Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition (VLE) portfolio has expanded this week with the long-awaited debut of Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands.
More than 14 years in the making, Moskito Island is one of the most exclusive, private islands in the Caribbean and joins VLE as its eighth-member retreat/luxury hotel.
Moskito Island is comprised of two newly opened estates – The Point Estate and The Oasis Estate – and the existing 11-bedroom Branson Estate. Each estate has its own sense of style through striking architecture and one-off design, to create exceptionally unique island retreats.
Located adjacent to its famous sister island Necker, Moskito Island brings a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience to the Caribbean. It is where the best of coastal living is brought to life through unparalleled ocean views and unmatched barefoot luxury. As of 1 October 2021, The Point Estate and The Oasis Estate will officially become available for exclusive buyouts through Virgin Limited Edition.
“When Richard purchased the island in 2007, he was able to draw inspiration from his beloved Necker Island and instill some of the incredible designs and qualities that have made it the success it is today,” said Jon Brown, Managing Director/CEO of Virgin Limited Edition. “But what makes Moskito Island so wonderfully different is its personality and charm – a result of not only Richard’s vision for the island, but a fusion of other like-minded homeowners, their ideas, and unique vision for the island too.
“Those visiting will now be able to enjoy the privacy and glamour of a private island with the choice of some of the very best rental estates in the world, each with their own individual style and offering.”
The Oasis Estate is perched on the highest point of Moskito Island. The four-storey structure offers 360-degree views of the Caribbean and accommodates up to 16 guests in nine rooms, with ample social space, a massive wraparound infinity pool with swim-up bars that connect to poolside pods.
The eight-bedroom Point Estate is nestled cliffside, overlooking the island’s Manchioneel Beach and neighbouring Virgin Gorda. Accommodating up to 14 adults and eight children, The Point Estate comprises free-standing guest houses with an open communal hub at the heart featuring a contemporary kitchen and bar and huge infinity edge pool offering 180-degree views of the surrounding turquoise waters.
The estate features two master bedrooms – Hillside Master which overlooks the entire estate, and Seaside Master, a quiet cove at the bottom of the estate, boasting sensational water views.
The Branson Estate, designed and owned by the Branson Family, opened last year. The three standalone villas are connected by elevated walkways and positioned next to the island’s communal recreation facilities. Sleeping up to 22 guests, Branson Estate had its own private beach – of which three Master Suites look out onto.
The main residence, Headland House, is home to the estate’s main master living, dining and entertaining areas, master suite and two guestrooms. The four-bedroomed Beach Villa is a seaside oasis, with its own private infinity pool and living areas and adjacent, lies the four-bedroomed Mangrove Villa, nestled in the mangroves with striking views of the neighbouring islands.
Each private estate on Moskito Island share a multitude of recreational amenities including the master Beach Pavilion, comprising a bar, gaming and movie areas, wrap-around pool, and a communal beach. There are also two artificial grass tennis courts.
Guests can also enjoy a multitude of dining outlets on-island, private in-room or beachside spa treatments, watersports, and a myriad of activities that can be organised to cater for the full group – including game nights, guided hikes, beach Olympics and children’s pizza-making classes. Off-island, the British Virgin Islands offers some of the best crystal blue waters in the world to explore, whether snorkeling the unspoiled reefs and shipwrecks, or swimming with the turtles.
Rates for Moskito Island start from US$17,500 per night during low-season, based on a four-night minimum stay at The Point Estate for up to 16 guests. A dedicated Estate Manager, private chef, and team of staff are includes, as are all meals, drinks and watersports.