US buyers return to the Caribbean property market

The US buyers return to the Caribbean property market. In some markets, such as islands Mustique and Saint Barthelemy, have also achieved strong growth in prices.
On island Mustique, known thanks to the Queen Elizabeth II’s sister Margaret, has only 100 villas. The activity of the highly restricted market is significant in 2017, with the average selling price reaching about 35 million USD – the highest level for the past few years.
The latest analysis by the consulting firm, Knight Frank, also points out that about 70% of the Caribbean is not affected so strongly by the hurricane season and demand in 2017 has been great.
There is also growing demand for Chinese investors in the region. The report explains that this is due to greater opportunities for investment and commercial cooperation between Chinese companies and the Bahamas.
The market has the potential to attract more European buyers, including British investors looking for a second home in warmer countries. The Caribbean would be a safe destination for the British after the country came out of the European Union (EU).
According to the Barbados report, it is currently one of the most attractive markets in the region in terms of prices that have fallen in recent years and have almost reached the bottom reported in 2008.
The big deals on the market in the region – for over 10 million USD, show that the appeal of buyers of luxury properties is coming back. Those buyers who are not sure whether they are currently investing in Europe or are deterred by Brexit believe that now is the right moment to look at the opportunities of the Caribbean, which offer a more relaxed way of life.

Credits Finance and

New listing! Escape Villa White Bay JVD

Toes in the sand at White Bay, Jost Van Dyke!


Escape Villa is a truly exceptional Vacation Villa in the British Virgin Islands, located right on beautiful White Bay Beach in Jost Van Dyke. This home is truly is one of a kind. It’s one of the finest luxury vacation rental homes available on Jost Van Dyke. It provides direct beach access with beautiful views and coral reefs for snorkeling. There is also a wonderful infinity-edged pool, ideal for rinsing off and enjoying the beautiful view of White Bay.

White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke, “The Last Virgin Island”, made up of rugged scenery and colorful local culture, is renowned for its beauty and yacht-filled parties during the holidays and was listed as one of the best Caribbean beaches to visit in 2019 by Forbes Magazine.

Following Hurricane Irma, Escape Villa has been completely rebuilt. The floorplan has stayed the same but significant improvements have been made to refresh its look and livability. The quality of fit and finish is much higher in the new, improved Escape Villa!

The property has three levels:

The top building has two king bedrooms with bathrooms each with their own beautiful decks with views.

The middle building contains the main living area, kitchen, bar, and pool on the top floor. Below is a floor with one king bedroom with a bathroom and one bedroom with two full-size bunk beds under two single bunk beds with a bathroom. The bottom floor of that building contains storage and an owner’s supply closet.

The lower building is a beautiful gazebo that is steps from the beach. This contains a bar, sink, seating, porch swings, outdoor shower, etc.

Escape Villa has 3 king master bedrooms with en suite bathrooms plus a fourth bedroom with en suite bathroom that can sleep up to 6 in two full bunk beds and two twin bunk beds (this fourth bedroom is ideal for children as it has built-in bunk beds).

Rarely do successful income-producing homes positioned right in the sand like Escape Villa become available in the BVI. Don’t miss out. Call Chris on +1 (284) 340 3000 or email You can also visit and facebook/ for more information on renting the Villa.


Coldwell Banker BVI Team

This $40 Million Caribbean Masterpiece Has a Waterfall You Can Control With Your Phone

It has everything you could want from a modern home in the Virgin Islands.


Forty years ago, developer David Victor Johnson took a fateful dive into a pool that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Up until then the goal he’d set for himself was for his company, Victor International, to claim 10 percent of new home construction in America. But, as he likes to say, “When you have bolts screwed into your head and you’re paralyzed, money, God and friends get put in perspective.” After miraculously willing himself to walk again—Johnson is nothing if not tenacious—he resolved to dedicate his career to building unique generational communities that were in harmony with nature. He considers Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands the pinnacle of this mission, and the 8,000-square-foot house he built there for himself and his wife Pam his masterpiece. With advancing years, however, he feels it’s more house than they need, so Johnson is moving elsewhere in the resort and offering the residence, the final project of esteemed architect Ken Kao, for sale.

Purchased as is—Halo, the main house, and a one-bedroom guest villa dubbed Rainbow on 12.25 acres—the price is $39.5 million. But within the year, Johnson plans to build three more guest villas (including what he calls “a music cave”) on this spectacular elevation, which takes in both coastlines of the island. With these added structures, the price rises to $45 million. Property owner and resort club fees come to $61,000 a year, but can be trimmed to $31,000 annually if the buyer elects to enter the residence into Oil Nut Bay’s rental pool.

Halo has had a tempestuous history. It’s the first truly modern home Johnson commissioned for his personal use. “Here, you’re walking around connected to the sea, rocks and cliffs. Any kind of traditional house would have destroyed that feeling,” he says. He met Kao first on Richard Branson’s Necker Island, then at Harvard during one of Johnson’s annual lectures to world business leaders. The two hit it off immediately.

But Kao’s original design called for four large concrete columns that Johnson felt cluttered his view. He requested they be taken down and replaced with massive horizontal structural beams clad in hand-hewn walnut, which now enable 24-foot-long motorized glass doors to open to the outside and unobstructed vistas of Necker and Anegada in the distance. Halo was almost completed by the time Hurricane Irma hit in 2017, but was still waiting on a front door. Though the solidly built structure of steel, local stone and glass suffered no damage, interior cabinetry was completely ripped off the walls by winds that reached 177 miles per hour. Undeterred, Johnson ordered new bespoke Italian cabinetry and a kitchen counter façade of backlit onyx.

The five-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath home’s round, glass-ringed shape, integrated natural boulders and soaring cantilevered eaves recall John Lautner’s house for Arthur Elrod in Palm Springs, which received cinematic exposure in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. (007’s tussle with martial arts sentries Bambi and Thumper was filmed there.) The house exudes Sean Connery-era Bond cool, thanks to its sleek interiors, which were a collaboration between Pam Johnson (who has her own design firm, Victor Interiors) and French luxury firm Roche Bobois. Many of the company’s iconic designs show up in these rooms, including the Flight chair, Aqua center hall table and Beach Bay sectional. (Both prices for the estate include existing furnishings.)

The main level with its soaring 18-foot ceilings accommodates a large open-plan living-dining area and a kitchen showcasing high-end Gaggenau appliances, the master suite and a wood-paneled, state-of-the-art media room soundproofed with 16-inch-thick walls. Downstairs are four additional bedrooms with en suite baths and private patios. The outdoor spaces encompass an infinity pool and a dining area sheltered from the wind by a stack of boulders, down one side of which water cascades into the pool. There is also a bronze waterfall wall defining one end of the indoor dining area. Everything, of course, is automated. “You can even control the three speeds of the waterfall from your phone,” says Johnson.

Unlike the Elrod house, Halo has a 7,450-square-foot green roof that helps regulate interior temperatures and also blend the structure into the hillside. The landscaping throughout the property is by award-winning landscape architect Raymond Jungles. Oil Nut Bay already converts saltwater to fresh through two reverse-osmosis systems and also collects rainwater for reuse. But in the next few years, observes Johnson, the community will be completely carbon neutral.

Up in what is called the Atlantic Ridge neighborhood, Halo and Rainbow enjoy complete isolation, yet are just minutes away by electric cart ride to all the resort’s amenities. These include a marina village, two helipads, three restaurants, a beach club, watersports, tennis courts, on-site clinic and, importantly, a private clubhouse for owners only. “There are 12 other homesites that can accommodate houses like this,” notes Johnson. “We built Halo and Rainbow to demonstrate what is possible.”

Credits: Robert

Photos Courtesy of Victor International


Little Dix Bay—The Caribbean Getaway Beloved by Queen Elizabeth—Makes Its Triumphant Return


In 1958, while sailing the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, Laurance Rockefeller happened upon a half-mile of pristine beach on the island of Virgin Gorda. He bought it, as Rockefellers tend to do. Seven years later, on January 18, 1964, he opened his own resort on the sprawling white sand crescent. It soon transformed into a tropical playground for the well to do: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stayed there, as did their son, Prince Charles.

For decades, its luxurious reputation flourished, even as its owner changed (in 1993, it became part of the Rosewood Hotel group). It was just one of those Caribbean resorts whose buzz is a never-ending: Like GoldenEye in Jamaica, The Ocean Club in the Bahamas, Eden Roc in St. Barth’s, there is Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda.

But in 2017, Hurricane Irma swept through the island, its eye passing right over the resort. Little Dix was destroyed, and its surrounding community severely damaged. The beautiful bay was closed for business.

Until today, that is. After an extensive multi-year rebuild, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is finally swinging open its oceanfront doors again. “It’s symbolic of the whole region coming back,” Andreas Pade, managing director of Rosewood Little Dix Bay, tells Vogue.

The hotel is staying true to its barefoot luxury roots (so yes, the cliffside spa is back). But those roots are stronger to reflect a new reality: Climate change has led to the intensification of storms. “They’re not going away,” says Pade. So the new building is outfitted with state-of-the-art hurricane-proof windows, protective shuttering, and other preventive construction measures.

The property has a newfound focus on sustainability: they forgo all single-use plastics, for example, and will do their own composting. And tucked away on the 500 acres is a sustainable farm, where they grow spinach, mango, papaya, watermelon and bananas, and gather organic eggs from their chicken coop. It’ll all be served at one of the resort’s four restaurants, along with seafood caught from the island’s fishermen.

Although their dining motto is the hyper-local farm-to-fork, there’s one thing they are sourcing from different corners of the globe: rum. Pade tells Voguethat Little Dix Bay has sourced 107 of the rarest liquors for their Rum Room, bringing in libations from South America, Southeast Asia, and everywhere in between. Their house drink will remain the same as it was in 1964: a Pelican Smash, a potent concoction made of four different types of rum, whisky, bourbon, pineapple, orange, and guava berry. “They obviously had a lot of fun in 1964,” jokes Pade.

In fact, 1964 was heavy on the Rosewood renovation moodboard. The interior designers behind the project, Meyer Davis, leaned into the glamour of the jet-set 60s, drawing inspiration from Jackie Kennedy’s travel style, vintage sea planes, Slim Aarons photography, and Fiat jollys. “The era in which the hotel was built was a vibrant time in the design world fostering eccentricity, forward thinking, playful energy,” the firm tells Vogue. “It was an opportunity for us to channel and celebrate that energy of the midcentury era in a contemporary way.”

So what does that look like? An emphasis on natural materials like wood and stone, all mixed in with nautical and vintage accents (one guest room, for example, includes a photograph of bathing cap-clad women on the beach, then there’s a “cabinet of curiosities” in the hotel’s great room). Everything blends into the landscape: stone terraces seamlessly flow into the sand, and stilted Tree House suites are embedded in the green flora—ensuring that, no matter where your room is, you feel one with your surroundings. Knowing naturalist Laurance Rockefeller, that’s exactly what he would have wanted.

Below, take an exclusive first look at Rosewood Little Dix Bay as it makes its return to the Caribbean.



Photos Courtesy of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts


The British Virgin Islands – #2 of places to visit in 2020

Nominated by The New York  Times as #2 of places to visit in 2020, The British Virgin Islands has been recognised for its efforts on environmental conservation and latest Hotel and resorts reopenings  after the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on 2017.

Here is what they are saying…



An island chain devastated by hurricanes rebounds with an environmental bent

Hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the British Virgin Islands have been slow to recover. But this year, a number of resorts will reopen, including Rosewood Little Dix Bay, the iconic resort originally developed by the conservation-minded Laurance Rockefeller in 1964, which was under renovation when the storms hit; it reopened this month. On Norman Island, planned developments for 2020 include three hotels, a marina and an observatory. Offshore, the ship William Thornton, which once housed the floating bar known as Willy T, was damaged and is now part of an artificial reef, but a new vessel has replaced it. Many properties have a new environmental focus.Necker Island, the private island owned by Richard Branson, will finish rebuilding by April, and introduce uniforms made from recycled plastic found in the ocean; in 2019, the resort installed wind turbines that have enabled it to run on up to 90 percent renewable energy. In summer 2020, the Bitter End Yacht Club will open a new marina using recycled materials and a market to provision boat crews; accommodations are scheduled to follow in the fall. Cooper Island Beach Club on Cooper Island, a 15-minute water taxi ride from Tortola, plans to offer packages combining island stays with emissions-free sailing trips aboard a new electric-powered yacht from Voyage Charters.”

Credits:  The New York Times


Rosewood Little Dix Bay Opens Following An Extensive, Four-Year Reimagination

Rosewood Little Dix    Renovation – 80 Rooms

Following a four-year closure and comprehensive renovation, Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands debuts today, marking one of the year’s most highly anticipated openings. Originally founded by conservationist Laurance Rockefeller over half a century ago in 1964 and long regarded as one of the world’s greatest getaways, the iconic resort has been completely revived and redesigned while staying true to its identity as a leading example of ecotourism. Set across 500 acres of pristine private beachfront and breathtaking flora and fauna, the reimagined resort provides an unparalleled island escape with expertly appointed accommodations, inspired amenities, dynamic dining outlets and bespoke services and programming.

Ideally situated along one of Virgin Gorda’s most beautiful bays, Rosewood Little Dix Bay initially opened in 1964 and was quickly established amongst affluential explorers as a destination of choice. Throughout a fifty-two-year tenure, the property held a premier place in the hearts of travelers from around the world, many of whom returned annually alongside new friends and family members to share with them the riches of the resort. After closing for a refurbishment in 2016, the property was soon shuttered by the effects of Hurricane Irma. Today, following a four-year, full renovation, the renowned resort remerges to universal delight as a paramount Caribbean retreat, retaining its original emphasis on celebrating the surrounding natural environment while introducing new elements that speak to the wants and needs of today’s travelers.

The elevated journey that awaits at the new Rosewood Little Dix Bay begins before guests arrive at the resort through a selection of new offerings and amenities, including an entirely new, dedicated butler service created to tailor each guest’s experience from beginning to end. Throughout their journeys, from planning to parting, guests’ butlers are available to assist with check in and check out, unpacking and repacking, arranging dining reservations and daily activities and more.

Those arriving to the destination through Tortola are transported to the resort on one of Rosewood’s brand new, ultra-luxury catamarans, each rigged with attractive finishes and first-class amenities. Onboard, captain and crew guide guests on the seamless, 20-minute sail to Virgin Gorda, complete with signature beverages and a brief tour of the coastal highlights. Upon arrival to the resort’s new private dock, travelers are greeted by their butlers and continue to the personalized check-in experience.

Inspired by its supreme setting with architecture positioned to follow the lines of the landscape, the property’s intuitive, modern design by New York-based design team Meyer Davis evokes a relaxed yet refined sense of luxury bolstered by boundless natural beauty. Honoring Laurance Rockefeller’s original vision, the footprint and structures of the property remain the same, including the resort’s unmistakable conical shaped roofs that sit atop the heart of the resort, Pavilion. Inside, each distinct guest space pays homage to Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s laid-back heritage while simultaneously incorporating a contemporary and residential vibe, with an aim to exude the feeling of a private home and offer a transcendent sense of ease throughout the entire guest journey. In keeping with Rosewood’s guiding A Sense of Place® philosophy, wherein the local sensibilities of the destination inspire the offerings provided there, the resort’s new design reflects the intrinsic style and sentiment of Virgin Gorda through unique décor, authentic artifacts and dynamic design elements that bring the external environment indoors.

80 expertly appointed guestrooms, suites and villas have been designed with privacy, relaxation and reconnection in mind, with the majority of rooms serving as digital-free sanctuaries without televisions. Dressed in the soothing tones of the island’s pristine sands, ancient boulders and cooling waters, each accommodation offers elevated design and décor and unobstructed views of the sea, including the hexagonal-shaped Ocean View Cottage and Beach Front Cottage guestrooms. Sophisticated and spacious suites, ranging from Tree House Suites inspired by the resort’s original stilt houses to One-Bedroom Pool Suites with private plunge pools and adjoining Ocean View Junior and One- and Two-Bedroom Suites, provide an inspired home-away-from-home ideal for group getaways. For those seeking an even more elevated stay, the resort’s luxury villas deliver the utmost in space and service and include the four-bedroom Villa Joy, two-bedroom Columbus House and three-bedroom Laurance House. Both original to the 1964 property, Columbus House and Laurance House feature large living spaces, full kitchens, oversized terraces, private pools and direct beach access. Bespoke services and amenities enhance every stay, including signature AERIN bath and body products, complimentary bikes and chauffeured golf cart transportation around the resort, as well as the entirely new dedicated butler service for all guests.

Four dynamic dining outlets combine the best of Caribbean cuisine with international influences and awe-inspiring ambiance to produce a one-of-a-kind culinary experience unmatched in the region. Featuring a freehand menu that rotates daily, the chic and colorful signature restaurant Reef House showcases premier al fresco “farm-to-fork” dining, with fresh provisions and ingredients sourced daily from the property’s on-site garden as well as through local purveyors. Slightly more casual, Sugar Mill serves creative tapas-style dishes paired with specialty craft cocktails from within the property’s open-air stone mill. Situated in the heart of the resort beneath its iconic vaulted rooftops, Pavilion utilizes international cooking methods, global ingredients and bold spices in every dish, as shown through demonstrations at the restaurant’s outdoor show kitchen. Located just off Pavilion, the relaxed, indoor-outdoor Rum Room is stocked with 107 different labels of aged and rare rums from around the world, with bartenders serving a mix of new and classic concoctions throughout the day.

Set against the stunning Sir Francis Drake Channel with sweeping cliffside views of the bay below, the resort’s Sense, A Rosewood Spa incorporates the island’s tranquil style, ethos and offerings within each of the eight treatment rooms and throughout the unique menu of inspired services. Highlights include Afri-Cure, a signature service that incorporates local Jumbie Tree leaves, Tamarind Tree leaves, lemongrass and harvested Salt Island sea salt, as well as The Baths Journey, an experiential treatment that invites guests off property to explore the wonders of the destination. Ideal for guests looking to unwind before or after treatments, the two-tiered Spa Infinity Pool, sits directly adjacent to Sense Spa and offers a calming and quiet atmosphere. The facility further features a state-of-the-art fitness center, a juice and smoothie bar and an outdoor yoga and group fitness platform.

Additional wellness and recreational offerings allow guests to further engage the body and mind in the most stunning of settings, including two hiking trails boasting expansive views of the island, curated beach drops to Virgin Gorda’s seven secluded bays and an immersive Island Bathing program soundtracked by the songs of the sea. Six tennis courts spanning cement and artificial grass surfaces, as well as two pickle ball courts, can be enjoyed during private lessons with the resort’s resident instructor as well as during weekly clinics and competitions. A wide range of watersports are also represented on property, ranging from kayaking to paddle boarding to surfing, while the centrally-located, fully-serviced Pavilion Pool offers an optimal environment for a serene swim. For younger guests, a holistic Rosewood Explorers children’s program boasts a range of authentic and immersive activities curated to educate children on their surroundings while fostering a sense of adventure and social responsibility and awareness. Inspired experiences include meet-and-greets with local lizards, snakes and other wildlife at the property’s own petting zoo, wades through the island’s waters to learn about reef protection and observe the destination’s indigenous marine life, and cooking classes utilizing local ingredients grown at the resort’s sustainable farm.

A selection of distinct indoor and outdoor event spaces ideal for weddings, corporate meetings and celebrations solidify the resort as a one-of-a-kind gathering place for commemorating life’s most important moments. The indoor event space encompasses the dazzling Great Room, filled with natural light and perfect for gatherings up to 70 people, and the private Mahogany Boardroom, an intimate and sophisticated venue comfortably seating up to 14 people. Outside, the private beach and lawns serve as picturesque backdrops for celebrations of all sizes.


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Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina ” Easy to Reach, Easy to Purchase, Easy to Own”

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina was the first luxury, private-island resort development to be built in the British Virgin Islands in more than 15 years when it opened in February 2010. Scrub Island was the first luxury Resort to reopen in the BVI following Hurricanes Irma and Maria and has continued to go from strength to strength.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate BVI is very excited to have teamed up with Mainsail BVI Ltd. who developed the island and is the resort management company. Scrub Island’s affiliation with Marriott International, as franchisees with Marriott’s Autograph Collection®, was a significant step towards enhancing the income potential of the suites and villas. The Autograph Collection® is a collection of independent luxury hotels, each with their own unique personality.

The Resort is named after its location on Scrub Island, a serene 230-acre haven situated one mile from the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Scrub Island was first discovered by Christopher Columbus nearly 500 years ago while serving as a stopping point for European explorers in route to new lands. Legend has it that its name came from pirates who dropped anchor in the area to “scrub” barnacles off of their boats. The island remained relatively untouched for centuries.

Scrub Island is fringed by three pristine beaches that shelve gently into the Caribbean Sea. It features protected coves, nature trails and stunning scenery.


Located just one mile off the coast of Tortola, the largest island in the BVIs and home of the capital and largest city, Road Town. Upon arrival at EIS, our owners and guests are escorted to Trellis Bay, for a 10-minute ride aboard our private luxury Powercat to Scrub Island. It is also centrally located amongst the islands that make up the BVI, making it very convenient for island hopping and exploring all of our beautiful secluded beaches and welcoming island-style bars and restaurants.


We’ve put together a very experienced BVI real estate team to ensure that we make the purchasing process as simple as possible. We understand merely the thought of buying property on a private Caribbean island might result in a few sleepless nights, so we are committed to hold your hand through the entire process.


Scrub Island offers homeowners an entirely optional, competitive rental program, designed to offset the costs of ownership. It’s your home, after all, so you decide when you use it, not us. But if you do decide to join our program, then you can benefit from revenues and occupancy rates that have been consistently higher than any other BVI luxury Resort property. This is largely due to the quality of the Scrub Island condos and villas and because of the affiliation with Marriott. The Scrub Island team looks after all things marketing and maintenance, leaving you to relax and enjoy your island home.


#BVIStrong, #ScrubIslandStrong


Another Top Virgin Gorda Villa Is Reopening

Another top villa is set to make a comeback on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

The stunning Baraka Point, a 12,000-square-foot villa on the western coast of Virgin Gorda, is set to reopen its doors in the first quarter of 2020, according to the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.

Baraka Point, which boasts its own five-person staff and a private chef, is comprised of a main pavilion with an infinity pool, along with amenities like a media room, a guest office, a games pavilion, a gym and even a “relaxation pavilion” for spa treatments.

That’s along with six king-bed suites and two kids rooms.

It’s the latest villa to relaunch on an island that has long been one of the Caribbean’s most popular luxury villa destinations.

Indeed, one of the island’s most spectacular villas, Red Rock, is open and operating once again.

For more, visit Baraka Point.




— CJ

Photos: Coldwell Banker



Historic Commercial Plane Landing

By Andrew A. Fahie

Keeping the people informed

Today with the historic landing of TITAN AIRWAYS A318 Flight originating from the UK to Canada then direct to BVI is a positive sign of greater things to come for our T.B. Lettsome International Airport, Tourism & our economy. I thank all involved who made this a reality including the Board & staff of the BVI Airport Authority and your Government of the Virgin Islands. Until the runway is extended we will continue to maximize what exists. Better days ahead for the BVI.




Credits:  Andrew A. Fahie Premier of BVI & 1st District Representative at BVI Government


Coldwell Banker present at Antigua Boat Show

This weekend Antigua celebrates, in its 58th presentation, Antigua’s Boat Show. Coldwell Banker Real Estate BVI and BVI Villa Rental are delighted to be present and representing the BVI during this event. Classics such as the wonderful “Columbia” a 43 meter / 141 ft custom built sailboat and the Aspen Alternative, 164-foot motor yacht are simply breathtaking! We just ran into Madison, Stewardess in M/V Unbridled . She grew up in the BVI, went to Cedar School and previously worked on Cuan Law!


Coldwell Banker staff.-

Photo credits Chris Smith