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From the Editor OUR SPECIAL EDITION of the magazine is here and the Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice results are in for all to view. It was a strong competition this year with a dramatic increase in reader participation. Enjoy reviewing who our audience has crowned the champions in their respective categories, covering LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the British Virgin Islands. In delving into the articles we have in store for you this month, we must confess our thorough pleasure in working on this issue. It’s probably one of the best, if not the best of magazines we’ve had the delight of creating – we’re optimistic you will gain an equal level of gratification as well. Our cover piece and first article is the largest feature VIPY has ever promoted. Nevaeh—a property in Anguilla—is the resulting beauty of an assortment of BVI construction experts. All contributors to Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at bvipropertyyacht.com

this feat of architectural superiority are the epitome of excellence in their respective areas; the final accomplishment is certainly testament to their expertise.

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BVI HomeSense exhibits 12 reasons to buy property in the BVI when compared to other tropical options—ideal advice if you’re deciding between the Caribbean islands— while our incredible Reader Giveaway this month is a sport fishing charter with specialists Ocean Surfari. In our From Sea Level feature, we indulge a unique recipe for eating a lion…alright, we mean lionfish, but the former sounded more shocking and held your attention. BVI Maritime History Tales explores a strong persuasion for tsunami preparedness and House home accessories retailer present some great gift ideas for under $50 in Things We Love. Concluding, Editorial Coordinator Lauren Charley dabbles in some proper traditional BVI cuisine for the first time in being A Tourist in [Her] Own Town. As always…

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Contributors 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.

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

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

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

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A sport fishing charter valued at $1,250 is up for grabs this month – entering is as easy as signing your name

Fantastic gifts for under $50 with BVI’s top retailer House

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29 The Power Revolution The first part of three features reviewing aTec’s passionate message, renewable energy activity, and futuristic technological services

The ‘beasts’ that have caused our ocean ecosystem a great deal of trouble also make an equally great meal

52 A Tourist in My Own Town Lauren audaciously attempts a change in her diet with a bit of authentic BVI cuisine at D’Coal Pot

40 BVI Maritime History Tales

33 BVI HomeSense We examine crucial reasons to buy property in the British Virgin Islands as your new Caribbean estate

Our marine historian relays the story of the tsunami of 1867 – a strong reason for why it’s always good to be prepared

43 VIPY RC Results 2015 VIPY RC’s conclusion for 2015 – we have all been waiting for this – you voted and here are the results

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Anguilla’s collaboration of the finest BVI construction experts Words by Lauren Charley. Photography by Alexandre Julien

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ehind every outstanding property is a story of time, energy and

and rooms on the ground level are completely accessible by wheelchair,

passion; the determination supporting a dream that manifests

including convenient access to the beach.

into reality. A home conceived out of fantasy requires the utmost

With the project starting in 2010, construction beginning in 2012, and

attention to every detail from all parties involved in the planning,

a five year process overall to complete, it was only by the unity of the

design, and construction of the final product.

companies working on the project that Nevaeh emerged as the stunning

Nevaeh is located in Long Bay, Anguilla, an affluent residential community of deluxe tropical retreats in a luscious seaside setting. A team of the BVI’s finest construction experts were chosen to

creation it is today. Initially, the phenomenal property was designed for the private use of the family, but now the owners have decided to share their beautiful home to

collaborate with their client to develop a house which would meet the

accommodate other multigenerational families desiring time in what they

owner’s wishes for a vacation home where multiple family generations

believe to be the best island in the Caribbean.

could unite and spend quality time together in the tranquility of Anguilla. As a modern interpretation of a traditional Balinese home, Nevaeh boasts character and class, and was uniquely designed so that all the facilities

Those who choose to rent the villa will be catered to through a premier concierge service selected by the owners, who hold years of experience pertaining to the Anguilla property market.

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Meet the finest of the BVI’s construction experts The team of Nevaeh have extensive experience with projects outside their home, the British Virgin Islands. Each company is recognised for their specific expertise as well as impressive portfolios working on high-end properties.

The focal challenge during the project was the typography of the land. Because the plot is long and narrow—located directly on the beach—the house had to be built in stages from the bottom up, which required special coordination from BCQS to ensure construction ran effectively. What Ben enjoyed about working on this project was that all parties were BVI based, which made coordination and communication simpler, allowing

BCQS International Ben Butler, a Director for BCQS International, was appointed to work on the project in 2010 by a recommendation to the owners from a client the company had previously worked for in Anguilla. The benefits of hiring property and development consultants like BCQS for a project this size is that they oversee the project from inception to completion and offer a single point of contact for the client, in addition to putting together a project budget.

meetings to take place where discussions could happen around a table rather than through a chain of complicated emails. The team was chosen based on previous working relationships they had with BCQS, who knew of their ability and experience to work on similar Caribbean homes. “Providing project and cost management services for the construction of the Nevaeh villa in Anguilla was a great experience. Throughout the entire process, I was impressed by the high level of collaboration between the owner, the designers, and the construction team. The positive attitudes and work ethic resulted in a beautiful luxury villa that exceeded all expectations,” said Ben. www.bvipropertyyacht.com

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OBM International BVI Marvin Flax, the managing director of OBM International, along with another three architects from his firm, worked in varied capacities on Nevaeh. Proceeding the initial meeting with the owners to understand their desired vision, OBMI produced concept sketches showing the scale and proportions of the layout, placement on the site in relation to the view, topography and airflow, and used Bali-inspired elements to generate design ideas. Taking these sketches and 3d renderings referred to as ‘schematic design’ the architects kicked into direct communication with the others in the team to get the construction drawings started. OBMI has worked on a vast array of projects and so the process is unique with each client; they have to understand what the client is seeking and if they have a specific concept in mind. Marvin explains that OBMI’s role in Nevaeh was greatly assisted by the professional expertise of Gareth Orchard of ORB, an Anguilla-based contractor. He understood their design intent, successfully applied the Balinese concept per the drawings, and offered workable design solutions when necessary. “OBM International were the design architects for Nevaeh and are extremely proud of the end product. It’s professionally gratifying when your clients are happy and successfully using the space you took from early hand drawn sketches to completion. We enjoyed the process of working with the family along with the team to help achieve their dream home,” said Marvin.


Think Simple BVI Rusty Henderson, the owner of Think Simple BVI, is honoured to have provided simple technological solutions for Nevaeh by offering the experience required to source and contract local professionals in Anguilla. The company installs technological systems using fibre optics including Wi-Fi, telephones, security systems, and entertainment systems. All of the 23 zones of audio sound systems were nestled within the property to remain inconspicuous, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and even on the tennis courts. One of the exceptional features in Nevaeh is a private home theatre, as not many homes in the Caribbean contain them. The theatre recreates a VIP cinema experience with reclining leather seats and movies projected on a 120 inch high-definition Black Diamond screen with a cutting-edge surround sound system. Think Simple’s work needs to be considered by all parties involved during the initial design phases, as their systems must be implemented to work with the architecture, furniture, and other features. Rusty commented that he has a huge amount of comfort working with the others involved in the project, as “when you work with the same team, you can rest assured they will take this into consideration and coordinate together smoothly. “We are a group of experts within our specialist fields. One thing that unites us is a common appreciation for what it takes to deliver a result in these remote and challenging locations time after time,” added Rusty.

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Poolworks BVI Erick Oeseburg is the principal at Poolworks BVI and the lead designer of intricate swimming pools and spa systems featured in the most prestigious homes and resorts in the Caribbean. The state-of-the-art facility that Poolworks designed is both salt water and heated, with a ‘vanishing edge’ design, and house side perimeter overflow. Stunning hand-crafted aqua-blue glass-tiles by Light Streams Glass Tile were installed to create perfect reflections on the water, as Erick says, “While swimming pools are for leisure, the rest of the day they serve aesthetic purposes, creating ‘mirrors’ in the garden.” A large spa accommodating 12 people featuring jets with remote-controlled settings, is accessible by a ‘wet ramp’ for wheelchairs. A hidden grotto behind a waterfall and a separate small pool area attached from the deck of the master bedroom are two unique features. There are two larger areas for swimming, including a formal pool for relaxation, and a deeper pool suitable for diving. “What we (the team) have developed in the BVI is a group of building professionals that constantly meets and mostly exceeds both local and international building standards. This team can work together rather loosely since their internal drive is to seek perfection. When coupled with a client who seeks absolute quality and exquisite execution, the result is a final product as remarkable as Nevaeh,” said Erick.


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Arawak Interiors Roy Keegan, the owner of Arawak Interiors, contributed his knowledge of Balinese architecture and culture to source the perfect custom structural elements unique to Nevaeh, including the wooden pergolas, courtyard posts, and intricate stone carvings featured throughout the property. Although Arawak Interiors is renowned within the BVI for their distinctive furniture, interior décor, and custom designs, Roy was selected to work on this project by OBMI specifically for his contacts in Asia, and ability to work with architectural structures and items. The stone carvings on the panels used in the walkways around the property, feature intricate patterns of leaves and palms which he presented along with many options to the owner’s during the building phases of the house. From 20 years’ experience working in and implementing from Bali and Indonesia, he was familiar with the culture and admired the craftsmanship. He was able to source the finest quality woods and stone for the structures in the villa on two specific trips. “Nevaeh was a great project to work on with the BVI team of building professionals. We all have our businesses based on Tortola and have worked together on various building projects around the Virgin Islands over the past few years. It was great to see the team mobilise further afield and work with each other to deliver another amazing villa, and breaking ground in Anguilla,” said Roy proudly.

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Interiors Joan and Associates BVI’s construction experts completed Nevaeh with results exceeding the owners’ expectations. Among these experts was Beth Settles, interior designer at Interiors Joan and Associates, based in Omaha, Nebraska, who contributed to the home’s design details and furnishings. Beth was selected to design and furnish the villa’s interior based on a previous working relationship of over 20 years with the owners, and so she had been brainstorming ideas for the interior since the initial design phases. The colour schemes were chosen by Beth and then presented to the owners who wished to create light ambiance with a Balinese theme. Beth selected

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paints with cream and neutral tones, and used turquoise, citron, and jade to match the property’s vistas of the tranquil blue sea. High-end furnishings of the finest quality were chosen to complement the exquisite architecture; most are constructed of native woods such as mahogany and teak, and capable of withstanding the sea salt atmosphere. One of the most exclusive pieces of furniture is the main dining table, made from organic wood displaying the intricate design of the inside of a tree in its ‘live edge’ form, meaning it was cut in its natural state and smoothed down, creating a unique shape. “Being a part of this dream project has been a highlight of my design career. Working with the client and this special group of vendor partners made an already incredible opportunity even better,” said Beth.


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The team’s future All of the companies enjoyed the ease of working with each other and were proud of their final masterpiece. Equally as impressed were Nevaeh’s owners, who found comfort in knowing that the project was being tended to by BVI experts selected by BCQS. They now have a permanent place to relish the magic of Anguilla, and a luxurious accommodation to share with others who come to experience the very best the island has to offer. There is no doubt that the team of the BVI’s finest construction experts will be selected to work on future luxury homes in prestigious locations throughout the Caribbean. To enquire about how this team can work on your dream construction project, contact the companies and refer to Nevaeh.

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obmi.com (284) 494 2148

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This is the first in a three-part series. Look out for PART 2 in February’s 2016 issue

Interview and words by Stephen L France Photography by Dana Miller, Sean Hartley, and Brian Graziola – aTec

You may not be aware, but there is really good news about power resources in the BVI – good news, and greater news. The good news is that the BVI is in the perfect geographical location

A BVI licensed electrician, Dana began his career in 2007 in Colorado

for using renewable energy sources – the inevitable future power supply

and holds a North American Board Certification as Solar Electric installation

of our entire world; the great news is our islands already have a company

professional – the NABCEP certification is known as the ‘gold standard’ in

spearheading the transition to this foreseeable power source.

this industry. Channelling his enthusiastic attitude to his team as any inspiring leader

Introducing aTec

does, aTec are conscious of working in an industry that is at the forefront of

A locally owned business with employees native to the Territory, aTec has a

the world’s future with their team of electricians, communication specialists,

clear vision to “facilitate the transition to renewable energy systems in the

masons, metal workers, carpenters, and roofers.

BVI and the wider Caribbean region,” as professed by Managing Director Dana Miller. Born in the BVI, Dana is renowned in the community for his caring ideology regarding the islands’ future, specifically in the area of energy consumption. Standing at the peak of his expertise and always seeking

“We are training our team in world-class installation techniques and safety standards,” said Dana of his team. “As the industry grows over the next few years, we hope to groom them into sales people, project managers, crew leaders, and installers who can then train others.” Intent on building the BVI’s own skilled workforce in renewable energy

to further evolve his profession, his experience traverses residential,

power, Dana’s nurture over the country extends to foresight over the BVI

commercial, and government projects in renewable energy servicing.

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economic gains from the renewable energy industry be lost to foreign companies and foreign investors,” he said. “It is well within our reach to create a skilled workforce locally maintaining the financial prosperity in the BVI.” aTec has vast experience working with worldwide industry leading companies like NRG, Solar City, Sunora Energy, Princeton Power, and Lumos Solar. It functions as a cloud-based, paperless company with modern just-intime installation practises which enables aTec to maintain low overheads. This helps them to keep their costs minimal and pass these savings on to their clients through amicably rated services.

New Technologies in Renewable Energy Working with solar, wind, battery, and fossil fuel technologies with the possibility of integrating them in the most cost effective manner, aTec are pioneers, seeking an easy framework to be applied for residential and commercial renewable energy licenses. “There are many parameters still to be decided,” said Dana of the BVI legislation that is gradually opening up to the world of renewable energy. “Stability in the industry will require managed growth and properly qualified renewable energy contractors. At the moment there is still no clear application process for Net Metering [a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid], or Green

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Energy Licenses. For the time being, it still makes financial sense to invest in

systems. “These online monitoring systems help clients keep track of

solar powered backup power for your home or business.”

system performance from any internet device while notifying us of any

A huge attraction for renewable energy consumers, has always been the money savings. “Traditional power sources (fossil fuels) are fast becoming

maintenance requirements. “ aTec also has access to all the outlying islands, “Our fast, efficient fleet of

an outdated technology for backup power,” Dana commented. “The ongoing

vessels gives us the fastest response time to even the most remote parts of

maintenance requirements…make them a far more costly investment in

the BVI,” added Dana with regard to their esteemed service.

the long run than renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources of energy are clean, quiet, and low cost to maintain.” The aTec Managing Director explained that when an individual purchases

Island Grid Opportunities in the BVI “The members of our company have been involved in the design, installation,

a solar electric system to produce primary or secondary power, they are

and maintenance of all of the island-grid systems currently in operation

locking in their cost of electricity for the next 25 years and avoiding rising

in the BVI,” said Dana, impressing the immense scope of experience and

fossil fuel costs.

influence his company has on the industry and BVI in its entirety. “These

“An investment in renewable energy also increases the re-sale value of

include Cooper Island, Peter Island, islands in the North Sound, and Oil Nut

your home,” said Dana. “It is estimated that in California a homeowner would

Bay. We continue to work to expand, improve, and maintain these systems.

add 30 cents to the value of her home for every dollar spent on a renewable

These are all the largest renewable energy systems in the BVI.”

energy system. So if this is the case you can immediately subtract 30% from

With an extensive range of projects already completed, the residential

your upfront cost when installing a renewable energy system in calculating

field has witnessed their success in solar electric jobs in the US which reduce

your payback period.”

the resident’s electricity bill to zero. “Of course this requires the use of a Net

aTec uses the most modern technologies like lithium-ion batteries with

Meter – a change I expect we will see very soon in the BVI,” said Dana with

long life spans that are almost maintenance free, warrantied for sea-side

optimism. “Residential systems in the BVI are restricted to act as secondary

locations, and designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. The company

power sources. We create backup power with the most advanced battery

is also able to set up remote monitoring for solar, wind or generator

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The most modern systems are almost completely maintenance free, providing power when the utility goes out that is silent and clean. These families can rest assured that they will have power without any noise or air pollution and can plan for their battery replacement well in advance. On the commercial front, aTec have been involved with large scale islandgrids; the largest of which was 1232 solar panels with a rated power output of 369.6 KW. “This system will eventually integrate solar, wind, battery and diesel generator,” said Dana. “It will reduce the dependence on diesel generator to the occasional generator exercise.” Another example aTec has in its portfolio, is an island grid that has been completed integrating 93.72 KW solar electric with a 400 kWHr Tesla Power Pack battery. The solar power in this system provides all the power the island needs on a daily basis. “The result is that the island is liberated from its use of fossil fuels and over time the savings from these fossil fuels reductions will pay off the upfront cost of the solar electric/ battery system – from that point on the islands energy will be free and provided for by the sun,” said the aTec Managing Director.   As Dana concluded, this industry is still new to the BVI but simultaneously, it’s paralleling the speed at which technological advances move today. “We will continue to stay at the forefront of all these technologies,” said the BVI innovator as a promise to assist the Territory’s development and keep the high standards of aTec’s service to potential and current clients.

If you are interested in the possibility of solar power in your home or business and would like to discuss the options please contact aTec www.atecbvi.com https://www.facebook.com/atecbvi Mobile: +1 284 340 3409 Office:  +1 284 495 0005

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12 REASONS TO BUY IN THE BVI Words by Lucienne Smith – Smiths Gore. Photography by Renata Macrelli

Each year, over 650,000 people visit the BVI and no doubt many of them will at some point during their stay, quietly contemplate the possibility of moving to these beautiful islands. The glorious sunshine, wonderful beaches, and welcoming communities are very hard to resist. If you are thinking of relocating, want to purchase a holiday home, or are simply keen to invest in property, there are many compelling reasons to consider buying in the BVI. 

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Sailing Waters: The BVI has some of the most appealing sailing waters

anywhere in the world. Unlike many other Caribbean destinations crowded with hotels, BVI visitors are mainly yacht based enjoying the unspoilt waters that surround the Territory’s 60 islands and cays. For land based visitors, there are holiday villas and a few small and discreet boutique resorts positioned on or near some of our finest beaches.

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Currency: As a British Territory, the BVI is unusual in having the US

dollar as its legal tender where all other countries in the Eastern Caribbean

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Economy: The BVI is a prosperous country. Remarkably, according

to the CIA World Factbook, the BVI ranks among the top 20 wealthiest countries in the world measured by GDP per capita and third wealthiest in the Caribbean after the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. Happily, there

use their own currency. For investors from the United States, this eliminates exchange rate risk. There are no exchange controls in the BVI.

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Law of the Land: English common law, modified by locally enacted

legislation, applies in the BVI. The country has a modern judicial system

is near full employment in the BVI which adds to the general wellbeing

and the highest court of appeal is the Supreme Court in London. In

of the community. Although not immune from the challenges of the

recent years, the Commercial Court for the Eastern Caribbean has been

global economic downturn, there is a thriving offshore financial services

established in the BVI to serve the offshore financial service sector.

sector in the BVI, which includes one of the world’s largest offshore company registries.

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Accessibility: Although the BVI is slightly off the beaten path, for

those who live here, the bright lights of Miami and New York can both

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Stability: The BVI is politically stable. It operates a Westminster

parliamentary system of government with its own 13 seat House of Assembly which administers locally enacted legislation. The BVI is one of the five remaining British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean Region. The Queen is represented by the Governor who is appointed by the United Kingdom.

be reached in less than 5 hours. Nearer to home, Puerto Rico, just a 40 minute flight away, enables you to immerse yourself in a different culture and to spend the day shopping or a weekend exploring the sites.

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Taxes: The BVI is a favourable tax jurisdiction with no capital or

inheritance taxes. When it comes to real estate, annual taxes are low but

Through its association with the UK, the islands are recognised as an affiliated

buyers should be aware that—as elsewhere in the Eastern Caribbean—

state of the European Union.

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Infrastructure Investment: There is an ongoing commitment from

Spring Regatta and the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta on Virgin Gorda

government to invest in the country’s infrastructure. This includes

as well as the annual Poker Run. There is world class fishing, diving, and

upgrading water and sewerage systems, construction of a new cruise ship

snorkelling and a multitude of un-spoilt inlets and coves to discover.

pier and arrival village, and the opening of a sophisticated new hospital.

Cultural events should not be forgotten as there are a multitude of

Plans are in progress to increase the size of the main airport to facilitate

concerts and theatre productions throughout the year. On a more relaxed

direct commercial flights to and from the United States.

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Health & Education: With so much of day to day activity being

based on outdoor living, the population at large are in good health. There are many yoga, fitness, tennis, running, cycling, boxing, and paddleboard clubs as wells as gyms and sports clubs available. A

note, there are many excellent restaurants and bars and don’t forget the full moon parties – you will find yourself dancing if you like it or not.

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Property Market: There is a vast array of properties available

for sale in the BVI which range from one bedroom beach front

National Health Insurance will be launched before the end of this year

condominium units priced at less than $400,000 to large and luxurious

enabling everyone to have access to medications and medical treatment

residential estates costing over $10.0M. For overseas investors,

as needed. Graduates from the local schools can attend the excellent

purchase of a property in the BVI is subject to securing a licence from

Community College which provides world class learning and students

government. Your real estate agent will guide you through the process.

from overseas have access to an international school.

10 Quality of Life: The archipelago lends itself to sailing and water sports. For sailing enthusiasts, key events in the calendar include the BVI

Escape for a Day on Your Own Private Yacht

12 Property Management: If you are not in residence throughout the year and provided you have the requisite licences, the BVI has a robust vacation villa and long term rental market. Demand in the long term rental market is underpinned by young professionals saving for their own property as well as those in the BVI on a fixed term contract. There are professional property management companies that can take care of all aspects of your property in your absence.

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. Find the freedom to swim, snorkel or simply soak in the sun while surrounded by crystalline waters.

With all this considered, the question is not ‘why buy in the BVI?’, but ‘why not?’

on the water

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If you’ve dreamed about the rush of fighting a majestic blue marlin or imagined an exhilarating sport fishing outing with a group of your closest friends, Ocean Surfari Sport Fishing Charters has the captains and boats to create the fishing experience of a lifetime.

Ocean Surfari specialises in offshore and inshore fishing around the Virgin Islands and its captains are some of the most experienced in the Caribbean.

This amazing prize package is valued at $1,250 and includes: 6 hour (3/4 day) sport fishing charter trip for 6 x guests on a 37 ft. Calypso boat 6 x fishing permits Bait & Fuel Charter Departs from Soper’s Hole Marina

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SEA

Taming the Lion

Words by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

When I think of tropical vacations, images of beaches, palm trees, fruity drinks, and sunsets come to mind. And, of course, fish. Not only the colourful tropical wildlife that mesmerises us on snorkels and scuba dives, but also the delicious, tasty creations that tantalise our taste buds. Fish are a healthy, flavourful protein that go well with so many foods and wines. A fish that has recently invaded the Caribbean waters, yet not our Caribbean plates, is the lionfish. Native to the Pacific and Indian Ocean, the lionfish knows few predators and therefore has proliferated in abundance. The lionfish are covered in beautiful yet poisonous barbs that fan out just like the mane of a lion. But not to worry – they are simple to catch and filet. Our Captain Ernie of sailing catamaran Lolalita uses a three-prong pole spear and a collection bag to carefully gather as many lionfish as possible, and then uses gloves and tin shears to cut away the dangerous spines. After that, it’s as simple as fileting a ‘normal’ fish. It’s so rare to see lionfish on a Caribbean menu, despite all the wonderful possibilities this delicate, mild, flaky fish offers. Whenever I have the option to try a new means of loving this fish, I always take advantage. Here is one of my absolute favourite ways to enjoy lionfish – a recipe that highlights its wonderfully subtle texture and taste.

Ají Dulce Lionfish Siwichi 1 lb. lionfish filet, diced into ¼ inch pieces 2 ají dulce peppers (or other sweet peppers), diced small 1 green onion sprig, diced small ½ red onion, diced small Handful of fresh tarragon, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp avocado oil Peruvian ají dulce hot sauce ½ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice Salt and pepper

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In a large mixing bowl, combine fish, ají dulce peppers, green onion, red onion, tarragon, garlic, avocado oil, and lime juice. Add in a splash (or more) of Peruvian ají dulce hot sauce to your spice preference, and set in refrigerator for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled, garnish with lime slices and fresh herbs, alongside tortilla chips, pita, fresh bread, or crackers. Serves 6 – 8.

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SEA We have currently been trying to raise awareness of another threat which although not as common as tropical storms is every bit as dangerous. That is the threat of a Tsunami, or as we called them in my youth, a tidal wave. We have marked off Tsunami escape routes with signage and conducted Tsunami drills with schools, businesses, and the general public. The reaction has been less than enthusiastic; most people don’t take the threat seriously and scoff at the idea of something like that happening here. But guess what, it already happened and in the chronology of history, it was just yesterday. The year was 1867 and in late October and early November, Words and photography by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum

In addition to my vocation as a maritime historian, I volunteer for the BVI Red Cross. role, we promote a programme called Disaster Risk Reduction. Along with the Department of Disaster Management, we offer community based training in disaster preparedness – we are all aware of the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes especially at this time of year and the recent damage caused by tropical storm Erika in Dominica is

First on October 28, a late season gale—as they were called then— with the loss of 125 lives and the harbour in Charlotte Amalie was devastated with over 60 vessels sunk or ran aground. In all between Puerto Rico, the Danish West Indies, and the British Virgin Islands, close to 600 lives were lost. Recovery was just getting started when 20 days later on November 18, there was a horrific earthquake—estimated at 7.5 on today’s Richter scale—followed 10 minutes later by an incredible

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Tsunami which once again laid waste to the shipping in the harbour of St Thomas and the neighbourhoods of Frenchtown and the first four blocks of Charlotte Amalie. The wave was estimated at 20ft in height and travelled at a high rate of speed. Among the shipping in Charlotte Amalie was the American warship Susquehanna. She was the flagship of a small fleet of U.S naval warships which were on a diplomatic mission to negotiate the purchase of the Danish West Indies by the United States. While talks were being held in Frederiksted, St Croix, the Susquehanna had been dispatched to St Thomas to assist in recovery from the hurricane. It was here she found herself when the great earthquake occurred followed by a 20ft wall of water. Quick thinking by Admiral Palmer saved his ship by resetting his anchor and dropping a second one. They were able to take the wave bow on and survived. Most other ships were not so fortunate and their hulls were left high on the shore. Loss of life was small compared to the hurricane but the economy of the region was devastated and the Americans decided to buy Alaska instead. Another 50 years would pass before the Virgin Islands were turned over to the United States.

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RESULTS Fifth year running now and what a year it’s been – the nominees were set by you, the votes were cast by you, and the results are here for you to review. Some winners might be the obvious choice, others might surprise you, but the concluded count was a collaborative effort from BVI residents and visitors who relish all the delights of this slice of paradise. If you are just learning about this now, please visit us for full information about the VIPY RC competition, nominations, and reader voting system at bvipropertyyacht.com. Here you can also find results of the previous year’s voting if you’re curious. Without further delay, here are the categories in alphabetical order of a kind:

BEST BVI AIR TRAVEL OR AIR TOUR COMPANY: Antilles Helicopters 2nd Cape Air / 3rd Fly BVI Antilles Helicopter Services say they will “elevate your experience of the Virgin Islands to new heights” and the double meaning here is completely merited. Their charter service has been enjoyed by many and grants a phenomenal perspective of the BVI.

BEST BVI BARTENDER: Quincy Woolford at Captain Mulligans 2nd Kyle @ Peg Leg’s Beach Bar / 3rd Vishaal Mohabir @ Myett’s, All three top positions in this category belong to extremely popular locales in the BVI so it’s no surprise, but Captain Mulligan’s Quincy Woolford took the winning position this year from Soggy Dollar’s Mic Penn who was just behind Vishaal by a couple of votes.

BEST BVI ARCHITECTURAL FIRM: OBM International 2nd Roger Downing & Partner Co. Ltd / 3rd TigerQi Architecture Snatching the spot from long standing winner Roger Downing, OBM International are responsible for some of the most incredible architectural feats in the British Virgin Islands. Nevaeh in Anguilla—featured this issue—as our cover article is another beautiful example of their outstanding work.

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BEST BVI DAY CHARTER: BVI Adventure Tours by Caribbean Images Tours 2nd Rebel Yell Catamaran / 3rd Big Sexy Boat Rentals BVI Adventure Tours is another one of the islands’ great and unique excursions – powering around on a RIB, the contrast of warm friendly guidance and thrashing epic speed makes this a MUST on anyone’s BVI holiday itinerary.

BEST BVI HEALTH AND SPA: 2nd Pura Vida Chiropractic / 3rd Studio One Spa & Salon Residents and visitors alike will testify to the incredible service at Sole Sole Day Spa Day Spa. They won the award last year as well and one treatment at the hands of their experts will convince you why.

BEST BVI CREWED YACHT: Majestic Spirit 2nd Lolalita / 3rd Sailing Swann Boasting the dream vacation, Majestic Spirit is the holiday that sees visitors returning repeatedly – the magic of this yacht and its amicable crew bewitches its guests, making them enrich their spirit every year with a sail around the BVI.

BEST BVI LAND ACTIVITY: Navanchor Events 2nd Mulligan’s Mini Golf / 3rd Sage Mountain National Park Responsible for a range of activities from weddings, to seminars, to full banquets, this professional outfit has gone beyond gratification with its clients, placing itself as a new nominee in our competition and taking the gold.

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BEST BVI ARTIST: Al Broderick 2nd Lutia Durante / 3rd Quito With any long stay in the BVI, you would have heard Al play at some point or other. He whips around the islands and has had an increased presence as an entertainer in recent

BEST BVI MARINA: Nanny Cay 2nd YCCS / 3rd Bitter End Yacht Club Marina Nanny Cay Marina literally has every amenity necessary for residents or visitors of the BVI. It is no wonder it always finds itself as the top marina in our competition.

years, raising enjoyment at any party.

BEST BVI MARINE ACTIVITY: Island Surf and Sail 2nd Blue Water Divers / 3rd Rob Swain Sailing School The ever-popular Blue Water Divers slipped this year to Island Surf and Sail who provide a range of water toys and services to relish the aqua side of the British Virgin Islands.

BEST BVI PROVISIONING: RiteWay Food Markets 2nd TICO /3rd One Mart The king of provisioning, Riteway remains the everlasting leader in this category with their multiple stores across the BVI and fully stocked shelves.

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BEST BVI RESORT/HOTEL/ ACCOMMODATION: White Bay Villas & Seaside Cottages 2nd Guavaberry Spring Bay Vacation Homes / 3rd Anegada Beach Club Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay Villas are great accommodation on an extraordinary island. For many, Jost has long been the best BVI spot due its picturesque setting and party vibe so White Bay Villas are right in the heart of the action.

BEST BVI RESTAURANT/BAR: Brandywine Estate 2nd Capriccio di Mare / 3rd The Dove We all love this restaurant so it is good to see it receiving the recognition it deserves. The warm, homely feel and friendly smiles of the hosts—and of course not forgetting tasty cuisine—all combine to make it a locale you will visit repeatedly over the years.

BEST BVI REAL ESTATE COMPANY: Property BVI 2nd Smiths Gore / 3rd BVI Sotheby’s International Realty Property BVI finally took the lead this year – we say finally as their vote has always come in extremely close to Sotheby’s. Real Estate is a huge industry here and it’s crucial clients have the right representation.

BEST BVI RETAIL STORE: Arawak Surf 2nd Arawak Interiors / 3rd Pearls VI Arawak was certainly popular for 2015 with its two stores—serving beach wear and essentials, and home decoration—taking the top spots. We welcomed new nominee Pearls VI this year who provide elegant pieces to complete one’s attire.

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Lambee Beach Resoo E: elizabethresort@gmail.com T: (284) 547 9519

Living in paradise On the northeast shore of Tortola, nestled in a lush tropical amphitheater… Embracing one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and secluded palm fringed beaches… BVI’s largest fresh water swimming-pool with swim-up bar, exquisite and genuine Italian restaurant… Tennis court, kid’s playground, club-house/function room. Sounds like paradise… it is! Lambert Beach Resort and Estate now offering condo units starting at $110,000, villas and land lots with seller’s financing. Discover the unique opportunity to live in paradise… at an affordable price.

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BEST BVI YACHT BROKERAGE: BVI Yacht Sales

This vote is always tough to decide for readers as all these guys are great people

The gold standard remains with

and brilliant at what they do, but the

BVI Yacht Sales – the fantastic yacht

Olympic hopeful Alec is a face that’s always

brokerage that has helped many

in the top three. He steals it back from Piers

acquire their pride and joy on

Helm who won it last year.

BEST BVI VACATION RENTAL (INDIVIDUAL): Limin’ House 2nd Plantation Villa, Jost Van Dyke / 3rd Steele Point Tortola’s Limin’ House was a new entry in the top three this year and we welcome the breath of fresh air from the villa that revives body and soul.

BEST BVI YACHT CHARTER COMPANY: Marine Max 2nd The Moorings / 3rd Virgin Traders Who doesn’t like a yacht charter? We can’t actually imagine anyone disapproving this kind of holiday, but it is still important to have the right company supporting you and this year our reader vote unveils MarineMax as the ones to do it.

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2nd H&R Yachts / 3rd 123 Hulls

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For writing your wish lists and things to do, this empty lined book comes complete with a pen hidden in its spine

Fabulous Gifts for under $50 By Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

A set of four mugs – an ideal housewarming present, either all the same or different colours

A suitable gift from the islands, West Indian lime soaps and lotions, a sharp refreshing scent

No self-respecting girl should be seen without her Kate Spade insulated water holder. Perfect for hot days or post workout rehydration

A stylish little zipped pouch that comes with pencils, eraser, and a ruler – great to repurpose as a wallet or receipt holder

To enhance a coastal scheme, this can be used as a decorative piece, bookend, or paperweight

A party gift with sumptuous scents, perfect for him or her

TWO STORE LOCATIONS Romasco Building, Road Town, Tortola (next to ‘Latitude 18’ and ‘Mi Amor’) Smart and fun correspondence cards and organisation post-it notes – a wonderful gift

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A SE NSE O F WE LL NES S Relax at the tranquil Sense spa, a unique haven of rejuvenation dramatically perched above iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Enjoy a range of fitness activity with guidance from New York based FranklyFitnessÂŽ professionals offering personalized high intensity strength training in the fitness center, to calming personal meditation sessions on the beach. Rejuvenate with treatments naturally derived from local ingredients such as the Coconut & Spice exfoliating scrub with coconuts freshly picked at the resort. We welcome you to experience Sense Spa through September 30, 2015, with an exclusive offer. Mention Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Magazine when reserving any 90 minute treatment at Sense Spa, and receive a complimentary 15 minute Neem and Eucalyptus cooling scalp treatment.

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LI F E

I’d always been a picky eater. As a child, my parents couldn’t force me to eat my vegetables, and when I finally came around to eating them, I gave up certain foods to fight the unfortunate body type I’d been cursed with from genetics. Although I’ve tried and enjoyed cuisine of other cultures, I’d always choose according to my diet. It occurred to me that since I moved to the British Virgin Islands six months ago, I hadn’t sampled much of the local cuisine. I decided to check out D’Coal Pot for an authentic Tortolan dining experience where I intended to try anything the owner, Evelyn Dawson, prepared for me. The emerald-green building is classically-Caribbean in character and situated in a tropical setting among coconut palms in the seaside community of Apple Bay. Upon entering, I felt an instant sensation of Words by Lauren Charley Photography by aLookingGlass

Caribbean hospitality as I was welcomed by Evelyn and her charming niece, Shamika who joined us for the feast. In trying all D’Coal Pot has to offer, our waitress Vanessa prepared a delicious mixed fruit daiquiri combining the refreshing flavours of strawberry and mango blended with ice. Evelyn shared the story of her

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restaurant, from her personal passion cooking in Guayana, to opening D’Coal Pot with her Tortolan husband in October 2013. She proceeded to give us an exclusive tour of the kitchen to see where the magic happens. My guests and I were treated to a spread of eight of D’Coal Pot’s signature dishes. “Everything on our menu, even dishes more commonly enjoyed in the North, have a Caribbean twist,” said Evelyn, who loves their 16oz ribeye steak, done with a home-blended jerk seasoning to give it a unique kick. First, I tried an item on the menu I never would have selected myself: conch in butter sauce. I’m particular when it comes to seafood. I like fish, but nothing with tentacles or an unfamiliar texture, so this was a big step for me. Surprisingly, the texture wasn’t rubbery like I imagined, and the butter sauce was delicious. What appeared to be mashed potatoes accompanying my favourite dish - the curry crusted grouper with mango and passion fruit salsa- was actually called ‘fungi’, a mix of local orka with cornmeal in the shape of spongy mountains The delectable conch fritters, a blend of conch meat with celery, thyme, egg, milk, and breadcrumbs, were especially flavourful. Shamika said they are much fluffier and use less seasoning than most local recipes.

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“Curiosity gets the best of me when it comes to food,” chuckled Evelyn, whose special dipping sauce for the fritters is a combination of two recipes learned by her mother-in-law and her cooking mentor, Chef Sinclair. Coconut shrimp, a favourite of our group, is great for those who are not huge shellfish fans, but want to try Caribbean seafood. Their mild fishy taste blends perfectly with the sweet flavour of toasted coconut, paired with a sweet mango-ginger dipping sauce. When dessert came our way, there was no way my sweet tooth could resist the delicious homemade key lime pie, or rich chocolate cake layered with a decadent mousse. Key lime pie is my new found favourite dessert; I love the dense, creamy lime filling surrounded by a delicious brown sugar crust. A special treat came right at the end of the meal when Evelyn brought out an authentic clay coal pot, used in traditional Caribbean kitchens. Although it is inefficient to use this method in modern restaurants, Evelyn hopes to host an event where soup will be cooked using a real coal pot. Experiencing authentic Tortolan cuisine in a true local setting was incredible. In the near future, D’Coal Pot will be closing at its current location, and reopening in place of her mother-in-law’s restaurant in Carrot Bay. It will be renamed D’Coal Pot at Palms Delight. There is no doubt my family will be treated to a meal at D’Coal Pot when they visit at Christmas.

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SHANNON HEIGHTS SHANNON $1,495,000 Newly refurbished 3 bed main house, one bed guest house. Travertine floors throughout.

THE RICE HOUSE SPYGLASS HILL $595,000 Delightful island cottage on Spyglass Hill. 3 beds, pool, great neighbourhood.

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SUNSET WATCH & SUNDOWNER
 NAIL BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
 


Two existing villas with three master bedroom suites and two pools that make for three perfect guest units. Brilliant seascape view and private beach. Suitable as a family home or vacation rental with two guest villas. Plus gentle build-able site for your dream home.
 


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MARINER HOUSE
 LITTLE SCRUB, SCRUB ISLAND
 


Luxurious living alongside a world class resort & marina on Scrub Island. This three bedroom villa overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with views of Great Camanoe and Tortola. Offering approximately 3,100 square feet of luxurious accommodation with two multi-level pods.
 


US$2,800,000 | Property/ Web ID VPKK3F


FAR PAVILION
 LONG BAY, TORTOLA
 


A perfect view which can be had from just about every room in the house, including the 12-foot deck, not far from Long Bay beach. The Atlantic Ocean is laid out in all its glory and Far Pavilion provides an ideal setting for enjoying the scene and the peaceful calm that pervades this property. 


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VILLA VALENTINA
 LONG BAY, TORTOLA
 


This timeless villa has superb and uninterrupted views. The villa is currently operating as a successful vacation rental. It is very adaptable and ideal for families and to accommodate guests. The beach is within easy walking distance to the villa.
 


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SUMMER HEIGHTS


Greenbank, Tortola, US$2,750,000


A special 3400 square foot home on two acres. The gardens are lush with a stunning variety of tropical plants.


Havers, Tortola, US$1,995,000


Nail Bay, Virgin Gorda, US$2,200,000


A peaceful hideaway with spectacular sunrises, amazing night skies and views that seem to go on forever.


Excellent value for rare Virgin Gorda beachfront property. Outstanding investment opportunity.


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Long Bay, Tortola, US$1,495,000


Exquisitely appointed home above Long Bay. The gorgeous white sandy beach is but a few minutes walk away.


Great Camanoe, US$975,000


A mariner's retreat; gently caressed by the tradewind breezes. Part of Indigo Plantation, a private residential estate.

Great Camanoe, US$875,000


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

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CAPTAIN’S STUDIO


Apple Bay, Tortola, US$350,000


Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood on lowland near the beach and northern coastline.

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


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


Road Town, Tortola, US$300,000


1 bedroom condominium and part of the hotel, marina and restaurant complex looking over docks and Road Harbour.

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

Nanny Cay, Tortola, US$180,000


This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo is located within walking distance of the Nanny Cay harbour. 



HODGE’S CREEK, TORTOLA

SPYGLASS HILL, TORTOLA Fandango House

NANNY CAY, TORTOLA

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SPYGLASS HILL, TORTOLA

Governor’s Point

Spyglass Hill House

US$1,625,000

US$595,000

SANDY GROUND, JOST VAN DYKE

SANDY GROUND, JOST VAN DYKE

Loblolly

US$525,000

LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA

WINDY HILL, VIRGIN GORDA

House with Dock

Sea Watch

US$900,000

US$599,000

MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA US$5,500,000

CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA

CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA

POND BAY, VIRGIN GORDA


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

SOL Y SOMBRA Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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

Smiths Gore Limited : : British Virgin Islands

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


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.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Published by aLookingGlass Ltd.

1 284 393 1000

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1 800 761 0377

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - October 2015  

Editor - Stephen L France

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