Lonely Planet Writer

Work begins to rebuild Richard Branson's luxury Caribbean getaway

The team at Virgin Media Edition have confirmed that Richard Branson’s luxury resort on Necker Island will more than likely be open for business again next October. The Caribbean getaway sustained damage during Storm Irma, which ravaged many of the islands in the region in September of this year. In the wake of the storm, Branson shared a selection of posts on his Instagram channel, updating followers on the situation in Necker, and urging them to make donations towards aid efforts.  

The 74-acre island of Necker is an exclusive luxury resort. Image by Virgin Media Edition

On 10 September, he wrote: “much of the buildings and vegetation on Necker has been destroyed or badly damaged. But British Virgin Islands Hurricane #Irma story is not about Necker – it is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods. @virginunite is coordinating aid to local BVI families & communities affected”.

Now, the group has confirmed that work has commenced on rebuilding the resort, with the aim of doors being reopened early next winter. “Necker Island will welcome back its first guests to a newly restored Great House as early as October 2018”, says Charlotte Dollin, VME’s Head of PR, “with further accommodation to reopen in 2019.” Once repairs are complete, guests will once again be able to enjoy a range of watersports, spa treatments, and daytime excursions during their stay.   

One of the British Virgin Islands, Necker is a 74-acre site that operates as a luxury resort, with accommodation available for 34 guests. It’s an incredibly idyllic location, boasting white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and average temperatures of 30ºC. Branson bought the island in 1979, and over the course of three years, transformed it into an exclusive luxury getaway. He owns other retreats around the world too; among them a 28-room hotel in Morocco, a luxury tented safari camp in Kenya, and a mountain chalet in the Swiss Alps. Find out more here.