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Still thriving – From the Editor


Welcome to our April/May issue of VIPY.

Although the BVI is still recovering from one of the greatest catastrophes the islands have ever seen in surviving Hurricane Irma, our features this month testify to the resilience and restoration effort that has been ensuing since.

Kicking off, we present an exclusive feature of stunning villa Little Bay. Located by the ocean, excellent panoramic vistas and an incredible atmosphere breathe extra beauty into this property, currently listed for sale with realtor Smiths Gore. We interview the owner about life in the BVI as an avid yachtie and the benefits of living in the region with arguably the greatest sailing in the world.

We also showcase tips on selling property in the BVI with the aid of Bonnie Dougall Principal Broker of realtor ReMax.

In Villas & Views this month, we offer more information on rebuilding after the hurricane. And following this, renowned architectural firm OBMI discuss post-Irma design, exhibiting both the great durability and unfortunate vulnerabilities of BVI structures.

Company Green VI show us that despite the storm of September 2017 that shook the Caribbean, the Territory is still making speedy progress on the ‘green’ effort. Various partnerships, Government support, and optimistic planning is seeing the ambitions of Green VI become reality.

With the greatest storm the BVI has ever witnessed now behind us, we investigate the charter yacht industry—debatably, one of the greatest boasts the BVI has is the Territory’s sailing waters, reported by many to be the best in the world. We ask several charter yacht companies about business since Irma to hear some amazingly positive feedback.

The Yacht Spotlight this issue bestows elegance onto our pages with Sealyon 37 – an exquisite yacht that combines stunning contemporary décor with powerful manufacturing, allowing the vessel to be the perfect transport for island-hopping. We hope to see her in the BVI one day soon.

April/May’s issue concludes with an exclusive interview of Stella Maze, a luxury shoe designer who was born and raised on Tortola; her well established line is inspired by the Caribbean’s colours and splendour, making for an extremely attractive and unique style.

We hope you relish these features and continue to push toward re-development and progress in the BVI rebuild. It’s all about growing bigger and better than ever before.

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands.

Stephen L France

PS – Let’s keep moving forward re-strengthening, re-growing, re-building! #BVIStrong

Erin Paviour-Smith

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