Island tour

Necker Island Tour

Sir Richard Branson bought Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands for 180,000 pounds, or about $320,000, in 1979.

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The government required the new owner to build a resort within five years of the date of purchase or the island would revert to the state.

Branson complied and built not only his home on the island, but also one of the most exclusive private retreats in the world.

The 74-acre island can accommodate 16 to 28 people year-round for the price of $42,000 a night. Individual villas can also be rented to couples for $27,000 per week for several weeks of the year.

We were invited to visit the island by Sir Richard, and his company Virgin Limited Edition, which manages its luxury resort properties around the world, took us to Necker last week. We will be posting about our trip in the next few days. You can find them all here.

The morning after we arrived, our videographer Robert Libetti and I went hiking with other journalists staying on the island, and this is what we saw.

Disclosure: We were flown to Necker Island, BVI by Virgin Limited Edition, who covered our travel and accommodation costs.