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Reviewed 17 January 2012

We went to Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda for our honeymoon after a Puerto Rico wedding, and were not sure what to expect. People had strongly recommended the island and we had seen good reviews for this property on TripAdvisor, but we had no real way to gauge the quality. If you are hoping for a romantic getaway and have saved up some money for a nice trip, we highly recommend this place. The property is beautiful, the sand and water are pristine, the food is great (pricey, but it was the edge of the Virgin Islands in high season!), the service excellent, the bed comfortable, and the scuba diving amazing (highly recommend Ben and Kay from Kilbrides' Sunchaser Scuba, whom we'll review separately, too!). The resort offers many day trips and activities, and you should consider doing a package with your room and the activities you will probably do the most, as you may be able to save money this way.

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Mo, the general manager of Bitter End, was very professional, friendly, welcoming, and impressive, and really made us feel at home. Walking or taking the complimentary golf cart shuttle between our cabana and the restaurants at night was very romantic, passing gorgeous yacht and sailboats under stars and palm trees. Hammocks and lounge chairs, balcony views worth every penny of the trip, and spacious, air-conditioned rooms with plenty of storage and a mini-bar really completed the experience for us. The Pub is very cool for sports fans, and the beautiful views from the beaches and restaurants are as good as anything you'll find in the Seychelles or Kauai. Again, the availability of water-based activities (sailing, snorkeling, diving, etc) and organized trips (i.e. to the Baths, which we LOVED), makes this place worth the price alone!

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We wish there had been a bit more selection for food (i.e. the mini-mart had very limited and expensive selection, and there really are few alternatives for dining besides the couple good but expensive restaurants on site), but realize that it's hard to be in a remote place and still keep prices low. Movie nights and some other things were geared more toward kids and families than couples, and ferry service between the resort and Tortola was VERY expensive (over $140 roundtrip for the two of us), a surprise to us on the final bill. We went scuba diving with Kilbrides at 8am two mornings, effectively missing out on the included Bitter End breakfast that is not served until 8am, unfortunately. Mo tried to help us with this, but the restaurant resisted providing us with a pre-8am breakfast box, which would have been nice, since we did pre-pay for the breakfasts. Ultimately, despite these minor complaints/inconveniences, we'd still go back to this wonderful place again, perhaps a bit more prepared (maybe bringing some food to avoid eating out every meal), perhaps paying for a scuba or sailing package.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms higher up the hill (forgot what they're called) with good harbor views!
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank davidschiff21
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

This resort has lots to offer and caters to the adventurous person who likes to kayak, sail, snorkel and scuba dive. On their 7 day package they include all kinds of excursions - to the Baths, Anagada, sunset sails, etc that are a lot of fun. Of course at this resort you can be as active or laid back as you like. The scuba diving surpassed our expectations with sensational dives led by Ben and Kay our dive masters. There are only 100 rooms and the resort is spread out over a mile of beach. Renovated rooms were fantastic, no a/c required. The only disappointment was the food and limited menu which very easily could be finessed to a higher level. We brought our 23 year old son and his girlfriend and all of us had a great time.

Room Tip: choose renovated rooms and if you don't like steps make them aware when booking.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank jvallery
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Our trip to the BEYC in Virgin Gorda was absolutely perfect! We stayed the first week of December, 2011 and would reccommend this time of year to anyone. There were no crowds anywhere on the island but everything was open in preparation for the busy Holiday season. We stayed in a garden view villa and loved it. The rooms had such an "islandy, caribbean" feel with the natural wood floors, screened windows with wooden shutters, large ceiling fans, large tile showers, and huge wrap-around porches with hammocks. We were awakened each morning to birds chirping outside our villa and the sound of the ocean. November, December, and January are their "winter" months with highs around 84 and lows around 73 so we did not need a/c. The ceiling fans and screened windows were just fine. The entire resort is lush and beautiful and the staff was terrific from the front desk, "Martin" at the poolside bar, Kate and Ben at the dive shop, the wait staff and the golf cart shuttle drivers. The food was very good and the daily breakfast buffet by the ocean was beyond excellent. We rented a car one day and drove across the island which is only about 8 miles long to the Baths and highly recommend doing that so that you can see the beauty of Virgin Gorda. Words cannot truly describe how amazing this vacation was thanks to everyone at the Bitterend Yacht Club. Cannot wait to come back someday!!

Room Tip: If you absolutely have to have a/c you should ask for the North sound suites. If stairs are a problem ask for a room that is not high up on a hill. The garden view villas do not have a beach view but also do not have many stairs to climb.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank janrdh
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

We spent five days here and absolutely loved it. It's a totally relaxing and beautiful environment like you'd hope for on a Caribbean vacation, but full of opportunities to explore and stay active if you choose. Our days generally consisted of a delicious breakfast overlooking the water or a morning scuba dive followed by an afternoon of napping and reading on the beach before heading back to the room for showers and pre-dinner sunset cocktails on our balcony overlooking the sound. I can't say enough about how great the staff is - the GM Mo seems to know all of the guests by name and the dive instructors Ben and Kay are world-class!

We also did some hiking and took a day trip to the Baths which should not be missed when you are in Virgin Gorda.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Otono76
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

My family (husband, 2 teenage daughters and me) has spent the past 2 Christmases at The Bitter End. Although we have had a fantastic time, both times, and we LOVE the Bitter End - it is not the place for everyone. We take advantage of using the whalers, the Lasers, the Hobis, the paddleboards, we hike and we go on many of the excursions. We use the beach a bit and never use the pool. We also spend 1/2 of the vacation scuba diving. That is really what we LOVE about the place. When booking a room, be careful about the location as some rooms are a good 250 step climb. They do have golf cart shuttles but not sure they are consistently run. And considering our phones never worked I am not sure how to call the front desk! The quality of the rooms is very inconsistent. The premium beachfront I believe are much better. The North Sound Suites are a bit tired.... The cuisine will get BORING if you spend too much time thinking about it. They do have lots of fresh fruit and a salad bar. We don't go for the food... (Not bad, just very repetitive). That being said , my kids have a ton of freedom, there are plenty of activities, it's very safe , the staff is very nice. We will go back...

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank squinkle
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