If you think that a Caribbean vacation means mega-resorts with hundreds of guests competing for beach chairs and a place in line at the buffet, the BVI will come as a surprise. The islands’ largest resort has 100 rooms while far more common are boutique hotels and small resorts with less than 50 rooms or suites. Would you like to stay on a private island? You have a choice in the BVI including the 850-acre Guana Island; Necker Island, with room for only 28 guests at any time; and Peter Island, with its 1800 acres of lush grounds just four miles south of Tortola. (The suite seen here is part of the Falcon’s Nest Villa at the Peter Island Resort & Spa, a sprawling 21,645-square-foot Mediterranean estate with views of Norman Island and St. John.) Private villas, cottages and other homes offer opportunities to feel like a local even if you are just visiting for a week while other unique, only in the BVI, options abound. Your choices include crewed yachts and bare boats, beachfront bungalows, and a hotel built around a 400-year-old sugar mill.
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