REAL LIFE Caribbean | Spring 2015

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18 old world inspired villas filled with modern luxuries

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camden HOUSE

tessanne chin





Alfresco dining


tranquility cove




wet your whistle

Standing Ovation



Lust or must






the great outdoors

Black Out



kitchen confidential


grow native

editor's obsessions

perfectly packed suitcase


Local Flora




Home Building


solar 101


Concrete & ICF




the accidental hotelier

swept away

Caribbean echoes



the watercolours

cayman Islands Yacht Club




paneless windows

Nights in Shining Glamour


Ken Thompson & Paul Pearson

John Bird of Martlet Design



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pools that make a splash



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Michael Farrington of Compass Marine



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Daring to be different Contemporary style arrives in Cayman with Camden House. Words by Isy Obi. Photography by Bart Claes and Monika Wojtkiewicz.

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With uncompromisingly modern lines and bold architectural angles, few homes have excited as much interest as Camden House in Grand Cayman. Positioned upon a 15-foot sand ridge, on one of Cayman’s most spectacular shorelines, the futuristic beach house makes an audacious design statement. Serene in its originality, Camden House is the brainchild of London property developer Vidal Brewer and his wife, Lisa. They moved to Cayman with their daughter in 2011, attracted by the islands’ relaxed lifestyle and superior infrastructure. After an extensive search, they chose picturesque North Side for their ultra-modern 8,000 square foot house owing to the 100 feet of prime beachfront and high elevation, allowing for spectacular views across the reef and cerulean sea. Inspired by the innovative minimalism of contemporary Spanish architecture they admired whilst living in Costa Brava, the couple also appreciated the sleek lines of beach villas they had seen on Ibiza and Mallorca.


Working with award-winning UK architects Nicolas Tye, they challenged themselves to create an extraordinary home that would celebrate the natural beauty of Cayman’s north coast in a fresh way. “We didn’t want to replicate anything that was already here,” explains Lisa. By taking on such a grand task what the couple had not expected were the seemingly endless challenges associated with constructing a cutting-edge home in Cayman. As they soon discovered, many of the building materials and construction techniques the home required were not de rigueur on island. Fortunately help was at hand with John Doak Architecture. Harnessing Doak’s 35 plus years of local knowledge and expertise, the couple gained much-needed introductions to local builders, suppliers, engineers and specialist consultants, whilst avoiding many of the more arduous aspects such as building codes and compliances.


“We were delighted to assist Lisa and Vidal in realising their dream of building this unique home in the Cayman,” says John Doak. “The architecture and interior design are spectacularly bespoke, it establishes a new standard of excellence on island.” Cleverly designed and orientated to embrace the best of tropical outdoor living, Camden House’s dramatically angled walls and overhangs maximise shaded outside space and minimise solar gain. Three roof terraces provide ample space for alfresco lounging as well as striking views of the surrounding landscape, including the lush Mastic Reserve to the east. The largest terrace, found on the uppermost level, delivers a 70-foot long party deck complete with garden, state-of-the-art Savant entertainment system, shaded outdoor kitchen and bar and an artificial turf putting green. RL



Downstairs, the light-filled central living area benefits from 38 feet of floor-to-ceiling glass pocket doors that open to the elements, blurring the distinction between the inside and out. A turquoise L-shaped lap pool cuts a sharp angle in the ipe deck mimicking the bold lines above, and then it’s a small step down to their private beach where a pair of hammocks sway invitingly in the ever-present breeze. Inside, the furnishing’s neutral colour palette is enlivened by aquamarine accents. The owners’ love of contemporary art and design is evident in the Pop Art prints that provide splashes of vibrancy, and the collection of 20th century furniture design classics displayed strategically around each room. The streamlined kitchen, complete with Miele and Bosch appliances, was custom-built by award-winning UK firm, Roundhouse Design. Its crisp white lines softened by natural stone textures and oak cabinetry which infuse warmth while connecting the different open-plan areas for cooking, dining, entertaining and working. RL



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Separated from the main living area by a freestanding, concrete bookshelf lined with travel curios and family photos, the snug is an intimate zone designed for quiet contemplation. An adjacent child’s playroom that looks out on a secret courtyard and fourth bedroom is neatly tucked away behind a floorto-ceiling pocket door. Slicing through the three floors of the house, a dramatic steel cantilevered staircase clad in oak and edged with glass divides the house to deliver a pragmatic jolt of modernity upon entering the residence.




Upstairs, all three en-suite bedrooms have glassed-in balconies, providing uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea, justly giving it pride of place. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the master bedroom where a floorto-ceiling glass wall provides a magnificent 180-degree view. In the bedrooms, Lisa has indulged her sense of whimsy. The master bedroom’s decorative accents hint at a softer eclecticism, contrasting with the home’s clean lines. “Vidal prefers a completely minimal look but accommodates my more wild taste,” Lisa laughs. It was this spirit of compromise that carried the couple through the challenges of building a decidedly modern home in the Caribbean.


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Resolute in vision, Camden House brings a new energy to the Cayman Islands. Striking and coolly self-assured, this Caribbean beach house dares to be different, challenging observers to think beyond the box.



Island Girl owerful Known for her p le -changing hairsty er ev s, op ch l ca si mu Chin’s nality, Tessanne so er p t n ce es rv and effe d since winning in lw ir h w a e b life may g all high notes. n ti it h s e' sh t u b The Voice, Fulton. Photography by Taj Stansberry. By Kyle


ith her endearing Jamaican lilt and knockout talent, Tessanne Chin has taken the music world by storm since blowing away the competition to win season five of The Voice and securing a recording contract with Universal Music Group. Performing since she was six years old, the Kingston born and raised powerhouse was urged to try out for the show by close friend and reggae star, Shaggy, with whom she had collaborated on “Never Let Go”. Despite touring for years as a backup singer with Jimmy Cliff and numerous regional hits under her belt, Tessanne was uncertain American audiences would accept her exoticness, a thought that was monumentally disproved by her overwhelming win in 2013. Now changing planes more often than her hairstyle, it’s clear that audiences have embraced her.


RL: How did growing up in the Caribbean shape you? TC: I think living in the Caribbean helps to keep you in touch with the simple but important things that we sometimes take for granted. I grew up very family oriented and was taught to treat everyone with the same levels of courtesy and respect that I would like to be treated with. There was always time for family and friends, music, eating together and fellowship, but there was also great importance put on discipline and responsibility. RL: What do you miss the most about Jamaica? TC: Well, I still live in Jamaica but I travel quite a bit now, so apart from missing my family and friends, I miss the people and the food! I also miss things like waking up to the sound of birds, picking fruit off my dad’s tree and going to the beach.


RL: Growing up who were your biggest musical influences? TC: I grew up with people like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths, but my older brothers introduced me to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and The Cranberries. I’m also very much an old soul so I love people like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and the list goes on and on. RL: What have you learned since winning The Voice? TC: That the hard work and dedication is continuous! It’s not enough to just work hard for a few months to win a competition. The true hard work begins after that and it’s no joke! RL: You were recently in Grand Cayman where you were the surprise guest at the 2014 Breast Cancer Gala Dinner. Were you able to enjoy the island while here? TC: I wasn’t able to do a lot because when working I’m pretty focused on my mission, which is to give a great show. But I did have a lovely meal with my band members at The Ritz-Carlton, so that was cool. And I did notice y’all had some gigantasaurus lizards over there (laughing)! RL: What is next for Tessanne Chin? TC: Apart from travelling and performing, I’m back in the studio recording and working on new material. I’m pretty excited about it. We’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing producers and writers like Phatboiz, Justice league and Lil C of the Hustle Gang Crew. It’s a new direction for me, more soulful, but it feels so right and true to who I am at this moment.

TESSANNE’S JAMAICA EAT: Hellshire Beach at Aunt May’s – fried fish and escovitch with festival and bammy. DRINK: My sister’s house! We always having a great time there. STAY: Hmm, can’t choose just one but I absolutely loved Jamaica Inn. It was so peaceful, quiet and beautiful.

FIRE ROUND What song never fails to move you? Oh Lord, I can’t choose just one! Songs like “I’m Feeling Good” by Nina Simone; “Respect” by Aretha Franklin; "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston; and “War” by Bob Marley. What is your most valued possession? Hmm, I can’t say family because you can’t place a value on how much that means to me. I dunno ‘cause possessions can be replaced so that’s tricky. If you could collaborate with one person, who would that be? Oh, there are so many! I love Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, but also I love Bruno Mars and Sam Smith. Who is your favourite singer? I adore Celine Dion. I think vocally she is just awesome but I am also part of the BeyHive. I love me some Beyoncé! Such a dynamic all-around entertainer. Talk about girl power! What don’t people know about you? I love to read. When you’re on planes as much as I am it becomes a very relaxing experience to escape somewhere else in your imagination.

TWO FOR 2 Tessanne is returning to perform in Cayman on April 17th, 2015. Learn more about Tessanne at:

2 words friends use to describe you: Funny and loyal. 2 things always in your bag: iPhone and a lil’ make up. 2 people you’d invite to dinner: Bob Marley and Princess Diana or Oprah.


SaMsara a palatial turks & caicos HOME grounded in purpose Words by Natasha Were. Photography by Andy Mann.

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leverly designed and lavishly decorated, Samsara is a home of huge proportions, where finding a secluded corner to relax and the space to spread out comfortably, even when at maximum capacity, is never an issue. With space for 20 guests, it’s the perfect combination of resort-style amenities and complete privacy for a large family that enjoys holidaying together. “As our children grew older and the family expanded it was getting ever more difficult to all get comfortable in a hotel, no matter how many stars,” says owner, Linda Crow. “The children wanted their own space, to invite friends along and to make a noise in the pool. We desperately needed a home from home. A place we could all relax and not have to worry about spoiling anyone else’s holiday.” The family had settled on Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) as their ideal island getaway the first time they visited. It had all the Robinson Crusoe attributes they sought – white sand, blue sea, warm sun – along with the first world conveniences of well-stocked supermarkets, fine dining restaurants and an abundance of watersports. Finding the right villa, however, proved more difficult.

After several summers spent viewing properties for sale, they realised that what they wanted – vast amounts of space, elegant design and a private playground for all ages – did not exist. But in 2008 they found something else: three-and-a-half acres of land with 650 feet of immaculate beachfront for sale. The size of the plot, the views, the elevation and the reef just offshore were perfect, all that was missing was the house. Settling on the right design wasn’t so easy. “We wanted something quite different to the existing style of property on island – something traditional with classic elements,” Crow says. They discarded two possibilities before finding the right touch with TCI-based architect Ron Shaw. Rather than designing a single dwelling, Shaw used the natural gradient of the land to create a series of pavilions at different elevations, each of which houses a living area or bedroom suite. This enabled Shaw to give the family the sea views they wanted from every room, whilst providing a variety of spaces, indoor and out, for friends and family to play, sunbathe, eat or relax, either alone or in company. RL



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“Ron’s design for Samsara felt right from the start,” Crow recalls. Completed in summer 2014, Shaw made ample use of timber and stone harvested on the property to give Samsara an organic, natural ambience. The sloping roofs, supported by tapering stone pillars and sliding glass ‘window walls’ enable the owners to enjoy the indooroutdoor living they had envisioned, while also echoing their own ties to South East Asia. A spacious living room with a soaring ceiling lined with strips of Canadian cedar and cooled by a Big Ass Fan opens onto the huge top level of the salt-water pool with views to the ocean beyond. From there, the water cascades down the hillside in a series of tiered pools, each one serving a different purpose: children can play ball or paddle in the shallow pool beside the kitchen, while older guests can relax with a cocktail at the swim up bar, or luxuriate in the vanishing-edge Jacuzzi.



One of the owner’s favourite aspects of the villa – and a masterpiece of design inventiveness on the architect’s part – is the kitchen and dining room. “I was emphatic that even when the villa was full of family and friends we should be able to cook and dine together comfortably, so these rooms had to be much larger than anything Ron had done before.” Housed in its own pavilion, with a curved glass wall that borders the swimming pool, the double-height dining room seats fourteen around a circular table, the base of which is made from local stone

and is illuminated by an intricate coral chandelier. Due to her small stature Crow insisted the kitchen have no cabinets above counter height: Shaw responded by creating a series of interconnecting islands – one for cold prep, another for cooking, a third for beverages, which allowed him to do away with walls on three sides, providing intoxicating views across the island and the ocean. The islands' ingeniously conceal refrigerator drawers, a slide-out range, dishwashers and other kitchen appliances, as well as plenty of storage space.




Between the four bedroom suites and the separate guesthouse the owners can host up to ten adults in lavish luxury. Each bedroom is tastefully furnished with king size beds, inviting seating areas, outdoor showers and private terraces, but it is the owners’ 1,000 square foot suite with an airy sleeping area, his and hers dressing rooms, a double outdoor shower and an ocean view Jacuzzi that really spells indulgence. The children, meanwhile, can enjoy their very own adult-free adventure in a separate bunkhouse. Each side – one for boys, one for girls – sleeps six in queen size bunk beds, and above the sleeping quarters they have their own kids-only loft equipped with games



consoles, smart TV and plenty of cosy seating. Low doorways from there lead out to a wrap around balcony with lots more entertainment, including a fireman’s pole allowing them to slide from one area to the other. Superb snorkelling off the private beach, a tennis and basketball court along with hammocks, a sunbathing dock and relaxation

pavilions ensure comfort and entertainment at all levels and all ages. The realisation of Crow’s clear vision for a sumptuous holiday home that is both a peaceful retreat for family and friends, as well as a thrilling adventure for their children, Samsara is truly a paradisiacal home away from home.




Big is beautiful when it comes to the Arc Lamp from Graham and Green. With confident curves and a distressed shade that glows with a rich, golden patina, this tall beauty takes minimalism around the bend.

A statement piece, the Nautilus Lamp by Luisa Robinson ingeniously presents split bamboo woven into a silhouette that spins within itself. Attached to a mahogany stand and finished with metal accents, it swivels 360 degrees for a practical, yet unpredictable lighting that goes swell with any décor.


OVATION By Kyle Fulton

Like an urban praying mantis, the Grey and Copper Lamp from Idyll Home is a graceful balance of elongated limbs and industrial elements. With a copper plated shade that radiates warm light and a sleek iron stand, it’s heaven sent.


Evocative of a painter’s easel, the Cala Lamp by Joan Gaspar is specially designed for outdoor spaces. Constructed in metal or iroko wood and fitted with a unique shade to cast a warm, flattering light, the freestanding lamp paints the perfect alfresco scene.



Lust: Embrace 1970s space-race design with the smoked-glass and vintage brass Savoy Chandelier from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams., US$1,750.

Must: Create a customised and unique chandelier with Lindsey Adelman’s You Make It Chandelier., US$145.25.

Lust or Must Lust: With intricate fretwork and vintage brass finishing, the Eva Mirror by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is an accent piece to complement every wall., US$795.

Whatever your budget, we’ve got you covered. By Emma Spencer-Smith and Kyle Fulton

Lust: Made-to-order, the Rod + Weave Chair from Eric Trine is simplicity and elegance distilled. Available in assorted colour and frame combinations, this seat is splurge-worthy. www.hawkinsnewyork. com and, US$1950.

Must: Created in 1938, the Butterfly Chair continues to delight with its enduring style and comfort. This handcrafted copper version from The Citizenery shines with masterful finishing., US$750. RL

Must: Handcrafted and composed of iron, wood and mirrored glass, the Cassandra Mirror brings back the 1920s with aplomb., US$395.

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Lust: Adorned with leggy beauties, Nakuru by Juliet Travers, was inspired by the flamingos that line the shores of Lake Nakuru, Kenya., £120 per roll.

Must: Flamingo by Graham & Brown is terrifically tropical adding instant vibrancy to a feature wall., £10 per roll.

Lust: Handcrafted using traditional silk screening techniques, Herringbone by Jonathan Saunders for The Rug Company, weaves a vibrant wonder for your floor., £735 per m2.

Must: In a similar vein, the dhurrie Shapes Rug by Alyson Fox for Hawkins New York evokes the artwork of Mondrian and Albers to paint a soothingly modern picture underfoot., 4’x6’ US$300, available in multiple sizes and colourways.

Lust: Add sparkle to your living area with the Gem Coffee Table by Debra Folz. The octagonal table layers metal and glass to reflect and refract coloured light., US$1,600. Must: A fraction of the price, the Origami Side Table by West Elm adds a stylish touch to any room with its airy brass-finished base and glass top. US$299. RL



Keep on rocking in the Lookout Mountain Rocker. Entirely handmade by the Cochran family for over 30 years, the hand-stretched leather seat can be drawn over a variety of salvaged native hardwoods. Built for generational enjoyment and guaranteed for life, this signature piece rocks you the right way.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s paper cuttings, the Prince Chair designed by Louise Campbell, provides lyrical lightness in contemporary form. Comprised of laser-cut felt-covered neoprene rubber, and part of MOMA New York’s collection, the modern-made throwback will be any room’s crowning glory.

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Appearing to float on a powder-coated steel frame, the El Santo Fur by Christophe de la Fontaine, is a sophisticated take on the classic bucket seat. Fashioned from one piece of sturdy leather and lined with deliciously soft sheepskin, the ultramodern seat leaves ewe happy.

With a sleek, retro-modern aesthetic, the Calvin Chair is a smooth criminal. Upholstered in supple leather, the low curved back is elegantly framed with antique brass finished bars for a look so good it should be illegal.







Accidental Hotelier

Gregor Nassief’s Secret Bay, Dominica

Photo by Deidre Vivas

Secret Bay has graced magazine covers and won a dizzying array of awards since opening in 2011, but building a luxury eco-resort was never part of the original plan. Inspiring and exceptional though the resort is, it really came about by accident. Words by Natasha Were. Photography by Derek Galon.

Unlike other Caribbean islands, Dominica has no all-inclusive resorts, no golf courses and few white sand beaches. What it has in abundance though are rainforest-clad mountains, fast-flowing rivers, shimmering waterfalls and hot springs that bubble up out of the ground. Frequently dubbed the Nature Island, it is a nirvana for those who love the outdoors and a land of opportunity for those who dare to dream big. Generously scattered across four acres of the island’s lush rainforest on the northwest coast, enjoying sweeping views out over the Caribbean Sea, stand six supremely elegant villas and bungalows. Appearing to float above the treetops, with floor to ceiling windows, and walls that fold away to let the outside in, Secret Bay immerses guests in its pristine jungle surroundings. Owner, Gregor Nassief, was neither a hotelier nor an environmentalist prior to developing Secret Bay four years ago. Although his father and brother were shareholders of Dominica’s largest hotel, Fort Young, Nassief never intended to follow in their footsteps. As a youngster he entertained notions of becoming a heart surgeon, and later a poet. Then the world of computers drew him in and after a stint studying in New York, he moved to

Latin America and set up a software technology business. Although Nassief had not lived on Dominica since he was five years old, he visited regularly, and Secret Beach had always been a favourite place. “It’s rugged there, where the jungle meets the sea. I went there every year as a child and used to free climb the cliffs around Secret Beach with my cousin Jean Claude,” he recalls. “Even then, I had a dream of returning ‘home’ one day and Secret Beach was at the centre of that vision.” Then seventeen years ago, while back on a visit from Latin America, Nassief's father told him of a parcel of land for sale above Secret Beach and he wasted no time in purchasing it. Over the next decade or so he acquired neighbouring parcels until he had a 4-acre plot of pristine forest, with a river running through it, two beaches at its base and a sea cave. “The land I had been acquiring was to be our family home. I had convinced my wife, Sandra, who I met in Venezuela, to return ‘home’ with me,” he explains. “The idea was to live there and continue managing the business in Latin America.” As a wedding gift his father-in-law, celebrated Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas, gave Nassief and his wife the plans for the house of their

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dreams to be built on that land. Once they looked at the plans in detail, however, it became apparent the house was too big for the plot. While he has never claimed to be especially ‘green’, a deep-seated love for the pristine nature of his island home made Nassief instinctively want to protect it. “We would have had to excavate and build retaining walls and so forth, and the one thing Sandra and I agreed on is that we did not want to ‘change’ the land. We wanted to build something that would fit into the landscape, so that if you passed by at sea you would not even know it was there.” And so that dream came to an end. But a different one began. Rather than shelve the dream completely, they adapted it. Inspired to share the island’s untrammelled beauty and their own vision of a stunning, sustainable home, they scaled down the house plans and built Zabuco, an impossibly romantic honeymoon treehouse, which was voted Third Sexiest Bedroom in the World at the Smith Hotel Awards. Built from sustainably sourced hardwoods, flooded with natural light and filled with locally crafted furniture and a state-of-the-art kitchen, it’s the perfect place to escape reality in unparalleled comfort. Five more villas and bungalows soon followed, each featuring the same warm, sunlit wooden interiors and ample, breezy decks. With outdoor showers, private infinity pools and Jacuzzis overlooking the

forest, each offers unfettered luxury and an appeal all its own. While the very mountainous topography of Dominica – and hence its small airport – creates a natural barrier to mass tourism, Nassief has no intention of undermining the exclusivity that Secret Bay offers. He plans to add just two more villas to the existing site, and a Residences project for those who want to own their own home on an adjoining piece of land. The tagline ‘Embrace Simplicity’ captures the essence of what Nassief’s Secret Bay is perfectly. It’s a new interpretation of luxury: a place where guests have the time and space to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life – the sound of birdsong, the flavours of freshly picked fruits, a cool breeze on a hot day. There may be no restaurant, no front desk and no shared swimming pool, but never has less been so much more. Now firmly settled back in Dominica, with Secret Bay earning rave reviews, Nassief is turning his attention once again to building his own home amidst the natural splendour of the island. Whether he succeeds in this or is again waylaid, whatever he does will be guided by his commitment to ensure that all the things that make Dominica special today, will remain tomorrow. RL



Bow Down Stick a pin in everyday design with Debra Folz’s noteworthy golden Archery Tacks. Adding edge and whimsy to an ordinary object, they refuse to be a footnote.

Sun God Get that just-back-from-holiday radiance all year long with Nars Body Glow. Blending Monoï de Tahiti oil with macerated tiare flower buds, this luxurious lotion lets you shimmer like a bronzed goddess.

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obsessions editor's By Kyle Fulton

Twinkle Twinkle Exquisite. Unique. Decadently casual. Whether you stack two or ten, Ippolita’s Mixed Gold Bangles bring an easy glamour to everyday accessories. A delicate combination of brilliant diamonds and gold, they are eternally tasteful.

Finger Lickin’ Good Give the tropics a run for their colour with Habit nail polish. This all-about-eco brand uses Myrrh extract to naturally strengthen nails and eschews all nasty chemical for lacquers so hot it hurts.

Hide & Seek Be bold at the beach with Maslin and Co’s statement-making Animal Hide Towel. Inspired by 70's hedonism and beach vagabond culture, the exotic brushed-cotton, ultra-absorbent towel offers an über glam vibe to unleash your inner animal. Available in multiple colourways and patterns.

Conscious Carrier Have bag will travel. Perfect for an impromptu getaway, the Teardrop Ikat Weekend Bag sports a roomy lined interior, leather finishing and eye-catching print. Better yet, Rising Tide Fair Trade’s commitment to fair wages means you can globetrot knowing the world is now a better place.

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Swept Away

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In a region where the bar for luxury keeps on rising, staying ahead of the competition can be a tall order. Each of these unique resorts, however, is guaranteed pick you up and transport you to a fresh and exciting new world. Words by Natasha Were

Caribbean Club, Grand Cayman

Designed and executed for those who enjoy the finer things in life, the Caribbean Club combines classically elegant accommodation with exquisite Italian-inspired cuisine and unparalleled service. Small, but perfectly formed, the resort offers just 37 luxuriously appointed suites and villas, each equipped with a gourmet kitchen and direct access to the pure white sands and endless ocean views of Seven Mile Beach. A place to leave your cares behind, the warmly welcoming staff will take care of your every need, from daily housekeeping and turn downs to an exceptional concierge service where any sea or land based activity you care to dream of can be arranged. Spectacular sunsets nightly are complimentary.




Trident Port Antonio hotel, Jamaica

The 13 villas that make up the Trident Port Antonio Hotel create a sanctuary where guests can step back in time and indulge in the mellow, easy living of the 50's and 60's. Modernist in design, the spacious waterfront villas, each with a private plunge pool, exude an understated glamour, their cool, airy interiors decorated with a carefully curated selection of artworks and furnishings. The ocean-edge infinity pool and private beach invite long languid days, and when the sun sets, music, cuisine and culture come to life at the resort’s sultry speakeasystyle supper club, with superb live jazz and bop, paired with Jamaican and Japanese culinary creations.



Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Conceived as the ultimate luxury tropical playground for all ages, and spanning 7,000 acres, Casa de Campo’s choice of amenities, dining and recreational activities is unrivalled. The three Pete Dye-designed championship golf courses are only the tip of the iceberg: tennis courts, polo fields, a beach, marina and shooting facility ensure that active guests are entertained from sun up to sun down. Accommodation choices include chic hotel rooms and sumptuous villas, and parents can choose to engage in activities en famille or take advantage of the many supervised kids’ programmes. Whether it is sports, gastronomy or relaxation one seeks, this seaside vacation village is all about the pursuit of pleasure.




Open & Shut

Smooth out travel wrinkles and arrive in style by packing practicality into your suitcase.

By Kyle Fulton

Image courtesy of Lilly Pulitzer. Available at The Cabana, Camana Bay.

Begin with basics

First and foremost, know the purpose of your trip. I know, thank you Captain Obvious, but by identifying the aim of your holiday – business? pleasure? both? – and taking into account events, weather and activities to experience, the clever traveller can streamline their suitcase to become a travel ninja. Make use of a beautifully crafted Mara Collection Marshall Travel Wallet and stash all important documents in one gorgeous place.

Embrace simplicity by purchasing a carry-on suitcase that is permissible on all international airlines. Go top shelf with the gorgeously crafted Candy Case from Aspinals of London, which is handmade from navy lizard print Italian calf leather with a silk mix signature interior lining.

Pack ‘em, stack ‘em

Approach packing like a pick n’ mix and select items that work in multiple ways, and always think in outfits not individual garments. Then divide and conquer. That’s right, now put away half of what you

brought out; it helps to determine what are essentials versus add-ons. When it comes to shoes the holy trinity is: a sandal, a runner and a heel. Save space by bringing an assortment of lightweight accessories to revitalise outfits. A statement jewellery piece like Ippolita's Gold Stardust Multi-Branch Bangle instantly elevates a maxi dress from casual to chic.

To roll or not to roll?

Rolling clothes definitely saves space and, if done properly, dramatically reduces wrinkles. Like most things in life, the key to success is in the preparation – lay the garment flat, fold in half, roll tightly. If the item is particularly flimsy, roll it into a bulkier item. Roll trousers from the hem upwards.

Tag Time

We all know the benefits of using personalised luggage tags – they help identify your bag on the carousel, they contain important information for if your bag gets lost, but best of all they let you add flare. This fresh tag from HarLex is a stylish choice.

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Caribbean echoes

Strikingly atmospheric and suffused with light, Melanie McCollin-Walker’s landscapes and seascapes inhabit a realm suspended somewhere between fantasy and reality. Words by Natasha Were


t her first solo exhibition in 2011, she hid in the kitchen, not believing anybody would show up. Describing herself as the least artistic among her school friends growing up in Barbados, she never dreamed that every one of her paintings would be sold, and that exhibition would turn what had been a hobby into a thriving, full-time career. Four years on, she spends each day in her studio, with the music turned up loud, enjoying a one-woman painting party. Considering McCollin-Walker’s carefree Caribbean upbringing, the view between the high-rise buildings of bustling Singapore, where she now lives, might seem an unlikely inspiration for her wild, open landscapes but, she reveals, she does not paint from photographs or real-life RL



views. Instead, she takes an emotion, a reaction or a memory and works backwards from that to build up abstracted dreamscapes. “I think I am quite an urban girl at heart,” she says, “but when my imagination takes me somewhere, it’s never to the city. It’s always to escape, to run away and be somewhere more open. And I believe that’s why people respond to my paintings – because they are a window into an alternative reality.” Her ability to capture the dramatic, emotive quality of gathering storm clouds, wind-swept seas and misty woodlands has been compared to the J.M.W. Turner, the renowned ‘painter of light’. Working mainly in acrylics, she builds layers – both physical layers of paint, and layers of reality woven into layers of fantasy – to create texture, depth and a distinctive atmospheric quality. The memory of the turquoise hues of the ocean of her childhood frequently weave themselves among these layers. Because she does not paint figuratively – it’s more a sense of trees, a horizon or a mountain than a clear rendition – the challenge is to breathe emotion into her canvasses. In order to preserve this magical, dream-like quality of her work, she never signs the paintings themselves (only the back) so as not to ruin the illusion of these other-worldly scenes. RL

Almost as intriguing as the paintings themselves are the titles she gives them. She invests a great deal of thought into each name – Here I Stand, Quiet Surrender, And He Sang As He Watched and Waited – to imbue with them with a special identity that will resonate with their eventual keepers. A self-taught artist, McCollin-Walker compares each painting to raising a child: the challenges and the rewards create a special connection between herself and her creations, so that sending them out into the world, into the care of others, can reduce her to tears. And yet, she says, in many ways she is merely a conduit for the art. Even while she is painting it, each work already belongs to somebody else, somebody who will connect to it emotionally, who will cherish it and ultimately add their own stories to what she has begun. Previous page: Rhapsody; acrylic and mixed media on linen, 2011. Melanie McCollin-Walker in front of Untamed and Dauntless; acrylic and mixed media on linen, 2014. Above: Awakening; acrylic and mixed media on linen, 2014. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Atonement; acrylic and mixed media on linen, 2011. Ringing In The Wind: acrylic and mixed media on linen, 2014. Reflecting on a Memory; acrylic and mixed media on linen, 2014. To view more of McCollin-Walker's work visit: or email:



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Alfresco Dining Grand Cayman has no shortage of award-winning chefs and excellent restaurants, but for ambience it is hard to beat the simple pleasure of good food consumed outdoors, whether under sunny skies or by the light of the moon. Words by Natasha Were.

The Wharf

With the Caribbean Sea gently lapping at the deck, live harp music filling the air and the sun slowly sinking out of sight, there can be few more romantic spots than the Wharf’s waterfront location. The superb setting and timeless style of one of Cayman’s most well-established fine dining restaurants are matched only by their culinary creations: fresh lobster, top-quality Angus beef, and basil and pistachio encrusted seabass, are just some of options that show off the chefs’ winning combination of international flavours and local ingredients.

The Bistro

Award-winning chef Sean Collins, already well known for his upscale catering at Mise en Place, now brings his love of classic French cuisine to the heart of Seven Mile Beach. Simple, authentic bistro-style dishes, ranging from steak tartare to caramelised apple tart, are perfectly complemented by a careful selection of predominantly French wines and champagnes. Friendly service and modern vintage décor creates a convivial atmosphere that invites diners to linger for longer, whether seated indoors, or under the stars on the patio.



One of the few venues where one can eat with ringside views of the setting sun, the Marriott’s freshly renovated beachfront restaurant, Veranda, brings vintage-inspired boho-chic to the seaside. The re-invented restaurant sits directly on the Seven Mile Beach with ample seating on the breeze-cooled terrace. The upgraded menu focuses on fresh fish, simply prepared, including seafood classics such as bouillabaisse and fish and chips, with a Caribbean twist, plus the enduringly popular and extravagantly indulgent Lobster Fete.


One of Grand Cayman’s most exciting new restaurants, Catch offers a superlative waterfront location, impeccable service and, as the name implies, the freshest catch of the day. Created by the dynamic duo behind the highly acclaimed Agua, exquisitely prepared, fresh local seafood is the star of the show, with a supporting cast of decadent meat dishes and signature cocktails. Located in the home of the former Morgan’s Harbour, the views remain unchanged whilst an extensive remodel brings casual elegance and contemporary flair to the well-loved location. RL



Wet your Whistle

Enjoyed the world over for thousands of years, wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Yet it can be notoriously difficult to pick the perfect bottle, especially when keeping within a certain price range. Here to cut through the plonk, three of Cayman’s ultimate oenophiles share their high-low favourites.

GLASS 3 A graduate of the Culinary College in Salzburg, Austria, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine in Christchurch and the Boston Grapevine School, Christian Esser hails from Austria but has called Grand Cayman home since 2009. With a deep knowledge of wines, Esser helps wine enthusiasts navigate the world of wines.

Cayman Distributors Group

The Tasting Room & Wine Cellar

Originally from Canada, Lee Quessy developed a passion for wine while living in Sydney, Australia. In 2009 he completed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust programme to earn his sommelier certification, joining The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman in early 2010. After a year as their in-house sommelier, Quessy was recruited to Cayman Distributors Group as a wine sales representative.

Born in Tuscany in the heart of the Chianti wine region, Mario Lacoviello combines over 30 years’ international experience in the hospitality industry with an immense passion for food and wine. Co-owner of The Tasting Room & Wine Cellar, Mario is known for discovering unique wines and offering exceptional wine recommendations.

High $ Albariño Contrapunto

Craggy Range

Rías Baixas 2012, Spain $28 Bright and clear, with a gorgeous lemon colour, this wine expresses fine aromas of peach and tropical fruit with a pleasant touch of floral connotations. It has a vibrant acidity that prolongs its persistence for a wine the goes well with seafood, white meats and sushi.

Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Martinborough, New Zealand $25.09 Aged in old and new French oak barrels, this wine expresses rich flavours of fresh lime, lemongrass, ripe nectarine and citrus. A powerful, crisp wine with a clean, dry finish, it goes well with seafood and poultry.

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Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Mendoza, Argentina $15 With gooseberry, passion fruit, matchstick and grassy aromas, this dry, elegant wine pairs well with shellfish and rich fish. Its bouquet of flowers mixed with exotic fruits is fresh, round and somewhat lean, with just a bit too much sulphur on the finish to shine. RL

Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand $17.99 Great with fish, salads and white meats, the wine’s fresh aromas and flavours of nectarine, peach and gooseberry are followed by fresh acidity and a clean finish.

Neno de Viña Somoza Godello Valdeorras 2013, Galicia, Spain $25 Aged in contact with the lees, this wine delivers expressive yet delicate fruit aromas of francs, flower, white stone and a touch of sulphur. The palate is medium-bodied with a hint of sweetness that goes well with seafood, fish and salads.

Almadi Chardonnay 2013 Veneto Villa, Valpolicella, Italy $14 Bottled young and fresh, with a distinctive fragrance of melon and apple and a clean, dry fruity flavour, makes this wine highly versatile. Delicious paired with cold seafood or seared sea scallops.


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Bricco del Cucu

Cakebread Cellars

Langhe DOC Rosso 2009 Diavolisanti Langhe, Italy $33 The union of two opposite worlds: the Dolcetto and the Merlot, Diavolisanti presents a dynamic bouquet of fruity and minty with mineral scents. A complex red that demonstrates great vigour and persistence, it goes well with beef, pork and game.

Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, USA $68.59 A classic Bordeaux blend, this full-bodied wine with supple tannins and a long finish maximises expression of fruit and terroir. Excellent with rich meat dishes, it presents distinct fruit aromas, while flavours of dark berries and cassis are joined by chocolate and roasted coffee.

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Malbec, 2013 Mendoza, Argentina $15 Flavours of stewed berry and black cherry are quickly trailed by oiled leather, fresh berry bramble, mocha dust, sweet tobacco, violet and a lovely hint of graphite minerality. With mellow tannins, this inky red has a delicate, good structure that pairs well with beef, spicy food and hard cheeses.

Villa Corniole Petramontis Teroldego Rotaliano 2011, Alto Adige, Italy $28 Refined on the nose with good tannins, this ruby-coloured red offers powerful fruitiness with hints of raspberry and redcurrant. With a dry, firm finish this balanced wine goes well with roasts and red meats.



Cabernet Sonoma County, USA $23.39 Great paired with red meats and hard cheeses, this wine’s weight, structure and well-integrated tannins presents dark berry aromas, tea, tobacco and cedar. Aged in American oak barrels, its a full-bodied, classic Cab that is packed with black fruit.

Nero D’Avola, 2013 Sicilia, Italy $16 An intense garnet-coloured wine with violet hues and a complex perfume of forest fruits and blackberry with notes of violet and cloves. On the palate it is full-bodied and rounded with soft tannins and a clean balancing acidity. It pairs well with Italian meat dishes.


Wine School 3

Wine 101 class

Glass 3’s latest business venture, Wine School 3, aims to provide high-quality training in the field of wine education. Certified by the Wine Spirits Education Trust (WSET) of London, United Kingdom, it is the second company in the Caribbean to be certified by the international organisation. Courses are for individuals who would like to enter the beverage service industry or those who wish to become certified sommeliers. To learn more visit: or call 345.938.0458.

Bar boredom and pour some knowledge into your Monday with the West Indies Wine Company 'Wine 101 Class'. Hosted by in-house sommelier, Shaun Merritt, the complimentary class runs from 6-7pm and covers a variety of topics while offering wine samples to reinforce learning. Now that’s something to cheers about. To learn more visit: or call 345.640.9492.

THE Tasting Room CUSTOM WINE TASTINGS A boutique, eclectic wine and gourmet food store, the Tasting Room also offers custom wine tastings for any sized group or budget. Each wine is paired with two or more freshly prepared nibbles, so guests can sip and sup while learning about legs and lees. To learn more, visit: or call 345.322.4925.

GET 10% off at the tasting room when you mention REAL LIFE. RL

Please drink responsibly.

Please drink responsibly.



Mouth-watering meals Make the most of Cayman’s fresh-off-the-hook seafood and locallygrown ingredients with recipes from six of the island’s most beloved restaurants. Featuring light and zesty mussels, tangy beets, succulent sea bass and more, these meals are designed to tantalise tastebuds. Roasted Beet Salad with quinoa And yogurt dressing (serves six)

2 lbs yellow beets • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 cups cooked quinoa • 1/2 cup red onion, shaved 1 cup shaved radishes • 1 cup toasted almonds, lightly crushed • 1/2 cup mint leaves, torn 1 cup yogurt dressing (recipe follows) Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Place washed beets in a pan, in a single layer, season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Bake beets for 25-30 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife. Remove from oven and gently peel by rubbing with a kitchen towel. Allow to cool. Cut into 1" wedges and set aside.

MUSSELS (serves one-two)

To assemble the salad, combine the beets in a bowl with the quinoa, red onion and radish. Dress with yogurt dressing until well coated, divide amongst six plates and top with the toasted almonds and mint leaves. Yogurt Dressing 1/2 cup Greek yogurt • 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 Tbsp honey • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds • 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1 Tbsp kosher salt • 1 Tbsp freshly cracked black pepper

2 lbs mussels • 1 leek white part thinly sliced • 3 garlic cloves, chopped • 4 oz white wine 4 oz butter • 1/2 cup tomato, diced, no seeds • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 2 Tbsp parsley Heat pan medium to high heat with olive oil. Add mussels. When slightly starting to open add leek, white wine, butter, garlic and tomato. Sauté. Once mussels have opened, add parsley and salt and pepper to season. Created by chef Jon Herzog, Catch

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Keeps sealed in the refrigerator for about a week. Created by the chefs of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink,

Garlic Chili PRAWNS (serves one)

5 prawns • 1 Tbsp garlic herb butter (recipe follows) •1 tsp red chili flakes • 1 tsp sliced garlic • 1 tsp Pernod • 1 Tbsp white wine • 2 cherry tomatoes quartered • 2 tsp olive oil • salt and pepper Heat garlic and prawns in olive oil on medium high heat. As prawns start to change color add chili flakes. When prawns are pink, deglaze pan with white wine. Reduce until liquid is almost all gone. Add Pernod and reduce. Turn pan off just as prawns are cooked through (16/20 prawns cook in about 4-5 minutes) Add tomatoes to warm them. Add butter (works best if it’s fairly cold). Toss prawns with butter to make the sauce. Garlic Herb Butter (can be rolled in a log and saved in refrigerator) 1lb butter • 1 bunch parsley, stems removed • 1 bunch tarragon • 15 cloves garlic Add all ingredients to blender or food processor and combine. Created by chef, Sean Collins of The Bistro,



Seafood Mixed Grill (serves two)

2 x 4 oz fillets of seasonal fish • 4 oz mixed herbs • 5 oz olive oil salt and pepper • 1 sea scallops • 13-15 shrimp • 5 fingerling potatoes 0.2 oz butter • Pinch of parsley Marinate the fish in herb mixture with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place on a grill with scallops and shrimp until done to your liking. In the meantime, sauté or roast fingerling potatoes with butter and parsley until tender. Pineapple Sauce 0.2 oz butter • 1 Lemongrass • 2 oz ginger root • 3 cup • fresh pineapple juice Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger and lemongrass, stir for a few minutes, then add pineapple juice. Bring sauce to a boil, then keep on a low heat until it reduces. Remove seafood from grill and assemble on plate. Serve with potatoes, sauce and sides such as charred lemon, grilled watermelon or grilled eggplant. Created by the chefs of Abacus,

Basil AND pistachio crusted Sea Bass with lemon grass baby clam sauce (serves six) Basil Pistachio Crust 2 cups soft butter • 1 1/2 cups white toasted bread crumbs • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, toasted and chopped • 1/2 cup basil, chopped • 1 egg yolk salt and pepper • lemon juice Whip butter until fluffy. Add all ingredients. Place on cling film and roll into a log, put in fridge for three hours. Lemongrass and Baby Clam Sauce 1 medium chopped onion • 1/2 cup leeks, chopped • 2 Tbsp butter 3 stalks lemongrass • 1 cup white wine • 3 cups fish or light chicken stock 3 cups heavy cream • 2 bay leaves • 1 can baby clams • salt and pepper In a heavy saucepan melt butter and add onions, leeks and bay leaves. Sauté for two minutes, deglaze with wine and reduce to half, then add the lemongrass, stock and cream and reduce to about half or until it thickens slightly. Blend and strain, pour back into a saucepan and finish with baby clams and seasoning. Fish 6 x 7 oz sea bass filets • salt and black pepper • Lime juice • olive oil Season the sea bass, grill on both sides and place in the oven for five to six minutes (375˚ F). Slice the basil and pistachio crust in to 1/2 inch slices and place on top the fish and broil until the crust is golden brown. Serve with vegetables and potatoes. Created by the chefs of The Wharf,

Lobster Mango Salad (serves six)

Mayonnaise 5 egg yolks • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard • 1 pinch salt • 1 litre vegetable oil Gently mix the egg yolks with the Dijon mustard, add the salt the slowly add the vegetable oil while continuously whisking until you get a firm mayonnaise. Filling 1 red onion finely diced • 1 red pepper finely diced • 1 green pepper finely dice • 14 oz of lobster tail meat cooked and cut to dice sized chunks • 1 0z Brandy • 2 fresh mangos cut to dice sized chunks pinch of salt and black pepper Mix all of the filling ingredients into 1/2 of the mayonnaise. Serve with steamed asparagus and fresh mango. Created by JP Gorley, Executive Chef, Lobster Pot


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The Great Outdoors

Outdoor kitchens were practically made for island life. Here, a look at cooking, entertaining and relaxing under the Caribbean sun. Words by Maria Carter


ild climates and breathtaking views are the norm in the tropics — and the desire to bask in nature’s glory is, well, natural, whether you’re savouring a leisurely breakfast or hosting a dinner party. Outdoor kitchens allow one to do just that. In fact, Antigua-based interior designer Charmaine Werth says feasting under the sun and stars has become so prevalent that many clients no longer have an interior dining room. So what goes into creating the ultimate alfresco space? Here, Werth, shares her tips and insight. The View One of the design advantages of patio spaces is that walls don’t restrict them. If you’re fortunate enough to have a view of the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean, make it your foreground, says Werth. A garden focal point can work equally as well, lending a Garden of Eden feel to the space, she adds. RL

The Equipment The grill is the star here, and there are options for every budget, ranging from countertop grills and ceramic smokers to built-in charcoal units to professional-grade gas models with rotisserie spits. Wood-burning pizza ovens add another functional (and aesthetically pleasing) element. In addition to a nice, deep sink, abundant surface space makes meal prep a breeze — choose a sturdy, stain-resistant material like granite, tile, or concrete for countertops. Custom cabinetry that locks (for keeping dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils, etc. outside) and dishwashers are two elements worth splurging on. “The more time people are spending outside, the more they’re treating it like their secondary kitchen and living area,” she says. Wine coolers are a good investment, too— what’s a soirée without proper refreshments?


The Atmosphere An open-air room should be as inviting as one inside the home, as such, Werth treats the spaces the same: “There’s a lot of emphasis on lighting, on comfortable seating, even on daybeds — whatever you can do on the inside, you can do on the outside.” For elements that set the tone and touch the senses, consider including a built-in, weatherproof audio system, a permanent pergola to shade the mealprep area and a cosy fire pit for cool nights. Don’t forget lighting: outdoor spaces need more light sources, both task and ambient. It is often the home’s existing aesthetic that dictates the design direction for an outdoor kitchen. If your home is traditional, modern, rustic, eclectic or otherwise, go for a matching or complementary décor scheme outside. Werth also suggests introducing mixed metals outdoors: stainless steel with bronze and, a favourite with clients as of late, brass and gold. “Today you really can have your outdoors looking and functioning just as beautifully as your indoors,” she says.



Kitchen Confidential By Kyle Fulton

A Touch of Glass Pour colour into the mix with a vibrant jewel tone pitcher and glassware from Two Tone Studios. Made without the use of moulds, these retro-modern containers are a fun way to elevate the every day.

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Hang Time Add some sass to the kitchen with Coral & Tusk’s playful linen tea towels. Intricately hand-embroidered with quirky designs, the durable linens get softer with each use whilst offering a cheeky dose of homey luxe.

Go For Gold Scoop up Muriel Grateau’s exquisite Brazilia porcelain tableware for dishes so delicious you could eat them. The Parisian designer brings a sensual quality to her handmade settings that combine a matteblack finish with silky pure gold.

Plate it Serve up style outside with Q Squared, a line of contemporary melamine dishes from a mother-daughter design duo that specialises in affordable, contemporary tableware. BPA-free and dishwasher safe, these durable dishes come in a broad collection of shapes, sizes and styles that range from traditional blues to vibrant patterns. Available at RL

Right Stripe Dish up the fromage with Nourish Kitchen Table’s Ceramic Cheese Platter. Handmade by Honeycomb Studio and decorated with striking gold glazed stripes, the textured cheeseboard makes any fête whey more special.

Meals on Wheels Roll out the options with this versatile cart designed by Simon Legald. The Block is perfect as a mobile bar, additional kitchen storage or as an unorthodox coffee table. Take living to the next level.



Grow native By Sandy Urquhart,


he Cayman Islands boasts some of the most verdant and lush native flora in the Caribbean. Our warm tropical climate and balmy salt breezes give us an exciting mix of delicate flowers, complex bushes like the Rosemary Bush and robust, visually interesting trees like the Sea Grape. Yet, many times we hear that Cayman’s natural flora is boring, that our terrain has no character. This is not true. The problem is that we are simply not planting and preserving our indigenous and endemic flora and, worse, for years we have been replacing them with generic, nonnative plants. There are numerous benefits to choosing native plants which are by design made for life in this climate: they require less water, fertilizer and care than many exotic species; they are suited to challenging habitats; they are stress-adapted, making them resistant to disease; but most importantly, they provide critical natural barriers in coastal areas and help to prevent beach erosion. When planted and pruned well, local ‘bush’ can rival the most exotic import, enabling you to create a natural and lowmaintenance landscaping solution that is bespoke to its habitat.

know your native plants The Cayman Islands Department of Environment has an online resource of native trees ( or to see indigenous flora in their glory visit SustainableCayman on facebook.

GROW YOUR OWN Once you understand how these native trees, bushes and plants flourish best, purchase seeds or opt for cuttings and seedlings. Every planting is a small but critical step in keeping our island’s special flora widespread for generations to come.

Top: At Casa Luna, large native trees shelter the local and exotic shrubs below. Above: Using indigenous trees along coastlines helps prevent beach erosion and provides a natural barrier during storms. Far Left: At Casa Luna, mixed plants in a sand garden are protected overhead by carefully pruned native trees. Left: A garden of native plants a few feet from the water can help protect the coastline while requiring little maintenance.



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Tranquility Cove

The clean lines and cool white tones of Luxury Cayman Villas’ newest rental property, Tranquility Cove, create a serene oasis where guests can disconnect from the fast pace of modern life and reconnect with friends and family in an idyllic oceanfront location. Words by Natasha Were. Photography by Courtney Platt. Set back from the road on a rarely visited stretch of beachfront on Grand Cayman’s southern shore, the gated two and a half acre estate offers uninterrupted ocean views and unparalleled privacy for groups of up to 16 guests. The location means that all of the island’s main attractions are within an easy 30-minute drive, and a concierge service is available to book excursions and make restaurant reservations. Luxury Cayman Villas director, Molly Thomas, personally redesigned and renovated the property in 2014, transforming it into the ultimate modern luxury villa. Outdoor spaces were reconfigured completely, with a gleaming white marble deck and a shimmering turquoise spillover-pool whilst indoors, common spaces were opened up so that the expansive chef’s kitchen, dining and living areas merge seamlessly into one another and embrace the endless vistas. With six bedrooms, including a bunkroom that sleeps six youngsters and a small child’s bedroom adjacent to one of the master bedrooms, RL





it’s the ideal place for large families to gather. Thoughtful details such as child-sized furniture, a small playground, recreation room and a TV and Xbox One gaming system ensure younger members of the family will never be short of amusements. The elegance of the design however, means the property is equally appealing to groups of friends. The white-dominated colour palette outdoors is immensely soothing and conducive to relaxation, while the carefully selected items of designer furniture, luxury linens and free-standing soaking tub in the master bedroom immerse adults in a world of pleasure. With a fully-equipped, top-of-the-line kitchen, complemented by an outdoor kitchen and a choice of dining areas both indoors and out, it is ideally suited to entertaining – for those less inclined to spend precious vacation time preparing meals, a private chef can be easily arranged. The exquisite infinity-edge pool, with a hot tub at its centre, flanked by submerged sun loungers and fitted with built-in ice buckets is bound to be the focus of social activity. However, clusters of seating in the living room along with two shady gazebos, a hammock strung between the palm trees and 365 feet of beachfront mean there is ample space for


friends and family to spread out and enjoy moments of quiet reflection, if desired. The design and views certainly encourage outdoor living, but that does not mean the villa lacks anything in the way of hi-tech gadgetry: there is fast WiFi and VoIP phones for those that need to stay connected, whilst pre-loaded Apple TV and a state-of-the-art sound system enable gatherings at Tranquility Cove can be as high octane or as low key as each group desires. Tranquility Cove’s 5,000 square feet of modern luxury offer all the style and sophistication of a boutique hotel, but the thought that has gone into ensuring every detail is both aesthetically pleasing and functional at the same time, ensure this is a luxury getaway where everybody from toddlers to grandparents can enjoy a unique island getaway in absolute comfort. For more information, contact: Molly Thomas, email: or visit:



Davenport Development’s latest residential project in Grand Cayman, marries South Beach style with tropical living. Words by Natasha Were.

Ultra-modern in design, with clean lines, sharp edges and ample use of glass, Vela was conceived to bring contemporary, luxury living and a level of amenities usually associated with Seven Mile Beach to the quiet shores of South Sound, but at much more competitive prices. The 20-acre lot across from the Red Bay dock will be developed in three phases, the first of which is slated for completion in February/March 2016. Each phase will be built around an Olympic-length pool and will offer flexible floor plans for one-bedroom condos, and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouses. With over 98 per cent of residences in phase one sold prior to construction beginning, Davenport Development’s reputation as a quality real estate developer clearly precedes it. RL

Continuing the firm’s tradition of maximising outdoor spaces and encouraging alfresco living, Vela residences feature rear courtyards, covered terraces facing the pool and breezy roof terraces. Designed so that access roads and parking are at the rear of the properties, residents benefit from unobstructed views into lush gardens planted with exotic, fragrant trees and shrubs, with a mosaictiled 50-metre pool at the centre. Each pool offers a shallow children’s play area at one end, submerged sun loungers and bubble jet areas for adults at the other, and a shaded cabana for outdoor gatherings. Ideally suited to young professionals and families, on-site amenities include two raised tennis courts with storage underneath, boat parking, two gyms, a beachfront cabana and a clubhouse. Available for more formal

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parties and functions, the clubhouse includes a fully equipped kitchen and exercise room where yoga or other recreational activities can be practiced. Busy professionals will enjoy the peace of mind of knowing a property manager is on-site full time, and will be able to make use of the for-hire concierge service should they lack the time to arrange for groceries to be delivered, pictures to be hung or any one of a hundred other odd jobs on their to-do lists. Vela residences will be built to the same high standards and with the same faultless finishes Davenport Development is known for. Kitchens will be equipped with sleek Whirlpool White Ice appliances, glass cook tops, granite countertops and eye level stoves, and bathrooms fitted with top-of-the-line Kohler appliances. Staying true to their commitment to build sustainable, energy-efficient homes, Vela will be constructed using Flowers Insulated Concrete Forms and insulated, impact-resistant Eurotech Windows, which will withstand the most extreme weather and save significantly on cooling costs. Flat

roofs mean owners will have the option of installing solar panels while water heaters, washer-dryers and ovens will be run on propane to ensure maximum energy efficiency. Looking to the future, each room will also be smart wired to be fibre optic ready. Partnering with local design firm, IDG, Vela residents will have the opportunity to take advantage of contemporary furniture packages from IDG’s new line, Dwell. A moderately priced, contemporary range of quality home furnishings, Dwell incorporates natural materials and upto-date design to make living in style affordable for all. Designed to create the ideal environment in which to enjoy tropical, oceanside living, Vela offers all the security, sustainability and luxury that Davenport Development is famed for, without a prohibitive price tag. For more information, please contact Davenport Development: call: 345.949.4979 Email: or visit:



the high life A day at The WaterColours, Grand Cayman's most luxurious residential development. Words by Isy Obi. Photography courtesy of The WaterColours.


ike magic, at the touch of a button the bedroom blinds glide up to reveal every imaginable shade of blue. Sea and sky melt into one as I revel in the tranquillity and sweeping panorama of the Caribbean Sea from my secluded balcony. Having been conveniently greeted at the airport via car service the night before, the morning almost seems like a dream. I head downstairs with my adorable pug, Stella, for her morning constitutional. She likes to run the length of the property, but with 300 feet of pristine beach to cover she has her work cut out for her. Grabbing a coffee at the espresso bar downstairs I wave 'hello' to my friend Julie before heading out into the sunshine. At the poolside doggie station I notice Stella’s personalised towel and water bowl stand ready for our return. Time to meet my personal trainer in the gym for a session on the Pilates reformer and state-of-the-art Cybex machines. The view of the infinity pool melding into the horizon makes this, the most gruelling part of my day, a pleasure. Before my arrival, Leroy, the residence's extraordinary concierge, has stocked the fridge with my usual groceries so I have everything needed


to whip up a healthy post-workout smoothie. Thoughtfully, he's also left me a note regarding my friend's visit next week confirming that she can be accommodated in one of the sumptuously appointed on-site guest suites while I’m in residence. Smoothie in hand, I head downstairs to the private boardroom for a quick business meeting. Kitted out with state-of-the-art videoconferencing facilities, working remotely feels so easy. After swimming lengths in the 108foot glass mosaic tiled pool, I lean over the infinity-edge watching in awe as the sea’s colours change and understand why they named this property The WaterColours. I contemplate joining a yoga class that has been organised beside the pool when I spy the property’s paddleboards for residents' use. Tempted by adventure on the high seas, I demur when I see that Leroy has kindly laid out a towel for me on my favourite day bed along with icy bottle of water. I settle in for some major relaxation. Well rested, I wander inside to the Owners' Conservatory and poke about the fully stocked Chef's Kitchen finding inspiration for my next

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dinner party. Given the stunning setting and ease of hosting an event, it's easy to get carried away. Deep in thought I amble past the mahogany wood Owner's Wine Cellar stopping to inhale its crisp scent. Carol, the ever-attentive attendant, notices my lingering and offers to uncork a bottle of my favourite Champagne, one of several chilling in my private wine locker. Party planned, I’m ready for a blissful massage in the property’s private spa. It's the ultimate indulgence to prepare for the evening's social activities. Fellow residents gather for an intimate cocktail party in the Owners’ Conservatory. At the bar Carol pours me a perfect Manhattan. Exotic daytime floral arrangements have been replaced with soothingly scented candles and the grand piano plays softly in the background. In the convivial atmosphere we spill out onto the pool deck and marvel at the

famous Seven Mile Beach sunset. Tired from the day's adventures, I'm glad Leroy has organised in-residence dinner service from my favourite neighbouring restaurant Ragazzi. Heading back to my apartment, I stroll through the property's colonnaded breezeway and admire the exotic Omani marble floor tiles and stacked stonewalls. Under the grand porte-cochère I spy one of two top-of-theline Audi’s available for residents’ use waiting to whisk my friend off on her date. Time for a last nightcap on my balcony to enjoy the evening’s sounds – the waves shush gently below while cicadas whirl and stars wink overhead. Today was a perfect day. Where else could one enjoy the amenities of a five-star resort while revelling in the comforts of their own home?

For more information visit: or contact Kim Lund 345.949.9742




In late 2014, the new and improved Cayman Islands Yacht Club was officially launched with a waterfront restaurant, convenience store and amenity-rich docking facilities. Neighbours are enjoying access to a world-class marina while new residential lot sales offer a few fortunate buyers the opportunity to become part of one of Cayman's longest standing waterfront communities. Words by Natasha Were.


ituated along the Seven Mile Beach corridor with direct access to the North Sound, the Cayman Islands Yacht Club (CIYC) had long been a convenient location for sailors and commercial operators to keep their boats. However, for almost a decade after Hurricane Ivan the Cayman Islands Yacht Club remained in a state of neglect. A cursory clean up had enabled it to continue providing dockage for a number of boats, but the funds had not been available to remove the submerged wreckage and the facility remained without fuel or electrical services. In 2011, however, Dart Realty purchased the Yacht Club and over the course of two years invested millions enhancing the appeal of surrounding lands, making one of Cayman's most sought after neighbourhoods even more attractive. The refurbishment bears all the hallmarks of Dart Realty’s commitment to environmentally sensitive, sustainable development. Native plants were chosen for the landscaping, recyclable materials were used for the high-tech docks and walkways, and the mooring system was chosen to have minimal impact on the seabed.

For residential lot opportunities contact Provenance Properties of Cayman: 345.640.7000 or email: For more information on boat slips and services call: 345.747.2492 or visit:

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The dockage capacity was doubled, with over 150 slips featuring individual water, electricity and pump out systems. The whole facility benefits from the peace of mind of a CCTV security system, the convenience of wireless Internet and Pro Yacht's full service maintenance and management on site. On land, the foundations for a thriving boating community have been laid with Anchors, a fuel station, convenience store, café and full service bar. Open seven days a week, it is fast becoming a gathering place for locals and visitors to not only pick up provisions and boating essentials, but to relax with a cold drink after a day out on the water. The recent opening of Morgan’s adds fine dining to the list of amenities. Relocated from Morgan’s Harbour, West Bay, the popular seafood restaurant continues to serve the freshest of local catch along with many of their perennially popular menu items that residents know and love. Beyond providing leisure boaters and commercial operators with a full range of marine facilities, the revamp is also injecting new life into surrounding waterfront residential communities, including that of the original Yacht Club neighbourhoods, Salt Creek and Vista del Mar. The entire Yacht Club area is becoming increasingly walkable with residents biking and walking to nearby amenities, eventually being able to reach Seven Mile Beach on the multi-use trail Dart Realty is building. Dart Realty has released a few lots for sale, capturing the attention of buyers who love coastal living, and plans for additional waterfront lots to be released later this year. With the extensive renovations and amenities CIYC has brought to the Yacht Club community, the area is becoming fast one of the most desirable neighbourhoods on island.

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Dart Realty has released a few lots for sale, capturing the attention of buyers who love coastal living, and plans for additional waterfront lots to be released later this year.


Smarter. Faster. Bolder.

Introducing Cayman’s Top




Howard has over12 years experience in the real estate industry stemming from his BA Hons (Urban Planning).He is a recurrent recipient of the coveted ‘CENTURION’ award for sales production. His skills include marketing and selling properties in constrained time-frames. Howard aptly nicknamed ‘The Facilitator’ is able to facilitate some of the most complex negotiations for his customers. Howard believes that “Real Estate is not just my job, it’s my passion. I will hold your hand throughout the process of buying or selling”

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Samantha has lived in the Cayman Islands for 20 years. Born in Jamaica, educated in Barbados and England she returned to the Caribbean in 1994. Sam is one of the longest standing agents at Century 21 and was recently awarded the CENTURION 2015 Award. Sam, known for her warm smile, offers services ranging from rentals, relocation advice, property management, sales and an overall general knowledge of Real Estate in the Cayman Islands.

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Continually awarded the prestigious GRAND CENTURION AWARD, Amber proves herself, year after year to be a highly successful Real Estate Agent. Amber originates from England and has been on the island now for over 13 years. Amber specializes in Relocation, Investment Properties, Seven Mile Beach Inventory, Property Management and Rentals. In 2013 Amber was awarded Grand Centurion and is globally ranked in the top 1% of CENTURION producers. This alone shows her success rate at linking buyer with seller and getting the deal done.

345.926.0396 • /AmberYatesRealEstate


In 1995, after 10 years as a medic in the Canadian Army, Mark arrived in Cayman and acquired a portfolio of properties along with owning/operating a dive charter company. This extensive knowledge of the island, years of property management and the fact that he has a considerable investment in the market Mark is the prudent choice for your real-estate needs.

345.938.2621• /mark.caymanrealty

CENTURY 21 Cayman Islands, part of the iconic CENTURY 21 Real Estate brand that has been serving the needs of Cayman Islands real estate consumers for over 20 years. CENTURY 21 the world’s largest real estate franchise, announced recently that it has been ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction by the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM. CENTURY 21 Cayman Islands is a full service office, which offers assistance with; Buying, Selling, Tenant Placement, Property Management and Relocation Services. “Despite, CENTURY 21 Cayman’s cutting edge technology and marketing initiatives, customer satisfaction remains the core focus of CENTURY 21 Cayman Islands dynamic and attentive Sales Professionals,” said Howard McLaughlin, Associate Broker, CENTURY 21 Cayman Islands.

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Stefan comes to real estate from a highly advantageous position. Having trained and practiced as an architect in the UK, his design and construction knowledge is unrivaled by most agents. Stefan’s creative marketing approach, relentless hard work and absolute understanding of client’s needs are key to maximizing the success of every single transaction he handles. When you are looking for a Realtor who will listen, advise and guide rather than push, look to Stefan.


Jamaican born, Paul resided for a number of years in Florida before resettling in Grand Cayman 23 years ago. No stranger to the industry Paul has been involved with marketing having owned and operated businesses in Grand Cayman. His aim is to fulfill the needs of all his clients whether they are seeking to Buy, Sell, Build or Rent.

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Simone moved to Grand Cayman from Montego Bay, Jamaica with a degree in Economics and Management studies and has built a reputation for providing well researched advice to her clients. She epitomizes integrity, energy and hard work in every detail of your real estate transaction. Simone is a family person and enjoys spending time with her dog Marley, going to the beach with friends and exercising.


Alex was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland prior to moving to Cayman and joining the CENTURY 21 Thompson Realty team in July 2011. Alex’s background in construction and hospitality along with his knowledge of the local market make him a single point of contact for all your home buying, selling and renting needs.

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Perfectly poised on a double beachfront lot the recently refurbished, Villa Mora offers extensive entertaining & living spaces. Two of the six bedrooms are master suites w/ private balconies, walk-in wardrobes & indulgent bathrooms. Beachfront living includes 75’ pool, hot tub, gazebo & beach volleyball court, surrounded by tropical landscaping.

US$4,800,000 | MLS 401296

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Kool One, Cayman Kai


Cool & contemporary 5100sq ft beach house on 0.65a. Perfectly pairs European style w/island living. Kitchen recently renovated by Pooley.

US $3,640,000 | MLS 404114

CASA LUNA, South Sound

The ultimate in luxury, an intimate community of detached villas surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, steps from the private beach & cove, boat dock, pool & owners lounge.

Starting from US $2,950,000 | MLS 403848-860 MUST SEE

Beach view home

Charming, spacious 4b/4.5b, 2900sq ft end of terrace home set over three floors w/beach & South Sound views. Residents enjoy pool, gardens, parking for two cars, & beach access is just steps away.

CI$574,000 | MLS 403498

Milestone Properties Cayman Ltd in association with Chestertons

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Open water views from this super spacious 4 bed + den family home, recently built to the highest standards plus chefs kitchen, 40ft dock and shaded terrace.

CI $1,629,000 | MLS 403900


Willow Beach, South Sound

One of South Sound’s finest beachfront residences Luxurious finishes throughout, 4 sizeable bedroom suites, great entertaining & living areas. Master suite overlooks the 40‘ pool, sandy beach & reef protected Sound.

Priced to Sell US$3,995,000 | MLS 403061


After unprececednted pre-contstruction sales of the 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom spacious floor plans with visionary architechture and design, sparkling sea views and an olympic lenght swimming pool Milestone are pleased to offer the last unit available on Phase I. Spacious 955 sq ft one bed ground floor condo w/ private patio & terrace leading onto the glorious grounds. CI$249,000 | MLS 403499

San Sebastian


MLS 403990 | 345.925.0332 milestoneCAYMAN NICK SELLARS



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HOME Building Where to Start By Neil Purton, Director for BCQS International

Building a home is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful, expensive and daunting. BCQS Director, Neil Purton, breaks down the process into manageable stages.


First and foremost it is useful to plan out your project budget at an early stage. Establishing how much you can spend on the land, professional fees, house construction, exterior works (such as a pool, landscaping etc.) and furniture is an important starting point. Working with a construction professional to determine the basic parameters to fulfill your home requirements such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as any specific home needs such as a family room or media room, home office, garage etc. will enable a professional to quickly establish the approximate scale and size of the desired residence. Once a ballpark construction budget is established, the construction professional can develop an overall project budget.


The first step to building a home is finding a parcel of land that fits your needs and your budget. As a general rule of thumb, approximately 15-25 percent of your overall project budget should be spent on the land element. If you spend any less, you run the risk of overdeveloping the land, if you spend any more, the scale of the house may not suit the environment or the neighbourhood. When looking for land, it is key to research the areas where you would like to live as well as what you can reasonably afford in those areas; market research and advice from local real estate agents can be very useful. Construction professionals will also be able to advise on practical aspects such as ground conditions, potential for flooding or erosion and availability of utilities.

Building a team

Having found and purchased your land, assembling a team of experienced professionals to work on your project is key. To provide you with the best advice and guidance through the design and construction process, BCQS recommend the early appointment of a construction management company. Some owners have specific ideas on the type and style of house they would like, others need more guidance, and an experienced construction manager can ensure the project is set up with the best design team to meet the owner’s needs.

Gather ideas

When building a house it is very useful to the design and construction team that you compile design ideas and inspirations for your house. Whether done by cutting pages out of magazines, printing pictures off the Internet or using social media tools such as Pinterest and Houzz, this provides the design team with a solid understanding of what you would like the finished product to look like. Starting this process as early as possible allows for a lot of information to be collected and enables ideas to develop in your own mind as to how you see the house look and also functioning from day to day. The whole process of finding land, designing the home, obtaining government approvals, construction, completion and furnishing is a long journey that requires research and careful planning to achieve the desired results. Your house is likely to be your largest single investment so it makes sense to have an experienced professional such as a construction manager to guide you from the outset to make it an enjoyable experience and achieve the home of your dreams.





SOLAR 101 Critical Considerations

With the high cost of energy in the Cayman Islands finding solutions to offset these costs is a universal desire for consumers. That said, understanding the pros and cons of investing in solar panels for your home or business can be quite a daunting task. As with most things in life, not all solar panels or solar panel providers are created equal and often there are so many unanswered or unknown questions it is difficult for consumers to make an informed decision. Words by James Whittaker, Director for Green Tech Cayman. The Investment Like any good investment your primary concerns when investing in solar should be the overall Return on your Investment (ROI) and the risks involved. In Cayman the most popular method of utilising solar power is through connecting to the grid via CUC’s CORE programme, based on the existing rates today, a good quality solar system can provide consumers a 12%-20% return per annum with 200-400% return over the life of the system and should have a 20-25 year warranty. In addition, property owners should ensure their insurance covers the system for peril or storm damage. The combination of iron clad warranties and proper insurance coverage make investing in a high-quality solar energy system an ultra low risk investment. Don’t be fooled by quick payback periods (i.e.- how fast do I make my initial investment back) as your primary reason for making a decision to invest in solar. Not all solar panels are created equal and some providers can be clever in their projections and use this as the primary selling point. This can be misleading as an indicator of a good investment. For example, you might decide to invest in a cheaper solar system for $10,000 that paid back in four years versus a more expensive system at $15,000 of better quality that pays back in six years. However, because the cheaper system lacks the technology RL

and quality of the better system its power degrades over time much faster, you may have an overall return of $30,000 on the cheap system while the more expensive system might give you an overall return of $60,000. So in deciding to save $5,000 up-front you might have cost yourself tens of thousands of dollars. That’s assuming you also don’t have quality problems with the cheaper product over that time period as well.

The Technology The best solar panels on the market today have power outputs ranging from 300-400 watts per panel with approximately 20% efficiency ratings and come with 25-year warranties on the products and the power production. Degradation rate (the rate which the power declines over time from year one to year 25) is also critical, as it will affect the return on your solar investment dramatically. The best panels in the industry today have a degradation rate of 0.18-0.35% whereby the worst performing panels on the market typically being in the 1.0% range and above. The overall durability and build quality should be appropriate for Cayman’s hot, humid, salty and hurricane prone climate. A low cost Asian made panel may be very appropriate for their environment but may not be the most appropriate for our unique environment here in the Caribbean.

The Provider Selecting the right product is key but so is selecting the right provider to design and install it. There may be providers out there who simply sell solar as a side business to their regular day-to-day business and thus do not specialise in solar. You’ll want to ensure no matter what the case, that your provider can demonstrate that they have extensive experience in designing and installing quality solar systems. The best-case scenario is that your provider is an authorised dealer for whatever products he or she is selling. Its much easier and less risky to invest in a system where the dealer is factory trained and is responsible for servicing the warranty; as opposed to someone who has no factory training and may not be an authorised dealer; in that case it may leave you as the client trying to collect on warranty issues directly from an overseas manufacturer if something goes wrong. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask to see performance figures of past installations and request to speak with previous clients. You should also try to verify that the systems your provider has installed previously are performing the way they said it would. Be very wary if providers cannot or will not provide evidence to back up the claims of their products and/or of their prior installations for clients.



Concrete & ICF

The solid choice for tropical builds Words by Natasha Were


he reality of building, whether it is a home or business centre, is one that is rife with decisions and choices, many of which will have life-long implications for the inhabitants. Choosing which building material to use, for instance, will affect not only the construction costs now, but also the edifice’s strength, durability and energy efficiency for years to come. Fortunately, in the Caribbean of the 21st century there is only one truly viable contender, and that is concrete. Used to build bridges, runways, piers and roads as well as houses, concrete has become the most widely used man-made material in the world. But what makes it so good? It’s strong: Made from a mixture of cement, aggregate and water, concrete is as hard as a rock, and becomes even stronger over time. Reinforced concrete can withstand hurricane force winds and earthquakes. It’s durable: The fact that so many Roman buildings remain standing today is because they were built from concrete. An inert material, concrete is not susceptible to rot, mould, corrosion or decay and can last for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It’s versatile: Because it is a thick, viscous fluid when wet, concrete can be poured or cast into almost any shape, from building blocks and beams to decorative balustrades or textured floors. It’s energy efficient: Concrete’s excellent thermal mass slows the passage of heat through a building’s walls or roof, shielding it from extremes of temperature, and reducing cooling costs considerably. It’s fire and pest resistant: A non-combustible material, concrete has a high fire resistance rating and rodents, termites and other pests are unable to penetrate it.

In the Caribbean, where two of the main considerations when building a home are whether it will stand up to the rigours of tropical storms and whether the costs of keeping the interior cool will be affordable, concrete offers clear benefits. All the properties that make concrete ideal for construction can be further enhanced when building homes by choosing to do so with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), a special form of casing for the concrete. ICF's are blocks or panels of insulating foam that are connected with webbing and stack together without the need for mortar – a bit like Lego. Steel reinforcements are inserted into the space between the forms before concrete is poured or pumped in. It makes for a fast, efficient building process and the forms remain in place permanently, forming an insulating ‘sandwich’ around extremely strong concrete walls. For homeowners this double-sided insulation means: • Even lower energy costs as the insulating foam further reduces heat transfer, and therefore cooling costs, which over time can represent a significant return on investment; • Peace and quiet due to the soundproofing qualities of the foam, not only from outside, but also from other rooms in the same building; • No warm or cold spots as drafts are eliminated and temperatures remain even throughout, and; • Improved air quality thanks to better insulation and lower infiltration of allergens. In an age where environmental responsibility has become a driving force in design and construction, there would be little sense in building a home that was not as sustainable and energy-efficient as possible. Concrete’s strength, composition and durability are ideal for the job, and the insulating properties of ICF's multiply the benefits.

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Designed for Flos USA, Michael Anastassiades’ IC Lights was inspired by the effortless ability of jugglers to balance a ball at unexpected angles. Brilliantly balancing a contemporary minimal aesthetic with elegant form, the steel and blown glass lamp’s animated structure emits a playful edge.

Modern yet timeless, the blown glass Aballs Table Lamp by Jaime Hayon for Parachilna is the impressive consequence of a collaboration that combines world-class craftsmanship with traditional artistry. Making use of rich materials, the polished brass base that includes a dimmer comes in two sizes.

nights in shining glamour By Kyle Fulton

Artfully modern, Lee Broom’s Clear Crystal Bulb Table Lamp blends industrial edge with ornamental embellishments for a light that radiates a rare beauty. Elevating the common bulb by way of classic hand cut crystal patterns and a 24 karat gold plated brass base, the shining fixture casts an enchanting spell.


Available in three finishes, the Deyo Table Lamp catches the eye with its wide-body drum shade and sculptural base. Radiating a mid century aesthetic, the aged-brass finish’s warm patina makes for a sophisticated tabletop light.

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ken thompson & paul pearson Since establishing Davenport Development in 2004, this dynamic duo have carved out a niche for themselves by filling a gap in Cayman’s property market to provide affordable, luxury homes that are exceptionally built and innovatively designed. Now working on their fifth project, Vela, the pair share a love for their getaway go-to, but part ways when it comes to their must-haves: Ken can’t live without Island Taste patties while Paul needs to travel. RL: How did you come to be developers in Cayman? KT: After Hurricane Ivan, we decided to try our hands at property development. We were entrepreneurs who thought we could build better value for dollar housing and not deliver cookie-cutter homes. RL: With your developments, what are you trying to bring to Cayman? KT: Great value for dollar and thinking outside the norm. We build using Flowers Foam Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), which results in great energy savings while being exceptionally strong. Owners save money and we build hurricane safe homes. It’s a win-win. RL: Describe your design sense and how it has evolved since the initial property. PP: People are more discerning than when we started and expect a lot of value for money in terms of amenities. On the flipside, they are willing to take chances and this has allowed us to introduce new design elements into our properties. RL: What are you working on at present? KT: We are preparing ‘Vela’ in South Sound. It’s three phases of 56 town-homes. Each phase will have amazing ocean views, an

Olympic-length swimming pool and all the Davenport Development amenities that our clientele have come to love, such as onsite gyms and clubhouses. RL: What are the hallmarks of a Davenport build? PP: Up-to-date designs, building with ICF, lush gardens where people can socialise and be part of a community, great amenities, unbelievable pools and, of course, great value for dollar. KT: By keeping parking to the outside perimeter we are able to design our properties around the pool/garden area. This provides owners with peace of mind that once inside the courtyard gate they can enjoy their home without worry of the kids being hurt by cars or wandering off, since these areas are secured by gates and foliage. RL: What is your design mantra? KT: If we design and build great properties, the clientele will follow. For more info contact: 345.949.4979, or visit:



Getaway: Bungalow #3, Graham's Place, Honduras. Travel companion: My Husband, Randy, and my nephews, Sam and Lee. Mistake: Pouring pea soup over Princess Margaret when I was paying my way through college waiting tables. Vice: Good, icy cold, Sauvingon Blanc. Souvenir: Good memories, art and wacky t-shirts.

Getaway: Bungalow #4, Graham's Place, Honduras. Dining: Casanova by the Sea, Cayman. Vice: Island Taste patties, Appleton Special and Diet Coke. Book: Lord of the Flies by WIlliam Golding. Memory: Waterskiing with my Wife, Wanda on my shoulders in the North Sound when we were first dating.




Perfect for high traffic zones, Davos Tiles are hardwearing porcelain tiles that combine sleek design with neutral finishes. Inspired by nature’s subtle shades and textures, the contemporary tiles are a practical choice for style conscious consumers. Available at Grow your garden to new heights with BACSAC. The flexible containers that are lightweight, durable and come in a range of colours and shapes, including customisation, incorporate double-walled geotextile fabric to maintain the necessary balance between air, soil and water. Frost- and sun-resistant, the recyclable containers are ideal for green thumbs that don’t have heaps of space or desire a garden to go.

The latest from leading fitting company, Dornbracht, Cyprum is a high-gloss 18-carat rose gold finish that makes an elegant statement. Like jewellery for your kitchen, the TARA faucet’s elegant angles and slender shape is enhanced by the warm tones for a tap that’s a true classic beauty. The Cyprum finish is available in various faucet styles.

DESIGN DEN By Kyle Fulton

The first hood that seamlessly integrates into the architecture of the kitchen, Nuage is a highly customisable filtering device equipped with intuitive rotary switch, high performance motor and LED lighting strips for efficient, natural lighting. Incorporating the latest technology with finishes that range from matching drywall, tile, mosaic or paintable iron, this slick appliance feels at home above the range.

Turn up the heat with Scaletta, a genius warming towel rack that is heated electrically and comes in more colours than the rainbow. Designed by Elisa Giovannoni, the aluminium ladder scales new heights with its freedom of design thanks to freestanding and wallmounted versions, both which come with a pulley to roll up the cable. Optional hooks and sponge holders available.



Beauty Sleep

There is nothing more satisfying than slipping into a comfy bed at the end of a hard day, and nothing worse than realising how long the night ahead will be when the mattress is lumpy and the pillows too flat. Fret not, help is at hand with tips on how to spring your bedroom from basic to beyond, so you can get back to those forty winks.

By Kyle Fulton

Pillow Talk The Foundation Like your favourite jeans, mattresses wear out. A good rule of thumb is to replace them every seven to ten years. However, if signs of sagging, lumps or dents are visible replace them sooner. A mattress should be flipped over and rotated four times a year to ensure it wears evenly. Preserve a mattress from stains and spills by investing in a removable, washable mattress cover. Take your mattress to the next level and vacuum it with a deodoriser for added freshness.

DID YOU KNOW... Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping. The average person sweats half a pint of perspiration during the night. Parents of newborns lose six months of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life. RL

Whether you like them fluffy, flat, stacked or scattered, a decent pillow is essential for a solid night’s sleep. There are three major fillings to choose from: feather down, memory foam and polyester fill. Feather down – exceptionally malleable, down pillows gently embrace the head and neck. Choose those that have high ‘fill power’ as it indicates how plump and durable the pillow will be. Those with allergies should look for hypo-allergenic options. Memory foam – returning to its original shape, memory foam moulds to your movements during the night. Often a good choice for those with neck problems. Polyester fill – the least expensive option, polyester fill pillows provide adequate support but break down quickly to lose their shape. On average pillows should be replaced every two years. Feather down pillows accumulate fewer allergens than synthetic pillows.

You can’t sneeze whilst sleeping. Before alarm clocks, ‘knockers-ups’ tapped on client’s windows until they arose. Shining a bright light on the back of your knees can apparently reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock – good bye jet lag!



Paneless Windows

Essential to achieving a finished look and defining the style of any room, today’s window treatments are becoming design statements in their own right. Words by Natasha Were Windows left ‘undressed’ can look bare and uninviting, but choosing the right window treatment is a matter of both function and aesthetics.


First and foremost, window treatments serve a purpose – one that may well vary for every window in the home. Depending on the orientation of a window, and the view beyond, draperies or blinds may serve to block out the sun in some and maximise natural light in others; they may frame a beautiful view or create a screen of privacy for the residents. The overall function of a room also influences window treatment choices: in bathrooms, privacy is top priority, whereas in bedrooms blocking out direct sunlight is key. The function will determine, to a large extent, not only the choice between blinds and draperies, but also the choice of materials: heavy fabrics and blackout linings help to insulate against heat and prevent sun damage to interior furnishings, while sheer fabrics create a gentle, diffused light.

Aesthetics Beyond function, the overall look of any interior will generally dictate the most appropriate style of window treatments used. In contemporary settings, blinds are increasingly becoming the window dressing of choice. Whether pleated, Roman, Venetian, vertical or some other configuration, the sharp, tailored look of blinds complements minimalist interiors where clean lines are key. Cleverly designed, Hunter Douglas' Vignette® and Alustra® Vignette® system utilises a concealed system for raising and lowering blinds to completely eliminates unsightly cords. Sleek and low in volume, blinds also work well when space is at a RL

premium and clutter needs to be kept at bay, or in corner windows where there is limited space for the stack of open drapes. Despite the increasing range of blinds on the market, draperies are far from obsolete. In more rustic or traditional interiors, draperies are more suited to the prevailing style, and in bedrooms – even modern ones – draperies can lend a softer, warmer ambience that blinds cannot always achieve. A new generation of draperies such as ADO’s Ripplefold design, which opens to a neat, tight stack and maintains a symmetrical ripple effect both open or closed, offer an elegant, contemporary take on these timetested treatments, filling the gap between tradition and modernity.

Blinded by choice Available in not only a wide selection of fabrics but also wood, paper, jute and other materials, and in numerous configurations, the options for blinds make them a versatile and adaptable option for any number of settings. Coulisse, creators of some of the finest window coverings in the world, view their products as much more than decorative accents designed to blend with the existing décor. The innovative, firm is turning window treatments into focal points of interior design: the flat panels of fabric become a canvas on which bold motifs and luxurious fabrics can be showcased, making them eye-catching statements of style. Indeed, top-tier window treatments, whether plain or patterned, stark white or vivid in tone, are radically changing design approach and becoming the starting point for cutting-edge interior décor.



John Bird An award-winning furniture designer, whose bespoke work embraces the environment and reflects a wide range of styles from contemporary to traditional, John Bird of Marlet Design is a master maker. RL: Tell us how you came to be a furniture designer. JB: Long story. After finishing my degree in kinesiology I wanted to get into education, but while waiting for the school year to begin I started working for a furniture company. I was playing around on the machines and found it really satisfying, so I joined forces with a friend who had a home renovation company. Pretty soon I realised the wasted potential of all the wood we were throwing out and started collecting bits and pieces making frames, mirrors and shelving in my garage. Then a couple of interiors designers started using it in show homes and projects. Next thing I knew I was taking the plunge to open my first shop. And by shop, I mean basement space that I was renting for 200 bucks a month. It wasn’t luxurious but I gave myself four months to build whatever I wanted so I could have a show and see what would happen. Eighty people showed up and I sold everything. RL: From who or what do you derive inspiration? JB: When I started I was really interested in the Arts and Crafts RL

movement because I liked the simplicity of the design aesthetic and it really transferred well with the materials I was using (reclaimed wood from torn down houses). I grew up with a lot of Danish Modern and Mid-Century Modern, both of which continue to inspire me with their emphasis on form not just function and their simple, natural design. RL: Have you had any mentors along they way? JB: After three years making my own designs, I discovered a fancy schmancy furniture design school in Dorset, UK that intrigued me. I put together a portfolio and sent it off, but was really unsure if it was the right move as I was already doing quite well. In the end I decided to go and I’m glad because it had a huge impact on how I designed and approached my work. My first year teacher was ridiculously uptight and completely mystified by the reclaim aspect of my work, but he was also an amazing talent and I learned so much from him.

RL: How did you come to live in Cayman? JB: December 12th, 2004 was my first day here. Basically my life was going a bit sideways and out of the blue a buddy asked if I would be interested in going to Cayman to help rebuild after Hurricane Ivan. I was packed up and gone in three weeks with the idea of spending six months here. As you can see, I am still here, ten years later. RL: Favourite piece you have made? JB: There are tons. Just before I left Vancouver I did a wine cellar out of reclaimed Douglas fir beams from a warehouse on Granville Island that is pretty spectacular. While at school I made a Churchwood table from old oak beams that were about 100 to 150 years old and came out of a local church. It came second in a UK-wide competition for design students. In Cayman, the first project I designed was Calypso Grill’s bar. It was a collaborative effort with owners, James and Terry, and a great way to begin my professional island life. RL: Tell us about your recent projects. JB: That would be two outdoor benches and liveedge table that I’m doing for a client’s house. I’m also working on a commission for a hanging sideboard that incorporates three pieces of Onyx and will be lit with loads of LED lights. It’ll be made out of white oak, gone over with a wire brush and stained to match bleached, beach wood. I’m really excited about it. RL: Favourite wood to work with JB: Douglas fir, walnut, white oak. Anything that is responsibly grown. RL: What is the craziest thing a client has asked you to make? JB: Nothing is crazy when you have 20 plus years worth of clients. It’s the clients that are a good way, of course. For more info contact: 345.916.7583, or



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Infinity-edge swimming pool at Strawberry Hill Jamaica Luxury Resort


Modern design possibilities are transforming swimming pools into visually stunning and endlessly versatile spaces that lend a whole new dimension to outdoor living. Words by Natasha Were


hether it’s the straight lines and sharp angles of a geometric design, or the softly flowing curves of a more natural-looking pool, 21st century swimming pools are in a very different league to their predictably rectangular, single-function predecessors, and the choice of optional additional features is guaranteed to ramp up the fun factor, regardless of the style. The most modern pool designs – infinity edges and perimeter overflows – complement the clean lines of contemporary architecture. Infinity edge pools, where water disappears over one concealed edge, work best in sea view locations, where the two bodies of water appear to merge into one another. Its successor, the perimeter overflow design, is undoubtedly the most dramatic, however, even without wide open views. With water vanishing silently over not one, but all four edges, these pools create the illusion of a huge pane of glass sitting, utterly motionless, in the centre of a deck or lawn. At the other end of the spectrum, pools designed to resemble meandering rivers or natural ponds, with a marked absence of straight edges, and sometimes incorporating boulders or hidden nooks, can be whimsical additions to lush, tropical gardens and homes that blend subtly into their surroundings. The variety of features that can be added to the basic design transform pools into true recreational areas, adapted to far more than simply swimming: six-inch deep bronzing ledges allow toddlers to splash about and adults to work on their tans, beach entries where the pool deck slips gradually below the surface of the water are ideal for youngsters and those with limited mobility while double deep ends mean that children have a shallow play zone, while still allowing for laps to be swum. And then there is the multiplicity of add-ons to choose from: fountains and cascading waterfalls can provide both visual interest and a soothing

sound effect, as well as potentially hiding a romantic grotto behind a curtain of water. Coupled with an adjacent hot tub these can turn swimming pools into soothing sanctuaries. For those who prefer the pool to be an extension of the outdoor living space, swim up bars, submerged stools and built-in tables are essential, while well designed landscape lighting, underwater LED lights and poolside or even in-water fire pits can help extend the visual pleasure – as well as the entertaining time – late into the evening. Pools need no longer be a single shade of turquoise either: modern pools can be finished in every colour under the sun, from a naturallooking pale green to a reflective black. Pool interiors are still most often finished in plaster – a very durable option – but nowadays textures and pigments can be added to the mix, plus fragments of quartz and

Free-form swimming pool and waterfall at Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua



Swim-up bar concealed by man-made waterfall in a secret grotto at Crystal Cove, Barbados

granite to give an ocean-like shimmer. For a river-bed effect pools can be lined with lava stones, or for something truly unique, glass tiles laid in countless shades and patterns can create an underwater mosaic. No matter how dazzling the design or innovative the added features, a pool is worthless if the water is not sparkling clean. Savvy pool owners are increasingly reluctant to store and handle harsh chemicals like chlorine though, and while no other system yet outperforms it, a number of alternative sanitising methods – from salt water systems, which actually generate chlorine from salt through electrolysis, to bromine, ionizers, ozonators and UV filtration – are available, with climate and pool use dictating which is most appropriate. Whether boldly geometric or gently rounded, a peaceful haven or the social centre of the home, pools have entered a new generation. Often focal points of the home, contemporary pool designs are example of form and function combining to create something that is simultaneously an object of beauty and a multifunctional recreation area. Colourful, iridescent glass pool tiles at Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Cascading waterfalls can provide both visual interest and a soothing sound effect

Feature fire pit at Mandalay (private home), Turks & Caicos




SHADY DAYS From boating to golfing, beaching to fishing. Kaenon’s high-style sunglasses perform perfectly no matter where you play. The choice of many professional athletes, the “sport performance” designed sunglasses have polarised lenses ideal for tropical conditions. Available at

Sun Block Made from flatlock stitched, non-itch nylon spandex and available in a wide range of colours, Zhik’s durable sunvests offer UVA 50+ Protection to keep you safe and stylin’ in the sun. Availlable at

Plastic Fantastic Keep it classy on the high seas with Govino. Made from flexible, BPA-free polymer, the award-winning glasses are designed to reflect wine’s colour and aromatics much like fine crystal. Available for all beverages, they keep spirits buoyed. Salty Dog A trimaran sailing kayak, the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island invites escapades. With an adjustable highback padded seat for added comfort, ample storage to encourage overnight voyages and two rod holders, this multipurpose vessel is a smooth ride. Available at

Case and point Dive deep with the Watershot® PRO. Designed to withstand punishing conditions like extreme depths, corrosive salt, unexpected drops and kids, the housing protects smartphones in the big blue. Cleverly constructed with hardware buttons and a dedicated app, it allows you to upload as soon as you surface.


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An avid yachtsman, Michael Farrington hails from South Africa but made Grand Cayman his home in 1996 then he founded Compass Marine in 2007. Sailing since he was five years old, the qualified Shipwright and Ovington Marine schooled boat builder is also the Commodore of the Cayman Islands Sailing Club.

RL: What made you decide to open a marine maintenance business in Cayman? MF: I started working in boatyards at the age of 14 during my school holidays, then completed an apprenticeship in Southampton and subsequent Shipwright training with Ovington Marine in Newcastle combined with my love for sailing and global innovations in boat building inspired me to start my own business. When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it with a beat-up van and a toolbox. RL: How has your experience as a Shipwright and boat builder informed your decisions as a business owner? MF: I give my clients educated advice backed by 25 years of experience. No two boats are ever the same so my broad experience is incredibly helpful when guiding clients across several areas of the marine industry. RL: Since establishing Compass Marine in 2007 it has become one of Cayman’s premier boat and marine maintenance HQ's. To what do you attribute this success? MF: One-on-one service, honesty, hard work and always being there for the client. No job is too small or too large, there are no stupid questions and I always answer my phone. I consider myself as hands-on, working alongside my team on a variety of projects, I know clients respect hard work, and I like to think that they appreciate that I see my staff as equals. RL: What services does Compass Marine offer? MF: What would you like done? No seriously, we offer boat washing and polishing; electronics repair and installation, fibre glass repairs, bespoke

boat and SUP building, and service and repairs for all makes of outboards, stern drives and inboard engines. Then there's splicing, rigging, hauling, towing and launching with our hydraulic trailer that can tow up to 50 feet or 20 tons. RL: What is the new direction in boating? MF: Customers are asking for bigger, faster engines and more efficient and lighter hull designs. RL: What is the important lesson that you have learned as a business owner? MF: Three things: honesty is the best policy, no exceptions ever; make every effort to listen to your staff and to be there for them; always ask, “If I were the customer, would I be satisfied with this job?” RL: What are you working on at present? MF: We just opened Cayman’s newest boat and marine parts store. We filled the space with service parts for all makes and models of engines and all the stuff a boat owner/operator would need for general maintenance and cleaning. We’re also the exclusive dealers for Tohatsu Outboard Engines, Japan’s oldest and most trusted outboard manufacturer, as well as Zhik watersports wear and Scorpion Bedliner, which is a protective coating for boat decks and truck beds. Oh, and I can’t forget Kaenon sunglasses.

RL: Do you still find time to build boats? MF: I have been working on a catamaran for Cayman Kayaks. By the time you read this it will be out on the water doing bio-bay tours. Next is a 21-foot Paramount centre console power boat with a single 90hp Tohatsu which will be capable of 35-mph. RL: What are the hallmarks of a Compass Marine built boat? MF: There is no compromise on quality, and you have the joy of knowing that you're on the water on a boat that’s completely unique. For more information: email:; phone: 345.945.0660;

MIKE'S TOP TEN 1. Yachtsman – Paul Elvström, Sir Peter Blake and Hans Fogh. 2. Boat – The one I am about to build! 3. Tool – My Gerber Legend. 4. Artist – Shane Aquart, aka Dready. 5. Author – Wilbur Smith. 6. Hotel – The Biltmore in Miami. 7. Book – Elephant Song. 8. Holiday – Our honeymoon, Swaziland. 9. Vice – Beer, boats, biltong & boerewors! 10. Mistake – My three rescue dalmatians. I love them but they are a handful!


Essential Luxury

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Delicately refined and as beautifully constructed as their jewellery collections, Cartier perfumes are daringly elegant, thoroughly modern, and taking the world of haute parfum by storm. Words by Natasha Were


or more than 160 years, Paris-based Maison Cartier has lived up to its reputation as ‘jeweller to kings and king of jewellers’. European aristocrats, Indian maharajahs and Hollywood divas have all famously commissioned their exquisite creations. Best known for designing and crafting extravagant, gemstone-laden jewellery and luxury timepieces, Cartier’s more recent expansion into the world of fragrances gives olfactory expression to the house’s distinctive style. Sculpted with the same expert composition and meticulous craftsmanship that goes into each piece of RL

jewellery, Mathilde Laurent, Cartier’s in-house perfumer since 2005, constructs her fragrance formulas using a small selection of rare and luxurious ingredients. Through a combination of alchemy, expertise and sound scientific knowledge, Laurent – who graduated in chemistry, studied at the prestigious ISIPCA Institute and then spent a decade at Guerlain before joining Cartier – aims to push olfactory boundaries and challenge dominant archetypes whilst creating harmonious blends that evoke complex emotions. Consistently hailed as one of the most exciting ‘noses’ in

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the business, Laurent strives for each perfume to be an expression of the prevailing global trends of the time, while simultaneously drawing upon the unique and timeless mixture of exoticism and audaciousness that is the hallmark of Cartier’s style. It’s a process that can take many months to perfect, but the result is like invisible jewellery for the skin. The very earliest Cartier designers travelled widely taking inspiration for their designs not only from the artistic traditions of other cultures, but from the animals, flowers and fruits they encountered. Cartier’s iconic panther motif is the ultimate illustration of this. Exuding sensuality, mystique and a hint of danger, the panther is their interpretation of femininity, a wild creature from a far off land. Through an impeccable blend of central notes of animalist musk and delicate gardenia, Laurent has translated the essence of La Panthère, a ‘feral floral’, into the eponymous new women’s fragrance launched in March 2014. Les Heures de Parfum, Laurent’s 2009 collection of 13 unisex fragrances inspired by the emotions of life, received two prestigious awards from the Fragrance Foundation of France, firmly establishing Cartier in the world of high perfumery.

The history of Cartier fragrance formulation is a relatively short one – the first women’s fragrance, Must de Cartier, was not launched until 1981 – yet in the ten years Laurent has been at the helm of this division, she has demonstrated her unique ability to translate the house’s tradition of excellence into an olfactory experience. As the Maison Cartier sails boldly into 21st century, Laurent’s leadership ensures perfume aficionados can look forward to a new era of surprising, seductive and sophisticated fragrances. Available exclusively at Kirk Freeport locations: The Cartier Boutique, La Perfumerie I & II, Bayshore Perfumerie and Kirk Freeport at The Strand




In Skin You are unique. Your bag and ball should be too. Featuring hand-stitched, meticulously crafted Italian olive tumbled leather, the Redondo backpack combines seductive softness with rugged styling – camouflage ponyhair, anyone? Designed for the sensitive, modern man, with each Unofish purchase a premium basketball is donated to a child in need. Bits & Bobs Ideal for the man on the go, Hook + Albert’s Waxed Canvas Accessories Travel Kit is an innovative way to bring order to the oft unruly world of accessories. Made with luxurious waxed canvas, premium leather trimming and stainless steel hardware the deluxe case can be customised according to need so valuables can travel in the style they deserve.

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Ice, Ice Baby Esky, icebox, chilly bin, cooler. Whatever you call it, none are manlier than a leather covered Coleman from Jayson Home. Offered in various sizes, this cool-box which blends form and function with a love of leather, blows the lid off the competition.


Chop Shop Everyman has an axe to grind. Why not make yours bespoke? Lovingly revived and re-sharpened, Yellowood Design restores neglected tools to give them new life along with a studly leather sheath. Go on, discover your inner lumberjack.


Freestyle Kick mass-made sporting goods to the curb with Leather Head. Tossing aside generic manufacturing, each item is carefully made by skilled craftsman from premier American leather to offer supple balls that will age as beautifully as your man.

Tick Tock To commemorate the deliberate sinking in Cayman, Oris has released the eponymously named Oris Kittiwake Limited Edition watch limited to 500 pieces. Designed for divers, the titanium case sports their 'Rotation Safety System', an automatic helium valve and is water resistant to 1,000 metres. Proving "no man is an island," with each sale a donation is made to the Kittiwake reef project by both Oris and Island Company.

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Order on the Go Customisable in the way life requires, The Mod from This is Ground is a gorgeously crafted leather case designed to store cords, plugs, pens and whatnots in precisely measured inserts. A premium carrier, it comes in laptop, tablet, mobile phone and illustrator versions with various inserts so your goods can be orderly, even if you’re not.

Man Bag Man’s most beloved six-pack, the Spartan Carton from Walnut keeps brews classy. Handcrafted from durable, weatherproof leather, the rugged carrier, that also happens to be environmentally friendly, is anything but austere. Available in bicycle-friendly and wine versions. RL



Way of the Saints Shrouded in secrecy, Santería is a growing religious practice in areas of the Caribbean with roots in the African slave communities. Passed down over the centuries by means of oral tradition, the religion is emerging from the shadows and gaining acceptance worldwide. Words by Dr. Mary Ann Clark. Photography by Antonio Baiano.


ou hear drumming and chanting behind courtyard walls. You see men and women robed head to toe in white without the slightest touch of colour. You notice strands of brightly coloured beads peeking out from under shirts and blouses. Is it just the exotic Caribbean or is there more here? Throughout the Caribbean, but especially in the countries of Cuba and Haiti, you can discover a group of African-based religions known as Santería, Vodou, Shango or Orisha. They are New World reconstructions of religious traditions brought here by enslaved Africans during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. All are related to traditions still practiced in areas of Benin and Nigeria. The most popular and widespread of these traditions is the AfroCuban religion commonly known as Santería, what many practitioners call Lucumi or Orisha religion. This is a faith of many deities (known as the Orisha), rituals shaped around drumming and dancing, and the use of possession trance to aid communication between the visible and invisible worlds. According to mythology, some of the Orisha were present at the creation of the world, some are the personification of natural forces such as rivers, oceans, lightning, and the whirlwind, and some are deified ancestors. All are powerful beings who can be invoked to aid their devotees with the problems of everyday life. RL

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Among the most popular of the Orisha are Yemaya, who is represented by necklaces of blue and white or crystal beads and is said to be the owner of the oceans; her son Shango who is represented by a necklace of alternating red and white beads and is the embodiment of male power and sexuality; and Ochun the beautiful and sensuous young woman who is associated with rivers and whose necklace consists of yellow and gold beads. She is the goddess of honey, wealth and all the good, sweet things of life. A syncretic religion, many of the Orisha are also associated with Catholic saints. Oshun is associated with the Virgen de la Caridad, the patron saint of Cuba whose golden statue is enshrined in the Basilica del Cobre, just west of Santiago de Cuba. As you travel through the islands you may notice a plate with a sculpture of a humanoid head surrounded by candy, cigars and other offering placed discreetly behind doors and near entrances. This is a shrine to the Orisha known variously as Eleggua, Eshu or Legba. Eleggua is a trickster deity who facilitates communication among people and between devotees and their deities. He is widely worshipped and honoured by all devotees. The Eleggua figure is one of the few sacred objects that is displayed openly as these religions maintain a tradition of open secrecy – a result of the ruthless oppression they once faced from slave masters and governments who feared their power and practiced religious intolerance. Once you become aware of the ways the Orisha are represented, however you will see hints everywhere—in small displays in shops and homes, in the colours of observers’ clothing, in all types of artwork and, of course, in the music. You may even find cultural events that exhibit folkloric versions of the drumming and dancing that form the core of religious practice. These are only hints of the rituals, ceremonies and daily practices taking place behind the closed doors of devotees’ homes in the Caribbean and beyond.




ANDROGROUP PROUD TO OFFER MITSUBISHI AIR CONDITIONING Whisper quiet, Mitsubishi systems utilise Inverterdriven compressors which greatly reduces energy consumption as one condenser can run up to eight rooms and zone control allows for optimised temperature control of each space. RedLink™ wireless technology allows temperatures to be set throughout the home from anywhere in the world. Outstanding warranty with five years on all parts and seven years on compressors, Androgroup is able to provide custom solutions. For more info: or 345.949.8000. AZURE REALTY BELIEVES 2015 IS SHAPING UP TO BE A GREAT YEAR The Cayman Islands real estate market finished 2014 on a high note as sales transactions for the year jumped by 40% and sales values increased by US$150 million. In the first quarter of 2015 customers continue to have an appetite for luxury condos on Seven Mile Beach with the strength of the US economy seeming to be the key driving force behind the demand. For more info: THE BISTRO, CAYMAN’S FIRST FRENCH BISTRO NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH Sean Collins, Managing Director of Mise en Place Ltd. and The Bistro said, 'In the six months we have been open, customers have quickly come to regard us as their go-to restaurant. It's been a wonderful start and we're grateful for all the support we've received.' The Bistro is now open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday. For more info: or 345.623.6666 BON VIVANT OFFERS HUGE SAVINGS WITH THERMADOR’S ONE-TWO-FREE® Bon Vivant encourages customers to take advantage of Thermador ONE-TWO-FREE® programme. Offering more selection and the ability to personalise all design details, this offer saves clients up to $6,097 on kitchen appliance packages. For more info: or 345.623-2665 COMPASS MARINE OPENS BOAT AND MARINE PARTS STORE Conveniently located across from the Compass Marine workshop, the island’s newest boat and marine parts store stocks everything a boater could possibly need. From boat paint to cleaning supplies, trailer parts, Zhik and other watersports gear, as well as service parts for Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, MerCruiser, Mercury and Tohatsu Outboards, Compass Marine have you covered. For more info visit: or call (345) 949 0660

ENVIROSHAKE® INC. INTRODUCES ENVIROSLATE Enviroslate is a new composite roofing material designed to emulate natural slate, from Canadian manufacturer Enviroshake Inc., the developers of the Enviroshake roofing product. Enviroslate has all the benefits of Enviroshake: withstands winds up to 180 MPH, not damaged by UV or salt-spray, resistant to mould and mildew, and does not crack, peel or chip. For more info visit: JOHN DOAK ARCHITECTURE SUPPORTS RUGBY IN CAYMAN John Doak Architecture is delighted to announce its continued support of men' sand women's rugby in the Cayman Islands. “The Lady Iguanas,” said John Doak, “has come on leaps and bounds, and 2015 promises even more with three league seasons, two incoming touring teams and the Olympic Qualifiers in June.” The Iguanas men’s team continues to participate in the Heineken Challenge Cup, The DART Vase, The DART Alex Alexander Memorial championship as well as the Hurricane tens. For more info: LUXURY CAYMAN VILLAS UNVEILS NEW FLAGSHIP ESTATE Luxury Cayman Villas (LCV) recently opened the doors to their newest, flagship villa, Tranquility Cove. Featured in Jetset Magazine, Tranquility Cove boasts over 5,000 square feet of modern luxuries and sits on over 2.5 acres of oceanfront property. The fourth villa in the posh collection from LCV, Tranquility Cove's design was carefully considered to anticipate the needs of each guest, from baby to senior, and create a tropical oasis with luxuries you would expect to find in a luxury resort. For more info contact: Molly Thomas at or visit MARKSONS FURNITURE AND WINDOWS NOW OFFERING COULISSE WINDOW TREATMENTS For more than 30 years Marksons Furniture and Windows has offered quality furniture, window treatments and interior design services to the Cayman market. They are proud to have recently added the European, top-of-the-line brand Coulisse to their collection, which offers customers endless possibilities to be distinctive and meet ever-changing demands. For more info visit the showroom at 19 Compass Drive or call 345.949.6233 NCB GROUP INTRODUCES TIDES, OCEANFRONT LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS IN SOUTH SOUND NCB Group proudly introduces TIDES – spectacular oceanfront luxury condominiums on the shores of South Sound. Comprised of 25 residences, TIDES features two- to five-bedroom floor plans ranging from 1,800 to 3,500 square feet. A number of two storey units boast impressive 18’ floor to ceiling windows that capture stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. For more info: or 345.946.9622

THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT CAMANA BAY With an events-packed calendar, there is always something happening in the vibrant Town Centre of Camana Bay, where residents and visitors love to live, dine, work and play all year long. Whether enjoying a meal, shopping in the various boutiques or picking up your produce at the weekly Farmers Market, attending a special event or relaxing on the canal front, there really is something for everyone. For events info:, Twitter: @CamanaBay Instagram: @Camana_Bay or Facebook: RL


GREENTECH SOLAR CREATES MOST POWERFUL SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM ON GRAND CAYMAN GreenTech Solar, the premier provider of renewable energy systems and the only authorised SunPower dealer in the Cayman Islands, announced they are designing and installing the largest and most powerful solar panel system ever installed on a single project on Grand Cayman. To be split between multiple buildings on the new Kimpton Hotel project, it will total 142 Kilowatts in size. This ultra high performance system will utilise SunPower solar panels, the most powerful and efficient solar panels in the world. For more info visit: or 345.949.8324

HANNAH COOK TAKES HER ART TO THE WALLS AND BEYOND Local artist, Hannah Cook, has expanded her artwork capabilities to include marouflage, a method of attaching canvas directly to the wall. She is also working on a commissioned 10' tall painting of Flamboyant Red, and recently joined forces with John Bird of Martlet Woodwork and Design to renovate a home from the ground up. An annual participant at the Adrianna Tea Party fund raiser for The National Gallery, Hannah donated 30% of proceeds from two art works sold at the event. The works were sold to collectors in the US and Cayman. For more info:

MILESTONE PROPERTIES ADD HARVEY KALLES Milestone Properties Cayman Ltd, in association with Chestertons, are pleased to announce the addition of Harvey Kalles to their international network. Harvey Kalles are renowned in the prime Toronto and Muskoka real estate markets. Sophie Miles, Broker/Owner, states,"With four direct flights from Canada to Cayman, and the ever strong presence of Canadians who choose Cayman to live, work and invest in a second home, we’re delighted to broaden our horizons into this established market and give further exposure to our portfolio of properties." For more info: or 345.926.9926

POOLEY CABINETS CELEBRATES 28 YEARS Founded in 1987 by Ken Pooley, Pooley Cabinets is celebrating it’s 28th anniversary with a powerful re-branding. They have a new logo, website, re-launch and renovated showroom. The 'new look' branding has a chic retro feel to it and embodies both the creative and professional aspects of Pooley’s. The staff are excited to be a part of this exciting growth phase and look forward to a successful year. For more info:

PROPERTY CAYMAN NOTES INCREASED REAL ESTATE MARKET CONFIDENCE Michael Joseph of Property Cayman comments: “We are currently transitioning into a really active and positive market. There has been a marked increase of confidence, along with improved numbers in stay-over tourism, population growth and ongoing projects such as the Ironwood golf resort and new hotels being built. When you have these big companies investing in Cayman, it can only mean good things for the market as a whole.” For more info:

RUGS ORIENTAL OFFER VINTAGE OVERDYED RUGS FROM TURKEY Recycled from Western Anatolian Isparta, the 'vintage overdyed' rugs were originally handwoven between the 1940’s and 60's, come in an array of contemporary colours and are easy to maintain with a low pile and fade-proof dyes. The perfect way to add a stunning accent colour to your space, Rugs Oriental are proud to offer this fabulous new line of rugs. For more info: STAFFORD FLOORING INTRODUCES KARNDEAN LOOSELAY FLOORING Karndean Looselay Flooring is an innovative, luxury vinyl floor covering with authentic wood and stone designs. Quick and easy to install, the friction grip backing and an increased dimensional stability secure the floor firmly in place without (in most cases) the need for adhesives. Highly water resistant, Looselay is good for both residential and commercial installations. For more info: or 345.943.2722 TROPICAL ARCHITECTURAL GROUP MOVES TO NEW OFFICES Tropical Architectural Group has moved to the recently completed Berthaze Court, Godfrey Nixon Way, a commercial plaza which they also designed. With a number of the firm’s projects like Vela and Cayman Shore Club in South Sound breaking ground soon, 2015 is shaping up to be positive. For more info: C3 Pure Fibre makes great progress in service AREAS C3 Pure Fibre, Cayman's only truly local provider of high speed internet, superior digital HD-TV and digital telephone, is currently servicing the areas of George Town south, South Sound, Crewe Road, Tropical Gardens and Grand Harbour, while making great headway into Bodden Town. They are also proud to be selected as the preferred service provider for Davenport Development's newest project, Vela, in South Sound. For more info: or 345.333.3333 TOMILINSON FURNITURE AND MATTRESS GALLERY MOVE TO NEW BUILDING Founded in 1976, Tomlinson Furniture is moving to a new threestory building which aims to receive LEED certification. “We thank our clients for their support during the rebuilding and reassure them that we will still be offering the same great service and prices, but in a more comfortable environment and with improved variety,”says Jacqui Tomlinson- Smith, daughter and owner of the family-run business. For more info: Isy B. debuts at Cayman Fashion Week 2015 Isy B., a Cayman-inspired luxury women’s wear label debuts at Cayman Fashion Week this spring. The label, created by local designer, Isy Obi, embodies the understated elegance of the modern island lifestyle. The versatile collection comprises contemporary day and evening wear with a sophisticated feminine sensuality. Expect clean lines and subtle sculptural drama balanced with soft tailoring and beautiful fabrics.Cayman Islands Fashion Week is scheduled for April 19th-26th, 2015. For more info: RL



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