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KOKOMO

A unique home fit for the sailing enthusiast

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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 Spring is traditionally perceived as a time of new life, growth, and renewal. While this may be true in its philosophical translation, in the BVI, it signifies a term of events that remind us why this is the global capital for sailing. There is a rise of cheerful sportsmanship and festivity as the yacht regattas of the Virgin Islands get underway, attracting visitors from all over the world. Keeping in step with the sailing season, our cover feature property parallels this joyful period, presenting Kokomo – a yachtie’s dream residence. Situated on the island of Great Camanoe, the unique lifestyle is tailored to a sailor’s passion with a community of like-minded individuals, who relish the exclusivity of their friendly isle. VIPY Stylish Spaces continues to glide over the islands, seeking more properties to enter the competition and unveil their beautiful design to the public with great prizes in store. We review USVI’s Interiors and their new showroom, exhibiting many options in home design trends and industry advancements. With a 22-year old sterling reputation, this company provides superior Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter

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unrivalled pleasure in the creativity involved in her recipes. Mi Amor Jeweller’s cosmopolitan approach to their sparkly treasurers breathes life into a distinctive fusion, that’s both warm and innovative for luxury fashion. If looking for a mix of a fine dining restaurant and urban-chic lounge, look no further than Scaramouche beside Soper’s Hole Marina – if there is one word to describe them, it would be ‘passion.’ This is evident in their success to create a relaxed vibe in their stylish bar and service of tasty cocktails. March also marks the last month to enter our Little Switzerland Reader Giveaway for a chance to win a gift basket, heaped with extravagance – free entry on our website, so what are you waiting for? Some choice accessories are selected by House this issue in Things We Love and Editorial Coordinator Lauren Charley ventures to White Bay, Jost Van Dyke to experience what this famous strip of beach has to offer. Finally, VISAR held its largest fundraising event at His Excellency the Governor, John C. Duncan’s residence – take a peek at the Virgin Islands Life spread to see how BVI residents throw a celebration.

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE of the Virgin Islands ´ Stephen L France PS – Look out for the Coldwell Banker Annual Listings Booklet available in select copies of the March 2016 VIPY issue!

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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.

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

Erin Paviour-Smith – Marketing and Sales Originally from New Zealand with a background in brand management for three of New Zealand’s top-selling lifestyle magazines, Erin has experience and strong understanding of sales and marketing within the publishing industries. She brings a fresh approach to advertising in magazines and digital media. erin@alookingglass.com Creative Director Nick Cunha nick@alookingglass.com

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Kokomo - a home suited to the avid yachtie photo by Rainbow Visions BVI


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47 Things We Love

Kokomo on Great Camanoe is the yacht enthusiast’s fantasy residence

Molten Drambuie Brownies are on the menu this month and they’re as delicious as they sound

Some special choice accessories this month with home retailer House

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36 Cosmopolitan Care

48 A Tourist in My Own Town

Mi Amor Jewellers warmly welcome you to their fusion of fashion and luxury from across the world

VIPY’s Lauren explores the delights of Jost Van Dyke’s pristine White Bay

Have you entered or voted as yet? Join us! Big prizes are available

22 Affordable Luxury Interiors home design providers in Charlotte Amalie (USVI) has relocated and is looking better than ever

28 Villa Showcase Villa rentals are the future of holidays – Murray House situated in Long Bay epitomises the Caribbean feel

40 Cocktails, music, and a vibe that says PASSION

Scaramouche’s Italian essence radiates passion morphing between fine dining restaurant and urban-chic cocktail lounge

44 Reader Giveaway Last month to win and indulge the lavish gift basket from Little Switzerland

52 Virgin Islands Life VISAR held its largest annual fundraising event at His Excellency the Governor, John C. Duncan’s residence – take a look

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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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You now live a life where boating has become part of your daily routine. You live away from the chaos of the mainland, in a close-knit community where you have an extensive social life and your house reflects

Your kitchen has been built with the right materials to withstand the tropical Caribbean climate. All the modern appliances juxtapose the old-world sensation of the unique decor, including a one-of-a-kind lighting fixture fashioned from an old diving helmet from the turn of the century. A covered alfresco dining area invites you to host special dinner parties for

your greatest passion of all – sailing and the thrill of a nautical lifestyle. Where

your close community of neighbours, as does the expansive stone patio area

you want to go is way down to Kokomo, on the island of Great Camanoe,

overlooking exclusive views of Guana Island and Jost Van Dyke on the horizon,

presented by BVI Sotheby’s International Realty.

where you can witness the most magnificent sunsets.

Named after the popular Beach Boys song celebrating the contagious lifestyle of the tropics, Kokomo is a home built for a special kind of owner. Your journey to your private slip in the sheltered Indigo Plantation Marina begins with a slow and intoxicating cruise on your personal vessel from Tortola’s Trellis Bay. When you arrive at your private dock, you then take your

Take a refreshing dip in the custom pool system with Jacuzzi jets designed to blend in with the natural stone surroundings. Why not take a walk through the meticulously landscaped gardens and enjoy the mix of flora, cacti, and greenery including citrus and banana trees? Inviting bedrooms for family members or guests are located downstairs,

‘Mule’—a four-wheel automobile similar to a golf cart—and begin to drive up

each with an en suite bathroom and outdoor stone showers, one with an

smooth, paved roads to your new home.

option to bathe in an antique tub.

Approaching Kokomo, the essence of peace, privacy, and tranquillity

Of course, you choose to keep the upstairs master bedroom for yourself

overwhelms you as the local-stone exterior and Caribbean charm of the

as the unrivalled view of the lush tropical surroundings and ocean can be

architecture is warmly welcoming.

witnessed directly from your four-poster king bed.

As you enter the villa, you are fascinated by how you have found the

Astonishing vistas of neighbouring islands and the ‘big skies’ at night are

perfect living room which complements your love for sailing. You smile at the

secrets that are unique to Great Camanoe. Nowhere else in the BVI can one

creativity of your stairwell, adorned with a bannister made of sailing rope.

enjoy a natural painting of the mainland and Anegada extending to St. Croix.

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Your private community on the island, Indigo Plantation, is a treasure because not only do you have a built in set of hospitable friends, but you love the sense

convenience of unbeatable proximity to the airport. “Everyone on Great Camanoe enjoys getting away from the ‘hustle and

of security of a homeowner’s association and access to common areas including

bustle’ of a busy lifestyle, yet appreciates the privacy and sensation of a

tennis courts, a small library, and the private marina right onsite.

close-knit community,” said Jim and Denny, owners of Kokomo. “We treasure

Day-to-day adventures of your Great Camanoe lifestyle include five-minute

the exclusive perspective from Great Camanoe not visible from the mainland,

boat rides to the luxury facilities on Scrub Island, private lounging at the beach

and especially our own personal nautical touches present in our proud home,

on Guana island, enjoying a bite at Pusser’s on Marina Cay, or simply relaxing

Kokomo.”

on your resident island.

If you celebrate your passion for the open water and feel you’re ready for

When trips to the mainland are craved or essential, Trellis Bay is only a ten-minute boat ride away where you can dine, shop, or appreciate the

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a unique lifestyle here in the BVI, a peaceful welcoming community await to greet you on Great Camanoe. Kokomo—that’s where you want to go.


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Kokomo Great Camanoe Island • 3 bedroom •3 bathroom • Exclusive private island residence • Private boat slip in Indigo Plantation’s sheltered marina

For more info contact: Maritha Keil m: (284)340.5555 t: (284)495.6700 maritha@bvisir.com www.bvisir.com

• Naturally inspired architecture and custom pool with Jacuzzi jets • High-end custom finishes throughout • Unparalleled views with a unique perspective • Deep water, government licensed mooring •2.8 acres

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BUILDING FUTURE HISTORY...TOGETHER CELEBRATING 80 YEARS IN THE CARIBBEAN

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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. Entry can be anonymous. 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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‘Affordable’ and ‘luxury’are two

Designer and Assistant Manager. When working with clients on projects such

many reasons why Interiors enjoys its sterling reputation.

on meeting their needs and budget. She simplifies the procedure to make it

words you don’t often hear in the same sentence, but it’s one of

After 22 years in business, Interiors has conveniently relocated adjacent to sister company MSI Building Supplies in Crown Bay, St Thomas (USVI). Relocating has allowed Interiors to create a stunning showroom designed to

as a new kitchen, Michelle guides them through the process with a focus seamless from beginning to end. Installation is available as well, if needed. Interiors seeks to inspire and inform clients of the options open to them. With a wide variety of in-store selections from trusted brands and options to

showcase many options in home design trends and industry advancements, as

custom order, the team are committed to working closely with their diverse

well as provide their customers with many new conveniences.

clientele and gratifying varying budgets.

Interiors offers services for all home-building and renovation projects and

“…what we present at Interiors, which you are unlikely to find elsewhere in the

caters to the needs of commercial enterprises as well. Their experienced staff

VI, are products such as this elegant rainfall shower which has an LED lighting

collaborate with property owners, architects, designers, and project managers

system actually powered by the running water, rather than electricity,” explained

for assignments that extend from modest apartments to immense villas.

Manager of Interiors Zona Corbin.

“Whether finishing or upgrading an interior renovation project, Interiors offers cost-effective options,” said Michelle Montenegro, Kitchen & Bath

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In addition to essential home décor, Interiors provides the latest in trends and technology for faucets, tiles, elegant lighting, and eco-friendly products.


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“A home reflects an individual’s personality and lifestyle because it

conveniently located for BVI customers as it’s close to the Veterans Drive

reflects the way they live. We place an emphasis on function while keeping

downtown ferry dock. BVI residents are able to easily visit the showroom,

in mind the visual aesthetics. In turn, this affects how customers experience

meet with the staff, and view products first hand as an alternative to online

their daily lives,” said Zona.

shopping. Following, they can use the simple shipping service, which

“It is a business that evolved in the years since my parents founded MSI in 1972. After I returned home from college about 22 years ago, we established

extends its availability to BVI Tortola and BVI Virgin Gorda. Since Interiors is now situated beside sister company MSI, a new

Interiors in response to what we saw as a need in our community,” said Vice

build project is easily afforded. Customers can acquire all the foundation

President of MSI, Tommy Brunt.

materials from MSI like cement, lumber, and plywood, then move to

Based on a lifetime of experience and knowledge, Interiors only stocks

Interiors to secure finishing materials like tiles, cabinetry, lighting, and

materials suited to the rigorous demands of the Caribbean climate such as

sinks; a comprehensive construction process that will reflect the superior

the ocean’s salt air and relentless tropical sun. Products need to first meet

craftsmanship of the products sold.

the ‘Island Tough’ standard, then the best price is acquired. Come in and meet the team of Interiors today, or call with your questions What is Island Tough? “Interiors abides by the MSI ‘Island Tough’

and schedule a private consultation.

philosophy. What this means is that they recognise this tropical environment places unique demands on everything it touches. At every level, building materials need to stand up to relentless salt, sun, hurricanes, heat, and potential sudden changes in temperature. Think a passing midday shower: tiles on a deck can be cooled 20˚ in seconds. “ This means the items they stock may not be the least expensive, but they are the best materials for the job and environment. MSI and Interiors look first for the best product, then strive to secure the best price. Just a five-minute drive from downtown Charlotte Amalie, Interiors is now

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Villa Showcase: Presented by

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aving one of the longest stretch of beach in the BVI just outside your door, is an alluring boast, but

This newly renovated villa unveils accommodations suited to a romantic getaway for two, right through to a full family and friends’ reunion. Entering the property from the stone drive way, encompassed by leafy

there are even more attractive

green vegetation, hibiscus, and bougainvillea, the villa exhibits vibrant

reasons why Murray House is the

Caribbean colours with its orange, clay tiles and green tin roof exterior –

choice villa to bring your Caribbean

traditional design shades that immediately let residents know they are in

vacation alive.

the tropics.

Looking out to the ocean and

The airy and spacious nature in Murray House grants a real sense of

seeing the tantalising view from

autonomy for every visitor – the breeze that glides through is a refreshing

the hills above Long Bay, the entire

reminder that they are surrounded by a natural environment, escaping the

horizon expands from Jost Van Dyke and Sandy Cay to the northern tip of Tortola. This stunning vista is painted with turquoise waters and a mile-long white sand shore—Long Bay itself. The view invokes genuine

hustle of city life. The ample sitting room features furniture with floral patterns, a library, a television, potted plants, and a high cathedral ceiling, all synchronised to create a warm experience away from home.

appreciation of life that bestows the calm we all seek in a vacation. What

The contemporary Caribbean style villa can host its guests in a choice

better way to experience such serenity, than during a colourful sunset at

of three bedrooms with three and a half bathrooms. The master bedroom

Murray House presented by Villas of Tortola?

is downstairs next to the pool, and adjacent, above the dining porch and

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overlooking the pool are the second bedroom comprised of a king/two twins and the third bedroom with a king bed; this division is perfect for allowing children their independence or space between separate families. All bedrooms have been recently outfitted with handmade Balinese teak furniture and house their own satellite TVs; however, the choice to enjoy the sounds of the gentle ocean crashing against the rocks is a more common use of vacationer’s time. With the options for indoor or outdoor showering, the villa’s theme of easy-living is promoted in line with the Caribbean’s global image of relaxation.

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The refurbished kitchen designed with clean, white walls and cabinetry, has all the modern appliances necessary for culinary liberation, but with a

to visit other islands is easily afforded with many taking a jaunt to Jost Van Dyke to explore the renowned White Bay – a favourite for many North

plethora of restaurants nearby, the alternative to enjoy traditional Caribbean American and Canadian patrons. cuisine and community, may prove the stronger persuasion. A creative mind allows for a multitude of dining options at this villa.

With so much to see and do—all easily accessible—vacationers will savour the freedom that Murray House grants.

Whether alfresco with one of the two designated outdoor dining spots, lying in one of loungers, or eating in the sitting room, visitors will be fully satisfied by the property’s connection with the environment by carefully crafted entry-ways, allotting smooth air circulation. The pool and outdoor grill are great features for creating mid-evening gatherings, while awe-struck by the colours of a sunset, or the many stars that dot the night sky. Most distinctive about Murray House is the on-site outdoor space,

Presented by Villas of Tortola Murray House Long Bay, West End Bedrooms: 3

entertaining shaded and unsheltered verandas, allowing vacationers to

Bathrooms: 3 1/2

relish the tropical climate that they’ve flown to enjoy. Its location in Long Bay

Max guests: 6

permits guests to maximise their vacation time together, whether it be in the villa or out enjoying the amenities close-by. Being a few minutes’ walk to the beach, many will find their days fulfilled by sunbathing on this quiet shore. Murray House is a short drive from many shops and restaurants located in the West End, including Soper’s Hole Marina, Apple Bay, and Carrot Bay. Heading along the north coast are a multitude of secluded bays to explore, leading to Cane Garden Bay, unanimously known as the most popular beach on Tortola with an array of waterfront dining options, bars, and buzzing social atmosphere. With the marina neighbouring Long Bay, the preference

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Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

Molten Drambuie Brownies!

As can be expected, having hosted hundreds of families on board Lolalita in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, many requests have been presented to us as crew. These can be divided into two categories: places to visit—for example The Baths, Willy T’s, The Caves, Foxy’s, North Sound—and food desires. One of my favourite requests was to make absolutely nothing but chocolate desserts for the entire week. I went through my usual repertoire of recipes and then picked the brain of my husband/business partner/fellow food lover, Captain Ernie. He suggested toying with a brownie that incorporated some delicious liqueur – and so Molten Drambuie Brownies were born...

Ingredients

3 heaping tablespoons dark cocoa powder 1.25 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon 10 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons canola oil 5 ounces 80% dark chocolate 2 cups brown sugar 4 eggs, lightly beaten 6 tablespoons Drambuie liqueur • Heat oven to 350º F. Grease a 13x9-inch pan with non-stick spray • Sift together cocoa, flour, salt, and cinnamon • Using a double-boiler method, melt butter, oil, and chocolate. Add brown sugar and mix well. Add eggs, slowly, mixing until smooth. Add liqueur. Slowly add flour mixture, beating until incorporated. Pour into prepared pan, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Brownies should be just barely done, in a ‘molten’ state Serve brownies warm with a dusting of powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and chopped pistachios. This recipe is more than enough for 8 to enjoy

Buen Provecho!

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side stones, mounted in platinum by JB Star, are exquisite; rubies and sapphire stones mined in Sri Lanka and Thailand add a colourful, exotic, Asian flair; and Mi Amor’s Highline diamonds are GIA certified Belgian cut, inspiring the store’s in-house design the Caribbean Star Diamond. The Caribbean Star Diamond bridal collection is especially conspicuous – the 18kt gold designs are the perfect setting for their radiant cut rom its conception, Mi Amor Jewellers has

centre-stone diamonds, incorporating art-deco designs within the stone

encompassed the cosmopolitan nature of the

where a star is formed as the facets meets. “Often, a woman in love emits

Caribbean. The region’s people and culture are a

joy and a bride on her wedding day glows just like the star,” said Eileen.

blend of African, European, American, and Asian

“This collection aspires to capture that profound emotion so couples are

influence, resulting in a beautiful, eclectic creation. Mi Amor seeks to emulate this fusion, merging fashion and

reminded of their love for a lifetime.” Maintaining the latest trends is Mi Amor’s specialty and gold jewellery

luxury from across the world. In creating a store that styles collections

is making a return in high-end luxury fashion. The jewellers offer exclusive

together, their patronage experience a shift in perspective on the aesthetics

collections from a multitude of brands – Fope exhibit their signature

of jewellery.

stretchable bracelets made from lush Italian 18kt gold, forming a sensuous

Managing Director Eileen Bourke said, “We are sensitive to the pulse of

feeling when the jewellery touches the skin. Also, their woven 14kt gold

the environment that we live in. Mi Amor strives to bring a unique shopping

collection designed in Los Angeles and made in Italy, adds Hollywood

experience to the British Virgin Islands by offering international luxury

glamour to daily wearable jewellery.

and everyday fashions, which are not available elsewhere in the Territory.

There is a mastery of workmanship that has propelled certain brands to

We explore all the latest trends and seek out one-of-a-kind pieces with

the forefront, transforming them into universally acclaimed luxury brands.

something special for every customer.”

Rolex and Cartier are true personifications of indulgence, encapsulating

‘International luxury’ is the description that accurately fits the products showcased in this store; Zambian emeralds with emerald cut VS1 diamond

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Mi Amor is honoured to be the first to introduce the ‘pre-owned watches’ concept to the BVI. Their certified, pre-owned Rolexes and Cartiers are sourced from recognised dealers, who ensure their authenticity can compete among the best. First-time buyers or collectors are permitted the opportunity to buy a timeless piece at an automatic 20-40% discount, guaranteeing the same appearance, technical function, and of course, bragging rights. These watches come with a two-year warranty and are sent to certified dealers if there is ever a need for repairs. Mi Amor will continue to share beautiful, affordable new additions to the fashion line for daily wear, also catering to visitors and residents with their ever popular silver BVI bangles, Seachelle Designs pendants in hues of turquoise and blue, and edgy brands like their New York fashion designer Freida Rothman range with stackable 14 kt gold plated sliver necklaces and rings adorned with hand cut CZ stones. The cosmopolitan elements of the BVI never looked so stunning than as represented at Mi Amor.

T: 284-494-7477 T: 284-494-7478 miamorjewellers.com eileen@miamorluxury.com

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Watching the sunset behind the hills surrounding the colourful Soper's Hole Marina, guests finish their authentic Italian meal while the sound of smooth jazz, Bossa, and chill-out tracks turn into urban beats, travelling upstairs from the ground floor. The Scaramouche experience transforms from fine-dining restaurant to urban-chic cocktail lounge where a relaxed vibe meets European finesse. Distinct in Scaramouche’s character is its delivery of a little taste of Italy in the Caribbean tropical setting of the BVI. Owners Roberto Selvi, mixologist, and Chiara Valsecchi, head chef, have worked to uphold their reputation as one of Tortola’s top locations to dine, enjoy an exciting night of music, and sip premium cocktails from the moment guests witness the most magnificent sunsets to the time they finish dancing. Visitors and residents are treated to a one-of-a-kind experience when they visit Scaramouche as the artful presentation of Chiara’s gourmet Italian cuisine, accompanied by Roberto’s cocktails infused with passion and flavour, complement the ambiance of the waterside restaurant. “My job is my heart and my passion. I want to give the opportunity to concoct a custom drink for each individual guest, giving my own spin on their favourite vintage cocktails,” said Roberto as he stood behind the bar in front of an extensive range of local and imported liquors and spirits. The mixologist is renowned for his use of fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Obtaining his formal education at Association of Barmen and Sommeliers, Roberto became acquainted with a variety of mixology techniques, serving his cocktails in unique-shaped chilled glasses and paying special attention to the visual presentation. If you’re craving some caffeine, Scaramouche proudly uses a beautiful vintage Italian espresso machine to make all their lattes and coffees. The same coffee is also used in some ‘

of Roberto’s delicious signature cocktails like Caffe Shakerato using espresso, brown sugar, and Rumchata. The mixologist also takes control of the music from behind the bar. If the customers want to relax, Roberto will play smooth tunes, but if the atmosphere is lively, he will spin a track to get the crowd dancing.


“Roberto pays a lot of attention to the moment of the day and chooses the right song, as well as ‘reading’ the client and playing tunes that match the vibe of the moment,” said Chiara Valsecchi, Head Chef at Scaramouche. The lounge offers a lighter fare menu of bites where the main favourites are the delicious cold cuts and cheeses imported from Italy. On Sundays, Scaramouche serves its brunch menu at the lounge, offering unique selections such as Truffled Eggs Benedict and ‘Fantasy’ Bloody Marys to the mellow tunes of Oren Hodge or keyboard covers by Caave. In the evening, authentic Italian pizzas can be enjoyed whilst watching a blissful sunset to wind down the weekend. Don’t miss Scaramouche’s Fandango Nights, as the exclusive large parties with special entertainment and guest artists occur only a few times a year. Whether it be an intimate dinner at the fine dining restaurant, imbibing creative cocktails at sunset, or dancing for hours to the hottest new music, Scaramouche is a rare venue for any visitor or resident of the BVI to experience Italian culture in the midst of tropical paradise.

Next visit, remember to try the SCARAFASHION cocktail- Roberto's personal touch to the classic Old Fashioned Whisky Soper’s Hole, West End Tortola, BVI facebook.com/Scaramouche +1 284-343-1602 or 495 3443

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Satellite Television Call for satellite internet services via VSAT, Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar & 4G.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS t +1 284 494 2400 f +1 284 494 5389 caybvi@candwbvi.net

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R E A D E R G I V E A W AY

BE IN TO WIN ‘Shine Bright Like a Diamond’ gift basket from

Little Switzerland!

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Treat and pamper yourself with this lavish gift basket from the luxury experts, Little Switzerland! This amazing prize package is a $1,250 value and includes: •A personalised shopping experience in our Little Switzerland Road Town, Tortola store A beautiful gift basket that includes: •Wonderful 14 CT white gold ring with .30 CT diamonds •Stunning ‘Miracle Setting’ earring studs in 14 CT white gold with .35 CT diamonds •A bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne •Assorted luxury bath and spa items, perfect for relaxing after a fun day of shopping! To enter the draw and/or see Terms and Conditions,

visit: bvipropertyyacht.com/competitions

One entry per person. Entries close March 31 2016 Winner will be drawn on 1 April 2016

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

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UPS & Surge suppression products for residences.

NOW LOCATED AT NANNY CAY MARINA

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Limited 3 year warranty included


Add some colour with small potted floral collections and brighten up a side table, bedroom, or bathroom

Say it with flowers Words by Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

Vetiver is one of the most fragrant of floral scents. Both hand and body lotions are a perfect treat Remember to pamper yourself with this luxurious rosemary scented bath soap This dainty flower decorated jug is the perfect size for a breakfast in bed tray!

Hand painted boxed card sets. Floral inspirations to send to someone special

Relax and unwind with this soothing lavender scented footbath

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 bvipropertyyacht.com

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Words by Lauren Charley Photography by Leon Miller (Island Boy Photography) and aLookingGlass

I love White Bay (WB).

Escape for a Day on Your Own Private Yacht

Since moving to the BVI, I’ve ventured on numerous excursions which often include a stop at

this tourist hotspot on Jost Van Dyke (JVD). What I hadn’t experienced, however, was what happens on this charming island once the sun goes down. I again became a tourist in my own town when I spent a weekend over on JVD. My friend Mickey and I arrived by ferry on Saturday morning and were accommodated in a beautiful 2-bedroom villa at White Bay Villas and Seaside Cottages, which delivered panoramic vistas of the ocean and an unrivalled view of the bay. After settling in, we immediately headed down a short trail to White Bay and its familiar setting of quirky beach-bars, hammocks between palm trees, and of course, the turquoise sea. Boats of all sizes were moored in the bay where visitors danced on their vessels and one by one jumped into the water to swim ashore. Our favourite bar—Soggy Dollar—is renowned for their entertaining bartenders, who interact with the patrons as they await a drink from the legendary ‘home of the painkiller.’ The majority of the establishments are decorated with an eclectic blend of Caribbean knick-knacks and serve beach-bar cuisine with an island twist.

on the water

U N F O R G E T TA B L E M O M E N T S

Discover the British Virgin Islands from the deck of a private yacht on a Day Sail with The Moorings. You can island hop with a professional skipper or even indulge in a full crew with captain and chef. Find the freedom to swim, snorkel or simply soak in the sun while surrounded by crystalline waters. Phone: 284.393.2417 284.393.2436 Web: moorings.com Email: gosailing@moorings.com

We were greeted by two friends, who arrived on their boat from Tortola and wound up joining a group of tourists in a game of ‘Let’s Get Ready to Toss the Lime.’ Frequently played at WB, participants form a circle and toss a lime in the air, trying to keep it up with one hand – no, it’s not easy…especially with a margarita in the other hand. After a day munching on greasy conch fritters, playing giant-sized board games, and taking

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too many photos, we retreated to the villa to prepare for our first night ever on Jost.

It was crowded and after stuffing our faces, we spent the rest of the night socialising and showing off on the dance floor.

Surprisingly, many of the casual beach-bars we visited during the day turn

In the morning, I woke up to the most spectacular view of the peaceful

into fancy establishments after sunset and offer romantic candlelit dinners

waves gracefully travelling across the ocean as the bay slowly rose with the

with upscale dinner menus.

intoxicating sunrise.

We decided to try Great Harbour for evening entertainment, only a short cab ride over the hill. Also lined with oceanfront restaurants and souvenir shops, we chose Foxy’s, a restaurant serving a Caribbean buffet with favourites including jerk chicken, fried plantains, and succulent barbecue ribs.

Another day was spent working on our tans at White Bay before catching the last ferry home. Mickey and I were surprised to learn all of the activities offered over on JVD. Our hosts informed us of the numerous attractions available including natural gems such as the Bubbly Pool, and an array of water-sports and unique excursions – next time we visit, we plan to go on a glass bottom boat which at night uses LED lights to attract the fascinating marine life. We both agreed that when we need to ‘get off the rock’ for a weekend, White Bay is first choice.

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Governor’s Gourmet Gathering VISAR holds its largest annual fundraiser On November 27, 2015, Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) held its largest annual fundraising event at His Excellency the Governor, John C. Duncan’s residence. Every year, the BVI community gets dressed up for this elegant evening affair where guests are invited to sample gourmet canapés from 15 of the BVI’s best restaurants, sip cocktails, socialise, enjoy music, and be entertained by a live auction. The event raised just over $31,000 from ticket sales, auction items, and personal donations in support of VISAR’s mission to save lives at sea.


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BVI SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY PROPERTY SHOWCASE

SHANNON MANOR
 SHANNON, TORTOLA
 


Tucked into the sophisticated Shannon Estate surrounded by luscious fruit trees and gardens, Shannon Manor rises above the rest with its convenient location, lustrous finishes, and attention to detail, making it an extraordinary place to call home.
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID SMZCJJ
 US$2,500,000
 


TURQUOISE DREAM
 COOTEN BAY, TORTOLA 


Turquoise Dream represents peace and seclusion, while offering qualities of a `stage' with which to entertain. This contemporary Mediterranean home is designed with materials to withstand the test of time in a sundrenched and sea-salt environment.
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID SMWL2K
 US$1,640,000
 


SHANNON HEIGHTS
 SHANNON, TORTOLA
 


3 bedroom residence with additional 1 bedroom guest house within a private estate. Both 2 story units are dramatically set apart allowing for extraordinary privacy. Each dwelling offers a complete kitchen and variety of living spaces all completely renovated in 2015.
 
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID EC7MZ5
 US$1,295,000


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$998,000


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


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


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






Each office is independently owned and operated


BVISIR.COM | +1 284 494 5700

RHUMB HOUSE


SOUTH WATCH


DOVELAND

Nora Hazel Point, US$6,500,000


Boasting splendid panoramas and sumptuous seclusion, all only a short distance from white sand beaches.


Belmont, Tortola US$2,100,000


A Caribbean sanctuary enhanced by impeccable detail, and immaculate gardens.

Belmont, Tortola, US$1,800,000


Contemporary and elegant, this home has magnificent views and gardens positioned in a quiet estate.

LITTLE NIX


JUBILEE


ISLAND ESCAPE


Brewers Bay, US$1,750,000


Panoramic vistas await above Brewers Bay extending north and west as far as the eye can see.


Great Camanoe, US$875,000


A rustic Italian-style home located in Privateer's Estate featuring 360 degree ocean views from atop Great Camanoe.

Great Camanoe, US$855,000


A mariner's retreat caressed by lush trees and gentle tradewinds making the home a private and secure sanctuary.

PROSPECT

SERENDIPITY


CAPTAIN’S STUDIO


Great Camanoe, US$795,000


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

Great Camanoe, US$775,000


A refuge for maritime aficionados, featuring inspiring views over Marina Cay, Scrub Island, and Virgin Gorda.

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

DIETMAR LICHOTA (sales associate)
 +1 284 340 5559 | dietmar@bvisir.com


Nanny Cay, Tortola, US$180,000


A one-bedroom condo providing privacy and natural light set amongst beautiful gardens mere steps from the docks.


OFFICE NUMBERS
 +1 284 494 5700 (Tortola)
 +1 284 495 6700 (Virgin Gorda)
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FRENCHMAN'S CAY, TORTOLA The Tower House

US$5,950,000

TOWERS ESTATE, TORTOLA

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Golden Pavilion

Frenchman's Chalet

SPYGLASS HILL, TORTOLA

BELMONT ESTATES, TORTOLA

Eternity

Villa Taino

US$2,800,000

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WINDY HILL, VIRGIN GORDA

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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. 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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