on 26th August 2011 | 1 Comment »
Kate Winslet and members of Richard Branson‘s family escaped unharmed Monday when a lightning storm hit the Virgin tycoon’s Caribbean island home, which was destroyed in a blaze.
Winslet carried Branson’s 90-year-old mother Eve out of The Great House on Necker Island as the flames took hold in the early hours of the morning.
“She (Winslet) was staying there with her children and in fact it was she who carried my mother out of the house,” Branson told Britain’s ITV News.
on 3rd June 2011 | No Comments »
Sir Richard Branson just set a new record in the British Virgin Islands with his 105-ft. carbon fibre catamaran Necker Belle.
While manning the helm Branson had the distinction of captaining the largest multihull to ever participate in a BVI regatta.
While he didn’t actually win the race, he added one more honorific to his considerable list and got some great advertising for the stylish craft, which charters out at $100,000 per week. Originally built in 2003 it was relaunched in 2009.
on 6th January 2010 | 1 Comment »
Richard Branson has completed a refit of his 105-foot carbon fiber catamaran and is offering it for charter this season, starting next month.
Originally launched as the Lady Barbaretta in 2003 and now named Necker Belle, she spent two years being done over at Australia’s Azzura Marine and their in-house fittings division AM Interiors.
The speedy little tart is capable of topping 20 knots while under sail and 18 knots under power with all the stability one would expect of a big cat.
British football star David Beckham is planning to take his wife Victoria to the very exclusive Necker island for their wedding anniversary.
The two have been married for 10 years now.
“Becks has pulled in a few favours. He bought Victoria a lot of other gifts to mark the occasion but the big surprise is the holiday to Necker.
Sir Richard Branson’s famous Necker Island, a 74 acre paradise in the British Virgin Islands, can be rented for $47,000 a night for up to 28 guests.
If that sounds a little steep, there are certain times when you can rent rooms in one of the island’s six guest houses starting at $23,500 a week.
Amenities on the island include two freshwater pools and Jacuzzi, tennis courts, water sports, fishing, spa and everything that can be expected on the ultimate idyllic island paradise.