All posts by Alexia Lucas

PowerCat and Birthday Celebrations!

The big news of the week is that the newest addition to the Virgin Motor Yachts fleet, the 514 Power Catamaran named Dashaway, has finally arrived into our flee514-top-deck-aftt. This means that all my handlers go down to the dock to watch as the new boat comes into the marina and then raise a glass to its arrival and success. Once the boat was docked, the team jumped on board to admire her interiors. I hadn’t quite found my sea legs as I jumped aboard which nearly resulted in an impromptu swim in the marina. I quickly recovered as I realized that I could smell champagne and birthday cake.

 

The 60th birthday of Chiddick, one of our Shipwrights, coinbcoincidentally fell on the same day as the arrival of Dashaway! Chiddick has been an important part of the team for over 20 years now, and he gives the best back scratches. We kept his birthday cake a secret until we put up the balloons and iced the champagne. I’m not usually one to keep a secret, but I did my best. When he walked down to the end of the dock to the sight of all of us singing happy birthday aboard the new PowerCat, his face was full
of surprise. He climbed on board as we cut the birthday cake and poured the drinks. The humans even let me have a cheeky bit of cake! I couldn’t resist the vanilla icing even though I’m trying to watch my figure. I’m looking forward to the next Virgin Motor Yachts birthday celebration!

Bashfest III @ Last Resort, 18 June

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Island Music and Art Festival, many Incredible artists on one stage. Food vendors, Handmade jewellery stand, dance performances, Live Art Canvas Painting, Photo Booth & more. The Island will open doors at 4pm for the start of the Event. Live music from 5pm.

If you like live music, dance, dj’s and art – Bashfest is for you!!!

“Probably the most diverse music and arts festival in the BVI” (Glasgow Herald)

Come on BVI – let’s party!!!!!

Bellamy Cay, BVI

Trellis Bay 

info@lastresortbvi.com

Tel: 284-394-0100

VHF CHANNEL 16/69

 

The Club Restaurant @ Norman Island

TheClubNormanIsland61_smDon’t miss the brand new restaurant on Norman Island, a world-famous getaway for boaters!the club norman island

Guana Island Executive Chef Xavier Arnau Gili opens The Club at Norman Island, a chic beach club and fine dining restaurant in conjunction with Pirates Bight and Executive Chef Patrick Williams.

The Norman Island hot spot features Mediterranean and Jamaican cuisine, specialty cocktails, a sleek all natural wood beach bar, beach side service and chairs including wine and rum flights.

For reservations call: (284) 442-2331

Need a ride? 

Norman Island ferry departs Hannah Bay (part of Nanny Cay Marina) at 10:00am, 3:30pm and 6:00pm
Departs Norman Island at 3:00pm, 4:30pm and 9:00pm

Tickets are $20 per person , include: one drink, ferry transfer and use of the facilities.

Call (284) 443-1305 to re-confirm the times

Al Broderick @ Last Resort every Thursday

While on a charter with Virgin Motor Yachts, come to the Island Last Resort to enjoy the live music by the talented Al Broderick. Each Thursday from 7-45pm.

Bellamy Cay, BVI
Trellis Bay
info@lastresortbvi.com
Tel: 284-394-0100
VHF CHANNEL 16/69

Al Broderick

Fandango night @Scaramouche on 19th March

fandango nightCelebrate the 2nd Birthday of this amazing Italian restaurant set in the breezy Soper’s Hole, right on the water!

March 19th, starting at 6pm.

Tel.: 495-3443/343-1602

22 February – Full Moon Party

A beachside family-style  party at Trellis Bay ntrellis bayot to miss when in the BVI! With steel drums, Moko Jumbies, Reggae Bands, Caribbean Buffet and of course the spectacular FireBalls!

22 February, Beef Island, a few hundred feet off the east coast of Tortola connected via Queen Elizabeth II Bridge
Time: 8 p.m.
Tel: (284) 495-1849

Moonapalooza – 23 January 2016

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Moonapalooza at Paradise Club Sports Bar and Grille

Kicking off early Saturday and continuing early into the morning hours of Sunday Paradise Club will have all your favorite bands, DJ’s and entertainment artists onsite jamming, singing, twirling and spinning….some will even be on fire!
All day and night food and drink specials.
Come early stay forever….. stamina, beach blankets and babysitters recommended…. amazing memories guaranteed.

Current musical lineup featuring-
Jon Gazi
Al Broderick
Type of Toad
Hot Sauce
DJ Got Milk
DJ Dolphin

Other entertainment –
Fire Juggling from Kili Fire
Live glassblowing by Lion
More to come….

Full Moon Christmas Party at Last Resort

Are you visiting the beautiful British Virgin Islands over the festive season and have not yet made plans for the Christmas celebration?

12301462_1011142748952453_5452739806128206502_nCome to the Island Last Resort for an amazing Cristmas Dinner, Bonfire, Live Music and a Christmas Tree!10406421_800280933371970_61347955789752338_n

The Party starts at 5pm with Happy Hour specials and live music followed by the 6pm Dinner.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Island Last Resort, Bellamy Cay, Trellis Bay

(284) 394-0100

 

 

Anegada Lobster Festival – November 28 & 29

Anegada Lobster FestivalThe highly-anticipated two-day lobster festival, part of the BVI culinary month, will be held on the shores of Anegada on November 28th and 29th, presenting a unique chance to set off on a culinary journey around the Drowned Island and taste succulent Spiny lobster served in a variety of ways.

The event was created to entice our community, visitors, new travellers and the niche market of food connoisseurs to the shores of the British Virgin Islands to experience our versatile tourism product.lobster

The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, together with the population of Anegada, will feature talented local chefs who will be on hand to prepare, cook, and serve plated sample lobster dishes at participating Anegada restaurants. Over the course of two days, attendees will embark on an island adventure that will take them on a culinary journey via safari, scooter or rental car. Participants will dine on three different lobster samplers at each restaurant at a cost of $12 per sampler plate.
anegada-lob-fest-mapAlong with spectacular sightseeing, great food, drink, and a sunset party, attendees will have a unique Anegada experience unlike any other in the Caribbean.


Join in for the exquisite culinary experience when island hopping around the BVI!

 

BVI Food Fete – Taste of Tortola, 22 November

BVI Food Fete1Make plans to stop by the Taste of Tortola at the new Queen Elizabeth II Park, this Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00pm.

Here is a list of the participating restaurants. Sample each restaurant’s offerings, sample drinks and have a lot of fun!

 

Entertainment for the Evening

Fet’nique
Advent Heart Beatz
Too Smooth
Elm Tones
Elite Sky Dancers
Razor Blades
Shooting Stars Steel Orchestra
DJ Bertram
Jeremy Vanterpool
Tortola Dance Project

BVI Gaming Night 2015 – 14 November

bvi-humane-societies-annual-gaming-nightDate changed: On Saturday November 14th, 2015 Peg Legs Restaurant at Nanny Cay Marina will play host to the BVI’s only Casino experience. This annual event, one of the Humane Society’s biggest fundraisers, has become a Tortola classic and is not an evening to be missed.

Besides poker, elegantly dressed attendees will also play blackjack and roulette, with crab races being the most popular event of the night.Gaming Night

Later in the night, successful participants will be able to trade chips for gift items including paintings, bottles of wine, hotel stays and many others.

All proceeds from the evening will go to the BVI Humane Society who runs the local animal shelter providing a much needed service to a community of animal lovers.

2015 CHAIR-ity Fundraiser

12038073_1688414991391175_4009549921028652382_nStart building your chair today!

Each year Nutmeg Designs and Green VI organise a fundraising event for Green VI called the CHAIR-ity Festival. It’s easy to participate, super fun and promotes healthy living here in the British Virgin Islands!

How can you get involved?
1. Build a chair or seating using recycled, repurposed materials. Enter to win prizes and have it auctioned off at the event.
2. Take the Corporate challenge and build a chair with your company team mates.
3. Reserve a vendor booth at the event and sell your eco-friendly wares.
4. Volunteer at the event.
5. Become a Sponsor.
Contact Green VIchair-ity 10593120_1533098046922871_7781593051946142094_n for info on any/all of the above!

BVI Food Fete – British Virgin Islands Culinary Month

food feteWe all know the BVI as one-of-a-kind vacation getaway, however, the forthcoming month-long BVI Food Fete solidifies the status of the islands as a culinary destination as well.

The new tourist season in the BVI is kicking off with a blend of the luscious mouth-watering events in the world-famous settings.

The exciting 3rd annual Taste of BVI taking place on November 7th on Tortola and on November 21st on Virgin Gorda will welcome foodies and renowned chefs all looking for the exquisite flavours of the local and international cuisine.

Bvi lobsterDon’t miss out on your chance to sample Caribbean-infused food, incredible wines and amazing entertainment on the water’s edge! Just imagine – the island’s finest chefs along with visiting international chefs showing how to make our favourite dishes, mixoligists presenting their best cocktails, spectacular fireworks, photo booth fun and endless dancing to DJ’s and local bands – what could be better?

jost-van-dyke-beach-bar-crawlSaturday November 14th will be enlightened by the beachside Barefoot Gourmet Soiree at the luxurious Peter Island Resort. Indulge yourself to the finest cuisine at a romantic setting surrounded by powder white sand and azure waters of the Caribbean.

The highly-anticipated two-day lobster festival will be held on the shores of Anegada on November 28th and 29th, presenting a unique chance to set off on a culinary journey around the Drowned Island and taste succulent Spiny lobster served in a variety of ways.

Join in for the exquisite culinary experience when island hopping around the BVI!

Join us in discovering Nature’s Little Secrets

The Baths top the Tripadvisor list

11219006_10155968114495117_595601597713867094_nThe Baths on Virgin Gorda, BVI, top the Tripadvisor list of the 10 unique beaches you need to see to believe
“Unbelievably gorgeous” “Hands down one of the best beaches in the world!” “Out of this world!” We couldn’t agree more!
Virgin Gorda The Baths

Galeon Yachts – Factory Tour

 

 



 

 

 

 

 





 









 

 

 










 


















 

Soggy Dollar Bar, “Best Beach Bar” in the Caribbean

Soggy Dollar BarSoggy Dollar Bar, located on the beautiful sandy White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke, BVI, is voted “Best Beach Bar” in the Caribbean by Caribbean Journal. Great place to hang out for the afternoon, amazing drinks, especially the “Painkiller“, relaxed and fun atmosphere.d6b08435df5620bb7f8ee3d7272c0488

Getting To The BVI Just Keeps Getting Easier

LIATOne of the major Caribbean airlines LIAT Airlines are now offering a daily non-stop service between Tortola and Puerto Rico which will provide convenient same day interline connections from New York, Newark and Orlando on JetBlue and United.

For more information on getting to the BVI please click here.

Travel + Leisure Ranks British Virgin Islands in Top Five of World’s Best Awards

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The Baths, Virgin Gorda

We at Virgin Motor Yachts are indeed excited to share news from the BVI Tourist Board that Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda have earned the top rankings in Travel + Leisure’s 2015 World’s Best Awards. Jost Van Dyke was awarded the No. 2 spot while Virgin Gorda followed in the No. 3 ranking this year for Top Islands in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina
Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina

These spots were awarded based on surveys conducted by readers who marked their rankings based on natural attractions, beaches, activities, sites, restaurants, food, people, friendliness, and value.

Additionally, Scrub Island Resort & Spa and Rosewood Little Dix Bay were among the Top 25 World’s Best Hotels based on readers’ rankings of rooms, facilities, locations, service, restaurants, food, and value of hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

Bitter End Yacht Club, uniquely situated along a mile of shorefront on the protected waters of the North Sound on Virgin Gorda, is among the Best Caribbean Hotels for Family Travel.

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Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Travel + Leisure is a New York based travel magazine with almost 5 million readers.

 

 

Summer Sizzle 2015 Welcome Culture & Style Party

SummerSizzleThe 7th Annual Summer Sizzle BVI, a fashion & lifestyle dream destination event is about to kick off in the beautiful British Virgin Islands with a Welcome Culture & Style Party on Thursday, July 23rd at Loose Mongoose, Trellis Bay.

Mollie’s Salty Dog Blog: ‘Empty Docks = Happy Guests!’

20150611_134638This was my favorite type of week at Virgin Motor Yachts, one when I can look out the window of my office and see nothing but open slips! I heard my mom and the humans discussing that this is the busiest season in four years at Virgin Motor Yachts, so the yachts are constantly out on charter with happy guests. I must admit how envious I am of the dozens of guests who are out on the water enjoying the best the BVIs have to offer. I am just waiting for the day when on is willing to take me along with them to my favorite spots; the Willy T, Cooper Island and White Bay Jost Van Dyke, just to name a few!20150611_134351

It is a little sad for me when all the yachts are out, as there are no humans coming in and out of the office for me to greet.   Without the meet-and-greet tasks associated with my job as Chief Canine Officer, I don’t get much additional attention while at work. Annoyingly, my mom and the other humans in the office seem much more interested in their computers and work than they do in paying attention to my requests for attention and affection.   Our guests seem much more excited to see me, and often shower me with pats and cuddles.

20150611_134329While my mom keeps reminding me that the docks being empty is a good thing since it ‘provides for my kibble,’ (which I do love), I personally and looking forward to the day when the yachts return to the docks and the humans return to admire my irresistibly cute face!

Kisses,

Mollie

A Dog Show ‘FUN-draiser’

I’m excited this week to promote an even that is very near and dear to my canine heart – a fundraiser for the Humane Society of the British Virgin Islands. As many of you know, it was just a short year ago that my rags to riches story began, and I became the luckiest dog in the BVI overnight. In 2014, I found myself living at the Humane Society for over a month when I was down on my luck and without a human family of my own. While Vijay and the Humane Society took wonderful care of me, my stay at their great facility was nothing compared the comfortable bed I now get to ‘share’ each night with my mom! IMG_20150531_211733 (2)

June 27th, the Humane Society is hosting a ‘Dog Show’ that is a ‘FUN-draiser’ to help generate funds to help put kibble in the mouths of the many deserving canines (and even the felines) who call the Humane Society ‘home.’

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The Humane Society is also in the process of building a brand new animal shelter to provide homes for many more animals in need, so hopefully the ‘Dog Show’ can raise funds to go toward their new building fund. I am considering pestering my mom into entering me as a participant in the show, as I am certainly have what it takes to bring home the trophy for ‘Best Island Dog,’ ‘Most Handsome’ and ‘Waggliest Tail.’ I suspect my mom would consider me a front-runner for ‘Worst Behaved’ as well – but it is not my fault that the humans leave their delicious chicken wing remnants all over the ground, so of course I am going to pull on my leash incessantly until I find them, how can she blame me for that?!?

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If you live on Tortola please mark your calendar, or type the date in that electric device that all you humans seem to have glued to your hand at all times (I don’t know what it is, but I think you should put it down more often and use that hand to pet me instead!).   It will be a great day for both humans and canines, and hopefully I will come home with a win!
Kisses,

Mollie