Destination Review - British Virgin Islands

19 February 2013

Destination Review - British Virgin Islands

In January of this year, I spent an amazing week in the British Virgin Islands visiting hotels and villas. The BVI is known world-wide as being one of the most unspoilt and beautiful parts of the Caribbean, so I was expecting to find a beautiful place, but I wasn't prepared for quite how breathtaking this cluster of islands would actually be. It’s also very different from anywhere else in the Caribbean that I've ever been, and every island offers a completely unique experience.

Renowned as a sailing paradise, the BVI also offers the perfect solution for land-lovers, with a fantastic choice of hotels, resorts, private islands and a surprisingly varied selection of fantastic luxury villa accommodation. The sheer beauty of this destination sells itself, but as everyone knows, you generally only get this level of beauty in places that are harder to get to and slightly off the beaten track!

Actually getting to the BVI does put some people off, as they feel it might not be worth the hassle. However, I’d like to put the record straight on this! Firstly, it’s absolutely worth the journey….I’ve rarely been made speechless by the sheer sight I was greeted with when I opened my curtains every morning, but the BVI achieved it! However, it’s really not as hard to get to as you might think, and there are several options to break up the journey and combine a stay in the BVI with a stay in another part of the Caribbean – a dual centre holiday staying in the BVI, but also spending a few days in Antigua, for instance, is proving to be a very popular option.

Visitors to the BVI fly directly into islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, or St. Maarten/St. Martin and then take a connecting flight into Tortola, the largest BVI island.Connecting services are plentiful and good value, and the schedules are designed to connect with international arrivals. The highlight of a journey to the BVI is the ‘last leg’ of travelling from the airport in Tortola to your villa or hotel – the airport is right on the coast and you can get straight onto a boat from your flight and then onwards by sea – and every sea journey within the BVI offers one of the most beautiful ‘routine’ journeys you will ever take! I was pleasantly surprised by how easy and quick the journey was – and there are also plenty of alternative transfer methods, such as affordable private charter flights and helicopter transfers.

The BVI offer the chance to visit ‘Nature’s Little Secrets’ but without too taxing a journey, in fact, it’s surprisingly easy! Contact us for further details of transport links and also the amazing yachts, hotels and villas available in the BVI. We’d also be delighted to help put together a varied itinerary that includes all of these options, combining both land and sea. You can speak with a Private Travel Consultant by calling +44 1993 899 430. Alternatively you can make an enquiry.