Necker Island Travel Guide

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Kate Winslet Saves Granny Branson as Necker Island Catches Fire

August 22, 2011 at 2:14 PM | by | ()

We used to think Sir Richard Branson was untouchable with his death-defying stunts, jet-setting lifestyle and nonstop partying but last night, Branson and his family narrowly escaped a dramatic fire at the Great House on his 74-acre personal paradise, Necker Island.

While family (including Branson's 90-year-old mum), friends (including Kate Winslet) and staff escaped unharmed, the Great House building suffered substantial damage and is according to Branson's blog still burning:

We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90mph. A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house. My son Sam and nephew Jack rushed to the house and helped get everyone out and many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!

The main house is destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out. My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands of photographs and my note books which is very sad. But all family and friends are well - which in the end is all that really matters.

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Cubicle Dreamin': Necker Island

December 18, 2006 at 5:10 PM | by | ()

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Annie 007 let's us know where she would go when money ain't a thang and you got your own helicopter to travel in. Enjoy.

When it comes to flights of fancy about faraway hotels and luxury accommodations, nobody ever thinks "Five-star service on a private island owned by Richard Branson, with all the amenities money can buy."

They think, "Outdoor throne."

Crown yourself "porcelain goddess" on Necker Island, Sir Richard's exclusive resort paradise, just 15 minutes by boat from Virgin Gorda (or, if you're in a tearing hurry to relax, arrive in style by high speed boat or helicopter).

You and 26 of your bestest, closest friends can have the whole freaking place all to yourself - or you and your disgustingly lucky significant other can roam the empty hallways and take advantage of the extra closet space -- for just $19,000 a day.

For the privileged few for whom money is no object, you gotta go here. It has butler, maid, and cook service - a full staff to fulfill your every whim, whenever you're feeling whimsical. There are two pools, two Jacuzzis, and a beach pool. It has a Balinese gazebo, lit tennis court, a patio for al fresco meals overlooking a waterfall that burbles through lush gardens and spills down into one of the pools.

If you're bored, there's sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, diving, banana boat rides, an aqua trampoline, sea kayaking, a DVD and book library, board games, and snooker. You can ask for an evening bonfire on the beach, with lobster tails served on fine china. Or burgers, tater tots, and Bud. Whatever you want, they got.

More of Richard Branson's paradise after the jump.

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