Sunday, 25 July 2010

Happy Hour

It's now happy hour, Dire Straits is playing and the sun is preparing to set. The bar is busy and Jeson is dishing out the 2 for 1 Painkiller Cocktails. It has been yet another beautiful day on Cooper.
Painkiller recipe:

An equal splash of Pineapple and Orange Juice
A drop of Cream of Coconut and a very, very generous helping of dark Rum topped with a sprinkle of Nutmeg. Although, you won't get the full effect without sitting on the beach watching the beautiful Caribbean sunset...

My favorite is a Cooper Vice. It's sweet, pink and delicious!

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Photographing the Underworld

This week an under water photography workshop descended upon Cooper Island for the first time. Lead by Mauricio Handler - a Marine Photojournalist, expedition leader and educator and author of two books, 'The British Virgin Islands, a Photographic Portrait' and Lonely Planet's ' Snorkelling and Diving Guide to the British Virgin Islands'. Take a look at his website for more info.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Colour It In!

As you may already know the Beach Club underwent an extreme makeover during the summer of 2009. Unfortunately the small quirky bar that seated only 4 people was no longer sufficient. Here's a few pics of our exciting new look.

All our furniture is made from reclaimed Teak. Using reclaimed wood is not only helping the environment, it also it has character. The colourful furniture that was once old fishing boats now serves a new purpose as our bar furniture. We worked with a brilliant furniture store on Tortola called Arawak Interiors who really listened and understood the style we were aiming for.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Cooper's Sunsets

These are a couple of pictures I took a few months ago. The first was taken from a boat just off the shores of Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island. The Sir Francis Drake Channel looked amazing, and I really impressed myself with this photo! You can see Tortola, St. John and St. Thomas in the far distance.

Next is an arial shot taken from my tiny window on a Liat plane as we came into landing at Beef Island around 5 pm. Here you can see (starting from the back) Peter Island, Salt Island, Cooper Island, Ginger Island, Round Rock and to the right Fallen Jerusalem.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Cooper Island Beach Club

Welcome to Cooper Island’s first ever blog.

Hopefully you will find this blog helpful and gain a little insight of what goes on behind the scenes at Cooper Island Beach Club.

On January 7th 2009 Cooper Island Beach Club changed ownership and management. The Harris family are on a mission to bring Cooper Island into the 21st century and create a home from home atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

Here at Cooper Island Beach Club we are committed to being as environmentally responsible as we can. We worked with Alternative Energy Systems to install a state-of-the-art Solar Panel System which now provides us with 30-40% of our power. This system is the first of its kind in the Americas and we are very proud to have it. Here's a video which helps explain exactly what our system is capable of click here. Earlier this month we switched over to 24 hour power! For approx. 25 years the Beach Club was powered by a generator between certain hours of the day. It is a real novelty for us all to watch a full movie without my laptop battery cutting out.

90 solar panels on the roof of the Beach Club