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We spent the morning prepping the boat and putting all the food away. The girls went ashore and took showers (so we did not have to use the water on the boat) and did a little shopping.
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... dive on this trip. lunch at the buffet and a fantastic honey roast leg of pork, looks and tastes more like gammon but superb. Dropped of at the beach via a wet landing. Music thumps out and the beach in front of the Soggy Dollar Bar is packed with revellers at 1400hrs. Quite beautiful beach white sand clear flat water. We opt to move along the beach to a more sedate area of the bay. A short cliff and rock pool walk and we get onto a neighbouring bay with ...
... floating in the dinghy, placing calls to all of our family members while we enjoyed watching pelicans diving within feet of us in the food-filled shoreline mangroves.
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We have traveled extensively in the Caribbean, and Nail Bay is one of our favorites. We love the low-key atmosphere of Virgin Gorda & that's exactly what you get at Nail Bay. Staff is helpful & very friendly. The very comfortable rooms have amazing sunset views over the ocean and the secluded beaches are just a short walk away. If Nail Bay was more expensive than it is, it would still be a great value. For quiet, privacy & natural beauty, this is the place to go.
Celebrate at Nail Bay
March 30, 2004 We always anticipated spending our 25th Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii.. But when it came right down to it, we chose the Virgin Gorda , B.V.I. over every other location. This year, you can read about Nail Bay Resort in numerous travel books. It¬ s now ¬ on the map.¬ But last winter, we only learned of the existence of Nail Bay through Cheap Caribbean. We contacted Nail Bay and found Binny to be extremely patient and helpful. He helped us choose the perfect paradise Villa: Mystic Waters. Our friends from Seattle caught our excitement and decided to join the fun. They happily settled on the extraordinary Sunset Watch. Then my brother and his wife from N.J. chose to join us at Island Time Village. We were all equally satisfied with our housing arrangements. We enjoyed a couple of meals together at The Dog & Dolphin. Friendly staff members were so excited for us celebrating 3 anniversaries together: two 25ths and one 20th. They even dedicated a love song to us, written by a local singer and played it during dinner. The 3 beaches at Nail Bay are magnificent, boasting of some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean- at your doorstep! It is great to sometimes have your own private beach. The grounds, the ruins, and the stonework are all noteworthy, and we have the photos to prove it! Virgin Gorda IS paradise. But you have to see for yourself this unspoiled gem of an island in order to truly appreciate it. Beauty so dazzling it makes you want to write a praise song to our Creator for His artistry on land and on sea¬ Looking for a place to celebrate an anniversary? A birthday? LIFE ? Skip Hawaii. Book a value vacation at nailbay (Just ask where any construction may be). We also recommend the 3 stop snorkel trip with Double D . Soon we will return to Nail Bay Resort with our 12 yr. old daughter who can¬ t wait to learn to snorkel! She chose Nail Bay over Disney! We¬ re also bringing more dear friends to share this adventure with! Joy & Nicholas Long Island, New York
Worth the trip
We just returned from a week at Nail Bay (March 2004) and while yes, the roads are unpaved and yes there is construction...it in no way kept us from having a wonderful week. We rented a jeep (which is a must ) and were able to get around fine-construction was going on but was not a problem for us. The grounds and beaches are beautiful. We stayed in a super deluxe room and it was well laid out and the view of the sunset was wonderful. We brought food with us and shopped at Buck's in Yacht Harbor and were able to prepare our meals in the kitchenette in our room (a grill was provided as well). Not having cable made the week all that more relaxing...a real chance to get away from it all. The beaches of Virgin Gorda are easy to get to, public and well cared for. Our favorite was the beach at Nail Bay and Savannah Bay Beach. Don't miss a chance to take a snorkeling trip with Double D Charters-it was a wonderful day. We left feeling relaxed and like we had had a real get away vacation. We would definitely consider returning to Nail Bay.
Beautiful, but hard to get there!
I have stayed at Nail Bay twice. The first time in May 2001 and recently on my honeymoon in Nov. 2003. A lot had changed during that time. Many more villas and tons of construction. The one thing that hadn't changed was the road leading to nail bay. It is terrrible. We rented a jeep and driving can be very scary there. You're basically on the side of a mountain with no guardrails. Driving to the Northsound is even scarier. We stayed in Sunset Watch lower deck. It was nice with a beautiful view. There was a couple above us with a baby that cried though! We had a pool to share with them. No cable and their movie selection is not very current. The food is great at the dog and dolphin, but overpriced. Benny, the manager, is extremely nice and helpful. Be sure you are on the correct Ferrie schedule to get back to St. Thomas, or you could be waiting on Tortola a while. The Baths are neat, but too touristy. Go to Spring Bay right before the baths. And go to Leverick bay and rent a dinghy. Visit Mosquito island and the ruins of Drake's Anchorage. We saw a baby nurse shark, huge sea turtle, and sting ray all in one day out in the dinghy. Saba Rock's food is not that great. We ran into Morgan Freeman at the Bath and Turtle Pub in Spanish town. He must hang out there alot, his picure was on the wall with the owner and no one was giving him any special treatment.
Savannah Bay is the most beautiful on the island. The beaches at nail bay are rocky and not very pretty. I think Nail Bay will be an awesome resort in about 15 years, but right now the construction is disturbing and the roads are horrible. Of course the price will definatley go up then!
Seclusion at its worst!
My family visited Nail Bay resort during spring break of last year.
During our stay there was some major construction going on, and it was pretty intrusive. We stayed in a villa with two bedrooms and a spectacular view of the water. However, huge yellow bulldozers would obstruct our view most of the time so we couldn't really enjoy it. We were happy with our accomodations and didn't have many complaints about the well furnished villa. The pool at the "resort" is tiny, but we never used it anyway because we were always on the beach, and it wouldn't have been a problem if we had wanted to use the pool because we were virtually the only people there (besides all of the construction workers). The hot tub wasn't working. We rented a jeep and explored the island daily, and we found some really amazing beaches. Be warned...Virgin Gorda is a really tiny island and there isn't much going on. I really wouldn't reccomend this place for a family vacation..it's almost too secluded. We found ourselves going to restaurants and town in search of people! We brought our own snorkeling gear and found some good spots right off the beaches. The Baths are really beautiful, but it's a huge tourist trap. Our kids were actually really excited at the sight of people, but we left after a while and found GORGEOUS beaches just outside The Baths. The roads are really rough and tough, but we dealt with it because we needed adventure! The rooms have VCR's, so bring your own videos! I think the trip will be what you make of it..the island is beautiful with great views and great beaches. If seclusion is your thing...go for it. It's a good place to get away for a few days, but Nail Bay is falsely advertised as a resort when it's really a bunch of villas with some bulldozers and a bar. The place has great potential and in a few years it'll be nice...but if you're looking for action, this isn't the place.
My family stayed at Nail Bay Resort last year for Spring Break and we loved it! We stayed in one of the villas which was fantastic! It had a large veranda in the front with a pool and barbecue pits and we used it the to sunbathe, and watch the gorgeous sunsets at night. The beaches are outstanding here! The water is crystal clear and there are so many different varieties of fish and coral. My family particularly loved Savannah Bay's beach, which has turquoise waters and white, white sand.
There were times when we were the only people on this beach. One day we also hiked up the peak and when we got to the top, the view was breathtaking. You could see all the way to Anegada and there was a stunning view of Tortola and many small islands that also beklong in the British Virgin Islands. If you travel to Virgin Gorda, you should definitely visit the Baths. We went in the morning when it is not nearly as crowded as it is in the afternoon. The snorkeling is excellent here. We saw so many beautiful types of fish and coral. I would recommend bringing a water-proof camera--we got beautiful pictures!! I must inform you though that the Baths is particularly popular with boaters and is very crowded in the afternoons. Overall, I was very happy with my experience at Nail Bay on Virgin Gorda. Many people have mentioned construction, but there seemed to be none going on during our visit in 2003. I would reccomend visiting here if you are looking for seclusion, and relaxation. This island is a gorgeous piece of paradise!!
We loved the resort but it is for certain types of people!
We just returned from our honeymoon at Nail Bay Resort (Oct 26-Nov 2).
It was the end of the slow season so it was not crowded at all. We really liked it- but it does have it's pitfalls if you don't like certain things. First of all the island of Virgin Gorda is dry, rocky, beautiful and very small. It was much more dry and rural than I expected. The roads all over the island are not very good; poorly paved and extremely steep in many areas. You have to have guts to drive here, but we rented a jeep for the whole time and thought of it as an adventure! I was nervous many of the times we were driving but you really do need to rent a jeep if you want to go out and about and find some secluded beaches. There is good taxi service all over the island though.
Re Nail Bay, you need a jeep because the resort is several miles off the main road and the roads become pretty steep and very dusty. This resort is actually pieces of land that are being bought by private owners and some houses are being built a few at a time. The management company on site then rents them out to people like us. We chose the Sundowner suite- which is a guesthouse off of another house. There was no one staying at the larger house, which was above us, and it was a wonderful experience! The Sundowner overlooks the ocean and there are a few steps down to the beach. You can't really swim right there because it is too rocky. We just drove to Savannah Bay every day because it was much nicer for swimming. The Sundowner has it's own plunge pool, a huge deck, beautiful furnishings inside and out, an indoor bathroom but outdoor covered shower, a full kitchen and a huge wooden bed! We were really impressed with how nice it was. It was extremely private and we did not see anyone while we were in the Sundowner. They also provide maid service every day. If someone was staying above you in the main house it might not be the same thing.
There is construction going on and sometimes we had to wait a few minutes for the road to clear from construction vehicles. At the Sundowner, we were not bothered by construction but if you stay in some other areas it may be bothersome. Make sure you ask about that when you reserve. Also- there were several units that were pretty high up in the hills so make sure you ask and get the type of area that you want. We found the management to be pretty friendly- not overly so- and a bit relaxed in the way they do things- it might bother some people (remember,you're on island time). This resort is not the type of place to go if you want to be pampered- it is for self-sufficient people! We really loved it- we drove on the rough roads, were all by ourselves in a beautiful cottage, and did things ourselves. [comments from husband; there is definately a certain type of crowd that enjoys the solitude and relaxed mentality it takes to have an enjoyable time on an island in the Carribean the size of Virgin Gorda, again, if you're the "Four Seasons cater to your every whim" type, you'll probably not enjoy it.
On the other hand, if you're into exploring caves (the baths) or a spirited drive around the island (stay on the left), or even better, catching a few ferry boats to the neighboring islands (Jost Van Dyke is highly recommended),then this is for you! Mosquitos were a minor bother, and the huge lizards are really cool]
p.s. the construction workers usually knocked off work by 3:00-4:00 even if you knew they were there.
Overall we had a really fantastic time and would visit Nail Bay again.
More Than Nails at Nail Bay
Nail Bay is a construction site with a bar. People were pleasant enough, but there is constant truck traffic, horrible roads, continuous contstruction noise during the day, unfinished amenities (like a path to the beaches), a very long walk down the construction road to the beach (unless you stay in a beach villa), and very little resort feeling. The parking spot was not even finished at the village. This may some day be an eclectic neighborhood on Virgin Gorda, but certainly does not qualify as a resort. On the good side, the restaurant had just hired a new chef. Food was fresh and well prepared.
We recently stayed a the Mystic Water suite at Nail Bay resort and were very disappointed. Our room was fairly clean but the place needed some serious maintenance. The walls were dirty, the furniture was stained and well-used. When it rained the celing leaked and water drained under the front door flooding the kitchen. We were offered another room but it did not have the same perks as the one we reserved (private pool, great view). Management needs classes in customer service. They never apologized for the leaks, and were not helpful in arranging activities. Most of the staff were friendly, but just seemed to not care about our disappointment. Other rooms at the resort are in better shape, but it's a mixed bag. Lots of construction going on. Roads are terrible. Food at the resort was average and breakfast was boring, with outdated and stale offerings. Go elsewhere to eat.
A nice resort with a few problems
My wife and I were disappointed with our stay at Nail Bay, especially after we had read some nice reviews on line. When we were at the resort (December 2002) they were in a major
rebuilding phase - and we heard it!
The pool and bar area was closed at the time and both were under reconstruction. That was OK and the resort made other arrangements for food, but we were staying in a condo about 35 feet from the construction site. The management was very understanding and moved us to a villa, but even the villa was only a short distance from another villa that was under construction. We had a beautiful view while we had to listen to a cement mixer running 6 - 8 hours a day down the road.
The resort plans to have several dozen villas built over the next few years so you should check whether you will be staying next to a construction site when you make a reservation.
Besides that - it was fine. The staff is friendly, the food is good, and the beaches are amazing. The resort is secluded so you'll need to rent a Jeep to get to the rest of the Island.
Nail Bay is a bargain right now, and when it has completed it's construction it will be a great resort.