Owned by Sir Richard Branson, Necker Island is a private paradise in the Caribbean that operates as a resort. The island is part of the British Virgin Islands geographically, located right where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. Here’s everything you need to know about this island, from how to get there and where to stay to what you shouldn’t miss.
Traveling to Necker Island
If you book a villa on this island, you will enjoy a free boat transfer from Beef Island international airport on Tortola. You can get to this airport from San Juan, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, or Antigua. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Beef Island from the continental U.S. The boat transfer takes about 25 minutes. When you arrive on this island, you are greeted with champagne, a smile, and amazing timeless landscapes.
Once you arrive at the Necker Island, you can rent a golf buggy to travel between the island’s attractions.
Accommodation on Necker Island
6 1-bedroom villas, 4 1-bedroom villas, and 2 others with 2 and 3 bedrooms are here to accommodate you and your party. Sprinkled all over the island means there’s a villa for anyone, no matter if you are looking for proximity to the beach or the ultimate seclusion.
Beaches of Necker Island
The island’s Main beach is the main attraction since here you can also find sporting equipment, the Beach House, the Pool Pavilion, and sun loungers. For a more intimate atmosphere, you can always head out to Turtle island and relax in a hammock between the palm trees.
Dining on Necker Island
By now, you probably figured that this island is where you go when you want to pamper yourself and enjoy the ultimate luxury. And this goes for the food, as well: gourmet food, delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and plenty of fresh fruit.
The Great House
Located on the highest point on Necker Island, the Great House is hard to miss. In fact, most who venture on this island take the time to hike up to this amazing location do have dinner, relax, or have a party. Of course, you can always enjoy the view from a 4-person Jacuzzi. The whole establishment is surrounded by a large terrace with cozy couches and comfy hammocks and has a fully stocked bar at all times. Therefore, you will not want to leave the Great house.
The Beach House
Overlooking the sea on one side and the tennis courts on the other, the Beach house is a great place for a snack or a full meal in the tropical breeze. And if you want to have a lazy day after a hearty meal, you can just lounge on their comfortable chairs and enjoy an exotic cocktail.
If you want a quick bite for lunch like a picnic or a barbecue, you have to make your way to Turtle Beach. You might get here anyway if you take part in one of the many sailing races organized by the island’s staff. And while you’re here, you can also head out to the nearby coral reef for some snorkeling.
Floating Sushi Bar
If you find yourself enjoying the Peter Island’s beach pool on a warm day, you will have to try out the sushi. Placed on a small kayak with plenty of ice to keep it cold, the floating sushi bar will travel along the pool ridge and enchant your taste buds with a fresh, light, and delicious snack.
Bali Hi Beach
One of the most natural and enchanting dinner settings you might see, Bali hi Beach is just a few minutes away from the Bali Hi main house. After a few cocktails in the main house, the staff will drive you down to the beach where a candlelight and bonfire dinner patiently wait for your arrival.
What Else to Do on Necker Island
There are plenty of other things to do on this island besides relaxing, swimming, tanning, and enjoying gourmet dishes and drinks.
Observing the Wildlife
Over 60 lemurs, 250 flamingos, hundreds of iguanas, 9 Aldabra giant tortoises, and scarlet & white ibises live in different areas of this island. some have their own area on the island, while others will stroll across the sandy beaches and tropical forest day or night. However, you shouldn’t worry – none of them are dangerous or hostile towards humans.
We already mentioned how popular snorkeling is on this island and the multitude of surreal spots you can venture underwater to observe the unique fauna and flora of the Caribbean Sea. But you can also go kite surfing, water skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba diving, or play polo – they’re all available on Necker Island.
Excursions, Hiking, & Zip Lining
You can take day trips to other nearby islands from here. Some noteworthy destinations are visiting the famous Baths on Virgin Gorda Island and admire the fantastic volcanic formations and caves here. Visiting Anegada and its barrier reef is another popular destination. Of course, you can always go for a cruise around the British Virgin Islands and relax or enjoy a drink. And if that sounds too much of a hassle to you, you can always go for a hike through the miles of trails on the island or go zip lining.
The main beach on this island has every beach sports equipment you’d need. We’re talking dizzy sticks, paddle tunnels, sumo wrestling, and many others. The island’s employees will do their best to accommodate all your requests, including organizing Olympic games for you and your party.
Spa, Yoga, & Pilates
And if you want to pamper yourself, you’ll never look back after choosing Necker Island. bull body treatments, aromatherapy, massages, and other activities for your mind and body will replenish your energies and relax your body in 30 or 60-minute sessions.
Unlike many of the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island is famous for its engaging parties that go late into the night – or early into the morning. It’s a well-known unwritten rule around here that every evening when the sun sets, the party starts. With the best food and drinks, a lively atmosphere, and a bunch of fun themes, you shouldn’t miss a party if you travel here.