When we first moved to Virgin Gorda, my husband and I made a promise to each other to visit as many Caribbean Islands as possible during our time here. We want to soak up all the islands have to offer while we’re so close such as culture, food, nature, beaches, etc.
While we knew that they are all beautiful, we did not expect that they would all be so different from one another in their own unique ways. The best part of it all is that living in the BVIs, we are so close to many different islands to explore.
Last weekend we decided to visit Peter Island, One of the BVIs, for a quick weekend getaway. I had heard from several friends that it is beautiful. However, I remember thinking to myself, “how much more beautiful it can be from where we live?” At the end of the day, it is part of the same territory we live in with the same climate, same ocean, etc.
I was wrong. True, it is beautiful, but it is much more exclusive than the island of Virgin Gorda where we live. Let me explain why.
Peter Island is the fifth largest (1,779 acres) island of the island chain that makes up the British Virgin Islands (BVI). It is the largest privately owned island of the BVI.
Taking up the majority of the island is a beautiful resort called Peter Island Resort. With only 52 rooms and 3 private villas, as a guest, you feel like you have your own island. The island was ranked in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s “Gold List”.
To get there, we had to first travel to Tortola, BVI. A hotel car picked us up from the ferry dcok and took us to the hotel’s personal dock. We were welcomed by a nice lady and waited in an air-conditioned waiting room. Not long after, the hotel’s boat arrived and transported us to the Peter Island Resort.
A twenty-minute ride to get to paradise… not too bad, huh?
As we made our way onto the island, a very nice young lady named Charity greeted us. She quickly checked us in and informed us about the details of the facility.
There are 3 beaches available for guests: Deadman’s Beach, Honeymoon Beach, and White Bay.
Deadman’s Beach is a mile long crescent-shaped beach shaded by tall palm trees. It also is the largest beach of the island. According to Wikipedia, it is named for pirates that were stranded on nearby islands and subsequently drowned swimming to Peter Island, their bodies washing up on shore. Our room faced this beach.
I really enjoyed my early morning walk on this beach. I was even able to see a baby shark and take pictures of it.
Honeymoon Beach is for honeymooners. Literally.
They told us that we had to go to the Honeymoon Beach. We did not think too much of it at first. Come to find out, it is a small, private beach.
There is a hut (for shade), two chaise lounge style chairs, and a hammock on the beach. You have the whole beach to yourself. Totally private…
We were told that, if we so desired, they could even provide us with a picnic lunch.
White Bay Beach is on the other side of the resort. There are 6 huts available for guest use on a first come, first serve basis. Just like its name implies, it is all white sand and blue waters.
Though for us, the best part of the resort was the spa. The spa is on another bay called Big Reef Bay. The way that they positioned the spa allows guests to enjoy the stunning view from an even higher elevation.
You get to relax in a Jacuzzi overlooking to this amazing view:
Seriously mind blowing…
We got a couples massage in one of the treatment rooms, all while listening to the sound of the waves. It was unbelievably relaxing and soothing. At the end of the massage, we were allowed to relax in the outside terrace of the treatment room overlooking the Big Reef Bay.
The spa at this property is one of the best spa experiences we have ever had. It is a little pricey, but totally worth it.
Best part of it is that, even if you do not get any services, as a guest, you could still enjoy the facility.
For dining, we enjoyed having our breakfast in the Tradewind’s Restaurant as well as a dinner on Saturday night. It is located across from the reception area with a large swimming pool next to it. Food was well presented and tasty.
We were told that Sunset Loop is another “must do” for guests visiting Peter Island. The hotel offers transportation to the highest spot of the island where you can watch the sunset. We were offered wine, cheese, and crackers as we watch a stunning sunset.
It was truly a spectacular view…
All in all, our weekend getaway was wonderful. Peter Island Resort is a place that offers great service on a gorgeous Caribbean Island. You feel pampered and rejuvenated, even after a mere 2 days.
Best part of it is that there are so many more Caribbean Islands to see… Next on our list is Dominica in October, so stay tuned!