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View of Atlantic, Caribbean and Gorda Sound in a peaceful inlet.

Biras Creek

Biras Creek Resort dock.

Biras (pronounced BYE-RAHZ) Creek is a well-protected anchorage. The only obstruction into the cove is Oyster Rock, a stone on the south side off Camilia Point less than half a mile from the Biras Creek Resort dock that carries only a foot or so of water. Luckily, it is well marked with a red buoy.

The Fat Virgin Café is said to have some of the best hamburgers in the islands. There is also a gift shop and the workshops and housing for the staff of Biras Creek Resort.

Iguana at Biras Creek

One of the giant iguanas on the trails at Biras Creek.

Dinghies can land at the sea wall, in front of the Fat Virgin Café. A free water shuttle service connects Biras Creek and the Bitter End. There is a hiking trail that extends past the pool at the BEYC to the Biras Creek resort. It is worth the walk and a chance to explore grounds of this exclusive resort. Watch carefully as you walk on the trail, as you will see a wonderful mix of the local flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the harmless giant iguanas that roam the grounds.

Biras Creek Resort is part of the Relais & Château worldwide network of fine resorts. Reservations for the restaurants are highly recommended. The menu is pricey, but features award-winning cuisine (see their web site below) and an extensive wine list. Gentleman are requested to wear collared shirts and trousers after 5:30pm and, for women, suitable resort attire is requested.

Biras Creek

Tradition has it that Biras Creek is named after an Arawak Indian princess that used the cove to elude her enemies. But now, Biras Creek is a 140-acre resort used by the glitterati to elude the vicissitudes of life. Bought as an investment in the early ‘70s by a Norwegian shipping company, the company developed the land into an exclusive Relais & Chateaux resort. It relies on its repeat clientele to remain one of the top-rated resorts in the BVI...(continued)

The charm that draws clientele back time and again was responsible for saving the property from over-development 10 years ago. The Norwegians planned to sell it to a major hotel chain that planned to create a mega-convention center on the property. But one of the regular repeat guests, Bert Houwer from Holland, fearing the inevitable change in ambiance, put a check on the table and bought the place out from under the hotel chain. He owns it today, and is intent on keeping it as the small intimate hideaway that is so appreciated by guests and visiting yachtsmen.

The main building is called “The Castle” by the employees and is an imposing stone structure that serves as the center of the resort. The facility holds only 60 guests at a time and the views of the Caribbean, the Atlantic, Statia and North Sounds make Biras Creek Resort a unique photo platform. The low guest-to-staff ratio takes pampering to the highest level.

The Castle’s reputation among megayacht owners is this is THE place to dine when anchored in Gorda Sound. All yachtsmen are welcome to visit, and reservations for dinner should be made through the front desk. After 6pm, there is a dress code in both the bar and restaurant.

An old, 1970s era, but beautifully maintained CSY 44, MARY IRENE, is docked at the little private marina in front of the resort and is available for charter or sailaway packages through the hotel.

At the entrance to the cove in Phillips Bay, just past Oyster Rock, there is a café called the Fat Virgin and the Fat Virgin’s Treasure gift shop along with the resort’s maintenance buildings. No reservations or dress code are required at the casual Fat Virgin Café, and the cuisine is generally American with a continental breakfast along with lunch and dinner.

Some charts indicate a fuel dock in front of the Fat Virgin. This is for the resort’s use only and fuel is no longer sold to the public.

When visiting the main resort, there is a slip reserved for dinghies halfway down the right side of the main dock.


Restaurants

Biras Creek Resort & Marina

Dinner VHF 16
284.494.3555
www.biras.com

Fat Virgin Café

Lunch and Dinner Daily
VHF 16
284.495.7052
Fax: 284.495.5090
www.fatvirgin.com

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