British Virgin Islands
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.
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
Did you know that Necker Island is the 14th largest breeding ground for Flamingo?Gemma Dobson
Discover treasure chests dotted around the island filled with bottles of champagne and other goodies for you to enjoy ... everything is included in your stay here at Necker!Gemma Dobson
Following a visit to Madagascar and learning of the Lemurs becoming endangered Richard decided to introduce Lemurs to the island and they are very happily making Necker their home and breeding well!Gemma Dobson
Family Celebration Weeks are a great chance to visit together as a family without having to take over the whole island - dates are available through the school summer vacations and October half termGemma Dobson
Meet our specialists
Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Necker Island
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 dates for 2015 are 14th March 2015 for 3, 4, 5, 7 or 8 nights. 8th August, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th September, 17th and 24th October for 7 nights.
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!
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.
When to go
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.