Frequently Asked Questions
Whats the weather like when I want to come ?
The weather in BVI varies little throughout the year with most days like a beautiful summer day in the northern USA or England
Rainfall is mostly at night with the odd quick shower during the day
Check here for more details Note rainfall is given in mm with the wettest month having approximately 3.4 inches of rain and the driest 1 inch.
How do I get to the SugarMill ?
From the USA or Canada - Recommended route
Fly to St Thomas US Virgin Islands. [ Airport code STT ] Non Stop Flights go from New York , Newark, Miami, Fort Lauderdale , Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte and other major hubs All the majors fly there as do Spirit – from Fort Lauderdale and Jet Blue – from various airports.
On arrival at St Thomas Charlotte Amalie Airport, take a taxi to Red Hook on St Thomas USVI [$15 a person] - 20 minutes journey
Take a ferry from Red Hook to West End Tortola - they run up until 5 pm or so most days and sometimes 9 at night in high season - [ check with us beforehand ] - 30 minute trip - approximately $50 round trip.
Take a taxi from West End to Sugar Mill - 10 minutes, $10 or less per person. Taxis are abundant and everyone knows the Sugar Mill
On 5 star all inclusive we will meet you at West End ferry dock with private hotel transport.
Can I book the ferry in advance?
No. You cannot pre book ferries between St Thomas and Tortola. Buy tickets at the terminal. There may be a departure tax of $10 or so per person.
Which ferry company do you recommend?
All the ferry companies are pretty alike and we do not recommend one over another. Get on whichever one is running. But do not use Road Town Fast Ferry which does not
stop at West End. The ferry trip is part of your holiday, great views of St John and other islands.
Can I take a ferry from Charlotte Amalie instead of Red Hook?
Yes is it also possible to take a ferry from Charlotte Amalie the capital of St Thomas to West End Tortola. But it is not recommended. It is a longer ride and the last ferry goes earlier in the day.
Can I take a ferry to Road Town instead?
Do not take a ferry to Road Town Tortola that does not stop at West End. Road Town Fast Ferry does not stop at West End so do not use it except if there is no alternative. . Get off all ferries at West End. [ West End is also sometimes known as Frenchman's ] Only if there is no alternative ferry should you go to Road Town which is much further away from the Sugar Mill.
Should you arrive too late for the ferry it is possible to take a water taxi. Dolphin Water
Taxis are here : call or text (340) 774-2628 , email: info@DolphinWaterTaxi.com
Rates are from about $350 from Charlotte Amalie /Red Hook to West End Tortola but
check with the company direct. If several share this can be quite economic and may be
cheaper than a hotel in St Thomas.
Coming sometime soon - a direct flight from Miami
BVI Airways is planning to introduce a direct 2.5 hour jet flight from Miami to Beef Island Tortola during 2017
We will keep you up to date when we know more
Alternative route from the USA
Fly to San Juan Puerto Rico [ airport code SJU ] from any major US hub.
Take a Cape Air [ nine seater Cessna] https://www.capeair.com or Seaborne [ larger planes] from San Juan to Beef Island Airport Tortola. [ Airport code EIS ] Flight time about 35 minutes.
From Beef Island take a taxi to Sugar Mill – all taxi drivers know where it is. Journey time is about 35 minutes. Fare is about $25 per person. We recommend you settle the amount of the fare before leaving the airport. Be aware that taxis are often shared and the taxi may stop at different points along the way so your journey time could be longer.
We offer a private transfer at $85 one way , $150 both ways. You can book this as part of the on line booking process.
On 5 star All Inclusive we will meet you at Beef Island Airport with private hotel transport.
From the UK
Fly BA or Virgin to Antigua and take LIAT Airlines to Beef Island Tortola. http://www.liat.com
Recently Heli Air Monaco have begun a flight from Antigua to Beef Island [ in a plane not a helicopter]. http://www.opodo.co.uk/airline/YO/heli-air-monaco/ANU/antigua/EIS/tortola-beef-island/
BVI Air Link also have flights. Their website is here
Recently Norwegian Airlines have begun a service from Gatwick to San Juan Puerto Rico on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the high season.
This is very competitively priced with a Business Class section [ on a 787 Dreamliner ] at very inexpensive prices. https://www.norwegian.com/uk/
From San Juan take a Cape Air [ nine seater Cessna] or Seaborne [ larger planes] f to Beef Island Airport Tortola. [ Airport code EIS ] Flight time about 35 minutes.
Flying Cape air is fun in a small twin engine plane with amazing views of the islands https://www.capeair.com
There are many fewer delays from Puerto Rico than from Antigua and this route is recommended. Leaving Gatwick at 9.45 am you should be at the Sugar Mill well in time for dinner.
Take a taxi or private transfer from Beef Island to the hotel as above
Alternatively from the UK - fly via New York or Miami or Philadelphia or Charlotte , stay overnight and fly to St Thomas next day- often less expensive and less stressful.
Fly from Paris or Amsterdam to St Martin [ St Maarten ]
Take LIAT http://www.liat.com or WinAir http://www.fly-winair.sx
to Beef Island Tortola.
Then take a taxi or transfer as above.
A l'hotel on parle Francais.
Check in time - 3.00pm - we always try to get you into your room earlier if possible
Check out time - 12 noon - we can provide a shower and towels for late departures
Booking Your visit
Can I book on line?
Yes , here go to the bottom of the page. You can pay by credit card with secure processing. We accept Master Card and Visa .
We do not take Amex or Diners.
Can I see which rooms are available for my dates?
Yes , use “calendar view” on the “book now “ page. Its right at the bottom here
How much deposit do I pay on booking?
50% on booking and the rest is due 30 days before arrival.
Can I book The Sugar Mill on Expedia, Hotels.com etc
No. These sites charge 20-25% commission on bookings. We are able to offer much better value on our all inclusive for example by avoiding paying these high charges
How many rooms are there at the Sugar Mill?
23 rooms in 11 different buildings. Our capacity is 46 people rising to 48 in 2017 when an additional room will open. We can at a pinch accommodate 52 if rollaway beds are used in the lounges of the Poolside suites.
Are the rooms recently renovated ?
All rooms were renovated in 2016
Do all rooms have air conditioning?
Is there air conditioning in the lounges as well as the bedrooms?
Are there TV's in the rooms
All rooms have flat screen TVs. Most are Smart TV's connected to the Internet
Are there safes in the rooms?
Do you have free wi fi in all the rooms.?
Yes. and throughout the property including the beach.
What amenities are in the rooms?
All rooms have fridges, coffee makers, free tea, coffee and hot chocolate, bottled water, dressing gowns, [robes], slippers, hair dryers, original artwork
Do all rooms have balconies and sea views?
Which rooms have the best sea views?
Rooms in the Plantation House : 141, 144, 142, 143 and the upper floors in the Outlook : 111, 112, 121, 122, 131, 132 have the most panoramic views. Villa rooms 110 and 101 also have extensive sea views.
Which rooms are closest to the sea?
Rooms In the Plantation house 141,144,142,143 are closest to the sea about 30 feet . Rooms in the Outlook are furthest from the sea – about 100 yards. The Honeymoon cottage is about 35 yards from the sea, the Villa is about 40 yards from the sea, the Poolside Suites are about 60 yards from the sea.
Which rooms have the biggest balconies?
Plantation house 144, 143, Villa 110, All Poolside suites 103, 104, 105, 106 and the Honeymoon Cottage 107 have balconies or terraces big enough for 2 personal loungers. Other balconies have table and chairs. Room 142 has a hammock on the balcony.
Which rooms have outside under the stars stone showers?
Poolside suites 103, 104, 105 and 106 and the Honeymoon Cottage 107 have outside showers.
Do you have rooms for 4?
No. But many of our rooms are designed to combine rooms to make 2 bedroom suites that are linked through internal doors or doors on the balconies.
Do you have rooms for 3
The Poolside Suites which have two distinct rooms can have a rollaway bed in the lounge area. There is an extra charge for this.
Do you accept children?
Children over 11 are accepted but we do limit the number of children in the hotel at any one time to only a few.
Do you offer all inclusive?
Yes , all inclusive is a very popular option. Unlike other hotels of our size we have a leading fine dining restaurant and excellent beach restaurant on site as part of the hotel.
Can I book all inclusive for less than 7 days?
Yes. We offer a daily all inclusive rate that includes all food and drinks. You can add that to your booking on line after you select your room type .
What the difference between 5 star all inclusive and daily all inclusive?
You can only book 5 star all inclusive for week long stays and it includes transfers and excursions in the price. Daily all inclusive can be booked for any number of days but does not include transfers and excursions in the price.
Is all the food on the menu including lobster , surf and turf etc available on all inclusive at no extra charge ?
Absolutely. There are no extra charges for any food on any all inclusive plan. The current menu is here
Are all the wines on the wine list available at no extra charge on all inclusive?
Our wine list is divided into three sections, House wines, Sommeliers Choice and Indulgence. House and Sommeliers choice wines are available but Indulgence [ very expensive] wines are extra as is fine champagne. House and Sommeliers Choice wines are available by the bottle at no extra charge.
Are all cocktails available on all inclusive at no extra charge?
Yes all of our famous cocktails are available to all inclusive guests at no extra charge.
Is there a beach?
Yes the hotel has its own beach. Part of the beach is private to the hotel. As the hotel is isolated from other houses the rest of the beach which is public but has hotel loungers, Apple Cabanas and hammocks is virtually exclusive to the hotel.
The beach is across a small road about 20 feet wide that is generally quiet with light traffic.
How big is the beach?
Overall the beach is about 100 yards long and 15 yards wide.
Is there a bar on the beach?
Yes we have a bar and restaurant directly on the beach.
Is there a pool?
Yes we have a circular freshwater swimming pool surrounded by palm trees located in the central area of the hotel.. There are loungers and umbrellas around the pool and a help yourself honour bar.
Do you have a gym?
We are planning one for 2017
Do you have a SPA ?
Yes we do , see available treatments here
Can I book extras like excursions on line?
Yes . After you select your dates and room you will see a list of extras such as excursions and transfers you can select and pay for.
You can see details of available excursions here
Note we do not set dates for excursions until close to the date to account for weather, demand, cruise ships in port etc.
What is the power supply of the hotel?
The hotel runs on the US system of 110 volts and uses US outlets [sockets] We do have international conversion plugs available
Are there shops nearby
No . Only a very small mini market half a mile away
Are there restaurants nearby
There are couple of local style restaurants half a mile away. Other restaurants need a taxi ride
What is the currency of the BVI?
The official currency is the US Dollar. Other currencies are not accepted.
Can we snorkel off the beach at the hotel
Yes the hotel; beach has a nearby reef where you can see many fish
Do you provide snorkelling equipment at no charge
Yes we do
Can we snorkel on the boat trips
Yes all the boats carry snorkelling equipment and go to some of the best snorkelling spots in the world
At the Caves and Indians on Norman Island for example you will be surrounded by exotic fish
Can we plan the excursion days in advance
The boat and land excursions are planned around weather and waves and when cruise ships are in port and are planned when you arrive.
Can we go to the Baths
The Baths is an independent day out to Virgin gorda the BVI's second island. You go by ferry from Road Town after taking taxi from the hotel . The hotel can provide picnic if required or you can eat at one of the restaurants on Virgin Gorda The ferry takes about 20 minutes and one goes at 10.00 am that many guests find convenient. There are return ferries until late evening
Is it possible to hire boats - with and without captains
Yes it is - rates vary from about $800 per day for a 25 foot power boat or 36 foot sailing boat to what would you like to pay ? Captains start at $150 per day