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A TR O P I C A L M OTH E R ’ S DAY

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OUTER BANKS Stylish luxury on the water

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DECOMPRESSION A PRIVAT E YACH T TO RE LAX, RE CH ARG E , AND E NJOY A LI FE

ROG ER D OW N I N G & PART NE R ’ S

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 Belmont, Tortola US$2,500,000

THE ART OF LIVING 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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VIPY’S MAY ISSUE WELCOMES YOU to continue our alfresco theme from last month with the added celebration of Mother’s Day. Our exclusive feature property takes you to Outer Banks; a stylish waterfront retreat that blends modern comfort with warm, traditional, island architecture in a serene residential area of Tortola, BVI. Things We Love is the first feature exhibiting our Mother’s Day theme this month – pink is the colour, that retailer House are sharing for this cherished time of the year on our accessories page. A retrospective review of Roger Downing & Partner’s projects over the last year remind us why these architects are at the forefront of skill, style, and finesse in their arena. VIPY talks to RDP Director Thor Downing, who enlightens us about their firm’s personal touch to their incredible projects. Villas & Views, our new title replacing our feature BVI HomeSense, starts with ‘being creative’ in the outdoors of our precious homes; some great tips and ideas are shared to maintain the exteriors of our properties as attractive places to fully relax. Habitat promotes a Mother’s Day tea party with aesthetic concepts from extraordinary artist and interior designer Debi Carson. An editorial about the all-important pool area of our residences blesses VIPY this month, explaining all the latest tools, gadgets, and amenities that might give the pool space a resort feel. Yacht Spotlight bestows its shining eagle eyes over Decompression – a phenomenal superyacht of impeccable taste; both in her appearance and the fine cuisine aboard her. BVI Maritime History Tales reviews the fantastic Maritime Heritage Day at the Spring Regatta this year. Geoff reports the increasing popularity and international coverage received, displaying a thriving and growing event. Delish introduce the recipes for the idyllic high tea depicted in our Habitat feature, completing our Mother’s Day theme, and Style & Beauty gets you ready for the summer season with more fashionable choices from our trendy editor Pearlette. Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands.

Stephen L France

PS – Stylish Spaces results will be released in our June issue! PAGE 12 A gentle, warm night by the pool – Outer Banks Photo by Rainbow Visions BVI

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OUR TEAM / CREDITS

contributors Geoffrey Brooks

Morgana Tilling

Geoffrey is the curator of the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum and both pioneers and takes part in many of the initiatives related to the traditional art of sloop building.

Morgana is a key member of Smiths Gore’s team, running a portfolio of exclusive villa rental properties. With years of experience in luxury hospitality, she works to ensure clients experience the very best of the BVI.

Debi Carson

Sara Sherman

Habitat Editor Debi is among the Caribbean’s most prominent interior designers, decorated with NCIDQ certification and heading one of the region’s most versatile full-service design firms.

Sara Sherman is a freelance writer, yogi, and accidental island girl living in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. SaraMSherman.com and IslandersFromIowa.com is where she resides.

Kayleigh Driver

Chris Smith

Food Editor Kayleigh is the Coldwell Banker/BVI Villa Rental Property Manager and Villa Chef. She loves to work with fresh island produce and looks forward to sharing fun recipes with you in Delish.

Fran Morrell

Fran is the owner of House, a renowned BVI retailer that provides everything you need to make your house a home. She hopes you like Things We Love.

aLookingGlass Team Erin Paviour-Smith

Originally from New Zealand with a background in brand management for three of New Zealand’s top-selling lifestyle magazines, Erin has strong understanding of sales and marketing within publishing. She brings a fresh approach to advertising in magazines and digital media.

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Style & Beauty Editor Pearlette was born in Tortola, but has spent most of her life in Houston, TX. She indulges her skill in ‘style,’ through her trendy business Marco’s Men’s Clothier. Pearlette.stylebeauty@gmail.com

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VILLAS & VIEWS Get creative with your outdoors

Outer Banks is a charming waterfront residence blending modern design with the traditional

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with ‘pink’ is House’s diagnosis this month

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CONSTRUCTING RETROSPECT RDP the masters of architecture talk to VIPY about their most exciting year yet!

HABITAT

Design ideas for an alfresco ‘high tea’

POOL PALOOZA!

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Maritime Heritage Day at the Spring Regatta keeps going from strength to strength

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Making Mother’s Day cuisine a bit more tropical

Making your pool area the spot you won’t want to leave

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Get ready for the summer season with some cool choices from Pearlette

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OUTER BANKS Stylish luxury on the water WO R D S BY C H R I S S M I T H , M A N AG I N G B R O K E R – CO L DW E L L B A N K E R P H OTO G R A P H Y BY R A I N B OW V I S I O N S BV I

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IF YOU ARE LOOKING for a waterfront Caribbean villa that blends traditional island architecture with all the modern comforts of home, then look no further than Outer Banks situated in a quiet residential area above the stunning Brewers Bay beach on Tortola’s North Shore. This charming property has been renovated to the highest standards where your every need has been anticipated. Brewers Bay is a peaceful haven untouched by over development. Visit the ruins of the sugar cane refinery, hike the trail to the ‘bat cave,’ or sample a cocktail from the local bar. Brewers Bay offers laid-back island living; access to the house is by a private road shared by the few other houses on this peninsula, that divides Brewers Bay from Shark Bay, boasting complete privacy from its neighbours. On arrival at Outer Banks, you are greeted by an electric entrance gate, lush tropical flowers, and a covered carport with space for three cars. The main house contains three bedrooms with a further two bedrooms situated in the adjacent guesthouse, connected by an outdoor staircase. Traditional verandas surround both buildings and each bedroom opens onto its own area of veranda with comfortable furniture and views of Brewers Bay, and across the water to the neighbouring island of Jost Van Dyke. All bedrooms have the comfort of air-conditioning and the option to open up the windows to benefit from the cooling breezes and the sound of the lapping ocean below. All but one of the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms; a half guest bathroom is situated just off the kitchen. Tasteful décor and furnishings have been handpicked and lend an elegant feel to the home. The living area has a flat-screen television, equipped with satellite and a Sonos system for music. The state-of-the art RIGHT Enjoy the gentle breeze of the outdoors

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kitchen is separated from the openplan indoor/outdoor living area by a kitchen island with bar stools. The kitchen bestows every appliance and convenience you could possibly need. The pool terrace at Outer Banks looks directly out over the ocean below. You can watch the fish swimming on the reef without even having to put on your snorkel and mask. The spacious sunbathing area is furnished with comfortable loungers and also features a covered outdoor dining terrace and outdoor living space conveniently situated by the kitchen. There is no better place to unwind at the end of the day and enjoy the sunset views. Outer Banks is a fine example of traditional Caribbean design, blended with contemporary conveniences and amenities. The terracotta floor tiles and dark wood furniture contrast perfectly with the ultra-modern bathrooms and well-equipped kitchen. For large families or couples alike, the property has something for everyone; a pool surrounded by

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fragrant tropical gardens, and access directly to the turquoise waters below. Ownership of Outer Banks entitles you to use of a small stone dock below the house, ideal for mooring an island run-around boat. The present owners took their time carefully renovating the property and their attention to even the smallest

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TORTOLA

Property ID: CS766 Beds: 5 Baths: 5 1/2 Lot: 0.83 acres Location: Tortola Location Type: Waterfront View: Spectacular beach, ocean and island views Water: Cistern

US $3,250,000

detail has resulted in a functional home full of Caribbean charm. A back-up generator ensures that your electrical supply is never interrupted. For the past two years, Outer Banks has been successfully operating as a vacation rental villa with proven rental income - home ownership that’s literally rewarding. ■FOR MORE INFORMATION AND VIEWINGS OF THIS EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY, CONTACT:

Chris Smith Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker BVI Phone: (284) 495 3000 Mobile: (284) 340 3000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com coldwellbankerbvi.com

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

DESTINATION CREATION • URBAN LIFESTYLE • ISLAND LIVING • INSIDE DESIGN • GREEN MATTERS


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Mother’s Day – Pretty in Pink WO R DS BY F R A N M O R R E L L 

Oversized crochet decorative pillows and accessories for the bed or favourite lounging chair Pink florals in silver vases brighten up vanities or bedside tables – perfect for the breakfast in bed tray 

Look stylish with this gift of pink thermal coffee and tea mugs for the morning school run 

Turkish towels. All the rage; quick-drying, trendy, and ideal for a Mother’s Day picnic on the beach

 Take Note – florals are in for spring. Who doesn’t love a fresh note book for the endless to-do lists, or just for note-jotting?

This fragrant soap infused sponge also adds a touch of glimmer for a special party look 

Fabulous zip-up bags and pouches available in all colours and shapes 

This subtle fragrance of Peony gently perfumes the room for a romantic mood

STORE LOCATION Wickhams Cay 2, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (284) 494 1920 I info@housebvi.com I www.housebvi.com

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CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION SPECIAL EDITION in association with

OUR CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION SPECIAL edition is the comprehensive reference guide for anyone who's investing in, building, renovating, redecorating – or just looking for inspiration for their home in the BVI. It's going to be packed with an extra 64-pages of expert guidance, advice, tips, tricks and ideas for your project – no matter how large or small.

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COMING UP IN VIPY OCTOBER 2017 ISSUE The October issue of VIPY will contain detailed information on Project Advisory, Funding, Property Purchase, Design Considerations, Pools, Construction, Renovating, Landscaping, Painting & Decorating and Interiors. For advertising enquiries please contact Erin Paviour-Smith - 284 346 1559 or erin@alookingglass.com by no later than August 11. bvipropertyyacht.com

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The masters of architecture talk to VIPY about their most exciting year yet! – Q&A with RDP Director and Architect Thor Downing INTERVIEW BY STEPHEN L FRANCE

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Montastraea Villa – The pool provides a perfect area to socialise or just relax under cover

THERE ARE MANY POPULAR commercial names that visitors and residents will know from frequent visits to the establishments encompassing resorts, marinas, or favourite watering holes. What some may not be aware of are that some of these renowned locales comprise Roger Downing & Partner’s architecture portfolio. It’s been a while since VIPY interviewed RDP, so we caught up with them regarding their most recent projects over the past year, excited to find out that they’re continuing to accomplish great feats for the island to see.

WHAT MAKES RDP UNIQUE?

Our firm has the right resources to provide personal attention to our clients, while maintaining the highest qualifications that enable us to undertake the largest projects in the Territory. We are vigilant over the quantity

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of projects we undertake to ensure our clients receive the exclusive touch they deserve, no matter the size of their project. Environment and sustainability are forefront; the interview process of many projects goes both ways; we choose the clients that are eager to embrace the natural beauty we live in and discourage projects that reject the natural order of ecology, sustainability, and/or the topography of the BVI. A topographical survey prepared by a licensed surveyor is absolutely critical as insurance for the best outcome of the project. We’ve found that working both with the surveyors and engineers intimately from the onset, ensures best predictable results. We ask for tree species, diameter of leaf canopy, trunk size, boulder locations, heights, existing utilities – anything of special note. We translate all this information into use with the technology we

utilise providing our clients with a model view of their project in seamless virtual reality. This confirms the client’s understanding, envisioning and exploring their future spaces.

WHAT MAJOR PROJECTS HAVE RDP BEEN WORKING ON THIS PAST YEAR?

Our major projects were YCCS renovations, Villa Montastraea in Oil Nut Bay, Diamond Reef Estate in Great Camanoe, and Hendo’s Hideout Restaurant in JVD. Each project demands special attention and close relationship with the construction teams and the contractors; this was key to the success in all our projects.

WHAT DID RDP HAVE TO DO ON THESE MAJOR PROJECTS?

Diamond Reef Estate on Great Camanoe – This was a major renovation; this old colonial style

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house already had great charm and structure along with 10 acres. The outcome was to double the size and capacity of the house and add what we believe is one of the most beautiful pools and landscapes to complement the houses. The stone masons preformed the job of blending the new with old perfectly, making it almost impossible to know which building was original and which was new. The owner is also very environmentally conscious; the property boasts the first off grid water production facility generating approximately 1500 gallons of water every single day. Hendo’s Hideout, White Bay, Jost Van Dyke – Bare foot-in-the-sand, modern cuisine was the concept we brought to reality; to gently touch the beach and not impose on it, providing a balance between feeling you are

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Environment and sustainability are forefront; the interview process of many projects goes both ways part of the beach yet able to lounge with more intimacy while enjoying high end cuisine and service. Montastraea Villa, Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda – The view was always the key during the concepts; opening up the rooms to the vistas, the interiors were kept purposefully simple and elegant so not to distract from the view. We also went to great length to provide the villa with as much privacy from the main road and bring the family closer to the sea, so there’s a great sense of contact and connection with the ocean. The seating area above the pool was a

carefully designed set of stairs that doubles as seats for viewing during the evening or throughout the day. The pool itself with its large sunken bar in the ‘grotto,’ provides a perfect area to socialise or just relax under cover. YCCS renovations, North Sound, Virgin Gorda – Already a beautiful property, we were heavily involved in the implementation of a large infrastructure upgrade and the creation of the new Aqua Bar, two

ABOVE The phenomenal Diamond Reef Estate on Great Camanoe

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new suites in the existing structures, and the new arrival dock pavilion. The aim of the project was to provide the club with the ability to offer a range of new services and activities. This project in particular was a fantastic experience in maximising the space in existing areas to get the best impact. There was continuous ‘lateral thinking’ on this project from concept to completion as all the teams came together to find solutions.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THESE PROJECTS?

A happy client is always the most important outcome. We like to think that each time we educate and inspire our clients to understand the principles of architecture and sustainability, showing how everything is interconnected as one

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decision will impact another. With each new project, we strive to learn and improve, increasing our team’s knowledge and experience to help shape each project. Expanding and enhancing the environment and sustainability of each project is an ever-increasing part of the process. Careful research and discussions ensure that the concepts are guided on these fundamentals. The design and eventual construction evolves as an organism that will exceed expectations and minimise any impact on the environment.

Roger Downing and Partner encourage their clients to become involved in the community. RDP on average is involved in approximately $20 million in

ABOVE YCCS renovations enhance this beautiful marina in every way

construction per year, offering employment opportunities, and contributing to the economy of the BVI. They hope their designs educate the general public about the intricacies of architecture and environmental sustainability. RDP are honoured to be heavily involved in the ‘Roger Downing’ Mangrove Board walk, and the Tortola Humane Society’s new building in Josiah’s bay, providing services pro bono. ■ Roger Downing & Partner architecture.vg facebook.com/ Roger-Downing-Partner Tel: (284) 494 2762

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WHITE SAND BEACHES, bright blue skies, and warm sunny days are what most people conjure up in their minds when they think of the Caribbean. Those of us who are lucky enough to live in paradise, spend most of our time outside. However, when it comes to decorating our homes, we give

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most of our attention (and our budget) to the inside rooms and spaces. Regardless of how large or small your space is and whether it’s your goal to use it for relaxation, dining, or entertaining friends, with a bit of creativity and the right frame of mind, you can achieve your

goals without too much time, effort, or expense. Firstly, give some thought to how you want outdoor space to look and its primary purpose. Whether your outdoor area is large or small, think of the space as just another room in your home. Once you have made that decision, you can start decorating and

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purchasing key pieces of furniture and accessories that make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There are some fantastic DIY websites (Pinterest for one) to get decorating inspiration. Here are some simple ideas to help you make the most of your outside space, whether it be a garden, yard, or patio. COLOUR: Be adventurous with your

colour scheme, go bright and bold! Stay clear of neutrals, choose hues inspired by nature. You live in the Caribbean and colour is everywhere around you. Reds evoke passion and love. Orange brings joy and happiness. Green promotes harmony and a sense of freshness. Blue will calm you and mirror the colour of the warm Caribbean sea.

OUTDOOR CREATIVE

SPACES Get creative with the outdoors – tips and ideas for an attractive exterior

WO R DS BY M O R G A N A T I L L I N G – S M I T H S G O R E BV I P H OTO G R A P H Y BY S M I T H S G O R E BV I

...with a bit of creativity and the right frame of mind, you can achieve your goals without too much time, effort, or expense

PROTECTION: If your outdoor area

is not covered, think of adding an old sail or even building a simple wooden pergola that provides shade, character, and a frame for climbing plants. It can have the effect of creating an indoor-outdoor transition and give valuable protection from the harsh afternoon sun. FURNITURE: Add sofas, side tables,

low tables, and single garden chairs. If the primary purpose for your space is dining, you can decorate your table with potted herbs as well as candles. If your outdoor space is covered, a rustic wooden dining table adds functionality and design. Mixing new modern furniture with recycled and antique pieces of different styles, is a simple trick to give your space an eclectic feel. ACCESSORISE: Now comes the

fun part – accessorising. Add large beautiful and comfortable cushions to your outdoor sofas, not forgetting

LEFT A dockside lounging area – apt and innovative

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you can also add smaller versions to your dining and garden chairs to make that hard, waterproof garden furniture more attractive and comfortable. Bean bags can work in individual spaces, and kids love them. How about mixing large, medium, and small terracotta pots. If you would like to grow a small citrus tree, start a herb garden, or add lots of colour from flowering shrubs, plants will make your space organic, fresh, scented, and potentially productive. Raised planting boxes are simple to make and easier to maintain in small spaces.

should be functional, but create a cosy, fun atmosphere where you want to spend time. Bright, harsh light lacks the ability to create a mood. Place floor standing candles in large glass vases and hang lanterns from various branches of a tree. String paper lanterns over covered seating areas to create a party atmosphere. Be creative by using mason jars with tea light candles on ledges and terracotta sconces on walls. When entertaining outside, use Tiki torches burning citronella oil to protect against unwelcome bugs and to line pathways for a dramatic effect.

LIGHTING: Lighting is very important

Whatever your budget and taste, make it your own personal style, but most importantly, have fun! â–

and can add warmth and ambiance. For your outdoor space, your lighting

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TOP Well maintained gardens enhance tranquillity and stunning views evoke serenity BOTTOM A variety of outdoor spaces – options are only limited by imagination

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April Showers bring May Flowers!

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A Mother’s Day tea party alerts the senses with the warm, comforting flavours of tea to the sunny delights of fresh cut flowers WO R DS BY D E B I C A R S O N P H OTO G R A P H Y BY R A I N B OW V I S I O N S BV I

FLOWER POWER Recognition of mothers began with the giving of a carnation that has blossomed into a grander affair. “The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behaviour in a positive manner.” – Rutgers: Flowers Improve Health. Implement fresh cut flowers in strength to enhance visual beauty and provide floral scents to complement the menu. 

PRESENTATION The traditional tea cart is not only utility in function, but it also adds to the setting through the detail and finish. Create a unique experience with the use of florals as focus in the subject of the artwork and in the surroundings.  A colourful and textural feel is created with an accent rug, fabric napkins, unique pottery for the cut flowers, and in the feminine dishware of the tea party. ■ CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT ‘Cactus Flower’ original acrylic on canvas by Christine Taylor $1,295 from Images Custom Framing & Gallery, antique teak dining chair $295 from Arawak Interiors, tea trolley $155, hyacinth $18, white vase $35, peony in silver glass $18, all from House, ‘Pink Bougainvillea’ print by Lisa Muddiman Gray $29 from Images Custom Framing & Gallery, red & white jug $14, small footed bowls $5-$8, teapot $18, cups & saucers $14, sugar bowl $12, teaspoons & spreaders $4, green striped napkins $16, assorted silk flowers $6-$22, basket $45, striped cotton rug $40, rose in silver glass $15, bamboo photo frame $20, dragonfly place cards $6, green ribbed placemats $22, iron & stone napkin rings $10, cocktail napkins $6, etched ceramic tumbler $20, water bottles $16 all from House, ‘Angel’s Trumpet’ Watercolour by Bonnie Hovel $195 from Images Custom Framing & Gallery, hydrangeas in pot $58, jute rug $165, indoor/outdoor rug $60 all from House.

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A well-designed pool creates a spa-like sanctuary in any home and the go-to place to relax, any time of day


Pool Palooza! The traditional pool has gotten a facelift in recent years. A far cry from a simple concrete structure filled with water, today’s pools are elegant, luxurious and come in sizes and shades for every budget and taste. WO R DS BY SA R A S H E R M A N P H OTO G R A P H Y BY A L E X A N D R E J U L I E N

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Whether you need a place for your own staycation or a retreat for rental property guests, investing in a pool is well worth the time and effort.

NOTHING BEATS LOUNGING in a cool pool on a warm, sunny, tropical day. And when it comes to creating an outdoor sanctuary, a private pool goes a long way in forming a stunning backyard retreat. Thanks to new technology and unique design trends, the traditional swimming pool is a thing of the past. These top pool trends will not only change the way you relax, but add value to your home or rental property.

MULTI-LEVEL GETAWAYS

For a resort-like feel, consider expanding your pool area to multiple levels. Small retaining walls can create subtle separations so that different areas of the pool can be used independently. A stone patio can accommodate a

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larger group with tables and chairs, perfect for a cocktail party. The pool itself is a great place for families to play or for couples to relax in chairs overlooking the water. A smaller section for a whirlpool or fire pit creates a cosy and romantic sanctuary for watching the sunset. In addition to offering multiple levels to enjoy the outdoors, a smallbudget option is appearing in more homes. With space at a premium, smaller pools or splash pools provide a place to cool off and relax without the upkeep and costs of a larger installation.

SYSTEM AUTOMATION

Nearly everything can be controlled from a smartphone today, and your home pool is no exception. Many owners are choosing to automate the

systems in charge of caring for a pool so that no matter where in the world they are, they can adjust settings as needed on their private pool. When used on rental property, system automation features could be regulated so that lights aren’t left on by guests, or a pool heater isn’t left running unnecessarily. Having the ability to control major energy sources will keep costs down and allow for a truly customisable experience. Imagine adjusting a pool’s settings from an app so that when you got home from work, the spa jets were running and the deck lights were at just the right brightness. Your perfect sanctuary awaits with just a few taps on the smartphone.

DARK SURFACES, MOSAIC TILING AND LED LIGHTING

The white cement pool bottom is a thing of the past. Darker surfaces are making pools look and feel luxurious without adding a lot of cost. A darker pool surface retains some of the sun’s heat, making it cheaper to keep at a consistent temperature. On the higher end of the budget, custom tiling and artistic mosaics

ABOVE Nevaeh Villa splash pool by Poolworks International under the shade of a beautiful Pergola by Arawak Interiors RIGHT Nevaeh Villa, Anguilla. Pool by Poolworks International, hand-crafted aqua blue glass tiles by Light Streams Glass Tile

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are making a splash in pool design. Dark blue tiles can make a pool feel like an expensive hotel, and a mosaic design in the shape of a turtle, fish or even decorative scrolls adds a touch of tropical fun to an already amazing place to call home. If you’re wondering if a dark surface would make diving in intimidating, fear not. Another top trend for a really amazing private pool is advanced LED lighting. With new technology available, your pool can be lit with nearly any colour imaginable, and can even be timed to music and adjusted from a smartphone app. That dark tile surface won’t seem so deep when you have high-end LED lights illuminating the entire pool and deck area.

‘STAYCATION’ EXTRAS

A great private pool is a tropical escape. That’s why so many architects and designers are making the pool area a place to spend plenty of time. In addition to multiple levels, staycation-type features are making pools the place to be. A day at the pool isn’t complete without a cocktail, and swim-up bars are no longer exclusive to resorts. Even a small area to sit and enjoy your drink in the shade goes a long way to making home feel more like vacation every day. If you’re working on a tan but want to stay cool, a shallow ledge where pool chairs can sit partly in the water is one way many pool owners are choosing to get some sun and enjoy the water at the same time. After a fun day of relaxing in the sun with your favourite rum drink, why not watch the sun set over the ocean? The infinity-edge pool remains popular, and in a stunning place like the Caribbean, the blue horizon of your backyard pool extends into the deep blue of the sea, creating a relaxing effect. Many are placing standing ledges or benches near the infinity edge to invite guests to stay and relax a bit.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Kailua, Hawaii BeachsideLighting.com Rosie Nichols, USVI & BVI Rep. (340) 642-8981 Local installations include: Cooper Island, Peter Island, Saba Rock, Oil Nut Bay, and residences on St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda.

• Choose a good contractor. Make sure that the designer and/or contractor you choose to create your backyard oasis knows the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of building a pool in your area. Special zoning or building codes can affect where and how you build your pool. • Put safety first. If you have small children that will be using or near the pool, make sure it’s gated appropriately or can be covered to avoid any accidents. • Know your budget. Nobody likes to get the call from the architect or contractor saying that the installation will cost more than originally estimated. Choosing a quality contractor, designer, and installation team will minimise surprise costs and save you money. • The maintenance of a pool can be a lot of hard work, but smart choices in the beginning of your pool adventure will make upkeep easier in the long run. ■

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Exceptional parcel of FREEHOLD land located at intersection leading to exclusive Leverick Bay, the Gun Creek jetty, and Oil Nut Bay in South Sound, Virgin Gorda.

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S E A / YA C H T S P OT L I G H T

Decompression

Relax, recharge, and enjoy a life of catered luxury

“‘DECOMPRESSION’ IS A DIVING term that describes a necessary stop upon ascending from the ocean depths to decompress the effects of pressure,” said Captain Gord of our featured yacht of the month; however, there is an alternative meaning to this word: to calm down and relax. It is this definition that is more apt for our spotlighted vessel Decompression, who offers her guests a haven to rejuvenate, recharge, and enjoy a life of catered luxury. As a private yacht, she is welltravelled having spent time in the Mediterranean, the Bahamas, the East Coast of United States, and Thailand. Normally chartering with a crew of four, the current crew—Captain Gord Kerr, Chef Ginny Kerr, and Deck/Engineer Junior (Juno) Sang— present Decompression’s first season, offering charters in the BVI. Whether it’s dining al fresco on the aft deck, or formal candle lit dinner

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Whether it’s dining al fresco on the aft deck, or formal candle lit dinner in the spacious salon, full, attentive first-class service complements the delicious gourmet cuisine

in the spacious salon, full, attentive first-class service complements the delicious gourmet cuisine, that will exceed guest gratification. Chef Ginny’s particular emphasis lies in artistic presentation of healthy, varied meals made with the freshest local ingredients, rooted in her extensive travelling while sailing around the world. Sporting an optimum speed of 20 knots, Decompression is a 2000 Broward Marine 103-foot raised pilothouse motor yacht, accommodating eight guests in three

luxurious full-beam staterooms with king-size beds and one forward cabin with a queen-size bed. The three large staterooms boast two walk-in cedar lined closets and plenty of drawers. With two of the rooms titled the Bronze Suite and the Ruby Suite, they possess his and hers heads with showers and a Jacuzzi tub. The third named the Emerald Suite has double sinks with a bath tub and shower. ABOVE Decompression in all her glory

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S E A / YA C H T S P OT L I G H T

The Emerald Suite’s elegance is only surpassed by its comfort

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Escape for a Day on Your Own Private Yacht 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

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LEFT Decompression smoothly cruises the sea

All bathrooms have marble walls and floors, large mirrors, vanities, and ample storage space. The forward cabin called the Mulberry Suite has a separate head with bath/shower. All rooms have independent climate control A/C, Apple and satellite TV, access to 100’s of films, hairdryers, and toiletries. For the convenience of those with physical disabilities who are not able to easily manage stairs, the spacious Master King Stateroom is on the main floor. Decompression has custom cathedral ceilings in the salon and dining area with surrounding full-size windows creating an airy, spacious feel and incredible views. A huge array of water toys awaits the adventurous guest, including water skis, wakeboard, paddleboards, kayaks, a floating island, noodles, and snorkelling equipment. Many new upgrades have been

completed to the mechanical systems on Decompression, comprising new air conditioning units, new generators, and rebuilt power plants in the engine room. The state of the art water maker, two ice-makers, and instant hot water provide the ultimate in comforts. Additionally, she was recently refitted with updated carpeting, upholstery, furnishings, lounges, linens, towels, bedding and bedspreads. Alongside paint and varnish work, modifications were completed to create a sun-deck and lounge area on the flybridge. On the upper deck, there’s a large shaded area with comfortable seating around a wet bar with an ice-maker and barbeque grill. When not on charter, Decompression resides on the dock at Nanny Cay or Village Cay on Tortola where one can admire and dream of the possibilities. ■

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S E A / B V I M A R I T I M E H I S TO RY TA L E S

Participants in this year’s e Tortola Sloop Spring Challeng

Maritime Heritage Day at the Spring Regatta W O R D S A N D P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F G E O F F R E Y B R O O K S , C U R AT O R – VIRGIN ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM

2017 MARKED THE 46TH ANNUAL BVI Spring Regatta, which has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the premier yachting events not only in the Caribbean, but the world. The week leading up to the regatta is celebrated as the Sailing Festival and consists of three days of racing to different locations in the Virgin Islands. These races are designed to be fun and to give skippers and crews a chance to hone their skills and adjust their boats for the big weekend of races coming up. The last day of the Sailing Festival, Thursday, is designated Maritime Heritage Day and is entirely dedicated

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to the rich maritime heritage of the Virgin Islands and our unique style of sloop – the Tortola Boat. There is a museum display on the history of our boats and the highlight is a race featuring our traditional wooden sloops which are owned and maintained by the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. The event is sponsored by VP Bank – a long-time supporter of our local maritime traditions – and is called the Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge. Originally conceived by Judy Petz the Director of the Spring Regatta and immediately supported by Sjoerd Koster Director of VP Bank, it is now in its fourth year and has

grown to become the biggest and most successful of the promotions we annually host. The race gets international coverage and alongside our August Festival Sloop Shootout between the Premier and the Governor, it’s helped to provide our sloops global recognition. In addition to VP Bank’s Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge, Nanny Cay Marina stepped up and sponsored a screening of the fabulous new documentary Vanishing Sail by Alexis Andrews; a wonderful tale of traditional wooden sloop construction in Carriacou, the Grenadines, this film has been

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winning awards in festivals all over the world. The documentary is not scheduled for release until sometime this summer so the exclusive screening on the beach next to Peg Legs was a special treat to add to our Maritime Heritage celebrations; several hundred dollars were raised in donations for our Virgin Islands Sloop Foundation. The race itself featured three of our traditional wooden sloops with His Excellency Governor John S. Duncan OBE at the helm of Youth Instructor along with Intrepid and Esmie, which took line honours. This was truly the best year ever for this event and even though the winds were light, the spirit and support were strong. We look forward to moving this event from strength to strength in the years ahead. â–


LIFE / DELISH

High Tea!

A Tropical Mother’s Day R E C I P E S B Y K AY L E I G H D R I V E R FOOD STYLING BY E R I N PAV I O U R - S M I T H P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y R A I N B OW V I S I O N S BV I

THIS MONTH, WE THOUGHT it would be fun to do High Tea— Caribbean style—in celebration of Mother’s Day! I have incorporated locally found ingredients to capture the tropical elements in each dish. Whether you celebrate the British or American Mother’s Day, we hope that you enjoy these delightful island bites!

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Tropical Biscotti Biscotti is one of those baked goods, that you can add whatever you fancy to it; nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips etc. I found this great tropical mix at RiteWay in the baking section which includes dried papaya, pineapple, and coconut; it goes perfectly in this dish. Of course, you can substitute with whatever dried fruit you like. It will keep for a week or so in an airtight container. Enjoy with your coffee or tea! L E V E L E A SY M A K E S 2 0 P I E C E S A P P R OX . INGREDIENTS: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 3 /4 cup caster sugar 4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter 2 eggs 3 /4 cup dried tropical fruit mix 1 /2 cup toasted unsweetened desiccated coconut   METHOD Preheat oven at 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Using a large mixing bowl and an electric hand whisk, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and ensure they are fully incorporated. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together until wellcombined. No more than 1 minute to avoid a tough dough. Using a spatula, fold in the tropical fruit mix and coconut, stir until evenly distributed. Tip the dough out onto the baking tray and form a loaf about 10” long by 4” wide. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Once baked, allow to cool for at least 30-minutes. Using a serrated knife, slice the loaf, cross ways, about 1/2 inch thick. Lay flat on the same baking tray, and bake for a further 15 minutes, turning

over halfway through for even colour. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

1 cup of fresh passionfruit juice (about 12 passionfruit) 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 3 /4 cup caster sugar

I grew up with lemon curd, always tucked away in our fridge. We used to have it on buttered toast or fresh croissants and it was just divine. To keep in the tropical theme, I thought it would be great to try it with passionfruit instead, and it is delish! You will want to keep this recipe on hand.

METHOD In a small saucepan melt the butter. In a bowl, whisk together the passionfruit juice, eggs, and sugar until combined. Add this mixture to the butter and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 5 – 10 minutes. Make sure to pay attention to it as you don’t want the eggs to scramble! All to cool and transfer to a jar, keep refrigerated for up to a week. TIP: Use this curd to make a passionfruit tart or have it on toast in the morning!

Passionfruit Curd

L E V E L E A SY M A K E S 2 C U P S A P P R OX . INGREDIENTS 4 oz unsalted butter

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the dry ingredients. Add the water slowly to incorporate. You might not use it all. Turn dough out on to a flat, floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. All to rest for at least 30 minutes. Roll dough out to 1 /4 inch thick and use a small round cookie cutter. Using a fork, pierce each one. Heat up oil in a deep pot, preferably cast iron. You will know the oil is hot enough when it begins to ripple. Carefully drop the dough into the oil (be careful not to splash it!), and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until golden. Set on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil.

For the Saltfish Roulade

Mini Jonny Cakes with Salt Fish Roulade

L E V E L E A SY M A K E S 2 0 C A K E S A P P R OX .

Jonny cakes and salt fish are very prominent in many Caribbean dishes. The Jonny Cake recipe I used was from www.food52.com, and it worked perfectly. I’m sure many of you have your own recipes for them; what makes these a little different is that they are bitesize, and therefore a perfect vessel for the salt fish roulade. Of course, if you aren’t a fan of salt fish, you can certainly substitute with smoked mackerel.

INGREDIENTS 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tbsp baking powder 3 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 2 oz unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup water 2-3 cups vegetable oil METHOD Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Work the butter into

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For the Jonny Cakes

INGREDIENTS 1 /2 lb prepared salt fish (see note below) 4 oz cream cheese 1 /2 cup mayonnaise 1 /4 cup ketchup 1 tbsp mustard 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning Juice of 2 lemons Dash of hot sauce 2 celery stalks, fine dice 1 /2 small red onion, fine dice Finely diced bell pepper for garnish METHOD Put all of the above ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. For the best presentation, put into piping bag and pipe over the Jonny cake. Or serve in a dish and use it as a dip with crudité. The flavour gets better if it sits overnight in the fridge in an airtight container. NOTE: To prepare the saltfish, place in saucepan and cover with water, simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and repeat again. You might have to do this a few times to ensure the fish is rehydrated and salt is removed. Allow to cool. Flake fish, leaving the skin and bones behind.

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LIFE / DELISH

Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches Traditionally at High Tea, cucumber sandwiches are served. To update them I thought I would incorporate a chicken curry mayo, cut them round and serve open-faced. These are fresh and full of flavour and if you have any of the chicken mixture left, you can save it and have it over a salad for lunch the following day. I hope that you enjoy them! L E V E L E A SY M A K E S 4 C U P S A P P R OX .   INGREDIENTS 1 rotisserie chicken, diced 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tbsp curry powder 1 tbsp spicy mango chutney 1 /2 red onion, finely diced 4 stalks celery, finely diced 1 green apple, finely diced Salt & pepper to taste Sliced bread, crusts cut off Thinly sliced cucumber Alfalfa sprouts METHOD  To make the sandwich fillings, simply stir together the first 8 ingredients. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. You can shape the sandwiches any way you like, I used a 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut out the rounds. To build the sandwich, start with the bread on the bottom, then 3 slices of cucumber, the curried chicken, and top with the alfalfa sprouts. You can keep these open-faced, as pictured, or you can top them off with another bread slice, and secure with a tooth pick.  

delish! Delish was shot on location at Outer Banks. Perched perfectly above the turquoise sea and teeming reefs below, this exceptional waterfront property is just steps from one of Tortola’s most unspoiled beaches at Brewers Bay. FOR VILLA-RENTAL ENQUIRIES please contact Michelle Hodges – michelle@bvivillarental.com FOR SALES ENQUIRIES please contact Chris Smith – chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com

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VIPY’s Style & Beauty Editor, Pearlette Wintz has sourced these great products right here in the BVI.

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MACBETH COLLECTION BY MARGARET JOSEPHS STRAPLESS JUMPSUIT This sassy jumpsuit with eye-catching appeal is a must have for your summer wardrobe. $58.95, Arawak Surf Boutiques

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LJC WRAP AROUND LINEN S K I R T Handmade from pure linen, this fully lined skirt provides just the right amount of flair for that ‘All White’ summer event. $80, Sea Grape Boutique

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M AY B E L L I N E M A S T E R STROBING LIQUID Mix this translucent liquid with foundation for an all-over illuminated glow or use sparingly to add dimension on cheekbones or under brow arch. $10.99, Body Glam Cosmetics

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medium hair, rebuilds and strengthens hair fibre from root to end without excessive weight. $125, Studio One Salon & Spa

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LUCCAS BEACH AND FUN MONTSE SWIMSUIT COVER UP Wear this handmade, hand-illustrated, fringed poncho over your swimsuit on beach days, or to jazz up your shorts on regular days. $80, Taino Boutique & Gifts


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TRÉFLE KYLIE WRAP DRESS Get wrapped up and make heads turn in this figure enhancing, curve lovin’ Caribbean inspired dress that attracts all the attention! $150, Taino Boutique & Gifts

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Great Camanoe, Tortola US$1,700,000 A charming 3 bedroom 3 bathroom sanctuary in a Caribbean paradise with cool breezes amazing sunrises and sunsets.

Great Camanoe US$1,400,000 This 3 bedroom 3 bathroom provides an ideal setting for enjoying the scene and the peaceful charm of this home.

Great Camanoe, Tortola US$849,000 Breathtaking view over the Caribbean Sea, this home has magnificent 180 degree views towards Scrub Island and Marina Cay and beyond.

BROOK HOUSE

SMITTY’S RETREAT

LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT

Havers, Tortola US$795,000

Hidden within the hills above Havers this home is a haven for the senses: cool and peaceful with views overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

Havers, Tortola, US$500,000 This 3 bedroom 3 bathroom provides an ideal setting for enjoying the scene and the peaceful charm of this home.

MARITHA KEIL (broker) +1 284 340 5555 | maritha@bvisir.com

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)

Starting at US $75,000 & UP Parcels of undeveloped land for sale anywhere from a quarter of an acre up to several hundred acres in varying locations for investment or private use.

Each office is independently owned and operated


E XC LU S I V E A G E N T S TO

www.bvivillarental.com

Lots and Villas For Sale at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda from $995k to $5.5m

Villa Aja, Trunk Bay

$3,950,000

Coral Hill House, Belmont

$2,500,000

3 Bed Townhouse With Dock

$1,100,000 Nanny Cay Marina

Whalerock House, The Baths

Turtle Bay House, Nail Bay

Whispering Tide, Nail Bay

Tara, Smuggler’s Cove

Esmeralda, Soper’s Hole

Mahoe Bay Villas

Flamboyant, Havers

Island Oasis, Nail Bay

Outer Banks, Brewer’s Bay

$3,250,000

$2,495,000

from $950,000

$2,950,000

$1,545,000

$645,000

$2,750,000

$1,400,000

$495,000

Tel: (284) 495 3000 I US: 1 (855) MY BVI VILLA I www.coldwellbankerbvi.com I www.bvivillarental.com I info@coldwellbankerbvi.com


Residential Sales

South Watch, BELMONT ESTATES, TORTOLA

4

$2.95m

5

On the Rocks, LITTLE TRUNK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA Adagio Villa, MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA

$3.5m

4

5

$3.45m

9

St. Bernard’s Hill House, BELMONT ESTATES, TORTOLA $12.5m 5

Tower House, FRENCHMAN’S CAY, TORTOLA

$6.5m

2

7

For more information on these listings or additional offerings, call 284494 2446 or email info@smithsgore.com

www.smithsgore.com

5

TORTOLA Britannic Hall

6

6

VIRGIN GORDA Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour


SOL Y SOMBRA VIRGIN GORDA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS STEPS AWAY FROM Little Trunk Bay, this classic and timeless British colonial beachfront villa has five suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. A great room, office/library, dining room and fully-outfitted kitchen offer spacious and elegant entertainment areas. A 45-foot ocean-front infinity pool, observation deck and lighted tennis court are set within over an acre of tropical gardens. The property is proximate to The Baths, Virgin Gorda’s famous destination, and two unspoiled beaches, Little Trunk Bay and Valley Trunk Bay. A private movie theater, daily maid service, exercise equipment and gym and a chef (upon request) complete the villa’s offerings.

Smiths Gore (BVI) Limited T 284.494.2446 E bernadette.george@smithsgore.com W solysombrabvi.com


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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - May 2017  

Editor-in-Chief – Stephen L France. Design and Layout – Sally Fullam. Sales Director & Project Manager – Erin Paviour-Smith

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