Luxury Locations issue 23

July 2024 - December 2024 For everything Antigua and the Caribbean lifestyle that we love.


Great British Menu presenter Andi Oliver talks rum, restaurants and the ‘invisible importance’ of her Antiguan roots Celebrity Antiguan chef Kareem Roberts shares his favourite foods and top tips Nikki Beach prepares to bring its sleek, sexy, South Beach vibe to Antigua: Exclusive interview with Lucia Penrod

Considering building or renovating a home? We share our secret list of trusted local professionals Miss Antigua and Barbuda Ischikelle Corbin: ‘I’m living my childhood dream’ Adopt-a-Coastline: Meet the Antiguan children on a mission to save their environment Property market: All signs indicate a rosy outlook for 2024

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Antigua & Barbuda, June 2024–January 2025 LUXURY ISSUE 23 L O C A T I ON S • M A G A Z I N E CARLISLE BAY THE LUXURY ALL - INCLUSIVE THAT GIVES BACK TO NATURE Great British Menu presenter Andi Oliver talks rum, restaurants and the ‘invisible importance’ of her Antiguan roots Celebrity Antiguan chef Kareem Roberts shares his favourite foods and top tips Nikki Beach prepares to bring its sleek, sexy, South Beach vibe to Antigua: Exclusive interview with Lucia Penrod Considering building or renovating a home? We share


Great British Menu presenter Andi Oliver talks rum, restaurants and the ‘invisible importance’ of her Antiguan roots Celebrity Antiguan chef Kareem Roberts shares his favourite foods and top tips Nikki Beach prepares to bring its sleek, sexy, South Beach vibe to Antigua: Exclusive interview with Lucia Penrod

our secret list of trusted local professionals Miss Antigua and Barbuda Ischikelle Corbin: ‘I’m living my childhood dream’

Considering building or renovating a home? We share our secret list of trusted local professionals Miss Antigua and Barbuda Ischikelle Corbin: ‘I’m living my childhood dream’ Adopt-a-Coastline: Meet the Antiguan children on a mission to save their environment Property market: All signs indicate a rosy outlook for 2024


FEATURES 7 Admiral’s Inn: Old world charm with a modern appeal 12 Rocks Group: Award-winning restaurant company announces new location for Rokuni 22 Th e Dyson Way 26 Carlisle Bay: Th e luxury all-inclusive that gives back to nature 32 Annual contest spells success for young writers 36 Pearns Point: Shared by few, rivalled by none 38 Taking the plunge: Th e bene fi ts of building your own home 39 Meet Kal Dobbin: Creative director of luxury property developer Elmsbridge 40 La-Dana Ffrench: Building dreams from the ground up 43 EMCs: Trust, transparency and a proven track record 44 ‘It still takes my breath away’: Pearns Point’s Adam Gobat

45 How one couple transformed a rundown villa into a stylish waterfront retreat 46 Ward & Co Interiors: Creative by design 52 Th e Antiguan children on a mission to save their environment 56 Celebrity chef Andi Oliver: ‘Caribbean food has a rich and powerful story’ 64 Acclaimed Antiguan chef Kareem Roberts: ‘Good food doesn’t have to be expensive’ LIFESTYLE 4 Letter from Luxury Locations 16 Th e Luxe Lists 20 Super styling: Unique pieces for an impeccable interior 25 Gilly Gobinet: Art gallery that creates a scene 60 Nikki Beach prepares to bring its sleek, sexy, South Beach vibe to Antigua

84 Tailor Made Antigua: Our luxury bespoke vacations are now even easier to book online 96 Miss Antigua and Barbuda Ischikelle Corbin: ‘I’m living my childhood dream’ 94 Map of Antigua and Barbuda PROPERTY 6 Meet the Luxury Locations team 66 Luxury Locations’ YouTube channel: QR code your way to property heaven 69 Buying property in Antigua: Th e road to ownership 70 Property market update: All signs indicate a rosy outlook for 2024

72 Property listings in Antigua 86 Vacation homes in Antigua

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LETTER FROM LUXURY LOCATIONS H ow does one de fi ne a sense of home? For some it’s the place we live, for others it’s the place where we were born. And for a few, like Andi Oliver, it’s somewhere we feel a sense of identity, an amorphous rootedness. For Andi, Antigua may as well have had an invisible thread anchoring her emotionally to her parents’ homeland.

a ff ection for home. Both Andi and Kareem were among a handful of famous faces to take part in this year’s Restaurant Week festivities, aimed at raising the pro fi le of local dishes from salt fi sh to souse. Kareem shares his culinary journey and tells us what ingredients are currently whetting his appetite in our feature on page 64. You may well have heard the exciting news that Antigua is soon to see the creation of a Nikki Beach Resort & Spa – just the second place in the Caribbean to welcome the global hospitality brand with an ethos of celebrating life. Th e group’s co- founder and owner Lucia Penrod gives us the lowdown on page 60. Also found within these pages are our regular features like the Luxe List, the latest news from some of Antigua’s leading resorts and restaurants, and the Dyson Way which o ff ers a snapshot of things to see and do on island through the eyes of Luxury Locations’ owners Sam and Nadia Dyson and their children. As always, there’s a broad selection of properties available for sale and rent towards the back of the magazine, plus a

large section devoted to the ins and outs of building or renovating your own home. You may already be in love with our charming isle, you may be on the verge of falling for it. So, if you too feel that irresistible tug, read on. Across several pages we introduce you to some of our most trusted contacts who will be happy to help you create your dream abode here in Antigua – a place where, for more and more people each year, is truly where the heart is. n

In this 23rd edition of Luxury Locations Magazine, the British celebrity chef and TV presenter speaks exclusively about her indelible a ffi nity with the island she fi rst visited when she was 16 and to which she has been a frequent visitor for much of her adult life. Caribbean in fl uences are at the core of her cuisine, fl avoured with her own unique fl air. Don’t miss the chance to fi nd out more about her mission to steep the international food scene with the region’s fl avourful piquancy on page 56 – not to mention her own recipe for salmon gravlax. Kareem Roberts knows how Andi feels. For the renowned fellow chef who grew up in Antigua before moving to the UK, there’s nothing like the aroma of the island’s fresh produce to trigger a deep-seated

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W elcome to Luxury Locations Real Estate, Antigua’s In 2024, we proudly received accolades for Best Real Estate Agency, Best Marketing, and Best Development Consultancy from the International Property Awards. Th ese honours are just the latest of acolades we have received over the years and underscore our commitment to excellence, solidifying our position as market leaders for over a decade. Owned and managed by Sam and Nadia Dyson, our small but dedicated team excels in forging long-term relationships through hard work and integrity. Whether it’s a record-breaking real estate sale or meticulous property management, we always prioritise our clients’ needs, ensuring exceptional value and service. At Luxury Locations, our primary focus is on delivering exceptional real estate services. We are passionate about helping clients discover their perfect homes or investment properties in Antigua & Barbuda. Additionally our o ff erings span a wide range multi-award-winning real estate agency, renowned for our excellence in real estate sales and property management.

of property services, including sales, rentals, and comprehensive management of property. With over thirty years of combined industry experience, our expertise also encompasses development consultancy, project planning, refurbishment advice, and comprehensive marketing services across print and digital media, with a strong focus on engaging video and photography to entice and engage. Our success as industry leaders is driven by our energetic and committed team, each member bringing expert knowledge to the table. We consistently go above and beyond to surpass our clients’ expectations. As the only Marriott Homes & Villas approved company in Antigua, we provide full property management services. Stop by our welcoming o ffi ce in Jolly Harbour, where you will meet our dedicated team members, all striving to make Luxury Locations the top choice for discerning clients. Whether you’re buying, selling, or seeking meticulous property care, we always put our clients’ needs fi rst, guaranteeing exceptional value and service.

JOELLE SPENCER Joelle Spencer is responsible for the back- o ffi ce organization and accounting systems at Luxury Locations. With six years of experience at the company, Joelle ensures all business administration aspects are smoothly handled. Her in-depth knowledge of the business operations allows her to e ffi ciently manage various tasks and support the company in multiple capacities. CARLY DAVIES Although Carly Davies is a relatively new addition to Luxury Locations, her impact has been signi fi cant. With a background working for multiple CEOs, Carly’s determination and hard work have quickly made her the organizational hub of the business. She excels in implementing her organizational skills and has developed a strong passion for real estate. JOVANNA DECEMBER Jovanna December specializes in property management and guest satisfaction. She ensures properties are maintained in top condition and that guests have an excellent experience in Antigua. By overseeing property checks, maintenance, and other services, Jovanna ensures properties increase in value and provide solid returns for their owners.


NADIA DYSON Nadia Dyson founded Luxury Locations fi fteen years ago and is an entrepreneurial driving force within the organisation. With nearly two decades of experience in Antigua’s real estate market, Nadia is known for her calm demeanour and extensive knowledge of both real estate sales and the rental market. She ensures daily operations run smoothly and is well recognised as the most seasoned real estate agent in Antigua. SAM DYSON As CEO, Sam oversees all operations at Luxury Locations, bringing both an MBA and a law degree to the role. With twelve years of experience at the company, Sam has been instrumental in its growth and success. His focus on leadership and long-term development ensures the business thrives in every organizational aspect. Sam also heads the award-winning Development Consultancy, guiding developers to align their projects with market demands in the Caribbean property market.

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OLD WORLD CHARM WITH A MODERN APPEAL T ravel trends may come and go but one thing that never goes out of style is personal customer service that makes every guest feel like ADMIRAL’S INN & GUNPOWDER SUITES

culinary magic. “Our restaurants have been going from strength to strength; we are getting a lot of repeat customers,” says the hotel’s co-director Astrid Deeth. Pillars is loved for its waterfront backdrop with graceful stone pillars and international food with a contemporary twist. Saturday night is the popular ‘Taste of the World’ evening complemented by the sound of a local jazz group. Wednesdays hone in on the gastronomic delights of the region, complete with a live steel band. Laidback poolside eatery Boom o ff ers delectable lunch delights with an unbeatable view. Day passes are available if you want to make Boom an all-day hangout. Th e serene setting yet close proximity to the hub of English Harbour makes Admiral’s a prime location for vacations and staycations, plus multi-generational events like weddings and birthdays. Th ere are activities to suit all age groups and tastes, from enjoying the area’s nightlife and unique shops, to exploring its centuries-old fortresses and hiking trails. But it’s the hotel’s friendly faces that keep guests returning year after year. Astrid adds: “People feel well taken care of; they frequently tell us it was the sta ff that made their holiday.” n

family. At Admiral’s Inn and Gunpowder Suites – loved for its warm ambience and informal elegance - the iconic location is just the icing on the cake. At this charming family-run hotel, a winning formula of attention to detail, exquisite cuisine and friendly, personal service have stood the test of time. Th e antipode to today’s formulaic all-inclusive resorts, guests get to truly immerse themselves in everything the historic district has to o ff er. Set in the heart of 18th century Nelson’s Dockyard – a UNESCO World Heritage Site named after the British Admiral who once called it home – the character- fi lled boutique hotel o ff ers luxurious accommodation, two acclaimed restaurants and a recently expanded spa. Th e main hotel boasts 18 exquisite rooms, while across the water, adjacent to the Georgian-era Gunpowder House, there are 12 more spacious suites all with stunning harbour views and just steps from the pool. Th ere are also two deluxe garden rooms in a remodelled cottage with private patios. US-trained Antiguan chef Angela Joseph heads an expert team who consistently create

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I n the vibrant culinary landscape of Antigua and Barbuda, one name stands out as the epitome of re fi ned indulgence, accessible luxury, and excellence: Rocks Group. Established with a commitment to providing unparalleled dining experiences, Rocks Group has become synonymous with quality, innovation, and top tier service. Parent company to Sheer Rocks which has earned the title of ‘Caribbean’s best restaurant’ three times, as well as Catherine’s Café, Rokuni, and Roquita, the 14-year old Rocks Group continues to grow. Th is season will see the company’s fourth venue opening in just three years. A new chapter for Rokuni Originally located on Antigua’s east coast at Nonsuch Bay, Rocks Group’s third venue, Rokuni, joined sister restaurants, Sheer Rocks and Catherine’s Café, in November 2021. Alongside the extensive Asian- inspired menu, designed for sharing, Rokuni also boasts a dynamic cocktail programme. After three successful seasons on the east coast, Rocks Group decided it was time to bring Rokuni closer to its guests. Th e Rocks Group team are ready to o ffi cially drop the news: Rokuni will have a new setting conveniently located on the island’s west side, at Sugar Ridge which is currently undergoing a major makeover. Th e new location, previously known as

Sugar Club, promises to elevate the Rokuni experience, which will open with a focus on dinner service, as well as brunch on weekends. Rocks Group has brought in an acclaimed design team from Europe to transform the venue into a lush, tropical oasis, featuring a dedicated sushi bar and private dining spaces. Belgium-based Sempre In & Outdoor Living is credited with crafting immersive atmospheres in locations as diverse as Singapore, Miami, Russia and Ghana. Keep an eye out for vibrant parties with live entertainment in the expansive lounge. Th e enchanting setting, combined

Rokuni’s sesame and prawn toast with grapefruit and fennel salad

Pigeon Point Beach, home of Catherine’s Café


Sheer Rocks’ original plunge pool and tapas favourites

with an updated model of the innovative, Asian-inspired menu, will make Rokuni a highlight on the west coast’s roundup of sought-after restaurants. Rokuni’s new location is designed to immerse guests in a unique dining environment where the natural beauty of Antigua seamlessly blends with the temperature-controlled interior, which can be sealed up to allow air conditioning on those hot summer days, and will feature lush greenery and artful lighting to create a serene and inviting ambience. At the heart of Rokuni’s philosophy is a commitment to upholding Rocks Group’s fi ve pillars: fantastic food, superb drinks, an unforgettable location and design, stellar music and live entertainment, and fun and thoughtful service from the team that makes it all possible. Th e enchanting setting, combined with an updated model of the innovative, Asian-inspired menu, will make Rokuni a highlight on the west coast’s roundup of sought-after restaurants. Expanding horizons with Rocks Group In addition to Rokuni’s new home, Rocks Group is sharing more exciting projects that further cement the brand’s reputation as Antigua’s premier hospitality group. Along the picturesque west coast, overlooking a mesmerising expanse of Caribbean Sea, Sheer Rocks, started in 2010, stands as the original Rocks Group restaurant. Guests make their way through bougainvillea-draped walkways, twinkling lights, and lush greenery to a stunning backdrop for lounging in the sun. O ff ering tapas-style lunches, thoughtful à la carte dinners, and curated tasting menus with expertly paired wines, the philosophy behind the Rocks Group experience is clear. From food and drink to music, service and the stunning location, details matter here. Th is season, Sheer Rocks is launching two exciting new spaces on the rocks. Th e Cove at Sheer Rocks Guests are invited to enjoy life on the rocks through Sheer Rocks’ unsurpassed experiences, featuring daybeds at the venue’s

Sheer Rocks’ red snapper ceviche with pickled tomato, jalapeño, lime, dried olives and chilli beef salad with zucchini and radish noodles and coriander

Sheer Rocks’ blistered heritage tomato salad with watermelon, balsamic, and croutons



Evening cheers at Catherine’s Café’s dinner service

three superb cli ff -front plunge pools, including its newest secluded space, Th e Cove. Sheer Rocks’ In fi nity Bar In an exciting collaboration with Nicholson, Sheer Rocks introduces the In fi nity Bar, located even closer to the sea, where those Negroni Spritzes hit just right. No reservations are needed at this ultimate sunset spot, designed for stopping in for a sundowner. A legacy of excellence From the sun-kissed plunge pools of Sheer Rocks to the beachfront bliss of Catherine’s Café, Rocks Group continues to set the standard for culinary excellence in Antigua and Barbuda. Th e brand’s commitment to innovation, development, and creating unforgettable moments is at the core of everything it does. As Rocks Group embarks on a new chapter, with the relocation of Rokuni, the team invites everyone to join them on this

exciting journey. Rokuni is poised to become a new icon on Antigua’s west coast, attracting visitors from around the world who seek an unparalleled dining experience. With its commitment to excellence, sustainability and innovation, Rocks Group continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of hospitality. Raise a glass to the next chapter of Rocks Group’s legacy, where every sip tells a story. n For bookings and inquiries, contact or call +1 268 463-6161. WhatsApp +1 268 464-5283.

Websites and Instagram handles: @sheerrocks @catherinescafe @drinknicholson @rokuni_anu @roquita_anu

Sheer Rocks nestled into a rocky blu ff below Cocobay Resort


Emeralds, known for their vibrant and lush green hues, have been cherished gemstones for centuries. Their rich color and elegance make them a symbol of renewal, growth, and vitality. Today, they continue to be a symbol of luxury and sophistication, especially in jewelry pieces that captivate the eye with their exotic beauty


FOR HER THE LUXE LIST From unique boutiques to designer emporiums, Antigua boasts a vibrant array of shopping experiences. We foraged through a few to bring you this hand-picked selection of must-haves and just-wants worthy of the Luxe List.

PRETTY IN PINK US$115 Knock ‘em dead in this attention-grabbing, hot pink two-piece from Banana Moon. Th e Californian swimwear brand melds West Coast surf style with French chic for a young, vivacious vibe. Available at Sunseakers in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-4523.

SIGNATURE VERSATILITY US$416 Easy to see how this upbeat little bag earned its moniker. ‘ Th e Smile’ is a breezy accessory to any look and brings its own audacious attitude. Available at Longchamp in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5301.

UNRUFFLED FEEL US$269 Keep your cool all summer in this light and fl ouncy cotton tunic with ru ffl e trim. Featuring Devotion Twins’ signature silhouette, it incorporates clean lines and traditional ethnic patterns. Available at Gingerlily in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3168.

CONTEMPORARY COOL US$415 Worn across the body with its vibrant peppy shoulder strap, this mini Le Pliage bag in smooth cowhide leather embodies hip urban style. Available at Longchamp in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5301.



No need to worry about the origins of these sparklers. Th is exquisite engagement ring from the aptly named Smiling Rocks brand features lab- grown diamonds set in 14k yellow gold. Available at Sterlings in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5662.

NAUTICAL MAGIC US$398 Keep Antigua’s turquoise water close to your heart wherever you go with this coastal- inspired necklace from Dune Jewellery. Th e bold sterling silver links lay perfectly on your collar while the classic toggle closure re fl ects chic sophistication and a splash of fun. Available at Sterlings in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5662.

SEDUCTIVE SCENT US$146 for 100ml bottle

With fl oral, amber and aquatic aromas, Gaultier’s La Belle Paradise Garden represents freedom and sensuality. Th e bottle evokes the image of Eve with her alluring curves, symbolising seduction and temptation. Available at Abbott’s Jewellery & Perfumery in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3107.

COLOURFUL GEMS US$1,299 Elevate your style with a pop of colour. Th ese stunning prismatic earrings in 14k yellow gold are guaranteed to help you sparkle on any occasion. Available at Colombian Emeralds in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3462.

TO HER, WITH LOVE Top US$1,799 Bottom US$1,799 Celebrate momentous occasions with either of these 14k white gold diamond necklaces, sure to dazzle for years to come. Available at Colombian Emeralds in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3462.




No need to tread carefully in these Reef sandals, designed for optimum comfort whether strolling soft sands or traversing uneven island terrain. Available at Sunseakers in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-4523.



LAIDBACK AURA Shirt US$149 Trousers US$139 Th ese cool-as-a- cucumber linen trousers and shirt epitomise the relaxed Caribbean lifestyle, with quality fabrics inspired by the luxurious vibe of the private island that lent the Pink House Mustique brand its name. Available at Sunseakers in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-4523.

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Top US$3,499 Bottom US$1,599 Th ese skilfully crafted diamond rings in 14k yellow gold and 14k white gold add a touch of sophistication and swagger to your style. Available at Colombian Emeralds in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3462.


Protect your peepers from the sun’s harsh glare with these Clubmaster Classic shades from RayBan. Th e timeless frame is enhanced by polarised lenses and adjustable nosepads. Available at Sterlings in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5662.


It’s simple, stylish, functional and reliable. Th e San Fran du ffl e bag just might be the perfect companion for all adventures. It can be carried by its handles, as a crossbody or on your shoulder by adjusting the straps. Available at LAND in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-0746


Oakley’s new Spin-Shift collection brings the brand’s classic frames into a new light. Th e revolutionary design is aimed at athletes who need both protection and an extended fi eld of vision. Available at Sterlings in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5662.


UPCYCLED STYLE US$2,600 With a dial made from recycled fi shing nets, each Oris X Bracenet timepiece is unique. Th e result is an ocean-inspired dial - a daily reminder of your contribution to protecting our seas. Available at Abbott’s Jewellery & Perfumery in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 462-3107.


Handcrafted in Italy, this woven black leather men’s bracelet from Phillip Gavriel features a sterling silver cable bar and lobster claw clasp. Available at Sterlings in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5662.


A textured cable-inspired border highlights the fl at braided look of this sterling silver men’s bracelet from Angelucci to create an e ff ortlessly elegant look. Available at Sterlings in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5662.


Layton’s fl oral and oriental fragrance opens with bergamot and a tangy passion, while lavender and geranium blend into a fresh note that is simultaneously chic and chivalrous. Available from Lipstick in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-1133.


Th is spacious toiletry case from Boxford has two zipped compartments, a handle and a washable interior. Th e two-tone canvas is decorated with a Russian leather trim for a rich three-dimensional e ff ect. Available at Longchamp in Heritage Quay, St John’s. Call +1 268 562-5301.



SUPER STYLING: UNIQUE PIECES FOR AN IMPECCABLE INTERIOR F urnishing and styling a home is an opportunity to create a space that re fl ects your personality, lifestyle needs, and is meaningful to you Artsy Yardie by Stacie-Ann Shaw in Barbuda +1 268 722-2921

and your family. It can also be a daunting process. Experts suggest a three-pronged approach: pick your palette, choose the largest pieces fi rst - and make it unique. Th e latter is particularly important. No one wants their new pad to look like a replica of an Ikea catalogue. And besides, there should be no place like home. Th ankfully, there are a number of exceptional outlets on island, o ff ering charming, high quality, climate-resistant, and even custom-made pieces. We did some of the leg work for you by tracking down a few select items we think you’ll like, to help you create a beautiful place you’ll love to be in for years to come. n

Ashley Furniture Homestore, Piggotts +1 268 562-4644

Courts, St John’s +1 268 484-1640


D’Gon Furniture - Contact Jason for bespoke furniture at

El Caribe – Perry Bay, St John’s +1 268 462-8890 Follow @elcaribedecor

So Teak, English Harbour +1 268 725-8521

Gilly Gobinet, Fitches Creek +1 268 464-6084

Townhouse Megastore, St John’s +1 268-481-3200




ROCK UP TO KAIKOCONUT Th ink catamarans are just for cruising? Kaikoconut’s party boat might be the hottest thing on the water. With waterslides, daybeds, DJ and even an upper-deck VIP section, this stylish split-level cat has more exhilarating features than you can shake a stick at. Capable of holding up to 175 people, the festive feels are guaranteed. Th ere’s a fully-loaded bar and the on-board kitchenette serves up burgers, wraps and fi nger food. Tenders run every 30 minutes from Little Ffryes Beach. Feeling brave? A dive shot from the boat’s top deck is the ultimate IG upload.

KICK BACK ON A PRIVATE ISLAND When we’re feeling private-paradise-playground vibes – a la Richard Branson and Shakira – we take the kids over to Prickly Pear. It’s not an exclusive island but it’s the closest thing to it. Th ink palm trees, snorkelling in translucent shallow water, and scenery straight from a picture postcard. Th e half-acre cay - a short boat ride from the Hodges Bay Resort - also has a fabulous restaurant and bar. Th e oversized loungers are just the ticket for an afternoon siesta. s


PUSH THE BOAT OUT When pint-sized aspiring pirates want to channel their inner Jack Sparrow, what better than a private cruise aboard Jabberwocky? Captain Simon lets kids and big kids alike take turns at the helm of his sailboat which comes equipped with an assortment of glee-inducing water toys like kayaks, paddle boards and a fl oating mattress. When we want to step things up a notch – such as for our most recent o ffi ce party - his catamaran Jabbacat has oodles of space for lounging and sipping bubbly, along with a trampoline area for optimum comfort while doing so.

BOAT OVER TO BARBUDA Know why they call frigatebirds ‘man o’ war’? Th ey’re famous for mugging other birds of their freshly caught fi sh mid- fl ight. When they’re not airborne, our national birds can often be found roosting en masse at Barbuda’s famous frigatebird sanctuary. It’s the largest colony in the hemisphere and visitors can get up close and personal by taking a small boat through the salt pond. Th ese pterodactyl-like creatures are not the only reason to visit Antigua’s little sister though. Th e pink sand beaches, fresh lobster dishes, and caves complete with Arawak petroglyphs are a few more. Th e Barbuda Express ferry departs fi ve days a week from St John’s and runs day trips from Jolly Harbour on Tuesdays and Th ursdays. s



SIP COCKTAILS WITH TOES IN THE SAND From Sunday’s ‘brunch on the beach’ to TFI Friday’s rosé and taco specials, most days of the week are ideal for a trip to Loose Cannon. Michelin-starred chefs serve up an array of imaginative dishes at this hip, family-friendly spot set just inches from the calm waters of Galleon Beach. We love to treat ourselves to a private cabana and a cocktail or two while our boys play on the fl oating islands. First one to spot a sea turtle!

ENJOY A BRUSH WITH NATURE It’s not just the free nature lesson that makes Adventure Antigua’s eco-tour such a hit with our family. Th e vast marine reserve that spans the island’s north-east is achingly beautiful and best observed aboard the 52ft catamaran specially designed to get into shallow waters and tight reefy spots. Sightings of herons, pelicans, star fi sh and stingrays are common, and the kids love learning about the mangroves almost as much as snorkelling at Hells Gate Island. the-eco-tour



ART GALLERY THAT CREATES A SCENE Gilly Gobinet’s enchanting space stirs the senses and captivates the soul S et among tropical gardens overlooking a seductive seascape, Gilly Gobinet’s working Art Gallery o ff ers scenes as pretty as a picture. And that’s before one even begins to browse the delightful paintings on display. Inside, one wall is devoted to an into the bathroom which also houses several pieces. Hundreds more original works in all shapes and sizes, displayed for sale, bedeck the interior rooms, verandah and courtyard. Th e latter is where Gilly can usually be found at work, brush in hand. “Most artists are recognisable by one

e ff ervescent collection of paintings in acrylic of tropical fl ora and fauna such as bougainvillea, hibiscus, pelicans and turtles. Gilly is one of few artists on the island who specialises in watercolours. Th ese adorn the walls in both fi gurative and semi-abstract styles. Barely a square foot of Gilly’s gallery in Needs Must Circle, Fitches Creek – a short drive from the international airport – has been excluded from this bacchanalia of colour and canvas. Hand-painted murals adorn exterior walls and even the periphery of the swimming pool. “Inspiration is never lacking when you’re surrounded by all of this,” she says brightly, gesturing towards her verdant garden and the ocean beyond. Anyone wishing to browse Gilly’s sundry creations will be treated to a full tour of the property, beginning with the gaily embellished hallway before heading

speci fi c style but I am extremely versatile,” she says. “I can do anything from cartoons, to delicate pen and ink, to very detailed or loose watercolour and acrylic – practically anything anyone asks me to.” While most of the pieces exhibited are the result of her own impulse, much of Gilly’s work is commissioned, particularly her pet portraits for which she donates 10 per cent to local animal charity Dogs and Cats of Antigua. Nearly all her paintings are suitcase-friendly, or can be shipped already stretched or rolled into a tube for convenience. Colourful greetings cards are also available. British-born Gilly, who has lived in Antigua since 1984, adds: “What I love most is the feeling of achievement when you’ve created something you love – and you hope others will too.” n

Visitors can call in 9am to 1pm Mondays to Fridays or by appointment. Visit, email or call/WhatsApp +1 268 464-6084. Visa and MasterCard accepted.



CARLISLE BAY: THE LUXURY ALL - INCLUSIVE THAT GIVES BACK TO NATURE N ature blessed Carlisle Bay with its sublime setting fringed by a crescent of white sand and a

prized coastline pristine.

Last year, to mark its incredible 20th anniversary, Carlisle Bay joined forces with sustainable beachwear brand, Love Brand & Co, to launch a new limited edition collection made from recycled biodegradable fi bres. Th e collection – on sale at the resort and via Love Brand’s website and London Chelsea store – includes linen shirts and swimming trunks from recycled plastic. In March, the resort also launched a limited edition sunglass collection with Taylor Morris London. Th e luxury shades, which o ff er optimum protection from the bright Caribbean sunshine, are available exclusively from the resort’s boutique.

backdrop of verdant rainforest. And that’s just part of the reason the award-winning resort is keen to give back to Mother Earth through an array of pioneering green initiatives. One way Carlisle Bay is showing love to the environment is by partnering with local NGO Adopt-a-Coastline and nearby Old Road Primary School to participate in monthly beach and community clean-ups. Th e resort is sponsoring schoolchildren to be trained as coastal stewards, tasked with planting trees and helping keep the area’s


As a member of ‘ Th e Leading Hotels of the World’ organisation, Carlisle Bay consistently strives for excellence. Its 87 luxury suites are a vision in sleek, contemporary design and each have their own private balcony or terrace leading directly to the shore. Th ere is a range of activities on o ff er, including sunrise yoga, Pilates and meditation sessions, watersports, world-class sailing, guided rainforest treks, fi ve tennis

courts including two pickle ball courts, and a state-of-the-art gym with on-call personal training sessions to suit all levels of fi tness and experience. Th e property also features an ultra-chic library with fi bre-optic lighting, a 42-seat private screening room, four restaurants and a 17,000 sqft spa. At CARA Organic Spa, a personalised consultation precedes all treatments which range from luxurious facials to deeply

restorative massages. Th ere are also intensive health retreats to restore inner harmony and balance. Th e spa is proudly partnered with ESPA which takes its knowledge from traditional holistic therapies and combines this with the scienti fi c power of the purest natural ingredients from around the world, developing a range of natural skincare products and treatments. Th e resort’s four restaurants o ff er a diverse range of cuisines using locally

Carlisle Bay’s 87 luxury suites are a vision in sleek, contemporary design and each have their own private balcony or terrace leading directly to the shore.


Luxury day passes available at US$300 per person, subject to 25% tax and service charge (included – three course lunch, all beverages by the glass, one- hour signature massage at CARA Spa, EPSA organic skincare amenities and access to fi tness facilities and beach). and will feel cherished by the resort’s warm and friendly sta ff . Th e on-site Cool Kids Club will keep them busy and engaged, allowing parents to relax and enjoy their stay. n +1 268 484 0000 Ottimo, a casual poolside restaurant with wood- fi red pizza oven, o ff ers authentic Italian cooking with ingredients taken from the head chef’s own herb and vegetable garden. Th e Jetty Grill, located at the end of the beach with an open kitchen and barbeque, presents local dishes such as salt fi sh fritters, jerk chicken and goat water. Head Chef Kumar also specialises in mouth-watering light and healthy vegan options; try a personalised tasting menu, including spiced barbeque pulled jack-fruit. Children are welcome at Carlisle Bay sourced and seasonal produce. Indigo on the Beach, an open air eatery overlooking the sea, serves up traditional Caribbean delights with a Mediterranean twist such as freshly grilled whole lobster tail with garlic and lemon butter. Hand-carved wooden doors lead the way to Asian-themed East with its exquisite sushi menu and unforgettable dishes inspired by Japanese, Th ai and Indonesian traditions. Th ere is a range of activities on o ff er, including sunrise yoga, Pilates and meditation sessions, watersports, world-class sailing, guided rainforest treks, seven tennis courts including two pickle ball courts, and a state-of-the-art gym














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ANNUAL CONTEST SPELLS SUCCESS FOR YOUNG WRITERS W riting gives children an outlet for self-expression, while enhancing their creativity and improving their focus. Th e second instalment of a summer Cheryll told Luxury Locations Magazine she was delighted with the students’ creativity and their understanding of the issues associated with each of the themes. Kerrisa Anthony, 9, of Old Road Primary, claimed the 6–9 age category with a piece of writing entitled ‘What it Means to be Antiguan and Barbudan’. Th irteen-year-old Maahi Joshua, of

Island Academy, came fi rst in the 10–13 age group with an insightful poem called ‘My Family’s Roots and Wings’. Th e 14–17 age category was won by Ariadne Wilson, 16, of Divine Academy of Excellence, with a poignant poem entitled ‘Life is an Illusion’. n

writing challenge saw dozens of entries from local schoolchildren aged six to 17. Th e annual contest, presented by the Ministry of Education and sponsored by British philanthropist Cheryll Rogers, invited youngsters to submit a poem or piece of prose on one of fi ve themes – globalisation, identity, man and animals, self-awareness, or tourism.

Th e winning entries in each age category were selected for publication. Th e second instalment of a summer writing challenge saw dozens of entries from local schoolchildren aged six to 17.


Kerrisa Anthony, 9 Old Road Primary WINNER IN 6–9 AGE CATEGORY

‘What it Means to be Antiguan and Barbudan’

Kerrisa Anthony is my name, and I am from Old Road on my twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda. I am a very proud Antiguan and Barbudan. Do you want to know why! Come let’s explore. My island states have some of the world’s best and beautiful beaches. We are known to be some of friendliest people in the Caribbean which make me happy. SOUNDS INTERESTING! Though claimed by England; we became Independent 1st November, 1981, I am super happy. Antigua has six wonderful and cultural parishes; and I am from St Mary’s parish which houses the sweetest pineapples in the world and our famous Fig Tree Hill. Some of the most attractive sites can be found in English Harbour where there is a hidden land-lock harbor that houses beautiful and expensive yachts from all around and historical sites like Shirley’s Heights. Oh Barbuda consists of a main town called Codrington and interestingly, we have an offspring gem called Redonda. Redonda is hub to a number of sea birds, also a source for guano. Barbuda also known for its gorgeous pink sandy beaches, the rare frigate birds, and mouthwatering food like lobster and fungi, also exotic caves. Additionally, the late Princess Diana visited Coco Point Beach now renamed ‘the Princess Diana Beach’ in her honor. To have us experience this is dynamic. Did you enjoyed what my islands mean to me, beautiful Wadadli.

Maahi Joshua, 13 Island Academy WINNER IN 10–13 AGE CATEGORY

‘My Family’s Roots and Wings’

My family, A strong tree

With deep, Rich roots From farmers, To freedom fighters Doctors, to teachers and bankers

Hit by many storms Bruised but still standing tall Our family’s legacy will never fall

Our ancestors were one of a kind, The most educated for their time Their names are known nationwide People of humble beginnings we were, Becoming Indian heroes was the way they served With faith, hard work, determination, and courage We follow the path paved by our elders, While looking ahead for a future golden and bright

Focused on our goal, We will do what is right As I lead my family in pride

The new generation, The wings that take us higher It is up to us to continue this legacy, So our family name does not turn to history The ‘Mani’ name, The foundation of the future, These are our roots and wings as a family This is our culture as the Mani family.


Ariadne Wilson, 16 Divine Academy of Excellence WINNER IN 14–17 AGE CATEGORY

‘Life is an Illusion’

She wakes up to the same routine and the repetition, Taken from her dreams; hit with realization. The burdens of her past and present come raining down, In her overwhelming thoughts she slowly begins to drown. The unnoticeable; misunderstood; underrated truth, The girl has already given up on her miserable, pathetic youth. With hatred and anxiety her outbursts flare, Frowned upon by the giants, she trembles in fear. Their countless expectations; the girl’s many obligations, Both seem to endlessly crush her. She lives to please and make them proud, But her mind and heart betray her.

Wishing for freedom that doesn’t exist, Wishing for relief she can’t find. The girl continues living her life, With “those thoughts” plaguing her mind.

A cold; lonely void is her mind, A gaping hole is her heart and soul.



PEARNS POINT CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE - AND ANNOUNCES NEW VILLA PROGRAMME SHARED BY FEW, RIVALLED BY NONE P earns Point, a beautiful beach and oceanfront development in Antigua, continues to take shape. All key elements of the

has already seen more than U$$45m in land sales to date. Just 10 minutes from Pearns Point, the eagerly awaited redevelopment of Jolly Harbour Marina with its planned new commercial area, restaurants, tennis club and luxury apartments will add both great value and enjoyment to Pearns Point residences. Building sustainably Increasingly important to many international buyers is a development’s sustainability ethos and practices. It’s also a cause close to Pearns Point owner Albert Hartog’s heart. Pearns Point pays the utmost respect to the island’s native fauna

and fl ora, utilising natural resources and locally sourced materials wherever possible and blending them seamlessly with the landscape. Th e area consists of over 137 acres of mature landscaping that has been carefully sub-divided into residential lots, a third of which have already been sold. Local workers and companies are mainly employed in the project’s construction, translating to jobs for approximately 50 Antiguans. Existing roads on the peninsula are now complemented by lush tropical landscaping. Th e homes are designed to be energy

infrastructure are in place, its fi rst super luxury residence is completed, one is near completion and two more are starting this summer with three commencing later in the year. For those who dream of waking up to uninterrupted views across the Caribbean Sea and walking along spectacular deserted beaches, Pearns Point o ff ers a rare and exciting opportunity to own a property in a prime and unspoilt location, while still close to many fi rst-rate amenities. Th is community of luxury homes on Antigua’s west coast is being built on a picturesque peninsula, which is joined to the mainland by a narrow causeway. With the feeling of a national park, the peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by eight idyllic and secluded beaches. Buyers have a choice of beachfront, oceanfront or ocean view lots, each o ff ering stunning vistas across the iridescent turquoise sea. Antigua’s property market is booming Antigua’s high-end property has been in great demand of late. Alongside the traditional Antiguan buyers, many high- net worth individuals have relocated to the island as digital nomads in recent years and seen fi rst-hand the bene fi ts of having a base in Antigua. Traditional high-end buyers continue to arrive from the UK, US and Canada, but there is now worldwide interest from countries as diverse as France, South Africa and Singapore. Beachfront properties are also in high demand, which has led to a surge in sales at fi ve-star gated developments. Pearns Point


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