By Shakir Khan
Nestled uniquely on the shoreline, and in the midst of the hub on Cayman Brac, “VILLA VANEL,” was officially opened on Saturday. This exquisite, modern facility is proudly owned and operated by Darlene and Derri, beloved children of deceased parents William Vannie and Elda Dacres in whose memory this was undertaken.
In their remarks both sisters paid an emotional tribute to their parents’ legacy. “When our parents passed on to be with the Lord we determined to do something that would keep their legacy in tact. We decided to upgrade the building into what you see here today. In doing so we retain our own memories of growing up in an atmosphere of love, guidance, discipline and most of all to love others. We were taught the graces of good manners, the importance of prayer and attending church and most importantly- loving the Lord Jesus Christ. In establishing this facility we are giving back to the community that gave so much to us. We do this is our parents’ loving memory. Darlene gave special praise to her husband Dale.”
Villa VANEL has 3 beautifully designed and well laid out bedrooms, each with its own distinct colour, one bathroom facility, as well as, congenial living and dining room settings. The facility has a pronounced coastal ambience retaining Caymanian traditions and nature.
Villa VANEL is designed to have a maximum occupancy of 6 guests. Coming additions to this landscape is outdoor nature showers, mobile massages and day trips to Little Cayman. It is completely booked for the weekend of November 8th.
There are several packages available to vacationers ranging from 2, 3 and 7 day periods. It is equipped with in room dining. Airport pick up and drop off, as well as, a welcoming drink provided by Pat’s Kitchen are package inclusive.
Deputy Premier, Hon. Mr. Moses Kirkconnell told attendees, “This is a testimony to the fact that our vision for the sister islands is on track. I am proud to be a part of this exercise and special thanks to Derri and Darlene for this vision becoming a reality.”
In her remarks, Education Minister, Hon. Julianna O’Connor Connolly shared the close affection and relationship she cultivated with the family. “The Dacres’ family is dear to my heart. Vannie and Elda were well respected and I learnt a great deal from them. To see the children do this in their memory is an admirable feat indeed. May God bless this undertaking.”
District Commissioner, Mr Ernie Scott applauded this grand undertaking wishing the greatest success for the family. He also shared two wonderful songs with the audience. Jenna Grant led in the singing of the National Anthem, as well as, rendering, “My Redeemer liveth.” Deputy District Commissioner Mr. Mark Tibbetts was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Pastor Joel Scott Senior of Crossroad United Baptist Church led in prayer and dedicating the facility.
Patrick Allan Williams, owner of Pat’s Kitchen was delighted about this partnership. “I am excited to be a part. It will boost business and tourism and I am looking forward to being of service to visitors.”
After the cutting of the ribbon, guests were given a tour of the facility.