With powdery white sand, calm turquoise waters, and 60 unspoiled islands, it comes as no surprise that one of the best ways to tour the British Virgin Islands is by chartered yacht. It also happens to be one of the most serene, allowing access to the romance of tucked-away coves, blissful privacy, and 24/7 views of lush, tropical scenery. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone like an anniversary or honeymoon or just looking for a dreamy, over-the-top vacation full of sensory delights, this seven-day sailing trip offers plenty of secluded beaches, exotic marine life, and leisurely meals on your boat’s deck.
As a pleasure-seeker’s getaway, on this journey you’ll explore some of the British Virgin Islands’ most enchanting sites and indulge in true Caribbean hospitality. Snorkel and hunt for pirate treasure at Norman Island, sample fine aged rums on Cooper Island, and treat yourself to a massage on the beach at Ixora Spa. Read on for more fabulously revitalizing experiences.
Itinerary / 8 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
Day 1Welcome to the British Virgin Islands
With direct access to the beach and a six-passenger electric cart for transportation, you’ll have easy access to all the activities and dining Oil Nut Bay has to offer, including snorkeling, paddle sports, a spa, hiking trails, and tennis courts. Tonight, kick back and relax with a poolside dinner of brick-oven pizza and sushi at the onsite Beach Club Restaurant, and sip a Mai Tai or two next to the sea turtle-filled bay.
Day 2Indulge in Virgin Gorda
Take the resort’s complimentary boat ride to Gun Creek Dock and grab a taxi to take you to the awe-inspiring Baths. The result of ancient volcanic activity, the National Park’s towering granite boulders (some as large as 40 feet) form a series of secret rock pools, caves, and tunnels that are invigorating to explore. Hike down the short trail through the Baths to Devil’s Bay National Park, a tranquil, horseshoe-shaped beach that many call the most beautiful in Virgin Gorda for some lounging and snorkeling in the turquoise water.
Because there’s so much to see and do in Virgin Gorda, spend the afternoon on a guided tour with White Oleander’s Mini Mokes. (Riding around in these adorable, candy-colored vehicles is a can’t-miss Caribbean experience in itself.) Grab some sinfully delicious BBQ at Hog Heaven before stopping at all the must-see spots in town, including the Copper Mine, a National Park surrounding the ruins of an abandoned 19th-century mine, and Savannah Bay, one of the largest beaches on the island. Come dinnertime, dig into creative, seasonal dishes including bacon seared scallops and grilled mango salad while swapping stories about the day at Oil Nut Bay’s Nova.
Day 3Escape to Anegada
Seafood doesn’t come any fresher than it does at Anegada Beach Club. Stop for lunch—the lobster pizza, cracked conch fritters, and fish and chips come highly recommended—before some family bonding time at Tommy Gaunt Kitesurfing, one of the best kitesurfing schools in the territory. With waist-deep water and no waves breaking inside the reef, it’s a laid-back setting for learning (and maybe wiping out once or twice).
Day 4Go eco-exploring
Day 5Arrive in Tortola
You’ll be staying at Alfresco Villa, a three-bedroom property on Long Bay Beach that boasts a covered dining porch, an infinity pool, an outdoor shower, and a deck with a gas grill. Set on the mountainous side of Tortola, the villa is perched up on the hills and within walking distance of the beach. Relax by the pool soaking in the views of the so-blue-it-can’t-be-real water before driving to D’Coal Pot for a Caribbean meal of jerk-rubbed pork chop with mango chutney and coconut shrimp.
Day 6Experience culture on the western end of Tortola
Do you hear the conch shell blowing? That’s an alert to locals that fresh fish, lobster, and other seafood is on the way. As the fishermen come ashore, you can pick and purchase fresh fish for consumption, and in your case, for tonight’s private dinner. Bring your catch back to your villa to be prepared by Chef Kenneth Molyneux of Tropical Fusion Beach Bar and Grill. He’ll cook the British Virgin Islands’ national dish, fish and fungi (a Caribbean take on polenta), or whatever your group desires.
Day 7Discover the Eastern End of Tortola
Hungry? Stop for lunch at Lady Sarah’s Farm, an oasis in the middle of bustling Road Town, to enjoy a selection of farm-to-table treats like spinach and smoked salmon quiche, coconut bread pudding, and watermelon lemonade. When you’re finished eating, visit the neighboring Old Government House, the historic government residence that once hosted visits from Queen Elizabeth II and other royals.
For a dreamy final evening, head to Bananakeet Restaurant. Nestled over the village of Carrot Bay, it’s well-positioned for postcard-worthy sunset views, made all the more enjoyable by live music and savory dishes such as grilled steak topped with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and Gorgonzola cheese.