Escape Winter And Fly To The British Virgin Islands With Norwegian Airlines

Undisturbed beaches, reggae hot spots, hidden lagoons, fabulous hotels and private villas and some of the best sailing, diving and snorkelling in the world. There has never been a better time to visit the 60 glorious islands and cays that make up the British Virgin Islands (BVI). There are many reasons to escape the winter and fly to the sun with Norwegian Air’s new flight from London to San Juan, and below, we introduce you the newest, most exciting and delicious things happening in the British Virgin Islands this Caribbean season:

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2016-17 Sees demand For Crewed Charter Bookings Increase

Protected waters, consistent winds, line-of-sight navigation, short hops, endless secluded coves and well-equipped marinas, the British Virgin Islands are the undisputed ‘Sailing Capital of the World’.  Now, guests don’t even have to be an expert at the tiller to book a sailing holiday – The Moorings has seen global demand for crewed yacht charters increase by 20% in the last four years, with the BVI their number one destination. The crewed product has become so popular, giving even more non-sailors the opportunity to enjoy a holiday out on the water.  So popular, The Moorings is also offering ‘cabin-only’ weeks on specific dates to make sailing accessible for everyone – for solo travellers, for couples and friends who don’t want to book an entire yacht.

the-moorings-77 nights on a Moorings 37.2 – 2 Cabin Monohull starts from £2,518. This is based on 4 passengers sharing and includes a qualified skipper for the week. For more information visit www.moorings.co.uk

Swim Like a Mermaid

Ever wanted to be a mermaid?  Gliding under the surface of the ocean, lounging on the shore, blowing bubble kisses to passing fishes.  Now you can.  Dive BVI on Virgin Gorda has launched brand new Mermaid Experiences.  Lasting between 1.5 and 2.5 hours the sessions teach guests the basics of swimming with an amazing mermaid tail and show off to the camera with cool tricks.  Personalised and group sessions are available and as long as the mer-conditions are favourable, Mermaid instructors can teach anywhere with chest-deep water levels to ensure both a fun and safe experience.  Why not make a splash and slip into a bright and beautiful new mermaid tail!

dsc_1227Prices from £62 for a 1.5hr session.  The experience can be booked all over the BVI from the boat, on the beach, from the hotel or villa. www.mermaidbvi.com

Utter Seclusion On Eustatia | A New Sustainable Private Island

Who doesn’t want to holiday on a private island?  A secret hideaway with pristine scenery, off limits to everyone but the resort staff and your best pals.  Eustatia Island opened this summer and is now available for exclusive use.  Eustatia is a Greek derived word meaning, “good place to stay”.  It lies in the North Sound and dotted across the 35-acre island are four exclusive homes, offering a total of 11 bedrooms with a host of staff to cater to every whim.  There are also an elite fleet of boats, superb water equipment and first-class coaches that are on hand to ensure guests have everything required for their island adventure. What’s more the island is completely self-sustaining with solar generated power, desalinized water production and a farm to table agriculture programme. The Eustatia team has also managed to eliminate 95% of the mosquitoes on island (in an environmentally friendly way) and is now educating neighbouring islands, helping them to do the same.  Guests are invited to learn more about Eustatia’s environmental practices and self-sustainable model during their stay.

eustatia_helicopterFor more information, visit www.eustatia.com.  To get in touch contact stay@eustatia.com

The Bristish Virgin Islands Spring Regatta And Sailing Festival Gets Set To Be Bigger And Better Than Ever: 27 March – 2 April 2017

A highlight of the Caribbean calendar, the biggest Caribbean sailing event takes place in the BVI.  The week-long BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival starts with two days of warm up racing at Nanny Cay Marina on the island of Tortola.  The Regatta itself then begins with three days of racing – only the best surviving to take home the Gold and the Glory. The Regatta courses – from the top racing speeds of the International Yacht Club Challenge, to the scenic routes of the Normal Island courses – are suited to all and registration is open to sailors of all abilities.  Guests on the BVI can enter as crew or join a crew already in the line-up. Or if the sea legs aren’t up to it, guests can join one of the spectator viewing boats out on the waters or watch the competitors battling it out from the comfort of the Regatta Village on Nanny Cay Marina beach. During the festival, there is non-stop island entertainment with live music, beach barbeques and dancing in the sand keeping everyone amused until the small hour.

the-moorings-5800To take part, contact info@bvispringregatta.org Or explore the BVI on your own chartered yacht.  Sunsail are introducing 88 new yachts to their fleet in the BVI in Spring 2017. For more information visit www.sunsail.co.uk

Anegada Beach Club To Add Its First Luxury Tent For Families in March 2017

On the unspoiled Anegada Island the northernmost island of the BVIs – a slice of heaven exists in the form of seven brilliantly designed luxury tents.  The tents took the BVI by storm when they launched last year and following their success, Anegada Beach Club has just announced the addition of two new tents to the luxury camp ground.  An additional one-bedroom tent and the first two-bedroom tent in the collection – which is ideal for families.  The tents sit raised above the sands dunes and enjoy stunning, uninterrupted ocean views with private paths down to the beach.  There are large comfy beds and outside, on the tent decks, the double hammocks invite afternoon naps and stargazing.  Guests are treated to L’Occitane products in the large en-suite wooden bathrooms and for those who want to bathe under the stars there is a special tent with two outdoor bathtubs on the deck! Anegada Beach Club is also home to 12 King Suites and 4 Twin Suites overlooking the swimming pool, a toes-in-the-sand dining experience and plenty of activities.

tentdeck-1411Prices for the tents start from £225 per night.  See anegadabeachclub.com

A Day Is Always Better With Chocolate | British Virgin Islands Opens Its First Ever Chocolate Shop

Did you know that the Caribbean is held in high regard as a cocoa-producing region because most of the countries produce a fine aromatic cocoa? Fine flavour cocoa accounts for only 5% of world production and is concentrated in 17 countries, 7 of which are from the Caribbean Community! With that in mind, two ‘island girl’ chocolatiers decided to set up the first ever chocolate shop in The British Virgin Islands to share their passion for chocolate. Bleu Chocolàt has opened on the island of Tortola and is a bean to bar boutique chocolate factory that is producing organic chocolates with beans derived from the Southern Caribbean. They embrace fair trade practices in production and live by the motto: “A day is never good without chocolate.” Not only is their blend of cocoa base smooth, creamy and delicious, but the fillings pack a real punch and leave a lasting impression. Using only natural and organic ingredients (where possible), they blend and create their fillings from scratch. Their chocolates delight the senses with fragrant Caribbean flavours like White Chocolate Vanilla Bean, Lemon Grass, or Guava and Chef Erika’s signature Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel treats are not to be missed.

bleu-chocolat-bvi-6For more information visit www.bleuchocolatbvi.com

For more information and flight options, please visit www.bvitourism.co.uk