What we love
Necker is, quite simply, spectacular in every way. One of the most special places that we have visited.
We are very proud to be one of the only Travel Agents to have been invited to Necker Island to experience this magical island first-hand. If you are interested in finding out more about staying at this incredible place, and what it has to offer, we would love to share our experiences with you.
There is a huge amount of hype and misconception around Necker - that it's purely a playground for the rich and famous. In reality, it's one of the most relaxed, homely, stylish and special places that we've been privileged to stay - with understated, warm (and faultless) service, breath-taking natural beauty and world-class facilities. Necker Island also offers, contrary to popular belief, exceptional value for money, on a per capita basis, and the inclusions in the island rental rate are excellent. This is truly a home-from-home experience - but probably unlike any home you have ever known!
The Story Behind Necker Island
Sir Richard Branson first discovered Necker when he saw it from the air aged just 26. He is said to have fallen in love with it straight away and describes it as his ‘favourite hideaway.’ This heavenly , 74 acre, private island paradise rises like a jewel out of the turquoise Caribbean sea in a beautiful, unspoilt area of the British Virgin Islands. It has been Branson’s home for the past 34 years.
Necker is a unique and truly special place that feels more like a home than a hotel with its relaxed atmosphere; it is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. Accommodation on Necker Island includes nine bedrooms in the Great House and six individual Bali Houses dotted around the island (each of which can accommodate a couple). There is also a bunkroom in the Great House that sleeps up to six children. The total number of guests that can easily be accommodated on Necker Island is 30 plus six children in the bunkroom.
What is the to do on Necker Island?
There are as many places to relax, and gather together as a group, on Necker as there are to do activities - from the stunning Beach Pavilion (with its 8 metre sofa and a bar area that would cause envy amongst some of the best bars in the world!), the pool pavilion and the terrace area of the Great House.
At the main beach you can choose from sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, boat trips, snorkelling and more. Echoing the true spirit of the Virgin franchise, you can also experience the Necker Nymph, an incredible underwater submarine pod! When this all gets too much, you can brush up on your tennis skills with the resident coach, visit the spa or relax by the waterfall in the beautiful infinity pool and sip on a cocktail from the swim-up bar.
Necker truly reflects Sir Richard's many passions - wildlife (a resident flock of flamingoes, giant tortoises and an on-island Lemur breeding programme), watersports (some of the best kite-surfing and sailing can be found here), Tennis (the 2 floodlit courts and nearby social areas are a centre-point to the island), nature and conservation (enjoy some of the most stunning, unspoilt island walks in the Caribbean) and....fun! (Necker is legendary for its themed parties, tailor-made activities and sociable communal and entertaining areas).
Booking a Holiday to Necker Island
Necker can be hired exclusively for groups of up to 30 people. However, if you’re not looking to take the island exclusively, you can still immerse yourself in the Necker experience by booking a room as a couple, individual or family for 7 nights during certain weeks throughout the year – know as ‘Celebration Weeks’.
It is also worth noting that this is one of the most child-friendly places we have ever stayed - designed as a true family home, Necker is a child's and teenager's paradise - from the unique activities that staff can organise, to the accommodation, food and beach activities, Necker offers a true family experience.
Watersports here are a real highlight - paddle boarding, kite-surfing, sailing, water-skiing, wake-boarding...the opportunities are endless and the facilities, equipment and staff superb. If you want to make the most of the fantastic diving in the area, scuba diving and snorkelling is right on your doorstep. And for more relaxing moments, yoga and pilates are readily available.
The staff and food are are, quite simply, world-class.
The best thing I’ve ever found in my life.
Necker Island can accommodate up to 30 guests
The Bali Houses - These 6 beautiful private houses are built in authentic Balinese style and each can accommodate a couple or single (two of these can be split into twins). Some of the Bali Houses are split levels complete with a meditation room. Bali Hi, Bali Cliff and Bali Beach are built on a cliff in order to maximise views, sea breezes and the sounds of the sea. They are quite close together with one shared plunge pool but all with private en-suite bathrooms. Bali Cliff has a stunning fully open-air bathroom. Bali Beach as you might expect overlooks the beach! Bali Lo, Bali Buah and Bali Kukila are built in the middle of the island and boast wonderful views with a large private pool. Golf buggies (mules) are provided so you can drive to and from your Bali House to other areas of the island. Guests driving the mules must be 18 years old and hold a valid international driving license. All Bali Houses have home entertainment systems with iPod docking leads.
The Great House - rebuilt after the famous fire of 2011, this amazing house incorporates all of the 'best bit's of the former Great House, but with all of the changes and improvements that Sir Richard had wanted to make over the years, resulting in a 'new and improved' version of the former house - stylish and with amazing facilities, but with the same homely feel. This spacious al fresco style Balinese villa boasts amazing panoramic views of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and neighbouring islands. Each of the eight guest rooms has a balcony, and all come with king-size beds, most of which can be twinned, and en-suite bathrooms. On the upper level you’ll find the Master Suite, complete with private outdoor Jacuzzi and outdoor bath. All rooms in the Great House are fully air-conditioned.
Communal areas include the Beach House, Pool Pavillion and the beaches, as well as the extensive living areas in the Great House.
There are over 100 amazing staff on Necker, who are there to meet your every requirement. But the service here is so warm, friendly and understated, it's welcoming without being imposing.
The activities and watersports staff will help you to get as much (or as little) out of your stay as you like, making the most of the amazing facilities on offer.
The Food and Beverage staff here are exceptional and will cater to individual requirements.
Necker Island is located in the British Virgin Islands surrounded by the Caribbean waters and sandy beaches. The most convenient international airports to Necker island are in Antigua, Puerto Rico (San Juan) and St. Thomas (USVI). Domestic flights and private charters are then available into Beef Island, Tortola. A short boat transfer will then take you to Necker.
Exclusive Use rates
From $65,000 per night for up to 30 adults ($2,167 per person per night)
Celebration Week rates
GREAT HOUSE ROOMS: From $28,805 per couple for a 7 night stay
BALI HOUSES: From $31,185 per couple for a 7 night stay
GREAT HOUSE MASTER SUITE: From $47,180 per couple for a 7 night stay
From US $65,000 per night (exclusive use)
- OS Private Travel Concierge Service
- Luxury accommodation
- All meals and drinks (including all alcoholic beverages)
- All party/ theme nights, individually tailored to your requirements
- A team of approximately 100 fabulous staff
- Sailing and speed boats and fishing equipment (not deep sea)
- Kayaks, water-skiing equipment, snorkelling equipment, paddleboards etc
- Watersports instructors
- Tennis professional
- 2 x floodlit tennis courts
- Windsurfing and Kitesurfing equipment
- Two freshwater pools and a large Jacuzzi on the beach
- Return launch transfer from Virgin Gorda or Beef Island airports
- Laundry services (not including dry cleaning)
- Fresh flowers
- All linens, towels and pool towels
- Use of WiFi through the island
- 7% local tax
- Airport Transfers
- Any other item not specifically mentioned
- Spa treatments
- Children's treasure hunt and beach olympics
- Local calypso band
- Necker nymph - 3 person aero submarine
- Power boat trips
The Small print
- A security/damage deposit may be requested
- All prices to be reconfirmed at time of booking