Tucked in a private bay on the lush island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, lies Biras Creek Resort, a hidden oasis set upon a nature reserve amidst white sand beaches and the sparkling turquoise waters of the North Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The moment you arrive, you know you are somewhere special. From your first dock greeting from the general manager, to the resort GAs, or personal assistants, the staff of Biras Creek Resort continually reminds you that they are happy you are there. A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel group, and celebrated as the 2008 Condé Nast Johansens Most Excellent Hotel in the Caribbean, Biras Creek is a boutique resort oozing island charm, top-rate hospitality, outdoor activities and exceptional dining.
There are plenty of flight options into the Caribbean, including flights on major airlines such as Delta, Continental and American. Since the secluded resort is only accessible by boat or helicopter, the staff arranges island transfers, which creates an opportunity to see neighboring islands and the lay of the land via boat. Biras Creek is comprised of 31 luxurious suites set along the Atlantic Ocean, with stunning views that guarantee sunrises to remember. Twenty-two Ocean Suites are positioned along the water’s edge and six Garden Suites are tucked back in the naturally landscaped gardens. Two larger Grand Suites and a two bedroom, two bathroom Premier Suite, all featuring private plunge pools, also sit along the water’s edge, ideal for honeymooners. Each room is outfitted with cruiser bikes so you can easily navigate the resort’s 140 acres.
As with most vacations, eating is paramount. Biras Creek offers an all-inclusive meal program, inviting guests to dine at different locations throughout the resort. The marquee, open-air Hilltop restaurant is heralded as offering some of the finest dining in all of the Caribbean. The restaurant features a changing menu of the freshest cuisine inspired by local flavors, thanks to the Virgin Gorda-born and internationally-trained executive chef, Jermaine “Monk” George. The extensive wine list was recently awarded the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Guests can enjoy grouper spring rolls with mango salsa, followed by local lobster tail and Asian coconut cupcakes for dessert.
If guests would like to change it up and enjoy the local cuisine off-site, the nearby and locally-owned Fat Virgin Café is within walking distance, and is known for serving the best conch fritters in the BVI. Rum is synonymous with the Caribbean, so to truly emerge yourself in the local culture, you must sample concoctions off the bar menu as well. The outdoor bar serves classic island drink specialties like “Mango Maniacs” and the notorious rum-heavy “Painkiller.”
Even though a natural reaction would be to simply relax at the pool or private beach, included in the room rate is an endless list of active water fun, including the use of snorkeling equipment, dinghies, Hobie Cats, windsurfers, sea kayaks, and sail boats. The resort is surrounded by gorgeous hikes that take you to the top of the island for stunning vistas, where you’re bound to run into friendly iguanas, hermit crabs, and local birds such as Crested Antillean Hummingbirds, Zenaidas and Egrets.
In addition to the included activities, one of the resort GAs can arrange sailing lessons, scuba diving and snorkeling trips. A GA can also arrange day outings to some of the area’s iconic destinations when you are in the mood to explore. The Baths, an infamous natural attraction in the Caribbean, features exotic pools and grottos formed by giant boulders strewn across sand beaches. The Baths often serve as a backdrop for Sport’s Illustrated’s yearly swimsuit issue. A day trip to the nearby island and snorkeler’s paradise of Anegada can turn out to be a highlight of a trip. Its name, meaning “drowned land,” is derived from the fact that its highest point stands at only 28 feet in elevation. The island is celebrated for its wild pink flamingo population, lobster diving, and the remarkable 18 mile long Horseshoe Reef, one of the world's largest, that surrounds the ten-mile long island.
Regardless of how you spend the day, the resort’s amenities always await you. Reward yourself after a day of hiking with a massage on your private deck or hit the fitness center after a day of lounging on the beach. The open-air community Arawak Room features a large flat screen television, DVD player, WiFi and a book and DVD library, for times you just want to relax and watch the sunset over the North Sound.
If you find that this lifestyle suits you, and you’d like to make a more permanent home of it, Oil Nut Bay, a private community, is being developed on the other side of the peninsula. This vast 400 acre community offers 88 secluded lots and brings together world-class architecture, the unparalleled natural beauty of its surroundings, and high-end amenities including a marine nature center, kids club, full service spa and wellness center, beach club, and marina - the ultimate in private island living.
Biras Creek Resort is a place that invokes a strong sense of devotion. After a few days there, you will begin to plan your next visit, only you will plan to stay longer.
For more information on Biras Creek Resort, call (877) 883-0756 or visit www.biras.com
. For more information on Oil Nut Bay, call (800) 761-0377 or visit www.oilnutbay.com