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.

[one_third]Stephen L France[/one_third][one_third]Lauren-19[/one_third][one_third_last]Erin Contributor Photo[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Editor-in-Chief – Stephen L France[/one_third][one_third]Editorial Coordinator – Lauren Charley[/one_third][one_third_last]Sales and Marketing – Erin Paviour-Smith[/one_third_last]

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 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 us the opportunity to review the holiday spot and also uncover info about our new winner for Best BVI Yacht Charter Company in MarineMax Vacations.

Villa Showcase presents Seven Peaks, a property located in the renowned social hub Cane Garden Bay, 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 fulfilment of all your dreams.

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

Stephen L France

PS – VIPY Stylish Spaces continues to discover beautiful homes on the islands, that you wouldn’t even know existed. Find our more and get involved: bvipropertyyacht.com/stylishspaces