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With 16 inhabited islands and 20 deserted islands, you can bet there are some spectacular places to stay in the British Virgin Islands. From private islands for hire to resorts with their own yacht clubs, these are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best places to stay in the British Virgin Islands.
1. Rosewood Little Dix Bay. This boutique resort rests on Virgin Gorda, along a half-mile stretch of beach. Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers standard rooms, suites, as well as two Beach Houses and three hilltop villas. The beautiful property has plenty of watersports and stunning views.
2. Bitter End Yacht Club. On the other side of Virgin Gorda is Bitter End Yacht Club, with its island-style villas on the North Sound. This is the place you want to stay if you are looking for an active vacation — the protected waters are calm and make for great watersports.
3. Peter Island Resort & Spa. Though you have the option to buy out the whole island, you can simply book a room at this resort and still feel as if you have the place to yourself. With only 52 rooms, this resort is exclusive and sybaritic—stay in your cheerful, comfortable room or take part in any of the many activities, visit the spa or mingle with other guests at the resorts’ restaurants.
4. Necker Island. Sir Richard Branson’s private island is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. It’s so exclusive that you have to book the entire island to experience it (except for a few select weeks when you can book individual rooms). Along with this privacy comes a magnitude of luxury including everything from tennis courts to a three-person aero submarine called the Necker Nymph.
5. Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina. It’s the newest resort in the Caribbean island chain — opened in March 2010 — and it’s also one of the best. Private beaches and expansive views accent the luxurious guest rooms, suites and villas.