The British Virgin Islands offer honeymooners exclusivity and laidback luxury in an unspoiled location.
Home to some of the world’s best resorts, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the Caribbean is a fantastic choice for honeymooners looking to combine exclusivity and laidback luxury in an unspoiled location. To those who visit, it feels like a special secluded secret but with ever-increasing flight options the BVI has never been easier to get to. Whether it’s a sleepy, slow-paced luxury honeymoon, a little bit of adventure or a combination of the two, the BVI has it all – with the added benefit of idyllic surroundings…
BOOK GUANA ISLAND – FOR LAID BACK LUXURY
A twenty-minute boat ride from the airport, this privately owned, unspoilt island is wildly romantic. Spread over 850 acres, it is home to seven secluded beaches yet can only host up to 35 guests. Plus, with no marina or public facilities, it really is an utterly secluded escape. The natural surroundings mean honeymooners can make the most of the tranquil setting by relaxing with a good book and enjoying the beautiful scenery. However, the sparkly waters provide the opportunity for some fantastic swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing, while the more active can enjoy a game of tennis or hike one of 20 specially marked trails. Guana is also famed for its garden orchard, which is over 30 years old, and both local seafood and produce from the orchard feature heavily on the menu.
To book: A seven-night honeymoon package starts from £4,145 on an all-inclusive basis, based on two sharing. It also includes an in-room or spa massage per person as well as round-trip taxi and boat transfers – www.guana.com
Top tip: Honeymooners should book North Beach Villa which sits on the hilltop and has its own kitchen, living room, terraces and pool.
SET SAIL WITH SUNSAIL
A honeymoon with plenty of quiet ‘us’ time, a gorgeous new beach every day and a Seaview balcony throughout ticks all the boxes. For the more adventurous, a sailing honeymoon is an ideal way to spend quality time together, relaxing in a sun-drenched destination where the next swim, snorkel or dive is just a step off the side and at any moment couples can just anchor up in a secluded spot for a picnic, sundowner or to soak up the sun from the deck of their floating villa. Honeymooners can leave all the hard work to a hired skipper, who’ll be their personal driver and tour guide for the holiday. Sunsail’s skippers are experienced sailors and destination experts, knowing the best spots to pick, the must-see places to go and the intuition to know when couples just want to be left alone. Or for an added adventure why not take the helm and learn the ropes of sailing a yacht.
To book: One-week on a mono-hull with a skipper starts from £2,023 based on two passengers – www.sunsail.co.uk
CELEBRATE AT NECKER ISLAND – NEW CELEBRATION WEEKS FOR 2017
Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise, Necker Island, is usually available for exclusive hire only aside from a couple of weeks. However, this year, Necker has added more Celebration Weeks, meaning honeymooners can enjoy a special seven-night stay. Blessed with white sand beaches and beautiful coral reefs, the resort is also home to an abundance of wildlife including pink flamingos, tortoises and lemurs. There’s plenty for guests to do – water sports with the team of highly qualified staff, a zip-line down to Turtle Beach, beach Olympics and the island treasure hunt – or couples can simply relax and make the most of this incredible island and be pampered at the Bali Leha Spa and do very little.
To book: A Celebration Week seven-night stay starts from £25,246 on an all-inclusive basis, based on two sharing. Celebration weeks run on 19 & 26 August, 2, 9, 16 & 30 September and 14 & 21 October 2017 – www.virginlimitededition.com
PETER ISLAND RESORT & SPA with ACRES OF TRANQUILITY
One of the BVI’s most renowned hotels, guests at Peter Island can do as much or as little as they desire on their honeymoon. The resort, a romantic haven, also offers plenty of soft adventure; hiking trails, scuba diving, sport fishing, bareboat sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, tennis and snorkelling. The island has five pristine white-sand beaches to choose from but, hidden away at the end of Little Deadman’s Beach, is Honeymoon Beach; an intimate and secluded destination for just two… Honeymooners can enjoy an on-island romantic escape with a private picnic delivered to them as they enjoy their own private shores. The exclusive experience can be rounded off with a Bohio Signature Couples Massage in the world-class spa; the outside couple’s bohio serves as a perfect backdrop for a relaxing, customized massage as the aroma of the oils and the gentle waves engulf the senses…
To book: A seven-night honeymoon stay starts from £5,410 on an all-inclusive basis, based on two sharing. This includes a bottle of champagne, a private beach dinner, a trip to The Loop to watch the sunset with wine, fruit and cheese, a 90 minute couples massage in the Couples Suite at the Spa and a private, full-day sail on the Silmaril sailboat. www.peterisland.com
Getting to the BVI
Return flights start from £475pp with Virgin Atlantic or British Airways to Antigua. The VI Airlink connects on Fri-Sat from £282 return to Beef Island, Tortola; InterCaribbean flights connect on Monday-Fridays from £296 return or Return flights start from £318pp with Norwegian Air to San Juan. Cape Air connects from £188pp return to Beef Island, Tortola; InterCaribbean from £195pp. (Prices correct at time of magazine going to print)
For more information and more flight options, please visit www.bvitourism.co.uk