Our success has everything to do with our dedicated team. During your stay our team will ensure your Baraka Point holiday is an unforgettable experience. If you require any assistance during your stay our team, without exception, will be happy to assist in any way possible.
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Corey moved with Arianne to Virgin Gorda in 2012. When they would chat about their future, they had always dreamed of living in the tropics and when the opportunity presented itself to move to the British Virgin Islands they did not hesitate to jump on the chance. Upon their arrival, Corey helped the owners of Baraka and their friends who were opening a new restaurant, CocoMaya. Corey then joined Baraka Point in 2014 and has found a home among the close-knit team. Corey is happy to assist in any way he can, but his specialty is whipping up island inspired cocktails.
Arianne moved to Virgin Gorda from Canada in 2012 with Corey to help the owners of Baraka Point and their friends in opening a new restaurant on Virgin Gorda, CocoMaya. The initial move was made sight unseen and they said, “let’s give it a year and take it from there.” Needless to say, they think they made a pretty good decision and haven’t looked back. Arianne joined Corey and the Baraka Point team in 2019. Besides being an amazing host to our guests, she also offers calming yoga sessions on our Horizon Deck. Arianne is here to make sure that you have the vacation of a lifetime and is happy to assist in any way possible, so do not hesitate to ask her.
Tommy joined the team in March of 2015 after spending a couple of years on the neighboring island of St. John, USVI. He took a brief hiatus just before Hurricane Irma and moved to Nashville, TN where he met his now wife, Candice. Tommy is a professionally trained chef who studied at the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York. Tommy is best known on island for his friendly smile, which is often hidden by his big bushy beard, his charismatic demeanor, and his unique collection of Jeeps. Tommy is always happy to adjust menus to meet specific dietary restrictions, so please don’t be shy and ask.
Padmonie (Pad) is Baraka Point’s main housekeeper. Pad has been with Baraka Point since 2009 and is responsible for the villa’s interiors. Coming all the way from Guyana in South America, Pad has a kind heart, and is wonderful with kids. She quite arguably has the best Dahl Purr in the BVIs, if you like Indian cuisine. Please feel free to ask Padmonie for any assistance during your stay, she is eager to help in any way she can.
Renaldo (Rey) will be seen from time to time up around the top of the property. His job is to keep the Iroko timber around Baraka Point in excellent condition. Rey is a genius with wood, creating anything from hand carvings to cabinetry. Rey comes from the Philippines and has been on Virgin Gorda longer than any other team member. Rey’s great sporting passions are fishing, basketball, and his native boxing hero Mani Paquio.
In charge of our lush grounds, Marcel joined our team just after Hurricane Irma completely destroyed the gardens. Originally from St. Lucia, Marcel is single-handedly responsible for restoring Baraka’s tropical oasis to its current beauty. If you want some fresh coconut water, let us know and we’ll get Marcel to crack one open for you. Oh, and be sure to thank him for his part in Pizza and Bonfire Night - he cuts the wood!
Candice, hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, has become the newest member of the Baraka Point Team in 2022 as the Reservations and Marketing Manager. Candice most recently worked as a property manager for a vacation rental management company on Virgin Gorda, where she worked with clients to find the perfect vacation rental and create amazing experiences for her guests. She moved to Virgin Gorda in 2018 with her now husband “Chef Tommy”, their dog/baby bear Ryder and hasn’t looked back at her previous life sitting behind a desk 8 hours a day. Her new passion is hospitality and Baraka Point. From the first moment she stepped foot on Baraka’s property, Candice knew this was a spectacular place and couldn’t wait to share that experience with guests.
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