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Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Why Stay At Frenchman's Hotel
During a stay at one of Frenchmans' nine cottages in the British Virgin Islands, it's possible to pass the day taking in the breathtaking water views without seeing another soul.
Located on the tip of Frenchman's Cay—a tiny island on the west end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, about a two hour flight from Miami—the nine-cottage Frenchmans resort offers an ultra-private Caribbean hideaway feel. Each residence has a sumptuous name—Passion Fruit, Star Fruit, or Lime, for example—that matches its tropical interior, with rattan and Balinese furniture, ceiling fans, tile floors, and vibrant original artwork. Furnished with its own kitchen and balcony, each one- or two-bedroom cottage has spectacular water views. There's a pool and a tennis court on the leafy nine-acre property, and snorkeling off the resort's palm-tree lined private beach, which is considered one of the best locations on the island. The tiny marina town of Soper's Hole is just a seven-minute walk, with fine dining, nightlife, a spa, and provisions nearby.
Ask to take out one of the resort's free kayaks for a paddle around the bay's sheltered waters.
With a call to the concierge before your arrival, your kitchen and fridge can be pre-stocked with anything from wine and beer and fine cheeses to basics like milk—all from the local provision store that supplies incoming yachts at Soper's Hole. (A full list of supplies is available.)
Arrive at Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) which is approximately 17 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 30 minutes of travel time.Frenchman's Cay, British Virgin Islands
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Private Beach
- Outdoor Pool
- Walking Trails
- Tennis Court
- Kayak Rentals
- Spa Treatments
- Concierge Staff
- Private Cottages
- Private Balconies
- Full Kitchens
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- Flat-screen TVs
- Stereo Systems
- iPod Docks
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- In-room Safes
- Patio Dining
- Max occupancy in the 1 Bedroom is 2 people. Max occupancy in the 2 Bedroom Cottage is 4 people
- Welcome bottle of wine
Why We Love Tortola
Crystal clear waters, verdant hills sloping down to the Caribbean, and views unspoiled by development, Tortola, British Virgin Islands offers magnificent scenery but feels relatively undiscovered.
Drinks for two $16.
Where to Eat: The menu changes weekly at The Dove, an upscale restaurant with a lively outdoor patio, 15 minutes by car from the hotel. Always recommended is the Dove Steak, a Parmesan-crusted rib eye with a black truffle jus and mushrooms.
67 Main St.; Road Town.
Dinner for two $80.
Best Dive Trip: Newbies can learn to scuba in shallow waters over the course of two days (this course doesn't result in certification). Trips leave from Road Town.
Intro to scuba course $115.
Including gear, instruction, and snacks.
Best Day Trip: A full day trip (eight hours) on a 45-foot sailing catamaran takes guests to a selection of different islands, with stops on secluded beaches. Mystique Day Sails trips leave from Soper's Hole.
Trips start at $85 for adults, including snorkel gear and beverages.
Why Go Now
May 24-26, 2013
BVI Music Festival
Held in Cane Garden Bay (a 10-minute drive), this outdoor festival draws crowds for Latin and Caribbean stars and some international acts.
June 23, July 22, + August 20, 2013
Full Moon Party
A BVI cultural institution, these outdoor, beachside parties feature live reggae music under the full moon. The family-friendly version is held at Fireball in Trellis Bay, a 30-minute drive. The more adult-oriented parties are held at the Bomba Shack in Capoon's Bay, a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
July 25-August 10, 2013
The British Virgin Islands version of carnival, this festival includes music, parades, and live music across the island.