We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights before going on a 1-week yacht charter through the BVI. We had never been to BVI and wanted to explore Tortola. We had planned to cycle around the island but it turned out to be a holiday and all the stores were closed, which turned out just as well because the island roads are very narrow and winding with steep hills, crazy drivers, and they drive on the wrong side of the road (British). Just riding in a taxi was scary enough. The hotel is about a 1/2 hr interesting drive from the airport. It was so nice to get to this lovely little hotel on the water. It's really beautiful and has its own little sandy beach. Our room wasn't quite ready for us so we relaxed in the hammocks by the pool after flying all night. It was the slow season so there weren't many people staying there so it was extra nice. We had a "pool suite" and it was a very, very nice room on the 2nd floor overlooking the pool and out over the ocean to the islands beyond. We had our own private deck with a table and chairs and a fan overhead. You walked into a sitting room with couch and chairs on one side and a bar, stools, and fridge and sink on the other side and a fan overhead. Through a door was the bedroom with a king bed, another fan, and air-conditioning that kept it really cool for sleeping. We had to keep the bedroom door closed so that the room would stay cool and it felt fantastic whenever we came inside because it was smoking hot and humid outside all the time. We had all the fans going so there was always a lovely breeze but the air-conditioning was necessary for sleeping. Off the bedroom was a nice big bathroom and the highlight was the private outdoor shower. At one end of the bathroom was a door leading to this rock-walled shower with plants growing and the sun shining in. It was spectacular.
We found the service at the Sugar Mill to be fantastic. All the staff were so friendly and so helpful. The bar area was really attractive and we had a nice dinner in the restaurant on the 2nd night when the rest of our cruise group arrived. On the 1st night we walked a short distance to another nice restaurant (Sebastian's) on the beach. We passed the famous Bomba's bar but it was the slow season so it was pretty quiet. The hotel pool was really nice and we particularly enjoyed the beach. We were completely entertained watching the pelicans and other diving birds dive-bombing the fish.
The island itself is quite undeveloped. We went into Roadtown to look around and there are some shops and restaurants but nothing special. Restaurant service throughout BVI was not great but the Sugar Mill Hotel gives great service. We were glad we picked this hotel for our 1st 2 nights in BVI but we wouldn't have wanted to stay longer or we would have been bored. We need more activity. This was the nicest place that we saw on Tortola and we highly recommend it.
- 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