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Sexy Beaches

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Answer To My Prayer

Catch up on the hottest festivals

Best places to play and love

Kim Fields escapes to Turks and Caicos

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The Shades Of Bahamas

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The Story Of Lemongrass

Saying no to neutrals

Humble grass creates trendy potions

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Sir Viv’s Island

Cricketing hero tells what he loves

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An Oasis Of My Own

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Say “I Do” In Paradise

about home

Become ruler of your paradise

For every bride, a style and season

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The New Way To Fly

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Cocktails That Cure

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Food For Lovers

Going “woosh!” through the trees

For the morning after, try El Dorado

Now, that’s amore at Italian restaurant

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Dolphin Cove

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Yam Power

Put this adventure on your bucket list

Lowly root gets gourmet makeover

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30th Anniversary

Sandals writes chapter in history

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Inside Track To Outhouse

Hilltop restaurant is Antigua’s sweetest

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Great Beers Of The Caribbean

Brews give taste of national pride

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Celebrities Love Sandals

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Peek inside our album of stars

We Teach The World To Sing Caribbean music conquers the world

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Happy Feet

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Getaway Giveaway

Discerning soles go Brazilian

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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

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calendar

www.antigua-barbuda.org

www.visitjamaica.com

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)

www.bahamas.com

1. Junkanoo (New Year’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)

www.stlucianow.com www.turksandcaicostourism.com

1. 20th Annual Kite Flying Competition   (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.

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the shades of WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER GILLIAN WATSON

W

hen painting their houses, Bahamians draw inspiration from Nature’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, don’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

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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 doesn’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

the street.

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

Today’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

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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.

beaches.

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

social calendar.

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.

In

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

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an

of my own

G

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

unfathomable.

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.

stay forever.

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

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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

W

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.

The Recipe

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.

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over ice. Strain into a highball glass, garnish with a swizzle stick with dried


Eye of the Tiger

Rum Tea-zer

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.

The Recipe

The Recipe

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.

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of the caribbean

WRITER DARREN FARFAN ILLUSTRATOR JASON WAITHE

wadadli Antigua

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!

kalik

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!”

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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.

piton

Saint Lucia

“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.

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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!

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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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H

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

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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, performing“Walk this Way� (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)

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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,

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n discerning soles everywhere, this Brazilian design champions style and comfort

Havaianas

(pronounced

ah-vai-

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.

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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

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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

longest-serving

82-year-old

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.

just yet.

He was married for 42 years and has four children,

employee,

the

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.

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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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WE HAVE A WHOLE ISLAND IN OUR STORE Be sure to visit the Resort Shop at Sandals and Beaches Resorts for all your fashion needs and the perfect gifts for home. From souvenirs and accessories to resort wear by Mayling and the latest in Caribbean styles, we have it all!

JAMAICA • ANTIGUA • SAINT LUCIA • BAHAMAS • TURKS & CAICOS

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of the caribbean

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

SAINT LUCIA

WESTMORELAND, JAMAICA

THE ISLAND VIBE: Secluded, rustic and

THE ISLAND VIBE: Chilled out and

castaway sexy.

understated.

SNAPSHOT: One of the more popular

SNAPSHOT: This beach that lines the

the island’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

alike.

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

sunset picnic.

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

a flame!

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 don’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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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

NEGRIL, JAMAICA

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

champagne, darling!

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.)

ANTIGUA

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.

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS & CAICOS

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

ANTIGUA

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.

and quiet.

BEACH

SNAPSHOT: Shallow, crystal clear and non-

seclusion.

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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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

livestock.

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.

Caribbean experience.

thought to resemble the intestine and were used as a remedy to aid digestion.

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ELEGANT CARIBBEAN WEDDINGS

BY MARTHA STEWART

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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.

For more information call your travel agent or 1- 877- SANDALS Visit us online at sandals.com JAMAICA • ANTIGUA • ST. LUCIA • BAHAMAS

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.

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Beautiful Beginnings

Vision in White

Seaside Serenade

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.

Reception Décor

Reception Décor

Reception Décor

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.

is

A soft draping of white scalloped eyelet fabric

Ceremony Décor

Ceremony Décor

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.

frame structure.

of light and airy capiz shells. White benches serve

Free Wedding This

Beautiful

Beginnings

Wedding

A scallop shell-lined pathway leads to a bamboo

as guest seating during the ceremony.

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Island Paradise

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.

Reception Décor

Reception Décor

Reception Décor

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.

china,

the reception area. White chair cushions are

A tropical table for four laid out with a white

Martha

Stewart

Collection™

with

Wedgwood™ bracelet stemware, and Martha

also available for an additional fee.

Stewart Collection™ with Wedgwood™ Canto flatware. Table seating features taupe cushions.

Ceremony Décor

Ceremony Décor

Ceremony Décor

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.

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food for WRITER KERRI TUCKER

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his Italian restaurant exudes luxury and romance and what better than the Saint Lucian sunset to set the mood

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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?).

that’s amore!

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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power

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.

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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

Jamaica’s

already

impressive

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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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we teach the B

WRITER PAT MESCHINO

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irthed from our triumphs and tribulations, Caribbean music is now world music.

jolly boys


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tarrus riley

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

and tribulations.

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.

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jolly boys

Singer Thomas Mapfumo’s militant chimurenga-

The Baha Men fused contemporary soca and

artist Problem Child sampled Kassav’s zouk

reggae

Zimbabwean

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

songs

inspired

his

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

goombay.

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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getaway WRITER NIKOLA LASHLEY PHOTOGRAPHER KENDRICK BOBB

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

T

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

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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

in Antigua.“

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

it’s something.”

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

t’s a fact of life: everyone needs a family vacation

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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.”

was fulfilled.

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.

reservation specialist.

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

my prayer.

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

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island

WRITERS NIKOLA LASHLEY & ANNE HAREWOOD ILLUSTRATOR JASON WAITHE

A

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?

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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

Caribbean man.”

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

time.

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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DON’T look down. Not yet. Everything lies ahead

on the endangered list); the Zipline Canopy-

systems are used; and recommendations for

of you—mountain ranges, golden stretches of

Ocho Rios offers incomparable glimpses of the

clothing and what to bring are listed on the tour

sand and sparkling deep blue seas. You are

Caribbean Sea; the Flight of the White Witch

attraction’s website so guests are prepared.

flying—several hundred feet above sea level and

Canopy at Rose Hall is set amid the lush estate

gathering speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

of a century-old Great House and the quaint,

There are plenty of ziplining options around

rustic, humble community of Mt. Zion.

the world, but it is only on island ziplines that

This is ziplining, the ultimate Caribbean adventure!

one can truly take command of the tropical Saint Lucia’s ziplining is smack dab in the middle

terrain of ancient peaks, lush rainforests and

Originally used as a mountaineering technique,

of a blossoming rainforest where zipliners glide

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ziplining takes you across the forest on a

over the abundant forest canopy of vegetation

experience a cool, quiet sea breeze that seems

series of tree-to-tree platforms. An excursion

and, at times, get a rare glimpse of the

to refresh the soul.

has seven to nine traverses, depending on

endemic Saint Lucia parrot. The Antigua (St.

location. Thrill-seekers are given their protective

John’s Bay) lines zoom through the eminent

helmets—along with an informative safety

gorge at Fig Tree Drive and offer a chance to

brief—are securely hooked to a sturdy cord,

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platform joyrides; in Ocho Rios at Mystic

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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,

couples-only

concept;

but

his

commitment to continuously innovate and

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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,

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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

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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.

Now guests

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

of that.

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

room service.

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

exclusive butlers.

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

wines,

demonstrate our commitment to providing the

wine-centered

entertainment

and

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.

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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.

The concept

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

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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

there’s Mary!’’

begin investigating the wall scribblings. You want to leave your mark, too.

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