Luxury Locations The Magazine Mini Mag

August 2013 Edition


For the love of mangoes

No one can have failed to spot the explosion of fruit on almost every street, hillside and meadow in Antigua in recent weeks. Mango season transforms our island into a profusion of juicy finger-licking, chin-dribbling, jam-making mania.

But how many of you know an Edward from an Irwin? Or a Kent from a Julie? On July 21 and 22, crowds turned out in tribute to the humble fruit – and get a little edible education in the process. The annual Mango Festival gives creative residents a chance to showcase their talents transforming the fruit’s myriad varieties into everything from jams and chutneys, to smoothies, ice cream, wines, fritters and cakes.

With the season making an early appearance this year, organisers brought the long-running popular event forward a month to ensure maximum usage of the sumptuous stuff. Set against the verdant backdrop of magnificent Christian Valley, the eighth annual festival featured an abundance of food stalls, children’s activities, live music and contests between some of the island’s most talented chefs and bartenders.

More than 20 vendors took part this year, with around two dozen different types of the nutritious fruit on display. The second day of festivities saw events heat up as cooks and bar staff whipped up delicious mango-infused concoctions and vied for the top prizes. Chef Gregory Williams, of Sugar Ridge, emerged victorious in the culinary competition, while Angenick Looby, also of Sugar Ridge, took home the coveted pastry award. Hermitage Bay Resort’s Kason Tapper was declared the event’s winning bartender. Governor General Dame Louise Lake Tack and Agriculture Minister Hilson Baptiste were on hand to present the awards.

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Ricardo Drue AntiguaSounds of Antigua

Homegrown star Ricardo Drue is fast becoming one of soca’s biggest phenomenons

However many times we hear hit single ‘Dreaming’ we never get tired of it. The Fort Road-born musician is this month’s featured artist by the Luxury Locations team as we continue to showcase local talent. ‘Dreaming’, featuring Drastic, is taken from Drue’s 2013 album ‘Dreams of my reality’ and is produced by Justin ‘Jus Bus’ Nation. Lean back in that chair, close your eyes and soak up the sound of summer. Or if it’s impossible to keep still, crank up the volume and dance.

The single’s video - shot and directed by Antigua’s Visual Echo – can be seen below...


Villa425FNorthFingerProperty Pick

Villa 425F, North Finger, Jolly Harbour – US$495,000

If gazing out over Antigua’s world-famous turquoise sea, sipping a glass of wine with friends, sounds like your idea of heaven, this fabulous property is for you. The purpose-built decking directly on the water – complete with furniture and gazebo – is the only one of its kind in this delightful gated community on the west coast of the island. In addition to being an ideal spot to soak up the stunning scenery, it’s also perfect for entertaining guests or even for some undisturbed work in a tranquil location. The attractive pineapple-shaped lights make it suitable for day or evening use.

But the unique decking is just one of a handful of reasons to snap up this charming two-bedroom home in Jolly Harbour’s North Finger. The cool, contemporary interior has been tastefully painted in lavender hues, while lights have been fitted with dimmer switches allowing you to set the ambiance for any occasion.The villa is for sale fully furnished, including the 42-inch flat screen TV, and stereo sound system. Other features, such as three luxurious oriental rugs, are negotiable.

The open-plan living and dining area gives way to a fully fitted kitchen with stylish glass-top cooker and overhead spotlights, chosen both for aesthetics and practicality. With two and a half bathrooms and understairs storage room, the property’s cosy interior has been utilised to its fullest advantage. Shaded verandahs both upstairs and downstairs bring the dream of al fresco Caribbean living to reality. French doors lead onto the spacious ground-floor patio area, perfect for barbecues, and with private mooring for a 20ft boat.

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(Pictured from teft) Cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards, with Global’s CEO Brian Stuart-Young and HR manager Juliene Marcelle-James

globalbanklogoBosses at Global Bank group may be more used to focusing their attentions on finance. But this month it was cricket causing a buzz at the long-standing Antiguan institution. The company was delighted to announce it has become a founding sponsor for the Antigua Hawksbills T20 team ahead of the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition.

Global’s CEO Brian Stuart-Young said staff were delighted to have the opportunity to support the Hawksbills, currently being coached by homegrown sporting legend Sir Vivian Richards. “Given Antigua’s strong heritage in producing great cricketers, there’s every expectation that the Hawksbills will reach the finals,” Mr Stuart-Young said, adding, “The Hawksbills have a well-rounded team led by Marlon Samuels, and there is anticipation that Ricky Ponting will perform exceptionally to mark his retirement from professional cricket."

The locally-owned Global group – now in its 30th year of providing international financial services, wealth management and investment guidance - has been a regular corporate sponsor for local sporting events and individual athletes.

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You are cordially invited to attend a special evening at Al Porto featuring fashion designer Calvin Southwell on Saturday August 17th 2013.

In celebration of Antigua Carnival, Calvin brings us his 'beautiful people' in their vibrant carnival butterfly costumes! Enjoy a glass of wine at the door and an authentic Italian 4-course dinner whilst you enjoy this colourful, live fashion show choreographed to music.
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EC120 per person, not including drinks. Reservations encouraged: 562-7848

Luxury Locations The Magazine Mini Mag

July 2013 Edition


White Fete was white hot

Dressed-to-kill outfits, high-energy performances and a sensational atmosphere.
The coolest event in the country's social calendar was once again a white hot affair. Antigua & Barbuda turned up the temperature on Saturday with its annual summer scorcher White Fete, aka the Caribbean Snow Storm. Revellers poured into the Sandpiper Reef Resort which had been transformed into a breathtaking scene of billowing backdrops and endless smorgasbords of edible delights, with bubbly on every corner and smiles in abundance. Dynamic dancers, an indefatigable MC and a show-stopping appearance by the eminently energetic Tizzy and her LA Crew rounded up the all-inclusive bash, now in its 12th year. Check out our stunning photo spread here, courtesy of photographer Alex Andre Rhodes.

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Sounds of Antigua 

This is the first in a series of videos brought to you by the Luxury Locations team in our drive to showcase some of Antigua's most talented musicians.

Introducing Jamie Lou Stenzel

Dreaming of pop stardom - hairbrush in hand, shimmying in front of a mirror - is the staple of pre-adolescent girls' fantasies. For very few does it become a reality - which makes the experience of one aspiring Antigua-based starlet all the more remarkable. If you still haven’t heard of a budding songstress by the name of Jamie Lou Stenzel then watch this space because it won’t be long before you have. Videos of Jamie performing covers of popular hits posted on social media in the last few weeks have now gone viral, garnering global interest among everyone from recording companies to modelling agencies, and threatening to propel the youngster to international fame. And all before her 12th birthday. Check out this clip to see her in action in front of the mic'.  

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Jewels in the country’s crown

It may be ‘everybody’s business’ but for one night only the focus was firmly on a select few. The tourism industry turned out in full force recently to formally recognise the movers and shakers, the rising stars and the hidden gems of Antigua & Barbuda’s mainstay.

Eleven awards were presented at this year’s Annual Tourism Awards Gala to those whose dedication, drive and energy help keep the country’s economy going. Sandals Grande Antigua hosted the glitzy ballroom-based bash complete with a sumptuous spread fit for a king. If bellies were rumbling after one glance at the wall to wall spread of delectable comestibles, they certainly weren’t by the end of the night. From sushi to kebabs, fresh salads to table-carved meats, and individually tailored pasta dishes whipped up on the spot, the food was diverse, decadent and divine. To top it all off there was an entire room given over to dessert. A cornucopia of sugary heaven with miniature profiteroles, pecan pies, cheesecake, handmade truffle chocolates, carrot cake and mousses sent sweet-toothed revellers reeling.

The awards are presented each year by the Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association (AHTA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism to give the sector a boost and pay tribute to the unsung heroes at its core. Industry big hitters in attendance at the June 20 event included Tourism Minister John Maginley, Culture Minister Eleston Namba Adams, and the AHTA’s chairman and general manager Andrew Hedley and Neil Forrester respectively.Mr Hedley thanked the 12 hotels which put forward nominees this year – and challenged the remainder to follow suit and celebrate their staff next year. “Give them the credit they so richly deserve,” he urged. Mr Hedley added that, in today’s competitive society, the need to impress foreign visitors was greater than ever. “Many of our visitors demand ever more, not just in terms of infrastructure but a better level of service too. The organisations that succeed are the ones which develop their staff and train their personnel to progress through the industry.”

Minister Maginley extended congratulations to the nominees and spoke of his own experience in the sector, starting from 1987 when he began work at Jumby Bay. “A lot of people have beaches but it’s the experiences people have when they come to Antigua & Barbuda that make the difference,” he told the crowd. “Nothing beats somebody telling you ‘I had a wonderful time, the people took care of me, they’re nice, warm people who like what they do and like to show it off’. Our aim is to bring Antigua & Barbuda to life and tell those stories,” the Minister added. Entertainment was provided by the eminently energetic live act 1761, while Master of Ceremony Errol Fabian’s irreverent wit meant chortles were aplenty as top nods were given to the cream of the country’s hotel and tourism crop.   image1Tourism Minister John Maginley (left) and Culture Minister Eleston Namba Adams
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And the winners were:

  • Tourism Employee of the Year (non-hotels) – Sharon Horsford, Jeweler’s Warehouse
     
  • Tourism Personality of the Year – joint winners were Vorn Johnson of Sugar Ridge and Latoya Cabral, Sandals Grande Antigua

  • Hotel Employee of the Year – Julius Jarvis, Curtain Bluff

  • Hotel Supervisor of the Year – Stephen Georges, Sandals Grande Antigua

  • Young Chef of the Year – Junior Phillip Magloire, Jumby Bay

  • Chef of the Year – Mark Smith, Curtain Bluff

  • Young Hotelier of the Year – Andre Roberts, Jumby Bay

  • Excellence in Customer Service – Adventure Antigua

  • Partnership in Tourism – Dennis Thomas, Dennis’s Cocktail Bar & Restaurant

  • Sustainable Tourism – Sugar Ridge’s ‘green team’

  • Lifetime Achievement – Calvert Roberts, former general manager of Curtain Bluff

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The emphasis is on casual chic at Cattleya, Antigua’s newest clothing boutique for the island’s most stylish ladies and gentlemen.

And with up to 50% off items at the Heritage Quay (upstairs) outlet, there’s no better time to step into the air-conditioned comfort for a browse. All items are duty and tax free and lines include CP Shades, Sweet Pea, Amy Matto, Eva Varro and Comfy, to name a few. Call 462-8191 for details.

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Life doesn’t get much better than when it’s pondered from the deck of a classic sailing yacht.

Throw in the glorious backdrop of Antigua’s stunning azure waters and you might just think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Miramar Sailing is offering one-day charters with complimentary hotel pick-up. Set sail with the team whose passion and professionalism has once again earned Miramar a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence. Fancy learning to sail? Sign up with Miramar and take advantage of a 20% discount on all Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sailing courses until September 30. Visit www.miramarsailing.com for details.

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Singer and songwriter Arianne Whyte makes a welcome return to Al Porto restaurant this Saturday July 13.

The homegrown star will take to the mic’ from 7pm at the Jolly Harbour eatery which will also be showcasing its new cocktails. Arianne’s current release ‘The Music In Me’ marks her entrance into the world of mainstream music. Call 562-7848 for reservations.

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Adrenaline junkies are in for a treat thanks to this new mean machine now available at Outdoor World.

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There are few places on earth more romantic than the charming Copper & Lumber Store Hotel in English Harbour.

Unwind with the one you love and take advantage of the historic venue’s close of season special rate. Two people can enjoy a night at the hotel for just US$100 (plus tax) from now until it closes on July 31 for August and September. Email or call 460-1058 for details.

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It may be low season but historic Nelson’s Dockyard is still abuzz with atmosphere.

Step back in time with a trip to the Admiral’s Inn, boasting a wonderful and varied selection of a la carte dishes, complemented by a full range of wines. Open every day for lunch. Dinner is by reservation only; call 460-1027.

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June 2013 Edition


‘Godzilla of the Atlantic’ - How Antiguan Eco-warriors Are Tackling the Scourge of Lionfish

lionfish1Know what the biggest threat currently facing Antigua's marine ecosystem is? No, it’s not garbage disposal, oil spills or even over-fishing. Lionfish might look beautiful with their vibrant red stripes and resplendent pectoral fins but they’re deadly to our environment. And, if experts are to be believed, these invasive, insidious creatures could wipe out coral reefs as we know them. Notoriously bad neighbours – they’d make Ted Bundy look like a more appealing room-mate – they can gobble their way through around 20 smaller fish in just half an hour. Lionfish are renowned for eating anything that can fit in their mouths - including groupers, lobsters and algae-munching parrotfish, allowing seaweed to overtake the reefs. With no known predators – and the capacity by each female to produce a staggering two million eggs a year – their numbers are booming. Lionfish can grow up to 15 inches long, weigh up to three pounds and have a lifespan of 15 years.

How they arrived in our waters, no one knows for sure. Native to the Pacific and Indian oceans, they were most likely released by unwitting aquarium owners. But they’ve made the alarming transition from fish-tank curio to one of the biggest ecological disasters in recent history with startling speed. This week, Antigua’s waters are home to 77 less of them thanks to a mass cull last Sunday organised by local environmentalists. The Antigua Conservation Society joined forces with representatives from Mamora Bay Divers and St James’s Club to undertake a blitz. Six boats took to the ocean to compete for the biggest catch. Victorious was Mamora Bay Divers’ team of eight who snared 28 lionfish from the Indian Creek area. The win netted them EC$1,000 cash, donated by St James’s Club. In second place was Soul Immersions, with Tin Tin in third.

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Eli Fuller, of the Antigua Conservation Society, said he was pleased with the event’s success. “Everyone had a really good time and we definitely plan on doing more hunts. The main concern is that lionfish are killing off all the juvenile fish. They are voracious eaters with no known predators; to keep numbers down we need to do a blitz every three to four months. We are planning the next one for September.” 

Anyone interested in taking part in future culls can email for details. The introduction of lionfish into the Atlantic Ocean is now recognised as one of the worst ecological disasters of the last two decades. Today lionfish are found in nearly all marine habitats in the south-east United States, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. Densities of lionfish have surpassed some native reef fish in many locations. The ecological impacts are far-reaching, from disruptions to the structure and function of reef communities to impacts on commercial fishing and the tourism industry.


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With so much emphasis on Mother’s Day, dads can often get a raw deal. Don’t let yours miss out – dads eat for free on a table of four at Sugar Club on June 16

Tuck into a three-course menu for EC$130 per person, plus tax and service charge. Delectable comestibles include duck spring roll with guava glaze to start, followed by herb-roasted half-chicken, lemon thyme mahi mahi or tamarind glazed pork chop. Got a sweet tooth? Tuck into one of the restaurant’s belt-busting desserts such as fruit crumble with vanilla ice-cream.

Alternatively, treat your father to a US$25 grooming gift set from the resort’s Aveda performance line or a gift certificate for one of its excellent spa treatments. Visit www.sugarridgeantigua.com for more information.

 

Think your child has what it takes to create the best tasting pizza?

Budding chefs aged seven to 13 can put their culinary skills to the test at Swalings Pizza Competition, being held at Al Porto’s restaurant on June 15 at 5.30pm. Enter now by emailing your child’s name, the name of their pizza and choice of toppings to . Young contestants will whip up their creations on the day before a panel of Swalings judges. Scores will be based on name, taste, appearance and originality.

First prize is a free week of Playlist Summer Camp, second prize is a week-long swimming course, while third is a week of soccer camp. In addition, the popular Jolly Harbour-based eatery will donate a dinner for four to the family whose child gets the most orders from a special Contestants’ Menu. Call Swalings on 726-2585 for more information.

 

As summer swings into gear, many of us will be spending more of our time in the great outdoors

Give dad a special Father’s Day gift to beautify his garden or decking area with the latest stylish designs in outdoor furniture from Gigi’s. Browse the Factory Road store’s collection of everything from water features to al fresco dining tables. Visit Gigi Furniture for more information.

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Is your dad a DIY devotee?

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Whether your father has a passion for fashion or is a stylist’s worst nightmare, a trip to Newgates to deck him out in the latest offerings from Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger or Polo Ralph Lauren is guaranteed to put a smile on his face

Browse the Heritage Quay outlet’s selection of top quality Polo-shirts, shirts, ties, belts, caps, socks and trousers. The store is currently offering discounts of 20-60% storewide. Call 562-1626 for more information.

 

Give your dad a Father’s Day gift he’ll never forget

outdoor-world-jetskiOutdoor World has a host of promotions to delight adrenaline junkies. Special offers are available on Yamaha Electric Blue WaveRunners. Visit the Old Parham Road store for details or call 460-7211.


 
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Nothing says ‘I care’ like a gift from Diamonds International.

For Father's Day - and throughout the summer season – the store is offering US$5 Wenger gift cards for the purchase of any Wenger product for US$50 or more. A maximum of two gift cards can be combined into US$10 towards a purchase of US$100 or more.

Choose from a wide range of items such as Swiss army knives, belts, wallets, cutlery, sports watches and shoes from the Diamonds International or Tanzanite International stores in Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay.

Call 481-1880 for more information.

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Jolly Harbour Open House – June 14 and 15

Love interior design but lacking that artistic flair? Perhaps your home is in desperate need of a revamp before launching it onto the property market? If you’re looking for inspirational ideas to transform your living space, head to Luxury Locations’ open house on June 14 and 15. With a little help from Gigi’s Industries, Lolita's and North Coast Hardware we are delighted to showcase our latest exciting new venture – a total refurbishment of Villa 411A, complete with fittings and furnishings.

The property will be open to visitors – and prospective buyers – next Friday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Just email to advise us of your attendance. This delightful villa is now on the market – fully furnished – for US$245,000. Later, after enjoying a sneak peek at our handiwork, why not kick off the weekend with happy hour at Al Porto’s in Jolly Harbour. The Italian eatery is offering EC$5 drink specials and two-for-one appetisers between 5pm and 7pm. 
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Piet Boon: A creative coup for Pearns Point

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For more than three decades Piet Boon has been infusing his magic into properties across the globe. The acclaimed designer’s name is associated with luxury homes and hotels, restaurants and resorts throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Piet-BoonThe 55-year-old from Amsterdam is famed for his distinctive exterior and interior styles, which range from a private residential resort in South Korea to golf-club villas in South Africa. Little surprise then that he was hand-picked to lend his clean-lined custom creativity to one of Antigua’s most exclusive and eagerly-anticipated developments. Boon’s latest project is the pristine paradise of Pearns Point, a stretch of untouched hillside on the west coast of the island, boasting some of the country’s finest vistas and secluded white sand beaches. No stranger to the region, Boon says he uses each location’s unique characteristics as the inspiration for his work. “I’m travelling so much, and I get a lot of inspiration by seeing the flow and feeling of these different places,” he recently told US lifestyle magazine Surface. “We try to study how the people live, the way they think, and then design for the culture and environment. For instance, in the Caribbean, where I’ve done a lot of work, a lot of houses were completely closed because of the air conditioning.

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May 2013 Edition


gemma-handy-picGreetings from the new editor of Luxury Locations The Magazine

Hello and a very warm welcome from me, Gemma, and the rest of the Luxury Locations team to all of our valued readers. I am delighted to be joining the team here at Luxury Locations and am looking forward to working with you all. Last month marked my 10th year as a professional journalist since completing my formal training in the UK in 2003. Over the last decade I have worked on one of Britain’s largest daily newspapers, as a correspondent for BBC World Service and freelanced for news agencies across the globe. I have been living in the Caribbean for the last seven years, six of them in the Turks & Caicos Islands where I headed a weekly newspaper, designed, launched and edited a new magazine, and also enjoyed a stint in television. I moved to Antigua - where I have been a happy visitor for the last nine years - in summer 2012, dragging with me a huge suitcase, some big dreams and an even larger dog.

Our newest edition of Luxury Locations The Magazine is being distributed as I write. In the meantime, I invite you to enjoy the inaugural edition of our exciting new Mini-Mag. This enticing online publication will be emailed out every few weeks to 6,500 clients both here and abroad, featuring all the latest news from Antigua & Barbuda, the real estate market plus hot offers from our advertisers. This time, the emphasis is firmly on Mother’s Day which falls this Sunday. So if, like me, you’re suffering from last minute panic and don’t want to disappoint mom, check out our selection of special promotions to give your mother the day she deserves.


Forgot Mother's Day?

It's not too late to grab an offer from one of our advertisers. From days in luxury at Carlisle Bay, a massage at Sugar Ridge to jewellery, perfume, tasty food or even a few days in the sun, we have it covered, and best of all we have it discounted just for you!


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Spend a blissful day at Carlisle Bay, soaking in the pool and tucking into a sumptuous two-course a la carte lunch with non-alcoholic drinks at Indigo on the Beach or Ottimo! Take advantage of Carlisle Bay’s array of watersports facilities, from kayaks and Hobie cats, to paddle boards and surf boards. Day passes are on special offer at US$75 for adults or US$30 for children under 12, plus taxes. Or, go the extra mile and treat mom to a Blue Spa gift voucher. Choose from a variety of two-hour packages in the resort’s award-winning facilities, each designed for complete pampering and total relaxation. Vouchers are US$150, including afternoon tea and refreshments, and must be booked in advance.
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Pamper your mother with a 45-minute back, neck and shoulder massage, plus a mini facial for US$85 (plus tax). This makes for an excellent gift voucher which can be redeemed up to six months after purchase. Or why not indulge her with a special Mother’s Day lunch at Sugar Club? Tuck into delights such as charred duck casserole, pan-fried mahi mahi or escalope of chicken – plus a starter and dessert – for EC$135 plus taxes. Lunch is being served from 12.30-3pm. Call 562-7700 or email  


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If handbags and jewellery are more your mom’s style, browse the excellent selection on display at Diamonds International in the heart of the Heritage Quay shopping area. And with Father’s Day next month, why not be ahead of the game and take advantage of the store’s double promotion enabling you to shop for both at the same time. Buy Safi Kilima tanzanite stud earrings for US139 and get a complimentary tanzanite slide and omega necklace. Alternatively, they may prefer a his and hers Movado steel watch set. Buy one for US$299 and get the other for free. Or snap up any men's Wenger GST watch and get a Wenger ladies sports watch free of charge.

Call 481-1880.

 


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Al Porto

Seafood enthusiasts will love Al Porto’s fresh lobster Sundays from 5-10pm. Your mother is sure to enjoy choosing her own live lobster which comes with a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet of side dishes, including fresh bread, salad and baked potatoes for EC$50 per person, plus taxes. The regular menu is also available.

 

Call 562-7848.


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Lipstick

Perfume’s always a winner for Mother’s Day. Treat yours to a special gift from Lipstick in Heritage Quay which is offering a generous 40% discount on all fragrances – and 20% off all gift sets. Call 562-1130.  


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Passions Jewellery and Crystals

If jewellery’s more her thing, take advantage of the Heritage Quay store’s 40% reduction on Lalique crystals and other sparkly goodies. Passions is also offering 20% off items storewide and up to 60% on selected goods.

Call 562-5295.


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Lush Locations

For those who don’t do things by halves, a week away in the sun is the ultimate way to say, “Love you mom!”  Lush Locations, our sister company, is offering 10% off all villa rentals booked between now and the end of June. Browse through the rental properties on our website www.luxurylocations.com/rentals/holiday or call our friendly and professional team on (268) 562-8174 for more information.


 Hats Off to Mount Gay Rum Party

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Where we went: Mount Gay Rum Red Cap party at Reef Gardens, English Harbour
What we ate: We tantalised our tastebuds and seduced our senses with a mouth-watering array of island-style barbecued cuisine and classic American comfort food, including juicy beefburgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, johnny cake, and rice and peas.
What we drank: A free bar featuring the quintessential Bajan liquor – the world’s oldest rum – ensured an early kickstart to this fun-loving bash staged as part of Antigua Sailing Week activities. Mount Gay was the tipple of choice for most partygoers throughout the evening. We enjoyed ours with a delicious coconut water mixer.
Who we saw: Early birds soaked up the sounds of a swinging steel band before the music took a nostalgic step back through the 80s when DJ Who took to the decks. We shimmied and strutted our way through the hedonistic decade to the sounds of Madonna, Michael Jackson and ACDC. Later, high-energy live band 1761 kicked the party up a notch with their soca-infused covers of popular tunes, transforming the dance floor into a frenzy of red hatted, rum-guzzling revellers.


Driftwood House Property Pick – Tranquillity in Turtle Cove

Tucked inside secluded Turtle Cove bay – named after the endangered reptiles which frequent this tropical paradise - Driftwood House is one of Antigua’s most spectacular properties. This delightful, colonial-style seven-bedroom home offers the ultimate in luxury living. The sprawling 1.74-acre landscaped grounds are accessed by a magnificent driveway flanked by protected mangroves.

From glorious Royal palm trees and flowering seagrapes, to beautiful bougainvillea and healing aloe vera plants, the garden is a haven for those who love to soak up the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Vibrant colours attract hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies while the tranquil surrounds are the perfect place for al fresco evening relaxation where the only sound is the gentle chirrup of native tree frogs.
Ideal for boat owners, this spectacular property is complemented by a private dock overlooking the sparkling azure waters of the island’s east coast.

Designed by acclaimed local architect Andrew Goodenough, the 11,000 square foot interior boasts breathtaking vistas from every room. A generous wraparound balcony affords stunning views of the adjacent nature sanctuary, along with the property’s vast swimming pool and jacuzzi. Sensitively created with the pristine environment in mind, this low density development at The Peninsula also has two guest houses, perfect for visitors.


Pearns Point AntiguaPearns Point
“Shared By Few, Rivalled by None”

All the recent news on Pearns Point, set to be one of the most spectacular developments in the Caribbean.  Things have come a long way in the last two months; a visit from the Prime Minister, new roads, and a decreasing number of opportunities to own a unique piece of Antigua – now with 9 plots sold by Luxury Locations Real Estate there are only 50 left. Aerial shots will be posted in the next few weeks with views from each of the plots. See for yourself... it doesn’t get better than this!
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