Why Don’t You Stay?
- June 27th, 2022
- in Lifestyle
If you’re not ready to travel globally or simply need a different view out your window, these unique BVI spots offer a perfect place for a seaside staycation.
For island residents or long-time visitors, even paradise can become mundane. As a true testament to the beauty of the BVI, a quick staycation can help shake out the cobwebs of an everyday routine and remind everyone how special this place truly is.
“A BVI staycation is the perfect opportunity for local residents to revel in an exciting and relaxing getaway close to home. There’s something for the entire family, couples, groups of friends and the solo adventurer to enjoy. There is no need to travel far to disconnect when you can treat yourself to a BVI sStaycation,” said RaeNisia Scatliffe, rRegional mMarketing mManager atof the BVI Tourist Board.
Cooper Island Beach Club
If you’re a local, you know theat magic that is Cooper Island. From the idyllic wooden walkways leading from the eight beachfront rooms to the impeccable views across the Sir Fancis Drake Channel, nothing feels like a home away from home than a staycation at Cooper Island Beach Club. If you’ve never visited this special place, an off-season retreat is sure to make you fall in love with Cooper Island.
UPerhaps upon arrival, you sit down for a beachside lunch, and enjoy a fresh salad or a seafood feature while sipping a craft cocktail. Happy hour, each day from 3 p.m. to -5 p.m., is the perfect time to kick back in the outdoor lounge and take in the bluest-water views of the water and watch the boats go by. Maybe an after-dinner nightcap is in order, at the BVI’s bestmost well-stocked rum bar, featuring nearly 300 different rums from around the world, including house-made infusions. After a stunning sunset, make your way back to a quiet and secluded room for a restful night’s sleep, caressed by the flowing island breezes.
From the island’s own microbrewery to the ever-present focus on sustainability, Cooper Island Beach Club is a quiet and restful retreat that feels like an entirely new world. Even if you’ve been to Cooper Island before, each visit feels brand new because it’s just that refreshing.
Note: Cooper Island Beach Club will be closed from August 15 to October 16.
Bitter End Yacht Club
Virgin Gorda’s Bitter End Yacht Club is accessible only by water, which makes for some secluded—–and therefore idyllic—–shores. Those keen to head to head that way are rewarded with a protected harbour, lush natural beauty, and a wealth of experiences, both on sea and on shore, that delight the senses and feed the soul. This island outpost was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017, but we soon learned that no storm could extinguish the Bitter End spirit. Four years later, BEYC is ready to share over a mile of reimagined waterfront with you. While it looks slightly different, it remains unmistakably Bitter End and is tailor-made for the seafaring community.
Cantilevered above the Caribbean Sea, BEYC’s Marina Lofts are the BVI’s only over-the-water bungalows. These timber bungalows are inspired by vintage sail lofts and, blend seamlessly with their surroundings, and are tailor-made for those who are called to the sea. Interiors are purposefully simple and open to the environment, making each an eco-friendly hideaway that treats its guests to tradewind breezes and the comings and goings of North Sound.
The two-story Marina Lofts include a first-floor lounge with a daybed for lounging and a master bedroom with king bed on the second floor. Guests will enjoy the panoramic views of the North Sound from private terraces on both floors, along with spacious showers with sea views. A personal dock provides space for tying up your own kayak, paddleboard, or dinghy.
A staycation may be close to home, but you will feel a world away swinging in a hammock at Bitter End. The sea beckons. Adventure calls. Bitter End is back.
Nestled beside the ruins of a 300- year-old sugar mill in the quiet village of Ballast Bay on the north side of Tortola, Villa Almondeen beckons guests to take in the impeccable view, just 100 feet from the water’s edge.
A private and quiet escape, Villa Almondeen offers a romantic setting for a couples getaway or a great location for friends travelling together. Just five minutes from the popular Cane Garden Bay beach and a short drive to other stunning beaches, guests enjoy views of Jost Van Dyke and Sandy Cay and will enjoy watching the boats go by.
The main living area provides breathtaking, unobstructed water views over the pool, and the dining area seats six guests. The villa’s Pointe Suite opens to the stunning views of the pool and ocean, while the Ole Wall Suite embraces a view of the lush green hillside and tropical fruit trees. Each bathroom features rainfall showers for washing the tropical day away as night envelops the island and the magical lights of Cane Garden Bay begin to twinkle.
An impressive outdoor living area is where guests can truly sit back and enjoy their tropical experience. Watch the day go by from a plush pool lounger while enjoying a cocktail and a good book by the pool. An outdoor dining space featuring plentiful food prep space and a built-in grill is the perfect place for lunch or appetizers. An outdoor shower provides a place to wash the sand from your feet after a stroll on the beach just beyond the villa.
Just “Stay Home”
The next time you’re thinking about booking a plane ticket to some far- off destination, first check to see if there’s a BVI destination you haven’t visited yet— – or haven’t been to in a long time— – that’s offering a resident special.
“It can also be an eye-opener to the residents in the BVI that the BVI is definitely a place where you can vacation,” said RaeNisia Scatliffe. “You don’t always have to go abroad to find exploration or adventure;, we have it right here at home, and that business in turn will be able to put back into our local economy, causingwhich would havebe a ripple effect all around.”
The BVI Tourist Board launches 2022 Staycation season in August 2022. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @bvistaycation.