The British and the United States Virgin Islands have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, many of them with fabulous white coral sand. The amount of coral means that the beaches are never too far from stunning snorkelling and scuba locations. Secluded and pretty harbours nestle in amongst the many islands, offering shelter and places for refreshment. These are some of the most laid back, idyllic islands in the Caribbean. Here is our pick of the best boutique hotels in the Virgin Islands.
The home of Sir Richard Branson, Necker Island is a 74-acre idyllic island paradise in the British Virgin Islands just north of Virgin Gorda. Normally the whole island is hired exclusively for an eye watering US$80,000 per night, although it does accommodate 34 adults comfortably. For those with a modest budget or fewer friends, it is possible to book individual rooms during celebration weeks. This is barefoot luxury at its best.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands,+ 1 212 994 3070
Discovered by Laurance Rockefeller while sailing on a family cruise in the early 1950s, Caneel Bay on the island of St John is accessible only by boat or ferry and its beaches are widely considered to be among the best in the world. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Caneel Bay sits on a 170 acre private peninsula in the Virgin Islands National Park. Once the island home of the Rockefeller family, guests have been enjoying low-key luxury at this exclusive retreat for the last 50 years.
Caneel Bay, Cruz Bay, St. John U.S. Virgin Islands, + 1 340 776 6111
Tingalayo sits at the end of a private road high up on the island of Tortola. The lush green mountain opens up to reveal spectacular views across the Caribbean Sea towards Puerto Rico. This six bedroom property is spread across a series of small buildings amid beautiful gardens and tropical palms that sway in the evening breeze. Tingalayo is available to exclusively rent to groups of up to 12 guests. The infinity pool has spectacular views that will simply mesmerise you.
Tingalayo, Romney Park, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, +1 284 494 2446