My Daughter and I just returned from a great week at the Sugar Mill. We had their "Adventure Package," which made for a perfect introduction to the beautiful BVI's. Our package included four (delicious!) dinners at their beautiful restaurant, scuba lessons and dives, a day sail, a flight to Anegada with lobster lunch, a 6-day jeep rental, a castaway picnic lunch, and a nice room. It was perfect for a trip with a 20-year old; plenty of activity and plenty of relaxation.
It's a great little hotel. Our room was on the lower floor, the furthest away, at the top of the hill. A short but challenging hike for the out-of-shape me, but a pretty walk. The first night there a low-growing palm blocked our view of the ocean. Next day, we looked out and someone had hacked of the lower branches and we had a view. But even without the view, we liked the privacy. The rooms are spotless clean, and very comfortable. The whole place felt very homey. It's quiet, except for the roosters crowing. Still, we never turned on the air conditioner or shut the windows, and the roosters didn't keep us awake. But they do crow and crow, all over the island. I never saw housekeeping people, never. One time I saw a man sweeping up steps. They were excellent, invisible staff. No bathtub, but very nice roomy shower. Room has a toaster and microwave and coffee pot and fridge in a tidy little kitchen alcove. I made coffee, never used the kitchen. Too many beautiful places to eat on the water in Tortola to be toasting bagels in the room! But you could easily save some money if you wanted to cook light meals in the room.
The staff doesn't gush over you, they just take care of you. We arrived too late for lunch, and the consierge (who multitasks like a champ) said that perhaps when the dinner staff came on they could make us "a ham and cheese or a turkey and cheese sandwich." Sure, we said. It took a while, maybe an hour and a half. But we hung on the little beach, and then our room was ready, we unpacked, and then got the call that our sandwiches were ready. We walked down to the restaurant to find two plates with ham and cheese club sandwiches, pretty fruit, and slices of pie, key lime on one and a coconut pie on the other. We joyfully ate them in the gazebo. Fabulous. Now we could have griped that they took too long to feed us, and jumped in the car and rushed out for food. But we would have missed out on a real treat. It's Island Time, mon.
That night was my birthday; at the restaurant they had prepared special menus with a happy birthday message on them for me, a sweet souvenir. And they brought my desert with a candle and sang a Happy Birthday that was actually in tune and beautiful. That's the kind of special service you get. Restarant food is excellent and the service is terrific.
The pool area is lovely and usually it was empty, good for a stop on the way to the room for a dip and a swing in the hammocks. The beach area is tiny but very very nice with those gorgeous views. Big beaches are a short drive away in either direction. You can walk to Bomba's Shack, or Sebastians, or Coco Plums.
Can you tell that we adored the Sugar Mill? I had the pleasure of staying at Peter Island Resort four years ago, and had a glorious time. However, after experiencing the wonderfully rich island of Tortola, the terrific people there, and the lovely Sugar Mill Hotel, I'll take the smaller, simpler, and far cheaper path of the Sugar Mill. It was just grand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A sea side boutique hotel with a world standard restaurant. Set amid lush tropical surroundings, the Sugar Mill is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful British Virgin Islands. All our rooms have balconies or terraces and panoramic sea views. From January 2016 our refurbished rooms will include free wi fi, refrigerators, safes, dressing gowns and slippers, iron and board, hairdryers, flat screen TVs , mobile device charging points, luxurious new european bedding and new tropical designer furniture. We have on site the BVI's Number One fine dining restaurant offering fresh lobsters, succulent steaks, crispy belly pork, rack of lamp, scallops in champagne sauce and other mouth watering fare served in the dining room which has been restored from the Rum House of a 400 year old sugar mill. We also have a casual beach restaurant right alongside the hotel. Our small secluded beach offers luxurious loungers and umbrellas with bar and snack service right at your bedside. Alternatively our fresh water circular pool is set among swaying palm trees with a help your self honour bar. Check out our new for 2016 our Five Star All Inclusive option. Everything you need for a perfect vacation at one fixed price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sugar Mill Tortola
- Hotel Sugar Mill
- Sugar Mill Hotel Tortola, British Virgin Islands