Private Island Escape

by Jennifer Doncsecz

Doesn’t jetting off to a private island oasis sound like the perfect escape? 

Scattered throughout the British Virgin Islands are several private islands that are available for rent. 

Just east of Tortola is the Aerial Resort. This private island is 43 acres, and the main building rests high above the Sir Francis Drake Channel in the BVI’s. 

Getting to this island requires a flight to Tortola, which is available from San Juan or St. Thomas. Once you arrive in Tortola, a health official performs a Covid test (which is the 2nd test you must take as you are required to submit proof of a negative test 72 hours prior to arrival). After clearing the health station and customs, you are whisked to the pier, and the Aerial resort staff boards you on their private boat for the 20-minute ride to the island. As you approach the island, you see a castle-like building resting on the cliffs high above the sea. Upon arrival at the Aerial, each guest must take a rapid Covid test, and from that point on, no masks are required throughout your stay. You have now entered a Covid-19 free bubble! 

The island resort can comfortably sleep 26 adults and up to 10 children. The private island resort features all meals, drinks, and water sports activities. 

Guests can drive one of the electric Mokes from the castle-like main area down to the beach and around the island. The water sports activities include water skiing, tubing, paddleboards, and kayaks. 

The water sports crew will also take you around the islands in one of 2 of the resort’s boats if you like. 

Each room features private bathrooms with an outdoor shower. Every room has breathtaking balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea. You will find daily snacks in the rooms, a Nespresso coffee maker, and throughout the resort, there is high-speed WIFI. 

The resort’s main areas include a large dining area, an infinity swimming pool, a library, a common “living room” with couches, loungers, and a huge TV. 

Outside of the main castle-like building are hammocks and a bar with swings for bar stools as well as tables and chairs for al fresco dining. 

There is also a heliport and yoga deck. 

Down near the beach is an outdoor “jungle gym”, a beach bar with more swings for bar stools, a covered pavilion with large tables, and an outdoor brick oven for pizza as well as dining facilities. 

There are comfortable bean bag lounge chairs scattered along the beach, and plenty of hammocks hang between palm trees. 

The resort employs two chefs daily, and the meals are customized to each person’s diet and preferences. The focus of the dinners features local fish and healthy cuisine. 

At night, there are fire pits, and one of the highlights is being entertained by one of the chefs who plays music on his guitar/keyboard. (He has performed before President Obama and Sir Richard Branson). 

This private island is the ideal spot for a small destination wedding, corporate retreat, or multi-generational family looking for a Covid-19 free bubble. 

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