BVI is ‘back better than ever’
by Jessica Pook
Hotel re-openings and new attractions are set to drive tourists back to the British Virgin Islands two years after Hurricane Irma.
Following two years of extensive hotel renovations, the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) Tourist Board is encouraging the trade to book holidays by publicising a wave of new hotels and initiatives.
Hotels such as Mango Bay Resort and Wyndham Lambert Beach Resort are both scheduled to reopen in November, debuting fresh looks and redesigns.
Meanwhile Valley Trunk Estate on Virgin Gorda will reopen on December 3, 2019 following a multi-million pound refurbishment and Rosewood Little Dix Bay, also on Virgin Gorda, is now taking reservations from March 1, 2020, with every accommodation type now boasting ocean views and a dedicated 24-hour butler service.
Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island will host guests from April 2020 after two-and-a-half-years of reconstruction. Guests can now stay at one of 20 rooms at the new Bali-Hi complex during one of its popular Celebration Weeks. From June 2020 the island will also accept smaller groups of between eight to 15 rooms on a shared, non-exclusive basis.
In other news, November marks the launch of Beyond the Reef, a new dive site that will boost marine life and support the local community. As part of the initiative, three damaged planes, or “sharks” will be sunk to create an artificial coral reef. As well as helping marine life, a donation of $5 will go back into the community through a charitable project that teaches local children to swim.
To celebrate its re-opening The BVI and Valley Trunk are offering a seven-night stay for two in a luxury Valley Trunk Villa worth $100,000, with two return Premium Economy flights with British Airways and meals and drinks included. To enter visit: britishasbvi.co.uk.