Tingalayo British Virgin Islands | Courtesy of Tingalayo
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.
Necker Island – British 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.
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On the beautiful island of St Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, the Mafolie Hotel is an intimate and affordable family operated establishment. Established in 1948 by the Manassas Family, the Mafolie Hotel has been a staple of island hospitality ever since. At 866 ft above sea level, clinging to the side of Mafolie Hill, there are breathtaking views over the harbor. The pool deck or the canopied restaurant are the place to be at sunset when cruise ships set out from port, and the lights on the surrounding hillsides flicker on.
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.
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.
Katitche Point Greathouse – British Virgin Islands
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The island of Virgin Gorda is reached by boat from its bigger sister Tortola. This quiet, peaceful paradise is home to Katitche Point Greathouse, a large yet intimate villa resort of five suites located across five buildings. Each suite has a secluded terrace and private bath with stunning views. The resort, perched on a rocky outcrop, has a beautiful infinity pool with uninterrupted views across the Caribbean Sea—perfect for idling away the day.