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Honeymoon at the Bitter End Yacht Club

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A March 2005 trip to Virgin Gorda by GreenMermaid

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Quote: The Bitter End Yacht Club is an all-inclusive resort desiged for active sailors who want to take advantage of all that the British Virgin Islands have to offer. The beautiful setting and gorgeous views from all rooms were ideal for relaxing at the end of an activity-packed day.

Honeymoon at the Bitter End Yacht Club

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Overview

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For sailors, the BVI is a Disneyland -- ideal and consistent winds with easy navigation and short distances between anchorages. Civilization is never far away, and the BVIs cater to visitors.Quick Tips: We stayed at the Bitter End Yacht Club for our honeymoon during the last week of March. It was the last week before the prices go down for the summer – however, it was probably also the last week without summer squalls and too many bugs. I've read quite a few reviews that describe the overbearingly hot weather and mosquitos in the summer that make enjoying the outdoors somewhat less pleasurable. Taking advantage of all that the resort had to offer, we opted for the yacht-villa combo, wh...Read More

Bitter End Yacht Club

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Hotel

Bitter End Yacht Club Photo, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
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Our first 3 nights we stayed in the North Sound Suites, which are due to be turned into condos next year. Although they were clearly not new, everything was in good shape and the villa was wonderfully spacious. I especially liked the enormous shower that was screened in but outside the air-conditioned space of the room. Our deck commanded an awesome view overlooking North Sound and dozens of anchored boats. At night, it looked like a little city out there with all of the boat lights – very romantic. Although the suites are up steep roads (reminiscent of Switzerland) and then up flights of steps, we often opted to call for a golf-cart "taxi" up and down. The staff always responded right away, and we en...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

Bitter End Yacht Club

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Clubhouse, Almond Walk, and the Carvery

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Restaurant

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Each day you had to make a reservation for dinner so that they could adequately serve all of their guests without seeming overwhelmed. If you are on the all-inclusive Admiral's Package, you do not pay extra for your meals. Alcoholic beverages were extra, although there was a make-your-own-mimosa station at the breakfast buffet and rum grog available at lunch. The meals in the main restaurant alternated between regular order-off-the-menu dinners inside and sumptuous buffets served outside on the adjoining Almond Walk by the beach lit with tiki torches. They must have known it was our honeymoon, because every night the staff seated us by or overlooking the water without our having to ask...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

Clubhouse, Almond Walk, and the Carvery
Bitter End
Virgin Gorda

Bitter End Yacht Club

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Attraction | "Sailing"

Bitter End Yacht Club Photo, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
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To say that it is fabulous sailing here is an understatement. However, sleeping aboard a monohull in most of these semi-protected anchorages is anything but. That said, if we had to do it all over again, we would have chartered the sailboat for just a day sail and stayed in the beautiful (and comfortable) accommodations on shore. However, our 3-day trip on this 30-foot sailboat was by far the biggest part of our adventure. Since food is included as part of our on-land accommodations, so was provisioning for the sea portion of our trip. The resort staff gave us free reign in the marina store to get whatever provisions we wanted (of course, we snatched up four lobster tails in addition to brie,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

Bitter End Yacht Club

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Bitter End Yacht Club

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Attraction | "Hobie Cat Tour"

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As part of our resort package, we took the free Sailing 101 class, taught by young, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. It was very helpful to review and learn new things. This is how we found out about the special Hobie Cat Tour, an extra excursion that had an additional cost. Here was the advantage: anyone can take the free Hobie Cats within the restricted confines of North Sound, but with this tour, we were able to go through a break in Eustacia Reef and sail all around Necker Island. Our "tour guide," a young sailing instructor, drove a Boston Whaler and herded us like ducklings in the right direction, supplying us with whatever drinks we wanted (water, soda, beer, and champagne) along the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

Bitter End Yacht Club

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Guy's Trail

Attraction

Saba Rock - view from Guy's Trail Photo, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
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During our last days, we tried to fit in as much as possible. We hiked up Guy’s Trail, a rigorous climb up to the top of the island above the resort that yielded truly spectacular views, and enjoyed a plunge in the pool at the trail’s end.


It is not for the meek or out-of-shape. BRING A BOTTLE OF WATER AND A HAT. It is hot up there, and the exertion takes a lot out of you. Also, go early in the morning, before it is too hot. Bring your camera – there are incredible views of the small islands around and that amazing blue-green water.


Wear your bathing suit under your clothes -- the trail descends to the pool, a welcomed refreshment!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2005