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Moskito is an exclusive collection of ultra-luxury estates on a private island in the British Virgin Islands

Escape to Moskito for an unforgettable Caribbean getaway crafted just for you, whether with loved ones or colleagues. Indulge in bespoke experiences and tranquil moments on the best virgin island to visit.

Escape to Moskito Island, BVI, for an unforgettable experience tailored just for you. Amidst 132 acres of pure paradise, indulge in unparalleled luxury, exquisite cuisine, and thrilling adventures. Whether it’s a bespoke vacation or corporate retreat, immerse yourself in nature’s grandeur and impeccable hospitality, creating cherished memories.

The three (soon to be four) distinctive estates on Moskito Island have been created by different entrepreneurs, who have each curated a unique tropical haven that reflects their exquisite sense of style, adventure, attention to detail and fluency in luxury.

The Oasis, The Village and The Point estates each sleep 20–24 guests in accommodation ranging from poolside villas to cliffside cottages, set in around three acres of lush private gardens. In 2024, they will be joined by the newest estate, Cape Stout.

Experience unparalleled privacy by booking entire estates or a collection, perfect for your secluded getaway in our exquisite Caribbean vacation destination.


A treasure in the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are known as ‘the pearl of the Caribbean’ and Moskito is the luster on the pearl. Situated on the west side of Gorda Sound, its nearest neighbors are the larger islands of Virgin Gorda and Richard Branson’s Necker Island. Tortola, with its international airport, is a short boat ride away. Read more about how to travel to Moskito.

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History of the island

The Virgin Islands were an early haunt of buccaneers and pirates, and have a long history of trade.

Much of the known history of Moskito Island comes from the European occupation, which began when Columbus first visited the Virgin Islands on his second voyage to the Americas in November 1493. The first known map of the island is held at the National Archives in Kew, London, and is dated 1716. At that time the island was known as Red Rock, probably because of the colour of the geology of the island visible from the sea.

At some point between 1716 and 1739 the island’s name was changed, as confirmed by a later map which named the island Musketa – possibly an Anglicised version of the word ‘musket’. Later maps refer to the island as Moskito, which it is known as today.

In 2023, an archaeological excavation on Moskito Island uncovered an Amerindian fishing camp at Manchioneel Beach dating back to between 1200-1400 AD, long before the arrival of Columbus’ fleet in 1493. A number of historic artefacts such as pottery, shells, tools and cooking equipment were found, suggesting the island has been settled by humans for many centuries.

The group of people who lived on Moskito Island originally are classified culturally as Taino. Their culture evolved in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over a thousand year period. The Taino people were eliminated from the Virgin Islands in 1514 when a Spanish attack on their settlement exterminated the remaining families.

Evidence of European settlement of Moskito Island remains to this day, including the foundation of a residence above Lime Tree Bay which dates back to the 1700s.

By the late 1800s, Moskito Island was abandoned and used only to graze livestock until Drake’s Anchorage resort was built by Mr. Bert Kilbride in the 1960s, which ultimately closed in 2001. In 2007, the island was bought by Richard Branson. Now the island comprises the Branson family estate and estates The Point, The Village and The Oasis which are among the small number of exclusive private estates on the island.