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Bitter End Yacht Club
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Virgin Gorda   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in North Sound
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
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“Family vacation at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

BEYC gets it! A family vacation where you can just appreciate the environment or be completely immersed in all that they offer: SAILING!, snorkeling, kite boarding, windsurfing, hiking, swimming, SCUBA and more. This is a sophisticated T-Shirt and flip-flop crowd. Everyone we met was friendly and our kids made instant friends. The staff and crew want to be there and appreciate your respect for their home. There is no TV!, WIFI, etc. It is true peaceful vacation spot.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

My family of four just returned from a week
s stay at the resort. We loved it. We stayed in 10 N/S. While the views and location were perfect, be forewarned that there are 76 steps up to this particular bungalow. The bed was adequate, but I prefer extra soft anything. I had brought my own pillow, which I suggest if you are the type that likes feather pillows. The layout and feel of the room were lovely and it was nice to had a fridge and coffee maker set-up there. The hammock and lounge chairs were great to relax in. Our two tween girls felt completely secure and happy to run around on their own, snorkeling, swimming on the pretty beach, and taking sailing lessons. The food, for the most part, was very satisfying. We also enjoyed two days of spa services when we weren't out sailing. All of the staff was very friendly and accommodating. I guess my only "complaint" would be that the pool was very small and at the other end of the resort. So we only went there once during our trip. Overall- I would highly recommend for families that like to sail.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We just returned from our 4th consecutive year's Spring Break at the Bitter End (and my 8th overall time) and it's every bit as terrific as it has always been. Let me be clear - if you need tv's and on-demand movies and wifi everywhere with incessant noisy power water sports, this is not the place for you. If you want to slow down a bit and spend some time at more traditional Caribbean sailing vacation - a place without tv's (except for the movies in the Sand Palace at night or at the Pub for March Madness) - a place where your kids of almost any age can spend a day on their own, or with you - a place where you sleep at night without locking your door, letting the tradewinds cool you off through open windows and unlocked screen doors, there is no place better. There are more sailboats to take out than you can shake a stick at and your kids can, as ours did, get a group of people out to sail together or join in the 2x a day camp activities. There are boats to sail, trails to hike, reefs to snorkel and of course a top notch diving center for great scuba dives. What really makes this such a special place is the people and every year our kids connected with different members of the Bitter End staff. Everyone is so pleasant and they go so far out of their way to ensure you have a good time. This year, for example, Chef Harry who ran the egg/omelette station befriended our 9 year old who was taken with Harry's "little bit of magic" seasoning for his eggs. On our departure day, Chef Harry had made up a large batch of his secret "little bit of magic" spices for our son to take home and we got a picture of the two of them together. Our son has told EVERYONE about it. Every year, all our kids talk about all of the great things they did at the Bitter and and what they want to do again next year so we will keep going back to this very special place.

Room Tip: North Sound Suites are bigger and have AC so if you have little kids, it's easaier to get at cot...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Once you are tired of the gold and glitter of St Barths, St Tropez, Mauritius, and Maldives and have visited the various "hideaway" resorts from Aman, Four Season, or other exclusive 5* chain - perhaps you are ready for a real luxury family vacation.

The location is probably as "in" as you can possibly find anywhere in world. North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Here there are no roads, only small sail&motor vessels from the resort and visiting yacht renters/owners sailing by. One mile to the north lies Google founder Larry Page private island Eustacia. A further mile north you will find the favorite haunt of Hollywood elite; Richard Branson's Necker Island where they pay more than $ 40.000 a night. To the south inside the same bay lies Yacht Club Costa Smeralda new multimillion dollar harbour for superyachts 80 feet and up. And to the east - Oil Nut Bay, Caribeans most exclusive villa development. So why are the rich and famous flocking to this area? miles and miles of untouched coastline, gorgeous beaches with turquise water, and unbelievable year round weather. But perhaps most importantly - absolutely no mass tourism. The few small resorts that are here are spread over hundreds, if not thousand of acres.

BEYC is heaven for activity seeking kids of all ages. But this is probably is not the place to be if you prefer lazy days in a sunbed lapping up cheap Pina Coladas listening to Jimmy Buffet pipped over some resort-wide stereo system. Nor if what you are looking for is a week of party. And if you don't like walking a bit - this is a LARGE resort - certainly not in terms of guest, but it is a good 25 minute walk from one side of the resort to another. So most people that come here and love it, are people that enjoy having lots of fun & privacy while meeting likeminded people in a friendly easygoing active atmosphere. And especially those that love to sail, snorkel or scuba! This is Mecca for those enjoy playing in, on or under the sea. Joe and his plentifull watersports team of 8(!) instructors (always with a smile) helps you out with a boat or a board. There is world-class diving and snokling with great sights and a amazing array of fish with Shaun and the diving guys. Scott &Ross do their utmost to get new and experienced kiteboarders some good wind and a just great guys.

A typical day for our family of five was breakfast at 8, the youngest soon running off to join new friends in the Kids Club with some water activity (snorkeling, beginner course in sailing, sandcastle competition etc), the two older teens either kitboarding, windsurfing or scubadiving. A noon meeting for a great healthy lunch served right next to the water, then soon running off again to sail either a Hobie, a Lazer, a Sunfish, a Bug, or anything else that floats. My wife and I might take out one of the many Boston Whalers they have and go on a expedition to some empty beach on one of the many uninhabited islands near by, or do yoga with an instructor on the dock, or even chill on the beautiful beach with a book. But most likely I will soon run off again for some new sailing fun. By the time sunset comes, we will all have sailed, surf'd, scuba'd/snorkled countless hours. Now is a great time to relax on our cabin deck in one of the hammocks or lounge chairs and excitedly tell about the days adventure. The youngest saw her first sting-ray, a wild dolphin playing about and array of exotic fish. I circled around a large turtle with a Hobie for nearly 10 minutes. My wife tells about seeing her first lemon shark. The teenagers admitting they are scarily looking forward to a dive exploring a 140 year old shipwreck tomorrow. We are all now hungry for a hearty dinner with day-fresh fish, or huge lobsters accompanied by a wide choice of great salads. Desserts are my speciality and I can attest that they are all great. Thanks Chef Winston!

If you feel the need for a change of scenery once in a while, eating at one of the "neighbourhood" restaurants is fun and easy - just borrow a boat and go. There is Saba Rock 2 minutes away, YCCS, Fat Virgin cafe or Biras Creek about 5 minutes - all with very different atmosphere and price levels. But believe me, an meal at BEYC with Beluah and her great staff is by far the coziest and best alternative. Special mention must go to Mr. "Cool" Kerlon who cheers up the sleepy-eyes in the morning with his jokes, stories and smiles while cooking up some great omlettes with "a special bit of magic".

The cabins are just that - cabins. We stayed in a premium beachfront unit with two rooms with a common large terrace. The rooms are rustic, with roughly cut wooden walls and roof, and mahogony floors and furniture. The bathrooms are large and offer a beautiful full view of the blue lagoon just below. This is not Las Vegas, so do not expect marble and gold faucets. But the beds are great, and everything is clean and sturdy. The real treat ofcourse is the view, both from inside the room and from the porch. This same standard runs though the entire resort. Sturdy furniture mostly out of mahogony, much of it home made. There are artifacts from boats and ships spread throughout the entire resort, priceless orignal lamps from some lost treasure mixed with hundreds of donated sailboat flags adorning the main dining room celing. Sure there is some rust here and there, some broken tiles or lamps. Yes there might be mosquitos or mice (although we unfortunatly never saw any), but there is also Iguanas, pelicans, turtles and any number of exotic other animals or fish. This is real nature, not the Disney version. Yet there is very little "roughing it" at Bitter End. You might awake to the sound of the friendly garden crew in their daily raking of the beach. Or partake in the morning yoga session on the hidden exercise dock. Or even have a massage in a cabin up on a hill overlooking the entire North Sound. Hollidays are great at BEYC, just not in the traditional bland way of "designer resorts".

The heart of Bitter End main buildings are spread along a long dock that runs (interupted by the watersports beach) for about 1/2 mile. Here is a provisioning store for visiting sailboats and yachts, a popular pub&cafe, a scuba center, a general store with everything from shirts to watches, a outdoor cinema, an open aired reception area, a women clothing store, and finally the large dining area including the renown bar. All kept in a cozy, old maritime style. Along these docks and piers there is constant action - dozens of dingy's from moored sailboats, tenders from various private yachts, a privileged few vessels having secured a valuable dock place, some courtesy watertaxis from BEYC or nearby resorts, but most of all lots of Boston Whalers, kayaks, windsurfers and sailboats from the watersports center coming or going with some guest aboard.

So if you are a happy, active healthy family or couple wanting a great, fun & adventurous vacation I can think of no better place to go. And at a price that is basically a steal. So run and book your holliday, your family will thank you forever - because this is a place where dreams are reyalized and memories made

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We just returned from our first visit to the Bitter End and we our family of 4 (2 teenagers) had a fabulous time! The location is absolutely gorgeous, one of the most scenic places in the Caribbean, and the weather was perfect. There were a few very brief rain showers, but the rest of the time it was sunny and warm. We stayed in the Beachfront rooms (had two, which connected on the porch) and it felt as if we were in a treehouse, with unobstructed views of the water and nearby islands. Our room was clean, spacious and comfortable (never felt we needed AC), although we really were only there to sleep, or maybe have a drink on the veranda before dinner. We saw no evidence of mice, but we had no food in our rooms either. In fact, I don't think I've ever been in a tropical location with fewer pests- didn't see the roaches, ants, mosquitos, that usually come with the territory in these areas.

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, which usually consisted of a buffet at breakfast and lunch (although items were also available to order off the menu). They have a charming chef cooking omelets to order at breakfast, and lots of pastries, fresh fruit, even make-your-own mimosas! Lunch was always enjoyable, as was dinner. Some nights we ordered off the menu, other nights there was a special themed buffet. We found the quality good to excellent, and varied enough that we didn't feel bored over a week's time. Sometimes the service was slow, and I felt a bit sorry for some of the older waitstaff watching them try to use the computers to enter orders. We only ate once in the Pub... it was ok, but we enjoyed the main restaurant more.

The best part, and the reason to go to the Bitter End, is the variety and quality of watersports. They offer snorkel trips daily to various destinations. Sailing is big, and the whole fleet is at the guest's disposal. Ask for a Hobie and it's yours...want to go windsurfing, just tell them which sail you want and away you go. Guests are encouraged to join in the racing which happens a few days per week and is a lot of fun. If you need instruction, they do that too. They also have paddle boards and kayaks, and several whalers which can be taken out to explore North Sound. We also dove with Kilbride and that was fabulous, especially the Rhone. Kiteboarding is about the only thing we didn't do, but we had a front-row seat to watch them from our room.

Although the location is remote, there was a surprising amount of activity in the area- between being high cruising season, and the super yacht regatta that week. We really enjoyed watching the coming and going of boats, as well as talking with sailors who had come ashore. Also, given the number of families staying at the resort, our kids enjoyed hanging out with their new friends.

This resort is not glamorous, but it is a beautiful, friendly place. The staff was welcoming, and a few such as Mo the manager and Joe in watersports really went the extra mile to make sure we had a great vacation. The Bitter End perfectly matched our family's needs, and we can't wait to go back next year.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This is an incredibly beautiful location and a wonderful place to go with young teens who love the water and boating. The food is above average for an all inclusive. They have a serious problem with mice in the beach front high numbered rooms (e.g 23-29). I was very surprised by the service which was very inconsistent for a resort in this price range. Many of the waitress and other staff had a wonderful island hospitality. However, many were negative and seemed burned out. Restaurant service was often poor and inattentive and there is a generally tendency to say "ya man" and then not take care of problems. All and all we had a great vacation but I expected more for the price. The place could benefit from updating. Boating facilities and excursions were great.

Room Tip: Don't take beachfront rooms 23-29 due to mice problems. Northsound rooms can have 250 steps.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

As a repeat visitor who had considered staying a 5th time, I concur with the review entitled: “Prices increase...service, food, rooms get worse!” The only good thing about the place these days are the views from your room and the location. The food is terrible, with the exception of breakfast (hard to screw up) and lobster salad served by Martin at the pool. Management could give a damn about repeat customers, as evidenced by their lack of response to repeated emails. This year we are renting a house on North Sound with a beautiful view next to a beach. The pricetis way less expensive, allowing us to do everything we want to do a la carte. Don't waste your money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Virgin Gorda
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Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Virgin Gorda > North Sound
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in North Sound
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Hotel Class:4 star — Bitter End Yacht Club 4*
Number of rooms: 85
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