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Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, Caribbean Ask­ing price: Dh110 mil­lion

The National - News - Luxury - - CONTENTS - By Panna Mun­yal

Buck Is­land, Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, Caribbean

It’s an in­ter­est­ing thing about is­lands – some are un­in­hab­it­able, oth­ers su­per­pow­ers; some only breed bird pop­u­la­tions, oth­ers house royalty. And then there are a hand­ful of free­hold, pri­vate, de­vel­oped and staffed ones, such as this, that you can buy

This 43-acre is­land lies in the mid­dle of the fish­ing par­adise that is the Sir Fran­cis Drake Chan­nel, pro­tected in the lee of the Caribbean’s Tortola is­land, a mere 300 me­tres away. The property, listed by Vladi Pri­vate Is­lands, can be en­joyed by ev­ery kind of hol­i­day-maker and home­owner – from beach bum and ad­ven­ture freak to leisure seeker and cul­ture vul­ture.

The is­land has three hills with vivid 360-de­gree views. Beach fa­cil­i­ties in­clude swim­ming and snorkelling, a bar­be­cue pit and boats to take you to Tortola. The dra­matic cliff-top res­i­dence is open to the ocean from ev­ery side. The house is de­signed to cre­ate a vil­lage ef­fect and has sev­eral sep­a­rate build­ings, in­clud­ing a two-storey mas­ter-bed­room cot­tage, five guest suites and a one-bed­room apart­ment.

The two king-size suites in the main house come with open-air show­ers and sit­ting ar­eas with stun­ning back­drops. The top level has a tower leading to a pri­vate theatre and 14-seater din­ing room. There’s also four half baths, a dinette area, a li­brary and a spa room. Should you fancy a night out or want to ex­plore the stone ru­ins on Vir­gin Gorda, a three-room house is in­cluded in this property’s main­land base at Tortola.

Buy­ing a house that’s sur­rounded by wa­ter on all sides does, how­ever, re­quire some ex­tra leg­work. Visit the property sev­eral times to see de­vel­op­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties and to ap­pre­ci­ate whether the en­vi­rons, people, flora and fauna suit your life­style. While free­hold is­lands are al­lowed to have non-na­tive own­ers, it’s best to hire a lawyer to sort through the pa­per­work. Look into the de­posit deal you’re get­ting (10 per cent is usual) and study the in­sur­ance poli­cies – and then you’re good to en­joy your own slice of trop­i­cal par­adise.

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