The last time I visited the British Virgin Islands was in November 2016. I was lucky enough to stay on three of the islands and found myself absolutely smitten by the scenery and life on the water. One morning, on our boat ride between two of the hotels, we passed THE Necker Island. As we looked across wistfully, my friend and I discussed how it would be one of those mystical places that we would only ever get to visit in our dreams. We had great fun guessing who might be staying there at that very moment.
Fast-forward to a phone call in early February of this year and it seemed that all my Christmases really were going to come at once. I was being offered a chance to spend four nights on the island and needless to say, there was no question as to what my response was!
Prior to my stay, my perception of Necker Island was that it was a place where the style of the accommodation would be gaudy, and the service would be over the top. It turns out that this is not the case at all. The welcome you receive from staff is so warm and genuine that from the ‘get go’ it feels like you are going to be very well looked after, but in a subtle way and with a healthy dash of British humour. It would be true to say that whenever I needed some assistance, there was someone on hand but it didn’t feel like they were on top of us the whole time. Everyone, from the tennis pro to the spa therapist, the yoga teacher to the lemur keeper, was hugely friendly and geared to ensuring an incredible stay for guests.
The accommodation on Necker Island is currently split between two complexes – The Great House and Bali Lo. The devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 was widespread, but the island is coming back to life with a bang and by the end of March next year, the Temple House and Bali Hi will also have been fully and luxuriously reinstated.
For my stay I was accommodated in the Great House, which is at the highest point on the island and is where the majority of guestrooms are located. As you would expect, this vantage point offers views to die for and the design of the architecture really showcases this stunning destination. Whether you are lying on your own private terrace, on a lounger by the hot tub or sitting at the long table at breakfast you can’t help but be mesmerised by the blue waters.
The marine location really is the biggest drawcard for guests coming to stay here. Necker Island is the perfect place for those who love life on the water, whether it be taking out a paddle board for a gentle meander on the waters, or attempting adrenaline-fuelled activities like kite surfing, wakeboarding or Hobie cat sailing, this really is a paradise for those with extra energy to burn. In addition to those activities which are available straight from the beach, the snorkelling at Oil Nut Bay is amazing for those who are fans of turtles and rays.
As if that all wasn’t enough, you can even be in the water when eating your lunch. A personal highlight of the trip was the sushi kayak lunch which was served in the main pool accompanied by delicious Caribbean cocktails. Some may find this bizarre, maybe even a little bit ‘over the top’, but for me, it was pure bliss and capped off a hugely memorable time on the island. A truly one-of-a-kind experience in paradise.
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