Tortola is one of many British Virgin Islands. The West Indies are located only 60 miles east of Puerto Rico. These islands can be reached from the air via San Juan, or via a 15-mile ferry from St Thomas (about $50 per person round trip). In “Conde Nast Traveler”, these islands were named one of the top ten Caribbean islands in 2006. These 12 inhabited islands have villas, apartments and resorts for you to choose from. It is my personal pursuit to find the most romantic place on each island. I specialize in romantic travel and I try to share at least one great property with clients on every island I visit.
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As we all know, the British Virgin Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, and the US dollar is even considered the only legal tender. For most tourists, these islands are actually about sailing. One can charter a yacht with the crew, or join a recognized teaching school sailing. For me, this is for guests looking for romantic hotels for honeymoon and anniversary visits.
The wedding in the British Virgin Islands will be unforgettable and relaxing. The marriage certificate is easy to arrange and it is valid in the United States. I witnessed one of the relaxing weddings at the comfortable and romantic Sugar Mill Hotel. The rain forced the wedding to be held under the shaded open-air pavilion. The flashing lights, flowers and ribbons create an absolutely romantic atmosphere.
Sugar Mill Hotel is set in a lush tropical garden among the ruins of a 17th century sugar mill. According to a report from Conde Nast Traveler 2006, Sugar Mill Hotel is one of the top five in the Caribbean. The award-winning cuisine in this historic stone building was once home to the plantation’s rum distillery. This food is the ultimate in Caribbean ingredients, combined with California cuisine in an imaginative, award-winning menu that changes every night.
This resort is located on the west side of the island, opposite a small white sand beach, where there is sea water protected by reefs. Travelers from the United States must remember to drive on the left side of the road. I recommend taking a taxi from the airport. If you prefer, you can arrange car rental at Sugar Mill Hotel.
The hotel has a honeymoon suite near the restaurant. Although fully equipped, this standalone unit is too close to the parking lot and swimming pool for me. I prefer the plantation suite. Their designs reflect the charm of traditional Caribbean architecture with exquisite stone carvings, breezy porches and lace gingerbread decorations. These rooms are a short walk from the beach. Each master suite has an open-plan layout with a king-size bed, a large bathroom with double sinks, a living room with sofa and chairs, cable TV, VCR and a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator. The steep hillside allows all guests to enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean and some neighboring islands.
The honeymoon package for 7 nights includes luxury accommodation, a bottle of premium champagne, 3-day jeep rental, 1-hour massage, full-day sailing to nearby islands, including lunch and drinks, gourmet picnic for two, and a bottle of Sugar Mill. Mums, welcome cocktails and a copy of “Sugar Factory Caribbean Cookbook” by Jeff & Jinx Morgan-Bon Appetit columnist. Breakfast and dinner can be included in your daily fee.
If you want a low-key and relaxing stay, then this island resort is your ideal choice. This hotel is not suitable for people with disabilities, but for special people who like to meet staff and other guests.
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