BVI Holidays


I know I don’t usually convey special offers in my Blogs but this is too good to miss and I wanted everyone to know about it!  Peter Island Resort and Spa are offering a whopping 30% discount off the cost of a 7 night stay based on their Ocean View Deluxe room price, plus an automatic complimentary upgrade to a Beachfront Junior Suite with double jacuzzi bath, between 19th August and 19th November 2017.  The offer price includes breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner daily, return airport transfers within the BVI, non-motorised water sports, fitness centre, yoga classes, tennis courts, complimentary soft drinks, tea, coffee and mineral water in your room, island tour and access to arguably the best spa in the Caribbean (treatments additional).  This offer is on a first come, first served basis and will not be repeated.

Cost from £2215.00 per person for 7 nights – flights additional.

Don’t miss out, this is only for a limited time – call BVI Holidays today to book this amazing holiday.

One of the fabulous beaches on beautiful Peter Island…..

Merry Christmas!

In the summer doldrums?  Need to add some holiday spirit to your life?  Then join a flotilla of Puerto Rican boaters, along with dozens of other fun-loving party-goers for Christmas in July in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound in the British Virgin Islands.

Held this year on 23rd July, Christmas in July attracted hundreds of boats from Puerto Rico for a sun and rum soaked week of music, dancing and great food on Pond Bay, Virgin Gorda. Puerto Rico is a power boater haven and 500 vessels, large and small, will converge for events that cater to all ages – from young singles, to grandparents and kids. Marketing entrepreneur and event planner Marcos Rivera along with friend Wally Castro have been organising the event that attracts upwards of 2,000 people since 2007. “It’s a great event,” says Marcos, who advertises Christmas in July throughout Puerto Rico.  “People from Puerto Rico love Virgin Gorda and a good party,” he adds.

To complement the festivities, the popular yachting resort, The Bitter End Yacht Club, held its 17th Sea and Salsa Celebration, bringing world-class cuisine, water sports activities and entertainment to the event from July 21-24. There was also a lobster fest,  scavenger hunt and a cooking demonstration among other activities.

At the helm was guest celebrity chef, Mario Pagan, one of Puerto Rico’s most acclaimed culinarians. Pagan is the Executive Chef at Dorado Beach, the owner of three of San Juan’s top restaurants and the author of two books on cooking and food. Chef Pagan, who specialises in playful and dynamic flavours, featured an elegant multi-course menu in the Bitter End’s Clubhouse restaurant, along with a lively Chinchorreando menu at the resort’s Crawl Pub.

A great time was had by all and if you would like to experience Christmas in July 2018 in the beautiful BVI, call BVI Holidays to book today!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Anegada – A Robinson Crusoe Island

Anegada – meaning “drowned island” is the most northern of the beautiful British Virgin Islands.  Surrounded by coral, it can be every sailor’s nightmare but IS every beach lover’s dream.  You can walk for miles on Anegada’s pristine white sand beaches and enjoy snorkelling in the warm, turquoise blue waters.  You can also go bone-fishing, kitesurfing, kayaking or spot some of the 200 pink flamingos who have their home on Anegada.

The 18-mile (29 km) long Horseshoe Reef is the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean and the fourth largest on earth.  The reef makes navigation to Anegada difficult and charter companies often forbid clients to sail to Anegada to avoid running aground on the reef.

Anegada is the second largest island in the BVI and sparsely populated with only 325 residents.  Sometimes the visitors outnumber the residents!

Anegada Beach Club and Anegada Reef Hotel are two of the lovely properties that we work with on Anegada – both very different and each with their own charm.

If being on a Robinson Crusoe type island appeals to you….far from the madding crowd, then call to book your holiday to unspoilt and beautiful Anegada.  It is possible to combine two islands if you prefer.



UK Weather v BVI Weather

Wow – what is this weather like – one minute we are sweltering in 30 plus, degree heat and wearing next to nothing and the next we’re back to woollies and wellies!

Regarding the former, at least in the British Virgin Islands you can pack your summer gear and swimsuits, knowing you will use them every day and that the weather will be consistent.  When there is a short sharp tropical rainfall, it’s not actually classed as rain but….liquid sunshine!

Picnics and cocktails on the beach, paddling around in a kayak, snorkelling the crystal clear turquoise blue sea, lazing in a hammock slung between the palm trees….sounds appealing?  We are not talking Great Britain but the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

Call BVI Holidays to arrange this wonderful holiday for YOU and get packing!  Your hammock awaits…..

So You Want To Be A Sailor!

Sailing, and in particular sailing in the British Virgin Islands, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. You’re out there in nature – the sea, sun, wind and water are the ingredients that make for memorable sailing experiences. You become the master of your own destiny in a life of freedom and multiple choices. The wind calls the tune and at the end of the day you are moored in a quiet cove sipping a cool happy-hour cocktail.  I have been in a local beach bar many times and heard a visitor look seaward at a sleek sailing vessel and say, “Oh, I wish we could do that.” Well you can… and you should.

The British Virgin Islands is famously named “The Sailing Capital of the World” and this is no idle brag. With hundreds of beautiful and diverse anchorages all within easy reach, the archipelago is a sailor’s paradise. Pioneers like Charlie Carey of the Moorings and Bill Hurst of BVI Bareboats (now BVI Yacht Charters) saw this and began successful charter yacht operations back in the late 60s. Not far behind these visionaries were Steve and Doris Colgate, directors of Offshore Sailing School and Rob and Gina Swain of Swain Sailing. They saw the need for sailing instruction and took the plunge.

Today they are still at the helms of some of the BVI’s premier sailing schools.

When sailing in the BVI, you are always in sight of land, the navigation is easy and there is no fog.  If you would like a week ashore and a week afloat, this can be arranged or of course you can have the full duration of your holiday with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.

Sailing is nothing short of exhilarating.  If you can’t sail and would like to learn, call BVI Holidays and we will be happy to arrange everything for you.


Food – Glorious BVI Food!

I have just returned from yet another busy but productive trip to the beautiful British Virgin Islands.  So many new and exciting things happening – a new hotel springing up on Cane Garden Bay, a wonderful new restaurant called Tropical Fusion in a setting to die for with the most amazing food.  I absolutely never take photos of my food but…I had to make an exception in this case and this was the tranquil scene as I ate.

Another new discovery was on Anegada in the shape of a small collection of villas with pool.  Quality people doing quality things to keep the standards up and their flags flying.

The BVI retains its beauty and its charm and the friendliness of the people and their eagerness to ensure that their visitors have a memorable holiday and will want to return to their islands, really is second to none.

If your choice is a villa on the beach, a small boutique hotel, a sail boat or a motor yacht or….a combination of these, BVI Holidays will be delighted to arrange this for you.

If you are considering visiting the British Virgin Islands for the first time or if you are contemplating a return visit – pick up the phone and call BVI Holidays.  A truly amazing experience awaits you.


Richard Branson and the Mighty Ocean

Dear friend of BVI Holidays

Below is a letter written by Sir Richard Branson – proud owner of Necker Island in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. This is addressed to you, to me and to everyone worldwide.  Read on….

I love the ocean. Most people around the world love the ocean too. That’s a great starting point for us all, but it is not enough. We need to put our time, our energy, and our money where our hearts are to protect and restore our most precious natural asset, the blue in our blue planet.

The Ocean is Everybody’s Business. It’s why we incubated Ocean Unite, to unite and activate powerful voices for ocean conservation. It’s why I’m a proud member of the Ocean Elders, working to protect, value, and celebrate the ocean and its wildlife. It’s why we are heading to the United Nations to speak at The Ocean Conference next week.

If the ocean was a country (it is the world’s 7th-largest economy), we would all be clamouring to do business with it. Now is the time to wake up to the damage we are doing, to commit to protecting the ocean, and to invest in its future health. When the ocean benefits, we all benefit. I am not talking about charity. This is business. And the Ocean is Everybody’s Business.

All the best,

What more can we say……

Joyce Kinniburgh
Managing Director
BVI Holidays


The sun is out, the sky is blue, there’s not a cloud to spoil the view and the temperatures are almost (not quite!) the same as they are in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.  Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer that we never want to end but…of course we are right here in Old Blighty and of course we know that they will end, the temperatures will drop, the clouds will mask the sun and the sweaters will be coming out again.  Right now though, it’s champagne and strawberries and we are all enjoying the beautiful weather.

If you want this to continue, book a holiday to the BVI – stunning white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, chilled cocktails…..shall I go on?

Call BVI Holidays to create the perfect holiday for you.

Pippa Middleton and the BVI

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews tie the knot this weekend in what will be the high society wedding of the year. Pippa has been in organisational over-drive in the run up to her big day and will no doubt be looking forward to having some downtime on honeymoon. Pippa’s not a girl for relaxing though, from completing gruelling endurance marathons to cooking up a storm in the kitchen for her recent cookery book, she will no doubt want to enjoy her hobbies while away. Peter Island Resort and Spa in the BVI could be the perfect honeymoon destination for Pippa and James.

Pippa is a big fan of tennis (and the aristocratic sub-sport of showcasing designer dresses at the Royal Box on Wimbledon Centre Court).  Pippa and James may also like to try their skills at stand-up-paddle boarding, kayaking, small boat sailing or Hobie-catting.  How could Peter Island Resort and Spa in the British Virgin Islands not appeal with so much to do, or Pippa and James can simply relax in a hammock slung between the palm trees with a chilled cocktail. Robert De Niro has stayed at Peter Island, which features Beachfront Suites and villas perched above the resort enjoying spectacular views, a marina and private dining by tiki torchlight on the sand.

Peter Island Resort and Spa in the beautiful BVI is a wonderful honeymoon destination and not just for Pippa and James.

Getting to the BVI

I am asked this question a lot….how do we get to the British Virgin Islands?  How accessible are the islands?

Okay….the easiest way is from London Gatwick non-stop to Antigua with either British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.  British Airways has a higher frequency of flights and better connections to the BVI than Virgin.  On selected days, there is a non-stop flight with inter-Caribbean Airways which operates between Antigua and Tortola and takes 1 hour and 5 minutes.  At the moment, this flight is 4 times a week, but they may well increase this to 7 in the near future.  On the other days, Liat – another Caribbean airline operates with 2 stops (no plane change) en-route to Tortola.

You can also fly from Manchester via Paris and St Maarten to Tortola and from Edinburgh or Glasgow, the best way again is to come through Gatwick.  You can come down the day before, enjoy one of the airport hotels and fly out the following morning.

It is really marvellous that the British Virgin Islands do not have any direct flights from the UK – that is the main reason that the islands have remained unspoilt and uncommercialised, unlike a lot of the other, bigger Caribbean islands.

Come….enjoy uncrowded white sand beaches, turquoise blue seas and swaying hammocks among the palm trees.  Call BVI Holidays today and we will be happy to arrange this for you.