The Dreamiest of Them All – Peter Island Resort, BVI

The last of my BVI posts is all about Peter Island – an incredible little luxury resort just 30 minutes across the bay from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. We spent a couple seperate days on Peter Island, the first just as beach goers, and the second as guests at the Spa, and I could have happily spent my whole time in the BVI here!

What is most incredible about Peter Island Resort is that anyone can take the boat across and spend the day on the beach there. The Peter Island ferry is just $20, and day guests are welcome to have coffee at the bar area by the pool and enjoy a spot of lunch at Deadman’s Beach Bar & Grill. The last ferry home is at 6pm, and you’ll be joined the most of the resort staff making their commute back to Tortola.

Like the rest of our island hopping in the BVI, the trip out there was fabulous.

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On approach we spotted the Peter Island Resort flag, nestled in amongst the BVI flag and the Union Jack. I knew I could get to grips with a resort that had it’s own flag!

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For those visiting for the day and heading solely to the beach, the poolside bar is the perfect place to relax with a morning coffee, and the re-group at the end of the day before hopping on the ferry home.

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I can confirm they mix an excellent raspberry mojito, just what you need after hard day’s work at the beach eh!

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The beaches are breathtaking. White, white sands and turquoise waters just the perfect temperature for cooling offer and paddling around in.

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As I mentioned on our second trip we returned as spa guests, so this time we took a short five minute walk past the beach up to the spa hut.

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We were booked in for massages at 4pm, so we made sure we headed across in time for a spot of lunch and to make use of the incredible setting and spa facilities. Now I know I’ve described almost everything about the BVI as stunning, and dreamy, and delicious… but this place is the dreamiest of all!

First up, the spa reception was scented lemon grass candles and the aroma was absolutely delicious, I was delighted I had chosen an aromatherapy massage for later in the day.

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Once we were checked in, we placed our lunch orders and headed through to the changing rooms where we swapped our beachwear for the softest, silkiest poolside robes and flip flops and headed outside.

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The grounds were stunning and little white butterflies flitted in between the trees and bushes. By this point I was fairly confident I would enjoy relaxing here for the day…

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And if the infinity pool isn’t enough, down a little path, off to the right of the pool is a semi-hidden hot tub with two perfectly placed deckchairs…

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This little platform was perfect for cooling off thanks to the sea breezes.

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We broke the afternoon up with a spa lunch, served on the patio just outside the main spa area. The menu choices were all super healthy salads and meze boards, all lovely and light – just the sort of food you feel like eating at a spa day when it’s 30 degrees outside.

I tucked into a Mediterranean Salad which arrived in a bento style box with three compartments. Salad leaves and tomato in the first, hummus with wholemeal pitta breads in the middle and a delicious, zingy tabbouleh salad at the end.

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A couple next to us were enjoying a more substantial lunch with a bottle of wine before popping of to treatments in their very own private hut – so that’s also an option if you’re feeling like really indulging!

Some more sunning and relaxing by the pool, and soon enough it was treatment time. The indoor spa area at Peter Island is just a stunning as outside. Lots of marble, drapes, amazing scents coming from the treatment rooms and spacious hallways make for a very serene and calming environment.

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Flavoured waters, fruit teas and fried fruits and nuts are also available to snack on throughout the day.

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My massage lasted for 75 minutes and was absolutely fantastic. I’ve only ever had a few proper massages before, once at the One Spa in Edinburgh and another at Sandy Lane in Barbados. This Peter Island Spa massage was every inch as good as the others, if not better. The therapist was so lovely and friendly and really excellent at her job, and at the end of the massage I enjoyed five minutes of lying underneath warm, scented towels.

When the time came to leave, I well and truly floated off to catch the last ferry back to Tortola. Needless to say I was reluctant to leave such a beautiful spot, and desperate to plan another trip back soon!

If you’re not quite ready to leave paradise just yet, here are some more gorgeous beach scenes and another incredible BVI resort. Go on then, pop the kettle on and start day dreaming!

Spa Deliciousness at Sandy Lane, Barbados

Sandy Lane, Barbados
Sandy Lane, Barbados

If you’ve just finished reading about the ridiculously delicious white chocolate sauce dessert at Daphne’s in Barbados, prepare for another few paragraphs of paradise because you’ve just jumped from food heaven to spa heaven!

Sandy Lane in Barbados opened it’s pearly white gates back in 1961 and has been the go to spot for jet setters looking for an outrageously luxurious Caribbean get away ever since. When my Mum announced that she had booked treatments for myself, my sister-in-law and her at the famous spa, I was beyond excited! If you, like us, are not staying at the hotel you can book in for treatments and use the spa, but only until 3.30pm – I can only presume that’s when the George Clooneys and Kylie Minogues of the world appear, as they were nowhere to be seen when we were there!

After giving our names at the gates, we drove into the vast grounds of the hotel and spa. The gardens were stunning and completely immaculate. As we walked towards the spa, even the AIR was perfumed and amazing! Honestly, it was as if they had planted little air-fresheners full of deliciousness about the grounds.

The spa is nestled behind the waterfall which fronts the enormous hotel pool. Quaint, white bridges dotted about taking you across the pool to the spa, and on the other side, the poolside bar, make it this an enticing area for hotel guests. wpid-20140425_211515.jpgwpid-img_20140425_211246.jpg

Before being led down to the spa we sat in the huge, marble atrium filling in the usual spa forms and enjoying calming ginger tea and some water, room temperature or cold, should you want the options! The therapists were so friendly and welcoming, and urged us to enjoy our day at the spa by making use of all the facilities before, and after, our treatments.

I was booked in for a back, neck and shoulder massage. This was a Swedish style massage which also used hot stones and I was given the choice of two Sandy Lane Signature oils, Sunrise or Sunset. I chose the latter and for 45 minutes I was the most relaxed I have felt in forever! I left feeling completely de-stressed and my skin was luxuriously soft and had soaked up all the gorgeous smelling coconut oils. After my massage I had an eyebrow tint, which was just as relaxing and the therapist took such time and attention to make sure she used just the right shade of dye for my complexion and hair colour.

The spa facilities are, of course, fantastic. Outside there is a hydrotherapy pool complete with air beds and a jacuzzi, and on the other side of the patio, an array of experience showers, each with a different water temperature and scent designed to awaken the senses. The cold room, set at 6 degrees C, was delightfully cooling, and I must admit with temperatures outside at 28 degrees I didn’t venture into the sauna. Indoors there is a stunning relaxation room where you can sip an amazing selection of teas, enjoy fresh fruits and juices, and quite simply chill out. 

All robed up and ready to relax...
All robed up and ready to relax…
View of the hydrotherapy pool from my deck chair
View of the hydrotherapy pool from my deck chair
Panoramic view of the outdoor spa patio
Panoramic view of the outdoor spa patio
Gorgeous garden and waterfall at the back of the spa
Gorgeous garden and waterfall at the back of the spa
The ultimate chill out zone
The ultimate chill out zone

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After our treatments we floated back upstairs to the spa cafe for lunch. There was no need to change out of our robes which was great, and the lunch menu had lots of fresh salads and light snacks – exactly what we were in the mood for! I enjoyed Gazpacho, a cold, Spanish, tomato and onion soup. Served with a dollop of sour cream, the soup was refreshing and tangy, exactly how I remembered it from my time in Spain. My sister-in-law had a california roll and my Mum went for a colourful Greek salad.

Refreshing gazpacho soup with sour cream
Refreshing chilled gazpacho soup with sour cream
Sushi - the perfect spa snack!
Sushi – the perfect spa snack!
Greek salad with feta and olives
Greek salad with feta and olives

After lunch we retreated back downstairs for one last final hour of zen before heading across to the main hotel area for celebratory cocktails. The perfect end to a perfect day…  and now I am left wishing every day could spent in the sunshine and luxury that is the Barbados Sandy Lane Spa!

Balcony overlooking the  terrace and beach
Balcony overlooking the terrace and beach
One Mojito and one Monkey in a Tree cocktail!
One Mojito and one Monkey in a Tree cocktail!
Love the SL cocktail sticks!
Love the SL cocktail sticks!