The May issue of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht takes a look at some of the BVI’s finest restaurants benefiting from “an ambiance built into historic VI ruins”. CocoMaya is one of the restaurants featured:
From sea, CocoMaya exudes a dominating presence within Virgin Gorda’s dramatic boulder-laden beachfront. Three tall, thatched roofs supported by wooden pillars thick as tree trunks open into a sophisticated, open-air interior.
Its modern design and chic ambiance attract residents and visitors with a preference for beachside lounging and dining the way it’s meant to be done.
Few, however, may be aware that the recently renovated property was at one time a likely refuge for either Dutch or Spanish settlers and rogue pirates looking for a place to stash their booty.
During my last visit to the beachside restaurant, I sat with owners Aaron Seddon and Kim Takeuchi over lunch to discuss the property’s storied past. I sipped on a refreshing blonde Maredsous beer out of a frosty chalice as we enjoyed a steady breeze underneath the covered dining area.
I looked over the white sand beach and island-speckled seascape and thought to myself that the only thing I may have in common with the pirates and early settlers of Virgin Gorda, is the unchanging view and the style of my beer craft.
During the excavation phase of CocoMaya’s construction, Aaron explained that he quickly learned that the foundation they were laying would sit on the same grounds occupied by some of the Virgin Islands first residents. He has since collected a small treasure trove of old artifacts, including smoking pipes, some pots and cups, and a cannon ball.
Read the full story on online at Virgin Islands Property & Yacht or pick up a May issue.