Need to know
Three private estates (Branson, Oasis and Point), each with enough room for 18-22 guests.
12 noon; check-in is 4pm.
Sailing enthusiasts take note: every April the spring regatta and sailing festival takes to the BVI seas. The three-day race sweeps through the Sir Francis Drake channel, the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean. Each day concludes with a beach festival, food vendors and plenty of rum, natch.
At the hotel
Watersports centre with paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards, snorkelling gear and Hobie Cats, sugar-white beach, two tennis courts, peloton-packed gym, mountain bikes to borrow, central beach house with pizza oven, flexible dining options across the island. In estates: exact features vary but you can expect at least one pool, private dining areas, gaming and cinema rooms, golf buggies, fire pits and a dedicated estate team including a private chef.
Our favourite rooms
A truly impossible ask, but we’ve given it our best shot. The master bedroom of the Point estate takes the palm-woven crown for us – given its open-plan design and mirage-like views of island, ocean and sky. The Branson estate is the best bet for multi-generational family groups: the stand-alone villas are private, but connected by a labyrinth of elevated wooden walkways. There’s a kitchen, living area and pool in each of the three clusters: Headland house, the Mangrove villas and the Beach villas. Groups wanting to reconnect should bed down in the playful Point estate – the striking central abode is ideal for entertaining with a pool table, movie-night-ready daybed, and table tennis.
The wraparound pool is the epicentre of the Oasis estate: each of the abodes (including three pool-side pods) are essentially swim-up-able. The Branson estate has three pools: one that spans the perimeter of Headland house, a lagoon-style number hugging the rocks outside the Mangrove villa and a teardrop-shaped plunger at the Beach villa. But pool-over-beach types will fall hardest for the cliff-hugging, sunset facing infinity piscina of the Point estate: you have to swim it to believe it.
You’ll need US dollars in the BVIs, despite it being a British overseas territory (and thankfully there’s little chance of British weather).
In search of the spa? Fear not – you needn’t leave your estate for a blissful, away-from-it-all massage or facial. Ambient spa music step aside: the real-deal of the crashing ocean is the record of choice if you opt for an alfresco treatment.
Children are very welcome. The most suitable estate is probably Point – it has an eight-person bunk-bed room, ideal for little ones. The island is private, safe and very family-friendly.
Any and all ages are welcome at Moskito Island.
The Point estate’s eight-person bunk-bed room is just the ticket for groups with lots of kids. Older children will love the estate’s entertainment room which has a pool table, table tennis table and foosball table.
Your dedicated team will be on hand to arrange all manner of kid-friendly activities including SUP boarding, wakeboarding, snorkelling and surfing on the water; tennis, beach volleyball, treasure hunts and picnics on land.
Each estate has at least one private pool, all with plenty of space for kids to splash about in (and for adults to remain at a splash-safe distance).
There’s no need to adapt the menu when it’s already tailored specifically to your group: the chef will work with you in advance to make sure there are meals for your little ones.
Babysitting is available on request (with advance notice) for an additional charge, starting at $25 an hour.
No need to pack
Inflatables or games: everything is provided at the estates.
At a hotel like this, architects are able to strip back their thinking by adhering to the elements of light, shadow, wind and water in shaping each of the homes. Thus, photovoltaic and solar hot water panels cocoon the estates, and planted green roofs provide an insulative layer. Strategically placed overhangs and sunshades reduce heat gain (a must, given the BVI’s rather tropical climate), in harmony with sliding panels that encourage passive breeze to cool the villa interiors. Much of the island's terrain has been left untouched, part of the owner’s aim to be kind to the land. 90 per cent of staff are local, and the island is actively involved in supporting the community through BVI Unite, including in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. Staff uniforms are made from recycled ocean plastic, and there's an eco-waste system and glass recycling system on the island. The sun cream in your room is reef-friendly and plant-based, and provided in refillable bottles rather than miniatures. Food is prepared with the environment in mind too: sustainable and low impact products are chosen, as are local suppliers including fishermen and farmers, supporting the local economy.