Sir Richard Branson reopens Necker Island to visitors

Sir Richard Branson reopens Necker Island to visitors

Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island is back open for business, less than a month after fire detroyed the Great House on the exclusive resort.

The idyllic Caribbean island made front page news when Kate Winslet, her two children, and Branson’s 90-year-old mother Eve narrowly escaped the blaze which razed the island’s main accommodation to the ground.

Branson already has plans in place for the rebuild of the Great House, but his line-up of replacement accommodation for guests in the meantime is very impressive.

Six newly refurbished “Bali Houses” on the island are ready for use, as well as the use of “Temple House” – Branson’s personal home on the private island. Branson’s 105ft luxury catamaran “Necker Belle” completes the list. In our picture above, Temple House has the pagoda-style roof at the top, and a thatched-roof Bali House can be seen below.

The new-look Necker will be able to accommodate slightly smaller groups than when the Great House was in use, but is likely to prove popular to those wanting to experience the luxurious surroundings, while at the same time take a peek at the remains of the fire where the drama took place.

Plans for the new Great House incorporate many of the features of the former building, though Branson is promising one or two new twists to improve the famous Balinese-style property. Previous visitors to Necker Island include George Michael, Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Prince Charles.

For details of dates and rates to stay on island, please contact our reservations team on 0800 716 919 (toll free) or +44 (0) 208 600 0430.

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