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It Takes A Village

No matter how you arrive on Virgin Gorda, chances are you’ll find yourself thinking you never want to leave. That sentiment will be even more true once you’ve experienced all the delights of the Marina Village at beautiful Oil Nut Bay.

Starting the morning has never been easier at the Coffee Shop. Even those chronically allergic to mornings will enjoy a wonderful brew from Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters or a made-to-order espresso beverage. The shop’s full menu has something for everyone to enjoy, and guests will find cakes, cookies, tarts and more to peruse and taste. Whether an exotic tea blend is your cup of choice or a high-voltage espresso with extra foam is what gets you going, taking a stroll on the docks with a coffee shop treat is the best way to begin the day. You may even find yourself getting there early to be sure to snag one of the freshly-baked pastries (pain au chocolate, anyone?); they don’t last long.


After a lovely start to the day, you may wander into a cosy nook of the relaxed library. Fully stocked with an amazing collection of ocean-themed tomes and other books to browse, you may find that time slips through your fingers rather easily here. Guests can learn more about the stunning Caribbean region as well as the history and culture of the British Virgin Islands, or find a current novel perfect for beach reading. After a day in the sun, the cool library could be just the ticket for a quiet afternoon to refresh mind and body. Or if the sun still calls, don’t hesitate to check out a book and enjoy the gentle breeze on the over-the-water day beds just outside.


Shopaholics, rejoice! The beautiful upscale boutique at the Marina Village has plenty of treats to delight guests of all styles and tastes. Chic resort wear for men, women and children from international and Caribbean designers exclusively curated for Oil Nut Bay will have anyone and everyone looking stylish for any activity. New items for this resort season that guests are talking about include Nimo With Love resort wear and beach dresses from Pitusa. In addition to clothing, guests can find a variety of sundries including bags, gifts and sun and skincare products. Looking for the best-kept secret of the Marina Village boutique? Don’t miss out on the delicious truffles and stunning, locally-made Ana Gada jewellery.

“Our goal at Oil Nut Bay is to blow away our customers with new experiences and the finest quality anywhere in the Caribbean. We have a magical team of professionals to deliver unique experiences,” said David V. Johnson, Chairman of Oil Nut Bay.

A visit to Oil Nut Bay’s Marina Village isn’t complete without a bite at the new Nova restaurant. Guests are excited about the expansive menu and enjoy opportunities to lounge and relax in a truly unique space. Focused on global flavours and small plates to share amongst friends, Nova draws on techniques and tastes from around the world and will delight and surprise diners. The popular Copper Pot Cauliflower dish features a burnt butter-roasted whole head of cauliflower on a bed of Skordalia Sauce with toasted pine nuts and pomegranate seeds, finished with microgreens and more. Nova utilises the highest quality ingredients that are procured or grown locally whenever possible. The setting is as amazing as the food. Built out over the water, Nova provides a multitude of relaxing places to sip a cocktail or enjoy a flatbread, seafood or another delicious dish for lunch or dinner. The resort bar won’t disappoint either, with thoughtful and inspired cocktails, as well as island favourites ready to be enjoyed in the signature overwater hammocks.

The Marina Village at Oil Nut Bay is an escape within an escape. Spend the day relaxing and enjoy a wonderful meal, or simply sip a fantastic coffee beverage while enjoying some retail therapy. The Oil Nut Bay experience is simply about enjoying the moment.


Sara Sherman
Sara Sherman is a former St. Thomas resident and the editor of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht.
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