Moskito Island The Branson Estate British Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
Virgin Limited Edition
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
5-Star Luxury retreat
History & Story
Richard Branson’s almost 40 year love affair with the British Virgin Islands prompted him to acquire Moskito Island in 2007, in clear sight and just two miles away from Necker Island which was purchased in 1978. Over the past few years, work has been underway to completely transform the island and to include a stunning recreational area as well as the three villa, 11 bedroom Branson Estate, and additional private estates.
Despite the name, Moskito Island is no different from the rest of the British Virgin Islands when it comes to any flying creatures you might encounter. The first printed reference to the island labelled it as ‘Musketa’ which was likely an old anglicised spelling of the word musket. By the mid-nineteenth century, the name as it was written had evolved to Moskito, and was even rumoured to be related to a tribe of native Indians as this population never travelled much beyond the coast of Honduras in Central America. There was a small resort and restaurant that operated from the mid-1960s until the last turn of the century, but the existing development began in 2010, and ownership of the island is now shared amongst a number of individual homeowners.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Beautiful beach, Very private, Excellent service, home away from home feel
British Virgin Island
Key sites/activities in the area
Mountain biking, windsurfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, BVI cruise. Day trip to Anegada and visit The Baths in Virgin Gorda
Moskito Island is family-friendly and welcomes children of all ages – the island is a really fun and relaxed environment for children to play. We can make special arrangements for your kids including tailored meals and activities. Although there is no specific Kids Club the team are on hand to organise a range of activities specially for the children, from treasure hunts to pool games, beach picnics and mini Olympics, there’s plenty to keep the little ones busy.
• Number of suites: 3 VILLAS (1 – 3 Bedroom villa and 2 – 4 Bedroom Villa
• The Branson Estate is made up of:
Headland House – 3 bedrooms including one Master Suite. Headland House can accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 beautifully appointed bedrooms. Perched on an outcrop at the northeast tip of Moskito Island is Headland House, the heart of the Branson Estate. This impressive villa is arranged with three bedrooms and the living space on the ground floor leading up to the Great Room on the upper floor. All areas of Headland House are accessible by elevator or stairs.
Beach Villa – 4 bedrooms including one Master Suite. Beach Villa can accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 beautifully appointed bedrooms. The main house features a fully equipped kitchen with a fullsize fridge, separate temperature-controlled wine fridge and an additional mini-bar. The other 3 villas include en-suite bathrooms (some with outdoor showers too!), balconies with sun lounger, and views onto the beach and out to sea. Palm and Gecko can both be arranged with twin beds.
Mangrove Villa – 4 bedrooms including one Master Suite. Mangrove Villa can accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 beautifully appointed bedrooms. Nestled in amongst the mangrove trees, all rooms are elevated
and connected to the neighbouring Beach Villa by wooden walkways. The rich wood interiors make for a cozy feel with Balinese style objects and carvings throughout. Arranged to the left and right of Mangrove Villa are three houses each sleeping two guests each and all with en-suite bathrooms (some with outdoor showers!) and balconies with loungers.
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 11
Restaurants & Bars
Fine food is the highlight of any guest’s stay on Moskito, and the options are endless. We can create bespoke menus around your individual tastes. Dining can be formal or informal, indoor or outdoor, themed or traditional, beachside or poolside, or even under the stars
Spa, Fitness, Pool
Corporate & Celebration Events
The Boat Pavilion has a seating capacity of 26 guests.
The Round Pavilion seats up to 20 guests.
The Flamingo Pavilion seats 14 guests.
Extra Notable Features
Snorkeling, mountain biking, Treasure Hunts and Beach Olympics, tennis, sailing, kayaking, Kite surfing/kite boarding
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