Ex­clu­sive Getaways

The Bri­tishVir­gin Is­lands

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The chain of is­lands that make up The Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands share the same azure blue wa­ters as other land­masses, but they are dis­tinc­tive from their Caribbean neigh­bors in many ways. Is­land life in the BVI goes at a slower, but friend­lier pace. Lessons learned from watch­ing too much growth that hap­pened too quickly has helped the big is­land of Tor­tola, and smaller ones like Vir­gin Gorda, Nor­man Is­land and Scrub Is­land ex­pand tourism thought­fully.

The area is known for con­sis­tent trade winds and calm seas, mak­ing it a boaters’ par­adise. Mega power yachts pull into deep draft ports, but th­ese are pos­i­tively out­num­bered by sail­boats of all shapes and sizes. One of the best rea­sons to en­dure the long flights to the BVI is that there are so many ex­quis­ite an­chor­ages and moor­ing spots close to­gether. This makes it ideal for short ex­cur­sions to re­mote reefs and beaches, where you can drop an­chor, don masks, and quickly be snor­kel­ing in some of the clear­est, crys­tal blue warm wa­ters in the world.

Peter Is­land Re­sort

Peter Is­land Re­sort is the more for­mal is­land in the BVI, which in the Caribbean trans­lates to re­sort ca­sual. Women are per­fectly fine wear­ing sun­dresses, skirts or linen pants with san­dals (not flip flops). Men only need to wear long pants and a golf shirt for dinner with boat shoes.

With only 55 rooms, suites, and vil­las, the pri­vate 1,800-acre es­tate spreads cou­ples out over the vast real es­tate com­plete with sev­eral se­cluded beaches. The re­sult is that pri­vacy is max­i­mized, but ca­ma­raderie can be found sea­side en­joy­ing the is­land rhythm via steel drum mu­sic, and cool­ing off with a frozen drink at Dead­man’s Beach Bar. Cou­ples who are cel­e­brat­ing their wed­dings or spe­cial an­niver­saries flock to Peter Is­land for un­par­al­leled ro­mance at Hon­ey­moon Beach, which is re­served for only one cou­ple at a time.

Fam­i­lies (chil­dren aged 8 and above) are wel­come on the is­land, how­ever there is no kid’s club. The vil­las are per­fect for small groups and fam­i­lies; and since the nightlife is vir­tu­ally non-ex­is­tent, trav­el­ing with friends and fam­ily is ideal for an en­joy­able, yet pri­vate get­away. If avail­able, be sure to in­quire about Fal­con’s Nest, com­plete with a three-story wa­ter­fall and grotto. The price might seem steep at first for this ex­clu­sive hideaway, but di­vid­ing the costs among friends and fam­i­lies makes your slice of BVI heaven much more af­ford­able.

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Peter Is­land Re­sort

www.pe­ter­is­land.com

Tip: The Ocean View Deluxe rooms on the bottom floors open up to pri­vate

pa­tios, and the op­tions on the ends have the bet­ter

water views.

Pho­tog­ra­phy Cour­tesy Scrub Is­land Re­sort, Spa & Ma­rina

www.scru­bis­land.com

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