Peter Island BVI: A Perfect Slice Of Paradise

Have you ever yearned desperately  to get away for a few days from the hectoring demands of daily life?  No, I mean really get away . . . to somewhere exotic, somewhere enchanting, somewhere shamelessly exclusive.

Peter Island SunsetOn the one hand, you only have a few precious days at your disposal because we both know that the world could easily run aground upon uncharted shoals without your steady hand at the helm!  We simply can’t risk Western civilization as we know it by having you fly halfway around the world to get somewhere.  On the other hand, you’re not the type who is willing to accept the pedestrian or prosaic in exchange for mere proximity.  What you need is a place relatively close yet somehow worlds away.  How does one find such a place?

You are so in luck, dear reader!  Dr. Denton, who just happens to have an advanced Peter Island Spa degree in travelology (a term not to be confounded with that online travel company . . . you know, the one with the demonic looking gnome), is about to write you the perfect prescription for your “Get me the bleep out of here” blues.  As they like to say about themselves in forgivable immodesty, Peter Island Resort & Spa is That PlaceThat place you dream about . . . that place you picture as you close your eyes and blow out the birthday candles . . .that place . . .  I think you get the idea.

Here are three irrefutable reasons Peter Island Resort & Spa is the perfect slice of paradise for you and just what the “Doctor of Divine Destinations” ordered.

THE NATURAL SPLENDOR

Deadman's Beach on Peter IslandLet’s begin with the fact that Peter Island is located in the British Virgin Islands.  Say no more!  (Just kidding, I always say more.)  Consider that this private island is 1,800 acres but only 300 acres have been developed, the rest devoted to walking trails.  The island has a fascinating history a brief synopsis of which can be read here.  The important fact for our purposes is that since 1978 the island and its only resort have been owned by a single family from the midwest who have painstakingly built a lasting legacy by wedding a pristine setting to a world-class resort.

The resort boasts five breathtaking beaches:  White Bay, Honeymoon, Big Reef Bay, Deadman’s and Little Deadman’s (I am thinking of incorporating the last name on this list on my tombstone sans the possessive.  Pithy yet descriptive).  I recommend you plan to stay at least five days so you aren’t faced with hurting one of their feelings.  For beaches, they are surprisingly sensitive and quite jealous of one another.

THE UNRIVALED ACCOMMODATIONS

Beachfront Junior Suites bedroomYour accommodation options in paradise are fairly easy to explain if not quite so easy to select.  Let’s start with the Ocean View rooms which are very close to the lobby, pool, marina, bar and Tradewinds Restaurant.  Each of the eight buildings contains two rooms upstairs with private balconies and two rooms downstairs with private patios.

The most popular room category is the Beach Front Junior Suite pictured above.  Each of these suites has two-person Jacuzzi tubs, two-person showers and king size beds.  Hmm, you might want to be very discriminating when selecting your traveling companion.  I suspect you might be seeing a lot of each other . . . if you catch my drift.

For those who prefer to spread out a little, there are three amazing villas to choose from:  Crow’s NestHawk’s Nest And Falcon’s Nest.  Click on any of the three images below to read more about each one.  I will let you in on a little secret.  There is a fourth villa which is not available as it is for the exclusive use of the owner . . . including any guests he might want to invite, of course.  Just for the record, my next available date is tomorrow and pretty much any date thereafter.

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THE SUMPTUOUS CUISINE

At Peter Island, the chef likes to say there are two key ingredients in every dish he prepares:  only the finest and only the freshest!  I don’t know about you but that certainly works for me.  The signature restaurant is called Tradewinds and I lifted this sentence from their website, ‘Warm breezes whisper as the delicate chimes of German china, French silverware and Italian crystal fill the air.”  Good grief!  I am going to have to spend a month’s salary on Rosetta Stone programs just to eat there.

I have already decided my first morning I am having “Jean Kelly’s Famous Coconut-Crusted French Toast With Bananas and Pancake Syrup.”  For dinner I am vacillating between “Grilled Scottish Salmon” and “Plantain Wrapped Locally Caught Snapper”.  I suspect I have plenty of time to decide while waiting for the owner’s engraved invitation to arrive.

Warning:  Clicking on any of the images below could lead to a sudden rush of digestive juices for which I refuse to bear any medical responsibility.

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As I have mentioned in previous blogs, one of my personal standards for measuring a property is if it is represented by Island Destinations, one of our favorite tour companies whose tag line is “The Authority In Luxury Travel”.  Peter Island Resort & Spa is in their portfolio, by the way.  Otherwise, you can rest assured I never would have brought the matter up.

In any event, Cindy Parsons, one of their destination specialists, has this little personal endorsement, “For ultimate privacy, book the Falcon’s Nest Villa; it’s practically your own little hotel within a hotel and is completely secluded. Step out to 360 degree views of the U.S and British Virgin Islands. The butler is on hand to drive you down for nightly entertainment.”  I so love to have my butler drive me down to my nightly entertainment.  Don’t you?  Next time you find yourself hungering for a brief respite, contact us and we will order you a perfect slice of paradise as only the incomparable Peter Island Resort & Spa can serve it.

Finally, I am curious about something.  How many of you had never heard of Peter Island before reading this blog post?  Comment and let me know.

Incredible Isles – The World’s Best Island Destinations

I am pleased to announce that I have created a brand new category on this blog!  As the title of this post reveals, the new category will be called “Incredible Isles.”

Yes, avid reader, I am keenly aware that my list of categories on this blog is proliferating like a family of cabbage patch rabbits.  I am trying to restrain myself . . . I really am!  I have even considered professional help but I can’t seem to find anyone certified in treating “compulsive category creation syndrome”.  The fact that I seem to be the only one afflicted with this malady might explain the dearth of psychiatric specialists in the field.

The World Islands DubaiBut enough about me . . . assuming that’s ever possible.    Did you know that there are reputedly 180,497 islands on planet earth?  Can you name all of them . . . in reverse alphabetical order?  OK, neither can I.  But I do feel I am safe in saying that not all of them are incredible.  As your devoted guide in all things travel, I plan to obviate the need for you to visit all 180 plus thousand to sort out the incredible from the inconsequential. You’re welcome.

As a wily follower of Travel By Terry, you can sit back, relax and have the world’s most incredible isles and their corresponding exquisite resorts delivered right to your doorstep . . .  or in this case desktop, laptop or hand held device.  Over the course of the next few weeks, months and years (don’t worry, the decade will fly by before you know it), you will learn about exotic locals like Vanua Levu, Fiji and Cap Juluca, Anguilla (Gesundheit!).  Not to mention you will discover other places so exclusive they are only whispered furtively among the au courant after a backwards glance as “Private Islands”.

Vanue Levu, FijiHawaii? Bermuda? The Bahamas?  That’s fine I suppose for the hidebound traditionalists.  But if you have even a thimble of Robinson Crusoe’s blood coursing through your veins (or Thurston Howell III, for that matter), those places will never do.

John Maynard Keynes is said to have lamented, “My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”  I will have failed you if that solemn day comes when you hear God utter an ominous “Check, please!” and your last regret is that you have not visited some of the world’s most incredible isles.  I like to think of these outcroppings as precious stones that fell from God’s overturned jewelry chest when He was chortling over our audacious pride.   But that’s just me.

As an added Cap Juluca, Anguillainducement to your patronage, this week only I am offering an iron clad guarantee.  If anyone drowns along the way, I will refund an entire year’s subscription to this blog.

You don’t know about the subscription?  That comes later when my ineffable charm has the hook firmly planted.  Anyway, what could be more fair than that?

So strap on your water wings, you are in for one grand island hopping adventure.  In the days ahead, I promise you enough cocktail party fodder to last you a lifetime.  Should you want to experience one of these jewels for yourself, we just happen to have a new travel partner who specializes in incredible isles.  What an amazing coincidence!