On The Rocks

Virgin Gorda is the third largest of the British Virgin Islands, known as “nature’s little secret.” It’s no secret that the island boasts beautiful beaches and the infamous Baths, but tucked away on Virgin Gorda’s southwestern shores lies a truly luxurious getaway – On The Rocks.

This contemporary villa is just waiting to be the perfect home for relaxed island living and entertaining, and its location in Little Trunk Bay Estate is ideal for exploring all that the island and the rest of the BVI has to offer. With access to three amazing beaches, On The Rocks is the perfect place to call home. Masterfully designed by British architect Jon Osman to incorporate the granite boulders native to the southern part of Virgin Gorda (think of the iconic Baths), On The Rocks gets its name from these amazing natural structures and is sure to delight with unique features and unparalleled luxury.

Secluded on 1.4 acres adjoining Spring Bay National park, On the Rocks has everything a homeowner dreams of and more.

Beach access is truly one of the great joys of living in the Caribbean, and On The Rocks does not disappoint. Three stunningly beautiful beaches are just moments away from the villa and will entertain water sports fans and sunbathers alike. A one-minute stroll from On The Rocks is Little Trunk Bay, known for its excellent snorkeling. Just north is Valley Trunk beach, one of Virgin Gorda’s longest and most beautiful beaches. Its powder-white sand and calm waters are truly unforgettable and Valley Trunk has been noted as one of the best beaches in the world. South of the villa is Spring Bay, and the world-famous Baths are just five minutes away, featuring enormous granite boulders, warm pools and hidden caves to explore.

Accessed by a sunlit stone walkway, cheery blue doors welcome everyone and open into a light and airy great room. Its circular shape offers expansive panoramic views of the ocean, including the Sir Francis Drake Channel, Peter Island, St. Thomas and St. John in the US Virgin Islands and the Dog Islands. Enjoy relaxing in the great room beneath a richly stained exposed beam ceiling that is warm and a hallmark of tropical architecture design.

The fully equipped kitchen features a chef-worthy Wolf range, stainless steel appliances and halogen task lighting. Granite countertops and Liptus wood cabinets offer a beautiful space to prepare meals and snacks, while the wet bar just off the living area has a built-in icemaker so the cocktails are always cold and ready to go.

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Out on the terrace, a dining table begs for guests and a dinner party with a perfect view. A custom-built outdoor charcoal grill is ideal for making steaks for two, the perfect intimate dinner party or a fun barbecue with family and friends. The lounge chairs create a great space for a lazy afternoon or sunset cocktails.

Enjoying the warm Caribbean sun has never been more fun on the pool terrace, complete with deck loungers and umbrellas for cool shade. A trickling waterfall slips from a boulder into the cool, blue pool. Sipping a rum drink while taking in the views of the surrounding islands makes the perfect end to another day in paradise.

Back inside, the villa’s elegant bedrooms mean peaceful rest for all. Each bedroom features air conditioning, plush mattresses, luxurious linens and light-blocking drapery. Technology – just in case you don’t want to live without it – is available in each bedroom, including flat screen TVs, DVD players and iPod charging docks.

The Rising Sun Suite is located in the main house, and features an elegant king bed and two sets of French doors opening onto a private patio tucked into a lush tropical garden, perfect for enjoying morning coffee. A large outdoor shower again highlights the natural rocky landscape and tropical vegetation provides maximum privacy. In a separate poolside pavilion just steps from the main house, the Trade Winds suite is nestled in a green garden setting. Another large, private outdoor shower gives guests a unique way to experience the luxury villa but remains private. Perfect for guests or those wanting lots of pool time, the Sea Breeze and High Tide suites are located in the poolside pavilion and offer direct access to the pool and deck.

On the lower level of the pavilion, Sea Breeze provides a unique circular bedroom suite with French doors opening onto the spacious pool deck. The High Tide suite is located on the upper level of the pavilion and features a king bed, open air shower, private balcony with panoramic views and a private circular staircase for pool access. Two separate laundry facilities and ample storage make this villa an absolute gem.

Sara Sherman
Sara Sherman is a freelance writer, yoga teacher and former St. Thomas resident. Learn more and contact Sara via her website at www.SaraMSherman.com.
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