Visit Biras Creek

The archipelago of the British Virgin Islands includes some sixty volcanic isles surging out of the sea with a jagged, rough coastline dotted with pristine white-sand beaches. None is more idyllic than Biras Creek, a low-key hideaway on the northeastern tip of Virgin Gorda. The island, first named the “Pregnant Virgin” by Christopher Columbus because of its rotund shape, was rechristened the “Fat Virgin” when the technical impossibility of its original name dawned on him.

Biras Creek, accessible only by boat, is in a unique setting, wedged between the peaceful Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The journey over the tempting waters is full of promises. From the arrival at the jetty, with its aquamarine waters amid the mangroves, to the smiling faces all around, guests and staff alike, the ambience is utterly enchanting. No matter which way you turn, you are surrounded by tones of brilliant blue.

Each view is reminiscent of glossy brochures selling paradise. They say that there are three different paces here: slow, slower, and full stop. Borrow a bike to explore, or a Boston Whaler dinghy to visit the nearby deserted beaches of Prickly Pear Island or watch the wildlife go by: Geckos and the grumpy iguanas wander around oblivious to their human neighbors. Spend a lazy day on the beach interrupted only by the tasty lunchtime grill, snorkel in the limpid sea, hit the gym or even the spa.

With recently revamped suites, an affiliation to the Relais & Chateaux group (synonymous with gourmet cuisine and top-end service), the 140-acre (57-ha) estate feels like a private tropical sanctuary.