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A bit about the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (or BVI) is a stunning Caribbean archipelago and a self-governing British overseas territory. There are more than 50 islands in this group, several of which are uninhabited, making it a popular destination for sailing, as well as being a favourite among those looking for a secluded beach break.

A holiday in the British Virgin Islands is all about escaping from the stresses and strains of everyday life as well as soaking up the laidback Caribbean atmosphere the islands are famous for and enjoying their outstanding natural beauty.

The BVI also has a star quality, having attracted numerous wealthy magnates and celebrities to set up home here over the years, including Richard Branson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. The hotels are fantastic and of the highest quality, there are well-equipped marinas dotted with luxury yachts and plenty of secluded coves where you can sunbathe and relax in peace and quiet.

Discover Tortola

Tortola is the capital of the BVI and one of the liveliest places in the archipelago. Despite being one of the busiest spots here, it is still hardly bustling, with life moving at a much slower pace than it does in Europe (and even some of the rest of the Caribbean) and there being very little development.

Road Town is home to a selection of shops, with one of its highlights being the West Indian market it plays host to. Here, you can pick up a variety of local products with everything from homemade jams to locally-produced rum on sale.

There are some excellent luxury resorts on Tortola, all within easy reach of one of its stunning stretches of sand and boasting all the amenities you could want on a relaxing holiday. If you fancy a day away from the beach, head to Sage Mountain National Park, which covers 92 acres in the centre of Tortola. There are several hiking trails to follow here in case you fancy stretching your legs.

Virgin Gorda - a natural paradise

Virgin Gorda is one of the most picturesque of the British Virgin Islands, with this little gem home to one of the destination's best-known attractions - The Baths. This is a series of natural grottos and caverns created by huge granite boulders in the shallow waters along one of the bays. You can swim and snorkel among them - an absolute must if you visit the island.

There are some world-class beaches on Virgin Gorda, which look especially stunning thanks to the verdant green slopes of the mountains that seem to run into the pristine white sands along the coast. Handsome Bay, Savannah Bay and Trunk Bay are just a few of the spots where you can enjoy seclusion and amazing scenery.

You'll also have the chance to explore its pristine landscapes if you head to one of its national parks. In addition to The Baths, you can also discover Gorda Peak National Park and Spring Bay National Park, both of which are ideal for long strolls.

If you want to stay on Virgin Gorda, you'll have a choice of a few luxury resorts, all of which cater for their guests' every need. These are exclusive places to stay and are perfect for a special occasion or honeymoon.

Jost Van Dyke for barefoot luxury

Although it's one of the smallest isles in the BVI, Jost Van Dyke is certainly worth a visit - and is the ideal place to stay if you're looking for barefoot luxury at its best. This four-mile long island is a haven of peace and tranquillity, boasting picture-perfect beaches, seaside restaurants and sheltered anchorages.

This is a wonderful place to escape from everyday life, with little more to occupy your time here than swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing and indulging in the tasty local cuisine. Jost Van Dyke also has an interesting past, having been the base of a Dutch pirate (from whom it takes its name) in the 17th century.

Don't miss out on visiting Foxy's Bar in Great Harbour, which has something of legendary status in the BVI. It always attracts a good crowd, predominantly sailors who are exploring the region, and is renowned for its New Year's Eve parties.

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Places of interest in British Virgin Islands

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

Choose from our selection of handpicked places and be based right at the place that's most ideal for you and your travelling party

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Necker Island in Caribbean reveals photos of refurbished retreat

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Richard Branson's Necker Island to reopen in Caribbean this month

Richard Branson's exclusive Necker Island in the Caribbean is getting made to make a comeback this month. The private island closed following significant damage from Hurricane Irma last September, but it will reopen to guests with renovated accommodation and facilities. The reopening will coincide with Extreme Tech Challenge, a global start-up competition.

Chic Cooper Island Beach Club to reopen in British Virgin Islands in April

The trendy eco-resort Cooper Island Beach Club in the British Virgin Islands has revealed it will reopen to guests next month after it was forced to shut when it was damaged by the hurricanes last September. The chic hotel has beachfront accommodation with balconies, a rum bar, brewery and restaurant, and is scheduled to open to guests in April 2018.