The British Virgin Islands are the Caribbean's best destination for private island resorts, offering just the
right mix of exclusivity and accessibility to guests. Visitors to the BVI's five private-island resorts will experience all of the luxury and sense of isolation you'd expect from these world-unto-themselves resorts, yet the local boating culture and Tortola's airport make getting toyour destination convenient and getting off-island for shopping, bar-hopping, or other activities a breeze. On top of that, these private island resorts are some of the most beautiful properties you'll find anywhere in the world.
The most northerly of the Leeward Islands, this archipelago is home to several private islands, none lovelier than Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island, which lies 30 minutes by boat north-east of Tortola, itself a 35-minute flight from San Juan (which is, ironically, best reached on British Airways, which flies direct from Gatwick). Its 74 acres are home to 200 flamingos, 60 resident staff and a maximum of 28 guests.
For the moment the most desirable accommodation is ?the villas - Falcon's Nest, Hawk's Nest and Crow's Nest - ?on which US$1.2 million has recently been lavished, and which are popular with those in search of absolute privacy and seclusion.
The fully staffed resort includes chefs preparing unlimited and all-inclusive gourmet meals, and diversions include pools, beaches, the Bali Leha spa, hiking trails, sailing, surfing on Josiah's Bay, tennis with a resident
pro, fitness center, and snorkeling.