Valley Trunk Estate

Villa, family-friendly

Virgin Gorda


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At a Glance

This sizable estate, newly open to the public, is the only residence on picture-perfect Valley Trunk Bay beach, allowing for utter privacy and serenity.

Indagare Loves

  • One of the most stunning beaches in the British Virgin Islands
  • Attentive service from staff who have been with the property for over 20 years
  • The beautiful Bali House for oceanfront dining


This family-owned compound, available for exclusive takeovers only, is located on a sprawling 19-acre estate on Virgin Gorda’s southern shoreline. For over 30 years, Valley Trunk has been the tropical getaway for the Wildensteins, who made their fortune as art dealers. Now, groups of up to 16 people can enjoy the villa as their own luxe home away from home.

The property’s grounds are spectacular, featuring lush gardens filled with bougainvillea, oversized cacti, mango trees and winding pathways leading to secret hammocks and small bridges. The main house, accommodations and lovely infinity pool are located at the top of a hill, allowing for first-rate ocean views. It’s a five-minute walk through the landscaped greenery (or a quick golf cart ride) down to the beach, where loungers and more hammocks await on the secluded 500-yard beach with alabaster sand, massive volcanic boulders like those at the Baths—which are just a quarter mile away. Those wanting to linger by the water will adore the oceanfront Bali House, a bamboo duplex pavilion that was deconstructed in its eponymous country, imported to the BVIs and rebuilt piece by piece by Balinese artisans brought in for the occasion. There’s no better spot for dinner al fresco.

Eight one-bedroom suites are spread out across multiple villas, making Valley Trunk ideal for multi-generational families or groups of friends traveling together. Though the rooms, which boast fabulous ocean views, are spacious and in impeccable shape—nothing feels tired or worn—the décor has not been updated in years and has a distinct retro vibe (shag carpeting, tiles with pastel patterns, et. al). Travelers seeking haute design or a sleek, modern feel should book elsewhere. Still, the attention to detail is thoroughly impressive, from Hermès placemats and toiletries to the stylish woven beach bags thoughtfully left in each bedroom closet.

With a house staff that’s been with the Wildensteins for over two decades, service is attentive and pampering, but never overbearing. The Valley Trunk team can orchestrate any and all activities, including paddle-boarding, kayaking, PADI dive instruction, massages and Ayurvedic spa treatments. (There is also a tennis court and small gym at guests’ disposal.) On my last night, they set up a grand bonfire on the beach, complete with Persian carpets laid over the sand and beanbag chairs from which to sip champagne. But really, the jewel in Valley Trunk’s island crown is Xanadu, the 68-foot yacht that is available for exploring the region’s coves accessible only by boat, snorkeling the excellent reefs, and touring the neighboring islands. (The use of the yacht is included in Valley Trunk’s rate, but fuel is an additional cost.) In the sailor’s paradise that is the BVIs, the ability to cruise at will all day before returning to the comforts of home is an unbeatable amenity.

Who Should Stay

Groups of friends and large extended families will love the seclusion Valley Trunk offers. The destination can easily host parties with varied interests, as travelers can have an indulgent flop-and-drop vacation in which spending quality time with their companions is the main attraction, or enjoy an active getaway with water sports galore. Those who prefer to stay in a contemporary space will not be satisfied by the property’s dated aesthetic.

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