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Bitter End Yacht Club, British Virgin Islands

 
Located beside a mile long, white sandy beach on North Sound on Virgin Gorda, the second largest island in the BVI, Bitter End Yacht Club is accessible only by sea and makes an ideal resort for families and keen sailors alike.
 
To satisfy all holiday wishes from those wanting to be afloat to others seeking spa treatments and poolside loungers, Bitter End Yacht Club can tick all the boxes with a variety of combinations available including chartering your own Freedom 30 yacht.
 
With a club fleet of over 100 sailboats, kayaks and wind surfers as well as small motor boats, over 15 weekly excursions, a world renowned Sailing School, an on-site dive and kite boarding shop, Bitter End caters for all watersport enthusiasts from beginners to those with more experience.  Guests have free use of a variety of boats including Optimists, Hobie Cats, Lasers, J24s, Rhodes 19s (similar to a Squib) and Boston Whalers (with outboards).
 
The excellent sailing school runs a range of courses (at an extra cost) including an introduction to sailing, racing, cruising and board sailing, as well as a youth sailing programme.  For an extra cost, scuba diving courses are available and regular excursions are made to some superb reef dives, plus the famous RMS Rhone wreck.  There are also daily escorted snorkeling trips and regular blue water cruises to Anegada, The Baths and Norman Island.
 
To cap off the sailing, there is a Laser regatta held every Sunday morning while the Rhodes 19s are raced on Sunday afternoons.  Each November there is an opportunity to race with Admiral's Cup & Olympic stars in the pro-am regatta where previously invited skippers have included Harold Cudmore and Russell Coutts.
 
Ashore there is a choice of three bars and restaurants.  The Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grill is open from breakfast through to dinner, offering buffet and table service.  The al fresco Almond Walk serves a gourmet menu while The Crawl Pub offers pizza straight from its brick oven.  
 
The 89 hillside rooms or beachfront villas have superb sea views and are designed to take advantage of the gentle trade winds with wraparound verandas, often featuring a double hammock.  The Club represents excellent value for families and the family package provides a discounted children's room when children are traveling with two adults.  The discount includes children’s use of all the facilities and boats but excludes the cost for meals, tax and the service charge.   Bitter End Yacht Club is not recommended for those who have difficulty walking.
 
Bitter End now offers guests the ultimate spa experience from exotic  Aromatherapy massages and private yoga sessions on the beach to manicures, pedicures, facials and herbal wraps designed to refresh guests – even after an active day on or in the water.
 

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Children: Children are welcome all year round although Bitter End Yacht Club is not recommended for children under 5.  Babysitting is available for an additional charge and can be arranged by the front desk in advance.
 
Children's Programme: Junior Watersports Programme and Kids Club for children aged 6 and over includes a mix of 'learn to' watersport activities, short local excursions, arts and crafts and fun games.  Free to guests on the Admiral's Package.
 
Distance from the airport: Ferry from airport - taking approximately 45 minutes
 
Swimming Pool: Tropical outdoor waterfront pool with sun deck and lounge chairs
 
Complimentary Facilities: An Introduction to Sailing course, unlimited access to the resort's Club fleet of over 100 craft including Hobie Cats, Lasers, Rhodes 19s, Hunter 216s, ocean kayaks, windsurfing gear and Boston Whaler motorboats. Free entry to the Sunday Regatta and party, plus an invitation to the manager's weekly cocktail party. Blue water excursions and dinner cruise (subject to min 5 night stay).  Use of snorkel equipment and escorted excursions are available as well as use of the swimming pool.
 
Amenities: Bitter End Sailing School, hiking and walking trails, Kilbride's Dive shop offering gear rental, lessons (including PADI course) and dive excursions. Snorkel masks and snorkels are available to rent; fins are free.  Also there is a kite boarding shop offering lessons. The Reeftique boutique sells clothing, jewelry and gifts.  Bitter End Outfitters has local crafts, music, sundries, snorkeling gear and toys.  Emporium offers groceries and picnic items, fresh bread, pastries, liquor, meat and ice cream.  The Sand Palace open-air movie theatre features daily news and free nightly movies.  A laundry service is available. There are computers with Internet access plus Wi-Fi at various locations across the resort.
 
Quarterdeck Marina: Full service with over 70 moorings and 25 slips, electrical hookups, launch service, fuel and showers, full repair shop and marina services.
 
Trips: Guided fishing, sailboat and powerboat charters are available.
 
Spa: Aromatherapy massage and private yoga sessions can be arranged.  The Spa uses Decleor Spa products plus local herbs like Neem, Aloe Vera, Coconut and Henna.  In-room spa services are also available.  The spa will also tailor its treatments to best suit the guest’s requests.
 
Meal Arrangements: Full board (drinks excluded).  Picnic lunches are available for daytimes.
 
Restaurants: There are three restaurants with bars including The Clubhouse Steak & Seafood Grill, Almond Walk and The Crawl Pub.  Pool and beach service are available. 
 
Live Entertainment: Live bands and Bitter End's own steel drum band and DJ perform regularly – at high season, three times a week.
 
Dress Code: Casual, with shoes and something other than a bathing suit or cover-up being required for dinner.
 
Electricity: 110 volt, European adapter available on request.
 
Shopping: Available at The Reeftique and Bitter End Outfitters.
 
Banking & ATM: Available in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda and Road Town, Tortola.
 
Credit Cards: American Express, Visa and Master Card.
 
Currency: US Dollars
 
Smoking: Permitted in designated areas around the resort.
 
Internet Access: Available in the beachfront villas, at Crawl Pub, Almond Walk, the conference centre and the Clubhouse Bar.
 
Check In/Out: Guests are kindly asked to check in at 3pm and out at 12 noon.
 
Car Rental: Bitter End is only accessible by boat but reception staff can arrange for a car, jeep or taxi to be rented from Gun Creek for scenic drives and visits to beaches, historic sites, Spanish Town and the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour with its restaurants and shops.
 
Laundry Service: Available (allow 48 hours)
 
Welcome Kit: Bitter End's signature sailcloth portfolio with the welcome kit for each reservation.
 
Accommodation: 85 villas, suites and the Estate House all feature ocean views and are often designed with a ‘tree house’ feel taking advantage of the gentle trade winds.  They have a private bathroom with a shower and toiletries from H2O+.  Other features include ceiling fans, a telephone with data port, a coffee machine, a refrigerator, an alarm clock, sewing kit, hair dryer, an iron and board with a TV and VCRs being offered in North South Suites only.  
 
Fresh tropical flowers feature in every room on arrival along with a welcome basket with a complimentary bottle of private label rum, beverages and snacks.
 
Garden View Cottages: Nestled in the island’s tropical gardens along Eustatia Sound, these cottages feature a king size bed (or two twin bed on request), a large shower with views over the gardens and a wrap around porch with a hammock for two.
 
Beachfront Cottages: Completely renovated Caribbean style cottages offering the ultimate authentic island experience with panoramic views of the Atlantic and North Sound.  They are positioned to benefit from the gentle breeze.  Each has a wrap around private veranda, large showers with sea views and hammocks, and are just steps away from the beach and hiking trails.  They feature either a king-sized bed or two twin beds.
 
Premium Beachfront Cottages: The most idyllic location, just steps away from the sand yet convenient to all the activities and restaurants.  With air conditioning, wrap around private verandas and views of the Atlantic Ocean and North Sound.  Large shower with sea views and relaxing hammocks are featured and guests can choose from either one king-sized bed or two twin beds.
 
Virgin Gorda Estate House: Recently redecorated two bedroom cottage with stunning ocean and mountain views.  Beautifully designed with a spacious dining area and wet bar, two and a half bathrooms, a master bedroom with one king-size bed, a second bedroom with two double beds.   There is an over-sized screened porch and a sea view balcony with a barbecue grill.  The cottage is situated on a hillside overlooking the resort with the North Sound easily accessible via paved driveway.  It accommodates four adults and two children with the addition of two rollaway beds.
 
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