Esther was born and raised in the BVI. Both her grandparents and parents were born and lived on Virgin Gorda and Esther has lived on Virgin Gorda continuously since she returned from tertiary education in New York. Her father is Ralph Telford O’Neal, OBE, the longest ever serving elected representative in the British Virgin Islands who served as Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands for three terms.
Esther cut her teeth working at Rosewood Little Dix Bay as Director of Retail for 5 years before branching out on her own. Ever the entrepreneur, Esther grasped with both hands the opportunity to open her own business at Biras Creek Resort. For the last 20 years, Esther has owned and operated one of the most successful small boutique and dockside restaurants in the BVI – the now famous “Fat Virgin” in the North Sound, Virgin Gorda.
Sadly, in 2017 Irma took a liking to the Fat Virgin and ran away with her! However, every disaster also provides opportunity and a silver lining. We are absolutely delighted that Esther has now joined the Coldwell Banker Real Estate BVI team, bringing all of her love, experience and intimate knowledge of the history of the BVI, and in particular Virgin Gorda and its people. Next time you visit the BVI, take some time to simply sit with Esther, have a coffee (or a Rum and Ting, depending on the time of day!) and listen!