Necker Island Private Resort
Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island Resort in the heart of the British Virgin Islands provides the kind of laid-back luxury in beautiful surroundings that is a balm for the soul. Sir Richard bought the island in the late 1970s and began a development programme that would see it grow into an exclusive resort.
The British Virgin Islands are the Caribbean’s best destination for private island resorts, offering just the right mix of exclusivity and accessibility to guests. Visitors to the BVI’s five private-island resorts will experience all of the luxury and sense of isolation you’d expect from these world-unto-themselves resorts, yet the local boating culture and Tortola’s airport make getting to your destination convenient and getting off-island for shopping, bar-hopping, or other activities a breeze. On top of that, these private island resorts are some of the most beautiful properties you’ll find anywhere in the world.
Developed with a Balinese theme, the island can accommodate up to 28 guests in open-sided villas that allow the breeze to waft through and provide spectacular 360-degree views.
Fringed by a reef, the inner anchorage is limited, but a substantial jetty allows guests to be dropped off by tender from larger vessels that are anchored off the leeward side of the island.
Situated a short helicopter hop or boat ride to the northeast of Virgin Gorda, the entire island is generally rented on an exclusive basis to single groups at $53,000 per day. There are periods, however, when couples, families or smaller groups can stay on the island on a hotel basis, just booking one or two villas. Either way, the guests are always considerably outnumbered by the staff, who are trained to provide the highest level of service and attention.
‘Necker Island is surrounded by sandy beaches, coral reefs and turquoise waters,’ says Sir Richard. ‘The team who work here genuinely enjoy delivering memorable experiences.’
Frequently in residence and available for charter is Sir Richard’s 32 metre carbon-fibre cruising catamaran, Necker Belle. For a completely different experience, the three-man submarine, Necker Nymph, can also take guests on underwater ‘flights’ to depths of 30 metres.
For “only” $36,000 to $53,000 per night you can sleep in Sir Richard Branson’s favorite hideaway in the world — the Virgin magnate’s private-island home in the British Virgin Islands. The fully staffed resort includes chefs preparing unlimited and all-inclusive gourmet meals, and diversions include pools, beaches, the Bali Leha spa, hiking trails, sailing, surfing on Josiah’s Bay, tennis with a resident pro, fitness center, and snorkeling.
One of guests said it best when he said that Necker is somewhere that can’t be imitated, only appreciated! Necker can be hired exclusively and also during selected ‘Celebration Weeks’ when couples or singles can book individual rooms and share the island ‘house party’ style.
Temple House & Love Temple:
Situated in the middle of the island with panoramic views, Temple House is Sir Richard Branson’s private home and was built to his exacting standards. For a limited time Richard has decided to make this gorgeous property available for guests staying on the island. The house boasts a beautiful freshwater infinity pool, a large lounge and a free-standing marble bath – ideal for soaking as you gaze out to sea! Just along from Temple House is another house we call the Love Temple, and both are available when hiring Necker Island exclusively and separately during Celebration Weeks.
There are six unique Bali Houses dotted around Necker Island which are perfect for tropical seclusion. Bali Hi, Bali Cliff and Bali Beach are built on a cliff in order to maximise views and sea breezes, and share a plunge pool. Bali Lo, Bali Buah and Bali Kukila can be found in the middle of the island and boast wonderful views with a large private pool. Golf buggies (mules) are provided so guests can drive to other areas of the island.
Fine food is the highlight of any guest’s stay, and our prices are fully inclusive of all food and all drinks, including fine wines and champagne. Guests can set the menu and mealtimes – or this can be left up to us. Our wonderful Michelin-trained chefs can prepare dishes for all tastes. Dining can be formal or informal, indoors or outdoor, themed or traditional, beachside or poolside, or even under the stars! Ask us for some ideas or give us yours.
Necker is designed to be your own private hideaway – a place far from the stresses and strains of daily life where you dictate the pace and the mood. Whether your passion is suiting up and getting wet in the crystal clear water or relaxing with a book on a deserted beach, you’ll be well catered for. We also host casino nights, fancy dress parties, BBQs on the beach, gala dinners where the food just keeps coming and much, much more!
Project name: Necker Island Private Resort
Location: Necker Island, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Coordinates: 18.526520, -64.358366
Type: Resort, Resort Interior
Materials: Using local stone, Brazilian hardwoods, antiques, art pieces and fabrics and bamboo furniture from Bali
- 28 guests
- 6 unique Bali Houses, 6 spacious rooms
- 10 bedroom Balinese-style villa crowning a hill above the beach
Rental Cost: US$53,000 to $54,000 a day, All that includes two “private” beaches, private pools, tennis courts, breathtaking views, a personal chef, a team of about 60 staff and a wide array of water sports equipment.
Site Area: 74 acres (300,000 m2)
Visit Necker Island Private Resort’s Website: here