Virgin Gorda, BVI villa expert

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This is a great place to combine work and play. The fully equipped gym offers an idyllic setting for building your endorphins, and if you have to work on your vacation, the office space is complete with an internet connection, phone line, fax line, printer, copier, and scanner. One experience you want to be sure you take advantage of while you're on the island is alfresco showering. There is something really special about baring all and communing with nature while you bathe. In the late afternoon, head for the tennis courts for a couple of sets before dinner, then finish up your day with drinks on the terrace while the sun sinks over the horizon.

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The natural beauty surrounding this private beach estate will completely charm you; the choice of two white sand beaches is just steps away from Sol y Sombra through either of two carved gates.

Entering this villa, a coral stone staircase leads you through landscaping where the drama of the property unfolds: four pavilions within the fully-fenced and gated grounds embrace a coral stone terrace set with a large infinity-edge pool and bordered by green lawn.

The main pavilion offers a Great Room with an entertainment system, a shaded terrace with wet bar just outside, and is flanked by a formal dining room which seats 12 (with additional seating for 8 just outside on the covered terrace; just right for lazy breakfasts), and a gourmet kitchen fully equipped with a Viking gas range, wine fridge, and all expected Sub Zero and Cuisinart appliances. Adjoining is the office, completely outfitted with a computer, printer, fax, cable TV, etc., and a half bath. An enclosed air-conditioned gym with a smooth bamboo floor features exercise equipment and satellite TV.

Just outside and at one end of the pool is the second pavilion offering an air-conditioned king master suite with its own covered veranda, walk-in closet, and a bath with alfresco shower looking out to tropical flowers.

On the other end of the pool is Sol y Sombra's second pavilion, built around huge smooth boulders for which Virgin Gorda is famous. This pavilion offers a pool level air-conditioned bedroom/bath suite with two twin beds and its own veranda, and above it via a staircase curving around a mammoth boulder is the second air-conditioned master suite. This bedroom/bath suite opens out to a pergola terrace, a private vantage point offering sea views off the Baths and of green islands and cays to the horizon.

The Tennis Suite, an air-conditioned guest house, is situated behind the Great Room pavilion, just across the estate's private tennis court, and has its own air-conditioned sitting room with two twin daybeds, with a full bath (can be a 5th bedroom)cable TV, and a kitchenette; an air-conditioned king bedroom and full bath adjoins. This suite is bordered by a partially-shaded veranda, and from it a circular staircase climbs to a rooftop aerie.

Sol y Sombra is distinguished by Thai teak furnishings adorned with rich fabric, handcrafted mahogany windows and doors with brass fittings, native stonework, cool gold-hued coral stone flooring (so kind to bare feet, inside and out), painted umbrellas poolside, and a collection of elephants located in garden nooks and crannies.

A cook is available by request; staff does not live on the estate, so your complete privacy at Sol y Sombra is assured.

This A-list beach property promises a holiday of a lifetime to those seeking the very best for their private Caribbean holiday...five stars, and with our own personal recommendation!

Additional Amenities:

7 flat-screen TVs featuring Dish Network satellite service; Sony Home Theatre projector and TV with large retractable screen in Great Room; complimentary Pay-Per-View movies, ADCOM Entertainment System w/surround sound and interior/exterior speakers; Xbox with games; DVD player, 5-CD player, radio, movie and music collections, games; elegant window treatments, plantation shutters and air conditioning in all bedrooms, office, Tennis Suite's sitting room and gym; gourmet air conditioned kitchen with Viking and SubZero appliances, margarita machine, Nespresso machine, icemaker, wet bar, wine cooler. Hair dryers in 3 Main Villa and Tennis Suite bedrooms; each of these bedrooms also includes a mini-fridge, bottled water and safe; The Tennis Suite has its own mini-kitchen, deck and wet bar, observation deck with 2 hammocks accessed via spiral stairs. In Main Villa Office: computer with DSL service, Vonage phone line for free international calls, fax and answering machines, printer/scanner/copier, multi-line phones and TV. Molton Brown bath amenities and luxury linens. Weber gas grill, lighted artificial grass tennis court with basketball hoop, loaner tennis racquets, 2 bicycles; 2 ocean kayaks, 2 paddle boards; assorted snorkel gear sets in various sizes; adult and child life jackets; pool floats, beach chairs, umbrellas, cooler, beach toys; air-conditioned gym with treadmill, elliptical trainer, recumbent bike, weight bench and free weights, satellite TV, refrigerator, and bottled water. Portable nylon Pack 'n' Play crib and highchair (with your advance notice); babysitting services may be pre-arranged. Automatic generator, dishwasher, laundry facilities for guests' use. Welcome arrival snacks, prepared by a local chef, and complimentary dinner for all Sol y Sombra repeat guests on the 2nd night, prepared at the villa by a local chef.

Villa Notes:

An open-air gym offers a treadmill, step machine, bike (not upright), a weight bench with many free weights, satellite TV + refrigerator. The tennis court is an artificial grass court and is lighted for night play.

Rental Notes:

9th and 10th persons may sleep on the 2 twin daybeds in the Tennis Suite's air-conditioned living area-both must be children under 18 years, please.