Despite a diverse representation of thirty-plus national territories, the Caribbean is often categorized as a homogeneous entity of tropical fun in the sun. However, originality and the unexpected still prevail within the palm-fringed utopias christened by Christopher Columbus back in that fateful year of 1492. In fact, the island Columbus affectionately dubbed the “Fat Virgin” for its strikingly awkward shape boasts an aura and splendor completely dissimilar from the Caribbean’s predictable carbon copies.
More remote than its U.S. and British Virgin Island counterparts, sparsely populated Virgin Gorda teems with distinctive gifts of spiritual enchantment and untouched natural endowment. At the “Fat Virgin’s” extremities two world-class resorts, Biras Creek and Little Dix Bay, so perfectly champion the island’s intended simplicity and matchless serenity.
Isolated on a 140-acre peninsula of tropical desert and downy sands, accessible only by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek Resort merges luxury, adventure, and sumptuous seclusion. The expansive resort lies at the crossroads of North Sound lagoon, the Caribbean bay, and the open Atlantic Ocean, presenting a wealth of opportunity for unadulterated aquatic bliss. Paddleboards, Hobie cats, and kayaks are just the beginning. Complimentary snorkeling excursions depart daily to assorted underwater hot spots. Unlimited use of the house Boston Whalers (small but powerful motorized boats) facilitates a journey of personal discovery to surrounding reefs and lesser-known islets of the BVIs. Add some great hiking trails, personal bicycles, tennis courts, and horseback riding to the mix, and time at Biras Creek plays out like a limitless session of adult recess.
But it’s not all about outdoor rapture. Relaxation is also high on the Biras agenda. Oversized hammocks sway between picture perfect palm trees along crystalline Deep Bay – the ideal locale for a good read, a sun kissed nap, or a refreshing swim. The plunge pools of the superbly appointed Grand Suites and Premiere Suites spill over the rising tides of Berchers Bay. These suites exude a barefoot luxe decadence that has made Biras a Relais & Châteaux favorite for years. Most importantly, the resort’s intentionally limited inventory – 28 suites – allows the utmost personal and private experience of this unspoiled paradise.
For couples and families less keen on the constant Robinson Crusoe solitude and the physical fitness motif, Little Dix Bay is a stylish and sophisticated pampering sanctuary along one of the most verdant and stunning stretches of Virgin Gorda. Little Dix offers accommodations ranging from boutique beachfront bungalows to luxe treehouses to phenomenal villas with jaw-dropping views of the island. These exquisite panoramas also serve as the backdrop for the outdoor SENSE spa and the hilltop infinity pool. Flawless tropical design and downy sands notwithstanding, Little Dix’s most unique feature is the signature “Beach Drop” experience, where the resort houseboat delivers guests to a dozen outstanding beaches across the island. While the impressive, labyrinthine rock formation ‘The Baths’ and surrounding Devil’s Bay remain the most requested stop, the majority of these fantasy drop points are clandestine, uninhabited bays flaunting the emerald and azure hues of Caribbean dreams.
Whether you exhibit a type A or type B vacation personality (or a little bit of both), Biras Creek Resort and Little Dix Bay are two of the most unforgettable and inspirational experiences in all the Caribbean.