Biras Creek

Sep 12th, 2002, 04:45 AM
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Thanks Nancy....Biras was the perfect vacation in every way. I'm sure Anguilla will not disapoint from all the wonderful things I've read. It's our first trip there as we love trying new places. Once you find a great place to go its so easy to go there because you know what to expect but there are so many other wonderful places to explore!
I'm sorry, I meant "Biras Like" in terms of accommodations, food and service. I have no doubt it will be. Thanks for the room location recommendation, we have a Jr. Suite. Do you know if they are any located on the West End?
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:12 AM
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the rooms are on Bercher's Bay and the swimming beach is on Deep Bay about three quarters of a mile away. Surrounded by water and accessable only by boat is one of the big differences between CJ and Biras. The resort with only 40 rooms is more intimate and there is more of a clubby feel than at CJ with more socialization among guests. CJ's beach is long lovely while Biras is small and a cove. Great snorkling at Deep Bay none at CJ. Accomodations at CJ are even more luxurious and comfortable if you can fanthom that. BTW, the road between the resort area and the swimming beach is flat but there are some hills and it is certainly not flat getting to the rooms - look for the one bike trail that will be flatter than the direct route! Also sailing day trips is more of an option in the BVI. Chocolat is the option on Anguilla but CJ only has a power boat.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:29 AM
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The Jr. Suites are in Villas 1,
3, 11, and 12 and they are very spacious. 11 and 12 are at the west end. We were in villa 11. Villas 1 and 3 are further away from the water and you can hardly see St. Martin. We like being upstairs because of the views. There are 6 suites per villa. I believe the middle rooms have private rooftop access for sunbathing and I think they are slightly smaller than the end suites. The end suties have a solarium next to the bathroom for sunbathing. The bathroom is awesome. Go to travelhop.com and you can see a 360 of the jr. suite. If you would like any information feel free to e-mail me. From your description of Biras Creek, Cap Juluca is very "biras like". The service is 5 star, the food is just incredible and the accomodations are very luxurious, but not pretentious. The resort is very laid back.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:30 AM
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Kathleen,

The above post was from me. I put your name under author by mistake since I was responding to your post. Haven't had my coffee yet!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:39 AM
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Hi Nancy,

Haven't had my coffee yet either so I'm a bit confused (duh) I should request a Jr. suite on the west end then for great views and closeness to the water?

I've read that the upstairs rooms with the rooftop are much smaller than the downstairs suites. I know that CJ does not take room requests, but location requests. Would I be wise to request a Downstairs villa on the west end?

Thank you!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:40 AM
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Someone said the swimming beach at Biras Creek is less than a minute away from the rooms.... and someone else said it's 3/4 mile away. Hmmmm.....
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:54 AM
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Kathleen,
Did you go to St John?

If you go on a snorkeling trip are the picnic lunches included as part of your package or do you have to eat all meals at Biras itself. I am trying to decide if I need the meal plan - -other than breakfast. Are there other places to go for dinner on the island?

What about the 20% service that is added? Was that included in the package price?

Thanks - -thinking of going in December (trying to decide if I should split the trip up and go to St. John as well)
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:57 AM
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I don't know the distance but even if it was 3/4 miles away how long do you think it takes to ride a bike down a wide straight path? Not long! It's absolutely beautiful. There was a mixed crowd of people (young and retired) and not one person had a problem getting to the beach on a bike.

Biras is on the end of virgin gorda surrounded by 3 bodies of water. the views are beautiful and also the beach is great. It is not a dry arid island so the resort is very lush and green with tropical flowers all around (there is a light fragrant smell in the air everywhere from all the flowers, I thought it was a room spray - beautiful). Although it is lush we did not have a bug problem at all, they seem to have it all figured out.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:58 AM
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Request Villas 11 or 12, they are closer to the water and have a better view of St. Martin (the twinkling lights at night are just beautiful). The downstairs suites have easy access to the beach, but the views may be obstructed by palm trees. The end suites (#4 and #6 upstairs) are probably the same size as the downstairs suites. Only the middle suite, #5, has rooftop access.

We requested upstairs in Villa 11 or 12 and that's what we got. If you want to just walk out your patio to the beach, request a downstairs suite. If you want to walk down steps and a very short path to the beach and unobstructed views, chose upstairs. I hope this helps.

By the way, I am so envious..........I wish I was going back tomorrow. Have you been to news.ai website? You can find everything and anything about Anguilla.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 05:59 AM
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guess it depends on how fast you pedal your bike!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 06:05 AM
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maybe Penny will answer. she is very familiar with CJ room layouts. Jr suites are in villas 1 - 3 and 11 and 12, I believe. Room 5 in the villa has the turret sunning deck.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 06:09 AM
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Hi Laurie,

The meals are included in the price, its not a meal plan. You get brekfast, lunch and dinner.We had the week of enchantment but I'm not sure if that is offered year round. There are Boston whalers for you to use as you wish within the area designated. They do not want you going out into the ocean. Within the parameters are wonderful little islands with no one on them. At Biras they give you snorkel equiptment, a map (very simple map and very easy to understand) and they will pack you a gourmet lunch for your trip, all at no additional costs. Just tell the hostess at breakfast that you will need a lunch for whatever time and you pick up your cooler. All you have to do is reserve the whaler. At breakfst there is a coordinator and all you have to do is ask her and she will take care of everything for you. there are also other excursions for an additional fee, which are not expensive and great fun. I think they may be posted on the website. You must see the Baths. Biras has a glass bottom boat trip to the baths, they also supply snorkel gear and food.

If you have anymore questions, please ask always glad to help!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 06:10 AM
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Well to go 3/4 a mile in a minute, you'd have to go 45 mph! Not sure even Lance Armstrong could do that!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 06:12 AM
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Thanks Kathleen - -- My TA found an eight night package, ocean front that includes all meals. I just wasn't sure if we wanted to eat every meal at Biras and then it would be like throwing out money.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 06:32 AM
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You will not be disappionted in the meals, everynight was a different menu and the food is superb! If you like lobster, this is the place to have it. The view from the dining area is BEAUTIFUL (espically at night) in an open air dining room. There is not anywhere to go when (restaurant wise) on Virgin Gorda, and it was just fine with us. The food is that great. You have to take a ferry to get to town if you wish, then get a cab from there. It makes a fun day for exploring. The taxi drivers take pride in their beautiful island and is not expensive. They will drive you all around,(if I remember correctly the cab company is Speedy's)They will stop anywhere you want to take pictures, and give you a history lesson. I do not suggest renting a car, the roads are very steep in many areas and very narrow and they drive on the other side of the road. In some areas its like a roller coaster ride - Wow. You will have a wonderful time, and your photos will look like postcards!
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 06:40 AM
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2+2+5
I did not say that is is 3/4 mile to the beach, I said it takes a minute to get to the beach. What difference does it make? Its a short bike ride, does it really matter to you that much to you?
If you cannot ride a bike or make the short trip you can always call for a golf cart to take you there.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 06:44 AM
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enjoying the thread since it's been a few years since Biras. They did offer dine-a-round with Drakes and Bitter End. Thought they continued it with Saba Rock and Bitter End after Drakes closed. No? But I would not choose to eat at BE over Biras for dinner anyway!
There are some lovely restaurants on Virgin Gorda but a bit of a hassle to boat to Gun Creek and then taxi to them and back again. You might want to rent a car for the day and explore Virgin Gorda a bit but the taxi is prefectly okay too. Do they still do the wonderful little appetizers included in cocktail hour pre dinner?
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 06:48 AM
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A priority for me is to have a room/suite/unit (whatever they call it!) ON the beach. I want sand and swimmable water just footsteps from my room. Biras has wonderful rooms with seperate sitting area and "outdoor" grotto-like showers on a narrow walking or sitting beach. The swimming beach is three-quarters of a mile away from the room (bikes provided ... for me, it was not an easy ride!). One other negative, after 6:00pm they request that gentlemen wear trousers and a collared-shirt....
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 07:12 AM
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A collared shirt meaning a knit polo type shirt, not a button down oxford shirt. You do not have to get dressed up for dinner, but they do require men to wear pants and collared shirt. They do not wnat men wearing shorts and a tee shirt to dinner. Khakie (sp?) pants and a cotton knit shirt with a collar are considered resort casual, which is what is expected at dinner. I do not think they would even mention anything if you wore a non collared shirt. I did not see anyone "dressed up" at dinner time.
Biras is not for everyone, espically if you are not used to light physical activity. I did see anyone having a hard time with the bikes even the older heavier set people were having a good time with no trouble at all.
 
Sep 12th, 2002, 07:21 AM
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Thanks for all the great info.

How does Virgin Gorda compare with St. John? I am not sure if I should split my trip up between Biras Creek and Caneel Bay. My husband and my TA said stay put at Biras Creek and take a day trip to St. John.

What do you think?

I see on the biras.com site that there are helicopter rides -- did you take any of these trips?

I read a post on tripadvisor about a person who go bitten by a black widow spider and had all types of trouble with the staff at Biras as far as medical attention.

I also read that the service was spotty -- any thoughts on that?

thanks
 

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