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DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT and Who Let The Dogs Out?
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Recently while on charter in the Southern Bahamas there was the super moon! This picture was of the moon in the penultimate evening of the super moon, twas a clear and dreamy sky. We could not help but dance in the Bahamian moonlight!

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"Dancing in the Moonlight" is a song written and originally recorded by the French-American rock group King Harvest. It was released as a single in 1972 and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1994 the Baha Men released the song as a single, but it also failed to chart. Their version was later used in the movie Fat Albert. In 1994 Baha Men music was also featured in the movie My Father the Hero. The movie was mostly filmed on Paradise Island with a purpose built set on Cabbage Beach.

"André Arnel (Gérard Depardieu), a Frenchman divorced from his wife, takes his teenage daughter, Nicole (Katherine Heigl), on vacation with him to The Bahamas. She is desperate to appear as a woman and not a girl, so in order to impress a local boy Ben (Dalton James), she makes up more and more ridiculous stories, starting with André being her lover and leading to some bizarre assumptions by the rest of the community."

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The film featured music and appearances by the Baha Men. The group's songs create the movie's island soundtrack.
"Back to the Island"
"Mo' Junkanoo"
"Gin and Coconut Water (Traditional)"
"Land of the Sea and Sun"
"Oh, Father"
"Island Boy"

During the summer of 2000, the one of the most familiar, yet unanswered questions, “Who Let the Dogs Out”, launched one of the most beloved bands, the Baha Men, into our hearts and homes. Their pulsating Island rhythms seemed to appeal to everyone, as “Who Let the Dogs Out”immediately rose to the top of the charts throughout the world. They were a band long before this moment, but as Rolling Stone Magazine declared, “After 20 years, the Baha Men are an overnight success.”

Yacht Sweet Escape has a huge library of films that feature The Bahamas. Be sure to ask for recommendations as the list is extensive! You may want to dance in the moonlight every night while on charter, with an amazing audio system onboard you can find your groove.

APRIL 2019

Legacies, Love and The Lone Tree

LEGACY

David Hicks is considered to be among the foremost interior designers of the 20th century. From the decoration of his own house in London in 1956—in powerful colors that heralded an end to the drab, postwar English look—he set the pace for interior design both in Europe and America. His style suited the Bahamas at the time perfectly with his signature prints on crisp linen in pastel hues, and with his salvaged architectural gems found on his travels through the mainland flanking sand-clad walls inside and out.

After their honeymoon visit to Eleuthera in 1960, David Hicks and his wife, Lady Pamela Hicks, bought a plot of land on Windemere Island and spent the years after building a spectacular island retreat. Savannah House, as it was named, was roughly completed around 1967, and recently having gone under a loving renovation after storm damage in 2013. www.coastalliving.com/homes/india-hicks-rebuilding-the-past

Slim Aarons captures The Hickes, Savannah, Windemere Island, Eleuthera. India Hicks has the tennis racket.

Slim Aarons captures The Hickes, Savannah, Windemere Island, Eleuthera. India Hicks has the tennis racket.

India Hicks was born in London, England, and comes from both British and design royalty. Her father was famed interior decorator David Hicks; her mother is Lady Pamela Hicks, whose father was Admiral of the Fleet, the first Earl of Mountbatten of Burma and the last Viceroy of India, hence India’s name. Lady Pamela was a bridesmaid in Queen Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who is Lady Pamela’s first cousin.

India was thrust into the spotlight early in her life. She was asked to be a bridesmaid in Princess Diana and Prince Charles' 1980 royal wedding in London, when she was only 13. More recently, India served as a TV commentator for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. For years, India was a busy fashion model and the "face" of the Ralph Lauren label. Today, she is the designer of India Hicks Living and a creator of lifestyle products.

India Hicks Legacy Letters inspired from the Legacy print that David Hicks left his family.

India Hicks Legacy Letters inspired from the Legacy print that David Hicks left his family.


LOVE

The ever British, socialite-in-residence of Harbour Island for over 20 years, tells how she went from David Hick’s Savannah mausoleum to her Harbour Island residence of Hibiscus Hill:

”I already knew my future husband. The year was 1995. I was working as a model in New York. I rediscovered David, who would become my other half.”


David was managing a small, funky hotel on neighboring Harbour Island, known for its pink sand beaches. I turned up there unannounced to go diving. David now describes this as “our Casablanca movie moment.”

”It was that romantic. I left New York and moved to Harbour Island...this tiny Bahamian “out island” off of Eleuthera…I have a deep love for Harbour Island. It changed me. I had been modeling all over the world up until that moment, mainly living out of a suitcase. Moving from city to city, running to airports, showing up in the morning looking my best even if I felt my worst. On Harbour Island, everything was different. I was able to breathe in the fresh air, stand on the bare earth, and take hold of time.


”Harbour Island has also had a powerful effect on my work. I became inspired by the Bahamas, a nation of people at ease with themselves. In the Bahamas, beauty cannot be defined or stereotyped. It is not seen as a blessing bestowed upon only a select few, but as something within every one of us.”

India Hicks: A Love Story About the Bahamas and Me. by KAREN TINA HARRISON

Inspired by the music, dancing and sheer fun of Junkanoo,  IndiaHicks.com ’s newest Insta Pouch captures it all in a lightning fast snap.

Inspired by the music, dancing and sheer fun of Junkanoo, IndiaHicks.com’s newest Insta Pouch captures it all in a lightning fast snap.

By work India refers to her co-owned boutique the Sugar Mill on Harbour Island.  The Sugar Mill was actually a functioning sugar mill circa 1925. The boutique opened in November 2005 with Linda Griffin’s (co-owner) and India’s original vision of offering a boutique shop filled with global treasures for all ages and even 4-legged friends, is still very much alive today. 

India Hicks founded her new self-titled company in early 2015. After years of creating collections for traditional retail, she decided to take a different, and far more personal, route in launching her own brand. The exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories are all designed by India.


THE LONE TREE

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Located on what’s known as Girl’s Bank on the western side of Harbour Island is a much-photographed tree skeleton. Lone Tree washed up in Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and landed upright with its intricate root ball supporting it at its base. The original tree washed away in another hurricane, but it had gained so much popularity and become such a landmark that it was eventually replaced by another, much larger tree that was strategically “planted” in the sand flats. It resembles a piece of art in the vast sand flats. It has been featured in magazines and is a popular spot for photography.

Visit Eleuthera on Yacht Sweet Escape on charter. Explore Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, Egg Island, Royal Island, Lighthouse Point, Surfer’s Beach and more!

MARCH 2019

Pretty in Pink: Julia Roberts Stuns in Conch Pearls, the national Gem of The Bahamas

The most high-profile position at the Oscars is the person who presents the “Best Picture” award. That honor on Sunday went to Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts.  The Oscar-winning actress and producer skipped the red carpet so no one saw her until the end of the program when she appeared wearing the most fabulous of earrings by high jewelry artist Cindy Chao, The Art Jewel.

The Architectural Earrings, from Chao’s collection, consists of two pear-shaped diamonds with a total weight of 20.28 carats, with 16 conch pearls, and pavé diamond all set on 18k yellow gold.

Conch pearls are a beautiful by-product of the Caribbeans culinary delicacy. Caught primarily for its meat, the Queen conch is eaten throughout the Caribbean and the USA, raw in salads or cooked as chowders and fritters.

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Overfishing in many of the locations in which the Queen conch is found has forced all but three conch-producing countries to ban fishing to protect populations, which it is predicted will not recover for decades. This means fewer conch pearls are coming to market. Only one in ten thousand queen conches can yield a conch pearl, out of which only about 10% are of gem quality.

Prior to the introduction of the cultured pearl in the 1920s, natural pearls were as highly prized as rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Once cultured varieties flooded the market, however, pearls lost their exclusive tag.  Conch pearls, on the other hand, are formed completely naturally and only found in very specific areas in the Caribbean. So far, no cultured conch pearls have come to market, making them exceedingly rare.  The desire for uniqueness among jewelry buyers has never been stronger, and conch pearls fit the bill perfectly.

The Gem of the Bahamas, the lustrous pink conch pearl, carefully set in hand crafted designs by Frieden of Switzerland. pink-pearls-conch-pearls-julia-roberts-coin-of-the-realm-high-jewelry-bahamasa-yacht-charter-lady-gaga-oscar-tiffany-diamond

The Gem of the Bahamas, the lustrous pink conch pearl, carefully set in hand crafted designs.

You can find the gem of the Bahamas, the lustrous pink conch pearl, at Coin of the Realm Jewelry store in Nassau, New Providence. Coin of the Realm is a long standing, family run boutique with exceptional pieces from around the world. They also specialize in an extensive collection of rare Bahamian coins, stamps and of course the national gem of the Bahamas, the conch pearl.  Stop at Coin of the Realm before or after your charter onboard Yacht Sweet Escape; experience and observe the conch in its natural habitat in the shallow, warm waters of The Bahamas before they are all gone. Numbers are decreasing globally. The Bahamas is one of only a few nations where substantial populations of queen conch remain.

March 2019

Some things age and some things become a classic
Cinema Poster for Thunderball, Original hanging in the sky-lounge onboard Yacht Sweet Escape. Original Bond film posters are highly collectable.

Cinema Poster for Thunderball, Original hanging in the sky-lounge onboard Yacht Sweet Escape. Original Bond film posters are highly collectable.

The Bahamas is a classic Bond location: many Bond scenes have been filmed here, including for Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983) both starring Connery, Licence To Kill (1989) and Casino Royale (2006) and subaquatic scenes were filmed for You Only Live Twice (1965), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), For Your Eyes Only(1981) and The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Locals love to talk about Bond films, perhaps because the movies with scenes filmed here were shot when Nassau and some of the other 700 islands that make up the 180,000 square miles of the Bahamas were nothing like the tourist destinations they’ve become today.

Thunderball, the fourth movie in the Bond series, is set largely in The Bahamas. The Thunderball cinema poster is hung in the sky lounge onboard Yacht Sweet Escape.

Thunderball Grotto, located just west of Staniel Cay, is a fantastic underwater cave system that is great for snorkeling, diving, and wading. It is teeming with exotic marine life and a kaleidoscope of brilliantly coloured coral reefs and fish, like yellow-tail snappers, angel-fish, sergeant majors and the like. The Grotto's mystique is heightened by the small, almost hidden entrance. It is advised to enter at ebb tide (low or slack tide) and snorkeling equipment is optional, fins or flippers suggested. At high tide, however, diving equipment is necessary. Yacht Sweet Escape crew will be waiting at the exit for our guests, as the currents can on occasion be substantially stronger than anticipated.

The grotto got its name, i.e. Thunderball Grotto, from the 1965 James Bond spy film Thunderball, which was shot there. It was also the site of another James Bond film, Never Say Never Again in 1983, also based on the Thunderball novel.

Somethings age others Mature…

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Combining two iconic Bond elements, celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz shot a Louis Vuitton campaign in the Bahamas with Sir Sean himself posing on a dock with a Louis Vuitton bag.  Sir Sean resides in The Bahamas and has had a love affair with golf since filming Goldfinger in 1964. Courchevel 1850 and neighboring Meribel, both have golf courses. The Bahamas has over 10 courses while you can hit eco-golf balls aft-deck Yacht Sweet Escape.

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As it is Valentines Day coming up, hint hint, Yacht Sweet Escape suggests a gift of some new luggage that will be yacht appropriate, (a story for another time), and who can’t help but love the new Louis Vuitton Keepall 50. For the Pre-collection Spring-Summer 2019, The iconic Keepall Bandoulière readies for space tourism. First introduced in the 1930s, the Keepall is here fashioned from Monogram Satellite canvas with the classic LV Initials and Monogram blossoms on shiny silver canvas. Silver-color and blue-color hardware complete the journey.


The Best James Bond Ski scenes

Chalet Sweet Escape  pays hommage to Sean Connery and Ian Fleming’s beloved charter of James Bond. Of course, Courchevel and Meribel have golf courses to visit in the summer months.

Chalet Sweet Escape pays hommage to Sean Connery and Ian Fleming’s beloved charter of James Bond. Of course, Courchevel and Meribel have golf courses to visit in the summer months.

Daniel Craig, Spectre,  2015

Roger Moor, The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

George Lazenby, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1969

Pierce Brosnan, The World Is Not Enough, 1999

Roger Moore, A View to a Kill, 1985

Timothy Dalton,  The Living Daylights, 1987

Entry Hallway at Chalet Sweet Escape. The collection of art throughout the Chalet reflects the love of modern art in Courchevel 1850, married with the history of the Savoyard.

Chalet Sweet Escape is located in the center of Courchevel 1850 and all of it’s high end shopping and art galleries. The photograph below of the waiters skiing epitomizes the grandeur of the ski scenes of the early 1960’s and just how fabulous it all was. This Slim Aaron’s photograph hangs in Chalet Sweet Escape as a simple reminder of a wonderful time.

Three skiing waiters on a ski slope, with the man in the foreground carrying a bird on a tray, the second man carring a wine in an ice bucket and the third carrying a menu, 1962. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)

Three skiing waiters on a ski slope, with the man in the foreground carrying a bird on a tray, the second man carring a wine in an ice bucket and the third carrying a menu, 1962. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)

While your charter may not allow much time in Nassau to fulfill your shopping list, try pre-arranging it to be onboard for arrival through our local contacts. Don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange for you the ultimate shopping concierge service from John Bull, including Cartier, Tiffany, BVLGARI, and Rolex of course. From ultra rare pieces, to the right sizes, John Bull has several locations in The Bahamas where the right piece may just be or be delivered to. They are in Atlantis, Albany and Bay Street while they also have boutiques through some Bahamas Islands. While your ski trip may include strolls along the Croisette and window shopping at the art galleries, Chelsea and Liam, (our team at Chalet Sweet Escape), can arrange your special gifts or treats to be delivered wherever, or however you like.

February 2019