This was our first stop during our trip through the BVI's and it was the most memorable as well. There was no real office for check in when we arrived so we wandered over to the Soggy Dollar where there were about 20 people gathered around the bar waiting for drinks. Since we weren't ordering drinks, I thought it was ok to interupt and ask where we could check in. The bartender (Simone), immediately stopped bartending and showed us to our room - leaving a crowded bar with just another bartender. We felt important.
The cottages are great. Two things stood out during our tour of the cottage... 1. No air conditioning. This didn't matter since there were two fans in the room. This didn't affect our sleep at all - open the screened windows and it felt great. 2. There is no room key. This concerned us for about a second before we realized it simply wasn't a problem here.
After we dropped our bags off, we went back to the Soggy Dollar and there were even more people around the bar. Simone immediately noticed us behind the crowd and made us her number one priority. Wow! And every time we went back as well. The pain killers were so good. Once you try these you'll be disappointed trying them anywhere else.
We only had lunch there but were very impressed with the quality of food - not standard bar food. The chicken salad and fish sandwich were delicious.
We wanted to catch the last ferry of the day, and asked for a late check out. Another guest had booked our cottage so we would have to move our stuff. Winsome (another employee) simply transferred us to one of the two AC rooms tha were vacant - I know we left a lot of sand.
The beach, environment and people were amazing. My wife did not want to leave.
We been to several Caribbean islands, and loved them all, but this is the only place that we said we want to revisit. The property is fantastic but the service from Simone and Winome is what truly made the visit special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The home of the original Painkiller and situated on one of the world's best beaches, the Sandcastle Hotel and Soggy Dollar Bar are located in White Bay on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands... or, as we like to say... at the corner of sunny and shady. For over 46 years the six room boutique hotel and adjacent world famous Soggy Dollar let's you eat, drink and stay in the middle of paradise. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sandcastle Hotel Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands