Located in the British Islands is the super luxurious, private paradise of Necker Island.
This barely touched region of land belongs to Sir Richard Branson and is a part of the Virgin Limited Edition retreats. The entire island is available for rent to the traveller seeking an ultra-exclusive and very private escape. The Necker Island property has been designed to harmonize with the surrounding land and the result is a tropical paradise with the most lavish of amenities in a raw, unspoilt Caribbean oasis.
VIRGIN LIMITED EDITION
IS AN LUXURIOUS COLLECTION OF DISTINCTIVE RETREATS, CHOSEN FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING LOCATIONS AND MAGNIFICENT SURROUNDINGS. ALL UNIQUE AND INCREDIBLY EXCLUSIVE, PROPERTIES INCLUDE NECKER ISLAND, ULUSABA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE IN SOUTH AFRICA, THE ROOF GARDENS AND BABYLON RESTAURANT IN LONDON; KASBAH TAMADOT IN MOROCCO, THE LODGE IN VERBIER AND MAHALI MZURI A LUXURY TENTED SAFARI CAMP IN KENYA.
The islands Great House has been sustainably rebuilt following a two year project. A Balinese styled structure, the residence boasts panoramic views of the entire island and the surrounding Caribbean. The Great House has eight spectacular guests suites, each with a balcony, king size bed and ensuite. The master bedroom, on the upper level, is a sprawling 1,500 square feet and has been designed to offer breathtaking views from near every angle. The master includes a two-person Jacuzzi, an outdoor stand-alone bath and a kitchenette with fully-stocked refrigerator. Beyond the Great House there are six private Bali Houses dotted around the island for additional, more intimate accommodation.
There are endless activities to fill your days. The beach is only seconds away when you hop on the zip line that transports you from the Great House terrace all the way down to the white sand. You can kite-surf, sail, windsurf, waterski, kayak and power-boat across the crystal clear water. There are two tennis courts and a tennis professional to offer tips, along with a full gym if you’re feeling particularly active. Spend the morning at one of the infinity pools before heading to the spa for a delectable treatment. If you’re in need of a bit of shade, take a walk through the tropical forest and admire the islands resident wild animals.
At days end the Great House is the place where guests come together to lounge on the terrace in sofas and hammocks before gathering around the large dining table for an exquisite meal and tropical cocktails. After dinner unwind in the Jacuzzi on the roof and watch the Caribbean sunset.
THINGS TO DO
- Indulge in a Dreamcatcher massage at the Bali Leha Spa
- Charter a helicopter over to St. Thomas for a round of golf on the Mahogany Run Golf Course
- Take a boat ride around the island
- Wander down to Turtle Beach for a quiet afternoon snorkelling
- Have the chefs prepare a romantic candle lit dinner on the beach under the starry sky
- Take a picnic to the islands lake to see the 200 resident flamingos
- Relax at the main infinity pool and sip cocktails from the swim up bar
- Enjoy the islands famed sushi boat lunch at the Beach Pool Pavilion
NECKER ISLAND HAS A 3-PERSON AERO SUBMARINE. THIS UNDERWATER ‘AIRCRAFT’ IS THE FIRST IN THE WORLD AND WAS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR VIRGIN LIMITED EDITION. TWO PASSENGERS SIT EITHER SIDE OF A TRAINED PILOT WHO WILL TAKE THE SUBMARINE DOWN TO AS DEEP AS 30 METRES (ABOUT 100FT) BELOW THE SURFACE WHERE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THE WONDROUS MARINE LIFE AT NEW DEPTHS.
By Chelsea Forman inside the Winter 2014 issue of NICHE