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With our beloved British Virgin Islands now open, the team and I are so looking forward to welcoming you back to Necker Island. So far the BVI has had one of the lowest rates of Covid in the world thanks to the strict measures that have been implemented by the Government of the BVI - and we intend to keep it that way. So while we know there has been a long wait to come to us, we are also sure it will be worth it.
And Necker couldn’t be better positioned as we get ready to showcase the island looking more beautiful than ever before, following more than two years of reconstruction, after Hurricane Irma. Our incredible new Bali Hi complex, extensive landscaping and the work across the island has been well worth the wait; I truly can’t wait to show it off to you all.
However you choose to arrive in the British Virgin Islands, you can be assured that we will be ready and waiting to greet you with the same Virgin Limited Edition magic that we are renowned for. We will of course be working within the parameters of some strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of our guests and staff which include a track and trace system and various forms of COVID-19 testing. It also means we may not be able to greet you in quite the same Necker Island way and our face masks might well hide our smiles, but we will still have smiling eyes and the Necker Island spirit; ready and waiting to create your own truly unique island experience.
It goes without saying that you can have complete peace of mind that we will be carrying out the most meticulous of cleaning measures even before you have set foot on Necker Island, ensuring that every single touchpoint is covered throughout your stay. Each member of the team has received new Covid-19 training, which we will be continuing to refresh, adapt and improve, to ensure we are always one step ahead.
Travel is bound to feel a little different at the moment but as a guest of Necker Island, you can sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge our teams are there every step of the way to assist you with entry requirements into the British Virgin Islands. From advice on registering and uploading your pre-arrival COVID-19 test results on the BVI Gateway website to guiding you through testing on arrival, and briefing you on quarantine guidelines and follow-up tests, our team will liaise with you at all times, ensuring a seamless experience throughout, be it pre-arrival, on arrival and while on island, of course.
On arrival into the beautiful British Virgin Islands and prior to leaving the airport to set off for Necker Island, you will be required to take a mandatory Covid-19 PCR test. You will also be provided with your tracking device in the form of a phone or wrist band which forms part of the safety measures implemented by the local government. We hope you will understand this is for the safety of you and your party, as well residents of the BVI, other guests and our staff.
Once this arrival process is complete, one of our team members will be there to meet you to start your journey to Necker Island in style.
We will most likely be meeting you at Beef Island, which is where your experience will start as we whisk you off in style on our private boat to our beautiful Necker Island. You can have every confidence that once we meet you, our boat that will take you would have been rigorously cleaned and we will have hand sanitiser on board ready for you too.
We ask all of our guests to kindly complete a medical questionnaire as well as take our own Rapid COVID-19 test, while we await the results of your PCR test taken on arrival into the BVIs. With a glass of bubbly or a refreshing drink in hand, our team will talk you through government protocols and you will be assigned your group's designated 'bubble' area for your first 24 hours on on Necker Island.
While those first 24 hours may be a little different and our usual activities might be limited, our team will be doing everything possible to ensure our 'invisible or touch-less' service does not compromise our Necker Island standards.
We want to make your stay as simple and relaxed as possible and that’s why we have created our own little welcome pack that you can expect with all the usual private-island luxuries that we will never compromise on. Each of our guests will receive a face mask to wear during their stay (Necker Island in style of course!), sanitiser and antibacterial wipes for your convenience, to use as you wish.
We will then talk you through all of the different options available during your stay to ensure you feel as at home as possible, whilst still getting the true Necker Island experience we're known for.
As hard as goodbyes are, when it comes to it, we'll make it as seamless and easy as possible for you.
When our guests arrive on Necker Island, we will be doing everything we can to ensure it feels like home and that is equally the same for our staff too. You can have every confidence that the team looking after you throughout your stay will have been strictly monitored in order to best protect our own little island safe haven. This will of course include the daily temperature checking and the use of on-site COVID-19 testing (both antigen and swab) supported by our specialist medical provider.
In addition to the normal strict protection measures we have in place throughout the island, such as hand-washing and the wearing of masks, we have also implemented zoning on the island for our team – just as an added precautionary layer. Our guests of course will still have the luxury of the whole island to enjoy (except for your first 24 hours) – just with the added assurance that our staff will be remaining in their specific zones. This coupled with the BVIs having one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 allows for complete peace of mind throughout your stay.
We understand that everybody’s level of concern is entirely personal and while our promise to you is that your safety is our number one priority, we want to ensure that we are working to your comfort level.
So, whether that’s choosing not to have housekeeping during your stay, or providing you with the same member of staff every day where possible, you can have complete confidence that we remain fully flexible, adapting our processes around your preferences and ensuring that you have as memorable a stay with us as ever.
We give you our absolute word that we will be carrying out the most meticulous cleaning measures, which will also meet, as a minimum, new local regulations now in place throughout the British Virgin Islands.
You may notice a few temporary alterations on the island and to our rooms as we do our very best to keep our guests safe. Our rooms will still have the same beauty and extra comfort that they have always done, but as we strive to increase safety measures, we ask you to kindly bear with us.
For the comfort of our guests, we have placed hand sanitiser stations throughout the island and have replaced all cloth hand towels with disposable hand towels. We encourage you to use these whenever possible.
It is our number one priority to ensure the ongoing safety and wellbeing of all of our guests and staff, and with that in mind, we hope you’ll understand that we will be carrying out thorough medical checks even before you arrive on island. This will include taking a quick temperature check and our own Rapid Covid-19 test.
We understand these are slightly strange times but hope that these preventative measures will give you complete peace of mind in allowing you to relax and enjoy your stay with us.
For the safety of both our team and guests, our team will be wearing face masks at all times. Whilst these may well hide our smiles, we will most certainly still have smiling eyes!
We kindly ask our guests to respect the mandatory government guidelines which require guests to wear a face mask when they are unable to socially distance or in smaller communal spaces. And of course masks are not necessary when enjoying our incredible dining experiences!
Should you have any health concerns, we have a fully qualified paramedic on island, as well as medically trained staff and a specialist medical provider readily available 24/7 throughout your stay.
The BVI Government has done extensive work to better prepare the BVI hospital for any cases and they now have new ventilators and strict procedures in place at the hospital to deal with any cases.
Please rest assured that we will not be compromising on the incredible dining options we offer and we understand that being able to dine in different locations on the island is all part of the exclusive island experience. We will however, be making a few small changes to how we serve your food and to ensure there is social distancing between the chef, our team, and you and your guests.
We all love to be pampered every now and then - and that’s why we’re doing our best to continue with our very special spa offering on Necker Island. This is likely to be a more limited offering compared to normal and there may be less treatment slots available to ensure we can thoroughly sanitise after each treatment. Where we can, we will continue to make use of the incredible outdoor spaces we’re privileged to have on the island.
Needless to say, by its very nature, our spa has always had very strict hygiene protocols, so you can rest assured our therapists will be carrying out your treatments in the safest way possible.
We will do our very best to keep you informed about our spa services prior to arrival and recommend booking in advance where possible.
The crystal-clear waters that surround Necker Island mean that guests can enjoy some of the most breath-taking activities on and in the water. Whether you want to go snorkelling, kitesurfing, sailing or any of the other countless activities on offer, we hope you’ll understand that our new measures are there to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
From adhering to social distancing during lessons to providing you with your own sanitised snorkel and mask for the duration of your stay, you can be confident that your safety and that of our staff remains our absolute priority.
Our team will be sure to keep you updated before you arrive on property, but if you have any questions about particular activities or our third party partners, please do reach out to our friendly Reservations team who will be happy to help.
We know lots of our guests like to stay active during their stay by playing tennis or participating in other land-based sports and whilst we still strongly encourage this, some things might look a little different at this time.
With your health and safety top of our mind, we have implemented rigorous cleaning measures for all sport and gym equipment. As with everything else, we will also ask you to kindly respect social distancing during sporting activities, so you and our staff can confidently enjoy all the experiences we have on island.
Necker Island Kids Club is certainly no ordinary kids club and there are lots of exciting things for children to do throughout the island. Whilst this is still the case, some activities for your little ones may vary at this time, and you can rest assured your children will always be in the safest of hands.
We will be providing masks for children to use should they wish and just like the thorough cleaning processes we have in place for the adult activities, we will be implementing these same measures for our children’s activities too.
The team will take the time to talk through these measures in more depth on your arrival, so you can relax in the knowledge that your children will be making the most of what we think is one of the most incredible kids clubs in the world!
How long will these measures be in place?
We can't put a date on that as it very much depends on government advice, but we will continue to review all of our measures and ensure they remain in line with local law whilst keeping both our guests and staff safe.
Where can I find out more about local regulations?
The British Virgin Islands has an extensive list of protocols in place for entry to the island. We strongly recommend visiting the official website for the Government of the BVI to read the latest on the new travel guidelines and local regulations. A video created by the BVI Tourist Board outlining the procedures and protocols for travelling to the islands can be viewed here.
Will I need to take a Covid-19 test on arrival?
Your safety is our absolute priority and therefore we kindly ask you to observe the new safety protocols of the British Virgin Islands and those in place on Necker Island. These protocols include a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival in the BVI's as well as one of day four of your stay. In addition, we will also be carrying out our own Rapid Covid-19 test on arival at Necker Island, ensuring additional peace of mind for you and your guests.
Will I need to quarantine on arrival at Necker Island?
Checking in on Necker Island will look at little different during this time. Government regulations require guests to quarantine in their villa complex for a minimum of 24 hours, until the results from your day zero Covid-19 PCR test are returned. Service and staff interaction during this time will be kept at minimum however we will ensure everything is set up in advance to ensure a luxurious first day and night on Necker Island.
Am I able to have my Day Four Covid-19 test on Necker Island?
We have worked hard with goverment officials to enable us to implement a Concierge Service so that we can conduct the Day Four testing on Necker Island. This does however come with an additional cost which our team can talk you through and this can be added to your room bill on departure.
Will the Spa still be open?
We will continue with our spa offering though the treatment menu will be a little more limited and there will be less treatment slots available to ensure we can sanitise thoroughly after every treatment. Our spa therapists will also be following strict health & safety guidelines, so you can fully relax during your treatment. In accordance with government regulations, the spa will not be available to guests during the first four days of their stay.
Will I still be able to enjoy the water sports facilities or leave the island during my stay?
Rest assured, once you set foot on Necker Island you won't want to leave. With the exception of your first 24 hours, any quarantine conditions that the Government of the BVI may impose will not impact on our water sports or other activities within a reasonable distance of the island.
Can I still hire Necker Island exclusively?
Yes, absolutely. Necker Island is predominantly booked on an exclusive use basis year-round. Just this year we have also introduced the opportunity to book the island as part of a smaller group on a shared non-exclusive basis and of course we still have our popular Celebration Weeks during select times of the year.
Contact our Reservations Team for more information.
What if I don't want housekeeping?
That's completely fine! We will be limiting housekeeping services to once a day at our properties, but should you wish not to have housekeeping during your stay just let us know and we'll ensure our team are aware.
What happens to my luggage?
Your luggage will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised at every single touchpoint upon arrival and departure, so that’s one less thing for you to worry about.
What are the procedures for any of your suppliers coming to the Island?
All of our suppliers and third-party contractors are fully briefed before they even step-foot on island and are required to follow the exact same guidelines and measures as our own Necker Island team. The wellbeing of our guests and staff remains our number one priority, so we will never compromise on the rigorous measures we have in place for whomever visits us on island.
Who provides your medical support?
We have a longstanding relationship with Prometheus Medical, a specialist medical company delivering unrivalled emergency, medical support in the form of medical training, equipment, strategic advice and deployed clinical care. A highly trained paramedic is also permanently based on Necker Island, with 24/7 telephone access to medical specialists. We are further equipped with full medical kits including oxygen, primary health care medication, intravenous medication, multiple defibrillators, cardiac monitoring and trauma kits.