Home away from home; Aquamare British Virgin Islands

If life is like a box of chocolates, then renting an Aquamare villa is in the truffle section. Some guests want the independence and comfort of a home away from home, some the perfect beach or pool, and the rest thrive on activity. Aquamare in Virgin Gorda is all these and more, with the added bonus of the amenities and staff of a five-star hotel.

With three 8,000-square-foot villas, able to accommodate 12 people each, you have the choice of renting one or all three for a wedding or special reunion. Spread out on one and a half beachfront acres, the five-bedroom villas each boast three master suites with a double and a junior garden suite. The bedroom balconies look out over Mahoe Bay— a view you can admire from your hammock, tropical cocktail in hand, or on your king-sized bed relaxing on soft frette linens. 

The materials, paintings, objets d’art and furniture inside and out were sourced by the Swedish-born and Paris-trained architect Liselott Johnsson. Various Caribbean and South American hardwoods are used throughout with a 30-foot Spanish cedar vaulted ceiling in the living area. 

The kitchen is kitted out in stainless steel professional-grade equipment, recessed cedar cabinetry, and every imaginable gadget for the gourmet chef in all of us. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors, Italian travertine marble, Bvlgari bath products, and an endless stack of freshly laundered pool towels make Aquamare the ultimate luxury experience.

As for the bathrooms, they are all en suite and come standard with decadently oversized Kohler bathtubs. The shower room is located en plein air with pebble floors and lattice wood screens and doubles up as yourpersonal spa treatment room, where you can have a volcanic stone massage or a coconut scrub and be washed off under the brass rain shower hanging directly above the massage table.

Meals can be arranged any way you like—DIY or allow one of three rotating villa chefs who offer three-course meals prepare it according to their particular style.

Just want to tan? Laze by your villa’s infinity pool or on the private sandy beach overlooking Beef Island and the Isles of Dogs. Whichever you decide, there will be staff to take care of your every whim, from cold towels to iced water. You must try the “Dream Bed”, a modern take on a swing for two but with a mattress—another perfect nap spot. There are also kayaks and snorkeling equipment to make the most of the irresistible aquamarine water. If you desire something more relaxed, a yoga or pilates session can be arranged without leaving the enclave.

Talk to the on-site concierge who will gladly organise a day trip on one of the two Aquamare yachts, whether for a picnic or visit to other beaches, a sunset cruise or a trip to the world famous Baths. The concierge can also arrange a trip to go swimming with dolphins in neighbouring Tortola.

Like a decadent truffle, you’ll find the pleasures of Aquamare difficult to resist.

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