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Biras Creek Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   P.O. Box 54, VG1150, Virgin Gorda   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in North Sound
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Perfect Honeymoon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2006

My husband and I stayed at Biras Creek for our Honeymoon in June. We studied the reviews on Trip Advisor and picked it as the best choice for us, and we were right! The rooms were as pictured- simple, beachy and comfortable. We loved having the separate living area and balcony. It was quite hot that week but the a/c worked well for the bedroom. The bathroom was fun- we loved the outdoor shower. We had room 11A, on the advice of a Trip Advisor writer, and we think it was the best in the place. The price for the oceanfront room was definitely worth it--we slept each night with waves literally crashing on our bedroom window.

Biras had great food and service! They served breakfast daily in the restaurant, with panoramic views. Lunch was a BBQ during the weekdays and at the restaurant on the weekend. We also loved that for lunch you could have a picnic packed or eat at the nearby cafe for no extra charge. The cafe had an awesome curry dish that I still crave! The dinners were amazing- 4 star food, plenty of choices. If you don't like something, they'll accommodate you. Every night there was a huge cheese plate and port bar.

The area was very rugged and secluded, but amazingly beautiful. We were definitely happy to have the bikes to get around. We spent most of the days at the private beach, drinking Painkillers (our favorite!). One of the best activites were the boston whalers which we could take out anytime and cruise around. The area is surrounded by many small islands, some of which have nothing and no one on them. I've never felt so free- to be on an island alone in the middle of nowhere was great!

We also took the half day trip to the baths and the full day trip to Anegada- both were well worth it. We had a couples massage and it was the massage was the best I've ever had. (And I've gotten them all over the country).

One of the most amazing things at Biras was the absence of housekeeping, cleaning crews or any service staff. I think they must have been alerted when we were at Breakfast and Dinner because our room was cleaned each day when we returned from eating...and we never saw a maid.

Don't go to Biras if you are expecting 5 star hotel conditions, white gloves, or 24 hour food and service. But, if you want a secluded, rustic, caribbean experience, you will not be disappointed. Sure, there were a few lizards, mosquitos and iguanas, but nothing untolerable.

When we went to the Bitter End Yacht Club next door, it felt like Disneyland. We were so happy to be secluded and alone at Biras- where we didn't need room keys, and the staff knew our names. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get away, bond, and relax. We can't wait to go back on a future anniversary.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2006

Yes, Biras is a little more rustic than you might expect from a high end property(We found it perfect), but you get unbelievable privacy in a beautiful setting, a staff who makes your wants a priority, great food at all meals, and views of multiple bodies of water from every point. The rooms are so close to the shore that you fall asleep with the sound of the waves every night. I don't think I will ever set down for breakfast without being jealous of whomever is sitting a Biras' resturant for breakfast that morning. Thanks to all the Biras staff: Susan, Shawn, Maria, Lennox, Mike and the Ladies at the desk. We had a great time!

  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2006

We chose Biras Creek because of the reviews on this site and it's ranking with Travel and Leisure magazine. We wanted a relaxing, secluded beach resort with beautiful surrounding and fun things to see and do.

Access to Biras was not too bad, we had three plane connections and a pleasant 30min boat ride. Airport greeting/boat ride/greeting at resort all done well. After tour of property in golf cart, we were taken to room. We loved the tropical feel of Biras and the many paths to get around the resort.

Room- very average, certainly adequate but for the price Biras charges, there should be better linens,bedding and the main problem we had was with the AC. Only the bedroom has a/c. It was humid enough when we went that a/c was welcomed on arrival to the room, however, when using bathroom to blow dry hair it would have been nice if a/c was in bathroom. loved outdoor shower. We wanted to open up doors to bedroom/bathroom to talk and feel more open while in the room but you would lose all a/c in bedroom....not a great arrangement.

There are 2 bicycles per unit and we used them daily to go from room to beach or boston whaler. We walked to meals...not far.

Meals---unbelievable!!!! Absolutely first class all the time...even picnic lunches were great!! I was worried about the quality of food due to "all-inclusive" resort.....everyone at the resort raved about the meals.

Beach...really only 1. They have wind surfing, hobie cats, kayaks, sailboats available. Plenty of shade/chairs. Nice beach and calm water for swimming/snorkeling etc.

Boston whalers were fun to use and some very nice beaches on prickly pear island-secluded coves with snorkeling.

3 weekly free snorkeling trips M,W,F nice little trips to locations you can't reach in boston whalers.

Went during October..many mosquitoes!!!! They had cans of bugspray everywhere but mainly attacked going to/from meals and also during meals.

Tennis courts....unusable, they have been neglected and need major work to be enjoyable.

They have several trails marked on the resort map...basically one in fair shape, others overrun. We enjoyed hiking the one trail, so if you like hiking definately do it.

Ferry shuttle service to Gun Creek(about a 5min boat ride) will get you to a small town for taxi to rest of Virgin Gorda or a small store for minimal supplies.

We had rain a few days and the sandy paths you walk on made getting to dinner in long pants/nice shoes a pain. The paths were dark and little rivers formed in the paths. Ladies...do not bring heals Period!! You won't/can't wear here!!

The management changed while we were here, and basically a new company signed a lease for 10 years. The previous management is no longer there which I believe is a big plus.
We noted during our stay that everything needs new paint, general maintenance and upkeep. The resort looks older and worn. Not what we were hoping for considering the rates charged. The new manager seems nice and he says the new management wants to update and restore Biras to it's previous luster with some new touches. That would be great. Hopefully, a new influx of money and fresh ideas and energy can transform the resort into a top category of luxury, secluded beach resort. it's got the location and basic structure...just a little TLC. Hopefully, they will leave the meals alone!!

The question we ask ourselves after leaving a resort: Would we go back?? With no significant changes.....the sad answer is no. Would we recommend to others?? no, if I wouldn't go myself I couldn't recommed to others. Hopefully, one day we will hear or read of the improvements and this may prompt us to return, but there are too many wonderful, secluded resorts we have traveled to that surpass Biras. Hope this review helps.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — lack of maintenance/upkeep of property
  • Tips/Secrets — Lennox is very nice bartender..say hello!!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BirasCreekResort, Sales and Marketing Assistant at Biras Creek Resort, responded to this review, November 21, 2006
Biras Creek Resort owners are currently investing $1 million to restore the Caribbean gem to it luxurious stature. The refurbishment features new Donghia furniture in the Arawak Room as well as Janus et Cie outdoor furniture on the Arawak deck, dining room/bar deck and suite decks, upgraded water sports equipment, marina enhancements, and much more.

Other upgraded amenities include Caloi bicycles for touring the property and new Boston Whalers for island hopping and snorkeling in the North Sound, as well as kayaks and beach equipment. Computer services are also being updated. A new fitness center is being created featuring Nautilus elliptical and treadmill machines.

Resort accommodations will be converted into non-smoking rooms featuring 300 thread count cotton linens, Sealy Plush pillow-top mattresses, over-sized cotton towels, feathered down pillows, tropical waffle-weave robes, and iPods sound systems. The Grand and Premier suites will feature Sony LCD TV’s, DVD players and Bose iPod Sound Decks.

We are sure that these improvements will exceed our customer expectations and will be worth a return visit for previous guests!

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Southern California
1 review
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2006

The reviews on this website were the reason we selected Biras Creek and Virgin Gorda for our trip. The reviews were absolutely accurate, so thank you to everyone who contributes to this site. We had a terrific 10 year anniversary trip.

Biras is definitely rustic. The rooms are nice, but don't expect high end linens and sheets. However, we absolutely loved our ocean view room...complete with a full moon over the Atlantic! Even the view from the shower was amazing. We felt the views and surroundings more than made up for the chintzy linens. (Besides, we didn't spend that much time in the room, there was too much to do!)

We had a blast riding our bikes everywhere and taking the Boston Whalers around the North Sound...plenty to explore. We also learned to sail a Hobie Cat, enjoyed kayaking, and I even learned to windsurf.

The food...absolutely amazing. We were stuffed at every meal. Several courses and all delicious. We also took advantage of the picnic lunches they packed for us.

One day we rented a car and explored the rest of the island. I definitely recommend it. We went to the Baths; it was too crowded so we left and enjoyed many other bays the island has to offer.

Basically, I hope we don't have to wait another 10 years to go back. If you're looking for a quiet secluded place with great food, helpful staff, water sports and beautiful surroundings then this is your place.

  • Liked — Quiet and secluded; the views
  • Disliked — Bed Sheets were worn pretty thin.
  • Tips/Secrets — GO! It is worth it.
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Atlanta
1 review
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2006

This was our 3rd visit to Biras in 3 years, but I am sorry to say it was terribly disappointing and we won't go back, unless we hear that there is new management and things have changed.

Biras has changed for the worse. Excursions have been cut back, both the ones included in the rates, and the extra ones. The previously friendly service is no longer there - service in the dining room was slow and sometimes sullen.

And there were incredibly few guests! That should be nice, but Biras is small to start with and it felt like a ghost town.

I personally place a lot of blame on the current manager. I heard him being very sarcastic with some of his staff, and at the weekly cocktail party, he made some incredibly arrogant statements, which certainly offended me.

Biras is still beautiful, and I hope there will be reason for my wife and me to return in the future. I look forward to some future TripAdvisor reports informing us of the needed improvements.

  • Liked — View from rooms
  • Disliked — Generally poor service, atmosphere
  • Tips/Secrets — Wait for new management. It can be a wonderful getaway.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2006

Starting with the bottom line, we are in our 40's and stayed at Biras for a special anniversary week in late June. Biras exceeded our high expectations in every way. It is a wonderful resort and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic caribbean get away. For us it was really perfect! Biras' web site and Scuba Mom's descriptions (you can google if you don't have the web sites) are quite accurate and if anything don't sufficiently convey what a great resort this is.

Logistics - We were met at the airport right outside of customs and taken to the nearby harbor where Captain Blondie and the Biras boat were waiting. Another couple was arriving shortly, so we had a cold beer at the cafe and enjoyed the view while we waited for them. The half hour boat ride to Biras was a great introduction to the BVI's and the water was just spectacular. We were met at the dock by one of the GA's who took us on a tour of the property by golf cart and then to our rooms where our luggage had already been placed. No check in needed - you just drop a card off at reception when convenient with your departure details so that they can reconfirm your flights for you. Check out and departure was equally smooth although we hated to leave.

Rooms - We stayed in one of the Grand Suites and it was really special. The Grand Suite has a big entry area with a small refrigerator stocked with water, soda, wine and beer(and an adjacent powder room), which leads into a large living room with a big sun porch where we had coffee every morning overlooking the Atlantic. The unit is less than 10 yards from the ocean edge and the views are great. The bedroom is large and has another very private covered porch with a double lounger (good for shade and rainy days), and a large walk in closet. The air conditioning in the bedroom was fine and nice for sleeping. The bathroom was also huge with nice separate vanities, doors that open right onto the ocean, a big tub, and a very cool outside shower with double shower heads. The room was stocked with Relais & Chateaux soaps and shampoos, and nice cotton robes, and has a CD player. The whole unit has terra cotta tiled floors, vaulted beamed ceilings, and our unit was decorated with very nice teak furniture. It is a fabulous room, very private, and we thought it was well worth the upgrade. There was a constant breeze off of the ocean which is nice as well.

Food - the food was mostly excellent at all three meals and we are fairly discerning food lovers. The menu rotates on a 7 day basis so we had a different menu every day of our 7 day stay. It is wonderful not to have to make reservations for any meal - you just show up during the times for meals as you like. We loved the fresh fish in particular but everything was really good. There is plenty of food and we had trouble making room for the cheese platter and port after dinner. We ate at the Fat Virgin Cafe for lunch on the day of our arrival and one other day for a change of pace and enjoyed it. We were also given a very nice picinic lunch for the day of our departure (and picnics are also available if you want to take one boating). Biras has a very nice wine list with a range of prices and Lennox and Clinton make a variety of terrific cocktails.

Activities - You can just chill out at the pool or beach or be as active as you like. We enjoyed the hiking trails which have spectacular views of the North Sound, sailing the Hobie Cats, and particularly taking the Boston Whalers out for great snorkeling and beaches with no one else on them. We also liked just cruising around the other boats and visiting some of the other resorts/beach bars in the area like Saba Rock and Bitter End. Boating in the North Sound is great fun and a unique feature of Biras. We also played tennis, and did the sunset sail one evening. Our one real offsite outing was a day trip to Cow Wreck beach at Anegada by helicopter directly from Biras which was also a lot of fun. We enjoyed biking around the property and the exercise (particularly with all the food and beverages we were consuming). If you are not able to ride a bike a modest distance (including a couple brief hills) you would not enjoy the resort as much given the spread out lay out but we loved it. We also each had a massage at the small Spa which were very good.

Staff - The staff is uniformly friendly and helpful. One of the two GA's was at breakfast every morning to help with whatever activity you might like to sign up for. Someone from the Spa is also there to make suggestions and take reservations. Tom is in charge of the waterfront and is very friendly and helpful - whether you are an experienced sailor or trying a Hobie Cat or wind surfer for the first time. Lennox and Clinton have been at the resort for a long time and do a great job at the bars. The wait staff was very friendly and professional, and housekeeping was as well and brought fresh towels twice a day. The General Manager was away, but the Manager's cocktail party was more than ably staffed by everyone else and the hors d'oeuvres and tropical drinks were great.

General - The grounds of Biras are filled with flowering plants and bushes and are really lovely. While biking or walking around you feel like you are truly on your own private tropical island. The resort was about half full while we were there and it seemed almost like we had the place to ourselves for the most part. No fighting for premium beach or pool locations here! We did meet a number of the other couples, all either on a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or romantic vacation. You could interact with the other guests as much or as little as you like; you would primarily see each other at meals. The romantic candlelight dinners in the open air "castle" overlooking the boat harbor and Atlantic are hard to capture properly in words. There was entertainment three of the seven evenings we were there. A bit more would have been nice and it is very quiet by 10 at night, but we never mustered the energy to go to Bitter End or Leverick Bay after dinner which some other guests did. A romantic stroll under the stars back to our room was plenty for us.

Conclusion - We loved Biras and it is a great place for anyone looking for a very private and romantic get away. The Grand Suite, activities, resort, food and staff are really special and excellent in all respects and we can't wait to return. We would caveat that you should do your homework first - if you want somone spritzing you with Evian at the beach, an organized kids program, or nightly limbo contests, another choice would be better. For us, Biras was perfect!

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2006

This was Trip 3 for us in as many years. We quickly settled in upon arrival, but it was obvious to us that management had changed.

First, when we arrived, no one was there to greet us. When someone did arrive, we did not get the usual property tour before being taken to the room. Not a big issue for us, but the first timers on our golf cart probably would have liked to see the lay of the land at this very large property.

Second, we arrived on the evening of the manager's reception. The event was very nice, however there was no manager present. This remained true for balance ot the week. Apparently he takes a week off each month. Service in the restaurant seemed to suffer a bit. Also, the resident assistant was frequently not present in the morning to schedule activities. I attribute this to the lack of management presence.

Third, the "Week of Enchantment" package has been eliminated, as has the sunset sail. Many of the off resort trips are no longer offered. We discussed this with the resorts long time sailing operator who indicated the owner was trying to lease the resort and was meddling in the daily operation. It was this meddling that caused the previous management (John and Christine) to resign. The previous management was excellent!

We have been home 6 weeks now and I look back on a very nice trip. I am concerned that things are not changing for the better. A year ago, I would have said we will definitely be back, but the resort has lost the magic that comes from staff who knows your name, where you came from and management who are always visible. The views and the property are still beautiful. The rooms are very clean and the food is excellent. A first timer would probably be very happy here, but for a returning guest, it has lost some of what made this place special and a good value.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 54, VG1150, Virgin Gorda
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Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Virgin Gorda > North Sound
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in North Sound
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Biras Creek Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recognized as one of the top luxury destinations in the Caribbean, Biras Creek Resort features 31 Suites nestled within 140 acres on beautiful Virgin Gorda. Only reachable by boat or helicopter and set amidst three distinct bodies of water, the enormous protected lagoon of North Sound, the open Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea, Biras Creek provides a paradise for swimming, sailing, and snorkeling at the edge of the Resort's private white sand beach. ... more   less 
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