Best Private Islands: The BVI’s Peter Island

March 13, 2009

Gloating isn’t the best reason to visit Peter Island. But it can be fun, especially as you lie down for your Tropical Lime and Ginger Buff scrub in your private spa bohio overlooking Big Reef Bay. You can imagine the passing yachtsmen saying, “Wow, how can I get there?” The answer: only on the resort’s boat, and only if you have a reservation. If you really want to inspire envy, “buy out” all 52 rooms & three villa estates on this 3-square-mile L- shaped island for your own epic event. Newly renovated ocean-view and beachfront junior suites plus new Indian medicinal treatments in the spa keep this favorite spot fresh amid the BVI’s classic sites. Politely wave back to those yachtsmen — or board the resort’s Silmaril sailing yacht and join them. See photos

Here’s further info from the managers of Peter Island:

What do veteran travelers seem to enjoy most about Peter Island? 

They enjoy its “private island” feel — both the beauty as well as the privacy. They also enjoy the spa, the water sports, & the fact that it’s not overcrowded on the beach (even during high season).


Which of the resort’s offerings do you think best celebrates the authentic island culture? 

A selection of spa treatments are indigenous to the area (Thermal Sand Bundle Massage, Tropical Lime & Ginger Buff and custom massages are also available). The private spa bohios overlooking Big Reef Bay (a guest favorite!). The food/restaurants also celebrate local cuisine. The activities available: snorkeling, hiking, diving, deep sea fishing, sailing. 

What makes Peter Island unique among all the world’s private-island resorts? 

Guests can only access Peter Island by a private boat is very alluring. The pristine beauty of Peter Island. The resort only has 55 rooms and 3 villa suites making it a limited number of guests. Guests have easy access to boating around the BVI’s which is one of the most beautiful and iconic sailing and beach destinations in the world. Peter Island offers an Island Buy Out for exclusive groups. 

Are there any new amenities, accommodations, travel specials or other features planned for 2009? 

Peter Island unveils its new look in early 2009! Ocean view and beachfront guest rooms are being renovated this winter to enhance the guest experience, and create a fresh and relaxed environment. The Spa at Peter Island has introduced new Ayruvedic treatments, a tried and true system of well-being and self-care. To find out more information and book your stay, visit For more private islands, click here.


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