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From the Editor Yes! Finally. High Season is fully upon us!

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Over the years, it appears like the BVI High Season has expanded and while some would mark its conclusion at the end of April, it’s arguable that a new date might be stapled somewhere in July/August very soon. Many charter companies and restaurants reported a consistent flow of business till mid-summer for the 2013/2014 High Season and some even surpassed that time. Nevertheless, it cannot be disputed that November is its official inception point supported by the influx of snowbirds, the rise in cruise ship visits, and the evolution of the islands’ liveliness from a quiet buzz to widespread frivolity. The emergence of many events synchronises with High Season’s launch – two very popular examples are the Charter Yacht Society’s BVI Boat Show 6 Nov – 9 Nov, and the globally renowned Movember; a month of charitable activity with a focal point on men the world over, growing whacky moustaches to fund treatment, research, and awareness of prostate cancer, and men’s health. The BVI’s popular End of Movember Party and Prizegiving at Nanny Cay beach on Sunday, November 30 has become a stamp mark in the BVI event Calendar. With the arrival of the holiday season, our BVI HomeSense column explores reasons why visitors should choose a villa rental in the Caribbean as their soothing retreat. BVI Sotheby’s International Realty presents Villa Delle Palme, a property going beyond satisfaction as a vacation rental and serving as enticement for a buyer seeking more committed residency. The Yacht Spotlight falls on Kings Ransom this month – a crewed charter boat and an attractive alternative vacation idea to villa rental. We also bestow assistance with your Thanksgiving preparation with home accessories retailer House and their assortment of stylish items. Get yourself ready for Christmas with our spectacular spread featuring retailers Arawak Interiors, Nutmeg Designs, Caribbean Cellars, Pearls VI and Stems Boutique, revealing the jolly season in a Caribbean light. Not forgetting – every issue we aim to present a pioneering figure of the BVI community; this month’s Artists’ Corner reviews Desirée Smith – an artist who is successfully achieving what she was born to do in her chosen discipline. It’s possible you’re bored of hearing it, but one thing we will never stop promoting is the activity of island jumping; it is one of the pleasures of living and visiting the British Virgin Islands. This time in A Tourist in My Own Town, we visited Anegada, known as ‘the drowned island.’ The sight of approaching an island that is entirely flat is astonishing in itself, but the amazement doesn’t pause as you discover the strange geography of the isle that is so unique to the rest of the BVI. Concluding, we urge you to get out there and start enjoying the many attractions and locations of the BVI– it should be a great season for 2014/2015.

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Geoffrey Brooks 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.

Traci O’Dea Traci is a poet, journalist, editor, educator, and essayist. She lives in the British Virgin Islands where she teaches at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Her work has appeared in 32 Poems, Poetry Daily, Bird’s Eye View, Virgin Islands Property & Yacht, Limin’ Times, and elsewhere. She also serves as an editor for the poetry journal Smartish Pace.

Brian Duff Brian has worked in the yacht industry for 18 years. He possesses a detailed comprehension of yachts and he applies this to help his clients fully understand the boats he sells for BVI Yacht Sales.

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.

Kim Huish Kim, a long-time resident of Tortola has extensive experience in tourism, both on land and in the luxury charter yacht industry. Her career broadened into business development in the marine refinishing field, yacht charter management, and vacation villa rentals. With these accomplishments, Kim has been able to develop her management company, Northcoast Ltd. Production

Megan Scholbohm 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.

Rainbow Visions BVI Jim Scheiner and Paul Hubbard have been the longstanding choice for professional photography in the British Virgin Islands. Offering a full range of photographic and video services, they continue to dazzle and delight all who view their great works.

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The lush outdoor landscape of Villa Dellle Palme. Photo by Sky Vision VI

TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS! We want your feedback. Every letter presented here wins a prize The 4th Annual Virgin Islands Property and Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards – Results! Issue: October 2014, Page 36 Dear Editor, I would like to commend the Virgin Islands Property and Yacht magazine for, once again, running their fantastic ‘Readers’ Choice Awards’. It really is a brilliant service and does a great job of promoting these varied local businesses to both residents and tourists alike. I feel that it is an especially important resource for those industries that do not have the benefit of sites like Trip Advisor or Yelp to endorse their business on a wider scale. It was great this year to see some new names, categories, and businesses featured and was interesting to see a number of long-running favourites battling to remain in pole position as we have new and equally-deserving competitors coming up through the ranks. Thank you for reminding us of the many amenities that we are so fortunate to enjoy in the islands and for highlighting the diverse nature of all the activities, restaurants, historical spots and areas of natural beauty that the British Virgin Islands has to offer. This year’s awards certainly introduced me to a few new ones that I am anxious to try – I still have yet to dive the Rhone! Congratulations to all the winners! Charlie Brigden

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E x c l u s i v e F e a t u r e P r o pe r t y

10 SEA

20 10 Exclusive Feature Property




28 Search and Rescue

45 Artists’ Corner

Luxury property Villa Delle Palme blends in with the wondrous, natural Caribbean environment

New season – new VISAR board members

15 BVI HomeSense

29 From Sea Level:

Top 10 reasons that make Caribbean Villa Rentals so attractive

Crewed charter yacht Lolalita’s best 5 recipes plus a bonus

18 Skipper’s Tips 5 good reasons for chartering with bareboats

20 Yacht Spotlight It is immediately clear why they call this vessel Kings Ransom

26 The Origins of Sloop Racing and the Fastest Boat

Who had the fastest sloop back in the day?


Introducing naturally talented artist Desirée Smith

48 Virgin Islands Life Bring on the suepryachts – sailing and racing season are here!

35 Things We Love

50 A Tourist in My Own Town

Top home accessories retailer House introduces items that will make Thanksgiving preparation easy

Join me on my trip to Anegada – the island that is often forgotten

36 Set to Sparkle

55 Property Listings

Your favourite stores presenting Christmas in the tropics

43 BVI Movember Revises the Calendar The Movember charity’s popularity and success keeps growing

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Exclusive Feature Property:

Villa Delle Palme

Words by Stephen L France. Photography by SkyVision VI

November 2014


Villa Delle Palme presented by Maritha Keil of BVI Sotheby’s International Realty, is the perfect example of the uniqueness and aesthetics of some spectacular properties in the British Virgin Islands. The house sports an architecture designed for the Caribbean climate. The property is brilliantly located between three spectacular beaches—Cane Garden Bay, Brewers Bay, and Trunk Bay—and is convenient to the central hub of the BVI, Road Town; great for all shopping and social amenities. Overlooking Brewer’s Bay on Tortola’s northwest coast, the villa is situated on two acres in the serene Green Bank Estate. The gardens are among the most spectacular in the BVI, highlighted by terracing, 20 years of meticulous landscaping, and mature tropical trees and plants, as well as bananas, avocados and paw paws. The setting, the architecture, and the landscaping create the essential Caribbean retreat. The design of the property harmonises with the natural environment, enjoying refreshing breezes and incredible seascape views towards islands Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Cay, other smaller isles, and the majestic vastness of the ocean. An electronic gate opens to a palm-lined driveway that concludes at a sheltered parking area adjoining the front door of the property. The main house is a three-level villa offering



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stunning views from every room. The furnishings throughout the villa are top quality exemplified by Baker Interiors or antiques imported from Europe. Walls are adorned with antique prints and original art that contribute to the sophisticated design of the villa. An open plan Great Room, a formal dining area, and a stylish gourmet kitchen form the bulk of the main floor. The Great Room opens to a covered veranda that offers a beautiful alfresco dining experience. The great room includes handcrafted mahogany windows and French doors which open to cool trade winds and serene Caribbean sounds. The dining table seats up to 12 people, the living room area seats 7 people comfortably, and there is a separate area for television viewing. This home is capable of formal entertaining of moderate and large groups, as well as functioning as a warm and comfortable family home. The remainder of the main level contains a fully equipped kitchen and the east wing rooms. The east wing includes an office and a powder room and the master bedroom suite. The large master bedroom has a private balcony, a walk in closet and a very large en-suite bathroom. The west wing of the main house includes two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms each offering a balcony with a stunning view. The west wing

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Villa Delle Palme Greenbank Estates, Tortola, BVI

rooms are located down a one half flight of stairs. An additional half flight of stairs accesses the patio level bedroom with en-suite bathroom and the main patio itself. All bedrooms in the villa are air-conditioned and all rooms offer ceiling fans as well. The bedrooms are all equipped with Satellite TV and DVD players. Access to the main patio and the gardens is achieved at the bottom of the stairway connecting the main level and the west wing. The patio area includes a large heated swimming pool and the west end of includes a dining table, chaises lounge and outdoor furniture piece to gratify luxury living requirements. Moving toward the east is an additional raised patio that includes a kitchen, built in barbecue, dining table, chairs and access to the extensive gardens. Located near the edge of the property is an independent two-level guest house. The guesthouse is served by its own driveway and is not visible from the main house, allocating extra seclusion. The upper level of the guest house includes a kitchen/dining room, a living room, a bathroom and a veranda. The lower level includes one bedroom with en-suite bathroom completing the property’s promise of privacy.



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- 5 Bed - 6 Baths - Close to Beach - Air-conditioned (Bedrooms) - Barbecue - Caribbean Sea View - Ceiling Fan - Covered Parking - Dishwasher - Fully Furnished - Hammock - Home office equipment - Pool - Sea View

- Solar water heating - Washer/dryer Land Area: 2 acres

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Words by Kim Huish - BVI Sotheby’s International Realty Photography by David Thomas

So, you have decided to look at the Caribbean for your next trip - the BVI in particular. What’s the next move? Villa? Hotel? Resort? How do you decide what’s best for you? Here’s our top 10 reasons for putting villas at the top of your list. A villa trip is tailor made for your needs 1 bedroom intimacy? No problem - we can help with that. Destination wedding for 50 people? No problem - we can help with that too. However you book or find your villa, you will be put in touch with someone who knows the destination intimately, guaranteeing your fit to the right property for your vacation. Personal Service You will be met on arrival and escorted to your home-away-from home. Whether that’s a $200.00 per night quaint cottage or a luxurious $5,000.00 per night villa with personal chef and all the frills, you will be treated like royalty from inception. Authenticity A villa vacation is the quickest way to acquire the authentic island experience. The manager and staff live right there so they will share all their personal favourites with you. This might be newly opened restaurants, a beach that the professional island tours can’t reach, or just that perfect spot to be for sunset. You will have an unparalleled chance to experience your chosen island through the eyes of the people who call the Territory home.

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Location, location, location Vacation villas go where large hotels can’t – sometimes this is right on the beach. Other spots are nestled in secluded hillsides. There are even villas right in the heart of the local business communities. This goes back to our first tip - whatever you seek in your dream vacation, you will be able to find in the vacation villa market.

You’re Home! There’s nothing like the intimacy of an entire home to yourself. Of course most villas still give you the option of maid service, private chefs and perhaps even a boat, but the key is this is all on your terms, when you decide. No Schedules You want breakfast in the pool at 4.00am - that’s ok. You prefer to snooze until the afternoon after a fun night dancing under the stars, that works too. You’re literally permitted to go at your desired pace. The People From the start of the booking process, you’ll be meeting people who love where they live, love sharing it with you, and who may well become virtually a part of your family.



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Special Deals This one doesn’t always happen, but as you are working with villa owners, or their very close representatives, you will get the chance to bargain direct. Again, don’t rely on getting deals - especially during peak periods, but it doesn’t hurt to ask! Elimination of ‘What If…’ No one starts to plan a trip thinking about the ‘What ifs’, but if things do go wrong from lost luggage to major travel or health glitches, you’ll have folk you already know at your side to help through the process. There won’t be a wall of staff changing shifts regularly. You’ll have familiar faces there with you throughout any potential challenges – much easier than having to explain a story repeatedly to different people. FUN! A villa vacation offers all the fun you are looking for in exactly the quantities that you seek. Beach-front and hillside seascapes, air-conditioned spaces, ocean breezes, sunsets, snorkelling, foodie paradise, barefoot luxury, pool, parties, seclusion, boat trips, and hammocks! It’s all in the realm of possibility.


5 Reasons Why Bareboating is

BEST Words by Brian Duff, Yacht Broker – BVI Yacht Sales

There was a time when the only way you could come and cruise the Caribbean was to learn to sail,

learn to navigate, buy a boat capable of offshore passage making, prepare yourself and your family, then make a long ocean trip to arrive in the Caribbean; this time wasn’t long ago. Now, being a yacht broker myself, I would prefer if this was still the case, but there are other options today. When it became possible to travel by air to the Caribbean at a reasonable cost, and enjoy a sailing holiday on a yacht, a new opportunity emerged and led the way to the huge bareboat charter industry in place today with the BVI at the centre of it all.   While enjoying a vacation on a crewed charter yacht can be pleasant, for many sailors, the allure of independence in commanding your own vessel might steer you away from falling under the guidance of another captain sailing his way. Following are five reasons to consider bare-boating for your next Holiday in the BVI.



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You are the captain of your ship When you spend months in advance of your BVI charter, actively avoiding any real work by cruising the internet and Google Earth, looking for great bars, new restaurants, dive spots, and anchorages, plotting your path, you get far more out of the vacation. In this, being the captain has great benefits such as not having to stick to the agenda that you took weeks to plan; being able to change your mind at a whim or a wind shift is what sailing is all about. You might meet some other ‘cruisers’ at the bar and hear about a great snorkel spot – just go there instead with the luxury of doing things your way. When you are in full control of the vessel and crew, everything you do is all through your skills, your mistakes and your accomplishments. There is a lot of growth a couple or family can experience in making a plan, operating a complex boat, and getting it fast and safe from point A to point B. The bonds made between family and partners in doing this will last a lifetime.

Low cost relative to ownership If you are only able to get away from the real world—mortgages, credit payments, school and work schedules, dentist visits and club commitments—for only a week or two a year, then owning a boat in the BVI is very expensive relative to the use you get. Our research shows that it takes 8-13 weeks a year of use to make a purchase smarter than a charter, financially speaking.

Obscure anchorages all to yourself for pure peace As crowded as the BVI might seem when you visit anchorages like Cane Garden Bay, The Bight, North Sound or Trellis Bay, you can also find many secluded gems. When you run your own bare boat, you have the opportunity to discover some ‘off the beaten path’ cove to anchor in for the night all to yourself – and they don’t call the BVI Natures Little Secrets for nothing. There are many of these hidden hotspots where there is no one running noisy generators, no screaming kids on the boat next door, no ‘whooo-hooo-ing’ American girls at the bar. Just pure peace and the beauty of nature with no one else around.

Sailing Naked Of course this is the most beneficial reason to charter your boat in a Bare Boat format – no captain, no crew, no boat payment or yard bills; you can really cut loose and let go. Sailing pure and naked in the Caribbean sun is about the happiest place any sailor could find themselves and not having to worry about anything at all except where to find the next rum drink or hiking trail.

Yelling at your crew This point depends on your perspective on yelling, but better to be doing it than on the receiving end and as captain, you are the one that gets to yell at your crew. No matter which budget range you are in, you can always find a good deal on a boat to charter as captain in the BVI. There is no better place in the world to have this experience than right here – the sailing capital of the world. See you here soon.

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SEA Yacht Spotlight:

Words by Stephen L France Photography by SkyVision VI

Personifying the epitome of luxury,

Yacht Spotlight casts its gaze on Kings Ransom (KR); a crewed charter vessel of prestigious standing, named after the prime position in royalty due to its promise of a regal experience for its guests. The crew, formed by Captain Pete Clapp, Chef Niki Payne, First Mate Daniel Asmus, and Stewardess Martina Walla, adhere to the ethos of providing a grandiose service aboard their Silhouette 76. Built by Matrix Yachts, with Peter Werhley responsible for naval architecture, interior and exterior design, the boat boasts a contemporary feel and comfortably accommodates 10 guests alongside the four crew members. BVI’s Nanny Cay or Village Cay are the docks where KR finds amenities suited to her preferences, though a favoured anchor spot would be the beauty of Little Bay. Having previously chartered in Croatia where she plans to return for the summer of 2015, KR arrived in the BVI in 2008 and has returned to the Mediterranean twice since. She is the youngest and newest of the Silhouettes here and due to her impressive size with a beam at almost 40ft, she stands as one of wider cats. Exhibiting what appears as an infinite spaciousness, she heads for St Martin for hurricane season – one of the few places that can haul her out. Gliding the water with Yanmar 250 hp Turbos, the speciality of the yacht’s mechanics are in her beautifully crafted Bruntons folding propellers, that tend to draw prop envy among fellow captains especially when she is hauled out and they are polished to perfection. KR’s energy saving feature derives from sheer brawn and time dedicated to keeping her ‘bottom’ clean – a smooth rear influences increased speed in the water.



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With regular passages down island – a popular route being to St Lucia to some of the lower Windward Islands, she glides along at 10 knots but she has danced with 24 knot surfing waves. Entertaining an assortment of guests from all over the world including a Prince from Arabia, five cabins means larger families are often attracted to her, affording a vacation of new experiences and valuable memories. The Master suite is vast with a panoramic window view across the front of the deck, a sumptuous king size bed, walk in wardrobe, sofa, vanity area, en-suite toilet with large shower and Jacuzzi bath – the comprehensive royal treatment. All alternative cabins have TV, DVD, en-suite showers, and queen size beds. In boom furling and a self-tacking jib makes her a dream to sail for anyone, including guests who may wish to try their hand at the wheel. The additional features of the yacht: a jet ski, a hobie cat, an outdoor Jacuzzi, full dive kit with onboard compressor, a large tender designed to carry all

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guests in comfort together, a fly bridge with sun shades, an exterior 55 inch flat screen LED Smart, Satellite TV – all these qualities complement the impeccable service of the crew and physical beauty of the yacht. KR has always been well maintained, updated and managed allowing her to constantly deliver a high level charter experience. With only three Silhouettes built, the spectacular yacht offers space like few other catamarans on the water, catering to a vast diversity of desires. Be it gazing into the azure waters below the soft sun lounges on the trampoline decks, sitting blissfully in the breeze of the elegant deck chairs nestled beneath the sunshades on the flybridge, unwinding in the Jacuzzi with a glass of bubbly in hand, or dozing on the open mattresses in the cockpit, guests will be carried to their destinations in unrivalled extravagance, and will undoubtedly return for another trip.



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SEA Words and photography by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum

f you ever are in the company of two or more BVI senior citizens and the topic of conversation is traditional wooden sloops, the subject of which was the fastest vessel will invariably emerge. So which boat was the fastest? The answer depends on who you are talking with and where they are from. People are very passionate about this subject and very loyal to their home village. Folks from the North Shore will say the Dixie or the Consolation. In East End and Parham Town, it could be the Pilgrim, the Cedar Branch or the Lady D. In Sea Cow’s Bay, the Florena or the Olive, known as the flag boat. In West End, it would be the Flame. For well over 100 years, the Virgin Islands were the primary supplier of beef to St Thomas. Along with Beef, we carried other livestock, ground provisions, and charcoal. They exchanged these products in Charlotte Amalie for the supplies they needed to live. Once a week was Shipping Day in Road Town – sloops would load up at the Jetty in Road Harbour and sail to West End where they would meet other Sloops from the North Shore and Anegada. They would ‘clear out’ (clear customs) and sail together for Charlotte Amalie. Whoever reached first would have the advantage of selling their products ahead of the others. The competition was fierce and a fast boat was definitely an asset.



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Once business was concluded, it was another challenge to see who could sail back to West End and ‘Clear In’ before the others and then sail on to their home village. The route they took was identical to that used by our ferry boats today and the section between West End and Red Hook in St Thomas was known as ‘The Ghut.’ This is how sloop racing began and it eventually found its way into our annual Festival celebrations as a popular event held on August Tuesday. Now in this story, I would like to deal with a sloop called the Lady D and a race against the Consolation and the Dixie, which took place in the 1940’s. The Lady D was built in East End (Red Bay to be exact) by expert Shipwright Haldane Davies. I had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Davies before he passed away and one of the many things he shared with me was the story of this sloop. Haldane said that the Lady D was the fastest boat ever built in the Virgin Islands. Of course he built her so his opinion might be a little biased. She was however, a very, very swift boat. Haldane said that Father God had guided his hands when he built her and that her lines below the waterline were different from any other boat that he built.

“She would get up and fly,” he said and she could out reach and out point any sloop in her day. It wasn’t long before word of this fast East End sloop began to spread to the other communities. One day in the 1940’s, the Lady D was clearing out of West End with the other sloops bound for Charlotte Amalie. As she cleared customs, she met two Cane Garden Bay boats, which had purposely waited for her. They were the Dixie, Louis Callwood’s boat and the Consolation belonging to Sonny Henly and made famous in the ballad of Ella Gift with the rum hidden in her pantalets. The race began but as they passed Great Thatch and headed into the Ghut, the wind became light and it favoured the other boats. Haldane was on board the Lady D and at the helm was his cousin Adolphus Penn. As the Dixie and the Consolation forged ahead, in the light airs Haldane settled in for a nap. When he awoke, the wind had increased and they were at the other end of the Ghut. He looked ahead to see how far the two boats had gotten, but could see nothing. He asked Adolphus where they were and was told to look behind them. Far in the distance were the other boats and as they reached the rocks known as the Cow and the Calf, they made their turn to head towards Charlotte Amalie. The race didn’t end here, for when it was time to go back, Sonny Henly and Louis Callwood said that the real test is going into the wind and that would determine whose sloop was fastest.

This time they were joined by a St John boat and all four left together. Lady D was in her element and she could out point any other sloop when heading into the wind. She got below the other boats and never looked back. Haldane said that they reached West End, cleared Customs and were on their way east before you could see a tiny speck of the others in the distance. Lady D went on to win many more races and confrontations. She was known and respected throughout the Territory and soon her reputation spread in the region. It is sad to say that it was her speed which led to her demise. Sometime in the early 1950’s, a group of men from down island showed up at Haldane’s door inquiring after the sloop they had heard was so fast. They made him an offer he couldn’t refuse and were soon heading south towards Anguilla. In those days, travel between the Virgin Islands and St Martin was made by way of the Anegada Passage from North Sound. A boat would leave at sunset and reach Anguilla by first light. It is still done that way today no matter which direction you are going; only today we use the Round Rock passage on the other side of Virgin Gorda. It was dark and the new owners settled in for a long night of sailing. It is not known if they all went to sleep or if the man at the tiller wasn’t paying attention, but the Lady D was so fast that at 1am she ran full speed onto the reef in Anguilla, broke up and was a complete loss. Haldane tried to build another one like her in his construction of the Lady May. The vessel was fast but nothing to compare to the Lady D; perhaps the fastest sloop ever built in these parts.

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SEA Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

If you have not already heard or you are visiting the BVI for the first time, VISAR is a voluntary organisation

constructed for the purpose of saving life at sea. Perceived by the BVI community as the protectors of any individual undertaking activity in our waters, they are a fundamental cog in the Territory’s infrastructure. In late September, the VISAR Tortola Base held their annual general

meeting – one of the central purposes of the gathering was to elect new members for their team. Alongside VISAR President Gerard Kraakman’s announcements, including the team’s many fundraising successes over 2014, the new board members voted in were Dave Allen, Nigel Keegan, and Nick Cunha. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, Dave Allen is functioning as the Tortola Action Representative, Nigel Keegan is heading Fundraising, and Nick Cunha is their Public Relations Representative. VISAR continues to power forward with its eternal efforts and is always seeking further support to improve their service to the community.

The VISAR team is now comprised of the following members: President - Gerard Kraakman, Vice President - Mike Rowe, Treasurer - Helen Janes Secretary - Hamish Masson, Fundraising - Nigel Keegan, Tortola Crew Representative - Paul Hubbard Tortola Action Representative - David Allen Virgin Gorda Crew Representative - Tommy Yacuk, Virgin Gorda Action Representative - Lars Giersing, Public Relations Representative - Nick Cunha Contact us: Emergency Phone: 1-284-499-0911 Office Phone: 494 4357 email: Support Visar by becoming a member, Visit at or by Scanning Here



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Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

s unique as each of us are in this world, it’s no wonder everyone has their own idea of vacation; especially in the Virgin Islands where entertainment and beauty flourish. For many, it’s all about relaxation - sunsets, long walks on the beach, or reading. Others seek adventure - scuba diving, kayaking, or sailing. As contrasting as vacation ideals might be, it seems no one ever complains about good food in between whatever activities have been planned, or not planned, if that’s what you’re into. Guests on Lolalita are rarely anything, but major ‘foodies,’ with a deep love and admiration for mouth-watering, gourmet foods. I have, over the years, grown to greatly appreciate those with adventurous palates that will let me take them on a culinary journey throughout their time on-board with us on Lolalita. Here are 5 of Lolalita’s most popular dishes (with a cocktail bonus): tried and true favourites, served throughout guests’ time onboard.

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1 lb chicken, seasoned to taste, cooked, chopped, chilled 3 stalks celery, finely diced 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced 1 green apple, finely diced Handful fresh tarragon, finely diced 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard 1 healthy TBSP Madras curry powder Salt and pepper Hot sauce for more spice Fresh pita bread, cut in half, pocket opened Dried cranberries

2 lb fresh lump crab meat 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard 1 tbsp favorite hot sauce 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 6 slices French bread, buttered, toasted to crispy texture, finely chopped in food processor 1 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup shredded carrots 1/4 cup finely diced celery 1/4 cup finely diced yellow onion 4 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced 1/4 cup white wine Salt and pepper to taste Handful parsley, finely diced 4 green scallions, finely diced 1 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup ketchup 1 tsp habañero chilli powder Juice from 1/4 lemon In a large mixing bowl, combine crab meat, mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard, hot sauce, lemon juice, and toasted French bread. In a pan, sautée carrots, celery, onion, and garlic until celery is tender. Deglaze pan with white wine, cook down until wine is reduced. Add to crab mixture, as well as parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form individual crab cakes, about 1/3 cup each. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F or until golden brown. In a small mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, ketchup, scallions, chilli powder, and lemon juice. Serve crab cakes with your favourite fresh pasta salad blend, topping with Habañero Remoulade sauce.



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2 lb red potatoes, washed, diced into 1-inch pieces, boiled to fork-tender doneness, chilled 1 small yellow onion, finely diced 3 stalks celery, finely diced 4 scallion stalks, finely diced 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced Handful fresh dill, finely diced 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and finely diced 1/2 cup fried bacon, finely diced 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese (more if you love bleu cheese!) 1 cup puréed cottage cheese 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard 1 tbsp raw honey Salt and pepper Hot sauce for more spice In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, celery, red onion, green apple, tarragon, mayonnaise, and spicy brown mustard. Add hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Add more mustard for a creamier texture if desired. Chill in refrigerator. In another bowl, combine cooked potatoes, yellow onion, celery, scallions, red bell pepper, fresh dill, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, bleu cheese, puréed cottage cheese, spicy brown mustard, and honey. Season with salt and pepper and hot sauce to taste. For a creamier texture, add more puréed cottage cheese or spicy brown mustard. Serve chicken salad in a fresh pita with dried cranberries, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, alongside the potato salad.

6-8 filets fresh Mahi Mahi Cajun seasoning Olive oil 1 small yellow onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, finely diced 1 medium carrot, shredded 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 spicy andouille sausages, removed from casing 1 tsp cumin 1 tbsp hot sauce (or more!) 3.5 cups chicken stock 2 cups brown rice Salt and pepper 3 stalks scallions, chopped 1 fresh pineapple, cored, finely diced 2 shallots, finely diced 1 red jalapeño, finely diced 1 green jalapeños, finally diced Handful fresh cilantro, diced 1 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp cream of coconut 1 tsp Red chili powder Salt and pepper 1 tbsp coconut oil 30 oz Fresh coconut milk 20 oz Chicken stock 1 oz fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 4 cloves fresh garlic, smashed and roughly chopped 1 lime, cut in half, juiced 1 oz birds eye chilli peppers Heaping spoonful Red Thai curry paste 4 fresh stalks lemongrass 1 tbsp Turbinado sugar Sea salt 8 oz chicken breast, sliced 8 oz fresh white mushrooms, sliced 1 medium red onion, sliced into large pieces 4 green scallions, roughly chopped Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 4 oz fresh bean sprouts Chilli oil

In a shallow pan, season the Mahi Mahi with Cajun seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil, let marinate. In a large saucepan, sautée yellow onion, garlic, carrot, bell pepper, Andouille sausage, and cumin until sausage is fully cooked and broken up into little pieces. Add hot sauce, chicken stock, and brown rice. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and reduce heat. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for about 45 minutes or until fork-tender, stirring often. Toss in scallions. Set aside for serving. In a large mixing bowl, combine pineapple, red onion, red bell pepper, fresh jalapeño, cilantro, olive oil, balsamic, cream of coconut, and red chilli powder. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir often to incorporate flavours. Heat oven to 325°F. On a parchment-paper-lined cooking sheet, place Mahi Mahi. Bake for 20 minutes, or until meat is just cooked, and then broil for 5 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. On your desired plates, fill a plating ring with the Dirty Rice. Place Mahi Mahi next to rice and top fish with pineapple salsa. Garnish with a slice of lime and fresh cilantro.

In a large pot, combine coconut oil, coconut milk, chicken stock, ginger, garlic, lime juice and limes, birds eye chilli peppers, curry paste, and lemongrass. Bring to a boil and remove limes. Set on low heat and let ‘steep’ for 30 minutes. Strain liquids into a fresh pot. Add small amounts of Turbinado sugar and salt to taste. Add in chicken breast and mushrooms and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. 10 minutes before serving add in red onion and scallions. Garnish with cilantro, fresh bean sprouts, and chilli oil (for added spice and colour).

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! s u n o B 1 oz fresh lime juice 2 oz mint-infused simple syrup (ingredients below) 3 oz dark rum 4 oz cucumber-infused water (ingredients below) In a sauce pan, combine 1/4 cup turbinado sugar, 1 cup water, and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes until sugar is well-dissolved. Chill in refrigerator and strain out mint before using. In a pitcher filled with fresh water, drop in sliced cucumbers, let steep and chill in refrigerator and strain out cucumbers before serving. In a martini shaker, combine lime juice, mint-infused simple syrup, dark rum, and cucumber infused water. Shake with ice. Serve in rocks glasses filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a slice of lime and fresh mint.

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup butter 1 cup pumpkin purée 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp fresh-grated nutmeg 1/4 tsp clove 4 eggs, separated 8 oz white chocolate 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream 8 oz cream cheese 1/2 cup confectioners sugar 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste Cocoa powder Fresh mint In a double boiler, melt chocolate, brown sugar, and butter. In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and egg yolks. Slowly temper in melted chocolate mixture and whip until smooth. In a separate mixing bowl, whip egg whites to stiff peaks; fold lightly into chocolate-pumpkin mixture. Pour into spring form pan and bake at 325°F for 45 minutes in a water bath. Let cake cool to room temperature and then chill in a refrigerator for at least 6 hours. In a double boiler, melt white chocolate and heavy whipping cream. In a mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla bean paste, then combine with melted white chocolate. Slice cake into 8 equal pieces; dust plate with cocoa powder; place a heaping spoonful of white chocolate ganache on the plate’s edge and swipe to make an elongated garnish. Place cake in the middle of the plate and add a final garnish of fresh mint.



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Bring it all home with this happy heavy duty shopping bag (Also great for beach picnics too)

By Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

To help prepare an effortlessly tasty turkey this heavy duty roasting pan and removable tray keeps the cooking under control

Why not personalise napkins for your guests with initial napkins, or theme the table with messages

Celebrate in style with sophisticated festive lights on the table. Mercury glass candle sticks with silver candle to help the celebrations

Beautiful oven to table enamelled cast iron cookware from the best. Le Creuset French oven is a versatile addition to the kitchen

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Cheer up the kitchen with fun coloured dish towels for a dinner party clean up in style and prevention of oven burns!

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Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI Simply stunning festive ideas from local stores to make your Christmas in the BVI one to remember

Arawak Interiors Table linens: Bright, bold reds and blues for a twist on a traditional christmas table setting. Runner $36.95, placemat $9.95, napkins $18.95, wine glasses $8.50, decanter $76.95, cutlery 5 pc set $30.00 Call: +1(284)494-5240

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Arawak Surf Little Black Dress, $125.00 Lace two-toned dress, $125.00 Available at Road Reef/Nanny Cay/ West End Call: +1(284)494-5240

Colourful illusion necklace made with clear wire and 3mm-5mm baroque freshwater pearls. ranging from $75 to $110

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Sterling silver freshwater Pearl Ring with Shamballa bead and acrylic flower. $35.00 Glass bead and freshwater rice pearl Necklace with sterling silver magnetic clasp. $85.00 Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor & Main Street, Road Town Call: 441 0155

Nutmeg Designs Decorative float rope table top Christmas trees starting at $24.00. Recycled sail cloth bread baskets, aprons, table runners and place mats by annie macphail™ starting at $8.00. Vintage 1960s English Johnson Brothers tableware starting at $2.00 per piece. Stockist for Virgin Coffee and Teas, ec-caps® machines starting at $240.00. Illy Coffees starting at $15.00. Revolution Tea starting at $24.00/box. Reclaimed Teak Serving Tray, $145.00. Custom Coffee and Tea Gift baskets available. Call: 494 9151

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Words by Traci O’Dea Event photography by Alastair Abrehart, Broadsword Communications

Probably because of spellcheck or some

overzealous editor, Virgin Islands Property & Yacht has mistakenly published this issue as the November issue. Those of us in the BVI know that the month has been renamed ‘Movember’ in support of the BVI Movember Charitable Trust’s efforts to fund treatment, research, and awareness of prostate cancer, and men’s health. Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in men, and it is also one of the most treatable once detected. African-Caribbean men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. Part of the reason why African-Caribbean men have such a high rate of prostate cancer is due to the lack of education about early detection as well as fear and embarrassment associated with prostate cancer screening methods. One of the goals of BVI Movember is to educate the men of the Territory in order to dispel those concerns. Additionally, the charity provides funds to assist men who are suffering from prostate or testicular cancer. Lastly, the Trust donates a portion of the funds raised to the Medical Research Council in the UK, with the donation specifically earmarked for prostate cancer research.

BVI Movember is a month-long event that starts with registration of clean-shaven men on Saturday, November 1 at The Dove Restaurant. The event continues with the participants growing moustaches, conversing about the cause, and raising sponsorship money throughout the month—bolstered by a few mid-month activities, including the On the Rocks Bar Crawl in Virgin Gorda on November 15. It then concludes with the End of Movember Party and Prizegiving at Nanny Cay Beach on Sunday, November 30 when men compete in several moustacherelated categories. The first BVI Movember took place in 2007, and the event has grown each year with the final party now one of the most preeminent events on the BVI social calendar. Additionally, the Trust reached last year’s target of raising $1 per capita of the BVI which is a significant milestone and an indication of the success of the charity. Business aside, Movember is also a fun, irreverent way to raise money and awareness (as well as some handsome facial hair). Last year, Justice Bannister of the BVI Commercial Court issued a statement that he had no objections to BVI Movember participants (and their moustaches) “attending Court or Chambers during work in progress…provided that the results do not exceed what is

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ordinarily socially acceptable.” This was a coup for the charity who often heard from lawyers in the Territory who wanted to participate but did not feel that their moustaches would always be well received. As part of an effort to promote health and wellness through exercise, the theme of this year’s End of Movember Party is BVI Molympics. Participants and attendees are encouraged to dress up in athletic gear or as famous moustache-sporting athletes to compete for one of the many moustache categories, including the prestigious title of Mr. Movember. Last year’s Mr. Movember, Bertrum Lettsome (DJ Birch) took his title very seriously. He has spent the year promoting prostate cancer awareness through social media, radio show appearances, discussions on his own radio programme, and is planning a TV interview before the end of the year. He believes it is important for men to get checked. “We rarely ever go to the doctor even unless it’s extremely serious,” he said. He also mentioned the procedure and how “most men wouldn’t want to get it done,” but he encourages men to “get checked or encourage your love ones to get checked.” He also added an important item, the fact that BVI Movember Charitable Trust has money to give to men in the Territory who are living with this disease. Through a very simple and straightforward application process, residents in the Territory who have been diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer can receive funds to assist in treatment, travel, or other expenses. They simply need to contact BVI Movember forgives this publication for the use of the month’s former, out-dated name. As the charity continues to take over the penultimate month of the year, they might petition to have the name officially changed.​

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Artists’ Corner: Words by Stephen L France Photography courtesy of the artist

Smith It is rare when an individual knows exactly what they want to do in life. Further, it is more unique when that person is able to fulfil that specific desire. When talking to Artists’ Corner’s latest interviewee Desirée Smith, she described the roots of her artistry as a calling rather than stemming from a particular inspirational event or concept. “My earliest memory is of lying on the floor drawing and making artistic discoveries,” she said. “Creating visual art is my most natural inclination – I was born for this.” Commencing her vocation at this early age where memories first manifest, BVI born Desirée has been an artist all her life. She opted for the discipline of Fine Art with a Pop Art aesthetic while also specialising as a graphic designer. “Pop Art is a style of art that makes reference to recognisable aspects of popular culture, such as people, music, [and] brands,” Desirée explained. “These popular culture references are then often times addressed outside of their usual context and presented in a visually stimulating, new, and interesting way.”

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Desirée further elaborated on her attraction to this mode of art, relaying that it allows her to incorporate her graphic design skills in the creation of her pieces, and fully articulate her perceptions on contemporary pop culture. “The expressions in Pop Art that I choose to make are due to my great affinity for the current mode of popular culture,” she said. “It allows me to make serious commentary and even be humorous about things that are of the moment…I do so in a way that is vibrant, engaging and visually appealing.”



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The artist observed her automatic allure to art in the primary and secondary school segments of her life. The institutions nurtured her innate interest, assisted the development of her skills, and encouraged her to take art as her profession: “As such, I furthered my studies at the American InterContinental University and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication with a concentration in Graphic Design,” she commented on the specifics of her tutoring. With a strong presence on social media, permitting her to broadcast her work further afield, she said, “I have had the privilege to make connections with others that show appreciation for my artwork from places such as Singapore, Ukraine and various parts of the United States.” With her extended connections and talent for networking, she is proud that she was able to exhibit her work in the BVI London Office in 2012 during the Olympics and again in 2013. As an auxiliary confidence boost, she sold two of her pieces in London in 2012. In August of this year, she held her first solo art exhibit at Road Town’s cultural restaurant and popular nightspot Bamboushay – a very busy affair which drew people from a diverse range of backgrounds. She has also presented her works jointly with other BVI artists from the cultural forum that the Territory promotes. In continuation of exploring and sharing her passion, she said her ambition is, “To always create works of art that bring beauty and awareness to the world.”

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ANEGADA Words by Stephen L France Photography by Caribbean Images Tours Ltd & SkyVision VI courtesy of Anegada Beach Club.

In the Virgin Islands, there are a lot of ‘first-time’ scenarios.

On the wholesome side, it might be the first time you sail, snorkel, dive, kiteboard, paddleboard, or simply lie on a beach enjoying the multitude of colours in a magnificent sunset. On the more wild front, it could be your ‘virgin experience’ hitting the Caribbean cocktail scene – the alcohol measures in this tropical paradise are often what bartenders call ‘free pour’, which effectively means you get a lot more value than you bargained for. This can end with interesting consequences; like when you’re in a bar drinking up heartily with your friends and you return from the restroom to order yet another Painkiller. Five minutes pass. Perhaps even ten. You look down only to find that you forgot to pull your trousers and boxers up when you left the toilet. This is not a confession. But you certainly hear a lot of epic fables from visitors and residents passing through our attractive haven.

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The specific ‘first time’ I speak of, is actually a series of events that occurred in a single excursion in September: It was my first time visiting ‘the drowned island’ or the name it is known by, Anegada. It was also my first time riding the RIB Safari— a new activity offered by Caribbean Images Tours that will see guests escorted over to Anegada with a grand tour of the Island. On top of this, were a multitude of other novel experiences – seeing the strange geographical settlement of Anegada, catching the sight of a speedy eagle ray, viewing a graceful shark live in the wild and not behind several inches of glass, observing the variety of colours of the Anegada reef, staying at the tranquil and luxurious Anegada Beach Club, and of course, hanging out with a vast group of die-hard Jack Reacher fans (I must stress, fans of the books not the film).

It must have been approximately 11 of us that made our way across to Anegada on that phenomenal day. I was excited because like I have repeated on so many occasions, each BVI is vastly different. No exaggeration. I had heard much about Anegada, which I have considered ‘the forgotten isle’ as it is often ignored. I’ve known of people born in the BVI, who have not made the trip – I would declare that this as a huge misfortune after visiting the island. Our two RIBS sped across the water from Tortola as we discussed the enigmatic fact that Anegada is invisible until you grow extremely close to the location. It was literally like an aspect out of the famous novel The Northern Lights when I first saw the island appear; a world materialising out of nothing as we approached. The myriad of dramatically changing

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colours in the water was astonishing as the RIB bounced across the water. Reaching the East End of the island, I was amazed by the large piles of conch shells, some even forming islands – from a distance, it looked like an eerie homage to an Indiana Jones film. Now, it could have been great luck or the fact that Anegada is known for its abundance of wildlife, but the first thing we saw was a shark –I know what you might think, but this isn’t Jaws and from the collective knowledge of the people that surrounded me, the power of Hollywood films has really muddled perceptions of the marine world. Suffice to say, you are perfectly safe and it is a fantastic sight. At another flick of the head, there was the jet-fast gliding of an Eagle Ray, darting through the water. Unfortunately, I missed its famed jump out of the sea, but the screams of amazement from the others was sufficient proof that it had occurred. By the time we reached Anegada Beach Club, we were all excited but it was not anticipated that everything about this retreat would surpass expectations. I honestly was not expecting a room to myself of its size nor the elegant, contemporary appearance. The service was

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great and it was literally a weekend getaway where we all relaxed. No excursions, no exercise. Just resting by the pool, great beverages, and fantastic food – I consumed one of their gigantic pizzas for dinner, that also served as breakfast. I believe one of my favourite moments was when I got a call on my room phone the following morning from Simon Wood, one of the partners involved with RIB Safari. “It’s time to go?” I said. “Nope,” he said. “Everybody is staying for another night and you are too.” The spontaneity was welcome as Anegada Beach Club is a very pleasant experience as is travelling and relaxing on this unique island.



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On two levels: lower level has open plan kitchen/dining/living area, covered deck, bedroom, bathroom; upper level has large bedroom, sitting/ dressing area, en suite bathroom. Close to beach and magnificent view




Traditional pastel Caribbean colours enhance this very charming house with an expansive ocean vista. Next to the pool is a self-contained guesthouse that includes a covered gazebo, trimmed in stone.



3-bed/bath suites in 2 pavilions with 40-foot lap pool. Main pavilion houses living area, kitchen and one double/ twin bed/bath suite with garden shower. Outdoor dining patio leads to king master suite on second pavilion's main level. Magnificent views.


Maritha Keil (Broker) m: 284 340-5555

Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated

Belmont Land is located between two Long Bay and Smugglers Cove with a view over the palm trees National Park. Gentle slope for low costs in construction and the views are panoramic. This lot is one of the best home sites in Belmont Estate.



Shannon House is located in the hills above Tortola's northern shore. Indonesian inspired architecture of 5,700 sq.ft. on 5.25 acres. Magnificent 7-bed, 7-bath property with a two-tier pool and terrace.



Four-bedrooms, four-and-one-half b a t h ro o m s , p r i v a t e v i l l a w i t h swimming pool on 0.7 acres in luscious Shannon Estate. Wonderful sunset views and mature tropical gardens.


Carol Olympitis & Kim Huish (Vacation Villa Specialists) t: 284.494.5700

BELMONT LAND 328. 2 acres


2-bed villa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with views of Great Camanoe and Tortola. Approx. 3,100 sq. ft. with two multi-level pods connected by a entry foyer. Two master suites, each with separate sitting area.



Loblolly has exceptional views spanning from Virgin Gorda to St. John, USVI. On over six acres of land with 5-bed 3.5 bathrooms, library/ study, large lawn and unique swimming pool


General Enquiries

Mill Mall. PO Box 188 Road Town, Tortola,VG1110 |

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.

Smiths Gore Limited : : British Virgin Islands

T 1(284) 494 2446 F 1(284) 494 2141 E

Seashell Beach Villa

Distinctly Refined. Exceptionally Rare. Consciously Preserved. On the secluded eastern tip of Virgin Gorda lies a place where life is spent in perfect harmony with the ocean tides. Here, spread across 300 pristine acres, Oil Nut Bay offers freehold home ownership opportunities and unparalleled resort experiences in a setting where attention to detail and casual elegance abound.

Contact us to schedule a personalized visit or to arrange resort reservations.



Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - November 2014  

Editor - Stephen L France

Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - November 2014  

Editor - Stephen L France