White Bay Villas, Jost Van Dyke

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at White Bay Villas, Jost Van Dyke

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at White Bay Villas, Jost van Dyke
Set on Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, White Bay Villas are perfectly tucked into the mountainous space between White Bay and Great Harbour, two of the island’s most iconic stretches. With stunning Caribbean views and easy drives to the island’s beach bar hot spots, it brings laid back vibes for a toes-in-the-sand getaway.

HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at White Bay Villas, Jost van Dyke

DESTINATION: JOST VAN DYKE 🇻🇬

One of the four major islands in the British Virgin Islands  (there are many smaller islands as well), Jost van Dyke is well-known for its world-famous beach bar scene. With hot spots like Foxy’s and Soggy Dollar Bar calling JVD home, it’s a must for many visitors sailing the BVIs or heading over as a day trip from larger Tortola. It’s deserving of more merely a few hours though, with a peaceful evening vibe that’s only enjoyed after day trippers have bid the isle adieu.

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at White Bay Villas, Jost van Dyke

White Bay Villas is the view. Set up on the hilltop between White Bay and Great Harbour, the villas are perfectly positioned for taking in the beach scene far below and it’s a sight to behold. We stayed in a two-bedroom Hillside Villa, which was perfectly matched to the island’s laid back vibe. The accommodations are humble but cozy, with comfortable beds and a kitchenette for those wanting to prepare meals in. The service upon arrival had us settling in without a hitch, but accommodations feel more like a self-catering space than a hotel, which suited our family dynamic just fine.

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at White Bay Villas, Jost van Dyke

In Jost there’s no doubt that you’ll want to spend your day posted up at a nearby beach bar, where Bloody Mary’s turn into painkillers and flow into nightcaps as the day wears on. You can cook in at White Bay Villas but there’s no restaurant on site (at least not when we visited in 2017). Instead, head to one of the fun dining establishments set on the beach. Hendo’s Hideout was our favorite, but Soggy Dollar Bar is a must for the original painkiller, and Foxy’s Taboo is putting out some good lunch food away from White Bay. For dinner, don’t miss Corsair’s, where the food is setting the bar in the BVIs.

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HOTEL INSIDER: A Stay at White Bay Villas, Jost van Dyke

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THE WANDERLUST EFFECT: HOTEL INSIDER

Number of Rooms: 10 individual villas
Cost Per Night: Our two-bedroom was around $600/night
Must-Try Eats & Drinks: Head to Soggy Dollar for a painkiller – it’s a requirement!
Hotel Highlights: Balcony views overlooking White Bay.
Worth the Investment? Decent value given location and amenities in the region.

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect, formerly The Traveling Scholar. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. She is a former resident of London and San Francisco and now calls the island of Anguilla home. In addition to The Wanderlust Effect, Shannon is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort and is on the Board of Directors of the Omololu International School in Anguilla.