Wanderlust: Necker Island

Necker Island
Necker Island

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta The inspiration and wonder that comes from exploring the world can change my perspective on life... I love all travel, from the adventurous to the luxurious, and topping the luxury scale is Necker Island. My husband and I have been grateful to have been included in a few trips to Richard Branson’s private paradise, Necker Island, in the idyllic British Virgin Islands. A trip to Necker is really something special, and we honestly can’t believe we’ve been lucky enough to experience it! We spent our time on Necker exploring the sandy white beaches and crystal clear Caribbean -- swimming, snorkeling and sailing -- we learned how to kite surf (well, more Bert than me, though I did fly the kite on the beach...that’s how you learn!), and visited a few other islands. We met wonderful friends, shared delicious food, and probably consumed way too much alcohol (what happens on Necker, stays on Necker). Richard Branson was there, as the island is his home. He is lovely, and joined our group of twenty-eight at each meal, sharing in conversation, as well as joining tennis games and kite surfing (he actually broke the Guinness World record in 2014 for most people on a kite board at one time -- he shared the board with three beautiful ladies!). I especially love the photos I got of my husband playing him on the giant chessboard on the edge of “The Great House”, perched at the island’s highest point, overlooking the sea. Other pinch-me-I-can’t-believe-it’s-real moments included our couples massage in a cliffside cabana, watching the dazzling pink flamingoes fly across the multi-hued blue intersection of sea and sky. Mr. Branson’s Shangri-la includes a flamingo sanctuary, as well as rescued lemurs, toucans, and giant tortoises. And nothing compares to waking up to a double rainbow over a tropical island with Balinese temple huts...and ending the day with a champagne sunset, in a hot tub at the top of the world.

Photo: Elizabeth Fullerton