Honeymoon Guide: British Virgin Islands
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THE BATH AND TURTLE
Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
You won’t necessarily want to snuggle in silence through every meal down here. When you're up for something livelier—or for a meal that’s a bit kinder on the wallet—this tavern-style spot is the quintessential BVI boaty scene (along with the Bitter End; see Sleep). Ensconced at the marina and shopping center toward Spanish Town’s north side, the casual bar-cafe serves pizza, burgers, salads, and surf and turf, as well as such Caribbean fare as patties, roti and conch—plus many, many gallons of drinks daily. The unofficial social center of the yachting/bareboat scene, it’s great for people watching.
Biras Creek Resort
We’re not sure what’s more magnificent: Virgin Gorda–born chef Jermaine George’s tropically influenced contemporary menu or the view out over North Sound at this exclusive resort’s open-sided hilltop dining room. The restaurant delivers a ravishingly romantic candlelit night out in an elegant-casual atmosphere (trousers and collared shirts for gentlemen). The wine list isn't huge, but it's wide-ranging and well chosen, and the impressive menu offers dishes like papaya-glazed duck confit and scallops in ginger-shallot dressing. Cap it off with a refreshing iced banana parfait with mango crisp and chocolate ganache. Even if you’re not staying at Biras or the nearby Bitter End, it’s well worth the boat ride out.
BRANDYWINE BAY RESTAURANT
Sir Francis Drake Highway
Turin-born, Florence-raised and a refugee from Manhattan’s fast lane, chef Davide Pugliese and his Aussie wife, Cele, serve up one of the great dining experiences in the BVIs, on Tortola’s south shore between Road Town and the airport. The lovely flagstone terrace overlooking Drake's Channel is a definite plus for romance. The Tuscan-based but globe-trotting menus (scrawled on a big dry-erase board) change daily. Thai pumpkin soup and roast duck with mango chutney might be followed by Livorno-style stuffed rabbit. Do save room for Italian dessert classics like panna cotta and an outstanding tiramisù. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.
CAPRICCIO DI MARE
196 Waterfront Dr.
Road Town, Tortola
Another Davide Pugliese production, across from Road Town’s ferry dock, "Caprice of the Sea" is a cute cafe with a shaded wooden terrace that’s a little more casual—and easier on the wallet—than Brandywine Bay, though it still serves top-notch Italian and other food. You can go lighter at lunch with salads, sandwiches and tasty bites like bresaola (Italian-style cured beef). At dinner you may prefer to turn up the volume with the long pasta list (chicken Alfredo with fettucine, penne or spaghetti), eggplant parmesan and specials such as pan-friend mahimahi.