Necker Island Reopens

British tycoon Sir Richard Branson has opened the new Great House on Necker Island. Part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection of ultra-luxury properties and machines available for rent, it was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original in 2011.


Located in the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island has been a popular hideaway for well-heeled travellers and celebrities including Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and singer Natalie Imbruglia, drawn to its turquoise waters, coral reefs and tropical rainforest. Inspired by the Balinese architectural style of the original, the new Great House boasts views of neighbouring islands, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean from its 9 suites, including a master suite on the upper level that features a spa and a stand-alone outdoor bath.


Accommodating up to 30 guests, it also features an outdoor terrace with hammocks and sofas, a crow’s nest, and a zip-line down to the beach. The property is available for USD 60,000 a night and individual suites may be rented for 7 nights during ‘Celebration Weeks’.


Since its inception, Virgin Limited Edition has steadily expanded to offer a range of luxury retreats to travellers. The portfolio now includes Morocco’s Kasbah Tamadot, the Mahali Mzuri tented safari camp in Kenya, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, Verbier’s The Lodge and The Roof Gardens in London, as well as luxury catamaran Necker Belle and Necker Nymph, a 3-man submersible.


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