We hope that your new year is going well. We recognise that despite entering the second month of 2018, the highly unique stamp of 2017 is still prevalent in mind and the physical surroundings of the Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Irma literally embodied the epitome of the phrase “freak-of-nature” and was a shock to the entire world; however, we must advance in restoration and future prosperity…

Slowly but surely returning to our normal roster in VIPY, in this issue we have a few articles that were postponed from our October Reconstruction and Renovation special in the line-up.  

We open with an update about the property market, interviewing several real estate agents about the reality and prospects of the islands.

OBMI offer a professional perspective on progressing with architecture in 2018, following the Atlantic storm that shook us all.

Coldwell Banker provide information about how to find the right home and advice about property purchase. There is no doubt that we’re entering a new arena regarding property purchase and development, so we hope this offers insight to those building or even rebuilding their properties.

We hold a Q & A with VP Bank, presenting a beginner’s guide to investment. When contemplating a property purchase, a stable foundation of funding is crucial and knowing how to navigate the world of investing can form an easy path.

Harneys—the renown international offshore law firm—tackles residency in the British Virgin Islands for those seeking to experience island life for longer than just vacation time.

We also present 10 things to consider when starting a landscaping project—a good landscape makes a property look spectacular as a fantastic presentation piece that’s not only aesthetically pleasing but adds value.

We happily welcome back our monthly feature Yacht Spotlight, shining on a very different kind of charter yacht this month—Elena.

Delish shares recipes for constructing your own burgers and concluding, Style & Beauty unveil a ‘sweet’ inspired apparel from all the fashionable outlets.

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