Bitter End Yacht Club
Bitter End Yacht Club is the Caribbean's premiere luxury water sports resort, hosting family fun vacations, romantic getaways, and idyllic escapes for all. Located on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Bitter End is uniquely situated along a mile of shorefront on the protected waters of the North Sound. The barefoot elegance that characterizes this island outpost is why Bitter End is regularly hailed as one of the top full service resorts in the world.Bitter End is a "rollicking nautical village" with 85 shoreside accommodations, three restaurants and an awesome array of activities. Reachable only by sea, the resort stretches along a mile of beach and waterfront on the North Sound -- the most protected and secluded deep water harbor in the Caribbean. In addition to all the amenities and activities of a full service resort, including a world-renown watersports center and sailing school, Bitter End is also home to a full service marina, with dockage, over 70 moorings, where repairs, provisions and supplies are readily and easily available. Bitter End's colorful atmosphere and casual, friendly ambiance is more like that of a traditional Caribbean village, and the staff complements the resort's character with their cheerful affability and concern for each visitor's experience.The entire resort is intended to be organic, comfortable and beautiful. Bitter End still generates its own electricity, collects and distills its own water, utilizes solar power and uses treated grey waste shower water to irrigate the hillside gardens. Today Bitter End has grown into the world's finest watersports resort. Top of the line sailboats, skiffs, windsurfers and other equipment, along with roomy excursion boats and exciting day trips have been added over the years. Word of mouth has given the resort a worldwide reputation and a loyal guest base of families, friends and couples who enjoy the watersports and relaxation that are a way of life at Bitter End.
Location & Map
Hotel Address:Location Summary
- Bitter End Yacht Club
- PO Box 46
- North Sound, Virgin Gorda
- British Virgin Islands
Bitter End is on the North Sound of Virgin Gorda- beautiful, remote and protected, 12 miles from Tortola, 30 miles from St. Thomas and 75 miles from Puerto Rico. Bitter End is situated on 75 acres of land and more than a mile of waterfront on the northeast extremity of Virgin Gorda. It fronts North and Statia Sounds. The property is accessible only by water. Bitter End is the last island outpost before the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Directions to Hotel
Bitter End Yacht Club is only accessible by water. The most direct ways to get to Bitter End are to fly into Tortola or St. Thomas. High speed ferries run regularly from St Thomas to either Virgin Gorda or Tortola.
Highlights & Reviews
Travel & Leisure Top 25 Caribbean Resorts - World's Best -- 2001, 2002, 2003; World's Best Values -- 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001; World's Best for Families -- 2003; Greatest Hotel in the World -- 2004; Conde Nast Traveler Gold List - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000; Bride's Magazine Top 100 Sexiest Resorts; Outside Magazine Caribbean A-list - 2004; Departures Magazine Top 10 Hotels, Atlantic/Caribbean - 2003, 2004; WindSurfing Magazine Best Windsurfing Destinations.
Banquets & Meetings
1,500 square feet of convention and/or meeting space. Largest room capacity is 80 people, classroom style. Latest audio/visual equipment. Full catering services.
Two computers available for guest use (to access the internet and email).
Bitter End is a unique alternative to the traditional corporate outing. Let our advisory board of Olympic and America's Cup champion sailors help maximize your team-building and bonding experience at Bitter End. Or create a memorable wedding or family gathering. An activities schedule can be planned just for you and your group, as well as special parties and dinners. Through our Special Events Office, we can help you create unforgettable moments in a spectacular setting.
Fine Dining on Site
The Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grille, open-air restaurant. The English Carvery, open-air restaurant featuring roasted meats, poultry and steaks. The English Pub, serving snacks, pizza, sandwiches and imported beer. Poolside luncheons can be arranged.
Your children can take part in the variety of watersports activities Bitter End offers in the Junior Watersports Program, for kids ages 13-17 years old, or in Kids Camp, for kids 5-12 years old. Kids are organized into smaller groups, with an instructor for each small group, and take part in learning to sail, snorkel or windsurf, or just having some fun. In the afternoons, they can paint, join in on guided walks, or take part in impromptu snorkeling trips.
Bitter End now offers guests the ultimate spa experience! From exotic aromatherapy massages and private yoga sessions on the beach to manicures, pedicures, facials and herbal wraps, the newly-opened Spa at Bitter End provides a full menu of services designed to refresh guests after an active day on, in or near the water.
Bitter End's three white sand swimming beaches are fully equipped with lounges, beach furniture, and thatched bohios for shade. Beverage service is available on the beach adjacent to the Clubhouse. There are two swimming piers at the north-end beaches steps away from the Beachfront Villas, and a freshwater swimming pool near the North Sound Suites. Spectacular snorkeling lies just off the beach below the North Sound Suites at Wedding Point.
Over 100 vessels, including dinghies, catamarans, windsurfing gear, kayaks and motorboats. Unlimited use of the fleet is included in every vacation package!
Fishing - Fly
Half day and full day fishing packages are available and whether you are interested in fly fishing or inshore fishing, we provide you with experienced guides and equipment to fish to your heart's content.
Fishing - Ocean
If you are feeling adventurous, bring your own gear and you can charter a Bradley 22 and take off for your own fishing adventure, or check out a Boston Whaler and sneak up on the plentiful bonefish in the flats just around the corner from the Beachfront Villas. You can even fish from the shore for bonefish at the very north end of Bitter End.
The marked trails give you choices ranging from a short nature stroll along Biras Creek and its bird sanctuary salt pond to an exhilarating climb through orchid-festooned woods with the reward of spectacular panoramic views from surrounding hillsides and peaks. One spectacular view, at the end of Guy's Trail, over the top of Bitter End, offers a challenging hike that rewards with a view of North Sound, Saba Rock and the Clubhouse Beach. Or you can hike up the National Park trail to the summit of Gorda Peak, just a short trip from the resort. Guided nature walks are given several times a week in the early morning as well as in the late afternoon.
Jogging & Running
Fitness Course with 1/8 mile jogging track and 16 exercise stations.
The Bitter End Sailing and Windsurfing school was established in 1985 and offers free Sailing 101 course for all guests, classroom, dockside and on-the-water lessons offered for sailors of all levels, from beginner to advanced. With more than 100 watercraft, the Bitter End's Club fleet is the World's Largest available for guests' complimentary, unlimited use.
The British Virgin Islands are regularly included by Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine and guides as one of the top diving destinations in the world. And among Caribbean scuba diving destinations, the British Virgin Islands offer among the most pristine reef and wreck diving, easily accessible with our on-site dive outfitters, Kilbrides Sunchaser Scuba.
From our famous logo items and sunscreen, to locally made Sunny Caribbee scents, Bitter End's shops provide such variety that you can pick up anything from essentials you left at home to mementos and gifts unique to Bitter End. Pick up one of Bitter End's world famous logo t-shirts, totes, baseball caps, belts, coffee mugs and more at the Reeftique. We have art and artifacts from all parts of the Caribbean as well as a wonderful selection of jewelry and souvenirs. Film, snorkeling gear, magazines, postcards and stationery are available at Bitter End Outfitters. Famous Sunny Caribbee scents and spices, Caribbean art, decorative crafts and music are also sold here.
Statia Sound, in the lee of a large natural reef, features flat water to a mild chop. Near constant tradewinds, 250 days a year, help beginners get up and go and offer advanced windsurfers plenty of force to shred.
Guest Review Highlights
- - Banquets & Meetings
- - Business Center
- - Meeting Space
- - Executive Retreat
- - Fine Dining on Site
- - High Speed Internet
- - Child Programs
- - Pool, Outdoor
- - Spa Facility
- - Beach
- - Boating
- - Fishing - Fly
- - Fishing - Ocean
- - Hiking
- - Jogging & Running
- - Sailing
- - Scuba Diving
- - Shopping
- - Water Skiing
- - Windsurfing