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LOBLOLLY Havers, Tortola US$2,990,000

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LIVE THE LIFE YOU IMAGINED Living in the British Virgin Islands means having an intimate relationship with the ocean and our tropical climate; they permeate our daily activities. Beach day or forest hike? North shore surfing 
 or South shore marina? Tortola or Virgin Gorda? The choices are many and varied. Choosing to eat 
 out could take you to one of numerous restaurants on several different islands with countless 
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From the Editor The year is already speeding on, but the momentum didn’t stop for VIPY over Christmas and New Year as we prepared ourselves for a fruitful 2016. Now we’re looking to Valentine’s Day, next will be Spring Break and the abundance of yacht regattas, then the summer season. We at VIPY believe the direction to take in these fast paced times we live in, is to sometimes take no action at all. Appreciate the moment. If possible, and this is a big ‘IF,’ put down the camera. Enjoy life and be grateful for what’s on offer – this should be especially easy if you’re living in or visiting the British Virgin Islands. Just glancing at what we have this issue, testifies to the countless amenities that inspire joy. For February, we revisit the tranquillity of Villa Katsura; situated on Virgin Gorda, this property is serenity personified through its insightful design, blending Asian influence with the Caribbean environs. We also return to aTec this year with their cutting edge, energy-saving technology that will help Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at bvipropertyyacht.com

sustain the BVI and lower your bills – we could all use their cost effective provisions and services! Exploring White Bay is always a delight and White Bay Villas and Seaside Cottages won Best BVI Resort, Hotel/Accommodation in the Readers’ Choice 2015 vote; the Readers’ Choice Focus segment gave

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permitting close proximity to all the activities sought in a Caribbean vacation. The SEA section of our magazine brings BVI Maritime History Tales scribe Geoffrey Brooks, retelling the story of Christopher Fleming and the culture of smuggling; an integral part of Virgin Islands’ life since the early eighteenth century; and an extra special dessert recipe emerges From Sea Level in Peach Upside Down Cakes. Our Reader Giveaway offers extravagance in a basket—literally—with the generous luxury experts Little Switzerland, while we get familiar with the lady that stole the show at the Readers’ Choice event last year – welcoming Amanda Georges and her aerial silk talent to the Artists’ Corner. Celebrating Valentine’s Day this month, Things We Love displays gifts to give to a loved one on this momentous occasion. Introducing our new feature—Mixology Masters—a section that will profile the most popular and skilled bartenders of the Virgin Islands, we open with a man that doesn’t need announcing as he’s already a true showman - Christian ‘Xtian’ MacDonald. And finally, our Virgin Islands Life photography piece parades ´ event planning company Navanchor and their second elite soiree, Black Swan hosted at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). As always, hoping you relish this issue and that 2016 allows

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Great Value Properties for Sale BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

www.realestatebvi.com Luxury Beach Front Villa Virgin Gorda

Modern, Private Family Home Central Tortola

Gorgeous Villa West End, Tortola with Fabulous Island Views!

5 Bedroom, 6 Bathroom Private Home with Pool. Exceptional Income Property.

Comfortable 4 Bed, 4 Bath Home under one roof

3 Bed 4 Bath Beautifully Finished Villa with Pool

Asking US $4,700,000

Asking US $1,195,000

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A Variety of Beach front Land in Tortola & Anegada

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Upscale, Very Private Havers Hilltop Home with Pool, Tortola

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2 Bed, 1 Bath Private Home with 1 Bed apartment Below

3 Bed, 3 Bath Beautifully Furnished Home under one Roof with Pool

Asking from US $850,000 to US $5 million

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Asking US $1,650,000

We are committed to finding your BVI home. Leave it in our capable hands. Your Local BVI Real Estate Experts... Bonnie Dougall Mouzaya Dabboussy Claire Massingham (284) 346-7080 (284) 346-7090 (284) 340-7060

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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.

Chris Smith Chris arrived in the BVI in 1992 to work for Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island. After several great years on Necker, Chris moved to Virgin Gorda and became involved in real estate sales and development, and vacation villa rentals and management as managing broker of Coldwell Banker.

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Villa Katsura radiates serenity photo by Rainbow Visions BVI


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Villa Katsura exhibits a thoroughly perceptive design, creating the most peaceful residence to grace the BVI

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Seven Peaks is the vacation property under the spotlight this month, seated in traditional Caribbean holiday surroundings

Presenting the aerial silk extravaganza at our Readers’ Choice event last year, we introduce you to the talented Amanda Georges

34 Best BVI Yacht Charter Company

Bringing you cutting-edge technology for your home, saving the world and your wallet

MarineMax Vacations took the lead in our latest vote as we reveal in Readers’ Choice Focus

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The culture of smuggling is retold in our segment this issue

The epic task continues to discover the fantastically designed rooms of secluded and concealed Virgin Islands’ properties

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48 Things We Love BVI retailer House present some novel items to make Valentine’s Day special

38 BVI Maritime History Tales 49 Mixology Masters Our new feature for 2016 opens with a bartender that every BVI resident and visitor applauds: Christian ‘Xtian’ MacDonald

Megan shares a special request dessert she made for a Lolalita guest in Peach Upside Down Cakes

24 Best BVI Resort, Hotel/Accommodation Readers’ Choice Focus review White Bay Villas and Seaside Cottages – why is this establishment so popular in the BVI?

42 Reader Giveaway Be in to win the ‘Shine Bright Like a Diamond’ gift basket from luxury experts Little Switzerland!

52 Virgin Islands Life Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was proud host ´ – to the Navanchor’s Black Swan soiree have a peek


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illa Katsura, presented by Coldwell Banker BVI, is a

vaulted ceilings with intricate beams of Douglas Fir are the key feature of

23,500 sq ft villa on the Little Dix Bay peninsula of

the palatial living space.

Virgin Gorda.

Whilst the superb architecture and stunning location set it apart from

Set in almost three acres of manicured gardens,

anything else on the market, it is the gardens that define Villa Katsura.

this peaceful hideaway offers the ultimate in luxurious

Personally conceived by landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu—globally known

island living along with full access to the amenities of the

for his rock landscapes and healing gardens—the grounds are immaculately

world-renowned Little Dix Bay Resort. The owners spent seven years building the property, finally completing the project in 2014. Delivering a subtle Asian feel blended with

manicured and accented with waterfalls, koi ponds, stone walkways and bamboo groves. The origami cranes fashioned from metal atop the entrance gateposts,

the Caribbean ocean views, the years of craftsmanship and subsequent

welcome you to the property and lead the way to the entrance pavilion

meticulous maintenance have resulted in a house second to none.

complete with a water feature and steps down to the koi pond adjacent to

Only materials of the highest quality were used in the construction of

the kitchen entrance.

Villa Katsura, including an impressive array of woods from around the world

The estate is divided into three separate pavilions: the master bedroom,

such as Tiger Wood, European Larch, and Western Cedar. Handcrafted doors

the main house with living room, kitchen and one bedroom, and the beach

with floor to ceiling glass, flood the rooms with light and completely open

house containing three bedrooms.

up welcoming the outdoors inside.

Officially the house has five bedrooms but the layout offers extreme

The Asian inspired décor has been collected and imported by the owners to complement the tranquility of the landscaping and ocean views. High

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flexibility to sleep more persons if necessary. Extra futons and screens can be added to create more sleeping areas in the main house bedroom and


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the self-contained apartment on the lower level of the beach house. Each

on the pool terrace, which also features a professional gas grill and fully

bedroom has its own unique bathroom with either a custom shower or

equipped outdoor kitchen.

ofuro bathtub. Hidden behind shoji screens in each bedroom pavilion is a

Katsura’s own sandy beach offers excellent swimming and snorkelling

small kitchen with refrigerator, freezer, and microwave. Personal laundry

on the reef close to shore and is not accessible by anyone except the

facilities have been included in the upstairs bedrooms of the beach pavilion,

neighbouring property. Situated below the main house and edged by rocks,

the master bedroom, the kitchen, and by the pool for guests convenience.

the natural shape of the pool and reflection of the sky above gives the pool

Housekeeping laundry facilities are also available at two other discreet

the appearance of extending out into the ocean beyond. Complete with

locations on the property.

heated spa rock pool, steam shower room, fire pits, and waterfalls, you and

Set apart from the main house, the master bedroom is reached over a bridge and boasts its own sun terrace and fire pit. Unwind from a day at the beach in the oversized double shower that opens out on to a private koi pond complete with waterfall. Enjoy your morning coffee in a corner of the spacious veranda, shaded by one of the many indigenous trees included in the garden design. The spacious kitchen is equipped with the professional grade appliances you would expect of a property of this calibre. Dining areas can be found both inside the kitchen, outside on the dining terrace, or downstairs

your guests will find no need to stray far. Quality and simplicity are key themes in the overall ambience of Villa Katsura with the richness of the woods and the quality of the finishings. Solar panels and ample battery storage make a significant contribution to the house’s power supply, partnered by full air conditioning throughout. Comfort, convenience, and efficiency have been prioritised and consequently the living experience at Villa Katsura is effortless. Villa Katsura is currently enjoyed as a private residence, but owing to its careful design, is ideally suited to operating as a staffed, luxury vacation retreat. bvipropertyyacht.com

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Its price and stylistic elements will not appeal to everyone, but for the discerning few, Villa Katsura offers a remarkable opportunity to own a house unrivalled anywhere in the BVI. There is quite simply nothing else like it.

Villa Katsura

Property ID: CS876 Beds: 5 Baths: 12 Lot: 2.793 acres Location: Virgin Gorda Location Type: Beachfront View: Stunning sea views across the Dogs, Beef Island through to Tortola

US $40,000,000 For more info contact: Chris Smith Phone: (284) 495 3000 Mobile: (284) 340 3000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

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The second in a three-part series. PART 1 in October 2015 issue

We all need to save money more than ever; but why not choose to save the world at the same time? aTec—who are currently leading the ‘power revolution’ in the BVI—are a company advocating the benefits of alternative energy solutions that not only conserve finances, but contribute to the preservation of the globe’s natural resources. Keeping abreast of the latest technological advances, aTec provide a

Solar Panels

value service for their clients’ investment into alternative energy supplies.

Solar panel technologies have improved in their energy to electricity

Specialising in solar, wind, battery, and fossil fuel resources, they determine

conversion efficiency, lowered in price, and offer a range of options for

the best method to minimise a client’s reliance on utility or fossil fuel power

maintaining a property’s aesthetically pleasing exterior.

generation, maximising their client’s financial savings. The company promotes the strategy of micro-grids, a localised and cost effective form of power production comprised of the aforementioned

“The standard efficiency remains around 15% for crystalline solar panels, but can go as high as 22%,” said aTec Managing Director Dana Miller. Solar panel diversity remains present with some panels being rated for

sustainable technologies. These revolutionary power sources constantly

seaside applications and hurricane zones, and Building Integrated Photo

evolve and aTec prosper in maintaining the cutting-edge peak of this tech,

Voltaics—BIPV—available, supplying a way of creating energy generating

taking the BVI into the future.

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sided—achieves a higher conversion efficiency and amorphous silicon panels power outage. Residential and commercial properties can benefit from this, can be formed in a variety of shapes and sizes, including solar roofing tiles. Manufacturers include SunPower, Panasonic, Lumos Solar, Onyx Solar, and Prism Solar.

permitting the potential of eliminating their electricity bills.” The MD affirmed that the relatively low cost to install grid-tie renewable energy, will enable individuals or companies to invest in their future, placing

“For the majority of residential or commercial scenarios, the standard crystalline silicone module is the way forward, offering the best energy return for the dollar,” said the aTec MD.

them on the path to energy independence.

Monitoring Systems Monitoring systems for these technologies are available, useful, and cost

Solar Inverters

effective for those who would like to assess their home’s energy.

Solar inverters emerge in several forms; there is the centralised grid-tie

“Whether you would like to know when the generator is running, the

inverter, which converts energy from the solar panels directly for home-

level of power production, or be able to remotely start and stop generators

use or storage in the grid. Also, there are micro-inverters that additionally

from phones, there are solutions available,” said Dana.

offer enhanced efficiency in areas with shade. Micro-inverters are often

eGuage, ComAp, are manufacturers for general electrical and diesel

accompanied with a built-in monitoring system, which invites clients to

generator monitoring systems. Enphase, and SolarEdge are examples of

review their solar array performance online.

grid-tie inverters which have their own solar module level monitoring and

“Battery backup inverters combine grid-tie functionality with the ability

are free to the customer after installation.

to charge a battery bank and convert battery power to power that can be

“The data that is collected from these monitoring systems can help

used in your home,” explained Dana, referencing another type of inverter.

technicians improve your power production system,” said aTec’s MD. “In

“With battery backup inverter/chargers, one can have the financial benefits

renewable energy systems, the data collected from monitoring can aid the

of solar power coupled with the security of backup power in the event of a

reduction of the energy payback period on a client’s investment.”

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Off-Grid Options aTec advise that any individual who would like to build their home or business in a remote location, can create their own power with ready-formarket products at a cost that makes this a viable option. “Now, companies like Outback Power are in competition with SMA, Schneider Electric, and Tesla for off-grid systems and they are becoming more user friendly and simple to operate,” said Dana. Off-grid systems can establish the grid voltage and frequency, and integrate several forms of the previously mentioned energy sources to create reliable electricity for a home, business, or community.

A new battery bank installation using Aquion Energy—aqueous-hybrid-batteries is in the works at Cooper Island Beach Club, which aTec hopes to have completed by the end of May this year. The BVI has the opportunity to reduce its costs for energy production by forming smaller grids at strategic locations around the islands. “The outlying islands are already doing so,” said Dana. “Residences, resorts, and businesses in the BVI can also create their own micro-grids for power generation and look forward to a future where power is independently owned, operated, and less costly.”

Battery Options New battery technologies are creating an innovative future for the industry. “The financial and environmental implications of lithium ion and aqueous hybrid technologies are huge,” said Dana. “Lead-acid batteries are still the most common battery to find in renewable energy systems on the small scale. At the larger scale, the movement is toward lithium ion batteries and a very new battery technology called aqueous-hybrid or colloquially as salt-water batteries. The Aqueous-Hybrid batteries use a saline solution surrounding a carbon and synthetic cotton core. These batteries work well in warm weather climates, have a long life span, and require very little maintenance.”

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 I Office:  +1 284 495 0005 bvipropertyyacht.com

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IS YOUR HOME, VILLA OR COMMERCIAL PROJECT A STYLISH SPACE? Virgin Islands Property & Yacht, the Territory’s leading lifestyle magazine is proud to announce VIPY Stylish Spaces of the Year in Association with VP Bank Also brought to you by BCQS International, Elian, Harneys, House, and Paint Factory

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Submit up to two images of your Stylish Space within one of the categories below: BEST USE OF COLOUR, brought to you by Paint Factory BEST USE OF SMALL SPACE, brought to you by Virgin Islands Property & Yacht INDOOR/OUTDOOR FLOW, brought to you by BCQS International MOST CREATIVE SPACE, brought to you by Harneys MOST STYLISH KITCHEN, brought to you by Elian MOST STYLISH LIVING ROOM, brought to you by House SUPREME AWARD, brought to you by VP Bank

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Winners will be decided by you, our readers and our Judging Panel made up of industry experts and sponsors. All of the winning spaces will be published in Virgin Islands Property & Yacht June 2016 issue. Our VP Bank Supreme Winner will receive a home improvement prize package courtesy of House and Paint Factory valued at $1,000. Voters will also be entered into a draw to win a $500 cash prize!

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WHERE rELAXATION MEETS CELEBRATION,

Jost Van Dyke (JVD)

boasts the strange dichotomy of being one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets and at the same time having a large, loyal North American fan base. As a 18-acre waterfront retreat situated on the island, White Bay Villas and Seaside Cottages has numerous options for activities and entertainment, while retaining the authentic island culture. If seeking serenity accompanied by homely hospitality, a stay at White Bay Villas and Seaside Cottages—voted the BVI’s Best Resort, Hotel/Accommodation at the 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards—is the prime selection. About 40 years ago, a young John Klein who loved JVD was sailing in the Caribbean. He purchased land in the tropical hotspot, made it his home, and built the beginnings of White Bay Villas with what is now known as the Plantation Villa. He visualised a long-term ecofriendly dream for the property, which he still oversees. Hailing from California and Virginia with 50 years’ combined experience in the hospitality industry, new managers Debbie and Chris plan to further exceed guests’ expectations with a full-service resort

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model and enhanced concierge services. Physical changes are currently underway as the cordial couple have been working to upgrade the entire property’s units, first with soft renovations such as replacing linens and appliances with the next stage being decorative remodelling.

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

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Eight new one-bedroom cottages were recently approved by government with construction set to commence in 2016, and will be available in the 2016-2017 season. Accompanying their development is a plan for an on-site upscale Currently, the resort includes 12 separate private buildings, with sizes ranging from one to four bedrooms, all delivering outstanding views of White Bay, St John, St Thomas, and Tortola. All are en suite, equipped with full-service kitchens, TV, and sound systems. Each has a unique but classically Caribbean interior with local artwork and an eclectic mix of tropical decor. Plantation Villa can accommodate up to 10 guests in three en suite bedrooms

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natural sunlight to fill the house. The master-suite is positioned facing the ocean, and with the double doors opened, the astonishing vista of the turquoise water can be relished from the comfort of your bed. Attached by a shared veranda, Sunset Villa West is a smaller onebedroom unit also with its own terrace which can be occupied privately or as a combined rental with Sunset Villa East. Tucked away behind luscious foliage, Hideaway House is newly renovated and accommodates four guests in a master bedroom plus a smaller guest room with a shared living and kitchen area.


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Three cosy, open-plan one-bedroom units—the Seaside Cottages—give prime access to the beach down the property’s private trail. Elevated and nestled within the colourful flora and exotic fruit trees, the four two-bedroom Hillside Villas present a truly tropical ambiance. Just a short jaunt down to White Bay, the beach is lined with an array of beach-bars by day, which transform into candlelit dining establishments at night. This spot is a favourite for day charters and is home to the Territory’s signature drink, ‘The Painkiller.’ A five minute drive, or 15 minute walk, Great Harbour is another entertainment hub, with restaurants featuring live music and dancing as the vibe kicks up a notch in the evenings. White Bay Villas and Jost Van Dyke are being promoted as ‘The Last Virgin Island,’ the final isle that still conveys the authentic Caribbean aesthetic and way of life. “We take pride in drawing our guests into adventures and local experiences they may not have thought of enjoying, and we delight in seeing the travellers relishing their new discoveries,” said managers Debbie and Chris.

White Bay Villas and Seaside Cottages White Bay, Jost Van Dyke 800-778-8066 FREE or 284-541-1900 (local) For reservations: bonnie@jostvandyke.com jostvandyke.com

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loating out in the sea of Cane Garden Bay and glancing back behind you, a vista of colourful villas decorate the mountainous hillside. One house stands out from the rest, sitting only 50ft above the water with its unique mauve-coloured

Seven Peaks accommodates six guests in three separate buildings, all enabling the cooling breeze to travel in from the bay. The interior boasts contemporary Caribbean character with classic wicker furniture and unique decor, accompanied by colourful artwork some of which is painted by the villa’s owner.

roof comprised of seven turrets. Presented

The first building opens to the fully-enclosed kitchen area, with

by Villas of Tortola, the beauty inside this

modern appliances and large closet pantries to stock and prepare for

enigmatic-looking property uncovers an

your favourite meals. As an added touch, a variety of cookbooks from

elegant retreat for a seaside holiday, appropriately

acclaimed BVI chefs and restaurants are at your convenience to expand

named Seven Peaks.

your culinary skills and try local cuisine.

Secluded down a private driveway lined with tall tropical palms, the home is surrounded by meticulously maintained gardens featuring purple Bougainvillea,

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with an indoor lounging area and a balcony where two can enjoy a morning coffee and listen to the sound of the gentle waves. Each of the three bedrooms offer astonishing views where you can gaze from your bed and witness Cane Garden Bay come to life, waking with dawn. The master suite is located in the second building, offering a grand

During the day, enjoy the white sandy shore, gentle ocean, beach bars, and eclectic souvenir shops. Freshen up at the villa and then walk or drive back to the lively area as it kicks up a notch at night offering an array of nightly music and entertainment. For an energised vacation in deluxe accommodations, Seven Peaks is

sleeping experience with a king-size bed, attached to an expansive double-

the perfect villa for a family or friends to absorb the tropical setting and

sink bathroom. Enjoy the private balcony, or engage your thoughts in

welcoming atmosphere of Tortola’s most popular beach.

writing memoirs of your travels at the office space overlooking the ocean. In building number three are two additional guest bedrooms, sharing a large bathroom and veranda, one containing a queen bed and the other with two twins. All of the bedrooms are air conditioned with cosy goosedown feather pillows to ensure guests a relaxing sleep. Continuing outside is an expansive terrace with a gas grill, loungers, and

Presented by Villas of Tortola Seven Peaks Cane Garden Bay

additional alfresco dining spots. For early risers, a dip in the swimming pool

Bedrooms: 3

is a refreshing way to wake up, lay back, and float as you witness the dark

Bathrooms: 2

morning transform to light and the moon above disappear.

Max guests: 6

Down a wooden staircase is private access to a secluded part of the Cane beach, a favourite spot to paddle-board. From the property is an unrivalled view of the Cane community, with its colourful beach-side restaurants and coconut palms, and views of the ocean extending out of the bay to the neighbouring islands of Jost Van Dyke and St. John perched on the horizon. A stay at Seven Peaks offers peaceful accommodations in privacy, with unbeatable access to the beach, amenities, and nightlife, as the central hub of Cane is only a short stroll away.

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Pool: 10’ x 24’ Beach: 5 min walk Maid service: 1 x week Contact: Sam Pierce +1 284-542-7872 facebook.com/BVIVillas Villasoftortola.com


READERS’ CHOICE FOCUS Words by Stephen L France Photography courtesy of MarineMax Vacations

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An incredible yacht charter company

maintains success by following two obligatory factors flawlessly – provision of fantastic vessels and amazing customer service; however, in the BVI’s highly competitive yacht industry, there are many charter companies delivering these amenities. So, what were the aspects that allowed MarineMax Vacations receipt of Best BVI Yacht Charter company in the latest VIPY Readers’ Choice Awards vote? There are a number of compelling reasons that explain their position as our readers’ most loved charter company. Birthed as a division of MarineMax, they have the benefit of developing from the world’s largest boating retailer with over 40 years of yachting experience, 55 national stores, and the fame of being a publically traded company. Their objective is to continually expand the MarineMax concept of

‘providing a world-class boating experience with a team that is passionate about the boating lifestyle and sharing it with others.’ Run by industry veterans, the company has introduced the first fleet of pure-bred power cats to the BVI market. This has appealed to the experienced BVI charterer and broadened the market appeal, inviting new boaters to the yacht charter experience. “We are the only company in the BVI to feature the pure-bred Aquila power cats,” said Marketing Manager Jody Krebs. “The innovative awardwinning power catamaran with features and designs that can’t be found on converted sailing cats.” Industry leaders Aquila Yachts set a new standard in power catamarans for both the charter industry and private ownership options. Aquila sell in nine countries with diverse custom options available in the private market. Exploring their exclusive vessels, pioneering design includes all mechanical

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equipment housed outside of the hulls for a quiet living experience. Comprising MarineMax’s ‘mission to deliver an extraordinary boating experience aboard the finest yachts available,’ the Aquila cats possess spacious living areas and cabins, solid hull build and design, watermakers, electric flush heads with separate shower stalls, fashionable oversized flybridges with direct forward access to the bow—perfect for grabbing mooring balls—zoned a/c controls for living comfort, and free WIFI dedicated to the boat. “We are very excited to be awarded this designation after just four years of delivering our first charter,” said Raul Bermudez, Vice President of MarineMax Vacations, who recognised they had fierce competition among 13 other nominees in the Readers’ Choice. “Having a commitment to deliver an exceptional charter experience to every guest not only with our award winning innovative yachts, but also with our personal service to every guest has been our driving force since inception. We are not the oldest or the largest charter company in the BVI, so it is a tremendous honour to be recognised as the Best BVI Yacht Charter Company this year among the respected companies we were up against.” Although greatly pleased to win the 2015 Readers’ Choice award, MarineMax Vacations greatest pleasure comes in the form of guest testimonials, amazed at their boating vacation: “Truly a magical vacation! The team at MarineMax runs a first class operation. The MarineMax 484 is the perfect vessel for touring the BVI’s…I also want to mention along with all of the amenities, this was one of the easiest boats I have ever captained…Special thanks to the planning team for the pre-trip info (every stop was incredible) and the local team in the BVI’s! Can’t wait to do it all over again next year!”- Ryan H. With the organisation’s first-class ethos with every customer, MarineMax Vacations will maintain a strong hold on the trophy as VIPY readers’ top yacht charter company. “As the charter division continues its endeavours, it’s very gratifying to see familiar MarineMax families, some returning for their fourth MarineMax charter vacation, on the docks and to welcome new guests just ready to experience a boating vacation on a new level,” concluded Jody.

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To join us in the British Virgin Islands, begin the adventure at MarineMaxVacations.com or contact us at 813-644-8071. For information on Aquila Power Catamarans, please visit Aquilaboats.com or call 813-579-1720.


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


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

Smuggling has been an integral part of Virgin Islands’ life since the

region. They would sail off with livestock, ground provisions, fish,

early eighteenth century. The large number of sparse or uninhabited

charcoal, and many other craft items to exchange for the goods and

islands and cays make for ideal places to hide, exchange, or transfer

products unavailable here.

goods and people.

On their return, they were required to pay a tax—or duty to the

Our close proximity to the Danish West Indies and now the US

Crown as it is called—on the goods they were importing. It is still

Virgin Islands, can make this a lucrative enterprise. Also, for well over

the same today and the revenue collected is what helps fund our

a 100 years, boat building and trade have been the mainstays of our

government and the services they provide to us. It is the collection, or

economy; we are in daily contact with people and products from

avoidance of collection, of these customs duties that brings us to the

other nations.

subject of this article.

Every village and family—usually groups of families—had locally built sloops in which they traded goods with other islands in the

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When a vessel checked back in from a voyage abroad, it was inspected to see if everything that was declared by the Captain was


on board. Many times, the customs agent would uncover items hidden

James P. Gordon, son of the boat owner, Abraham Rabsatt a member of

away in an attempt to avoid duty. The usual punishment was to fine the

the oldest family in Long Look, Thomas A. Pickering, James F. Lettsome

offending smuggler twice the normal duty, give them a severe reprimand,

and Alexander Dawson; all prominent and respected leaders. Together,

and send the boat on its way. However, in 1890, this all changed.

they marched over the ridge towards town and word spread about

The Sloop Village Belle checked in at Road Town. She had just come from St Thomas and was on her way home to the village of Long Look.

an imminent insurrection. Upon entry into the capital, they began to redress their complaints in the public market square in front of the

The Belle had taken ground provisions

government building.

on consignment from many Long

A heated argument developed

Look families and had traded them

between Thomas Pickering and a

for tools, clothing, flour, and tea. On

market woman. Some slaps were

inspection, $20 worth of tobacco was

exchanged and Pickering discharged

discovered hidden on the boat. In an

his rifle firing several shots in the air.

effort to put an end to this constant

Commissioner Cameron assumed the

smuggling, the Commissioner E.

revolution had begun. He barricaded

Cameron—the equivalent of today’s

himself in his office and sent word to

Royal Governor—decided to make an

St Thomas for help.

example of the Village Belle. The full

A Danish warship was dispatched

measure of the law was applied, the

and deployed in Fat Hog’s Bay where

ship along with its cargo was seized,

they determined that there was

and the Captain and crew were sent

no general insurrection at all. They

over the hill on foot to Long Look.

remained until a British warship

Upon reaching the Village, total

arrived from Antigua.

chaos erupted.

The British warship embarked a

The local families had worked hard

contingent of Marines who took up

to produce those items and they

station at the Methodist Church in

counted on the goods exchanged

East End and from there, they began

to survive in a very depressed

disarming and arresting the six

economy. Jacob Gordon, the principal

protesters and confiscating any firearms

owner of the sloop and prominent

that could be found in Long Look.

businessman in the village, suffered

Christopher Fleming and his five

the greatest loss; the boat and its

comrades were taken to Antigua to

cargo. Further to this frustration,

stand trial and were found guilty of

it was commonly felt throughout the Virgin Islands, that the British

civil unrest. Four of them were returned to Tortola with a reprimand, but

government did not provide any essential services to the people making

Christopher Fleming and Alexander Dawson received a sentence of six

these duties an unfair burden.

months in prison in Antigua.

The people resented these tax duties already, but now the government

The fate of the Village Belle is not known by me, but in 1903 the British

had gone too far. The residents of Long Look were literally up in arms. Six

Government commissioned a revenue cutter, the Lady Constance to be

prominent citizens led by Christopher Fleming signed a petition and after

built in Tortola and she represented an increased effort to combat the

arming themselves, decided to head over the hill to Road Town.

constant trade in contraband.

Christopher Fleming was a vocal and renowned leader in the Long

Christopher Fleming’s name has become that of legend, representing

Look Community. He was the head of the Men’s Fellowship in the

the independent and resilient nature of the Virgin Islander. He is

Methodist Church and marched at the head of the annual Easter parade.

remembered as a national hero along with Rufus Faulkner and Noel

He was also a gun enthusiast possessing a sizable collection. In this way,

Lloyd; Fleming St. in Road Town holds his name.

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SEA Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

Peach at the B each

Leading up to Spring in the BVI brings a proverbial atmosphere of friskiness and flirtation that is only natural. The air is fragrant with flowers in bloom; the mother hens are diligently keeping track of their fluffy, young chicks; and all the picturesque sea creatures entertain us as they attract mates with their bright, colourful patterns. Love is not only in the air, but also in the sea, and on it for that matter. Charter yachts all over the Territory are busier than ever, hosting guests eager to celebrate life and love out on BVI waters. On-board Lolalita, Captain Ernie has performed many marriage ceremonies as well as vow renewals for couples of all ages. The pure, quintessential feeling of love is addictive. One vow renewal was particularly memorable, as this was their fourth time getting married to each other. The husband coordinated with Ernie and asked him to help facilitate this special moment. His words to his wife were: “I will be thankful for you each day. I will trust, respect and be faithful to you. I will laugh, cry and stick by your side regardless of what obstacles comes our way. I promise to cherish, provide, care for, and protect you. Most of all, I will always love you.” To celebrate their renewed commitment to each other, I created a special dessert by request; something I had never made before. From beginning to end, it was an unforgettable experience.

Peach Upside Down Cakes ½ cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 6 fresh peaches, pitted, sliced into half-moons 1 cup sifted cake flour 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp ground clove 1 cup white sugar

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• Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a skillet, melt ½ cup of butter. Add in brown sugar I hope you LOVE this dessert and peaches and cook until peaches become slightly soft. Set aside

• Mix together cake flour, baking powder, salt, and clove. Set aside • Separate eggs. Whisk the whites to soft peaks. Whip the yolks and white

Buen Provecho!

sugar together until light yellow. Fold both egg mixtures into each other, adding in melted butter and vanilla bean paste. Fold eggs into dry ingredients

• In eight individual ramekins, evenly spoon out peaches. Slowly pour in cake batter to cover peaches. Bake in a water bath for about 30 minutes, or until cakes are turning brown on top and a knife stuck into the cake comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature

• While the cakes are baking, whip together heavy cream and powdered sugar. Keep in the refrigerator to keep cool. Also, in a sauce pan on medium heat, whisk together brown sugar, half-and-half, butter, and salt until mixture thickens, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. Set aside to cool

• To serve, turn the ramekins upside down onto a plate to ‘pop’ them out. If the cake tops are curved, take a bread knife and take off some of the top so the cakes sit flatter. Sprinkle your serving plates with powdered sugar and place each cake on a plate, upside down, with the peaches on the top. Drizzle cakes with caramel sauce and top with whipped cream and a cherry.

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Our shop and warehouse features state-of-the-art facilities for temperature-controlled wine storage and we stock a comprehensive selection of fine wine, beers, liquors, and non-alcoholic beverages. Place your order anytime online, by e-mail, phone or fax. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays 8:30am to 2pm. We can deliver free to offices in Road Town, marinas and anchorages island-wide, or to any of the scheduled ferry operators for delivery to the outer islands.

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

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LIFE Words by Lauren Charley Photography by Alastair Abrehart -Broadsword Communications and Anya Brewley Schultheiss

ARTISTS’ CORNER -

The music stopped and the DJ introduced the audience to the highlight of their evening’s entertainment. In the crowd of over 300 guests, heads turned one by one to watch the beautiful dancer as the music continued and she moved gracefully within long ribbons of silk fabric, suspended 50ft in the air. Amanda Georges of The BVI Dance School stole the show at Virgin Islands Property & Yacht’s Readers’ Choice Awards toward the end of 2015, performing her extraordinary aerial silk routine. Born and raised in the Southern Caribbean island of Trinidad, Amanda began her passion for dance at the young age of four. Because Amanda’s feet had low arches, it was recommended that she be enrolled in ballet classes as it is known to help issues related to flat feet. Between the age of 4 – 16, Amanda continued to train at the Caribbean School of Dance in Trinidad, where she expanded her expertise to include a plethora of dancing styles with a heavy focus on ballet technique. Amanda obtained her formal education at the University of South Florida in Tampa where she earned degrees in both Accounting and Dance. “A dance degree exposes you to a lot: theatre, back stage, costumes, lighting, sound. We made our own video resume, learned the editing software, studied dance techniques, and of course, you learn to teach,” said the multi-talented dancer.

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In addition to the traditional styles of dance, Amanda has challenged herself emerging certified to teach dance and movement classes not offered elsewhere in the Territory. “I have been thrilled to choreograph, dance and create new work as coartistic director of the Cada Players: Steppin Out, Ringmaster, African Dream, and Kaleidoscope. Another outlet for creativity has been teaching and choreographing kids at the BVI Dance School. When I came to Tortola in in 2010, I realised there is a great interest in trying new things here. For me, I love to be able to present residents of the islands with new and interesting activities,” said Amanda. New for 2016, Amanda will offer Gyrokinesis, which is “a form of movement with origins in yoga, Thai chi, and dance. It trains your body to move in a more organic way, increases mobility of the joints and stimulates and strengthens the nervous system.” Also, she will soon offer aerial yoga. The BVI community recognises Amanda for her talented aerial silk performances. Aerial silk is a type of performance from the 1970’s where the dancer uses long ribbons of silk to perform acrobatic routines while suspended in the air. “After seeing performances in Miami in 2012, I became fascinated in aerial performances and researched workshops pertaining specifically to the art of aerial silk, where I found and attended a retreat in Costa Rica,” Amanda said, elaborating on her talent. “One of my favourite things to do in dancing is to jump; I love being airborne. Being suspended in silk in the air gives that sensation.” Amanda wishes to expand the arts community within the BVI; she is in the process of constructing a space to be used as a multi-purpose arena for all the artistic mediums to practice, perform, and showcase their talents. When asked to describe her passion for dancing, Amanda laughed and replied, “It’s just there. It’s a part of you; you hear music, must dance.” bvipropertyyacht.com

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Oversized coffee mugs with terms of endearment for your nearest and dearest

...to give to a loved one! Words by Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

Kate Spade insulated mugs and thermal mugs with fancy patterns. Any self-respecting girl around town would love to be caught with one of these

What better than a stunning coffee table book to help plan your next trip together or find exclusive hotels and restaurants around the world to explore

For the busy ‘girl about town’ little black (and gold and pink) books to help remember all those important telephone numbers or lists

Tumbled leather purse. Perfect for travelling as you can charge your devices ‘on the go’

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LIFE

He shakes. He pours! But those aren’t the only steps involved in the intricate art of crafting the perfect cocktail. BVI’s acclaimed award-winning mixologist, Christian MacDonald—aka ‘Xtian’—has shared his passion for cocktail innovation with the community since 2011, and has made a profile for himself as one the Territory’s most charismatic bartenders. Xtian takes pleasure in his work as bartending is his career, enabling his creativity while sharing the love of his passion with travellers from around the world. A proud Canadian, Xtian grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, where his interests included hockey, basketball, and bass guitar in rock bands. “They say that people who don’t become rock stars become bartenders. So you can see how my path may have been predetermined; however, I still yearn to be a game show host one day,” admitted Xtian.

Words by Lauren Charley Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

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At the age of 19, Xtian began bartending at East Side Mario’s, a popular

passionfruit cocktails pureed from fruits grown on the tree in his very own

chain of casual Italian eateries in Canada, followed by serving and

garden, a patron can be sure that when Xtian is behind the bar, the specialty

bartending in fine dining. Subsequently, he became a full time bartender at

cocktails will be original.

a popular nightclub.

“The most unique drink I make would be my ‘Celery Stalker.’ Celery, star

“People, screaming, music pumping, girls, girls, girls, cash, cash, cash. I firmly believe bartending chose to stick with me,” said Xtian. Although Xtian had always taken a keen interest experimenting with

anise, and cardamom syrup, lime juice, apple and lemon infused vodka with a celery/Prosecco foam and garnished with a celery stalk. The stalk is infused with the simple syrup with nitrogen dioxide through an iSi Gourmet Whip,

cocktails, it wasn’t until he was hired at Origin in the BVI that he really

and then charged with carbon dioxide so the garnish itself bubbles and

perfected the craft of mixology.

pops like ‘Pop Rocks’ when you take a bite,” said Xtian with excitement.

Many of his customers would agree that the modern day bartender who specialises in cocktails is a mixologist, yet Xtian modestly disagrees. “Haha. Mixologist…I hate that term. How about intoxocoligist? Yeah, let’s use that!” Last year, Xtian obtained a certification with BarSmarts, a programme sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA. “The programme was founded by some of the biggest names in the business. I plan on travelling to take my BarSmarts Advanced in the new year,” said the cocktail master.

Xtian continues to impress BVI locals and visitors with his expertise in the art of mixology, currently working at Scrub Island. Recently, Xtian hosted a private Cocktail Party for a friend’s birthday where he served cake infused with liquor, liqueur sauces, layered with sorbet, and served inside a glass of champagne. “What gives me the most satisfaction from being a bartender, really, is anytime a guest returns. When that guest actually brings their friends or

The passion Xtian has for bartending and inventing the most unique creations is contagious. From Peanut Butter and Jelly Martinis to

family members to meet me and talk, or sample my cocktails, that’s a pretty wicked feeling,” said Xtian.

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VIRGIN ISLANDS LIFE

On November 24, 2015, Navanchor presented the ´ Black Swan. The party was BVI community with their second elite soiree, hosted at the affluent super-yacht marina, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda on Virgin Gorda, selected for its prestigious location, swimming pool, and spectacular view of the North Sound. Guests had great anticipations for the day of this event as it is the best excuse to dress fancy, drink champagne, and dance into the night to the sound of international DJs. The dress code being ‘black and feathers’ invited guests to get creative with their costumes, even implementing swan wings and elaborate make-up to their outfits. “Black swan represents something beautiful and elegant, with a dark element of mystery and danger – that’s how I wished for guests to feel,” said Cid Nava, Founder and Creative Director of Navanchor. Photography courtesy of Navanchor

Look out for upcoming Navanchor events.

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Red Rocks

Sea Watch

Casa Blanca

US$599,000

US$2,500,000

Aquamare

US$5,500,000

CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA Bay House

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PRINCESS QUARTERS, VIRGIN GORDA

US$1,050,000

MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA

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US$5,950,000

US$1,750,000

US$950,000

INDIGO ESTATE, GREAT CAMANOE

LITTLE BAY, TORTOLA

FRENCHMAN'S CAY, TORTOLA

CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA 2 Home Sites (0.50A and 1.4A)

US$250,000 and US$500,000

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

SOL Y SOMBRA Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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

Smiths Gore Limited : : British Virgin Islands

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


Distinctly Refined. Exceptionally Rare. Consciously Preserved. On the secluded eastern tip of Virgin Gorda lies a place where life is spent in perfect harmony with the ocean tides. 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. Home sites and homes from $2,950,000 to $50,000,000. Villas and suites available for rent starting at $750 per night. Contact us to learn about ownership opportunities or to inquire about villa rentals. bvi

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1 284 393 1000

VI PROPERTY & YACHT

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1 800 761 0377

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - February 2016  

Editor - Stephen L France

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