Renowned for spectacular sailing, the British Virgin Islands also offer some extraordinary experiences on land, far from the resort crowd. Chris Caswell checks out five of the islands’ most exclusive villas.
1. Batu Villa
Walk past the Buddha in the private entry to this Bali-inspired villa named Batu (Indonesian for “rock”) and you’ve entered a most serene property. The name is appropriate since it’s just steps away from the boulders of Virgin Gorda’s The Baths. Yet you’ve probably never seen it; the villa’s architect created the multi-building, multi-level villa to enhance the landscape, and it is virtually invisible from Whale Bay.
Lighted stone pathways meandering through boulders and tropical gardens connect five separate pavilions. Four of these create private bedrooms, each with dramatic views of the ocean and boulders from four-poster beds positioned mid-room for the best effect. All of these air-conditioned suites have verandas and en suite baths with al fresco stone-lined showers.
The main pavilion is the living area. Indonesian hardwood floors lead to an open great room with Balinese furnishings and Zen tranquility. The kitchen features stainless steel professional appliances for the cook in you or a chef is available. Mora wood tables create dining spots on the covered deck (with expansive views) and indoors.
The air-conditioned entertainment room with its 60-inch TV and surround sound doubles as a study, while a gym and fitness centre sports a full range of equipment to maintain your waistline. Just outside the main pavilion, a wraparound deck lined with sun lounges, overlooks an infinity pool, tucked between boulders like a tide pool.
The space between pavilions gives Batu guests exceptional privacy, making it ideal both for families and groups of friends. Me? I’ll just Zen out on the couch in the great room.
By boat: Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour in Spanish Town can accept yachts up to 48.8 metres.