Peter Island Resort & Spa

A private island playground
Editor's Note: Peter Island Resort & Spa is closed for renovations until further notice.

Like a good wine, Peter Island Resort & Spa is aging quite well. The lush resort’s dependable service and luxury amenities have been impeccably maintained since its opening nearly four decades ago.

Before Peter Island became a luxury escape for vacationers, the island was visited by notable travelers like Christopher Columbus, Sir Francis Duke and Blackbeard, who is said to have buried treasure on the land. Peter Island’s current owners are the Van Andels, a family dedicated to protecting the island from overdevelopment and preserving the resort as an unspoiled tropical getaway.

Guests can rent the entire island, or stay in private villas, which offer a secluded escape with its spacious bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, private pools, personal staff and a chauffeured vehicle. While not as tucked away as a villa, resort rooms and suites are also plush selections.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Soothing nautical styles in the rooms and suites contribute to the resort’s soothing atmosphere, but an even more remarkable ocean-theme can be found in some of the bathrooms, which include a glass-walled whirlpool tub with a sea view.
  • Stunning views of spectacular yachts and boats sailing along the sea can be had while relaxing on one of the private island’s five beaches.
  • The 10,000-square-foot Spa at Peter Island includes 10 indoor treatment rooms, two outdoor bohíos, couples’ suites with private verandas and deep-plunge hydrotherapy soaking tubs for two, a beach-side Jacuzzi and a tranquility garden with magnificent views of Big Reef Bay.
  • Recreational activities are bountiful, with hiking, biking, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling and tennis all available to coordinate.
  • For a breathtaking view of the island, you will want to do a Sunset at the Loop. This popular experience is where guests take a ride up a curvy mountain road to one of the highest points of the island for beautiful sights.
Things to Know
  • A 20-minute ferry ride from Tortola, the British Virgin Islands' largest island, Peter Island is the largest private landmass (at 1,800 acres) in BVI, and Peter Island Resort & Spa is the only hotel there.
  • Certified divers can go on excursion to amazing underwater sites through the on-premises dive shop.
  • Meals at the resort’s restaurants are typically included in room rates.
The Rooms
  • One observation guests make about the resort’s 55 rooms and suites and three villas is their spaciousness. For example, the four-bedroom Crow's Nest villa is 6,500 square feet and is set on top of a cliff, featuring its own pool, sundeck, outdoor bar and grill, and a private vehicle and driver for personal use.
  • The three-bedroom Hawk’s Nest villa (3,626 square feet) comes with a chef’s kitchen, separate living room and a large, private outdoor deck with its own dipping pool and views of Deadman’s Bay and Sprat Bay.
  • Villas have natural tones, palatial bathrooms, dining rooms, entertainment systems, multiple entrances, and a butler and manager on call.
  • The most over-the-top villa is the Falcon's Nest, with its stunning view of the Caribbean Sea and nearby islands. The posh 21,645-square-foot space accommodates up to 12 guests and offers an infinity pool with waterfall, an alfresco bar and grill area, media and fitness rooms, its own staff and a private car with driver.
  • Other accommodations include beachfront junior suites with living rooms, Jacuzzis, direct beach access and private balconies or patios with ocean views and ocean view rooms with private balconies or patios with pool, garden or ocean views.
The Restaurants
  • When it comes to dining at the luxurious resort, the direction you go all depends on your mood. There’s one casual outdoor venue, Deadman’s Beach Bar & Grill, and one dressier indoor/outdoor restaurant called Tradewinds.
  • Both restaurants serve Caribbean dishes, with Deadman’s focusing more on burgers, seafood salads and pizza.
  • At Tradewinds, order the fresh scallops or seasonal fish prepared with coconut or mango. The Peter Island eatery also offers a daily breakfast buffet (the signature coconut French toast is a must) and an afternoon English tea.
  • The wine room houses more than 300 selections. If you don’t have a taste for vino, try the “grog,” a rum with fresh lime juice and sugar.
  • Drake’s Lounge, a casual set-up for drinks and lunch, also makes for a pleasant backdrop any day during your stay.
Getting There
PO Box 211, Road Town, Tortola, VG1110, British Virgin Islands
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