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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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From the Editor Summer is here and for the BVI, that means some incredible special offers on resort packages, exciting excursions, and luxury treatments – take full advantage of these activities and experience the Territory in ways you may not have tried. One great summer deal that you will find within these pages is the Surfsong Villa Resort package. Our feature explores just how beautiful a mini-getaway can be for both residents and visitors at this exclusive retreat with its exquisite culinary finesse. But if you’re a resident and a staycation is not to your preference this year, perhaps a vacation to one of the four celebrity-owned resorts we have in our editorial this issue will appeal? June’s exclusive feature property—The Tower House—is an incredible fit for BVI lifestyle. Presented by Smiths Gore, this home provides the much sought amenity of a dock, suiting the BVI’s most popular and Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at bvipropertyyacht.com

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fortunate to have safe seas, but accidents can still occur if caution is not maintained. Moving backwards, it’s fantastic venturing into the BVI’s seafaring past and relishing just how different life was back then. This time, BVI Maritime History Tales reacquaints us with our regular Anegada shipwright, Watson White and the building of his first sloop. Scents to make your home’s atmosphere distinctive are on show in Things We Love and June’s photo feature unveils the spectacular Stylish Spaces of the Year event – this was a truly glamorous affair and we look forward to seeing everyone next year with even greater competition. Saving the finest news for last, Readers’ Choice 2016 is back! We expect phenomenal results with the addition of the USVI and we hope both voters and competitors love this even more than last year. If you’ve not heard of our annual event, please review the history on our website bvipropertyyacht.com.

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands Contact Us Stephen L France

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Sara Sherman is a freelance writer, yogi and accidental island girl living in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Learn more via her website at SaraMSherman.com and read about her island adventures at: IslandersFromIowa.com

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Thinking of getting off ‘the rock’ this summer? Check out these incredible celebrity-owned resorts

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Four benefits of a new-build property that will make you eager to start your tailor-made paradise

Our skipper reminds us of navigational aids and their significance to our safe waters

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Frenchman Cay’s Tower House is perfectly suited to BVI lifestyle with its unbeatable water access

20 Villa Showcase Surfsong Villa Resort is the staycation experience that will romanticise the Territory for BVI residents

40 BVI Maritime History Tales Jumping back in time, we recall the build of Anegada shipwright Watson White’s first sloop

Scents that will enhance the home atmosphere from our experts in home décor House

50 Stylish Spaces of the Year Didn’t make it to the most stylish event of the year? Take a look at what you missed


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Exclusive Feature Property: Presented by Smiths Gore

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A calm sail into Soper’s Hole on Tortola’s West End reveals a secret island getaway, that blends contemporary architectural style with a breezy, Caribbean charm. The

Enter through the chic wooden doorway and a contemporary foyer welcomes you. With steel accent railings and a beautiful harbour view, anyone will feel at home at Tower House. A sunny bedroom on this private level boasts accordion glass doors, opening onto an exclusive balcony overlooking the pool deck below. A ceiling fan keeps the breeze moving and a stunning en

Tower House is a three-level villa on Frenchman’s Cay, Tortola and is one of the

suite bath makes this bedroom perfect for guests. With double sinks and an

most desirable properties in the British Virgin Islands. Privacy, luxury and calm

intricately tiled, spacious shower, every day will feel like a spa day.

Caribbean breezes await, in this nearly 6,000 square-foot paradise.

A luxurious shower experience is enhanced when opening a glass door to

The Soper’s Hole location sets the scene for an amazing place to live in

the courtyard beyond. Don’t feel like showering indoors? The courtyard also

Tortola. Tower House is just minutes away from unique shops, restaurants, a

has a private outdoor shower to relish the Caribbean sun. Blonde ash wood

thriving marina, and easy access to an international ferry and port of entry.

closets and shelves, and brushed steel accents complete the contemporary

Completed in 2009, few homes provide the water access that Tower House offers. With more than 130 feet of private shoreline, unforgettable swimming and snorkelling are just steps from the front door. The waterfront feature is unique and makes Tower House a boater’s dream home in the BVI. An 80-foot L-shaped private dock accommodates boats up to 100 feet in length and with drafts of up to 10 feet. Private docks and water

and casual feel. Venture downstairs to the main level and the neutral, tile floors throughout the home keep things cool while creating a palette for the home’s modern accents to shine through. The vaulted stairway effortlessly displays artwork and provides easy access to the rest of the home. A contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances make cooking family

access like this are hard to find, offering easy access to the beautiful villa and

meals and entertaining a pleasure. A copper backsplash and walk-in pantry

simplifying travel throughout the islands.

deliver modern convenience with a laid-back Caribbean feel.

A second dedicated stairway allows walking to the dock directly from the driveway without having to cross through the main home.

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bring the outdoors in when closed, and offer an expansive view of Soper’s

stunning view is your own. Light ash wood closets and a comfy nook with

Hole, Great Thatch Cay, Little Thatch Cay, and Great Tobago in the distance.

a bench offer ample space for dressing - even if it’s just to put on a different

When open, the glass doors create an expansive living area that leads out to an infinity splash pool inviting you to enjoy the view in cool comfort.

bathing suit. The master en suite bath is equipped with double sinks and a private water

The veranda presents plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining

closet. The shower is a work of art with blue mosaic tile, creating a tranquil feel

outdoors. The adjustable awnings afford shade when needed, and a wet

with the marina view. With access to an exclusive courtyard, an outdoor rainfall

bar makes cocktails and snacks a special event. Two large tables offer

showerhead bestows a completely private feel. As you step down to the third level, authentic stonework greets you and brings a natural feel to the home. Two more bedrooms reveal en suite baths, air conditioning, private Juliet balconies and their own shaded seating areas;

seating for meals and can be combined for an elegant island dinner under the covered porch. The main level is also home to the luxurious master suite. A beautiful bedroom and personal veranda accommodates privacy with a feel that the

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A bonus room can be turned into your private oasis, whether you envision a

The Tower House

home gym, art studio, or meditation room. Ample storage and laundry facilities on this level make island life even easier. A 50-Kilowatt generator produces

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reliable power for your convenience. A shining jewel of Tower House lives just steps from the calm water of Tortola’s shores. A short staircase provides both lower bedrooms with outdoor access to an intimate patio with chairs for sunbathing. Just a few more steps toward the water reveals a large 24-foot sun deck, complete with a huge square umbrella boasting ample shade and a cool place to relax by the sea. A

Acreage: 0.280 Bath: 5

barbeque grill and plush outdoor sofa allow you and your guests to emerge

Reception: 1

from the water and be ready for cocktails in minutes.

Pool: 1

Just above Tower House is the intimate Frenchman’s Chalet, a charming

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Bed: 4

Dock: 1

three-bedroom villa that sits on adjacent property that would be ideal for a guest house or for hosting staff. The Tower House is the private, quiet paradise that balances everything needed for an exquisite island life with simple elegance.

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Once you have decided to live in the BVI, there is always the option to buy a piece of land and build your dream home in the Caribbean.  Although there are many magnificent properties available for purchase, the immediate benefit of buying a plot of land is you’re in control of constructing a full custom build. It takes time, planning, and project management, but the BVI has a vast array of talented architects, surveyors, construction companies, interior designers, and project managers that can assist you throughout the process. The benefits include:

1 Location:

You can be exactly where you want to be based: on

the waterfront, up high in the mountains with ocean views, near the beach, or situated where it’s an easy commute to town. If you’re seeking residency, building as a second home, or constructing as a property to let, you can select which location will best suit your needs.

2 Floor Plan & Layout: The property should reflect how you want to live and how you will use the space. From the number of bedrooms and their proximity to each other to the use of balconies and outdoor space, you have control over the design. Whether you’re sharing your home with children, young adults, elderly parents, visiting friends and family, and/or beloved pets, you can create a space where they can all relax and flourish. You can also tailor the layout to suit your hobbies and lifestyle; be it cooking, studying, storage for dive gear, paddle boards, kayaks etc.

3 Décor and Fixtures & Fittings: The BVI has an eclectic mix of architecture which has taken inspiration from a multitude of countries and cultures. You may add to this with your own selection of colours, design, and style interpretations, choosing the materials you want and sourcing them directly to create the appearance you seek. You can install the fixtures, fittings, and appliances you wish, assuming full advantage of the latest innovations and eco-capability.  

4 Landscaping: With so much time spent outdoors when living in the Caribbean, the exterior landscaping and ground design is just as significant as the interior finishes. You can plant to suit your preferences and choose from palms and cactuses to flowering plants, herbs, and fruit trees – your very own food production!    Creating your ideal home in the BVI really is a dream-like possibility. It does take effort and should be a sound investment, but the real return is being able to share a unique property with your family and friends, which is the essence of the Caribbean fantasy.  bvipropertyyacht.com

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a sense of calm washes over you the moment you pass through the gates at Surfsong. Tucked away just a short ride over the bridge from Tortola in the BVI,

this boutique resort is a peaceful sanctuary from day-to-day life. With unforgettable views, luxurious amenities, attentive staff, and a tranquil atmosphere, Surfsong offers guests the best of personalised service and a place you’ll want to return to time and again. Butterflies dance among the lush green trees, friendly geckos dart

Resort founders Mark and Cate Stephenson have modelled the resort after the way they like to travel and Surfsong has welcomed guests to Beef Island’s southern shore for more than 10 years. “We love convenience and a place to call home on our travels. But we also appreciate privacy and a high level of service from a resort. Surfsong is the perfect home base for adventuring throughout the BVI,” said Cate. Each of the villas offer elegant bedrooms with plush king beds, plenty of space to relax and a sense of intimate exclusivity not often found in a resort setting. As the name suggests, the song of the waves reverberates throughout the five-acre property, creating a sense of serenity wherever

across the paths, and the playful sound of bananaquits ring throughout the

you go. The boutique nature of Surfsong gives guests the ability to discover

Surfsong property. With seven secluded villas and a maximum number of 30

the islands on their own time, at their own pace, with the amenities they

guests at a time, you’ll feel you have this private oasis all to yourselves.

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“...the sound of the surf provides a peaceful soundtrack to daily life at Surfsong.�


Entering the main reception area is like walking into a treasured friend’s home. Cosy furniture offers a gathering space for friends and family, and the honour bar makes creating your own cocktails and refreshments simple and easy. Take what you like and simply write down your choices to be billed later to your villa. A two-story beach lounge provides space for indulging in an afternoon spent with a book in a gently swinging hammock, a friendly game of cards with your fellow travellers, or a cocktail party to celebrate any of life’s great moments. As low tide washes over the rocks and coral just beyond the resort, elegant white herons land gracefully as if on cue, skates and stingrays glide through the shallows, and the sound of the surf provides a peaceful soundtrack to daily life at Surfsong. Just steps away from the beach lounge, plenty of soft white sand gives guests room to relax before an expanse of calm, cool water lapping the shore of Well Bay. Paddleboards, kayaks, and a Hobie Cat are available to guests at any time during their stay and present endless hours of fun on the water. Explore the sea grape path along the shore and you’ll discover a number of picturesque places to stop and create a memory. A charming waterfront pavilion presents an amazing place to enjoy a cool breeze, take in a good book, or even steal a secret nap. Wine and cheese on the settee is a lovely end to the day, and this private and romantic spot will quickly become your favourite view in the BVI. One of the most delicious parts of a stay at Surfsong is dining at The Courtyard restaurant. Executive Chef David Cioppa creates truly memorable culinary experiences that will surprise and delight guests. His creative, bvipropertyyacht.com

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refined dishes crafted from local Caribbean ingredients make every bite

Perfect for couples, friends traveling together, multi-generational

unforgettable. With more than 20 years of experience as a chef in New York

travel, and corporate retreats and meetings, Surfsong is the ultimate in

City, Chef Cioppa focuses on fresh, accessible Caribbean food that is only

personalised boutique accommodations in the Caribbean. With all of the

available at The Courtyard.

convenience of a resort stay at your fingertips, you’ll feel like you’re on an

Surfsong is now offering The Courtyard dining experience to the public

island of your own.

for the first time since opening more than a decade ago. With a limited number of tables and a reservations-only format, each dining experience is intimate and personal. Nestled among towering boulders, romantic tables are bathed in flickering light from a fire feature, and a trickling waterfall sets a soft, natural tone for a special evening. Dinner guests can enjoy a chef-prepared meal on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights starting in June 2016. Chef Cioppa creates an elegant new menu each day, inspired and shaped by what local ingredients are in season and what guests have been requesting as repeated favourites. Dining in The Courtyard at Surfsong

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is much like an overnight stay, where personalised wishes are always welcomed. Dietary restrictions, personal preferences, and special requests mean your evening is tailored to your desires. A new staycation package makes the Surfsong experience available to BVI and USVI residents like never before. Be pampered for a long weekend at Surfsong and enjoy a two-night stay in June through October that includes meals and accommodations. The ability to experience a high-end boutique resort is available at Surfsong, which will quickly become your favourite

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Venturing out of the BVI, the Caribbean as a region has a way of drawing people back again and again. What you may not know is that many luxury resorts that contribute greatly to the Caribbean allure, entertaining thousands of guests each year, are actually owned by celebrities. Check out four of the Caribbean’s hottest celebrityowned hotels and make plans for when you next decide to ‘get off the rock.’ bvipropertyyacht.com

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Located on Bermuda’s southern shore, the collection of beach cottages known as Ariel Sands has been a vacationer’s dream since 1954. Actor Michael Douglas has deep family ties to the island, and he and his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, have partnered with New York developer Seth G. Weinstein to reinvigorate the property and re-open it in 2017. With a focus on green energy use, the new Ariel Sands will also feature a freshwater pool, direct beach access for guests, and a top-notch salon and spa. bvipropertyyacht.com

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Owned by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, you can vacation like a rock star in the Stargroves Villa. Hidden on the tiny island of Mustique in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the tropical property features seven elegant pavilions with plenty of space to relax, dine, and enjoy the beauty of the island. The villa sleeps 10 and includes a master suite just steps from the ocean, a children’s pavilion, and a freshwater swimming pool.

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With 16 themed suites and a stunning Cable Beach location in Nassau, the Marley Resort & Spa is a Bahamian paradise and was once the private retreat of the Marley family. Re-opening under new management in May 2016, you can relax under the sun by the pool, complete with a gentle waterfall or visit the Stir It Up Bar for a refreshing cocktail.

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Tucked away in the beautiful trail of islands known as the Exumas in the Bahamas, Musha Cay is 150 acres of pure tropical bliss. Owned by famed illusionist David Copperfield, Musha Cay at Copperfield Bay offers the ultimate private-island Caribbean experience. With room for a maximum of 24 guests at one time, you and your closest friends can enjoy five private English colonial-style villas, each with their own secluded beach. If relaxing on a tranquil beach becomes too much, step into the resort’s luxurious spa for a massage, enjoy a gourmet meal, or spice up the night with a private fireworks show from the beach.

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SKIPPERS TIPS

NAVIGATIONAL AIDS The British Virgin Islands

has one of the safest and most beautiful cruising grounds in the world.

One reason is that the area has very few navigational hazards. In fact, it is

Several BVI hazards are not marked but efforts are underway to rectify this situation. A stalwart long-time visitor and sailor to the BVI, Mark Paulson, was very much involved in maritime events and local regattas in

such a hazard free region that it often lulls captains and boat operators into

the BVI. He recently passed away and it has been decided to honour his

a false sense of security.

memory by placing a navigational aid on a dangerous rock east of Sandy

Recently, there have been several accidents where nautical charts and/or GPS systems have not been properly scrutinised before or during a passage.

Cay, one that he was unlucky enough to hit. Other potential dangers include a rock about 150-ft southwest of Valley

It must also be noted that several hazards (rocks and reefs) are not marked

Trunk Bay close to the Baths, a rocky shoal off Treasure Point on Norman

by navigational aids.

Island, and several shoals near Anegada.

In the news was the case of the unfortunate crew of the fast, inflatable Inevitable, which crashed into rocks at Cow Mouth near Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda, en route to Oil Nut Bay from Spanish Town. The boat was going very fast in the dead of night and apparently there was no GPS or chart being used. But another factor is that there appears to be no navigational aid on the end of Mountain Point, but only a light (not marked on charts) some 150-ft inland from the end of the peninsular. This anomaly was the tactic used by wreckers in days gone by to lure vessels to run aground and it is hoped that a proper navigational aid will now be placed at the end of the point. A similar accident happened off the bluff of Beef Island and shortly thereafter, a cardinal marker was placed there.

Bare boats are not permitted to sail at night but even so there should be adequate markers for underwater hazards. Unfamiliar to visitors from the Americas are cardinal markers and there are several in the BVI. They mark safe areas of navigation according to the cardinal points of the compass; north, south, east and west. And every prudent skipper should know the meanings of channel markers, danger, and information buoys as well as how to read and identify lights at night. If you don’t understand all the characters on the chart, get a copy of Chart#1. It’s an index of all the symbols you’ll find on nautical charts.

Safe sailing.

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SEA James Smith went on to become a prolific boat builder, creating more than 15 sloops over the next 20 years. Among them were the Sun Ray, the Abstainer, the Sunset and most famous, the Resolute. His largest sloop was the Miriam of 34 feet, which meant she was really around 40 feet in length over all. In those days, the length of a Words and photography by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum

boat referred to the length of its keel. You had to add on the overhang in the bow and stern to figure her length by today’s standard - this

My friend Anegada shipwright Watson White once told me the story of

is a fact which caused me great confusion in my research until it was

building his first boat.

explained to me.

He was around 16 years of age, living on Anegada and after assisting

Not only was James Smith a boat builder, he was a fisherman, boat

his uncle James Smith to build several sloops—learning the skill—he

captain, and trader as well. His nephew Watson would help him build

was ready to tackle his first boat.

the sloops and serve as crew member whenever he travelled.

It was 1946 and WWII had just ended. Before we can begin however, I must backtrack a little to explain how things were done in those days. East End shipwright Claremon Floyd Davies and his two sons Haldane and Osmond were one of the two major boat building families of the day. The other was Daniel Smith and his sons from West End. Claremon was known to travel to other parts of the Virgin Islands to lead, assist, and teach other people the skills of traditional wooden boat construction. In the 1920s, he along with his sons travelled to Anegada and supervised James Smith in the construction of a 28-foot

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faced a daunting challenge. Although he could produce the frames he needed from local trees and his own hard labour, he would have to purchase the lumber for planking and decking, and the steel and metal fasteners for the rigging with hard cash money. This was something that was scarce in those days and especially for a young man of his age. Being single-minded and determined to succeed, first he travelled to Puerto Rico with his uncle and while they were tied up to the dock,

sloop called the Carmen.

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he visited a lumber yard which was close by. It was lunch time and everyone was on break except the manager, who he engaged in conversation. He explained what he was trying to do and that he had a very limited amount of money; he wondered if there was any lumber that had been deemed unsuitable for sale and culled that he might purchase for a discount. Seeing his zeal, the manager led him to a pile of the most curved and warped lumber you could ever imagine. He kindly told Watson he was welcome to whatever he wanted at no charge and then proceeded to help him pick out the pieces. Watson knew exactly which boards would work for him and before lunch was over, he was back at his uncle’s sloop with all the planking he would need. Watson now had to secure the fasteners, nails, wire for rigging, and the rest of the hardware. For this, he needed credit. There were no banks in the Virgin Islands in those days so a loan was out of the question. Watson went to Road Town next and approached Mr. J.R O’Neal who owned the dry goods store in town. On presenting his case and promising to repay with interest once the sloop was built, J.R told him to go ahead and take what he needed – ‘you can pay me when you’re able and forget the interest.’ This is how things were done back then; it was usually a simple handshake that closed a deal and was founded on honesty and integrity of the people in those days. Needless to say, Watson built his first sloop – I think it was the North Star or maybe the Majestic. J.R was paid back in full and Watson had the start he required to build more boats, beginning an independent life in the industry.

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LIFE Is it just us,or is time getting shorter between the hosting of this annual event? It felt like just yesterday when we presented awards to the ‘Best of the BVI’ at Nanny Cay Marina for 2015! If you’re new to our Readers’ Choice Awards, a huge welcome. If you’re a returning voter, a nominee, or a previous winner fully aware of the event and eager to go, welcome back.

Readers’ Choice was originally created as an entertaining activity to recognise businesses, establishments, and individuals across the BVI, who have made a valuable contribution to the Territory’s wellness and prosperity; this acknowledgement spans a diverse range of categories covering the three areas of our magazine – LAND (property related), SEA (marine endeavours), and LIFE (BVI lifestyle). Initiating in 2011, each passing year the awards have witnessed an increase in popularity among readers and a surge in competition with the nominees. September 2015’s concluding ceremony at Nanny Cay was a thriving success with a multitude of activities to enjoy, amid the announcement of the winners.

2015 event photography by Alastair Abrehart – Broadsword Communications

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Fresh for our 6th annual event, we introduce our proud in Association Sponsors Veuve Clicquot. We’ve also expanded the Readers’ Choice event so that it’s incorporative of the Virgin Islands as a whole – we are really excited about this development as now each of the categories will unveil three winners:

1) BEST OF THE BVI

2) BEST OF THE USVI

3) BEST OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award 2016

Additionally, we’ve created a new category presented by Veuve Clicquot – Business Woman of the Year Award. Originally created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the annual Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award champions the success of business women worldwide, who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot: Her enterprising spirit, her courage, and the determination necessary to accomplish her aims. Highly prized and sought after, it is the first international award formed specifically to recognise the contribution that women have made to business life and is now regarded as the ‘Oscar’ for female entrepreneurs and business leaders around the World.

So, for the first time, we are proud to present this Award here in the Virgin Islands. Nominees are required to supply their name, a 200 – 300-word ‘Elevator Speech,’ including their education, achievements, and a photograph. Judging will take place, with a selection of three finalists prior to the final winner announcement at our Award’s event in October.

The VIPY RC categories are listed in alphabetical order. Voting commences online NOW at bvipropertyyacht.com The closing deadline for voting is 1 September 2016. Keep in mind, the longer that nominees are online, the more chance there is for them to get votes so nominate now if the company/individual you wish to see win is not there! We really hope you enjoy the 2016 awards and find the final results helpful in relishing residency or vacation in the Virgin Islands. Happy voting and best of luck to all nominees. bvipropertyyacht.com

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Best Air Travel or Air Tour Company Best Architectural Firm Best Bartender Best Crewed Yacht (individual) Best Day Charter Best Health & Spa Best Land Activity Best Marina Best Marine Activity Best Marine Chandlery/Maintenance Company Best Provisioning Best Real Estate Company Best Resort/Hotel/Accommodation Best Restaurant/Bar Best Retail Store Best Sailor Best Vacation Villa (individual) Best Yacht Brokerage Best Yacht Charter Company Business Woman of the Year – presented by Veuve Clicquot

Voters will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Please check the website for regular updates on the growing number of goodies available! Brandywine Estate Restaurant: 2 x gift certificates valued at $100 each Antilles Helicopter Services: A Cloud 9 Scenic Helicopter Tour for two people valued at $180 Sole Day Spa: A full body holistic treatment. 120 minutes -$175 value More prizes TBA – keep a lookout online – bvipropertyyacht.com

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This handwoven 2-wick candle has a burn time of 85 hours. With notes of peach, orange blossom, and saffron grounded by moss, amber, and sandalwood

It Makes Scents Words by Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell - House

From Hillhouse Naturals, a new line called Field and Fleur has the most amazing fragrances. Agave Citron is a signature scent for the home with notes of grapefruit, prickly pear, vetiver, and amber. Diffuser time 3 - 4 months

A Pear Blossom Agave scented candle in patterned glass, rich in essential oils derived from a natural vegetable and beeswax base with up to 45 hours of burn time. Smells fabulous and provides an aromatherapy experience!

This Aqualine travel candle is a perfect way to take ‘home’ with you. With citrus breeze and ocean musk tones, this will help to relax any weary traveller

Japanese blackcurrant scented candle in glass, enhanced with Mirabelle plum, Kadota Fig, and sandalwood. With up to 50-hour burn time, this candle will infuse the room with its fragrance

Moroccan Amber diffuser from Nest guaranteed to fill any space with a lush memorable fragrance. Also containing hints of sweet patchouli, bergamot, and eucalyptus. Diffuser time 3 months

This Beach Glass sea-salt potpourri will embrace your senses with a harmonious blend of ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and frankincense. Experience a feeling of balance and wellbeing for the mind, body, and soul

Fresh Linen is a cool, clean, and uplifting fragrance with a refreshing bouquet of lemon and orange interwoven with bergamot, rose jasmine, and musk. Just think freshly washed linens drying outside in the revitalising spring air

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TWO STORE LOCATIONS Romasco Building, Road Town, Tortola (next to ‘Latitude 18’ and ‘Mi Amor’) Wickhams Cay 2, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (284) 494 1920 info@housebvi.com I www.housebvi.com


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LIFE And also brought to you by: BCQS International, Elian, Harneys, House, and Paint Factory The Stylish Spaces of the Year event hosted on Monday May 2, 2016 was a true first-class act thanks to our sponsors. VIPY sought to discover the finest looking residential and commercial properties across the Virgin Islands, assessing each for their aesthetic and/or unique appeal in a number of distinct categories. Â If you missed it, check it out here and make sure to join us next year! For more information about VIPY Stylish Spaces of the Year, please visit bvipropertyyacht.com/stylishspaces Photography by Island Images

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! BCQS International Best Indoor/Outdoor Flow WINNER Villa Lune, Tortola Elian Most Stylish Kitchen WINNER .. Ida Crest Villa, Simone Aida Baur Global Inspirations Design Harneys Most Creative Space WINNER Gull Reef, Lagnappe Custom Interiors House BVI Most Stylish Living Room WINNER Aquamare, Virgin Gorda Paint Factory BVI Best Use of Colour WINNER Urban VI, Tortola Pier Park Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Best Use of Small Space WINNER Marco’s Mens’ Clothier, Tortola VP Bank Supreme Award Winner WINNER Aquamare, Virgin Gorda

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BVI SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY PROPERTY SHOWCASE

AQUAMARE
 MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
 


An exceptional property comprising three villas, sold separately or as a whole. Each of the three villas is designed with a private waterfront infinity pool with unobstructed ocean views of Drake's Channel, gourmet kitchen and inside and outside dining areas for group gatherings.
 
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID SMNCY7
 US$ PRICE UPON REQUEST


KATITCHE POINT GREATHOUSE
 MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
 


Elevated above a rugged shore surrounded by three nearly deserted white sand beaches rises Katitche Point Greathouse: a rare oceanfront estate with captivating architectural lines overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel in Virgin Gorda.
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID MYTT7X
 US$7,950,000
 


DOS SOLS
 LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
 


Tucked into an extensively gardened hillside high enough to enjoy cool trade winds, Dos Sols sits virtually beach-front, with direct access to palm groves and sandy beaches mere steps from the villa. Enjoy endless onthe-water activities including world-class snorkeling. BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID FCR9LZ
 US$1,750,000
 


DOUBLE SUNRISE
 LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA 


This carefully positioned home sits on three quarters of an acre, elegantly designed to maximize the flow of tropical breezes and exclusive views of frequent sailing vessels cruising the turquoise and cobalt waters surrounding Leverick Bay, Gun Creek, North Sound and South Sound.
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID B4K8RZ
 US$1,600,000

MARITHA KEIL (broker)
 +1 284 340 5500 | maritha@bvisir.com
 


ANTHONY CLARKE (sales associate)
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 Each office is independently owned and operated


BVI SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY PROPERTY SHOWCASE

HIGH POINT VILLA


VILLA DELLE PALME


ALTA VISTA


Towers, Tortola US$1,895,000


Shannon, Tortola US$2,000,000


Breathtaking views over the Caribbean Sea, this home has magnificent views and gardens positioned in a quiet estate.

A Caribbean sanctuary with lush tropical gardens, cool breezes, and aweinspiring vistas featuring kaleidoscopic sunrises and sunsets.

Greenbanks Est., Tortola US$1,800,000


A hideaway conveniently located in West central Tortola, with lush gardens just steps away from three wonderful beaches.

THE BLESSING


FAR PAVILION

SUGAR CANE

Long Bay, Tortola US$1,495,000


Belmont, Tortola US$1,550,000 A charming colourful sanctuary in a Caribbean paradise enhanced by impeccable detail throughout. 


A haven for the senses: Cool and peaceful, with the relaxing sound of surf and sand with the beach steps away.
 


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.

SEASCAPE VILLA


BREWERS BAY VILLA


MANDALAY

Leverick, Virgin Gorda US$1,150,000


Breathtaking views of the shimmering blue-green waters of North Sound and the Atlantic Ocean that seem to go on forever.

BVISIR.COM

Brewers Bay, Tortola US$995,000


Quietly enjoy seclusion and year round romantic sunsets above one of the most Idyllic beaches in the world.

MARITHA KEIL (broker)
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ISHA O'BRIEN (sales associate)
 +1 284 346 5553 | isha@bvisir.com

ANTHONY CLARKE (sales associate)
 +1 284 340 5552 | anthony@bvisir.com


DAMARA PENN (sales associate)
 +1 284 340 5558 | damara@bvisir.com

OFFICE NUMBERS: +1 284 494 5700 (Tortola) | +1 284 495 6700 (Virgin Gorda)


Ridge Road, Tortola, US$695,000


This traditional West Indian estate home has a remarkable view from its perch 400 feet above sea level.

Each office is independently owned and operated


FRENCHMAN'S CAY, TORTOLA The Tower House

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US$5,950,000

Villa Taino

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Adagio Villa

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US$2,750,000

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HAVERS, TORTOLA

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Wyndcliffe

4

US$585,000

PRINCESS QUARTERS, VIRGIN GORDA

Sea Watch

Casa Blanca

US$2,500,000

Bay House

4

US$1,625,000

US$549,000

CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA

SPRING BAY, VIRGIN GORDA The White House

Fandango House

WINDY HILL, VIRGIN GORDA

MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA US$3,450,000

Governor’s Point

Frenchman's Chalet

US$1,750,000

SPYGLASS HILL, TORTOLA

BELMONT ESTATES, TORTOLA US$2,500,000

HODGE’S CREEK, TORTOLA

FRENCHMAN'S CAY, TORTOLA

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LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA Altamira

US$995,000

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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. 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. Explore all the treasures of Oil Nut Bay through an array of signature services and resort activities for endless land and water adventures. 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 1 284 393 1000 us 1 800 761 0377 info@oilnutbay.com oilnutbay.com

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