Island Hopping in the BVI

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Virgin Gorda is most famously known for The Baths at the southern end of the island. Here you can see evidence of the volcanic origins of the island, and the beach is strewn with massive rocks and boulders, and caves like structures have formed, creating magical spaces which you and swim through and explore.

Until now, The Baths were the only part of the island I had explored. This time we ventured to the other side of the island where we were taken across to Biras Creek, an incredibly wholesome and relaxing luxury resort.

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Only accessible by boat or helicopter, and with only 31 suites, Biras Creek has a luxurious feeling of exclusivity and you really do feel as though you are hidden away from reality.

After hopping off the speedboat we had taken from Creek Harbour, a friendly welcome awaited us and we enjoyed a tour resort, rum or virgin cocktail in hand, and were shown to our suites. At this point we were also told how to work the resort bikes. That might seem odd, but with no brakes they require a skillful pedaling backwards motion to be mastered before you can go anywhere!

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Once I was happy I could break to a halt on the bike and would not go crashing into the lovingly pruned foliage on either side of the paths, the bikes were SO much fun! It was amazing to be able to whizz around the resort, and as there was a lot of relaxing to be done, it was also great to do a little activity, albeit minor.

The suites were fabulous. Fresh flowers decorated the rooms, and each little hut also had it’s own outdoor seating area.

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For those wanting to do more than just chill, day trips for diving or snorkelling are available, and keen sailors can take the resort’s Boston Whaler out for the day and explore the surrounding waters. The resort will even lend you a captain for the day if need be, so you don’t even need to know how to sail.

Down by the beach you will find kayaks, laser sailboats, hobie cats and paddle boards all available to play with. I noticed some guests begin their day with an 8.30am yoga session in one of the relaxing huts, and there is a full spa taking appointments each day.

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Thee flags by each set of chairs are to be used to let the bar staff know you would like a drink!

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The other place to relax during your stay is the pool. Looking out over the ocean, as you soak up the sun you hear the waves crashing on the beach below.

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Afternoon tea is served each day at 4pm over looking the bay. Home rock cakes, poundcake and sweets with a huge selection of teas and coffee…t really couldn’t be more dreamy!

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And the breakfast. Well. As you would expect, it was phenomenal. A full continental buffet awaits you in the rooftop restaurant serving delicious fresh watermelon, grapes and melons. Freshly baked breads, muffins and pots of tea and coffee are also laid out and hot breakfast items can be ordered too. The apple pecan pancakes with maple syrup did not disappoint, nor did the perfectly poached eggs benedict on home-made English muffins.

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Another eatery option whilst at Biras Creek is The Fat Virgin; a cute, laid back shack down at the dock. Perfect for lunch, you can enjoy delicious wraps and salads, watching the yachts come and go and planning the best strategy on how to change your life in order to buy one ASAP.

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In the evening we ventured across to Saba Rock for dinner. The bay in-between Biras Creek and Saba Rock was like a floating village, lite up with hundreds of sail boats, all docked for the night.

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On arrival, Saba Rock was buzzing, and we enjoyed a delicious dinner whilst we soaked up the holiday atmosphere. Unfortunately the light was too poor for images on my lowly camera phone, but I can tell you the Commodore’s Pasta dish was to die for. A large bowl of linguine, piled high with lobster (and lots of it too), mussels and prawns all tossed together in an indulgent creamy garlic and white wine sauce.

To give you a feel for the place, here are some amazing images from the Saba Rock facebook page.

Back at the resort, the gardens and paths were lined with the most beautiful plants, flowers and trees, all adding to the rustic and luxurious charm of the place.

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After copious amounts of lounging, biking and soaking up every inch of zen at Biras Creek, we reluctantly made our way back to Tortola, and the dramatic skies we witnessed on our drive back to the port at the other end of Virgin Gorda were a beautiful send off.

A perfectly stunning end to a dreamy couple of days.

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A Slice of Paradise

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There really is no other way to describe the British Virgin Islands. Located in the Caribbean seas, this small but perfectly formed group of islands is truly amazing. I feel so fortunate to have family living there as it has given me a chance to explore an idyllic corner of the world I am sure I would otherwise never have found.

The BVI is a bit of a sailing mecca, and in the summer months (our winter) the bays are flooded with stunning yachts, owned and chartered, all making their way leisurely from one stunning island to the next. The sailing community bring the Caribbean ports alive at night, and there is no shortage of amazing places to dock for the night and relax.

Visiting the BVI is really all about island hopping, something you can do plenty of from Tortola, the island which has been my base for the past eight, glorious, sun-filled days.

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Tortola itself has an exciting menagerie of places to explore, and you can happily your time staying on days on island and not be bored. These views are fairly standard and in January you can expect a lot of sun, sand and sea, just as the postcards promised you.

We spent a lot of time pottering around the island, and found more than a few yummy eateries. We enjoyed Sunday brunch at Frenchmans, dinner and Fish ‘n Lime, and lunch and cocktails the Sugar Mill beach front restaurant.

I should mention brunch at Frenchmans was not just an eggs any way you like them affair… A cocktail and three courses are standard on a Sunday at this particular eatery, so it was a good job we weren’t in a hurry.

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A passion fruit Bellini was the only way forward for me.

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Fresh waffles with bacon and maple syrup, perfectly seared steak with a zingy hollandaise sauce, poached eggs with potato rosti (which was unbelievably tasty) and fish cakes were just some of the dishes we enjoyed.

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Then a creamy chocolate mouse and cheesecake to finish us off!

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After brunch we rolled down to the decking on the beach and set up camp for a couple of hours.

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Now let’s go slightly further afield and hop across to Marina Cay. This picture perfect island is located a short 10 minute ferry ride across from Trellis Bay on Tortola.

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Marina Cay is also home to the love story of Robb & Rodie White, a young couple who met in the BVI in the 1930’s, fell in love and decided to build a house on Marina Cay, making them the first people to inhabit the island. Today the house still stands, along with a classic Pussers Restaurant where you can enjoy some top notch food, including a lovely lobster and mango salad, some rum cocktails and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on the sandy shores in front of the restaurant.

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Like what you see? More BVI bliss coming in my next couple of posts…