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TURQUOISE DREAMS Combining modernism with the Caribbean aesthetic

Introducing VIPY Stylish Spaces of the Year A competition to find the VI’s most beautiful living and commercial spaces

Amazing Reader Giveaway

Indulge the exclusive Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort!

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CELESTIAL HOUSE
 Tortola, US$7,775,000 SUNSET WATCH & SUNDOWNER
 Virgin Gorda, US$3,100,000

VILLA DELLE PALME Tortola, US$2,200,000

STONEY BAY POINT Josiah's Bay, Tortola US$2,400,000

LIVE THE LIFE YOU IMAGINED Living in the British Virgin Islands means having an intimate relationship with the ocean and our tropical climate; they permeate our daily activities. Beach day or forest hike? North shore surfing 
 or South shore marina? Tortola or Virgin Gorda? The choices are many and varied. Choosing to eat 
 out could take you to one of numerous restaurants on several different islands with countless 
 beaches and hidden coves, all an easy boat ride away ! power boat or sailing yacht ! you choose!

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INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS, LOCAL INSIGHTS

+1 284 340 5555 (Maritha Keil)
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Spanish Town Yacht Harbour
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From the Editor Christmas in the Caribbean can be a little disconcerting for one who isn’t raised here. Hollywood has promoted the imagery that Christmas means snow and chestnuts roasting on an open fire; that said, we promise that the holiday season in the BVI can be just as merry, if not more so than the winter wonderland many residents and visitors are akin to. Not to forget New Year’s Eve witnessing one of the largest, globally renowned parties at Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke – definitely memories to treasure…or misplace depending on how much holiday cheer you chug away. Our features this month like BVI HomeSense support the distinctive reasons for being here on the islands. Our cover piece depicts Turquoise Dreams, introduced by BVI Sotheby’s International Realty. This property for sale melds modernism with nature in a spectacular way, positioning fortunate owners at the epitome of Tortola’s grand views. We also welcome you to our brand new Stylish Spaces segment – an exhibition of the most attractive Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter

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with improvements that will blow your mind. The best part? They are also sponsoring the prize for our Reader Giveaway so you can taste their greatness – pun fully intended. From Sea Level, Caribbean Jerk Lobster Dip is on the menu from our Lolalita chef and Things We Love are for both ‘him’ and ‘her’ in this month’s diverse product showcase from House. A light confab with Little Switzerland jewellers unveils that diamonds truly are everyone’s best friend when it comes to this powerful, emotional gift-exchange between loved ones, and Brandywine Estate—winners of the VIPY Readers’ Choice award for Best BVI Restaurant—suggest why they believe guests are finding their family-toned establishment so appealing – there’s more to it than their exquisite cuisine. Finally, VIPY’s Lauren catches up with Studio One Salon & Spa about their success as the multitalented combo service they represent and stellar services delivered. Whatever you decide to do for the Christmas and New Year holiday, we hope this month’s issue aids direction and that you have a fantastic time where ever you are.

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Great Value Properties for Sale BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

www.realestatebvi.com Gorgeous, Luxury Beach side Villa Long Bay, Tortola

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We are committed to finding your BVI home. Leave it in our capable hands. Your Local BVI Real Estate Experts... Bonnie Dougall Mouzaya Dabboussy Claire Massingham (284) 346-7080 (284) 346-7090 (284) 340-7060

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Contributors Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell Kate and Fran are owners of House, a renowned BVI retailer that provides everything you need to make your house a home.

Megan Schlobohm Chef Megan has a fierce passion for cooking. Perfecting her menu on various yachts, most of her phenomenal culinary abilities are self-taught, bringing innovative cuisine to Crewed Yacht Lolalita in the BVI.

Lucienne Smith Lucienne grew up in the BVI and worked for a number of years as a director for a FTSE 250 company in London. She now heads up the Residential Property Management and Long Term Rental divisions of Smiths Gore.

aLookingGlass Team Lauren Charley – Editorial Coordinator Lauren graduated with BA (Hons) Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She has worked as a feature magazine writer, where many of her stories pertained to events, people, activities, and places in popular tourist destinations. lauren@alookingglass.com

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Turquoise Dreams blends contemporary sophistication with the colourful, tropical environment

If you like what you read about Rosewood Little Dix Bay this issue enter our reader giveaway

Perceptive gifts for ‘him’ and ‘her’ this holiday season from home accessories retailer House

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Introducing our newest competition, celebrating the Virgin Islands’ most beautiful living and commercial spaces

Smiths Gore realtors provide their expertise on the different BVIs available for property investment

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49 Brandywine Estate Restaurant

Flamingo Sunset is the vacation villa that has the enchanting effect of welcoming its guests ‘home’

Caribbean Jerk Lobster Dip is the special holiday recipe from our favourite Lolalita yacht chef Megan Schlobohm

An experience beyond exquisite cuisine, Brandywine shows us why they were voted Best BVI Restaurant

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Great all-round exercise, a luxury spa treatment, and then gourmet cuisine in a natural Caribbean setting - Rosewood Little Dix Bay

If you haven’t filled it in already, join in the fun – give us your feedback on VIPY and be entered to win fantastic rewards for helping us

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LAND Exclusive Feature Property – Presented by Maritha Keil and the team of professional agents and/or associates at BVI Sotheby’s International Realty

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Perhaps the most astonishing feature of Turquoise Dreams, presented

From the entranceway, an open-plan living area with hurricane proof,

by BVI Sotheby’s International Realty, is the ever-changing view of nature’s

floor-length glass double doors and high-vaulted cypress wood ceilings

flow. Wake up in the morning as the sun emerges between the hills of

extends to a remarkable kitchen area. Ideal for an exhibitionist culinary

neighbouring islands, visible from your exclusive terrace; admire the sea as

experience, the kitchen features state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances

it churns and changes colours from pale to deep aqua blue; see the moon

and fixtures—custom-created by the owner—with ‘River of Gold’ granite

rise in the evening when the sky transforms from dawn to dusk... In the residential estate of Cooten Bay, Turquoise Dreams was built to savour the vistas visible from Tortola’s North East coast. Designed with materials to withstand the test of time in a sun-drenched and seasalt environment, the contemporary Mediterranean home provides a secure, maintenance-free living experience as it blends with its tropical surroundings. Upon entering, neutral colours and tasteful decor create a light ambience bestowing a blank template with endless possibilities to

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large ‘island’ is perfect for serving appetisers and buffet-style meals to impress guests. The bar area which keeps cocktail preparation separate includes a temperate-controlled wine cellar. Turquoise Dreams represents peace and seclusion, while offering qualities of a ‘stage’ with which to entertain – the kitchen and outdoor amenities would provoke the envy of the most prestigious gourmet chefs. Surrounding the living area is a spacious covered veranda with alfresco dining for eight, and additional furnishings for guests to spread

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out and socialise. The outside dining

The fourth bedroom suite located down a

area includes a built-in barbecue, and

custom stainless stairwell is set apart from the

lends itself as an outdoor bar or culinary

main house. Currently undergoing completion,

preparation area, as it is well equipped with

this space allows the option for redesign to

electrical outlets and room to expand for

suit your needs—perhaps an office, gym,

additional features.

playroom or even live-in staff member.

On the uncovered deck, the stainless-steel

Turquoise Dreams was designed so

chaise lounges are perfect for sunbathing,

that air consistently travels throughout

followed by a refreshing dip in the pool,

the premises. As the breeze caresses

heated with Jacuzzi jets, and variable

the well-appointed gardens of palms,

lighting for changes in ambiance to suit the mood, complete with a waterfall feature.

fuchsia hibiscus, ixora, and allamandas,

From the terrace, unrivalled views of Guana

it harmonises with the soft roar of ocean

Island and Great Camanoe extend all the way

waves below. Rare epic sightings of nature have been

to Virgin Gorda and The Dogs on the horizon. Four bedrooms and four and a half en-

reported on occasion, including visits from

suite bathrooms cater to guests with deluxe

flamingos to the salt pond behind Josiah’s

decor and adornments, each with alluring

Bay, large-beaked Pelicans plummeting into

views of the ocean and outdoor access to private balconies. The master bedroom features a king-size bed with a vanity area and expansive wardrobe space. The en suite bathroom’s extraordinary glass

the water, and even dolphins travelling out to sea, adding excitement to the magnificent panorama. Situated down a quiet lane just off of the ‘ridge road,’ the villa offers

cathedral ceiling allows for basking in sunlight during the day and

ultimate seclusion, yet is conveniently located a short distance to a

stargazing at night from the comfort of the romantic, mood enhancing

variety of amenities in town. It’s central to two undeveloped white sandy

Jacuzzi feature.

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directly below. The privacy of Lava Flow and Trunk Bay beaches may be reached within a handful of minutes by car, while lively restaurants, eclectic local bars, and even surfing lessons are less than a 10 minute ride to Josiah’s, Brewers, and Cane Garden Bays. In the category of custom-built luxury accommodations, Turquoise Dreams’ peaceful location and ever-changing views make for the idyllic maintenance-free home to relish the best of paradise.

Turquoise Dreams Cooten Bay, Tortola

• 0.87 acres • 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom • High-end finishes, custom stainless

For more info contact: Maritha Keil m: (284)340.5555 t: (284)495.6700 steel fixtures and appliances maritha@bvisir.com • ‘River of Gold’ custom granite counters www.bvisir.com • Outdoor pool with swim and Jacuzzi jets, light and waterfall features

• Large state of the art electric generator • Pure seclusion yet conveniently located • Unrivalled north shore views

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IS YOUR HOME, VILLA OR COMMERCIAL PROJECT A STYLISH SPACE? Virgin Islands Property & Yacht, the Territory’s leading lifestyle magazine is proud to announce VIPY Stylish Spaces of the Year in Association with VP Bank Also brought to you by BCQS International, Elian, Harneys, House, and Paint Factory

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Our mission is to find, showcase and celebrate the Virgin Islands most beautiful living and commercial spaces. Homeowners who have decorated their own homes, as well as professional designers and architects are all eligible to enter. Enter NOW bvipropertyyacht.com/stylishspaces

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Winners will be decided by you, our readers and our Judging Panel made up of industry experts and sponsors. All of the winning spaces will be published in Virgin Islands Property & Yacht June 2016 issue. Our VP Bank Supreme Winner will receive a home improvement prize package courtesy of House and Paint Factory valued at $1,000. Voters will also be entered into a draw to win a $500 cash prize!

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veryone who seeks to escape day-to-day life and enjoy

colours and decor throughout the home pay tribute to the calmness of the

a vacation loves the sense of being away from the

sea-side setting.

usual, yet we do in fact miss the comfort of our own home. Located in the private residential community of Belmont Estate in Tortola’s West end, Flamingo Sunset presented by Villas of Tortola is an inviting retreat which welcomes its guests ‘home.’ Perfect for a family, this villa offers expansive space to relax in comfort in

Through the front door on the main level is a large open-plan living area with a kitchen, living room, and dining area. The kitchen features sparkling granite countertops and maple cabinetry with a breakfast bar and five stools. A full selection of modern appliances allow preparation of a scrumptious family-style meal to be enjoyed alfresco on the dining table on the spacious outdoor balcony.

an intimate setting to enjoy the company of your loved ones. The split level

A second indoor dining table is perfect to play board games from the

home accommodates up to eight guests in four en suite bedrooms with the

selection available when not lounging on the living room sofa bonding over

option of adding two extra cots for children.

movie time.

The villa has a very modern appeal with Balinese-imported furniture, most of which is made from heavy teak wood of the highest quality. Pale

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outfits. The en suite bathroom comprises a large Jacuzzi and double sinks

restaurants can be found at Apple Bay, a local community with a renowned

with tasteful contemporary decor. In the corner of the room is an office desk

surfing beach and the infamous Bomba Shack, home of the full moon parties.

and out on the private balcony are two rocking chairs looking out to sea. The second bedroom affords a private balcony harbouring rocking chairs and a cosy king-size bed. Its en suite bathroom features an intriguing stone sink basin, imported from Bali using their own local granite. On the lower level, two bedrooms each with two twin beds that can be

Conveniently located 10 minutes from the home is Soper’s Hole Marina where you will find the West End Ferry Terminal with day trips to Jost Van Dyke, along with a variety of shops, services, and restaurants. New as a rental to Villas of Tortola’s portfolio, Flamingo Sunset invites you to come, stay, and make yourselves at home.

converted into a king, have en suite bathrooms and direct access to the patio and 30 foot pool – ideal for those who enjoy morning laps. This level sits a second outdoor dining table and a gas grill for barbecues. Enjoy the Caribbean breezes with the fully screened floor to ceiling sliding doors, or take advantage of the air-conditioning throughout the villa. Surrounding the property are meticulously maintained gardens with an array of exotic trees including tropical palms, mango, banana, and cedar. Magenta bougainvillea, hibiscus flowers, and ferns are complemented by the multi-toned blue water creating colourful tropical surroundings. Flamingo Sunset is named after the two most astonishing sights to witness from its pristine location: flamingos in the salt pond below the Belmont Peak, and spectacular sunsets of whipped pink, orange, and purple tones setting between Great Tobago and Jost Van Dyke. Below, Smugglers Cove is a hidden gem – just a five minute drive away, the white sand beach is a peaceful National Park lined with palm trees and unknown to most visitors. Even closer and visible from the villa is Long Bay beach with a mile long shore and two dining options. Along the coast heading north, more

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Presented by Villas of Tortola Flamingo Sunset House Belmont Estates, West End Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 ½ Max guests: 10 Pool: 30’ x 15’ Beach: 5 min drive Maid service: 1 x week Contact: Sam Pierce +1 284-542-7872 facebook.com/BVIVillas Villasoftortola.com


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visitors and residents of the bvi may or may not know, but in this region, there is a place so splendid, it has enchanted family generations and loyal, repeat visitors for decades. This retreat continues to surprise its patronage by improving on its promise of revitalisation, good health, and culinary excellence. Rosewood Little Dix Bay (RLD) is the resort under the ‘sun-light’ this holiday season and among its phenomenal accommodations, the respite has sought enhancement of its famous amenities, reinforcing its favoured name. Residing at the resort or simply visiting for the day truly is the path to experiencing perfect serenity.

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why rosewood’s spa sense?

The Mango & Pineapple Sugar scrub is another signature Sense Spa

There are a plethora of spas to choose from in the Virgin Islands and especially treatment that uses BVI natural ingredients including organic crystallised in the BVI, so the obvious question for a resident or visitor is: why Sense spa?

brown sugar to create an exfoliating serum. Also, the increasingly

For the ‘wellness’ enthusiast, Sense delivers a unique atmosphere by utilising popular Coconut Spice scrub, employing fresh grated coconut with local RLD’s natural surroundings as well as the BVI’s native provisions in the spa aromatics nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and ginger – guests are treated to fresh treatments available. The new Sense Journeys combine a selection of services coconut water post-treatment. New Sense of Beginning options are available for the young, new spathat can include a two-three hour spa treatment, culminating in a rejuvenating excursion around Rosewood’s serene environs. Fans of spas will appreciate

goer. Fun massages and cleansing treatments like the Frangipani Fresh facial cleanse and mask treatment introduces the ‘tween and teen’ crowd to the wellness spa experience, integrated

the perceptive use of Caribbean

with a take-home personalised skin

nature, exemplified in The Spring

prescription and homecare advice.

Bay Sojourn, taking its inspiration

A back, foot or scalp massage,

from the name sake beach with its

with hydrating coconut lotion offers

massive stone boulders, and the

weary muscles a welcome relief in

unique grottoes formed where sun,

the ‘So Coco’ treatment while ‘Fruity

sand, surf, and stone meet. The

Fingers & Toes’ combines a hand

treatment incorporates the use of a

and foot massage with island fruit

mineral salt and vitamin scrub that

infused lotions, finishing with a file

exfoliates the skin; a marine algae

and perfect polish for the fingers

wrap which envelopes the body; and

and toes.

a hot stone massage, using small,

In the Virgin Islands where there

polished volcanic stones heated and

is an abundance of luxurious excursions making it a challenge to select applied to specific points on the body; this promotes circulation and soothes the ideal option, Sense’s innovative exercise of blending natural resources tired muscles. Concluding, guests assume a guided trip to Spring Bay to replete and the tropical environment with its services makes it conspicuous as the with a packed gourmet picnic lunch, beach towels, and beach umbrella.

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catering to the holiday health craze In our health conscious world, it has become fashionable to stay fit on holiday and even improve on physique, so that one returns home looking better than when they left. In partnership with FranklyFitness of New York City, Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers a holistic wellness programme designed to have guests ‘Moving Well, Feeling Well, and Being Well.’ FranklyFitness movement specialists lead classes in various stunning locations on resort grounds, harnessing Virgin Gorda’s beauty as the setting to focus on building the mind, body, and spirit. Professionals offer a full range of wellness options from traditional strength training, to more dynamic alternatives like boxing and yoga.  Meditation sessions are offered in tranquil settings like Casey Bay, the resort’s secluded relaxation beach, or the yoga platform, situated at the highest point on resort grounds, with stunning 360 degree views of the resort and the Caribbean Sea. The consultants are also certified to offer fitness lifestyle sessions, developing programmes tailored for the beginner to the professional athlete.  

culinary journeys Innovation is the current motivation in Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s kitchen; Executive Chef Ricardo Cera recently joined the resort and his supervision is introducing several new food and beverage programmes. With over 15 years’ experience—most recently serving as an executive sous chef at Antigua’s Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort—Cera’s Portuguese background will spark in fresh seafood dishes, that embody complex flavours. His goal is to further highlight the excellent ingredients that can be had in the Caribbean with a focus on honouring the culture of the region. Chef Ricardo and Food & Beverage Director Fabio Petrone will also oversee the execution of a range of new dining experiences like Rosewood’s A Sense Of Taste programme, offering bespoke dining to guests with a demanding palate.  Visitors will enjoy excursions exemplified in the Anegada Lobster Experience. The Coral atoll is renowned for copious Spiny Anegada Lobsters; during the journey, guests will snorkel the reefs the lobsters call home, while learning about the crustacean. This followed by dining at ‘Big Bamboo,’ a restaurant known by oral tradition for being one of the best locales to enjoy grilled spiny lobster.  RLD dining options include a new intimate setting aptly named, Dining On The Rocks; a new table scene for up to four guests is arranged in a quiet nook between massive volcanic boulders, right along Little Dix Bay Beach; a canopy of sea grape offers cover and allows guests to look out on the bright stars above. By candle light and tiki torch, guests will feast on a custom curated menu designed the day before in collaboration with Chef Ricardo. Dining connoisseurs will be captivated by the diversity offered in both the cuisine and these special locations. With such amenities available, Rosewood Little Dix Bay appears to be in leading position to take BVI patronage on a vacation experience that fulfils all desires. There is no doubt that new and repeat visitors flying in for the holiday season will be thrilled.

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BE IN TO WIN A STAY IN ONE OF THE BVI’S MOST EXCLUSIVE RESORTS COURTESY OF ROSEWOOD LITTLE DIX BAY

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A haven of tranquillity and luxury in harmony with nature, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is an exquisite, timeless resort – an unmatched Caribbean vacation getaway offering fine dining, an award-winning spa, luxury villas, and beachfront rooms and suites.

This incredible prize is valued at $1,500 and includes: • 2 nights’ accommodation in an Ocean View room (includes tax and resort fee) • Daily breakfast for two, served at the Pavilion restaurant • One complimentary 50-minute Seaside Sedation Massage for two guests (includes spa gratuity)

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DESTINATION CREATION • URBAN LIFESTYLE • ISLAND LIVING • INSIDE DESIGN • GREEN MATTERS RODUS BUILDING, ROAD REEF, ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS • +1 284 494 2148 • OBMI.COM • OBMI@OBMI.COM

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WHERE TO BUY IN THE BVI? Words by Lucienne Smith – Smiths Gore Photography courtesy of Renata Macrelli

Last BVI HomeSense feature, we looked at compelling reasons to invest

in property in the BVI. Once you have decided to invest here, the next big decision is where to buy in the BVI. The communities and neighborhoods on each of the islands have so much to offer. Here we provide a brief overview of the islands themselves and some of the locations that you could be calling home.

Tortola Tortola is a mountainous island 21.5 sq miles in area. Formed by volcanic

their search in the central areas of Tortola which allow for an easier daily

activity, its highest peak is Mount Sage at 1,750 ft and there is a population

commute to town and schools.

of approximately 24,000. With the ferry dock at one end of the island and

Along the south coast, there are a number of lovely residential areas

the airport at the other, there has been residential development across the

such as Nanny Cay on the waterfront, Havers with excellent views across

breadth of the island.

the channel, McNamara located just above Road Town and Kingstown,

Historically, investors seeking to buy a residential property tended to gravitate to the West End and North Central areas of Tortola. Here, you will

Brandywine Bay, and Hodges Creek, all just a short drive from town.    On the north side, new communities have developed over the last 10

find many of the famous beaches of the BVI ,including Long Bay Beach,

years at Trunk Bay, Cooten Bay, and Rogue Bay. Entrepreneurial investors

Smuggler’s Cove, Cane Garden Bay, and Brewers Bay.

have created unique properties on the mountainsides and shoreline in these

Key residential locations include Belmont, Shannon, Green Banks, and

previously untouched locations. With new subdivisions coming on stream,

Luck Hill; they all have views out across the beaches and the ocean beyond.

the East End of the island is now opening up and attracting those seeking

As a general rule, local and long term residents who mainly work in or around Road Town and/or have young families, have tended to concentrate

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Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda is only eight square miles and has a population of approximately 3,900. The tranquility makes you feel as if you are somewhere time has forgotten. There is a village feel with everyone finding the time to say hello or wave as you pass by. Virgin Gorda is positioned at the eastern extremity of the Virgin Islands and is divided into three areas: • The Valley: a mainly flat area at the southern end of the island where the majority of the population resides in Spanish Town. As well as the level terrain, the attraction is the spectacular beaches which include The Baths and Spring Bay. The rock formations of The Baths are striking and many home owners have incorporated these ancient structures into the architecture of the buildings themselves. • Nail Bay / Mahoe Bay and Savannah Bay:  Nail Bay is located below Gorda Peak, the highest point on the island, which rises to 1,370 ft above sea level. Development—mainly holiday and second homes—has been restricted to the coastal areas, including Mahoe Bay and Nail Bay on the west coast, again surrounded by wonderful beaches. • North Sound: North Sound has long been known as a yachting centre but in recent years it has undergone a significant transformation and has forged an identity as a luxury destination which competes with the best in the region. Residential developments around North sound include Oil Nut Bay, Blunder Bay, and Leverick Bay. At the far end of North Sound, you find Mosquito Island, which had a limited number of lots for sale, all of which are now sold. 

Jost Van Dyke At roughly threee square miles, Jost Van Dyke lies about five miles to the northwest of Tortola and can be accessed via ferry /boat from Tortola. It has a growing population of around 300 and like many of the neighboring islands, it is volcanic in origin and mountainous. The highest point on the island is Majohnny Hill at just over 1,000 ft. The island is a true, unspoilt beauty and the most frequent destination is Great Harbour which has a beach area lined with small bars and restaurants. Located a short distance away is White Bay with a stunning beach and a growing array of bars, restaurants, and guest cottages. Among its wellknown bars is the Soggy Dollar Bar, appropriately named because it is a common practice for boaters to anchor off the beach, swim ashore, and then pay for their drinks with wet money. With great bars, great food, and great music, this is a magical island with some fantastic properties available for purchase.

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Great Camanoe This is an island for boat owners as there is no ferry. Great Camanoe is a small, privately-owned island which at 2.5 square miles is completely unspoilt. Living here is a bit like being shipwrecked apart from the fact you are living in luxury and are only a short boat ride away from restaurants, shops, and bars – it is simply idyllic. It has two residential areas: Indigo Plantation Estate and Privateer’s Bay Estate. Indigo Plantation is a secluded residential estate which offers complete privacy and designated dock space within the estate’s protected marina. Privateer’s Bay Estate is an established estate of 28 properties and includes a boat dock and a community area with a tennis court, beach, deck area, and boat yard workshop. The island is completely yours to explore. Residents use golf carts to move around, visiting one another for cocktails or to access two private beaches. Lee Bay is on the western side and has beautiful waters for swimming and snorkelling. Cam Bay is a National Park lending itself to lazy days with picnics and a good book. Although there are no commercial facilities on Great Camanoe, the island is close to mainland services including restaurants and a wide variety of amenities on Tortola and Beef Island. The Beef Island International Airport is only a few minutes away. Nearby are also Marina Cay, The Last Resort, and the new development of Scrub Island with its marina, restaurants, and shops.

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Anegada Anegada is the most remote and the northerly of the British Virgin Islands, located approximately 13 miles north of Virgin Gorda. The island has an area of approximately 14 square miles and is a flat coral atoll with the highest point rising only 28 ft above sea level. The island is famed for Horseshoe Reef, which extends offshore to the east and which is the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean. This unique landscape gave Anegada its name which means ‘drowned land.’ Spectacular white sand beaches, clear waters, and the snorkelling are second to none. Island life is about fishing, diving, and enjoying the tranquility – and the famous lobster. There are a limited number of properties for sale but new opportunities do arise from time to time.

Other BVI Hideaways: The BVI archipelago has an abundance of remote cays and uninhabited and private islands, but there are a few other remote locations that offer residential opportunities. Scrub Island—just off the eastern tip of Tortola and overlooked by Great Camanoe—is a resort island with a select number of homes and condominiums for sale. Cooper Island, located approximately five miles to the south east of Tortola and accessible by boat has a boutique beach club situated at Manchioneel Bay on the North West coast of the island. Apart from the club, there are four private residences overlooking Manchioneel Bay.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

…so the choice belongs to you.

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One thing is sure – where ever you base yourself in the BVI, it will be beautiful. You will be surrounded by wonderful people and life does not get much better than that.home.

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SEA Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

Caribbean Jerk Lobster Dip No matter where in the world one can be found, the underlying premise behind any vacation or holiday is memories. We take photos, we seek adventurous excursions, and try new foods all in an effort to store the bank with exploits to retell. One of my favourite souvenirs are local recipes and ingredients from my travels. On board sailing and diving catamaran Lolalita, I enjoy introducing new flavours with a gourmet twist into the eternal memories of our guests. This recipe is especially great during the holidays – a perfect hors d’oeuvre to share with the ones you love.

Caribbean Jerk Lobster Dip 1-2 medium-to-large lobster tails Butter Minced garlic 8 oz cream cheese ½ cup sour cream Juice from ½ lemon 1 red onion, diced 1 handful sweet island basil, minced Local jerk seasoning Scotch Bonnet hot sauce Salt and pepper 4 sprigs green onion, diced With the lobster tails still in their shells, season the meat with garlic and butter. Grill until fully cooked and let come to room temperature. Remove lobster meat from the shell and dice into 1/2-inch pieces. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until soft; add in sour cream, lemon juice, red onion, basil, and lobster. Add jerk seasoning, hot sauce, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve in a large bowl and chill for at least an hour. Garnish with green onion and jerk seasoning and serve with crackers or tortilla chips. Serves 8

Happy Holidays from the islands and Buen Provecho!

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Our shop and warehouse features state-of-the-art facilities for temperature-controlled wine storage and we stock a comprehensive selection of fine wine, beers, liquors, and non-alcoholic beverages. Place your order anytime online, by e-mail, phone or fax. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays 8:30am to 2pm. We can deliver free to offices in Road Town, marinas and anchorages island-wide, or to any of the scheduled ferry operators for delivery to the outer islands.

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It’s crystal clear who offers the best selec�on of pool maintenance products! At CaribSupply you’ll find chlorine, pumps, filters, ligh�ng and more for residen�al and commercial pools.

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Blue Water Horizon washes the rest of the world away in mere steps from first A 2-night staycation at Blue Horizon Villa, Tortola for up to 4 adults and 2 children. entry onto its exceptionally private pool terrace. Drop your bags and indulge your toes in the crystalline water as you acquaint yourself with every detail Dates are based on space available. Please see: bvipropertyyacht.com for designed to let the hours slip by lounging in the sun, sharing a meal on the Full Terms & Conditions veranda, and toasting exquisite Caribbean sunsets. Allow the lulling waves from Long Bay below to ride the gentle trade winds as they sweep up the lush hillside through the palms to beckon your gaze out into the endless waters beyond Tortola’s North Shore. Courtesy of:


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An incredible Day Spa Pamper Package valued at $350

This great prize includes: Rejuvenating Facial Treatment with thermal water and porcelain spoons The ultra-gentle textures of this treatment have been formulated to respect the sensitivity of all skin types. In 50 minutes, sensitive skin recovers comfort and serenity, and a moment of tremendous relaxation is experienced. Spa thermal water protects against external aggression, soothes all sensations of discomfort, and balances the skin’s tolerance threshold. Full body massage with Hot Stones A special massage that uses smooth heated stones. The heat of the stones warm and relax the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves the circulation and calms the nervous system. The therapist places stones on points that are thought to be energy centres of the body to re-balance the body and mind. Spa manicure and pedicure One and a half hour service that pampers your hands and feet with aromatic salt scrub, nourishing mask, and hot stone massage. Please see: bvipropertyyacht.com for Full Terms & Conditions Studio One Salon & Spa located on Main Street, Road Town has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and great customer service. The salon offers various services for hair, nails, facial treatments and massages including a revolutionary hair treatment called Hair Beautox that uses botanical ingredients. The salon uses top quality equipment and exclusive products, No.1 in Europe, Schwarzkopf hair colour and Sothys, a Parisian skin care line for all types of skin suitable for men and women. facebook.com/Studio One Salon & Spa Tortola

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Gifts for Him and Her Words by Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

Scents for Him - Indian Sandalwood, West Indian Lime and Morrocan Myrrh from Crabtree and Evelyn Great fun signs for a study or bedroom that remind us it’s time to relax!

Blank note books for all the 2016 lists and resolutions that are going to be made The brilliant charging wallet. The best gift a girl could get. Charge your phone or iPad ‘on the go’ this festive season

Perfect for anyone, an elegant oversize wristwatch clock for desk or bedside

TWO STORE LOCATIONS Romasco Building, Road Town, Tortola (next to ‘Latitude 18’ and ‘Mi Amor’) Great new cook books just in time for gifts for your favourite chefs (or just to treat yourself )

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LI F E

With Little Switzerland Words by Stephen L France. Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

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Did you know about the popular friends and family Christmas party hosted by renowned jeweller Little Switzerland (LS)? We all want to show appreciation for our loved ones and during the holiday season, there is a desire to do so in abundance; however, nothing expresses gratitude better than jewellery, so the LS annual event offering 10% off all brands is the ideal time to capitalise on that profound communication. Venturing to LS is akin to taking a unique excursion – it surpasses the standard

diamond and gold. Spanning over 60 years of experience in the jewellery retail industry and with 32 stores throughout the Caribbean—14 in the Virgin Islands alone—the professionalism received on entering any of their stores is exceptional. Operating several high-end luxury boutiques throughout the Caribbean: Breitling, Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Omega, TAG Heuer, is testament to their great connections in the jewellery universe. It is no surprise that for the Christmas season, they have brought in brand new diamond and gold jewellery with pioneering, stunning collections from all the preferred brands, like David Yurman, John Hardy, and Lagos. Shopping at Little Switzerland has been a Caribbean tradition over its tenure of custom and every year, they deck the halls with Christmas decor in celebration of the holiday season. Residents and visitors alike have returned annually, knowing they can acquire the perfect gift to honour their relationships with their nearest and dearest. The LS store in Road Town, BVI is immense, carrying virtually every brand

retail experience manifesting as a memory that will span lifetimes. Due to the

affiliated with the jeweller’s prestigious name. LS tenders know and love

holiday season with its exciting celebrations, LS is warmer than ever, regaling all

the community, being involved as much as is possible with the British Virgin

with their vast jewellery and watch range.

Islands trade shows and government events.

The LS team specialise in aiding their guests to discover that thoughtful item

With BVI residents supporting LS so strongly, visitors will be curious to

for their loved one, whether a partner, a child, a parent, or a best friend. They

experience the warmth exuded by the retailer and enjoy the serenity of a

collaborate with guests on an individual basis to select the ideal memento.

comfortable shopping experience.

LITTLE SWITZERLAND’S CHRISTMAS PARTY Little Switzerland are having their ANNUAL Friends and Family Christmas Party on Friday, December 18, 2015. They will be offering 10% OFF ALL BRANDS! Come on down from 10 AM – 8 PM and indulge yourself or a loved one! Their exclusive Avance collection promote gifts of eternity like the diamond bracelets or rings that can be passed on through family generations. LS assert that it’s the meaning behind the present that matters;

Phone: 1-284-494-3730 Website: www.littleswitzerland.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ LittleSwitzerlandCaribbean

a symbol of love and happiness. Due to the generous success LS has reaped, the retailer is the trusted authority on the subject of branded jewellery and timepieces as well as bvipropertyyacht.com

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Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Holiday office hours

insurance, health, pensions, life

The management and staff at Colonial extend sincere season’s best wishes to you, your family and your friends. HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS. Early closing: 24th December - noon 28th December - closed all day 31st December - noon COLONIAL INSURANCE (BVI) LTD. Palm Grove House, P.O. Box 2377, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands VG1110 Tel. 494-8450 The Valley, Virgin Gorda, VG1150 Tel: 495-6403 www.cgigroup.com A member of Colonial Group International: insurance, health, pensions, life

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Re a d e r s ’ C h o i ce F oc u s

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Head Chef Regis Bourdon

Restaurant dining is pure pleasure,

especially when the

entrée flavours are enhanced by the enjoyment of the hospitality received and the visually soothing surroundings. Now the winner of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht’s Readers’ Choice Awards Best BVI Restaurant for the second year in a row, Brandywine Estate Restaurant’s philosophy stands that cuisine taste, presentation, and restaurant atmosphere are equally significant. “We feel honoured to be recognised publicly by the BVI residents with this accolade again – and the international readers, as the voting system was so open this year. We are proud to be Readers’ Choice Best BVI Restaurant and look forward to defending our title again next year,” said Claudine Bourdon, manager of Brandywine Estate Restaurant, who served a selection of Chef Regis’ canapés during the event evening. Regis and Claudine Bourdon—head chef and manager—are a charismatic couple of culinary enthusiasts, as passionate about their food as they are to please their customers. Throughout the BVI, Brandywine has gained an outstanding reputation from the community and visitors for their impeccable service, warm hospitality, and delicious cuisine. “At Brandywine, you come for the experience,” said Chef Regis. “Everything plays a role – the music, lighting, views, ambience, service. The customer wants to see that you have made an effort for them, which is why I believe food presentation is equally as important as the taste.”

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Brandywine offers an eclectic menu of French-inspired cuisine, changing constantly to keep guests intrigued yet maintaining favourites such as the lobster bisque, a creamy soup combing flavours to enhance the taste of the lobster in an modest way. “Regis works very hard to source and obtain the best ingredients possible and we think that really stands out in our dishes,” said Claudine, as her husband is able to order international requests for parties of all sizes who dine at the restaurant. The restaurant’s elegant interior presents fine-dining place settings with decor including three fish tanks of aquatic life found by Regis during his snorkelling expeditions, and the colourful artwork of the late Bernard Bourdon, Regis’ father, supplying a warm, family tone to the establishment. The property’s unique location above Brandywine Bay offering cool trade

before or after your meal. We’ve had a couple of tournaments already and are excited to be hosting more in the future.” This holiday season, Brandywine is excited to bring Christmas to the Caribbean by offering a special prix-fixe menu while adorning the restaurant with additional fairy lights, decorations, and Christmas crackers at each table. “For the month of December, our delicious Christmas menu will feature Brandywine favourites along with more seasonal cuisine, with something appetising for everyone,” said the manager. This Christmas will be extra special for Brandywine hosts, as the proud parents-to-be are elated to welcome a new member to the Bourdon household, adding to the warm, family atmosphere of the restaurant. Join the magic with Brandywine this season and continue your loyalty to the BVI’s Best Restaurant.

wind breezes has astonishing 160° vistas, overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel, and islands Ginger, Cooper, Salt, Peter, and Norman – the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail. New this season to the restaurant’s alfresco dining experience is a pétanque court above the garden. “We are very pleased with this new addition,” said Claudine. “Pretty much a first for the BVI and a beautiful spot for a drink and a game of boules

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LI F E Words by Lauren Charley Photography courtesy of Studio One

With Studio One Salon & Spa

Time spent at a salon or spa is

relished as it is often a treat to pamper ourselves with a confidence-boosting fresh look. After catering to the British Virgin Islands community since January 17, 2014, Studio One Salon & Spa is proud to be widely recognised for their professional services, quality products, and welcoming hospitality. Nicoleta Bongarth, head cosmetologist and co-owner of Studio One, along with owners Eileen Bourke and Che Pemberton, were delighted to be chosen by the community as the third Best BVI Health & Spa at Virgin Islands’ Property & Yacht’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. “We really appreciate how many clients voted for Studio One. I’m very thankful that in only two years, our hard work has paid off and we have established a name for ourselves by building a positive reputation,” said Nicoleta. Nicoleta is the floor manager, skilled in hair, cosmetology, and aesthetics, with Eileen and Che working behind the scenes conducting the marketing and administration respectively.

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The Studio One team also includes Julia Rusu, a multi-talented hair stylist, make-up artist and aesthetician, who has received unique training in

Before

After

television and specialty make-up. Suelyn Parkinson is a registered massage therapist and has been working at the studio since its opening, having received training in how to provide indulgent deep tissue and hot stone massages, as well as manicures and pedicures. New to the Studio One team, Kathryn greets their customers with a smile as the main receptionist, training to be Nicoleta’s assistant. Several times a year, Nicoleta and the staff travel internationally to shows and workshops to stay ahead of the latest trends. “It is very important to train, because in our business there is always something new offered. We want to offer our customers services and products they can’t find in the BVI,” said Nicoleta. In summer 2015, Julia returned to her home country to become qualified in 3D micro pigmentation- semi-permeant make-up—the only salon/spa to offer this service in the BVI—and five star porcelain spoon facial treatments. “Recently during a conference in the United States, Studio One acquired Hair BTX- a revolutionary treatment that uses botanical ingredients to makes the hair manageable, strong and frizz free,” said Nicoleta. In addition to the exclusive services, the salon also takes pride in providing a unique client experience with a homely atmosphere. “The team at Studio One is like a family, and clients feel this vibe. We provide a happy ambience; we are happy working in our jobs and happy to make clients happy,” said Nicoleta with a smile. Over the holiday season, Studio One welcome new clients and encourage existing patrons to take advantage of their winter customer appreciation specials. They also invite the community to celebrate their 2nd anniversary on 17 January, 2016 with new promotions and exciting offerings as the salon continues to grow.

An incredible Spa Day package for Christmas! Discount from $350 to $250 Rejuvenating professional treatment with spa thermal water and porcelain spoons - 50 min Full body massage with Hot Stones. Spa Manicure and pedicure - 90 min 10% discount for all hair treatments !!!!! including or revolutionary hair Beautox treatment.

The Studio One Team - Left to Right - Suelyn

Studio One Spa and Salon 130 Main Street Road Town Tortola +1 284 494-9988 +1 284 346-5622 studioonebvi@gmail.com Facebook: Studio One Salon Spa Tortola – Special offers emerge all throughout the year

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Katsura - Unashamedly Extraordinary $40m - Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

For more information on this exceptional 23,500 sqft Asian Caribbean home, set on a secluded beach within the Estate of Rosewood Little Dix Bay, please call Chris Smith, Managing Broker, on (284) 340 3000, email him at chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com or visit www.coldwellbankerbvi.com.

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A grand house, situated on a magnificent hillside brow on the south side of Tortola. It has exceptional views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel and surrounding islands. This secluded property, on over six acres of land, is a rarity in the BVI as it offers an elevated position on almost flat land.
 


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 BELMONT, TORTOLA
 


Modern and recently renovated "turn-key" property constructed to create a functional space adorned with furnishings and decor appealing to all tastes. Its location set high in the hills of Tortola's West End. 
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 NAIL BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
 


Rare beachfront property and one of only four homes on the secluded Nail Bay beach. West facing with spectacular ocean views and sunsets, this outstanding investment opportunity is available at less than replacement cost and offers the potential of an excellent turn-key weekly rental.
 


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 US$2,200,000


TRUNK BAY’S OJEN HOUSE
 TRUNK BAY, TORTOLA
 


As one walks in through the grand entry of this contemporary home, one can't help but be awed by the majestic Atlantic Ocean and its rugged coastal views dramatically revealed beyond the cleverly positioned full length north facing wall of oversized picture glass windows and doors.
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID FCJ4TE
 US$1,150,000


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Shannon, Tortola, US$2,500,000


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Little Mountain, Beef Isl, US$1,350,000


Romney Park, Tortola, US$1,500,000


Sipping coffee in a rocking chair from the spacious balcony and looking out 
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Investment opportunity. Consists of 
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Long Bay, Tortola, US$1,300,000


The ocean is laid out in all its glory and provides an ideal setting for enjoying the scene and the peaceful calm.


Great Camanoe, US$875,000


A rustic Italian-style home with 360 degrees ocean views located on the saddle of Camanoe. Peaceful and quiet.

Kingston, US$675,000


Sits on a bluff east of Road Town. 
 It has an open floor plan, is bright and 
 airy with a spacious covered veranda.

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Long Bay, Tortola, US$495,000


This timeless villa has extraordinary views and is currently operating as 
 a successful vacation rental.

Road Town, Tortola, US$445,000


Elegant two bedroom, two bathroom, 
 fully furnished apartment with private balcony overlooking Road Town harbour.

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Road Town, Tortola, US$300,000


One bedroom condominium and part of the hotel, marina and restaurant complex looking over docks and the harbour.


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US$2,800,000

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Fandango House

Red Rocks

Sea Watch

Casa Blanca

US$599,000

US$2,500,000

Aquamare

US$5,500,000

CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA Bay House

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PRINCESS QUARTERS, VIRGIN GORDA

US$1,050,000

MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA

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US$5,950,000

US$1,750,000

US$950,000

INDIGO ESTATE, GREAT CAMANOE

LITTLE BAY, TORTOLA

FRENCHMAN'S CAY, TORTOLA

CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA 2 Home Sites (0.50A and 1.4A)

US$250,000 and US$500,000

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2010 Winner, “Best Vacation Experience.” –Fodor’s Gold Choice Award

SOL Y SOMBRA Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

US$8 Million This spectacular beachfront villa boasts four beautifully decorated air-conditioned suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. Outside amenities include an ocean-front infinity pool and lit tennis court, bound within lush tropical gardens. Inside, take advantage of a European-style kitchen, private movie theater, daily maid service and state-of-the-art gym. An in-villa cook is available upon request. www.solysombrabvi.com

Smiths Gore Limited : : British Virgin Islands

T 1(284) 494 2446 F 1(284) 494 2141 E bernadette@smithsgore.com


Distinctly Refined. Exceptionally Rare. Consciously Preserved. On the secluded eastern tip of Virgin Gorda lies a place where life is spent in perfect harmony with the ocean tides. Here, spread across 300 pristine acres, Oil Nut Bay offers freehold home ownership opportunities and unparalleled resort experiences in a setting where attention to detail and casual elegance abound. Home sites and homes from $2,950,000 to $50,000,000. Villas and suites available for rent starting at $750 per night. Contact us to learn about ownership opportunities or to inquire about villa rentals. bvi

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1 284 393 1000

VI PROPERTY & YACHT

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1 800 761 0377

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - December 2015/ January 2016  

Editor - Stephen L France

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