Richard Branson’s latest billionaire’s holiday playground is well and truly open for business – and newly released pictures show that anyone who visits is going to have their breath taken away on an hourly basis.
It’s called Moskito Island and, like the tycoon’s Necker Island resort opposite, is part of the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio. Guests can choose to stay on one of three estates, each with its own unique vibe and deluxe trimmings, such as infinity pools and crows’ nest observation decks.
One is the ‘Branson Estate’, which was available to rent in the early part of the last year. Two more have now been added to the roster – the ‘Oasis Estate’ and the ‘Point Estate’. More estates are set to open on the island in the years to come.
Pictured above is Moskito Island – Richard Branson’s latest billionaire’s holiday playground
Pictured is the nine-roomed Oasis Estate, which Virgin Limited Edition says ‘exudes a uniquely chic aesthetic’
The Oasis Estate, pictured, sits on the highest point of the 125-acre (50.5 hectares) Moskito Island
A fire pit on the Oasis Estate, which also features a billiards room and a rooftop deck with 360-degree-views of the island
The nine-roomed Oasis Estate, which Virgin Limited Edition says ‘exudes a uniquely chic aesthetic’, sits on the highest point of the 125-acre (50.5 hectares) Moskito Island.
The estate’s main house is four storeys high, designed with transparent split-level terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows and doors.
An infinity lagoon with a swim-up pool bar wraps around the property, which also features a billiards room, a rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the island, and a movie room. Three guest pods are dotted around the pool with their own kitchenette and living areas.
According to Virgin, the estate’s ‘crown jewel’ is the 812 sq ft (75.4 m sq) master bedroom. It boasts an expansive decking area that faces out towards Necker Island, where guests can watch night fall while soaking in a freestanding outdoor tub.
An infinity lagoon with a swim-up pool bar wraps around the property, which looks out on Necker Island
The main house is designed with transparent split-level terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, and a flat grass rooftop
The Point Estate, pictured, is made up of one hub house and several freestanding guesthouses
Meanwhile, The Point Estate is perched cliffside, gazing out on neighbouring Virgin Gorda island and Manchioneel Beach – to which guests have direct access.
The eight-bedroom estate is made up of one hub house and several freestanding guesthouses. Sleeping up to 22 people, it’s equipped with an eight-bunk children’s dormitory and two master bedrooms.
The first of these master suites, the Hillside Master, looks out over the entire estate, while the Seaside Master is tucked away in a quiet cove at the bottom of the estate.
The main house on The Point Estate features an infinity pool, pictured above, with views of the Caribbean Sea
A kitchen in the Point Estate, which has two master suites, the Hillside Master and the Seaside Master
Guests can disappear to the crows’ nest atop the main house, pictured, to witness the sun rise and set over Moskito Island
A guest room bathtub on The Point Estate. Guests can bathe in a mix of freestanding, outdoor, deep-soaking baths and outdoor showers on the estate
Sleeping up to 22 people, Point Estate is equipped with an eight-bunk children’s dormitory and two master bedrooms
Virgin recommends snorkelling through the nearby ‘unspoiled reefs and shipwrecks’ and swimming with turtles
The main house features an infinity pool with views of the Caribbean Sea, and guests can bathe in a mix of freestanding, outdoor, deep-soaking baths and outdoor showers on the estate.
To take in the panorama, guests can disappear to the crows’ nest atop the main house, to witness the sun rise and set over Moskito Island. An open dining pavilion lies at the cliff edge.
Last but not least, these two luxury complexes join the 11-bedroom Branson Estate, which was the first to be built on Moskito Island.
The estate is based beside the island’s communal recreational facilities, which includes the Beach Pavilion – encompassing a bar, gaming and movie areas, a wrap-around lagoon, and a communal beach.
The 11-bedroom Branson Estate, pictured above, was the first to be built on Moskito Island
Pictured is the main residence on the Branson Estate, Headland House, where guests will find a master suite and two guestrooms
The Branson Estate was available to rent in the early part of the last year. Pictured is the estate’s Flamingo Nest suite
On the Branson Estate, three villas are connected by wooden walkways, leading to the main residence – Headland House, where guests will find a master suite and two guestrooms.
The nearby Beach Villa, with four bedrooms, has its own private infinity pool. The Mangrove Villa, meanwhile, gets its name from its surroundings – it is nestled in the mangroves.
All guests on Moskito Island share usage of the tennis courts, which are designed in the same style as those on Necker Island – home to the exclusive Necker Cup tournament.
Beachside spa treatments and watersports are also on offer for holidaymakers on the three estates. Activities like guided hikes, beach Olympics and children’s pizza-making classes can also be arranged.
A living area in Headland House. The Branson Estate is based beside the island’s communal recreational facilities
The Mangrove Villa, pictured, gets its name from its surroundings – it is nestled in the mangroves
Virgin Limited Edition also recommends snorkelling through the nearby ‘unspoiled reefs and shipwrecks’ and swimming with turtles.
The Virgin Limited Edition portfolio also includes a 26-bedroom hotel and vineyard in South Africa, a mountain chalet in the Swiss Alps and three luxury villas in Mallorca.
‘Moskito Island is the newest jewel of the Caribbean, a truly one-of-a-kind escape where visitors can enjoy the luxuries of the most stunning unspoiled surroundings, whilst having the convenience and luxury of a beautiful private home to serve as the centre of it,’ says Jon Brown, CEO of Virgin Limited Edition.
The Beach Villa, pictured above, has four bedrooms and its own private infinity pool
A bedroom in the Beach Villa. Wooden walkways connect all three villas on the Branson Estate
The Beach Villa pool, pictured, is one of many dotted along Moskito Island, from swim-up pool bars to infinity lagoons
‘What makes Moskito Island so wonderfully different is its personality and charm,’ says Jon Brown, CEO of Virgin Limited Edition. Pictured is the Beach Villa pool
Beachside spa treatments and watersports are on offer for holidaymakers on the three estates
‘Together with the island homeowners, we wanted to create something exceptionally unique and offer a rental programme unlike any other hospitality experience in the Caribbean, so we are incredibly excited to share this with the world.
‘When Richard purchased the island in 2007, he was able to draw inspiration from his beloved Necker Island and instil some of the incredible designs and qualities that have made it the success it is today. But what makes Moskito Island so wonderfully different is its personality and charm – a result of not only Richard’s vision for the island, but a fusion of other like-minded homeowners, their ideas, and unique vision for the island too. Those visiting will now be able to enjoy the privacy and glamour of a private island with the choice of some of the very best rental estates in the world, each with their own individual style and offering.’
Rates for Moskito Island start from £12,781 ($17,500) per night during the low-season, based on a four-night minimum stay at The Point Estate for up to 16 guests. Rates include a dedicated estate manager, private chef, and a team of staff, as well as all meals, drinks, watersports, and a personalised itinerary. For information visit moskitoisland.virgin.com.