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A favorite of travelers since the 1960s, this resort has gone boutique, scaling down considerably in late 2013 from 156 units to 42 rooms and changing its name to Long Bay Beach Club. It has one of the nicest beachfront locales on Tortola, a 1½-mile-long stretch of sandy North Shore beach overlooking beautiful Long Bay. The low-rise complex has three lodging categories (beachfront rooms, beachfront deluxe suites, and beachfront cabanas), but all share that glorious ocean view (not to mention personal BBQ grills). Twelve suites have full kitchens and big two-person tubs; all other rooms have kitchenettes. The handsome beachfront deluxe rooms have big showers with seats and high wood-beamed ceilings. It’s not swanky, but every room is pleasantly furnished, with state-of-the-art bedding, and the views from the patios or terraces are hard to beat. The resort has a dive shop on the premises, and a beachfront pool is in the works. And the snorkeling right off the beach is surprisingly rewarding (ask the manager to point you to the best spots).

The main restaurant is 1748 and the main lobby and bar are built within the ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill.