Fronted by Chelsie Lewis from the BVIs London office, the group enjoyed a leisurely sail on Sunsail’s yacht, ‘British Virgin Islands,’ from Port Solent to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where a superb seafood lunch put guests in the mood for the sun-splashed return journey.
Known for its sailing heritage and activities, the BVIs are made up of 60 islands on an archipelago east of Puerto Rico, ranging in size from Tortola, which contains the Islands capital Road Town, at approximately 12 miles x 3 miles, down to tiny uninhabited islets.
They enjoy a tropical rainforest climate with average summer temperatures of 32C and winter temperatures of 29C. Most of the islands are volcanic, with the highest point being Mount Sage on Tortola at 521m; and the exception being Anegada, the northernmost island which is flat and composed of limestone and coral.
Previously a favourite haunt of pirates, today’s visitors have a choice of accommodation to choose from.
This ranges from beachfront glamping at the Anegada Beach Club, a luxury tent resort, hotel, restaurant and beach bar on the unspoiled island of Anegada, to an over-water hotel experience at the Bitter End Yacht Club, a world-renowned watersports playground on Virgin Gourda’
Guana Island is perhaps the most unspoiled jewel of the BVIs, with its 18 individually designed rooms and one- to six-bedroom villas dotted along a steep ridge with commanding views of the Caribbean and Atlantic. Its 850 acres includes seven beaches, mountains, gardens, organic orchard and multiple hiking trails.
Then there’s the newly refurbished Saba Rock. Only accessible by yacht or catamaran, it offers day trippers and overnight guests world-class culinary treats, luxurious accommodations, a spa treatment studio and onsite activities.
For a luxury liveaboard that is a diver’s dream, Cuan Law is the world’s largest trimaran. It has a fully crewed with a captain, chef, two stewards, engineer and two dive masters and can sleep up to 20 guests in 10 spacious staterooms.
For the ultimate exclusive vacation experience, the 125-acre Moskito Island, one of the world’s most exclusive private islands, has a choice of private estates to rent.