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Bitter End Yacht Club
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in North Sound
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Los Angeles, California
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“Beautiful cottages!”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

My stay here would have been romantic had I not been traveling with my girlfriends. We upgraded & got a cottage/sea view. If you are deciding between the two, it's worth the sea view cottages or forget it! Waking up in the morning with the ocean before you is breathtaking & you have the cottage all to yourself! I have stayed at a few other hotels at the BVI but this is the only one I experienced where I woke up and the water was before me. Waking up early & swimming in the water for hours was my favorite pastime. The private beach is quite nice here & renting boats is easy to do at the watersports booth & we would take the boat to Spanish Town or another island to try different restaurants. For those who are not familiar with the BVI, what makes the island special is that it implements green policies that you will not find in the US Virgin Islands. The resort is extremely eco friendly and does not rely on AC (controlled fan) and that is something you should be aware of. I often get hot easily & I had no problem staying in these rooms. What I really liked is before my stay they sent me a drink & food list to order in advance of my stay so it was in my room when I arrived. I thought that was convenient & given many food and drinks are slow boated to the islands; the prices were reasonable. Now if I wasn't with my girlfriends on vacation; this place would have been extremely romantic!

Room Tip: Ocean view cottage! Ocean view! Ocean View! Cannot stress this enough!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

My wife and I honeymooned during early June and had the Admiral's package. We both loved it and are looking forward to our next opportunity to return. Weather was great, hardly any rain and a great steady breeze all day and night. June was their offseason, so it was much less crowded than in their busy season.

The Admiral's package included 3 meals per day, access to all boating fleet including Boston Whalers, catamarans, kayaks, small sail boats, paddleboards, etc, daily snorkeling trips, champagne on first and last nights, one private dinner, dinner cruise, and several other small items.

We had a little trouble getting there due to flight delays, but we talked to the BEYC staff and they arranged for a ferry to pick us up later than usual at Tortola. Upon arrival at the ferry, they phoned in our dinner orders, which were waiting on us in our rooms once we checked in along with complimentary champagne.

We stayed in a Garden Cottage, which was wasn't on the beach, but was higher up on the hill and provided an amazing view and allowed for a steady breeze in the room. The room itself was very nice and always clean. The best part was the porch, where there was a hammock and two beach chairs to lounge and read in.

The food was very good, especially breakfast. Although, not 5 star food, we had absolutely no complaints. The service was very good as well. Several servers really stood out as excellent, but a couple were indifferent.

Several things stood out/Recommendations:
-Daily snorkeling trips were fantastic. The 2 captains were top notch, accommodating, and knowledgeable.
-Day trip to Jost Van Dyke and the Baths. Highly recommend going to either or both. Jost and the Soggy Dollar Bar was one of our most favorite parts of the trip.
-Be as active or lazy as you want. We were active, whether snorkeling, fishing, or boating most days, but we had a couple days of reading on the beach or pool.
-Take a boat out for a day and island hop to different beaches or head to Saba Rock during happy hour.

Several things to keep in mind:
-Although it was mostly comfortable in our rooms without A/C, it could get somewhat hot without a breeze to cool you off. Next time we will upgrade to the Premium Beachfront Cottages.
-Plan for the ferry rides to be longer than 30 minutes. They told us it would only take 30 minutes from Tortola to BEYC, but the ferry was sometimes late and had other stops to make so it was closer to 45 minutes to an hour one way.
-Drinks are not included in the Admiral's honeymoon package, so be aware that the drink prices are higher than most.
-Go to the market when you get there and buy water bottles and anything else you need for the week.

It was an overall excellent trip and we highly recommend it. Beautiful location, access to as much water recreation as you want, great food, great people, and great weather.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Rachel and I spent the first week of our Virgin Islands honeymoon at Bitter End. It was an excellent choice and well worth the travel, cost and time. Time stood still while at BEYC, that is until we had to leave.

Our North Sound cottage was terrific -- private, cozy, incredible view. Loved the restaurant -- wonderful staff that goes out of its way to please and assist. Were invited to join Mo for one of the first Monday manager dinners -- special multi-course meal, really incredible food and company. Everything to eat at BEYC was fresh, well prepared and plentiful.

Water sports galore -- we took out a kayak, a whaler and Rachel took a windsurfing lesson. Lounged at both beaches and the pool, the latter at which we enjoyed the company of Martin. Have a painkiller, a bushwhacker or five!

Excursions are unforgettable -- went snorkeling twice, to the Baths twice and unfortunately missed Anegada and there was no trip to Jost or Norman the week we were there. Be sure to jump off the top of the vessels wherever you're moored, awesome fun!

Random tips:

1) Sundry items are available but super expensive on site, so take all needed items with you.
2) Get a meal plan.
3) Definitely take advantage of all the excursions and activities.
4) Hit up the spa for a massage.
5) Hike the trail to the top of the "mountain" at dawn or dusk for a truly incredible sight.
6) Check out the happy hour at Saba, but be aware the ferry runs on Saba time.
7) Stay as long as possible.

It's fantastic at BEYC for couples and equally fantastic for families. We will return again. And again.

Happy to answer any questions!

Room Tip: North Sound cottages generally require a steep uphill walk, unless you receive a ride on a golf cart...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ann Arbor
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

My husband and I, along with our teenage son, recently enjoyed our second visit to Bitter End Yacht Club. All three of us adore Virgin Gorda and, I always tell people, "if you like shopping, nightlife, or golf -- don't go to Virgin Gorda." But, the absence of these things is precisely why Virgin Gorda appeals to us. The island is unspoiled and beautiful. The atmosphere at Bitter End is relaxed and casual. Both of our visits were fantastic experiences and, although the cost makes Bitter End a definite splurge for us, I feel their Admirals Package is a good value for what you get (provided you take advantage of the many sports, excursions, and activity offerings that are included, which other resorts and/or cruises charge extra for). The food and service at Bitter End are outstanding as well.

We have visited Bitter End in February and in May. There are pros/cons to both:

-- February --
Costs more
Busier, more crowded
No bugs
A/C not needed (you can sleep with open windows and enjoy the breezes)

-- May --
Less expensive
Uncrowded (you can score a waterfront table at every meal)
Mosquitoes
Hot (non-stop A/C required)

Activities
Bitter End offers so many activities, you can fill every minute of every day, or just choose to relax in one of the hammocks or deck chairs that are everywhere. There is also plenty of shade, which is important for us great white Northerners. The three of us took advantage of windsurfing, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, snorkeling excursions, two of the day-long excursions (Best of Virgin Gorda and Norman Island), and a sunset sail. Again, many of these types of outings can easily cost over $100 per person at other resorts or as shore excursions on a cruise, but are included if you get the Admirals package. I also enjoyed yoga (no extra charge) and we all loved the hiking in the area. (The Bitter End trails are nice, but don't miss the trails at the adjacent Las Brisas resort for some spectacular views!) The watersports staff were all excellent, and Joe especially went out of his way to help my husband and son have good windsurfing experiences (showed them where the most consistent winds were, offered to drop them there by boat and bring them back). It is also very reassuring, for anyone out on the water, that the Bitter End staff is watching out for you and comes to assist folks who capsize or are having trouble getting back to shore. We also really appreciated Captains Samson and Kinto, who guaranteed that our snorkeling and excursion outings were all wonderful experiences.

Food
We all agreed that the food on this visit was even better than we remembered. The menu seemed to include more lighter, low carb offerings such as the grilled Wahoo on greens served for lunch and the grilled Tuna on panzanella salad served at dinner. The fish was always fresh, perfectly grilled, and beautifully presented. We also had steak a couple of times, and it too was delicious and perfectly grilled to our specifications. Each meal includes a self-serve buffet in addition to the items you can order from the menu. The buffet gives everyone the opportunity to pick and choose what they want from a multitude of soups, salads, fresh fruit, and side dishes (and, if needed, exercise a bit of portion control). The special theme nights (West Indies grill and Seafood Extravaganza) were fabulous. Desserts were wonderful and my favorites included mango cheesecake, banana creme brulee, and the chewy almond cookies. My husband is an espresso junkie, and his one comment was "they have a great espresso machine, but need a better espresso roast." The kitchen also seems to go out of their way to accommodate people with food sensitivities.

Service
Service is generally excellent throughout the resort. In particular, the front desk was very accommodating when, on both our visits, we arrived several hours before check-in. The front desk staff graciously allowed us to enjoy lunch in the restaurant followed by a full afternoon of water sports so we were able to begin enjoying our vacation the minute we stepped off the ferry.

Service in the dining room was generally good. Although, even if you are on an all-inclusive package, you still have to ask for (and sign) a check at the end of every meal (even breakfast and lunch). From a guest's perspective, this just feels like an unnecessary inconvenience. Is this done so the servers will get tips? (I'd be happy to tip at the end of the week, just like you do on a cruise.) Is it so you see the cash value of what you have eaten? (I know food is expensive in the Caribbean.) Sure, alcoholic beverages are not included in the package, but couldn't you just pay for those at the end of the week as well?

Rooms and Housekeeping
We stayed in the North Sound Suites. We found our room to be very comfortable and spacious enough for the three of us. There are nice welcoming touches with you arrive -- fresh flowers, cold drinks in the fridge, snacks, and a small bottle of rum. Very nice toiletries and bathrobes are provided. The A/C was a definite plus because it was hot in May. Housekeeping mostly did a good job, but some things could have been better. Coffee and kleenex were not replenished. Doors and screens were left open during cleaning allowing even more mosquitoes to get into our room. A housekeeper knocked on our door one evening at 6:20pm and asked if we wanted turn down service. I said we were getting ready for dinner (which doesn't even start until 6:30pm) and could she come back in 15 minutes. She gave me a look that very clearly implied she would rather not, and I told her to just skip us. Personally, I don't care one iota about turn down service but, if you're going to offer it, please do it right. Relations with our daytime housekeeper were also odd in that she would suddenly appear on our balcony and attempt to come into our room via our sliding glass door, and cheerfully ignoring the "do not disturb" sign on the main entrance to our room (just beware all you honeymoon couples!).

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 May 2013

I had the pleasure of experiencing the Bitter End for both work and play. The staff all around are incredibly friendly and helpful. The resort manager, Mary Jo, and her food and beverage manager, Marielle, are top notch. Everything here is well focused around the guest experience. The rooms are superbly comfortable and transform one to a new level of relaxation. And as a final attribute, The Bitter End has taken great strides in being a "green", Eco-friendly resort, and are continuing to forge on in that front.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

The Bitter End Is nothing short of an amazing port for sailors. It's gorgeous but it's a millionaires haven. You never know who could be sitting on the bar tool bext to you here... Everything is expensive here but take a look around and you will see why. You're surrounded by luxury and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of yachts. Sir Richard Branson's 102 ft catamaran the Necker Belle is often times docked here if that tells you anything. The drinks are ice cold, and the food is great as far as islands go. It's a great place to pick up some souvenirs, get some ice cold drinks and a lunch and let everyone stretch their legs in style. Everything here seems to close pretty early. Don't expect much nightlife at this port. You gotta hit Anegada if you want to stay up late dancing on the beach. Stop in, the Bitter End has just about anything you need, for a nominal fee of course. Enjoy!

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

Enjoyed happy hour outside with live reggae music right on the water. Chicken wings were tasty and we voted their conch fritters the best on our BVI island hopping tour! Shopping was good and found some deals on the sale rack. Store clerk was very helpful when hubby wanted a particular shirt -- she found his size in the stock room!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bitter End Yacht Club
Address: Virgin Gorda
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Region: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Virgin Gorda > North Sound
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in North Sound
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Hotel Class:4 star — Bitter End Yacht Club 4*
Number of rooms: 85
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