Summer is finally here in the BVI! It’s that time of year when the sun is hot, the drinks are cold and the parties are scorching! Alright, alright, to be fair, you can say the same for our winters too, it’s one of the perks of living in the tropics, but if you partied how I partied this past weekend, you’d be all about the hyperbole too.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Moët & Chandon White Party curated by the now famed Navanchor. If you still don’t know who or what Navanchor is about, this company throws the most extravagant and luxurious parties, weddings and events to hit the British Virgin Islands scene and trust me, this one did not fall short.
Saturday finally arrived and a bunch of eager party goers and I, decked out in white, gathered at Tortola Pier Park’s dock to be whisked away to an evening of extravagance and dancing at CocoMaya on Virgin Gorda.
As the boat set sail, moods were high and the atmosphere was relaxed but festive. The sounds of eager filled chatter and clinking champagne glasses filled the boat as we arrived closer and closer to Navanchor Heaven. Like I mentioned in my last Navanchor Party post, “Ain’t no party like a Navanchor Party!”
As I walked up to the entrance of the party, I could hardly wait to see how Cid Nava transformed an already beautiful setting into the chic soiree Navanchor is known for.
At the entrance to the portal for Navanchor Heaven, you were greeted by smiling waiters and waitresses handing out glasses of bubbly Moët Ice Impérial, one of two featured champagnes of the evening. This champagne was on the sweeter side and went down smoothly, making it the perfect drink to start off the evening and summertime in general.
As I entered CocoMaya (a Bali-design inspired restaurant), I was immediately transported to a Beach Club wonderland that even Ibiza might have envied. White cascading awnings and intricately placed finishing touches, made you feel like you were in a completely different World. Every corner was Instagram worthy. Large mirrors wrapped in teak wood were etched with Moët & Chandon’s logo hoisted on trendy wall-climbing plants, making it the perfect backdrop for photos.
Beach chic was the overall feel for the party’s ambience due to its beachfront location. White spray-painted coral played into the nautical decorations situated throughout the whole premise.
Being the genius that Cid Nava is, he handed out an abundance of white fans and parasols to help every party goer feel cool and fashionable throughout the evening.
Summer time is all about flowly sun dresses and for this party, I decided to wear one. I was counting on the high slits and open shoulder style to keep me cool as I danced like no one was watching. Knowing that the restaurant is located right on a beach, I paired my dress with a cute pair of Havaiana flip flops, sunglasses and a small handbag!
As the sky got darker, the music got louder and the beach became our dance floor.
As soon as “Despacitio” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber started playing, everyone decided it was time to let loose and join in on the fun, after all Summer has begun.
Behind the “hypeness” of the party was a line filled with ladies and men wanting to express their party spirit by getting golden flash tattoos placed on their skin.
Can we just talk about the models that were effortlessly basking in the sun, like if this was an everyday ritual? These beautiful white swimsuits displayed were designed by Akeem Stanley.
Asian inspired appetizers were carried out by smiling servers asking if you’d like to try this or that. My favorite had to be the tempura fish lettuce wraps, slow cooked duck served in soft shell tacos and basically everything else they carried out of the kitchen. If I was not dancing or mingling with friends and new faces, I was probably chasing the servers, because that food definitely was hitting a spot I didn’t know I had.
Back to the dance floor I went and while dancing to “Get Lucky”, I was asked to be an honorary flower girl for a few seconds as Mr. Nava poured chilled champagne into the glasses of willing party goers.
The evening seamlessly transitioned into the golden hour and for many, the party had only just begun.
DJ Bertram hit us with another Summer “Chune” (Local Dialect for the word Tune) and out of nowhere, flying sparks appeared in the distance over the water. And what do you know, not even fire benders could miss the Summer party of the year.
Night had fallen and the music and the vibe of the night transformed into an atmosphere of pure bliss. Happy faces, thumping music, champagne bottles still being popped and contagious dance moves filled the night as we drew closer to the end of it.
As I boarded the boat back to Tortola, I already started to reminisce on how amazing the night was and how soon I would be able to do it again. If you’re looking for an amazing night, whether you’re a local or just visiting the British Virgin Islands, look out for Navanchor parties! Check below to see where to get my outfit from! Thank you for reading and do comment and express your opinions below, I’m listening! What are everyone’s plans this summer?