There is no other place like it anywhere in the world. And certainly no other place like it if you’re seeking a true British Virgin Islands vacation. A casually elegant British Virgin Island resort and spa hidden away on an 1,800-acre oasis of tranquility.
A few thousand years after giant volcanic eruptions formed the Virgin Islands, Peter Island was home to the rich, the famous and the infamous, from Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake to the pirate Blackbeard and various Dutch, German and Spanish planters and privateers. But it wasn’t until the late 1960s, when Norway's Torlof Smedvig became smitten with the island, that it actually began to gain a reputation as a high-quality tourist resort. With the help of his wife and a team of workers, Torlof added 20 A-frames, a harbor, a marina, a clubhouse, a pool, a lobby bar, a dining room and, finally, guests to the majestic island, thus beginning the modern history of Peter Island Resort & Spa.
In 1978, an avid sailor purchased Peter Island after sailing past it several years before. He then established the world-class resort that exists today and lived on the island to ensure that every aspect of the resort was perfect and that the island’s beauty and serenity were preserved. His commitment lives on to this day, and his children still oversees every aspect of Peter Island Resort & Spa, preserving both their father’s legacy and the resort’s most important amenity: the pristine natural beauty of the island itself.
All this means Peter Island’s place in history as one of the most vibrant, luxurious and inspiring places on the planet is in good hands.
The family that owns Peter Island is committed to preserving paradise. For this reason, only 300 of the island’s 1,800 acres have been developed. In addition, a reverse osmosis water purification plant and the first windmill generators in the British Virgin Islands were installed to minimize the island’s carbon footprint.
The British Virgin Islands are located approximately 1,200 miles southeast of Miami and 70 miles east of Puerto Rico. Peter Island is just five miles south of Tortola and is served by ferry, helicopter and our private yacht.
If traveling to Peter Island through St. Thomas’ Cyril King International Airport, be sure to arrive before 2:30pm on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Before claiming your baggage, check-in with the Tropic Tours desk, our airport representative. They will direct you to an awaiting taxi for a 15-minute ride to the Peter Island Ferry where you can wait in air-conditioned comfort, or, if there is time, shop a little in Charlotte Amalie. The ferry departs St. Thomas at 3:30pm for a gorgeous 90-minute trip (brief customs stop) to Peter Island. Returns to St. Thomas depart at 8:30am from Peter Island (Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only), so schedule your departures for after noon. Round-trip total, including Tropic Tours taxi, is $199 per person and will be added to your room charges. Reservations for the ferry service must be made in advance with our Reservations Office.
Another popular way to reach Peter Island is to arrive through Tortola's Beef Island Airport (EIS). If you are connecting through San Juan, Puerto Rico, we can send a ferry any day or time to pick you up. If you choose this option, please provide us your arriving and departing flights into and from Beef Island Airport. Once we receive this information, we will be able to schedule your transfers.
Once you arrive at Beef Island Airport from San Juan, you will have to clear customs and immigration to retrieve your luggage. A Peter Island Resort Representative will be there to greet you afterward. The greeter will escort you to a taxi that will take you to the Peter Island Ferry Dock. The ferry ride into Peter Island is approximately 30 minutes. Cost for this transfer is $60 per person round-trip ($35 per person one way), which includes the taxi and ferry, and is not payable until checkout.
Public ferry schedules from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, to Road Town, Tortola, can be found at BVIWelcome.com. The public ferry will drop off in Road Town, Tortola, where you will then take a taxi to the Peter Island dock (CSY) and transfer to Peter Island on our private ferry. Please let us know which ferry option you will be taking so we know when to expect you. Round-trip transfers from Tortola are $60 per person.
Private water taxis can be chartered with Dohm’s Water Taxi (340.775.6501), located in St. Thomas. Starting at $600 one way from St. Thomas to Peter Island, the trip takes approximately 90 minutes.
Commercial flights are also available through Air Sunshine (800.327.8900) from St. Thomas to Tortola (Beef Island Airport, EIS). Arrange the Peter Island Ferry pickup service upon arrival. Available on demand, the flight takes approximately 15 minutes and starts at $125 per person one way.
Guests may also charter a flight through Universal Jet Charter (954.675.9341 / FlyUjet.com) from St. Thomas to Tortola. Grand Caravan (9-passenger Turbo Prop) rates begin at $3,300. CJ2 (6-passenger Light Jet) rates begin at $6,100.
Helicopter transfer from St. Thomas to Peter Island can also be arranged via Caribbean Buzz Helicopters (787.404.3234 / info@Caribbean-Buzz.com). One-way trips start at $960 for 2 guests plus luggage. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
Contact Peter Island with any questions about planning your arrival, at 284.495.2000 or 800.346.4451.
At 1,800 acres, Peter Island is the largest private island in the British Virgin Islands. Peter Island Resort is the only resort on the entire island.
All guest rooms on Peter Island are nonsmoking, but smoking is allowed on Peter Island in designated areas. Thank you for respecting this policy.
The front desk phone number is 284.495.2000.
Yes, passports are required to travel to the resort.
Updated Passport Requirements: The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that, after January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the BVI have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. This is a change from prior travel requirements and affects all United States citizens entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports. Please note the revised date for passports required for re-entry into the United States from the Caribbean.
Visitors from some countries may also require a visa for entry. If in doubt about the necessity of a visa, contact the nearest BVI Tourist Board Office, the nearest British Embassy, or contact the Chief Immigration Officer, Immigration Department, BVI Government at: Tel: 284-494-3471 or 284-494-3701 Ext. 4700.
The dress code is resort casual. Collared shirts and nice shorts are accepted.
If coming from the United States, you will not need any adapters. Like the US, the electricity on Peter Island is 110V / 60Hz. For guests arriving from Europe, adapters are available on the island, though they will not convert voltage.
The US dollar is the preferred currency throughout the BVI, including at Peter Island Resort & Spa.
Atlantic Standard Time.
There are no ATMs on property. The nearest ATM is located on Tortola, which is a 20-minute ferry ride away. However, guests may withdraw up to $100 from the front desk for a 5% fee. Also note that any Peter Island Resort & Spa charge may be billed to your guest room and paid at check-out.
Yes. All our rooms are individually climate controlled and feature a ceiling fan.
TVs and DVD players are available upon request. Peter Island has a DVD library available at the front desk. The Club Room also features a TV for your viewing pleasure.
Peter Island hosts its own reverse osmosis plant to desalinate our water. The water is safe and delightful.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all the rooms and common resort areas.
Cell phone coverage on Peter Island depends on your carrier, because you are in international territory. Please inquire with your provider.
Each room features the following amenities:
Peter Island Resort & Spa has been awarded the following distinguished honors: