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Crown Jewel of the Caribbean

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BARBADOS 8 The crown jewel

of the Caribbean.

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A BEACH A DAY ISLAND Unique adventures in Antigua and Barbuda.

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A paradise for the discerning traveler seeking nature’s best.

UP FRONT 6 Eton Shirts, Mercedes Benz and other things we love.

BVI NATURALLY

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A PIECE OF HEAVEN Turks & Caicos offer a unique real estate opportunity.

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BEAUTY ABOVE AND BELOW The Cayman Islands.

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THE CARIBBEAN Investing in paradise.

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BULL REVIEW Volvo’s New S60 T6 R-Design.

WINE+SPIRITS 36 A Scallywag’s Guide.

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CARIBBEAN RESORTS The Best of the Best.

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HEALTH COLUMN How to live well.

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PARADISE FOUND The Bahamas.

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TECH TOYS 50

ON THE SHELF Books for the Beach.

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ou work hard all year, you deserve a vacation and in this issue we take the work out of finding the right one for you. From deserted beaches, Ayurvedic Spas and luxury resorts, The Bay Street Bull is your resource guide to relaxation. This issue we welcome a new addition to our team, in the capacity of Senior Editor. Sean Litteljohn comes to us with an extensive background in publishing, radio, film and television. Sean is a true adventurer and worldwide traveller who has navigated his way through over 30 countries. Some might say that he was born “On the Road.” With a Grandfather from Jamaica and a Father who worked in Antigua (on a movie with Michael Caine), Caribbean blood runs through his veins and this might explain his love for Rum and Hot Sauce. Sean, along with regular correspondent Bryan Dearsley and some fresh new talent, will take you through an island hopping tour of the Caribbean. From the white sand beaches of Antigua, to the underwater wonders of The Turks & Caicos, private islands of The Bahamas and of course Barbados, the number one destination in the Caribbean, with something for everyone. We profile all of these islands and more, doing in-depth research (there are worse jobs), to find you the most exclusive spas, luxurious suites and private beaches to help you forget the cold Canadian winter. While enjoying your down-time, we have provided you with a host of great reading material in the form of our regular departments. Start making that Christmas List for yourself or your loved ones with the help of our UpFront and Tech Toys features, where we profile the latest and greatest products and the things we love, that we think you’ll love too. Learn about the history of rum and if you are lucky enough to be there, try some of these vintages on the islands where they were born. We review the best of the best from $2,000-$20 and everything in between. Remember to wear sunscreen and follow the other simple tips in our Health Section provided by the world famous Cleveland Clinic and learn the secrets to longevity. If you still want to talk business there is a interesting article about investing in the Caribbean by expert Kirk Sharpley. Or if you would prefer, we have included a list of great books for you to get lost in while you lounge by the pool or on the beach. Whatever your approach to vacationing, we have you covered, sit back, put your feet up and enjoy, after all you’re earned it. We always enjoy hearing what you think about the magazine. If you’d like to send us a letter about this issue, or have an idea you think we should explore in the magazine, please address your letter to The Publisher, The Bay Street Bull, 305 Evans Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8Z 1K2, or e-mail me at publisher@thebaystreetbull.ca.

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Certina DS Action Diver Watch A youthful and welcome addition to the line. Certina has gone back to their roots of making high quality diving watches. The styling is reflective of other high-end divers in regards to their bezel and case, such as Rolex and Omega, but with an expanded option of colors and an available metal bracelet or strap. This is a good looking watch at a fair price, it is dive ready and water resistant up to 200 meters. While this watch is intended for a mainstream audience, it doesn’t lack in quality, featuring Swiss ETA 2824 Automatic Movement and a sapphire crystal. The Certina DS Action Diver Watch is a great watch for daily wear, that is always ready for action. certina.com

Eton Shirts Built of Swedish tradition and modern vertical integration, Eton of Sweden makes some of the finest shirts on earth. Known for their exclusive colours, both classic and innovative designs and many available accessories, Eton has built a fine reputation. While headquartered in the same small town, Ganghester, where they have been since founding in 1928, the designers have traveled the globe to find the finest materials and processes. Eton purchases their legendary Pima cotton directly from farmers in Peru, then sends them to the finest weavers in Northern Italy and France. The shirts arrive in Sweden just in time to undergo a 35 step finishing process and inspection that ensures they last longer and hold their colour better than other shirts. etonshirts.com

Gucci Handbag Ladies, how can you resist a casual handbag that can double as an evening clutch from the toast of Italy, Gucci? Sized to hold all of your needs, it’s made of perforated tan leather with a subtle yet stylish degrade finish. The detailing is intricate but not overstated, featuring both fine and heavy stitching in the trim and golden studs forming a grid throughout. The fold-over features a bamboo-detailed braided strap that finishes in decorative knots and holds the coveted Gucci signature “G” charm. Inside a zipper secures your valuables as they rest in a comfortable lining of brown suede and twill. This is a beautiful piece and versatile, allowing you to change from day-wear to casual faster than you can say Wonder-woman. gucci.com

Mercedes-Benz G550 Winner of the Paris-Dakar rally and preferred automobile of The Pope, this handcrafted Mercedes-Benz SUV is sure to draw some attention. Derived from a proven military vehicle, the G-Wagen, it has remained largely unchanged for 30 years. Exclusively handcrafted in Graz Austria, the G550 maintains a desired exclusivity because of it’s starting price of $105,000 and for this reason you don’t see many on the road. When you do, the vehicle is a statement of prestige in an understated black, grey, silver, white and dark green and only shows it’s teeth when taken off-road. mercedes-benz.ca

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Amanyara Resort Located in the beautiful Turks and Caicos islands of the British West Indies and known for their epic white sand beaches, lush landscapes and private settings. Amanyara Resort in Parrot Cay is on a 1,000 acre private island favoured by notables such as Bruce Willis, Donna Karan and Sir Paul McCartney. As you might imagine the tone is understated luxury meets unparalleled privacy. Guests enjoy the miles of deserted beach, gorgeous nature, private pools, spas and health conscious gourmet cuisine. In an exclusive offer Parrot Cay is offering a limited number of villas for purchase starting at $10 million USD, a small price to pay when Keith Richard’s can be heard strumming his guitar next door. amanresorts.com

Condé Nast Traveler A wonderful way to spend an afternoon for any seasoned traveler or someone looking to become one. Condé Nast has created a coffeetable sized extravaganza based on their popular monthly contest to identify travel destinations. There are no dead giveaways to these secret locations, only cryptic hints at where they might be. Each page reveals another piece of a puzzle, spanning our globe and revealing it's wonders in the form of ocean, desert or neon bathed city center. This is a dream come true for any seasoned traveler wanting to flex their mental muscles or just a fun learning experience for wouldbe travellers. condenast.com


Swaying Palms, Invigorating Adventures and Heartwarming Smiles

Blend lazy relaxation with island excitement Here in Antigua and Barbuda, we’re famous for hundreds of pink and white silky sand beaches. Find your own private cove for two or a lively spot for family fun. But our islands offer more than just sand and surf! Explore bustling city streets filled with welcoming faces. Enjoy galleries and museums, exotic dining, sporting activities and bird watching. Relax in your favourite style of accommodation – whether a quaint B&B, boutique hotel, all-inclusive resort or luxury villa. A customized vacation experience awaits you – just a 4 1/2-hour non-stop flight from Toronto. For insider info on island highlights and things to do, simply contact us: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Office 60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 601 Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5 416-961-3085 info@antigua-barbuda-ca.com www.antigua-barbuda.ca


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BARBADOS The Crown Jewel of the Caribbean BY TANYA ENBERG AND MELANIE REFFES

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arbados is one of the premier destinations in the Caribbean because of it’s size and the multitude and diversity of activities and events available to visitors. It is safe and easy to find what you are looking for, English is the first language and because of the high standard of living you will find a nation of friendly, helpful people. There is something for everyone here and that is why tourists return year after year.

THERE’S NEVER A DULL MOMENT IN BARBADOS Beyond snapshot-ready scenes of sun and sand, set to the relaxing sounds of water lapping against the shore, the relatively small, picturesque island of Barbados seems to always be smiling from end to end. The charm of the landscape, combined with the warmth of the locals, distinguishes this destination known for its year-round appeal. During Crop Over festivities, which take place annually and stretch throughout the summer months, an eclectic mix of happenings fill the days and nights, from live music competitions and artisan exhibits to the most anticipated highlight — the Grand Kadooment — a wild and spirited parade that draws an interesting mix of revelers from across the globe to the island of under 300,000 people. Throughout the day, the streets are teaming with folks wearing vibrant costumes and elaborate face paint as fest-goers move to soca and calypso beats pouring from floats along the route. While enjoying the rum punch, experiencing Bajan cuisine and savouring the zen of beach life are musts, Barbados is also a cultural and historical destination ready-made for exploration. Along with year-round mainstays, the winter season offers an impressive calendar of events worth checking out. THE BAY STREET BULL | 9


Steeped in History

Blessed with sun-dappled skies and tie-dyed sunsets, Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean and affectionately known as “England in the Tropics” courtesy of its ongoing love affair with cricket games and afternoon tea. Driving is on the left, roundabouts mark the intersections instead of traffic lights and based on the British model, there are eleven parishes, each governed by a parish church. Not surprisingly, Christmas and Easter are peak times for tourists. Literacy is at nearly 100 % and the World Bank classifies the island as one of the top high income economies in the world. Temperatures that stay at the 28 degree mark year round are a year round crowd pleaser while swishy resorts, Zagat-rated eateries, championship golf courses, classic calypso and plenty of flights from Canada have earned this sunny Shangri-La enormous loyalty from savvy travellers. From the gracious Church ladies with their mega-watt smiles to rum-splashed happy hours in Bridgetown’s bustling bars, Barbados is a sublime antidote to the blustery winter winds at home. Improving on its sky high star power, the island is honouring her own with a partnership between the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) and sultry superstar Rihanna who will promote the island as the vacation destination of choice. “I want each and every visitor to experience what makes this destination different from all others, and that is the spirit and warmth of my fellow Barbadians.”

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The Cricket Legends of Barbados presents the Clobi Challenge (Nov. 11 - 15) as the West Indies and England face off at the Kensington Oval. Then on Oct. 29 - 30, witness top-skilled sailors and aggressive racing at the Barbados J24 Invitational. Get moving on Oct. 26 with the Bajan Roots and Rhythms Show at The Plantation Theatre where Caribbean culture is in the spotlight with a stage show and steel pan music. On Nov. 19, education and celebration meet at the Spirit of the Nation Show, where the spotlight shines on local talent deriving from the island’s parishes (Barbados is divided into 11 parishes). Surf fans won’t want to miss the thrilling November Pro and Caribbean Junior Championships, happening at the

world-famous Soup Bowl (Bathsheba, St. Joseph). Packed with top-class competitors, it also offers market shopping, live music and an excuse to hang beachside. Get the taste buds stirring at the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival, from Nov. 18 - 21, happening at various venues. Foodies will love this culinary spectacle starring eight international chefs, including Canadian talent Mark McEwan and Tom Brodi, sharing some of their best international cooking secrets, tastings and deals on meals at participating eateries. Of course, there is a robust list of attractions available year-round to jot down on the must-see list. Take a delicious stroll down memory lane with a visit to the awe-inspiring St. Nicholas Abbey. Surrounded by 360-acres of sugarcane fields and lush, gardens, the scenery is bound to amaze and the Barbadian rum sure to relax. To further the rum-trail experience, taste the oldest rum in the world during a Mount Gay Rum tour.



For an unforgettable lunch, the buffet spread at Fisherpond Great House, located in a Georgian-style home in St. Thomas, won’t be outdone, with tables filled to the brim with fresh, homemade offerings, among them macaroni pie, a fine display of fish dishes, corn soufflet, curried green bananas, plantain fritters and trays stuffed with a generous selection of desserts. Meanwhile, be sure to take a break from the delicious cuisine and libations for a kick of adrenaline. High-paced adventure can be found throughout the island, from surfing and zip lining to riding a segway, snorkeling, diving to explore shipwrecks and roaming the grounds on a safari — all bound to get the heartbeat racing. Boasting 60 beaches across 70-square miles and an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, from the island’s most famous and unique winter happenings, visitors are guaranteed to revel in the irresistible pulse of joyous Barbadian life from the moment they arrive.

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must-sees, awaits from grand Great Houses to churches dating back to the 1600’s and a synagogue with spectacular Gothic arches. The Arawak Indians were the original inhabitants followed by the Caribs from Venezuela and the Europeans who came ashore in the 1500’s. En route to Brazil, Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos arrived in 1536 and, according to local legend, named the island “Los Barbados” or the ‘bearded ones’ after the fig trees whose hanging roots resemble a beard. In 1625, British Captain John Powell claimed the island for England and the first European settlement was born on the west coast. The massive production of sugar was a gold mine for the Brits and unlike other Caribbean islands that changed hands several times, Barbados avoided the Danish, French and Spaniards who were busy sparring over the rest of the region. Barbados celebrated independence in 1966 and today honours November 30th as a national holiday.

BUSTLING BRIDGETOWN Originally called Indian Bridge for the rustic bridge built over the river by the


Barbados: A feast for the senses

early settlers, Bridgetown was open for business in the 1600’s when a new bridge was built and commerce reigned supreme. Today, the capital city is a shopper’s paradise with a bounty of bistros perfect for a frosty Banks beer on a sunny afternoon. Broad Street is its heart and soul with duty-free shops, historic sites and a bevy of banks. Parallel to Broad Street and treasured by tourists in-the-know, Swan Street is chockablock with down-home eateries and vendors who welcome a good haggle with tourists scouting for bargains.

HIP HOLETOWN Originally called Jamestown, after King James I, Holetown, named in honour of the small stream called ‘The Hole’ that offered a safe landing for ships, was the first settlement on the island. On 1st Street and 2nd Street, eateries dish up a culinary kaleidoscope from curry to stir-fry and pasta to poached fish. At the northern end, St. James Parish Church, built in 1628, is one of the island’s oldest with a cemetery that dates back more than three centuries. A short stroll to the south, Chattel Village impresses with rainbow-colored

replicas of chattel houses that today are shops and cafes. Celebrating the vibrancy and longevity of this lovely and lively town, the Holetown Festival every February is a spirited affair.

FAST TRACK TO FABULOUS From chi-chi suites in uber-swank resorts to butler-staffed villas and upscale shopping that rivals the best in the world, Barbados has shed her stuffy image and emerged as the keeper of all things luxurious. As the first and only Zagat-rated Caribbean island, eateries run the gamut from fun and funky to glitzy and glamorous. With a feast of flavours from traditional Bajan to British pub fare, Barbados is the hottest ‘culinary cool’ in the Caribbean.

SUITE DREAMS Indeed elegant, the five resorts in the Elegant Hotels Group invite with their signature stamp of contemporary chic. At the Colony Club, the Culture Concierge caters to every whim from conch shell blowing classes to stand-up paddling lessons. An adults-only haven for rejuvenation,

Apart from Rihanna, Barbados’ biggest export is rum and good times. Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the Barbados festival of Food, Wine and Rum and came away with wonderful memories of sunsets, rum punches and delightful food. There was nothing better than sitting on the patio of the unique Cliff Restaurant, taking in the beautiful scenery and feeling the warm Barbados breeze; that is until we tasted the food. A mixture of local ingredients finessed with style, The Cliff is a superb experience. With much less fanfare but just as much style go to the Friday night Oistins Fish Fry. It is here that hundreds of vendors fry or barbecue fish such as wahoo, flying fish or marlin and serve it with a side of macaroni or sweet potato pie. Sitting at long tables with food from your favourite vendor, knocking back beer and letting the music move you is a sublime way to spend an evening. Not only is the cuisine decadent, but the cocktails are just as great. Rum punches are the standard drink across the island and they vary in taste, sweetness and punch depending on where you drink them. My favourite was in a little rum shop full of Barbadian local drinkers washing down the traditional souse (pickled pigs head) with the knock-out punch. Whether is was the catamaran cruise I took around the island accompanied by Chef Rob Feenie and his superb picnic lunch, or dancing the night away in the streets to that seductive Bajan music, the experience I had in Barbados during the festival was beyond spectacular. This year’s festival, running from November 18 to 21, 2011, has a strong Canadian connection. Both Mark McEwan, Head Judge of Top Chef Canada, owner of Bymark and Fabbrica restaurants and author of the just released book “Fabbrica” published by Random House and Tom Brodi, Executive Chef and Owner of Toca in Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel , will be on hand teaching classes and cooking tasty plates. Plus, the line up of other chefs participating are just as celebrated, including: Tom Colicchio, Vitor Gomes, Bruno Loubet, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai and Paul Yellin. For more information, visit www.foodwinerum.com and www.visitbarbados.org. — Lucy Waverman

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The House is revered for imaginative indulgences like champagne breakfasts and cool towels on the beach and at the Tamarind Spa, a sensual Bajan sea salt and aromatic oil scrub is the real deal. On Dover Beach in the St Lawrence Gap, Ocean Two is a condo-hotel with a roof deck bar for cloistered massages and cocktails that toast the sunset. For couples in the mood, romantic baskets and mimosas on the balcony keep the flame alive. Worth the splurge, penthouse suites at Mango Bay are glass-enclosed with mesmerizing panoramas of the sea. Shaking (and stirring) for more than two decades, bartender Alvin Broomes makes magic with his ‘Mango Bay Burning Flame’ that morphs rum, Southern Comfort, coconut cream and pineapple juice into cocktail nirvana.

VIVA VILLAS Renting villas for more than three decades, Altman Real Estate Group knows luxury like nobody’s business. With island-wide rentals up nearly ten percent over last year, villa living is all the rage. Stand-outs include #302 at Sandy Cove with it’s breathtaking sea views, Miele kitchen and it is opposite the Polo Club; Stanford House boasts an infinity pool and Jacuzzi, not to mention a full-time butler, cook and security guard. By the 1940’s, Hollywood’s glamocracy decided Barbados was the place to be, but there was a shortage of places to stay until construction began on a country house called Sandy Lane. Now the premier address in the Caribbean, the five-bedroom villa at Sandy Lane that measures a stunning 678 square meters is paradise found. Inviting with a trio of striking golf course and GPSequipped carts, the iconic resort with the pink and cream façade that shimmers in the sun is amongst the finest in the world. Exclusive from top to bottom, Penthouse Villas at the Crane are outrageously gorgeous with cathedral ceilings, coral stone

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walls and marble bathrooms. Opening up to vistas of the sea, the three-bedroom villas also tempt with roof terraces for sunbathing and outdoor grilling.

WORTH THE SPLURGE Built around a trio of courtyards with restaurants, cinemas, spa, villas and boutiques like Ralph Lauren, Cartier and Louis Vuitton slated to open next year, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre is a stylish and sophisticated shopping experience. Complimentary for guests at the swank Fairmont Pavilion, high tea is royally served at the Café Taboras as if the Queen herself is going to pop in for a jam turnover and a cuppa. Prepared by a seasoned culinary team, the centuries-old tradition excels with a sweet array of puff pastries and fruit cakes and yes, an impressive selection of tea and jam turnovers.

GOOD MOOD FOOD Once upon a time it was the only garage on the west coast licensed to sell gasoline and today it’s the snazzy restaurant in the Lone Star Hotel where suites with Philippe Stark fittings are named after antique cars, Jimmy Choos are never out of vogue and reservations for New Year’s Eve are booked a year in advance. With tables arranged on stone tiers resembling an amphitheater, the mood is as dramatic as the menu at The Cliff in St James. As you sip a Canadian Vidal oakaged ice wine, you may spot hip hop royalty who come for Chef Paul Owen’s Cajun red snapper and piquant tuna tartare. Next to The House, Daphne’s is the sister eatery to the renowned Daphne’s in London. Wowing foodies with his culinary wizardry, Chef Marco Festini Cromer’s roasted pumpkin ravioli is pasta perfection. The Rum Collector Menu features exclusive brands while a dish of Bajan honey ice cream is unapologetically sinful. Life, as they say in Barbados, is too short to skip dessert. 



A BEACH A DAY Island BY MARK STEVENS

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urquoise waters nuzzle the sand of Frye’s Beach on Antigua’s west coast, glittering in the sun like a sugar-glazed donut. Palms dance in trade winds that skim hilltops, scurry up the slopes of southern mountains and whisper in the ruins of a seventeenth-century sugar mill. Only two sets of footprints mar the two-kilometre strip of sand. I look out to sea and up and down the beach. I hug my wife. “We own this beach,” I tell her. There are worse places to spend November. Two days later, skipper Neville Holloway drops the anchor of our chartered sailboat at a place called Green Island, just off the southeast coast. A hump-backed ridge basks in the sun, its sand a sharp contrast to the lime waters encircling it. Holloway points at the beach and grins. “It’s all yours.” When Christopher Columbus landed on Antigua in 1493 he named it for a Spanish saint.

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That is a misnomer. He should have called it, “A Beach a Day” Island. Three hundred sixty five beaches. Beach-comb for a year and never repeat yourself. Feeling democratic? Turner’s Beach is popular with the cruise ship crowd but it’s also a popular local beach. A Rasta man hawks jewelry, a stout woman offers to braid your hair. Chow down a feast of conch fritters at Turner’s Beach Restaurant, sipping cold Wadadli beers while you stare out at sparkling waters framed by a white trellis and a picket fence. Go north to Jolly Beach, located by a condo development, congregation of boutique shops, and casino... and a beach you’ll see in winter dreams. Get an overall tan at Hawksbill. Laze in the sun and admire the pumpkin-painted cactus-studded beauty of nearby Five Islands. Hunkered down in the shadow of limestone cliffs, this is Antigua’s unofficial nude beach.

WHEN CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS LANDED ON ANTIGUA IN 1493 HE NAMED IT FOR A SPANISH SAINT.

Go people-watching at Dickenson Bay, the hotbed of Antiguan beaches. There are a multitude of hotels, Sandals Grande and Rex Halcyon Cove, being the highlights, and watersports galore. Grab a half-hour flight up to Barbuda, head out to one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful — and deserted — beaches, a thirteen-kilometre stretch of pink sand where you won’t even see a beach hut. The perfect beach for people who don’t like people. But odds are you’re not the personality type to baste on a beach. So head down to Carlisle Bay. Swim past the fivestar resort resting on the brown sugar sand and experience some of the best snorkeling on the island mere metres offshore. Learn how to kite-surf at Jabberwock Beach, and you still haven’t used up a week’s worth. “But the beaches are just the beginning,” says Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Board’s Erica Henry-Jackman. You can shop in the historic buildings of Redcliffe Quay in St. John’s, the capital. Art galleries abound and boutiques. Check out Cedar Valley, a par 70 championship course designed by Ralph Aldridge, where you can work on your swing with a resident pro. THE BAY STREET BULL | 17


GRAB A HALF-HOUR FLIGHT UP TO BARBUDA, HEAD OUT TO ONE OF THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST BEAUTIFUL — AND DESERTED — BEACHES, A THIRTEEN-KILOMETRE STRETCH OF PINK SAND. 18 | THE BAY STREET BULL

Book a boat tour and explore North Sound, with even more islands and beaches. Hike through dunes and tropical vegetation to ridges with spectacular views of both the Caribbean and Antigua itself. Snorkel to your heart’s content. Go for the adrenaline rush: fly through the air above a rainforest valley, dangling from a zipline no bigger around than your thumb at Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tours; hook a marlin from the cockpit of your chartered sport fishing boat. If you’re in the market for a boat of your own — everybody should have a mega yacht– stroll the docks at Falmouth. Move over Monaco. The boats on one dock alone could equal your entire company payroll. If you’re a sailor book a boat at Horizon Yacht Charters at Jolly Beach. Visit the Sunsail base at English Harbour, or go with a skippered charter. Antigua shows herself at her best from the deck of a heeling sailboat, spray flying, waves hissing on the hull. The biggest two island events of the year are Antigua Sailing Week and the Classic Yacht Regatta, where tall ships and classic sloops congregate from across the Caribbean. Empty out your Daytimer if you venture over to English Harbour. It’s worth a day to itself — even if you don’t go yacht-shopping at Nicholson Yacht Sales, housed in a two-hundred-year-old stone and wood building fronting a cobblestone pier. English Harbour is home to Nelson’s Dockyard, the oldest working dockyard in the western hemisphere, and the only working Georgian dockyard in the world. In the eighteenth century Antigua was the capital of the Leeward Station of the Royal Navy, the most strategic strong-point in the Caribbean.


HE SHOULD HAVE CALLED IT, “A BEACH A DAY ISLAND. THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE BEACHES.” BEACH-COMB FOR A YEAR AND NEVER REPEAT YOURSELF. Dine at Admiral’s Inn beside the water, stroll the wharf once frequented by Lord Nelson. Check out the museum or just sip an English Harbour rum at the Galley, right beside the site of a long-ago fatal duel. Remember to save some energy for when the sun goes down. Plan to spend a Sunday — strategically located at one of the best sunset-watching vantage-points in the Caribbean — at the weekly Shirley Heights party. “If you want to get a take on this island you have to do the jumpup at Shirley Heights,” Holloway tells us. Dine al fresco a hundred metres above the surf in a fun and casual atmosphere, its an event that has been held every Sunday but two since 1981. Samba on the parade grounds through twilight and welcome the locals to stage two when things really heat up — starting around seven p.m. reggae bands pump out island grooves accompanied by the aromas of jerk pork, lobster and the catch of the day. When the party ends you’ll like this island even more. For the breadth and variety of luxury accommodations on Antigua is every bit as expansive as the wealth of beaches. The prestigious luxury hotel group called Elite Island Resorts, featuring an A-list slate of properties from Barbados to the British Virgin Islands, has three locations on Antigua.

Galley Bay, located on forty acres of gardens on the west coast, offers all-inclusive options. It has been voted one of the top one hundred resorts in the world. St. James Club and Villas, down on the south coast offers two beaches and private villas or luxurious rooms. The Verandah Resort and Spa in the north will remind you of a Caribbean seaside village — but for the fact that you’re staying in a seven-hundred-foot suite with its own sea view verandah, featuring bamboo, rattan and wood furnishings and extra details like granite countertops and one of the best spas on the island. Check into Curtain Bluff, where your room towers above the sea, or Sugar Ridge, a boutique hotel on the west coast. Pamper yourself and share a private island — and secluded, exclusive beaches — with none but your fellow guests at Jumby Bay. Here you will sleep the sleep of the just...and you’ll need it. For the odds are pretty good that you won’t have a year to explore here. The odds are pretty good you’ll be up first thing tomorrow because it’s another day and another beach on, “A Beach A Day” Island. Mondays will never be the same...  THE BAY STREET BULL | 19


Naturally BVI

The British Virgin Islands entices discerning travellers seeking nature's best

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heltered by lush mountains on one side and low-lying islands on the other, Virgin Gorda is blessed with moderate trade winds and no large swells— ideal for sailing. It also has pristine beaches, superior sports amenities, five-star accommodations and gourmet restaurants. Expect much of the same from the rest of the BVI, which is ranked as one of the largest premier water-sports playgrounds in the world. Comprised of some 60 islands and islets dotting the Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico, there are only four main ones—Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke and Tortola, the largest and most populous. Except for Anegada, which is flat

and composed of limestone and coral, the British Virgin Islands are mostly volcanic in origin with fine-sand beaches and rugged hilly terrain. Steer away from the temptation to stay poolside at your fabulous villa or to laze on the beach, as some of the best adventures in the BVI are to be found on or below the water surface—that is, of the sea. You’ll find a myriad of sailing packages available at your resort to plan your day’s excursion— rent a Boston Whaler or charter your own yacht. Opt for a fully crewed and provisioned yacht or go “bare-boating” if you want to be the master of your own water vessel. Your other water-sports options are


Biras Creek

There are two ways to get to Biras Creek Resort: by helicopter or by water taxi. The best one, by far, is by boat. The 30-minute ride from Tortola, the main and most populous island, to Virgin Gorda, where the resort is located, is a wonderful prelude of what's to come—powder-soft sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and endless blue skies.

numerous, ranging from kayaking to scuba diving, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. And whether you just want to brush up on your skills or you’re a beginner in the sport, be assured there’s a class for your level. If you’re after tamer pursuits, consider The Baths. Explore this popular tourist attraction on Virgin Gorda’s southwest coast, where a unique natural labyrinth of gigantic boulders strewn on the beach form small tranquil pools and grottoes pierced by sunlight. Take the narrow, winding passage where you can choose to clamber over the rocks or use the small ladder to traverse the labyrinth and arrive at Devil’s Bay Beach, there to catch your breath and relax on the picture-perfect stretch of white powder sand.

But don’t waste your time just sunbathing—go snorkelling too. At the Baths, there’s not much coral to marvel at, but there are plenty of colourful tropical fish, turtles and stingrays. The best snorkeling sites are to be found on the outer cays and islands. Check out The Indians, a series of rock outcroppings close to Pelican Island with large coral formations and sea creatures galore. Or venture more to the west, toward Norman Island, to snorkel in The Caves, where fascinating waist-deep caverns beckon. Visit the outer islands to explore various wildlife sanctuaries, as well as the luxurious retreats and provisioning stops for sailors. Salt Island is home to the wreck site of the RMS Rhone, the British steamship that

At this exclusive boutique property—it’s a member of Relais & Châteaux, the international fellowship of independently operated luxury hotels and restaurants—elegance and understated opulence prevail. Take your pick from the resort’s 31 suites, of which 22 are right at the water’s edge. Each suite has a private verandah and an alfresco garden shower. The six garden suites are tucked in the back and offer views of the meticulously tended gardens. Book one of the two spacious Grande Suites or the Premier Suite, each with its own plunge pool, if you’re celebrating a special anniversary or you’re honeymooning. Use the classic Caloi Cruiser bicycle at your disposal and explore the resort’s private beaches and hiking trails. Or visit the stable, before putting in time at the fitness centre or tennis court. Enjoy the superb meals at the main restaurant, located in an open-air pavilion. It offers a prix-fixe four-course European menu infused with local touches, as well as an excellent wine list that has twice won the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. If, however, you elect to bring your own wine, expect a $20 corking fee.

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Little Dix Bay

At this resort that skirts a crescent-shaped beach on Virgin Gorda, your choice of nine types of accommodations, ranges from a charming “treehouse” cottage on stilts, set amid lush gardens, to a beachfront luxury villa with spacious bedrooms, private terrace, a pool and an outdoor shower. You can have your pick from three restaurants onsite. The Pavilion—located at the centre of the resort, underneath Polynesian-style vaulted roofs—serves daily breakfast and lunch buffets, as well as dinner. An alternative dinner venue offering a more intimate fine-dining experience is the Sugar Mill, with its eclectic menu of Pan-Asian and European fusion

dishes and an Amusaries menu of the chef’s creations. The dress code, not surprisingly, includes no jeans, T-shirts or tennis shoes. Sandwiches, pizzas and burgers can be had at the casual dockside Beach Grill restaurant, just a few steps from the beach. Other amenities of note at this boutique resort include the award-winning spa and a boon for vacationing parents, a 2,500-sq.-ft. children’s centre with a miniature “chattel house,” dress-up parlour and a shipwreck.

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crashed in 1867 on the island’s southwest coast during a hurricane. One of the bestpreserved shipwreck sites in the Caribbean, the remains of the Rhone are now protected as a national park. The Dogs—a clutch of six islands lying halfway between Tortola and Virgin Gorda—are home to sanctuaries for birds and marine animals. The dive site Alice in Wonderland, just off Ginger Island, features some of BVI’s best deep-water coral formations. And if by chance you’re a guest at the privately owned Necker Island, consider booking Necker Nymph. A submarine à la James Bond, this three-passenger underwater “aircraft” requires a certified pilot and can travel at speeds up to 6 knots and can go as deep down as 90 feet below the water’s surface, which gives the opportu-

nity to view spectacular marine life sans scuba gear. On flat, long and low-lying Anegada, the highest point on land is just 28 feet above sea level, making the island virtually one large beach. If you’re an avid fly-fisherman, venture to the salt ponds dotting much of Anegada’s west end, which are well populated with the dusky-finned silvery bonefish. The island is also celebrated for its wild pink flamingos. Extinct by the 1950s, the birds were reintroduced through an ambitious —and successful—plan in the early 1980s; currently, they number about 200. That’s one flamingo for every Anegada resident. Other rare and endangered animals on the island are the rock iguana, several species of turtles, conch and the Caribbean spiny lobster. A popular tourist rite of passage is the cracking of an Anegada



Guana Island

If you’re looking to mingle with celebrities or perhaps some supermodels or hit a few casinos, pass on Guana Island. With 850 acres and 7 beaches, this resort accommodates a maximum of 32 guests, which makes staying here as private as it gets. You can go even more private, for $22,000 a day, which gives you the whole island to enjoy, away from the madding crowd. Clearly not for the social butterfly, Guana is, however, a nature lover’s paradise. All the whitewashed hilltop cottages are tastefully decorated with minimalist furnishings and are devoid of TV, phone and air conditioning.

A network of trails meanders through hills, mountains and valleys, providing an opportunity for fascinating close encounters with some of the island’s endangered species, such as the three-foot-long rock iguana. And if you’re truly lucky, you might get to meet Dr. Liao, the resident ornithologist and master gardener who has been tending the local organic orchard for 27 years. This privately-owned, guests-only island is a designated nature reserve and, as the staff are fond of saying, “the only wildlife sanctuary in the world with a cocktail hour.”

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lobster, which is typically plucked fresh from the local waters. If you want to ensure a delicious lobster for dinner, call ahead to place your order. Fringing Anegada is the Horseshoe Reef, the longest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean. Over the years, it has claimed hundreds of shipwrecks; to protect the reef, the local government now forbids anchoring on the island. Horseshoe Reef, however, is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. If you enjoy hiking, Sage Mountain National Park on Tortola is a must-visit. The 92-acre park offers seven crisscrossing short trails with panoramic views. From the parking area, follow the trail in a loop

that leads to the mountain’s peak, 1,716 feet high, through a small, sometimesmist-shrouded “rainforest.” Because it receives less than 100 inches of rain per year, it does not quite qualify as a real rainforest, but it is cool, damp and lush. Whichever trail you take, allow at least two hours for your trek, as you will want to pause and view the magnificent mahogany trees, elephant ear vines and giant bullet woods and to listen to the sounds of thrushes and frogs. Whether you’re a nature lover, sports aficionado or simply someone seeking the pleasures of sun, sea and sand, as a welldeserved vacation, the British Virgin Islands await. 



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TURKS & Caicos A PIECE OF HEAVEN

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ucked away near the tip of the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a little piece of heaven just waiting to be explored. Consisting of 40 beautiful islands – each surrounded by the clearest of turquoise waters – Turks and Caicos boast an incredible 350 days of sunshine annually, not to mention a temperate sub-tropical climate. No doubt it’s the sort of near-perfect place we Canadians usually start dreaming of once winter arrives. Canada’s connection to the islands runs deep. In 1917, the idea of annexing them was bandied about but (sadly for us) never happened. Nevertheless, Canadians continue to play an important role in the development of the Turks and Caicos Islands: the main island of Providenciales (widely referred to as Provo) has a brand new Canadian managed hospital, a Canadian built airport… even an RCMP led police force. But it isn’t just the Canadian presence, great weather and wonderful beaches that make Turks and Caicos such a wonderful place to own a second home or leisure property. Provo has no traffic lights, no fast food outlets, no nasty critters, no cruise ships… and no traffic congestion. Adding to the appeal is the complete absence of taxation – there’s no income tax, property tax, capital gains or inheritance tax. “Visitors are really starting to see the value in Turks and Caicos,” says Washington Misick, developer of the prestigious Alexandra Resort and Spa on Provo, and owner of the island’s largest real estate agency, Prestigious Properties Ltd. “In the first half of this year, tourist arrivals increased eighteen percent. The word’s getting out that this tax-free destination offers quick airlift from North America, high quality real estate and an incredible lifestyle that’s hard to find elsewhere in the Caribbean.” A Turks and Caicos resident (known locally as a ‘Belonger’), Misick suggests that despite the island’s reputation for luxury real estate, there are plenty of excellent opportunities available in the island’s housing market. “For instance, we have furnished studios, 1 &2 bedroom condos at the Alexandra starting from $199,900. Ownership at a property like this includes an unrivalled address on one of the top beaches in the world, competitive maintenance fees and a professionally managed rental program. Add a fabulous beachfront restaurant, a large swimming pool, tennis courts and a spa, and it’s hard to find value like this elsewhere.” THE BAY STREET BULL | 27


While Misick obviously sees the value at his resort, he’s quick to point out that there are other great opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. “We’re also seeing a growing number of listings below the $500,000 price point. This allows us to attract an entirely new market.” Real estate transactions are extremely straightforward in the Turks and Caicos Islands. As a British Overseas Territory, legal matters are based on common law (all legal documents are in English). According to Emma Riach, a lawyer with Karam and Missick, this ease of doing business is a definite boon, particularly for Canadians looking for overseas residency. “None of the foreign investor permits or additional tax requirements needed in other jurisdictions are necessary here,” says Riach. “Foreign investors can easily obtain residency status.” Riach adds that many of her clients also like the convenient access to the islands, a fact that ends up playing an important role in their decision to purchase. “Most buyers come from eastern Canada and the US,” she says. “Direct flights of under four hours duration are available from Toronto, Halifax, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Charlotte and Miami.” Canadians are flocking to this tropical paradise for a number of other reasons too. The Canadian dollar is trading well, financing is accessible from local banks and some island developers, and there are some excellent deals to be had. Of course, the appeal of finding so many fellow countrymen to do business with also helps. However more than anything else, it’s the incredible turquoise water and dazzling stretches of white sand beach that captivate us snow weary northerners to return again and again.  28 | THE BAY STREET BULL


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BEAUTY Above & Below BY MALCOLM SPENCER

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rand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are a British Territory located in the western Caribbean Sea. They sit northwest of Jamaica, south of Cuba and are best known as a scuba divers playground, a beach lovers paradise and a major offshore financial centre. Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands with her sisters Cayman Brac and Little Cayman located to the northeast. Together these three islands are situated on the edge of the Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea. Legendary explorer Christopher Columbus first sighted the islands on his final voyage to the New World in 1503 and named them Las Tortugas after the many sea turtles he observed there. It is no surprise that The Cayman Islands have become a huge draw for underwater enthusiasts. Back on dry land you can enjoy the many fine white sand beaches The Cayman Islands have to offer. The most spectacular being Seven Mile Beach, on which a number of the island’s hotels and resorts are located. Look to the endless ocean and the crystal clear waters that stretch as far as the eye can see while the gentle, swaying palms hypnotize and soothe worn souls. The Cayman Islands are an ideal destination for getting that Zen feeling again. The islands hotels showcase some of the most luxurious spas in the Caribbean. Many of these world renown spas focus on water-inspired therapies and have developed spa menus that offer decadent treatments that can only be realized in this unique island setting. La Prairie spa at The Ritz-Carlton is the place to start. This is La Prairies’ only spa in the Caribbean and allows their guests to begin their journey into total relaxation as soon as they step foot inside. The senses are immediately tingled by the floor to ceiling crystalline entrance that stimulates the mind and body with the sound of freshly falling rain. Then the treatments begin, including a Caviar Firming Facial and Caviar Massage, the ultimate pampering that stays with the visitor even after leaving “Silver Rain”. Facial and body treatments can also be enjoyed in one of the many beachside cabanas. 30 | THE BAY STREET BULL

THE CAYMAN ISLANDS – HE HATH FOUND IT UPON THE SEA


If you care to do a spa tour, there are many other hotels on Grand Cayman that feature equally luxurious spas, including La Mer Spa at the Marriott Beach Resort. This spa provides numerous treatments including the incredible Beaute Des Pieds, or a “facial for your feet”, this ensures their guests are beach and sandal ready. La Mer also offers fabulous massage treatments al fresco such as the Yon-Ka marine therapy treatment in your very own private seaside cabana. The well-known Hibiscus Spa at the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa is also completely indulgent. A full Body Bronzing treatment gives visitors that sun-kissed glow, that is so sought-after. The Seven Mile Escape treatment is by far the most decadent we have ever heard of. This four and a half hour treatment leads to a renewed state of well-being with a full body seaweed wrap, a full body massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. It’s pure heaven. Everybody has their own ideas of relaxing and recharging. Fitness classes allow you to reconnect with simple pleasures with a world-class view. In addition each island offers their own unique way to escape the grind of everyday life. Picturesque Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is the ideal background for “beach yoga” and the most interesting place where you have ever posed for a “Sun Salutation”. Cayman Sports is a business which offers yoga and a wide variety of exercise classes held on the roof-top terrace of Grand Cayman Beach Suites, as well as a view which is truly breathtaking. Water-based activities are an ideal way to stay active on The Cayman Islands, kiteboarding, kayaking, wind-surfing, aqua-trikes and paddleboats are just a few of the unique ways to keep moving. Bioluminescent kayaking is also intensely popular for adventurous visitors who want to try something completely different. If you like to hike, the Mastic Trail, is a hiking trail through the forests in the centre of the island. The National Trust for the Cayman Islands provides guided tours weekly on the Mastic Trail and other locations. Specific to Cayman Brac are the relaxing pursuits of hiking the famous Bluff, the island’s largest limestone outcrop, 140 feet rising up from the sea. For the avid sportsman, deep sea fishing, diving and bird watching are equally popular recreational activities. On the more subdued and tranquil Little Cayman, tensions dissipate in this nature lover’s paradise. Back to nature activities such as hiking the Salt Rock Nature Trail provides the chance to discover many plant and animal species, many of which are only indigenous to the Caymans. THE BAY STREET BULL | 31


THE ISLANDS HOTELS SHOWCASE SOME OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS SPAS IN THE CARIBBEAN.

This is also home to one of the world’s premier dive sites, Bloody Bay Wall, featuring a sudden 6,000 foot underwater drop, offering divers a rare view of deep water corals and the unique opportunity to swim with bonefish, turtles, sharks and manta rays, the birds of the sea. After all of that adventuring you will have worked up an enormous appetite. For those that already know the island, it is a worldwide destination for authentic culinary experiences and divine dining. Three tiny islands yield over 150 restaurants, offering local fare as well as international cuisine. When the sun goes down and it’s time to dine, the place to be is West Bay Road or the new hot spot Camana Bay. Here the patios quickly fill up with visitors eager to talk about their day over cocktails and dining options that rival Miami, Toronto or The Riviera. I can’t think of another Caribbean destination that can offer seven Wine Spectator rated restaurants all within a few miles of each other. The newly built Camana Bay is a town development adjacent to George Town, the capital. Stunning, modern, upscale, it’s happening and filled with patios and long bars that fill up quickly for “happy hour” each day. It is a hip, vibrant scene with an urban sensibility. A short cab ride over to Morgan’s Harbour will bring you to the casual and swank Osetra Bay, a chic and trendy waterfront dining experience. There you will find flowing white linen gazebos and a lounge that blends an “uptown” feel with a distinctively Cayman flair. If you are traveling with your children don’t fret, there are extensive children’s programs, and babysitting services offered at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa that give you many options to make sure your precious ones are well taken care of. There are even children’s camps available, offering them activities such as treasure hunts, sand castle building and a myriad of other arts and crafts. They won’t even notice you are gone. Many love the islands so much that they buy property here. Incentives for doing business on the Cayman Islands include; no taxes on profits, capital gains, income or any withholding taxes charged to foreign investors. There are also no estate or death duties payable on Cayman Islands real estate or other assets held in the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands are serviced by three international airports, one on each island. Cayman Airways is the national airline and services the U.S. gateways of Miami, Tampa, Chicago, New York and Washington, in addition to offering service to Jamaica, Cuba and Honduras in the Caribbean. There is also a local carrier or “island hopper”, Island Air, that serves all three islands. With a stable climate and a steady cool sea breeze, five-star resorts, an underwater paradise, gorgeous beaches and unique business opportunities, the Cayman Islands are a great destination and worthy of your consideration.  32 | THE BAY STREET BULL



The Caribbean: BY KIRK SHARPLEY

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A Real Estate Investment

t was a Saturday afternoon in March. My wife and I were sitting on a patio in La Paguera, Puertio Rico chatting about our most recent real estate cruise. A gentleman sitting next to us started up a conversation, which eventually lead to us explaining why we were in La Paguera. He was curious as to our opinion about buying real estate in the USA including the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. This led us to explaining we don’t usually recommend US real estate when compared to the rest of the Caribbean. He asked us why? In a nutshell I answered — US tax laws. Reaching into his pocket he produced his IRS identification and proceeded to tell us that when he soon retired it wasn’t going to be in the US either — for the exact same reason — TAXES. That’s not to say there aren’t good real estate opportunities in the US, particularly in certain states but by and large there are much better tax breaks in the Caribbean if you plan and are well prepared. These breaks can include, no capital gains, no inheritance tax and no property tax. Several islands have reduced their stamp tax (a form of our land transfer tax), waved the tax on new real estate projects and you may even nego-

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tiate that the seller pay a portion of the tax when purchasing a resale property. Deciding how you are going to use your property is the first step. Will it be as a second home or vacation property, or as an investment — renting it short or long term, or a combination of both? The Caribbean and parts of Central America provide ample opportunity to purchase real estate for any of these uses. Over the last six years we have received many requests from different Caribbean developers for representation in Canada. We’ve been selective, looking for projects we felt were well financed and would have the best appeal and benefit to our clients. While there are several projects we recommend and promote there is one that offers not only superior accommodation, to be enjoyed by you and your family but also provides a return on your investment if you decide to take advantage of a unique rental program. This is an award winning 5 star boutique development consisting of 22 apartments/ villas, gym, spa, beach bar, restaurant, bar, walk-in wine cellar, 17 pools, air conditioned lounge bar, butler service and luxury motor yacht. The project is complete and has limited availability for the discriminating investor/buyer.

As a vacation product, the location, size and architecture of the homes creates a boutique property of exceptional quality. When you stay and enjoy the property, you receive the full 5 star treatment including maid service, at no cost to you the owner. As an investment the project is hassle-free, you are part of a very exciting upscale boutique property that costs you nothing to maintain as there are no maintenance costs or condo fees and you receive a dividend cheque each quarter, which is increasing as the resort gains in popularity. Best of all, investors have a choice. You can purchase a home and sign a rental agreement with the management company or own your home with no rental obligation. Each villa earns a percentage share of the owner’s profits. Forecasts are suggesting that when the hotel is mature (by year 4), dividends should average around $50K USD per year, and increase from there. In addition you receive the value and use of a home worth over a thousand US dollars per night. Boutique hotels traditionally achieve higher occupancy rates than larger resorts, and with the average daily rate being substantially higher, this helps deliver a more profitable rental pool.


Rental profits are split 50:50 between the management company and the owners. The contract is written in such a way that investors are not locked into the agreement if it is not working. Owners can opt out of the program after year seven. Essentially this project offers buyers a chance to have an investment that can be enjoyed without any hassle. The homes are of a very high quality and are receiving very positive feedback from the industry and have won several awards. The resort is profitable already, which is quite an achievement given it is new and opened during the current worldwide economic slowdown. Returns will be strong and the capital growth potential is also exciting due to location in a prime part of the island of St. Lucia If you are considering getting into vacation property ownership, but don’t have the financial resources to buy your property outright, fractional ownership is a concept that has become popular in recent years. Developers have been searching for new ways to sell inventory with the cost of vacation properties having risen beyond the reach of many potential purchasers. While I am not a big fan of fractional ownership, particularly since you have little control over the

weeks you receive as part of your ownership. And you are also at the mercy of the property managers and how they determine operation costs and their fees. There is another option you may want to consider, particularly if you have friends or associates interested in acquiring a vacation property and want to get started now — Syndication. Syndication is a form of fractional ownership that usually involves a small group of friends and associates (4-6) that want to purchase a villa or even a condo. It involves setting up a small corporation or partnership that purchases the property. Each member of the syndicate owns a single share (or more) which entitles them to use the property for a specific period of time as agreed upon by the members. If the property is large enough it is possible for more than one member’s family to use the property at the same time, which benefits you particularly during the peak demand seasons. Each member is responsible for a portion of the operating costs and all related expenses based on their number of shares. Should you decide to rent the property you also share those proceeds equally. The benefit to syndication is your entry cost toward villa ownership is reduced.

You know your partners and the group controls operating costs. If one member decides they want to sell their interest, the other members may buy that share out, one member may acquire that share by themself or the group may decide to sell to someone new who wants to join the syndicate. You’ll want to find a dependable local person or business that can help your syndicate clean and maintain your property or you may wish to hire a local property management company to get you started. The Caribbean has much to offer with four major cultures: English, Spanish, Dutch and French. There is a variety of terrain from coral islands with magnificent beaches to volcanic islands with lush vegetation and hidden coves. There is also an abundance of activity; snorkeling, golf, sailing, hiking, fine dining, festivals and events, or can just layback and relax. With the stock market up and down like the wildest roller coaster and the cold of a Canadian winter just around the corner, the only question left to answer — what are you waiting for?  Kirk Sharpley is VP of International Sales at Hibiscus International, he can be contacted at kirk@hibiscusinternational.com. THE BAY STREET BULL | 35


WINE+SPIRITS

THE MAGIC ELIXIR OF THE CARIBBEAN Here are seven of my favourite vintages available throughout the Caribbean and priced in local currency. Enjoy.

HAVANA CLUB MÁXIMO EXTRA AÑEJO Straight out of Cuba comes one of the world’s finest rums, Havana Club’s Maximo Extra Añejo. This delicate blend of the oldest rum at the Havana Club cellars has been handcrafted by a team led by Cuba’s leading Maestro Ronero, Don Jose Navarro using traditional rum-making techniques. Only 1,000 bottles of this prized reserve are available worldwide. Cuba, $2,000.

CRUZAN SINGLE BARREL RUM An island favourite and rated highly in Forbes Magazine. A large tasting creamy Rum with a long earthy finish. St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, $30.

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RUM Rations

“There’s naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.” — Lord Byron

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um has many different personalities. From her humble beginnings as a sugarcane byproduct, the sweet sticky goo has been distilled and traded for slaves and national treasures throughout the Caribbean. It has been plundered by Pirates and been the crutch that kept naval men from mutiny and it has been run across international borders and state lines to quench the thirsts of the ruling class by notorious bootleggers such as Al Capone. Rum was even rumored to have been drunk directly from the casket of the dead Horatio Nelson after the Battle of Trafalgar, leading to the morbid saying for the British Navy's daily rum ration, "Tapping the Admiral”. Perhaps it is fair to say that Rum is the bad boy of booze but it has matured with time and spawned a number of fanciful hot weather cocktails, such as: the Cuba Libre, Daiquiri, Mai Thai, Pina Colada, Mojito and the appropriately named regional drinks of Bermuda, the “Dark N’ Stormy” and the British Virgin Island’s “Painkiller”. Whether you enjoy your “Tot” as a straight shot in a “Rummer” or prefer it with mixer and a side of plasticized swizzle sticks, you are drinking an important part of Caribbean and international history. Enjoy it responsibly, and please refrain from drinking too much ramboozle or rumfustian and causing a rumbullion or rumbustion. 

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This white rum has an aroma of butterscotch and caramel, a flavour of fruit and nuts. Altogether nice, balanced and sweet, with a tangy but smooth finish. Barbados, $25.

EL DORADO, 15 YEAR OLD Smokey and sweet, this amber coloured delight boasts a flavour of fruitcake and treacle with an unusually dry finish. Guyana, $30.

ENGLISH HARBOUR, FIVE YEAR OLD Similar to a dry sherry and pale in colour, this delicate and refined rum has an almost feminine quality. It is elegant, polished and fine. Antigua, $25.

GOSLING’S BLACK SEAL Complex and distinctive. A glass of guava, banana, cookies and cream, spices and dates. A very unique rum with a constantly evolving and everlasting finish. Bermuda, $30.

RHUM CLEMENT V.S.O.P. RUM Toffee and Flowers, fruit and spices, fresh baked cinnamon rolls with maple sugar. A very smooth rum that keeps building to a long lingering finish. Martinique, $35.


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Resorts Where to find fun and relaxation under the sun BY LYNN GROUNDSELL

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e have profiled some of the best resorts the Caribbean has to offer, from private beaches, opulent spas, 5-star dinning andaccommodations fit for a king and queen. Here are some of our favourites. You can check in anytime you like, but you’ll never want to leave...

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WHITE SAND WONDERLAND West Bay Club is world renown as one of the finest luxury hotels of the Turks & Caicos and it is easy to see why. Situated on the tranquil shores of Grace Bay in Providenciales, it is a luxurious and peaceful retreat away from the bustle of the outside world. Its exotic charm lies within the eclectic mix of the traditional Caribbean and modern chic architecture, a blend of new and old ideas. West Bay Club’s exclusive and luxuriously appointed ocean front suites are opulent and a picture of perfection. When you are ready to leave your one-of-a-kind accommodations, you will be greeted with a range of amenities all at your doorstep. All of this is available on the most picturesque of scenes, the toast of the Turks & Caicos, the white sands of Grace Bay Beach. The view is world-class, spectacular and guaranteed to take your breath away. The azure waters beckon from your door and you can enjoy the cooling breezes of the ocean on one of the many outdoor terraces. Or if you prefer relax in the plush comfort of the finely appointed living areas. West Bay Club suites include the convenience of fully equipped kitchens with the finest of appliances and the studios are outfitted with efficient and modern kitchenettes. There is plenty of sunlight let in by the floor-to-ceiling windows, which enhance the experience of living right on the ocean and add an eco- friendly touch minimizing the “foot-print” of your visit. 47 rooms never felt so intimate, it’s like a luxury resort to yourself. When you want to socialize there is a full service restaurant and bar staffed with some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable locals you will ever meet. These are the people who keep the happy visitors coming back, year after year. If you would prefer to prepare your own food or fancy yourself a “Grill Master”, there is a self-service BBQ area for your personal culinary enjoyment.

Whether you have come to strictly relax or want to keep in shape on your vacation, West Bay Club offers something for everyone including the exercise buff. There is a complete fitness center and when you need to unwind, a professional spa service is available to add to the many offered amenities. The signature pool is also a favourite, for cooling off or exercise. It sprawls throughout a lush and luxurious backdrop with private, yet comfortable sunning areas to work on your tan or simply read a book. Venture a little bit further and you will end up at the most remarkable beach in the Turks & Caicos or “your front yard.”

The West Bay Club is the ideal place to host your event, wedding, family get together, group vacation or team building experience. Special packages and services are easily arranged and several impressive venues within the grounds offer a great meeting space for medium sized groups. At West Bay Club you are only a short distance from anything you might desire; restaurants, shops and local attractions are all walking distance from the property. The attentive hotel staff and concierge service will make sure that you are well taken care of, all your needs are met and your expectations exceeded. They will be more than happy to arrange outings; such as golf, island tours and all manner of water sports including: Fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing and even day trips to the other beautiful islands of the Turks & Caicos. This is truly one of the finest luxury hotel experiences available in the Turks & Caicos and offered exclusively at West Bay Club. THE BAY STREET BULL | 39


THE ONE OF A KIND ISLAND THAT TIME FORGOT Two pristine miles of unpopulated white sand beaches, this is the way the Caribbean must have felt when it was first discovered. The Meridian Club is one of only a few resorts that can offer you this unique experience. No obnoxious big hotels, loud condos, overcrowded infinity pools, revving jet-skis or fighting for the last beach umbrella. There are no televisions, radio, cell phones, just peace, quiet and escape from your life at home. This is untouched, unbridled tranquility and The Turks & Caicos at it’s absolute best. No concrete, no pollution, no noise, a trip back in time to when life was simple. No cars, no casinos, no hawkers or college kids on spring break, it is just the opposite. Only 90 minutes from Miami is Pine Cay a privately owned 800 acre gem tucked in the Turks and Caicos and just south of the Bahamas. It's only a 20 minute boat ride from the main islands (while sipping rum punch) and when you arrive, you are well on your way to total relaxation. This is home to this intimate, unique and highly exclusive resort. Choose to do your own thing or if you prefer to be social, you will find the guests attracted to this oasis are made up of interesting characters from a wide variety of different professions. Twelve spacious beachfront suites offer a romantic retreat, the Sand Dollar Cottage offers a private sanctuary for you and your loved ones or relax in one of the privately owned and well maintained rental homes spread unobtrusively around the island. Once you are settled, enjoy the fine and varied cuisine that the island has to offer. Fresh seafood, including the delicious local delicacies, conch and lobster await at the fine-dining restaurant. Your comfort is the first concern and they offer barefoot informality to make your visit enjoyable and help you forget the stresses and responsibilities you left behind. This is your time to unwind, you’ve earned it. This caring and compassion extends to their natural environment and the commitment to the guests and to the local neighbours to 40 | THE BAY STREET BULL

regulate development and compliment the alluring tropical setting, instead of distracting from it. They take pride in the unspoiled retreat and work hard to ensure it will stay that way for the current guests as well as generations of future visitors. If you are looking for an intimate and sensual escape from the hustle and bustle, perhaps to renew your vows or re-connect with your family or a unique and authentic outdoor experience, this is your destination. The Meridian is secluded but safe, it’s private and patrolled by a security team that you won’t even notice is there. They value their guests and treat them like family members. Activities abound; snorkeling, diving and fishing or just relaxation by the sea, this is your time to unwind your mind and go with the flow. It’s as if this is the island that time forgot and owners Bev and Wally Platcha are more than happy to keep it that way. The staff feel the same way, there are no “forced-smiles”, they are renown for being attentive yet non-obtrusive, only friendly waves as you walk by. This is a wonderful place for both guests and employees, some of whom have been there for over twenty years! It truly is a family affair and these warm turquoise waters and vast powder white beaches of The Meridian Club on Pine Cay will forever leave an impression on your soul. Enjoy: the sound of the waves lapping up on the beach, the deep blue of the water, sumptuous cuisine, a good book, a long walk, an afternoon nap or the sunset at the “cocktail house,” this is where to go for what is not there and a very special place that time forgot.


Turkoise AN ISLAND PARADISE IN THE SUN Peter Island is the largest private island amongst 60 islands, cays and reefs that comprise the British Virgin Islands. Just miles from Tortola, Peter Island offers 1,800 acres of magnificent unspoiled scenery in the context of a truly intimate and private experience. The Island is an exotic and lush environment and offers some of the finest snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. It’s no wonder, as the island is surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, Sir Francis Drake Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s not surprising that the island became a favourite amongst the famous and infamous throughout it’s colourful history. Some of the more memorable visitors include; Christopher Columbus, Blackbeard and Sir Francis Drake. Blackbeard the notorious and shrewd English Pirate liked the island so much, he is rumoured to have buried treasure close by. Over the years many have tried to tame the island but not until the late1960’s, when Norwegian millionaire Peter Smedwig became smitten with the island did it become populated with a few luxurious A-frame chalets, a marina and clubhouse. Peter Island has still maintained it’s rugged beauty and is a true oasis for discerning travellers seeking privacy, world-class accommodations and service. Peter Island Resort and Spa is nestled beautifully in this picturesque Caribbean paradise. A combination of natural wonder, privacy and posh adventure. Deep blue sea meets five pearl-white beaches, lush palm groves reach up

to majestic tropical mountains. Service is impeccable, with a guest to staff ratio of 2:1, a no-fly zone for the high-profile glitterati and your own private “Island Host” whose services are much more unique than a traditional English butler. Upon arrival your personal host will see to your every need; unpacking, itinerary, in-room amenities, private picnic lunches, candlelight beachside dinners and much more. Whether you prefer the charming beachside junior suites or oceanside rooms, the quality and service is unparalleled, while the resort’s three villas are truly extraordinary. The Spa at Peter Island is similar to the rest of the resort in respect to it being a private, sanctuary-inspired retreat. It is a favourite amongst Yacht lovers and offers organic and physician-supervised Ayurvedic treatments to inspire and pamper guests during and after their visit. Mariners find this island paradise an ideal respite from their water travels, while island buyouts and villa stays, are just as enchanting for land lovers. The many options make Peter Island Resort and Spa a premier destination for the elite, noted CEO’s, weddings, family reunions, special anniversaries and birthdays alike.

You’ll be astounded by the incredible beauty of Turks and Caicos while staying at Turkoise. This is a truly breathtaking resort featuring gorgeous panoramic views of the talcum-soft sand beaches and crystal turquoise waters. It truly is one of the most spectacular sights in the Caribbean. Come to Club Med Turkoise with friends or by yourself and you will enjoy a carefree all-inclusive vacation experience, in prime tropical beachfront scenery on the stunning island of Providenciales. It’s an exciting destination, offering you a large number of water sports and fun or just lounge on a beach chair and take it all in. Voted one of the best all-inclusive resorts offered exclusively to adults, this truly special destination allows couples and singles to enjoy their getaway without disruption and find like- minded individuals to socialize with or just trade some stories at the bar. If diving is your thing, you will find all of the wonders of the ocean at one of the top 5 wall diving destinations located right at your doorstep. If golf is your favourite thing, discover the new golf programs at the Provo Golf Club, one of the top 10 courses in all of the Caribbean. If you are an adventurer, Big Blue Unlimited Activities is the most comprehensive and innovative activities program in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Whatever your passion, you will find it here.

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A most glamorous golf resort TWICE THE LUXURY

A mile-long row of stately palms grace the entrance to legendary La Toc Estate. This is your first introduction to St. Lucia’s most glamorous resort. Recognized as the “Emerald of the Caribbean,” it absolutely glitters on the shores, a sparkling jewel stretched invitingly along a halfmile of crescent beach. A beach cradling exotic coral bluffs, lush green hillsides and endless rolling fairways. Surrounded by a rainforest on the gorgeous island of St. Lucia, this is truly a 210-acre masterpiece estate featuring the luxurious Sunset Ocean Bluff Resort and showcasing breathtaking vistas from hill-top private villas with intimate pools. Indulge your senses in Five-Star French cuisine and other mouth-watering offerings from around the world, in one of the nine spectacular restaurants. Relax or revel in the island’s largest swimming pool, get lost in the sweet scents of the flowering gardens or make it a golfing affair and advance your swing at the executive golf course. Live like a millionaire with your own private butler, because at the exclusive Sandals La Toc, you’re surrounded by glamour and wrapped in entitlement, at least for your stay.

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Located on the breathtaking beach at St. Lawrence Gap, Ocean Two is just a hop, skip or jump to all manner of attractions. Dover Beach, Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, Accra Beach, the brightly coloured and well loved Wildey House and Miami Beach, one of the top beaches in the area. Ocean Two, offers fabulous amenities such as two outdoor swimming pools, a state of the art health club and well maintained fitness facility. For those who like to surf...the web, that is, there is complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access in all public areas. If you have to take your work with you, this 4-star property offers you all you need. A meeting/conference room is at your disposal, a limo and town car service to shuttle your guests and even secretarial services can be arranged. Which might make one wonder, if its possible to move the office there... When work is done, its time for fun and what better way to relax then at this beach hotel’s poolside or swim-up bar, there is even a lounge if you prefer to just chill out. If you need anything, the hotel offers a complimentary reception manager who is on call to answer any questions, solve problems or provide you with anything you might require. For a small surcharge, guests have direct access to a shopping centre shuttle to browse or purchase local treasures and souvenirs for those not lucky enough to be traveling with them. Ocean Two offers complimentary parking to their guests and the helpful staff are more

than happy to arrange tours and ticketing assistance, as well as wedding planning, catering of events, business services and a host of other specialities. This Art Deco inspired property also has highly rated spa services, valet and a concierge at your beck and call. With your health in mind it is a smoke-free property and all 88 guest-rooms are designed for your comfort and convenience. The guestrooms offer iPod docking stations and lap-top compatible safes for your piece of mind. The rooms have a lovely view of the ocean and beach and if you ever get tired of this, there are 32-inch LCD televisions equipped with all the premium channels, ondemand movies and a DVD player. Direct dial phones are available in all rooms, complete with a voice-mail service and local calls are gratis. In-room wireless is complimentary and high-speed. The plush beds have pillow-top mattresses and the finest bedding. You may also choose a pillow that is most suitable for your needs and comfort. The bathrooms offer “rainfall” showerheads, double sinks, robes and make-up mirrors for Ladies and shaving mirrors for Gentlemen. In addition many other services are available upon request, including; in-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding. Not to mention the excellent turndown service and house-keeping, Ocean Two will take care of everything, you can just concentrate on enjoying yourself. 


When you see an opening, you take it. You didn’t get where you are by sitting on your hands. So why have you postponed the inevitable? You’re going to be a Porsche owner; the only question is when. Here’s your opportunity. We have a select few remaining 2011 sports cars, waiting for you to exploit an unbelievale opportunity. Call us or drop in to find out more before the window of opportunity closes.

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Travel to the Turks & Caicos World class hotels, spas, and restaurants await, as do our famous stretches of uncrowded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. On land or below the water, you’ll relax in the unique serenity, hospitality and beauty of our islands. Home to the Best Beach in the World, breathtaking hues from inviting waters, and legendary diving, snorkeling and fishing, the Turks & Caicos Islands beckon you to an undiscovered Caribbean. Travel to the Turks and Caicos is easy and efficient. Just a short flight from the Canadian gateways, our islands are a tropical classic, a throwback in time where relaxation is unavoidable and rejuvenation ensured.

• Air Canada provides year round, direct service twice a week from Toronto, which expands to 5 times weekly, starting December 19 for the winter season, plus weekly service from Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. • WestJet’s twice weekly year round service from Toronto doubles to 4 times per week as of November 2.

Turks and Caicos Tourist Board Canadian Office: 1-866-413-8875

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The Meridian Club on Pine Cay. Just 13 beachfront rooms and several private rental homes. No cars, no crowds, no hassles! Day visits and lunch by special arrangement. Elegant cuisine and as much or as little as you want to do. Daily Snorkeling Trips • Bone, Reef, Deep Sea Fishing • Off-Island Excursions • New Spa Services For reservations call: Local (649) 941-7011 or Toll free (866) 746-3229 | Via E-mail: reservations@meridianclub.com

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The West Bay Club is one of Turks & Caicos finest boutique hotels. Located on the widest stretch of the famous Grace Bay Beach, it offers a special 4 & 7th night free promotion plus complimentary breakfast and non-motorized water sports. The resort features 46 luxuriously appointed ocean front suites.

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PERFECTION REFINED The 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Trust Volvo to take their award winning S60 sedan and make it an exercise in perfection. The 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design is a driving force to be reckoned with. Building on the same powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline-6 engine offered in the popular S60 T6 AWD, the S60 R-Design takes a proven package and refines it further. The Polestar/Volvo collaborative performance tuning to the Engine Control Module (ECM) optimizes the engine output and increases performance while maintaining fuel economy. Powering the T6 R-Design’s striking five-spoke, 18-inch diamond cut wheels is Volvo’s revered second-generation six-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic and Sport Mode. This system offers quick-fire gear changes and holds shifts deep into the torque curve. If they are so inclined, purists may also shift gears manually. Corner Traction Control allows the car’s inner driven wheels to brake while, at the same time transferring more power to the outer wheels. This helps the driver to corner more tightly while reducing understeer. Visually the S60 T6 R-Design is set apart by the shortening of the front and rear springs to give the car more “attitude”, other visual design cues: An imposing yet stylish lower front fascia painted in piano black, a sporty rear exhaust baffle with 90mm twin tailpipes, trunk mounted spoiler and active dual Xenon headlights. The interior is no less impressive, the driver and front passenger (I like to refer to this person as, “Co-pilot”) are fully ensconced in off-black leather sport seats while other thoughtful accoutrements include: A sport steering wheel with R-design logo, gear selector, sport pedals and the iconic Volvo blue watch-dial instrument cluster. The T6 R-Design is currently available in the appropriately named, “Passion Red”, soon available in equally impressive: Ice White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Savile Grey Metallic and Electric Silver Metallic. After you digest all of these fantastic features the S60 T6 R-Design offers consider this, it generates 325 horsepower at 5,400-6,500 rpm, can reach 100km/h in 5.5 seconds and will deliver a smile to your face even faster. — SEAN LITTELJOHN 46 | THE BAY STREET BULL

Engine Type: 3.0-litre, V-6 Horsepower: 325 hp at 5,400-6,500 rpm Acceleration 0-100: 5.5 seconds


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HEALTHTALK

KNOW THE BASICS

KEYS TO LONGEVITY and Staying Healthy W BY MEEGAN GUEST

e all know that our risk of disease increases as we age, but what we often overlook is the importance of making our health a priority before a problem arises. Taking proactive care of your health now will benefit not just you, but also your family and everyone who depends on you. Below are some tips to help you take control of your health.

VISIT YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN Having an annual check-up is an excellent way to monitor your overall health. Even if you feel healthy, it is important to see your family physician regularly, so you can be examined for any signs or symptoms of current or future illness. Ask your physician to help you set up a regular screening schedule, that is right for you, based on your gender, age, ethnicity and family history. 48 | THE BAY STREET BULL

Know your Body Mass Index. A recent study showed that 1 in 4 Canadians are obese. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a mathematical ratio that compares a person’s height and weight to diagnose possible obesity. It is best to maintain a BMI within the normal range of 18.5 to 24.9. Know your waist circumference. Even if you are not significantly overweight, carrying extra fat around your middle can be bad for your health. Waist measurements greater than 102 cm (40 in) for Caucasian men and 88 cm (35 in) for Caucasian women are considered indicators of risk for diabetes, coronary artery disease and hypertension. Waist measurements vary by ethnicity so please speak with your family physician to learn about your guidelines. Know your blood pressure. Your blood pressure should be tested annually by your family physician. High blood pressure can increase your exposure to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. If you don’t have kidney issues or diabetes, normal blood pressure is considered 140/90 or lower. Stay up-to-date on vaccinations. Vaccines are highly effective for preventing many diseases, and are recommended at specific life stages and time intervals. Talk with your family physician annually about vaccinations that may be appropriate for you.

LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE In addition to annual check-ups and staying informed on key health matters, it is very important that we maintain a healthy lifestyle. We can minimize our risk of disease by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, getting enough sleep and minimizing stressful situations. Remember, we only have one body for our entire lifespan. Making your health a priority now can make all the difference in aging gracefully.  Cleveland Clinic Canada, based in Toronto, works with patients to help them make sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes. www.clevelandclinic.ca



TECHTOYS

THINGS WE LOVE BY MICHAEL COLLINS

Gizmos & Gadget to make your life easier and more enjoyable ith Christmas fast approaching, you may want to start building your Wish List now. Here are some new and innovative items from cars to cameras, drives to drivers. We have scoured the world of tech to bring you the latest and greatest. Enjoy.

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 MIZUNO JPX-800 IRONS If you want a forgiving iron with unbelievable distance the JPX-800 is for you. This is the first platform for Mizuno’s Global JPX technology in North America. The explosively long distance capabilities are achieved by combining MAX COR Technology, Hot Metal Face construction and an exotic pocket cavity to allow for maximum energy transfer. This new technology and construction utilizes a manufacturing process that increases the materials strength, while creating an ultra-thin and multi-thickness face for maximum consistent ball speed. The pocket cavity expands and extends the “sweet spot” and lowers the centre of gravity for ultimate forgiveness, which is a nice quality any way you slice it. mizunocda.com  BUSHNELL PINSEEKER HYBRID Bushnell has succeeded in combining the positional awareness of GPS and the pinpoint accuracy of laser range-finding into one small, compact and stylish unit. GPS is ideal for quick estimates when you are farther from the green and the range-finding features provide the precise readings when you are closer to your target. This is a whole new way to revolutionize your golf game. The Pinseeker’s technology offers over 16,000 pre-loaded North American golf courses with automatic hole advance and course recognition features. The accuracy is an impressive +/1 yard at 5x magnification. The Bushnell Hybrid GPS Laser Rangefinder utilizes the same technology used by 90% of PGA professionals. Eliminate the hassle of having to carry a rangefinder and GPS device and enjoy the convenience of this single game changer. bushnell.com 50 | THE BAY STREET BULL


 VOLVO CONCEPT YOU VEHICLE Volvo is known for safe, reliable cars that are highperformance but not too flashy. The Concept You might change your mind about Volvo’s reputation for conservative designs. Some of the new features on this car of the future include a high-tech digital display that appears behind the steering wheel and displays all the vital driving information, including speed and map of trajectory. The center console houses an IR sensor that reads hand or eye movements to call up the infotainment control mode, allowing you to surf the web, scroll through radio stations and control air conditioning with nothing more than a customized gesture. Look for these features to start appearing on future Volvo designs and concepts like the You to possibly replace popular large body models such as the S80. volvocars.com

 EVOZ BABY MONITOR Don’t miss the first words of your little bundle of joy, while you are at a board meeting or shooting par at the links. The Evoz Baby Monitor is a WiFi-enabled device that you place near Junior’s crib. Download the Evoz app on your iPhone and the monitor will automatically provide you with alerts, via text, e-mail or a phone call whenever your child cries. Once you sync the Evoz, you can even listen remotely anywhere you have cell coverage. myevoz.com

 SPECIALIZED MCLAREN VENGE ROAD BIKE The next best thing to owning a McLaren. Specialized started this project as a new “aero-road” offering- a category that morphs triathlon bikes with the handling of more nimble and traditional road bikes. Once Specialized had pushed their design to the limit and crafted the S-works Venge, they challenged their friends at McLaren to make it better. They did, with a unique method of cutting, curing and assembling the carbon-fiber, that took three times as long and lowered the weight and increased the lateral stiffness. When they were done the Venge was 14 percent lighter and 15 percent stiffer and two days after it’s release it won the Milan-San Remo bicycle race. venge.specialized.com

 SONY NEX-FS100 This camcorder answers every filmmakers prayers. Far from ordinary, it features a large Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor, interchangeable lenses, XLR inputs, and professional controls. The result is a camera that is setting the bench-mark for digital cinematography. What sets this camera apart is the size of its sensor, a feature serious filmmakers have been asking for. This allows the operator to shoot more visually pleasing footage with a shallow depth of field usually reserved for large 35mm film cameras (the kind you would see on a movie set) An additional advantage is the cameras high performance in low light, allowing more pixel sensitivity without added “noise”. pro.sony.com

 NIKON J1 For the jet-set or the business traveler, Nikon has released the J1, a completely new imaging system that allows the freedom to create and express like never before. The camera is highly compact and very portable, allowing it to travel everywhere with you. It features a highly tuned auto focus and increased shooting speed and is powered by the new Nikon CX-format super high-speed AF CMOS sensor. One touch allows you to work in Full HD 1080p movie recording mode, it’s so versatile that you can snap photos while recording a movie. The J1 is a balance of optimum performance, advanced features, increased portability and a exciting new interchangeable lens system. nikon.ca THE BAY STREET BULL | 51


 HUMAN TOUCH ACUTOUCH 9500 This high-end leather recliner comes in black or espresso and while resembling other chairs, it offers eight custom designed programmes of 15 minutes aimed at massaging your bodies most over-worked areas. The back massage setting is intensely popular and features percussion, compression or kneading. A tethered remote, controls your angle of recline and leg extension, while offering a relaxing heat setting as well. There is also a seat massage a favorite of drivers and desk jockeys, in addition to a setting that is “euphoria” for your legs and feet. Add the functionality of the HT-Connect iOS app (free) and access a total of 16 relaxation-inducing programs and the app easily remembers your preferred settings from last time. humantouch.com

 LG INFINIA 47LX 9500 Colour and contrast like you’ve never experienced before in a 3D TV. This 47” wonder features a THX certified Full LED Slim picture. Discover the unlimited possibilities of NetCast Entertainment Access, while you enjoy the freedom of Wireless 1080p. Enjoy the highest refresh rate in the industry and take advantage of all of LG’s latest innovations. This TV produces among the deepest shades of black that we have ever seen, superb shadow detail, exceedingly accurate color and better off-angle viewing than many LCD’s out there. It controls localized dimming well, has solid streaming capabilities and showcases interactive features, such as extensive picture controls. Beautiful styling, single-pane design and a super slim frame, make it a beautiful piece of your home’s decor, on or off. lg.com

 WESTERN DIGITAL PASSPORT DRIVES Traditional hard-drives are like an anchor compared to these new offerings from Western Digital. At less than a pound these wonders can hold up to a terabyte of data. The drives connect with lightening fast firewire 800 for efficient transfer and have the ability to “daisy-chain” with other hard-drives or peripherals. The My Passport for Mac has a 1 TB max, is only 3/4 inch thick and has replaced the traditional display and Firewire with a USB 2.0 port for the smallest profile of any drive available. www.wdc.com

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 VIBRAM FIVEFINGER BIKILA LS The closest thing to running barefoot without the worry of puncture wounds. With a sturdy patented Vibram outsole and beefed up padding in the heel and forefoot, the impact of running on pavement is greatly softened while improving performance and lowering weight. More cushioning has been added to the shoe’s top-line to reduce discomfort, while a drawstring (the only one in their line) secures the shoe snugly to your foot. The cuff is improved, it opens widely and is more convenient, allowing for fast and easy access. This shoe is comfortable and equally ideal for casual use or serious athleticism, all with a distinctive “one-of-a-kind” look. vibramfivefingers.com 



PARADISE Found BAHAMAS, MADE TO EXPLORE

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he Commonwealth of the Bahamas consists of 29 islands, 661 cays and thousands of rocks, but the sum of it’s parts are much greater. The Bahamas are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti and northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands. They are located southwest of the USA and sit closest to the Florida coast. Originally inhabited by the Arawaks and

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subsequently the site of Columbus’ first landfall in 1492, the island changed hands from Spanish to English colonists and became a Crown Colony in 1718. This timing is significant because it was the era in which the British were clamping down on piracy, by chasing Blackbeard and trying to restore order to the islands. Following America’s War of Independence, thousands of loyalists moved to The Bahamas and set up a


plantation based economy. Thankfully the slave trade was abolished in the 19th century and many of the Africans liberated from the slave ships by the Royal Navy, settled in The Bahamas. The descendants of these people make up most of the island’s current population. The Bahamas has come a long way from their humble roots. They follow: Bermuda, the USA, Cayman Islands, Canada and The British Virgin Islands as one of the richest countries in the Americas, in terms of their Gross Domestic Product.

The gateway to The Bahamas is the small island of Bimini and it is closest to the United States. East of Grand Bahama is Abaco, and Inagua is the point farthest south and east. Andros is the largest inhabited island and some of the best known islands are: Eleuthera (one of the first settlements), Cat Island, Long Island, San Salvador Island, Acklins and Crooked Island, the prestigious Exuma and finally Mayaguana. The capital and best known city in The Bahamas is Nassau, which is located on the island of New Providence.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE BAHAMAS • The Bahamas comes from the Spanish words “baja mar” meaning shallow sea. • The Bahamas does not have an army. • The Bahamas has the world’s third longest barrier reef. • Mount Alvernia on Cat Island at 63 metres is the highest point in The Bahamas. • Paradise Island was originally called Hogg Island.

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While all these islands are traditionally flat with only low ridges, the country does have one high point, located on Cat Island. It is Mount Alvernia and has an altitude of 63 metres or 207 feet, hardly any competition for the Rockies, but beautiful all the same. The Bahamas has a tropical climate and is significantly affected by the temperature of the Gulf Stream, keeping it moderate for most of the year. It is warm and breezy in the summer, while winter weather is typically mild but sometimes unpredictable. For instance, unbelievably, The Bahamas was reported to have received snow during an Arctic outbreak experienced by Florida in January 1977! The Bahamian flag is an important cultural symbol and represents the strong identity of this first world nation. The design reflects the sun, sand and sea and the ambitious aspirations of the people toward social and economic development. The vigor and force of this united people is represented by their national motto: “Forward, Upward, Onward, Together.” The Bahamas enjoys status as one of the most prosperous countries in the Caribbean. This is due to its expansive tourist industry, an industry that accounts for over 60 percent of the islands revenue and provides more than half the jobs in the country. As is typical in the Caribbean, the second most important sector of the economy is finance and is responsible for 15 percent of the island’s GDP. 56 | THE BAY STREET BULL


The local government heavily promotes incentives to encourage foreign investment and is currently making further banking reforms to make doing business in The Bahamas as enjoyable as the climate. These include the merger of the Central Bank of The Bahamas and The Securities and Exchange Commission. The banking system is sound and made up mainly of well known Canadian banks, this has made the impact of the global financial slowdown less severe. The tax system is also foreigner friendly and very competitive. Unbelievably, there is no income tax, corporate tax, capital gains tax, value-added or wealth tax making this a great place to buy property and consider retirement. Inflation is also very moderate, allowing foreigners and locals to enjoy a very nice standard of living. Culturally the island is very interesting, while made up of mainly Afro-Bahamians (85% of the population), there are remnants of British Puritans, American Loyalists and even Greek labourers who arrived in the 1900’s to work in the Sponging Industry. This makes for some interesting genealogy with immediate family members spanning across all ethnicity’s. Some of the other interesting aspects of the islands include their local handicrafts, including basketry, hat making and bags made from palm fronds or “straw” as coined by the locals. Other tourist favourites are the “Voodoo Dolls” made from this same material, these items have no local ritual or folklore attached to them and are strictly created for amusement. Traditional African music, dance and art are celebrated in street parades called Junkanoo. These are usually held in the capital, Nassau on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and other holidays such as Emancipation Day. Sailing regattas are also popular and important events to many islanders and tourists alike. One or more days of sailing the traditional old-time “Work Boats” are followed by a boisterous onshore festival. There are also local festivals to attend, celebrating the crops and foods that are indigenous to that region. Some of the more popular include: Pineapple Fest in Gregory Town on Eleuthera or the Crab Fest of Andros. Bahamians like any excuse for a party and love to entertain, they are some of the great musicians, dancers and storytellers of the Caribbean and it’s guaranteed that you will fall in love with the inhabitants just as much as the scenery.  THE BAY STREET BULL | 57


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CHASING THIEVES AND DETECTIVES THROUGH THE SECRET WORLD OF STOLEN ART

Joshua Knelman (Douglas & McIntyre) If you think The Thomas Crown Affair was an accurate portrayal of this budding industry, think again. Knelman, an award winning journalist and founding member of The Walrus magazine gets a crash course in the highly lucrative world of international art theft. His in-depth reportage takes him from the ransacked pyramids of Egypt, to the most exclusive auction houses of New York City, the living room of a master thief or “knocker” in the quaint seaside town of Eastbourne to riding shotgun with the Art Detectives of The LAPD. Along the way he explains in depth how all of their stories become entangled. The author discovers that only a very small number of detectives, international policing agents and lawyers are willing to fight this global battle against a thriving and unregulated black market estimated at over 6 billion dollars annually. The difficulty of the job is compounded by the complex and highly efficient chain of street criminals, multinational syndicates and a global network of corrupt and money hungry dealers, who are willing to launder the art and money and wash away any tainted providence. In a surprise twist ending we are asked to challenge our preconceptions of who is on the right and wrong side of the law and whether or not the victim is actually the perpetrator. A thorough piece of investigative journalism, a globetrotting mystery filled with deceit, eccentricity and ultimately redemption. 

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Persuasion: A new approach to changing minds by Arlene Dickinson (HarperCollins) At 31, Arlene was recently divorced, with little education, no savings and not a clue how to feed her four young children. Instead of crawling into a pit of despair, she emerged, a year later as a partner in Venture Communications. Ten years later she was the CEO of that business, one of Canada’s largest independently owned marketing firms. Today we know her as a star of CBC’s popular Dragons’ Den television program. How did she make the leap from nowheresville to executive status? She learned the art of persuasion. Instead of bullying techniques and conning, Arlene teaches us how to connect with others and cultivate authenticity, honesty and reciprocity in every relationship. She stresses preparation, listening and learning the art of storytelling to achieve an outcome that pleases everyone. We need to persuade others every day, the problem is no one ever taught us how, that is until now.

The Salt Road by Jane Johnson (Anchor Canada) A picture of exotic, foreign lands and intertwining story-lines that span generations in the quest to overcome love lost. When Isabelle’s estranged father dies, he leaves her a puzzle in a box, in the form of some weathered papers and a mysterious African amulet. The connection is not apparent until she embarks on a trip to Morocco to discover the origins of the amulet and how it came into her father’s life. Isabelle is almost killed in a freak accident and the amulet gravely damaged, she suddenly fears that curiosity may have gotten the better of her. Her rescuer, Taib comes to her aid helping to explain the local landscape, people and fascinating history of the amulet. Over years, through hot winds and shifting sands, Johnson tracks down the Salt Road, the stories of Isabelle, Taib and the original owners of the amulet and how they all become one. It is an epic tale of souls wounded by history and of love blossoming in the barren desert.

Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster) From the fearless Isaacson, author of biographies on Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, this timely no-holds-barred biography is based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over a two year period. In addition he interviewed more than a hundred family members, friends, enemies, competitors and colleagues — this is the definitive Steve Jobs and a riveting rollercoaster of a life. A portrait of an intense personality and a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and drive revolutionized the many industries he touched, including: computers, movies, music, phones, tablets and digital publishing. Steve Jobs stands alone as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and imagination. In his biography, Jobs speaks honestly about his friends, foes and colleagues. He leaves behind him a great legacy and an insight into the obsessions and artistry that shaped his approach to business and innovation.

Page 8. Water trap at Sandy Lane golf course. 9. Welchman Hall (top), Windsurfer (bottom). 10. Sunset bar in Colony Club by Elegant Hotels (top left), Rilaks Deck in Tamarind by Elegant Hotels (top right), Chef Mark McEwan (middle), St. Nicholas Abbey rum tasting (bottom), Toy old fort at Hilton Hotel (sidebar). 12. Pool view in Tamarind by Elegant Hotels (top left), reef angel (sidebar). 13. Colony Club by Elegant Hotels, The Cliff restaurant (sidebar). 14. Daphne's restaurant ocean view (top left), One bedroom suite in Colony Club by Elegant Hotels (top right), Beach at Tamarind by Elegant Hotels (middle), Limegrove lifestyle centre (bottom). 16. Antigua view from Shirley Hights (top), Scuba diving in Antigua (bottom). 17. English Harbour yacht club (top), Hobie Cats at Jolly Beach, Antigua (bottom). 18. Curtain Bluff Hotel (top), Pink sand beaches of Barbuda (bottom). 19. Fort James, Antigua (top), Couple at Hermitage Bay (middle), English Harbour night scene (bottom). 20. Snorkeller at The Baths. 21. Sailing regatta in the BVI (top), The Baths (middle), Biras Creek resort (sidebar). 22. Rosewood Little Dix Bay (sidebar), Sailing vacation Moorings (top), Anegada flamingoes and under sea life (middle). 24. Guana resort (sidebar), Windsurfing in BVI (top), Sugar Mill restaurant (middle). 26. Alexandra resort aerial view. 27. Snorkelling in Alexandra resort (top), Mango Reef (bottom). 28. Alexandra resort pool (top) and walking path (bottom). 30. Cayman Islands sunset on the beach. 31. Luxury villa at Cayman Islands. 32. Miss Cayman Island 2011 beauty contest (top left), Cyclura lewisi — Grand Cayman blue iguana (bottom). 34-35. Photos courtesy of Hibiscus International. 38. Peter Island resort pool. 39. West Bay Club resort. 40. Meridian Club resort. 41. Club Med Turkoise (sidebar), Peter Island resort. 42. Sandals La Toc, St. Lucia (sidebar), Oceans Two resort. 54. Bahamas sandy beach. 55. Kayak on Schooner Cays (top), pier house, street scene and crab shell (bottom). 56. Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas (top), Scuba diving (bottom). 57. Flyfishing in Bahamas (top), Music band in Nassau (middle), Beach at Cat Island, Bahamas.

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