British Virgin Islands
based on 7 nights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing a double room on a fully inclusive basis, including private boat transfers.
At a Glance
The island can be hired exclusively for groups of up to 30 people
During certain weeks of the year visit Necker on one of their Celebration Weeks when individual rooms can be booked by singles or couples to enjoy this fabulous island paradise ’house party’ style
Necker Island is also home to 200 flamingos, many lemurs (4 different species), a few giant tortoises and some parrots
Following the fire in 2011, the Great House has been re-built and is looking fabulous
The "once in a lifetime" experience
A dedicated and fun team will cater for your every whim
Best time to Visit
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Offering warm temperatures throughout the year the Caribbean is a perfect year round destination. With an average of 9 hours sunshine a day the peak season runs from December through to April which is the dry season when you can expect very little rainfall. May to November are the slightly wetter months where you will find an increase in rainfall as the summer season goes on and with that some humidity, however the Summer months are still a great time to travel as the temperatures are hot and the rain tends to come in short heavy bursts but not all day long. The wettest months with the most humidity are September and October and these are the most probable months for hurricanes to occur in the region although many islands have not experienced hurricanes for a number of years. The average daily temperatures range from the mid-seventies in the winter months and mid-eighties in the summertime.
Necker Island is a once in a life time experience. The renowned, beautiful private island owned by Sir Richard Branson is nestled in the idyllic British Virgin Islands. It can be hired exclusively or during selected weeks, individual rooms can be booked.
Bought in 1979, Necker Island was initially designed by Richard Branson to be his family vacation home but he has since decided to share the wonderfulness of it. Despite the destructive fire in 2011, the Great House has now re-opened and is welcoming guests back to the island, described as the Old Great House on steroids!
74 acres in size, it is located to the north of Virgin Gorda island and is encompassed with sparkling azure sea, coral reefs and wonderful sandy beaches. Oozing luxury from every detail, the island has hosted many A-list celebrity guests and royalty.
The island is usually hired exclusively for up to 30 adults and an additional 6 children, where guests have the island, facilities and staff to themselves. Alternatively, during ‘Celebration Weeks’, couples or singles can book individual rooms and ‘Family Fun Celebration Week’ is designed for individual families. During celebration weeks, meals are usually taken together at various points around the island.
The Great House has eight luxury bedrooms and there are six unique Bali houses (sleeping two) dotted around the island for a bit more privacy. There is also a bunk room in the Great House which sleeps up to six children. The Great House is at the heart of the island as it is here where guests come together to enjoy the spacious outdoor terrace with hammocks and sofas, the full stocked bar, snooker table, piano, living room with DVDs and books, and computers. On the roof there is a Jacuzzi – a perfect way to enjoy an early evening drink whilst watching the glorious sunset. There is also a zip wire down from the great house to the beach.
There are approximately 60 members of staff present on the island, meaning you are for want of nothing. They are there to make your stay as enjoyable and as comfortable as possible, whether that is fetching amenities for you, booking excursions or making you an exotic cocktail.
Dining at Necker Island is sure to be one of the highlights of your stay. The rate is all inclusive and guests can set the menu and mealtimes to suit their preferences. The Michelin-trained chefs can professionally prepare dishes from all around the world and they can be served indoors, alfresco, by the pool or on the beach – it is up to you! You can choose themes whether it be a casual beach style dinner or a formal black tie one. The staff are flexible and are at hand to make your experience as special and as individual as possible. Or if you don’t even want to have to think about it, then you can be assured that you will not be disappointed in the quality and deliciousness of the dishes served.
The beaches that fringe the island are idyllic with their powdery white sands and turquoise waters. The two most accessible beaches are Main Beach and Turtle beach. Main Beach is where you will find all the water activities, the Beach Pavilion and the tennis courts. Whereas Turtle Beach is more tranquil with its hammocks and comfortable sun loungers.
Wildlife is abundance at Necker with Lemurs, introduced by Richard after a trip to Madagascar, flamingos, turtles, giant tortoise and a turtle hatching program.
A stay here does of course come at a price, however this cannot be beaten for a special get together or one off occasion it would be the most unforgettable experience with stories and memories for the rest of your lives.
Accommodation at Necker Island is split between The Great House and The Bali Houses. The Great House is located at the top of Devil's Hill affording amazing panoramic views of the island and beyond. There are 8 en-suite guest rooms and each has a balcony and can be equipped with either a king size or twin beds. On the upper floor, lies the Master Suite which is extremely spacious at 1,500 sq ft and boasts the best panoramic views on the island.
There are six Bali Houses scattered around the island which provide more seclusion. Bali Hi, Bali Cliff and Bali Beach have wonderful views from their cliff top position. Bali Lo, Bali Buah and Bali Kuklia are nestled in the middle of the island, also with fabulous views. The former three share a plunge pool and the latter a large private pool. They can sleep two people in either a king size bed or twin beds. Some are split level and have a meditation room. They are very Balinese in their style with beautiful wooden structures and detail.
There is also a bunk room in The Great House which can sleep up to six children with games and toys to keep them entertained.
Children are very welcome to come and stay at Necker Island, it was of course designed with family in mind so there are many child friendly amenities. They will enjoy the water activities on offer and making the most of the endless DVDs, toys, games and books available. The bunk room is a fun place for a group of children to stay together and the 'Family Fun Celebration Week' is a fab option if you are just wanting to come with your immediate family and meet others.
Most dining is communal but very much up to you - what, where and when is completely your choice! The Michelin-trained chefs of course will provide plenty of inspiration and cater completely to your preferences whether you fancy sushi, curry, Italian or just some super healthy light dishes. You can opt to dine indoors or out, a BBQ by the beach or by the pool, under the stars or in the gardens. You can even discuss themed nights - maybe a fancy dress night or a black tie dinner. However, if this all sounds too bewildering, you can leave the decisions up to the capable and professional staff.
The Beach Pavilion is effectively a luxurious hang out located steps from the beach. This two level building is equipped with a large bar, a cinema, a large dining table and an entertainment area. A great place to chill out.
Activities and facilities at Necker Island are endless. You can spend your days relaxing in the sun on one of the many beaches. Turtle Beach is dotted with sun loungers and hammocks for a peaceful environment to read your book, take a nap, venture into the crystal waters for a swim and maybe a snorkel. The Main Beach is where all the water and sport activities are mostly based. You can go kite surfing, wind surfing, water skiing, kayaking and power boating to name a few. If you're feeling super adventurous, you should hire the Necker Nymph - an aero submarine to explore the gorgeous coral reefs. There is also an aqua trampoline anchored to the sea floor.
There are two main pools on the island. The most beautiful one is located almost around the Beach Pavilion and you can access it from the beach or from the land side. It has a swim up bar, rocks and a huge Jacuzzi attached to it. There is also an inviting infinity pool at The Great House and a plunge and large pool shared by the Bali Houses.
The Bali Leha spa, built into the cliff with sea views, offers a great range of treatments for you to indulge and be whisked away to a world of relaxation. There is also a range of children's treatments!
The tennis pavilion is located in the Main Beach area and there are two floodlit courts as well as a viewing deck. Tennis coaching can be arranged and all equipment is provided. There is also a gymnasium for those of you who want to keep up with invigorating work outs!
Juliet Morris (Staff)
I absolutely loved my brief visit of Necker island. The Great House offers the perfect place to relax (or party!) and to soak in the gorgeous views of the surrounding North Sound. It was evident, even just from my short time on the island, how relaxed and welcoming the atmosphere was there. I can understand how guests are made to feel instantly at home - a perfect house party environment. I particularly liked seeing all the lemurs, flamingos and giant tortoises that roam the island.
Sir Richard Branson has rebuilt Necker Island since that fire two years ago, and Tatler was the first to see it. Lucky Francisca Kellett reports back...
Of course Necker is paradise. Of course it is. It's your own private island, for goodness sake - a dot of Caribbean gorgeousness in the British Virgin Islands, with Balinese villas in the hills, swaying palms and white sand beaches and water so clear, so turquoise, it glows as if backlit. And now there's the spectacularly reborn Great House. Remember the Great House? Remember those pictures of a charcoal-smeared Kate Winslet hugging Sir Richard Branson's mother? It burnt to the ground rather dramatically two years ago, and now has been rebuilt, reborn - and reopened just this weekend. Tatler was the first to see it, and we were blown away.
There's the sensational living area, spilling out onto sprawling terraces. There are the serene bedrooms, all with balconies and stonking views of the sea. There's the children's bunkroom, and the infinity pool to leap into and the giant sun-pods to lounge on. And there's the master suite, big enough to kitesurf in (almost), with a vast four-poster bed, three terraces and an open shower. This is not the place for modesty, fyi.
You could spend your entire time mooching about in the Great House, but that would be missing the point. Necker is all about being active - making the most of the island in a sort of super-luxe, Heidi-hi sort of way. Snorkel the reefs, zip about on a Hobie, take a tennis lesson, paddleboard or kite-surf (Richard loves a spot of kite-surfing).
And you have the place to yourself, more or less. You'll be sharing your island with 30 guests (including, more often than not, Richard and his wife Joan), and you'll feel - instantly, effortlessly - that this is your home. It's perfectly fine to pop behind the bar and mix a cocktail, and you won't need a wallet - or keys - at all, ever. There are loungers and beds and pools everywhere, and lemurs and parrots leaping about over the main swimming pool. The staff are barefoot and smiley and will do anything for you, including filling an actual boat with actual sushi and wading to your spot by the pool for lunch. It's paradise, yes, but it's also a blast. We're smitten.
A 5 night minimum stay for private hire
Location & directions
British Virgin Islands
Necker Island can be reached by a 15-minute boat ride from Virgin Gorda and 30-minute boat ride from Beef Island/Tortola.