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From the Editor This is special month for us and for you. We are tallying up the results of the Virgin Islands Property and Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards as you pick up this issue. At the end of the month, Nanny Cay Resort, Marina & Beach will be the proud location to host the finale of this momentous occasion. Look forward to a social evening of celebration as we reveal the best of the best in a number of categories encompassing the BVI’s people, places, and services. For September’s edition, join us for a taste of the Mediterranean in reviewing vacation home Scottland House. The combination of the property’s historic European setting with the surrounding Caribbean atmosphere is a marvellous way to appreciate the best of both holiday destinations. BVI HomeSense engages this year’s drought issue with methods to maintain a prosperous household in such adverse conditions. Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at

Yacht Spotlight highlights an incredible vessel from outside the BVI in the majestic Diamonds are Forever; an ocean palace of impeccable standing whose magical interiors live up to her beautiful name. Following on, From Sea Level chef Megan of Lolalita keeps cuisine preparation innovative with her

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Seared Tomato and Fig Burrata – an eclectic mix of textures and flavours matching the diverse nature of


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Maritime historian Geoff relays some of the tedious or comical—depending on perspective—aspects of organising a sloop race, and Dolphin Discovery provide a concise guide about maintaining the beauty of the ocean, promoting their conservation programmes. Renowned retailer Little Switzerland returns to flaunt their newest treasures for Caribbean tourists, seeking a gift to complete their tropical retreat – nothing finishes off a traditional Virgin Islands vacation like a piece of stunning dutyfree jewellery or a fine watch. Our Things We Love feature displays the items necessary for perfect entertaining at the beach and Artists’ Corner introduces talented pastry chef Martha Tiffany, who shows that art can be edible as well. Mark Wollner—well known BVI resident and previous business owner— says a touching farewell in his bold, final journal entry detailing his longfought battle against cancer; a true inspiration to us all. And finally, Virgin Islands Life would never be fulfilled without a little island-hopping; where better than the multitude of isles in the BVI with a few of those options presented in this month’s photo exhibition. On that note…

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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.

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10 Villa Showcase

30 BVI Maritime History Tales

42 Artists’ Corner

Scottland House – a historical Mediterranean vision in a tranquil part of Tortola

Our history fables funnel into the present with the outrageous occurrences around the annual sloop race of the year

Martha Tiffany proves that artistry isn’t limited to the canvas with her pastry chef skills

17 BVI HomeSense

32 Concise Guide to Marine

46 Mark Wollner

Dolphin Discovery continues to educate us all through its marine conservation programmes

We pay homage to BVI resident and business owner Mark Wollner with his last journal entry

Expert advice for property owners on dealing with drought this year

Conservation and Education

20 Yacht Spotlight

35 Little Switzerland

This incredible and famed yacht caught our eye – we had to show you Diamonds are Forever

Some elegant new products in the most prestigious jewellery and watch retailer in the Caribbean

The endless fun of Island exploration in the BVI

28 From Sea Level

40 Things We Love

52 VIPY Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

Recipe for Seared Tomato and Fig Burrata, a cornucopia of textures, flavours, smells, and shades

Home accessories retailer House present the perfect entourage for entertaining at the beach

49 Virgin Islands Life

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September 2015


In deciding where to take their next vacation, adventurous

Guests immediately get in the old-world spirit upon entering their

global travellers are often torn between a coastal escape

vacation home by unlocking the antique wooden door with a traditional

to the historical setting of the Mediterranean, or a tropical

large metal key. Stepping inside, an immediate illusion of time travel is

paradise in the tranquil Caribbean. Though the destinations

created as the home is filled with one-of-a-kind furnishings and decor,

are separated by the world’s second largest body of water, here in Tortola, the magic of both is offered at holiday home Scottland House, presented by Villas of Tortola. Hidden down an adventurous private road in the hillside above Smuggler’s Cove, the architectural masterpiece boasting Mediterranean character is an ideal hideaway for a couple or family wanting to escape the busy tourist spots of Tortola. Its refreshing white exterior surrounded by stone walls features the

selected by the owners to perfect the Mediterranean theme. A cosy living area invites guests to lounge on spongy sofas and peruse the numerous artefacts and local paintings which adorn the space, or check out the ocean views with a state-of-the-art telescope. The kitchen is a blend of period and contemporary, as it perfectly fits the Mediterranean style with antique pots, pans, and crockery, yet the appliances are modern to efficiently prepare all types of cuisine. Meals are served al-fresco style on a patio table where guests can relish

classic design of a Greek villa; curved archways and large pillars, fitted by a

the Scottland experience while eating on pottery plates and sipping wine

burnt orange Spanish tile roof are enclosed by a wooden porch.

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Scottland House comfortably caters to up to four guests and is the

Looking out to the horizon, Jost Van Dyke and its neighbouring islands are

perfect place to spend time close to your loved ones. It more often

visible to the West, extending east to the northern tip of Tortola. Down below,

accommodates honeymooners or a couple looking for a relaxing get-away-

Smuggler’s Cove’s sandy shores lined with tropical palms can be seen next to


the Belmont peak and salt pond where flamingos can be sighted on occasion.

On the ground floor, the lower bedroom contains a cosy queen bed with

The peaceful location is just a four - five minute drive or 15 minute walk from

a half bathroom, and a vast library of literature catering to all preferences.

Smuggler’s Cove, a calm beach with soft waves and prime snorkelling conditions.

Additionally, it is stocked with a collection of DVDs to be enjoyed in the

Explore the coast heading east and you’ll pass Long Bay Beach, moving into

upstairs master suite, while relaxing in the comfort of a spacious four-poster

Apple Bay, a surfer’s paradise with welcoming dining establishments. Continue

king-size bed. Its en suite bathroom positioning gives the unique option to

along to Carrot Bay for a true taste of local culture and cuisine. Arrive at Cane

bathe inside or in a natural stone outdoor shower.

Garden Bay, Tortola’s most popular tourist beach, lined with beach bars and

Outside, the capacious deck area is tastefully adorned with unique antiques and landscaped with banana trees, wild orchids, and fuchsia

plenty of music and nightlife when the sun goes down. The West End Ferry Dock is a short 10 minute drive from the home, with

bougainvillea flowers. Choose to read on the covered porch on a wicker

options to take a ferry for day visits to the neighbouring islands. Beside,

chaise-longue, bask in the sun on a lounger, or retreat to a private hammock

Soper’s Hole Marina offers essential amenities including shops, restaurants,

for a snooze, secluded behind the master suite under the shade of a wooden

spas, and additional activities to enjoy the water.

pergola. Follow this with a refreshing dip in the 25 foot swimming pool and a

Scottland House grants an immediate sensation that you are inside a

delicious barbecue cooked on the gas grill nestled within a concrete alcove.

home you’d find when exploring the historic streets of Spain or Portugal, yet

Relish an alluring sunset on the patio with the sound of wooden wind chimes

its luscious tropical surroundings quickly affirm that you are in another kind

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Defeating Drought Words by Lucienne Smith – Smiths Gore. Photography by Renata Macrelli

Long hot sunny days are guaranteed here in the BVI and one of life’s great pleasures is to spend time relaxing at home enjoying the views and the sunshine; however, this summer has been challenging for property owners as there has been very little rain. On July 9, 2015, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) shared some statistics for the period January to June 2015 which showed that only 3.5 inches of rain had fallen, with most of that falling before March. By way of comparison, during the same period in 2014, rainfall totalled just under 14 inches. As a result, the BVI has been on drought watch for a number of months, but extended periods without rain are not uncommon here, if you are currently designing or building a house or are simply low on water, these tips will help.

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Landscaping: Although there is currently an abundance of flamboyant trees in full bloom with their deep orange flowers lighting up the hillsides, there are many plant species that are suffering from the lack of water. Easy tips for protecting your residential gardens include:

Acquire plant species that can flourish in dry conditions wherever

possible. These include Oleander, Bougainvillea, Ixoras, Euphorbia and the Succulent family

Use soil moist products which absorb lots of water and position them

around the roots of your plants. They will release moisture slowly helping your plants with an ongoing water supply

• • •

Use mulch around the plants. This helps to keep your gardens attractive

but will also slow down the evaporation process Build a berm around your plants to maximise the amount of water they

can absorb; they are hugely practical

• •

If not covered, keep an eye on the water level in your pool and expect

to top it up twice a week – this can be challenging when your main water supply is limited In the height of summer, switch the filtration from the skimmer to the

main drain and the jets instead. If the water level does go lower than the skimmer, your pump will not be affected and the pool will continue to have the water circulated. If you are away or cannot top up the pool, this will give

assurance that the pool will remain fully operational Sometimes in the middle of summer, the level of loss through

evaporation can accelerate to such a degree that you might start to wonder if you have a leak. An easy test is to fill a bucket and leave it by the poolside so you can gage exactly how much you are losing due to evaporation each day

Keep your plants pest free. They will need all their energy to keep

hydrated so ensure they are in the best condition

Cisterns:  It is easy to take water supply for granted until you don’t have any. Understanding how much water on average you

Pools: Swimming pools can lose about a quarter of an inch of water a day through evaporation; more depending on the wind and sunlight

are using is important and this varies from household to household. It is possible for a couple to go through 3,000 gallons in 10 days whilst a family of five can make 2000 gallons last six weeks. Know your usage so you can

intensity. That is over an inch and half each week which demands regular

manage supply.

pool top ups.

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Keep a track of how much water is in your cistern. Have a wall chart

near the cistern lid so you can record the measurements you take and know how much you have

• • •

Ensure you are aware what the capacity of the cistern is so you can

calculate how many gallons you have left when you take the measurements If you don’t have town water supplied, make sure your driveway can

accommodate a water truck so water can be delivered if needed If you are building a property, ensure you factor in enough cistern

space for grey water collection; water that can be used for the garden, power washing etc. This is water that will drain from decks and patios

If you have multiple cisterns, try and keep one exclusively for rain water

capture so you can have this pure source without mixing it with town water when supplies are low

• •

If you do have town supply, make sure your cistern is filling up on a

regular basis – don’t wait until you are running on empty Double check that you don’t have leaking taps or WC’s. This is a

common problem that can consume significant amounts of water so it is wise having a plumber give everything the once over

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Keep hydrated and enjoy these long sunny days – and if all else fails it is worth remembering that in the BVI, rum can sometimes be cheaper than water.



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liding gracefully along the water, the majestic luxury super yacht draws attention as her four-tired design and snow white exterior appeal to anyone attracted to exquisite nautical lifestyles. Inside, her interior was custom designed for an affluent clientele of owners who desire to relish the magic of the ocean on accommodations boasting lavish charm and imperial character. Evan K. Marshall Ltd, the renowned interior designer, proudly shares the beauty on board Diamonds are Forever. The exterior styling of the yacht is by Benetti and she was completed in 2011 at the Benetti Ship Yard in Livorno, Italy. Nemo Concept Design

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Evan K. Marshall Ltd. worked with several interior contractors including Genesis Yacht line and Mobil Art, along with the original owners to create a theme which was ‘something spectacular.’ The founder, Evan K. Marshall came from a family of avid sailors, drawing boats since he was four years old, and professionally starting his company in 1991 after six years working as a yacht designer. Having held a long standing relationship working on projects for the original owners—John and Jenette Staluppi—Evan had an ideal picture in his mind for his interior masterpiece upon hearing the name, Diamonds are Forever. “It is a valuable aspect of any designer to have a long standing relationship with a client because you understand their goals and expectations, which makes the project run more smoothly to ensure they Hybrid 2021 Concept Design are happy with the end result,” said Evan K. Marshall.



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The yacht is one of several boats once built and possessed by the Staluppis, which carries the name of a James Bond movie, as John liked the association of his boats with the film for their optimal balance of performance and luxury. Upon entering Diamonds are Forever through sliding glass doors, the sensation of royalty is felt as you venture into what appears to be a palace in the entrance foyer containing a mirrored elevator decorated with Swarovski crystals. The main salon area contains the most expensive acquired piece of furniture on the boat; worth 25,000 Euros, the dining table comfortably provides space for 12 guests as they enjoy a gourmet meal on a work of art incorporating glass, chrome, and special LED lighting. A second indoor social space, the Sky Lounge, features Diamonds are Forever’s full service bar along with a second dining table and an adjoining alfresco area, allowing guests to enjoy the outdoors under a shaded area in the comfort of air conditioning.

The outside decks provide additional space to relax or entertain, including plush outdoor sofas and a spacious hot tub. The galley matches the sumptuous interior of the rest of the vessel, as the elegant space contains wood with a high gloss finish, granite countertops, and is fully functional with state-of-the-art appliances to prepare all types of cuisine. Diamonds are Forever welcomes 12 overnight guests to stay in one of six lush state rooms, tastefully adorned with deluxe furnishings and each with its own marble en suite bathroom and entertainment system. “The tufted fabric wall panels made of silk were chosen to replicate the diamond pattern which we felt gave a richness to the rooms,” said Evan. The master stateroom contains a cream and champagne coloured bedspread with crystals woven into the fabric, and features mirrored ceilings to give the illusion of greater space for the owners’ comfort.

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Specially designed for the ease of its guests, the yacht is equipped with

an interface which uses iPad Minis to control everything on board including the leisure and entertainment facilities, lighting, curtains, and temperature. Evan boasts that the most unique feature of Diamonds are Forever is what they call the ‘Beach Club’ located at the aft of the boat. A garage door folds down to allow the tender to exit and transforms into a 10” by 10” deck area with teak floors just six inches above water level. Guests can enjoy loungers and swimming right off the boat when she is anchored, catering to yachting lifestyle desires. Interior design of this ostentatious nature is on average a two-and-a-half year process, which begins at the time of the exterior build. “Every detail, every knob, every fabric, every stone, everything has to be studied and selected and decided upon. We arrange numerous meetings to agree upon the best options to present to our clients, but as designers we are under pressure because we can’t allow the development of the interior to delay the boats completion,” said Evan. Like her name, Diamonds are Forever is a diamond out on the water, representing wealth, class, and superiority extending a royal experience on the ocean like no other.



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SEA Words by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

The Joys of Diversity

Variety is the spice of life, and if there are a variety of spices, life just becomes more and more fascinating. This is how I feel about the Virgin Islands – a melting pot of so many different cultures, traditions, stories, sounds, flavours, and colours – it is a feast for the senses. Having lived on the islands for many years, I feel it is my home, and yet I learn something new about it and its people all the time; it’s magic and familiarity in one warm, breezy, Caribbean hug. With such inspiration constantly surrounding me, my intrigue for diversity always finds its way into the galley. To accommodate an influx of European and American visitors, the Virgin Islands grocery stores stock a range of spices and high-end food items, so you can enjoy gourmet cuisine while savouring the natural wonder that is the Virgin Islands. When I found a certain combination of ingredients available in the stores recently, I knew I had to make one of my favourite first course dishes. It is a cornucopia of textures, flavours, smells, and shades; a perfect recipe to enjoy in the sundry VI.

Seared Tomato and Fig Burrata

1 medium onion, diced 20 very small tomatoes (San Marzano, cherry, or plum) Olive oil ¼ cup balsamic vinegar ¼ cup orange juice 1 TBSP honey 5 oz dried figs, diced into large chunks Salt and pepper 1 head garlic, thinly sliced Almonds, thinly sliced Burrata Cheese Fresh Tarragon Fresh cracked black pepper



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In a medium pan, sautée onion and tomatoes in olive oil until tomatoes have sear marks. Deglaze pan with balsamic, orange juice, and honey. Add in figs, salt and pepper to taste. In a separate pan, sautée garlic until crispy and slightly browned, like ‘chips.’   To assemble, place the burrata on your plate or platter of choice (this can be individual servings or one large dish for the table). Spoon the tomatoes and figs around the burrata, including all the juices. Garnish with sautéed garlic, almonds, tarragon, and pepper.

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SEA A blue moon occurs when there are two full moons in the same month. It doesn’t happen often so when one occurred on the last day in July—Friday 31—the day before the renowned August Festival Sloop Races, I didn’t pay much attention. I will know better next time. It was the 12th Annual Festival Sloop Shootout and Heritage Regatta featuring two days of traditional wooden sloop races; an event highlighted by the race between our Premier the Hon. D. Orlando Smith and our Royal Governor His Excellency John S. Duncan on ‘August Tuesday’ morning.

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

I have been organising these races for all 12 years since we at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College revived what had once been a central part of our annual Emancipation celebrations. It was meant to promote the Maritime Heritage of the Virgin Islands along with the development of a National Maritime Museum and new initiatives in traditional sloop construction. The past 11 years had seen many exciting moments that always included some sort of mishap and damage to hull and rig. This year, however, was exceptional. Two weeks before the races, everything was going according to plan. The boats were being readied and pre-race publicity had already commenced. The new poster had been designed and printed and things seemed routine. It would be our new Governor’s first sloop race and he was determined to make a good show of himself. He had already gained experience racing on our sloops in the Spring Regatta and Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta where he captured 3rd and 1st places. He was scheduled for two practice sessions on Intrepid, the 100 year-old sloop brought over from St. Croix two years ago. The practices took place outside Nanny Cay Marina where all of our traditional sloops are docked and the first one was held on July 23 at 3pm. I tagged along and it was a good two hours of tacking instruction and getting a feel for the helm. The next week saw press releases, radio interviews, and TV promotion which fuelled the fire as to who would win. Over the years, the Premier has held the lead in victories with 6 - 3 won against the preceding Governors; I don’t know of any other country where the

two heads of state compete in a competition like this. I know for sure it’s unique to the British Overseas Territories of which we are one. The second and final practice for Governor Duncan was on Friday July

The next morning they began at 6am and worked until 10pm under lights. Intrepid had one good sized hole at the water line, two gouges out of the stem in front, and numerous perforations all around. Through

31, the day before the first competition and the night of the full moon,

their herculean efforts, she was launched on Monday afternoon and

the blue moon. Practice began at 3pm as before and seemed routine.

sailed up to Road Town early Tuesday morning in time for the start.

I didn’t go along this time but saw them off and then headed towards

As I reached the Penn’s Dock early Tuesday morning, I felt relieved

Road Town to continue preparation. In this session, they were going to practice

that the crisis of Friday had been overcome with such an outstanding effort by Martin and Dale; nevertheless, I had

tactics including rounding a mark. I was

forgotten to factor in the full effects of a Blue

almost to town when I received a frantic

Moon. The conditions at the docks at this

call from Martin the first mate and coach:

part of Road Town can be very violent. You

“Intrepid is on the reef get help”. I rushed

have to tie boats off very carefully because

back to Nanny Cay to find her stuck on the

wind, current, and the residual wake from

reef just off the beach and being violently

ferry boats causes a rocking and bobbing

rocked back and forth. One of the dive boats

motion which strains lines and cleats alike.

from Blue Water Divers and two ribs from

Because the full moon had created a higher

Nanny Cay had already responded and she

tide and a stronger pull than normal, I met

was pulled free in about 20 minutes.

the Premier’s sloop Sea Moon with her

Taking on water, she was towed to the lift

transom pulled off and hanging over her

and immediately hauled out. Apparently

side still attached to the dock line. There was

the NBW connection had parted just as they

no fixing this one – not now any way. We

were rounding the mark closest to shore.

were back to three sloops for the race.

She temporarily lost steering and before

I moved the Governor back to Intrepid and

they could restore it, she was on the rocks.

the Premier sailed on Youth Instructor. We

The damage was severe, especially for a boat

held a captain’s meeting, read out the rules

built circa 1915, but repairable; however, it

and course, said a prayer, and the sloops were

looked like she would definitely be out of the

manned, rigged and sailed off the dock for

competition this year.

the 12th Annual Festival Sloop Shootout.

The next morning, we gathered crews and

The Premier won the first race by only

sailed the three remaining sloops to Road

1 min 53 secs. It was one of the closest

Town in preparation for Tuesday’s races.

competitions we’ve ever had and he gets to

This time, the Governor sailed on Youth

retain the trophy. The second race was won

Instructor, which would become his new

by the Governor so they are tied overall.

ride for the sloop shootout. Also taking part

I wish I could say that was the end of our

were Sea Moon, the Premier’s sloop of choice

mishaps, but it wasn’t…

and Esmie our newest member of the fleet

Our third sloop Esmie felt left out and

donated to the College by Local businessman

she decided to take her turn at the start of

Leando Nibbs.

the second race by breaking her main sheet

The sail was uneventful and the boats

traveller and slamming into the Premier’s

were secured at Penn’s Marina behind The

boat Youth Instructor causing minor damage

Pub in Road Town. It was after tying them off

to both boats.

that Martin Van Houten and Dale Durant— who had sailed Sea Moon up—announced

As we towed Sea Moon back to Nanny Cay after the race, I contemplated the repairs to

that they were going to attempt to repair Intrepid in time for Tuesday’s

be done to all four boats and swore I would never take a blue moon for

race. It was a very daunting task and greeted with scepticism from the

granted again. Thank heavens there are two years before the next one.

other sailors.

SEA Words by Lauren Charley. Photography courtesy of Dolphin Discovery

Visitors flock to the British Virgin Islands for a temporary taste of paradise. They seek the sand and sun, beautiful scenery, Caribbean culture, and of course, our beautiful ocean. It is up to us—the residents who are fortunate enough to call the islands our home —to protect our ocean by knowing how to treat our marine life with respect and keep our land and waters clean. Marine conservation is defined as the protection and preservation of ecosystems in oceans and seas. It focuses on both the restoration of existing damage caused by human impact and works to limit future damage by pollution and other factors which are harmful to these habitats. For the past three years, Dolphin Discovery on Tortola has been educating the youth through free marine conservation programmes which are taught at local schools followed by a an educational visit to the park. Every month, the programme leaders choose a new topic and collaborate with 15 of their marine biologists in order to make sure the information is accurate and as enriching as possible. In addition to these classes, they also organise regular beach clean-ups, working in collaboration with the BVI Tourist Board, Conservation and Fisheries Department, and the Agriculture Department.



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What man-made factors affect the ocean?

The BVI is home to lots of areas with mangroves. Mangroves provide valuable nursery areas for juvenile fish and crustaceans and are also an important source of nutrients for the adjacent marine ecosystem. Not only are they important shelters for marine life, but they also help to protect the coastline from serious erosions during tropical cyclones.

• Industrial waste: Chemicals and pollutants are often drained into fresh water leading to the sea because of improper waste management systems • Sewage and water waste: Sewage water released into the ocean contains harmful bacteria and chemicals which can cause serious health problems • Mining activities: The elements extracted from mining in the raw form contain chemicals and can increase the amount of toxic elements when mixed with water • Marine dumping: Garbage produced from each household is deposited directly into the water in some countries, not only causing pollution but often direct harm to animals in the sea

What is the importance of marine life? Marine life is important to the natural food chain, as many animals, both

• Accidental oil leakage: Oil spills pose a huge concern as a large amount of oil from ships enters the sea and does not dissolve in water, posing a threat to marine life

sea and land based, depend on the ocean’s vegetation and creatures as a stable part of their diet in order to live in their natural habitat.

What effects does pollution and disruption have on the ocean? Over the years, the amount of pollution and destruction to ecosystems has increased drastically within the marine environment. Animals’ natural habitats have become unsuitable for them to live as the temperatures have changed and sources of foods no longer exist in those areas, so they themselves migrate to new locations. This in turn causes a chain reaction, because as one species vacates an area, those higher in the food chain must relocate to follow them or find new sources of food.

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Everyday tips for people to protect our oceans • Mind your carbon footprint by reducing energy use • Make safe and sustainable seafood choices • Use less plastic made products • Help take care of our beaches by doing a 10 min clean-up when you visit a beach • Don’t buy items that exploit marine life • Support organisations that are working to protect the ocean • Influence change in your community • Travel the ocean responsibly • Read and learn about ocean and marine life



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The timepiece is a rarity because it’s truly a one-of-a-kind collector’s edition. Once Little Switzerland’s stock expires, they will not be othing completes a Caribbean vacation like a souvenir to reveal to family and friends a memento of that

pay tribute to the brand’s expertise in reliable watchmaking. Able to

fantastic tropical excursion. Over the years, many

resist under the most extreme sailing conditions, this watch features

visitors from around the globe have adopted this expression, represented in purchase of duty-free jewellery and/or watches. Little Switzerland—founded over 60 years ago—is most aware of this tradition being a lead caterer of these luxury possessions. With 32 stores throughout the Caribbean and 14 in the Virgin Islands alone, Little Switzerland’s variety of branded goods with prices suited to a range of customers, has heralded the retailer as the established provider of finer indulgences.

Two recent pieces to join the Little Switzerland line, drawing widespread attention are the TAG Heuer timepiece and the Diamond Avance ring. The timepiece is a limited edition that was created exclusively for Little Switzerland. It features a beautiful dark blue dial with gold inscriptions of the Caribbean islands. Available in the men’s and women’s range, TAG Heuer is one of the finest Swiss Watch brands since 1860. This piece qualifies customers for 12 months of interest free financing if they choose to open the Little Switzerland free VIP client card.


receiving anymore. Falling in the Aquaracer collection, these watches


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essential TAG Heuer characteristics:

• • • • •

Water resistant to 500 meters Ceramic bezel (ceramics is four times more resistant to scratches than

steel and 25% lighter) Screw in crown (guarantee of a perfect water-resistance) Highly readable luminescent hands and markers Sapphire crystal (recognised for its sturdiness and scratch-resistance)

retailer—she clarified the reason why a variety of customers take time to shop at the store during their Virgin Islands trip. “When I worked on the floor at our flagship Little Switzerland store in St. Thomas, I fondly remember an older couple coming in to purchase some jewellery for their three granddaughters,” she said of one of many detailed moments. “They wanted something special, but not too expensive. I spent about two hours with them, walking about the store and letting them touch and feel different pieces, so that they could find something just right,” Madalyn continued. “When they found the items they wanted, I couldn’t help but hold back tears as I saw the light of happiness in their eyes. I could see their excitement as they knew their beautiful granddaughters would cherish this gift forever. That is what our business is about. These are items that we want and give to one another to show love and affection. We are in The Diamond Avance ring—also created for Little Switzerland—is a stunning statement of love in 3.00 ctw in diamonds set in 18kt white gold. Its shimmering brilliance offers a unique appearance and qualifies customers for 18 months of interest free financing if they opt for the free VIP client card.

the business of making memories and smiles for a lifetime,” she said, elaborating that a holiday is an ideal time to treat one’s self or loved ones. With such principles about luxury retail, Little Switzerland are thorough in confirming that customers are ecstatic with their purchases, departing the Virgin Islands with a life-changing prize that they will value evermore.

The Avance brand is exclusive to Little Switzerland and each piece is backed by a lifetime warranty that embodies the vision of the store, promoting an eternal support of their customers. Standing behind their products and prices, they are united under the prestigious Luxury Jewellers Alliance, which gives their guests the peace of mind that they are receiving the best price from an authorised retailer, reinforced by experience and the epitome of customer service. Presenting an additional two-year watch warranty on all timepieces, this is an immense saving with no other retailer able to match this generous offer. A state of the art watchmaking facility in their St. Thomas location for servicing any timepieces they sell is further testimony of the after-care that distinguishes the store. Many guests that have shopped at Little Switzerland, return each year to buy new pieces. With a family based ethos, the retailer treats their customers with this bond whether new or familiar. Their main direction

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is to make sure each guest creates lifetime memories with their profound purchase accompanying the knowledge that their procurement will be treasured for years to come.

Whether it’s a day off a cruise liner, a yachtie’s sail onto land, or a resort vacationer’s shopping desire, Little Switzerland is set on the holiday-maker itinerary. When speaking to Madalyn Tavares—a representative of the

Phone: 1-284-494-3730 Website: Facebook: LittleSwitzerlandCaribbean

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August 2015


Handy and bio-degradable shell picks for picnic food and cook outs

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

Most important - don’t forget the bottle opener and remember to bag up the bottle tops

Take along extra cushions to sit on around the bonfire, bringing cool design to the beach

Keep the bugs at bay with our sweet smelling mosquito repellent candles-in-a-jar

Extra-long matches for lighting the barbecue or beach bonfire

Colourful paper napkins with a beach theme for sticky fingers, completing a polished picnic outdoors

Carry all your food with ease in these large totes and bags in co-ordinating vibrant colours

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



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Special Offer: Buy one 60 minute treatment, and receive a complimentary 30 minute “Fresh Facial.” The perfect complement to a relaxing massage or body wrap, the Fresh Facial gently rejuvenates and brightens the skin, while incorporating botanical oils, for an enchanting aromatic experience. Derived from natural ingredients, the comprehensive serum, includes a spectrum of exfoliants, cleansers, and moisturizers, applied to the skin using unique massage techniques focused on the face, neck and décolleté, leaving skin revitalized and radiant for days. Reserve your appointment by contacting, Sense ®, A Rosewood Spa at +1 284 852 5553 or email: Valid through September 30th 2015

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 FranklyFitness® 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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Words by Lauren Charley Photography courtesy of the artist

Upon hearing the word ‘artist,’

the majority

would envision an individual who practices one of the traditional mediums such as visual arts, music, sculpting, or perhaps acting – rarely is the term associated with other disciplines; however, when you are presented with a dish at a restaurant which has been carefully crafted to be visually appealing, it is clear food presentation—especially desserts—is in fact a form of art.



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Martha Tiffany served as the executive pastry chef at The Dove Restaurant and Wine Bar for the 2014-2015 high season, and is proud to be the artist behind the picturesque displays of delicious sweets which taste just as outstanding as they look. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Martha obtained her education at the University of Cincinnati, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurial Business, followed by an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Midwest Culinary institute. “I’ve always had a sweet tooth. As a child I would hide a bag of powdered sugar under my bed and eat it with a spoon,” said Martha. It is no surprise that Martha is a passionate visual artist, particularly drawing on Realism, but she decided to choose a career in the culinary profession instead. She admitted that her background and love for visual arts has played a significant role in the creation and presentation of her pastries.

Like a traditional artist, Martha carries a sketchbook of recipes wherever she goes, where she jots down ideas for flavour combinations, pictures of presentation, and even an idea of the quantities she will use. Martha believes that the visual appeal of a dish, and especially a dessert, is important not only to the chef who is allowed more creativity, but also to the customer who is made intrigued by something edible for more than just the taste. “People eat with their eyes first. But the trick to artistic culinary skills is to learn to balance great flavours with beautiful presentation,” said Martha with a smile. A typical day preparing pastries for Martha begins in the early afternoon when she takes out the icings and desserts she has prepared the night before and organises them in the fridge. She then warms her cakes and custards in the oven, but on days when she makes desserts from scratch, it can take up to four hours.

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Martha is a fan of

“Following other chefs is like reading a favourite author.

accompanying her desserts

Like you enjoy someone’s particular style of writing, you

with fresh fruit, edible

will have a preference over certain chefs’ presentation

flowers, and a delicious sauce

and recipes.”

or two. During the dinner rush, the chef is in charge

For her boyfriend’s birthday, Martha perfected an exclusive recipe

of confirming her desserts

for an eye-catching goat cheese cheesecake with hibiscus soursop jam,

have immaculate visual

accompanied by rich custard-filled éclairs dipped in dark chocolate.

presentation. The creations on Martha’s menu alter on a weekly basis. Flavoured creme brûlée, coconut cake, and a choice of sorbets are usually a standard with an additional two to four desserts allowing her to get creative and draw from her own imagination or the Instagram accounts of the ‘dessert masters:’



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The pastry chef herself is as sweet as the desserts she prepares, always cheerful and enthusiastic to greet guests when she proudly shares her beautiful creations. Those who can’t get enough of Martha’s desserts can keep up to date with her latest works of delicious art by following her Instagram, MAR_MAR_TIFFANY.


“ It is a l l about h ow we get th ere and w ho we travel w it h . ” - Mark W ollner

JOURNEY FOR SURVIVAL Mark Wollner’s Final Entry Introduction by Nick Cunha, Edited by Lauren Charley

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 29, 1958, Mark Wollner began his career as an electrician working for his father. After a rewarding career, he moved with his family and beloved son Jack to the British Virgin Islands in 1999 with the intention to retire. Instead, Mark started Island Time Ltd. Electrical business together with Leroy Nichols. At this time, he also started MMM Power Boat Rentals as a side business. This was later renamed to Island Time Powerboat Rentals. In 2006 he finally retired as an electrician, running the boat business together with his wife Katrin as his mainstay. He adored the sea and loved helping people, so he became one of VISAR’s valuable volunteers, bringing with him experience as an EMT volunteer for the ambulance services in New Jersey. In his own words, Mark Wollner was on “borrowed time,” and he accepted it. He was no stranger to death because his heart had already stopped beating in the midst of previous surgical procedures. It was as if Mark had set his own ‘terms’ with God upon being diagnosed in 2006 with Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma, (a rare type of cancer which only affects two in a million people, causing large fatty tumours to grow in the pelvic



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area), and somehow he had managed to extend his ‘contract’ of five years in order to live another four. Anyone who knew Mark Wollner, wasn’t at all surprised by his unwillingness to give up. Sloan Kettering in New York was treating him from his diagnosis to May 2011, when they gave up on him. Not ready to surrender, he found Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa, Oklahoma who saved his life in November 2011. At a revisit in October 2014, it was discovered that the cancer had spread past its usual area—Mark had by then endured six surgeries. On December 4, 2014, he was rushed into an emergency 12-hour surgery at the CTCA, followed by what began as a speedy recovery, but resulted in a downward spiral involving two additional major surgeries. Dr. Pierre Greeff and his staff performed their best and gave all they could to continue giving Mark chances at life until he returned home in April. The following journal entry was delivered by Mark Wollner May 24, 2015 via email, from his hospital bed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It has been modestly edited so that it is as close to his words as possible. This entry would come to be Mark Wollner’s final journal Entry.

24th May 2015 So, as always, I will start by saying cancer sucks! There, got that off my chest. I am not sure how to write this journal . . . Life takes many different turns as we travel our endless highway. Cancer is a battle that is non-stop for as long as you have the attitude and will to carry on. Sometimes, we cancer fighters just lose all hope and we call it a day. Sometimes, we do not have a choice and God decides for us. My fight started in 2006 and by the grace of God, it continues today. I will tell you first hand there was no way I could have pulled any of this off if it wasn’t for Dr. Greeff and the loving and devoted care the nurses gave me. They are my angels who carried me through a lot of emotional needs, ungodly pain, and messy situations that challenged me mentally almost every day. Five months in a hospital bed without eating a thing, staring out a window and not knowing what tomorrow will bring is a mental challenge for survival.

We will take one day at a time and one challenge at a time and make it work.

Ask me why I fight so hard and I will tell you the same: I cannot imagine myself not being at Katrin’s side holding her hand. I am so proud of my son Jack for finally making a solid choice in life – a student studying marine mechanics who has high scores on every test and has a future mapped for himself. I will fight my fight so he can have me cheering him on. I am home now; my most loving wife gave me a deadline early April that I am going home and that is that. My time at CTCA was up and we all geared up for my departure. My set back now is medical insurance. After nine years of fighting cancer, my health insurance was cancelled. Their reason was that I exceeded my life time limit. No US based carrier will pick me up because my past health care was not a US company. I am being denied here outside the US because of my preexisting condition. We will do what Katrin and I always do. We will take one day at a time and one challenge at a time and make it work. We have my second round of Yondelis chemotherapy paid for and ordered. In the next week, we need to place the order for my third round. We are not there yet, but we will get it done. One obstacle, one challenge, and one day at a time. Thank you one and all for your support. It means a lot in my fight.

Bless You Mark Wollner Mark Wollner passed away on July 4, 2015, at the young age of 57. He hoped that his series of journal entries during the course of his battle would inspire others to treasure life and appreciate

My most loving wife Katrin was there for all my major surgeries, nursing me back to life mentally and physically. I am so proud of her. To be able to switch gears in between running a business at home by herself and flying to Tulsa to hold on to me, she is my true angel and soul mate. Bless her and her endless devoted love.

those who love you and support you through journeys, whether they be good or bad. For the full version of Mark’s last entry, please see the online article at

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 Wednesday September 30, 2015 will be the appointed time this year. Although we usually have the finale in October, we went for a change with also a switch in the venue to Nanny Cay Beach Bar offering a complimentary drink to everyone who attends. Nanny Cay was voted Best BVI Marina several times in our Reader Vote and is a great community spot to have dinner, relax with a drink, or simply watch the horizon over the sea on the ample beach. As one of the anticipated British Virgin Islands events of the year, businesses and individuals from all over our archipelago will join us for the announcement of the winners in the following categories; listed here in alphabetical order:

•Best Air Travel or Air Tour Company in the BVI •Best BVI Architectural Firm •Best BVI Bartender •Best BVI Crewed Yacht (individual) •Best BVI Day Charter •Best BVI Health & Spa •Best BVI Land Activity •Best BVI Local Artist



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•Best BVI Marina •Best BVI Marine Activity •Best BVI Provisioning •Best BVI Real Estate Company •Best BVI Resort/Hotel/Accommodation •Best BVI Restaurant/Bar •Best BVI Retail Store •Best BVI Sailor •Best BVI Vacation Villa (individual) •Best BVI Yacht Brokerage •Best BVI Yacht Charter Company

The prize draw for voters will occur during the event for the following great gifts: Antilles Helicopter Services – Cloud 9 ‘Get High on the BVI’ tour for two guests Big Sexy Boat Rentals – 1/2 day charter to White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. (Does not include fuel or captain) Sole Spa – The Perfect Pamper Package. 4hs The Dove Restaurant – 3 course dinner for two with a bottle of wine Blue Water Divers – 2 tank dive (If the winner is not a certified diver they can do the Discover Scuba Course) Brandywine Restaurant – 1 of 2 $100 gift certificates for lunch or dinner Soggy Dollar Bar – $100 Gift Certificate (Dining room and food only) Willy T – Dinner for 4. One entree per person (Drinks not included) Arawak Interiors – $50 Gift Voucher

Looking forward to seeing you! If unaware of this much anticipated event, please visit us at for information.

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ISLAND SPICE $1,600,000 Practically perfect in every way! 2 bed main/1 bed guest, pool . Walk to stunning beach

F L A M B OYA N T $795,000 Immaculately maintained 2 bedroom family home on ever popular Havers Hill.

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Beachfront lot- Jost Van Dyke! Just under 1/2 acre. Simply stunning spot to build your vacation home


LIME TREE $495,000 Delightful 2 bed cottage on 2 acre lot. Breath taking views. Great value for money.



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Not a blade of grass out of place in this pristine, spacious 3 bedroom villa with pool, perched on the ridgetop above Smuggler’s Cove beach.



Visit our offices at Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, or Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda

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

Newly refurbished 3 bedroom main house with one bedroom

Spectacular 5 bed home overlooking Brewers Bay. Highest quality finishes throughout.

Guest Cottage. Superb finishes.



$1,750,000 Walk to the beach from this fabulous 4 bed home with pool. Simply stunning views of North Sound!

Immaculate 3 bedroom villa, move-in ready, delightful lot, moments from white sand beach




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4 bed main home, 2 bed guest 1.5 acres beachfront, newly 1 3/4 acres 3 bedrooms. Walk to home. Glorious views. Short renovated, 4 bed, pool, best Spring Bay Beach. Beautiful stroll from fantastic beach sunset views in the entire BVI! stonework, boulders and views.

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“We understand the true value of a home in the islands”



This waterfront gem, set on 4.214 acres, is a short walk from secluded Little Bay beach and enjoys stunning 180 degree ocean views. This Balinese-inspired villa extends to over 6,000 sq. ft. The property features a terrace with infinity edge pool, hot tub and fully equipped gym.

US$5,950,000 | Property/ Web ID ZBEBZP


Modern and recently renovated "turn-key" property constructed to create a functional space adorned with furnishings and decor appealing to all tastes. Its location set high in the hills of Tortola's West End. 
 Cohoba House is a property fit for entertaining.

US$2,500,000 | Property/ Web ID GW4HBD


Investment opportunity. Consists of eight self-contained apartments in two buildings with a large paved car-park that provides ample parking for tenants. Currently the apartments are being offered successfully as long term rental. Situated in West End on the hill above Big Ben's Supermarket.

US$1,800,000 | Property/ Web ID RW7DE3


Sits on a bluff east of Road Town. It has an open floor plan, is bright and airy with a spacious covered veranda for indoor/ outdoor living and dining. Awe-inspiring views abound all around of Peter Island & St John. Situated to capture the trade winds and has consistent gentle breezes.

US$675,000 | Property/ Web ID QGXB8J

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Each office is independently owned and operated

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Mahoe Bay, Virgin Gorda, PUR

Cooten Bay, Tortola, US$1,750,000

Shannon, Tortola, US$10,000,000

Three villas, sold separately or as a whole. Each of the three villas is designed with a private waterfront infinity pool with unobstructed ocean views.

Newly constructed 5-bedroom, 
 5-bathroom house on 0.866 acres with magnificent ocean views. High-end finishes, fixtures and appliances.

Furnishings reflecting Colonial Caribbean style that set the stage for casual elegance. Lush tropical gardens with 
 fish pond and waterfall.




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

Unique secluded beachfront property on one of the favourite, widest and longest stretch of fine white sand beach in the BVI. Includes private pool.

Trunk Bay, Tortola, US$1,150,000

Nail Bay, Virgin Gorda, US$995,000

As one walks in through the grand entry of this contemporary home, one can't help but be awed by the majestic ocean and its rugged coastal views.

One of the most intriguing features of this house is the architecturally unique modern-contemporary design of a `waterway & waterfall' feature.




Hodge's Creek, Tortola, US$675,000

Josiah's Bay, Tortola, US$475,000

Bright Caribbean colours and an open plan interior makes for a great family home. Located in a quiet and popular neighbourhood for avid sailors.

Jost Van Dyke, US$525,000

4 unit guesthouse located at the summit of a hill with lovely views. 
 Lots of light and breeze, open concept dining on the balconies, with a pool.

As one of only 8 villas on the estate, Diamond View has it all; privacy and spectacular views of Little Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Spit, Sandy Cay and Tortola.

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Governor’s Point

Spyglass Hill House









House with Dock

Sea Watch







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.



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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - September 2015  

Editor - Stephen L France