Richard Branson’s Moskito Island. Rates for Moskito Island start from $17,500 per night during the low season

Richard Branson's Moskito Island. Rates for Moskito Island start from $17,500 per night during the low season

After over 14 years in the making, Moskito Island is debuting in the British Virgin Islands this week. Moskito has quickly become one of the most exclusive, private islands in the Caribbean—a secluded billionaire’s playground, home to privately owned villa estates, all brought together by communal recreational amenities. Two brand-new estates, The Point Estate and The Oasis Estate are the latest additions joining the existing 11-bedroom Branson Estate on Moskito Island, under the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio.

Beginning October 1, 2021, The Point Estate and The Oasis Estate will officially become available for exclusive buyouts through Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s global collection of eight unique retreats and luxury hotels.

The nine-room Oasis Estate is perched on the highest point of Moskito Island. Its four-story main house utilizes the natural landforms, with transparent split-level terraces that emerge from the core of the estate. Offering a balance between fun, privacy, and relaxation, the estate has multiple bars, including a swim-up pool bar, an expansive billiards and movie room, and a rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the territory. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors can be found throughout the property that provides abundant natural light, while a flat grass-filled rooftop adds an urban design element.

A wraparound master pool joins the main house with three individual guest pods, which sit at the edge of the estate. Minimalistic in nature, each poolside pod features a kitchenette and living areas, as do each of the guestrooms in the main house.

The estate also has a master guestroom spanning 812 square feet, which has an open-plan bedroom and living area that transitions onto a 180-degree decking and entertaining area, offering some of the best views on the estate. Guests can wake up to sunrise views overlooking Sir Richard Branson’s neighboring Necker Island, before later soaking up sunset views from the freestanding outdoor bathtub. The wraparound terrace features sun loungers and a dining table to create an entertainment space at the private retreat.

The Point Estate is nestled cliffside, overlooking the island’s Manchioneel Beach and neighboring Virgin Gorda. Drawing design inspiration from the homeowners’ travels across the world, The Point Estate is built up the cliff offering free-standing accommodation and one main entertaining hub house. The communal area of the main house brings the estate together as a dining and entertainment space, with a contemporary kitchen and bar and a huge infinity pool offering 180-degree views of the surrounding turquoise waters. An open-air seaside dining pavilion is built right at the cliff edge and offers the best views of the sunsets. Guests will have exclusive, direct stair access to Manchioneel Beach—complete with a dining pavilion, stocked bar, and other facilities.

The Point Estate at Moskito Island

With eight bedrooms, including an eight-bunk children’s room in the main house, the estate can accommodate up to 22 guests. There are two master bedrooms: Hillside Master, which overlooks the entire estate; and Seaside Master, a quiet cove at the bottom of the estate. A mix of freestanding, outdoor, deep-soaking baths and outdoor showers, complete with spacious decking and sun loungers features across the guest accommodation. Sitting atop the main house great room is a crow’s nest—an idyllic location to watch the sunrise and set over the island.

The Oasis and The Point estates will join the Branson Estate, designed and owned by the Branson Family. It opened in 2020. Set near the island’s communal recreational facilities, the Branson Estate was the first of its kind to be built on Moskito Island, with three villas connected by elevated wooden walkways, including the main residence, Headland House, which is home to the estate’s main master living, dining and entertaining areas, master suite and two guestrooms.

The four-bedroom Beach Villa comes with its own private infinity pool and living areas, and adjacent lies the four-bedroom Mangrove Villa, nestled in the mangroves,  offering views of the neighboring islands. The Branson Estate is home to seaside dining and play areas that seamlessly blend indoor-outdoor living.

Each private estate on Moskito Island features communal recreational amenities, including the master Beach Pavilion, comprising a bar, gaming and movie areas, wraparound pool, and a communal beach. Two floodlit artificial grass tennis courts — designed to match Necker Island’s courts which play host to the annual Necker Cup — are ideal for group tournaments, lessons, or a casual setting with friends.

The estates also offer on-island and private in-room dining experiences. Guests can enjoy beachside spa treatments, watersports, and a range of activities that can be organized to cater for the full group, including game nights, guided hikes, beach Olympics, and children’s pizza-making classes. Guests can explore the British Virgin Islands by snorkeling amid reefs and shipwrecks or swimming with the turtles.

Rates for Moskito Island start from $17,500 per night during low-season, based on a four-night minimum stay at The Point Estate for up to 16 guests. Rates are inclusive of a dedicated estate manager, private chef, and a dedicated team of staff, besides meals, drinks, watersports, and a personalized itinerary from start to finish.