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!

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…