Operating in the Caribbean
Anthony Trappe and Kate Purdy
Tony and Kate have been involved in the Crewed Yacht and Villa hospitality business in the British Virgin Islands since 1999. Tony was previously captain and Kate the chef of successful charter yachts in the BVI for eight years, and provided over 150 high quality charters. This was followed by six rewarding years as Estate Managers and chef at Golden Pavilion, a luxury home away from home and rental villa on Tortola. Soon after arriving in the BVI they realized what a wonderful place it is and have made it their home ever since. They built a house here in 2011 in Little Bay, Tortola.
Tony and Kate chose to leave their successful, rewarding and demanding positions in the UK in 1997. They combined their knowledge and skills to sail their 70-year-old classic 32-foot wooden yacht from the UK, via France, Africa and South America to the Caribbean where they cruised for two years. Later, they also sailed their yacht Roxane, which they owned and maintained for 20 years, via Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas to Virginia where she now rests.
Born in Cheshire in the UK, Tony enjoyed an idyllic childhood, and took up sailing as a young boy when his father built a sailing dinghy in their garage. He went on to captain his first yacht at 16, delivering a boat along the south coast of England. Tony is now RYA Ocean Yachtmaster and BVI Boat Master 100 Ton License Grade 1 with over 40,000 sea miles.
In 1981 he was awarded a BSc (Safety and Hygiene) from the Engineering Department of Aston University which started a career as a Sales Engineer. This took him onto oil rigs, down coal mines, into sweet factories and every kind of industry in the UK. A career change led him into a rewarding time as a teacher where within three years he had a Masters Degree in Primary Education and employment as an Advisory Teacher. He went on to run a project for Greenwich Education Authority in London providing services to the 300 schools throughout Greenwich.
Tony continued his interest in sailing and when his thoughts turned to travelling he sought out and purchased his yacht Roxane in Spain. He lived on her whilst teaching in London where he met Kate (the lucky chap!).
Kate was born in Malta and spent her childhood in Northern Ireland, the UK and Hong Kong. As soon as she could, she left home and carried on travelling, spending several years working in the summers and travelling in the winters. Eventually after buying a house, she settled in London and took up sailing. Deciding that a boat would be much more interesting than a house, she bought a Dutch barge instead and lived on it in a marina in the centre of London. Being paired with Tony and winning in a dinghy race one day led to the start of their relationship which was celebrated with the winning prize of a lottery ticket on the first ever National Lottery. They won 10 pounds - and have been laughing about life together ever since.
Kate has been in the food preparation industry since 1984 and for several years was the manager of a small food retail chain throughout the railway stations of London. She has worked as a chef on yachts and in villas since 1999 and has loved pretty much every moment. She has attended a culinary course in France and has a food certificate from her early days in the food industry in London. Kate’s close involvement in life in France has enabled her to learn first hand the delights and rewards of delicious French cuisine. She has expanded her culinary skill and knowledge throughout her life. Kate has recently contributed to a recipe book with other top chefs from the island and appeared on the local TV show “Gourmet Galley with Chef Lisa". In addition to her chef and management duties at Golden Pavilion, Kate has also provided chef services for other prestigious villas and establishments, notably the Governor of the British Virgin Islands and the owners of Amway at Peter Island Resort.
Kate and Tony enjoy an adventurous and busy life together and embrace hard work with vitality and enthusiasm. Charming, fun and great company, they are complete all round hospitality winners. They work well together under pressure and routinely handle all that the hospitality and sailing world may demand of them and have fun on the way.
Tony and Kate have had a home in Brittany in France since 1991 and when they are not in the BVI's, they can be found drinking wine and eating cheese with their neighbours in France.
PAS de DEUX can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. PAS de DEUX is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
Mr and Mrs Trappe, thank you Mrs not Trappe for making the delicious food and always being open to our accommodations, and for making chocolate cake with mustard a Thompson tradition . Not to mention the extra candy. Thank you Mr Trappe for teaching me cribbage and playing other card games with me. Also thankyou for alwaystaking us tubing J
Kate and Tony this was the most amazing adventure! You both are fabulous and made this the best family vacation in the whole world. Your efforts to make this so special were hugely appreciated! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Robin and Stephen
This is without question the most fabulous adventure we have had as a family. The BVI are certainly beautiful and the Pas De Deux is incredibly comfortable but Tony and Kate made sure it was the trip of a lifetime.
Our New Years celebration was the best and their efforts to make Brian’s 30th birthday so special was off the charts. Kate’s culinary skills – WOW! Again many many thanks.
The Roche and Waters family
Dear Kate and Tony what a pleasure to spend a week with you over Christmas 2015. Thanks for everything! Especially filling our kids stocking, dinghy rides, great meals, including a turkey and champagne for Christmas dinner Galaxy Quest, not allowing Sessa to drown, and great jokes!! We loved everything.
Alane, Gil, Jaden, Jenna and Owen
Hi Tony and Kate remember us? We sure will remember you for quite some time. GREAT week we had. Nice wind, great views, terrific food. You took care of all the details and we just soaked it all in. The kids loved it aswell. My only regret is the pounds we all put on while in your care! Take care. Perhaps our paths will cross again – how great that would be!
The Weismans form Philly
Tony and Kate you made this trip the most fantastic vacation we have ever been on – thank you!
It was so fun spending the week with you guys – the food was amazing, the sailing was perfect, and your attitude was the icing on the cake! Hopefully we will be back soon. If you are ever anywhere near D.C., give us a call.
Ann and John
Hip Hip Hooray!!
Hip Hip Hooray!!!
Hip Hip Hooray!!!!
Kate and Tony you guys are amazing!!! We couldn’t have asked for a better crew from the food, to the company, to the captaining, and even the dinner entertainment (No Eye Deer!)
Everything was outstanding and greatly surpasses my expectations of this trip.
Kate and Tony that was a beautiful adventure. Thank you for being kind everything was perfect from the food, the trip and being so patient.Keep your lovely smile. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
P.S. If you come and visit Montreal email me. Love
Kate and Tony I must honestly tell you that the two of you made this the best time we ever could have had. Your company above all was the most enjoyable. The food – I have no words to express the perfection. The sights, the sailing, the jokes, the entertainment – I will remember forever. Thank you for being who you guys are. I will be seeing you soon
Nicole – Happy Christmas too!!
Yaaarr! Some pirate lingo to start. Thank you Kate and Tony for a such a life changing vacation. I did things I never imagined doing, on my own at least. The last great vacation I took was almost 10 years ago, however this trip was just as refreshing and fun. Now, Nicky and I have a fail proof escape plan except we still need to learn how to sail, save up a lot of money,and perhaps I should figure out how to swim and not get seasick. Most importantly, you two took care of us making this experience truly irreplaceable. Please keep in touch if you ever visit Washington DC.
Dear Kate and Tony thankya’ll so much for the good food and good laughs. Kate you are a phenomenal cook with many amazing apple deserts. I appreciate that you saved the cottage pie for last. Tony I have yet to meet some one with as much boat knowledge as you. Also you make me laugh till my insides hurt.
Love, Macy Ann Mc Cann
Dear Kate and Tony, Marshall and I (Ford) really appreciated y’alls hospitality and help. The food was delicious and the boat looked great. Keep up the good work.
Gratefully, Ford and Marshall
Kate and Tony. Thank you for an amazing week. Kate, we cannot thank you enough for such incredible meals. I so appreciate the special meals for me. Tony we appreciate too all you have done to keep the boat running! Looking forward to “teatime” again soon!
Dear Kate and Tony thanks so much for a great trip. Thank you for all the wonderful food and great laughs.
We had an absolutely wonderful and unforgettable family vacation on Pas de Deux, and it was made possible by Tony and Kate. They were delightful all the way, respectful of our privacy, yet very friendly and easygoing. We are still working hard to get back in shape after almost a week of Kate's unbelievably good cooking! The food was excellent and Kate catered to the preferences of each of our kids. They both made each meal special with not only the food, but also the decorations. We visited fabulous places in the BVI and had lots of fun with our children. They enjoyed having access to wi-fi during down times as well. We hope to do something like this again in the future, and would be happy to serve as a reference for future customers.
I would consider my group to be rather "particular", with high expectations.
Collectively, it was impossible to find anything to complain about. I could not think of not on negative comment.
A remarkable crew and a fantastic week.
Thanks for your efficiency as well
Scott & Family
We just returned from a truly exceptional week in the BVIs ….. our second trip on the Pas De Deux was wonderful ! We rarely if ever have gone back to a vacation spot so soon as we are always skeptical we will like it as much as the first time….. We were wrong!
The beaches, weather, and natural beauty of the islands all contributed to our exceptional vacation experience. The icing on the cake were our exceptional hosts, Tony and Kate. They were everything and more we could have hoped for. They made us instantly comfortable upon our arrival and it got better and better as the week progressed. Their intimate knowledge of the entire BVIs , love of sailing, warmth, genuine caring of our needs and desires, easy going nature, sense of humor and where do I start about our love of Kate’s cooking…..OMG! My wife and I and our adult children were all overwhelmed with the scrumptious meals she prepared throughout the week. Breakfasts, lunch, dinners and appetizers were all carefully and wonderfully prepared and served to us each and every day. Tony’s cocktail of the day also was a nice touch. Tony’s desire to share so many of the islands with us really allowed us to experience so much more than we had in the past.
Both Tony and Kate helped create memories that will last a lifetime !
Thank you very much.
Kate and Tony, Can’t thank you enough for an amazing week of cruising, snorkeling, eating, exploring and lots of laughing! You are both so wonderful about taking on new ideas and trying out new places. Love that! We all had such a “brilliant” time and enjoyed getting to know you both. Many thanks.
Ralph and Cindy – St John USVI
Your skills throughout our cruise, dear Tony and Kate,
From sailing to cooking, we did appreciate.
The snorkeling, skiing, wines and the farkle
Made this vacation truly remarkable.
Will miss captains cocktails enjoyed at sunset
As to the mid west we return with regret.
Fixing shrimp for some, yet the menu Plant Strong
A weeks not enough, a month not too long.
Thanks for a great week.
Barbara and Steve -St Louis, MO
Dear Tony and Kate
Here are a few of our “favourite things”
-Tony’s lamina flow sailing lessons
-Kates’s wake up coffee in the morning
-Tony’s classic song collections
-Kate’s farkle lessons
-Tony’s “brilliant” solution to finding his glasses
-Kate’s 4 star housekeeping touches
- Tony’s skill at finding calm snorkeling and anchoringspots
-Kate’s fabulous and creative menu and food presentation
Thank you for a week of wonderful adventure
Sue and Rich Simpson – Columbus, OHIO
Tony and Kate what can I say! Wow great food Kate, great hosts, great wine. Great fun. Thanks for fab trip. Many Thanks.
Mike (the mod boy) Dee
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Another wonderful trip on Pas De Deux. Kate, you have given us 5 star food every day and inspired us to be more creative in our own cooking. Tony, thank you for subtle guidance and huge support, making this a holiday that everyone got the most enjoyment from. We found new parts of the BVI and had a most restful and fun holiday.
Thank you for everything.
Joan and Brian
Tony and Kate what wonderful hosts, fabulous 5 star cuisine, great wine, and lots of fun (pirate party night). The sailing and investigating different areas of the BVI has been amazing. The beaches you have taken us to wow! We will definitely return, we will keep in touch with your travels on Facebook.
Lots of love,
Bill and Lou – Guildfood, Surrey
Kate and Tony –
From Eli – Kate makes great food – Tony does really good tubing.
From Reid – Kate is a great chef. Best food in the Caribbean. Tony is funny! The pirate attck was great!
From Pam – AWESOME. Love you both!
From Solomon – Love Kate’s cuddling.
From all of us – Thanks for a wonderful week of sailing, diving, exploring and family fun in the BVI. A memory of a lifetime
Jim and Pam and family
Kate and Tony – Life is frittered away with details, seek simplicity. Your superior service, amazing attitude and phenomenal cuisine stripped the worries of the world away to produce a lovely vacation.
Mike, Cami and Solomon
Tony and Kate were truly the perfect hosts: friendly, helpful, professional, skilled, always with a great attitude and fun story. Made us feel comfortable and at ease.
The meals were way beyond what we expected. We expected great food, and got perfectly prepared and served excellent meals. The chef goes out of her way to keep up with the latest food trends, and keeps everything fresh and exciting. The Captain was brilliant with his cocktail and wine choices. Each of our special requests was met or exceeded. Our anniversary was made so special by the meal and dessert, and Christmas Eve couldn't have been more fun, with very tasteful games and decorations
“A piece of Heaven on Earth.”
From the moment Kate and Tony greeted us at the Airport we knew it was going to be an amazing and memorable experience. Kate and Tony do everything to make sure your stay is unforgettable. Kate is a superb gourmet chef and her delectable meals (and desserts) were absolutely amazing. As a family traveling with 4 children- from toddler to teen-every one of us was thrilled with her delicious creations! Tony took us on an unforgettable boat trip where we got to see every amazing sight, plus many only the locals would know of. They also directed us to many local activities and attractions we never would have known of.
Vincent, Long Island, New York
“Simply The Best”
Tony & Kate are two of the most delightful, fun and sincere people that you will ever meet. From the personal greeting at the airport to our return drop off there was simply not a minute that you would want for anything. If you did, Tony or Kate immediately took care of it!
Kate's cooking and Tony's cocktails (Pain Killers and fresh fruit coladas) awesome,
Simply The Best trip we have taken to any of the islands in 20 years!
“Over the Top!”
Tony and Kate are the best hosts and feel like family by the time you leave. Our most enjoyable times were in the boat island hopping with Tony and Kate. We were concerned the teenagers (ages 17 to 19) would get bored in Tortola but it was the opposite. They loved it and can't wait to return. It was really the most incredible vacation ever and Kate's cooking was wonderful. It was very sad to leave and we cannot wait for a return trip.
“A terrific visit with wonderful and lasting memories of the BVI”
Tony and Kate were superlative hosts:
• Gracious … from first impression to last.
• Always accessible … never intrusive.
• It was evident that her culinary skills as a Chef, certainly would rival any of the “Top” or “Iron” Chefs. From her freshly baked breads and succulent baby back ribs to the ultimate chocolate dessert. All amiably served by Tony … talk about feeling truly pampered.
We have been to Tortola a total of 7 times now and this was by far the most fun we've had on the islands. Tony and Kate were a real joy and our kids had the time of their lives. Our favourite beach on the trip was White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, and the bar there is fantastic! I lost my front tooth digging in to one of Kate's juicy hamburgers so I felt like a true pirate in the Caribbean. We will be back.
The Shannons, Santa Barbara, CA
Dear Tony and Kate,
We could make this a very long letter and thank you in detail for all the many services you have provided this week - for example - awesome meals, babysitting, wake-up music, shuttle services, training TBL to pick up after himself but, most importantly, we want to thank you for creating a relaxing vacation. This has been the most stress-free vacations we've ever had!!! TGL and Sarah-Lee
What a week! And only one broken promise - it never rained.
It's impossible to imagine how the fun, friendliness and relaxation could have been surpassed.
Keep in touch, because we're coming back.
Best wishes, the Hintons, UK
Thank you for an awesome voyage! I enjoyed it sooooo much. This trip will stay in my memories for so long.... forever. You guys were so nice and satisfied my family and it's every need. Tony, you were a great captain and Kate you were an awesome cook and like I said before, they should have a saying that these cruises consist of "fine dining and occasional snorkeling!" Thanks so much, you all were great!
“Complete Luxurious Paradise!”
Kate and Tony, are on top of every detail and are quick to take care of any request or question. You will have the most amazing culinary experiences - certainly rivaling any restaurant in the Carribean.
J Hace, New York
Love the Goldmans, NJ
We thought last year couldn't have been topped! But we were wrong! Many many thanks for a fantastic holiday once again. More chilled, but still packed with amazing memories (and some on video!) Just what the doctor ordered - we'll have to see if we can get the next trip on prescription! Certainly a twice in a life time trip. We had a simply Shagadelic time - Yeah Baby! The Stewarts - International Family of Mystery
We couldn't have had a more attentive and professional crew. The best cook and captain. We enjoyed every minute. It was like another couple of good friends on the trip! Keep in touch and come visit us on your US tour!
The Youngs, Colorado Springs, CO
Dear Kate and Tony,
Thank you so much for taking such great care of us! It has been a truly wonderful week, in spite of our disappointment when our friends had to cancel. Kate, your cooking is marvelous, and I can't wait to try your recipes! Thanks to both of you for all your suggestions for activities - all the beautiful beaches and awesome snorkeling - I'll never forget it.
We especially enjoyed the opportunity to see Reuben play and the night at Ivan's was memorable. Great fun! But the best part was getting to know you both and enjoying food, drink and lively discussions, watching videos and singing (tooting) back-up to Aretha! We'll miss you both - please keep in touch!
Dear Kate and Tony,
Thank you so very much for such a memorable week - one that we will treasure. You are both real professionals but also wonderful new friends. We had a great time. Kate, we will carry that delicious food with us for many week going forward I'm sure! Tony, you are a great captain (we would follow you anywhere!) and both of you are great teachers! Hope we will be seeing you in New Jersey in the future. Have a fun time in Cuba!
The Branins, Rumson, NJ