This romantic cluster of some 60 islands and cays attracts a high number of repeat visitors, and with exclusivity and luxury as standard, it’s easy to see why people come back time after time. Luxurious resorts, spellbinding spas, pristine white sands and ultramarine waters only confirm the allure. Cool off with a cocktail - perhaps the infamous Painkiller - and then, with suitcases unpacked and beachwear on, you can relax on a hammock strung between two palm trees. Take to the water and you’ll be treated to some of the best sailing in the world, and the region’s protected coral reefs also make for some superb snorkelling and diving.
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On Peter Island, a private 1,800 acre enclave home to just a single hotel, you’re certain of solitude. There are five exquisite white sand beaches, private tiki huts with sumptuous picnics included and bicycles for rent to explore the island. Head to Paradise Watersports for scuba diving at Salt Island, snorkel at Honeymoon Beach and sail to one of the many surrounding islands by private boat, where you can moor up overnight for a sublime shipwrecked evening. The BVI is famous for its sailing, and island hopping is one of the great pleasures of this destination; spending your whole holiday on a private yacht can easily be arranged.
Sun-kissed and super friendly Virgin Gorda is the third largest of the islands and home to 'The Baths', an iconic rock formation with huge granite boulders, underwater caves and dazzling mini pools. The water is extremely warm and clear and it's worth spending an afternoon here exploring. From Virgin Gorda, water taxis take you to deserted islands and complimentary bicycles make exploring easy. Dining on the BVI is exquisite, with everything from lobster cooked by a personal chef in the privacy of your home, to exceptional fine dining at the Sugar Mill. For a more informal eatery with delicious burgers, try The Fat Virgin Café or take a boat to Saba Rock for a dinner of Veuve Clicquot and haute cuisine fresh from the sea.
Last but not least, the BVI is home to indisputably the most famous privately owned island in the world - Richard Branson’s Necker Island. At certain times throughout the year rooms can be booked individually, or if you really want to push the boat out, you can hire out the whole island!
Take to the water...
Charter a yacht
Whether you’re a first time sailor or an experienced captain, you’ll enjoy the consistent winds, clear blue water and the beautiful blue skies of the BVI. Take a lazy day sail to a nearby beach, or a longer cruise with a professional crew. If you’d prefer to spend your entire BVI holiday on the water, we have access to numerous yachts in all shapes and sizes and will be delighted to organise this for you.
‘The Baths’ on Virgin Gorda is a dramatic rock formation and a former 19th Century copper mine. The beauty of the Baths is visible both above the water, where granite boulders form sheltered sea pools on the sandy beach, and below, where shoals of vibrant tropical fish dart around the coral ledges. Visiting the Baths really is a ‘must do’ when holidaying in this part of the Caribbean.
Feed a lizard
If you’d rather stay on terra firma, the BVI offer abundant nature and interesting wildlife on dry land too. The beautiful green iguanas roam freely around the resorts, and if you’re staying at Biras Creek, a favourite pastime is to feed them with red hibiscus flowers.
What to try... A Painkiller
The legendary Soggy Dollar Bar, on the tiny island of Jost Van Dyke, is where the BVI's infamous Painkiller cocktail (a concoction of dark rum, coconut cream, pineapple and orange juice) was first created. Anchored just off the beach, you'll have to swim to the bar - but go easy on the Painkillers as you'll also have to swim back to shore!
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The most convenient route is via Antigua with a connecting LIAT flight to Beef Island Airport, Tortola, or a shared or private charter. The connecting flight time to Tortola is approximately 1 hour.
Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights to Antigua with onward LIAT scheduled flight connections.
4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.
US dollar. American Express, Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted at the hotels.
A full British passport is required for the British Virgin Islands and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.