Caribbean Hideaways: Discovering Enchanting Rooms and Private Villas (Rizzoli, $50), by Meg Nolan van Reesema, explores more than 30 destinations in the Caribbean, three in the British Virgin Islands: Guana, Tortola, Virgin Gorda.
The accommodations are accorded ‘hideaway’ status by being refuges with seclusion and serenity. Many are far from town centers and popular beaches. Visitors often have to make a concerted effort to get there; some are difficult to find, which the author maintains is part of their appeal and forms the ‘tingling suspense’ of a good part of the journey.
As reported by CaymanAirwaysMagazine, ‘A seasoned travel journalist and consultant to villas and hotels, van Reesema spent the last three years checking in and out of over 400 hotels – and taking note of those whose design, atmosphere and underlying stories spoke to her.’ Of Guana, the eighth largest island in the B.V.I. chain, she writes, ‘a true island hideawayv where seclusion and distance from the throngs of tourists are sincere guarantees.’
The author details amenities, services, and histories, which are supplemented by rich photos taken by Jessica Antola. If you’re looking for your next Caribbean vacation destination, Caribbean Hideaways is certainly worth a read, and we hope you will chose BVI to visit on your next trip.