All posts by Alexia Lucas

7 Billionaires and the Amazing Private Islands They Call Home

The Caribbean, and British Virgin Islands in particular, are often know as the ‘billionaires playground’ given the concentration of billionaires and high profile celebrities that own real estate in the crystal blue waters of the BVI.  Instead of simply building the most amazing house or purchasing the largest luxury yacht, these industry titans have taken it a step further – they just bought a private island all for themselves!

So if you’re dreaming of how you would spend your lottery winnings, or just need to be transported away from reality for a few moments, take a look these the amazing islands below.  But be warned: some of these many insight a major case of envy and wanderlust! ???

1.   Sir Richard Branson – Necker Island

Details via nbcnews

Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson, has called the British Virgin Islands, and Necker Island specifically, his home for decades.  Necker Island is home to the ‘Great House’ in addition to multiple other villas that are often rented by celebrities and high profile world leaders (including former President Obama) when they want to relax in the low key, laid back atmosphere of the BVI.  


2.  Sir Richard Branson (again!) – Mosquito Island

Details Via Forbes

When one British Virgin Island isn’t enough, you buy a second!   Sir Richard Branson bought neighboring Mosquito Island and has just completed development of a stunning eco-lodge.  Guests can rent individual villas or the entire island to experience a few days in the life of a billionaire.


3. Larry Page – Eustasia Island 

Details via Caribjournal

Former Google founder Larry Page is Sir Richard Branson’s next door (or do you say next island???) neighbor after purchasing Eustatia Island in the British Virgin Islands. Eustasia is completely solar powered and offers luxury villa rentals for guests looking to experience the very best of the BVI.


4. Larry Ellison – Lanai, Hawaii

Details via Townandcountrymag

Oracle founder and billionaire Larry Ellison is hoping to challenge the British Virgin Island’s status as the billionaire playground, with his purchase in Hawaii.  Ellison has purchase 98% of the Hawaiian island, Lanai, and is transforming it into ‘A billionaire’s vision of paradise’.


5.  John Mallone – Sampson Cay, Exuma Bahamas

Details via cnbc

John Malone is the largest private land owner in the US – owning over 2.2 million acres of land through the United States.  31 of the acres he owns are Sampson Cay, an island in the Exuma chain the Bahamas.  Sampson Cay is complete with a resort and a yacht marina. 


6.  Dr. Henry Jareki – Guana Island

Details via cntraveller

Dr. Henry Jarecki has called the British Virgin Islands home for nearly 4 decades since purchasing the 850 acre Guana Island in 1978.  Guana Island is home to a luxury eco-resort that is self sustaining and gourmet meals are prepared with fresh produce from the extensive gardens and orchards on site. 


7.  Leonardo DiCaprio – Blackadore Caye Island 

Details via educateinspirechange

Although not technically a billionaire, Leonardo DeCaprio has owned his own island off the coast of Belize for the last 10 years.  He is now transforming the island into Blackadore Caye Resort with 36 villas which will run completely off solar power and rain water catchment systems.  Half of the island is also be designated as a wildlife preserve to help reintroduce native flora and fauna.


Which private island is your favorite?? Share this list with a friend and maybe they would be willing to split their lottery winnings and go halves with you on a private island of your own! ???


Virgin Motor Yachts – Now Blogging From Paradise!

Welcome to the Virgin Motor Yachts blog! We are excited to being providing you articles, information, photos, stories and insights around our 2 passions; Yachts and the beautiful British Virgin Islands!  ⚓️?


Virgin Motor Yachts is a family owned business that was founded in 1996. We are the only, exclusively motor yacht charter company in the BVI and we are ‘fueled by our dedication to customer service!’ Having been in business for more than 20 years, tens of thousands of customers have passed through our doors and enjoyed the ‘trip of a lifetime’ on a yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands. We are most proud of our 70% repeat customer rate, and love that many of our guests come back to the BVI year after year. We are based at Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola, and we offer a fleet of motor yachts for bareboat charters, luxury crewed charters and day charters.


Five years ago my husband and I were living the ‘typical’ American dream; dual careers, big house, multiple cars and constantly buying stuff, stuff, stuff to keep up with the latest trends, fads and of course, our friends. Suddenly, over a normal evening of dinner and an episode of ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’, I looked at my husband and announced we needed to sell everything, escape the rat race and move to an island! I was tired of working hard all year for a giant corporation to enjoy a measly two weeks of vacation – I wanted to create a life we didn’t need to vacation from! We turned our dreams into a reality but purchasing Virgin Motor Yachts from the founding owners, who were retiring. We now live full-time in Tortola, run Virgin Motor Yachts and are constantly grateful that we have an opportunity to live and work in this beautiful paradise and share our story with our thousands of charter guests! (Albeit ‘paradise’ is not without its quirks and challenges – but more posts on that in the future ?)

After two decades of being in business, Virgin Motor Yachts has been asked every question in the book related to yachts, chartering, the British Virgin Islands etc. After providing these answers many, many times, we thought it might be helpful for our guests and potential future guests if we began to blog about some of the most frequent topics. In addition to lots of useful (hopefully!) information on yachts, yacht charters and the beautiful BVI, we also have lots of fun stories, travel ideas and interesting island tales that we would love to share.


More than anything, we want your feedback on our posts! ???  Being a small business, we love the ability to still offer the ‘personal touch’ to each and every client we meet. Many of you started out as guests, but over the years have become our friends and we love seeing you each year in the BVI to catch up on your lives!


We genuinely love meeting each and every person that walks through our doors and learning their story; why did you decide to come to the BVI? What it is about boating that you love? What led you to our doorstep? What do you want most out of your vacation? With guests that are just starting to plan their first trip to the islands to those that have been coming for 20+ years, we have a wide variety of readers and interest – so please tell us what we can offer that is most helpful to you! Feel free to leave comments and email us suggestions on what you would enjoy reading – we want to be just as customer focused on our blog as we try to be in our business. If you like what you read, please share with family and friends and/or on any of your social media channels – the more the merrier!

We are hoping to share and connect with you 3-4 times a week on our blog site. If the content seems to resonate, we will share it across Facebook and our other sites. Please let us know what we are doing well and what you would like to read more of. Or if you hate something or disagree – let us know that too!


Thanks for taking the time to read our first post, and we look forward to you joining us on this new and exciting journey!


Alexia Lucas

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PowerCat and Birthday Celebrations!

The big news of the week is that the newest addition to the Virgin Motor Yachts fleet, the 514 Power Catamaran named Dashaway, has finally arrived into our flee514-top-deck-aftt. This means that all my handlers go down to the dock to watch as the new boat comes into the marina and then raise a glass to its arrival and success. Once the boat was docked, the team jumped on board to admire her interiors. I hadn’t quite found my sea legs as I jumped aboard which nearly resulted in an impromptu swim in the marina. I quickly recovered as I realized that I could smell champagne and birthday cake.


The 60th birthday of Chiddick, one of our Shipwrights, coinbcoincidentally fell on the same day as the arrival of Dashaway! Chiddick has been an important part of the team for over 20 years now, and he gives the best back scratches. We kept his birthday cake a secret until we put up the balloons and iced the champagne. I’m not usually one to keep a secret, but I did my best. When he walked down to the end of the dock to the sight of all of us singing happy birthday aboard the new PowerCat, his face was full
of surprise. He climbed on board as we cut the birthday cake and poured the drinks. The humans even let me have a cheeky bit of cake! I couldn’t resist the vanilla icing even though I’m trying to watch my figure. I’m looking forward to the next Virgin Motor Yachts birthday celebration!

Bashfest III @ Last Resort, 18 June

bash fest

Island Music and Art Festival, many Incredible artists on one stage. Food vendors, Handmade jewellery stand, dance performances, Live Art Canvas Painting, Photo Booth & more. The Island will open doors at 4pm for the start of the Event. Live music from 5pm.

If you like live music, dance, dj’s and art – Bashfest is for you!!!

“Probably the most diverse music and arts festival in the BVI” (Glasgow Herald)

Come on BVI – let’s party!!!!!

Bellamy Cay, BVI

Trellis Bay

Tel: 284-394-0100



The Club Restaurant @ Norman Island

TheClubNormanIsland61_smDon’t miss the brand new restaurant on Norman Island, a world-famous getaway for boaters!the club norman island

Guana Island Executive Chef Xavier Arnau Gili opens The Club at Norman Island, a chic beach club and fine dining restaurant in conjunction with Pirates Bight and Executive Chef Patrick Williams.

The Norman Island hot spot features Mediterranean and Jamaican cuisine, specialty cocktails, a sleek all natural wood beach bar, beach side service and chairs including wine and rum flights.

For reservations call: (284) 442-2331

Need a ride? 

Norman Island ferry departs Hannah Bay (part of Nanny Cay Marina) at 10:00am, 3:30pm and 6:00pm
Departs Norman Island at 3:00pm, 4:30pm and 9:00pm

Tickets are $20 per person , include: one drink, ferry transfer and use of the facilities.

Call (284) 443-1305 to re-confirm the times