A Full Recharge in the BVIs
Posted on 08/30/2017
For a Caribbean archipelago where complexities and challenges synonymous with island life are at times apparent and whose biggest towns might be smaller than America’s smallest, the British Virgin Islands’ hospitality landscape is verdant and eclectic.
There are goliath resorts that practically occupy an entire island along with small, boutique properties that flaunt idiosyncratic design as well as eco-friendly spots that have mastered the art of sustainability. So between your boulder-filled jaunt in The Baths and your brilliant wreck dive, a dreamless slumber is not only possible, it’s a promise.
Consider these sweet stays during your next BVI vacay.
On Frenchmans Cay—a mere 30-minute drive from the capital, Road Town—bougainvillea-trimmed trellises pave garden pathways, sprigged and nautical flourishes decorate the villas and egg hammock chairs offer soothing water views on lofty balcony perches.
But that’s only when you’re at Frenchmans Resort, whose nine one- or two-bedroom villas keep crowds at bay and offer tranquil-seekers the exact getaway they need. This boutique hotel just outside of Tortola is exquisite in an intimate French countryside kind of style.
Yet, the Caribbean
flavor is never far away. The Frenchmans Restaurant isn’t just for
delicious dining, it’s for yummy, fruity cocktails and smoothies as
well. The coast is a tad rocky in the area, but the resort has its own
protected cove for calmer, sandier dips.
Sustainability is as much Cooper Island Beach Club’s specialty as is service.
It’s not just out of necessity, mind you.
The owners and the staff are all about eco-friendliness, so much so the property is now about 85 percent reliant on solar power. Other sustainability projects include an ever-expanding farm, its own micro brew and two salt water generators. It’s also got its own bird sanctuary, a Sea Turtle Tagging Program and underwater webcams.
Aesthetic aces are also up its sleeves: The rooms, set in dressed-down beach houses surrounded with carpets of flora, are prettily furnished with canopied beds, high beam ceilings and exaggeratedly vibrant sunsets.
ripe mangoes on trees are yours for the picking, but why settle when
every item on the restaurant menu is divine? Pop into the coffee shop
for homemade pastries and a good cup of coffee and the Rum Bar for rum
Set on a strip of land that juts out of Virgin Gorda eastward is one of the best-known resorts in the BVIs—only a quick Hobie cat sail away from Richard Branson’s Necker Island. Bitter End Yacht Club is unquestionably Caribbean, with its sandy beaches tracing shallow, glistening water and its hammocks galore.
Life here is an amalgamation of luxe and simple. While the massive rooms—which are somehow reminiscent of classic ship cabins—are left generally unlocked, they still boast five-star flairs. The balconies that hug them are unpolished yet flourished with loungers, hammocks and that heavenly Caribbean view.
Of course, because it is a yacht club in the sailing capital of the world, sailing is a way of life. Stop by the sailing school for a lesson or a session, because the expansive bay is calm and perfect for beginners. Or, you can rent a paddleboard.
And because it is the BVIs, go on a diving or snorkeling excursion. The majestic turtles near Oil Nut Bay await.
PHOTO: A guest room at Frenchmans Resort. (photo by Michelle Rae Uy)