Best of the Best 2013: Vacation Homes: Oil Nut Bay

Thanks to its coastal-hillside setting on Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay (284.393.1000, www.oilnutbay.com) offers an ocean view with each of its 88 homesites ($2 million to $15 million). The 400-acre property launched in 2009 but came to fruition in the past year with the debut of its 8,700-square-foot beach club (with three swimming pools, a bar, and a restaurant), a wellness center, and three Cliff House villas where potential buyers can stay (Oil Nut Bay does not have a hotel) and get a taste of this exclusive Caribbean community.

Twenty-three of the homesites at Oil Nut Bay have been purchased, and six homes are now being completed. The residences emphasize indoor/outdoor living and are limited to one story and 15,000 square feet of air-conditioned space. The community’s amenities include a forthcoming marina village that will supply enough permanent slips for every owner at Oil Nut Bay.