BVI Holidays

Virgin Gorda – Top Island in the Caribbean!

I am delighted to share the exciting news that leading publication Travel + Leisure has voted Virgin Gorda as the Top Island for the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas. It is the latest announcement in a series of good news for the British Virgin Islands when earlier this month it was revealed that a new direct, non-stop flight service between Antigua and Tortola – which is Virgin Gorda’s neighbour, just 20 mins away by boat – will come into effect from 1st November this year. In celebration of this accolade, the new flight and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Little Dix Bay is offering a special 7 night package for two.

A landmark year for Rosewood Little Dix Bay, the resort marks 50 years since it was founded by Laurance Rockefeller. Reminiscent of its iconic past whilst looking forward to the next 50 years and beyond, Little Dix Bay is undertaking a multi-million dollar renovation, the first step of which was completed earlier this year with the unveiling of the new Tree House suites. Having undergone a full transformation, these five Tree House Suites are the rebirth of the iconic, stilted Tree House Cottages originally built by Rockefeller and are now luxurious spacious rooms with cool white interiors, large living areas and wraparound terraces with views of the ocean and just steps from the beach.

Exciting times for the BVI and beautiful Virgin Gorda!

The Painkiller

It has been a week of beautiful weather and let’s hope it continues into the week-end!  Pimms has long been a popular drink of the British, consumed during these long, hot lazy days of summer. In the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller is the “Pimms” of the BVI…only stronger!

The Painkiller originated at the Soggy Dollar bar on Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, however, If you can’t be at the British Virgin Islands’ Soggy Dollar Bar itself to enjoy a true painkiller drink, mixing it yourself is the next best thing. See below….

SERVES 1-2

2-4 oz. of Pusser’s Rum
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. cream of coconut
1 oz. orange juice
Grated fresh nutmeg

In a jug half filled with ice add the first four ingredients and stir. Pour into cocktail glasses and top with fresh grated nutmeg.

Enjoy!

Lift Off to BVI!

Such exciting news for the British Virgin Islands!  BVI Holidays is delighted to announce that from November 2014 we can offer our clients a non-stop flight between Antigua and Tortola.  A local BVI company – VI Airlink has been chosen to operate the route and will guarantee that every passenger has a window seat and complimentary drinks.  Flying time will be just one hour from Antigua.

This means that guests can spend even longer in our beautiful islands….snorkelling the enchanting reefs or strolling on the deserted white sand beaches.

Call today and I will be happy to assist with planning your holiday to the beautiful, unspoilt British Virgin Islands.

11,000 Virgins

Some people are under the misapprehension that Christopher Columbus discovered the beautiful British Virgin Islands during his second voyage to the New World in 1493.  The BVI were virtually untouched by human hand and Columbus was so blown away by their beauty that he named them “Las Once Mil Las Virgines” after the legendary St Ursula and the 11,000 virgins.

In fact, Columbus wasn’t the first to trip across the Virgin Islands.  They were first discovered by the Amerindian tribes who made their way up the island chain by canoe from Venezuela hundreds of years earlier, settling in small villages along the shoreline where they hunted and fished.

By the time Columbus sailed in, there was no longer any trace of these intrepid explorers.

Wonderful Holiday at the Sugar Mill

Having never visited the Caribbean before, we needed some help organising our recent trip to the BVI.
We were very fortunate in finding Joyce at BVI Holidays!  Her prompt and personal responses by email and phone ensured any queries were sorted quickly, and the right accommodation for us found. It was stunning.

The end result was a most memorable trip.

All the travel arrangements ran so smoothly, and all her recommendations were spot on.
 
Thank you Joyce – for giving us such an introduction to what everyone we met on BVI says are the best of the Caribbean islands – we can only agree. They are spectacular.
 
Kind regards
 
Sue

Tree House Suites

Stop press!  Rosewood Little Dix Bay recently unveiled their newly constructed Tree House Suites.

These one bedroom suites are the rebirth of the unique Tree House Cottages (on stilts) first built by Laurance Rockefeller back in the 1960s. Situated just a few steps from the beach, each suite offers almost 1,000-sq.-ft. of luxurious living space, finished with materials and colours that enhance the natural teak, the pristine white sand and the cool volcanic stone predominant on Virgin Gorda. Bedrooms and living rooms feature direct access to a large wraparound terrace, offering panoramic beach views from an elevated perspective. Brand new bathrooms feature dual vanities, separate tub and indoor shower, as well as an outdoor shower.

Tree House Suites are truly unique at Little Dix Bay as the only stand-alone suites with both a sundeck and a shaded garden patio directly beneath each suite.

Come – be at one with nature in these stunning new accommodations.

Marrying in the BVI

Thinking of getting married abroad?  The last thing you want is to be part of the usual production line of brides and grooms that is so often the case.  This really detracts from your special day and particularly when you realise you are number 10 in the queue!  This would NEVER happen in the BVI.

The British Virgin Islands is the perfect location for your wedding day.  A marriage licence is easy to obtain and takes one working day to process.  The certificate is valid internationally.

Yours would be the only wedding held that day, wherever you choose to stay and it can be for just you two, or your friends and family – the choice is yours.  It can also be as low key or as lavish as you wish – again…..the choice is yours.

Marry the one you love on a white sand beach as the sun goes down, aboard a yacht – very romantic or, if you wish, you can also marry in a church of your choice.  You can have a religious or non-religious ceremony – it’s your day.

Choose the beautiful British Virgin Islands for your special day and create memories to last a lifetime.

Warm Water – Hot Racing!

BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2014 is being held March 31 to April 6. Back by popular request, the one-design race area will be part of the 2014 regatta. For years the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival has had three separate race areas.

It has been a signature of the Spring Regatta to give the classes more selection and the race officers more options. Having a race area specifically for one-design boats has worked to great advantage. The one-design was started for the IC24’s, (converted J24) and now will include the fast growing J-70 fleet.

‘With the one-design area, the Race Committee can set courses that allow these boats to have

up to five races a day. The course they can set on the fly with existing wind conditions is fantastic. The sailors can maximize their time on the water and get plenty of tight racing among the one-design boats,’ says Robert Phillips, Race Committee Chairman.

Each year the Committee has innovative designs, techniques, and ideas that up the game for all the sailors. The past two years the Committee has used a set chart of the race area (For more information : click here) and surrounding water. Using numbered marks, islands, and nautical markers, the Committee can create various races for each class. Checking wind, water and time limits, they can run windward-leeward courses – round islands and marks – to mix up the three days of racing. Another unique feature of the British Virgin Islands is its three bodies of water on which to race: The Atlantic Ocean, the Sir Francis Drake Channel, and the Caribbean Sea.

The BVI Spring Regatta slogan of Warm Water~Hot Racing, also includes Something for Everyone. Now reintroducing the one-design area, that is even more true.

Fabulous Time at Cocos Antigua

Thanks in no small measure to you Joyce, we had a really super time. We would go back to Cocos quick as a flash given half an opportunity !

Our cottage was great – and we know it is the premier one (Number 5) in the complex. In fact it is the one mainly featured on their web site and was the envy of the people we partied up with. We guess that this was a major up-grade triggered by you. The rooms were well refreshed on a daily basis – including the well stocked bar, sorry, I meant fridge, and our own private plunge pool was well maintained. Our partially covered wide verandah facilitated a beautiful 270 degree uninterrupted view of the sea and beach – the sunsets were amazing.

We cannot speak too highly of the staff – every single one of them were consistently happy, smiling & friendly and couldn’t do enough for us (or for everyone else for that matter).

Food may not have been best-in-the-world but most certainly it was the top side of good and there was plenty of it. The staff friendliness and attitude together with the menu variety on offer more than made up for any fussy cuisine shortfalls!

‘Beverage’ was never a prob whether in quantity, variety, or ‘ambience’ with regard to where one wished to consume it – restaurant, bar, beach bar, room/terrace, wherever you wanted it.

We had a really lovely time and many thanks for it to you once again.

Finally, please keep the place secret!

Kindest regards and best wishes

Jan & Alan H

BVI National Parks

Explore the wonders of the British Virgin Islands’ National Parks.

Rich in natural and cultural history, the British Virgin Islands boast some of the world’s most fascinating sights. 

There are 21 National Parks, which encompass a stunning array of land and marine areas including historic sites, tropical forests, bird sanctuaries and one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks, each a jewel in its own right.  Whether accessed by boat, jeep or on foot, the Virgin Island National Park sites can be the highlight of your holiday.

Established in 1961, the BVI National Parks Trust is responsible for safeguarding the territory’s natural assets, as well as the territory’s first national park at Sage Mountain on Tortola.

The BVI is little known for its’ National Parks – why don’t you come, visit and explore?  Call us today!