Richard Branson’s Moskito Island Launches Two New Luxury Estates
It sure won’t be cheap, but Richard Branson’s new private island getaway in the British Virgin Islands – where you can stay in a luxurious villa run by a private chef and resident manager who creates a ‘hyper-personalized’ itinerary. For every guest – is the stuff of musings and bucket lists.
British billionaire Branson – who made the news in July for his space trip aboard his Virgin Galactic rocket plane – officially opens Moskito Island, his second private island BVI getaway on Friday.
Located three kilometers from the Caribbean Sea from its famous sister island, Necker, Moskito Island spans 50 hectares and will ultimately offer ten private estates, some available for rent through Virgin Limited Edition, the global rental collection. unique and luxury Branson hotels.
A 35-minute flight from San Juan or an 80-minute flight from Antigua to Tortola Airport, plus a short boat ride, Moskito Island contains a recreation area on its east side, with a Beach ; infinity pool and bar; tennis pavilion with two courts, grandstand steps and a gym; water sports center and a catering pavilion.
The water sports center offers sailing, kitesurfing and kitesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, water skiing and wakeboarding, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Branson’s Moskito Island Estate – unsurprisingly named the Branson Estate – became available for rental in January 2020; the domains that open on Friday are the Oasis domain and the Point domain.
Two new luxury properties
The Oasis Estate, located on the highest peak of Moskito Island, offers 360-degree panoramic views of neighboring islands and the Caribbean Sea, spanning 1,600 square meters.
Its six-bedroom main house includes a master suite with a 270-degree view; each bedroom has a private bathroom with both indoor and outdoor bath and shower.
There are also three waterfront bedrooms with views from their private terraces over the Caribbean and Virgin Gorda.
The Point Estate, on the southwest side of Moskito, spans 1,400 square meters and is built up to the edge of the cliff; its oceanfront outdoor dining pavilion offers Moskito’s best views of the BVI’s spectacular sunsets.
Featuring seven hillside villas offering a total of eight bedrooms, including two master bedrooms and a children’s bedroom with eight bunk beds, this estate can accommodate up to 22 people.
The Branson Estate, the largest on the island, spans 1,700 square meters and has its own private beach.
It contains three villas – Headland House, inspired by Branson’s 39-year-old daughter Holly, Managing Director of the Virgin Group; Beach villa; and Mangrove Villa, inspired by Branson’s 36-year-old son Sam, founder of Sundog Pictures, a production company in London.
In total, these villas offer 11 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 22 people.
Each villa is elevated to maximize island views, while each has its own kitchen, living area, infinity pool, and hot tub.
Some of the island’s other seven estates will be available for rental from next year and beyond.
Branson and the owners of the private estates individually own their estates and are co-owners of the island. Branson is the sole owner of Necker Island, which he bought for $ 180,000 in 1979 and converted to a private island in 1983; he is also the co-owner of Makepeace Island, a luxury resort in Australia.
The estates sleep large groups – for a price
Unlike Necker Island – which for the most part is available only for exclusive use, and all 20 rooms of which must be rented by a group of no more than 40 people for an entire week – the areas of Moskito Island are available individually.
Each must be rented by an individual group for a minimum of four nights.
Unsurprisingly, luxury stays on Moskito Island don’t come cheap: rates start at AUD $ 24,000 (US $ 17,500) per night at Point Estate for up to 16 people, with a minimum of four. nights.
The Oasis estate starts at AUD $ 26,000 (US $ 19,000) per night.
Naturally, a stay at an estate on Moskito Island will provide guests with the ultimate in luxury: prior to their arrival, they will be contacted by their dedicated estate manager, who will oversee guests’ entire stay, ensuring that every aspect of it is individually designed, even before arrival. Guests are given preference forms prior to arrival asking them about their food and drink choices and what activities they would like to participate in during their stay.
The Estate Manager works side-by-side with the Estate’s Private Chef and the Moskito Island team to ensure what the island calls “hyper-personalization for every reservation”.
Estate staff coordinate every detail of guest stays, including water sports, meal planning and preferences, spa treatments, and activities such as tennis, game nights, and the beach Olympics.
‘Very private and exclusive’
Jon Brown, Managing Director of Virgin Limited Edition, calls Moskito “the Caribbean’s newest gem, a truly one-of-a-kind getaway where visitors can enjoy the luxuries of the most breathtaking and unspoiled surroundings while having the convenience and luxury of a beautiful private house to serve as its center.
“When Richard bought the island in 2007, he was able to take inspiration from his beloved Necker island and instill some of the incredible designs and qualities that made it the success it is today,” added Brown.
“But what makes Moskito Island so wonderfully different is its personality and charm, the result not only of Richard’s vision for the island, but also of the amalgamation of other like-minded owners. , their ideas and their unique vision of the island. ”
Kenton Jones, BVI Regional Manager for Virgin Limited Edition, believes that the Moskito Island experience “will be very private and exclusive, with an emphasis on the natural environment and experiences on the island, which is attractive to customers in the current state of the world and the travel industry. “
Another attraction, according to Jones, are the strict Covid protocols of the British Virgin Islands: Vaccinated visitors are required to take an antigen test on arrival, while those who are partially or not vaccinated must take a PCR test on arrival. and must submit a request. through the BVI Gateway travel portal.
Moskito, Jones suggests, will provide a “perfect escape” for groups or large families, as well as for weddings, honeymoons, corporate events and summits – of course, if the group members are affluent enough. not to be put off by Moskito’s lavish price tags.