British Virgin Islands,
An Invitation to a World Of Your Own
With more than 60 islands and cays, the British Virgin Islands offers something for everyone. But, there is an essence to this destination that you can't quite find anywhere else. It may be the particular turquoise hues of the pristine waters set against dramatic hills filled with lush vegetation. It could be the luxury accommodations, private villas and outstanding cuisine. Most likely it's the sense that every facet of your BVI vacation is tailored to fit your needs, at your pace.
Whether you're seeking a restful vacation at a private villa or you're eager to island-hop through the BVI by chartered yacht, a vacation in this idyllic destination offers the ideal mix of relaxation, excitement and overall, luxury.
The BVI has more private island resorts than any other Caribbean destination, including Guana Island, Peter Island Resort & Spa and Scrub Island. Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson's private island, re-opened its Great House last October following a two-year renovation.
- Necker Island
- Peter Island Resort & Spa
- Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
- Guana Island
The BVI's luxury resorts, such as Biras Creek Resort, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Bitter End Yacht Club, Peter Island Rersort & Spa, Necker Island, and Oil Nut Bay, offer their own take on island luxury, whether focusing on the spa experience, water sports, exquisite dining or more.
- Biras Creek Resort
- Rosewood Little Dix Bay
- Sugar Mill Hotel
- Bitter End Yacht Club
Private villas are also available for vacation retreats and can cater to groups from one to 35. These villas often come with a wide array of personal service options that can be added, from private chefs to in-villa massages, or private poolside yoga to personal drivers. Some of the BVI's premier villas include Katitche Point Greathouse, Villa Aquamare and Baraka Point on Virgin Gorda, and St. Bernard's Hill House, Golden Pavilion Villa, Steele Point Estate and The Refuge on Tortola.
- Baraka Point Estate
- Katitche Point Greathouse
- Villa Aquamare
- Arundel Villa
One of the best ways to experience the BVI is by boat – and Road Town in Tortola hosts the region's largest yacht charter base. Visitors to the BVI can charter a yacht, either with or without crew, and hop from island to island, experiencing what each island has to offer. With reliable trade winds and simple, line-of-sight navigation from one visibly close island to the next, it's easy to enjoy the turquoise-blue waters of the BVI. A chartered yacht – or even one of the BVI's many water taxis or network of ferries – makes it easy to enjoy a leisurely breakfast on one island of the BVI and an extraordinary dinner on another.
It's not just the winds and calm waters that lend to the BVI being considered by many as the “sailing capital of the world.” The multitude of high-end yacht clubs, charter yacht companies and resorts with slips, moorings and on-land provisions, make boating in the BVI effortless and luxurious. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, on the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, is a state-of-the-art superyacht marina. Its marina boasts 38 slips for yachts up to 88 meters in length, plus superior amenities and services. It is also host to the annual Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, which is open to motor and sailing yachts with a LOA of over 80 feet and catamarans with a LOA of over 60 feet, and takes place annually in the month of March. The sheer amenities for yachting throughout the BVI truly make the destination the Caribbean region's epicenter for luxury yachting.
The BVI welcomes visitors to experience more than just incredible accommodations and on-the-water wonders. Certainly the waters of the BVI provide a wonderland to explore, with shipwrecks and coral reef dive sites for both scuba divers and snorkelers. However, on-land there are many incredible experiences to be had as well. Authentic Caribbean culture can be found throughout the islands in the form of art, history and music. The land itself, with protected coves, white-sand beaches, and natural wonders such as The Baths on Virgin Gorda (where giant boulders scattered by ancient volcanic activity form a network of shallow pools and grottoes to explore), has many treasures waiting to be discovered. Visitors to the BVI will also enjoy first-class cuisine, whether at one of the restaurants on the BVI's private islands or relaxing poolside at a casually elegant lunch spot. The bars of the BVI are world-renowned as well. Situated on White Bay on Jost Van Dyke is the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, which was aptly named for the wet currency that guests use to pay for their drinks: Visitors coming to the Soggy Dollar Bar from yachts anchor as close to the beach as possible, but then have to hop out and wade in to shore, thereby dousing their dollars along the way. It's said that the original “Painkiller” drink – the BVI's famous mix of dark rum, pineapple and orange juices, cream of coconut and freshly grated nutmeg on top – was invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar. The island of Anegada also offers memorable travel experiences to include dining on sumptuous spiny lobster and relaxing on the powder white beaches of Loblolly Bay or Cow Wreck Bay Beach.
- The Baths, Virgin Gorda
- Snorkeler at the Baths
- Dream bed at Aquamare Villa
Whether it's snorkeling at the caves of Norman Island – the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island – or nearby at The Indians, to relaxing at a luxury resort where your every need is catered, the British Virgin Islands offers true relaxation in your own private paradise.