British Virgin Islands

More than 40 islands, a small population and rich natural beauty make the British Virgin Islands (or BVIs for short) an island hopper's paradise. Not that visitors aren't encouraged to put their feet up and relax: with so many sparkling white beaches and secluded coves and so many sailing boats to transport you to them, the area is a haven of seclusion and contentment.

The three major islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke. Tortola, with its green and mountainous south coast and host of beaches, retains a quiet charm which is typical of the BVIs. With its Botanical gardens, the island's Sage Mountains National Park and a host of historic buildings and ruins, Tortola is great for sightseeing.

Christopher Columbus described Virgin Gorda as looking like a young lady in pregnancy but it is perhaps most famous for the beach called The Baths, a secluded cove surrounded by granite boulders and dotted with sea-water pools. Along with the Little Fort National Park, this makes the island a nature-lover's paradise, and beach-goers will also be attracted to the sheltered beauty of the lagoon at North Sound. Jost Van Dyke's laid-back lifestyle, rustic beachside cafes and hiking trails are perfect for those wishing to get off the beaten track.

Sailing is a major pastime and there are many great diving and snorkelling spots among the coves and reefs. Become privy to nature's most beguiling secrets on these stunningly beautiful Caribbean islands.

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British Virgin Islands resorts

  • Little Dix Bay Resort - 5 stars

    A Rosewood Resort, created by Laurance Rockefeller in 1964, this 500-acre garden paradise is situated along the crystal clear waters of the British Virgin Islands on lush Virgin Gorda.

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    Little Dix Bay Resort