Please read the important information below regarding updated statuses during the ban on international travel and what we are doing to keep our staff and community safe. We will aim to provide weekly updates so you can get back to planning your very much needed Caribbean vacations as soon as possible.
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June 23rd, 2020 - Update:
What will safe, healthy, responsible, and resilient travel look like? This is what Virgin Islands travelers are saying based on a June 2020 Survey
In early June 2020, White Bay Villas (WBV) surveyed past guests and those familiar with Jost Van Dyke (JVD) to get their input on a variety of issues including what does safe, healthy, responsible and resilient travel look like. We include “responsible” because how and what you do affects others. We added resilient because travel must be sustainable, include low-to-no carbon emissions, utilize clean green energy, and incorporate resource conservation. This must also be part of this discussion.
We received over 500 responses to the survey, which indicates how important this topic is.
Interestingly, a third of respondents think it will be safe to travel back to the Caribbean again this summer, but more (at 46%) think it will be more likely beginning in the fall 2020/winter 2021 season. Almost three quarters (74%) of respondents expect they will travel back to the Virgin Islands in the next 12 months and that makes us optimistic and excited....
Read the Full Article Here
June 2nd, 2020 - Update:
Rising optimism for travel back to paradise.
The BVI are not yet open to any outside travel, but there is now a target date of September 1, 2020, for the borders to open for non-citizens and permanent residents. There are small things that are starting to make us feel slightly more optimistic.
Beginning June 2, BVI belongers and residents can enter the Territory with a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The entire White Bay Villas property was inspected and approved as a quarantine facility. Once the borders open for tourism in September and more details surface, this will be a great benefit for our guests.
Further, the USVI is now open for tourism beginning June 1 with advanced hotel reservations.We would like your input as to what it will take to make you feel safe to travel to the Caribbean again. Please take the short 8 question 5 minute survey below (using the link or scanning the QR Code) so we can gauge your opinions and begin to prepare for what the "new normal" will look like. We will publish the results of the survey on our website.
Take The Short Survey Here
And thanks to everyone for sharing your memories. We receive hundreds of photos and videos. You can check them out here on our Facebook page.
April 24th, 2020 - Update:
We want to share our most sincere thanks regarding the recent outreach from guests with future reservations. These global travel bans have hurt the hospitality industry, among many others, and we miss offering you a place of refuge and relaxation. Until then, we are preparing for the next time we can accept travelers to our beautiful property here at White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Again, thank you to all of our supporters!
April 18th, 2020 - Update:
Good day valued guests and friends,
I am John Klein, founder, owner, and builder of White Bay Villas, and live on the property. I want to give you the latest information as of mid-today April 18th, 2020. As some of you may have heard, the Government of the BVI’s has announced their own phased-in plan that outlines an internal reopening of the Territory over the next six weeks.
The part that is most relevant to us and our guests is that even if you could travel, all ports of entry in the BVI’s will remain closed until the beginning of June. Beyond that, we do not have enough concrete information to share with you about what the future plans will entail. The process here, as it appears in the rest of the world, continues to change and remains fluid.
While we applaud the swift and uncompromising response from our officials, the latest announcement from the BVI Government came as a jolt to the entire local community. Especially in light of the fact that the BVI’s have only 4 confirmed cases (none on Jost Van Dyke). Tourism, a pillar of the BVI economy, is currently non-existent and suffering severely under the weight of the pandemic. This is very hard to swallow here, when we just began to recover from the devastating back-to-back hurricanes of September 2017. White Bay Villas finished and re-opened our last rebuilt Villa on January 1, 2020.
This is difficult for me to write without getting tears on my laptop keyboard.
While we remain very hopeful that we will be able to welcome everyone back soon, we are at the mercy of Governments, not just here, but all over the world. Their orders continue to change based on the latest information, statistics, and trends. We must rely on the determination of Governments everywhere about how, when, and at what speed to move forward to open tourism in the best interest of health, safety and the BVI’s. We are on our toes and lean-in while listening and reading updates each day.
I am kindly asking that you remain patient with us while we navigate through this unprecedented time. Many of you have deposits with us for vacations such that the timing has now become uncertain during the next few months. I am acutely aware of this. We went from an amazing successful restart, finally, after 28 months since the hurricanes' devastation – to dead stop, in a matter of days. This turn of events is financially stunning, as we are a small family-owned business without the financial resources of a larger company. Further, adding insult to injury, our business interruption insurance carrier informed me that they do not provide coverage for this type of event. Again, more stunning news. We are mindful that life and finances everywhere have been turned upside down. Be assured that your deposit has no expiration and will be usable whenever you re-schedule. If anyone wants to speak with me personally, please write me an email, with your phone number at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although our doors are currently closed to guests, and our ability to entertain you in the near future is questionable, we look forward and remain optimistic to gather again in the most loved place in the world - beautiful White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. To that end, we have invited our staff to live on our property, in exchange for keeping it maintained and pristine.
We miss you and envision the day soon when we welcome you back to Jost Van Dyke. Thank you for your loyalty. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you for your love and patience. And most importantly, stay safe and healthy – we will all get through this together.
With warm regards from our family to yours,
John Klein and the White Bay Villas family
March 30th, 2020 - Update:
March 25th, 2020 - Update:
Greetings from beautiful White Bay, Jost Van Dyke!
To all our friends and loyal customers:
My name is John Klein, the owner and developer of White Bay Villas. I have been in Jost Van Dyke and the Virgin Islands for more than 45 years. During these years, I have seen many things happen in this world, but there has never been anything like the current situation affecting the entire planet.
In September 2017, we were directly hit by Irma, the most powerful Category 5 Hurricane ever. Then just 13 days later we were hit by Category 5 Hurricane Maria. We were severely impacted. It took until January 2020 for us to get all our buildings ready for occupancy by our guests.
This season, until two weeks ago, was going fantastic. Occupancy was very high, reviews were amazing, and the year was looking bright for all of us. Additionally, our guests and staff have been very excited about our new White Bay Beach Club. In fact, we were just weeks away from serving food and beverages in this unique beautiful facility.
Then the Corona virus changed everything.
On March 19, 2020 the BVI Government issued a statement that there will be no entry to the BVI’s for 30 days for any outsiders. The only people that can enter the Territory are “Belongers”, Residents and Work Permit card holders. Further, yesterday March 22, the BVI Government amended the original statement and closed all seaports and airports for 14 days to ALL passengers – including BVI nationals. This is an effort to secure the Territory and see if any cases of infection surface here.
This is a very challenging time. All of us are on hold. It’s difficult to plan right now.
Our entire White Bay Villas team wants you all to know that you are very valued guests. If you are worried about making a reservation at White Bay Villas because of all the unknowns of when you can travel, we want to try and make it somewhat less risky. Any reservations made with White Bay Villas can be moved to a future date of your choice with no fees or penalties. We love our guests and greatly appreciate your patience, your business, and your loyalty.
We will keep you advised of the situation here in the BVI’s, and status of the resort. Please check our website for weekly updates and more information including FAQs. We are looking forward to seeing everyone once the travel ban is lifted. It’s lonely here!
The Team at White Bay Villas
No. All ports of entry into JVD and all the BVI are closed until at least June 1, 2020 to everyone EXCEPT British Virgin Islands (BVI) “Belongers”, “residents”, and those with BVI work permits. But, strictly enforced “stay at home” orders remain still in place in JVD and all the BVI.
NO private yachts and other vessels can enter the BVI and the government is patrolling and monitoring to ensure that. Only approved BVI ferries can travel, and even they are very restricted. All passengers will be screened and their temperatures taken. When allowed by government, only BVI “Belongers”, “residents”, and those with BVI work permits will be allowed to travel and only by authorized ferries within the BVI and onto JVD.
WBV will reopen when 1) the BVI government allows businesses to reopen, and 2) when we believe that it is safe again for our staff and guests. It is possible, and even optimistically, that the BVI might open again September 1 to non-residents. Currently, the BVI is in lockdown until June 1.
We have invited staff to live at WBV, and we have ensured their safety.We are using the closure of WBV to work on special projects, deferred maintenance projects, adding more renewable energy projects and even more resiliency, and doing early (and normal) hurricane season preparations.
All villas are being deep-cleaned and disinfected, and then we close them up tight. We still check on the units weekly and do tasks such as flushing toilets, run water from faucets, turn ceiling fans on and off, test air conditioners, etc. We want to be ready to open as soon as we are allowed and guests can again travel.
World-wide the situation is fluid. As of this moment on 4/18/20, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on JVD, but there are several positive cases on Tortola, including one death. WBV will postany changes as soon as we know them. For up to the moment information, it’s best to check with both the USVI and BVI government websites (links below):
USVI COV-19 updates BVI COVID-19 updates
NO past WBV guest or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19.
The BVI government has enforced that all hospitality businesses (e.g. hotels, Inns, vacation rental homes) and restaurants must close. No groups greater than 2 can be together. There are only a few grocery and other food retail shops that remain open on JVD, but have restrictions. Residents and Belongers are able to get some supplies from Tortola, but they must abide by strict curfews, social distancing, and travel rules which keep changing.
There is a strictly enforced “stay-at-home” order. People on JVD are doing whatever they can to stay safe. The beaches are closed, but no one is even allowed to go in the sea. There are few if any jobs that are available, as most all the businesses on JVD and other BVI have now closed. JVD is totally dependent on tourism. But life still goes on as best as it can. Some residents might be able to work virtually from home depending on the Internet access.
JVD is currently like a ghost town, and all you can hear are the waves, the wind, the birds, and the wild goats. Only a couple private boats are in White Bay, and they belong to BVI residents who live on their boats. JVD feels like it did 40 years ago with the entire beach to yourself. Wild goats are roaming down from the hills as no one is around to scare them.
Yes! In fact, we are offering special deals with reservation and deposit protection. See our online reservations and/or call us. We are hoping (and praying) that by the fall we will be able to accept visitors and guests.
There are no penalties, late fees, or rebooking fees. We will do everything we can to help you including to rebook for a later date. Any reservation with White Bay Villas can be moved to a future date of your choice with no fees or penalties.
WBV does have sister properties on St. Thomas. We are not currently taking any reservations for those properties. Unfortunately, travel into the USVI also has significant restrictions. Only USVI residents are currently allowed into the USVI at all its ports of entry including the STT and STX airports.