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Sugar Mill Hotel

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Sugar Mill Hotel

Set on the site of a 370-year-old old sugar mill, this cozy cottage colony is steps from picturesque Apple Bay and features one of the Caribbean's most romantic restaurants.

The Scoop

Owned by longtime food and travel writers Jefferson and Jinx Morgan since 1982, the Sugar Mill Hotel is one of Tortola's best hotels. Built in 1640 as an oxen-powered rum distillery, the historic cottage colony has all the thoughtful touches of a traditional Caribbean inn—island-inspired watercolors hand-painted by Jinx herself, lush tropical gardens, and 23 ocean-view rooms with balconies and kitchenettes—plus plenty more that most hotels don't have. Namely, an über-romantic restaurant, housed in a candlelit stone building where rum was once boiled, and a small private beach known for some of the best snorkeling and surfing on Tortola.

Insider Tips

Children under 11 are not permitted from December 12 through April 14, but kids of all ages are welcome the rest of the year. (The hotel is closed August and September.)

Hotel guests can rent surfboards, kayaks, kiteboards, and more from Island Surf and Sails, a company in nearby Soper's Hole that will deliver to the property.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Tortola's Beef Island Airport (EIS), which is approximately 15 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 25 minutes of travel time.

Apple Bay, Apple Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Gardens
  • Gazebos
  • Boutique
  • Art Gallery
In-Room Amenities
  • Terraces
  • Kitchenettes
  • Coffee Makers
  • Hair Dryers
  • Irons + Ironing Boards
  • Telephones
  • Wireless Internet
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Air Conditioning
Dining & Nightlife
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Breakfast Terrace
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Why We Love Tortola

Silky beaches, crystalline waters, full-moon parties, and, the largest population of all the British Virgin Islands (mean you'll have more options for post-beach bumming entertainment).

Don't Miss

Best Nightlife: Bomba's Surfside Shack. Join the monthly full-moon party at this flotsam and jetsam-adorned hangout in Apple Bay that doles out cups of potent house-made tea. If that's not your thing, go for the live music and roadside barbecue on Wednesday and Sunday nights. 284-495-4148.

Best Shopping: Sunny Caribbee Herb and Spice Company. Like to cook? Here you'll find the best in Caribbean spices, seasonings, and teas. Housed in a colorful West Indian building in Road Town, the popular store also sells local handicrafts and tropical sauces of all kinds. Main Street, Road Town. 284/494-2178.

Wave Break: Cane Garden Bay. While there are plenty of white-sand beaches on Tortola, this is one of the best, and is also home to a string of casual beach bars. Don't miss Quito's, where owner Quito Rymer performs with his reggae band on Friday and Saturday (284/495-4837), and Myett's, a hopping bar known for its fresh conch chowder (284/496-9649).

Raise the Sails: The British Virgin Islands is one of the world's most popular sailing destinations for good reason: the winds are strong, trenches deep, and islands plenty. Experience it for yourself with a day sail on White Squall II, an 80-foot schooner that regularly sails to nearby Virgin Gorda and Norman islands. Village Cay Marina, Road Town. 284/494-2564.
White sands + pristine waters of the BVI.

White sands + pristine waters of the BVI.

Why Go Now

March 26 - 31, 2012
BVI Spring Regatta + Sailing Festival
Known for its innovation on and off the race course, was the first regatta in the world to be recognized by Sailors of the Sea Clean Regatta.

March 29 - April 4, 2012
6th Annual BVI Music Festival
Cane Garden Bay - music, friends, food, fun

July 6, 2012
Fisherman's Day
Fun, Family and beach. This event takes place at the Long Bay Beach, Beef Island and is hosted by the BVI Conservation & Fisheries Department.
Long Beach, Beef Island.

December 2014
Gustav Wilmerding Annual Challenge Regatta
An annual pirate race, the Gustav Wilmerding Memorial Challenge Regatta is a much anticipated boat race.
West End Yacht Club, West End.

April 2014
Spanish Town Fisherman's Jamboree & Annual Wahoo Fishing Tournament
Popular fishing tournament, food, music and family fun
Spanish Town.

Sugar Mill Hotel

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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