Richard Branson’s 74-acre Necker Island is well known for being a paradise where celebrities and entrepreneurs can escape to party and relax away from the public eye.
But it is a little less well known that the billionaire founder of the Virgin group also has a second Caribbean retreat, Moskito Island, about a mile from Necker.
Branson bought Moskito Island in 2007 for a advertised purchase price of $10 million.
The island is currently at home to a population of ring-tailed lemurs that Branson imported from zoos in Canada, South Africa and Sweden. branson also moved a number of endangered Necker’s iguanas near Moskito.
The Virgin Group is in the early stages of development on the island. The construction team has completed the installation of basic infrastructure – electrical, plumbing, etc. – and a three-villa complex for the Branson family, which a Virgin spokesperson referred to as the “Headland Estate”.
The island also has nine private plots, all of which will be developed into villas. All nine lots have been sold to anonymous buyers and construction on the first villa will begin this year, the Virgin spokesperson said.
Amenities include a swimming pool and a clubhouse filled with teak decorations. According to Forbes, there will eventually be large tennis courts with a two-story viewing pavilion.
The pool faces the beach.
And there is a lot of lush greenery all around.
The island hasn’t officially opened yet, but it looks like some lucky travelers have caught a glimpse.