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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice 2015

RESULTS

Fifth year running now and what a year it’s been – the nominees were set by you, the votes were cast by you, and the results are here for you to review.

Some winners might be the obvious choice, others might surprise you, but the concluded count was a collaborative effort from BVI residents and visitors who relish all the delights of this slice of paradise.

If you are just learning about this now, please visit us for full information about the VIPY RC competition, nominations, and reader voting system in the Readers’ Choice Focus Section of this website. Here you can also find results of the previous year’s voting if you’re curious.

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards – Statistics: – Almost 250,000 people saw 2015 Readers’ Choice content on Facebook. – Generated 181,000 page views and 105,000 users on bvipropertyyacht.com. – Generated 66,000 Facebook engagements (Facebook likes, comments and shares combined).

Without further delay, here are the categories in alphabetical order:


Readers Choice (7)

Best Air Travel or Air Tour Company in the BVI

1st Antilles Helicopter Services

2nd Cape Air

3rd Fly BVI

Antilles Helicopter Services say they will “elevate your experience of the Virgin Islands to new heights” and the double meaning here is completely merited. Their charter service has been enjoyed by many and grants a phenomenal perspective of the BVI.


Readers Choice (4)

Best BVI Architectural Firm

1st OBM International

2nd Roger Downing & Partner Co. Ltd

3rd TigerQi Architecture

Snatching the spot from long standing winner Roger Downing, OBM International are responsible for some of the most incredible architectural feats in the British Virgin Islands. Nevaeh in Anguilla—featured this issue—as our cover article is another beautiful example of their outstanding work.


Readers Choice (2)

Best BVI Bartender

1st Quincy Woolford @ Captain Mulligans

2nd Kyle @ Peg Leg’s Beach Bar,

3rd Vishaal Mohabir @ Myett’s,

All three top positions in this category belong to extremely popular locales in the BVI so it’s no surprise, but Captain Mulligan’s Quincy Woolford took the winning position this year from Soggy Dollar’s Mic Penn who was just behind Vishaal by a couple of votes.


Readers Choice (9)

Best BVI Crewed Yacht (individual)

1st Majestic Spirit

2nd Lolalita

3rd Sailing Swann

Boasting the dream vacation, Majestic Spirit is the holiday that sees visitors returning repeatedly – the magic of this yacht and its amicable crew bewitches its guests, making them enrich their spirit every year with a sail around the BVI.


Best BVI Day Charter

1st BVI Adventure Tours by Caribbean Images Tours

2nd Rebel Yell Catamaran

3rd Big Sexy Boat Rentals

BVI Adventure Tours is another one of the islands’ great and unique excursions – powering around on a RIB, the contrast of warm friendly guidance and thrashing epic speed makes this a MUST on anyone’s BVI holiday itinerary.


Readers Choice (18)

Best BVI Health & Spa

1st Sole Day Spa

2nd Pura Vida Chiropractic

3rd Studio One Spa & Salon

Residents and visitors alike will testify to the incredible service at Sole Day Spa. They won the award last year as well and one treatment at the hands of their experts will convince you why.


Readers Choice (15)

Best BVI Land Activity

1st Navanchor Events & Concierge Services

2nd Mulligan’s Mini Golf

3rd Sage Mountain National Park

Responsible for a range of activities from weddings, to seminars, to full banquets, this professional outfit has gone beyond gratification with its clients, placing itself as a new nominee in our competition and taking the gold.


Readers Choice (5)

Best BVI Local Artist

1st Al Broderick

2nd Lutia Durante

3rd Quito

With any long stay in the BVI, you would have heard Al play at some point or other. He whips around the islands and has had an increased presence as an entertainer in recent years, raising enjoyment at any party. He took 1st place this year over long standing champion Quito.


Readers Choice (1)

Best BVI Marina

1st Nanny Cay Marina

2nd YCCS

3rd Bitter End Yacht Club Marina

Nanny Cay Marina literally has every amenity necessary for residents or visitors of the BVI. It is no wonder it always finds itself as the top marina in our competition.


Readers Choice (3)

Best BVI Marine Activity

1st Island Surf and Sail

2nd Blue Water Divers

3rd Rob Swain Sailing School

The ever-popular Blue Water Divers slipped this year to Island Surf and Sail who provide a range of water toys and services to relish the aqua side of the British Virgin Islands.


Readers Choice (17)

Best BVI Provisioning

1st Riteway

2nd TICO

3rd One Mart

The king of provisioning, Riteway remains the everlasting leader in this category with their multiple stores across the BVI and fully stocked shelves.


Readers Choice (11)

Best BVI Real Estate Company

1st Property BVI

2nd Smiths Gore

3rd BVI Sotheby’s International Realty

Property BVI finally took the lead this year – we say finally as their vote has always come in extremely close to Sotheby’s. Real Estate is a huge industry here and it’s crucial clients have the right representation.


Readers Choice (13)

Best BVI Resort/Hotel/Accommodation

1st White Bay Villas and Seaside Cottages

2nd Guavaberry Spring Bay Vacation Homes

3rd Anegada Beach Club

Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay Villas are great accommodation on an extraordinary island. For many, Jost has long been the best BVI spot due its picturesque setting and party vibe so White Bay Villas are right in the heart of the action.


Readers Choice (8)

Best BVI Restaurant/Bar

1st Brandywine Estate

2nd Capriccio di Mare

3rd The Dove

We all love this restaurant so it is good to see it receiving the recognition it deserves. The warm, homely feel and friendly smiles of the hosts—and of course not forgetting tasty cuisine—all combine to make it a locale you will visit repeatedly over the years.


Readers Choice (12)

Best BVI Retail Store

1st Arawak Surf Boutiques

2nd Arawak Interiors

3rd Pearls VI

Arawak was certainly popular for 2015 with its two stores—serving beach wear and essentials, and home decoration—taking the top spots. We welcomed new nominee Pearls VI this year who provide elegant pieces to complete one’s attire.


Readers Choice (6)

Best BVI Sailor

1st Alec Anderson

2nd Rayne Duff

3rd Chris Brockbank

This vote is always tough to decide for readers as all these guys are great people and brilliant at what they do, but the Olympic hopeful Alec is a face that’s always in the top three. He steals it back from Piers Helm who won it last year.


Readers Choice (16)

Best BVI Vacation Villa (individual)

1st Limin’ House

2nd Plantation Villa, Jost Van Dyke

3rd Steele Point

Tortola’s Limin’ House was a new entry in the top three this year and we welcome the breath of fresh air from the villa that revives body and soul.


Readers Choice (19)

Best BVI Yacht Brokerage

1st BVI Yacht Sales

2nd H&R Yachts

3rd 123 Hulls

The gold standard remains with BVI Yacht Sales – the fantastic yacht brokerage that has helped many acquire their pride and joy on the water.


Readers Choice (14)

Best BVI Yacht Charter Company

1st MarineMax Vacations

2nd The Moorings

3rd Virgin Traders

Who doesn’t like a yacht charter? We can’t actually imagine anyone disapproving this kind of holiday, but it is still important to have the right company supporting you and this year our reader vote unveils MarineMax as the ones to do it.


Stephen Leslie France, Editor
Hailing from London, UK, Stephen graduated with a BA English Literature degree at the University of Southampton in 2007. He works as a freelance editor and can be found here: https://stephenlesliefrance.com/
Stephen Leslie France, Editor
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