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Indulged Inclusion The 1st annual BVI Wine & Food Festival

Architectural Evolution: The Villa Estate at Casey Bay The ultimate dream home in Virgin Gorda

An Arm and a Leg or Smooth Sailing The true cost of yacht ownership

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Lizard’s Leap Tortola US$550,000

Rhumb House Tortola US$6,500,000

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iving in the British Virgin Islands can be a dream come true; crystal clear turquoise waters, a year round tropical climate and some of the best sailing destinations in the world. So escape the winter blues and come to the Caribbean. With so many residence options, deciding where to live will be an exciting decision; a quiet private island or perhaps near a marina with restaurants and super yachts… Whatever you decide, take a deep breath, relax with a tropical refreshment and enjoy life! The British Virgin Islands comprise over 52 islands, rocky pinnacles and cays, appropriately named “Nature’s Little Secrets.”


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8 Skipper’s Tips

27 Yacht Spotlight: 36’ Rinker 360 Fiesta Vee

41 Cultivated Creativity with

By Louise Reardon

Caribbean Colours

Guidance for good boat-keeping during charter

By Brian Duff

By Stephen L France

A practical and perceptive motor yacht for the BVI

Eco-friendly furniture for the BVI

10 Showcase Property:

30 Countering the Cost of

44 Hereditary Ingenuity

Building Your Home

By Stephen L France

By David A Gill

Artists’ Corner: Alexandra Victoria Durante

Mango Manor Estate

By Stephen L France

A quintessential villa rental in this region

Making your dream home cost you less

14 Indulged Inclusion at the

33 Things we love

BVI Wine & Food Festival By Traci O’Dea

48 Property Sales in the BVI and the

By Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell

Impact of the Recession

Great gift ideas

By Edward Childs

35 Sustenance for Sailors

52 Property and Yacht Listings

Enjoying the newest annual festival to enter the BVI

18 An Arm and a Leg or Smooth Sailing By Brian Duff

By Susie Younkle

What is the cost of yacht ownership and maintenance?

Charter Provisioning Tips for the Trip

20 Architectural Evolution: The Villa Estate at Casey Bay

37 What’s Hot in the British Virgin Islands?

By Stephen L France

By Chris Smith

The ultimate dream home in Virgin Gorda

Buying Property in the BVI

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E ditor ' s L etter , D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 3 - J a n u a r y 2 0 1 4

‘Tis the Season to be jolly… …and we have something to be jolly about. Committed to our usual monthly publication deadline, this issue is our annual bi-monthly edition, celebrating the close of 2013 and entrance to 2014. In this volume, we received our Christmas gifts early in reviewing not one, but two phenomenal properties. For our exclusive cover feature, the exquisite Villa at Casey Bay located in the pristine setting of Little Dix Estate in Virgin Gorda, graces the homeowner with an epic vision of architectural genius, shining down on its own private beach. Mango Manor Estate, our showcase property is a stunning tropical retreat, situated above Cane Garden Bay on Tortola and heralded as the ultimate haven for villa rental service. We also reviewed the 1st annual BVI Wine and Food Festival with its vast selection of international, gourmet Editor Stephen L France

cuisine and incredible chefs.

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transformation. Evolving with slight design, layout and content changes throughout 2013, we have continued

Contributors Edward Childs Brian Duff David A Gill Traci O’Dea Kate Henderson Fran Morrell Louise Reardon Chris Smith Susie Younkle

Paralleling the uniform New Year theme of resolution and progression, VIPY has been in a state of subtle to ensure delivery of an attractive and informative magazine - concisely phrased, our New Year’s resolution is to maintain our ethos of consistent improvement. However, this would not be possible without the assistance of our contributors and so in light of the New Year, a reintroduction and show of appreciation to our regular writers is in order: Edward Childs, Director of Smiths Gore, who delves into the BVI’s property market, Brian Duff of BVI Yacht Sales, who keeps us informed about the world of yacht brokerage, David Gill Marketing and Design Director of DGlifestyles, our resident professional imparting his expertise in architecture, Traci O’ Dea former editor of VIPY who contributes stories with her sparkly edge, Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell owners of House, who provide advice on home accessorizing and their choice-picks from their store, Louise Reardon, RYA Yachtmaster instructor, who has taken the helm from our long standing sailor-scribe David Blacklock for the Skipper’s Tips column, and Susie

Creative Director Nick Cunha Design & Layout Scott Taylor Web Developer Maros Pristas

Younkle who has continued to provide insightful recipes and tips for yacht provisioning. Also, a thank you to Chris Smith of Coldwell Banker, who joins us in this issue with his perception on BVI property purchase. During this time, it’s important to show gratitude for all things big and small—and especially for the fact that we have a sunny climate at this point in time!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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The tranquil twilight of The Cottage at Casey Bay, Virgin Gorda Cover photo by: Rainbow Visions BVI

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By Louise Reardon, Captain and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

Guidance for

good boat-keeping during charter Calling all captains, sailors and crew - we’ve arrived. Peak season is upon us and if we haven’t prepared well before the ‘guests of Christmas present’ arrive, it will feel like a zero to sixty acceleration from the sleepy summer pace to the high season hype. Fortunately for residents of the British Virgin Islands, the Moorings operate the Interline Regatta in October – in following the fleet and chasing each legendary party night of costumes and revelry, your sense of how to provide for the guests’ pleasure is jolted back into action a couple of months earlier. Once that haze has cleared, we return to the pre-season job list, for we the team are back in play. Winterisation in colder climes will see the boat hauled out, tented up from the elements, sails taken off, halyards moused, safety equipment sent for annual service, diesel tanks pressed to the brim, satphone contract cancelled whilst it’s not used, and medical supplies updated. In our region, preparation for winter is more about stocking the booze lockers, buffing the topsides, servicing everything in the engine room, replacing chafed running rigging, training the crew, and polishing the bright work. There will soon be no spare time to do this when the back-toback charters get underway. The maintenance schedule is an on-going concern: the generator needs to be serviced, the water maker filters switched out, the head hoses cleaned. But if your vessel is a busy charter boat, there is no time to pull the boat apart while guests are on board, as dream vacations are never to be fettered by delays and repairs. It would be unacceptable if the generator wasn’t available to provide air conditioning and to charge guest’s iPads, for this is a well-oiled machine which you, the Captain, cannot allow to slip away from you. Part of the on-going conservation of services is to use the equipment. Use the stereo, use the toys, use the ice or water maker. These pieces of kit need to be operated to discern their functionality and moreover, spark



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awareness if they don’t work. You have to know your gear because the buck stops with the captain when you’re out at a lonely anchorage. The bottom line is, you must be on top of your preventive measures and prepared to repair immediately. One of the most useful pieces of gear you have on board is your dinghy. On a busy charter, the yacht is in use 90 percent of the time, taking guests on excursions to the beach, helicopter rides, or water skiing with the GoPro. Every time you start up, be in the habit of checking the battery health, guard against water getting in the fuel, always ensure the impeller and water pump are spitting water at the outlet, regularly change those filters, check the spark plugs, and clean that carburetor. If you are compelled to dismantle the boat during a charter, the dinghy is the only way to transfer the guests away on a shore excursion, buying you a few hours and allowing you to maintain composure in your service. At such a time, a pleasant diversion could be organising a taxi from Leverick Bay and treating guests to an island tour down to the Baths, permitting you to schedule your general maintenance. While you’ve got this time, tackle those small rust spots and hose down the topsides with vinegar and water so that the gel coat won’t perish under the sun and salt crystals. Guests want to remain oblivious to yacht maintenance, since their awareness of it introduces fallibility in the boat’s performance. When the cruise ship Costa Concordia went down, it was noticeable that guests were querying more about safety to ensure their peace of mind. This is why a comprehensive safety brief in addition to boat maintenance is essential at the initiation of a charter. Involving guests in the smooth operation of the boat by demonstrating aspects like the proper use of the notoriously sensitive marine head and/or disguising boat maintenance as a common act will save you work later. PROVIDING SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR YACHTING NEEDS

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Showcase Property:

Words by Stephen L France Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI, provided by Mango Manor Estate

Many BVI properties offering the luxurious service of villa rental, possess unrivalled elegance due to several distinctive elements. They exhibit architectural genius, entertain lavish amenities and thoroughly utilise their splendid location, providing epic panoramic views. 10


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ango Manor Estate’s construction is the epitome of these elements, sitting on two private acres and boasting a grand physique that affirms superior architectural finesse. A quintessential villa rental in this region, the property—elevated in the hills over Cane Garden Bay—has an exquisite sunset view spanning Cane Garden’s beautiful beach, sparkling turquoise waters, and stretching to Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Cay, Green Cay, Sandy Spit and Little Jost; all of which can be enjoyed from the multitude of verandas. Encompassing 12,000 square feet with three stately houses, the extensive manor is situated in Shannon Estate—the centre of the island— decorated by the lush tropical setting of this vicinity. Two commanding mahogany double doors grant visitors entrance into the seven-bedroom and nine-bathroom property. With exalted Venetian archways leading into the Great Room, fine Italian Limestone floors, an 18-armed Chandelier suspended from the vaulted Cypress ceiling, and Colonial-Caribbean styled furnishings, the grandiose visage of the distinguished property is drawn to light with flawless clarity. The dining room crafted ingeniously for social gatherings with its convenient veranda, and the gourmet kitchen equipped with cutting-edge appliances, form an impeccable combination for both culinary service and enjoyment of exceptional cuisine.

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Comfortable air conditioning floats throughout the property, preserving the relaxed atmosphere in each room. A media room equipped with all modes of entertainment—a wide-screen TV with 100+ channels, a DVD selection and a Wii Videogame console—provides a cosy space to idly relish vacation time. Alternatively, the games room affords activity with its full-size pool table, bar stools and a Bose sound system. Esteemed comfort is not accomplished without a perfect night’s rest and each suite is an artistic craft, evoking the deepest, peaceful slumber; the Master suite is particularly awe-aspiring with its regal, semicircular design, four-poster king-size bed and an ocean-side terrace to once again behold the picturesque view. Bathroom accommodations include a whirlpool tub and spacious double shower with an additional half-bath and ample walk-in closet. Alternative suites stand as testament to the property’s opulent vision. Distinctive assets of this haven are its pool and Jacuzzi; the 36-foot wide, dark marble, heated, infinity pool with the added feature of a slide and the 12-person oval, stone spa decorated by surrounding colourful flora, amply augment the property’s consistent reputation as the peak of relaxation and pleasure. The estate’s extravagant grounds are stunningly modelled with tropical plants, fruit trees, subtle enclaves and coconut palms with a 40-foot waterfall, fountain and fish pond. Truly complementing great BVI architecture and superb vacation service, Mango Manor Estate is a beautiful fantasy manifested in our reality.

The Master suite is particularly awe-aspiring

with its regal, semi-circular design, four-poster king-size bed and an ocean-side terrace to once again behold the picturesque view.



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nvited to a preliminary dinner party for the BVI Wine and Food Festival chefs, I boarded a ferry from Trellis Bay headed for Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina on a Wednesday evening. I watched the sun set over Beef Island and admired the luxury catamarans moored off Marina Cay as we motored toward our destination. When I reached Scrub Island, Kim Huish, the BVI Wine and Food Festival General Manager, escorted me upstairs where I received handshakes and hellos from local, regional, international, and celebrity chefs. They were all energised to be meeting each other for the first time with the focal point of their excitement about the first annual BVI Wine and Food Festival.



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Thumbs Up from Roberto Lioci

Following the greetings, Chef Davide Pugliese—renowned in the BVI for his culinary expertise—drove up; the chefs and I loaded into his pickup and a Scrub Island van to be taken to his cuisine-inspired home, Wali Nakiti. The kitchen is the centrepiece of Wali Nakiti and the chefs made themselves at home. Chefs Roberto Leoci and Johnny Day from Leoci’s Trattorio in Savannah, Georgia began making pizzas in the kitchen’s brick oven, quickly followed by celebrity chefs Cesare Casella and Francois Payard, who joined to make their own varieties. Chef Payard walked around serving slices of their delicious creations and Chef Nelson Mullan of the San Antionio Country Club grabbed a mortar and pestle and began pummelling spices. I sipped wine beside Chef Jennifer Carroll and her partner, Chef Billy Riddle, then chatted about Puerto Rico with Chef Kunal Chakrabarti and Victor Rosado from the Ritz-Carlton Hotels in St Thomas and Puerto Rico, respectively. Snacking on a piece of caramelised onion and goat cheese pizza topped with fresh arugula and a final piece of food art in a collaboration dessert pizza, with its fusion of local, exotic, international, and commonplace flavours, I was provided with a much appreciated preview of the theme of ‘inclusion,’ exhibited throughout the weekend event. The spectrum of ‘inclusion’ accounted for the success of the BVI Wine and Food Festival. The event featured a wide range of chefs, wines and innovative ingredients. After my casual, fun-filled night of being fed pizza by celebrity chefs, I attended the first wine dinner of the event, held on Thursday night in Scrub Island’s Caravela Restaurant, featuring delights made by Chef Jennifer Carroll.

Scrub Island’s Caravela Restaurant

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I sat with Steve Fox of OBMI and Lion Dred from Green VI as we nibbled our way through four courses. The innovation of the first course, emerged from the cashew streusel-encrusted rare yellowfin tuna, topped with pickled radish and a mango vinaigrette. At a nearby table, photographer Anya Brewley Schultheiss praised it with glee, and Steve Fox said, “It literally melts in your mouth.” Caribbean Cellars chose a delightful mango-inflected Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to match the dish. Next up, an autumn-inspired dish of striped bass, roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with potato espuma, and carrot beurre monte - the cooking of the fish was flawless, and my tablemates praised “the creaminess” of the fish. Following, a pork tenderloin with tomato jam, black olive, and soubise, “[was] really well paired,” according to Anya, with a Montes Alpha Pinot Noir. Then, Chef Chakrabarti’s dessert arrived. Everyone stopped talking. Time stood still.

It consisted of a dark chocolate fudge cake complemented by peanut butter ice cream encrusted with pretzels, surrounded by a milk chocolate whipped ganache, and topped with a bit of gold leaf and a sprig of dark chocolate. We were further indulged by the pairing with bubbles— Chardon Blanc de Noirs Brut. I thought it to be a giddily euphoric dish that perhaps only Americans would appreciate, but Steve—hailing from England—said, “That was probably the best dessert I’ve ever had. The next two days of the festival included demonstrations, seminars, barbecues, and tastings at Nanny Cay in the Grand Tasting Village headed by Chef Ron Duprat, a wine dinner with Chef Payard’s at Scrub Island’s Caravela, and the most inclusive event—a five-course dinner hosted by Chef Davide Pugliese of Scrub Island Resort, featuring Chef Jennifer Carroll, Chef Cesare Casella, Chef Francois Payard, Chef Roberto Leoci, Chef Travis Phillips from BVI’s own The Dove Restaurant, and Chef Imran Ashton from The BVI Culinary Team.

Jean Luc from French Deli prepares for the Festival

Sponsor Scotiabank MD Jason Waters with featured Chef Jennifer Carroll

International and local chefs had an opportunity to work together to learn from each other and showcase their finest delicacies. On the last night of the festival, I returned to Scrub Island Resort for the final wine dinner, by Chef Cesare Casella, and joined a table with Sandy Fountain from Baker Tilly (BVI) Ltd, Charlie Brigden from Martin Kenney & Co. Solicitors, Dominic Bufton from Fresh Mango Technologies, Emma Dean from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Gary Salter from TICO BVI, who had provided the wine choices for the evening. The meal started off with insalata del pontormo, a phenomenally inventive first course—the chef’s signature salad of soft-scrambled egg, pancetta, and market greens served with bruschetta and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, paired with Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc. Sandy remarked, “only a Michelin-starred chef could do that dish for this many people.” The combination of flavours and textures tasted at once delicate and robust. I had the pleasure of sitting beside Gary, Sales and Marketing Manager from TICO who continued to patiently answer my frequent questions about the wine pairing. Other courses included farrotto del mare, a risotto-style farro with a shellfish ragu; rosticciana con spinaci e polenta, a Tuscan-style pork spare rib served with spinach and polenta; and a dessert of ricotta cheese cake served with apricot sorbet and pine nut crumble. At the end of the night, event founders Abby O’Neal and William Torrillo introduced all the chefs, presented a branded demijohn to festival sponsor ScotiaBank, and thanked everyone for making the first year such a success before we returned to the ferry headed for Tortola. In addition to the divine dishes filled with ingredients from near and far, the festival’s brilliance lay in the organisers’ ability to foster the theme of ‘inclusion’ among the chefs, wine distributors, sponsors, and attendees.

Chef Ron Duprat cooking at Nanny Cay

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An Arm and a Leg or Smooth Sailing What is the cost of yacht ownership and maintenance? By Brian Duff, Yacht Broker – BVI Yacht Sales

“Sailboats are for rich people, if you want to be able to do that, go to a private school with the rich kids.”

As a 13 year-old fresh in high school , I recall a teacher saying this to me in response

• Those that want to sail for periods of time that include staying on board the boat be it for a night(s) or week(s) at a time • Some who want to run day trips to visit islands, fetch supplies, and/or provide diving or fishing trips to my attempt to attend a regatta that I’d been invited to sail in. I have learnt • Those that desire the regatta world that this is the general perception the world holds about sailing and quite frankly, they’re not wrong. The lowest cost entry-level boats are going to be day-use vessels - by In today’s age of Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, we’ve all seen the viral eliminating the toilet, cooking and sleeping facilities, you reduce the cost of poster stating ’if you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some to spare, a boat significantly.     you are among the top 8 percent wealthiest in the world.’ So yes, you’re going A person interested in just getting out for the day can go with a small to need money to enter the arena of yacht ownership - there is no arguing motorboat for $3000 as the initial cost. A sailboat or motorboat that will that. But just how much money does it take to maintain a boat? have basic sleeping, eating and toilet accommodations might start more in There is a popular theory that chartering a boat is cheaper than ownership. the $20,000 range. This statement presumes a lot, but it’s arguably true. Nevertheless, one major Yachts for racing are going to vary significantly in cost depending on factor in boat purchase is deciding its intended function. the age and tech level of the gear fitted, but a basic IC24 with full kit can A quick glance at any boats for sale will show prices ranging between be had today from $15,000 to $20,000.These are merely purchase costs. thousands and millions, therefore, the purpose of the boat must be Subsequently, we have the maintenance to consider and this is where a boat established before purchase. owner can incur major expense differences. In my experience, there are three classes of recreational boat users Boat builders that offer production level vessels for sale have taken a here in BVI:



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variety of different approaches to attract buyers. Vessels range from simple designs that are cost effective to maintain through to intricate constructions of high quality that are immensely beautiful – their beauty paralleled by their maintenance expense. Builders whose boats you see commonly represented in the charter trades such as Beneteau, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Lagoon and Robertson & Caine all offer yachts with a minimum of woodwork inside and out; very simple sail systems with only two sails and one mast – boats that are cheap and simple to own. Yachts intended more for offshore work such as Hylas, Oyster, Tayana, and Hinckley are going to steer toward the high end of maintenance costs. In general, between 6 – 12 percent of the value of a yacht per year would be an accurate budget for comprehensive maintenance. The truly affluent yacht owners will solicit paid maintenance for their boats and have work conducted on schedule by professionals. However, a majority will attempt to manage the regular maintenance and occasional repairs themselves. It’s interesting to note that while boats vary widely from one design to another and there are a plethora of manufactures represented on any given yacht, generally, the basic systems all work the same way. When contemplating yacht ownership, the important thing is to review your budget, plan how you will utilise the boat, and factor in maintenance expenditure, whether doing it yourself or having the good fortune to employ people to manage the service for you.

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Words by Stephen L France. Photography by and Rainbow Visions BVI

Virgin Gorda is celebrated as the showcase isle of the British Virgin Islands with its affluent yacht clubs, excellent marinas, luxury resorts and exquisite restaurants.

Pristine beaches and the natural wonders of Virgin Gorda’s National Parks, complement the eminence of the island, encouraging its shining perfection when brought into comparison with sister isles. Possessing this magnificent reputation, Virgin Gorda is also home to one of most astounding architectural accomplishments in Caribbean property development, revealed in the prestigious private home of The Villa Estate at Casey Bay. Presented by British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty broker Maritha Keil, this is a property that stands as the personification of expert craftsmanship and an intriguing blend of nature and nurture, found with tangible unity in every room. Situated in the beautiful Little Dix Estate, the famous Caribbean resort’s area indiscernibly surrounds the remarkable Casey Bay villa, inviting homeowners into a community bathed in luxury. The retreat’s expansive appearance positively hums with harmonious aesthetics and the possibilities of its vast range of amenities. Residents of The Villa Estate at Casey Bay are granted the option of staying in their secluded, serene abode or enjoying the concierge service and features of the exclusive resort. An association fee authorises use of all the hotel’s facilities, including an exquisite spa, a sophisticated exercise gym, diverse fitness classes, modern tennis courts, various watersports instruments and the outstanding restaurants.



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Right: Exclusive Resort Little Dix offers high-end amenities for resedents of The Villa Estate at Casey Bay

Leon Patchett—resident tennis professional for globally renowned company Peter Burwash International (PBI)—who manages the tennis program at the resort, explained that the hotel holds an extremely high room-to-tennis court ratio, further adding to the exclusivity of the resort’s attractive qualities. Returning to the prevalence of the 3.9 acre estate, a security booth welcomes homeowners onto the smooth paved roads, leading to the private sector of Little Dix and epic spectacle of the hillside property. The finest materials have been utilised to frame and accentuate this impressive house, blending Casey Bay with the surrounding Caribbean sea-colour theme. On admission to the fully-furnished property, the canopied entrance extends into a spacious living room that fully exploits the majestic view via elegant, towering sliding doors with grand window panes. The neutral colours—consistent with the gentle sea-colour concept—and well-crafted stone and woodwork, sing of the extraordinary proficiency invested in the property’s design. The intricate architecture of the walls and floors of the property aid its appreciation of nature, complementing the encompassing stone, vegetation and sea. The outdoor area of the property presents the ideal settings for accommodating small to large groups of guests, whether celebrating special occasions with friends or extended family. The discerning interior design presents four incredible en suite bedrooms breathing fresh meaning into the definitions of comfort and relaxation. The Master Bedroom’s presence is amplified by contemporary art, fine fabrics and custom-designed woodwork – evidence of expert craftsmanship and talent.

A large glass-walled shower on the interior and a double shower on the exterior of the bathroom, combined with a marble whirlpool, “tea-for-two” bathtub against a window, bestow serene views of the seascape. A double, marble-topped vanity unit, a separate water closet and two walk-in wardrobes complete the room’s facilities for unadulterated ease and wellness. A spacious hallway meanders from the Master Bedroom to the adjoining guest bedroom, study and main living areas. The additional guest bedroom in the main house harbours en suite facilities and a dressing area with a grand terrace beyond. The gourmet kitchen and dining areas are to the East of the living room and have black, honed granite surfaces, a large central breakfast bar/ prep area and high-end appliances. The kitchen itself affords passionate chefs with ample, social space for displaying their culinary arts and simultaneously provides inspiration to inquisitive amateur cooks with its stunning layout. There are three powder rooms – one neighbouring the poolside, one near the laundry and one near the main living area. The infinity edge curved swimming pool with inset steps to one side and magnificent panoramic views of the Channel Islands and Atlantic Ocean, capture the glorious view from the property at its best. Accessed from a path leading upward and westward from the swimming pool terrace are the two guest casitas. Each house has king or twin beds, indoor and outdoor seating areas with kitchenette, an en suite bathroom, a dressing room and is complemented with indoor and outdoor showers and a private terrace overlooking the sea. The gardens are planted to contribute to the calm, natural property setting. Also accessed from the swimming pool terrace, is the winding path leading down to the charming, white sandy beach below, known as Casey Bay.



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Engineered with professional foresight, there are catacombs throughout the underground of the property with a vast amount of skill invested in the fortifications, supporting the elevated bearing of the property. Designed for environmental sustainability, minimum-expense, and easy maintenance with the Caribbean climate in mind, the most-modern conduits for electricity, HVAC and water have been installed with visible hosepipes, making plumbing service to the property guileless. The power generator is located at Little Dix, allowing the property to sustain its tranquillity. Subsequently, the utility systems have been designed to permit use of solar power should the homeowner decide to take on more energy efficient means. To complete the picture of self-sustaining, a desalination system has also been installed. Part of the beauty of living in The Villa Estate at Casey Bay, is the wealth of island destinations available to explore in the BVI’s 60 islands and cays – something very attractive to sailors or any individual curious about marine life. Each island differs from the last, making the BVI a location that constantly unravels secret hotspots to even the most seasoned of residents. For such an immense and grandiose property, there is a unique sense of cosiness, manifested in its humble aquatic design and surrounding environment. For any potential homeowner interested in the most luxurious setting that the British Virgin Islands has to offer, The Villa Estate at Casey Bay will provide eternal gratification in proprietorship.

Casey Bay Estate Location: Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda 3.901 acres • 2 spacious bedroom suites in main house with double walk in wardrobes. • 2 completely independent one-bedroom, one-bath casitas with en suite kitchenettes

• Covered outdoor barbecue pavilion with bar • Solar operated electric gate • 3 x 30,000 gallon cisterns (rainwater, gray, Desal water) • Desalination System • Generator backup supplied by Little Dix Resort

• Three powder rooms (entrance, pool and laundry)

• Use of fitness and training gym, spa, and tennis courts with 3 types of surfaces

• Gourmet kitchen with surround sound speakers and dimmers for all mood lighting

• Walking distance to resort amenities, restaurants and shops

• Fully furnished

• Solid wood custom-designed kitchen cabinetry made from Hawaiian Koa

• Waterfront with private beach and channel island view

US $11,000,000.00

• Heated Infinity Edge pool • Central air-conditioning • Covered outdoor barbecue pavilion with bar • Oversized 3-car garage with space for additional golf carts for resort excursions • Covered outdoor barbecue pavilion with bar • Solar operated electric gate

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There are so many photo categories that an avid shutterbug can mark-off in this portion of paradise, inspired by the perfect climate, incredible views, innovative architecture, unique wildlife, extreme watersports, and the enigmatic aquatic world. For an enthusiastic photographer—whether tourist or resident—we are offering the opportunity to have your pictures showcased in our publication.

The following are the segments for which we are seeking photos Best Photo of Anegada Best Photo of Jost Van Dyke Best Photo of Virgin Gorda Best Photo of Tortola Best Photo of an Outer Island in the BVI (e.g. Peter, Cooper, Norman, Scrub) These photos can be of anything you feel represents that particular island—if you have an old photo from years back, that’s fine too—but we’ll give you a hint – photos of your own pool probably won’t win you points… unless it’s an incredible pool. The Best Overall Photo will be decided via Facebook likes and published in a grand presentation with runners-up receiving publication under the above categories.

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36’ Rinker 360 Yacht Spotlight:

Fiesta Vee By Brian Duff, Yacht Broker – BVI Yacht Sales

The designers and engineers of 36’ Rinker 360 Fiesta Vee Sport Cruiser were exceptionally insightful with the boat’s construction in relation to the BVI. Provided with perceptive,practical features for navigating these islands, this small motor yacht is obviously developed from real-life boating experience and is an example from the variety of vessels available at a value, used-boat purchase-rate in the BVI. With very comfortable Caribbean-savvy layouts above and below deck, the boat offers the potential of 40-knot performance on a calm day.

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The aft cockpit features a settee spanning the transom and a small outdoor bar with fridge and ice maker. The sole lifts up, hinged at the transom, revealing an extraordinarily deep engine compartment, housing twin MerCruiser gas engines, which are linked to duoprop outdrives. There’s also a five kilowatt generator with a soundproof shield and CO monitor, water tanks and holding tanks. The helm features a double-bench seat with a bolster that pops up for driving while standing or sitting high enough to view surroundings easily – this is especially useful for close manoeuvres. The dash area is large enough for all the standard instruments, plus a Raymarine C80 Chartplotter. There are also controls for the outdoor lighting, a remote for the stereo, windlass controls, and the ability to operate the bow searchlight from there too. The L-shaped passenger seat to port has loads of storage underneath. From the cockpit, moulded-in steps lead up to the side decks, providing easy access to the bow. You can also reach the bow through the centre pane of the windshield. Extra-wide moulded steps lead up the console for easy access. The three-cabin interior layout is unusual for an express cruiser this size. The V-berth is enclosed behind a cherry-panelled bulkhead and door. The aft cabin underneath the helm deck has a lounge that converts to one huge berth, making an ideal section for kids at bed or dinner time. The main saloon is elegantly appointed, with bright cherry cabinetry to offset the light tan upholstery and headliner. The galley has plenty of workspace, with a six foot-long Corian countertop and all the basic necessities. An enclosed head has a separate shower stall and a vacuumflush porcelain toilet.

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Add such luxurious features as a central vacuum system, 18,000 BTU heating and air conditioning, a 15-inch flat screen TV/DVD, and you have some pleasurable amenities for a weekend of exploring the BVI. I had the great gratification of taking this small yacht out with my girlfriend and another couple for a weekend of system and sea trials. Weather conditions for the sea trials were 15 -20 knots of regular easterly trades and occasional showers, but generally pleasant. The vessel performed well on all points, harbouring the ability to travel in comfort at 26 knots with all passengers settled comfortably on the aft seating. During my tests, top speed of this model proved to be 32 knots in the flat waters in the lee of St John. The Fiesta Vee 360 lifted gracefully up onto plane with very little bow rise. I found that I never lost sight of the horizon, even while driving from a seated position, making for a comfortable and secure operating position. Once at moorings for the night, we established that with all hatches and ports open, there was sufficient ventilation to be comfortable; however, for the benefit of a thorough examination, we ran the generator for power and air conditioning. We discovered that the generator sound was no bother, even for those sleeping in the aft cabin. The stereo with subwoofer and a great many speakers provided excellent background to a comfortable evening of relaxing in paradise. Overall, this is a very cosy cruiser for a couple and friends, or a small family who wish to explore the BVI in style. It could also easily accommodate shopping needs between islands, and guests travelling to and from the USVI – a very popular itinerary in this region.

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Countering the Cost of Building Your Home By David A Gill, Marketing and Design Director –



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The prospect of home ownership is a subject that can be challenging for individuals. With the number of uncontrollable variables and taxing

obstacles involved in this decision, many are compelled to finance a large percentage of the upfront expense via the bank, as well as approximately an eighth of the cost on mandatory stipulations, that require the use of a project management firm of the bank’s choosing. This massive spike in initial expenditure combined with high construction costs are significant reasons why individuals are hesitant to embark on the venture of property ownership. There is an old saying: ‘Time is money and money is time’. This saying is palpable within the construction industry, when factoring in the length of time it takes to build a property, multiplied by the weekly wages of the construction crew and materials utilised. However, there are many building techniques that are practiced in other parts of the world—especially in Europe and South America—that reduce the fabrication and casting of concrete structured homes by 75 percent. Based on the saying above, logic

dictates that if we alter the variable ‘time’, we are able to reduce our overall expenditure. The general cost can be further moderated with greater control over the cost of materials, which in most cases is achieved by negotiating special rates with your retail hardware store. However, further investigation into the material’s purchase process, reveals auxiliary cost reduction in dealing directly with manufactures. In the majority of cases, this privilege would only be granted to an actual development group building homes on a large scale and in that situation, a joint-venture alliance would be formed with material manufactures. The main question is: how does a prospective homeowner bypass the middle-man and reach these material manufacturers? Unique Lifestyles is a name brand of Caribbean Modern Homes that is being marketed throughout the Caribbean. The organisation is a


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collaboration of several manufactures ranging from companies in the United States, Caribbean across to France and Italy. Encompassing the fields of building and finishing materials, building techniques for quicker long-lasting results, designated architects and interior designers that cater to the topography of the land and its ideal focal view, the combined talents and collective efforts of these professional factions, conclude with successful results for the clients. From a financing standpoint, selected banks throughout the Caribbean have become a part of the movement – a program that will regulate the expenditure in construction and upgrade the standard of Caribbean living. Current agreements and re-designed models are being made to now include upgrades with possibilities in alternative energy for homes. This exodus from uncontrollable building expenditure to a more streamlined approach is a revolutionary path for the Caribbean with the hope that this process will scale back the undesired results of loss of appetite, grey hair and boldness that some new property buyers face during the task of accomplishing full homeownership.

There is an old saying: ‘Time is money and money is time’. This saying is palpable within the construction industry, when factoring in the length of time it takes to build a property

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By Susie Younkle, Home-Cook and Sailor

I’m an avid cook and food ‘tourist’ who enjoys visiting new, particularly

international, supermarkets. While I regard provisioning as a fun project, I recognise that many sailors may not share my sentiment and would rather spend their precious holiday time on the water. Whether you like provisioning or not, it’s something that every charterer must consider. Even if you plan to eat meals ashore every night – which

Be flexible. Virgin Islands’ supermarkets are well stocked, although

I don’t recommend, as it means you’re foregoing nights in pristine,

the selection varies day-to-day. Residents of the Virgin Islands know to

secluded anchorages – you’ll still need to provision for breakfast, lunch and

scoop up hard-to-find items when they see them and to stock up on

beverages. Regardless of your culinary preferences, here are a few tips to

favourite products. Visiting charterers do not have that flexibility when

keep your provisioning as smooth as your sailing:

shopping – they only get what’s available on a given day at one store. Be

Make a Menu. Start by creating a detailed day-by-day, meal-by-

prepared for substitutions, and consider it an opportunity to try new foods

meal menu (including planned restaurant meals). Opt for easy meals with straight-forward ingredients that appeal to the preferences of your crew.

Match your menu to your float plan. If you plan

Then, use your menu to create a grocery list. You can’t just pop over to a

to visit anchorages with small supermarkets nearby, consider topping

nearby convenience store if you forget something, so be sure your list is

up your supplies instead of buying everything at the beginning of your

comprehensive. A coffee-loving friend of mine learned this the hard way

charter. However, if you think you might change course and spend time in

when she had to go four days without Java after forgetting to include it on her shopping list. Start from scratch with your list, as you’re unlikely to find any food or cooking supplies on your charter

and beverages.

secluded anchorages with no supermarkets or restaurants, then stock additional food. It would be a shame to leave a stunning anchorage because you need food, water or other necessities. In terms of eating

boat – even staples such as salt and pepper, aluminium foil

meals at restaurants, consider going ashore

or charcoal for the grill.

more toward the end of the charter when supplies of fresh food start to run low.

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Stock up on snacks. When provisioning, buy more snacks than you think you need. I’ve noticed that people snack more aboard boats, and crew may replace meals with snacks on busy sailing days. Once you arrive at your anchorage, you’ll also want munchies to enjoy with sun-downer cocktails.

Be realistic about the amount of cooking you plan to do. I’ve done plenty of cooking on boats, but I still overestimate the amount of cooking I will actually do. After a day of sailing and snorkelling in the sun, I’m sometimes less motivated to cook and more inclined to relax in the cockpit with a cocktail. Also, be mindful that food preparation takes longer on a boat, where you’ll have limited space, cookware and utensils.

Pack special items from home. I bring a few Caribbeaninspired recipes and small Ziploc bags filled with spices for the recipes. One exception: I buy special Caribbean spices, such as curry blends or hot sauces, at Sunny Caribbee in Road Town. Depending on my planned meals, I often travel with a few of my go-to utensils, including a Microplane zester and a set of measuring spoons. Lastly, I enjoy baking sweet treats, so before going on a charter, I whip up a batch or two of cookies to share with my fellow crew, who are always very appreciative.

Stay hydrated. Many people are more comfortable drinking bottled water when on a charter boat. To minimise waste, have each person bring a water bottle from home and buy gallon jugs of water to fill the water bottles.

Call in the professionals. Looking for more help with provisioning? The Virgin Islands are a world class destination for charter boats and have outstanding provisioning services to match. Whether you choose to provision through your charter company or directly with a local supermarket, they will assist you with planning meals and will even deliver groceries directly to your charter boat.



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What’s Hot in the British Virgin Islands? Buying Property in the BVI

By Chris Smith, Managing Broker – Coldwell Banker Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI, provided by Coldwell Banker

It’s true, I tell you. It is possible to own a heavenly hideaway in the BVI. Now, we don’t like to make a big song and dance about it and we don’t want you telling everyone - or they’ll all want a piece and then what would be left? But, if after sailing in the BVI or staying on one of our breathtakingly beautiful islands, your heart breaks when it’s time to leave, then maybe, just maybe, you should consider owning a home in the BVI. Be forewarned, it’s not for everyone. Those looking to make a fast buck from real estate and sail off into the sunset will have a challenge. And if the thought of having to wait the six months or so it takes to obtain a Land Holding License incites irritation, then you may want to reconsider. But, if you share a love of the islands, the people, and the culture, then you will be welcomed with open arms.

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Choosing a BVI


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Choice of island is the standard starting point. If you have visited more than once, you may already have a favourite island. Tortola is the largest island offers a wider choice of properties and land options – a greater selection of bars, restaurants and the convenience of Road Town for shopping and banking may be more appealing than the stunning natural beauty of the beaches and boulders of the quieter island Virgin Gorda.

Property or Land? Having decided on an island, the next decision might be whether to buy land and build from scratch or purchase a completed home. There are some wonderful home sites available throughout the BVI and each will offer striking views. The dream for many is a home on the beach, but don’t dismiss a home in the hills of Tortola where you can catch the breeze and the views really open up.

Options for Land

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Consider perhaps the lots available at Tower’s Estate on the South West shore of Tortola. These parcels of land are just under an acre and provide a unique combination of island, ocean, and sunset views, looking all the way from Norman Island, St John and out over Soper’s Hole Marina to the islands beyond. Your home will catch the cooling trade wind breezes coming up Sir Francis Drake Channel from this private, gated Estate. On Virgin Gorda, the high-end development at Oil Nut Bay offers a range of lots from approximately half an acre on the beach to several acres of pristine hillside. There are few places in the world that can match the seascapes from the hills above Oil Nut Bay, looking down on the reefs and crystal clear water. Also, there are very few developments in the world that are achieving the sales prices that Oil Nut Bay has accomplished over the past few years. For those of us with slightly smaller cheque-books, Nail Bay on the North West coast of Virgin Gorda







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Unique and dynamic property, Steele Point, Tortola

is under new stewardship and is proving popular. On offer are great value hillside and beachfront lots of approximately half an acre with completed infrastructure and three stunning beaches.

Property Possibilities If building from scratch is not for you, then there is a choice of ready built homes currently listed for sale. For many who buy in the BVI, a property such as Sea Grape Cottage — a delightful threebedroom villa with a pool and guest apartment on the water sitting just under an acre at Brewer’s Bay – is everything dreamed of in a Caribbean home. You can stand on the terrace of this beautifully designed island home almost any time of the day and watch the amazing spectacle of gigantic tarpon feeding on schools of bait fish, only a few feet below the house. Alternatively, homes like historic Gun Point at Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola offer larger acreage— over 5 acres in this case—and ensure the privacy of the residents. If the ease and simplicity of condo ownership is more appealing, the waterfront townhouses at Nanny Cay Marina should certainly be on your list. These two and three bedroom homes with docks have been amongst the best selling homes in the BVI for the past few years due to the ease of ownership, simplicity in renting, and high potential for resale. When you are in residence at Nanny Cay, you receive the benefits of a lovely marina village with its beach, pool, restaurants, and spa. Furthermore, you can lock your property up and leave it in the capable hands of the hotel management team. An entirely optional rental program is also available for owners. Particularly appealing to sailors in the BVI, Nanny Cay is the largest working marina in the territory with two travel lifts and every conceivable marine trade on hand to take care of your vessel.

Final Steps Having found your perfect piece of paradise and negotiated an agreeable price, the next step is to obtain a Non Belonger’s Land Holding License from the BVI Government. With the right advice and guidance from one of several good property lawyers on the island, the process isn’t too complicated. With a little patience, you can be one of the very few fortunate enough to own a piece of “Nature’s Little Secrets”. In many ways, it’s likely to be the most rewarding property purchase you ever make.

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October 2013



o stranger to innovative and unique design, this season will unveil

Arawak Interiors’ exciting variety of trendy, recycled furniture and a collection of hand-crafted mermaid dolls. Roy Keegan—Arawak’s owner and buyer –who is firmly familiar with the vast Balinese influence on BVI architectirual design and a veteran in its distinctive style, has spent the past summer months exploring Bali for new assortments for his recycled furniture series. Recycled furniture is made from reclaimed materials – Arawak has previously stocked pieces of the eco-friendly persuasion, exemplified in their popular products crafted from old Javan fishing boats. The attraction of these pieces was the striking fusion of colour combinations, that gently emitted mystery of the sparkling waters they once glided through. Roy enjoys working with recycled materials, because the completed products provide a unique and alluring appearance in a home. He is especially excited by this recent style of furniture due to its exclusivity, delivering a distinctive, functional appendage to interior design that’s also a work of art with a story behind it. The vibrant colours of the furniture synthesise perfectly with the relaxed vibes of Caribbean living and contribute to the ‘green effort’, since they originate from recycled resources. YKPA, ‘Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak’, a non-profit organisation that provides care, shelter and education for the neglected or abused Balinese youth also employs local, homeless children to make handicrafts, providing the younger generation with a vital source of income. Roy sponsors the organisation every time he visits Bali and on his recent trip, discovered that they had managed to craft mermaid dolls in a variety of different sizes. He intends to stock these dolls for purchase at Arawak with the money helping to provide basic clothing, food and medicine for the Balinese orphanage.



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The interior designer recalls that during his previous buying-expeditions, conspicuous colours have often caught his peripheral vision. Once he has seen items that meet his preferences, the challenge has been to seek sets of pieces that would synchronise for harmonious aesthetics tailored to a Caribbean home. His journey through Bali’s street retailers resulted in his acquisition of a range of reclaimed metal stools and chairs in rustic blues and reds, envisaging these pieces as complements to bathrooms, kitchens, hallways or small decks. Whilst travelling through the Ubud Mountains of Bali, Roy also discovered furniture made from old Balinese and Javanise trucks. “The truckers paint the wooden parts of their trucks in their favourite colours or designs, [and] eventually, these pieces of wood are used to create furniture similar to the furniture made from Javan fishing boats,” said the pioneering entrepreneur. “However, the trucks’ wood has gone through different weather conditions, therefore this furniture has its own special appearance,” he continued. Arawak’s successful line of recycled furniture has shown that reclaimed materials can be transformed and utilised in the most unpredictable, astonishing and most significantly, attractive ways. Roy commented that, “In the Caribbean, standard oil drums are mostly turned into giant barbecue pits for open air restaurants. In contrast, the Indonesians choose to craft their old oil drums into brightly coloured, mounted fish murals.” The owner discovered these surprising pieces of art by good fortune. He was drawn to the intricate layers of oil-drum cuttings used to resemble the scales and fins of the schools of fish. After discussions with his supplier, Roy intends to fulfil custom orders of these recycled products with similar wall pieces crafted to client specifications. With the combination of creativity and resourcefulness, the use of recycled materials bestows limitless potential on the furniture that can be conceived. On a more personal note for owners of such furniture, the items are a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art.

Roy sponsors the YKPA, ‘Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak’, a non-profit organisation every time he visits Bali and on his recent trip, discovered that they had managed to craft mermaid dolls in a variety of different sizes.

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Artists’ Corner:

Alexandra Victoria Durante By Stephen L France Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI, provided by Pearls VI



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It is evident that the bloodline of renowned BVI artist Lutia ‘Tai’ Durante possesses roots in creativity and talent when reviewing the productions of his daughter Alexandra Victoria Durante. lthough deviating from the conventional

definition of art and indeed VIPY’s standard Artists’ Corner, Alexandra Durante’s skill requires the same motivating factors of inspiration, imagination and innovation demanded by all creative aptitudes. The 25 year-old artisan is gifted with the craft of jewellery-making – a skill often misinterpreted due to the assumed implications of its name and further, by nostalgia of children’s jewellery-making kits. Having been in business as Pearls VI for two years, prior to this, the young entrepreneur was perfecting the art of jewellery-making for four years. “Growing up in an artistic family, I’d always known I would be working in an artistic field,” said Alex, explaining the impetus in her ambitions. “After visiting Florida a couple years ago, my mother’s friend introduced me to Michael’s. If you aren’t familiar with Michael’s, it’s a huge craft store chain in the US. Anything with the word craft in it and my father and I go nuts…seeing all of the different beads, cords and findings, I’d decided to try my hand at jewellery-making.” Clarifying the intricacy involved in jewellery-making by divulging the various methods, mechanics and ‘ingredients’ utilised to manufacture her works, she said: “After almost a year in Florida and many dollars spent on the craft, I had finally settled on pearl jewellery. I wanted to create pieces that are different from your average classic single strand piece and it fascinated me that pearls have been in style for thousands of years.” Qualifications and credentials are viable options to enhance novelty and technique in the jewellery-making world, but they’re not mandatory, “I didn’t grow up with jewellery making, however, I did grow up around creativity and that takes a massive part in the jewellery-making process,” said Alex in reference to her self-taught proficiency. “It is helpful to take classes, but this is a career where creativity and talent are more important than schooling…I’m not telling people to dismiss schooling as in any case it helps to further your career and learn new techniques,”

she continued. “It’s very rewarding to have certifications in specific fields like Metal Smith or Gemmology. It all depends on what you want to work with and what you’re passionate about.” As Alex delves further into the jewellery-making profession, she has acquired increased knowledge about the varying degrees and possibilities. “My products are all made by hand…I learn more and more - that helps me with designs, colours, shapes and sizes to create a unique piece of pearl jewellery,” the designer commented. “Each piece of jewellery is made only once or twice meaning every piece is unique. Using contacts that I’ve had for years, I can make real pearl jewellery at lower prices and better quality.” For the Christmas season, Alex is optimistic about implementing the knowledge she has gained from her wide travels this summer, directing her education at more elaborate and unique jewellery designs. “After travelling a bit this summer, I met with a jeweller who showed me some new techniques that are only used in that part of the world. Hopefully by Christmas, I will have created the first and only Tortola Black Pearl. I don’t want to go more into depth as this will be a welcoming surprise to my customers and very unique to the BVI. Also this year, I will be introducing many new pieces with more elaborate designs for December.” Ultimately, Alex is hopeful that Peals VI will be recognised for its beautiful designs, automatically paralleled by their ability to enhance the wearer’s aesthetics. Alex concluded, advising people interested in the artistic skill: “All in all I want people to know that jewellery-making is a commitment, especially if you want to make a career out of it…if you don’t like your piece, someone else will. Don’t give up because it isn’t as easy as it looks,” said the enthusiastic business owner. “With jewellery being a staple in all cultures for years, it’s getting harder and harder to create new and fresh ideas, but once you do and can stand by your work proudly, there’s nothing to stop you in a future of jewellery-making.”

Below: Alexendra Durante, jewellery-maker and founder of Pearls VI.

“Growing up in an artistic family, I’d always known I would be working in an artistic field,”

Above: Lutia “tai” Durante, Alex’s father and renowned artisit in the BVI. Creative behind paintings in recent BVI publication ‘How to Build a Virgin Islands Sloop:the Story of Sea Moon’



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Property Sales in the BVI and the Impact of the Recession By Edward Childs, Director – Smiths Gore. Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

As the 2013/14 high season approaches, property owners will be dusting off their villas ready for Christmas and the cool winter months through to Easter. For those with a property on the market, there will be hope that a general improvement in the US economy will lead to increased interest in real estate in the BVI. Certainly,there was a more buoyant market last high season and the summer period managed to remain, for the most part, optimistic of a return to better economic times. Only the Republican/Democratic budget spat and on-going fiscal cliff issue managed to interrupt the improved mood in the markets.



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The recession has had a significant impact on the property market in the BVI and wider Caribbean, resulting in an overall reduction in values as international purchasers all but disappeared. In the BVI, the correlation between local investment and the state of the market has never been more significant as local investment increased and real estate prices dropped. This market is price sensitive and typically investment is for property below $1.0M. Understanding the real estate market, both past and present, will be key to determining current pricing. Here are a few relevant statistics:

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In a ten year period between 2003 and 2012, a total of 162 villas over $500,000 were sold in the BVI. This equates to an average of just 16 sales per annum. This inventory amounted to $180M in total sales which equates to an average of $1.1M per residence sold. At the height of the market in 2008 (reflecting sale activity in 2007), there were a total of 29 villa sales over $500,000 at an average price of $1.6M In 2012, there were a total of 9 sales at an average price of $1.785M, aided by 2 sales, each over $4.5M. The statistics for the first 6 months of 2013 reflect the start of a recovery with a total of 11 sales over $500,000 compared to just 6 in the first 6 months of 2012.

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However, 3 of these sales were at Scrub Island which had contracted some time previously and took time to complete. Therefore, the improvement over 2012 is a more modest 8 completed sales.

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The number of foreign investors completing on homes in the first 6 months of 2013 increased to 9, including the 3 sales on Scrub Island. Landholding licence processing time has improved as the market has contracted. While at the height of the market it would frequently take over 12 months to process a licence, this has now typically reduced to under 6 months. As the market improves, and more licences are required to be processed, any lengthening of the landholding licence approval process will continue to act as a brake on the expansion of the market.



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In summary, the BVI has a comparatively small market compared to many of the other Caribbean markets. The number of sales completed each year means there is significant competition for each purchaser in the market from those vendors seriously interested in achieving a sale. A review of sales since 2010 indicates that the price difference between asking price and selling price is around 25%. However, pricing in a stagnant market can be difficult and frequently villas are placed on the market at over inflated rates. A subsequent drop in the asking price does not, therefore, represent a fall in value (as the value was never there). Vendors need to be cognisant that simple economics will continue to dominate the industry. With over 200 villas for sale in the +$500,000 price range, there is plenty of choice for purchasers seeking a home in the BVI. Pricing will need to remain competitive until the supply and demand dynamics start to even out.

Go Play. Leave the work to us. From conception to completion, we have the depth and experience to advise on a broad range of legal issues – from title verification, planning and design approval, through to corporate structuring and financing. This is why hundreds of buyers and sellers, including every five star resort in the BVI, have turned to us for representation in real estate.

284.494.7788 Road Reef Plaza, Tortola, BVI


+1 (284) 494 5808 Contact: Willa Tavernier

VOYAGE BVI Yacht Sales Part of a vertically integrated group company, offering a comprehensive yachting experience. Exclusive dealers of VOYAGE Yachts. Luxury, performance oriented, sailing catamarans, with optional layouts suited for private cruising, or charter. New and pre-owned models available. Test sails by

New and pre-owned,


award winning catamarans



2012 VOYAGE 600

2005 VOYAGE 580

2008 VOYAGE 500

Unique opportunity to own a late model VOYAGE 600. 6 cabin charter layout – 2 kings, 2 queens, 2 doubles, en suite electric heads, flat screen tvs, fully equipped galley, bar, ice maker, water maker, air conditioning, generator, electric winches, electric furling genoa, solar panels, chart plotter, mast speakers, - 12 x dive tank storage… US$1,350,000

5 cabin layout, air conditioned, flat screen tvs, en suite electric heads. Well equipped galley, ice maker, water maker, generator, electric winches, chart plotter… US$675,000

4 cabin, en-suite, charter layout, with fifth crew cabin, and fifth day head. Flat screen TV, fully equipped galley, ice maker. 6KW Northern Lights generator, air conditioning, electric primary winch, electric windlass… US$615,000





2005 VOYAGE 500

2005 VOYAGE 450

2006 VOYAGE 500

2002 VOYAGE 440

3 cabins, 3 heads. Immaculately maintained. Low engine hours, 6KW Northern Lights generator, water maker, solar panels, fully air conditioned, chart plotter… US$615,000

Improvements to the award winning

Accommodation for 10 guests in style and comfort. Generator, air-conditioning, electric heads, flat screen television, radar/GPS, autopilot... Fully equipped for pleasure or blue water cruising. US$575,000

Winner of Overall Best Cruising Boat, Best Cruising Multlihull, & SAIL Top Ten in 2002 – this boat is ideal for blue water cruising. New main sail, stackpack, genoa, trampolines, upholstery, bimini… US$235,000

VOYAGE 440 – Narrower bow entry, larger genoa, hard top bimini, etc. 4 cabin charter layout. Flat screen TV. Generator, air conditioning, electric winch, chart plotter… US$375,000 Office 1.284.494.0740

VOYAGE Charters

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BVI Yacht Sales

Sopers Hole Marina, BVI

Luxury Villa Rentals

Local Expertise Global Exposure



Villa from $415 per night

Villa from $270 per night

This beautiful property is perched on the Haver’s Hillside - mimicking the bow of a ship with panoramic breathtaking views of Sir Francis Drakes Channel. Each of the three bedrooms has the same unobstructed views. The trade winds flowing throughout the house make this a cooly comfortable island retreat.

Superbly decorated and furnished villa located in the Long Bay Resort. Privately owned the villa has three selfcontained guest suites making it ideal for families, groups or couples. The Penthouse Suite has a King bed, vaulted ceilings with ceiling fan, AC,. kitchenette, lovely balcony with seating area.



Villa from $290 per night

Villa from $450 per night

Solaria is perched on the hillside above the Long Bay Beach Resort and offers wonderful 180-degree views of Jost Van Dyke and Sandy Cay. The interiors are furnished in relaxed tropical fashion with cool tiled floors and Caribbean colors.


Villa from $3750 per night

Located in Long Bay Resort,Villa Valentina has three levels. Each level is a self-contained guest suite. Can be rented whole or as separate accommodations. Adaptable and ideal for families, groups or couples.

Located high above the white sand beaches of Cane Garden Bay and the aquamarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Mango Manor is the ideal getaway providing the ultimate in luxury vacations.



Villa from $415 per night

Villa from $336 per night




Villa from $308 per night

Villa from $3928 per night

Villa from $700 per night

The home invites cool breezes and ample air flow into every room. Large doors open wide to fresh, flora-infused breezes, circulating through the main bedroom and tunneling through the living room.

Captain's House is deservedly popular. Well laid out with two king-size bedrooms in separate pavilions, it is beautifully designed to offer space, privacy and wondrous views over the ocean.

Maritha Keil (Broker) m: 284.340.5500/5555 Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.

The charm and beauty of this villa, with pleasing decoration, antiques and original Caribbean artwork ease the senses, making St. Bernard's Hill a relaxing and perfect vacation destination.

Carol Olympitis & Wanda Manning (Vacation Villa Specialists) t: 284.494.5700 e:

A private retreat enabling guests to enjoy a peaceful sanctuary and memorable sunsets. Designed around a central swimming pool terrace the villa is formed of three separate pavillions with each room having ocean views and cooling breeze.

Just 42 feet above the beach, with stunning 180-degree views over the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands, Bayhouse was designed mixing classical Caribbean elements and modern, contemporary style.

General Enquiries Mill Mall, PO Box 188 Road Town, Tortola, VG1110 |

Exquisite Properties For Sale

Local Expertise

Global Exposure


one of the most stunning houses sitting on the Caribbean Sea. Offering seaside swimming & snorkeling right from your front deck; and dramatic views of luscious nearby Caribbean islands, enhanced by the setting sun and spectacular sunrises.



4-bed, 3.5 bath house with spectacular views over Road Harbor. Only a 3-mins drive into Road Town. 0.546 acres of landscaped land with swimming pool, and is sold fully furnished.






This waterfront property has a 100-foot dock and a golfcart vehicle to transport you to the house. There are 2 moorings in 10 feet of water. Spanish-Moorish design, white alabaster façade and heavy redwood timbered doors. 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Two other bedrooms are in the nearby guesthouse.


Between Cooper Island and Virgin Gorda, Ginger Island has a large heart-shaped bay that only a few experienced sailors enjoy as a private retreat; a great advantage to any developer who wishes to maintain client privacy and seclusion.



2-bedroom 2-bath home on Ridge Road in Tortola with magnificent views of the harbour and outlying islands. There is also a private 1-bedroom 1bath guesthouse in the gardens below. Perfect for the working family.


Maritha Keil (Broker) m: 284.340.5500 e:

Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated

Two Villa property set on almost 1 1/2 acres on the Northeast coast of Tortola. Each Villa enjoys ocean and beach views and is just a few minutes walk down the hill to Little Bay, a white sand beach off the tourist track. A central pool and sun deck separates both villas, ensuring maximum privacy.


Two bedrooms on upper level, master bedroom on ground floor with en suite bathroom and private deck. The patio is ideal for outdoors entertaining and is a pleasant place to sit and admire the view.



Traditional West Indian 3-bed, 3-bath, estate home has a remarkable view from its perch 400 feet above sea level. The 2.36 acres are professionally landscaped. Includes generator, laundry, garage, boat and two cars.


Carol Olympitis & Wanda Manning (Vacation Villa Specialists) t: 284.494.5700 e:


4-bed, 4-! bath villa in the verdant hillside Shannon estate on the North of Tortola with spectacular views of Jost van Dyke. The great-room, kitchen, living & dining open up to the swimming pool terrace.



4-bed, 4-bath luxurious residence offering seclusion, serenity and majestic views that express nature’s d r a m a t i c s e a s c ap e s . B e a u t i f u l landscaping. Private dock and marina facilities.


General Enquiries

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

The Tortola Collection

Steele Point

Soper’s Hole, Tortola 5 bedrooms Private dock


Villa Aja

Trunk Bay 5 bedrooms Steps to beach Exceptional rental history $5.3m

Brechin House

Ridgetop, Hodge’s Creek

5 bedrooms Breathtaking views $5.5m

N A N N Y C AY MARINA 3 bedrooms New seawall Right on the beach $795k

Coral Hill House

Hilltop, Belmont Unique Views of BVI and USVI Exceptional Finishes $2.5m

(284) 495 3000

FROM $850K

Last few remaining! Optional rental program, beach, pool, spa, gym, shops, restaurants, full marina facilities.

Beachfront Brewers Bay


The Virgin Gorda Collection

TOAD HALL T H E B AT H S $6,000,000 Within the boulders at The

Baths. The most unique, romantic villa in Virgin Gorda.

T U R T L E B AY H O U S E N A I L B AY $2,750,000 Beautifully refurbished Villa,

4 beds and pool, steps to sandy beach, sunset views

RAKU C R O O K B AY $5,500,000 2 acres, freehold, custom beachfront home. No other BVI

LAVIDA N A I L B AY $5,500,000 Brand new contemporary

home finished to this standard.

D ’A R C Y ’ S R U N A W A Y LIT TLE TRUNK BEACH $2,500,000

R A M B U TA N N A I L B AY $2,200,000 4 bedrooms with pool. Right

LA CACHET TE T H E B AT H S $1,995,000 4 bedroom vacation home with

on the beach. Indonesia meets Caribbean in some style!

pool adjacent to The Baths National Park. Lovely views and breezes.

2 acres! 3 bedrooms. Walk to pristine Little Trunk Beach. Lovely stonework, boulders and views.

HARBOUR HOUSE L E V E R I C K B AY $1,200,000 4 bed, studio apt, North Sound

views from one of best Lots at Leverick Bay. Walk to Marina.

S AT O R I V I L L A S M A H O E B AY $2,950,000 6 beds, 2 villas, 2 pools, fabulous

5 bedroom home on the

AQUAMARE M A N G O B AY $4,500,000 One of three 8,000sqft beachfront Villas. Setting a new

beach with large infinity pool.

standard for luxury in the BVI

glorious ocean and sunset views.

ISLAND HOME TOO LAN Y MOR S PA N I S H T O W N N A I L B AY $1,200,000 $1,200,000 Architectural gem, 3/4 acre Lot Rare 2 acre lot on hill above beneath Gorda Peak National Spanish Town. Lovely 4 bed Park. Breathtaking views. home set in beautiful gardens.




Mahoe Bay beach!. Freehold with


$1,950,000 Walk to the beach from this fabulous 4 bedroom home with pool. Simply stunning views of North Sound!



Stunning ocean , island & sunset views, 3 beaches, infrastucture completed to high standard.

Choice of exclusive beach and hillside lots in ultra upscale developments. Call for more info.


3 bed with pool vacation villa, one Lot off the water. Walk to beach, bar, marina, pool T W I S T O F FAT E



Walk to this beach from versatile income producing 2 condo’s in one! O L D E YA R D V I L L A G E



Choice of convenient, well appointed condos. Pool, gardens, gym. tennis.

Call in to our offices at Nanny Cay Marina (Tortola) or Spanish Town (Virgin Gorda).

For all of your real estate needs, Smiths Gore is one of the pre-eminent real estate advisors Smiths Gore provides in depth residential services covering all the islands.



Golden Pavillion US$7,750,000




Samsara US$2,975,000


Palm Ridge US$4,250,000




Asolare US$4,900,000

Turpentine House US$2,685,000






Pelican House US$1,645,000

Palm Grove Villa US$450,000

Aquamare US$4,500,000

For more information on these listings or







Bay House US$4,200,000







Little DIx Bay US$4,200,000




The Beach House US$795,000









Pond Bay US$6,700,000

British Virgin Islands Britannic Hall, P.O. Box 135, , Tortola Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, Virgin Gorda RT (284) 494 2446 VG (284) 495 5944 E

United Kingdom 17-18 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PT T +44 (0) 207 290 1616 E

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

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 legacy ownership opportunities and unparalleled resort experiences in a setting where attention to detail and casual elegance abound. Contact us to schedule a personalized visit or to arrange resort reservations. Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands


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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - December 2013/January 2014  

Editor - Stephen L France

Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - December 2013/January 2014  

Editor - Stephen L France