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The British half of the Virgin Islands archipelago, more commonly and affectionately known as the BVIs, retains some of the Caribbean’s most exclusive real estate, and the scattering of idyllic, barely inhabited shores are the epitome of soul-soothing tropical island escapes.
Best time to visit
From December to June.
Consisting of approximately 50 islands and cays, of which only 15 are inhabited, this British overseas territory is a heavenly Caribbean destination for discerning travellers. Once a haven for smugglers and pirates, today the islands boast unspoilt landscapes and isolated resorts set on secluded bays while the surrounding seas are a yachtie’s paradise. Untouched by mass tourism the British Virgin Islands are a blissful retreat for weary souls that wish to do little more than relax and unwind on a wonderful luxury holiday.
Tortola, the territory’s main island, is the closest you will get to a bustling metropolis and Road Town, located on the southern shore, is the BVIs’ capital. Colourful sails fill Road Town’s harbour as holiday makers leave on charted yachts to enjoy some of the world’s finest sailing as they cruise from secluded cove to secluded cove. Before leaving for more out-of-the-way shores be sure to visit the primeval forests of Mount Sage National Park and enjoy breath-taking views of the paradisiacal island landscapes from the highest point of the whole Virgin Island archipelago. Set in over 52 acres, Long Bay Beach Resort is our only featured property on the island Tortola and it features one of the island’s most spectacular beaches – and considering the significant beauty of many of the beaches that’s quite the accolade.
The territory’s third biggest island is the intimate Virgin Gorda, an intimate isle with yacht clubs, sheltered coves and rolling hills and home to the idyllic Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Fringed by picture-perfect beaches and crystal clear waters, the island’s eight square miles are naturally exquisite. Along the south west coast huge granite boulders create a labyrinth of caves and pools between The Baths beach and the less-frequented Spring, Little Trunk and Big Trunk Bays. Panoramic island and archipelago views can be enjoyed from the observation tower at Gorda Peak.
One of our most exclusive Caribbean resorts, Peter Island Resort & Spa, is situated on its own 1800 acre island and offers the true essence of barefoot luxury, even boasting its very own yacht club. Peace and serenity permeate through the entire island with its five private beaches, a beautifully tended interior and myriad amenities including an exquisite tropical spa.