The BritishVirgin Islands
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
Tip: The Ocean View Deluxe rooms on the bottom floors open up to private
patios, and the options on the ends have the better
Photography Courtesy Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina