Antigua & Barbuda, Luxury Property and Lifestyle.
Autumn/Winter 2011 Please take me home, Iâ€™m FREE!
LUXURY LOCATIONS. The Magazine
LUXURY LOCATIONS. The Magazine Autumn/Winter 2011
Front Cover: The Carib House. Price Guide US$3,900,00. Exclusively listed with Luxury Locations. To arrange a viewing, call +1268 562 8174.
Contents 3 Regulars
Letter From The Editor 4 Why Don’t You 8 Snapshot 32 My Antigua 80
3 Features Georgian Appeal 12 A Turkish Delight 18 3 Lifestyle Life’s Little Luxuries 7 The Luxe List 26 Horatio Eats Out 30 On The Surface 36
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Letter From Luxury Locations 40 About Luxury Locations 41 The Property Handbook 42 Harbour vs Harbour 44 Property Sales 48 Property Rentals 78
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LUXURY LOCATIONS. The Magazine Autumn/Winter 2011
Letter from the Editor
ell hello! I’m very excited to welcome you to our debut issue of ‘Luxury Locations. The Magazine’. Twice a year we will be bringing you the very best that Antigua & Barbuda has to offer, be it properties, cocktails, spas, cars, yachts or restaurants. We have a fantastic first issue for you, with a mass of interesting features and delectable treats, which we hope you will enjoy reading as much as we have had compiling. So grab a coffee and a biscuit, sit comfortably and enjoy. In this issue, we take a glimpse at the newly launched super yacht Turquoise; try to answer that time-honored question, English Harbour or Jolly Harbour; showcase our favourite items on the island right now in The Luxe List; and bring you our top ten cocktails, plus much much more. We’ll be covering the best parties and events, why not see if you’ve been spotted out and about in Snapshot. We’re also thrilled to be working with Horatio, Antigua’s frank anonymous restaurant critic (be sure to check out his blog). But that’s not all, our property section is packed full of magnificent luxury homes for sale (including the fabulous Carib House, which is gracing our first front cover) as well as providing invaluable advice for anyone who is considering buying or selling a property in Antigua & Barbuda. I’d like to pass on a massive thank you to everyone that made this issue possible; you have all be invaluable in your guidance and support. Your feedback is always welcomed, so do email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Until our next issue in April, enjoy.
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Autumn/Winter 2011 Please take me home, I’m FREE!
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P.S. Don’t miss our exclusive reader offer on p.8, a free pedicure at the Aveda Spa at Sugar Ridge?! Yes please!!
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2 Hemmingway Special
2 Le Bistro Rum Punch
It’s not just the colour we love; this is the perfect Caribbean tribute to their namesake, Ernest Hemmingway. Cavalier Rum, Blue Curacao, Orange Juice, Coconut Cream Hemmingways, St John’s (268) 462-2763 www.hemingwayantigua.com
No Antiguan cocktail special could be complete without a Rum Punch and Le Bistro’s is divine. Cavalier Rum, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup, Angostura Bitters Le Bistro, Hodges Bay (268) 462-3881 www.antigualebistro.com
2 The Lemon Tart
2 Sugar Cane Mojito
Perfect for a hot day, deliciously refreshing and 100% naughty. Vodka, Cointreau, Brown Sugar, Freshly Squeezed Lemon, Lemon Sorbet, Soda Sheer Rocks at Cocobay Resort (268) 562-4510 www.sheer-rocks.com
A fresh Antiguan approach to this delightful minty classic. Dark Rum, Muddled Brown Sugar and Lime, Fresh Mint, Soda Sheer Rocks at Cocobay Resort (268) 562-4510 www.sheer-rocks.com
Life’s Little Luxuries It’s 5pm somewhere in the world, so why not indulge yourself with these fabulous cocktail concoctions. 2 The Tides Martini
2 Espresso Martini
This zesty number is absolutely unique. The combination of pineapple and ginger is a match made in heaven. Grey Goose Vodka, Crushed Pineapple, Fresh Ginger The Tides Restaurant, Dutchman’s Bay (268) 462-TIDE. www.thetidesantigua.com
When they say its world famous, we believe them. Cold Espresso, Vodka, Crème de Cacao, Crème de Café Skull Duggery Cafe, Falmouth (268) 463-0625 www.skullduggerycafe.com
2 Hermitage Gold
2 A Little Taste of Paradise
This signature cocktail definitely takes our gold medal; it’s a winner every time. Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Fresh Mint, Gold Rum, Champagne Hermitage Bay, Five Islands (268) 562-5500 www.hermitagebay.com
We couldn’t put it any better ourselves. Coconut Rum, Amaretto, Orange Juice, Grenadine, Orange Bitters, Lime Sugar Club at Sugar Ridge Hotel (268) 562-7700 www.sugarridgeantigua.com
2 Cecilia’s Spicy Shots These delicious shots should come with a warning. Caution! Not for the faint hearted. Tequila, Sambuca and Tabasco Cecilia’s Highpoint Cafe, Dutchman’s Bay (268) 562-7070 www.highpointantigua.com
2 Homemade Limoncello We know that technically this is not a cocktail, per say, but it’s just too good not to mention. Brewed in Abracadabras, its an after dinner delight! Love, Patience, Vodka, Lemons Abracadabras, English Harbour (268) 460-2701 www.theabracadabra.com
EVENTS GUIDE. Autumn/Winter 2011
Why Don’t You... Need inspiration on what to do over the coming months? Take a peek at our suggestions…
…Marvel at the crowds of super yachts and head to Falmouth Harbour for the 50th Antigua Charter Yacht Show.
…Bag something spectacular and check out Abbotts Jewellery’s newly refurbished store in Heritage Quay.
Look out for newcomers, including the newly restored classic yacht Coral-of-Cowes.
Exclusive retailers of Rolex, Breitling, Omega and many more, there are no better surroundings to try on a timepiece.
4–10 December www.antigua-charter-yacht-meeting.com
Early December, Abbotts Jewelers, Heritage Quay
… Don your mos t ridic ulous Chr istm as hat and get popp ing thos e cham pagne bott les at the ann ual Champagne Part y at Nels on’s Dock yard . From 12pm, 25 December Nelsons Dockyard
…Support your favorite team and check out this year’s cricket stars at the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament. 7–26 February www.ct20windiescricket.com 8
…Unw in d from th e ho lid ay st re ss an d pam pe r yo urse lf. Call and book a ma nicure at the Aveda Spa at Sugar Ridge Hotel , and receive a free pedicure on presen tation of this page. Don’t say we’re not good to you. Valid through 1-31 January 2012, for on e time purchase only at the Aveda Spa at Sugar Ridge Hotel; 268-562-7700
…G et some cu lt ure in yo ur lif e an d vi sit th is mon th’s art ex hi bi tio n at Ha rmony Ha ll. For fu
rther details visit www.harmonyhall antigua.com
…Grab your camera and head to Devil’s Bridge to take in the racing action of the RORC Caribbean 600. Starts 20 February. www.caribbean600.rorc.org
… Try something new for Valentines Day, head to Sheer Rocks at Cocobay Resort. Enjoy sunset cocktails and to-die-for Tapas whilst cozied up on a private four-poster day bed, followed by dinner in an intimate dining pavilion, now that’s a date we definitely wouldn’t say no to. Reservations a must. 14 February, tapas menu available at the bar from 5pm, A La Carte Dinner from 6.30pm. www.sheer-rocks.com
…ARRRRR like a pirate and head to Caribbean Cinemas to watch the family friendly “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”. Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain and his quest for the Pirate Of The Year award. Released 30 March. For further details visit www.caribbeancinemas.com
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INTERIORS FEATURE. Autumn/Winter 2011
Georgian Appeal Buying a derelict property can be a risk for some people, especially in the Caribbean. But as Hank and Kelly Henry discovered, it was a risk well worth taking.
ucked away on a narrow road from Falmouth Harbour to Pigeon Point sits the understatingly elegant, St Anne’s Point, ‘a pastiche of a Georgian maritime dockyard house’. As the only private residence built on one of the eight historic forts in the Falmouth and English Harbour area, St Anne’s Point has inherited an enviously breathtaking location. The 200-year-old cannon platform, on which it sits, was strategically constructed by the Royal Artillery Engineers to provide a 270-degree ‘field of fire’ across Falmouth Harbour. Nowadays the only ‘shooting’ coming from St Anne’s Point is from the photography of the numerous super yachts that can be seen sailing into Falmouth marina. Yet the property that the Henry’s stumbled across in 2006, when wandering back from Pigeon beach, was the remnants of a previous property built by an American developer on top of the cannon platform. It dated back to 1961, and was in a state
of disrepair. As Hank Henry recalls ‘In 1995 Hurricane Luis had severely damaged the original shingle roof and blew in the windows. The lovely shingles were replaced with white galvanized sheeting, the vaulted roof was boarded up and the windows were replaced with ghastly sliding glass.
The place reminded us of a featureless barracks building, the only saving grace being the rock and stone walled gun platform on which it firmly stood”
The place reminded us of a featureless barracks building, the only saving grace being the rock and stone walled gun platform on which it firmly stood’. Yet despite their initial impression that it would take a lot of time and money to renovate, it was the spectacular location that finally won them over. The transformation of St Anne’s Point was reasonably swift, taking only two years and 9 months to complete thanks to Hank’s background as a building surveyor and Kelly’s flair for interior design. ‘The first task was to strip the buildings of their corrugated roofs and open them up taking out the interior walls so that we were left with just the external walls – no windows or doors were retained, no roof joists or roofing could be re-used and all the wall rubble went into another building project’s
foundations.’ They were soon left with an empty shell, revealing an expansive 1,500sq ft of space with a 25ft high space to the roof ridge, which was to become St Anne’s Point defining feature, the impressive Grand Hall. No project of this size is ever an easy road, and the project management posed a challenge they had to overcome. ‘We hired and fired two project managers and after a year I assumed every day management of the project. We were living on site, so it was 24/7 hands on.’ Their patience and persistence was certainly to pay-off as both Hank and Kelly worked lovingly to rebuild the house in keeping with its rich Georgian heritage. Some of the Georgian artifacts discovered during the renovation included metal parts of muskets and musket balls, providing constant reminders of the site’s original use. Today the property has imitation cannons placed throughout the grounds. ‘I have a story about them’ Hank smiles, ‘I found the imitation cast iron cannons in a reclaim yard near Cambridge, and shipped them to Antigua where they had to be inspected by the Chief Armourer and declared that they could not be fired in anger before they were released by customs.’ Their choice and use of materials also played a vital role in re-creating a modern yet historical home. Caribbean wood features extensively within both the interior and exterior of the building. Red Cedar was used to construct the classic Caribbean louvered doors and windows and Mora hardwood from Guyana formed the rafters. This wonderful use of Caribbean wood is at its most fantastic in the master suite, which spans the top level. The floor is Wamara,
Georgian Appeal continued
a stunning vanilla and chocolate veined hardwood, which successfully creates a luxurious yet warm space. As well as the spacious master suite, the completely re-designed house features two further bedrooms, both en-suite, with direct access to a 90ft-covered Mora wood deck that overlooks Falmouth Harbour’s three marinas. The Great Hall, the heart of the house, is an excellent example of open plan living. Clever tricks such as unifying the Great Hall’s large space with several tones of the same colour, gives the room a subtle cohesion that is surprisingly cocooning, given it’s mammoth size. The lush landscaped grounds around the property haven’t escaped the Henry’s eye for detail either. The original signal tower has also been re-built, raised to
its original height and works well as an observation post for guests as they enjoy dining underneath the adjacent gazebo. And the original magazine stores, have been given a new lease of life too, as storage for sun loungers. The grounds also house a magnificent 50ft pool, specifically positioned away from the cooling trade winds to ensure a consistently pleasant temperature. Leading off the paved driveway sits the original artillery stables, which have been skillfully converted into a spacious two-bedroom guest cottage. The cottage is the perfect hideaway, with its own beautiful walled garden and views across the pool and out to sea. The cottage has its own charming characteristics, yet it too retains its Georgian appeal. Antique bedsteads
adorn the bedrooms and the garden walls are some of the oldest parts of the property. It’s clear that the Henry’s in creating their Georgian inspired dream spared no expense, resulting in an outstanding and truly unique Caribbean property. The design well defines its aim to take full advantage of indoor/outdoor living, whilst still retaining its past history and unrivalled privacy. 3 St Anne’s Point is offered at US$7,495,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing please contact Nadia Dyson Nadia@luxurylocations.com 268-764-5874
COVER FEATURE. Autumn/Winter 2011
A Turkish Delight Proteksan-Turquoise celebrates a milestone year, with the launch of three exquisite superyachts, including the magnificent Turquoise, who makes her Caribbean debut here in Antigua. All photos by Marc Paris.
roteksan-Turquoise astounded the yachting world, when in 1994 they launched their debut superyacht, Turquoise. This high-profile launch of a 50m yacht with solid design credentials, the pedigree naval architecture of Dubois Naval Architects and an interior from esteemed designer Donald Starkey, helped put Turkey on the yacht-building map and establish Proteksan-Turquoise. 17 years later she still remains a timelessly classic vessel, now sailing under the name, La Naturalle Dee. This year marks a milestone for the Turkish shipyard, with three successful
yacht deliveries in the first three months. First in line was the spectacular launch of Turquoise in January, commissioned by the original owner of the 1994 yacht, making her public debut this summer at the famous Dubois Cup held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Her owner comments, â€œIn 1993 I was introduced to a new build project taking shape in Turkey. When I first saw her in build it was obvious that this was a very stylish and well found yacht. With renowned naval architect Ed Dubois responsible for an easily driven, stable hull form and clean, uncluttered superstructure design, it had great potential. At this time
Donald Starkey had made a big impact on the interior design of many high profile superyachts and added significantly to the quality package with a stunning interior. The added involvement of Don Patton, one of the worldâ€™s leading yacht surveyors, removed any lingering concerns I may have had regarding build quality in Turkey and getting the classifications I required. So history was made... Turkey had launched and delivered their very first luxury superyacht and it became my pride and joy. But this was just the start of a story whose latest chapter concluded on January 31st 2011 when the new Turquoise
The 55.4m steel and aluminium superyacht was built with both ultimate performance and cruising comfort in mind.”
was gently introduced to the water at the Pendik shipyard”. Her owner added, “I look forward to seeing Turquoise take her position in the top echelons of the modern charter fleet and gracing the pages of many luxury magazines worldwide. Thank you Proteksan-Turquoise for allowing me to be part of this milestone”. With naval architecture and styling by Dubois, the 55.4m (181ft) steel and aluminium superyacht was built with both ultimate performance and cruising comfort in mind. Her exterior is sleek and modern combining a purposeful sheer and business-like vertical windscreen with a long, elegant, seagoing bow. With two 1,500hp engines giving a maximum 19
A Turkish Delight continued
I look forward to seeing Turquoise take her position in the top echelons of the modern charter fleet and gracing the pages of many luxury magazines worldwide”
speed of 17 knots, and a 4,000-mile range at 14 knots, Turquoise is a yacht built for going places. Her unusually low noise levels were achieved throughout with advice from Silent Line of Istanbul who developed special structural designs and the use of special materials to achieve such outstanding results. Her cool and classically striking modern interior was achieved by HOK design to serve the owner’s needs as a place to relax and be a welcoming “home at sea”. The interior features a spectacular full-beam owner’s suite on the main deck, along with an equally opulent VIP. Four roomy en-suite guest cabins are arranged around a central staircase and lobby on the lower deck. All cabins are fully equipped
with state of the entertainment systems. Each stateroom has a distinctive blend of colours, fabrics and leathers, which lead to marble bathrooms with full bath and shower. Simple forms and straight edges, quality high-gloss joinery and an intelligent use of bright white space are calculated to display the owner’s art collection to stunning effect. The yacht’s spacious saloon and 12-seat formal dining table on the main deck are served by a professionally appointed galley and pantry on the port side. Upstairs, a relaxing private upper saloon comes complete with its own pantry - not to mention a baby grand piano - and leads out onto a secluded, alfresco dining area. The sundeck on the top level is a fantastic
place for entertaining and relaxing with a Jacuzzi for 12 guests. There is a huge sunbed area with umbrellas for shade and shaded banquette seating area. A full compliment of water toys are available from wakeboards to kayaks, plus a 7.5-metre (25ft) custom Dariel tender and same-size Novurania custom RIB. One of the most impressive features of the new Turquoise is her large lazarette remarkably free of tenders and toys, reserved for only diving equipment for up to 12 people, a heated dry suit cabinet, a unique trash converter - the first to be installed on a yacht - and an inflatable decompression chamber. This was achieved by fitting the two large tenders in the tender garage beneath the foredeck under hydraulically operated hatches while safeguarding the yacht’s exterior styling. What better way to celebrate her debut in Antigua & Barbuda than featuring in The 50th Annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show, nestled next to her sister yacht, Sequel P, launched by Proteksan-Turquoise in 2009. The Charter Show, who also shares a milestone year, is taking place from 4th – 10th December, at Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina both located in Falmouth Harbour. 3 22
M/Y Turquoise is available for charter in the Caribbean as well as the Mediterranean, North America and Far East. For further information contact Proteksan-Turquoise or Fraser Yachts. www.proteksan-turquoise.com www.fraseryachts.com
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The Luxe List. Autumn/Winter 2011
The Luxe List We’ve searched high and low to find you the most stylish and desirable holiday gifts, worthy of The Luxe List. 2 JUST RELAX
2 LA CHIC
Wave away the holiday stress and wind down with these perfectly petite bath and shower oils. Available at Carlisle Bay Boutique.
Hurrah! Our favorite LA brand, T-Bags has landed in Antigua. Their beautiful easy to wear dresses are irresistible. Available at Gingerlily, Heritage Quay. www.tbagslosangeles.com
2 BE CHARMED Charms from US$25
2 TOTALLY TIMELESS From US$550 David Yurman presents a new take on the timeless cross pendant with intricate texture and detailing in a choice of sterling silver or 18kt gold. Available at Abbotts Jewelers, Heritage Quay. www.davidyurman.com
Add a touch of Holiday sparkle with Pandora’s Christmas charms and bracelet. Available at Sterlings, Heritage Quay. www.pandora.net
2 GO-GO GADGET From EC$1900 Undoubtedly the must have gadget of the year; the iPad 2 should be on everyone’s Christmas list. Available at Caribit, Dockyard Drive. www.apple.com
2 ZIG-A-ZIG-A US$60 Missoni’s collaboration with Havianas makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Available at Sunseakers, Heritage Quay. www.havianas.com 26
2 TOUGH GUY
2 BEACH BOLD
Panerai’s Radiomir Black Seal was originally designed in 1938 for the Royal Italian Navy. Today their Replica version is just as robust and its striking style makes it a fashion classic. Available at Diamonds International, Heritage Quay. www.panerai.com
Add a touch of Mediterranean glamour to your wardrobe with Vilebrequin’s wonderful inkblot shorts. Available at Hermitage Bay Boutique. www.vilebrequins.com
2 BESPOKE IS BEST Prices on request
2 PICK-A-MIX US$229.95
If you’re after something totally unique, Annalea Mill’s will personally design and create everything from hand stitched leather wallets to handbags. We had are very own gorgeous Luxury Locations handbag designed, its to die for! Available on request firstname.lastname@example.org (268) 771 1442
Pick the shades to suit your style with Ray Bans interchangeable Aviators. Available at Sunglass Hut, Heritage Quay www.sunglasshut.com
2 HIDDEN GEM US$80 We adore fine jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels new fragrance. Not only do the fruity floral tones smell divine, the beautiful bottle adds a touch of sparkle to our dressing tables. Available at Abbotts Perfumery, Heritage Quay. www.vancleef-arpels.com
2 MY PRECIOUS US$2,290 Be the envy of everyone and get your hands on Marco Bicego’s Jaipur Ring crafted in 18kt gold with semi-precious stones. Available at Abbots Jewelers, Heritage Quay www.marcobicego.com 27
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Horatio Eats Out Antigua’s anonymous restaurant review
reetings again to all of you from all of me and given my gastronomic leanings that is quite a substantial greeting I can assure you. Most restaurant reviews seem to concentrate on dinner service and always more than one course. For a change therefore, I thought that on this occasion I would conduct a lunchtime, single course review of Gibsons Beach Bar and Restaurant, located on the Caribbean Sea side of the island on the beautiful Turner’s beach. I had not visited Gibsons since it changed hands several months ago, so I approached my lunch with curiosity and mixed expectations. I arrived amidst classic Caribbean weather, bright sunshine one moment, horrendous ‘end of the world thunderstorm’ the next. My first impression was that the restaurant looked somewhat bare, no shells around the deck, few plants, hardly any tables laid up and no customers. Admittedly it was a midweek lunch session, but nevertheless, still quieter than I expected. Just as I was beginning to wonder if they were closed, a man wearing jeans and t-shirt appeared and introduced himself as Sean, (the owner). I was shown to a table, thankfully on the leeward side of the restaurant, Sean disappeared and was replaced by a cheerful local waitress who took my drinks order and brought me the menu. I was pleased to see many old favorites such as curries and stir fries as well as steak and fish, also, there appeared to have been no notable change in prices, with starters ranging from EC$25–45 and mains $45–85. They also still serve a British roast lunch on Sundays for those ex-pats missing their UK homeland. What had changed was the addition of a snack lunch menu, which included a
variety of sandwiches and lighter options, all in the starter price range – a sensible addition to any beach restaurant’s offering. All in all, Gibsons cuisine remains pretty varied and hard to pin down to any one culinary style. My drink arrived in a timely fashion and I placed my food order. As it was lunchtime, I chose one course – the seared tuna with wakame, noodles and all the accompaniments – a personal favorite of mine from previous visits to Gibsons. I then settled down to wait for my food to arrive and began to take in my surroundings in more detail. To my right and on the beach was a gazebo sitting atop of something resembling an old upright piano. As I was daydreaming as to why one would put a piano on the beach I was startled by what must have been the world record flight of a chicken, flying from one side of the restaurant to the other. It was a little like being rather too close to a Red Bull air race as the hen pulled 5G as she swerved to avoid my head, quickly followed by an extraordinary maneuver as she did a loop the loop to avoid doing so, the bird flew so close to my head, that had it been a female with only a modicum of bomb aiming skill, she could have easily deposited an egg in my G&T and lo a new cocktail would have been borne! Sadly, this was not to be, the cacophony of clucking subsided and I resumed my deliberations about the piano. Just as I was thinking that Sean might be prone to Elton John impersonations on a Sunday afternoon, my food arrived and brought me back to reality. It looked very good, the tuna looked the right color, seared on the outside and a rich red in the centre graduating to a beautiful blush pink towards the edge. The wakame
and noodles also looked to have been perfectly prepared giving the whole dish an appetizing appearance. I suddenly realized that the ‘bits and pieces’ hadn’t arrived with the dish, there was only a slight delay, so no big deal, but I was disappointed to see that the ginger looked very tired and the wasabi, from its color, looked suspiciously like the ready made sauce that is mixed with horseradish. The soy sauce looked fine – but then it would, wouldn’t it? I took my first mouthful, gathering a little of all the flavors on my plate. I was right about the ginger and wasabi, but regrettably, totally wrong about the tuna. From the first mouthful it was clear that this was not the very high-grade tuna to which I was used to. It had indeed been seared correctly, but it was sinewy and chewy and did not melt in the mouth, as it should. I decided to put in my strongest set of dentures and try to wade through it.
The service was ok without being memorable; the restaurant was clean, but stark.”
I looked for something to take my mind off the chewy tuna – a random person walking through the middle of the restaurant with an ironing board did the trick! I completely forgot about the tuna and began to wonder if this might have something to do with then piano. I quickly regained my senses and realized this was a ridiculous thought, particularly as the ironing board was being carried away from the piano and towards the bar! Perhaps the lemon slices had gone curly or the beer mats were creased. I knew not and returned to my frantic mastication. After about 20 grueling minutes, I had cleared around half of my plate and congratulated myself on the staying power of my mandibles. My plate was collected but I was not asked why I had only eaten such a small amount. I was offered desert
but declined and sat quietly contemplating what I should write about my dining experience. As I was doing so, a rather strange to-ing and fro-ing of people with suitcases, barely registered on my senses which presumably were numbed by the chicken, piano and ironing board (could that be the title of a film?!). So how would I judge Gibsons? The location is fantastic and having the sand between one’s toes as one eats (well almost) coupled with being able to take a dip in the beautiful Caribbean sea before and/or after lunch makes this still one of my favourite places. The service was ok without being memorable; the restaurant was clean, but stark. The toilets were clean and adequate for a beach bar but still leave something to be desired in the context of a restaurant in the middle to upper market bracket. The new owner did say hello, but was little in evidence after that and all seemed to be left to the waitress, who was also covering the bar. In terms of ambience it did feel as though the restaurant had lost its soul, but this is something that can be fixed. The range of choice on the menu was good and had been enhanced with the snack choices. Whilst I did not partake of the vine on this occasion, the wine list looked ok and if anything an improvement on the past. The prices are ok, though a little ‘toppy’ for some of the dishes, it is however possible, to have a three course meal for under EC$100 plus drinks, not at all bad for such a wonderful location. And finally to the food, I have to say that it was poor and disappointing, that said, the encouragement I can give is that this was nothing to do with the cooking but all to do with the ingredients. Serving tuna of insufficient grade is something of a schoolboy error and can easily be addressed, similarly for the ginger and wasabi. I will definitely return to Gibsons soon and write a full dinner review, I sincerely hope that in the meantime, the new owners work on the ambience and also the quality of their ingredients.
Results And now to my scoring for Gibson’s...
Menu – 8/10 Wine list – 3/10 Food quality – 3/10 Ambiance – 6/10 Setting – 8/10 Service – 6/10 Cleanliness – 5/10 Value for money – 6/10 Grand total – 45/80 Price guide $$ for the full menu though less than this for the snack menu. By way of a postscript, the chicken incident could happen pretty much anywhere in Antigua, the piano turned out to be an old fashioned mobile servery for drinks, the coach party with suitcases were I think the owner’s friends/family. As for the ironing board... sadly we will never know. Happy Eating! Horatio
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Snapshot Our picks of the best events and exclusive parties happening island-wide. This issue, we try our hand at golf and get our creative juices flowing.
Arthouse Rules Where we went... Al Porto Presents… An Evening of Art.
What we ate... Plates piled high with Italian Antipasti.
What we drank... Bottles of Les Olivades Rosé Wine, provided by the good people at Premier Beverages.
Who we saw... Local Antiguan artists Jill Fuller, Naydene Gonnella and Jan Farara presented new works alongside the stunning handcrafted jewelry pieces of Michel Glasse. Itchy Feet Unplugged provided the soundtrack for the evening as guests, including Geoffrey Pidduck, Nicki Smith and our very own Nadia Dyson sipped cold rosé and chatted the night away. We couldn’t resist Glasse’s jewelry and Fuller’s new collage work was secretly our favourite. 3
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Oh my, oh my Where we went... The Longomai Golf Tournament at Cedar Valley Golf Club.
What we ate... A lot of Jello shots
What we drank... A lot of beer.
Who we saw... Hosted by Barney and Fiona Dennen, it seemed as though the whole of English and Falmouth Harbours flocked to Cedar Valley Golf Course to help raise money for the National Sailing Academy. Trolley dollies Emma Downey and Katie Bolhuis of Hamiltonâ€™s wine bar, whizzed around the course in their carts, Darryn Pitman shocked us all with his effort at fancy dress and Joe Hutchens definitely ate a few too many Jello Shots. The winning team this year was Andy Hall, Carey Gordon Jones, Jane Midson, Ainsley Smith and Simon Tranter. And a fantastic 30K was raised. Good job everyone. Weâ€™re already practicing our swing for next year. 3 1 If you have an event you think we should include, contact email@example.com
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LIFESTYLE FEATURE. Autumn/Winter 2011
On The Surface If you thought Antigua was just about yachts and sailing, think again. There’s an amazing variety of surface watersports out there to try. Here’s our round up of the best of the bunch.
s an island nation, it’s no surprise that sailing and boating are the most popular sports and past times in Antigua. And as hosts of Antigua Sailing Week and Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, both attracting hundreds of yachts from around the world, the view of Antigua as a sailing nation has been cemented. You don’t have to be a yachtie to spend time out on the water and admire Antigua’s natural beauty from the sea. Right round the coast there’s a fantastic assortment of surface watersports available to try, ranging from extreme to easy-going. There has never been a better time to get out onto the water and try something new. If you’ve ever visited Jabberwock Beach to the north of the island, you may well have spotted kites flying high in the sky, attached to people zipping across the water at unbelievable speeds. Kite boarding is a mixture of windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing and paragliding, cleverly combined to create the most adrenaline pumping watersport ever. Kite boarders have been known to reach speeds of up to an
unbelievable 55mph, proof that this sport is not for the feint hearted. But don’t let that put you off everyone learns somewhere. And there is no better place to learn than right here in Antigua. Situated on the northeasterly coast of the island, Jabberwock Beach is the location for kite boarding in Antigua, with kite boarders almost exclusively using the beach.
There’s no better way of exploring Antigua & Barbuda’s amazing marine life and stunning coastlines”
Boasting warm crystal clear waters and consistent East to Southeast trade winds, it’s easy to see why. We caught up with Adam Anton at Kite Surf Antigua to give us his insider knowledge about the sport. “I started kite boarding in January 2002. After a year of watching a couple of my
good friends having fun, I decided I had to get into it. It is a bit tricky at first, you’ve got to put time in at the start, but it has a steep learning curve, so once you get the hang of it you can actually get to a high level of riding pretty fast”. “Just about anyone can learn to kite board, as long as you’re in good physical health and you are a strong confident swimmer, and Jabberwock is a great place to learn. It’s pretty long compared to most beaches on the island so you have lots of room, and it has the perfect wind direction for learning. The wind there is always on-shore or side-on, so no matter what happens you’ll always be blown back towards the shore”. “On average it usually takes about 10 hours for a beginner to start becoming a competent kite boarder, you can get really good just in one season. If you’re a beginner you definitely need to do a course at an IKO, BKSA or PASA certified kite school. Think of it like scuba diving, it’s potentially dangerous so you need to get proper instruction.” Situated right on Jabberwock beach, Kite Surf Antigua provides quality lessons with certified instructors and the latest teaching specific equipment. Learners and beginners are not allowed to practice on Jabberwock beach without professional supervision, so it’s well worth investing in a few lessons. Prices start from as little as US$90 for an hour, but we recommend their ‘Clinic’. The Clinic is a 10 hours, 3 to 4 day complete course that caters to all levels. Starting from US$500, the Clinic offers the best value and the most effective way to learn. You’ll be zipping along with the rest of them in no time.
If you don’t see yourself as an adrenaline junkie, and kite boarding seems slightly too energetic, don’t despair. The latest watersport craze, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP for short) has finally reached our golden shores. Paddle boarding requires a long board, usually no more than 12ft, a one bladed paddle and good balance. The beauty of this watersport, and the reason for its mass appeal, is its versatility. Unlike surfing, paddle boarding doesn’t require any waves at all, in fact any large body of water will do: open ocean, harbour, lake, let your imagination run wild. Compared to a canoe, kayak or surfboard, its standing height enables the rider to see across further and deeper into the water, which means a better view. There’s no better way of exploring Antigua & Barbuda’s amazing marine life and stunning coastlines. Paddle boarding also happens to be a great way to work out, targeting all the key muscle groups, and we’d much rather be out on the water, breathing in fresh air whilst soaking up the sun than cooped up in any gym. If the wave seeker in you is bursting to come out, a paddleboard is a serious alternative to a surfboard. Unlike surfing, where the rider lies flat on the board waiting for the wave to crest, paddle boarding allows you to spot and paddle right on to a wave sooner. Riding the wave further out is a brilliant perk, not only does it mean greater control over positioning, it allows more time to enjoy riding that wave. Unless you’re lucky enough to own your own paddleboard, or willing to beg or borrow one, the sport is still very much in 37
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its infancy here in Antigua. However, there is a hope on the horizon, and we’ve heard that very soon paddleboards and blades will be available to hire out. This makes us very happy. We will of course keep you updated. Quoted as being “simply the best, most exciting, most awesome paddle sport on the planet”, Surfski is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. And yes, you’ve guessed it you can give that one a go here too! A Surfski is a long, narrow kayak with an open (sit-on-top) cockpit, usually with a foot pedal controlled rudder. They’re usually between 16½ ft – 21ft long, only 40–50cm wide and extremely lightweight, which make them exceptionally fast on flat water and brilliant at cutting through large broken waves. We spoke to Shelly Chadburn, who has been paddling and surfing for over 25 years, and used to compete for South
Africa. She now runs Antigua Ocean Paddling. “Surfski is very easy, but having the right tuition is very important. My Dad was a kayaker, so naturally I started to surf ski when I was 18. We’re trying to grow the sport in Antigua, and I’m sure that with the right funding and sponsorship, it will undoubtedly become very popular”. Last year, for the first time, Antigua hosted a leg of the Caribbean Surfski Tour. The Tour saw competitors from around the world take part, including Portugal, Australia, USA, Sweden and Spain. The Antiguan leg started from Half Moon Bay and finished at Turner’s Beach. Its success resulted in the return of the tour to Antigua this year, which took place in October. We’ve also heard that there are plans to expand the race with a downwind race from Antigua to Montserrat. “Antigua Ocean Paddling is Antigua’s only paddling club. It was formed to get
people out on to the water and to teach the younger generation. At the moment we’re based from wherever we paddle. That’s the wonderful thing about Surski, the best places to Surfski are anywhere!” Antigua Ocean Paddling are planning to hold their Kayak, Surfski and SUP fun time trials again during this season. Here at Luxury Locations HQ, we think it’s a fantastic way of getting yourself motivated, and with an entrance fee of EC$10 it’s cheaper than a gym membership. We’re also excited to hear of their plans to run a SUP race during the Charter Yacht Show; we might just see you there. 3 For further information about kite boarding in Antigua visit www.kitesurfantigua.com For details about Antigua Ocean Paddling or to enquire about Surfski lessons contact Shelly Chadburn; email@example.com
Letter From Luxury Locations. Autumn/Winter 2011
Letter from Luxury Locations
’m Nadia Dyson of Luxury Locations Real Estate and I’m really excited to be bringing you our newly launched magazine. Not only is our magazine an indispensable resource for the would be buyer but also an informative guide for holidaymakers and our longer-term residents. My aim is to show you what sets Antigua apart from other islands in the Caribbean and why it is understandably considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world. I hope that after reading this you will discover that finding your dream home in Antigua is as easy as the Caribbean lifestyle you desire.
Antigua truly is in a class of her own with 365 beaches of pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters”
I arrived in Antigua in 2004 and was immediately captivated by its beauty and the warmth of its people. I decided to make Antigua my home and set up my two businesses, Villa Management, providing a comprehensive property management service for short and long term rentals, and Luxury Locations, covering Island wide sales to cater for all budgets. My goal as an agent is to offer another option when it comes to buying or selling and property management. Foremost I strive to set myself apart from other real estate agents by achieving a level of integrity and customer service excellence unprecedented in this industry. With a genuine passion for property and an unparalleled skill at matching the right property to the person I
assure you that your property search can be an enjoyable and successful experience. So why choose Antigua? Well Antigua truly is in a class of her own with 365 beaches of pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters filled with an array of marine life. Antigua is also the nesting ground of the endangered humpback turtle and home to a landscape full of lush vegetation, as well as rainforest capable of keeping even the most hardened nature enthusiast happy. As one of only a few islands left in the Caribbean to have truly un-spoilt beaches, some still only accessible by foot or by boat, much of the island still remains undeveloped, uniquely retaining an untouched natural beauty. The stunningly picturesque English and Falmouth Harbours are steeped in a rich naval history and the remains of forts dating back to the 17th Century still stand throughout the island. The days of Royal Navy vessels may be long gone, but the private yachts that come to berth here each year make for a breathtaking sight and ever-changing scenery. Antigua is fast becoming the epicenter for sailing in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua’s Annual Sailing Week and Classic Yacht Regatta are proven international hits, regularly hosting in excess of 200 boats. Antigua is served by daily direct flights from London, New York, Miami and Canada plus many more countries making it easily accessible and one of the main hubs of the Caribbean. So whether you are looking for a second home or plan to join us for the long term, here at Luxury Locations we can find the right property for you. Whatever your budget we have homes for sale in areas such as Jolly Harbour, where buying a home on the water with private boat mooring can set you back as little as US$225,000. Alternatively, if you are feeling creative then we have fabulous
land opportunities where you can design and build your perfect home from scratch. At the top end of the market our luxurious beach front properties and secluded palaces hidden by tropical vegetation are truly breathtaking. For the savvy investor, Antigua is a great long-term investment with high demand for short-term rentals and with property prices at an all time low Antigua really is a buyers market. So whether you are on island or interested from afar, I would like to invite you on a wonderful adventure of new beginnings. Together we can enjoy the excitement and anticipation that comes with buying your dream home in the sun. 3
About Luxury Locations
uxury Locations is a boutique real estate company, specializing in premier luxury properties in Antigua. We pride ourselves on our excellent bespoke service to both vendor and buyer. Our portfolio consists of exclusive first class properties varying from spectacular beach plots to hillside hideaways. We believe that exquisite properties warrant only first class attention. We offer our vendors unique marketing opportunities with a host of specialist real estate companies around the Caribbean, UK and USA, providing our clients and their properties with unrivalled international exposure. We spend quality time with our clients ensuring that we understand each individual’s needs to ensure a personally tailored service. We appreciate that most of our clients visiting Antigua are often pressed for time; it is our intention to make their experience in Antigua as highly
informative and unforgettable in the time available. Whether purchasing a property in Antigua or not, we enjoy making new friends who refer back to us another time. If you’ve made the decision to locate to the Caribbean, but choosing an island is proving a challenge, with our expansive network and strong relationships with other Caribbean islands, let us help you find you’re perfect location. Whether it is your first time seeking Real Estate in Antigua, or you have been here many times before, let Luxury Locations remove the stress and take care of you and your real estate needs. We’re also delighted to introduce our sister company, Villa Management the number one villa management and rental company in Antigua. We specialize in making sure your property investment stays the way it should be. For owners wishing to gain a rental income from their property, we offer a wide range of services to generate long and short-term bookings.
A comprehensive property management package is the focus of our service. Our dedicated team has many years of experience within the hospitality industry, together with an extensive knowledge of the villa rental market in Antigua. We assume responsibility for every aspect of management, from the staffing, maintenance and servicing of your villa, to optimizing its rental potential through advertising, and the administration involved with reservations and contracts. We are totally committed to achieving full customer satisfaction and place great emphasis on responding quickly and helpfully to every guest request. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or build a property, we would be happy to hear from you. 3
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THE PROPERTY HANDBOOK. Autumn/Winter 2011
The Property Handbook: A Beginner’s Guide to Buying in Antigua
hether it’s your first time in Antigua, or you’re a frequent visitor, the lifestyle that the island offers as well its spectacular views and coastline is enough for anyone to want to stay and own their very own slice of paradise. Like any growing country, Antigua presents its own unique set of challenges to any would be buyer. An understanding of the country’s buying procedures is the first step to obtaining your perfect property, but choosing the right agency for invaluable guidance and advice will ensure your dream home becomes a reality. We’ve compiled our must read top ten tips for anyone considering purchasing their paradise property, providing you with that much needed head start.
Luxury Locations’ top 10 tips to buying in Antigua...
1. Always ensure that the seller has the right to sell the property, by instructing your agent or lawyer to do a search so that the property can be sold free and clear of any leans or cautions.
2. Never give an agent a deposit without verifying that they are a registered agent and that they can legally take a deposit from you. Check with your lawyer first. 3. Always have a structural survey of the property by government-approved surveyor.
4. Never choose the same lawyer as the seller. It may save you money, but in the long run you will want someone who is paid by you to protect your investment.
5. Ensure there is a full inventory of the property prior to contract; ask that photos are included as proof of what was agreed. 42
6. Ensure that the property has insurance for the full sale value up to the completion date. 7. If you are considering a new build property, be sure you employ a government certified engineer to ensure that the build at each stage is correctly constructed to the plans prior to releasing any monies.
8. If you are looking for an investment property with a view to providing rental income, consult a specialist property management agent to get the real picture on what your income might be.
9. Don’t forget about the fees. Standard Buying Fees are 5%, Non Citizen’s License is 2.5% and Stamp Duty & Lawyer fees are approximately 1–2% 10. No matter what, DON’T break these rules! There are a number of real estate agencies in Antigua but few that can offer the service and professionalism available to you at Luxury Locations. Working with a credible agency guarantees working with experts who have extensive experience in this niche property market. Luxury Locations is an internationally preferred Antiguan agent, guaranteeing our credibility and ensuring your investment is safe. 3
If you’re interested in purchasing or selling a property in Antigua, we’d be happy to hear from you.
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LIVING FEATURE. Autumn/Winter 2011
Harbour vs Harbour We’ve decided to lift the lid on some of the most sought after locations in Antigua, and find out the real reasons why people decide to invest there. What better place to start than comparing the two most significant yachting spots on the island: English Harbour and Jolly Harbour.
ocation, location, location is one of the most important things to consider when investing in property anywhere in the world. It’s been drummed into us time and time again. But this is the Caribbean; you can’t get a much better location. Yet incredibly, investing in property on an island like Antigua is still a tricky business. With its dramatically contrasting coastlines, its world-renowned 365 beaches and fascinating history, Antigua offers a whole host of breathtakingly beautiful situations to choose from. Situated a mere 17 miles down the coast; English Harbour and Jolly Harbour both have their own unique characters, quirks and charm. English Harbour is Antigua’s historical gem. Built within the cone of an extinct volcano (pretty cool eh?), making it the ultimate naturally formed hurricane hole, the harbour is famed for its Georgian dockyard. Named after the equally famous Horatio Nelson, the English navy was based here in the 18th century. Today, it still remains a key centre for the yachting community. Each season, it becomes a temporary home to Super Yachts and their crew, and hosts numerous yachting events, including Antigua Sailing Week, recognised as one of the top 5 sailing events in the world. Jolly Harbour on the other hand has much later beginnings. It was the vision of Swiss entrepreneur Dr Alfred Erhart, who, just over 20 years ago, turned approximately 500 acres of salt ponds into, what is recognized today as, the largest residential marina in the Caribbean. Not quite an extinct volcano, but still pretty extraordinary. Jolly Harbour’s impressive
marina sits at the heart of the complex, surrounded by a secure gated community of waterside villas and houses. Over the years it has become home to a variety of personalities, ranging from keen sailors to self-made millionaires.
English Harbour is not just a place for sailors, rock stars and party animals” English Harbour also has its fair share of personalities, including one of its most famous residents, Eric Clapton, who has been known to rock up to unsuspecting venues in English Harbour and perform impromptu gigs. And with a multitude of seriously good restaurants and bars right on his doorstep, who knows where he might appear next. As well as its extensive choice of restaurants and drinking spots, English Harbour is also known for its parties. In particular, the annual dockyard Christmas Champagne Party, which serves up over 500 bottles of the bubbly stuff each Christmas Day. And let’s not forget the jump-up at Shirley Heights, which is arguably the only party in Antigua to offer the most spectacular panoramic views over English Harbour and across to Falmouth. But English Harbour is not just a place for sailors, rock stars and party animals. It is a melting pot of different backgrounds and nationalities which come together to create a unique sense of community that is arguably unrivalled anywhere else on the Island. Perhaps this helps to explain why
many families have chosen to make English Harbour their home. And with a number of houses featuring unrivaled views, situated just a stone’s throw away from crystal clear seas and white sandy beaches, who can blame them? On a more practical note, English Harbour is situated 11 miles from St. John’s and 15 miles from VC International airport, making anywhere accessible, and quick to get to. The Harbour also has plenty of amenities including, a bank, grocery shops, petrol station, laundry, boutiques, tennis and squash courts as well as the Antigua Yacht Club and Marina. It is also home to ABSAR (Antigua & Barbuda Search and Rescue) who offer first aid and an invaluable walk in medic centre. Jolly Harbour, has a lot to offer too. Its marina features 24-hour security, 140 concrete berths, a fuel dock and a dedicated Super Yacht dock. Like English Harbour, it has its own Yacht Club, which holds two annual events each year, including the well-attended Valentine’s Regatta. But it’s not all about sailing, there’s an 18-hole championship golf course and a 1-mile stretch of picture postcard sandy white beach, on which luxurious beachside homes have sprung up. Although the nightlife could be considered slightly mellower than English Harbour, Jolly Harbour offers a great choice of restaurants, and is conveniently situated seconds away from Sugar Ridge Hotel, whose party nights are becoming a must attend. In the past, Jolly Harbour has often been seen unfavorably as a complex purely for holiday lets and rentals, rather than a serious option for those wishing to live in Antigua more permanently.
But recently this view has finally been shifted. Jolly Harbour is one of the only locations in Antigua offering affordable waterside properties, the majority of which uniquely have their own extensive dockages, a massive draw for both serious and amateur yachtsmen. In addition, the benefits of living within a gated community are numerous, ranging from guaranteed 24-hour security, consistent utilities and onhand amenities, making island life that little bit easier. St John’s is a handy 6-mile trip from Jolly Harbour, and VC International Bird Airport is only 10 miles away. But with a supermarket, pharmacy, numerous banks, bars, restaurants, tennis courts, swimming pool and retail outlets everything is right on your doorstep. On paper, both English Harbour and Jolly Harbour appear to offer a lot more than just location to any prospective buyer. But what is it really like to live there? We talked to residents of both locations to find out…
The Face-Off 3Jolly Harbour Steve and Diane Morley-Ham arrived in Antigua 7 years a go. On a visit to Jolly Harbour, they fell in love with a waterside house, purchased it over dinner and never looked back.
Why did you decide to buy in Jolly Harbour? We wanted a secure safe environment to have a holiday home; we also wanted to be on the water. It was also important to us to have a boat nearby or outside.
What are the major benefits of living there? Convenience. Having a supermarket on your doorstep is invaluable. And thanks to Jolly Harbour’s back-up generator, you know you’re always going to have consistent water and electricity.
How is the lifestyle? It’s a bit odd because there are so many people from different countries. There isn’t really a sense of community if you’re not there all the time. But if you spend any length of time there, you discover all the things that are going on and can get involved.
What is it like to live in a gated community; does it feel like your living in Antigua? I do feel like we live in Antigua, but we don’t have the disruption of no water or electricity. I think until we’re permanently resident in Antigua and here all year round, a house that looks after itself has to be a massive benefit.
Are there any community fees and are they expensive? You do have to pay community fees. The biggest problem is how they are spent. I don’t think anyone has a problem with a community fee, if the money you’re paying is used the right way. Jolly Harbour does make some very odd spending decisions.
Was Jolly Harbour the first location you decided to settle in Antigua? We looked everywhere; we did look at St James’ Club, which is another gated community close to a beach. But because it was connected to a hotel, we didn’t have enough knowledge to know whether if the hotel went down, that would affect our property. It’s not like that in Jolly Harbour, it’s a residential area.
Have you ever considered moving elsewhere on the island? We considered moving to English Harbour, however we looked at many properties and decided the reason we like Jolly Harbour so much is because of the convenience. There are plenty of places in or around Jolly Harbour that stay open all year round, unlike English Harbour, which goes quite after Sailing Week in April until September – October.
Are there any aspects of living in Jolly Harbour that you would change? I think it would great to change the Casino because at the moment it is a complete eye sore. It would be great if someone bought or demolished it. The security aspects of Jolly Harbour could also be improved, as it does seem haphazard at times.
Why would you recommend Jolly Harbour as a location to those considering investing in property in Antigua for the first time? I don’t think you can loose on owning a waterfront property. There are not many places in Antigua where you can have that. To be able to buy a 2 bedroom villa with enough room to have a couple of boats outside is a very good investment. If you compare it to the rest of the Caribbean, there isn’t anywhere you can purchase a piece of real estate with water frontage for the prices you can here.
What is English Harbour like in the off-peak season?
Have you ever considered moving elsewhere on the island?
Johnny and Lou Tubbs first visited the island on holiday in 1995. Several weeks later after returning home they we’re asked to be the joint venture partner in a property project, and immediately returned.
I love it during the off-season. It’s a game of two halves, during peak season there’s much more access to restaurants, whereas in the summer, you find that everyone who works during the season has a lot more time off. So you see a lot more people in the summer than you do in the winter.
I think it would probably have to be off the island. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be in Antigua. To the north of the island the resorts are wall to wall and the east coast is too wild. Hodge’s Bay is well established, but we’d miss the community that we have here in English Harbour.
Do you feel secure living there?
Are there any aspects of living in English Harbour that you would change?
Why did you decide to buy in English Harbour? It’s the best place in the Caribbean and the best Antigua has to offer. Having visited many other Caribbean islands, living in English Harbour as an ex-pat, it has the best of everything.
What are the major benefits of living there? Definitely having your own space, but also a lot of nice neighbours. It also has a great lifestyle balance. It’s one of those places where you get out what you put in. If you want to be reclusive you can live a very quite lifestyle, if you want to be an organizer and be part of events you can have a riot of a time.
How is the lifestyle? You have to be organized and have a big fridge. We visit the supermarket once a week. It’s still a chore, just like going to Sainsbury’s, but on an island that’s only 10 x 10 miles; it really is only down the road. 46
We’ve never taken the car keys out of the car, they live in the car so you know where they are and the house has never had it’s door shut. It really isn’t a concern.
Not quite an extinct volcano, but still pretty extraordinary”
Was English Harbour the first location you decided to settle in Antigua? When we returned, following the offer of a joint venture, we drove around Antigua and decided that English Harbour was without a doubt the jewel in the crown.
Not really, you only have to turn on the news and realize how good we’ve got it. It’s a great place to bring up kids; our kids are still young enough to enjoy everything English Harbour and Antigua have to offer.
Why would you recommend English Harbour as a location to those considering investing in property in Antigua for the first time? Out of all the things the island has to offer, they’re all here. It has the best social life, the best beaches as well as the best sporting activities. But overall it’s the people down here that really make it. For a vacation Jolly Harbour is fantastic, but if you want to live her for more than 2 weeks a year than English Harbour is the place to be. 3
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“The Carib House” Intimate Hideaway Price Guide US$3,900,00 Private, serene and intimate, ‘The Carib House’, is the quintessential Caribbean hideaway. Nestled within almost two acres of beautifully landscaped tropical greenery, the open-air architecture affords for the ultimate in understated luxurious living. Conveniently located just minutes walk from Turtle Bay beach, down a private pathway, this unique and stunning property provides casual elegance ideal for entertaining. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Maison Chantoiseau” Hillside Retreat Price Guide US$1,250,000 Situated in a commanding hillside location, this spacious and elegant family home boasts five roomy bedrooms, five luxurious bathrooms, a superb kitchen with top end appliances and high-end furniture and fixtures. Magnificent unobstructed sea and views of neighbouring islands can be enjoyed from all principal rooms. Maison Chantoiseau is moments away from five of Antigua’s premier white sand beaches as well as the amenities offered in Jolly Harbour. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
â€œMoonshadowâ€? Asian Elegance Price Guide US$2,300,00 This stunning bespoke built residence, situated close to the sparkling waters of English Harbour, has been elegantly furnished with original, Asian Style crafted furniture. The spacious living and dining areas, as well as the stylish bedrooms all lead on to the beautifully designed deck, which features a swimming pool and breathtaking views of the ocean and beyond. The property also boasts a separate self-contained cottage nestled in the maintained grounds. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Villa 423 St James” Private Paradise Price Guide US$995,000 Set within the highly desirable gated St James Club community, “Villa 423 St James” is positioned just a few steps away from the white sands of Mamora Beach. The property offers a wealth of space and versatility both inside and out and its mature grounds and tropical surroundings ensure exceptional privacy. “Villa 423 St James” is well situated to take full advantage of all amenities the St James Club resort has to offer. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Villa Sull Oceano” Romantic Residence Price Guide US$3,900,000 This spacious newly built beachfront villa is situated in a quiet position on the beautiful bright white sands of Jolly Harbour’s South Beach. Great care has been taken to achieve its tasteful mix of contemporary and romantic design. Spectacular views of neighbouring island Montserrat can be enjoyed from the living room, verandah, roof top terrace pool and master room. The property boasts 3 further bedrooms all with en-suite. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“The Residences at Galley Bay” Enticingly Exclusive Price Guide US$333,770 Located a stone’s throw away from Giorgio Armani’s luxury villa, “The Residences at Galley Bay” on the north-west coast are perfect for those seeking land to build a magnificent, private vacation home. With spectacular 180-degree views and 24-hour gated security, these deluxe homes are positioned perfectly to take full advantage of the constant cooling trade winds and famous rose and burnished yellow Antiguan sunsets. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
â€œSt James Plotâ€? Utterly Utopian Price Guide US$995,000 Tucked away on a secluded 100-acre peninsula on the southeastern coast of Antigua are two white-sand beaches, which encompass St. James Club. Just a minute away is this one-acre plot of gently sloping land, situated on a hillside, at the end corner, enjoying spectacular views across the ocean and bays below. This piece of land is the perfect spot for the construction of a luxurious property, with incredible views and gently refreshing sea breezes. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“August Hill” Caribbean Charm Price on request ‘August Hill’ is located on the southeast coast of Antigua. Its spectacular, prime location at the end of this very private residential area captures stunning panoramic views over Half Moon Bay. The entire property covers approximately 2 acres of elevated land with 240-degree views, as well as winding walkways, private dining and lounging areas. The property also boasts an infinity edged swimming pool and spacious sun terrace. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Casa Amarilla” Harbour View Price Guide US$1,500,000 Completed in August 2009, “Casa Amarilla” is a modern detached four-bedroom home situated on the water’s edge of Jolly Harbour’s, Harbour Island. Its envious location offers both a stunning vantage point of the entrance to the harbour as well as glorious sunsets. The property is offered with its own private 40ft finger pier, perfect for boat dockage. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Non Such Resort” Antiguan Elegance Price Guide From US$350,000 Set in forty acres of lush, landscaped gardens with ocean views and its own secluded beach, Non Such Bay is a luxury private resort of beach cottages, villas and apartments. “Non Such Resort” offers residents and visitors alike an authentic Antiguan experience within its exquisitely elegant setting. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Villa Dominique” Supreme Serenity Price On Request Villa Dominique is a stunning residence nestled on the gentle sloping hillside of Emerald Cove. Set within a gated residence, this exquisite and luxurious home is positioned on the water’s edge with a panoramic view of the East Coast. Everything about Villa Dominique is extraordinary, the location, surroundings, design, accommodation, specification and workmanship. The accommodation includes four large bedrooms, lagoon swimming pool, large open BBQ and Bar area and housekeepers kitchen. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Fox Tails” Classically Caribbean Price Guide US$1,450,000 Just a stone’s throw away from English Harbour is “Foxtails”, a most attractive colonial style three-bedroom residence, surrounded by 0.7 acres of carefully landscaped grounds. A sweeping verandah, providing excellent outdoor living space, features an expansive sunken pool. The property boasts uninterrupted views of Falmouth Harbour to the west, round to Piccadilly Heights in the east. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
â€œDaniel Bayâ€? Beautifully Breathtaking Price Guide From US$2,200,000 Daniel Bay is an exciting new development situated within Willoughby Bay, on the Southeast of the island. Set across 3.5 acres of premier beachfront land, the location is truly breathtaking. Each home is built to an incredibly high standard all with uninterrupted views of crystal blue waters. The development incorporates a private jetty for residents and the surrounding waters are perfect for water sports including windsurfing and kayaking. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“The Light House” Sumptuous Seclusion Price Guide US$3,300,000 “The Lighthouse” is a fabulously unique, luxury beach house, situated on the exclusive North Beach of Jolly Harbour. This enchanting property features a totally private central openair courtyard, complete with an inviting pool and attractive waterfall. This residence offers completely secluded, versatile family living space, footsteps from the Caribbean Sea. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Land’s End House” Modern Masterpiece Price Guide US$3,500,000 A stunning contemporary four-bedroom and four-bathroom property occupying a dramatic and private location. Situated upon a cliff top overlooking Nonsuch Bay, Land’s End House is a prestigious property offering unrivalled privacy with breathtaking views. At the leading edge of contemporary living, offering elegant and luxurious accommodation finished to an exceptional standard, this unique four-bedroom property has 3,900 sq ft of interior living space, Villeroy + Boch bathrooms and an open Poggenpohl gourmet kitchen. This is a truly stunning property in which to relax and enjoy the beauty and exclusivity of Nonsuch Bay and its surrounding area. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
â€œVilla Grandeâ€? Grand Design Price Guide US$2,500,000 A spectacular four-bedroom residence commanding magnificent views across Dickenson Bay towards the distant isles of St Kitts & Nevis. This Mediterranean styled contemporary residence has been designed to maximize the enjoyment of the fabulous views whilst providing a perfect environment in which to live. The property offers 7,500 sq ft of living space and is set over an acre of matured landscaped gardens. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Casa Lidia” Supreme Style Price On Request Luxuriously spacious, yet intimate, comprising of comfort, privacy and unrelenting style. This beautifully constructed villa takes the inspiration for many of its architectural features and raw materials from Bali and combines them with the essential elements of a Caribbean structure. “Casa Lidia” consists of a main house with four bedrooms, two guest cottages each with 2 bedrooms and two lower self-contained apartments. The property also boasts a relaxing pool and unparalleled views over Nelson’s Dockyard. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Tropical Breeze” Colonial Class Price Guide US$3,100,00 This breath-taking beachfront property, built in a luxurious Caribbean colonial style, is located on the north finger of Jolly Harbour. ‘Tropical Breeze’ is a well-appointed villa with exquisite décor. Its beautiful furnishings, bold use of colour and spectacular high wooden ceilings gives this home its unique characteristics. Situated perfectly to enjoy Antigua’s magnificent sunsets, the property also offers 60ft of boat dockage. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“The Palms” Affordable Luxury Price Guide US$776,880 “The Palms” is a private development of five exceptional villas providing extensive and high quality accommodation. Close to several idyllic beaches and minutes from Jolly Harbour, “The Palms” is set on a wooded hillside in a delightful valley location with panoramic views over Darkwood Beach and the turquoise sea beyond. This original development offers superb investment potential at realistic prices. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
â€œCollibri Courtâ€? Golf Course View Price Guide US$475,000 Colibri Court is an exclusive apartment complex situated overlooking the golf course at Jolly Harbour. These magnificent four bedroom apartments offer just over 2,000 sq ft of living space and are beautifully finished to a high standard. Each apartment has parking for two cars, as well as a spacious private terrace. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
â€œSugar Ridge Villasâ€? Bespoke Build Price Guide US$1,255,000 A stunning and unique development, with residential homes, commercial outlets and a wonderful 60 room boutique hotel, located on 43 acres of sloping parkland on the fashionable southwest coast of Antigua. Sugar Ridge offers 54 serviced home sites from 0.33 to 0.84 acres, all with stunning sea views, with the option to design and build your own Caribbean dream home. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
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“239F Jolly Harbour” Newly Refurbished Price Guide US$355,000 Recently refurbished to the highest standards, “Villa 239F” is a comfortable two bedroom waterfront residence. The property features a fully equipped kitchen and a cozy open plan dining and lounge area. The villa also has direct access to a private finger pier, making this the perfect manageable Caribbean retreat. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Villa 217B Jolly Harbour” Harbour-side Home Price Guide US$225,000 Overlooking the waters of Jolly Harbour, “Villa 217B” embraces outdoor living with its highly desirable extended sun deck and terrace, perfect for entertaining. Laid out over two floors, the property offers two spacious bedrooms and a comfortably furnished living area, with calming views across the harbour. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
â€œVilla 426A Jolly Harbourâ€? Stylish Simplicity Price Guide US$295,000 Located on the north finger of Jolly Harbour is this delightful, well-presented two-bedroom residence. The property offers a master bedroom with a private balcony overlooking the harbour, and a light second bedroom both with ensuite bathrooms. There is also a well-equipped kitchen and a spacious living area that leads out on to the sun terrace. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
“Villa 238A Jolly Harbour” Marina Views Price Guide US$350,000 Situated on the South Finger of Jolly Harbour, a popular gated community with 24 hour security, “Villa 238A” enjoys wonderful views across the bustling marina. The sun terrace is perfect for relaxed al fresco dining and enjoying Caribbean sunsets. This delightful villa offers contemporary open plan living complete with fully fitted kitchen and modern appliances. Full details available at luxurylocations.com +1268 562 8174
Long Term Rentals For a full selection of both long term and short term rentals please visit www.luxurylocations.com Villa 151D, Jolly Harbour
Villa 224C, Jolly Harbour.
Price From US$750 per month
Price From US$850 per month
A recently refurbished one bedroom, one bathroom villa, fully furnished with beautiful furniture and brand new appliances throughout.
A charming two-bedroom villa situated on the waterfront of the South Finer in Jolly Harbour. Each spacious bedroom has built-in-wardrobes and ample storage space.
Villa 407D, Jolly Harbour Price From US$750 per month
Colibri Court, Jolly Harbour Price From US$2,000 per month
A delightful two-bedroom waterfront villa in Jolly Harbour, with a spacious open plan living and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen.
Featherhead, Harbour View
Colibri Court is an exclusive apartment complex overlooking the golf course at Jolly Harbour. These magnificent four bedroom apartments offer just over 2,000 sq ft of living space and are beautifully finished to a high standard.
Price From US$2,000 per month
Palm Villa, Belmont Price From US$4,000 per month
This lovely villa is situated seconds away from Jolly Harbour and its facilities. It offers four well-appointed bedrooms and an expansive sun terrace with private pool.
Panoramic views of Antigua give this five-bedroom, five bathroom, contemporary villa its edge. With expansive pool and sun deck, itâ€™s the perfect villa for families who want the comforts of home, with the benefits of tropical living.
Short Term Rentals For a full selection of both long term and short term rentals please visit www.luxurylocations.com Tropical Breeze, Jolly Harbour
Villa 222C, Jolly Harbour.
Price From US$7,000 per week
Price From US$900 per week
This breath-taking beachfront property is located on the north finger of Jolly Harbour. This well-appointed villa with exquisite décor is situated perfectly to enjoy Antigua’s magnificent sunsets.
A two-storey, waterfront townhouse with a large extended deck. This twobedroom property is the perfect holiday rental for families, who wish to be within walking distance to the beach.
Villa 235C, Jolly Harbour Price From US$700 per week
Just a two-minute stroll to Jolly Beach, this pleasant villa has a newly refurbished kitchen with new appliances and breakfast bar.
Milk and Honey, Harbour View Price From US$2,000 per week
A luxury four-bedroom detached villa situated moments from Jolly Harbour, stylishly furnished throughout, with a fully equipped kitchen and a large swimming pool.
Villa 238A, Jolly Harbour Price From US$850 per week
Harbour Hill, English Harbour Price From US$6,500 per week
Situated on the South Finger of Jolly Harbour, this villa is set in a superb location with views out across the marina. Its wonderful large deck set right on the water’s edge is perfect for outdoor living.
An exclusive vacation property situated high above Antigua Yacht Club Marina. The house has 5 bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms, and can accommodate up to 9 guests comfortably.
My Antigua. Autumn/Winter 2011
My Antigua I Ton Smit by Charley Andrews
umour has it that Cloggy’s Restaurant at Antigua Yacht Club is said to be the restaurant and bar that sells the most Rosé in Antigua. We went down and joined the “Rosé Club” to chat drinking, herring and why co-owner and founder Ton Smit has an aversion to ‘Caribbean Green’.
2 When did you first move to Antigua? It was a long time ago in 1988. I lived here for 7 months, and then I decided to escape here permanently. 2 What’s your earliest memory of Antigua? The lifestyle, it is completely different here. There’s a whole mixture of nationalities and it’s spontaneous, that’s what I like about it. 2 Why did you choose to build in Antigua? It was half and half actually, we took it over half built, it was a great price and every year we changed it, extended and renovated. We changed the colour from Caribbean Green…. it was quite green… the kind of green that hurts your eyes… you know that green? It was the first thing we did. 2 What advice would you give a tourist coming to Antigua? Come to Cloggys!!!
2 What are your guilty pleasures? Oh my! Drinking too much…but not before 3.30 in the afternoon! 2 What do you most look forward to every year? I love to be in our house, and spend time with the people I know here. I’ve been here so long, that you make some great friends.
In Europe now, it’s not as sociable as it is here”
2 What do you miss most when you’re away from Antigua? Definitely the social life. Back in Europe now, it’s not as sociable as it is here. 2 What would you do if you were Prime Minister for the day? There are so many things! But I think I would change the mentality of Antiguans towards tourists. I’d try and make them realize how important the tourists and the yachtees coming here are. 2 What’s the most romantic spot in Antigua? On a boat at anchor, with good wine and a picnic, and no one around. 2 What are your home comforts? When I moved I brought family photographs with me. But when people visit from Holland they bring herring. It’s typically Dutch, and I love it. 2 What’s the best meal you’ve had in Antigua? One of the things I was craving earlier was the Portobello mushrooms from The Hideout. I also love the antipasti plate in Abracadabras.
Contact Cloggy’s is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Wednesday BBQ Party night and Sunday Brunch are not to be missed. And make sure to visit their new Sushi bar upstairs... it’s good!
For reservations call (268) 460-6910 Facebook.com/cloggysantigua
Published on Oct 24, 2011
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