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Villa Aquamare : Mahoe Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Cortnie Fausner
by Cortnie Fausner
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Villa Aquamare

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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Exotic atmosphere, remote locale, shiny white services, top-notch amenities, sandy stretches of beach, and bonus points for the many celebs that have hidden out here because of it's extreme privacy. That makes this venue pretty spectacular on our reporter rating. A place where you can bury your nose in a juicy beach read, eat delicious food prepared by private chefs, snag a massage, day drink with your besties and then get all dolled up at night. This unique oasis offers the flexibility of throwing a dusk to dawn party where you don't have a curfew and can watch the Caribbean sunset and sunrise. We spoke with Lizzie, the hospitality manager and she couldn't have been more gracious and excited about sharing the details of this slice of heaven with us.

AQUAMARE is located on the scenic western coast of Virgin Gorda, at the Drake Channel. The island has been called the "Jewel of the Caribbean" by leading travel magazines for its sophistication, pristine beaches and privacy. AQUAMARE is a unique standard in luxury, in Mahoe Bay, Virgin Gorda. A few minutes away from Virgin Gorda's airport, downtown and marina, these are state of the art, romantic beachfront spa-villas with luxurious amenities you won't find in any other villas available in the area. Its secluded enclave is comprised of three 8,000 sq.f. five-bedrooms villas. Each one is situated on a different elevation and surrounded by lush landscaping for maximum privacy, yet angled to maximize views of the breathtaking Sir Francis Drake Channel. Guest have the rare option of renting more than one villa, or even all three to accommodate large gatherings for up to 36 people in one private enclave.

GETTING THERE: From San Juan, Puerto Rico a 40 minutes’ flight directly to Virgin Gorda’s airport. Servicing airlines; Air Sunshine, Seaborne Airlines, Cape Air or charter flights through Air America Caribbean.

CELEBRATION CAPACITY: 100
ACCOMMODATIONS: 15 rooms
HIGH SEASON: Jan. 10 to April 31
FOOD SERVICE: private chef
BAR SERVICE: private chef
VIEWS: Oceanfront
ESTABLISHED IN: January 2009.
VENUE SPACES:
DECOR: Ocean Oasis

THE SCOOP

AQUAMARE’s private Beach Park is the ideal setting for group getaways, destination weddings, meetings and celebrations. The villas even have two private Chefs that craft all of the meals for your celebratory stay. Each of the three villas feature expansive living areas with unobstructed views of the islets in Drake Channel and some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the Caribbean, which creates an ideal private environment for groups. AQUAMARE has hosted weddings, anniversaries, girl getaways, family reunions, vow renewals, wine tastings, local culinary fests, themed parties, Full Moon parties, and more. Privacy is king here, even celebrities have entrusted AQUAMARE and rented all three villas to enjoy a private retreat with family and friends.

Corporate Retreats. This is the ultimate retreat for those who seek a tropical environment to inspire focus and creativity. The lush gardens, and waterfront views of the BVI’s are the very antithesis of a typical meeting room and bring out the very best in any group. It is the ultimate, inspiring business retreat set amidst a serene seascape environment where the only soundtrack you'll hear is the lapping waves on the beach.

Destination Events + Weddings. These are planned around the concept of taking over all three villas, providing multiple venues and an expansive total of 24,000 square feet of living space.  This advantage gives you flexibility in planning and organizing your event or wedding. Aquamare’s secluded sandy “beach park” looks out to Tortola and the smaller islands in the BVI's and is ideal for ceremonies and after parties in the sand following the reception. Planning a wedding at Aquamare couldn't be easier. Many brides elect to have a barefoot ceremony on the beach for a handful of guests at sunset, overlooking the Caribbean. Others may plan a more elaborate affair, such as an elegant seated dinner for up to 60 people. Whichever you choose, the local wedding planner makes it possible to have all of the precious elements of a sophisticated wedding -- from florals, to cakes, food and drinks, activities and special touches like welcome gifts for guests.

What's even cooler is that you can spend an entire week with your gaggle of guests. No need to dash off right after the wedding. Now wedding friends and family that play together can literally stay together with an extended week-long reception. An event also becomes a vacation with friends and family.

Perfect for:

  • birthday party
  • corporate event
  • group getaway
  • social event
  • wedding ceremony
  • wedding reception
  • Reunion

BONUS

Aquamare is located on the center of Virgin Gorda making the villas very accessible and only ten minutes’ drive to restaurants, shops, markets, airport, The Baths and Virgin Gorda’s downtown marina.

Pillow Talk. All three villas are beachfront with five elegant bedrooms that feature  balconies with spectacular ocean views. A distinguishing feature of the AQUAMARE experience is located in each of the spa suites: open, yet completely sheltered marble bath areas with separate outdoor shower. A dream home away from home can best describe the feeling of an AQUAMARE beach front villa. Each villa has local stonework, rich hardwoods, travertine marble, and 30 foot vaulted ceilings. They have private waterfront infinity pools with unobstructed views of the ocean, gourmet kitchens, inside and outside dining areas, and each villa accommodates up to 12 guests.

STYLE FOR YOUR SETTING

The scenic setting of sprawling sandy beaches and panoramic ocean views from this island venue is so spectacular, that nature should be the biggest element of your event decor. Ditch the typical punchy tropical palette in lieu of this soft sandy one.

1. Soft Beachy Blue Invitation: We love a good tropical invite, but also love the idea of switching up the bright island blues for this soft spa-like cornflower blue. These invitations from Ceci New York are both sophisticated and the perfect hue of blue to set the tone for the celebratory occasion at this venue setting.     2. Rum Escort Cards. Callwood Rum Distillery is located on Tortola Island, featuring the original structure of a Sugar Cane distillery. Visitors to this rustic site can purchase samples of rum. Use these as favors or escort cards for your soiree. (Photo: Angie Silvy Photography)     3. Keep it Simple. The venue vibe of AQUAMARE is already spectacular. Simply set a lovely table on the sandy beach along with some string lights, candles and a few floral touches.  Your guests will be in awe as they feast on the culinary delights crafted by the chef's of AQUAMARE, while wiggling their toes in the sand and looking at the picture perfect backdrop of the sun setting over the sea. (Photo: Style Art Life)

INSIDE SCOOP

Conde Nast Traveler featured AQUAMARE in the 2009 Hot List in the Caribbean edition.  These venue/villas are the only luxury villas in Virgin Gorda who provide full staff services 7 days a week. The Villas are fully staffed to pamper your every need with concierge services, a resident manager, housekeepers - 7 days a week and for turn down, a beach attendant and guest services coordinator! No stone will be left unturned during your celebratory stay!

HIGHLIGHT REEL

  • You and your guests can take over these venue villas and have your own compound for the week.
  • You can throw a celebration right on the sand, then walk just a few feet up to your room after the fiesta!
  • Private chefs onsite readily available to cook you a feast throughout the week and for your shindig.
  • There is a secluded, sandy, beach park that you can host your event on.
  • All three villas have oceanfront views, pools and amenities galore.

AROUND TOWN

The Baths:

With its giant boulders that form a series of spectacular pools and grottoes, The Baths is one of the B.V.I.’s favorite attractions & 10 minutes from Aquamare. The sandy beach is sprinkled with majestic rocks. Explore the grottoes, where the National Park Trust has provided wooden ladders and ropes over some of the boulders. There is a beach bar and excellent snorkeling nearby! Photo via www.bvitourism.com

Sailor's Playground:

North Sound is also known as Sailor’s Playground. This sheltered area at Virgin Gorda’s Eastern End, has several well-known resorts, restaurants, shopping, water sports facilities and even a small marine museum at Saba Rock. (Photo via www.bvitourism.com)

Get Wet & Wild. :

AQUAMARE has a wide selection of boats, from catamarans and powerboats, to yachts and sailing boats available for your seafaring enjoyment. Choose whether you’d like a BVI island hopping tour, a sunset cruise, a dive in the pristine Caribbean waters in search of sunken ships or just enjoy a relaxing day sail. Culinary adventures while you explore the BVI waters can also be coordinated by the AQUAMARE Concierge.

VENUE: AQUAMARE Virgin Gorda // Photos Row 1 - 5 provided by AQUAMARE // Photos Row 6 - 9 Photographer: Mel Barlow Photography   // Invitation Design: Ceci New York  // Planner: Claudia Hanlin at The Wedding Library

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