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Luxury Villa With Fantastic Views Steeped In Privacy

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
  • Villa7000 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay0 - 10 nights

Five Master Bedrooms All With En Suites, Private Pool And Expansive Decks.

We designed Adagio as two spacious pavilions separated by a very private sun deck and pool. The design incorporates a free flow of space for large groups as well as being able to ensure privacy for all guests.

Adagio's three-level main pavilion contains the expansive Great Room, graced by a beautiful and extremely well equipped gourmet kitchen and two dining areas, one inside and one outside under the covered deck. To the left looking toward the sea is another covered area with a wet bar with ice maker, beverage fridge and sink with a gas grill along side. The Great Room is also the gathering place for friends and family, with stylish, but comfortable, sofas and chairs. Sliding glass doors open to a wide covered veranda set for outdoor dining or family games and relaxation; this looks out to the beach below and to the 180 degree blue sea vistas.

A staircase from the Great Room curves up to an air-conditioned double-twin bed master bedroom (can be made up as a king). This bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a tropical glass-block shower and its own private veranda. A second identically sized air-conditioned king bed suite with a private veranda is just off the Great Room, and below, on the lower level accessed by a walkway around the pool deck, is a very large air-conditioned double-twin bedroom, which can be made up as a king with two additional twin beds, and bath ensuite with another private veranda; all twin bed suites may also be made up as king suites with advance notice.

Across the coral stone tiled pool deck is Adagio's second air-conditioned pavilion offering the perfect set-up for families with small children - a king bedroom with ensuite with a set of connecting doors into the adjoining double-twin (or king) suite - roomy and convenient, yet also very private. This pavilion is handicap accessible; a ramp provides easy access up to the Great Room and main veranda areas.

Adagio is beautifully furnished in the Hemingway island style, bright tropical fabrics and lovely artwork, and surrounded by flowering gardens and waving palms. It's well designed to provide generous space for togetherness, and areas throughout for private time as well. Just like its musical name, Adagio provides an island 'slow tempo' in a luxurious, serene and well-equipped setting.


Brian MacDonald

Member Since 2013
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About Brian MacDonald

We're Brian and Marion MacDonald and we live in Toronto with our daughter. If you have any questions about Adagio please don't hesitate to contact us.

Brian MacDonald purchased this Villa in 2002

Why Brian MacDonald chose Virgin Gorda

Marion and I first visited Virgin Gorda in October, 1996 as a result of a corporate get-together. On that trip we rented three villas for about 20 people and had the time of our lives. We were seasoned travelers by that time and had been to many of the islands in the Caribbean but the charm of Virgin Gorda and the beach at Mahoe told us that we had found paradise. We vowed to come back as soon as possible. Several months later, a friend of ours called to say that a lot had been released for purchase. We bought the lot virtually sight unseen and on the basis of a site map. After several years of return visits and winding our way through the building approval process, we obtained government permission to build on the lot. Needless to say we came down every few months to renew our vision in terms of the villa layout and overall design. The design process was aided by our stays at some of the other villas at Mahoe Bay. We borrowed concepts and design ideas from many of the other villas on the island and we thank those villa owners for their efforts in having gone ahead and forged the way. The result is that our villa was the last one completed within the Mahoe area and incorporates the best ideas from many of the other villas as well as our own sense of lazy island living. After several years of work with our builder on the plans for Adagio Villa in 2000 - 2001, we began construction in April, 2001. Adagio was completed in February, 2002. During Christmas 2001 and February 2002 we took delivery of several containers of furniture and appliances from Miami and Canada and set to work decorating the rooms in a style that is very much Caribbean. In March 2002 we proudly opened the villa for guests. The grounds and gardens were landscaped and planted in 2002 and 2003 and are now fully mature. We hope that you will take some time to stroll through the gardens as we've planted many native plants and other tropical species.

What makes this Villa unique

Our primary concerns in designing the villa were to maximize the free flow of space to accommodate larger family and group vacations; provide our guests with a very luxurious setting; ensure our guests had private areas to escape the pressures of larger groups; provide a safe environment for children of all ages; and make sure the villa was handicapped accessible as we had elderly parents at the time.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom Lower Deck - 1
        4 twin/ single
      • Bedroom North 3
        1 king
      • Bedroom North 4
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom South 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom South 2
        2 twin/ single
      • All bedrooms are thermostat controlled air-conditioned master rooms with wide private balconies off each room overlooking Mahoe Bay beach. Large glass block walled outdoor showers permit guests to take in the view as they shower. Two bedrooms have king size beds and two bedrooms have two twins that can be made into king size beds and the fifth bedroom has four twin beds that can be made into one king and two twins. The bedroom on the lower deck can accommodate 4 individuals in twin beds or a couple in a king size and two individuals in a separate twin trundle bed.


      • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, Powder room off great room
      • Each bathroom has a pedistal sink with toilet, ample sized cupboards to handle personal effects and access to outdoor showers.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Mahoe bay beach is accessible via a walkway between two houses and is less than 100 yards from the villa.
        • Beachfront
          Adagio is located 100 yards from the beach and there is a walkway to the beach near the edge of the property.
        • Mountain View
          Gorda mountain is behind the villa so one is surrounded by greenery.
        • Ocean View
          Situated 100 yards back and up 30 feet from the beach which provides guests with a spectacular view of Mahoe Bay and several surrounding islands.
        • Water View
          All of Mahoe Bay and the islands beyond lies stretched out in front of the villa.


            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Catering available


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Each bedroom is equipped with thermostat controlled air conditioning (Mr. Slim - Mitsubishi) which reduces air conditioning noise to whisper levels and maintains a constant temperature
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      A walk up the hill early in the morning will get your heart rate up and give you plenty of exercise.
                    • Garage
                      There is a garage however due to the tropical weather most guests do not use the garage but may park in the driveway
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Not needed any time of the year
                    • Internet
                      Free wifi
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      The maid will do limited laundry upon request
                    • Linens Provided
                      Daily change of linens by our villa maid (except Sundays and BVI Holidays)
                    • Living Room
                      Part of the great room - flat screen TV, satellite reception, Stereo with I-Pod station, games, books etc.
                    • Parking
                      Driveway fits three cars
                    • Telephone
                      1-284-495-6655 with automatic call answering service
                    • Towels Provided
                      Daily change of towels and beach towels by our villa maid (except Sundays and BVI Holidays)
                    • Washing Machine
                      The maid will do limited laundry upon request
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Drip filter coffee maker and and expresso maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Complete set to rival any home setup.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Built in
                        • Kitchen
                          A large galley kitchen with breakfast counter. Outfitted with all the modern appliances including coffee makers, kitchen and cooking utensils. There is also a bar area with a beverage fridge and ice.
                        • Microwave
                          Over the stove
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Coffee filters, seasonings
                        • Refrigerator
                          In addition to a regular sized refrigerator in the kitchen we have a beverage fridge with see through front and an ice maker in the bar area.
                        • Stove
                          Electric/Induction- we have an electric generator that kicks in at the moment of a power failure - there is also a Weber propane BBQ.
                        • Toaster
                          Four slices - electric


                            • Dining
                              There are two dining areas - inside and outside - most guests use the outdoor table under the lanai roof overlooking Mahoe Bay. There is An additional inside dining table which seats 8.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Books
                                  A library of pool side books as well as some on nature and the history of BVI
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD (non blueray) in each bedroom except the one off the great room
                                • Games
                                  Board games - TV's have connections for most game sets
                                • Music Library
                                  Assorted music with different genres
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Dish receiver
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  Flat screen TV in main great room has Dish satelite service - each bedroom except one off the great room has a flat screen TV with DVD and VHS players
                                • Toys
                                  Some pool toys are available in the storage containers at the villa entrance
                                • Video Library
                                  VHS tapes - please bring your own DVD's


                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Covered patio off the great room provides out door dining and terrific views
                                    • Balcony
                                      Each bedroom has its own covered balcony away from the main decks
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Massive decks for sitting, dining and sun tanning
                                    • Golf
                                      Golf is available at Mahogany Run on St. Thomas which is within easy flight distance by helicopter.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayaks can be rented by the day or week at Leverick Bay or from Tortola and delivered to the villa
                                    • Boat
                                      Power and sail boats can be rented from several companies on Virgin Gorda and Tortola
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The half acre lot includes a tropical garden with many different species of plants.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber Genesis Silver - propane
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Little Dix bay and several other vendors offer water skiing
                                    • Tennis
                                      There is a resort tennis court 100 yards from the villa
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      There are two Dive BVI locations that have rental and for purchase scuba and snorkle gear.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          We have a wheelchair ramp to the great room and the two bedrooms next to the pool have easy access to the driveway. Large wheelchairs are able to enter one bedroom via sliding glass doors if they are too wide for the bedroom door.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Not needed as the temperature of the sea and pool tends to be warm.
                                            • Private Pool
                                              The pool is heated for the months of December - February/March.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Concierge
                                                • Massage
                                                • Private Chef
                                                • Staff


                                                    • churches
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • marina
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • photography
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • shelling
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • whale watching
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • sailing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • Remote. Tranquil. Pristine. Beautiful. Private. Secluded. Palm Fringed. The beaches of Virgin Gorda come in all shapes and sizes, and each one is unique. They are not only beautiful, but are always uncrowded and very often completely deserted. Palm-fringed, white sandy beaches, combined with a translucent ocean that teems with marine life and coral reefs, attract boaters and landlubbers alike. Snorkel, sail, sunbathe, or shell at any one of these coves. Even avid surfers will be thrilled by the long north swells that roll lazily in during the winter months on North West shores.

                                                                      12 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews


                                                                      Graham A.

                                                                      This was first visit to Adagio and it was more spectacular than I anticipated. The villa is well laid out with lots of patio space both open and under cover. The view is beautiful and the sunsets better. The bedrooms are large each with a private bathroom. The kitchen is well appointed and all appliances are new. The beach is a three minute walk and crowded would be defined as more than five people! There is good snorkelling just off the beach and a short kayak ride will take you to adjacent beaches. The villa pool is relaxing. A good morning cardio walk is up the road to Nail Bay and even beyond. A rental car is required to visit the rest of the island. Places to visit include the look out at Hogs Heaven, Leverick Bay, Bitter End Yacht Club and The Baths. Top of the Baths is a great place for lunch.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks for the nice review - it was a pleasure having you at Adagio and hope you return many times.

                                                                      Heaven on Earth

                                                                      Joanna M.

                                                                      A remarkable villa in an exquisite location! Adagio is an exceptionally appointed home away from home. With a great room and substantial patio space for socializing, a kitchen any chef would delight preparing meals in, master bedrooms with private bathrooms and outdoor glass showers. Ideal for families and friends looking for a place to get away from it all, or for adventurers who want to discover Virgin Gorda by land or by sea. Just yards away from some of the most spectacular snorkeling in the Caribbean, on a beach that feels like it was created just for you. Pictures and words cannot capture the beauty of the view, nor the environment the MacDonald's have created at Adagio Villa. I can't wait to return!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks for the nice review Joanna - It was a pleasure having you at Adagio Villa and I really hope that you can make it back. cheers Brian

                                                                      a Most Amazing Place

                                                                      Sally H.St Paul

                                                                      This was not my first stay at Adagio Villa, and I've already made my arrangements to return next year. This house is so exceedingly well laid out that it works extremely well for mixed groups of family and friends. Mahoe Bay Beach is a 2-minute walk away down the hill, and a busy day there will see maybe 6 other people all day. We tend to get out and try all the various options at other beaches as well. I've even discovered that you can swim from Mahoe Bay to Savannah Bay for a good, long work out. The diving is magnificent -- thank you Dive BVI-- the various parks are delightful, and it is one of the most beautiful, relaxing places to be in the entire world. I'm so grateful to have found this island and this house!


                                                                      SunnyToronto, Ontario, Canada

                                                                      Adagio Villa provides a window onto a corner of paradise. Awe inspiring view of Sir Francis Drake Channel keeps you captivated for hours. The great room is wonderfully decorated while the bedrooms have ample space and first class comfort. Some of the best diving in the Caribbean is available around Virgin Gorda and the islands to the south of Tortola made available by the highly competent and professional team of Dive BVI. If you want some exercise, try walking around the mountain - sure to get the cardio rate pumping, while enjoying the many vistas, including the North Channel from Hogs Heaven. Highly recommend Adagio - every comfort of home and more is made available for your use.


                                                                      Again we returned to Adagio and it just gets better every time. The new kitchen is fabulous and easy to work in. We found everything to be excellent, far beyond what we needed. What a place to relax in or to do some strenuous exercise. The beach at Mahoe Bay is perhaps the best in all of the Caribbean. Terrific swimming and snorkelling. Adagio is what dreams are made of.

                                                                      10th Visit to Adagio!!! We are the lucky ones!!!

                                                                      Just returned from a 10 night visit to Adagio. We love the property. We have lovely views of the ocean, beautiful accommodations, great location, tennis courts, and swimming pool. The kitchen is beautifully appointed for cooking in. The location is fantastic. We can just walk to the beach and snorkel right off the beach! If you are lucky, you can even see sea turtles in Mahoe Bay. We highly recommend the property. The owner is so wonderful to work with. The staff at the villa are almost ready to help....I love Adagio!!!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks for the wonderful review Connie and thanks for booking for 2015 - we love having you down at the villa - cheers Brian


                                                                      Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

                                                                      Cool breezes, clear deep blue skies, crystal clear waters, white sand and spectacular view of some of the other 50 Virgin Islands greet visitors as they arrive at Adagio Villa. Mahoe Bay’s most luxurious villa encompasses expansive decks, private fresh water pool, five master bedrooms all with super quiet air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms with outdoor showers, designer furnishings, an elegant decor reminiscent of the British Empire in the tropical East Indies and you. Our kitchen and outdoor bar are new as of 2015.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Tax Rate

                                                                      Please see www.adagiovilla.com for a full listing of our rates as we do have pricing for stays less than 7 nights and for less than 12 people in 5 bedrooms. We rent based on the number of bedrooms being used however even if you rent only one bedroom you have exclusive use of villa. Our terms are 50% of the cost of the period to confirm booking and 50%, 60 days prior to the start of the booking. Our rates include all accommodation taxes and all maintenance fees and commissions.

                                                                      12 Reviews
                                                                      Exceptional 5/5
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