Richard Branson’s Necker Island

Repeating Islands

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After exploring Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Nick Boulos (shown above with Branson] writes “Would you pay £39,000 a night?”

‘Welcome to Necker Island,’ says an all-too-familiar voice. Sir Richard Branson, arms outstretched and beaming, greets us warmly upon arrival at his home and private Caribbean hideaway. Often in the headlines, thanks to its glittering array of A-list guests, Necker made news for all the wrong reasons in August 2011 when a lightning strike set fire to the Great House. Kate Winslet saved Branson’s 90-year-old mother as the island’s main building burnt to the ground. ‘The sky was ablaze with 300ft flames,’ says Branson, reliving the night. ‘It was half an hour of sheer terror.’

But now, £9million later, the all-new Great House has risen from the ashes and is open for business. I am one of the first journalists to visit. After two flights and a speedboat ride, I arrive…

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