Editor’s Review of The Bitter End Yacht Club
Note: This resort has suffered damage in the 2017 hurricane season and is closed until further notice.
Kids, some as young as seven, are perched in a Sunfish docked at the Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda. They are learning about rigging, rudders and such de rigeur nautical terms as "starboard," "port" and "mast" before their instructor heads them out for a hands-on sail in the splendid turquoise waters. Vacation at the Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, and you and your children can morph from landlubbers to savvy sailors.
Sailing is the prime past time of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Along with fair winds, the British Virgin Islands are known for abundant harbors as more than 60 islands and
uninhabited cays offer safe anchorage within a stretch of 80 nautical kilometers. With so many bays and secluded coves, BVI has always attracted sailors, including pirates. Ever sing "Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum" on a long family car ride? Legend has it that the ditty was inspired by the BVI islet where the notorious Blackbeard marooned 15 of his fellow swashbucklers along with one sword and a single bottle of rum.
The Bitter End Yacht Club, accessible only by water, is one of the best places in the Caribbean to learn to sail. The nautical term "Bitter End" refers to the end of a rope, but it's also a perfect name for this resort, as it is located on the last spit of land before the open ocean. The resort attracts both experienced sailors, some docking their yachts at the property's marina, as well as wannabes who don't know their aft from a rudder but who are willing to learn. The best part of the Bitter End is everyone loves the ocean and no one cares or bothers to know who is sitting beside them at dinner, even if it's neighboring Necker Island owner and Virgin Airlines and Records owner Richard Branson in his khaki shorts and flip-flops. The year-round sailing school offers a variety of hands-on courses as well as special classes for children at select times.
The laidback resort, where dressing for dinner typically means donning a clean T-shirt, offers 85 accommodations split between beachfront and hillside units. The windows, while screened to keep out bugs, are glass-less, meaning you'll fall asleep to the sounds of the surf below and wake to spectacular sunrises. less
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront villas and suites
- Sailing lessons
- Special kids' camps
- All Inclusive
- Water Sports
- Children's Program
- Kids'/Theme Meals
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
If you're looking for a laid back vacation with lots of sailing and water sports and very little decision making, Bitter End Yacht club might be the place for you. We took our then 9 and 13 year old kids for a spring break ...
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The property offers 85 rooms split between beachfront villas and the North Sound Suites. Be aware that the villas and suites require some stairs. Pen flashlights are provided at check in to help you navigate the resort at night, when it's dimly lit and you're trying to find which villa is yours. A little tricky! Rooms come with porches, hammocks, a ceiling fan and mini-fridge but no televisions. Air conditioning is also available in all of the rooms as a back up.
The beachfront rooms have what the resort calls a "West Indian treehouse" decor, a simple, but colorful ambiance with lots of wood, lilac walls, tiled bathrooms, teak vanities and batik fabrics. A ceiling fan, mini-fridge and coffee maker can also be found in these rooms.
These rooms are located on the resort's upper boardwalk and are considered the "tree house" rooms. There is a wrap-around veranda and the shower features a sea view.
Located within the mangrove forest, these rooms also feature a wrap-around veranda.
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