My husband and I traveled to Peter Island Resort for a week over Christmas 2013. The island is absolutely beautiful and impeccably kept. As others have said, the food is amazing - whether dinner at Tradewinds or a casual lunch at Deadman's Grill. What makes PI Resort so incredible are the staff - so friendly and helpful, going above and beyond to make sure their guests are happy.
We flew into St. Thomas and took the "ferry" to PI, which in our case was a yacht. We got there super early and enjoyed some time in the marina with Ash and Lynn, the captain and first mate. What lovely people! The ride to PI took about an hour, with a stop in Tortola to go through customs. The crew did everything - we didn't have to get off the boat until arriving at PI. Upon docking, the staff takes your bags to your room, and you are welcomed with the signature cocktail - ginger lemonade, with or without rum. It was so good, I had it several more times during the trip. With rum. :)
We stayed in an Oceanview room, which is nearest to the lobby, pool and Tradewinds restaurant. The room itself was spacious, comfortable and very clean. The water pressure in the shower was great. There is a small fridge stocked with water, soda, beer; which are refilled daily (beer has a charge). We were on the second floor and the room was plenty large enough. You probably won't spend too much time there, except for a good night's sleep after sun and food! Nightly turndown service, and the room was cleaned daily (unless you put up the Do Not Disturb!)
The closest beach to the rooms was Deadman's Beach, (about a 5-7 min walk) where there were chairs, umbrellas, and watersports (all free of charge for resort guests). We tried stand-up paddleboarding and it was very fun! There were also kayaks, Hobie Cats, etc.
If you walk a bit past Deadman's, you will come to the Spa (about 10-15 min from the room). The Spa itself is beautiful and the staff is so friendly. The pleasant scent of lemongrass will stay with you! Treat yourself to some spa time, you won't be disappointed - a massage, facial, etc. There is an infinity pool and hot tub tucked away near the beach by the Spa. There were never really any people using the pool or hot tub, even though it's able to be used by resort guests as well. Yoga and fitness classes are offered at the spa, either in the Spa Garden or on the Patio, weather permitting.
Honeymoon Beach - Pretty but not very secluded because of all the boats.
White Bay Beach - make a reservation, and order a picnic lunch. There is a limit to how many people will be there. There's little cabanas with chairs that provide shade and a little privacy. We were one of two couples on the beach - but there are definitely boats (yachts, really) that may anchor and take the little boat to shore....so there may be more people there than the resort knows about. Not a big deal.
As I said earlier, the food was wonderful - however, the standout dish was the dessert I had on Christmas - a vanilla bean marshmallow on top of gelato, in a delicate sugared bowl. OMG! Best dessert I have ever had! Jean Kelly's French Toast was also amazing. We had it for 5 out of 7 breakfasts. You won't be disappointed.
The staff was definitely the best part - Collin, Donna, Charity, Rimple, the wait staff, the drivers, EVERYONE - the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. Top notch service 24-7. I had a run-in with a jellyfish with an allergic reaction and had to go to the hospital on Tortola. The resort was wonderful and even sent an employee with us to make sure everything was okay. (It was - I never saw the jellyfish but it got me good!)
Some reviewers have mentioned the walking - yes, you CAN walk from place to place but you don't have to...there's shuttles and vans to take you where you want to go, ready in a few moment's notice.
There are a LOT of boaters/yachters that come to Peter Island and spend the day on the beach. Even though there is a designated portion of Deadman's Beach for visitors from boats, it doesn't seem to matter. There were also a lot of families with the boats. If you are looking for a completely child-free resort, this isn't. Since the restaurants require reservations, make sure you make yours at breakfast because the boating crowd is making them, too.
There no televisions in the room, you may want to plan ahead if you enjoy watching TV or movies - WiFi was decently strong in our room - 104 (closest to lobby). Be forewarned, if you are a Netflix subscriber from the U.S., do some googling on how to make it work out of the country.
This is a beautiful, upscale, laid-back resort where you can do or NOT do as much as you want. The kind of place that slows your blood pressure down just a bit.
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- Also Known As:
- Peter Island Hotel Peter Island
- Peter Island Resort And Spa British Virgin Islands