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.
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. Necker's Asian-inspired accommodations can sleep up to 28 guests in five Bali-style houses and a lavish Great House (on certain weeks during the year, guests can rent individual rooms on the island, as well). 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.
This private island is located just north of Tortola and a short water-taxi ride from the BVI's main airport, yet feels much more isolated with just a handful of beach cottages and villas on 850 acres. Groups of up to 36 can rent the entire island, or just take a room and enjoy the tranquil setting (the pristine island is effectively a nature preserve) or a surprisingly diverse set of amenities, including beaches, hiking trails, tennis, snorkeling, and dining and socializing in the historic Club.
The tiny island of Little Thatch, just off the western tip of Tortola and within hailing distance of St. John, is home to Seagrape Cottage. With just one beachfront cottage to rent (two people maximum), you can't get much more private than this. The cottage is surrounded by verandas on three sides, while a small deck hangs over the water for romantic dinners al fresco. High ceilings and French doors keep the cottage cool year-round. The island's owners have a residence at the other end of the island and occasionally run a beach bar, but other than that you'll have this 54-acre bit of paradise to yourself. You can cook for yourself or take a five-minute boat ride to enjoy the restaurants and nightlife in Tortola.