Necker Island Day 1

Background: Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s home and favorite hideaway situated in the British Virgin Islands, a stunning and unspoiled area of the Caribbean.  My wife and I are currently enjoying a 1 week vacation on Necker Island.  The usual price for a Celebration Week on the island is just north of $30,000.  Instead, we paid 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles.  For additional background, please see “Considering the 1.2 million mile Necker Island challenge,” and “Days away from Necker Island.”

* The island is normally hired exclusively for up to 34 guests sharing 17 bedrooms on an all- inclusive basis. Rates start from $78,000 per night ($2,294 per person per night). It can also be shared with others during Celebration Weeks; these are held several times each year and allow guests to book individual rooms as opposed to hiring the entire island. Prices for Celebration Weeks start from $30,000 for a 7 night stay.

On Saturday, we awoke at 4:30 am in an Orlando Airport hotel room where we had spent the night. Our 6 a.m. JetBlue flight to Puerto Rico was uneventful.  At the San Juan airport we were booked into a 2:30pm flight to Beef Island, but we managed to fly standby on an earlier flight instead.  Once we cleared immigration and customs at Beef Island, a van picked us up to drive us to the dock.  There, Necker Island staff were waiting with champagne and a speedboat to take the 12 guests who had arrived around the same time to the island.  Please checkout this video for more about our travels to Necker Island:

When we arrived at the island, several staff members and Richard Branson himself greeted us.  The 12 of us were shown to a nearby table for a magnificent lunch and a magnificent view.  Nearly everyone was giddy about being here.  My wife and I really enjoyed getting to know several of the other guests.  While I didn’t get a picture of the lunch area, here’s the view from the pool which is only steps away:

Necker Island beach house pool

There are several different buildings containing Necker Island’s guest rooms.  Ours was is the Great House.  There, we found that our room was very nice, and that the balcony and view were fantastic:

Necker Island our balcony. Great House Room 2

I was eager to get out to the water, so I headed out to nearby Turtle Beach where I was told that I could snorkel at any time.  Things didn’t go exactly as planned.  The exciting snorkeling adventure story can be found in the following video.  Enjoy!

Last updated on October 20th, 2016

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Hey Greg,

First time poster, long time reader. You are by far one of the most informative reads on BoardingArea. Necker Island looks like an amazing place, and is truly the ultimate aspirational award. About a year and a half ago, my wife and I stayed at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia (amazing hotel), and this reminds me very much of that. Hope you and your wife have an amazing trip!

Evan
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Evan

WOW FrequentMiler in beast mode! This is frickin amazing. Thanks for bringing us along through video. Loving the updates but please enjoy and don’t let blogging interfere with this amazing experience

Andyandy (The Points Ninja)
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Greg, my admiration is at war with my jealousy! I think this is awesome and I’m glad y’all made it. And dodged the hurricanes!

Andyandy (The Points Ninja)
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Okay, my jealousy is winning… darn you, FM, darn you to heck.

Dan
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Dan

Very cool!

Dino
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Dino

Tnx for sharing, Greg! Can u please share what camera/phone you used to shoot the video?

dotti cahill
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dotti cahill

wow a great video for us to be Jealous!!!! thanks for sharing the experience..hope to see more ..esp about the food etc and the wine list!!!!

Dale Mitchell
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Dale Mitchell

Get in there and snorkel; those are ripples, not waves! Hopefully things will calm down a bit later this week. Here is a link to the wave forecast: http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/viewer.shtml?-multi_1-latest-hs-US_puertorico-

Looks like a blast. Keep those vid’s rolling 🙂

Max
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Max

Great video reviews – well edited and just the right length & level of detail!

Bikeguy
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Bikeguy

AWESOME!!!!!

Skor
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Skor

This is AWESOME!

brian
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brian

Amazing. What it’s like to live like the 0.01%.

Will
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Will

Keep it coming Greg, I’m living through you vicariously!

Dale M
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Dale M

Hardly rough for this time of year. Get in and snorkel a bit! By Friday the waves should be less after building a bit for the next 3 days. Can’t wait to see the snorkel videos . . .

Antonio
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Antonio

looking forward to more reviews and vids from your trip!

Sam
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Sam

So great and aspirational. Shows us the best that our hobby has to offer! Thanks for sharing and enjoy ithe mightily! (Did I just say mightily?)

Sophia
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Sophia

How awesome!! Thanks for sharing, you are amazing!

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Krystyna
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Krystyna

This is AMAZING. I am so jealous!!! Keep the tripe reports coming.

losingtrader
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losingtrader

I’ve robbed your house of all furnishings.
Thanks for letting me know you were leaving.

You realize you could have bought those points from Virgin Atlantic for only 5 cents each?

Ten Bucks a Week
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How cool especially meeting Sir Richard Branson. Thank you for sharing the experience. You are one of my favorites for all your clever ways of generating miles.

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Great video, better than 20 photo reviews!

dan
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dan

I hope you got a photo with Richard Branson!

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Linda
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Linda

I’m trying to figure out which Great House bedroom you stayed in and what the heck that building to the left of your terrace is. I don’t see anything like that on the Great House floor plan. Huh. Was it bedroom 5, maybe? (But still…what the heck is that building?) Did you have an outdoor shower on your terrace? Anyhew…so jealous, but very happy for you. I visit Necker Island frequently, but only in my way-too-detailed imagination.

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[…] Definitely Necker Island! That trip exceeded my expectations. It really was like stepping onto Fantasy Island. It’s not like it’s over the top luxury. Even though staff are all over the place, they’re not in your face the way that some places may be. They’ wee just friendly, like they were hosting us in their house. It was just absolutely terrific. There’s something special about sharing that experience with no more than 30 total guests. It was a quick bonding experience with other people from around the world. Just very special. […]

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[…] Necker Island Day 1 […]

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[…] Definitely Necker Island! That trip exceeded my expectations. It really was like stepping onto Fantasy Island. It’s not like it’s over the top luxury. Even though staff are all over the place, they’re not in your face the way that some places may be. They’ wee just friendly, like they were hosting us in their house. It was just absolutely terrific. There’s something special about sharing that experience with no more than 30 total guests. It was a quick bonding experience with other people from around the world. Just very special. […]