: Ocean Grand Estates
Property feature: No 5’s private island style 68
Property feature: Villa Azura 70
Vinyl revival hits Antigua 52
Why go it alone? Outsourcing your property’s management 72
For the love of music: Singer Twenty-2 54
Life coach Janis Hough: A life less ordinary 55 Going for gold: The Antiguan team rowing the Atlantic 56 Property feature: Villa Ensueno 59
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Party pages: Highlights of the social calendar 76 Why invest in Antigua 84 Property handbook 86 Real estate for sale 88 My Antigua: Alison Sly-Adams 108
With special thanks to journalist Gemma Handy for contributory articles and photographers Alex Andre Rhodes and Scotty Meade.
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royal visit, two landmark sailing regattas and news of forthcoming developments backed by some of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands. It’s been a giddying few months for Antigua & Barbuda, still catching its breath after last year’s award of UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Anyone under the impression that life happens elsewhere when you reside on a small Caribbean island would have been forced to swallow that notion thanks to the global headlines we’ve made of late. Prince Harry’s momentous visit to our twin islands – which included a trip back to Barbuda for the first time since holidaying there with his mother, the late Princess Diana, in the 1990s – was a poignant one for him and a mammoth celebration for us. Do check out our colour feature on page 26 detailing the highlights of Harry’s epic three-day encounter with local schools, sports stars, musicians and charities on behalf of the Queen. Life’s Little Luxuries Page 24
Antigua’s maritime history dates back more than two centuries. And this year’s celebrations for the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week and the 30th Classic Yacht Regatta saw almost recordbusting numbers of boats making their graceful entry into historic English Harbour. The spread starting on page 18 is in commemoration to a year of triumphs for our world-renowned sailing scene, enhanced by UNESCO’s ranking of 18th century Nelson’s Dockyard alongside the pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, Westminster Abbey and Machu Picchu. On top of all that, the country continues to attract major inward investment, driven by the success of the Citizenship by Investment programme, and evidenced in the branding of underconstruction five-star hotels by names as big as Waldorf Astoria and Marriott. Find out more about the benefits of doing business here by reading our investment feature on page 84. Pomp & pageantry fit for a prince Page 26
Within these colourful pages you can also browse the top-notch restaurants and resorts that thrive here, experience the heady social calendar in our party pages, and meet the tenacious team preparing to row the mighty Atlantic Ocean to raise money for sea conservation and hopefully bag the country’s first ever Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge win. Finally, by the time you reach the back you’ve find you’ve already fallen in love with our islands, there are several pages devoted to some of the exceptional properties and idyllically-positioned parcels of land we have for sale. Antigua & Barbuda is going places. Speak to Luxury Locations to find out how you can get on board. n
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Vinyl Revival Page 52
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The new age in real estate services Luxury Locations may be one of the newest real estate agencies in Antigua, but we are also the best, and if you don’t believe us, you can check the figures; between 2014–2015 we achieved over US$100m in real estate sales, equivalent to almost 10% of the GDP of Antigua & Barbuda! We are constantly asking ourselves what we can do better. This founding concept has led to our success, and resulted in our winning international awards year on year. Luxury Locations可能是安提瓜最新的房地产代理之一，但更是最好的代理，如果您不相信，可以审查相关的统计 数据；在2014年–2015年期间，我们的房地产销售额超过了1亿美元，几乎相当于安提瓜和巴布达GDP的10%！我 们不断要求自己，努力做得更好。由此创立的理念引导我们不断取得成功，并使我们每年都有赢得国际奖项。
What we do. We sell property, but we also do a lot more! Development Consultancy and Market Knowledge We have the market insights; we live it and breathe it. We know what will sell and what won’t. We can assist with project concepts and provide detailed financial models for generating investment for your project.
我们坚持业务多元化。我们销售房地产，但我们能做的 远不止于此！ 开发咨询和市场知识 我们拥有与生俱来、息息相关的市场洞察力。我们知道什么畅销，什 么不会。我们可以协助项目规划，提供详细的财务模型，为您的项目 吸引投资。 营销理念和品牌推广 从概念设计到品牌推广、网站、手册和翻译，我们可以全程支持您的 营销宣传。如果您希望亲自深入了解我们的品质和专业性，只需浏览 您手中的这份杂志！ 数字媒体 携手我们的数字媒体合作伙伴Cinematic Wings，我们结合了世界级 的电影制作能力、前沿技术以及卓越的营销技能，提供了远超其他所 有竞争对手的杰出品质。 Cinematic Wings的创始人Scotty Meade
Marketing Concepts and Branding From concept design, to branding, websites, brochures and translations, we can undertake all your marketing. And if you want to see our quality and professionalism first hand, then look no further than the magazine you are holding! 10
是CINI Golden Eagle“最佳导演奖”得主，曾经是EMI International 和 Abbey Road Studios的签约执行制片人和电影导演，并曾执导 过获得多项大奖的《The Abbey Road Story》。
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www.luxurylocations.com • firstname.lastname@example.org Digital Media Along with our digital media partners Cinematic Wings, we combine world-class film making ability, cutting edge technology and exceptional marketing to provide a quality which is quite simply a cut above everything else. Scotty Meade, the founder of Cinematic Wings, is a CINI Golden Eagle winner for Best Director and was an executive producer and film director working under contract with EMI International and Abbey Road Studios and directed the multi-award winning “The Abbey Road Story”. Surveys and Modelling Luxury Locations is the only agency who can provide you with CAD 3D models of land and buildings. Topographical surveys, volumetric surveys, and build progress surveys, can be combined with architectural design concepts to make 3D digital models accurate to 1mm! We can show the exact position and angle where the sun will set on a property before a single brick is laid. Case Study – Marketing and Sales Pearns Point: Luxury Locations were appointed as sole agents for Pearns Point in 2013. The 150 acre peninsula had yet to attract its first sale despite being marketed for years. Luxury Locations changed the marketing concept and rebranded Pearns Point as an ultra exclusive high-end development – “Shared by Few Rivalled by None”. By changing the brand message and market perception, Luxury Locations were able to generate sales of around US$30m in just 18 months. 调查和建模 Luxury Locations 是唯一能够为您提供土地和建筑的CAD 3D模型的 房地产代理机构。地形调查、容积调查和施工进度调查，可以结合建 筑设计概念，使3D数字模型精确到1毫米！在施工尚未开始之前，我
Luxury Locations Magazine Arguably the most popular magazine in Antigua, Luxury Locations magazine is a twice yearly publication distributed nationaly and internationally. The concept of the magazine is to promote Antigua as a destination and showcase the best investment opportunities and property Antigua has to offer.
LUXUR Y MAGAZINE
Bare feet are welcome
Experiencing the organic luxury of the Carlisle Bay resort
Down to a fine art
The eyes have it: the sights, Artist Naydene Gonnella’s sounds and savours of stirring portraits Antigu
Face to face with soca diva Claudette ‘CP’ Peters
From designers to painters, singers to sculptors, meet some of Antigua’s most creative residents
Godfather of style: fashion designer Calvin Southwell
Villas for reasons, seasons and lifetimes: Investment opportunities in Jolly Harbour
Legendary chef Patrick Gauducheau reveals his recipe for success
highlights of the social calendar
On the right track – Your free tourist map of Antigua
Antigua & Barbuda, January– July 2016
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Unveiling Also in this edition... tigua’s donkeys – first mega An Caring for Antigua’s reso rt
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Singulari legacy of the sweet old days – where serenity, reign suprem seclusion e and splendo Say cheese: ur Photographic
Class act: Why superyacht Grace E’s beauty is more than skin deep
LOCATIO NS. The Mag azine
Snapshots: Photo highlights of the social graphic to cricket, calendar sailing to art,
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Food glorio island’s best us food – our top dining exper Plus: The iences A-Z of Antigua n food – dissected, digested, divulged
Management Services We offer full property management services to create a seamless transition from construction to generating rental income. Buyers have the confidence that their property will be well looked after and produce an immediate return on investment which makes for an easy investment choice.
管理服务 我们提供全面的物业管理服务，旨在实现从施工到生成租金收入的无 缝过渡。买家可以放心，他们的物业将获得良好的照看，并立即产生 投资回报，从而可以轻松做出最佳的投资选择。 案例研究 – 营销与销售 Pearns Point项目：Luxury Locations于2013年被Pearns Point任命 为独家代理。尽管150英亩的半岛已经营销多年，但依然尚未达成首次 销售。Luxury Locations改变了营销理念，重新把Pearns Point塑造成 为一个超级独家高端开发项目 –“Shared by Few Rivalled by None (无与伦比的终极奢华) ”。通过变更品牌信息和市场认知，Luxury Locations仅在18个月内就创造了大约3000万美元的销售额。 11
Invest in Antigua’s citizenship programme Luxury Locations offers some of the highest quality properties approved under the government’s Citizenship by Investment programme which entitles buyers to apply for an Antigua & Barbuda passport. Most applicants receive their new passport within a few months. The scheme attracts buyers from all over the world who – in addition to a fabulous new home or development opportunity – enjoy benefits including tax planning, year-round sunshine and visa-free travel to more than 130 countries. Here’s a selection of approved schemes for sale through Luxury Locations.
Harbour Island Residences
Prices from US$408,000
This is a fully serviced development currently under construction on a 33-acre private island within the gated community of Jolly Harbour. All properties are sold fully furnished and benefit from a communal swimming pool and gardens, boat moorings, off-street parking, and 24-hour security. Jolly Harbour is within walking distance of one of Antigua’s finest beaches.
No 5 Harbour Island
Prices from US$400,000 Fractional ownership Five unique properties, each set out across three storeys and built to the highest specifications, comprise this upscale chic new development. No 5 has a prime spot on exclusive Harbour Island within the gated community of Jolly Harbour. Each home has three spacious bedrooms and a large top floor with balcony which may be transformed into an office, fourth bedroom or even a gym. 12
CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT SOUTH POINT Call for price
Twenty-three stylish residences in Falmouth Harbour, South Coast, perfect for a vacation hideaway or as a lucrative investment. South Point is an exciting new development situated in the hub of Antiguaâ€™s yachting community, Falmouth Harbour. 1 and 2 bedrooms available
Tamarind Hills Prices from US$575,000
Sweeping ocean views and luxurious contemporary styling set this stunning collection of apartments, villas and townhouses apart. Tamarind Hills offers an exclusive five-star resort environment on Antiguaâ€™s magnificent west coast, just a short drive from all the amenities of Jolly Harbour. Each exquisitely finished home is abundant with wow factors and exudes a luxurious Caribbean charm.
Hodges Bay Resort
Prices from US$400,000 Located in a desirable north coast residential area, the Hodges Bay Resort has been designed by renowned Miami architect Kobi Karp. Various properties are for sale, ranging from one-bed hotel rooms, to studios with kitchenettes, two-bedroom apartments, and three- and four-bedroom townhouses. Every property boasts state-of-the-art styling, fixtures and furnishings, and each bedroom has a private balcony with ocean view. 13
MEET THE LUXURY LOCATIONS TEAM
eal estate agents – like journalists, bankers and politicians – tend to find a less-than-flattering public perception precedes them. It’s no mean feat then, when a real estate firm bucks the trend by building and maintaining a reputation as a reliable, professional and trusted entity which has stood the test of time - corroborated by a fistful of eminent industry awards. Spring 2017 marked eight years since the inception of Luxury Locations and its property management arm, Villa Management. Today we are firmly established as the country’s leading agency with the largest portfolio of exclusive listings for sale and rent. While much of that is down to sheer
grit and hard work, our success can also be attributed to an innovative approach to marketing which allowed us to grow exponentially throughout the global economic downturn and unprecedented challenges to the sector. The unrivalled international exposure we guarantee our listings earned us the gong for best real estate marketing in Antigua & Barbuda at the 2015 International Property Awards. That came hot on the heels of three Overseas Property Professionals Awards in 2014 and 2013, twice naming us third best real estate agency in the world, and second best in the regional category to boot. We may be a small team but we’re a mighty one, with four decades’ worth
of collective experience. Antigua is, for us, a place we know, cherish and call home. And that’s what underlines our commitment to selling not just villas, apartments and parcels of land but the island as a destination and a lifestyle we know you’ll love via this magazine. Our hugely popular biannual publication – now on its 12th edition – is the only one of its kind in the region and enjoys a firm status as a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Read on to find out more about the energetic, dynamic – and occasionally kooky – team behind our award-winning brand. n
MORE about Sam...
MORE about Nadia...
• He has a penchant for 80s’ music; his all-time top tune is John Parr’s ‘St Elmo’s Fire’
• She spent six years managing a restaurant in Majorca before moving to the Caribbean.
• He once spent five months living in the Amazon jungle
• Her favourite island escape is secluded Pinching Bay on Antigua’s west coast
• He believes mastering the art of self-discipline and willpower is the key to success
• Juggling life as mother of two small boys – while co-running a trio of successful businesses – Nadia is always on the go
Chief executive officer
From working as a start-up business consultant to martial arts training, Sam’s professional background is as diverse as the countries he’s called home. He moved to Antigua from the UK in 2009 and – as a keen freediver – thinks the island’s most beautiful spot is found 150ft below sea level, just south of Cades Reef.
UK-born Nadia has lived in Antigua, working in the local property market, since 2004 and founded Luxury Locations in 2009. Today the company exclusively represents many of the country’s most exclusive properties and developments. Nadia hates to cook, is a big believer in karma and once played Annie in a school play.
MORE about Pascale...
Fun facts about Javier...
• She did a parachute jump when she was 16 – but isn’t convinced she’d do it again
• He has a terrible fear of drowning and has never learned to swim • He loves languages and is currently teaching himself Italian
• Her proudest achievement is her children who she describes as her “pride and joy”
• He’s a wine connoisseur and tries a new kind every week
• She likes a drop of good French wine and believes in living each day as if it’s your last
Chief operating officer
General operations assistant
Born and raised in Africa, Pascale moved to Antigua in October 1998. From an administrative position at the Big Banana group, she rose through the ranks to become its executive assistant before joining the helm of our team in October 2014. When she’s not working, Pascale loves to get away from it all with a trip to peaceful Green Island.
If there’s one thing our eternally upbeat Javier loves as much as salsa dancing, it’s his new role assisting with the general operations of our business. His background in international business and trade policy have put him in good stead for this diverse job which ranges from assessing real estate trends to meeting and greeting our guests. Most of all Javier loves the “vibe and energy” of his coworkers – and the sea view from our Jolly Harbour office.
MORE about Bancroft... • He loves to sing in the shower – usually ‘No Woman, No Cry’ • His companion of choice on a dream holiday would be his son Brandon
• He’s a whizz in the kitchen, particularly at making Jamaican national dish ackee and saltfish
Bancroft’s 25 years’ experience in the maintenance field – and warm personality – has made him a huge asset to our team which he joined in January 2015. Originally from Jamaica, Bancroft has lived in Antigua more than two decades and loves the challenge and resourcefulness his job entails. When he’s not at work, he can often be found in his garden – talking to his plants.
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LANDMARKS, LEGENDS AND LAUREL Anchors aweigh: A year of triumphs for Antigua’s sailing scene
f good things come in threes, then a monumental accolade for the nucleus of Antigua’s sailing scene could not have been a more fitting precursor to two landmark regattas. The gods must have been smiling on our islands when historic Nelson’s Dockyard was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in the run-up to the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week and the 30th Classic Yacht Regatta.
Geography blessed Antigua with the omnipresent trade winds, deep bays and natural harbours that have secured its place as a maritime hub for more than two centuries.
Geography blessed Antigua with the omnipresent trade winds, deep bays and natural harbours that have secured its place as a maritime hub for more than two centuries. But it’s the passion, grit and zeal of a handful of people that have propelled it to global acclaim. The two milestone events attracted more than 200 boats, thousands of visitors, a reggae superstar and enough energy to raise Nelson from the dead.
Copper and Lumber Store Hotel â€“ one of the dockyardâ€™s most architecturally significant buildings is the former Copper and Lumber Store, now a hotel. Photo: Reg Murphy
Sailing Week started life in 1968 with just 10 entries when a group of enthusiasts united in a bid to extend the tourist winter season. Today it is one of the longest-running and most famous regattas in the international calendar, with everything from cruising vessels to stateof-the-art performance boats flocking to compete in the races. And its shoreside activities are just as popular. This year’s shindigs saw the return of the high energy Dickenson Bay Beach Bash after a seven-year hiatus, lively ‘lay day’ antics, and a show-stopping performance by the legendary Damian Marley. Back in the day, Sailing Week’s entries were predominantly traditional wooden vessels. As they slowly became outnumbered by faster, sleeker, modern racing yachts, the event’s retro little sister, the Classic Yacht Regatta, was born. In true nautical style, the idea came about over a few tots of rum aboard a vintage schooner. Its founder Kenny Coombs died in October 2013 but his wife Jane is a current co-chair. The one thing both regattas have in common is a dedicated team at the helm. A “faithful and long-standing committee” is credited with ensuring the Classic Regatta’s enduring popularity and longevity. The unique event is loved as much for its camaraderie as the dozens Photo: Reg Murphy
hotel, restaurant, sushi bar & lounge With its understated yet sophisticated dĂŠcor, exclusive waterfront location and first class concierge services, South Point offers a truly unique and sophisticated boutique hotel experience in the heart of historic English Harbour, the Caribbeanâ€™s yachting capital. The restaurant boasts a dining deck entirely over the water, covered by a state of the art pergola â€“ Our International menu, live sushi counter and signature cocktails is sure to become a favorite choice for lunch or dinner during your stay.
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of majestic, decades-old vessels it attracts each year. Sailing Week’s commercial director Alison Sly-Adams also paid tribute to the hard-working staff who toiled round the clock to make the 2017 festivities a success, drawing in more than 150 participating boats from across the world. Her comments were echoed by Tourism Minister Asot Michael who sent his “heartiest congratulations” to organisers. “Sailing Week has brought thousands of people to our shores and generated both jobs and interest in the destination. It is one of the most important events in the calendar year for residents and visitors alike, and has played an integral role in establishing the nation’s premier yachting tourism position,” Mr Michael added. Every sailing season, the volume of visiting yachts and their crew create a magnificent spectacle, transforming English Harbour into a hive of activity, pulsating with atmosphere. To mark its 30th year, the Classics Regatta took place within Nelson’s Dockyard for the first time. The elegant colonial buildings and whimsical charm the place exudes created the perfect stage for the graceful vessels taking part, some more than 100 years old. Two centuries may have passed since the famous British admiral last laid his bicorn hat down in Antigua, but the dockyard’s venerable surrounds still conjure up evocative images of its 18th century position at the helm of imperialist Britain’s crusade for wealth and power. Built by enslaved Africans during the Age of Sail, its function was to maintain Royal Navy warships protecting Britain’s valuable sugar-producing islands. After the sugar industry waned in the mid19th century, Britain turned its attention elsewhere and the dockyard was closed in 1889. But its abandonment, save for a clutch of local boat builders, would become its boon, resulting in an architectural time capsule of maritime glory, complete with stately stone pillars and abundant artefacts, and flanked by original 22
fortresses. UNESCO chiefs, in awarding World Heritage Site status in July 2016, concluded that there is nowhere else like it in the region. The accolade was described by local historian, and Antigua’s UNESCO representative, Reg Murphy, as the “biggest thing to ever happen” to the island. “It means the dockyard is recognised worldwide as being of outstanding importance. Our small developing country can now stand head to head with the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids of Giza,” Mr Murphy said. The historian played an integral role in the rigorous application process which meant providing detailed definitions of every structure, plus comprehensive management and conservation plans for the sprawling area, which also includes several adjacent archaeological sites
and fortresses such as Shirley Heights Lookout. Almost 300 years after construction began, the dockyard remains a vibrant vestige of the island’s colonial legacy thanks to a major restoration programme in the 1950s. It encompasses original sail loft pillars and numerous buildings such as the 1789 Copper and Lumber Store, now a hotel by the same name, former officers’ quarters, and even a small bakery dating back to 1772 which still contains three ovens that once supplied the compound with fresh bread. And, as the years tick by, English Harbour’s enchanting environs continue to beguile the visitors who stream in, interspersed by the sailors and their everevolving boats, to this unique place in the heart of Antigua where past and present collide. n By Gemma Handy
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LIFE’S LITTLE LUXURIES
Divine Desserts What’s life without a little sugar? We devoured our way through a selection of Antigua’s most mouthwatering dessert menus to bring you our top picks of the island’s toothsome treasures. Indulge at leisure.
n Bliss for the belly Deliciously rich custard topped with wickedly divine caramel put South Point’s crème brulee in a league of its own. And the hip restaurant’s chocolate brownie with vanilla gelato takes no prisoners when it comes to doling out epicurean ecstasy. Indulge at South Point in English Harbour. Call +1 268 562-9600.
n Chocoholics beware You might just think you’ve died and gone to heaven after sampling Papa’s by the Sea’s Belgian chocolate mousse, enhanced by mango, strawberry and chocolate sauces. This delectable creation sits in an edible chocolate cup on a cloud of whipped cream for a bona fide sugar sensation. Indulge at Papa’s by the Sea in Falmouth. Call +1 268 561-7633. 24
n Totally tropical Fresh, local and wonderfully seasonal, Carlisle Bay’s mango and yogurt mousse with mango sorbet is silky smooth on the palate and perfection on the plate. Its light texture makes it the best way to round off a meal. Indulge at the Carlisle Bay resort in Old Road. Call +1 268 484-0000.
n Gleefully gastronomic Perfecting a soufflé comes with a mammoth margin for error. Thankfully the team at Sheer Rocks are culinary virtuosos, which makes this bitter chocolate soufflé with homemade cherry ice cream a feat of sublime proportions. Indulge at Sheer Rocks at the Cocobay Resort. Call +1 268 464-5283.
n Spoilt for choice The Larder’s sumptuous selection of puds is guaranteed to have sweet-toothed diners in a spin. Will it be the tangy fruit cheesecake, the light-as-air éclair strawberry sandwich, or the cute-as-a-button cupcakes that will steal your fancy? Decisions, decisions. Tuck in at the Larder at Royal Palms, Friars Hill Road, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-7880.
n Hedonistic platter If dessert menus have you hemming and hawing, try this tasty ‘café gourmand’ for size. The finest espresso offers a welcome shot of caffeine after polishing off a chef ’s choice of deluxe delights like choux pastry, mini cheesecake and homemade ice cream. Indulge at Cloggy’s Café at Antigua Yacht Club, Falmouth Harbour. Call +1 268 460-6910.
Pomp & pageantry fit for a prince Antigua & Barbuda pulled out all the stops for Prince Harry’s visit
avoured by the low profile and the low key, Antigua & Barbuda is generally pretty immune to the attentions of the world’s salacity-loving tabloids. But, for a few days in November 2016, gossip rags everywhere turned their attentions squarely away from sinful starlets, hot-headed housewives and the
pure gold one-liners spouted during Donald Trump’s victory tour and on to our twin islands instead. The reason? Quarter of a century after he first visited with his mother Princess Diana, Prince Harry touched down here for three eventful days as part of an official two-week tour of the Caribbean.
From being serenaded on stage by a soca singer to getting dive bombed by a frigate bird, the international media lapped up every colourful moment. What few conveyed was the impact the royal visit made on our tranquil nation and its famously hospitable citizens. The government pulled out all the stops
Prince Harry with GovernorGeneral Sir Rodney Williams
Prince Harry shakes Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s hand
in giving the 32-year-old a befitting welcome and showcasing the country’s rich culture. Touching down on a commercial British Airways flight, Antigua was first port of call on Prince Harry’s jaunt across the region. On the first day of his visit, a local band provided the ceremonial soundtrack for a military parade by the islands’ Defence Force, during which His Royal Highness formally inspected the Guard. He also made an impromptu stop at Nelson’s Dockyard, an 18th century lynchpin of Britain’s economy where Lord Nelson once resided and which was recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site. That evening, Harry attended a reception featuring cultural performances hosted by Governor General Sir Rodney Williams. It was the very first event staged at the newly renovated Clarence House in English Harbour where builders had been working round the clock to complete the multi-million dollar restoration ahead of the prince’s arrival. Once home to naval dockyard commissioners and Leeward Island governors, the glorious 200-year-old building affords spectacular hillside views over the historic dockyard, providing Harry with a sensational sunset scene on his first night in the Eastern Caribbean. The prince officially reopened the distinguished abode and read out a message from the Queen in which she recalled “fond memories” of visiting Antigua on three occasions between 1966 and 1985. Some of Antigua’s finest sporting legends were on hand to extend a special greeting to the prince the next morning. A youth sports festival at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium was hosted by the venue’s eponymous hero along with Sir Andy Roberts and Sir Curtly Ambrose. Local youngsters were thrilled to meet Harry who has long been an active advocate of the positive change sport can facilitate in adolescents and communities. Next it was on to Government House in the capital, St John’s, where the prince met with representatives of 27
several charities - including the Halo Foundation, Scouts and Girl Guides – all carrying out valuable work in the islands. Charelle Browne, then a volunteer for the Halo Foundation, told Luxury Locations Magazine about the momentous occasion. “Each of the volunteers got a chance to speak to Prince Harry. I introduced myself to him and he told me he was proud of the work we were doing and that we should continue,” Charelle recalled. “It was amazing meeting him. He was so down to earth, not arrogant at all, just very friendly.” Charelle, who has since been taken on as an assistant to the organisation’s founder Lady Sandra Williams, added that the Prince had been impressed by the young volunteers’ efforts raising funds for local causes including children’s homes and St John’s Hospice which received a welcome gift of new furniture and essential equipment as a result. A VIP reception dinner hosted by Prime Minister Gaston Browne took place that night at Barnacle Point on Antigua’s north coast. Among the cultural ambassadors in attendance was singer Claudette Peters who told Luxury Locations Magazine she didn’t get a chance to chat to the prince but instead did what she did best – putting on a vibrant high-energy show. 28
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Soca star Claudette Peters performs for the prince
“I’ve performed for some big names before but royalty was a first,” the vivacious star said. “It was an honour for me as it was for someone so very special and I had to concentrate on not being nervous. Thankfully, my experience helped me to be professional; it was a pleasure to perform a few songs for him.” Harry’s third and final day in the islands was spent in Barbuda which holds a cherished place in the prince’s heart as a favoured holiday spot with his late mother, the Princess of Wales. Diana loved to take her boys to the serene sister isle for carefree winter breaks and famously described it as the only place she could find peace. Barbuda has since renamed one of the princess’s most beloved beaches after her. Prime Minister Browne was quoted by British media as relating a conversation he had with Harry about the prince’s childhood. The Express newspaper quoted PM Browne as saying: “Diana was just a beautiful soul and it is so sad that she was taken so young. Prince Harry said to me that he remembers going there with his mother as a little boy. It was one of her favourite spots. He said he was very much looking forward to going back there.” Harry, who last visited Barbuda as a 12-year-old in April 1997, months before his mother died, enjoyed a boat tour of the mangroves taking in the largest frigate bird sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere and learnt about the role the area plays in Barbuda’s eco-tourism industry. Back on shore, Harry walked to Holy Trinity Primary School where pupils were busy preparing for the 93rd anniversary of the school’s Founders’ Day. He also visited Sir McChesney George Secondary School and saw first-hand how students use and manage their natural resources and cultivate crops. Harry even got his hands dirty cleaning fish, much to the children’s delight. His Royal Highness concluded his visit to Antigua & Barbuda by unveiling the first of four dedications towards The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project at the Victoria Park Botanical Gardens in St John’s. It coincided with 30
the city’s annual Arbour Day Fair which encourages people to return used plant bags in exchange for a tree of their choosing. The prince jetted out of VC Bird International Airport and headed for St Kitts, from where he went on to St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados and Guyana. It was his second official visit to the Caribbean on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, who he also represented in 2012 during her diamond jubilee. The trip was a timely one, coinciding with landmark dates for three of Britain’s former colonies; in addition to November marking 35 years of independence for Antigua & Barbuda, 2016 was also the 50th anniversary of independence for Guyana and Barbados. Antigua & Barbuda’s Tourism Minister Asot Michael told the prince the country was pleased to welcome him for “the inspiration you have personally given to the world by your dedication to noble causes that have replaced despair with hope”. A Royal Family statement said Prince Harry was “honoured to be visiting the Caribbean in the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday, and to continue to develop the Royal Family’s strong bonds with the people of these important Commonwealth countries”. It added that, while small in size, each island is abundant in “natural wonders, inspiring individuals and unique cultures”. n By Gemma Handy Photos by Wayne Mariette
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The Luxe List From must-haves to just-wants, we searched the island to find you the coolest, sexiest and most stylish items worthy of the Luxe List. STYLE ICON
US$2,800 Shimmer with smouldering beauty in these striking sterling silver drop earrings from John Hardy’s Classic Chain collection. Each teardrop is generously surrounded by gemstones and guaranteed to make leading ladies sparkle. Available at Abbott’s Jewellery & Perfumery in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3107.
US$4,800 Elevate your style with this racy wrist piece from John Hardy. The exquisite Legends Cobra multiple coil bracelet - with elements of topaz, white sapphire and diamonds – wraps enticingly around the wrist like the skin of its namesake and is the perfect complement to your couture. Available at Abbott’s Jewellery & Perfumery in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3107.
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Price: US$3500 for 1 year treatment. Beauty doesn’t get much more indulgent than a diamond face mask to boost elasticity and provide deep, lasting nourishment. This luxurious skin sensation from Forever Flawless is boot camp for your face. Available from Yofi in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-8373.
Price US$155 Need a cool new number for your summer wardrobe? This elegant kaftan by Coco Riko Ibiza for Sheer Rocks is perfect for leisurely lunches at the restaurant and kicking back on the beach alike. Undoubtedly a must-have for the warmer months. Available from Sheer Rocks at the Cocobay Resort. Email: email@example.com
Price USD$350. Vinyl USD$35 or 3 for USD$100 Getting aboard the vinyl comeback train doesn’t have to mean setting up a bulky audio system and navigating a mass of wires. This super snazzy wireless record player can stream directly to Bluetooth for effortless musical enjoyment suiting to the modern era. Available from 306 in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-8373.
Prices vary Esoteric cultures and historical artefacts serve as the inspiration behind Lois Hill’s hand-crafted sterling silver jewellery. Lois reaches through the centuries and across the globe to create her exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces. Available at Sterlings in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5662.
Saturdays – All you can eat sushi night 80ec. Regular menu also available. DJ 7pm until late. Sundays – Steak Night 50ec for all steaks, including sides on the menu. Live music 7-10pm Located at the Antigua Yacht Club • English Harbour • Reservations 562-8512
Broaden your horizons Breezy Bay: Luxury living with a world class view
azing at the uninterrupted view towards the Caribbean Sea’s horizon you might feel like the only soul on earth. The sleek verandah of Breezy Bay, nestled into a sunset-facing bluff, is a good enough place as any to ponder life, existentialism and having another cocktail alike. In fact, the outdoor offerings here are just a fraction of what this sensational three-bedroom townhouse has to offer. Its expertly appointed interior is every bit as breathtaking. Set on the water’s edge within the first-class Tamarind Hills development on Antigua’s south-west coast, not a
single detail of Breezy Bay’s chic décor, luxurious fittings and fixtures has been left to chance. Split over three levels and fullyfurnished, the property’s functional-yetelegant living spaces are consistently finished to exacting standards. The ground floor features a fullyfitted kitchen with upscale, contemporary appliances and a large open-plan living area. Vast floor-to-ceiling glass doors flood the place with natural light and frame the magnificent sea vistas. The living room leads out onto a glorious sun patio complete with infinity plunge pool. The second floor offers two large
guest bedrooms, both with en-suites and rainfall showers. The entire upper level of the property houses a stunning master suite, offset by a beautiful vaulted ceiling. It has a deep soak bathtub and a large walk-in wardrobe. Breezy Bay benefits further from its end-terrace position, affording an extra patio with inbuilt barbecue. Tamarind Hills is just a few minutes’ drive from Jolly Harbour and its array of amenities including boutique shops, supermarket, golf course, gym, bank and pharmacy, along with some of the island’s finest restaurants and attractions. One more reason perhaps why this uber stylish development is dubbed the “finest address in Antigua”. n Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 268 562-8174 for more details or to arrange a viewing of Breezy Bay. 40
Hands of time Carl F Bucherer limited edition luxury watch now available at Abbotts
ime takes on new meaning with Carl F Bucherer’s beautiful limited edition Patravi watch. Only 125 of these exceptional timepieces were created, in honour of the luxury Swiss brand’s anniversary. The Patravi TravelTec FourX Chronograph GMT takes precision to a different dimension, incorporating three time zones into one exclusive design. With an attractive combination of 18 karat rose gold, titanium and ceramic – and a sporty style subtly enhanced by luxurious elements – exquisite functionality sets this piece apart. Part of the 125-year Jubilee Collection from the brand founded in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1888, the Patravi TravelTec FourX has been a real talking point among watch enthusiasts. This unique model brings together not just time zones but worlds of exquisite materials. Fine rose gold, paired with extra-hard high-tech ceramic, sets optimum standards in the timeconsuming process of forming the bezel. High-quality titanium and highly resistant rubber also play their part in an extraordinary overall concept. First launched in 2006, the Patravi
TravelTec’s design created unprecedented challenges for engineers; the simultaneous display of three time zones meant movement and case had to be integrated for the first time ever. The case contains part of the time-zone selection mechanism, controlled in two directions by a single push-piece. The process can even be observed through a window in the side. Frequent fliers and globe-trotters will appreciate the ease of operation. Whether flying east or west, the direction of travel can be pre-selected on the multifunctional push-piece at 10 o’clock and each push causes a jump to the next time zone. The clever design means the red hours hand always shows the correct local time. The watch’s skeletonised dial allows clear view of the gearing of the painstakingly decorated automatic movement. This piece’s entire concept has been designed in tribute to the great visionary, Carl F Bucherer, his depth of character and the creativity of his world-acclaimed company. The journey through time begins with the founding year of his business engraved on the back. n
Available at Abbott’s Jewellery & Perfumery in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3107. Price is US$52,900, less 20% off US retail.
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Carlisle Bay’s A-list appeal Luxury resort has celebrities’ seal of approval
elebrity A-listers like their vacation spots elegant, epicurean and paparazzi-free. Just some of the reasons more and more of the world’s rich and famous are lugging their Louis Vuitton suitcases to Antigua & Barbuda when they need to kick back and cut loose. (Step aside, St Barts.)
When it comes to sensuous retreats, few places match the Carlisle Bay resort where luxurious zen is the leitmotif and style mavens book up to a year in advance to secure one of the 87 deluxe suites. Previous guests said to have graced the refined establishment’s impossibly chic surrounds include Oprah Winfrey,
John Travolta, Boris Becker, and even royalty in the form of Camilla ParkerBowles. (Disclaimer: names are derived squarely from tabloid tattletale, Carlisle Bay being far too discreet to indulge in such scuttlebutt.)
The resort’s positioning in the heart of Old Road village, halfway between Jolly Harbour and English Harbour, offers both Caribbean authenticity and proximity to the major hubs of island life.
Location, location, location Carlisle Bay boasts an almost private beach on Antigua’s sublime south coast, with a frontier of lofty coconut palms backed up by emerald-green rainforest. The white sand is lapped by translucent waters teeming with vibrant fish. Snorkelling equipment is free to use and well worth it for the magic of a faceto-face meeting with an endangered green or hawksbill turtle. The resort’s positioning in the heart of Old Road village, halfway between Jolly Harbour and English Harbour, offers both Caribbean authenticity and proximity to the major hubs of island life. Less is more The organic décor (seashells, rattan, distressed wood) and muted tones on everything from umbrellas to uniforms (absolutely no parrot shirts), is testament to Carlisle Bay’s ethos – less is indeed more.
Furthermore, the poise and simple elegance the resort emanates is as if every detail was designed with personal wellbeing as its brief, from the koi fish in the main entrance’s pond, to the abundant candles, fountains and chaises longues, and the uplifting-but-unobtrusive music. Food which cuts the mustard Each one of the resort’s four restaurants will enamour discerning foodies. There’s relaxed beachside fare at Indigo; delicious Italian-inspired options at Ottimo with its wood-burning pizza oven; fine Asian cuisine at East; and the laidback Jetty Grill, an adult’s only beach eatery with grilled meats, fresh seafood and salads. Well recommended is the Englishstyle afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches and sweets, served daily anywhere you like. Getting active Gym junkies will suffer no withdrawals thanks to Carlisle Bay’s state of the art fitness centre, while the resort’s magnificent natural landscape equals outdoor activities aplenty. Water enthusiasts can take a complimentary boat ride to nearby Cades Reef, one of the island’s most stunning marine spots, or try their hand at sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding or kayaking in the mangroves. There are also nature hikes, rainforest meanders, and sunset yoga on the jetty. To preserve the peace, motorised 44
sports take place in a neighbouring bay and include headier pastimes like wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing. And all that’s before we get to Carlisle Bay’s seven tennis courts (six hard and one surfaced with artificial grass) where you can practice – and perfect – your game against an on-site pro or casually with friends. Getting not so active Carlisle Bay’s impeccable personal service – which extends to suites and sunloungers alike - means exceptional cuisine, refreshments, and inspired cocktails and ‘mocktails’ are available at your beck and call. For ultimate relaxation, the meditative ambience of the two-storey airconditioned spa is the icing on the cake. Both male and female therapists are onhand to offer exclusive luxury treatments, featuring such delights as hand-harvested organic seaweed and aromatic essential oils, and pamper you from head to toe. Movie and literature buffs will be spoilt for choice thanks to the 45-seat cinema and a superb library with a vast selection of books hand-picked by a special consultant. In fact, the library is worth visiting just for the funky fibre optic lighting which changes colour throughout the evening. There are also several hundred DVDs to pick from should you prefer a film from the comfort of your suite.
Those wishing to indulge in a spot of retail therapy should make a point of browsing the gift shop, open daily and carrying a fabulous array of clothing like Indian silk dresses and cover-ups, plus souvenirs and accessories including handmade jewellery and Italian leather handbags. The kids are all right Carlisle Bay’s fabulous Kids’ Club with jungle gym and sand pit is open seven days a week for children aged six months to 12 years. Pint-sized guests will be kept thoroughly entertained under the supervision of qualified childcare professionals offering a host of captivating antics such as lizard-spotting, fingerpainting and treasure hunts. The resort has even taken your baggage allowance into account with everything from bottle warmers and sterilisers to buckets and spades available on request. The piece de resistance Life doesn’t get much sweeter than dining at a specially prepared table on the jetty – or beach with toes in the sand – watching the sun go down. n Visit www.carlisle-bay.com, email info@ carlisle-bay.com or call +268 484-0000 for more information about the resort or to make a booking.
Keeping it real Handmade NDF products equal natural beauty
n the absence of a PhD in cosmetic science, attempting to make sense of a beauty product label can be a perplexing and fruitless exercise. Manufacturers may have latched onto the trend for chemical-free potions and lotions, but even those that claim to be bursting with organic ingredients can ultimately be about as ‘au naturel’ as Donatella Versace’s face. Watching what we put on – as well as in – our bodies, is just one example of when it may be beneficial to give the science part a miss. Simplicity is key, says Antiguan beauty therapist and makeup artist Natalie Fuchs, a lady who’s all about keeping it real. So much so that last year she launched her own line of handmade toxin and cruelty-free bath and skincare products. Her collection of artisan items – sold under the eponymous acronym NDF – includes everything from soaps and lip balms, to body scrubs and whipped body butters. “They’re all as back to basics as it gets. You could literally eat them – although
they might not taste that great,” Natalie laughs. She was no stranger to the beauty industry but it wasn’t until her beloved father was diagnosed with cancer that Natalie became more mindful of everyday exposure to the chemicals and synthetic ingredients that plague cosmetics and cuisine alike. “I was so focussed on changing my father’s diet – and then I started to realise that much of what goes on your skin goes into your body too,” she explains. “I began reading the back of literally every label I saw which is what led me into making my own natural soaps and body scrubs. Then
someone asked me to create a body lotion so I started doing body butters as well.” NDF products are totally preservative-free and predominantly vegan too. “I am absolutely adamant that everything I sell is cruelty-free and sustainably sourced,” Natalie continues. “All my suppliers must show where their ingredients come from. I am trying to keep my line as vegan as possible so I mainly use plant-based oils like coldpressed extra virgin olive oil, coconut and grapeseed oils, and shea butter.” NDF also features soaps to suit differing skin requirements, for example, certain ingredients are used specifically because they don’t clog pores, others for their extra moisturising qualities. The NDF collection is on sale at selected outlets in Antigua including Sea Island Trading in Friars Hill Road, while Solange & Sunny salon in Royal Palm Place stocks NDF’s specialist facial soap. “All the products sell well but the most popular is the aloe and cucumber soap; the aloe is fresh from my garden,” Natalie says. Other heavenly-scented creations include pomegranate, mango and green tea soap, another made from lemongrass and soothing lavender, and the tantalising ‘rose spell’ with skin-replenishing glycerin. And the good news for NDF’s fastgrowing legion of fans is that Natalie is expanding her wares and plans to branch out into handmade makeup too. “We are living in a time where so many people are dying from diseases, and much of it is due to how we eat and our general lifestyle. We don’t necessarily need all these big name products,” she says, adding: “Simplicity is all you need – the simpler the better.” n Visit www.facebook.com/ Nataliefuchsmakeup/ for more information. 45
Why Ana’s is Antigua’s most elegant seafront spot From its sublime location on the powder soft sand of Dickenson Bay, the only thing to rival the setting is the food. Ana’s has become synonymous with style, finesse and the finest cuisine. And with a fresh new feel and a host of special events on the horizon, the upcoming season is set to sparkle. n Cooking with love provides food for the soul As Ana’s discerning foodies will testify, a restaurant that consistently excites and enchants the palate is a rare find. The elegant eatery’s Mediterraneaninspired menu, infused with Caribbean flavours, is constantly evolving. Its talented team of young vibrant chefs say a generous helping of love is the secret ingredient to every exquisitely presented dish. Open 11am to 11pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays during low season except on cruise ship days), Ana’s promises to take diners on a gastronomic voyage of flavours and textures. From the freshest seafood and handmade pastas, to delicacies like escargots, a sumptuous selection of cold plates, carpaccio and salads, and heartier favourites like roasted rack of lamb and flavour-filled curries, this is food for the soul. Wine connoisseurs won’t be disappointed by the wide array of top-of-therange champagnes, new world and European white and red wines – or the innovative signature cocktails. n Life is better at the beach Ana’s beachfront cabanas, set out on its immaculately styled verandah, were designed for the most leisurely of lunches. With that in mind, Ana’s day passes give guests the chance to kick back in the comfy, stylish surrounds for as long as they like – all while enjoying the restaurant’s sublime fare, premium attendance and first-rate facilities. Included in the US$60 per person rate is lunch, drinks, and watersports. Ana’s Shore Menu offers laidback bite-sized offerings, ideal for relaxing at the infinity bar or a lounger set directly on the sand. Dickenson Bay is one of Antigua’s most beloved beaches, famed for its white sand, resplendent turquoise sea and uninterrupted views across the ocean to Montserrat and other neighbouring islands. 46
n The earth without art is just ‘eh’ From the eye-catching collection of Ana’s art gallery to its upbeat and sophisticated events, Ana’s offers a feast for all the senses. The vibrant art pieces include an abundance of striking works by talented local artists Nicholas Hadeed, Jan Farara and Eef Armstrong among others, plus several by acclaimed international painters and sculptors. The unrivalled location has helped make the lazy ‘Beachtastic Sundays’, with bucket specials and grill menu, and festivities like holiday souks, geisha-themed fashion shows and live musical appearances unmissable affairs.
n Don’t count your years, make your years count Ana’s team prides itself on giving guests the warmest of welcomes and making newcomers feel like family. And they know that when it comes to birthdays, everyone likes to feel extra special. Whether it’s a blowout for a sweet 16, flirty 30 or sprightly 70, guests can opt for the delicious a la carte offerings or a tailored menu to suit, and the restaurant can also provide entertainment, a cake if required, and a photographer to capture every moment of your day. Groups numbering 50-plus can hire out the entire venue for a fee; smaller parties will be treated to the luxurious Orchid Room. Whether one opts for toes in the sand or the chic interior, Ana’s unique ambience and personal service guarantee memories to last a lifetime.
n Oh l’amour – tying the knot at Ana’s An establishment that made its name on love offers plenty to go around. Ana’s ‘love is in the air’ tagline is all the more apt now starry-eyed couples can stage their nuptials here too. And what could be more romantic for your ceremony or reception than the million-dollar views from the sand, al fresco gallery or air-conditioned comfort of the Orchid Room? Ana’s meticulous attention to detail extends into the exquisite interior décor in rich pink tones complemented with splashes of black and white. Hand-crafted table decorations and vibrant eye-catching murals complete the flawless styling. Music, photography and a cake can all be provided upon request, along with a specially tailored menu. The restaurant’s catering and entertainment services can also be enlisted for off-site private and corporate functions. Ana’s owner Maria Britto promises that her team’s experience and professionalism will take the stress out of planning the big day and “help create the vision of your dreams”.
Visit www.anas.ag or call +1 268 562-8562 for information and reservations. 47
Take the long view Ocean Grand: The pristine peninsula offering an investment dream
ensational views are ten a penny in Antigua. So when one comes along that shatters the mould, one must excuse a smattering of superlatives. Set on a private peninsula between two of the island’s most celebrated beaches, Ocean Grand boasts an unparalleled location. For sale at US$6.5m is a luxurious main house with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, and exquisitely finished and furnished throughout. The site also offers six acres of pristine hillside and waterfront land, available with the villa for a total price of US$14m. Alternatively, buyers are invited to purchase individual lots with prices starting at US$800,000. Offering the utmost in tranquillity and seclusion, this is a rare opportunity to acquire prime beachfront land on the island’s north-west coast. The truly magnificent villa has been 48
painstakingly designed to complement its jaw-dropping natural surroundings. Palatial in size, the property’s sweeping glass doors and windows enhance the feeling of space. A pared-down colour palette magnifies the arresting exterior. Tiled floors and high vaulted ceilings combine with the gentle trade winds to keep the place cool and breezy all year round. The contemporary styling is plush, yet unimposing and comfortable. Ocean Grand is an exclusive gated community, with a fully-serviced marina and round-the-clock security for full peace of mind. This beautiful headland spot, known locally as Corbison Point, is ideal for either commercial or residential development. The area is approved under the government’s citizenship by investment programme, entitling buyers to apply for an Antigua & Barbuda
passport. Holding a local passport comes with a wealth of benefits including tax planning and visa-free travel to 130 countries worldwide. Flanking the sunset-facing peninsula are stunning Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay beaches; the former home to first-rate resorts and restaurants and the latter a largely deserted stretch of powder-soft sand lapped by Antigua’s famous turquoise water. At just a few minutes’ drive from both the capital St John’s and the international airport, locations don’t get much more sublime. n Ocean Grand is for sale exclusively through Luxury Locations. For more information or to arrange a viewing, email info@ luxurylocations.com or call (+268) 5628174.
Vinyl revival Think traditional records have been lost to MP3s and WAV files? Think again. Vinyl is making a comeback – and it’s all happening on a street near you.
emember the days when taking a few tunes to a party meant lugging along a behemoth box of 12-inches – and DJs knew how to scratch, back cue and get into the groove, literally?
“People have grown tired of the synthetic approach to music” The vinyl revival of recent years is not all sentiment. Logiq Pryce, a partner in hip new record shop 306 in Heritage Quay – and one of the biggest names on the Caribbean music scene – says vinyl’s “impeccable sound” is a key driver. Since opening its doors to business in 52
February, the compact outlet in the heart of the capital city has lured in enthusiasts, collectors and nostalgics alike. “People have grown tired of the synthetic approach to music,” Logiq says. “The vinyl culture has been on its way back for the past few years as the quality is so much better.” The 500-plus stock of LPs ranges from country, pop and rock to hip hop, R&B and reggae. The impressive selection of reggae alone offers enough to appease the genre’s legions of fans with everything from the classic ‘lovers rock’ sound of Dennis Brown to contemporaries like Jah Cure and Barrington Levy. “All the records are originals and we can source them for people looking for something specific too,” Logiq continues.
The stock is hand-picked by the shop’s partners and features many hot off the press albums, such as the latest from Justin Bieber. Some customers are seizing the opportunity to relive their youth by replacing their CD collections and flash drives with turntable counterparts. “A man came in the other day and bought a Queen box set, UB40’s Labour of Love and the Beatles’ Abbey Road,” Logiq continues. The Antiguan-born rapper has a few favourites of his own lurking among 306’s neat piles; namely, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Dennis Brown’s Words of Wisdom, and The Score from the Fugees. The vinyl revival would be a shortlived phenomenon, of course, without the decks on which to spin them. The shop
also sells turntables – both traditionalstyle and wireless Bluetooth varieties. Actually this funky little place, located among the duty free souvenir and luxury goods stores of the cruise ship port, is a real find. In addition to its musical wares, 306 sells some intriguing pop art, jewellery and liquor too. “It’s like an eclectic novelty store for people who appreciate vinyl, good rum and urban art. You literally can’t find these things anywhere else on island,” Logiq says. The treasure trove of goodies includes award-winning Ron Barcelo Imperial Rum, exquisite jewellery from Chamilia and Caroline Neron, CT Scuderia Italia watches, Riddim Driven Clothing, and hand-painted T-shirts and canvases by
local cartoonist Guava de Artist. For Logiq, who started his own musical career as a DJ, 306 represents a return to his roots. “My uncle had a record player when I was very young and it really piqued my interest,” he explains. “I started out playing mainly dancehall and later got introduced to the hip hop culture which changed my whole perspective on life. I started writing verses and it’s been non-stop ever since.” As a songwriter, rapper and MC, Logiq’s musical talents have seen him perform across the Caribbean, US and Europe. His latest EP – named The Anomaly – is due for release in September. “I called it that because I consider myself an Antiguan anomaly,” he smiles. “It’s a bit different from my previous work; it’s a more laidback, feel-good style that’s guaranteed to change your mood if you’re feeling stressed. “Usually my songs are from my heart; these are really from my soul. The last few years have been a little rough in terms of family and health issues. I really dug deep down on this EP; it’s very personal.” Logiq’s creative qualities have also propelled success in the kitchen. These days, his private chef business in which he merges local Antiguan cuisine with an international gourmet twist, offers a chance for him to combine his prime passions by introducing culinary clients to the fresh new sounds emanating from both 306 and his own rhythmical works. “For me,” he adds, “music is life.” And that’s sweet news to the discerning ears of 306’s burgeoning band of followers. n By Gemma Handy 306 is located in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Visit www.facebook.com/pg/306antigua or call +1 268 562-8373. 53
For the love of music Singer Twenty-2 – one third of the Mad-T-Guans – talks beats, battles and going it alone
igh octane performances and pulsing melodies may have been his launch pad but it’s talent and steely determination that are set to take him to new heights. Anyone watching Twenty-2’s indefatigable stage shows – first as a member of Antiguan group the MadT-Guans and later as a solo artist – will have experienced conflicting sensations of wonder, envy and boundless glee. The 29-year-old’s fervour for his art is obvious. What’s less apparent is quite how much he had to overcome along the way. His stage moniker, he reveals, is a
tribute to the gang he knocked around with growing up in one of Antigua’s less salubrious neighbourhoods. With the loss of his mother to sickle cell when he was just a day old, and “too much idle time as a child”, things could have been very different for this rising star, whose lesser known real name is Dorian Sampson. In person, he has a natural charisma and breaks into song easily, his talent undeniable. His love of music can be traced all the way back to the days when Bob Marley and Anita Baker provided the soundtrack to his childhood. “My father was always playing music and I gravitated towards it in school,” he says. “Every time there was a break the kids would keep a beat by pounding on the table so I could sing.” It was a pattern echoed later by his gang peers who quickly recognised that he didn’t belong on the streets and encouraged him to pursue music as a career. “They helped me build up my confidence and I started performing dancehall songs which were played a lot on local radio – but it wasn’t until I started doing soca that it started to pay,” he explains. Twenty-2 joined the Mad-T-Guans, then called Juggle 4 Life, in 2011 and was instrumental in introducing a fresh, rock element to the group’s soca sound. “We were in Trinidad in 2012 for Carnival season and were really mashing up the place. That’s when someone suggested we call ourselves the
Mad Antiguans; the name came from there.” These days, Twenty-2 still performs with the uptempo trio but is managed as a solo performer by Viva Caribbean Media Group. The St John’s-based outfit assists local artists with everything from music composition and recording, to mixing, mastering, publishing and promotion. CEO Kelvin Christopher said Viva was delighted to be working with Twenty-2 to “help mould his talents”.
Anyone watching Twenty2’s indefatigable stage shows will have experienced conflicting sensations of wonder, envy and boundless glee. Under Viva’s auspices, Twenty-2’s creativity has flourished and, in addition to performing popular reggae covers, he’s also been hard at work on his own original material including the catchy Carnival 2017 release ‘Love in it’. “To see where I have come from feels great,” he says. “Accomplishing the job I always wanted to do, and see people loving it, is the best feeling in the world.” “He has the drive, the passion and the energy,” Twenty-2’s manager Zinzi Mpande says. “Everybody talks about the energy he brings to the stage; the crowd just goes crazy.” “I sing from the soul,” Twenty-2 adds, “that’s how it feels from the inside out. I do it because I love it; it’s never been about making money and that’s reflected in the music.” And there’s definitely nothing mad about that. n By Gemma Handy
A life less ordinary Life coach Janis Hough’s new show on English Harbour Radio teaches living more purposefully
anderlust: an irresistibly strong desire to travel, wander and explore. For life coach Janis Hough, the need to rove has taken her not just on a geographical jaunt across the globe but on an in-depth exploration of the mind too. She has a phrase that she cheerfully applies to the notion of sticking to a conformist, one-size-fits-all lifestyle. Janis’s rejection of “sausage factory” living – and her refreshing, upbeat alternatives – have earned her weekly appearance on English Harbour Radio 93.5FM a solid following in just a few months. The regular Friday 8am chat with show host Gemma Handy has dealt with a slew of topics from relationships and romance to bereavement, karma and the universal law of attraction. Now, Janis’s own show, ‘Sunday Mind Mix’, aims to take her guidance a step further. It is billed as an hour-long probe into living more purposefully by connecting mind, body, life and soul. “The show will look at how we can live a more balanced life, and be more aware of how we ‘show up’ in the world,”
Janis says. “I will be dipping into ideas of personal development and change, meditation and mindfulness – and how to live with less, yet be so much more.” Each edition will begin with a two-minute relaxation exercise and be interspersed with music throughout. “The Mind Mix will help inspire, motivate, educate and challenge people to explore their ways of thinking and being – and help them thrive in the game of life. It’s a space to chill on Sundays, ready for the new week,” Janis adds. Dubbed the ‘barefoot coach’, Janis’s relaxed and non-prescriptive techniques – in which she holds a
fistful of qualifications – help private clients “unconsciously make changes” to overcome panic attacks, phobias, trauma, and even be happier. Much of her work is based on the notion of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) which is a way of influencing brain behaviour through the use of language. This enables a person to ‘recode’ the way the brain responds to certain stimuli, to create healthier reactions. Janis also uses Ericksonian hypnotherapy which differs from conventional hypnotherapy in that it employs indirect – rather than direct – suggestions, along with metaphors and storytelling. It can be particularly beneficial to those with a strong resistance to trance, for example, instead of telling someone “at the count of three, you will close your eyes”, a preferred narrative might be, “you may like to close your eyes if you feel your lids getting heavier”. The client’s subsequent attentive state is ideal for slipping in helpful behaviour-altering suggestions which enter the subconscious, bypassing reason and logic. Janis also occasionally uses thought field therapy – or TFT – which experts say can heal many mental and physical ailments through specialised ‘tapping’ with the fingers at meridian points on the upper body and hands. Last year, Janis launched a series of workshops to complement her innovative work. Now, her growing stream of clients and followers would be well advised to buckle up and prepare for this latest venture which promises to be a journey like no other. n Visit www.facebook.com/LifeCoachAntigua, www.janishough.com email Janis@janishough.com, or call +1 268 7321032 or +44 7877 779190. 55
GOING FOR GOLD Meet the team rowing the Atlantic to save our seas – and claim a top spot for Antigua
Just one more set before we start the interview,” Eli Fuller says, face bearing the strain of a ferocious workout, before disappearing back inside the Athletic Club where he’s become something of a nascent habitué. A few bench presses and a power shake later and he’s ready to get down to the brass tacks of Team Antigua Atlantic Rowers’ gruelling fitness regimen, propelled by an environmental crusade. From the hiring of an acclaimed London-based personal trainer to the arduous fundraising which is just as crucial to make the upcoming mission a reality, it’s immediately apparent that this is a man who’s taking things seriously. In February 2016, Team Wadadli became the first Antiguan team to row
the Atlantic when they successfully completed the annual 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, dubbed the world’s toughest row. The nation was united in cheering the four men onto the Nelson’s Dockyard finishing line and into the history books, not just as the only Antiguan team to ever achieve the feat but, with a combined age of 220 years, the oldest too. A year later, the crowds turned out again to welcome home Wayne Johnson who also completed the challenge as part of South African-flag flying trio, Team Facing It. Unlike their predecessors, Team Antigua’s impetus for participating in the 2017/8 event – departing mid-December from the Canary Islands – did not start
out as a personal endeavour. “People may be surprised to learn it wasn’t even our idea,” Eli imparts. Some months previously, he’d been invited to the home of an anonymous benefactor who was to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse. “He knew I was competitive and he offered me US$100,000 to put a local team together to take part once again. He saw the way Team Wadadli unified the country and wanted to recreate that atmosphere. If there’s one thing that can uplift a nation, this is it.” With the gauntlet thrown squarely down, Eli’s first task was to find team mates audacious enough to join him on an undertaking so punishing it’s been accomplished by less people than those to have climbed Everest or visit space. The need for superlative fitness and strength – or at least the drive to get there – was a given. Other criteria were slightly more personal. With an average length of around nine metres (29ft), the small size of the boats used for the crossing means picking compatible personalities is vital. Long-term fishing buddies John Watt and Nico Psihoyos were obvious choices. “I asked people who I knew could do this together,” Eli explains. “We have been fishing together for 10 years; we already know the things that annoy each other so can work to mitigate them.” As professional seamen, all three share a deep affinity with the ocean. Hence the decision to use the quest to raise money towards conserving Antigua’s beautiful and fragile marine environment. Completing the quartet is personal trainer Scott Potter – a handy addition to the team’s strenuous new workout programmes. And it’s those which lie at the crux of the final component setting Team Antigua apart from other local erstwhile participants. Not content to merely complete the crossing, these guys are in it to win it. To help them on their way, they’ve hired a man who knows the minutiae of the challenge better than anyone. Personal trainer Gus Barton put his own team, Ocean Reunion, through their paces
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when he and three school pals took part in the 2015/6 event. His success was evident when Ocean Reunion stormed to victory arriving a cool three days ahead of competitors, smashing speed records with their 37-day voyage. Since then, Gus has also trained last year’s first and second placed teams, Latitude 35 and Row for James. The former defeated Ocean Reunion’s record, finishing the challenge in just 35 days. Team Antigua flew Gus to the island earlier this year to devise a personal regimen for each of the four men. Eli says: “He put each of us in the gym for an hour on our own to see what our limitations were – for example, I have had five operations on my knee and one on my ankle – then developed a routine for each of us which he updates as time progresses. “We are all in the gym up to five times a week now and have seen a difference already. We are lifting far greater weights and are just generally fitter and stronger.” Gus is not a man who advocates doggedly sticking to the rowing machine; much of the training is weight-lifting. “Rowing the Atlantic will expose any weaknesses, imbalances or movement issues,” Gus told Luxury Locations Magazine. “My programme is designed to strengthen individuals in the correct places, while consistently looking to iron out any physical imbalance or movement issue they have.” Gus is convinced the men have what it takes to become the first Antiguan team to claim the winning place. “Team Antigua are in a brilliant position; they are beginning to build some real consistency into their gym work, while also spending vital time on the water. I think their knowledge of the ocean will also put them in a commanding place come the start of the race. Providing they have no technical issues, I fully expect to see Team Antigua battling for top spot,” he adds. With previous contestants detailing everything from debilitating seasickness and cabin fever, to hallucinations and 57
close encounters with great white sharks, one would be forgiven for wondering why anyone would bother. On top of that there’s the excruciating physical toll of rowing around 10 hours a day, often through huge waves, not to mention existing on freeze-dried food and washing in salt water. “For me personally, I think this challenge is a great thing to do for our country,” Eli says. “It’s crazy that the race ends in Antigua every year, yet there’s only ever been one Antiguan team in it. I would really like to encourage people to start another one. Under the terms of our contract, we have to provide a boat for the next team and we’d be happy to have them train with us.” Eli admits there has been at least one occasion when the men almost quit due to the intense training which requires plenty of trial run trips in the team’s carbon fibre boat. During a recent row to St Martin, just over 100 miles away, strong winds whipped the seas into a frenzy. “It was so bad we had to row literally non-stop. We also had to hand steer because the steering apparatus wasn’t working. Each of us was wondering how we were going to tell the others we wanted to pull out,” Eli recalls. “When we finally arrived and realised we’d rowed more than 100 miles in just over 24 hours – which is unprecedented – it was a huge boost for morale and confidence.” A major hurdle before the team leave for La Gomera is raising an additional US$150,000 for essential equipment, special food for the journey, airfares to the Canary Islands, competition entry fees and shipping the boat to the departure point. “The fundraising is as big as the training; in fact, that’s the stress that keeps me awake at night,” Eli says. A handful of local restaurants have stepped up to host charitable events and the men are also staging various rowing challenges in a bid to boost the coffers. Team Antigua initially bought the boat used by Team Wadadli, captained by Eli’s uncle, Nick Fuller. They have since opted instead for Ocean Reunion’s lighter, 58
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racier vessel. “We are not pushing to break the 35-day record, just to win, or at least finish in the top three,” Eli continues. “Fitness is obviously very important, as is determination, mental strength and sensible navigation.” While Team Wadadli took pots and pans on board to enable them to cook up freshly caught fish, their successors are set to be rather more frugal. “We are literally cutting toothbrushes in half to save weight,” Eli grins. The few luxury items allowed on board include chocolate, baby wipes, and an iPod and waterproof speakers to keep the power tunes thumping. For John, who had been due to join Team Wadadli but was hindered by a bad back, the upcoming challenge “feels like the right time, with the right team”. “I am excited to get to La Gomera; once there we will be back very, very shortly,” he vows. At the core of the quest is of course Team Wadadli
a sobering reality. The world’s marine environments are facing unprecedented human damage and, in Antigua, that has a knock-on effect on the economy and tourism industry too. The men are committed to raising awareness of the need to protect the ocean. Funds may be directed towards reef restoration or underwater snorkelling trails. Eli, who runs an eco-adventure company and has long been a vocal environmental campaigner, says: “My biggest concern is that there’s not a great understanding or respect for the ocean at the government level. We have to conserve, so we can continue to use. The current benchmark for how much fish we have is how much we catch. The more they catch, the more they think is out there, not that different techniques are being used and more people are fishing. The policy is backwards.” As son of award-winning documentary film maker Louie Psihoyos – behind dolphin hunting expose ‘The Cove’ and eco-thriller ‘Racing Extinction’ – green sensitivities are in Nico’s blood. “Ideally, I would like to set up some marine replenishment areas that increase fish populations, places where divers can go and see just what can happen when no one kills anything. Eventually everyone would see the benefit,” Nico says. Eli agrees, adding: “It’s pretty incredible that we are doing this because someone wanted to give something back to Antigua. It’s a great example that has been set and hopefully will inspire more people to do the same.” n By Gemma Handy
Villa Ensueno A property dream come true
n expert’s eye for styling is evident from the moment one sets foot inside this spectacular contemporary property in one of Antigua’s most desirable locations. Villa Ensueno’s exquisite decor is the work of acclaimed designer Charmaine Benjamin Werth, known for her skill at effortlessly blending exterior and interior living spaces. This luxurious home in affluent Crosbies offers plentiful spaces for absorbing the north coast’s arresting scenery. Its open-air kitchen is ideal for al fresco entertaining. There are creativelydesigned sundecks, complete with sofas and daybeds, and an elegant black-tiled swimming pool with adjoining water feature. The main house has three bedrooms, all with full en-suite bathrooms. The large open-plan interior – with lounge, dining area, kitchen and family room – is centrally air-conditioned but its sliding doors allow the breeze to flow through if preferred. There are two separate guest cottages, each with bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette, and a one-bedroom maid’s quarters with bathroom and utility area. n Villa Ensueno is listed at US$3,500,000. Email email@example.com or call +1 268 562-8174 for more details or to arrange a viewing.
No ties, please! Flip-flops are welcome A home at Sugar Ridge: Superlative service and an easygoing ambience were the winning formula for one family
ntigua’s devil-may-care vibe has long set it apart from some of its more chichi neighbours where even the palm trees dress for dinner. For Cheryll and Mike Rogers, the pervasive absence of a dress code – along with skyscrapers – was among the definitive factors in choosing this twin island paradise to set down permanent roots. The couple, from Dorset, England, were no strangers to the region having holidayed in several islands, including Barbados. “But it was Antigua we fell in love with,” Cheryll tells Luxury Locations Magazine. “We liked the fact there were no high rises and there were lots of nice restaurants but you don’t have to dress up. For Mike, having to wear a tie in the Caribbean is just a no-no,” she smiles. “We love the whole flip-flops vibe; everything is very easy and relaxed.” It’s one thing of course to make the decision to buy a tropical holiday home – and quite another to find the right match. The couple, who have three children, looked at various properties across the 60
island but it wasn’t until they stumbled across the stylish hillside homes at Sugar Ridge that they knew they’d found it. The location, overlooking the bustling community of Jolly Harbour with a panorama of the lustrous Caribbean Sea, was key. “It’s within walking distance of the supermarket or bar but the house is on a hill, has gates and feels very safe,” Cheryll says. For Mike, a retired CEO with a background in banking, investing the family’s finances in a foreign land was not a decision to be taken lightly. “We are used to looking into the background of investments we make,” Cheryll, who works as a therapist, explains. “Sugar Ridge was already well established with all utilities in place. Some new developments have houses built, but no road. We felt it was such a significant investment we would be making, so we welcomed that bit of security. “We were also able to pay in stages along the way – all of which were agreed at
the beginning – so we knew exactly what everything was going to cost at each step.” Cheryll and Mike’s penchant for a barefoot ambience is evident throughout their spectacular villa, now completed and available for holiday rentals through Luxury Locations. From the muted, ocean-inspired palette to the clever open-plan design enabling the interior to flow seamlessly into the exterior, the aptly-named Hideaway offers a feeling of space that extends far beyond its physical boundaries. Cheryll worked closely with Sugar Ridge’s architectural team, headed by Mitch Stuart of renowned firm OBM International, to create a home that suited the family’s specific requirements. The end result was a three-bedroom main house and an adjoining one-bedroom guest cottage. “We got exactly what we wanted, they were very accommodating,” Cheryll continues. “Once built it was breathtaking; we were staggered at the finishes and the quality of everything they did.” The luxury resort’s highly acclaimed interior designer Charmaine Werth was on-hand to lend her flair to the exquisite décor. Charmaine’s discerning eye is evidenced across Sugar Ridge’s public spaces and suites too, with all materials expertly chosen to suit the climate. Locally-based seamstress Rachel 62
Wood was also enlisted to craft custommade loose covers for Hideaway’s sofas and dining chairs to protect the furniture from wet swimsuits and sunscreen. “The view is such a major component that it made the colour palette very easy,” Cheryll says. “The turquoise water is just stunning so we kept pretty much to turquoise and white for the inside which all blends beautifully. In terms of outdoor design and furniture, nothing is above the height of the railings which means the eye is drawn outside from the minute you walk in. “It gives a feeling of space. People always say how big the house is but actually it’s not much bigger than the others, it just feels it.” A driftwood effect was chosen for Hideaway’s fully-fitted kitchen to achieve harmony with its surroundings. All of the property’s glass sliding doors have flush floor tracks to avoid tripping. Outside boasts spaces galore to soak up the west coast’s arresting scenery, dine al fresco or relax after a refreshing dip in Hideaway’s infinity pool. “In the evening at sunset, it’s just amazing,” Cheryll enthuses. “A year later and the house is still breathtaking; we feel blessed to own it.” With a 23-year-old daughter and two sons aged 21 and 16, an abode suited to social gatherings is crucial. “It’s a party house but it’s also incredibly secluded and
quiet. I love that it feels so adaptable, it melds to whatever you want it to be.” The couple eventually plan to spend six months a year in Antigua. For now, Hideaway is a sun-soaked getaway for family holidays with the added bonus of generating a healthy income from entering it into the rental pool. “Antigua is a great place for all ages,” Cheryll says, “our kids love it and their grandparents enjoy nothing more than relaxing outside on the deck. “We have already recommended Sugar Ridge to others. It was zero hassle as they take care of the entire package for you – all we had to do was fly over occasionally and see what was happening. We felt very safe investing our money there and really appreciated the ongoing support afterwards.” Since opening in 2009 with a plethora of luxurious amenities, the uber-chic resort has forged a firm status as one of the region’s most extolled holiday locations. The private villas offer unlimited access to Sugar Ridge’s worldclass restaurants, bar, well-equipped gym, salon and Aveda Concept spa. There are dozens of sites available at various elevations and sizes, spanning a third to three-quarters of an acre. Each one is suitable for a custom-built property, or one of the seven model homes in a classic Caribbean design, exquisitely finished and complete with infinity pool. The cordial community is the icing on the cake. Cheryll adds: “Sugar Ridge is not just a buy-to-let place. It’s a real community with really nice people living there; we love being a part of it.” n Hideaway is available for holiday rent from US$5,000 a week. For more information about booking a vacation – or purchasing a property at Sugar Ridge, which is approved under the government’s citizenship by investment scheme entitling buyers to apply for an Antigua & Barbuda passport - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+268) 562-8174. Choose your plot and have a Hideaway of your own from US$2,600,000.
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Luxury, hospitality and a spoonful of sugar Whether pint-size or fully-grown, Curtain Bluff has all the right ingredients
ith just the right mix of bonhomie, motherly efficiency and twinkling eyes that hint at a sense of fun, it’s easy to see why Ainsley Smith is a magnet for children. Here, amid the organic environs of Curtain Bluff ’s Kids’ Camp surrounded by beanbags, board games and the remnants of a t-shirt making session
Every one of the resort’s 72 rooms is situated directly on the sand, meaning spectacular ocean views are a given.
– she’s in her element. Ainsley, the camp’s convivial coordinator, is just one of a slew of upbeat offerings the award-winning resort has to enthrall miniature guests. “Ainsley is terrific; she’s like Mary Poppins,” says resident manager Wendy Eardley with a smile. The first time we meet, Ainsley is momentarily flummoxed. The oversize
bag she usually carts around with her has gone astray. In addition to the Kids’ Camp schedule she wants to show me, it contains everything from popcorn and water to the material she uses to make lizard leashes. The only thing it lacks is an 8ft hat stand. Once retrieved, the schedule reveals
a bacchanalia of enticing complimentary pursuits – all of which can be customised to appease pint-sized patrons. There’s beach-combing for ‘treasure’ which is later transformed into wind-chimes and mobiles, whipping up ‘mocktails’ at the resort’s bar, identifying native herbs and flowers in the gardens, and fishing on the dock, just for starters. “But what they love most of all is watching our head gardener Ezra climb a tree, get a coconut, crack it open and give them the water to drink,” Ainsley imparts. “It’s a real taste of the Caribbean; everyone loves that.” As a mother-of-three herself, and a qualified nursery nurse and teacher, families who flock each year to Antigua’s longest-running luxury resort know their little ones are safe in Ainsley’s hands. “I’ve looked after kids my whole life,” Ainsley continues. “What I love most about working at Curtain Bluff is meeting
so many new people and nationalities and making a real connection with them. It makes parents feel comfortable leaving their kids with me. “Parents also like the fact that the Kids’ Camp here is very different to other resorts – we have small groups of children and it has a feeling of freedom to it.” Ainsley’s teaching background comes into play helping her young charges create booklets about Antigua to take home to show their friends, along with caring for the camp’s resident turtles, parakeets and iguanas. “Some children think they’re too grown-up for Kids’ Camp,” Ainsley adds with a knowing grin, “and then they don’t want to leave.” Curtain Bluff did not, of course, retain its place as one of the Caribbean’s top rated resorts without beguiling grownups too. An incredible 70 per cent of guests are repeat visitors, attracted by the
personal touch that has persisted for more than five decades. “Curtain Bluff is an icon and a legend,” says managing director Rob Sherman. “The family atmosphere and the high standards that we have set combine with an exceptional location; it’s the only place I ever seen that has an Atlantic Ocean beach and a Caribbean Sea beach. Since we opened in 1962, we have consistently remained in the top 10 rated hotels in the region.” Curtain Bluff currently claims a coveted top spot on TripAdvisor and a number two listing among its regional competitors in Travel + Leisure magazine. The idyllic setting on a rocky peninsula, the winsome colonial-tinged décor and an “old-school, clubby charm” are among its media plaudits. Several testify to the heavenly prepared-toorder food – continental style with some Caribbean influences and artistically presented. A prime reason for the resort’s longevity is its ability to cater to all age groups. Multi-generational parties of 20 or more are frequent. Families who ask for an interconnecting room are guaranteed their request will be honoured. The resort’s four top-floor, interconnecting signature suites, all with an individual splash pool, are ideal for large groups. Every one of the resort’s 72 rooms is situated directly on the sand, meaning spectacular ocean views are a given. When Curtain Bluff reopens for the new season at the end of October it will be fresh from a multi-million dollar refurbishment to all public areas. Its classic charm, however, will remain firmly intact. Curtain Bluff ’s innate sense of romance and picturesque backdrop have made it popular for destination weddings and honeymoons. The resort hosts around a dozen nuptials per season, each individually tailored to the bride and groom’s personal tastes and desires. It’s not just overseas visitors attracted to this south-coast sanctuary. Locals too come to enjoy ‘staycations’, day passes, the two restaurants and spa where every treatment room also boasts a sea 65
view. Therapists from Antigua, Bali, the Philippines and Syria are all trained specifically in the use of Pevonia’s resultsdriven products. Sports constitute a significant part of the resort’s offerings. There’s a wellequipped fitness centre overlooking the water, yoga and aqua aerobics classes, plus squash and tennis courts, shuffle ball and boules. The on-site tennis pros are delighted to help guests of all ages perfect their swing. “They can teach any kid as long as they’re able to hold a racquet,” Wendy says. With the calm seas perfect for water babies, there’s an abundance of aquatic activities including snorkelling trips, scuba diving, stand-up paddle-boarding, water bikes, Hobie cats and glass-bottom kayaks. For those wishing to immerse themselves in the island’s glorious countryside, there are also nature hikes, power walks and trips to the nearby rainforest zipline park. What really sets Curtain Bluff apart though is something less tangible. “The resort has a wonderful, intimate ambience,” Wendy says. “It’s small enough for parents to feel their kids are safe and won’t get lost if they want to go to the pool or camp, and all the staff go out of their way to look out for the children and make them feel at home. “We have babysitters on hand – who, like the staff, have been with us over 20 years – if parents want a romantic dinner in the evening. Children who accompany their parents in the restaurant will be made just as welcome; they love to dance to the live music,” she adds. It’s the little details that truly set a resort apart. From the 10,000-bottle wine cellar ensuring every meal is expertly paired with the finest possible selection, to the personal note from Wendy – alongside a jar of homemade cookies – welcoming each young guest as they arrive, Curtain Bluff boasts plenty of those. In fact, it’s practically perfect in every way. n Visit www.curtainbluff.com or call +1 268 462-8400 for reservations or more information. 66
Private island style Not just a pretty facade: No 5 offers features in abundance
unctionality meets the very latest in upscale contemporary design at this striking new development set on its own private isle. The only aspect to rival No 5’s aesthetic assets is its prime location on exclusive Harbour Island within the gated community of Jolly Harbour. Spine-tingling views over Antigua’s lauded west coast scenery are part and parcel of life at No 5 which comprises five unique properties, approved under the government’s citizenship by investment scheme entitling buyers to apply for an Antigua & Barbuda passport. This comes with a wealth of benefits including tax planning and visa-free travel to 130 countries worldwide. Each home is set out across three storeys and offers three bedrooms with mountain and ocean views. The complex is accessed by a well-maintained concrete
road with individual parking and gardens at the front of each unit. No 5 is built to the highest of specifications to withstand hurricanes for utmost peace of mind. The spacious interiors feature clean contemporary lines and neutral accents. There is a well-appointed, L-shaped kitchen and adjoining laundry facilities with washer/dryer to the right as you enter. The fully-fitted kitchen overlooks the water and is complete with dishwasher, fridge/freezer with ice maker, microwave and breakfast bar with stools. On the right is an en-suite bedroom offering scenes over the tropical garden. The large lounge has sliding doors leading to the pool which fill the place with light and allow the breeze to flow through. There are plenty of sofas for relaxation and a dining area. The outside decking offers lots of
room for sun-loungers and al fresco dining. Home owners may construct a dock up to 40ft, with more available subject to planning permission. Upstairs, two more en-suite bedrooms both have roomy wardrobes and patio doors leading to broad balconies with splendid harbour views. The top floor – with its huge balcony ideal for barbeques, sun-lounging and star-gazing – is ready to be transformed at whim and is large enough for a private gym, office or fourth bedroom. The crowning stroke is the property’s swimming pool – a perfect spot for a refreshing dip or sunset cocktails to round off the day. n For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+268) 562-8174.
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Villa Azura ‘Green’ elements, turquoise scenes
rom the award-winning climate control beds to the environmentallyfriendly wall plaster, Villa Azura allows you to reduce your carbon footprint - without compromising luxury. This fabulous three-bedroom Long Bay home is located within walking distance of Antigua’s stunning east coastline and one of the island’s most celebrated beaches. Villa Azura also boasts a stunning infinity pool, al fresco dining area and expansive sundeck. The stylishly-designed interior includes a spacious living room and French doors opening onto the verandah and pool. An adjacent sunken den affords extra privacy and seclusion, while the dining area overlooks a private walled garden and is connected to the fully-fitted kitchen by a serving hatch. Gardening enthusiasts will love the beautifully-landscaped tropical gardens where you can pick fruit directly from the trees. Villa Azura is fully staffed with house manager, housekeeper and gardener. n Villa Azura is listed at US$3,300,000. Email email@example.com or call +1 268 562-8174 for more details or to arrange a viewing.
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Why go it alone? Outsourcing the management of your property can save headaches, hassle and even money
f handling maintenance calls at 3am, waiting in endless queues to pay utility bills and collecting rent from tardy tenants doesn’t sound like much fun, you may want to consider entrusting your rental property into the hands of a professional property management company. Finding a reliable and trustworthy property manager to look after your investment – particularly when it’s based in a foreign country – can be a daunting experience however. Villa Management is one such company. Founded by Nadia Dyson almost a decade ago, the business has gone from strength to strength, now managing over US$50m of residential
property in Antigua. “It’s vital to find someone who will take care of your property the same way that you would take care of your own,” says Villa Management’s chief operations officer Pascale Gillis. With many years’ experience attending to the bricks and mortar of some of Antigua’s most elite homeowners, Pascale knows a thing or two about the industry. Together with company owners Sam and Nadia Dyson, Villa Management has a collective 30 years in the business. “We look after properties all over Antigua – and all kinds, from cosy twobedroom holiday homes to multi-million dollar mansions,” Pascale continues. “Our comprehensive services apply to houses
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that are rented or vacant. “With holiday rental homes, we take charge of everything from advertising for bookings, meeting and greeting guests when they arrive, organising transportation to and from the airport, and arranging welcome packs and concierge services. We can also assist with booking tours, private chefs and even putting together wedding packages.” Our friendly and energetic team of housekeepers are trained to the very highest standards. “And our properties are cared for the same way,” Pascale says. “We also undertake regular checks on all homes and recommend any maintenance
VILLA MANAGEMENT or upgrades that might be needed that will save money and protect the investment in the long-term.” Houses in the tropics require a special level of care. And there’s where the firm’s local knowledge really comes into play.
With many years’ experience attending to the bricks and mortar of some of Antigua’s most elite homeowners, Pascale knows a thing or two about the industry. “We are very familiar with the wear and tear issues which can arise in this climate due to the humidity and salt in the air. Rust is a common problem which we pay close attention to, along with signs of termites. Wooden structures and decks need regular maintenance that homeowners may not necessarily consider until it’s too late,” Pascale explains. Not much of a mathematician? Panic not! Villa Management can take charge of your accounts too. “We can arrange payment for phone, TV, internet and utility bills, plus property taxes and manage any staff or contractors a homeowner may use. We will settle the books and, because we update our accounts on a daily basis, we are always in a position to advise on their status. We present monthly statements to each of our homeowners by the middle of each month.” Pascale adds: “We are always available seven days a week to answer any concerns and deal promptly with problems big or small. Regardless of the value of your home, our team prides itself on offering a personal service and always going the extra mile.” n Email info@Villa-Management-Antigua.com or call (268) 562-7814 for more information.
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Experience a real sense of occasion... Le Bistro, Antigua’s �irst authentic French restaurant, was opened in 1981. Since then, its popularity, with both visitors and locals, has never waned. Today, Le Bistro is and remains one of Antigua’s most frequented restaurants. Dining here is close to luxurious perfection.
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Sheer gastronomic glee Where we went: To-die-for cuisine was matched with the finest wine in one of the Caribbean’s most iconic locations. The sunset dinner at historic Clarence House – once home to naval dockyard commissioners and Leeward Island governors – was a top-notch collaboration between Sheer Rocks restaurant, Best Cellars, and Master of Wine Liam Steevenson. What we ate and drank: Gastronomes beware. If you weren’t there, reading the following may trigger intense cravings, crushing disappointment and a lifelong affliction of FOMO (Luxury Locations Magazine will not be held responsible.) The opening course of snow crab and watermelon, with tomato jelly, basil and dried olive, was superbly paired with Louis Roederer Champagne. Next came yellow fin tuna carpaccio with wasabi aioli, cucumber ribbons, black caviar and nori salt. Sumptuous pan-roasted mahi mahi was creatively accompanied by lobster croquette, cauliflower puree, greens and toasted almonds. Next was lamb rack from a local farm, followed by black pineapple cheesecake with coconut doughnut and tropical fruit sorbet for dessert. The petit fours of rum and raisin fudge were exquisite with Mount Gay’s 1703 Master Select rum. Well, we did warn you. What we loved: Who could resist the chance to grab a peek inside the recently refurbished 200-year-old Clarence House, a paradigm of elegance set in the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site?
Rowing and rolling Where we went: Soon-to-be Atlantic rower Nico Psihoyos swapped his oars for his chef ’s knives to raise cash for his team’s impending 3,000-mile voyage. Team Antigua’s supporters flocked to Club Sushi for the fundraiser which saw trained sushi chef Nico and pals join forces to create a variety of delicious dishes for sale. A raffle and auction held on the night also helped boost the coffers. The team is on a race against time to collect the US$250,000 needed to buy their boat and essential equipment before the 2017 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge departs in December. What we ate: Club Sushi’s fresh fare never fails to hit the spot. The creations from Nico and fellow chefs Nell Fuller and Stevie Mendes complemented the restaurant’s exquisite a la carte offerings which range from toothsome temaki to sumptuous steaks. What we loved: Team Antigua’s mission is not just to claim the winning spot for the country in this year’s challenge but to raise money for ocean conservation too. And the community stepped up to lend support with generous items for auction and offer vital encouragement and camaraderie too.
Party in pink Where we went: The elegant pink surrounds of Ana’s Restaurant & Art Gallery were a picture perfect backdrop to the Dickenson Bay Beach Bash which brought the landmark 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week to a close. Revellers flocked to enjoy Ana’s winning Mediterranean cuisine, signature cocktails, and get down in the sand to uptempo tunes from five different DJs. What we ate: Ana’s didn’t earn its status as one of Antigua’s finest eateries without some pretty fabulous fare. The day’s special brunch menu of three cheese macaroni pie, spinach ricotta lasagne, roasted pork with honey mustard sauce, and caramelised onions with sautéed sausage – topped off with pancake poppers and wickedly delicious margarita cupcakes – was a feast fit for a king. Or a sailor. What we loved: The grin-inducing inflatables kept both big kids and little kids thoroughly entertained. Later on, the event’s main stage just a short stroll away featured a host of high energy local performers including Claudette Peters, Ricardo Drue and headliners, the legendary Burning Flames.
Lounging about, Sunday style Where we went: Could there be anywhere hipper than the cool urban chic of South Point? This place oozes upscale Miami style, so when we heard legendary DJ Jacques Dumas was going to be in the house, fresh from the dance floors of some of the globe’s hottest nightspots, we got ourselves glitzed up and headed down to English Harbour. What we did: Sipping on champagne, to the sounds of Dumas’ soul, funk, jazz and house beats, while gazing out across the marina from South Point’s waterside deck might just be our idea of heaven. We also tucked into the restaurant’s special brunch menu, and enjoyed a sushi roll or two. Did we mention champagne? What we loved: The lounge feel, the elegant clientele and South Point’s friendly-yet-efficient service have put this spot firmly on our list of favourite haunts.
Puppy love: Party for PAAWS Where we went: Antigua’s gentle ‘dadli dogs’ have an inherent ability to melt hearts – so a fundraiser in aid of man’s best friend drew animal lovers in their droves. The elegant black tie gala, staged at snazzy South Point in English Harbour, marked 21 years of operation for animal charity PAAWS which runs its Parham rescue and rehoming centre for dogs and cats entirely on donations. What we ate: South Point’s delectable Mediterranean and Asian cuisine has earned it a place in the hearts of foodies from far and wide. Favourites on the evening’s speciallycreated three-course menu were the goat’s cheese mille-feuille and the wickedly delicious flourless chocolate cake – all washed down with the finest vino. What we loved: We love an excuse to don the glitz. In addition to the dazzling dresses, we enjoyed the live auction featuring a plethora of lavish items donated by big-hearted local businesses, before getting down on the dancefloor to some retro tunes from DJ Alex Emiliani. Gala photos courtesy of Jason Pickering.
One of PAAWS’ four-legged residents. Photo courtesy Marc Hubbard.
Kenny Jacobs – aka ‘Mr Antigua’ – is a proud PAAWS ambassador. Photo courtesy Steve Moore.
Why invest in Antigua? Find out why the benefits go way beyond the beaches
sk a financial expert about the benefits of investing in Antigua and they’ll testify to a financially stable and peaceful democracy; a forwardthinking, pro-business government; and a slew of tax advantages. Ask any recent investor – such as a proud new homeowner – and they’ll vouch for a low crime rate; seamless international travel links; and some of the friendliest people on the planet. What all agree on are low prices offering more bang for your buck than most regional competitors – and all set within the environs of the twin island nation’s sublime natural beauty. Because Antigua & Barbuda is still developing, opportunities here abound. The government is approachable and actively seeking inward investment, so projects that meet certain criteria often benefit from generous tax incentives and other waivers. The country’s ‘open’ economy means there are no foreign
exchange controls or other barriers to the repatriation of profits. The Eastern Caribbean dollar is pegged to the US dollar, which helps with financial stability, while the strength of the Canadian banks represented locally provides a welcome level of confidence.
The country’s ‘open’ economy means there are no foreign exchange controls or other barriers to the repatriation of profits. The cost of living is less than most of the world’s major cities and, when it comes to tax planning, the perks are plentiful too. Residents are only taxed on income earned in Antigua, rather than their worldwide income. Furthermore, passive income such as dividends and bank interest is entirely tax free for residents and there is no inheritance tax
or capital gains tax (other than a small land value appreciation tax for noncitizens). Antigua also has a relatively low rate of corporation tax and a very competitive suite of concessions available to new and existing investors. Need any more convincing? A regional hub for air travel, getting to our Englishspeaking paradise is as smooth as our iconic local rum. Direct flights emanate from London, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Toronto and Frankfurt to name a few. A former British colony – where enchanting Georgian ruins are a beguiling nod to yesteryear – Antigua still follows UK law. This has the bonus of making a property purchase a seamless process. Throw in a plethora of intriguing historical sites, some high-energy Carnival festivities and countless topnotch restaurants and it’s little wonder that more and more people each year are choosing Antigua to put down permanent roots. Further evidence of burgeoning confidence in our enchanting islands can be seen in a surge of large-scale projects by foreign developers. These include a US$250m investment into restoring Barbuda’s long abandoned K-Club by legendary actor Robert de Niro and billionaire businessman James Packer. Due to open later this year is the 79-suite luxury Hodges Bay Resort, while recent groundbreakings include the Waldorf Astoria-branded Callaloo Cay Resort and the US$40m Coconut Beach Resort by Marriott.
Increasing visitor numbers prove Antigua & Barbuda is “a destination to watch”, says Tourism Minister Asot Michael. Air arrivals soared by six per cent in 2016, while people coming from the USA alone topped 100,000 for the first time in history. The July 2016 bestowal of UNESCO World Heritage Site status to 18th century Nelson’s Dockyard and surrounding national park archaeological sites is likely to bolster this upward trend. Luxury Locations’ CEO Sam Dyson says the introduction of the government’s citizenship by investment programme has helped attract a plethora of developers and investors to the islands. Ploughing one’s cash into an approved project entitles one to apply for an Antigua & Barbuda passport which means not just visa-free travel to more than 130 countries but various additional tax benefits too. For Cheryll and Mike Rogers, from Dorset in England, who recently built a home at the Sugar Ridge resort, the country’s special qualities included a feeling of security in investing their savings here, coupled with Antigua’s genial laidback vibe. The final ineffable aspect was simply that it was Antigua they fell in love with. And they’re far from alone. Complementing the nation’s breathtaking tropical scenery is an authentically Caribbean ambience and hospitable citizens who pride themselves on making newcomers feel like family. n 85
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The Property Handbook The road to ownership
hen people say the Caribbean is a little bit behind, we just nod and smile politely. Because while much of the world is reeling amid soaring property prices and overheating markets, prices in Antigua remain almost as low as when the financial crisis first hit. And that’s great news for investors who are flocking here as fast as the snowbirds. “Antigua is still firmly a buyers’ market,” says Luxury Locations founder Nadia Dyson. “It’s not as over-developed as other islands which means there’s lots of opportunity for new business initiatives too – not to mention the fact Antigua has retained its authentic charm. “We are seeing more and more direct flights making Antigua very accessible and new developments are cropping up constantly. All signs point to a healthy economic future.” Mrs Dyson added: “It won’t be long before house prices start to rise again so now really is an ideal time to buy.”
at online and arrange a time to take you to see them. Step 3: Finding the one you love With an extensive portfolio from snug holiday hideaways to plush palatial estates, we’re confident it won’t be long before you’re head over heels in real estate love. You can then submit an offer and we will negotiate on your behalf, ensuring you the best possible deal for your money. Once the offer is accepted, a deposit will be needed to reserve the property; usually either US$10,000 or one per cent of the property price.
Six small steps to buying property in Antigua...
Step 4: The legal process Now come the all-important legalities for which we can put you in touch with a reputable lawyer. Their fee is between one and two per cent of the purchase price, half of which will be required upfront. The seller’s lawyer will then draw up a draft contract. Once both parties are happy with the fine print, a 10 per cent deposit of the property price is due (minus the reservation deposit already paid). That will be held safely in an escrow account.
Step 1: Choosing an agent Identifying the right realtor to guide you through the buying process is crucial. With a combined three decades’ experience in the local property market, the friendly, efficient and professional Luxury Locations team can help make finding your ideal abode a fruitful and enjoyable experience.
Step 5: Non-citizen’s licence Non-nationals buying a home need a non-citizen’s licence which our recommended lawyers can handle for you. It costs five per cent of the purchase price and can take up to three months to acquire but it’s a pretty seamless process and 99 per cent of applicants are approved.
Step 2: Viewing properties The next stage is for us to determine your specific requirements: is your dream home beachfront or hillside? Does it have a pool or garden? How many bedrooms should it have? And what is your investment range? We will then suggest various properties for you to look
Step 6: Completion The remaining 90 per cent of the property price is owed upon completion of the deal. Finally, there’s the transfer of the title deeds making you the official owner. Now all that’s left for you to do is settle in and enjoy your new home. Or, for maximum return on your investment, enter it into
the rental programme and allow our sister company Villa Management to take care of it for you. And finally… Have you considered citizenship by investment? For the savvy investor, a second passport can spawn a wealth of advantages including visa-free travel and international tax planning. In 2013, Antigua & Barbuda became the latest nation to offer a route for citizenship by investment. But while other jurisdictions offer something ostensibly comparable, few make it as speedy, seamless or affordable as our twin island paradise. One avenue for gaining an Antigua & Barbuda passport is a minimum US$400,000 purchase in a governmentapproved real estate project. Successful applicants are not required to sacrifice their current citizenship. They also benefit from exemption from a number of local taxes, including personal income, net worth, gift tax and estate duty. In addition, they enjoy visa-free travel to around 130 countries worldwide, including the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Europe’s borderless Schengen area. Our friendly and professional team can guide you through every step of the process. n
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GALLEY BAY PROPERTY With enchanting scenery, panoramic views and pristine white sand beaches, it’s easy to see why some of the world’s most prestigious names – including fashion designer Giorgio Armani - call Galley Bay home. Its unique setting is enhanced by direct beach access and close proximity to the romantic all-inclusive Galley Bay Resort & Spa. Just a short drive from both the capital St John’s and the international airport, Luxury Locations has a host of luxurious properties and parcels of land for sale in this idyllic spot.
n Villa L, Galley Bay Heights, West Coast US$5,500,000 Unrivalled elegance and an enviable location overlooking the bay give this sensational property its edge. Villa L boasts a prime position amid landscaped tropical gardens in the exclusive, uber chic Galley Bay Heights community. Palatial in size, it comprises a four-bedroom main house finished to exacting standards in an unrelenting contemporary style. All bedrooms have en-suites and there is a formal dining room, a day room with huge television screen, a large pool, gazebo and Jacuzzi.
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There are also two one-bedroom apartments, both with living areas, bathroom and kitchen. One unit has excellent views and decking; the other houses laundry facilities and would make ideal accommodation for a housekeeper or nanny. Villa L benefits further from a back-up generator, parking for seven cars and a state-of-the-art sound and security system. An additional quarter-acre plot is large enough to construct another two-bedroom cottage or even a tennis court.
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n Villa Champagne, Galley Bay Heights, West Coast US$4,500,000 This stunning five-bedroom villa boasts magnificent panoramic ocean views from every room. • High ceilings and open beams • Split-level, air-conditioned property • Luxuriously modern with island-style charm • Swimming pool
n Villa Nourit, Galley Bay Heights, West Coast US$595,000 This extremely private estate comprises a main cottage with open-plan living area and beautiful open-air contemporary kitchen, plus two one-bedroom cottages. • Split-level verandah • Swimming pool and sundeck • Half an acre of landscaped gardens • Exclusive hillside community
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n The Beach House, Galley Bay Heights, West Coast US$1,995,000 A fabulously styled three-bedroom villa within one of Antigua’s most desirable new developments. • Stunning mature gardens • Large sundeck with sunset views • Swimming pool • All bedrooms are en-suite
n Land plot, Galley Bay, West Coast US$280,000 A superbly located quarteracre site on Antigua’s famed west coast. • Elevated spot with panoramic ocean views • Ideal for commercial or residential development • Short walk to Galley Bay Resort & Spa • Close to white sand beach
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JOLLY HARBOUR PROPERTY This charming township on Antigua’s glorious west coast offers a vast selection of properties from cosy waterside villas to sprawling beachfront and hillside sanctuaries. Jolly Harbour is a gated community with 24-hour security, back-up generator and garbage collection. Its first-rate amenities include an international supermarket, gym and sports centre, boutique shops, pharmacy, golf course and several popular bars and restaurants. Jolly Harbour is one of the only places in the world where one can purchase a two-bedroom villa with private dock for less than US$300,000. This sought-after area provides excellent returns for rental homes.
n No. 5 Harbour Island, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$400,000 - Fractional ownership (4 fractions per unit available) Five unique properties set out across three storeys, each with three bedrooms offering mountain and ocean views. • Superb private island location • Robustly built to withstand hurricanes • Large outdoor decking • Swimming pool
n INDIAN VIEW, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$1,500,000 Luxurious detached three-bedroom villa with high quality decor and a spectacular outdoor living space. • Stylish contemporary interior • Large swimming pool • All bedrooms are en-suite • Spacious outdoor lounge and dining area
n Dragon’s Lair, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$4,000,000 Magnificent four-bedroom beachfront villa with rooftop sundeck and Jacuzzi • Charming mezzanine loft • Vast glass doors and high ceilings • Pool with barbecue grill and bar • Home alarm system
n Harbour Lodge, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$1,200,000 Fabulously styled four-bedroom home on exclusive Harbour Island • Superb views f rom sundeck and pool • Three bedrooms have en-suites, all are air-conditioned • Two comfortable lounges, dining area and bar • Guest bathroom
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n The Pelican, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$995,000 Superbly located two-storey, six-bedroom home with pool • Elegant colonial-style structure • Spacious decking and private pool • Three bedrooms and fullyfitted kitchen on each floor • Wide wrap-around verandah
n The Boat House, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$880,000 Luxurious three-bedroom waterfront villa spanning over 2,400 sqft • Uninterrupted views across the harbour • Off-street parking for two cars and security gates • Swimming pool and large decking area • Moorings for 60ft yacht and small speedboat/ jet ski
n Cool Breeze, Harbour View, West Coast US$599,000 Charming three-bedroom villa with lush tropical gardens, five-minute walk from Jolly Harbour • 2,000 sqft of covered interior and exterior space • Pool with large decking and patio area • Hurricane shutters throughout • Well maintained
n VILLA 224E, JOLLY HARBOUR US$995,000 Villa 224E is a stunning, South Finger three bedroom villa set within a desirable gated community. This beautiful home has been extended, completely refurbished, customised and transformed to the highest standards. • 3 bedrooms • Large docking facilities
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n 224D, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$450,000 Well styled two-bedroom waterfront villa in gated community • Fully-equipped stylish kitchen • Beautifully renovated • Large patio and sundeck • Both bedrooms have private Juliet balconies
n 219G, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$325,000 Two-bedroom waterside villa with all the comforts of home • Lovely harbour views • Short walk to the beach • Great investment opportunity • Both bedrooms have en-suites
n 410A, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$325,000 Fully refurbished twobedroom waterfront villa in gated community • End unit location for increased privacy • Uniquely revamped luxurious home • Exquisite contemporary style • Both bedrooms have generous balconies
n 417B, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$315,000 Impeccably styled threebedroom waterfront villa • Fully-fitted kitchen with granite countertops • Garage converted into small third bedroom • Hurricane shutters • Superb rental history
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n 402A, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$315,000 Delightful waterfront twobedroom home in gated community • Price includes boat and boat lift • Immaculately maintained • Stylish open-plan interior • Master bedroom has generous balcony
n 226F, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$300,000 Two-bedroom, three-bathroom end unit property in gated community • Large extended sundeck • Downstairs converted for wheelchair access • Hurricane shutters • Boat dock
n Villa Raija, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$295,000 Charming two-bedroom waterfront villa with extended decking • Master bedroom has private balcony • Quiet North Finger location • 30ft boat mooring • Attractive tiled patio
n 419A, Jolly Harbour, West Coast US$228,000 Two-bedroom waterfront villa with finger pier • Master bedroom has private balcony • Water’s-edge patio with sun-loungers • Air-conditioned throughout • End unit position for increased privacy
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WEST COAST PROPERTY One glance at Antigua’s majestic west coast and it’s easy to see why it remains a firm favourite among residents, holidaymakers and investors alike. Some of the island’s most acclaimed developments fringe its idyllic shores, famed for its turquoise Caribbean Sea water and white sand beaches. From bustling gated communities to five-star resorts and restaurants, for many the west is quite simply the best.
n Sugar Ridge home, Sugar Ridge Resort, West Coast New builds like Hideaway from US$2,600,000 Exquisitely styled, luxurious four-bedroom property within acclaimed resort. Available to purchase off plan. • Unlimited access to first-rate resort amenities • Majestic hillside location • 24-hour security • Highend fittings and fixtures throughout
n Palm Villa, Sugar Ridge Resort, West Coast US$1,395,000 Sensational three-bedroom villa with private pool within luxury resort • Electric gate and private drive • Air-conditioned throughout • High-end fittings and fixtures • Stylish interior design
n Coco House, Hamilton Estate, West Coast US$495,000 Lovely three-bedroom villa offering utmost in peace and tranquillity • Short walk f rom Jolly Harbour amenities • Large private pool • Mature gardens with tropical trees and plants • Parking for three cars • Sunset-facing terrace
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n Villa Dragonfly, Harbour View, West Coast US$495,000 Four-bedroom colonialstyle home with sea and mountain views • Private pool and sundeck • Electronic hurricane shutters • Full security sensor system • Three bedrooms are en-suite
n No 2, Hamilton Estate, West Coast US$285,000 Upper-floor two-bedroom garden apartment with superb hillside and ocean views • Shared large pool, sundeck and shaded terrace • Mature tropical gardens • Spacious interior • Well-equipped kitchen
n No 3, Hamilton Estate, West Coast US$275,000 Well-appointed two-bedroom apartment in tranquil Valley Church location • Excellent investment opportunity • Lush, landscaped gardens • Shared large pool, sundeck and shaded terrace • Stylish modern interior
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n Featherhead, Harbour View, West Coast US$450,000 Delightful four-bedroom villa close to Jolly Harbour amenities • Excellent rental history • Great investment opportunity • Large swimming pool and sundeck • Immaculately maintained
n Starfish House, Jennings, West Coast US$595,000 Two-bedroom villa with stunning Caribbean Sea views and infinity pool • Short drive to amenities • Both bedrooms are en-suite and air-conditioned • Fully-equipped stylish kitchen • Small tropical garden
n Villa Petrichor, Valley Church, West Coast US$1,850,000 Well-appointed and tastefully decorated three-storey fourbedroom property • Four bathrooms • Tranquil, elevated location • Electric gates • Verandah with dining area and Jacuzzi
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n Ocean Blue, Tamarind Hills, West Coast US$1,950,000 Spectacular fully-furnished, threebedroom property with private infinity pool • Exquisitely finished European kitchen and bathrooms • Luxurious contemporary style • Panoramic sea views • Short drive to Jolly Harbour amenities
n Beach House 7, Tamarind Hills, West Coast US$2,800,000 State-of-the-art five-bedroom villa within luxurious new development • Spectacular panoramic views • All bedrooms have en-suites • Built to the highest specifications • Gazebo overlooking ocean
n Breezy Bay, Tamarind Hills, West Coast US$1,300,000 Beautifully presented, fullyfurnished, three-bedroom townhouse • Stunning water’s-edge location • Panoramic sea views • Three-level property • Sun patio with infinity plunge pool
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ENGLISH HARBOUR PROPERTY Vibrant maritime history and world-class sailing conditions have made English Harbour a hub for adventurers, history buffs, watersports enthusiasts and nightlife lovers. At its heart is historic Nelson’s Dockyard, once home to the 18th century Admiral himself and recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Come sailing season, English Harbour pulsates with energy when it plays host to some of the globe’s most prestigious regattas and the thousands of people who flock to take part.
n Villa Babylon, Freeman’s Bay, English Harbour Area US$2,500,000 Attractive fourbedroom villa with spectacular sea views over Freeman’s Bay • Wide wrap-around terrace • All bedrooms are air-conditioned • Swimming pool, sundeck and Jacuzzi • Stylish interior
n Villa Liene, Willoughby Bay, South Coast US$3,750,000 A stunning modern six-bedroom beachfront property set on 0.7 acres of prime land in Antigua. Built to the highest standard with high-end fixtures and fittings, this family home boasts an impressive 8,500 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor living space.
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n Nine-acre parcel of land, English Harbour Area US$2,709,000 Excellently located plot in heart of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park • Ideal for commercial or residential development • Elevated ocean views • Close proximity to amenities • Prime investment opportunity
n Villa Musica, Monk’s Hill, English Harbour Area US$1,190,000 Unique four-bedroom home plus one-bedroom guest cottage in pretty hillside location • Half-acre site • Stunning outdoor spaces • Pool and sundeck • 4,000 sqft of multilevelled floor space
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n One-bedroom units, South Point Resort, English Harbour From US$695,000 • Sophisticated urban styling • Exclusive waterfront location • Four-star resort facilities • Spacious terrace overlooking ocean
n Villa Floriana, Hospital Hill, English Harbour Area US$675,000 Tasteful Caribbean-style property comprising three separate units • Two-bed main apartment, one-bed cottage, two-bed apartment • Overlooks Falmouth Harbour • Private pool • 3,000 sqft of living space
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n 0.6-acre plot of land, Savannah Estate, Willoughby Bay US$575,000 Superbly located parcel of land ideal for development • Beautiful hilltop spot • Close to amenities • Stunning ocean views • Foundations already in place
n 30,000 sqft parcel of land, Turtle Bay, English Harbour Area Price on request Sprawling elevated site suitable for commercial or residential development • National park location • Excellent investment opportunity • Exceptional sea views • Tranquil secluded spot, but close to amenities
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NORTH COAST PROPERTY The leafy residential districts of Antigua’s sublime north coast area are loved for their peaceful ambience and the divine white sand beaches lapped by turquoise ocean that fringe them. From the bustling resorts that line famous Dickenson Bay to the serene shores of Runaway Beach and the rugged beauty of Jabberwock, the north is a haven for beachgoers. Coupled with the plethora of highly-rated restaurants and tranquil luxury resorts such as Blue Waters, welcome to one of Antigua’s most desirable locales.
n Villa Ensueno, Crosbies, North Coast US$3,500,000 Spectacular contemporary five-bedroom property with pool in sought-after affluent neighbourhood • Interior created by acclaimed designer Charmaine Werth • Large well-equipped open-air kitchen • Three-bedroom main house • Separate one-bedroom cottage and one-bedroom maid’s quarters n P21 Hodges Bay, Hodges Bay Resort, North Coast US$3,000,000 Exceptional four-bedroom property in newly built luxury resort • Oceanf ront penthouse • Access to resort facilities • Breathtaking panoramic views • Terrace and pool
n Sunset Lane, Dickenson Bay, Northern Area Price on request Large newly refurbished four-bedroom home in tranquil neighbourhood • Ocean views • Electric gates • One-acre site • Back-up generator
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n Villa Sea Tang, Fitches Creek, Northern Area US$855,000 Stunning two-storey home maintained to exceptional standards • Peaceful residential area • Swimming pool • Fully automatic stand-by generator • Mature tropical gardens n The Cove Suites, Blue Waters Resort, North Coast US$425,000 Classic colonial style one-bedroom suites within luxury resort • Suites are housed within large villa with private infinity pool • Oversized bathrooms with freestanding baths • Private balconies f rom living area • Unlimited access to resort’s award-winning facilities n Ocean Grand Estate House, Dickenson Bay, North Coast US$6,500,000 Luxurious four-bedroom five-bathroom house on private peninsula • Exquisitely finished and furnished throughout • Exclusive gated community • Flanked by two of Antigua’s most prized beaches • Jaw-dropping ocean views
n Barrymore Beach Apartments, Runaway Bay, North Coast US$5,570,000 Delightful beachfront property comprising 16 two-bedroom/two bathroom apartments • Superbly located on quiet white sand beach • Each unit has living/dining room, kitchenette and private balcony • Close to St John’s and international airport • Within walking distance of luxury resorts
n Windsor Manor, Dickenson Bay, Northern Area US$675,000 Spacious four-bedroom villa in lovely hillside spot • Ocean and hillside views • Huge verandah • 1.5-acre site with mature gardens • Large well-equipped kitchen
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NONSUCH BAY – EAST COAST PROPERTY Antigua’s Atlantic-facing east coast may feel a world away from its west-side counterpart but it’s every bit as bewitching. Its more rugged coastline attracts kiteboarders and sailors, along with wildlife lovers who flock for the chance of an encounter with rare seabirds and endangered turtles. The east coast’s acclaimed beaches include regular ‘world’s best’ nominee Half Moon Bay while its serene surrounds are also home to exclusive communities like the Mill Reef Club.
n Villa Serena, Nonsuch Bay Resort, East Coast US$2,450,000 Fabulous four-bedroom villa on 0.33acre site within acclaimed resort • Deluxe eco-friendly design • Low maintenance and low running costs • Strong rental returns • Private pool, sundeck, Jacuzzi n Sehil, Brown’s Bay, East Coast US$2,300,000 Luxuriously-appointed threebedroom home with ocean views • Large verandah with dining area • Swimming pool • Lots of outdoor living areas • Stylishly decorated interior n Cashmere, Brown’s Bay, East Coast US$1,950,000 Tranquil four-bedroom home with pool and tropical gardens • Spectacular location with ocean scenes • Tiled sundeck and shaded verandah • Exquisite décor throughout • Four bathrooms plus powder room n Coconut House, Nonsuch Bay Resort, East Coast US$975,000 Contemporary Caribbean-style fourbedroom home within luxury resort • High-end fixtures, fittings and furnishings • Private pool • Large private garden • Planning permission to extend 106
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n Villa Azura, Long Bay, East Coast Area US$3,300,000 Stylish three-bedroom luxury home with eco-friendly features • Walking distance to beach • Awardwinning climate control beds • Full complement of staff • Infinity pool and al fresco dining area
n NonSuch Bay 1501 NONsuch Bay Resort US$400,000 Stylish two bedroom two bathroom apartment with pool and sea views. • Non Such Bay Resort property • Multiple communal pools • Beach and restaurant
n 0.51-acre plot, Verandah Estates, East Coast Area US$334,770 Well located parcel of land within gated community • Excellent investment opportunity • Beautiful bay views • Ideal for building luxury home • Walking distance to acclaimed restaurants
n Verandah Estates Villa, Verandah Estates, East Coast Area US$1,750,000 Deluxe five-bedroom property with lagoon-style pool and waterfall • Access to adjacent Verandah Resort • Gated community • Impeccable styling • Four well-appointed bathrooms n Town House 24, Nonsuch Bay Resort, East Coast US$725,000 Modern three-bedroom family home within exclusive resort • Ideally positioned with superb ocean views • Air-conditioned • Sundeck and patio • Private garden and pool
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Sailing, sunsets and stilettoes From organising one of the world’s most prestigious annual sailing regattas to running Antigua’s biggest privately owned destination website, there’s not much Alison Sly-Adams doesn’t know when it comes to promoting our beloved twin island nation. Here, fresh from the success of the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week, the Antiguanice.com director shares her thoughts on surviving island life – and the hazards of high heels. How did you end up in Antigua? I was born in a small town - Newport, in Shropshire, England. Small town life there is not so dissimilar to how life is for me now in Antigua. I worked in head office retailing, latterly for the Arcadia Group, the second biggest retailer in the UK, and was a head of merchandising in ladieswear. It was great experience in business and marketing. My husband’s family are from English Harbour and moved to England in the 1950s. We met in the UK, got married and decided to try life in Antigua, as each time we visited we had separation anxiety on our return to the UK. We assumed we were coming to a simpler life where we wouldn’t work so hard! Our family and friends were sad and envious in equal parts, but in the end it hasn’t changed the real friendships we had then. Describe the moment you fell in love with Antigua. Staying with my husband’s aunt and being killed by food for days! Her kindness and that of the rest of the family won me over very quickly. That was my first visit in 1999. Antigua is our home and we plan to live here permanently. What’s your happiest Antiguan memory? There are so many it’s difficult to choose, but probably building and finally spending the first night in our new house, and waking up at 4am and drinking our first cup of tea on the gallery. I finally felt like I had put down my roots – quite literally. Any advice to newcomers moving to Antigua? Don’t rush things, listen before you speak – and assume everyone you speak to 108
knows the person you are talking about. It’s easy to not understand how networks work in such a small place. What’s the secret to surviving island life? Accept that you are a guest in another land and adapt rather than trying to change things. That and if you must wear heels make them wedges – there’s nothing worse than disappearing down a crack in the decking for ruining your confidence on a big night out. How easy was it to set up business here? In many ways, it was very easy. I often feel Antigua is the land of the entrepreneur so getting something off the ground is an easy process. Keeping it going and growing the business are where the challenges lie! What’s key to running a successful business venture in Antigua? Staying focussed on your core market and not trying to be Jack or Jane of all trades and master of none. That said you have to be able to diversify when needed. It’s also important to be very selective about who you share your ideas with. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? It was from Geoffrey Pidduck who was a shareholder in Antiguanice.com when we bought it. He told us we should be members of the Hotel Association and the Marine Association and how important both organisations are. To this day, that was great advice and came with the early hint that business networks are vital for survival. Having other professionals you can go to when you need help and advice is critical, as is being able to help others.
For me, part of my requirement to be happy in business is knowing that it is helping people in some way, which is why non-profits have been an important part of anything we do. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger? Time is your most important resource – choose what you do with it and who you spend it with wisely. What’s your proudest moment to date? If I had to choose, the completion of the 50th Antigua Sailing Week is up there with proud moments. It took everything we had as a team, quite literally, to make it happen and a lot out of our family and loved ones to support us through it. But we all had a great sense of achievement, it was an amazing week and the feedback has been fantastic. Biggest regret? My mom dying before she got to see Antigua; she would have loved it. What are your top three must-dos for visitors to Antigua? A boat trip to Green Island or around the island, taking a bottle of champagne to Blockhouse Hill at sunset and counting your blessings – and eating at a roadside shack. What sets Antigua apart from other Caribbean islands? I am biased but, for me, English Harbour and the yachting industry, its amazing events, fantastically skilled businesses and people, and the fact that it all operates from a UNESCO World Heritage Site which forms such an incredible backdrop to it all. n