The BVIs are the place to go...
The British Virgin Islands have to be one of the world's best-kept secrets! After a recent visit to this wonderful destination I can not wait to go back and send my clients to this idyllic Caribbean destination, it's a secret I won't be keeping.
On arrival in Antigua we were met by the Private Charter Company and were escorted to check in for our short 45 minute flight to Tortola (Beef Island). On arrival at the small airport you are met and transferred 5 minutes to the dock where you are picked up by your island resort by boat. Our first stop Scrub Island. A beautiful private island resort with a large 55 slip marina and all rooms/suites facing the ocean. I was lucky enough to stay in the resorts only Two Bedroom Villa with access to a private beach. This resort is great for those who are experiencing the BVI's on the water and want to have a active holiday exploring, as there are many options of excursions and day trips from the resort.
The next resort I stayed at was Peter Island Resort and Spa, the largest private Island resort in the BVI's with 1800 acres and only a 35 minute boat transfer from Tortola, the resort has three amazing villas and luckily we were able to visit Falcon's Nest (the only 6 bedroom villa in the BVI's) and Crow's Nest (4 bedroom villa) both perfect for a family holiday and both come with chef, butler and full board basis included in the rates! Lunch at the Deadman's Bar and grill was superb and situated on the beautiful white sands of Deadman's beach and serving light meals including an amazing Mahi Mahi burger, which is a must try if you like fresh Caribbean fish dishes! After a relax on the beach we were picked up from our Beachfront Junior Suites and taken to the Sunset point where we were provided with a platter of cheeses, fruits and biscuits and wine to watch the sunset.
The following day we were picked up from Peter Island by a 5 berth luxury catamaran for our day of sailing around the islands. We anchored at Cooper Island where we took the opportunity to snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters before returning to the Catamaran for a light lunch. We then arrived at Biras Creek in the North Sound.
Biras Creek has the closest rooms to the ocean and literally you are steps away from the wonderful sound of crashing waves and the Ocean Suites benefit from large windows which you can open and listen to the ocean while you are settling in for the night. On waking up here I was greeted by the pelicans fishing for their breakfast and with nothing else in view it felt very private and wonderfully peaceful.
Next stop was a look around three amazing villas, Villas Aquamare on Virgin Gorda. Three 8000 sq-ft five bedroom villas with a wonderful private beachfront and villa manager who will take care of your every need; with previous guests being A-list celebrities these villas are special for an exclusive private experience.
Following our visit of Aquamare we stopped and visited the Baths on Virgin Gorda. The Baths, are comprised of awe-inspiring granite boulders, which form sheltered sea pools on the beach's edge. The protected area also includes Devil's Bay, which can be reached from The Baths by a series of ladders scaling the boulders. An adventure if you have spent too much time on the beach! You may need to pick up a rum punch on your way back up the hillside to help ease the walk!
On to our next accommodation for the night Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda. Offering a wonderful family experience with the amazing Rosewood facilities of interconnecting room options and children's club from ages 3-12 years, along with an impressive tennis academy. Monday night was Sea Food buffet night at the main restaurant and I had the freshest Anegada lobster, a must!
The spa at Little Dix Bay offers complimentary Yoga classes in the mornings from the spa pool with an amazing view over the ocean, a perfect way to unwind before a busy day ahead! The trip ended with a night at the Bitter End Yacht Club; if you are keen sailor and look forward to getting on the water all day everyday this is the place for you. If you stay more than 7 nights here you will have included Unlimited use of Club fleet of over 100 boats and day sailers, including Lasers, Hobies, Hunters, kayaks, windsurfers and Boston Whalers plus many more benefits. Having visited a few of the main Caribbean Islands previously it was great to explore such an unspoilt and naturally beautiful destination and I can't wait to go back.