If you’re looking for an idyllic island getaway with exquisite pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and lush tropical foliage – Oil Nut Bay may be your paradise. Owner David V Johnson, an eminent American developer and visionary set out to find a serene and secluded place with sensational physical beauty. After a 10-year search, he found three hundred glorious acres accessible only by plane or boat on the eastern tip of the stunning island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Welcome to Oil Nut Bay.
Virgin Gorda’s silky white sand beaches, swaying palm fronds, coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life, breathtaking landscapes and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, create a fantastic feast for the senses. The region of course is no stranger to swanky retreats for the rich and famous such as Sir Richard Branson’s neighboring Necker Island and Eustatia, the private island owned by fellow billionaire Google founder Larry Page. Oil Nut Bay however, is still delightfully under the radar.
The exclusive resort and residence complex offers guests, refined and luxurious living amid the comfort of their own private island with the top amenities and services of a 5-star hotel. Here you’ll find a dazzling array of villas and suites, many belonging to the fashionable and fabulous but also available to rent. Or, you can build your own magnificent dream house.
Each sustainably constructed property is unique: masterfully built, individually designed in harmony with surrounding nature and glamorously furnished. The luxurious collection from beachfront villas to hillside estates is scattered across eight different neighborhoods. All have sweeping views across the sea as well as huge indoor and outdoor living spaces including expansive deck terraces with large pools and water features that are built into the island’s topography. Many are hidden from sight, nestled among the vegetation to offer the utmost privacy. Some of the many standouts include Water’s Edge Villa on the north side of the resort, Cliff Suites carved into the southeast coast, Peninsula Villa for those seeking the ultimate in beachfront living and the handsome hilltop Estate Villa.
But the Jewel in the Crown is the new 8,000 sq ft. ‘Halo’. This gorgeous available for rent, 5 bedroom 6.5 bathroom villa built with native stone is owned by David Johnson himself, and is situated atop twelve and a half acres of verdant landscape rich with Indigenous flora. Interiors are done in bespoke contemporary décor by renowned French international luxury furnishing brand, Roche Bobois. This design marvel looks like it’s straight out of Architectural Digest featuring an elegant living room with palatial 18′ ceilings, fetching Master suite with bathroom containing a round marble tub that calls out for soaks, dual-head outdoor shower and state of the art fitness room, soundproof media room with 82″ flat screen, Macintosh sound system and 100″ custom fireplace, and full kitchen with ultra luxury Gaggenau German appliances. Floor to ceiling windows and large glass doors on all sides invite the outside in. Naturally, the villa is equipped with all the latest technology and gadgets.
Generous outdoor living areas feature a stylish infinity pool with a custom stone bolder waterfall that appears to merge into the azure sea as well as ample upper and lower terraces with sun loungers. There are plenty of spots to loll and listen to the waves crash against the rocks below, while taking in nature’s splendor and spectacular sunsets. Adding to the fabulousness – Halo’s elevated position offers 360 degree views of the shimmering sea, resort, and Necker Island, along with impressive vistas of the entire coastline of Virgin Gorda.
As for the cuisine, it’s superb. Nova Restaurant, built over the water, offers delicious shareable plates, handcrafted cocktails and fine wine in a scenic outdoor setting. Some of the tasty dishes included sesame-crusted tuna with ginger, sashimi, fish tacos, seared scallops and grilled Ribeye along with addictive rum punch delights.
The chic Beach Club is the center of the resort’s social scene. With an alfresco eatery serving delectable seafood and international fare, 3 swimming pools and pool bar surrounded by cabanas, plush daybeds and palm tree filled open-air patios, just steps from the beach – it provides a lovely oasis to unwind.
There’s an array of customized experiences for guests and a dedicated concierge team to arrange everything and anything. Nothing is out of reach and no request is too small. Aqua activities in this water wonderland include amazing snorkeling, diving, paddle boarding, boating, wind-sports, kayaking, fishing and island hopping. The crystalline waters and gentle trade winds provide extraordinary sailing and yachting about.
On land, you can hike, play tennis, pickleball, do yoga, take a stroll on the pretty unspoiled beach, and more. Don’t miss a visit to the Marina Village which in addition to Nova and a helipad, has a coffee shop, food market, voguish boutique, library, outdoor cocktail bar and lounge with plenty of hammocks and sofas – perfect for sundowners. Animal lovers will enjoy The Horse Park with 3 rescue Paso Fino ponies and a rescue emu as well as a family of tortoises.
One morning, I hopped on a resort boat to sail around the aquamarine waters of the picturesque sound and snorkel with a rainbow of tropical fish at the Baths – a wonder of dramatic granite boulders that form sheltered sea pools and grottoes on the beach’s edge. Then I enjoyed a relaxing lunch at oceanfront Cooper Island Beach Club. Returning to my private sanctuary at the resort, an in-villa massage topped off a glorious day. Such is life at Oil Nut Bay.
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