The seas around the BVI's are remarkably calm, and therefore a
sailor's paradise - making the BVI's the ideal island hopping
archipelago. Only 16 out of the 40 or so islands are inhabited,
with Tortola being home to three quarters of the entire population.
This can only be a good thing and means visitors can explore the
small coves and cays in peace, and we have chosen a few of our
favourite hotels to ensure the most exclusive and private
Island is the ultimate exclusive retreat, located 30 minutes
north of Tortola. Bought by Richard Branson some 25 years ago, it
has been lovingly made into a private hideaway, with stunning
villas and incomparable facilities. Usually rented out in its
entirety (although some rooms can be booked individually during
certain 'celebration weeks'), guests are made to feel completely at
home. Food is eaten where and when is desired, and there are no
noisy neighbours (except, perhaps, for the 200 flamingos that
inhabit the island).
As well as being the largest of the BVI's, Peter Island is also
privately owned. Spread over 1800 acres of mountainous landscape,
there are five beaches and 20 coves, and plenty to explore. Some of
the coves can be privately booked, so when we say private, we
really do mean it.
The third hotel in our BVI repertoire is every bit as luxurious,
and although not privately owned, it is resolutely private.Rosewood
Little Dix Bay is just 8 miles long as well as being a National
Park, and the white sand beaches and gin clear waters are perfect
for good swimming, snorkelling and diving - as we would expect from
any of the BVIs. It is also a great choice for families, and they
really have thought of everything to make sure children are catered
The BVI's are a fantastic choice for couples and families alike,
and the calm waters, sunshine and sandy beaches ensure everyone is
well looked after - be that nipping around the coves on a boat,
diving amongst the coral reefs, or simply relaxing on the beach
with a book in one hand and cocktail in the other.