When Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Tortola––which owes its namesake to the explorer who dubbed it "the turtle dove"––it was as if paradise fell into his lap like a present. Unwrap the gift of an idyllic getaway with this week's Escape to Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Surprise yourself with a three-($449), five- ($749), or seven-night ($1,049) stay in a Poolside Oceanview Deluxe Room, featuring a panoramic view of the ocean from a private balcony or patio. Upon arrival, relax with a welcome cocktail and a bottle of the local Prusser's rum to sip on the beach.
Untie the ribbon and reveal a mile of sandy beach, a clear-blue pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Bestow relaxation upon your body, heart, and soul at the Wellness Spa & Salon, where you can treat yourself to a sea-clay body wrap, aroma-steam jade facial, or a therapeutic deep-tissue massage.
Your palate will get a taste of the good life with a daily full breakfast. For dinner, choose from one of the resort's renowned restaurants, including classic Italian cuisine at the Pasta House, continental fare at the elegant Palm Terrace, or barbeque at "1748," where, according to The New York Times, "The chefs do some of the finest grills on the island, especially in fresh fish."
There's no limit to how you can package your stay. Use your included jeep rental to tour the island: Get one-day of rental time for the three-night trip; two days for the five; or three days for the seven-day adventure.
Explore at your own pace by booking a sail or fishing boat adventure or a dolphin encounter. Visit the nearby island of St. Thomas––regular ferries depart from the West End Ferry Dock several times daily, offering easy access to the both the island and its convenient airports.
Feel free to peak. A simple tear of the paper reveals an Escape filled with a world of surprises.
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A Three- ($449), Five- ($749), or Seven-Night ($1,049) Stay for Two at a Virgin Island Resort + Jeep Rental
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