Moskito Island Resort and Villas
Looking for the ultimate seclusion, exclusivity, and unsullied natural beauty for your next vacation in the Caribbean? Moskito Island may be the ideal option.
Situated in the North Sound of the beautiful British Virgin Islands surrounded by untouched tropical beauty. This luxury private island getaway owned by British billionaire Richard Branson offers the best of everything. Including exquisite homes for rent— one of which is Branson’s personal estate.
If you’re planning a trip to Moskito Island and wondering where to stay, you've come to the right place. Read on for a closer look at everything you need to know about what to do and where to stay on Moskito Island.
Moskito Island Review — Why Visit?
A longtime favorite of bareboat sailors and scuba divers, Moskito Island is in a class of its own. Every second of your stay here will feel like a magical experience reaching exceptional levels of luxury.
While it’s ultra-exclusive, it is not hard to get to - located one mile from Branson’s other famous BVI island, Necker , and just a short boat ride from airports on St. Thomas and Tortola.
Wondering what makes Moskito Island different from other private islands? For starters, it’s one of the world’s most exclusive private islands. When you visit, you’ll get a true one-of-a-kind experience that you will not find anywhere else. You’ll enjoy your own private beach, a staff that will cater to your every wish, and access to all the wonders of the British Virgin Islands that lie just offshore.
Another reason to visit Moskito Island is the chance to stay in Branson’s own private 11-bedroom estate. With rates starting at $12,000 per night for four bedrooms and $33,000 per night for the full estate, it’s not exactly a budget vacation.
But expect to get your money’s worth—and then some!—in the form of a truly extraordinary setting and premier service through which your every want and need will be met. It’s also important to note that everything is included during your stay on Moskito Island: all meals, beverages, activities, and staff.
Deciding between a stay at Necker Island or Moskito Island? Moskito is significantly larger than Necker, and the homes and facilities are newer. “If Necker is the fireworks, Moskito is a slow burn,” says our insider who visited both islands.
Additionally, while all of the homes on Necker are owned by Branson, several homes on Moskito Island are owned by friends of Branson. Our insiders say this “fusion” of homeowners has resulted in Moskito Island's distinctive charm.
Moskito Island Nuts & Bolts:
Three estates totaling 27 bedrooms (additional estates are in development and are expected to join the rental program)
Communal recreation offerings, including a private beach, an infinity pool, hot tub, swim-up bar, tennis pavilions, and watersports center.
Tailor-made meals can be enjoyed at a variety of dreamy locations: The Pavillions with its own pizza oven, The Beach House, and The Beach Bar.
Activities & Experiences on Moskito Island
The ultimate luxury getaway, Moskito Island is a haven for seekers of rest and relaxation. However, adventurers will also find plenty to see and do here, thanks to the recreation center located on the island’s east side. You’ll find two tennis courts with bleachers, an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, and a gym.
The watersports center is also on the east side of the island. You can pick up gear to sail, surf, kiteboard, stand-up paddleboard, water ski, wakeboard, snorkel, or scuba dive to your heart’s content.
You’ll enjoy all of these things in an exclusive (uncrowded) environment where you can truly enjoy all of the features and amenities available to you…and it’s all included in the price.
Throughout your stay, you’ll also have the opportunity to map out activities with the resident manager, who will work with you to create a “hyper-personalized” itinerary for each guest in your party.
Villas Available to Rent on Moskito Island
While Moskito Island will eventually offer ten private estates, there are currently three extraordinary villas available for rent. Let’s a look at each:
The Oasis Estate
Awe-inspiring panoramic views, sleek contemporary design featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a spectacular master suite. The villa features retractable glass walls, and spacious terraces off of all five guest rooms. These are just a few of the incredible details awaiting you at the Oasis Estate.
What is our favorite feature in this remarkable, peak-top estate? The three Poolside Pods are flanking the gorgeous wraparound infinity pool. Each boasts a private bathroom, living area, small kitchenette, and outdoor shower!
The Oasis Estate sleeps up to 18 guests across nine rooms with nightly rates starting at $19,000 in the low season and $28,000 in the high season.
The Point Estate
This 4-level cliffside estate comes with exclusive access to Moskito Island’s iconic beach, making it one of the Caribbean's most idyllic hideaways. Enjoy not one but two immaculately appointed master suites and seven standalone guest houses—all of which are connected by a shared open lounge.
From stargazing from the Skybar rooftop to cocktails by the fire pit, the Point Escape offers drama, delight, and tranquility at every turn.
If you’re looking for next-level communal, The Point Estate delivers—and then some. Suitable for families and groups alike, it offers a consummate combination of spacious gathering areas and private spaces for solitude and seclusion.
In addition to the availability of watersports, tennis, and walking trails at Moskito Island’s communal recreation areas, active types will find plenty to do “at home.” This includes an open-facing gym with a Peloton bike and treadmill, game tables, and a state-of-the-art fire pit.
The Point Estate sleeps up to 14 adults and 8 kids across seven rooms with nightly rates starting at $17,500 in the low season and $25,000 in the high season.
There’s also a bunk room in the main house with sleeping quarters for an additional eight guests, although an additional fee may be required.
The Branson Estate
If it’s good enough for Richard Branson, it’s good enough for us. When it comes to a Caribbean home that embodies all the finer things in life, we challenge you to find more alluring accommodations than The Branson Estate.
Comprising three spectacular standalone Balinese-style villas, each with its own kitchen, living area, infinity pool, and hot tub, it also offers spaces for gathering, playing, and seaside dining.
While there’s plenty to do on-site, if you’re looking for more adventuring in everything from a sail around the island to a game of tennis, Moskito Island’s Recreational Areas are just a short stroll away.
The Branson Estate sleeps 22 guests across 11 rooms in three villas with nightly rates starting at $25,000 in the low season and $36,000 in the high season.
If you’d like to reserve one or all of these villas, or if you have a question about the Oasis Estate, the Point Estate, or the Branson Estate, contact WIMCO today for information on availability and rates.
What Kind of Food Is Served on the Island?
While the chefs on Moskito Island specialize in local cuisine, they are dedicated to customizing each meal to ensure that the varied tastes of all guests are met—and exceeded.
Regardless of their specialties, all private chefs on Moskito Island share the same goal of satisfying their guests' unique wants and needs. Therefore, you will have the opportunity in advance to share information about your food and drink preferences and any dietary needs or restrictions. Your resident private chef will use that to plan mouthwatering menus throughout your stay.
Like every other element of your visit to Moskito Island, your menu will be hyper-personalized just for you.
In addition to the variety of cuisine available on Moskito Island, you’ll also have your choice of dining styles and settings. These include an open-air seaside dining pavilion and other exotic beachside, poolside, and under-the-stars locations.
Looking for a formal meal or something more casual? Staging a themed tasting experience? Just let your private staff know, and they’ll plan an unforgettable meal with an equally unforgettable ambiance.
Is Moskito Island Suitable for Families with Small Kids?
If you’re vacationing with little ones, they’ll find plenty to love on Moskito Island. This family-friendly BVI getaway welcomes children of all ages. It may be upscale, but it’s a remarkably relaxed environment.
Not only that, but the personalization elements make Moskito Island even more appealing for parents and kids alike. While there’s not a specific Kids Club like you might find at a resort, there’s no need for one thanks to the attentive staff, who will tailor-make meals and activities for your kids.
Pool games, treasure hunts, mini Olympics, and beach picnics are just a tiny sampling of the fun awaiting both the young and young at heart on Moskito Island.
How to Get to Moskito Island
Moskito Island may feel like it is worlds away, but these 125 unsullied acres of paradise are surprisingly accessible thanks to its convenient location in the British Virgin Islands.
The closest international airport is Tortola’s Beef Island. Accessible via many direct flights from various parts of the Caribbean, including San Juan and Antigua. Both of these are less than an hour away by plane. Private jets can also land at Beef Island and at St. Thomas airport.
From Beef Island, it’s just a 30-minute boat ride to Moskito Island. (Your travel team will arrange this boat charter, and it’s included in your rates.) Alternatively, you can fly into Virgin Gorda and arrange for a 10-minute boat ride from Leverick Bay marina.
Finally, Moskito Island is reachable via helicopter from Virgin Gorda, San Juan, Tortola, St. Thomas, and many other Caribbean Islands.
Moskito Island History
Located just two miles away from his other private island retreat, Necker Island, Richard Branson was in love with Moskito Island for decades before he purchased it. In 2007, he finally acquired it.
He then spent years (and countless dollars) transforming it into an extraordinary recreational area and home to the 11-bedroom Branson Estate and several other stunning homes.
Contrary to popular misconception, Moskito Island did not get its name from the blood-sucking flying pests, but rather from the word “Muketa,” an old anglicized spelling of “musket.” Over the years, it evolved into Moskito (although sometimes spelled “Mosquito”).
From the start, Branson's plan was to develop all the island's infrastructure, including the recreation center and dining facilities. And then sell plots of land to like-minded individuals where they could build their own private homes.
As a result, Mosquito Island now has several privately owned estates. While only three, including the Branson Estate, are currently available for rent, seven other estates will eventually become available. All offer the height of luxury for which Moskito Island is known.
What Services Does WIMCO Villas Provide to Our Clients Renting a Villa on Moskito Island?
If you’re looking for a truly inimitable escape, you’ll find it on Moskito Island—courtesy of the WIMCO team.
As soon as you reserve a stay on Moskito Island with us , our team will set up your international flights, boat charters, and arrivals service, then work with you to customize your stay.
Upon your arrival, you will be in good hands with the residential estate manager, private chefs, and team of staff with all meals, drinks, and watersports included.
From start to finish, we’ll make sure every detail is accounted for so you can keep your focus on where it belongs: enjoying the serenity, relaxation, and unbridled luxury of a stay on Moskito Island.
FAQ About Moskito Island
What Islands Are Near Moskito Island?
Moskito Island is located in the North Sound of the British Virgin Islands, off the coast of Virgin Gorda and across from its sister island, Necker. It is a short boat ride away from BVI gens like Tortola, Guana Island, Scrub Island, Peter Island and Jost Van Dyke, among others.
How Big Is Moskito Island?
Moskito Island is roughly one mile long and consists of 126 unspoiled and secluded acres in the Caribbean.
When Did Moskito Island Open?
While Richard Branson purchased Moskito Island in 2007 for 10 million British pounds, this over-the-top destination—heralded as “the newest jewel of the Caribbean”—did not officially open for vacation rentals until the fall of 2021.
Ready to Get Started with Your Moskito Island Vacation?
To learn more about staying in one of Moskito Island’s remarkable villas or another luxury Caribbean escape, contact the WIMCO team today.