Peter Island is a great beach hideaway blessed with a magnificent location on an island of remarkable natural beauty. It does everything at least well, and other things exceptionally well.
Facilities/Location: Peter Island enjoys the most central location in the Virgin Islands, making it a great jumping off point for the wonderful experience of sailing or boating between the numerous islands. It's own main beach, Deadman's, is among the finest I have had the pleasure of experiencing in the Caribbean - plenty of space (not crowded), great sand, wonderful water that doesn't get deep too quickly and is not rocky. You can also have the hotel drop you off at the more remote, nearly facility-less (except for lavatories) White Bay, which was exceedingly peaceful (we never shared with more than one other group at a time) and had some good snorkeling (superior to Deadman's). The spa is new, looks nice, and has an intimate feel but is not spectacular. Tennis courts and gym were in good shape. The hike up to the "Sunset Loop" is an uphill walk along a paved road that affords STUNNING views of the resort, Deadman's, and the rest of the BVI, and the view of the sunset off the south western tip of the island is equally stunning. Highly recommend the experience of watching the sun set from that glorious perch (it is always peaceful and of the three evenings we spent there, we were never part of a group of more than 8 people). For those who love a sense of escape with their beach vacation, the facilities here are perfect or perhaps even beyond your needs. This may seem like an obvious statement given that Peter Island is an intimate resort on its own private island, but it may seem a bit minimalist and too quiet for someone who enjoys the bustle and scale of a larger, centralized hotel. That being said, if you have come to the VI to explore, I can highly recommend the boat excursions to other islands and the scuba diving coordinated by the concierge (read: there is more to do than sit on the beach and veg out if you choose to seek out other activities, and they are available without ever encroaching upon the tranquility of the island - they exist in separate domains and yet can be part of the same vacation, which I found to be highly desirable).
Rooms: We spent our first night in an ocean view room before receiving our Andrew Harper upgrade to a junior suite. The junior suites are the way to go, without question. The ocean view rooms near the main hotel are a bit tired, and although they are not terrible, they are bland and could be said to be nearly indistinguishable from what you might expect to find at a 3-4 star property. (I also would say that there was not much of a view).This class of rooms was really the one disappointment at Peter Island. But the junior suites are newly renovated, tastefully designed and decorated, and feature splendid views out over Deadman's Beach and luxurious bathrooms. They were a strong value, especially by comparison to the other room. No televisions, but since this destination works well as an escape-the-world type of trip, this fits in well.
Restaurants: Great quality food for an all-inclusive experience. Breakfast is exceptional. During the course of an extended stay, the menus at both the beach restaurant and the main hotel restaurant could start to seem repetitive (which may be exacerbated if you have particular tastes or dietary restrictions), but I found it to be consistently enjoyable over the course of a weeklong sojourn. The food might not truly approach fine dining (even at the more upscale main hotel restaurant), but it all definitely goes multiple solid steps beyond beach bar food.
Service: Service was exceedingly friendly at every turn. They helped accomodate my late check-in (did not arrive on Peter Island until ~9pm, by which point the hotel and entire island are generally quite quiet) and provided me with an upgrade upon request the following morning. The complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon was waiting for us, chilled with fresh ice, despite our late hour of arrival. The staff at the concierge and at every restaurant was memorably friendly and genuine - it made for a noteworthily comfortable experience. Our need for logistical/programmatic assistance was not particularly strenuous, but our catamaran excursion, dinner reservations, beach drop to White Bay, bicycle rental, and shuttle rides to and from Sunset Loop were all executed seamlessly.
I personally am a fan of always exploring something new, but I can certainly understand the appeal of returning to Peter Island as a go-to, "I need to escape and relax" vacation for repeat visitors (of which we encountered many during the course of our stay); the resort is certainly worthy. As I noted previously, it fills the need for a very particular type of vacation and will best suit those with an appetite for a quiet environment
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