This was our 1st trip to Peter Island. We visited during the last week of November. It was truly an awesome vacation; we are already talking about going back.
We flew into St. Thomas. It’s nice that on your way to your bags, there’s a stand setup offering free shots of their rum (Cruzan). A great way to start the trip – tasting island rum. Then you stop by the Tropic Tours desk in the baggage claim area – they will have your name on the list. Grab your bags, then the tour guys take you to a shuttle where you will meet others heading to the resort with you. It’s a short ride, and then you get on the boat. They have a couple boats for this. Then you head to Tortola for a customs check, finally off to Peter Island. Customs was very lax on the way, but scanned our luggage on our way home, from the island.
When you get to the island, you are greeted by a couple of the resort personnel. It reminded me of the show “Fantasy Island”. You are handed a towel scented with ginger (I think) to freshen up a bit, then they cart you to your room. The rooms are adorable (my wife’s comment). Even with the explanations & instructions from the “greeters” I found myself a bit lost. It’s very relaxing here; it took me some time to adjust. The room was plenty large enough, and the bathroom was perfect with 2 sinks. There was no TV in the room, but I was told that you could request one. The radio only gets something like 2 stations. The only problems I had were 1) the bed is a bit firm, 2) the remote control for the room temp is confusing. My advice is “if the room is fine when you arrive – don’t adjust anything”. There is a club house with a Widescreen TV, Pool Table, and a PC. Wifi is also available, and does work pool-side. There is also a fitness center with a TV; it’s located past the Deadman’s Beach Bar.
The grounds are spectacular with 1 view more amazing than the next. The pool is quiet with a nice view of Tortola and has plenty of chairs to lounge in. It’s right next to the Tradewinds bar & restaraunt. Deadman’s Beach is the place to be: Bar & lunch service on the beach, a few anchored yachts, warm water, some beach activities, umbrellas & tables with plenty of comfortable lounge chairs. I could have stayed there all day, every day.
We did the 5 mile walk. It is not an easy walk but the views are unimaginable. There are a few resting spots along the way with water coolers (thank God). Note: this is not a 5 mile walk around the entire island; it’s a walk to the Sunset Loop. You cannot walk around the whole island. We did not do White Bay nor Honeymoon Bay. Other’s said that White Bay was nice.
We did take the free shuttle to Road Town, Tortola. I would not recommend this because it’s not really a tourist town. There was really nothing to see or do. If you do go, the only place we liked was Pusser’s Bar.
We also joined a group of fellow vacationers, who we met when we arrived, on a chartered a boat and did some island cruising. We had a few stops, which included the Soggy Dollar. What a great trip that was.
Lastly, a few tips. Bring a bottle of something to make a drink in your room – it is allowed. Do not purchase the meal plan – missing just 1 meal will cancel any advantage you may have had by pre-paying (note – the meals were all excellent). Take the 5 mile Sunset Loop walk; you will get some beautiful views. Try to book an excursion to Soggy Dollar Bar. Make sure you have a passport.
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- Also Known As:
- Peter Island Hotel Peter Island
- Peter Island Resort British Virgin Islands