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In The Mood For Travel


“ Now more than ever do I realise that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.
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Modern elegance and free-spirited playfulness characterise the Fine Jewellery collection, the Portraits of Nature butterfly collection is an expression of the wearer’s ever-evolving personal journey. debeers.com

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GUCCI OPHIDIA GG FLORA LARGE DUFFLE BAG: Designed in the 1960s by artist Vittorio Accornero, the historical Flora motif floral pattern now brings a romantic aesthetic to the latest range of travel accessories by Gucci. Beautifully embellished with a gold-toned Double G emblem and a green and red web stripe. Gucci.com





COVER: Photographer, Marco Carulli, Models, wearing Fabiana Ferri

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The world we live in is constantly changing, with pressures from our professional work, family life, civil society, religious convictions, and socially accepted norms dictating our every word, action, and deed. Few of us have the opportunity to find our meaning in life or determine our true identity — we just go with the flow as the months and years of our lives slip by.

Then perhaps one day — just perhaps — we have a life changing encounter, an experience that draws us into a new first, where we confront an emotional dimension of our lives that helps to re-define our purpose on Earth — like that elusive piece of a puzzle that just fits, as it fills a void in our lives that we sometimes did not even realise was there.

These are what I call RE-SOULING EXPERIENCES that engage all our senses, touching our heart, body and mind. Few activities can ignite these emotional experiences, more than travel to an unfamiliar destination, where things are just done differently, perhaps taking us out of our comfort zone. Immersing ourselves into these newly discovered cultures, building an understanding of their origins, their evolution over the years, and how they serve the needs of the contemporary lifestyles of the people living in that region allows us to partake positively in the beauty of the world’s humanity that we share on this planet which we all call our home.

I have found RE-SOULING EXPERIENCES in the most unexpected of places. An African safari in a pristine desert wilderness; tribal dancers on the Indian subcontinent mesmerising me with their elegant flowing saris as they whirled around to beating drums; sailing across the vast Pacific Ocean where the sighting of a lone sea-bird is said to mean good-fortune; and at a Middle-Eastern jewellery show where the diligence of their craftsmen’s work on coloured gemstones pulled me into a virtual trance with the beauty of its many facets and carvings.

Never doubt where you will find your RE-SOULING EXPERIENCES and where they will take you in the joy of life’s journey.

With best wishes!

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Editor’s PICK

Designers telling their stories on the Runway — intimate expression of colours and culture. All eyes are on fashion 23/24.


Autumn-Winter 23/24 Collection

This season, Jean-Claude Jitrois, the creator of stretch leather, bases his AW23/24 collection on the knowledge he gathered during his time as a psychologist — taking inspiration from the Punk scene of 1980s London: an era of unashamed self and politics through the medium of style. In keeping with the house’s ethos, the garments are all imbued with the Parisian polish Jitrois is so known for. Effortless chaos is channelled into clean, tailored lines to create sleek and dangerous silhouettes made from eclectic layers and disruptive injections of colour. jitrois.com

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Remember when meetings with friends took place at midnight, under covers during sleepovers, real and imagined? Designer Paula Canovas del Vas is known for living garments, articulate absurdity, and resurrecting deadstock fabric. For Autumn/ Winter 2023, she created a collection that jaunts the protagonist from adulthood to youth, back again, and then somewhere further. Shapes, vivacious yet vulnerable, adolescent yet eloquent––read like specimens found in a museum of natural mystery, they grow and evolve, like a kind acid trip, right before the eyes. In an instant, glittered knee-high Diablo boots make a faun of the protagonist, frosted sleeves sprout like stamens, and knits are busy ravelling themselves back together.

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Modern Womanhood


Amother, a wife, a daughter, a specialist, a defender, a busi- ness owner, a housewife — We perform dozens of roles every day. We have to instantly switch from one to another, and even more often — to combine two, three, all of them. But who are we outside the roles? Who are the women of today?

In 2023, Kachorovska is looking for an answer. Our first stop is the museum, as the personification of memory, which is consulted to recall eternal values and formulate future ones. Empty frames, the absence of paintings in the halls of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, where the shooting of the new Kachorovska collection was filmed against the background of empty frames on the walls — is not a production. All the works of art were evacuated. It's as if life has been put on hold.

There is no need to put your boots away this Spring and Summer season, but to update your wardrobe with a new pair.

Sandals are the key to a Spring Summer look and these new crackled gold shoes will be sure to get attention or you might need to buy a new pair of staple black ones as last year’s pair is worn out. The flat ballerinas or Mary Jane’s are the perfect fit to run around wearing all the hats as you do as a busy lady enabling women to achieve all they can in the multiple hours per day.


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COLLECTION: Experimental — building on the singular aesthetic Kate affirmed within her introductory collection, she delved into developmental fabric with innovative and sustainable manipulation methods to give her experiential creations perpetuity — expanding on her exploration of shape and form. The liquescent and multi-dimensional materials, assimilated with innovative manipulation methods, achieve classicism with an unconventional, modernised point of view — Kate sets the tone for an univocally modern take on evening wear.

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JUANA MARTÍN RETURNS TO PARIS HAUTE COUTURE WITH SS/23 COLLECTION: Debuted in 2022 with the “Andalucía” collection, Juana Martín returns this Season with “Orígenes”, a proposal that reflects the beginnings of her work in fabrics and prints, and offers a result true to her flamenco style, with a more avant-garde touch.

PETAR PETROV FW/23 COLLECTION: The Petar Petrov woman is certainly intellectual, independent — she chooses fashion to illustrate herself — not as a female, but to be desired as a person who claims her place in the world.

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Alberto Zambelli brings a new energy between body and dress sophisticated neutrals such as chalk white, vanilla, nude, straw, dew, and charcoal, developed with vegetable dyes and designed in monochromatic and essential outfits.


The stylistic research that Sara Cavazza's new Genny Fall-Winter Collection focuses on is transition and transformation of the female silhouette. The fusion between elements from innovation are imported as new style codes. Dresses, sheath dresses, suits, jackets are instruments of an aesthetic rich in transitions, opportunities for vision, eclecticism.

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LA DOUBLE J F/23 COLLECTION: La DoubleJ introducess an evocative new ready-to-wear collection “Awakening the Divine” inspired by a deep connection to and explorations through Egypt. Featuring the magic of divine femininty, elegant dresses, and the finest artisans and Italian craftmentship.


FW 23/24: Travel

it is. An irresistible desire to explore new environments and enjoy different experiences inspires the FW 23/24 collection by Maryling titled “Hotel Maryling — A room with a view”.

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Designer Jose Cristian Lagares unveiled his timeless Spring Summer 2023 women/mens ready to wear collection “El Valle” in London. Cristian Lagares collection has a gorgeous story as it combines the lush beauty of the valleys, the paradisiac landscape and unspoiled destinations known worldwide as the Dominican Republic. The pieces showcase a palette of colours of the country with a mix of ethical materials such as 100% linen and cotton.

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What is your country of origin and what prompted the desire to move to another country? I am originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — grew up in a family of artists like my father an important Dominican menswear designer since 1980. I started to explore new silhouettes working in my father's atelier until I was of age to create my own brand in 2017. The brand started to expand, and took off very fast becoming part of the Dominican luxury market. This prompted the desire to showcase my work in London where I now live and to bring them a Caribbean well finished product in quality materials with the touch and charm of our Island and let them feel the whole experience.

Can you explain to us a bit about the Collection and what makes it come alive for you? El Valle comes from a beautiful part of our history as a brand, we combined the lush beauty of the valleys and paradise landscape of Dominican Republic in the colour palette mixed with ethical materials such as the 100% linen and cotton, — creative and unique designs for him and her with a touch of gender fluidity. This second collection adds freshness to the original presented in august.

What makes this brand unique, special and what are the characteristics that distinguish the brand? Timeless style; Quality in materials; Neutral natural colour palette; Comfortable fits; Unique designs for summer and spring wear. Our brand is a piece of art Inspired by nature, sustainability is in our DNA, from slow fashion designs to our methods of manufacturing and philanthropy and

social awareness we've been doing since 2020 with our practices and supporting goals. Our brand mixes thougfully materials selected specially for creating a natural Caribbean luxury lifestyle.

We work ethically from our headquarters and provide annual support to causes, such as water preservation, mangroves and coral reef recreation, creating less waste, donation of textiles and practices as up-cycling, recycling and reusing.

JC Lagares is now introducing the brand to foreign countries to internationalise the brand properly.

What inspires your creative, style and drive? I am inspired by nature, every movement of the ecosystem and the natural resources themselves, the people, how they behave and look, different mix of cultures. As I always say: “A creation of art, inspired by nature. If we preserve our surroundings, the inspiration will never die.”

What is the demographic of the brand?

Our target is worldwide, men and woman from 25 to 55 who enjoy luxury goods and unique styles, enjoy going on holidays to the most beautiful places in the world and support good causes. | JP

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Fashion Designer, Jose Cristian Lagares Acevedo


Available in four iterations, all in 38mm that appeals to a broad spectrum of wearers, it promises to become a key pillar of the Luminor Due family. The moon phase, among the most poetic complications, is the centrepiece of Luminor Due Luna — the final word in its name being the Italian word for moon, which appears on the dial. In each variation, the complication, situated at 3 o’clock, exhibits a rotating disc with a 24 carats moon against a starry midnight blue sky.

The various references have distinct aesthetic sensibilities that appeal to a broad audience. Luminor Due Luna Madreperla features a mother of pearl dial and case made from Panerai Goldtech™, an alloy containing platinum and a high percentage of copper; the combination endows the metal with

a deep, red tone. Applied numerals and indexes with white Super-LumiNova™ appear on the dial, while a polished alligator strap is a lustrous finishing touch. The open caseback reveals the workings of automatic 3 days power reserve calibre P900/MP within.

Two Luminor Due Luna references — both with steel cases — feature white sunbrushed dials with the signature Panerai sandwich structure and beige Super Luminova™ within their numerals, indexes, and hands. While one boasts a polished pink alligator strap (PAM01180), the other includes a Luminor Due steel bracelet whose links echo the profile of the trademarked Panerai crownprotection device, a quality accentuated by alternating polished and brushed finishes. Polishing along the edges of the curved links endows the bracelet with added dimension and refinement. panerai.com.

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The moon phase is the first complication in the Luminor Due line

Inspirational Jewellery by Joyia

The Eternal Joy Collection from Joyia Inspirational Jewellery.

Founded by Joyia Jones and her husband Carlo Pedrini. A family-owned, sustainable, fine Jewellery brand based out of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Joyia have created hand crafted Jewellery that are not only eye-catching but come with meanings that will pull at your heart strings. Joyia used the Fibonacci Spiral and Golden Mean Ratio to create this elegant, yet powerful collection. These mathematical sequences are abundant in Nature, from sun flowers to waves to the structure and pro portions of the human body. “Wearing these jewels generate growth, balance, and transfor mation”, says Joyia” joyiajewelry.com


Experience Tea Infusion Scalp Wellness.

Alifestyle brand for those struggling with irritated, dry flaky scalp, and looking to restore balance and strength to slow growing, brittle, or lack-lustre hair — good for all hair types, beauty, wellness and beauty care. Founded by two board-certified dermatologists and dermatologic surgeon Dr. De Anne Harris Collier, located in Jupiter, Florida, and Dr. Raechele Cochran Gathers, West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Applying their medical expertise and years of research and experience, Dr. Collier and Dr. Gathers, have discovered ‘liquid gold’ — the natural power of teas and plant adaptogens to defend, heal and help you achieve remarkable wellness and beauty. The Tea Infusion Serums Antioxidant and adaptogenic scalp care strengthens weak brittle hair, soothes dry irritated scalp, adaptogens to de-stress and harmonise follicles, re-balance excessive dryness or oiliness, protects against environmental toxins, soothes with neroli flower aromatherapy. Nourishing anti-inflammatory ingredients restore and harmonise your scalp. bloomballabeauty.com

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A Reckoning Cometh by Aisha Comissiong, Barbados (COCO 2022); photo by Karen Johnstone

Dance Festival


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The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is known for producing some of the finest cocoa in the world. This intriguing food was traditionally used by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin, and named Theobroma cacao, or “food of the gods”, by Swedish bot- anist Carl Linnaeus.

It is a similar stamp of regional excellence that drives dancers and dance lovers to congregate in Port of Spain, Trinidad every October to experience COCO Dance Festival, a weekend of the finest contemporary dance in the region.

The Uncanny Doll by Tracey Trinidad and Tobago (COCO 2022); photo by Karen
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Founded in 2009, the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective, or COCO, presents its annual festival of contemporary dance, workshops, and community outreach programmes, which, like Trinidad and Tobago’s cocoa, offer a high-quality experience.

The festival had humble beginnings. Like any passionate Caribbean explorer with a hunch, dance practitioner, Sonja Dumas approached her colleagues, Nancy Herrera, Nicole Wesley, and Dave Williams with an idea to fill the cup of contemporary dance in the region. That was 2009. COCO Dance Festival is now the largest and longest running contemporary dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean, and, as Dumas says, “the cup is still only half full”.

As Trinidad and Tobago’s singular independently curated and juried dance festival, COCO takes its role of nurturing, expression and staging of all contemporary and post-modern forms of dance and choreography very seriously. Through relationships fostered with the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the University of the West Indies as well as other regional and international programmes such as the Joffrey Ballet School, the festival nurtures and mentors budding choreographers and dancers. It provides a professional platform for performance and experimentation, and supports young cho-

reographers by offering feedback on the development of their choreography. The festival’s developmental efforts are reinforced by partnerships with local and visiting choreographers who host training workshops for members of the dance community. Seasoned dance professionals also grace the festival with their presence. The festival also hosts amazing acts from other parts of the Caribbean, Europe, and North America over the years. “Their presence inspires budding local dancers and choreographers, and the visitors learn something about our local dance aesthetic,” said Dumas. Over ten countries – from Barbados to Latvia – have been represented in the festival.

In 2019, the group produced “The COCO Book of Dance” – a coffee table retrospective celebrating the tenth year of the Festival. It is one of the region’s precious handful of books on dance that captures rich images shot by some of the country’s top photographers. The book is featured in the 2022 Annual Report of the First Citizens Bank (the book’s sponsor) as a publication “that captures the legacy of the Contemporary Choreographer’s Collective.”

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic left the festival undaunted. Instead, pivoting to an online presentation in 2020 and 2021, giving choreographers a chance to develop their on-screen dance choreography skills. “That’s really the essence of the festival in general – to help dance artists to test their limits and to take creative risks,” said Dumas. “We held workshops on dance techniques for the screen and saw some amazing results. We’re always happy to provide these professional development moments that help to push the creative envelope.” In 2022, COCO presented the festival both in-person and online. With the help of a grant from the Creative Industries Innovation Fund of the Caribbean Development Bank, it has also begun to expand its website, cocodancefestival.org, to include classes and various discussions, both pre-recorded and live, on Caribbean dance practice, making these rare opportunities available to audiences, dance students, rresearchers, and aficionados alike.

Since 2013, in addition to the production and presentation of performances, the small group has managed the

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Fruit Bearing Trees by Rainy Demerson, Barbados/USA (COCO 2022); photo by Karen Johnstone
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COCO in the Community project — an initiative to bring dance to people - chiefly children and young people - who would not ordinarily have access to the arts in a sustained way. “Though constrained by a minuscule budget, we try to find ways to connect with the wider community and to use dance as a conduit to building self-esteem on different levels,” said Dumas. COCO in the Community began with a partnership with a local Rotary Club-sponsored school, where the group gave weekly classes to 10-14 year-old at-risk children at the school. For three years running, it also supported young community dancers by inviting a selection of innovative community performances from the Best Village programme, a Trinidad and Tobago folk arts festival, to participate in the COCO Dance Festival. It also partnered with Texas State University for two consecutive years to bring integrated arts practice to primary schools across Trinidad, in service of the existing curriculum delivery for subjects such as mathematics.

COCO in the Community works in partnership with private companies and foreign missions to bring dance workshops to remote areas and to provide tickets for disadvantaged children to attend the festival. In 2017, they expanded their area of activity to include Fortify, an arts-driven platform for men to speak with men about the issues they face. In that year, it was hosted by Hollywood actor and activist, Malik Yoba.

The group is currently working on a dance production manual that will be available on the COCO Dance Festival website as an e-book to assist high school Theatre Arts students to understand the ins and outs of dance production. It also hopes to resume its in-person outreach in 2023 as the COVID restrictions are now considerably relaxed. “There is an incredible need for dance to connect with the pulse of the community, and for it to serve as a way to solve problems and to explore individual and collective emotions and ideas – especially in the aftermath of the pandemic”, said co-director Dave Williams.

For all of its accomplishments, the festival remains a largely voluntary organisation, doing it for the love of dance, community, country, and region”. Like the tiny cocoa bean, the festival is a manifestation of the belief and power to transform lives for the better.

As the group prepares for its fifteenth season, the hope is that the spirit of collaboration, exchange, artistry, and sponsorship, will grow from strength to strength in and beyond the region. | JP

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“Exchange, artistry, and sponsorship, growing from strength to strength in and beyond the region. ”
Opposite page: Side A/B, by Bridgette Wilson, Trinidad & Tobago (COCO 2022); photo by Karen Johnstone This page: Tic Toc by Eloy Barragan, Mexico/USA (COCO 2022); photo by Karen Johnstone


Botswana's inland delta renews wildlife across its semi-arid plains. Pictured here - a dazzle of Zebras Photo courtesy of The Botswana Tourism Organisation

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Botswana Africa’s Last Eden

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Lion roaming freely in front of Chalet at Tashebube Rooiputs Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
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Photo courtesy of The Botswana Tourism Organisation

Botswana, a landlocked Southern African Nation, is home to the largest num- ber of elephant herds in Africa and a haven for free-roaming wildlife on the continent.

With a similar land mass size to France (approx 224,607 sq miles), and among the least densely populated countries in the world — under 2 million people.

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Top: Koro River Camp - Tuli, Boma and breakfast buffet; Centre-L: Interior of Chalet Rooiputs Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier; Centre-R: Suite in Koro Camp with views of the rugged terrain of Tuli; Bottom: Views of the Limpopo River in Tuli; Right: Dinner overlooking the predator rich valley at Tashebube Rooiputs Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier.

Vast open spaces virtually untouched by man with its pristine wilderness waiting to be discovered, some 40% of Botswana’s landmass is dedicated for national parks and game reserves, which allows animals the space to roam vast tracts of wilderness freely. With an emphasis on low density high value tourism, visitor numbers are low compared to other African safari destinations, making for the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth.

My last trip to Botswana took me to the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site unparalleled in its beauty — covering up to 5 million acres — with meandering waterways, papyrus-fringed islands, thick woodlands, lush vegetation, and teeming wildlife.

On this trip, my adventure would take me to the Central Tuli Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Trans-

frontier Park, two unique and exceptional landscape experiences for the intrepid traveller with a wanderlust for discovering unique destinations around the world.

Kasane — home to the Chobe National Park

The town of Kasane is where many travellers begin their Botswana Safari with its wide selection of hotels and well stocked shopping malls, all in close proximity to the Chobe National Park (in Botswana), the Caprivi Strip (in Namibia), and Victoria Falls with Cat 5 rafting in the Zambezi River (both on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe). Here we spend a few days and take a game drive into the Park to see an endless parade of wildlife with herds of elephants, antelope, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, lions, and leopards roaming freely. Then join boat cruises on the Chobe River to view stunning sunsets, birds in colourful plumage, grazing hippos, and snoozing crocodiles on the riverbanks. With some of the highest game density in Africa, the Chobe National Park never fails to amaze visitors in just a few minutes of entering the park, with the Chobe Game Lodge the only luxury safari lodge built within the Park with majestic views of wildlife on the banks of the river.

Koro River Camp in the Central Tuli Game Reserve

After feasting our senses on the wildlife of Chobe we head by road for a full day’s drive to Tuli, passing rural towns, endless miles of sorghum fields, with hardly any traffic in sight until we approach Francistown. As the second largest city in Botswana near the border with Zimbabwe, its former glory days were made in the gold mining rush of the 1800s. Today Francistown continues to be a hub for companies mining cobalt, copper and nickel. After a meal on Botswana’s world famous beef, we continued our drive into the evening to the Mathathane Junction where we transferred to a 4 x 4 Safari Vehicle. Entering the Kwa Tuli Private Game Reserve we drive in off road conditions for about 30 minutes to the Koro River Camp — a luxury tented camp located on the shores of the mighty Limpopo River made famous by the English novelist Rudyard Kipling in his children’s fairy tale the “Elephant’s Child”.

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“It almost felt biblical as if we were crossing an opening in the River Jordan ”

Koro River Camp, named after the Yellow-billed Hornbill bird, has 7 well-appointed tented suites set off the ground on a wooden base with plunge pools on the decks and private bathrooms with luxury amenities — all run on solar, making it a preferred destination for the experienced safari traveller who want to go beyond game drives. The Tuli Game Reserve runs over 200 miles along the Limpopo River with the Koro concession covering over 37,000 acres and is renowned for the largest single population of elephants on privately held land in Africa. Historic and archaeological sites abound, unchanged since the days of early explorers Kipling and Cecil John Rhodes, in a landscape separated from the rest of the world by endless acres of natural and untamed wilderness.

After a long day of travelling by road, I had an early night and fell asleep to sounds of the gurgling river, rustling leaves, chirping insects, ribbiting frogs, grunt of crocodiles, and calls of wildlife in the distance.

Awakening at daybreak to a symphony of bird song, I would lay in bed looking out at the amber dawn as the sunlight began to flicker through the leaves of the forest trees lining the river bank in this remote undisturbed enclave within the vast, rugged Game Reserve. It was a world moulded and defined by nature in its most organic form with just mesh and canvas separating me from this expansive wilderness with the elements of nature, flora, and fauna.

Pouring my morning brew from an overnight thermos into a mug, I would venture out onto the wooden deck of my suite and inhale the fresh dewy morning air while marvelling at the mirror reflection of the sky on the calm waters of the Limpopo. Birds with colourful plumage filled the air, crocodiles lay on the riverbank basing in the warmth of morning sun, leaves of the fever trees danced in the light breeze, and a distinct smell

rose from the earth after overnight showers, making for a perfect place of personal reflection and meditation to be at one with nature.

After breakfast our guides would take us on long walking safaris into the reserve’s two distinct terrains, the riparian forests hugging the banks of the Limpopo River and the rugged terrain with shrubs and rock formations which are home to leopards in the area. With tracking skills, our guides pointed out animal paw and hoof prints in the soil, with their droppings to identify what animals had recently passed through the area. We would most often identify them as belonging to hyenas, leopards, zebras, giraffes, and antelopes, seeing them in the distance with our binoculars. Climbing up rocky lookout points, an immense landscape would meet our eyes, a true wilderness for wildlife to roam undisturbed in their natural habitat. Then heading towards the river at one of its widest points with small islands in its centre, our guides would open up the picnic baskets to refresh us with tasty sandwiches and drinks as we sat in the shade of trees watching bales of turtles in mating matches, and insects busy at work.

Back at the lodge, long afternoon soaks in the plunge pool on the deck of my suite kept the heat of the day at bay, while enjoying serene vistas of the meandering river and nature’s kaleidoscope of colours, shapes, and textures at play.

Evenings were filled with gourmet dining by lamp on a raised platform overlooking the river, followed by storytelling of the day’s activities and animal sightings among ourselves along with our guides seated around the fire pit, filling us with laughter and awe in this most magical of safari settings.

For the more explorer oriented traveller who wants to be even closer to nature, sister property Koro Island Camp located on a nearby island within the Limpopo River, offers the most authentic, high touch rustic experience to recreate the days of 19th century explorers. This is a truly "re-souling experience" Safari outpost that few city dwellers will ever have the opportunity to experience in the Great African Bush.

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“A pristine semi-arid wilderness, defined by sandy savannahs, dry riverbeds, and shifting sand dunes”
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Dried River bed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, now a tourist attraction filled with wildlife.
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Top: Solomon's Wall; Centre: Koro River Camp Safari Below-L: Elephants in Chobe River; Below-R: Village Dancers perform in Chobe; Opposite Page: Kalahari Private Jet flies guests to remote airfields serving safari lodges deep within Botswana's hard to access privately held wilderness concessions and game reserves.

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Tashebube Rooiputs Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

From Koro River Camp, we head off by 4 x 4 for an almost 2 hour drive, passing through semi-arid terrain, fields of sorghum, rolling bushveld — reminiscent of meadows with an abundance of yellow wildflowers, and herds of elephants with other Big 5 African game animals in the distance (lions, leopards, black rhinoceros, buffaloes). We then entered a dry river bed famous for trapping vehicles with its loose sand, and came face to face with Tuli’s most famous geographical landmark — a towering 100 foot tall basalt dyke locally named “Solomon’s Wall” that cuts naturally through the landscape on both banks leaving an opening on the river bed for us to cross. It almost felt biblical as if we were crossing an opening in the River Jordan (Book of Joshua 3-4) with the basalt dyke holding back the elements of nature to allow us to cross safely.

Arriving at the Limpopo Valley Airfield, we head by chartered Kalahari Air Services on a 90-minute flight to the unmanned Twee Rivieren Airstrip that serves lodges and camps in this remote area, laying at the intersection of the Botswana, South African, and Namibian borders. A 30-minute drive to Tashebube Rooiputs Lodge takes us into a pristine semi-arid wilderness, defined by sandy savannahs, dry river beds, and shifting sand dunes, in an almost inhospitable landscape with temperatures reaching highs of 45 celsius in the days and minus 15 at night.

Built on the crest of a large red sand dune, our Lodge had sweeping 360 degree panoramic views of the acacia savannah, the predator-rich Nossob River Valley, nearby dunes, and a manmade waterhole to attract animals who freely walk through the unfenced camp that includes black maned lions.

With 9 ensuite chalets facing the rising sun in the east, dramatic sunrises are assured to start your days early to head out on early morning safari drives. Both self-drive and hosted drives options are available to guests. On the hosted drive option, we put on heavy windbreaker overalls

as the temperature in the mornings were in the low single digits celsius, as we head out with our guides to discover the wildlife in this concession of the Kgalagadi.

Once a flowing river, the area is now a wide dry river bed that nature has taken over and today is home to lions, leopards, and cheetahs who prey on herds of antelopes. Rich in bird life, sociable weavers dominate large trees with intricately constructed nests so massive they break limbs with their ever-increasing weight. The rich tapestry of wildlife in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park covers over 9,390,000 acres and is dotted with low-environmental impact campsites and lodges allowing for endless days of exploring options for the outdoor enthusiast. Among the best places to spot animals are near manmade boreholes filled with water that many animals including lions, leopards, and cheetahs come to drink. The savannahs are filled with Springbok, Blue Wildebeest, and Steenbok, with the most iconic of scenes, herds of Gembok, Kudu, and Eland standing majestically on the crest of red sand dunes hundreds of feet high.

The many landscapes of Botswana are an alluring pull to visitors to discover her natural treasures and come in close contact with an abundance of wildlife in its rivers, savannahs, bushvelds, deserts, rocky outposts, and delta. With the last remaining big herds of elephants in Africa and strong animal conservation programmes in place, visitors will have so many reasons to fall in love with this landlocked Eden, again and again | JP

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“A preferred destination for the experienced safari traveller who want to go beyond game drives”

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

Home to the #1 ranked golf course in the Bahamas, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay is widely known for the tropical links-style, 18-hole golf course, designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie. The Abaco Club on Winding Bay is a private sporting club community located on Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas. The Abaco

Club offers members a gathering place and a worldclass relaxation with luxurious residences. Residential options include the new luxury, ocean view development The Cays; The Estate Lots, upon which owners can create beautiful custom homes; luxurious twoand four-bedroom Cottages; and elegant one-bedroom Cabanas. theabacoclub.com

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Experience “Pura Vida,” At Peninsula Papagayo

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Begin your journey tailored with the genuine feeling of arriving in the most inspiring home with expansive open living areas, refreshing master suite, gourmet kitchens, and sophisticated luxury providing a sense of freedom that can only be found in your private relaxing eco-oasis.

With over 750 of the finest luxury vacation homes and villas, where everything is done to create an extraordinary experience, simplicity and ease of time spent together with friends and family, the Four Seasons team is dedicated to meeting your every need. Reunite and connect with loved ones and create a lifetime of memories that will remain with you, today and beyond. With customised itineraries for families and couples alike, Four Seasons Private Retreats can’t wait for you to experience “Pura Vida” at Peninsula Papagayo. fourseasons.com

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Fairmont Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Bermuda

For over a century, elite travellers have embraced Bermuda’s iconic “Pink Palace”, and historic splendour. Today the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has turned history into modern luxury. fairmont.com/hamilton-bermuda

The Cove at Atlantis

Treat yourself to the exclusive perks and white-glove services this hotel has to offer. Nestled between two private beaches, this sensorial retreat is made for anyone looking to indulge in Bahamian splendour. The Cove is an elegant hotel perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway all the way to families in need of a relaxing oasis. atlantisbahamas.com

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Condado Vanderbilt Hotel San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Legend Reborn

Timeless Luxury: After decades of gentle repose, today the Spanish-inspired, classically designed structure has been polished to its original sheen — Condado Vanderbilt is reborn. Located in Condado, the most elegantly stylish quarter of San Juan, the Condado Vanderbilt offers tropically opulent comfort in the midst of unrivalled global lavishness. condadovanderbilt.com

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Cabo San Lucas at Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa.

Once the destination for pirates and explorers in search of treasure, the small fishing village of Cabo San Lucas celebrates the allure at Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa, Cabo’s newest luxury resort nestled in the heart of Medano Beach.

Experience Mexico’s rich history with seamless luxury, bespoke amenities, and culturally stimulating adventures for the thrill seeker in our hearts. corazoncabo.com

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Corazón Roof-Top Cigar Bar; Pool Grill; Corazón Cabo Resort All-New Luxury Suite



Valley Trunk Estate, located on the quiet island of Virgin Gorda, occupies a commanding position overlooking Big Trunk Bay, a pristine white sand beach over 1,000 feet in length, situated on the leeward side of the island. With over eighteen acres of grounds, the Estate offers privacy within a natural setting, surrounded by huge granite boulders, landscaped grounds, and fronting the entire beach and rock headland. Offering by christiesrealestate.com

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Boasting views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Red Rock Villa is truly a rare offering. This stunning home is masterfully designed around a tranquil courtyard that encompasses a Koi Pond, a Zen Garden, and a luxurious spa. Offering by christiesrealestate.com

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Impulse Beach Estate is one of the most high-end villas with an ideal location on Grace Bay Beach. With an astonishing 21,000 sq. ft. of luxurious space, the upside-down floor plan offers guests elevated, sweeping views of Grace Bay Beach, which are unrivalled on the island. Designed to accommodate large groups of friends or a multi-generational family gathering, Impulse is truly the perfect vacation villa. Offering by christiesrealestate.com

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Jamaica Inn exudes elegance, charm, and a warm family home feeling to her guests who over the decades have journeyed to the island for this property’s legendary hospitality. Little has changed over the 65 years since opening its doors. It’s like a retreat to your grandparents’ beachside residence in the countryside with many rooms and familiar faces of long-serving staff waiting to welcome and pamper you on your return home.

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Jamaica Inn stands virtually the same today in a world of endless change, as owners, the Marrow family, and their repeat guests hold dear to their hearts Jamaica’s Golden Age of the late 1950s and early 1960s. During this period the old monied class, the nouveau-riche, and celebrities made the island their home for weeks and months at a time. They would leisurely discover the nooks and crannies of Jamaica’s lush hilly interiors, secluded beaches, and gurgling rivers, while dancing to the iconic local mento music considered the ‘original foundation and father of all Jamaican musical genres’.

In February 2023 friends new and old gathered on the elegantly decorated grounds of the property, with speeches of appreciation and awards given by the Inn’s executive team who expressed their gratitude to patrons and staff for their support over the years. Most recently, the Inn took home the U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Hotels award as the #1 hotel in Ocho Rios. The red carpet was rolled out this special evening in honour of the Inn’s guests who were fêted in fine style at a Beach Banquet Gala and entertained with limbo performances, fire eaters, and musicians. The night’s festivities ended with peace lanterns lit and hoisted into the air floating away into the starry night with messages of goodwill, loyalty, happiness, and love — all in keeping with the theme of

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With only 55 rooms, suites, and cottages, old world charm defines the distilled essence of this iconic property of which a mere handful still operate in sleepy enclaves across the island.
Guests enjoys the views from the west wing roof which enjoy a picturesque view of the Caribbean Sea and beautiful sunsets. The roof was perfectly transformed for the Inn’s 65 anniversary party.

Aerial view of the 700ft champagne-coloured private beach and turquoise water perfect for soaking up the natural ions from the sea. Top left: Private candlelight dinner on the beach. Bottom left: Suite 21, often referred to as the Churchill Suite, boasts captivating views and a private peninsula for the perfect escape for revitalisation.

Top right: Writing desk tucked in a corner at suite 21, will have your fingers tingling with excitement as your Writing skills come alive. Centre: The ocean spa’s al fresco and natural sounds of the sea allow the mind body and soul to find themselves in a relaxed state of mind.

Bottom right: Gracious smile and genuine love of service that oozes happiness from team members and guests.

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the blue sapphire gemstone used to mark 65 year anniversaries around the world.

The following morning I woke to the sound of waves lapping the shores of the private crescent shaped champagne coloured sandy beach just a minute’s walk from my suite that opened onto a large veranda with steps leading out to the croquet field. My well-appointed veranda was the ideal venue for a leisurely breakfast delivered by smartly dressed staff in white jackets. With no television or radios in rooms, guests can immerse themselves into a place free of stress from the outside world as they take refuge in the sanctuary of the Inn and focus on restoring their inner peace and well-being.

To add to the peaceful surroundings of the endless blue sea, and the cloudless skies, is the signature Wedgwood blues adorning the walls of the Inn’s buildings, giving the property the feel of timeless chic and elegance in a laid back yet coiffured setting.

In between lounging on the sofa with my favourite book, I would head to the calm waters of the beach for a swim, then on to the Ocean Spa for a relaxing massage, before lunching on the beach at Teddy’s Grill under the shade of almond trees. Afternoon naps in lounge chairs on my veranda would follow, with Planter’s punch in hand and the overhead fan spinning slowly above. A scene very much like one

taken from the pages of Dr. No, written by Ian Fleming who holidayed at Jamaica Inn, declaring it ‘the place to be seen on the island’.

Late afternoon tours of the property’s well fruited tropical gardens with herb shrubs were a sensory treat as we sampled a variety of fruits, spices, and herbs, along with introductions to majestic flowering trees and folklore stories on their importance to the island’s culture and heritage. English high tea service would bring the afternoons to a close with a selection of beverages, sandwiches, and pastries served in the well-stocked Library or Bar Lounge, both adorned with memorabilia and pictures of important events and visitors from the past that include Marilyn Monroe.

Evening dining on the outdoor Terrace were dress up occasions requiring ladies in casual elegant attire and men in smart trousers, closed shoes, shirt with sleeves, and only recently was the jacket requirement made optional. Starting on the upper terrace with James Bond inspired martini cocktails — shaken not stirred — guests would share stories of their global travels and new discoveries on their Jamaica trip such as rafting down the White River, Glass Bottom Boat Tours of the Fish Sanctuary, new Rum vintages, and more. Fresh catch of the day was always my choice for dinner, where I enjoyed meals of snapper, lobster, conch, and crabs expertly prepared by Chef Maurice paired with glasses of Rosé and flutes of Champagne.

Your days at the Jamaica Inn will always be in the slow lane. There is no check list of things to do, this is a holiday destination where time is on your side, to do as little as you wish for as long as you want in a quiet peaceful setting, with attentive staff ready to meet your every need. And in return, guests value the well-being of staff who deliver memorable experiences with every interaction.

Jamaica Inn continues today as a guardian, a custodian of the island’s old world values that in yesteryear days attracted visitors to the island in its Golden Age of the 50s and 60s. Today, the much larger newly purpose built all-inclusive properties that now dot the North Coast seek to emulate these values. It’s time to step back into a gentler time and space to where it all began in a truly authentic setting, to experience the island’s legendary hospitality that lives on in the hearts and smiles of each and every Jamaican. jamaicainn.com | JP

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“There is no check list of things to do, this is a holiday destination where time is on your side”
Top: All suites and cottages offer views and easy access of the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Below: Present and past owners of Jamaica Inn and celebrities that flocked the Inn in its earlier days. All Photos courtesy of Jamaica Inn.


Week 2023 — where the rum punches flowed!

The much anticipated return of Grenada Sailing Week (29 Jan – 3 Feb) did not disappoint. After a break of two years due to the pandemic and an abbreviated regatta in 2022, the Organising Authority were excited to once again offer a full, week-long schedule of racing, parties, and events.

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Responding to the success and popularity of last year’s Around Carriacou Race, the first two days of the 2023 Pure Grenada Sailing Week was held on Grenada’s beautiful sister island Carriacou. This allowed sailors to enjoy some challenging long leg racing but also to relax in the stunning surroundings of Carriacou and party on the aptly named Paradise Beach.

In the glorious morning sunshine, the first horn of the 2023 Pure Grenada Sailing Week blew at 10am as the fleet, 30 boats strong, adjusted their sails to a gentle northeasterly 10 to 12-knot breeze. All appeared in good form as they prepared to carry 200 crew from over 10 nations over the start line in Tyrell Bay and along the 30-mile course around Carriacou. Among the fleet were 5 classes of boats, including 2 serious racing classes to the beautiful old Classic boats like the impressive Alfred Mylne 65 and the Blue Peter from UK. There was also a Multihull and a Cruiser class for those who wanted to enjoy the thrill of the regatta without taking it too seriously.

Light winds continued to plague the fleet as they tacked upwind along Carriacou’s leeward coast and between the offshore islands of Mabouya and Sandy. The wind picked up as the boats rounded Carriacou’s northern point and began their downwind run outside Windward’s barrier reef, many

hoisting their spinnakers. Maisons Satec, took line honours at Tyrell Bay and across the finish line, having circumnavigated Carriacou in just under 3 hours. The following few hours saw the majority of the fleet cruise back into the bay as corrected times were calculated and results accumulated. Just before 4pm with the last boats crossing the finish line and completing the first day without any serious mishaps, it was time to enjoy the first party of the event on Paradise Beach where sailors and locals joined together to savour the relaxed vibes in a magical setting.

Tuesday morning Tyrell Bay once again bustled with boats as crews prepared their sails for the second race day of light northeasterlies. A new day and a new course would take the entire regatta fleet 32 nautical miles from Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, to Le Phare Bleu Marina, in Grenada. The largest class this year, with 11 boats, had the most exciting start of the regatta so far as they jockeyed for

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position and converged on the start line as the final horn blew. Right-of-way-reminders were shouted out and some very last minute corrections were made, and the race got underway. It wasn’t long before the wonderful spectacle of spinnakers could be seen as the fleet passed Carriacou’s southern tip and into the open sea between Carriacou and Grenada. All but one passed outside Grenada’s offshore islands before the 16 nautical-mile downwind run along Grenada’s windward coast and around to the island’s southern shore. Boats were soon through to the finish line and the rum punches flowed at Le Phare Bleu Marina.

The following day saw the fleet take a well earned rest. Many explored the many amazing sights of Grenada with tours of waterfalls, chocolate making, rum distilleries, and local cuisine. Others chose to relax at Le Phare Bleu watching a cricket match on the lush lawn, while a few chose Hobie Cat match racing.

After a relaxing day a northeasterly trade wind prevailed as boats gathered for an earlier 9am start off the southern coast of Grenada. Livelier winds with gusts of 20 knots were welcomed for the multiple shorter races around the marker buoys. The last race of the day for all classes brought racers around the most westerly point in Grenada for a long upwind sail into Grand Anse, Grenada’s premiere beach location with turquoise waters and two miles of silky white sand. The tranquil setting was not, however, repeated at race HQ as a record number of protests were lodged — 11 to be exact. Each was given a fair hearing by the protest judges and results adjusted accordingly. The prize giving was delayed 2 hours by which time the race day sponsors, Mount Gay Rum, worked their magic ameliorating even the most disgruntled skipper with a lively, fun-filled party at the Grenada Yacht Club.

Gorgeous weather once again graced the shores of Grenada for the fourth and final race day of the 2023 Pure Grenada Sailing Week. The steady 11 knots of northeasterly wind prevailed, this time with stronger gusts of 23. Boats paraded out of the lagoon and past the historic capital of St. Georges, with its red fish scale roofs scattered up the hillside like confetti. Backed by the two-mile arc of Grand Anse beach, yachts made their way to the nearby courses.

Perhaps due to too much rum punches — as the regatta reached its climax — the CSA 2 class had two boats over the line early that returned to start again. The only serious mishap of the event occurred almost immediately after the Classics start. Galatea made her first tack into the wind and the 125-year-old classic lost the top 12 feet of her mast throwing a crew member overboard. Everyone was unharmed, but presumably shaken, as the safety boat towed them to a nearby mooring to assess the damage. Their regatta was over for another exhilarating year!

However, the protest committee was kept busy again with another round of protests, mostly within the Classics class. They were heard without any resulting changes to the scoreboard, and overall results for the week were tallied with abated breath.

Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, the Honourable Ron Redhead, presided over the final prize-giving. Not only was this an honour for the Grenada Sailing Week organisers, it was also an indication of the growing commitment of the Grenada Government to the marine industry as a whole. During his remarks the Minister announced the development of a Grenada Sailing School within the next year. This is very welcomed news to the local sailing clubs who are overwhelmed by the demand from youth who want to learn the sport of sailing. |

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Can’t wait to welcome you to our 2024 Regatta in Grenada! Keep in touch @ grenadasailingweek. com.



The trend of rum finished Whiskies continues to flourish as Global and Craft Distilleries diversify their Product line to produce an array of Special Edition whiskies.

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“ Two separate, yet now related, World Class Distilleries, JM from Martinique providing Rhum Agricole, aged in American used Bourbon corn whiskey casks ”
L-R: Tyler Dyck, Melissa Duncan, Tony Dyck and Jeremie Dyck of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distilleries. Photo courtesy of Okanagan Spirits Distillery.

Okanagan Spirits Distillery is one of these Craft Distilleries and is located in Canada, British Columbia, in the Okanagan Valley. Their internationally recognised World Class Distillery has spanned two decades of award winning Spirits in Europe, including capturing “Distillery of the Year” by the World’s Spirits Awards as well as “Artisanal Distillery of the Year” at the Canadian Whisky Awards. Their varied product portfolio includes gin, vodka, fruit based brandies, and their notable “double finished” whisky, using Caribbean Rhum casks from JM Distillery, their “cousin” Spirit producers located on the French Caribbean island of Martinique.

JM Distillery is located at the base of Mount Pelée on the North East corner on the Island of Martinique and was originally a Sugar Factory turned Distillery in 1845. Today it is a model Distillery described as a “Jewel of Intelligence” and “Harmony with Nature” and said to produce Martinique’s finest aged Rhum Agricole which is rum produced from fresh raw Cane juice rather than Molasses (the more prevalent sugar cane by-product.)

Thus two separate, yet now related, World Class Distilleries, JM from Martinique providing Rhum Agricole, aged in American used Bourbon (corn whiskey) casks, five thousand miles away, and their Canadian counterparts in British Columbia, Okanagan Spirits Distillery, in the Okanagen Valley, producing Whisky “double finished” from these same Rhum infused recycled barrels from Martinique.

“It was a Caribbean Vacation” stated Tyler Dyke, CEO of Okanagen Spirits, that reunited these “distant cousins” and completed this Rum and Whiskey reunion.

As Tyler explains” Traditional Rum or Rhum Agricole is not produced in the Northern Hemisphere. The optimal climate for growing sugar cane is in the

Southern Hemisphere, and the perishable cane juice for this Rhum Agricole, makes not only for time constraints on “farm to factory” preperation but also minimizes the product output and reducing the amount of actual operating Distilleries that are in production of Rhum Agricole.

Tyler Dyke explained his quest to “double finish” their Canadian Whisky and his search for the purest Rum product that matched their Distilleries profile and family history. A Distillery that aligned with their link to the land, their use of biodiversity, and absence of pesticide usage, as well as using authentic farming practices such as crop rotation. We discovered JM Distillery and realised we shared this environmental sensitivity, as they exhibited a singularity of freshness, and purity and demonstrated a mutual reduction of the “Carbon Footprint”, even at their “grass roots” level, using natural water works for generation of power and recycling the crushed sugar cane to fuel their distillation furnace. Tyler confided that after observing this “full story” of their production, no one else came closer to our own ethics, dedication , and authenticity, and link to the land. This shared authenticity enabled us to connect “our story” and align us to this unique Distillery, JM on the Island of Martinique.

This “Authenticity” is a driving factor at Okanagen Spirits as Tyler radiates enthusiam, pride, and a reverent commitment to their second generation Distillery Business as it relates to their Family, to their Community, to their quality of product and ethical production techniques, as well as their Business associates. Their vision was based on a belief “if you stick to purity and authenticity then everything else you build around you will follow” and by ignoring the commercial model we retained quality over quantity.”

This kinship with Martinique’s JM Distillery establishes our personal ties

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and we share a unique story through our mutual experience. We have the privilege to capture part of this “essence” through the Rhum Agricole from JM Distillery and thus enhance our own line of Whisky products with this genuineness whilst maintaining “Our Story” of production. This “essence” that Tyler Dyke mentions is in specific reference to the Laird of Fintry Blue Label, the latest release in the special cask finish series of single malt Whisky. This rum-barrel double wood Laird is aptly dedicated to the seafaring history of the British Columbian coast, recognising that strong association of rum and the sea with the Royal British Navy. Using my British roots to explain my preference for rum rather than Whisky, I was not expecting any typical, Christmas plum pudding, burnt raisin, almost peppery taste as I sipped this newest Single Malt Whiskey. The smoothness of those mashed grain was there but in the background, that after taste, like a ghost, my rum was still there, slightly but persistent. I bought the bottle.

The distillation of spirits to produce alcohol goes back centuries and the production of Rum and Whisky, though produced and “raised” separately, they are now enjoying a “reunion” through this latest trend of “Double Finishing”, which is the process of using more than one barrel to age and mature their contained spirits. This “double wood” is by no means a new concept but in the arena of Whisky maturation it is relatively new and shows no sign of abating. The aging of Whisky in used rum casks have launched a complex portfolio of “double finished” Whiskies with a diverse range of flavours for every discerning customer. This practice has inspired cultural recognition and appreciation, as “common ground” from all different corners of the Globe.

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Princess Amalia

Makes her grand debut in the Dutch Caribbean Islands as a senior working royal.

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The JamaquePARADIS team extends our warmest wishes to the Princess of Orange on this her first visit to the Dutch Islands. We look forward to welcoming her on many more memorable trips to our islands in paradise dotting the Caribbean Sea, glittering in the sunshine like jewels in the Crown she will one day in the future have the high honour to be invested with.

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Opening page: The Dutch Royal Family arrives in Bonaire on the start of their 14 day tour to the Caribbean part of their Kingdom. King Willem-Alexander (brown jacket) is welcomed by the Governor of Bonaire Edison Rijna. Behind the King, descending the stairs of the aircraft is Queen Máxima (blue jacket), then (in white jacket) heir to the throne Princess Amalia - The Princess of Orange

This page: A visit to Aruba’s Arikok National Park by the Dutch Royal Family was a perfect family outing to explore one of the island’s outstanding tourist attractions

L - R: Princess Amalia, Queen Máxima, King Willem-Alexander

Carmen Victoria, Princess of The Royal House of Orange is the eldest child of King Willem - Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and first in line to the Dutch Throne. Now 19 years of age, her parents have begun formal preparations for her to one day head the House of Orange as the Kingdom’s Sovereign. This was also a well needed get away for the Princess, as last year (2022) it was revealed an organised crime syndicate was plotting to kidnap her. This saw the Palace security details requiring the Princess to vacate her university student lodgings in Amsterdam where she is studying Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics.

IIt was the first time most Dutch Caribbean islanders would have met The Princess of Orange , and they welcomed her with open arms and cheers of goodwill!
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King Willem-Alexander launched a commemorative coin with his effigy on it to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Willemstad (Curaçao’s capital) declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Dutch Caribbean islands coordinated a memorable programme of activities and events for The Princess of Orange to help her gain a deep and intimate insight into their island homes.

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The Dutch Royal Family is greeted on arrival at St. Eustatius F. D. Roosevelt Airport by island officials led by Government Commissioner Alida Francis (blue dress standing beside the Queen). Queen Máxima (in orange floral dress) accepts a bouquet of flower

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The Kingdom of the Netherlands is comprised of 4 equal constituent countries — the Netherlands (in Europe), Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten along with the special island municipalities of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba (all 6 in the Caribbean). The start of 2023 was an opportune time to introduce The Princess of Orange to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. From Friday 27 January to Thursday 9 February 2023 (14 days), the Princess and her parents toured the islands and met residents that she would one day reign over. The Dutch Caribbean islands coordinated a memorable programme of activities and events for The Princess of Orange to help her gain a deep and intimate insight into their island homes. They covered topics unique to each island which included culture, nature, colonial history, sports and defence operations, along with in-person community meetings with islanders. JamaquePARADIS is delighted to bring you a special report on this inaugural Royal visit by The Princess of Orange.

BONAIRE was the first stop on the itinerary that saw The Princess of Orange begin her first official visit as a working royal in the Dutch Caribbean islands. Heritage tours of salt pans once worked by slaves, then on to Rincon — the oldest village in Bonaire dating back to 1527 — saw the Princess participate in baking traditional bread and join school children dancing Bari and Simadan to local folklore music. Next stop was the turquoise waters of Sorobon, a favourite for windsurfers and the young at heart. The Princess then took a boat ride through the century-old mangroves surrounding Lac Bai whose preservation in 2019 made the island the world’s first-ever blue water destination, renowned for its sustainability of the ocean’s resources with outstanding diving sites that include Klein Bonaire. Dining at

the Taste of Bonaire Festival was a gastronomic affair in keeping with the celebration of the 2022 World Food Travel Association (WFTA) award certifying Bonaire a Culinary Capital of the World. Here the Princess was entertained with live music and performers on stilts decked out in colourful carnival costumes.

Reflecting on the Royal visit, Governor Edison Enrique Rijna of Bonaire said: “I look back with pride on a successful visit. Princess Amalia has inherited a piece of our beautiful culture, nature, sport and people through everyone’s efforts. I hope that Princess Amalia will keep Bonaire in her heart, just like her parents and grandparents have.” The Governor then gave the Princess a gift from Elements of Bonaire — a locally handmade dichroic piece of glass jewellery reflecting the brilliance of the island’s sunshine reflecting off its turquoise waters.

ARUBA welcomed the Dutch Royal Family with cultural presentations, music, and dances. After meeting Chairmen of various political groups, The Princess of Orange was serenaded by a children’s orchestra and youth choir. Her next stop was the island’s second largest city, San Nicolas, to view its art murals and historic buildings. Some murals were created during the Aruba Art Fair, by international and local artists. She also enjoyed groups of street performers made up of break dancers and carnival performances put on by youth groups. A visit to the Royal Aruba Aloe Vera farm and the Arikok National Park delighted the Princess. The Park, covering 20% of Aruba, is a tourist attraction that inspired the Princess to hike through its rugged dry cactus-filled terrain, meeting park rangers and staff members.

The Princess went on to visit the University of Aruba, attending a lecture on Caribbean law then speaking with students after. On the closing leg of the island tour, Princess Amalia enjoyed the Bon Bini Festival hosted at

From top L - Right: Princess Amalia meets Miss Universe from Curaçao; Children from the island of Saba serenade the Royal Family with the words from the Saba Song; Centre-L: Children in Saba entertain the Royal family with dances from traditional folks songs; Centre-L: Statia Dutch history; Centre-R: The Royal Family joins revellers attired in festive Carnival outfits in Curaçao; Bottom: A dance group in St. Eustatius entertain the Dutch Royal Family

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the famous Fort Zoutman, an historical museum located in the oldest building remaining in the capital Oranjestad. The festival showcased Aruba’s unique culture and history through Caribbean music and dance, as well as local art and food.

Aruba’s Prime Minister Evelyna Christina Wever-Croes said on the close of the Royal visit, “I am certain that the Dutch Royal Family and especially Princess Amalia left Aruba with beautiful memories in their heart. I congratulate Aruba for the warm welcome and presentations provided at the arrival of the Royal Family.”

CURACAO Arriving in Curacao on the patrol sea vessel Zr.Ms.Holland, the Princess was introduced to defence operations in the Dutch Caribbean. On land, the Princess joined her parents in Brionplein (Brion square) where the King inaugurated the King’s Games which saw primary school children compete in sporting games. Then on to Punda district where the King launched a commemorative coin with his effigy to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Willemstad (Curaçao’s capital) declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Designer of the coin, Cleo Maxime, in her statement to the King said, “I … wanted to convey an awareness of history by giving four generations of the Royal Family a place on the coin: next to your portrait, the bridge named after your grandmother Juliana, the bridge named after your great-grandmother Emma, and a nod to the founder of Willemstad, your great-great-grandfather Willem.” In the evening the Royal family dined with twenty-one Curaçaons who have made significant contributions to society. The number of invitees were selected to mark the King and Queen’s 21st wedding anniversary. To end the Royal visit, The Princess of Orange attended an evening ‘JumpIn’ Carnival event on Brionplein featuring vibrant performances. On the Royal Family’s departure, Governor

Lucille George-Wout said: “It was heartwarming to see the warm welcome and informative reception the people of Curaçao gave to Princess Amalia on her first visit to this part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She learned about the beauty of the island, as well as the challenges it faces. We hope to see her back soon, spending leisure time and enjoying all that the island has to offer!”

ST MAARTEN In preparation for the Royal visit to St. Maarten Governor Baly said in a press statement that it would be an honour to host the Royal family and showcase St. Maarten’s rich heritage and hospitality. The visit will be “in the spirit of St. Maarten’s culture, nature, resilience and tenacity as well as our bond with the Royal Family and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.” During her visit the Princess focussed on the role of the emergency services, disaster recovery, and the medical centre in maintaining the well-being of the citizens of the island — as the island is still in recovery mode from Hurricane Irma’s hit in 2017. The role of art on the Colour Me SXM mural route, and gardening were presented to The Princess as projects the island was proactively working on to keep islanders and visitors cheerful. She also engaged with youth groups, the disadvantaged, and elderly persons. On a lighter note The Princess visited Fort Amsterdam and learned about its history and went on a birding excursion in search of the island’s national bird, the brown pelican. The tours ended with a lively youth baseball tournament. The Royal visit closed with the Island’s Governor hosting an evening reception for The Princess and her parents, the King and Queen.

ST. EUSTATIUS The Princess of Orange learned on her visit to St. Eustatius that Statia (as the island is affectionately known) was the first country to recognise the independence of the fledgling United States of America’s 13 colonies who rebelled against British rule. Statia was the first to salute the colonies by firing a cannon on November 16, 1776 when Captain Isaiah Robin-

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From top: The Dutch Royal Family is hosted at an official reception by St. Maarten Governor Ajamu Baly; Centre-L: The Royal Family tours a century old mangrove in Bonaire; Centre: Princess Amalia visits with children in daycare on Saba island; Centre-R: Dutch architects; Bottom-L: Princess Amalia visits elderly residents in St. Maarten practicing crafwork Bottom-R: The Royal Family at Sorobon in Bonaire, a favourite location for windsurfers.

son of the American brig Andrew Doria sailed into the harbour. US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt travelled to St. Eustatius in 1939 to recognise the important significance of the 1776 First Salute and presented a large brass plaque now on display at the historic Fort Oranje. This underscores the significance and value of the Fort for heritage tourism. Plans are in the making for big celebrations in 2026 for the 250th anniversary of the first salute in the presence of the Dutch Sovereign and the US President who have been invited to attend.

Later, the Princess attended a debate with young people speaking about their future on the island (3,500 population). She then watched schoolchildren play in a basketball practice session. She also learned about The Quill/Boven National Park and Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden — featured in the 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die (Barron’s Press). The Princess of Orange also heard about the significance of the 5-sided glass beads used as a form of currency during the days of slavery. According to local legend, the beads reveal themselves to you while you are on an adventure in St. Eustatius. Statia storyteller Althea Merkman remarked, “When somebody comes to the island, if the bead finds you while you are here it means you will always return to the island,” in a reverential tone that she maintained throughout, followed by a hearty laugh. “And some people always do.” It was in this spirit that Alida Francis, St. Eustatius Acting Government Official and Hostess, presented The Princess of Orange with a Statia blue bead as memorabilia of her visit to the island, with many more visits anticipated.

SABA has the distinct honour of having the highest point in all of the Dutch Kingdom. Mount Scenery stands over 2,900 feet, its peak often shrouded in mist. The tiny island (1,500 population) also has the shortest commercial airport in the world, making landing quite an experience for the Princess of Orange and her parents the King and Queen.

The young Royal toured the Saba Electric Company (SEC) to learn of the island’s successful solar parks as it is well on the way in its transformation to becoming energy neutral. Then off to the village of Zion’s Hill for a presentation on lacemaking, a long-standing artisanal Saban tradition which once supported families in the days of the World Wars that saw their menfolk away in Europe. The women left behind with children would sell elegant lace handcrafted pieces to employees in big American companies via mailed packages. Continuing on the heritage theme, the Princess toured the Harry L. Johnson Museum which captures life in a traditional Saban home in a 160-year old sea captain’s cottage with its paintings, furniture, organ harmonium, lace bed coverings, mahogany bed posts adorned with pineapple carvings, a wicker “fainting couch”, etched glass, and many more historic pieces of interest. Before departing Saba The Princess of Orange visited the capital — The Bottom — where she played volleyball and other games with local children on the world’s largest Cruyff Court. Island Governor, Jonathan Johnson, reflecting on the Royal visit said, “We were honoured to host the Royal Princess for the first time on our serene island Saba and we look forward to welcoming her in the future. Despite the intermittent showers, Sabans came out to show their admiration for our Royal Family.”

The Princess of Orange in her closing remarks on her first official working visit to the Dutch Caribbean Islands said, “Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I couldn’t have wished for a better introduction to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. Getting to know all the islands was a wonderful experience and I look forward to returning. On behalf of myself and my parents, I’d like to say: masha danki!” — The Princess of Orange. |

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40 years of study, research, and experience. Our creations are unique, each bag is unique, there is no possibility that there is one equal to the other.

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What is your country of origin and what prompted your desire to move to another state? I was born in Babylon, cradle of the most ancient history and architecture, and my origins have influenced the taste for beauty that has always accompanied me. My father was and landowner, a collector of works of art and I inherited my passion from him for this world. I am a keen observer of nature, which fascinates me for the harmony of shapes and colours, and as a child I used to sit by the river to admire the bright colours of my land so fertile and full of energy. The magnetic force of those places has never left me and is present in the objects of designs that bear my signature. I left Iraq to study abroad and Italy, which I chose as my country of adoption, in helped form my love for art, for architecture, for design, and for fashion. What are the realities with which you had the opportunity to collaborate thanks to your work? I have collaborated with international companies such as Lavazza, Jose Cuervo, Carlsberg, F.lli Gancia, Cinzano, Bavaria, Gordon’s and many others. I think objects must combine functionality and creativity. And it is for this reason that my creations, even those on commission, are the result of study, planning and precision combined with a passion for beauty and the ability to excite, and excite me. Without these requirements, a product is just a product without soul and personality. Can you explain to us what the “Home” bag Collection is for you? The “Home” bag collection is a capsule collection that comes from the synthesis of aesthetic, artistic, and functionality research. These are art objects that have the function of a bag. I selected soft and luxurious textures to which I combined a practical and ergonomic handle in

bamboo and other materials; I also added a hand-finished shoulder strap that allows the bag to be worn as a handbag or on the shoulder. Handcrafted in Italy and in a limited edition, the “Home bag” Collection investigates the colours palette and plays on original combinations of colours that adapt to the personality of every woman and make her perfect at any time of the day. Finally, the name pays homage to the house as a symbol of security that hides and guards the world of every lady or girl.

What makes your brand special? Our creations are almost all unique pieces, the materials used are scrupulously selected and worked with careful attention to detail. My goal is to go back to the origins of fashion where everything was the result of manual skill and the uniqueness of the product. What are the characteristics that distinguish the Hussain Harba brand? It is a project resulting from 40 years of study, research, and experience. Our creations are unique, each bag is unique, there is no possibility that there is one equal to the other. The peculiarity and singularity of the brand is immediately noticeable, starting from the shape of our bags, which, as the name of the collection indicates, is reminiscent of a real home, with all the functionality and safety that represents for all of us the place where we decide to live. Finally, the fact that the product is made with excellent quality raw materials is essential for us, the result of meticulous research and processing that always aims for perfection. | JP

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Another year of cocktails and fun. Cayman Cocktail Week is a celebration of all things cocktail-y and sip-worthy in the Cayman Islands. Last October (2022) marked the 10th year anniversary Cocktail excitement. This year’s cocktail week runs from October 21 to October 28 with fun and interactive events almost every day. Mark your calendar. www.caymancocktailweek.com

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Over 20,000 visitors attended the world-renowned sailing event offering four days of World Class Racing and wonderfully entertaining nights in keeping with the event’s motto of “Serious Fun”, featuring artistes from the Caribbean, Europe, the United States, and beyond. See you next year!

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A captivating show in which Dolce&Gabbana took part by parading in an exclusive float, Saturday 18th February, on the Barra-Ondina circuit. Numerous guests: artists from the electronic music scene including Major Lazer Sound System, Attooxxa and TropKillaz and a parade of exceptional celebrities.


Stocking JamaquePARADIS in their rooms, spas, and lounges.


Four Seasons Resort & Residences

Belmond Cap Juluca



Jumby Bay Island, an Oetker

Collection of Masterpiece Hotels

Tamarind Hills


The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Private Jet Terminal


The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

The Rosewood, Bahamar


Cobblers Cove, Relais & Chateaux

Port St. Charles Villas & Marina

Port Ferdinand Luxury Residences

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Crane Resort


Rosewood Bermuda

Rosedon Hotel

Azura Bermuda


Harbour Village Resort


Rosewood Little Dix Bay


The Ritz Carlton, Spa

The Westin Resort Spa

Kimpton Seafire Spa


Gran Hotel Manzana

Kempinski, La Habana


Baoase Luxury Resort

Airport VIP Lounge


(The Commonwealth of)

Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski


Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Relais & Chateaux

Tortuga Bay Punta Cana

Resort & Club

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas


Calivgny Island

Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club

Airport VIP Lounge


Hôtel La Toubana

Villas Chez Flo


Round Hill Hotel & Villas

Half Moon Hotel & Villas

The Cliff Hotel Negril

Island Outpost Properties — Golden Eye | Strawberry Hill

The Caves

Jamaica Inn


Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa

La Suite Villas


Rosewood Mayakoba, Cancún

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Cancún


Four Seasons Resort

Montpelier Plantation Inn


St. Regis Bahia Resort

Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado Beach Spa

The Plantation Residences, Dorado Beach

Airport VIP Lounge


Queen’s Garden Resort, Hampshire Hotel


Le Guanahani Hotel

Le Toiny, Relais & Chateaux


The Old Gin House

Golden Rock Dive & Nature Resort


The Park Hyatt

Kittitian Hill Belle Mont Farm, Boutique Hotel

Airport Private Jet Terminal


Cap Maison Luxury Boutique Hotel

Sugar Beach, A Vice Roy Resort


Belmond La Samanna


Mandarin Oriental Pink Sands Club, Canaoun Island

Petit St.Vincent Private Island

Sandy Lane Yacht Club & Residences


The Villas at Stonehaven


The Palms

The Shore Club


Ritz-Carlton Destination Club


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An authentic Caribbean sanctuary set in a garden amid lush greenery and the brightest of blooms. The 12,000 square foot facility features 11 treatment rooms, six of which are hidden away in private Nevisian huts providing the ideal environment to enjoy the sounds and scents of Mother Nature. Surrounded by tropical plants and flora and fauna native to the Island, this tranquil escape is complete with a Spa Concierge, product shop featuring the finest in skin care essentials and modern jewellery as well as a relaxing lounge and locker room filled with pampering products, a steam room, and showers. Outside, guests will find an antique sugar copper fountain and gingerbread-trimmed treatment cottages in the West Indian Colonial style. Here, each treatment specialist creates personalised pampering experiences. The Spa’s Herb Garden pays homage to the organic bounty of Nevis and features plants that are used in treatments, rituals, and teas. | JP

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