Biras Creek Resort
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With the wedding behind us it is time to relax and enjoy. Not that we did not enjoy the preparations so far, but still its a good feeling knowing that everything went according to plan. We started our day with the breakfast and headed out to the reception after. We arranged for a picnic lunch box, and a boat to take us to Gun Creek. There we have a …
Where to start, so much has happened the last few days. Now we are sitting at the Beef Island Airport and finally have some time to catch up on the Blog. We left off at the day before our BIG day, with a bot of a hangover. Today is our wedding day and things start off with a light head. We skipped our breakfast and had a lazy morning. The wedding …
Today is the day of our anniversary, two years and eight months I just calculated. Its also the day before our wedding. We have an appointment with the pastor around four o'clock. Linda has a facial around half past two. We are a bit sunburned from yesterday and maybe a bit charged for tomorrow. Today we just chill out by the pool, at our Villa and …
This place is paradise, I think I never want to leave! The crashing of the waves woke me up early in the morning. I don't know how early, but who cares about time here. I sat outside on the patio deck checking e-mails and news on the Internet, while the coffee maker was filling the apartment with the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
Another early day, isn't this supposed to be a vacation?! Anyhow, we checked out of the Intercontinental and headed to the Airport, only 5 minutes away. We headed to the lounge where we waited for our flight to Tortola. The flight was about 2 hours delayed, but eventually we got our seats and headed out to paradise. Its a short forty minute flight …
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My husband and I are busy professional who just could not get it together to plan a wedding. We decided to elope to Biras Creek. We had a perfect time. The trip to Biras from Phoenix is a long one but went off without a hitch. Within minutes of our arrival, we ate a delicious lunch and rode our bikes (they come with the cabin) to the beach, where in the middle of June, there was not another soul, and had a two hour nap.The food is excellent. It's true that the meal times are narrow but we didn't not view it as problematic. There is nothing to do at Biras but relax, so why not carve an hour out of your day and plan to be at lunch? This is a quiet, very secluded, place with very few guests. We snorkelled every day (including on our wedding day), napped, read, and sunned ourselves. Perfect.The service is what I'd call invisible. It's not the typical resort with waitresses at the pool. You can pretty much wander the grounds unfettered. Have beverages in your room, if you desire. There are trade offs for peace and quiet, after all.The wedding arrangements were all taken care of by Cleo Bradley at Biras. She was great. And within moments of tying the knot, we were on the sunset cruise!I'd say the median age of the guests when we were there is 35.
Our stay at Biras Creek last December was our fourth visit to the Caribbean. It was also the most miserable trip we have ever taken.
I fear my written words will not do the place justice. My wife and I (ages 28 and 33 respectively) went to Biras Creek for a week in early December, 2003. It was perfect. If you are looking for limbo contests, kareoke and dance clubs - this is NOT the place for you (Go to a Sandals if you want that). As a matter of fact, we were in bed every night by 10pm, as most of the crowd seemed to be. Biras is quiet and classy but not at all stuffy. The staff is as warm as the constant breeze which seems to never cease. The grounds are beautifully manicured, with fun and easy walking and biking trials leading to different sections of the resort - don't let the 1/4 mile bike ride to the swimming beach discourage you - the trial is wide and basically flat and the surrounding vegetation smells intoxicating (dont miss the lunch beach barbeque on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays - delicous spred). The crowd was almost exclusively couples in their 30's, 40's and 50's, mostly from the east coast of the United States and from England. Do not miss the trip to "the Baths", the snorkeling there is amazing. The food served in the main dining room is 5 star and absolutely delicious - its so rich that I dont know if I would be able to eat it for more than 1 week at a time - we went to bed very full every night. Take the sunset sail aboard the Mary Irene. Captain Jon and his wife Monique are wonderful and interesting people who live aboard the 44 foot vessel at the main Biras dock. They are full of interesting stories and are very knowledgible about the area and the sea. Pictures dont do the place justice. The main buildings are beautiful - stone and wood. The Arawak Pavilion is one of the most beautiful rooms I've ever been in - the web site pictures of it dont capture its beauty. Ive read some of the negative reviews and I can't understand what the hell those people are talking about. I assume they are part of the Manhattan "brass and class" crowd. We had a beachfront suite which was not big, but it was very new, very clean and very stylish ala Carribean. We are going back - no reason to gamble on other places when Biras fit exactly what we were looking for.
My wife and I went here for our honeymoon on July 2003. We saw the resort on theknot as one of the top ten "most romantic" spots for a honeymoon. We were not disappointed with that description. This is the place to go if you want seclusion, and a quiet, romantic, but adventurous atmosphere. If you want exciting nightlife, go somewhere else. Upon our arrival, we were met by one of the staff, who immediately gave us a guided tour of the property. Our bags were taken directly to our room during our tour. Once we got to our room, we used our complimentary bikes to tour the property. There are some great hiking trails that range from easy to difficult. One trail leads you to the Bitter End Yacht Club which has restuarants and a small grocery store as well as a full dive shop. We went there to buy snacks and alcohol. The Pusser's Rum is very inexpensive and of excellent quality! We used the complimentary Boston Whaler to go on numerous secluded picnics on neighboring islands as well as self guided snorkeling. However, you must go on the guided snorkeling tours to Indian Rock/The Baths, go on the sunset cruise on the resort's yacht, and the trip to Anegada was fun, but disappointing since the restuarant ran out of their famous Anegada lobster. The service at Biras Creek was mixed. The bartenders were wonderful as well as the front desk staff. However, their initial reception can be cool at first. My guess is that they deal with snobbish guests who expect it to be waited on hand and foot, and it's not that type of place. A smile and a laugh can go very far, and they definitely remembered us each time we came back to reserve a picnic lunch and Boston Whaler. Be advised, the restuarant is definitely a fine dining establishment for dinner. The food is absolutely amazing. The pace is slow and for people who want to enjoy the romantic setting for dinner. We ended up using the picnic basket option for lunch since we did not want that same atmosphere/food in the middle of the day. They also offer a voucher option for dinner to eat at the Fat Virgin, which really is a great place to hang out and eat/drink. The chef there was a fun person who hails from California. She makes the food from scratch, so even a hamburger does not look like any hamburger I've ever had, but the taste was incredible! The conch fritters were also made from scratch and were wonderful. One fun side note, there are some large Iguanas on the property who may scare you initially, but they are harmless and a little shy. But, you can feed them flowers by hand, and if you feel a little adventurous, they will take the flower out of your mouth! Makes for a fun picture to show back home.I read some of the negative reviews prior to deciding on making the reservation. I was a little concerned at first, but my fears were diminished once I got there. The bedroom is the only that is air conditioned, it's true. If you leave the doors closed with the A/C on, then when you return, you have a cool place to relax. It's the tropics for goodness sakes, so there's going to be humidity! My only real complaint is that the king sized bed is really two smaller mattresses put together, so there can be a gap that becomes very obvious as the night goes by. We met Michael and his wife during the evening tea service. They were very nice and I had a pleasant conversation with Michael. When we left the resort at the end of our trip, Michael and his wife walked our group to the dock and waved goodbye as we left. It was a nice personal touch. Everyone on our group was sad to leave. The trip was worth the cost, and my wife and I plan to return again. When we walked to the Bitter End Yacht club and saw the kids/teens there, it really reinforced how happy we were to go to a place that predominantly catered to adults.
A delightful resort with many positive attributes, yet a few drawbacks.
We have traveled the Caribbean extensively for the past 25 years ... St.Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Antigua, and other islands. Last year we had a wonderful family vacation at a 4-bedroom villa on Mahoe Bay in Virgin Gorda, BVI. We had a delightful experience and quickly fell in love with this beautiful, unspoiled, and "friendly" island.As we were preparing to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary we searched for a way that we could return to this lovely place ... but this time we wanted a sophisticated, yet causal and very private resort atmosphere. We found it all at Biras Creek.Overly commercialized vacation spots don't appeal to us and we know that the Caribbean doesn't cater to the "brass and glass" hotel crowd. So we weren?t surprised that Biras was just a bit on the ?rustic side?. Biras Creek was just perfect ... isolated and not overdone, but with all the amenities. The views were breathtaking; the hiking trails were great fun; the food was 4-star; the staff was friendly; and the accommodations were very nicely done. Most importantly, we were left alone. The staff was available when we needed them, but they didn?t ?hover?.The acid test comes when we are departing and we decide whether this is a place that we would consider for a return visit. The answer is a resounding YES! This excellent resort is on par with our stay at Jumby Bay in Antigua a few years ago ... and that's saying a lot.Thanks to the entire Biras Creek staff for making our anniversary celebration so memorable. We will return!
In planning our wedding, my husband and I were searching for a honeymoon location and accomodations that compared to our previous visits to Cap Juluca, Anguilla, the Four Seasons, Nevis, and La Semana, St. Martin. In reading an article in the Robb Report we became interested and investigated Biras Creek, Virgin Gorda.
Beware! Once you go to Biras Creek, no other Caribbean or ocean resort will ever make you happy again. Biras Creek has it all – solitude and relaxation, water activities galore (if you want), congenial staff and fellow guests, fantastic food and views to remember for a lifetime. “Casual elegance” is the key of this hotel’s charm. The “castle” and 33 secluded guest cottages are positioned so as to reap the cool ocean breezes while providing stunning views of Gorda Sound and the luxury yachts at anchor. Guests bicycle down short sandy avenues to reach the idyllic private beach and the marina.
Biras Creek is special. Sure, a lot of places claim or lay claim to this boast. Biras Creek can really do this however.
This place is indescribable. If I could grant the world a wish, it would be that every person on earth be able to stay just a few days at this resort. The staff is excellent, the food is great with an amazing variety, and the scenery... I guess the best word is paradise. My wife and I went here on our honeymoon as well as the Westin on St. Johns. The Westin and St. Johns is nice but if we were to do it again I would stay only at Biras Creek. There is