BVI Holidays

Your Wedding in the British Virgin Islands

So many couples have been forced to cancel or postpone their wonderful wedding plans due to the Coronavirus.  If you have been affected by this and have been unable to rebook the place of your choice because so many other couples are doing exactly the same thing, why not change tack completely and consider getting married in the beautiful BVI?  Make your plans for later this year or  next year.

It’s very easy to do and the procedure is simple…apply for the licence on the first working day after you arrive in BVI – it only takes 3 days to process. You can be married by a local reverend or the Registrar. You will need two witnesses – if necessary the staff wherever you are staying will be pleased to oblige. The cost for the licence is $220.00 and the cost for the Registrar to marry you in the British Virgin Islands is $220.00. If the Registrar has to travel by ferry to an island other than Tortola, the cost of the ferry will be added.  From Tortola to Virgin Gorda it is $40.00 return and to Anegada $55.00 return.  All of these costs are subject to change.  If you wish to marry in Church, the regulations and criteria are different so please contact BVI Holidays for further information on this.  You can access all the information you need from our Weddings page.

Brandy Wine Restaurant, Tortola

You could not get married in a more romantic or idyllic setting and you can invite all of your friends and family or….have a simple wedding just for you two.

Getting married in the BVI is not like marrying on one of the larger Caribbean islands – yours would be the only wedding that day and you would be looked after and made to feel very special, not part of a production line.

There are many magical places to get married in the BVI one being the Sugar Mill hotel on Tortola which is a boutique hotel in a stunning location.  Another is Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda set on one of the best beaches you will ever see or for something a little different, you may like to get married on a yacht – the possibilities are endless.

 

Choose the beautiful British Virgin Islands for your special wedding day and make those fabulous memories.  British Virgin Islands Holidays look forward to your call and to helping you plan the most wonderful day of your entire life and the wedding of your dreams.

 

Weddings BVI

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands

If you are lucky enough to have sailed in the BVI, you will know that you have probably sailed in the best location on the planet!  The BVI is known as the Sailing Capital of the World and for good reason.  You are always in sight of land, so navigation is easy and you have countless beautiful anchorages to snorkel, swim and dive.  If you haven’t sailed in the BVI yet, then you have a real treat in store.  Perhaps you are saving the best for last!

There are many restaurants and bars accessible from the water in the BVI, so you can drop anchor or pick up a mooring ball and dinghy into the beach or tie up to a dinghy dock.  Quito’s Gazebo in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola is right on the beach and is a fun place to be.  The food is good and on a week-end, Quito Rymer plays and sings with his band – dancing barefoot in t-shirt and shorts is definitely acceptable.  Another fabulous beach restaurant is the Anegada Reef Hotel on Anegada.  You haven’t lived until you’ve tried their lobster!

 

 

Whichever mode of sailing you prefer, the BVI has it all!  Chose from monohulls, catamarans, power boats or, if you don’t sail yourself – by-the-cabin charters.  This is a great and inexpensive way to see the British Virgin Islands while someone else does all the hard work.  All of your food and some drinks are included too.  If you would prefer to have your own yacht with a skipper, this can also be arranged. Anything is possible in the beautiful BVI.

One of the benefits of having a motor yacht, is that you can have breakfast at Nanny Cay marina on Tortola, lunch at Norman Island and dinner at Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda.

 

 

Perhaps you don’t sail but would like to learn?  BVI Holidays works with one of the best sailing schools there is.  Go from novice to Day Skipper in 6 days and receive your certification.  You will then be able to skipper your own boat.

You can also have time ashore as well as time aboard.  BVI Holidays offers you the choice of apartments, villas with pools and luxurious hotels.

There is no better place to sail than the British Virgin Islands but don’t just take my word for it.  Call BVI Holidays to find out more and to book your sailing holiday in the beautiful BVI.

 

Long Bay Resort, Tortola

We have been waiting for this for more than three years – the reopening of Long Bay Resort on Tortola.

Fronting a spectacular white sand beach, Long Bay Resort (formerly known as Long Bay and Long Bay Beach Club) has for many years been one of the leading hotels on Tortola.  The hotel was destroyed in September 2017 by Hurricane Irma and the following year was bought by a couple from California.

It’s been a painstaking process but the hotel is now getting ready to reopen with six rooms and a few other facilities including their wonderful 1748 restaurant.

Long Bay Resort will also be offering water sports in the form of kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing and fishing excursions.

If you would like to have a relaxing beachside massage listening to the sound of the gentle lapping waves, this can be arranged.  Yoga classes are also on offer and if you are a diver, just talk to the hotel concierge and he or she will be happy to arrange this for you.

Long Bay Resort is a short drive from Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, so it is perfectly located not just for leisure travellers but for business travellers too.  Imagine coming back to this (see above) after a hard day at the office, after all, everyone deserves a bit of relaxation time.  Long Bay Resort offers you the facility to get online if necessary – the wifi is free, so you can work from your air conditioned room with a view, or travel the short journey to your office in Road Town.

Call BVI Holidays for more information on Long Bay Resort and to book your stay at this amazing hotel on the beach on Tortola.

 

Location of the British Virgin Islands

There is still a large number of the population who are unaware of where the British Virgin Islands are located and what BVI actually stands for.  Well of course – BVI stands for British Virgin Islands which is a British overseas terrirtory.

The BVI is located 60 miles east of Puerto Rico in the northern Caribbean and comprises around 60 islands and cays, most of which are uninhabited.  There are approximately 15 islands with accommodation, some are private but most of these offer wonderful hotels, villas and apartments to visitors.

Tortola is the main island in the BVI offering a good choice of accommodation – Sebastian’s on the Beach is a great boutique hotel in a fabulous location and between November and March, you can surf right off the beach at Sebastian’s.  Another great option on Tortola and only a few minutes’ stroll from beautiful Smuggler’s Cove beach is Ariana Villa.  This luxurious villa with pool has four bedrooms and is ideal for a family with teens or a group of friends.

Virgin Gorda is only half an hour on the ferry from Tortola and the ferries are frequent.  The beaches are stunning and the accommodation is varied and wide ranging in cost from small and inexpensive to 5 star luxury at Rosewood Little Dix Bay.  This world class hotel offers butler service, gourmet restaurants and beautiful rooms.  The villas on Virgin Gorda are spectacular and range in cost from Guavaberry Spring Bay which starts at £680.00 per person for 7 nights to the totally incredible Baraka Point and Oil Nut Bay.

Anegada is the most northern of the British Virgin Islands and sparsely populated with almost deserted beaches which stretch for miles.  Enjoy freshly caught lobster cooked on the barbecue at the Anegads Reef Hotel or wander over to the deserted beach close to Four Diamonds Park Villas.  On Anegada you will live in t-shirts, shorts and no shoes – well…perhaps flip flops occasionally.

Guana Island is another great choice and you can spend as little as one night but of course, I would recommend that you stay for much longer.  This is truly heaven on earth – secluded, serene and tranquil – this is Guana Island.  All your food is included and wine with lunch and dinner.  Guana has loads of marked out hiking and walking trails for their guests to enjoy the flora and fauna that is so abundant on Guana Island.  You will not want to leave.

This is only a small example of the types of properties that are available to book in the beautiful British Virgin Islands and….I haven’t even mentioned the sailing.  The BVI is the sailing capital of the world and sailors return to this multiple island paradise again and again, simply because the islands are close together, they can enjoy spectacular scenery and you are always in sight of land, so…very easy navigation.  It’s a great place to learn to sail too!

Come – visit the beautiful BVI – in my opinion….the most wonderful place on our planet.

Sailing in the BVI

Living in Strange Times

We were all delighted to see the back of 2020 and welcome in 2021 with the vaccine being administered and light at the end of the very long and dark tunnel we have been living in for the past 10 months.

Travel abroad is once again a possibility and there is no better place on earth than the beautiful BVI.  Right at this moment, we Brits are unable to travel to the BVI due to this new and very contagious strain of COVID-19 and also due to most of the UK being placed into Tier 4.  We can however, plan for later in the year and of course for 2022.  It’s not too early and it’s important to have something in our diaries to look forward to, and to plan for, otherwise we are in danger of going stir crazy!

Here are a few suggestions of places to go in the BVI for the well deserved break we all crave right now.

The Sugar Mill Hotel on Tortola – a beautiful boutique hotel situated right next to the ocean offering fabulous food and the options of bed and breakfast or all inclusive.

Or….if you fancy a villa for you and your friends or family – Sunset House on Tortola is a fabulous choice.  This 5 bedroom villa with pool overlooks Long Bay beach and comes complete with chef and housekeeper (not live in).  It’s a short drive from Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands and the views are spectacular.

On Virgin Gorda which is a short trip on the ferry from Tortola, there is also a choice of villas or hotels and one of these is none other than Rosewood Little Dix Bay – a 5 star luxury resort hotel offering butler service and a variety of things to do.  The beach at Rosewood Little Dix Bay is just stunning and it is perfectly located for exploring Virgin Gorda.

If a villa is what you would prefer Beachcomber at Mahoe Bay is your dream come true.  Set in beautiful tropical gardens, Beachcomber is quiet, peaceful but only a few minutes drive from fabulous restaurants and bars on Virgin Gorda.  Wouldn’t you just like to be here…..

Beachcomber Villa, Mahoe Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI

The most northern island in the BVI is Anegada.  Easily reached by either ferry or a short scenic flight that takes less than 15 minutes.  Anegada is like the Robinson Crusoe island that you may have read about as a child.  Again, you can choose from villa accommodation – the Big Bamboo Cottages are right next to a stunning white sand beach and offer either one or two bedrooms.  If you like living in t-shirts, shorts and swim suits your whole holiday, then this is for you.

Big Bamboo, Anegada, BVI

If you prefer hotel accommodation on Anegada either the Anegada Reef Hotel or Anegada Beach Club would be perfect choices.  They are at different sides of the island so you could spend a few nights at both.  This could be your view from your Palapa Retreat at Anegada Beach Club.

Beachfront Palapas Retreat, Anegada Beach Club, BVI

If sailing is what you like to do, you can either spend your entire holiday on a yacht or a combination of shore and sail – it’s up to you.  Just tell me what you would like to do and I will provide you with the holiday of your dreams.  You can choose from monohulls, catamarans, power boats or, if you want to leave the hard work to someone else and share a yacht, BVI Holidays offers By-The-Cabin charters.  There is something for everyone at BVI Holidays.

Pull yourself out of these doldrums that 2020 created and call BVI Holidays to start planning your 2021 or 2022 holiday.  We would love to hear from you.

Happy New Year!

 

What is there to do in the BVI?

Answer – lots!  Although the BVI has wonderful, stunning, amazing beaches in abundance, not everyone wants to lie on the beach all day.

There are so many things to do in the BVI and although a lot of them are on the water, not all are.  You can soar high above Tortola and enjoy the spectacular views with the Original Virgin Canopy Company.  This is similar to zip-lining but safer and quieter and you can actually enjoy the views!

The J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens in Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands is a must.  The gardens are a cool and peaceful refuge located in the centre of Road Town. The four-acre gardens include a lush array of indigenous and exotic tropical plants. A pergola walk, lily pond, waterfall, tropical bird houses, and miniature rain forests are just a few of the garden’s attractions. The gardens are considered by many to be among the finest in the Caribbean.  The avenue of royal palms which leads to the fountain makes a captivating entrance for visitors, whilst paths disappear into corners of the garden lined with colourful blossoms draped over shady pergolas.  The Botanic Gardens truly are a cooling and relaxing green oasis.

No trip to Tortola would be complete without a visit to the Callwood Rum Distillery at Cane Garden Bay, a sugarcane plantation and distillery whose history of rum-making dates back some 400 years.  The boiler is smouldering, the smell of sugarcane alchemy pungent in the air and just steps across the road from the beach.  There’s a reason, after all, why they call it Cane Garden Bay.  Here, in an old stone building in Tortola, is one of the most precious corners of the history of rum in the Caribbean, a fundament of the British Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage.  They make 25 gallons of rum per day, using the pure cane juice they grow right there on the plantation in the British Virgin Islands.

The Callwood Rum Distillery just might be the oldest working rum distillery in the Caribbean.

How about booking a lovely day out on the water with Celtic Power Boats.  What Captain Patrick doesn’t know about getting around the BVI on the water, isn’t worth knowing!  You will be in for a real treat and Captain Patrick will take you to places that even some of the locals don’t know exist!  He might even introduce you to some new friends….like this little chap for instance…

 

The diving in the BVI is second to none with literally hundreds of amazing and wondrous dive sites.  You can go wreck diving or reef diving and there are dives for all levels of divers.

Alice in Wonderland

Situated just outside of Ginger Island, this site is ideal for intermediate divers.

The coral sightings are incredible and the main reason why this dive site stands out from the crowd.  Alice in Wonderland is an amazing dive.

Wreck Alley

Located just off of Cooper Island, this site certainly lives up to its name. The name Wreck Alley, came to be after four separate wrecks occurred there, the most recent being in 2009.  All four of these wrecked ships can be explored during your Wreck Alley dive, and don’t be surprised if you spot a large garden eel and green moray eel population down there. This dive is also a unique opportunity to see what a sunken ship looks like when broken in half.

Another popular pastime in the BVI is fishing – Fly Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing, Bone Fishing.  Experienced guides are available to show you where all the best spots are and there are so many to choose from around the BVI.

In addition to all of this, you can go sailing, kiteboarding, flyboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding,play tennis and much more too.  The BVI really is a one stop destination for almost everyone.  I say “almost” because if you are into casinos, nightclubs and fast-food chain places, then the BVI is not for you!

Consider the British Virgin Islands for your next holiday.  Call BVI Holidays for suggestions – we are always happy to assist.  These could be yours……

Protocols for the Reopening of the British Virgin Islands

The BVI is due to reopen its borders to visitors on 1st December 2020.  What a great day this will be!

The British Overseas Territory has handled the Covid-19 situation extremely responsibly from the word go.  As soon as it became apparent that the Coronavirus was turning into a pandemic, the BVI Government banned all cruise ships from calling into Tortola and Virgin Gorda, cancelled all of the sailing regattas and closed the borders, not only to visitors but to BVI residents also.  This resulted in a lot of the BV islanders being stranded abroad and not being allowed home.  Such was the severity of the government’s actions.  This was back in March and prior to our own lockdown.

This seemingly drastic action however, worked and as a result, they had very few cases of Covid-19 and sadly 1 death.  BVI residents were allowed to return home in June 2020.

The happy news is that the BVI recently announced that they were reopening to visitors from 1st December 2020.  Visitors will be required to have proof of a negative Covid test within either 3 or 5 days of arrival.  3 if you have travelled from a high risk country or 5 days if you have not.

Visitors will be tested on arrival into the BVI and be required to quarantine for 4 days either at their chosen accommodation or aboard their yacht.  On the 4th day, they will be given another test and if this proves negative, they will then be free to travel freely around the BVI.  They will be given a tracking bracelet to wear and will also have to download the tracking App.  Everyone over the age of 5 years will be subject to these protocols.  They cannot be too careful.

The total cost for all of the above is $175.00 per person payble upon arrival.

Some may say they are being too strict but I don’t think so.  They cannot be too careful or take any chances.  The BVI Government’s main concern is for the safety of the islanders and the safety of their visitors.

Flights are available for December and accommodation is also available but…..booking fast since this great news was made public a few weeks ago.

My advice would be to book for 2021 and have a wonderful holiday to look forward to in the paradise that can only be the British Virgin Islands!

Whether you like to sail, have a quiet relaxing holiday at a boutique hotel or a combination of lazy and adventure – you will find it all in the beautiful BVI.

Call BVI Holidays to book your next holiday to the beautiful BVI.

Diving BVI

 

Your Questions About the BVI Answered

I am asked many questions about the beautiful British Virgin Islands.  Things like – is it easy to swim off the beaches?  Is the snorkelling good?  How many islands are there?  Do I need a visa?  How do I get there?  etc. etc..

I have travelled to the BVI over the years too many times to count, but it has to be upwards of 50 so I pretty much know the answer to most questions and if I don’t, I know who to go to to find out.

Let me try to answer a few of the questions you may have about the British Virgin Islands.

Yes – it is easy to swim straight off the beaches.  The water is warm and the snorkelling is excellent all over the BVI.  There are many sailing excursions and organised snorkelling trips you can go on too and experience amazing snorkelling spots – the Indians, the caves at Norman Island, Fallen Jerusalem and many others.

Do I need a visa to go to the BVI?  If you are a British passport holder then no you do not.  All you need is your 10 year passport with at least 6 months validity.

How do I get to the BVI?  The quickest and easiest route is from Gatwick to Antigua then onwards with inter-Caribbean Airways to Tortola.  If you want to arrive even quicker, a private charter flight from Antigua to Tortola can easily be arranged.

What is the best time of year to visit the BVI?  Generally speaking the BVI enjoys a wonderful climate most of the year and it’s always warm – around 28-30 degrees.  My favourite time to go is May or June – the weather is beautiful – you may experience a few short sharp tropical showers which the locals call liquid sunshine (!) but this is the reason that the islands are so lush, green and beautiful.  It is also low season so the hotels and villas offer extremely reasonable rates and some even offer free nights.

This is the view from one of the Palapa Retreats at the Anegada Beach Club on Anegada.  Heavenly isn’t it.  From the 1st of December when the BVI reopens to visitors, YOU could be relaxing on that deck.

There are around 60 islands in the BVI but only around 12 with accommodation on.  It is so easy to get around the BVI as they have excellent ferry companies with regular departures. If you are staying on Tortola, it is easy to jump on the ferry to Virgin Gorda or Anegada and spend the day.  You can also have a two or three centre holiday depending on how long you wish to spend in the BVI.

If you are on a yacht, you will be able to visit almost all of the islands in a week.  Navigation is easy and you are always in sight of land.  If you hire a motor yacht, you can have breakfast on Tortola, lunch at Cooper Island or Virgin Gorda and dinner on Anegada.  The scenery in the BVI is stunning to say the least and the best way to see the islands is from the water.  There are plenty of beach bars and restaurants accessible from the water that provide dinghy docks for visiting yachties.

I hope I have answered at least some of your questions about the beautiful British Virgin Islands.  You are of course always welcome to call for more information or to book your holiday to the BVI.

 

BVI Reopens on 1st December 2020

I bring you more good news today. The beautiful BVI is completely Covid free – it’s probably the safest place on the planet to visit and starting 1st December…..you can!

I am pleased to report that bookings are increasing for December and throughout next year and people are once again looking forward to visiting the warm shores of the British Virgin Islands.

Sebastian’s on the Beach on Tortola has been completely refurbished and the rooms are lovely. Between November and March the surf is up and you can relax on the beach with a cold beer or wine and watch the surfers riding the waves.

 

Quito’s Luxury Inn, also on Tortola, offers fabulous rooms with stunning views. The beach that Quito’s overlooks is Cane Garden Bay – the sand is soft and the water is warm.  The beer is cold and the rum plentiful.

You could of course jump on the ferry and head over to Virgin Gorda to enjoy the luxury of Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Here, you will be spoiled rotten with 5 star butler service, beautiful rooms and excellent cuisine.

Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI

One of the best ways to see the BVI is of course from the water. BVI Holidays offers monohulls, catamarans, by-the-cabin charters and motor yachts. Combine a week’s sailing (or longer) with time ashore. If you can’t sail, we can arrange a skipper or a fully crewed yacht which is all inclusive….you do not have to lift a finger! Nice!

 

Wherever you decide to go in the beautiful BVI, you can rest assured your safety is of paramount importance and you will be looked after.

You are most welcome to call for advice or assistance in arranging your next holiday to the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

 

 

The Beautiful BVI is Reopening

The news last week that the British Virgin Islands will be reopening to visitors on the 1st of December was music to my ears and for a lot of other people as well.

The BVI Government reacted very quickly to the news that the Coronavirus was rapidly becoming a pandemic and banned all cruise ships and sailing regattas in February of this year from entering the territory and followed this in March by closing the borders to everyone.  This resulted in a lot of BV Islanders being stranded abroad but the Government had to take drastic action to protect their islands and the community.

They will be one of the last Caribbean destinations to reopen and this is because they are not taking any chances with your safety or that of their residents.  Of course businesses have suffered as they have here in the UK and around the world.  Everyone is excitedly preparing for the reopening and bookings are flooding in which is great news.  Some people are still nervous about flying anywhere but we have to make the effort, bite the bullet and board that big silver bird once again to far flung destinations.  We all need a holiday and even more so now as some of us didn’t manage to get away at all this year.

Think about booking your holiday to the BVI for 2021 or even 2022 and at least have something in your diary to look forward to.  Many of the hotels in the BVI are holding their current rates for 2021 and some for 2022.

Guana Island is special and like no other place on earth….just look at that view…..

All meals and wine with lunch and dinner are included at Guana and lots of other extras too.  Prices start at £2345.00 per person for 7 nights.  It’s excellent value for money.

The best way to see the BVI is from the water and BVI Holidays offers monohulls, catamarans, by-the-cabin charters and crewed yachts. You can also combine time afloat with time ashore.  Everything in the BVI is so flexible and you are not stuck to “turnaround” days as you are in so many other places.  If you want to arrive on a Wednesday and stay for 5 nights, that’s fine.

You may want to spend a few nights on beautiful Anegada and have a nice villa just for two.  You can do this at Big Bamboo Cottages which are on a beach to die for and right next to a fabulous beach restaurant and bar.

Big Bamboo, Anegada, BVI

It really doesn’t get much better than this.  5 nights here will cost £680.00 per person.

There are lots of activities to keep you occupied throughout the British Virgin Islands.  If you’re not one for just lying on the beach, you will be spoilt for choice.

You could so easily plan to be here in 2021 – call BVI Holidays – we would love to assist.