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Welcome to the High Season – From the Editor


We’re back in the high season! Hooray!

This is a unique beginning for the British Virgin Islands’ most desired time period; tourists return and the island flourishes with increasing activity as the months progress; but, Irma made her rare stamp and so this entry into the high season is very different to any other.

Now, the BVI and neighbouring islands are pushing forward mightier, growing stronger in the recovery effort to make certain that residents are contented and guests keep creating new, happy memories in their visit to these tropical isles.

We open with an editorial from close friend of the VIPY family, Debi Carson. Debi—interior designer extraordinaire—has profound knowledge from being a long-term island resident. In her experience and proficiency, she’s relished perceptive insights into the rebuilding and restructuring of island properties. She shares her architectural perspective to help us with the intricacies of our ongoing residential or commercial renovations.

Editor – Stephen Leslie France

Our sister islands—the USVI—also chime in about home design with Tiffany Cassidy of Lagnappe discussing professional tips to boost the vitality of a living room; the focal point of a home for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Villas & Views feature a ‘pool showcase’ of seven of the BVI’s most attractive backyard bathing spots—you’ll be wanting to book a retreat in no time when you see these beautiful mini-oases!

Our Harneys’ series continues with legal advice about renting properties. A prudent way of using a home in the Virgin Islands is the obvious—to rent it to holiday-makers—but this also incorporates some significant paper work to keep in line with the law. Harneys are only too happy to help.

Sea Style goes diving for lobster this month; one of the benefits of Irma—for lack of better phrasing—is that we have an immense lobster season as 2017’s storms washed away many of the lobsters’ predators. Divers have noticed an abundance of this tasty cuisine, so get ready to indulge this season!

Speaking of the maritime, the yacht we peruse this issue is a triple decker social extravaganza. Named Panthalassa, she is sophistication and splendour personified. Join us in reviewing her pristine interiors and exterior for a visual feast.

Resident Virgin Islands’ maritime museum curator and historian Geoffrey Brooks opens the doors to some old myths and legends to reveal the truth on one of the BVI’s most common fables, and Sara Sherman discovers the delights of Miami as a location a VI resident might visit for a change of scene; culture, cuisine, and captivating arts are signature activities of Miami with its injection of Latin flair.

Closing, Green VI bestow the second part of the familiar slogan ‘Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle,’ by engaging the details of the ‘Reusing’ function to keep our Virgin Islands clean and green.

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

Stephen L France

PS – Let’s keep moving forward as the Virgin Islands returns, greatly improved #BVIStrong

Erin Paviour-Smith

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