To the Bitter End
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Most people love Caribbean resort vacations, but not everyone
loves simply lounging around and occasionally getting involved in some
organized activities. Some people crave action and adventure – albeit in
luxurious surroundings with great food and drink and a luxurious room or suite
to return to in the evening!
The Bitter End Yacht Club, despite its unlikely name, is the
place where you’ll find happiness and relaxation if you’re this kind of
vacationer. Located on the north eastern tip of Virgin Gorda in the British
Virgin Islands, The Bitter End Yacht Club is a vacation destination for folks
who want to get the salt spray in their hair.
The resort is both a vacation destination and a fully
functioning yacht club and marina. Set in its own cove below low wooded hills,
it enjoys the best of the Caribbean climate and a regular stiff breeze for
those who love to sail. And if you love to sail – or if you’d love to learn to
sail – this is the place for you. It acts as both a stop-off for cruisers
sailing their own boats around the BVI and a resort for those who want to do a
little more sailing but don’t necessarily own their own boat.
The accommodation comes in a number of different types. If you
really want to enjoy the sensation of being a salty sea dog you can stay aboard
one of the Freedom 30 yachts moored in the marina. These sleep six people, and
really give you a taste of life aboard. They’re not, however, the most roomy
option open to you, and a lack of space is the price you pay for true
authenticity – although, of course, if you’re an experienced sailor you get the
added benefit of being able to take your ‘room’ cruising around the BVI!
If you want to spread out a little more you can stay ashore. The
Bitter End Yacht Club does not have a hotel building as such, and all
land-based accommodation is in villas and houses. The beachfront villas are –
as the name suggests – right on the beach, and feature very comfortable and
convenient sleeping arrangements in a compact area that doesn’t feel at all
small. It’s the little things that make The Bitter End Yacht Club such a great
place to stay – all rooms have coffee makers and ceiling fans, and the staff go
out of their way to make sure that any small needs or requests you may have can
be catered for.
Moving up a little, you can book a North Sound Suite or an
Estate House. Both of these options are a little further up the hillside, away
from the beach. The payoff is that you get to enjoy great views and spacious
accommodation. Estate Houses feature two double bedrooms with bathrooms,
kitchen, living and dining area, so they’re great for two couples or a family
of up to six people. The Bitter End Yacht Club is very happy to welcome kids,
though it generally discourages families from bringing members under the age of
You’ll never find yourself short of things to do at The Bitter
End Yacht Club. The resort owns a fleet of over a hundred boats, and the
renowned Sailing School will help you build your skippering skills whether
you’re a beginner or an expert. The resort even offers a ‘learn to sail’
package break. Aside from sailing, there’s a host of other watery activities to
keep you happy, including Scuba diving and snorkeling. If you want to stay
ashore, you can laze by the pool, use the resort’s excellent exercise amenities
or even take a long or a short hike on the many trails which criss-cross this
end of Virgin Gorda. Gorda Peak, the highest point on the island, is not far
from the resort.
Dining at The Bitter End Yacht Club is also a great pleasure.
Aside from requesting that you don’t turn up to dinner in a swimsuit or wrap,
there are no restrictions on dress – the management only insist that you are
relaxed and comfortable. A relaxed attitude is taken to the cooking too – the
food you’ll find on offer at the English Carvery and the Clubhouse Grill is of
a very high quality, and basically designed to fill the hungry stomachs of
vacationers who have had a busy day on the waves. You won’t find haut cuisine
here – just good, tasty food, beautifully prepared and served in portions
designed to keep you going through an energetic week!
The Bitter End Yacht Club is a great vacation destination for
those who want to do something on their vacation – either keep up their sailing
skills, rediscover a lost love of the sea, or learn the basics of keeping a
yacht afloat. This really is a resort on the ocean wave.