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when you are looking for the very best Caribbean experience, you come to the people that know the Caribbean the best— Sandals Resorts. The Caribbean is our home. My family and I have been swimming and fishing in these crystal-clear waters and enjoying all the simple pleasures of island life for generations. We are the Caribbean; we know and love everything about our slice of paradise and can’t wait to share it with you! Island living is about a different pace, a sunny attitude and enjoying the little things, and of course, “liming” (chilling out). No matter how you choose to spend your time here, whether soaking up the sun on a perfect white-sand beach; exploring the rich history and traditions, the exotic beauty and adventure; or meeting the warm and caring people smiling at every corner, you’ll soon find out what makes this region so alluring. I know this magazine will capture the essence of Caribbean living and allow you to escape and bring “liming” into your daily life wherever that may be. As a native son of Jamaica, I’ve soaked in the island vibes my entire life and learned that some things are worth taking time out for—a gorgeous sunset, a place where the fish are biting, a gathering of friends where the beer is cold and the dominoes are hot. Sandals Style, Your Guide to Caribbean Living—this is how I grew up and how I continue to live today. I hope to pass on our way of life through the stories in this magazine, so that you too can enjoy this lifestyle. This is our Caribbean; it is our home. We invite you to come share it with us.
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chairman’s Spending time with the people you love is among life’s greatest pleasures, but busy days make this easy to forget. Recently, I had the good fortune to be reminded again on a fabulous fishing trip in Port Antonio, Jamaica, where my family and some marvelous old friends joined me. We were in pursuit of marlin, that enormous fish of lore, prized by big-game fishermen as the pinnacle of the sport. It takes a precise hand, patience and cooperation to reel in a marlin, but it’s a thrilling experience and another reason to love the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. All fishermen dream of the big one, the greatest one, the one that got away. For 30 years I have been living my dream–providing the most memorable vacation experience for two people in love, bar none. Through precise hand, patience and cooperation, we have been perfecting the Luxury Included® vacation, giving couples more than they could ever dream of. From zero-entry pools with swim-up pool bars serving signature cocktails, to the most lavish suites with butler service, to some of the most crystal-clear waters and whitesand beaches, our resorts truly make couples’ wishes come true. In this premier issue of Sandals Style, Your Guide to Caribbean Living, I am proud to share some of our latest developments, which I hope you will enjoy reading about. From the simply beautiful island of Saint Lucia where we plan to unveil the first ever, over-the-water suites in 2012, to the Beautiful by Nature islands of Turks & Caicos where we’ve debuted luxury two-bedroom suites to meet the specific needs of today’s families, we’ve left no stone unturned. And, then, of course, there’s Lady Martha. Our joint venture with America’s style icon Martha Stewart, which brings alluring destination wedding themes to life with Sandals® Weddings by Martha Stewart™. Last, but certainly not least, there’s Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours. They offer visitors the ultimate in authentic Caribbean destination experiences, like ziplining through the highest tree tops, and the chance to meet extraordinary people from the most vibrant places in the world. I hope you enjoy Sandals Style, Your Guide to Caribbean Living and I thank you for choosing Sandals and Beaches Resorts. As Caribbean natives, we know that the most thrilling times are the ones spent in the company of those we love. So whether you’re traveling with the love of your life, family, friends, or all of the above, making memories is what life is all about. There’s certainly no better catch in the sea! The Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD Chairman, Sandals Resorts International
All that’s good,
1. Antigua Sailing Week (April 24-29 )
1. Jazz and Blues Festival (January 23-29)
2. Antigua Carnival (1st Monday and Tuesday in August)
2. Reggae Sound Fest (July 16-23)
3. The Classic Yacht Regatta (April 14-19)
3. Reggae Month (February) 4. Reggae Marathon (December 2-4)
1. Junkanoo (New Yearâ€™s Eve)
5. Calabash Literary Festival (Last week in May)
2. Great Bahamas Seafood and Heritage Festival, Heritage Village, Arawak Cay (October) 3. Annual One Bahamas Music & Heritage Festival (Last week in November)
6. ATI and Dream Weekend (National Independence) (July 29 -August 1)
1. 20th Annual Kite Flying Competition Â (April 25) 2. Summer Jam Festival (June) 3. Turks and Caicos Conch Festival (November)
1. Saint Lucia Jazz Festival (May 5-9) 2. Carnival Pageant and Parade (July 18-19) 3. International Creole Day (Last Sunday in October)
Please check with the respective tourist boards as some dates and events could be subject to change.
the shades of WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER GILLIAN WATSON
hen painting their houses, Bahamians draw inspiration from Natureâ€™s big show Perhaps the only rival to the vivid blues and greens of the Bahamian waters are the colorful hues that decorate Bahamian architecture. From the classic creamy pale Nassau Pink that adorns government houses, to the bright shades of fuchsia and orange that pop up in the most unexpected of places, the colors fascinate visitors. Bahamians, on the other hand, donâ€™t even notice what may seem like unlikely color combinations and shades because they have become a natural part of their daily experience. Colors have a way of creating an identity and Bahamians are not afraid to shout out loud when it comes to how they paint their buildings. The color of Bahamian buildings can be roughly divided into two periods. The first period lasted until the early Seventies and is represented by a much more muted palette. Homes were usually painted a lighter or pastel shade of pink, blue, yellow or green. Nassau Pink is still heavily used in buildings throughout the Bahamas today and is the traditional color for the Houses of Parliament in Nassau. The story
goes that Nassau Pink became popular because
historic nature of the architecture. But, most of
fading for longer. So color can, in fact, keep
it was the same color used in world atlases
all, they are pulled in by the striking colors. And
you cooler! But if this were the only reason,
to depict countries owned by Britain. Seems
it doesnâ€™t hurt that the Bahamian palette makes
then all Bahamian buildings would be blinding
logical that a colony wanted to pay homage to
the perfect backdrop for any photograph. An
shades of white.
the empire. The second phase began, perhaps
old wall with pale, peeling pink paint adds a new
coincidentally, after Bahamian independence
dimension to a quirky wedding photograph. Or a
Fortunately, the spirit of the Bahamian people
in 1973. It ushered in the use of much more
row of wooden houses, each proudly displaying
shines through in their choice of paint.
vibrant hues. Nassau Pink now shared the
a different shade and hue, heightens the feeling
stage with a deeper, richer pink, as did most
of joy in a photograph of children playing in
In the Bahamas, color is everywhere. The lush
of the lighter, more traditional colors. In this
tropical landscape seethes with brilliant reds and hundreds of different shades of pinks
newer post-Independence phase, rich, bright turquoises and purples and shimmering greens
Paint is chosen boldly in the Bahamas, with
and yellows and purples; sun-bleached white
and yellows started to become fashionable.
no reservation. And it is a source of pride. A
beaches perfectly offset the sea with its million
Todayâ€™s color choices, regardless of the era, all
regular part of Christmas time preparations is
shades of blue. It feels like a celebration of
seem to melt into one another like paint on a
getting the house paint touched up in time for
color, no matter the season.
huge, detailed canvas.
the holidays. The feeling is that if you are going
The color of Bahamian buildings, whether
to go to the trouble to paint, you may as well
Color is so much a part of life in the Bahamas
see vibrant results.
that it stands to reason that it should follow through into the architecture.
traditional or post-Independence, have always attracted the attention of camera lenses like a
There may be another, more practical reason
flower draws in a butterfly. Walking the quaint
for color choice in the Bahamas. Paint has a
In the Bahamas, if you want to really stand out,
streets of Harbour Island or Hope Town Abaco,
lot to stand up to in the tropics: heat, rain, sea
you need only to paint your house white.
visitors quickly find themselves taking hundreds
breezes, intense sunlight. Lighter colors tend
of pictures of the houses, trying to capture the
to reflect sunlight more and hide the effects of
Gywneth Paltrow’s thinking about doing it,
World is Not Enough, the third Pierce Brosnan
water jetties, desalination units, electricity,
Nicholas Cage and Julia Roberts have done it,
James Bond movie to be shot in the Bahamas.
telecommunication systems and airstrips. For
so has the fourth Baron Rothschild and then
Brosnan and co-star Salma Hayek also spent
the island hunter willing to customize a utopia
there’s Johnny Depp; who acquired Little Hall’s
three months on location shooting the action
from scratch, an undeveloped island comes
Pond Cay, a 45-acre idyll complete with private
comedy, After the Sunset. Most recently, Disney
with a starting price of US$50,000 per acre.
commandeered Grand Bahama Island and the Exumas for the filming of Disney’s second and
Island hideaways in the Bahamas have become
But private island ownership isn’t limited to
third movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean
a must-have for those determined to own
moguls, movie makers and Hollywood A-listers;
series: Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End.
a piece of paradise. Surrounded by warm,
for island hunters who seek style, seclusion and
And, in 2004, the country hosted the first
crystal-clear turquoise waters, with cuts of
exclusivity, there are 40 to 50 islands for sale at
Bahamas International Film Festival, now held
deserted white beaches, the islands epitomize
any one time in the beautiful Bahamas, ranging
annually in December, which has become a
the dream of Caribbean living. Among the 700
in size from two to 800 acres.
popular, star-studded event on the Hollywood
islands and 2,000 cays lying south of the capital
Nassau, there is a small chain of immaculate
The star factor of the Bahamas extends
gems known as the Exumas.
beyond its moniker of “playground of the rich
In the 1990s, as tourism steadily expanded in
and famous” and has long been a desirable
the Bahamas, a small number of ready-made
There’s no understanding the allure of the
location for Hollywood movie makers.
islands became available for sale, complete with
Bahamas or why it captivates with such
1999, film director Michael Apted released The
main luxury residence, staff properties, deep-
absoluteness. You can kick off your shoes
of my own
illigan did it the hard way but in the Bahamas you can play castaway in style
Fowl Cay Resort, Exuma, Bahamas
and sink your toes in the talcum-soft sand,
If you are not the beneficiary of a stimulus
and snorkeling or a conch supper on the beach
wade into its almost unnaturally blue waters
package, owning an undeveloped island can be
until the sun falls into the ocean. Discover
or recline on a beach and stare for hours
a costly venture. Take it from Damianos: “If you
the last word in luxury at Sandals Emerald
at the intense clarity of the ocean; but you
buy an island, you have to consider the real cost
Bay, a Six Star Diamond Award-winning 500-
should know before you arrive that the
of construction, given the remoteness of the
acre oceanfront retreat set along a one-mile
uncompromising beauty of the Bahamas is
location and accessibility to it. Transportation of
crescent-shaped beach on the out island of
materials and workers will have to be done by
Great Exuma, or you could lay claim to one of
boat or sea plane. All of this will keep adding to
six villas on the private, 52-acre island, Fowl
your investment dollar.’’
Cay Resort. Either way, if you come to buy in
According to George Damianos, managing director of Damianos Sotheby’s International
the Bahamas or simply to play, you’ll want to
Realty Bahamas, being king or queen of a
If you crave the cachet of island ownership, the
private realm isn’t for everyone. “Somebody
tranquillity and absence of bustling civilization,
who asks me where the closest restaurant is
if you are intrigued but not yet ready to
because they enjoy going out to dinner is not
purchase, there are alternatives that allow you
going to want to live on a private island. On the
put island living to the test.
other hand, someone who says, ‘we like our peace and quiet, we love nature and the water
You can play shipwreck at marooned rustic
and fishing,’ these are the indicators of people
lodges, available to rent on many of the private
that are private-island types.”
islands, where the thrill is found in bonefishing
Morning Glory that cure
CREATED BY: Karlene “The Pest”John MIXING COCKTAILS SINCE: 1990 WHAT MAKES A GREAT COCKTAIL? A great cocktail requires clean simplicity; good taste without a plethora of ingredients that
ake up to the insider secrets of how to cure a hangover
Since the swashbuckling days of pirates and buccaneers, rum has been synonymous with the Caribbean. However you prefer to drink El Dorado, be it straight-up after dinner or as a cocktail by the pool, chances are once you’ve started, you won’t want to stop at one.
only serve to mask the principal flavors. RESORT OR BAR: Jaffa at the Oval, Trinidad and Tobago This cocktail has been devised to provide a healthy start to the day, while offering the necessary infusion of alcohol into the blood stream to kick start the day. The high antioxidants found in kiwis and cranberries will induce the needed feel good factor and the mangoes, apart from added vitamin C, add just the right amount of sweetness.
achingly good El Dorado rum cocktails to cure a hangover.
Each of these exclusive cocktail creations includes the full rich flavor of El
METHOD: Blend ½ oz simple syrup, 1 ½ oz fresh kiwi, 1 oz fresh mango
Working with the hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-you-theory, three of the Caribbean’s top mixologists have muddled, stirred,and perfected three
Dorado rum distilled to perfection, then mixed and blended with fruity
EQUIPMENT: HIGHBALL GLASS and 3 oz cranberry juice until smooth. Transfer to a cocktail shaker and add
ingredients easily found in the Caribbean.
1 oz mango liqueur and 1 ½ oz El Dorado 15-year rum. Shake vigorously
Sweet, spicy, fruity and gorgeous—it’s a flavorful experience! We’re sure
cranberries and a slice of lime.
you’ll agree, curing a hangover has never been so much fun.
over ice. Strain into a highball glass, garnish with a swizzle stick with dried
Eye of the Tiger
CREATED BY: Odayne Ewart
CREATED BY: Althea Harrigan
MIXING COCKTAILS SINCE: 2005
MIXING COCKTAILS SINCE: 1997
WHAT MAKES A GREAT COCKTAIL? Great preparation is a must
WHAT MAKES A GREAT COCKTAIL? Having the right
and rhythm in your shaking helps to blend the flavors for total perfection.
ingredients. I prefer a shaken cocktail on ice. The cocktail should
RESORT OR BAR: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa
be well-balanced in flavor and be sure to add that extra “love” to it to make sure it is just right.
Not all hangovers are created equally. Some creep up on you in the
RESORT OR BAR: Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa /
middle of the day; others feel like you’ve been hit with a sledgehammer.
Mediterranean Pool Bar
Eye of the Tiger is a must-have cocktail created to whip you back into shape. It’s fruity, simple and full of bite!
This cocktail was created with the intention of having a light, easydrinking, refreshing and re-vitalizing effect on you after a long night of partying.
METHOD: Pour 2 oz El Dorado rum, 1 oz Amaretto Bitters, 1 oz cranberry and
METHOD: Muddle the sugar, 5 torn mint and 2 lime wedges. Fill a
EQUIPMENT: HIGHBALL GLASS 2 oz pineapple juice in shaker with crushed ice and shake. Pour all ingredients into highball glass. Garnish with orange wedge, cherry and umbrella.
EQUIPMENT: HIGHBALL GLASS cocktail shaker with ice. Pour 2 oz El Dorado rum, 1 oz Grand Marnier, 1 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz orange juice, 3 oz green tea, and muddled mixture into the shaker and shake. Strain contents of the shaker into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with orange wedge, cherry and umbrella.
of the caribbean
WRITER DARREN FARFAN ILLUSTRATOR JASON WAITHE
Wadadli is a refreshing pale lager named after the original Amerindian word for the island. Released in 1993, Wadadli is the flagship beer of the Antigua Brewery. It has a light golden color and a full, bitter-sweet taste. The distinctive green bottle and stand-out label make this one hard to miss. In Antigua, there may be “365 beaches for every day of the year,’’ but there’s only one beer and that’s Wadadli!
Bahamas Throughout the islands of the Bahamas, the favorite is the laid- back Kalik beer. The name is derived from the famous cultural festival “Junkanoo,” which is known for colorful costumes, resounding rhythmic beats and the irresistible sound of the cowbell shaking, “Kalik, kalik, kalikin!” Brewed from some of the finest malt and hops at the Commonwealth Brewery since 1988, this supremely mellow lager has received no fewer than four gold medals from the World Selection in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 2001. Try one (or a few) and you’ll understand why the locals lovingly boast that “It’s a Bahamian ting!”
source of national pride, Caribbean brews reflect the unique heritage of the islands
red stripe Jamaica
Red Stripe was first brewed in 1928 by Desnoes & Geddes Ltd, to give the locals an island beer they could be proud to call their own. Today, thanks to its amazing drinkability and reggae-inspired mystique, Red Stripe is arguably the most recognizable Caribbean beer in the world. It is certainly one of the Caribbean’s most decorated beer brands, having won numerous prestigious awards including 11 gold medals at the annual Monde Selection. The name apparently comes from the red stripe found on the pants of the Jamaican police uniform, but, not unlike the beer itself, its exact origin has some intrigue and mystery. Despite its distinctly squat stature and unassuming, dark brown bottle, this is a giant among Caribbean beers.
“La Bière Sent Lisi’’ (The Beer of Saint Lucia) was launched by Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd in 1992. The launch coincided with a period of heightened national pride as Derek Walcott, a native Saint Lucian, had just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Saint Lucian pride in Piton is well justified, as it is a multiple award winner with a silver medal in the Monde Selection International Beer Competition in Brussels, Belgium in 1993 and a prestigious gold medal at the Monde Selection in France in 1994. With a name that evokes images of the majestic volcanic peaks of the Pitons, the brand is an indelible part of Saint Lucian life.
turks head Turks & Caicos
In the Turks and Caicos, the local potion is named after the indigenous Turks Head cactus that grows on the islands. Luckily, the cactus is on the label only and is not an ingredient in this simple, crisp and exquisitely refreshing beer! Turks Head Brewery on Providenciales has produced Turks Head Beer since 2001 and, if you’re lucky enough to visit, you do not want to miss out on sampling this slightly sweet and floral brew.
carib lager Trinidad & Tobago
With consistently high ratings in both taste and refreshment, Trinidad’s Carib Lager has been the flagship beer of the Carib Brewery since 1950. Carib is one of the most widely available beers in the islands—popular during festivals, concerts and sporting events throughout the Caribbean—thanks to its light citrus flavor and smooth, rounded finish. This beer is flavorful and fuller in body than many lagers and has a playful sweetness that truly captures the Caribbean spirit. One sip and you’ll understand that down here, “a beer is a Carib!” As you continue your journey of island discovery, bear in mind that Caribbean beers are typically stronger concoctions than what you might be used to and, as with any alcohol, there can be a price to pay for too much fun in the sun. Drink and enjoy responsibly. Cheers!
Whatever your adventure, there’s a margaritaville
Can you feel the beat? Where cool midnight blue
No great exaggeration – Marguerites Seafood by the
just for you – your choices are virtually endless.
tones dance in tandem with the ocean’s own mosaic
Sea is truly the 8th wonder of the world, wowing
There’s our flagship restaurant, Margaritaville
of waves? Bluebeat is the ultimate in sophisticated
you from the moment you step onto the Almond
Montego Bay, with our 110 ft slide that drops you
luxury for any traveler. It’s the only bar dedicated to
Terrace, given its name by the majestic almond
smack in the middle of the Caribbean Sea where
serving all niche markets, and its true blue jazz and
tree that towers above it. Marguerites is the true
you can literally swim with the fishes. Or, you can
extensive martini list make this lounge stand out
meaning of dining with sky blue waters and crimson
idle awhile in Margaritaville Negril on the famous
from the pack. For three nights each week it comes
sunsets as your background, with the waves as
seven-mile white beach and dine at the waters
alive with its Brand New Machine international club
your music while you dine in first class comfort and
edge or in the privacy of your very own Kabana,
mix. Copacabana, the Latin fusion on Friday nights
service. From tableside ceasar salads to its famous
complete with your waiter for the day. When you
and Destination Smirnoff are a favourite of the
freshly prepared seafood dishes, Marguerites is a
visit Ocho Rios, you’ll realize this is all about family
international jet set. If the ultimate in class and style
must stop on your Jamaican adventure and, while
fun, whether you’re watching the game along
is your flavour, make it Bluebeat!
we are extremely proud of our food, our wine list
our massive wrap around bars or from our swim
– nominated years over for its superior quality – is
up pool bar. The slide is open 24 hours a day, or
definitely the talk of the town!
you can walk along the beach, or dive in and take advantage of our ocean trampolines, Margaritaville Entertainment Included.
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ere, everyone is treated as if they were born on the red carpet. But who can ignore the electricity in the air when the stars come out?
Sandals Resorts has become a popular, yet private, paradise where the resorts play glamorous host to celebrity royalty from the world of movies, entertainment and sport. Amidst a setting of glorious sunshine, cool ocean breezes and plenty of stylish swagger, Sandals Luxury Included® vacations seem to be a natural fit for celebs who want to get away and experience the Caribbean in style. And Sandals makes it easy for them to relax and look fabulous. Celebrity-inspired pampering at Red Lane® Spas is a must. Following a tough day on the beach or sipping cocktails by the pool, the beautiful people can’t resist the nightlife and in-house entertainment. Every moment of a Sandals vacation fulfills the Sandals promise of world-class service. At each resort, it’s as if the red carpet is permanently rolled out. Sandals staff is rarely star-struck, so when a celebrity guest checks in, it’s business as usual—excellent personalized service and great memories. Still, they do enjoy the buzz from living up to those celebrity-sized expectations. Sandals snapped just a few of their favorite celebrity guests, and invite you to take a peek inside their starry album. Kelly Bensimon, Sandals Emerald Bay
Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons (at Sandals Grande Antigua, Mediterranean Village Opening)
Maria Menounos and Junkanoo Band (at Sandals Emerald Bay)
Peter Faccinelli and Jennie Garth (at Beaches Turks & Caicos, Italian Village Grand Opening)
Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC (of Run DMC) and Joey Fatone, performingâ€œWalk this Wayâ€? (at Beaches Turks & Caicos, Italian Village Grand Opening)
Tristan Wilds, Ryan Rottman, Julia Mancuso, Antonio Sabato Jr., Molly Mesnick, Jason Mesnick, Kelly Bensimon, Jesse Metcalfe, Maria Menounos, Adam Stewart and Aimee Garcia (at Sandals Emerald Bay)
David Charvet and Brooke Burke (at Sandals Grande Antigua, Mediterranean Village Opening)
Stephen Colletti, Rumer Willis and Teri Polo (at Sandals Grande Antigua, Mediterranean Village Opening)
Bethenny Frankel, Maria Menounos, Debi Mazar, Catherine Bell and Jenna Elfman (at Beaches Turks & Caicos, Italian Village Grand Opening
Stacy Keibler and Geoff Stults (at Sandals Grande Antigua, Mediterranean Village Opening)
For fashion snobs, humble rubber flip-flops may seem like a style travesty of epic proportions. But before you turn your nose up and write-off the once imperial footwear of Greek gods and Roman philosophers as a fashion faux pas, slip your feet into a pair of Havaianas. So much more than an average pair of vacation flip-flops,
n discerning soles everywhere, this Brazilian design champions style and comfort
yah-nas) have managed to balance form and function—we’re talking timeless footwear built for exceptional comfort. These 100 percent rubber flip-flops naturally mold around the posture of your foot for a perfect fit, with a slightly textured foot-bed that gives solace to tired, overworked soles. In the sprawling northeastern city of Campina Grande, home of Brazilian manufacturing and technology, sits an industrial estate the size of 20 football fields. Here, every year 400 million pairs of sustainably-produced Havaianas, in 600 vibrant shades and 16 different styles, are molded to perfection from a secret rubber formula—creating flip-flops that embody the sizzle of Brazilian culture. Not only seen in the stylish enclaves of Rio and Sao Paulo, where Havaianas have gained cult status, these flip-flops have been spotted around the globe, including in celebrity goody bags at the Oscars. The toe cleavages of stars such as David Beckham and Angelina Jolie have been photographed in this stylish minimum footwear.
And because of their popularity, many attempts have been made over the years to imitate Havaianas flip-flops. So, for newcomers to the brand, the company introduced a hologram sticker in 2005 on the reverse of the swing tag as an official seal of authenticity. There is no age or gender distinction when it comes to Havaianas; these flip-flops with beach appeal also include an uber-trendy collection that rates highly in the cute stakes for babies and toddlers in a range of colors and styles. Havaianas also teamed up with iconic crystal jewelers Swarovski to produce a crystal-encrusted flip-flop for women who appreciate bling. In 2009, when Vanessa Taylor and Andre Steiner, president of Walk Good Caribbean, the exclusive distributor of Havaianas for the region, launched their first concession in the gift shop at the Luxury Included® Sandals Montego Bay, an embossed Jamaican flag (exclusive to Havaianas, Jamaica) was added to the V-strap, and the sandals quickly became a favorite with Jamaicans and vacationers alike. Today, Havaianas—“unofficial footwear of the Caribbean, officially the best rubber sandals in the world’’—can be purchased at Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts throughout the Caribbean. If ever there was a brand that truly lived up to its slogan…well, you’re probably picking out a pair right now.
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who’s the WRITER NIKOLA LASHLEY
Sandals CEO Adam Stewart with Robert “Daddy” Stone
ith crisp cuffs and a warm heart, this prince of hospitality takes pride in a job well done
Thirty years ago, Sandals Resorts made Robert
Daddy Stone has always been serious about
“Daddy” Stone a star. But as Sandals Resorts’
work and family. Starting at age 14, he worked
his way up from a bus boy at various local food
“Daddy Stone’’ isn’t ready to give up the limelight
establishments to a maître d’ at Sandals Resorts.
He was married for 42 years and has four children,
all well accomplished in their respective fields. “I Into the busy dining room of Sandals Montego
wanted to give them what I never had, now we
Bay strides Daddy Stone, wearing a crisp blue
have a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer and a PhD.
shirt and black trousers, and with the swagger of
I’m a very happy man.”
a young man who has the entire world at his feet.
He ignores my outstretched hand and hugs me
It’s dinnertime and the restaurant is bustling, so
warmly. I catch the twinkle in his eye. “I live by the
we head off to a quiet back office to continue our
Sandals motto, you know dat, ‘love is all yuh need’.
chat. After nearly three decades at Sandals, Stone
In 1982, Butch Stewart give me his permission to
has become a living legend. “There are returning
greet and hug all the beautiful ladies.’’
guests who have been to Sandals Montego Bay
more than 100 times, 50 times, 40 times and every time they book they ask for me– ‘Is Daddy Stone still there? Tell him I’m coming for my kiss.’ We treat them like family, people love that.” It was in 1981 that Butch Stewart personally headhunted Stone from a rival resort in Montego Bay. “In that first two weeks, me, Butch and five waiters, who left the other resort when they heard I was leaving, we all sit down and order everything for the restaurant and Butch was a man who likes to advertise, so he put the Sandals logo on everything. Within three months everything was gone—the glasses and plates, anything with a Sandals logo disappeared, that’s how it all started. I like the man from then, he didn’t make a fuss, we just buy everything again.” Stone comes with a rare quality from a bygone era. He leans forward and smiles. “When I left my job, the owner call me and offer me more money and a housing allowance and a car, I tell him no way, I mek a promise to Butch Stewart and I’m sticking to it.” After just five years, success was theirs. “Butch calls me and say, ‘We’ve done it, Daddy, Sandals has been named the number one, all-inclusive resort in the world,’ so with that we continued doing what we do best—giving good service.” Twenty-three years after that call from Butch Stewart, Daddy Stone received another phone call that marked an equally important milestone in his career. “The man ask me is this Robert Stone, so I say ‘yes.’ He said, ‘but you have a middle name? Are you the Robert Edward ‘Daddy’ Stone?’ The man was from King’s House. I knew then Butch had something to do with this.” In August 2008, Jamaica honored Robert Stone; he was awarded the country’s Order of Distinction for devoting more than 55 years of service to the hospitality industry. “On the day of the ceremony when I was handed my award, Butch just get up and left his friends and walk over to me and hugged me. He say ‘you’re the best, Daddy Stone.’ They were words I will never forget.”
Daddy Stone, embraced by guests, lives by the theme “Love is all you need.’’
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THE ISLAND VIBE: Secluded, rustic and
THE ISLAND VIBE: Chilled out and
SNAPSHOT: One of the more popular
SNAPSHOT: This beach that lines the
the islandâ€™s virtually untouched south coast,
beaches on the island, Cable Beach is one mile
peninsula starts at the bustling Rodney Bay
Whitehouse is truly one of the few pristine spots
of glittering aquamarine waters and powdery
Village, which is filled with bars and night
left in the Caribbean. Play Robinson Crusoe
white sands. Perfect for those wanting to find
clubs, and ends at Pigeon Point, home of the
and walk for almost six miles along a virtually
a secluded spot to soak up the rays or for the
famous Saint Lucia Jazz Festival.
deserted stretch, or curl up with a good book
more adventurous activity seekers who will be
BEACH CROWD: Laid-back locals and tourists
and let the sound of waves lull you to sleep.
kept busy with jet skiing and parasailing. After
Perfect for a romantic day out, or a sexy
a hard day at the beach, you will find the shore
SUNSETTER: Order an ice-cold Piton beer to
is lined with luxury resorts, restaurants, casinos
cool down or for the adventurous, a Ti Ponche
and a golf course to explore.
from Spinnakers Bar & Restaurant. Ti Ponche
BEACH CROWD: A playground for both
is a French rum cocktail, which we should
locals and tourists.
note, should be sipped carefully and not near
SUNSETTER: Perfect for a romantic stroll
while watching the sunset over the horizon,
SNAPSHOT: A tiny sliver of perfection on
BEACH CROWD: Storks, you and the occasional fisherman.
SUNSETTER: Pack a picnic basket, and donâ€™t forget the corkscrew for that perfectly chilled bottle of chardonnay.
THE ISLAND VIBE: A sublime playground.
preferably accompanied by a conch salad and Sky Juice (gin and coconut water). Warning: locals claim both are aphrodisiacs!
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THE ISLAND VIBE: Drenched in
THE ISLAND VIBE: Rootsy and relaxed with
sophistication, best enjoyed wearing diamonds
a cosmopolitan swagger, plus a little something
and very little else.
for every beach lover.
SNAPSHOT: Picture a sprawling, pink-sand
SNAPSHOT: An almost seven-mile (but who’s
beach with blue waters gently kissing the
counting) arch of stylish butterscotch sand on
sand. Definitely a romantic getaway. The only
the Negril coastline dotted with graceful palm
thing rosier than the sand itself will be the
trees. Home to a plethora of watersports and
conspicuous glow on your cheeks.
restaurants. Shady places are plentiful. Rock
BEACH CROWD: Millionaires and billionaires,
back and people-watch or simply bask in the
buffed and polished to perfection!
glorious sunshine and soak up one of the best
SUNSETTER: Go for a flute of chilled
beach spots on the island. This is just enough
beach to leave your cares behind. (What about the sunset? Yeah, it’s better at Rick’s Cafe, but nothing beats watching the green flash with a cold Red Stripe in hand.)
THE ISLAND VIBE: The Caribbean version of Miami Beach.
SNAPSHOT: Miles of white sand, beach umbrellas, jet skis, Hobie cats, sun-tanners;
BEACH CROWD: Barefoot, fun-loving folk; a great mix of international holiday sun-seekers and fashionable locals.
SUNSETTER: Cool down with a chilled Red Stripe or go out in style with a Jamaican rum cocktail.
who isn’t here?
BEACH CROWD: From the “I-can’t-stoptouching-you’’ honeymooners to the afternoondip locals. Just about everyone who is anyone visits this beach on a trip to Antigua.
SUNSETTER: A Wadadli beer, a fresh blended cocktail or dinner wine. Take your pick, there is a little of everything here.
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THE ISLAND VIBE: Elegant luxury and then some.
SNAPSHOT: Known as one of the best beaches on the planet (not true–Grace Bay is simply out of this world!) This 12-mile beach
on the northeast coast of the island will totally thrill you. Its length makes it easy to find a
THE ISLAND VIBE: A total surrender to peace
private spot to lounge on the shore.
SNAPSHOT: Shallow, crystal clear and non-
swimmer friendly, with a mix of active sea life.
SUNSETTER: Seek out conch crêpes from one
Great for hours of exploration.
of the local eateries. You can choose an ice-
BEACH CROWD: Kids lathered up with sun
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SUNSETTER: A cold brew before drying off.
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the story of
his lowly grass with healing properties is highly valued by aromatherapists
For centuries, natural herbalists, or “bush
While India is the largest producer and exporter
doctors,’’ throughout the Caribbean have
of lemongrass oil, Caribbean islands are now
known about the wonders of lemongrass.
waking up to the commercial value of cultivating
To cure a myriad of ailments and ward off
lemongrass and extracting its oil, as the world
illnesses, they need look no farther than their
demand for natural remedies increases. The
backyards or by the side of the road, where
clean refreshing zing of lemongrass oil is ideal
We have put a man on the moon, but sometimes
bunches of the tall-stemmed lemongrass grows
for soaps, shower gels, shampoos and lotions.
it turns out that the humble earth—and the
wild and abundantly, almost like a weed. In
With the sugar-rich soils of the Caribbean,
people who live in harmony with it—had the
the largely agricultural and farming parishes
coupled with ample amounts of liquid sunshine,
answers all along. Forget about chemical-
of St. Catherine and Manchester in Jamaica,
lemongrass grows up to three feet tall and can
based health treatments. The latest natural cult
lemongrass, or “fever grass’’ as it’s known,
be left untouched to flourish all year round. For
ingredient is lemongrass.
is used not only to abate a high fever but
budding entrepreneurs, the crop’s potential as
as compost and fodder for cattle and other
a botanical darling of cottage industries makes
it a lucrative, low-risk venture.
dirt track, there’s a quiet, perfumed place in
Lemongrass is rich in a substance called citral,
Just step into the sanctuary of a Red Lane®
the southern central foothills known as Body
the same active ingredient also found in lemon
Spa, found exclusively at Sandals Resorts and
Ponds—a windswept landscape enclosing a
peel, which is used in aromatherapy to revitalize
Beaches Resorts, and inhale the calming scent
deep lushly forested valley, where the air is
the body, relieve the symptoms of jetlag, clear
of lemongrass-infused candles and essential
filled with a sparkling citrus scent. Throughout
headaches, combat nervous exhaustion and
oils; you’ll be captivated by its soothing
this expansive hillside region 800 feet above sea
alleviate stress-related conditions.
fragrance that has the power to bring about a
A few miles south of Antigua’s capital, St. John’s, over an almost impassable potholed
sense of peace and utter relaxation. The sheer
level, there’s a grass that grows uncultivated and is highly prized by the aromatherapy industry.
Beyond the world of beauty and holistic
effectiveness of the lemongrass scent has long
medicine, lemongrass is a staple ingredient
been recognised by the ancient practitioners
Long before the English colonized Antigua, as
in Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and Caribbean
of Ayurvedic medicine and is widely used in a
far back as the 16th century, herbalists believed
cooking, used to add a subtle sweet, lemony
number of aromatherapy treatments to restore
in the “Doctrine of Signatures.” According
flavor with a hint of ginger to curries, soups,
a balanced mental state.
to the theory, the appearance of a plant—its
sauces and a variety of dishes. There’s no waste
shape, color, texture, habitat, and taste—were
where this plant is concerned; all parts are
Take advantage of Mother Nature’s beautiful
the clues to its healing properties. From this,
used, from leaves to bulb, whether chopped,
gift and add a few drops of lemongrass to your
the long green blades of lemongrass were
minced or sliced.
thought to resemble the intestine and were used as a remedy to aid digestion.
ELEGANT CARIBBEAN WEDDINGS
BY MARTHA STEWART
Martha Stewart brings six new and exclusive weddings to Sandals Resorts
Set in the island oasis of a Sandals Resort, your ceremony and reception will have all the stylish quality and thoughtful details you would expect from a Martha Stewart wedding. Choose from six beautiful themes that include everything from the beach ceremony décor to the lush tropical flowers of the bouquet. Plus, add à la carte options such as our photography, menus, and lighting packages to make your destination wedding an occasion to remember.
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Ask about the FREE* WeddingMoon® by Sandals *Free for concierge level bookings or higher for stays 6 nights or longer. Administrative and government fees apply to all categories. Offer is subject to change without notice. Sandals® is a registered trademark of Sandals Resorts International LLC. Weddings by Martha Stewart™ is a trademark and service mark of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. © 2010, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. All rights reserved. Unique Vacations, Inc. is the worldwide representative for Sandals Resorts.
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here’s a list of things essential to a perfect Caribbean wedding– splendid weather, family and friends, your fiancé, a jaw-dropping dress and exquisite fresh flowers that capture the sensual beauty and romance of the Caribbean. Working with nature and knowing what
most sought-after flowers are vanda orchids,
Whether you choose to tie the knot under
flowers grow locally and are in season is the
dendrobium orchids, roses, and calla lilies.
a majestic palm tree on a white-sand beach in the middle of July, or in a lush hillside
ideal way to create your perfect wedding theme. With lush bouquets, divine center-
While most of the popular flowers of the
rainforest on New Year’s Eve or at one of
pieces and additional floral arrangements
Caribbean are available all year round, some
the many wedding ceremony locations at
adorning the reception area, you can create
are in high demand and are not produced
Sandals Resorts, Martha Stewart and her
your dream day with a mix of elegant local
commercially. One of the cleverest ways
dedicated team have selected six beautiful
blooms. Color choices are inspiring. Think
to ensure flowers are at their very best,
Caribbean floral trends, season by season,
delicate, fragrant petals in pure white and soft
affordable and available in abundance is to
which are guaranteed to inspire you and
pinks; playful orange and yellow blooms; or
select the varieties that are in season at the
leave you with the unforgettable memories
bouquets in rich, deep dark reds. Some of the
time of your wedding.
of a wish come true.
Vision in White
Bouquet & Boutonnière
Bouquet & Boutonnière
Bouquet & Boutonnière
dendrobium orchids. For him, a matching
gladiolas and cattleya blossoms tied with a
charmingly arranged with beautiful seashells.
magenta dendrobium. Both tied with an elegant
bone satin ribbon. For him, a white dendrobium
For him, a seashell tied with an aqua ribbon.
bone satin ribbon.
orchid with a matching bone satin ribbon bow.
of white linens and elegant china, flatware, and
ribbon napkin holders and china. Menu cards,
menus, place cards, and table number with a
stemware. Magnificent magenta dendrobium
place cards, and table number also feature an
charming seashell motif. Elegant silver place settings
orchids arranged in a charming glass fishbowl
eyelet design for a sweet, coordinated look.
of Martha Stewart Collection™ with Wedgwood®
For her, long stems of bright magenta
A beautiful table laid out with four place settings
For her, a lovely arrangement of soft white
A table for four all dressed in white linens, eyelet
For her, glorious white cymbidium orchids
A table set for four with aqua linens, featuring
Ribbon Stripe china, Martha Stewart Collection ™
on a decorative pink, round table mat.
with Wedgwood® bracelet stemware, and Martha Stewart Collection™ with Wedgwood® Canto flatware. Chairs feature white cushions.
A soft draping of white scalloped eyelet fabric
complimentary with a six- night stay or longer at
flowing romantically over a white ceremony
frame ceremony structure decorated with strands
the concierge level or higher.
of light and airy capiz shells. White benches serve
Free Wedding This
A scallop shell-lined pathway leads to a bamboo
as guest seating during the ceremony.
Flutter of Romance
Chic & Natural
Bouquet & Boutonnière
Bouquet & Boutonnière
Bouquet & Boutonnière
and magenta cattleya orchids, pink and orange
orchids wrapped in a sage ribbon. For him, a
small and medium butterflies. For him, a pink
vanda orchids, and yellow cymbidium orchids.
matching white dendrobium with sage ribbon.
spray rose arranged with a small green leaf
For her, a gorgeous arrangement of orange
For her, stems of long white dendrobium
For her, assorted pink roses intermingled with
wrapped in a light pink ribbon.
For him, a matching vanda orchid bloom with an orange ribbon.
A chic table for four laid out with white linens,
A table for four with menu cards, place cards,
tablecloth, orange table runner and light
a taupe runner, featuring menus, place cards,
and table number cards printed with a pretty
orange napkins. White china place settings,
and table number cards with an orchid motif.
butterfly motif. A table set with a light pink
paper parasol place cards, and table number
Elegant silver place settings of Martha Stewart
runner, white linens and white china. Light
cards and menus feature a rattan motif. Table
Collection™ with Wedgwood™ Ribbon Stripe
pink, fuchsia, and magenta lanterns decorate
seating features light orange cushions.
the reception area. White chair cushions are
A tropical table for four laid out with a white
Wedgwood™ bracelet stemware, and Martha
also available for an additional fee.
Stewart Collection™ with Wedgwood™ Canto flatware. Table seating features taupe cushions.
with pink, red and orange vanda orchids and
draped with a sheer and gauzy cream fabric.
petals and light pink butterflies playfully hang
A bamboo frame with wooden planters filled lush calathea leaves.
A woven mat pathway leads to a bamboo frame
Strands of pink, fuchsia, and magenta flower over a white ceremony frame structure.
food for WRITER KERRI TUCKER
his Italian restaurant exudes luxury and romance and what better than the Saint Lucian sunset to set the mood
The great thing about Sandals Resorts is that there is inherent romance—this is what the place was literally designed for. However, there are some locations that are dripping in it, from the ambiance to the sensuality of the food. Armando’s Italian restaurant at Sandals Regency La Toc is just such a spot. The place channels the charm of Renaissance-era Italy from the moment you approach the entrance. It is located above the Sunset Bluff pool, tucked behind a waterfall cascading into the pool below. There are tables available on the balcony, so that you can drink in the beauty of the view, as early evening reservations almost guarantee an expanse of ocean awash in the glow of the sunset. The exterior may be the ideal setting for sought-after romance, but inside is serious competition. The thick mahogany doors are thrown back and the brocade drapes are pulled aside to welcome you into the intimate seating area, with tables and banquettes artfully grouped between Roman columns. Dusty rose walls and crystal chandeliers reflect the evening light, accented by the glow of candles that highlight a lover’s blush so beautifully. The menu features the traditional old-world favorites, as well as a few modern Italian surprises. You can choose to start your meal with the Tuscan-style antipasti bar, bursting with roasted peppers, bruschetta, pepperoncini, marinated artichoke hearts
which inevitably lead to romance with all
if you’re too full at the end of your meal,
and more—all perfect for lots of seductive
that sexy fork twirling (who can forget Lady
may I suggest a walk under the stars! Now,
hand-to-mouth feeding. There are two
and The Tramp’s famous spaghetti dinner?).
daily soups to choose from; both are full
Armando’s gives you quite a few choices,
of fresh ingredients, so consider sharing
from the fettucine de proscuitto a la rosa, to
rather than skipping this course. The entrees
the lighter penne with chicken and sundried
are incredibly hard to decide on, but the
tomatoes. For dessert, tuck into the sinfully
traditional cioppino and the braciolla are
delicious anise ciscotti filled with frangelico
both luxurious options. For something a
mousse topped with chocolate ganache.
TOP: Indoors, Roman columns and chandeliers evoke old-world luxury.
encrusted lamb) or the costoletta di mariale
There is also a great selection of wines
ABOVE: Balcony dining means an ocean view awash in the glow of sunset.
(pork loin with truffle and sage essence).
at Armando’s, so sit back and enjoy the
Of course, there are more pasta options,
ambiance with a good glass of chianti, and
bit heartier, try the angello toscano (herb
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It’s easy to appreciate a handsome vegetable that charms with its color or shape and adds design flair to the table. But what do you do with a lumpy, oddly shaped root covered in mud? In spite of its unprepossessing appearance, yellow yam has the “wow” factor and is deserving of its hard-won reputation as a superfood.
amaicans say it has medicinal qualities, and who can argue with the fastest people on earth?
When world champion sprinter Usain Bolt became the fastest man on earth at the Beijing Olympics (despite an untied left shoelace), he also propelled the lowly yam out of obscurity. In the agricultural lands of Trelawny, found in northwest Jamaica, and where Bolt was born, the yellow yam reigns supreme. They even hold an annual Yam Festival where 450-pound monster yams are displayed. “It’s definitely the Trelawney yam,’’ said Wellesley Bolt of his son’s record-breaking success, which dramatically heightened
athletic reputation. Central to Creole cuisine and prized in every kitchen throughout the Caribbean, yam is rich in fiber, vitamin C and potassium and can also be stored for up to six months without refrigeration. It is incredibly versatile and creative Jamaicans have even come up with a yam wine. When Sandals Style, Your Guide to Caribbean Living challenged Austrian chef extraordinaire Walter Staib to create five yellow yam recipes, he delivered unpretentious food fused with the loveliest flavors of the Caribbean. And he did it all for you to enjoy!
Yam Pudding And Yam Ice Cream
METHOD AND ASSEMBLY:
Yam Pudding Wash, peel and boil yams in a saucepan in water until tender. Then, using a food processor, puree cooked yams and set aside. In a mixing bowl, add milk, sugar, eggs, coconut milk and melted butter and mix to combine. Add the yams to the mixture. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well until smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
METHOD AND ASSEMBLY:
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1 lb. ¼ lb. 2 oz. 1 tsp. 1 tsp 2 1 qt. 4 oz. ½ tsp. ¼ lb.
Yellow Yam Sugar All Purpose Flour Cinnamon Nutmeg Whole Eggs Milk Coconut M ilk Salt Unsalted Bu tter
m Yam Ice Crea
Yam Ice Cream
water until tender. Then using a food processor,
¼ lb. 5 each ½ qtr. 4 oz. 1 tsp. 1tbsp.
Yellow Yam Egg yolks Heavy milk ilk Condensed m Nutmeg Vanilla
Wash, peel and boil yams in a saucepan in puree cooked yams and set aside. Using a mixing bowl, mix egg yolk, heavy cream, condensed milk, vanilla and nutmeg. Bring the heavy cream to a boil. Reduce heat and fold in egg mixture, whisking constantly for about 1 minute, then add to pureed yams. Set to cool on ice bath. When chilled, pour into ice-cream maker. Remove and set in freezer until ready to serve.
Crisp Yam Cake
METHOD AND ASSEMBLY:
Crisp Yam Cake Wash and peel yam, place them in a saucepan filled with lightly salted water; bring to a boil over high heat and boil until yams are just tender. Drain the yams and allow to cool slightly. Push the yams through a potato ricer or food mill into a large bowl; add the egg yolk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, bacon and scallions and mix thoroughly to combine.
Crisp Yam Cake
1.5 lbs. 4 each 1 tsp. ½ tsp. 1/8 tsp. 4 each 1 tbsp.
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Using slightly wet hands, shape the yams into cakes about 3 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick. Arrange the cakes on a parchment-lined baking sheet coated with vegetable spray and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Curried Yam Salad
METHOD AND ASSEMBLY:
Curried Yam Salad Place yams in a pot with enough water to cover by several inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, add salt and reduce to a gentle boil. Cook until yams are tender when pierced with a knife, for about 15-20 minutes. Drain into a colander,
Curried Ya m Salad
1.5 lbs. 1 each 1 each 3 tbsps. 2 oz. 2 each 2 tbsp. 50 cup 3 tbsps.
Yellow Yam , Diced Medium Ye llow Onion, Diced Medium Be ll Pepper, D iced Curry Powde r Salt To Taste Olive Oil Garlic Clove s, Chopped White Wine Vinegar. Mayonnaise Fresh Cilant ro, Chopped
Escoveitch Yams With Pimento Oil
drizzle with vinegar and set aside to cool. In a skillet, heat oil and add curry, garlic and half onion. Sauté for five minutes, remove from heat and set aside to cool. Place mayonnaise, curry mixture and (half of the cilantro) in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine; add yams and remaining cilantro to mixture and toss to combine. Chill until ready to serve.
METHOD AND ASSEMBLY:
Escoveitch Yams With Pimento Oil Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Wash yams and rub with 1 tbsp oil. Place yams on a small sheet pan and roast in oven for 1 ½ hours until tender on the inside. In a skillet, heat ¼ cup oil and sauté scotch bonnet pepper and all other julienne vegetables until tender; finish with vinegar and season with salt, crack black pepper and ¼ tbsp. all spice.
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Remove yams from oven when done; peel and slice into ½ inch thick slices. Garnish with Escoveitch vegetables atop and drizzle with pimento oil. Serve hot.
METHOD AND ASSEMBLY:
Pimento Oil Heat remaining oil and add garlic cloves, scallions and remaining allspice. Reduce heat and continue heating for 5 minutes. Do not burn. Remove, strain and drizzle over yams before serving.
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WRITER PAT MESCHINO
irthed from our triumphs and tribulations, Caribbean music is now world music.
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Centuries of Dutch, English, French and
drums fashioned from discarded oil barrels
the signature sound of the Eastern Caribbean.
Spanish colonial conquests have resulted in a
echo struggle, freedom and celebration.
Dancehall also has a successful Latin American
contemporary Caribbean populace composed
offshoot, reggaetón, born in the barrios of
of the descendants of indigenous Amerindians,
The overtures of African rhythms in Antigua’s
Puerto Rico. Dancehall’s progenitor, roots
European slave masters, African slaves and
folkloric benna songs and Jamaica’s mento
reggae, is characterized by its drum- and bass-
Asian indentured servants—a mélange of races
tradition match the spirited beat of Trinidad’s
driven rhythm and accentuated offbeat. More
and role models, creeds and customs, triumphs
topical calypsos developed in the early1900s,
than any other Caribbean classification, roots
which spurred the evolution of kaiso, rapso and
reggae has had the farthest reaching impact
soca—all clarion calls of the collective social
upon numerous world music variants—from
conscience of the Caribbean.
the compelling alternative-Latin protests songs
This bold mosaic of disparate identities characterized by their unique ethnicities,
of Barcelona’s Manu Chao to the engaging
languages and rituals has birthed a wealth
Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba
of musical exports that have influenced
seasoned the fusion with the majestic rumba
innumerable global forms, particularly
and son, unique musical vernaculars rooted in
Birthed in Kingston’s recording studios in the
those broadly characterized as “world
the vibrant Latin swing of salsa and meringue.
mid-1960s, roots reggae developed from
music.” This description encompasses
Layer upon layer, each island beat is a story of
traditional African nyabinghi drumming, mento
styles emanating from Africa, Asia,
struggle and celebration—based on traditional
folk songs and American R&B. The sound
Latin America, Europe and non-
African songs and drumming patterns. This
initially resonated among an international
music is a heartbeat with a legacy deeply rooted
audience via albums by Bob Marley and the Wailers
in the pulse of Africa. The synthesized staccato
and the adapted soundtrack to the 1972 film The
In the Turks and Caicos, listen
beat associated with Jamaica’s dancehall reggae,
Harder They Come, which made Jimmy Cliff an
for the unusual timbre of the
as well the heavily accented “deejayed’’ delivery
international star. Lyrically, reggae promotes an
English-speaking North America.
Euro-dance pop of Sweden’s Ace of Base.
rip saw where a common
of internationally renowned dancehall artists
uncompromising African identity derived from
kitchen knife is scraped against
Shabba Ranks, Shaggy and Sean Paul, have
Rastafarian teachings, which has broadly influenced
the teeth of a handsaw. In
influenced several music categories, especially
much of the sonic expression emanating from the
Trinidad and Tobago, melodious
soca, calypso’s frenetically paced derivative and
African continent over the past 35 years.
Singer Thomas Mapfumo’s militant chimurenga-
The Baha Men fused contemporary soca and
artist Problem Child sampled Kassav’s zouk
reggae with goombay and traditional junkanoo
anthem “Zouk La Sé Sèl Médikaman Nou Ni”
countrymen to fight for their independence
(the latter utilizes cowbells, scrapers and other
(zouk is the only medicine that we need) into
from England throughout the 1970s. Nigeria’s
percussive accents) on their massive crossover
the hit “Party Animal,” which transformed the
King Sunny Ade attained a vast international
hit “Who Let The Dogs Out.” Isaiah Taylor, a
relatively unknown talent into one of soca’s
following during the 1980s and 1990s with an
founder of Baha Men, said,“My vision was to
most in-demand acts. “The original is a classic,
amalgam of reggae and his homeland’s lively
take instruments from our junkanoo parade
but not too many people can sing along with
juju rhythms. The late South African luminary
and put them together with stage instruments
it, so I purposely kept my lyrics simple and in
Lucky Dube grafted Jamaican rhythmic strands
like brass, drums and guitar, to get junkanoo
English, so people can just sing along and have
into his nation’s township jive or mbaqanga
out to the world.’’
fun,” he said.
Traditional gwo ka and chouval bwa rhythms
Although 21st century technologies have
beat and recruited legions of loyal fans up until his shocking murder in 2007, at age 43.
are at the core of zouk (the creole word for
facilitated increased conversations between
A group of refugees from Sierra Leone living in
party), its effervescent, unmistakably identifying
Caribbean and world music brands, there’s
Guinean concentration camps, traumatized
beat heard throughout the French-Creole
really nothing new about these international
by years of bloody warfare in their country,
speaking islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe
exchanges and reciprocal influences. “Calypso
found strength through music; the Refugee
and Saint Lucia. Created in a Paris recording
has always based itself around everything else
All Stars won international acclaim for their
studio by the founders of zouk super group
that’s happening,” remarks Trinidad’s calypso/
2006 debut ‘Living Like A Refugee’ and their
Kassav, Jacob Desvarieux and Pierre-Edouard
soca bard David Rudder. “When (American)
2010 album Rise and Shine, which uses an
Decimus, zouk’s tantalizing fusion of Haitian
ragtime was big around 1920, calypso sounded
emotive balance of reggae, Sierra Leone’s
compas, lilting Antillean biguine and a dash
like ragtime with a Caribbean feel; in the 1950s,
Islamic-rooted bubu music and West African
of calypso anchored in the French-Caribbean
calypso had a strong Latin influence. There was
tempos, swayed the development of several
a calypso craze in America in the Fifties with
international styles, including soukous from
pop artists recording calypso. Calypso has also
The goombay drum, which is traditionally
Zaire/Congo, makassi from Cameroon and
influenced West African dance bands.’’
placed under one arm and played with
Brazil’s sensual lambada.
bare hands, provides the foundation for the
But that is to be expected. As Rudder explains:
Bahamas’ vibrant national dance music, simply
Zouk’s rhythms continue to inspire Caribbean-
“It is Africa reaching out and reconnecting with
called goombay. Prominent Bahamian act
based acts. In 2007, St. Vincent-based soca
her scattered children.”
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In the bristling heat of an Antiguan afternoon, Kathy Tyson, an eighth grade teacher from New York, catches my eye as she sits alone in the spacious third-floor lobby of Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa. She stands to greet me and is framed in sunlight from head to toe. She’s just one of a number of people with a social conscience inspired to spend their vacations doing something for others. “I can’t stress enough the importance of reading with children,’’ she said. “To me, that’s the greatest gift you can give anyone.” In 2009, Kathy and her husband Roy attended a guest reunion event at Sandals Grande Antigua. It was an elegant evening of splendid food and entertainment. When Gerald Christ, the resort’s general manager, thanked the returning guests for their loyalty, he urged them to leave behind the books they had finished reading, as a donation to the Sandals Foundation, the charitable arm of the resort company which was partnering with Antigua’s new national library. For Tyson, it was the next stage of a beautiful relationship. “A little bell went off in my head and I said this is a great idea and I decided there and then to partner
eacher turns vacation to Antigua into lifetime gift for children
with Sandals to get this thing moving.” Kathy Tyson is part of a well-established concept known as ‘’give back getaways’’ where an increasing number of altruistic vacationers join the kindness revolution, finding creative ways to contribute towards the island destinations they visit. One thousand, seven-hundred and seventynine miles away back in New York, Tyson
went straight to work in gaining support for
Her students at St. Sebastian in Queens, New
faces, to see that they were helping somebody
her plan to establish a book drive for Antigua’s
York had little knowledge of the Caribbean
to have books was excellent. For them it wasn’t
new national library. “I spoke to my principal,
before their teacher introduced them to
just about sending the books, it was also about
JoAnn Dolan, who was very receptive to the
Antigua. “We’re an urban city school with many
what went into sending the books to the kids
idea, ‘If you want to do it, you run with it,’ she
nationalities, and only some children go to their
said, ‘it’s all yours.’ So I said, ‘that’s fine with
home countries like Ecuador, Philippines, Peru,
me.’” Before enlisting the help of her students,
Latin America for vacations. They don’t go to
Tyson recalls her own love of reading when she
she packed and shipped just 20 books as a test
other places. They don’t know yet that there
was a child. “I remember waiting anxiously for
run and crossed her fingers. It would be two
is a whole world out there, so this brings new
the next book in the series of Nancy Drew and
months before she got the call from Sandals
people and new cultures and new connections
so it was exciting to pack many of the books
saying the books had arrived in Antigua.
to them as well.”
from The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton
“Once I knew the books had got there, I
In total, 800 books were donated from families
and of course everybody loves Elmo. Quite
offered every child the chance to help out. We
of the school, the staff, and the children
a few Pokemon books went in too, which I
have a wonderful group of children in our school.”
themselves. Tyson described the positive effect
didn’t really approve of, but it’s all about
Kathy Tyson believes that her love for the people
the book drive has had on her students. “We
reading and even if you read a comic book,
of Antigua and the connections she’s made over
sorted through every single book, made a list
the nine years her family has been visiting Sandals
for customs and weighed each box. The boys
created a lasting bond with the island. “It has to be
loved this bit, showing off to the girls how
In a few months, Antigua’s new national library
a part of your inside to want to help someone else.
strong they are by lifting the boxes all the way
will open its doors for the first time. You’re
It’s our job to do something nice for someone every
down the corridor to the nurse’s office where
likely to find Kathy Tyson there, sitting, book in
single day; otherwise you’re not doing your job.“
the scale was. To see the expression on their
hand, doing the job she loves.
and we had a lot of Sesame Street books
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to my prayer I
WRITER KIM FIELDS
tâ€™s a fact of life: everyone needs a family vacation
At the end of this past summer, God answered
we needed to create an ideal vacation—and
is not over-developed—it was all just lovely.
a really serious prayer of mine: “I need an
then he made it happen. He worked through
And the people? Well, they are friends for life.
amazing, restful, peaceful vacation and so do
our scheduling, and inquired about our likes
To sit on either balcony and lose ourselves in
my husband and our three-year-old son. We
and dislikes in order to better serve us. He even
aquatic serenity and luxury was heavenly.
need time together, time as a couple and as
verified certain elements of our package with
individuals. And personally, God, I truly need to
the property itself while I was on the phone
And, oh, then there’s the butler service. Oh
be by the glorious ocean waters to restore my
with him to ensure everything we discussed
my. You’ve heard the phrase “You had me
soul, rejuvenate my mind and body.”
at hello.” Well, our butler had me at “May I unpack for you?” The tandem butler service,
My prayer was more than answered in the form
Now, the resort! The new Italian Village
providing round-the-clock personal attention
of Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and
absolutely deserves all of its Six Stars. Our
to each of us was amazing.
Spa, in Providenciales.
ocean-view suite was breathtaking. I am a lover of interior design, so to be enveloped in this
As a wife, mom and career woman, I have to
Seeing the commercial on PBS Kids while I was
space of marble floors, rich fabrics and wood
admit it was nice to give myself permission to
completing filming in NYC, I couldn’t get online
was scrumptious! And so much space! We
let someone else think of us for a little while.
fast enough. When I saw the daily activities
were mad we didn’t have any family or friends
The butlers became an extension of our family.
for the Sesame Street® Kids Camp—not to
to share all of this with us. Our little one’s room
They helped Christopher and me plan romantic
mention the flexible hours of the camp—I
had three cool bunk beds and an Xbox 360®
surprises for each other, like, a candlelight
grabbed the phone to speak to a Beaches
gaming system connected to a flat-screen TV.
dinner on the beach and poetry in the cabana.
Our bedroom featured a decadent king-size bed and balcony. With two full bathrooms
It isn’t fair to be given just a few words to share
Like most parents, Christopher and I are
(one with a spa tub) a dining table, a beautiful
my experience at Beaches. If Beaches really
extremely careful about whom and what
daybed and sofa, accent chairs, a kitchen and
wants to know how I feel, they shouldn’t have
we expose our son, Sebastian, to. We didn’t
a pair of large flat-screen televisions, I thought
such a glorious destination on a fabulous island.
have an anxious moment. The children’s
the Beaches’ design team never wanted us to
They shouldn’t think of everything.
staff at the resort are trained and certified.
leave our suite.
They are absolutely caring, loving—and fun.
They shouldn’t be so amazing if they want
Activities include face-painting, puppet shows,
The Turks and Caicos Islands are beautiful
only a few words to hear how they answered
sandcastle-building and what child won’t enjoy
jewels in the Caribbean’s crown. Over the
a cast of Sesame Street® characters? This is so
past decade, I have traveled the Caribbean
much more than a babysitting service (although
extensively on business and pleasure, and the
that is available too).
Turks and Caicos have become one of my truly favorite destinations. The turquoise water, the
All this meant that Christopher and I could
pristine beaches, the intimacy of a place which
Kim Fields is an American actress and television director, known for her roles in the sitcoms The Facts of Life and Living Single.
vacation as responsible, loving parents, yet still enjoy ourselves as a couple. We could also be individuals soaking up some quiet time. As much as I love the blessing of being a wife and a mother, I wanted a vacation that also catered to my needs as well as my family’s. Cater is hardly the appropriate word; in all honesty, we were spoiled! As a family, a couple and as individuals, we had every need, want and desire tended to by the outstanding staff, starting with the first point of contact, the reservation specialist, Myrven. He was incredibly friendly, patient and kind. Just when I’d lost faith in customer service, Myrven became a hero. He listened to what
WRITERS NIKOLA LASHLEY & ANNE HAREWOOD ILLUSTRATOR JASON WAITHE
ntigua’s most famous cricketer speaks of what he loves best about his home
Sir Issac Vivian Alexander Richards, KGN, OBE,
This famous historical site has stirred up a lot of
born in St. John’s Antigua, March 7, 1952,
controversy: Mount Obama, which was formerly
4. What is the best activity experience for a tourist visiting Antigua?
was voted one of the five Cricketers of the
known as Boggy Peak, was named after the first
A tourist visiting Antigua should experience the
Century in 2000. He played his entire career
black President of the United States of America–
beauty of the sea by trying our watersports.
without a helmet, from 1974-1991.
and that means a lot. This is a great opportunity for
There is great surfing anywhere on the Eastern
Antigua to showcase ourselves to the rest of the
Belt, for instance in places like Half Moon
world. I can remember when they renamed Drake
Beach. Another thing that I think any visitor to
Street Sir Vivian Richards Street. They did that for a
Antigua should experience is the local cuisine.
reason just like they renamed Boggy Peak Mount
I mean tasting things like conchs water, goat
As a little boy, I was able to do so much exploring
Obama for a reason. It can be a great promotional
water and black pudding. These are our local
outside and we had a lot of freedom to roam
tool for this small island and if it is marketed
delicacies. There is this really tasty fish called
as kids. When I moved to England, I began to
properly, amazing things can come out of it.
doctor fish that you can only get from a real
1. What makes your island of Antigua so special?
appreciate the openness of the Caribbean. I
and raw fisherman.
have come to realize that this island is genuinely paradise and the beach is just the beginning. Living in such a picturesque environment is special and I have come to appreciate that even more over the years.
2. Of all the famous historical sites in Antigua, which one is not to be missed?
3. What fact do you know about Antigua and Barbuda that very few people know, but should know? Antigua and Barbuda are very multicultural
5. What is your favorite Burning Flames song? What’s the line in the song that lifts your heart?
islands and a lot of people do not know that.
The Burning Flames are an institution and
I played (cricket) with individuals who were
they have done so much for music in Antigua.
from countries all over the Caribbean and that
Sometimes, people do not really appreciate what
opened my eyes. As Black Stalin said, “I am a
they have done for this island but I do. My favorite
Burning Flames song is “Sweet Little Island Girl.”
The line that lifts my heart is, “Sweet little
you are in disbelief or when you are not taking
in cricket and in all sports. He himself was
island girl, you set my soul on fire.”
what someone else is saying seriously. You can
an Antiguan cricketer. Pat Evanson was a
say it to poke fun at someone.
huge influence for me, both personally and professionally, because he gave me my very first
6. What’s the first thing you do when you get back to Antigua after being away?
9. Why is calypso music special? It is special because the music has such rich
I was, just a little kid and I was being given this
I relax for a bit and then I make sure I get my
roots if you look at our country’s history.
huge bat. That left a huge impression on me
trunks on and I head to Fort James for a soak in
In slavery days, calypso gave slaves the
and I am very grateful to him.
the sea. I love that. Nothing compares to it.
opportunity to express some of the things that
bat. He was also an Antiguan cricketer and he happened to be my next door neighbor. Here
were on their minds. It allowed black people to
There is something so special about the three
express themselves during a time of oppression
7. What gift/souvenir should a person not leave Antigua without?
W’s who have left an incredible legacy and
and injustice. Calypsonians are the unofficial
paved the way for West Indian cricketers. I
advisors of government. Just this year, a judge
am talking about Sir Clyde Walcott, Sir Frank
A Burning Flames album. You can play it any
who was mentioned in a calypso song lashed
Worrell and Sir Everton Weekes. When I hear
The music of the Burning Flames is
out at the calypsonian publicly. The story made
these names, I think to myself, this is what
something that everyone can appreciate and
the news. Calypso is a very powerful art form
cricket is all about. They truly epitomize West
enjoy. I feel so proud when I give a Flames CD
and the music is so distinct. Calypso is very
Indies cricket. They were so poised and gracious
to someone else and it makes me feel proud to
much the music of the people.
and their talent was immeasurable. They made
know that others are enjoying this music which
me want to play the game and they made it
personifies Antiguan culture.
8. What’s your favorite Antiguan saying (and what does it mean)?
10. Which cricketers have influenced you personally and professionally?
easier for the next generation of West Indian cricketers to succeed.
My father was an enormous influence on me.
‘Ah joke you ah make bwoy.’ That means you
That is where I got a lot of my inspiration from.
are kidding or you are joking. You say it when
He taught me the importance of leadership
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Those who search for that true experience of a lifetime, the one thing they must do before they die, can find it at Dolphin Cove–the Caribbean’s number one attraction. What can be more magical than swimming with the one you love while making friends with the world’s most fascinating creature, the dolphin? The fascination with these amazing gifts of nature flows from the days of the explorers, who all had stories of dolphins rescuing sailors or ships in trouble. With their engaging smiles and undeniable intelligence, dolphins continue to attract universal love and admiration. Several couples have remarked that after participating in their dolphin interaction, they have never felt such closeness, an unspoken bond. Be prepared to feel the urge to seal your romance, as there have been several spontaneous marriage proposals–and who could possibly refuse a proposal made in such a fairytale setting with dolphins as the witnesses! The spirit of romance at Dolphin Cove has not gone unnoticed by their star residents, the dolphins. These dolphins are reproducing every year, a testament of their health and happiness at this amazing property. You are almost certain to see the newest addition to the Dolphin Cove family on a visit to this tropical paradise. “Life changing”–that’s how visitors describe the Dolphin Cove experience. Being close to these mammals is the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation. As one guest remarked, “Every
eyes as they kiss and play with the dolphins in
Truly an experience of a lifetime, a day with
day people have been telling me how relaxed
the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.
the dolphins is a day of memories you will
I look. They want to know what happened. I
Dolphin Cove is a marine park filled with exotic
just pull out my dolphin picture and smile, as
animals, friendly birds, and gentle stingrays
words cannot describe.”
that children can actually hold and pet.
Another guest called the experience a blessing.
Children and parents alike will also enjoy the
“It has been an honor and a privilege, and I
thrill of meeting the pirates who roam the
have been forever changed.’’
boardwalk, and going for rides on the mini boats and glass-bottom kayaks. For the young
As couples enjoy their new found romance,
and the old, for couples and for families,
parents can enjoy the look in their children’s
Dolphin Cove has something for everyone.
The Dolphin Cove experience can be enjoyed at Ocho Rios and Negril, Jamaica and at Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Welcome To The Easy Slice Of Paradise
A place where the simple pleasures of island life are endless…the gentle breeze, the warming sun and the soothing turquoise sea. And the enjoyment of an all-inclusive vacation is unlimited…delicious meals, refreshing drinks and exciting adventures. Located in the exotic islands of Antigua and Jamaica, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts are enthralled with picturesque accommodations, delectable dining, warm island hospitality, impressive amenities, and an array of exciting family-friendly land and water sports. Set along some of the most beautiful white-sand stretches of beach in the Caribbean and surrounded by the lush landscapes of the tropics, Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua and Grand Pineapple Beach Negril are the perfect settings to leave your cares behind. 76
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caribbean adventures Founded in 1983, Green Globe Certified Chukka Caribbean Adventures is the number one land-based nature adventure tour provider in the region, offering thirty-five tours in Jamaica, Belize, and Turks & Caicos Islands. Collectively, the operations delivered over 300,000 adventure tours to cruise and hotel guests in 2009. With a commitment to offer only the highest quality tours with well trained guides and stringent safety standards, Chukka takes pride in showcasing the natural beauty of the Caribbean through unique and sensational experiences, while providing opportunities for local residents and businesses. Chukka Caribbean Adventures is home to the Jamaica Dogsled Team and awards include the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association “Attraction of the Year Award” 2005/2006 and the World Travel Award as the “Caribbean’s Leading Nature Adventure Excursion Operator” for the fourth consecutive year. To win such an award is a true honour,” said Marc Melville, co-managing Director. “To win for the fourth consecutive year is beyond what we could have dreamt possible. We are committed to presenting the best of nature, culture and history of Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Belize through our team members who showcase their home countries with enthusiasm and authenticity. We are proud to have built such a strong reputation amongst our partners and our customers alike.”
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conic resort brand continues to create history by giving people more than they expect
“Butch” Stewart purchased an old hotel on one of Montego Bay’s most beautiful beaches. Thirty years later, Sandals Montego Bay has become the flagship hotel for the most romantic and comprehensive vacation experience in the world. ATG044-073
The internationally-recognized brand of Sandals Resorts today symbolizes authentic Caribbean
SERVICE WITH A SMILE Sandals staff serving beverages beach-side
hospitality and uncompromised luxury. Despite no hotel experience, Stewart approached this business with a simple philosophy that has been his guiding principle: exceed expectations. “We really didn’t know the hotel business when we purchased the resort,” says Stewart, “but we understood that to be successful, we had to find out what people truly wanted, give it to them and in doing so, exceed their expectations.” Stewart never laid claim to starting the allinclusive,
commitment to continuously innovate and
LOVE IS IN THE AIR Former Entertainment manager Basil Cahusac (seated in front) surrounded by Sandals playmakers
First guests of Sandals Montego Bay
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please the guests captured the imagination of couples all over the world. Sandals Resorts became their “home away from home” and the company an iconic brand symbolizing romance and Luxury Included® quality. Stewart’s mission statement was simple but powerful: “Love is all you need.’’ While other so-called “all-inclusives” offered meals and rooms at a set rate, Sandals Resorts’ prices covered gourmet dining options, premium brand drinks, gratuities, airport transfers, taxes and all land and watersport activities. The competition’s meals were buffet-style,
YOUR TABLE AWAITS YOU Sandals Halcyon Beach was opened in 1994
so Stewart created the on-property specialty restaurants with high culinary standards and white-glove service. Sandals Resorts also was the first Caribbean hotel to use whirlpools, the first to offer satellite television service, the first with swim-up pool bars and the first to guarantee that every room is fitted with a kingsize bed and a hair dryer. Soon, Sandals Resorts will also be the first resort company to offer over-the-water suites in the Caribbean. Set to debut late next year at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, these gorgeous, dark timber suites are set right in the ocean on elevated stilts and feature see-through glass floors, over-the-water hammocks, outdoor
Over-the-water-suites at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, due to be completed in 2012.
showers and lit Whirlpools. Such details would have seemed unimaginable 30 years ago, but today are evidence of Stewart’s un-ending quest to surprise and delight couples who choose to vacation at Sandals. “In the early days, we promised sunshine and a beautiful beach,’’ Stewart says. “Today, our customers have become more sophisticated travelers and more knowledgeable customers and so it’s been challenging, but also rewarding, to imagine and create new romantic settings and services to accommodate our discerning audience.” Stewart’s approach to accommodations, and
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particularly suites, which account for more than half of all room categories across the brand, was
at all resort locations, have continued to re-
developed with these savvy customers in mind.
define the guest experience at Sandals Resorts.
“When guests of Sandals Resorts arrive at a resort destination, they look to find amenities
In the fall of 2009, Stewart announced another
and an aesthetic that exceeds that which they
first within the destination wedding arena,
enjoy in their everyday lives.’’
as Sandals Resorts partnered with celebrated Martha Stewart Weddings.
Whether it’s the stunning views from the
getting married at all Sandals Resorts have the
Millionaire Suites, the intimate privacy of the
option of choosing one of six distinct Sandals
Rondoval Suites or the grandeur of the Plantation
Weddings by Martha Stewart™ themes.
Suites, every feature of Sandals’ top suites reflects a passion for luxury and romance. And guests
Stewart builds (literally) on his own success, and
of all top-category suites enjoy Sandals Resorts’
the new Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma,
exclusive butler service. Trained by the elite Guild
Bahamas, which opened in early 2010, is proof
of Professional English Butlers, Sandals Resorts
butlers provide a range of services designed to pamper guests throughout their stay and
Once the location of an award-winning Four
includes unpacking luggage, drawing rose petal
Seasons Resort, the 500-acre Sandals Emerald
bubble baths, preparing and serving delectable
Bay unfolds like a grand estate, housing
meals in suite, and more. The butler suites also
Bahamian-styled villas and suites along its one-
offer the convenience and privacy of 24-hour
mile stretch of white-sand beach. The resort
also features a championship Greg Norman
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golf course and world-class marina, multiple Butlers are but one example of the 30-year
restaurants and suites serviced by Sandals’
course toward excellence. Stewart also created
the Red Lane® Spa, available exclusively at Sandals Resorts. Treatments at Red Lane® Spa
When the new resort was announced, Stewart
reinterpret European rituals to satiate spa-goers
remarked that the introduction of Emerald
with the sensuous sights, sounds, textures
Bay was a momentous occasion in the history
and scents of the Caribbean. In addition,
of Sandals Resorts, “representing a reflection
partnerships with notable companies such as
of all that Sandals Resorts has accomplished
Beringer Vineyards, which introduced delicious
and a tremendous opportunity to further
demonstrate our commitment to providing the
education, and superior wine service standards
very best vacation in the Caribbean”.
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With a legacy of innovations that changed the face of the all-inclusive format and established Sandals Resorts as the most successful brand in the category, Sandals’ dynamic chairman will continue to find ways to surprise and delight guests, providing another 30 years of compelling reasons to make Sandals Resorts the luxurious and elegant base from which to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of the vibrant Caribbean lifestyle he loves.
It Began with Bay Roc Luxury demands extreme attention to detail combined with rigorous flexibility; when it comes to building resorts, Butch Stewart demonstrates dizzying amounts of both. He PRIME PROPERTY Bay Roc Hotel, Montego Bay 1981
also has a great eye for design and an intuitive ability to understand how people interact with that design. And Bay Roc, the resort that would become Sandals Montego Bay, represented everything Stewart liked in a resort. In 1954, Donald “Dick” De Lisser formed Bay Roc Hotel Limited. Founded much like a private club, it was a resort among friends who were members of the social elite. De Lisser was just one of a growing number of well-heeled travelers during the 1950s who were lured by the exquisite charm of the Caribbean and the new air service that would make travel to the region convenient and glamorous.
THE “SUITE” LIFE Bay Roc Estate Beachfront Villa Suite
He teamed up with revered architect Edward Durell Stone, who created the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and designed the original Bay Roc Hotel, Montego Bay. Stone and De Lisser arrayed a series of private cottages, at the edge of the beach. An adjacent building housed the bar, restaurant, and service functions—a now common approach to resort architecture, but, back then, revolutionary and considered quite avant-garde.
made the social space common and interactive, giving way to later designs—such as Sandals Resorts’ signature swim-up pool bars and expansive pool decks which have become SANDALS MONTEGO BAY Bay Roc Estate Beachfront Villa Suites 2010
standard at all Sandals Resorts.
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t takes some getting there but the reward is great at Antigua’s quirkiest restaurant
Your heart pumps and sweat trickles down your
welcome.” A petite lady with a kind smile
gardener showing off her prized roses. The
temples, as you ascend the hill overlooking the
beams at you. And before you know it, she
most unusual items are nailed to posts and
Grand Pineapple Beach Resort. The cool ocean
embraces you like your favorite aunty. You have
beams—slippers, flags, hats, license plates,
breeze begins to revive you, and the view... can
just met Miss Mary, the woman that makes the
T-shirts, shells and even swimwear. Miss Mary
words really describe it? And then you gaze
Outhouse the most talked about spot on the
laughs. “Anything people bring, I make them
upon what you can probably describe as one of
island. As guests from all over the world filter
feel comfortable about it.’’
the most distinctive eating spots ever.
through for lunch, one goal is common: saying hello or goodbye to Miss Mary.
The walls are covered with messages and
The messages left behind are as simple as “Mark was here’’ to well-thought-out poems
greetings. Bits of driftwood and random
Miss Mary started out as a housekeeper for
proclaiming a serious love affair with Miss
objects fit haphazardly into every other nook
the original owner of the hotel. He found her
Mary’s, Antigua, and the resort. One of the most
and cranny. As you enter the Outhouse, more
trustworthy and the perfect employee to place at
remarkable things about these personalized
affectionately known as Miss Mary’s, you forget
this secluded hilltop location. Miss Mary has been
memos is that so many guests return year after
how hungry you were coming up the hill and
the chef stationed at the Outhouse since 1991.
year and add to what they started.
The custom of guests writing on the wall started
The best way to sum up the afternoon comes
since day one with a group from Pennsylvannia.
in the words penned on a white piece of
The aroma of barbecued meat now reminds
With pride, Miss Mary gives a tour of the love
driftwood. “There’s earth, there’s heaven and
you of why you made the journey. “Hello and
notes; she points them out like a contented
begin investigating the wall scribblings. You want to leave your mark, too.
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