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contributors’ bios HEATHER HOLT Cayman Islands based photographer, Heather Holt, started shooting sixteen years ago, and during this time has lived in the US, Australia and Thailand, and has travelled the world in between. Ranging from underwater photography and photojournalism of remote villages and cultures, to red carpet shots in Hollywood, Heather has developed a diverse portfolio and unique style of photography. Go to page 30 to view her images of Casa Palma, commissioned exclusively for REAL LIFE Caribbean. JEREMY SUPERFINE Jeremy is a Director for BCQS International based in the Cayman Islands and has provided construction project, cost and contract management for more than fifteen years. Prior to moving to the Cayman Islands in 2002, he worked in London, The Bahamas, Aruba and Jamaica. Jeremy has extensive experience in contract administration, cost management, risk and value management and market valuations. He shares his expertise on developing in the Caribbean on page 68. STEVE PASSMORE UK-born, Turks and Caicos based, photographer Steve Passmore took his first photos age eleven and has been hooked ever since. Known for his clean, uncluttered compositions, he specialises in luxury resort and residential photography, with his work featuring in international publications such as The New York Times, Caribbean Travel + Leisure, and, of course, REAL LIFE Caribbean. View his stunning images of our showcase property, Mandalay, on page 16.

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ith stormy weather making international headlines, many wonder when spring will come. This issue goes out to all those needing to catch some Caribbean spring fever. Conquering new horizons, Juliet explores the Dominican Republic’s upscale enclave, Casa de Campo, to deliver an inspiring Showcase, Casa Palma. On Cayman’s shores, Bella Verde leads the way in luxury green living, whilst across the sea, we discover Mandalay, TCI’s jaw-dropping pleasure dome. In BVI, former pro-windsurfer, Andy Morrell, rides the swell of success with his fashion line, and our nutmeg feature keeps things spicy on page 52. Whether it is in our Best Beaches, Pools for a Plunge or Stay & Play articles, we help you indulge your winter wanderlust at some of the Caribbean’s finest watering holes. We hope this issue puts a spring in your step – enjoy! Emma Spencer-Smith, Aida Cortes, Melanie Roddam, Andrew Forster, Juliet Austin, Mike Johnston, Kennedy Carroll, Kyle Fulton. Missing: Kimberley Bentley. Clothing by Hiho. www.go-hiho.com Photography by Heather Holt. www.heatherholt.com


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BEST BEACHES

A dramatic pleasure dome in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

With its blue-drenched vistas and undulating greens, Casa Palma in the Dominican Republic’s exclusive Casa de Campo resort delivers the ultimate stay and play lifestyle.

The star of the Caribbean is surely its fine, soft-to-the-touch shoreline. Here, five resorts put the beach front and centre, paying proper homage to this sandy showstopper.

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48 Must-Haves Knockout Knobs

Editor’s Obsessions

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The Lust List Pools for a plunge

42 Keepin’ it Real Travel Apps


53 HOOK IN & HOLD ON Former pro-windsurfing champion, Andy Morrell, takes the helm of BVIbased HIHO Clothing Company, purveyors of classic Caribbean cool.

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Bahamian photographer, Elena Kalis, makes waves with her whimsical images.

Bella Verde, an innovative abode on Grand Cayman, creates a new gold standard for luxury sustainable living in the Caribbean.

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Island Spice – nutmeg

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My Island Meet the locals and discover their island secrets.

60 Stay & Play Active Caribbean family holidays.

Setting construction standards and consistency in the Caribbean.

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CAYMANIAN ARCHITECT RECEIVES NEW YEAR’S HONOUR

Cayman Islands On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, the Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor named six Caymanians for 2013 New Year’s honours. Of these six, John CJ Doak, an architect, was recognised for services to the protection of the architectural history of the Cayman Islands and received the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour. For more information call: 1.345.946.3625

BEACHES TURKS AND CAICOS DEBUTS KEY WEST LUXURY VILLAGE

Turks & Caicos Islands Opening on 22nd May, the Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa is the first major resort expansion since 2009. Combining the laid back lifestyle that the island paradise is known for with the signature Luxury Included® amenities found at all Beaches Resorts, the Key West Luxury Village is the perfect destination to relax and let worries slip away. The new addition is thoughtfully designed with more than 150 suites and villas, three gourmet restaurants, private pools and more. Currently, Beaches Turks & Caicos is comprised of three villages; the Caribbean Village, French Village and Italian Village, and is located on the longest stretch of beach in Grace Bay. “We are pleased to introduce the stunning Key West Luxury Village, which will allow even more guests of all ages to enjoy the award-winning amenities at this Luxury Included® resort,” said Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “Beaches Turks & Caicos has earned a reputation as a leading destination for family fun in the Caribbean, and this investment helps us meet the eager demand of our guests wanting to visit the beautiful Grace Bay Beach.” For more information visit: www.beaches.com

MARIGOT GALLERY CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY

Saint Martin To celebrate fifteen years, the Marigot Gallery has announced, with immediate effect, a new name – the Roland Richardson Gallery Museum. Sir Roland, who is often hailed as the ‘Father of Caribbean Impressionism,’ has been working en plein air from living subjects for over forty years to create paintings that capture the essence of the ever-evolving Caribbean landscape. His work can be viewed as part of an on-going exhibition in the gallery. For more information visit: www.rolandrichardson.com

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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRES OPEN ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN

MOLASSES REEF DEVELOPMENT BACK ON TRACK

Caribbean Recognising micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) as major contributors to employment and growth in the Caribbean – it is estimated that MSMEs account for more than 45% of jobs in the region – the Caribbean Small Business Development Centre Project is pleased to support business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the region.

Turks & Caicos Islands The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. recently announced that a group of European developers are set to complete Molasses Reef, a former Lehman Brothers luxury development. The developers, who have not yet been named, purchased Lehman’s stake in the development, which had been left unfinished since the bank’s collapse in 2008. Construction is set to restart later this year.

Currently underway in Jamaica and St. Lucia, the project will see further rollouts in Barbado and Dominica later this year, as well as other Caribbean countries in later phases.

Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve project located on West Caicos, was planned to feature a luxury hotel resort and condominiums.

For more information, visit: www.sbdcglobal.com

For more information visit: www.ritzcarlton.com


CHARTERLAND RELEASE ANNUAL CAYMAN PROPERTY REVIEW

Cayman Islands Cayman Islands based property consulting practice, Charterland, announce the release of their fifth annual Cayman Property Review. The independent and impartial review provides an overall analysis of the year by comparing the total number and value of the transfers for the year compared with previous years. A closer look at the condominium, housing and land markets focuses on specific developments and sub-divisions, identifying underlying trends for the overall market in Cayman. In addition, the Cayman Property Review provides an examination of the commercial market and, for 2012, Charterland have also included an analysis of planning applications and a survey of building contractors in a review of the construction market. “We hope that the Cayman Property Review 2012 will continue to be an invaluable tool in making property related decisions for anyone involved in property market, whether as owners, investors, developers or managers,” explains Simon Watson, Partner of Charterland. “Many people ask whether the political events over the last year have had an impact on the real estate market in the Cayman Islands and we want the report to provide the facts to answer these questions.” Cayman Property Review 2012 is available, at no cost, in electronic PDF format from: www.charterland.ky For more information contact Simon Watson at: swatson@charterland.ky

REGIONAL WEBSITE REVAMPED

Caribbean Created by the Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC), the newly launched www.caribbeantravel.com website has been designed and developed to enable consumers to find their ideal Caribbean destination and resort. Commenting on the recent launch, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, CTDC’s co-chair, "We expect the revitalised website to set a new standard for promoting our Caribbean region and become the cornerstone of our cooperative regional marketing strategy for the Caribbean brand under the 'Life Needs the Caribbean' theme.” Richard Doumeng, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association president and CTDC co-chair, stated, "The website's advanced searching capabilities make it easier than ever for consumers to find the ideal Caribbean destination and resort. Restaurants, attractions and other visitor activities now have the ability to showcase their properties like never before." Since launching in February, the website includes 33 destinations, nearly 40 hotel listings and more than 100 restaurants and attractions. Island Air Dispatch Supervisor and Event Coordinator, Julie Boyd, with Island Air Managing Director, Marcus Cumber.

ISLAND AIR EVENING OF LUXURY 2013

Cayman Islands Hosted by Island Air, the annual Evening of Luxury event took place on 1st February, in Grand Cayman and was sponsored by Audi Cayman Islands, Tropical Aviation Distributors as the exclusive authorised representative for Cessna Aircraft Company, and Fidelity. REAL LIFE Caribbean was present at the event, with a bespoke booth designed and created by Design Studio and Stafford Flooring. With over 1,000 invitation-only guests present, the event was the epitome of luxury featuring top-of-the-range cars, boats and, specially flown in for the event by Tropical Aviation Distributors, two Cessna Citation jets. In addition to the glamorous cars, boats and private jets, guests were able to peruse beautiful jewellery, clothing and art, whilst enjoying hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wines and spirits.

For more information visit: www.caribbeantravel.com

ISLAND COMPANY DEBUTS NEW CONCEPT STORE: ESCAPE.TRAVEL.LIVE. The Bahamas Island Company recently announced the launch of their new concept store, ESCAPE TRAVEL LIVE, which is now open at Atlantis in Nassau, The Bahamas.

With several more concept stores planned to open later this year, Island Company continues to spread their escapist lifestyle throughout the Caribbean. For more information visit: www.escape-travel-live.com

For more information and images of the event, visit: www.islandair.ky

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CAMANA BAY Cayman Islands

Monday 1 April – Cayman Catboat Easter Regatta, Whitehall Bay Friday 19 & 26 April – “Pantastic” Steel Pan Performance, The Crescent Saturday 20 April – Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Farm-to-Table Dinner Friday 3 & 10 May – “Pantastic” Steel Pan Performance, The Crescent Saturday 11 May – 10th Annual Chalkfest Competition Saturday 11 May – Cultural Workshop, The Discovery Centre Thursday 16 May – Jackson Galaxy Book Signing, Books & Books Saturday 18 May – Drum Circle, Gardenia Court Saturday 11, 18 & 25 May – Affordable Art Fair Thursday 23 May – Ortanique Full Moon “Caja China” Pig Roast Saturday 25 May – An Evening of Poetry, Heliconia on Market St. Monday 17 June – Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

WORLD WIFI TO EXPAND NETWORK OF HOTSPOTS THROUGHOUT THE CARIBBEAN

Caribbean In response to an increased demand for WiFi Internet access, World WiFi Network Inc. recently announced their plans to set up hotspots in Caribbean ports of call where crew members, passengers, tourists and locals can access the Internet wirelessly. A roaming network, customers can connect with one account at all locations, and can purchase plans online or prepaid Internet surf cards at each hotspot location. With more than 50 active hotspots, World WiFi Network projects to have one or more hotspots in the most frequented ports of call in the Caribbean by the end of 2013. Customers can lookout for the World WiFi Network SSID to connect to or simply view the hotspots at www.WorldWiFiNetwork.com prior to their visit. For more information visit: www.WorldWiFiNetwork.com

Dart Cayman Islands confirms its commitment to the Cayman Catboat Club at Camana Bay Business After Hours, pledging to work with the Club to complete the Whitehall Bay Clubhouse

CAYMAN CATBOAT CLUB RETURNS TO WHITEHALL BAY

Cayman Islands Cayman’s traditional sailing vessel, the catboat, is enjoying a revival – and a new home – thanks to the Cayman Catboat Club. Over the past fourteen years, the Club has worked hard to raise awareness of the importance of the catboat to the history of the Cayman Islands and preserve its cultural legacy, and in April 2013, the Catboat Club will return to its original home in Whitehall Bay, George Town. Its historic Clubhouse, which was badly damaged during Hurricane Ivan, has been rebuilt as a permanent base for the Club. Using the old frame of the house, new features include a maritime museum; a builder’s workshop where the public can watch catboats being made; and an authentic caboose. In their heyday, catboats were a common sight in George Town Harbour. As times progressed, however, their numbers dwindled. The restoration of the Clubhouse is a significant step towards bringing the history and heritage of the traditional vessel alive again. To learn more, contact Club President Jerris Miller at jerrismiller@yahoo.com or visit the Whitehall Bay Clubhouse, located next to Lobster Pot restaurant on North Church Street, George Town.

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THE SANDS AT GRACE BAY LAUNCH ‘SURF AND TURF’ THEMED TRAVEL PACKAGE

Turks & Caicos Islands To celebrate the Turks & Caicos Islands being named the number one Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic region by Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards, The Sands at Grace Bay have announced a weeklong scuba diving vacation package deal for guests looking to explore some of the world’s most breathtaking dive sites. The ‘Surf & Turf’ themed travel package features discounted resort rates at The Sands at Grace Bay plus daily excursions to spectacular scuba diving sites and vibrant barrier reefs. Offered for travel between 15th April – 20th December, 2013, package rates start from $1,130 per person for a six-night stay and include: Studio Courtyard accommodations for six nights, resort taxes and fees, five full days of two-tank scuba diving excursions for two, a complimentary lunch and snacks/refreshments. For more information on this travel package, visit: www.thesandstc.com


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erched on a windswept dune in south-eastern Providenciales, overlooking the rugged limestone terrain, the dark, irisrimmed horizon and pristine white sands of Long Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands, stands Mandalay – proud testament to barefoot elegance. With over 12,000 square feet of splendour, it basks in the cooling breeze carried by the easterly trade winds, inviting all who enter to embrace the indoor-outdoor lifestyle celebrated within its walls. Named after Kipling’s eponymous poem, the home casts wide its spell, beckoning back all those fortunate enough to enter – “For the temple-bells are callin’, an’ it’s there that I would be… looking lazy at the sea; On the road to Mandalay…” Winding along the palm tree-lined travertine driveway on approach to Mandalay, hand-crafted, wrought iron gates fall open to reveal a two-acre landscaped vision reminiscent of Renaissance design. Executed by local landscape designer, Natalie Zaiden, the classically inspired octagonal garden is enhanced with maturing bougainvillea and island ficus offering bursts of colour along radiating walkways, while a circular citrus orchard promises future harvests of luscious fresh fruit. Culminating in the impressive façade of Mandalay, a brilliant amalgamation of Caribbean Modern and British Colonial styles, the clean, crisp design masterfully blurs the line between natural and manmade to reflect a lifestyle that is particularly Caribbean. “The house is designed to maximise outdoor living; to create a tropical living environment where living spaces are literally outdoors, with covers, but no walls,” substantiates Ron Shaw of RA Shaw Designs and Mandalay’s creator. >

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overlapping rows of dazzling white concrete tiles that seamlessly connect to the concrete guttering system and concrete walls proving the structure indomitable in hurricane winds while being aesthetically arresting. Embellishing the symmetrical façade, a double staircase organised around the ground central entrance climbs to a grand porch behind which lies the informal, open-air living room flanked by two upper and two lower level guest bedrooms. On the ocean side, another double staircase frames the furthest reaches of the pool winding up from the powder soft sands of the beach to the kitchen, formal living spaces and master bedroom. Secluded behind an embrasure, sits the master courtyard replete with lush vegetation, its own spa tub, shaded daybed for an impromptu afternoon nap and outdoor shower – a refreshing temptation in the hot Caribbean summer. Utilising both traditional and cutting-edge design solutions, by day, jalousied windows block direct sunlight allowing nature’s cool breezes to circulate within; high-arched windows admit the eternal summer sun and glass pocket doors frame views of the great outdoors. Yet, as night falls, bath and kitchen countertops and backsplashes made of eco-friendly glass and under-lit by LED lights morph into a glowing spectacle so that the entire home radiates with luminous warmth. A cathedral ceiling, reaching as high as 20 feet, reveals a clever geometric system of Philippine mahogany slats laid half an inch apart over black felt paper to create an illusion of a never-ending ceiling in constant motion; a projector quietly descends from its home in the cupola belying the past and revealing a smart, contemporary house, controlled locally and remotely by Creston technology. >

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“For the temple-bells are callin’, an’ it’s there that I would be… looking lazy at the sea; On the road to Mandalay…”

On any given day, the sound of children cavorting in the pool, guests dining alfresco by the sea, or kite boarders riding high across the Atlantic Ocean can be heard echoing throughout the house. Built on the laws of attraction, in spite of its lavishness, at its core Mandalay is pure enjoyment; an enthralling pleasure dome where formal meets informal, indoors meets outdoors, house meets beach. Like its namesake poem, the home’s magnetism beguiles the spirit, bidding “…come you back to Mandalay!”

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With its blue-drenched vistas and undulating greens, Casa Palma in the Dominican Republic’s exclusive Casa de Campo resort delivers the ultimate stay and play lifestyle. Words by Juliet Austin. Photography by Heather Holt.

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by place-maker, mover and shaker, María Esther Elmufdi. Just two short hours from Miami, arriving at Casa de Campo is like passing through a mystical portal into an exotic Caribbean Shangri-La. Creatively conceived, the four-decade-old masterplanned community affords residents a luxurious lifestyle of unmitigated comfort and ease, beckoning them to embrace Nature’s glory in a place of crashing waves and rolling greens; sun-kissed beaches and achingly beautiful sunsets; a place where, in winter, humpback whales play and hummingbirds drink from hibiscus blooms the size of dinner plates. >

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A white gloved, pith-helmeted attendant conducts golf cart traffic at a somnolent four-way crossing near the dude ranch where I find the real horse power – 350 noble steeds ranging from polo horses, show-jumpers and trekking ponies to privately-owned thoroughbreds. As I ride to the lookout, a couple tees off at one of the resort’s four world class golf courses and, in the distance, shots from the 245-acre Shooting Centre ring out in the sky. Serenely contemplating the view over Catalina Island, I wonder if José will mind taking a rain check on my tennis lesson this evening at La Terraza Tennis Centre. The Wimbledon of the Caribbean will have to wait; this girl has got some serious R ‘n’ R on the cards. Opting for a gentler pace, I take in a cooking class with Le Cirque Chef Luca, followed by a leisurely stroll around La Marina’s moored super yachts and gin palaces, its designer boutiques and world class restaurants. The afternoon drifts by sipping cocktails at Minitas Beach from the seclusion of a muslin-festooned cabana, biding my time before a sublime massage treatment at the full service spa, guaranteed to soothe mind, body and soul with its lush Zen garden and meditation labyrinth. At Casa de Campo, life is for living. Surely, though, nothing could be more out-of-this-world than dinner in Altos de Chavon, a surreal sixteenth century replica of a Mediterranean village designed by Dominican architect, José Antonio Caro, and created by Italian master designer and cinematographer, Roberto Coppa. With its charming, vinelined cobblestone paths, red tiled rooftops and twilight views across a plummeting, floodlit river valley where snowy egrets glide, it takes my breath away. Compounding the romantic allusion, an amphitheatre, inaugurated in 1982 with a concert by Frank Sinatra, offers glittering performances under the stars. As dusk descends, the village lights up in a sea of magical fairy lights and glowing lanterns, as I dine on the balcony of a candlelit bistro, serenaded, fittingly, by a tiny man with a huge silver accordion playing a rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. And it is here, within Casa de Campo’s enchanting crucible, that Casa Palma’s serene, light-filled narrative begins. >

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“With its show-stopping blend of modernity and endless trove of wonders, the charm of Casa Palma is crystal clear.”

Enviably located overlooking the famed Teeth of the Dog golf course and Caribbean Sea, the entrance to Casa Palma presents an evocative paradox. Introducing a central motif – the interplay between geometric lines and organic forms – a modern-day moat of gently bubbling water engages the senses as one’s line of sight gravitates to a vanishing point within. Contrary to the expectation of sea and sky, one is greeted by a long abstract seascape – tantalising prelude of things to come. In another sensory coup, inside is outside, as one enters into Casa Palma’s capacious assortment of covered open air living rooms; artful seating clusters unfurling past the brilliant aqua ribbon pool to the long anticipated gratification of sea and sky. Tables are adorned with an eclectic array of intriguing curios: vast geological treasures

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like the chunk of natural quartz, its cut facets refracting light; a bowl of nautical monkey fists coupled with throw pillows featuring curling octopus tentacles; and tempting stacks of design books summoning guests to curl up on a daybed to consider the importance of being idle. Along with assorted wooden sculptures, including the stunning tree cross section from artist Mauro Torriani, a wall-mounted collection of wooden keys and a splendid horse’s head assembled masterfully from collected driftwood, a rustic mirror made by local artisans frames the natural colours of the Caribbean – an ever-evolving masterpiece bestowed by Mother Nature herself. Living and dining spaces remain connected to the elements via breathtaking vistas, reflections and decorative details like stacked coral stones under glass, huge carved >


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wooden seashells and pure white orchids, whose delicately bowed blooms grace each room. Leading to the dining room, a corridor becomes a still life installation: positioned with an artist’s eye before an oversized mirror, a rocking chair and wooden stool sit on a colourful folk rug, creating a quaint, cottage- in-the-woods ambience. Beyond, folding glass doors open to reveal the intriguing lacquered dining table and credenza by artist Jean Pierre Frey. Handmade from the remains of traditional Dominican wooden houses, it is contemporary and clean, yet reminiscent of another era. An orchid wall creates an original ‘greenhouse’ effect, while overhead, a cluster of three pendant lights dangle, like pretty dandelion clocks blown by the breeze. >

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Unique in character, each of four downstairs guest bedrooms boasts pure white linens, natural wood furnishings and ambient lighting; yet, it is the ocean front ‘bird’ room which embodies so perfectly the true spirit of Casa Palma. Adjacent to the sensuous flow of the tranquillity pond, with its mirrored cut skylight delivering unadulterated access to skies of flawless blue, French doors open to the elements with views of which mere mortals have only dreamt. Behind the headboard, set on a rustic bench table, a bar-less driftwood birdcage sits empty while overhead, carved wooden birds soar


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freely in the breeze, potent symbols of the freedom of spirit offered so graciously in Casa Palma’s intuitive design. Dominating upstairs, two elegant master suites, connected by a vast shared patio space, feature private glass-wrapped balconies giving way to scene-stealing panoramas. With its show-stopping blend of modernity and endless trove of wonders, the charm of Casa Palma is crystal clear. Encapsulated in the prophetic Buddha’s hands, and coupled with the easy elegance of Casa de Campo resort, the home’s welcoming lure is impossible to resist, even for a seasoned Caribbean girl like me.

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Best Beaches

The star of the Caribbean is surely its fine, soft-to-the-touch shoreline. Here, five resorts put the beach front and centre, paying proper homage to this sandy showstopper. Words by Maria Carter

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, Jamaica Beach lovers will not miss a beat at Sandals Whitehouse, where every single room offers stunning oceanfront vistas and overlooks a two-mile stretch of gorgeous white sand beach. Seductively secluded on the undiscovered South Coast of Jamaica, this all-inclusive resort resides within a nature preserve encompassing 500 acres of mountains, palm groves and beaches that lead to the bright blue sea. Designed to invoke the

feel of Dutch, French and Italian styles, this Sandals outpost offers three distinct villages and a variety of enjoyment, from a sanctuary-esque spa with meditation lanai and a two-storey amphitheatre for live entertainment, to six full bars (including two of the swim-up variety), seven scrumptious restaurants and 80 extravagant suites, each with its own personal butler. For those wanting a break from sunbathing on a pristine strip of shoreline, guests may even venture off land with unlimited watersports and scuba diving. >

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The Dunmore, The Bahamas Where the sapphire sea meets the pink sand on Harbour Island, you will find The Dunmore, a collection of well-appointed cottages and a circa-1790s clubhouse that was once the estate of Lord Dunmore, first governor of The Bahamas. This resort with a storied past fronts a three-mile stretch of the famously coral-hued beach. Here, guests love to stretch out on loungers, indulge in food and drink service and make use of the property’s gratis kayaks, paddleboards, snorkels and beach volleyball equipment. The grounds also feature a heated swimming pool (overlooking the ocean, of course), a tennis court and a restaurant of Caribbean-based cuisine crafted by their award-winning chef. Private fishing charters, personalised core training, Pilates and yoga instruction are also available for those who want a customised experience.

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Regent Palms, Turks and Caicos Perched on the edge of Grace Bay Beach, the bright white Regent Palms treats the water’s edge like the centre stage of a beautiful, never-ending play. Its serpentine infinity pool faces the ivory sand and sparkling Caribbean Sea, as does its swim-up bar, al fresco dining area and balconied suites. A breezy, openair lobby ushers guests into a courtyard of upscale gift boutiques, resort-wear purveyors and a restaurant with palatetempting cuisine and an extensive wine list. Do not miss the 25,000-square-foot oasis of a spa, featuring fitness classes, treatments inspired by local rituals and a new menu of light, organic fare.

The Shore Club, Turks and Caicos As the first resort real-estate development to occupy a spot on Provo’s Long Bay Beach, The Shore Club property spans more than 800 feet of bright alabaster sand – a perfect launching point for snorkelling trips and refreshing dips in the clear blue water. All 44 strategically placed condos and villas, housed in buildings that resemble West Indies mansions, offer both privacy and stunning sea views. A central pathway connects all accommodations to the resort’s many amenities, including multiple pools (beachfront, adults-only and lap), tennis courts, delectable restaurants and a full-service spa and wellness centre. In addition, nonmotorised watersports provide excitement without disturbing the island’s peaceful atmosphere. >

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Carlisle Bay, Antigua White umbrellas contrast with leafy palms, a mix of both hugging the Caribbean Sea’s immaculate coast. A backdrop of lush, green mountains enclose the space. Carlisle Bay is a tranquil haven dedicated to ocean views and powder-soft sand beaches. Each accommodation in this Campbell Gray Hotel offers an awe-inspiring look at the turquoise waters, complete with a private balcony or terrace with daybed, a fully stocked minibar and fresh fruit and water replenished each day. Three restaurants and bars sate appetites and thirst, while the resort’s full-service spa and health club keep guests refreshed and in shape. Active types who like to get the most out of their holidays will love Carlisle’s yoga and Pilates pavilion, guided rainforest hikes and professionally instructed sailing, tennis, and windsurfing lessons.

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The Turks and Caicos Islands are divided into two groups: the Turks, which lie to the East of the Columbus Passage, and the Caicos, which are situated to the West. The 7.5-square-mile capital, Grand Turk, and her 2.5-square-mile little sister, Salt Cay, are the only inhabited islands in the Turks group. The rustic charm of the isles, warm and friendly nature of the people, historic sites and spectacular array of natural beauty will keep you returning time and again. 1

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For seventeen years, Salt Cay Divers have offered worldrenowned diving, snorkelling, eco-adventures to nearby uninhabited cays and Humpback whale adventures. The pristine Salt Cay reefs teem with fish and offer excellent snorkelling from secluded, sandy beaches. Ranked as one of the top 100 dive operations in the world, Salt Cay Divers invite you to join them for an experience of a lifetime. For more information visit: www.saltcaydivers.tc

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hidden treasure

Located at the White Sands Beach Resort, Grand Turk, the Santa Maria Gaming Saloon is home to 100+ slot machines with a large variety of brands, as well as multi player state-of-the-art poker, roulette and blackjack tables.

Comfortable and romantic, Pirates Hideaway Guest House By the Sea is located on Salt Cay, a short six minute flight from Grand Turk. This boutique resort offers peaceful privacy with spacious rooms, fully equipped with life’s comforts. Enjoy the swimming pool set in a tropical garden and watch colourful sunsets and whales from the upper deck. For more information visit: www.saltcayaccommodations.com

underwater exploration Delight in the drama of a deep blue abyss, where dive sites are only minutes from white sandy beaches with Grand Turk Diving. Dive the Grand Turk wall where visibility often exceeds 100 feet, and reef architecture features tunnels, archways, pinnacles, valleys and overhangs. Daily dives are selected based on current conditions and in consideration of ‘where the action is!’ For more information visit: www.gtdiving.com

stay connected Open both day and night, it is available for private parties, and offers a complimentary shuttle service to the airport, town, and nearby Cruise Centre. For more information visit: www.santamariacasino.com

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Offering five daily flights between Providenciales and Grand Turk, and five weekly flights to Salt Cay, Caicos Express Airways ensures that your safety, comfort and convenience are taken care of when exploring the Turks and Caicos Islands. For more information visit: www.caicoxexpressairways.com

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The Turks and Caicos National Museum is housed in the Guinep House, Grand Turk, aptly named for the large Guinep trees that stand tall in front of the property. Inside, museum visitors will learn about the Molasses Reef Wreck – the oldest shipwreck ever found in the Western Hemisphere, the salt industry, the race to space, and the early inhabitants of the Turks and Caicos Islands. For more information visit: www.tcmuseum.org

For more information on the Turks and Caicos Islands, visit: www.turksandcaicostourism.com

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Spice Words by Caroline Key

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treasured ingredient dating back to the first century, the aromatic seed of the common nutmeg tree has long graced the tales of empires past. Lauded by the Romans as the fruit with two flavours (sweet nutmeg and its milder sibling – mace), savoured by Byzantine monks, desired by the Elizabethans; the exquisite spice has proven a valuable commodity through the ages. Once worth more than its weight in gold, precious nutmeg is still ingrained in the psyche of the Caribbean and remains one of its most coveted exports. Originally found only in the Spice Islands of Indonesia, it was not until 1843 that this rare and exotic plant was carried to the balmy shores of Grenada. But long before its intrepid journey to the Caribbean, a world trade had developed around this intriguing seed and as demand for the spice grew, so did Grenada’s economy with whole pods fetching up to 90 shillings a pound. It seems nutmeg was king and Grenada wore the crown. Today, Grenada remains one of the

world’s top suppliers – so important is this little nut that it even features on their national flag. An aphrodisiac, famed for its medicinal properties and potent enough to induce a higher state of euphoria – it is no wonder that the sweet and spicy nutmeg has captured the taste buds of so many. Used in cuisine throughout the world, the intoxicating spice is an essential addition to many Caribbean dishes. Look no further than a traditional West Indian stew or rum cocktail and you will soon see the significant role that nutmeg plays. Freshly grated or distilled for essential oil, nothing goes to waste. Seed pods are used for jams, jellies and crystalised candy, while the outer layer is ground down to produce mace. Even the shells are put to good use, serving as excellent garden mulch. From its Asian origin to its proud place in Caribbean culture, the history of the nutmeg is as rich and varied as its effects on the mind and body.

Serves One 1 oz fresh lime 1 oz orange juice 1 oz pineapple juice 1 oz grenadine 2 oz light rum 3 or 4 ice cubes Grated nutmeg Combine the juices, grenadine, rum and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a small glass with ice. Sprinkle with plenty of freshly grated nutmeg. Courtesy of the Grenada Board of Tourism

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Stay&Play What better way to enjoy the Caribbean than an active holiday with family and friends? Whether lounging poolside or in search of real adventure, these destinations offer the perfect blend of island-style activities and just the right amount of relaxation to create the memories of a lifetime. Words by Caroline Key

GoldenEye Jamaica Once home to spy author Ian Fleming, GoldenEye Villa is now at the heart of a luxurious collection of cottages and suites. A private playground of hidden inlets, beaches and seductive tropical groves, this resort offers everything in the way of sunning, swimming and celestial distraction. In addition to lagoon rafting, tennis and yoga, there is also the ultimate indulgence of a full service open-air spa. For those Bond-like characters who love an adventure, we suggest mountain biking up to Firefly – famed hideaway of Sir Noël Coward – the ocean views are as breathtaking as 007 himself. www.goldeneye.com

BLACKFLY LODGE The Bahamas One of Abaco’s best-kept secrets, Blackfly Lodge is home to some of the finest fly-fishing known to Man. With crystal clear waters and miles of untouched flats, this elite fishing lodge is the ideal spot for any angler. Whether on a guided charter or casting from shore, there is something for everyone and after a day of excitement out on the water, guests are greeted with cocktails and appetisers before a sumptuous dinner of Bahamian-inspired dishes. Afterwards, guests can retire to the porch to enjoy special aged rum or wile away the evening chatting in the bar. www.blackflylodge.com RL


Southern Cross CluB Little Cayman On an island as secluded as this, the beachfront bungalows of Southern Cross Club are a modern-day Crusoe’s ultimate dream. With world-class diving on your doorstep, the charm and barefoot luxury of this intimate resort is hard to beat. After exploring the depths of famous Bloody Bay Wall or looking for bonefish along the glistening shallows, there is still plenty to do. But if a meandering bike ride or leisurely kayak sound too much like hard work, just enjoy the sound of pure relaxation before a private dinner under the stars. www.southerncrossclub.com

WINDHAVEN beach VILLAS Turks & Caicos If your idea of the perfect getaway includes soft sand beaches, private sun decks and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see, then Windhaven Beach Villas is for you – especially if you are into the latest extreme sports. Nestled in the tranquil dunes of Long Bay Beach, these five-star luxury villas offer full concierge service and patio access to one of the best kitesurf locations in the world. A haven for kiters and hammock-lovers alike, the warm, shallow water and steady breeze make this an ideal spot to master that new trick or simply sit back and take it all in. www.windhavenvillas.com. RL


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Adventures in Waterland Bahamian photographer, Elena Kalis, makes waves with her whimsical images. Words by Kyle Fulton

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uminous in the inky abyss, the aqueous visage of a modern-day mermaid radiates serenely from the void; reminiscent of Degas – bowed at the waist and with face obscured, a young ballerina melts into her reflection; sinking down into a new, fantastical underwater world, Alice’s perplexing adventures begin. At first glance, the photographs baffle with their whimsical, otherworldly essence, teasing viewers to wonder if they, too, have fallen down the rabbit hole. Masterfully blending reality with fantasy, they express an exotic duality to reveal the enchanting genius of Elena Kalis’s work. A visual artist, fairly new to the world of experimental photography, Kalis began shooting in 2006, she has wasted no time making her mark in the rarefied world of conceptual underwater photography. Intrigued and inspired by how different things appear in water, Kalis began experimenting and, as she says by way of explanation, “What began as a hobby has become a full-blown obsession.” Born and raised in Moscow, and with training in the Fine Arts, Kalis, serendipitously moved to the Berry Islands, a cluster of thirty cays, northwest of Nassau, The Bahamas, with her husband fourteen years ago. Unbeknownst to her, the >

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secluded island would inspire her second act as an artist, trading brush for camera. As she explains: “Apart from the nice weather and clean water, this is a very quiet place with not many people, but with a pace of life I like.” Yet, it was here, in this charming, peaceful haven with its ever-inviting water and secluded beaches that she found inspiration, making nature both her studio and medium. “I started taking photographs under water because it’s very clean and things look so different, weightless and with a dreamlike quality,” she contends. Mixing unpredictable elements into a natural context, she plays with perception, provoking the viewer with images that defy the natural world. It is in this fantastical playground that she subverts reality drawing the viewer in with playful images evocative of another world. Surreal and ephemeral, she captures moments full of beauty and insight that are filled with action yet radiate a quiet calm. Paradoxically contemporary, her romantic, dreamy images haunt with their original, beguiling beauty. Shooting near the surface, Kalis mostly relies on natural light, although on occasion she has been known to use sola lights and reflectors. Using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, all images are post-processed to varying degrees dependent upon the image. Not one to choose the path of least resistance, Kalis prefers working in the ocean to the pool, despite the additional planning it requires and challenges it presents, finding that the ever-changing vagaries of the ocean possess an enthralling profundity evident in the final result. In a beautiful twist of fate, Kalis discovered her children to be invaluable models. Able to maintain a relaxed countenance whilst underwater – a “gift”, she posits, with which one must be born – she cherishes having simultaneously documented her artistic progress alongside their development. Fusing the unpredictability of children with the energetic ebb and flow of the ocean realm, each image captures a rare dynamic spontaneity, where magic is given free rein to work. It is an obsessive dedication to her craft, an openness to caprice and fascination with whimsicality, that have given Kalis wings to create the exquisite images that belie the genius behind her ‘looking glass’ lens. Like Alice, Kalis jumps into the ethereal depths of discovery feet first. Without imposing her will, she allows the unexplored to lead her, chasing new ideas down her own unique ‘rabbit hole’ to embark on her own adventures in waterland.


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Setting construction standards and consistency in the Caribbean By Jeremy Superfine, Director for BCQS International based in the Cayman Islands

he Caribbean offers a luxurious haven for vacationing, living and working. With diverse landscapes, cultures and languages, finding a standard approach to construction within the region, can present challenges to those who are looking to build. In addition to the general public and developers, it can also present governments with challenges when it comes to constructing major infrastructure improvement projects such as airports, roads and cruise ship terminals. Many questions arise when considering a development in the Caribbean. What should our first step to construction be? How should I get drawings to help me build? What will it cost? One step, which is becoming increasingly popular, is to seek the advice of a Chartered Surveyor. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has a membership of over 160,000 worldwide, with approximately 300 members in the Caribbean. Members of the RICS provide a breadth of property and construction services, including project and cost management, appraisals, land surveying and property management. The rigorous assessment and standards required to become a member of the RICS gives customers confidence in making sure they will get independent, impartial and professional property and construction related advice. Contract management, construction cost management, procurement and understanding value are fundamental to the success of any project. A Chartered Surveyor with these core skills can help anyone with their first step to construction. When building your house, Chartered Surveyors can help advise on property values. If financing is required, then market valuation reports from RICS Registered Valuers can provide banks with the information required to determine whether financing can be arranged. The RICS provides rules of measurement and cost estimating, making sure standards are consistent. Using best practice standards implemented worldwide and by using local market rates, projected construction costs can be determined at the very early, conceptual stages of design. As well, having someone manage the project whose expertise is in cost and value can

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make sure the desired balance between quality and cost is accomplished. Using a member of the RICS ensures consistency and standards. If retailers operating across the Caribbean seek market rents and need to make decisions as to whether to purchase, refurbish or rent new premises, then Chartered Surveyors are able to assist. Operating in locations such as the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Aruba and Jamaica can present a challenge, especially with buildings of different ages and sizes. Understanding the local cost implications of building codes and the opportunity for duty concessions can result in very different construction costs. Feasibility and cost assessments prior to proceeding with a purchase or refurbishment project are key to success. Using the same standard contracts in each jurisdiction can help facilitate consistency in producing design drawings on time and completing construction or refurbishment projects to the desired level of quality, on time and in budget. Governments across the Caribbean are seeking to make improvements to their schools, hospitals, roads, airports and ports. Obtaining value for money and making sure public money is spent wisely are key. The Cayman Islands recently introduced the ‘Framework for Fiscal Responsibility’ in November 2012 and made it a requirement by law to implement best practice procurement. Key steps include, preparing a business case, risk and value assessments, cost analysis, and competitive, open and transparent tendering. The Government of Aruba is currently seeking contractors to refurbish and construct an extension to their existing hospital. By following a tender procedure which is open and enables consistency in evaluation of contractor proposals, the pathway is set for a successful project. Amidst the diversity and complexity of design and construction in the Caribbean, there are common standards provided by the RICS, which can be relied upon to ensure construction projects are managed in accordance with customers’ requirements. When looking to build your home, move your office, expand your retail outlets or improve your schools, hospitals, roads, airports and ports, then a positive first step is to employ the service of a Chartered Surveyor.


real estate

FEATURE PROPERTY Bella Verde, Salt Creek, Grand Cayman.....................................................72 ANTIGUA The Moon Bay Group .................................................................................78 BARBADOS Godiva Realty ..............................................................................................79 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty................................79 Surfsong Villa..............................................................................................79 Tingalayo .......................................................................................................2 CAYMAN ISLANDS James Bovell, Dreamfinders, RE/MAX Cayman Islands .................76,77,79 Cayman Villas Vaction Rentals...................................................................78 Davenport Development Ltd ...........................................................4,5,40,41 International Realty Group Ltd. (IRG) ......................................................6,7 Michael Joseph, RE/MAX Cayman Islands................................................79 TURKS & CAICOS Turks and Caicos Property..........................................................................75 Turtle Breeze Villas .....................................................................................79 USVI Van Blake-Coleman Realty..........................................................................78

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Going for Gold Bella Verde, an innovative abode on Grand Cayman, creates a new gold standard for luxury sustainable living in the Caribbean. Words by Juliet Austin

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lbert Einstein once described imagination as, “… a preview of life’s coming attractions.” Such is the case with Bella Verde, the environmentally-conscious abode soon to come into being in Grand Cayman’s prestigious Salt Creek enclave. In collaboration with Dart Realty, the visionary five-bedroom home offers the seemingly impossible: an environmentally sensitive property in a pretty, upscale neighbourhood coupled with barely-there, cutting-edge technology and luxury beyond compare. The brainchild of Caymanian, James Whittaker and his affiliates at Green Tech, an emerging leader in regional sustainable design and building, the residence promises both to break ground and ground-break mid year, putting the Caribbean on notice that green glamour is in vogue for 2013.

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Beauty aside – at Bella Verde what you see is not all you get. Consider that the masterminds behind the property intend nothing less radical than for it to ‘be the change’ for which the Caribbean has been yearning, and it is easy to see why it is garnering the attention of the region’s cognoscenti. Providing energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management and superior indoor air quality, its judicious use of natural resources make it quite the anomaly: a sumptuous, high-end dwelling with sights on becoming the first LEED Gold certified residential property in the Caribbean. “LEED accreditation provides surety for owners from a third-party internationally-recognised industry standard,” acknowledges Whittaker. “Bella Verde brings together the worlds of sustainability and luxury. One

should not have to compromise aesthetics to embrace an environmentally sound lifestyle.” Set on a third of an acre canal front site, nine-feet above sea level and within the naturally intact infrastructure of the Salt Creek community, the idea, Whittaker explains, is, “to enhance what is already there.” Created in deference to the natural mangrove buffer, a fiftyfoot dock, private beach, outdoor kitchen and dining areas and dreamy saline infinity pool and spa, tick all the boxes for indulgence, while recycled glass tiles, high efficiency split-system heaters and variable speed pumps make for guilt-free opulence. Beyond its charming shiplap exterior, locally-quarried stone cladding and traditional shuttered windows – and in addition to over 1,800 square-feet of covered outdoor >


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areas – a meticulous design process allows the progressive 5,300 square-foot, two storey property to optimise a profusion of site specific and climate-driven solutions. Designed by US architect and LEED faculty member, Stace McGee, computer modelling guarantees efficiently zoned spaces where visual harmony and spatial flow rule supreme, but where beauty is underscored by substance. Insulated concrete walls and a double hurricane-strapped, insulated and sealed standing seam roof deliver strength and durability, while impact rated doors and triple-paned windows filled with argon gas, deflect heat. Based on a study of sun, shade and wind patterns, overhangs and outdoor areas are sited for optimum impact. More than just a ‘nice box,’ inside dehumidification and continuous venting systems maintain a humidity level of 60% or less, while low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, glues and sealants reduce offgassing and UV filters eliminate 95% of bacteria to create a healthy, safe environment. Masterfully balancing pragmatic and aesthetic considerations, roofharvested rainwater, strategic passive landscaping (in the form of indigenous plants) and an electronically monitored irrigation system which uses sensors to activate sprinklers on a need-only basis, conserve water, sequester carbon and minimise waste. Recessed into the lowmaintenance, aluminium trelliswork and atop the porch, two separate arrays of photovoltaic cells provide invisible-to-the-eye clean energy systems with zero compromise on beauty. Typically reducing energy consumption in excess of 50% over a conventional home, the design is attractive not only visually but also to the pocketbook. Moreover, with the high cost of power in the territories, projected dividends are expected within a five-to-six year period, enabling owners to embrace the full depth and breadth of the Cayman lifestyle in comfort and style safe in the knowledge of reduced operating costs, negligible maintenance requirements and a diminished carbon footprint.

Journey inside, and the clerestory’s capacious fourteen-foot ceilings create a dramatic entrance. Bathed in natural light, sleekly modern yet soulful interiors are configured cleverly to maintain constant connection to the magnificent outdoors through foldaway NanaWall glass doors that draw the eye out past the pool to the lagoon beyond. Engaging the senses, the open floor plan oozes sophistication, featuring arresting visuals like a six-foot high wine rack and the dazzling, backlit glass powder room counter whose translucent cerulean blue conjures a magical underwater world. Characterised by textured finishes, contrasting tones, airy vaulted ceilings and the omnipresence of water from the rain curtain, the pool or a recurring blue motif, the experience is strikingly visceral, a sentient reflection of Caribbean life. Downstairs in the master suite, recycled porcelain floor tiles mimic a

natural wood grain, cool underfoot but warm in tone – an element mirrored in the wood beams of the cathedral ceiling. An exclusive patio and automated Lutron blinds provide privacy, while in the ensuite bathroom a pebble river rug meanders to an outside shower. Open to the elements, it shelters in the organic embrace of a living wall parallelled inside by a vast cut stone marble panel whose natural striations showcase Nature’s work of art. It was pioneering architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, who observed that, “Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun,” and at Bella Verde never can this be more true. Built on answers rather than questions, the beautiful green home invites us to discover the difference; to dwell in luxury worth its weight in gold.

For more information contact Sloane Rhulen, Vice President Sales & Leasing for Dart Realty, on (345) 323-0633 or sloane.rhulen@drcl.ky

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428 8091 British Virgin Islands ...................................................(284) 494 7144 Cayman Islands ..........................................................(345) 949 8644 St Lucia .......................................................................(758) 450 7040 Turks and Caicos ........................................................(649) 946 4238 Decco Products Int’l Inc...........................................................(305) 266 0104 Enviroshake, Canada ...............................................................(416) 648 0620 Evocon LTD..............................................................................(305) 537 5409 Harris Civil Engineers, USA ......................................................(407) 629 4777 Manhattan International Group .................................................(973) 673 4644 Mansail Development Group, LLC, USA..................................(813) 254 3110 The Moonbay Group, Antigua..................................................(268) 726 6680 NanaWall ..................................................................................(800) 873 5673 Rotherley Construction Inc, Barbados .....................................(246) 425 0950 St Kitts Nevis Anguilla Trading & Developing Co Ltd ...............(869) 465 2511 Victor International ....................................................................(284) 364 2400 INSURANCE Guardian General Insurance, Trinidad ....................................(868) 625 4GGL Island Heritage, Barbados .......................................................(246) 426 2218 KITCHENS, BATHROOMS & CABINENTRY Downsview Kitchens of Dania..................................................(954) 927 1100 Downsview Kitchens of Juno ...................................................(561) 799 7700 Kitchen Design Studio in Dominican .......................................(809) 541 7707 Kohler, Caribbean.....................................................................(920) 457 4441 Stafford Flooring.......................................................................(441) 295 9744 Delta Faucets ...........................................................................(317) 587 1248 Lapierre's Marble.................................................................(590) 590 873 249 Living Design, St Kitts ..............................................................(869) 465 3223 PHOTOGRAPHY Provo Pictures ..........................................................................(649) 432 7777 Derek Galon Photography .......................................................(250) 360 0123 Don Hebert Photography & Fine Art, USVI...............................(340) 777 6484 Heather Holt Photography .......................................................(345) 916 5263 POOLS & OUTDOOR DESIGN Caribbean Botanical Designs, St. Lucia ..................................(758) 721 2177 David Tisherman’s Visual Inc., California..................................(310) 379 6700

REAL ESTATE AGENTS / VILLA RENTALS American Home Mortgage Funding, LLC................................(954) 551 5559 BVI Sotheby’s International Realty ...................................(284) 494 5700 Cayman Villas, Vacation Rentals ..............................................(800) 235 5888 Godiva Realty (Barbados) ............................................... (246) 249 8032 Christie's International Real Estate Anguilla ..............................................................................(888) 226 4845 Antigua & Barbuda ............................................................(268) 562 6042 Bahamas ...........................................................................(242) 322 1041 Barbados...........................................................................(246) 432 0840 British Virgin Islands...........................................................(284) 494 2446 Dominican Republic ..........................................................(829) 473 0000 Puerto Rico........................................................................(787) 925 2520 St. Martin .....................................................................(590) 590 51 02 85 Turks & Caicos...................................................................(649) 941 4105 US Virgin Islands ...............................................................(340) 775 9000 St. Barth.......................................................................(590) 590 29 88 91 Meldam Realtors, Jamaica ......................................................(876) 277 2934 St Lucia Homes .......................................................................(758) 450 0877 Terra Caribbean........................................................................(246) 434 9000 Tingalayo Villa Rental, BVI ........................................................(284) 499 2535 VBC Realty, St. Thomas, USVI .................................................(340) 344 2959 CASINOS/ RESORTS / SPAS / MARINAS Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia........................................................(758) 459 7000 Beaches Resorts......................................................................(888) 232 2437 Bluebeard’s Castle Resort, St. Thomas, USVI .........................(843) 238 5000 The Body Holiday, St. Lucia .....................................................(758) 457 7800 Caneel Bay, St. John, USVI ......................................................(340) 776 6111 Carlisle Bay, Antigua.................................................................(268) 484 0000 Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic....................................(855) 877 3643 Cooper Island, BVI ...................................................................(284) 495 9084 Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas, USVI......................................(340) 774 2255 Frenchman's Reef, St. Thomas, USVI ......................................(340) 715 6165 Goldeneye, Jamaica ................................................................(876) 622 9007 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, D.R...........................(888) 762 5002 Jade Mountain, St. Lucia .........................................................(758) 459 4000 Ladera, St. Lucia ......................................................................(758) 459 6600 Lazule Sea Spa and Salon, St. Thomas, USVI.........................(340) 715 6130 Mafolie Hotel & Restaurant, St. Thomas, USVI.........................(340) 774 2790 Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, USVI................................(340) 715 6165 Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa, St. Martin ...................(590) 590 87 6700 Sandals ....................................................................................(888) 726 3257 The Sands Turks and Caicos ...................................................(877) 777 2637 Scrub Island, BVI...................................................................1 (877) 890 7444 Southern Cross Club, Little Cayman........................................(800) 899 2582 Southland Gaming, USVI.........................................................(340) 777 SLOT SPM Resorts ............................................................................(843) 238 5000 Sugar Ridge, Antigua ...............................................................(268) 562 7727 Surfsong Villa Resort, British Virgin Islands...............................(284) 495 1864 The Westin St. John Resorts and Villas, USVI ..........................(340) 714 6065 SHIPPING Tropical Shipping......................................................................(800) 638 8767 SHOPPING, JEWELLERY A.H. Riise Mall, St. Thomas, USVI ............................................(340) 776 2303 Marvin Watches.....................................................................1 (800) 237 9477 Royal Caribbean, St. Thomas, USVI ........................................(340) 776 4110 SwittSwoo Fashion Boutique, St. Thomas, USVI......................(340) 715 3333 TOURISM BOARDS & HOTEL ASSOCIATIONS Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority ...................................(268) 562 7600 BVI Tourist Board ......................................................................(284) 494 3134 St. Maarten Tourism Board.......................................................(721) 542 2337 St. Martin Tourism Board ..........................................................0 590 87 57 21 St. Kitts Tourism Authority .........................................................(869) 465 4040 Saint Lucia Department of Tourism ..........................................(758) 452 4094 Turks & Caicos Tourism Board .................................................(649) 946 4970 U.S.V.I. Department of Tourism.................................................(340) 774 8784 U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association.......................(340) 774 6835

CAYMAN ISLANDS

DEVELOPERS Davenport Development Ltd.............................................(345) 949 4979 DART – Camana Bay ...............................................................(345) 943 3278 INTERIOR DESIGN & LANDSCAPING Design Studio ...................................................................(345) 945 4977 Sandy Urquhart ........................................................................(345) 516 0913 Sticks & Stones ........................................................................(345) 947 8663 KITCHENS, CABINETRY & FLOORING Stafford Flooring.......................................................................(345) 943 2722 Storage Solutions .....................................................................(345) 525 2647 PHOTOGRAPHERS Heather Holt Photography .......................................................(345) 916 5263 PROPERTY INSURANCE Island Heritage .........................................................................(345) 949 7280 REAL ESTATE AGENTS Azure Realty Ltd .......................................................................(345) 946 2987 Dreamfinders, RE/MAX Cayman Islands..........................(345) 945 1585 Dart Realty................................................................................(345) 943 3278 International Realty Group Ltd (IRG).........................................(345) 623 1111 SHOPPING, JEWELLERY & ENTERTAINMENT Don Fosters Dive Cayman.......................................................(345) 949 5679 Island Companies....................................................................(345) 640 5337 PASSMAN.................................................................................(345) 949 0123 SURVEYORS & PROPERTY CONSULTANTS Charterland Ltd ........................................................................(345) 623 2772

BAHAMAS AVIATION & AIRLINES Bahamasair ..............................................................................(242) 377 8452 Executive Flight Support...........................................................(242) 424 9598 Odyssey Aviation Bahamas .....................................................(242) 702 0200 ARCHITECTS Artech Bahamas Ltd ................................................................(242) 327 2335 Bruce LaFleur & Associates .....................................................(242) 323 8421 BANKS Scotia Bank ..............................................................................(242) 502 5799 SG Private Banking ..................................................................(242) 302 5000 CONCIERGE SERVICES Island Concierge Services (ICL)...............................................(242) 362 6861 INTERIOR DESIGN & DECOR Downsview Kitchens of Nassau...............................................(242) 377 0004 Nassau Florist ..........................................................................(242) 393 2223 RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS Caves Heights .........................................................................(242) 327 8867 Lindroth Development Ltd .......................................................(242) 362 4422 Lyford Cay................................................................................(242) 362 4211 Ocean Club Residences and Marina.......................................(242) 363 3000 Old Fort Bay .............................................................................(242) 362 6434 Schooner Bay ..........................................................................(242) 362 4422 REAL ESTATE AGENTS H.G. Christie.............................................................................(242) 322 1041 Seaview Properties...................................................................(242) 327 1566 RESORTS & SPAS Blackfly Lodge .........................................................................(904) 997 2220 Compass Point ........................................................................(242) 327 4500 Dunmore Beach Club, Bahamas.............................................(242) 333 2200

TURKS AND CAICOS

ARCHITECTS John Doak Architecture ....................................................(345) 946 3625 Robert Towel Architecture.................................................(345) 949 6681

AVIATION & AIRLINE Air Provo Centre .......................................................................(649) 946 4181

ATTORNEYS Conyers Dill and Pearman .......................................................(345) 945 3901 Maples and Calder ..................................................................(345) 949 8066

ARCHITECTS RA Shaw Designs .............................................................(649) 941 4394 Simon Wood ............................................................................(649) 946 5911

ART & ARTIST Hannah Cook Studio................................................................(345) 916 3060

BANKS Hallmark Bank & Trust Ltd ........................................................(649) 946 5524 Royal Bank of Canada .............................................................(649) 941 4667

AVIATION SERVICES Island Air ..................................................................................(345) 949 5252 BANKING & MORTGAGES Butterfield Bank.................................................................(345) 949 7055 Caledonian ........................................................................(345) 949 0050 Cayman National Bank.............................................................(345) 949 4655 Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd ..............................................(345) 949 7822 CONDOMINIUM & VILLA RENTALS Cayman Villas, Vacation Rentals ..............................................(345) 945 4144 CONDO/RESIDENCES DEVELOPMENTS Crystal Cove.............................................................................(345) 949 4979 The Terraces at Camana Bay...................................................(345) 640 3808 Oceana ....................................................................................(345) 949 6170 Opus I & II ................................................................................(345) 949 4979 San Sebastian, South Sound ...................................................(345) 949 4979

CONDO/RESIDENCIAL DEVELOPMENTS Amanyara .................................................................................(649) 941 8133 Regent Palms...........................................................................(649) 946 5502 The Gansevoort .......................................................................(649) 941 7555 The Sands at Grace Bay..........................................................(649) 946 5199 The Shore Club ........................................................................(649) 232 1067 Turtle Breeze..........................................................................1 (866) 331 4269 Windhaven Beach Villas Turks and Caicos ..............................(941) 894 6848 DEVELOPMENTS Regent Village ..........................................................................(649) 941 4400 The Saltmills .............................................................................(649) 946 4238 INSURANCE International Insurance Agency Ltd..........................................(649) 941 3195 The Insurance Centre...............................................................(649) 941 4814

CONSULTANTS Eaglemount..............................................................................(345) 916 0795

INTERIOR DESIGN & DECOR Design Studio ..........................................................................(649) 941 4848 Finishing Touch.................................................................(649) 941 4393 TC Millwork ...............................................................................(649) 231 4537

DEVELOPMENTS / MARINAS Camana Bay ............................................................................(345) 946 2229 Cayman Enterprise City............................................................(345) 945 3722 The Bacadere Marina...............................................................(345) 949 3743

REAL ESTATE AGENTS NW Hamilton Realty .................................................................(649) 946 4060 Turtle Breeze Villa......................................................................(866) 331 4269 Turks and Caicos Property .......................................................(649) 941 3361


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