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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.

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

Sir Richard Branson, global entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group, has announced that the exclusive Necker Island in the Caribbean will reopen this month. The private island was damaged by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, but following extensive renovation, it will soon reopen.

Located in the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, the 30-hectare island is owned by Richard Branson, and has become a hotspot for celebrities. Home to a luxury private resort, Necker Island has attracted many famous faces over the years, from former U.S President Barack Obama, to Hollywood stars like Kate Winslet.

Necker Island will open to its first guests who will be taking part in the Extreme Tech Challenge. The global start-up competition is hosted by Branson, and its final will take place on 19th October 2018.

“Delighted that Necker Island will soon be open again as we continue the recovery from Hurricane Irma. I’m looking forward to welcoming our first guests of 2018 back to Necker – the Extreme Tech Challenge.”

Wrote Richard Branson in a statement on Virgin.com. The refurbished Necker 2.0 will have 11 guest rooms in its great house, including the famous Master Suite, and a bunkroom that can accommodate up to six children. There are plans to add new rooms in 2019. The island retreat can be rented exclusively for 22 guests, or guests can rent individual rooms during “Celebration Weeks” for seven nights. “Celebration Weeks” will take place on 20th and 27th October 2018 and 17th November. In the last week, holidaymakers can opt for three, four or seven-night stays.

Stay in the island costs approximately £33,000 per night, and tourists can enjoy upscale facilities and services including private pools, tennis courts and a personal chef. Guests can sunbathe on the white sand beach, go snorkelling or scuba diving in turquoise waters, indulge in pampering spa treatments, or enjoy yoga sessions.

Richard Branson purchased the island in the early 1980’s for a bargain £180,000. Branson married his wife Joan on Turtle Beach where he arrived at the ceremony clinging to a helicopter. Necker Island is has become one of the most luxurious Caribbean hotels and resorts for weddings, honeymoons and idyllic escapes, and his daughter also tied the knot at the family-owned resort.

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