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Your Own Private Luxury Oasis on Peter Island
Listen to the live steel drum band playing familiar tunes on the pure white sands of Deadman’s Beach. Sip on a homemade rum punch and gazing at swaying palm tress and pelicans diving into the turquoise waters… fantasy? No, it’s the secluded, seductive, sensational Peter Island.
As the temperatures begin to fall and you start to daydream about escaping the cold and dreary days of winter, consider this: your own private island smack-dab in the middle of the visually unrivaled British Virgin Islands (BVI). One of a very few privately-owned pieces of paradise in the BVI, Peter Island Resort & Spa remains blissfully remote, regenerative and peaceful, occupying only 300 of the small island’s 1,800 acres while offering luxury on all levels. And, the water is clear – crystal clear. It’s a beach lover’s sanctuary.
The resort’s grounds are luxurious and offer five private beaches, each more beautiful than the next, sprinkled with swathes of wild sea grapes and coconuts. Wildlife and sea life surrounding the island include the Green Sea Turtle, Horse-Eyed Jacks, Butterfly Fish, Juvenile Blue Tang, Starlet Fire Coral, Hiding Flame Scallops, Christmas Tree Worms, among other natural wonders.
Located south of Tortola between Norman Island and Salt Island with Dead Man’s Chest just north of Peter Island, early visitors are said to have included Christopher Columbus, Sir Francis Drake, various German planters and privateers, and the famous pirate, Blackbeard. Blackbeard is thought to have buried treasure on nearby Dead Chest Island where he marooned his men with only a sword and a cask of rum. They later washed up on Peter Island’s “Deadman’s” Bay.
Romantic & Restful Rooms
With sweeping views of the turquoise seas and white sand beaches, guestrooms and suites boast high ceilings, gigantic bathrooms with deep soaking jacauzzi tubs for two, private patios (some with hammocks) and for product aficionados Natura Bisse toiletries from Spain.
Splurge on a Beach Front Junior Suite. As noted, guests here are sparse and that’s exactly why you settled on this corner of paradise. Go (almost) all in … we’ll explain what taking the true dive means later.
The suites are not only secluded and away from the hustle and bustle of the dock, gift shop and eateries, but they will draw out the voyeur in you. Relax on your patio or lounge in your private hammock and assess the situation on the storybook Deadman’s Beach. From your suite, you can determine the BEST place to soak up soleil, people watch, and properly position for the best cabana service (tip: fish tacos are an absolute must once you make it to the beach).
For the “all in” experience, Peter Island Resort also offers three exquisite private villas with panoramic views, private pools, luxury amenities and bespoke service, as requested. Guests at the Crow’s Nest and Falcon’s Nest villas have access to personal staff, including a chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, and butler.
Falcon’s Nest is the most storied of the trifecta, and a frequent choice of the A-list.
Perched high atop one of the island’s most picturesque bluffs, this crown jewel overlooks White Bay Beach with views of Norman Island and distant St. John. A Barcelona-style villa estate consisting of three separate residences with six spacious suites, seven baths and three half baths, Falcon’s Nest spans a total of 21,645 interior square feet. It even has its own three-story waterfall with a grotto, grilling gazebo with a swim-up wet bar, an infinity-edge pool, dipping pool and large outdoor whirlpool. It’s a wowza.
Go ahead – request a no-fly zone over the villa for the ultimate in privacy, the staff can oblige, and you can be rest assure that those pesky photos don’t make their way to Page Six.
Extraordinary Food & Wine Go Together like Sun and Sand
For vino connoisseurs out there, you know how important a proper glass of wine is with a good meal. Luckily, the hotel’s signature restaurant, Tadewinds, has a climate-controlled wine room with over 300 selections, including the Caribbean’s most exclusive collection of champagne, wine, cognac, Armagnac, grappa and eau de vie.
The hotel offers two restaurants with menus packed with culinary delights from around the world. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Tradewinds, features the Caribbean’s most renowned chefs serving delicious bistro and Asian-Caribbean cuisine. And Deadman’s Beach Bar & Grill serves a fusion of Caribbean and continental flavors with dishes.
Lux Detoxing & Spa Indulgence
A spectacular 10,000-foot spa perched high up on the island, overlooking Big Reef Bay is the ultimate setting to achieve rest and relaxation. Indulge in a soothing massage in the resort’s luxury spa specializing in ancient Indian Ayurvedic treatments. The spa includes 10 indoor treatment rooms, two outdoor bohios, couples suites, a beachside Jacuzzi and a tranquility garden. The spa also specializes in Ayurvedic treatments, a traditional system of Indian medicine renowned for detoxifying and rejuvenating the body.
Ayurvedic treatments (“ayur” means life and “veda” means science) utilize various healing modalities to prevent disease, preserve health and promote longevity. This natural system of medicine has been used for 5,000 years and the hotel offers bespoke wellness programs that include treatments and a food program designed to meet your dietary needs. Detox in luxurious paradise.
Doctors Ashalatha and Ajay Krishna have bachelors of Neaturopathy and Yogic Sciences from medical schools in India (yes, they too, studied for six years to be qualified to practice). They will answer all of your questions and put you at ease, just in time for a message that will leave you feeling light as a feather.
Beck. Call. However you phone it in, you won’t want for an answer or a service. Whether tucked away in a villa, nestled into a beachfront suite, or basking in the never ending sun on Deadman’s Beach, you’ll soon find the service on Peter Island (as well as the personalized service getting off and on the island) is legendary. Upscale snacks and libations keep you sated, even when on a romantic, exclusive getaway to Honeymoon Beach (book this ahead of time). If you’ve retreated to your room for an hour or two of catch up on your Netflix queue, you’ll be pleased to find localized WiFi for lickity-split zeros and ones.
And, if getting off the island is your poison, check in with Alexis or one of her expert staff for a personalized itinerary. Obviously, you don’t want to miss Virgin Gorda, but have you thought about a casual lunch on Cooper? Check it out.