Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dreaming of Necker Island

"My home - and favourite hideaway!"
Sir Richard Branson

Earlier this week I wrote about Luxury Home swapping, well here is another swanky idea. Why not rent an entire island from Mr.Branson himself?

Necker Island is a small island in the British Virgin Islands. All of the land on the island is owned by Sir Richard Branson, famous for his Virgin brand, you know ranging from mobile telephony to transportation, travel, financial services, media, music and fitness. The entire island operates like a resort and can be rented. What a bargain!

The island was named after the 17th century Dutch squadron commander Johannes de Neckere, although it remained uninhabited until the late 20th century.

When Branson bought the 74-acre (300,000 m2) island for £180,000 in 1979, it was uninhabited. He purchased the island at the age of 28, just six years after starting Virgin Group. It took 3 years and approximately US$10 million to turn it into a private island retreat.

Using local stone, Brazilian hardwoods, antiques, art pieces and fabrics and bamboo furniture from Bali the architects and designers created a 10 bedroom Balinese-style villa crowning a hill above the beach.

Each of the 10 bedrooms has open walls giving a 360-degree view and cooling winds from any direction in the house. The island has accommodation for 28 people and rents out at US$53,000 to $54,000 a day. All that includes two private beaches, private pools, tennis courts, breathtaking views, a personal chef, a team of about 60 staff and a wide array of water sports equipment.

There are plenty of places to lie on the beach and enjoy the sea. Main Beach is where most of the water activities are based and where you will find the Tennis and Beach Pavilion. Turtle Beach is a more peaceful palm-fringed beach, with hammocks hanging between the trees and an aqua-trampoline anchored to the sea floor. There are many other places where guests can find a peaceful spot to relax and the more energetic can take the 2-hour walk around the island to view the flora and fauna.

So what are you waiting for? Check out Necker island and let yourself be lifted away into sweet dreamland:

For details on Villa rental offer click here:

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