Biras Creek Resort
What We Love
- Trio of dining options serve award-winning Caribbean fusion fare alfresco
- Free Boston Whalers give easy access to North Sound sights
- On-site spa uses Decléor products as well as local aloe and neem leaves
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Secluded locale means nightlife options are limited
- Not for couch potatoes: Garden and Ocean rooms don’t have televisions
- Resort staff can coordinate round-trip transfers from Tortola or St. Thomas for a fee
- Free WiFi
Tucked into a narrow slip of land separating the Atlantic and the lapping Caribbean Sea, Biras Creek Resort enjoys an enviable position among luxury retreats in these parts. Accessible only by boat or private helicopter, this grande dame of British Virgin Island hideaways manages to feel both exclusive and decidedly down to earth, forgoing flash for a more understated elegance. A smattering of 31 suites punctuate the manicured trails that weave throughout the grounds, with all paths leading to an open-air dining and relaxation pavilion crowning the high point of the property.
Bed and Bath
Whether the view is of the garden or the ocean, the beauty of these Caribbean-chic suites is in the details. Silky Frette linens are set against rich wood furnishings, and sky-blue throw pillows add a pop of color. The common areas unfold to a private terrace, and the finely appointed bathrooms include mosaic-tile showers. When you arrive the mini-fridge is stocked with your gift of Biras Creek Rum — the first bottle is on the house. You’ll have all the comforts of home, including AC in the sleeping areas to keep you cool on balmy nights, but notably absent are the distractions: Televisions are available only in Grand and Premiere suites, so you can truly unplug.
Part of the Victor Collection (which includes neighboring luxury community Oil Nut Bay), Biras Creek stocks every suite with a pair of beach cruisers, giving you the wheels to explore the far reaches of the sprawling North Sound property. Set out toward the white sand beach at Deep Bay for a tennis or volleyball diversion, grab a bite of barbecue at the open-air bar and grill, and kick back with a frosty island punch by the shore. When you’re ready to hit the water, you have your pick of motorized and non-motorized activities, from kayaks, windsurfboards and standup paddleboards to Boston Whaler boats available for self-guided excursions in the North Sound. For the equestrian-inclined, the resort also stables five Paso Fino horses for its private horsemanship classes. At sunset head to the Caribbean fusion Hilltop Restaurant and sample freshly caught fare in such dishes as yellowfin tuna in sundried tomato and shallot vinaigrette or seared Atlantic scallop with herb risotto and truffle oil, and see why this resort earns top marks from gourmets all over the world.
In the Area
If you can tear yourself away from the amenities of your Biras Creek retreat, you’ll find a wealth of seaside diversions within easy reach. Hop on a Boston Whaler and chart a course for nearby Bitter End Yacht Club or Saba Rock for lunch, then head to the Leverick Bay recreational complex for shopping and entertainment. Can’t find the right souvenir? Venture a bit farther to Spanish Town to explore the island shops, and while you’re in the area make time for the Baths — a dramatic geological formation that has become the showpiece of Virgin Gorda. Of course, a must-do in the British Virgin Islands is a stop at one or two of the island chain’s world famous beach bars. Biras Creek’s staff can hook you up with an island-hopping excursion to Jost Van Dyke or Norman Island, where you can tip back a traditional Painkiller among other authentic island cocktails at the likes of the Soggy Dollar, Foxy’s and the Willy T — all institutions in their own right.