A short while ago, I shared a tiny teaser of this property on my Facebook page – and ever since then, I have been eagerly awaiting their opening and the chance to go and stay at The Inn at Cornucopia. The latest boutique hotel to join the accommodation options on Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands.
So I was thrilled to be invited to spend the night as part of their soft-opening March promotion (rooms are currently 50% off for bookings in March).
I’ll preface this by saying that I LOVE a beautiful boutique hotel. Of course, I enjoy hotel chains’ convenience and predictable nature, but my heart truly lies with the small independent properties. Their uniqueness, eccentricities, traditions, and charm is what draws me in every time. The Inn at Cornucopia has all of this in spades.
From the moment we arrived, greeted by owner Inge, and proffered our first glass of sparkling rosé, I was utterly captivated. The chic black and white decor in the vaulted living area, expansive glass doors flung open to reveal the sea views and Virgin Gorda boulders. The brushed gold light fixtures, cool Mexican tile underfoot and bright yellow parasols on the sun-dappled deck. The chef’s kitchen stocked with antique crockery, beautiful glassware and copper pots mounted on the wall. One-of-a-kind heirlooms and intricate art pieces casually furnish the property and provide intriguing talking points between guests. All that before you have even reached your room.
Speaking of rooms, there are five, four guestrooms (two ground-floor garden view rooms and two upstairs ocean view rooms) and one primary suite. They also follow the black and white theme with sumptuous pillows, downy comforters and pristinely white sheets with inordinately high thread counts.
There are coffee table books on various topics and objets d’art, which perch on the occasional tables. A Keurig coffee machine sits on the desk area, poised and waiting to make your first-morning brew. I didn’t ever want to have to check out.
Still, it was time to enjoy the time that we did have. So my guest and I changed into our swimwear and decided to venture down to the beach. Just a four-minute walk from the Inn, Inge offered us the use of one of their little wagons, already loaded with a sun umbrella and beach chairs. All that remained to be done was to liberate a bottle of rosé from the honour bar and take it with us on our beach adventure.
We wiled away a happy couple of hours, dipping in and out of the water, enjoying the shade of our beach umbrella and catching up over a glass of wine (or two). Before long, it was time to get back and freshen up for dinner.
The Inn at Cornucopia has a beautiful outside shower perfect for rinsing off after time at the beach.
Before leaving the property for dinner, we enjoyed a glass of fizz at the Inn’s ‘cocktail hour’ which starts at 4:30 pm and offers guests light refreshments and the option of a cocktail or glass of wine at the bar. We chatted with owners, Rose and Inge, about their time in the BVI and met Campari, the dog. (It is worth noting that the Inn at Cornucopia is pet-friendly (under 20lbs) and adults-only.) Then we headed out to nearby CocoMaya for dinner with friends.
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The following day, after a glorious night’s sleep, it was time to sample breakfast. (Room rates at the Inn at Cornucopia include a superb breakfast). We came out of our room to find the sun shining, the patio tables decked in antique European linens, the smell of French-press coffee and plates of charcuterie for us to nibble on, as we contemplated the rest of the menu. After our meat and cheese, we enjoyed eggs (poached for me, Frittata for my guest), homemade banana bread and a delicious fruit plate. A(nother) chilled glass of bubbles and hot coffee accompanied our meal.
Then it was time to check out and head off to enjoy the rest of our day on Virgin Gorda. But we’ll be back!