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OCEAN HOME MAGAZINE – British Virgin Island Gem Sparkles



Visitors to Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina – Autograph Collection enjoy a sparkling British Virgin Islands getaway in the best ways possible by both land and sea.

The tiny private island retreat is a top destination for BVI bareboat yacht and sailing charters and offers a 55-slip, deep-water marina, well-stocked gourmet deli for provisioning, showers and full resort access for those mooring here.

Christopher Columbus would be as captivated by today’s BVI, a grouping of 60 shining ocean gems, as he was in 1493.

It was then, during his second voyage to the Americas, when he was so enthralled by the Caribbean archipelago that he named them the Virgins, inspired by the martyred Saint Ursula and her 11,000 virgins.

Their close proximity to each other – all are within     a 25-mile radius – make BVI the yacht charter capital    of the world.

Remarkably calm waters, secluded coves, pristine beaches and resorts where guest pampering is a priority all contribute to the popularity of this friendly island nation.

Access Scrub Island by air via a short ferry ride from Tortola’s nearby Beef Island International Airport and discover a delightful twist on being lost at sea.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is a lush bagatelle with only 52 accommodations, including fully equipped estate villas dotting the steep, forested hillside.

Greeted dockside with a welcome cocktail upon arrival, guests are whisked away to their comfortable accommodations, where every balcony boasts a 180-degree azure sea view.

The most challenging decision faced in the days   ahead is choosing between the Roti Curried Chicken Virgin Island Style or the Rum Guava Glazed BBQ Baby Back Ribs for dinner at Tierra Tierra, the resort’s open-air casual dining venue.

Caravela offers a more upscale yet relaxed dining experience with an extensive wine list and Caribbean-influenced fare.

The island’s breezy North Beach One Shoe Bar and Restaurant is the most casual option of all, with beach snacks and tropical coolers to slake midday cravings.

Three separate beaches and a four-tiered pool with swim-up bars beckon, while water sports enthusiasts will find a dive shop, paddle boards and kayaks at their disposal.

Regarded as one of the top spas in the Caribbean, Scrub Island’s Ixora Spa is the gateway to beachside bliss with signature treatments, including a tri-enzyme resurfacing facial, romantic couple’s massage, coconut rub and milk ritual wrap or a soothing Frangipani Indian head massage.

Sail fast and live slow with Captain Jacques Schoonees at Tropical Day Sails on board a 42-foot catamaran for island-hopping excursions, snorkel adventures and a memorable experience on  the open waters.

Schoonees’ deep BVI knowledge delivers guests to coveted recreation spots like The Baths of Virgin Gorda and Monkey Point, where snorkelers spy schools of cuttlefish, rainbow-hued parrotfish and some of the best coral in the Caribbean.