With a bevy of travel industry awards beneath its belt, Biras Creek on Virgin Gorda Island in the British Virgin Islands is a top-notch destination for all things Caribbean – including the riding of classic Puerto Rican Paso Fino horses on the perfectly pristine beaches. 

Accessible only by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek is set among 140 pristine acres on Virgin Gorda Island, nestled between two lush hills on a strip of land surrounded by the protected lagoon of the North Sound, the open Atlantic Ocean and turquoise Caribbean Sea.

The five Paso Fino horses who live here were rescued from Puerto Rico in 2009 and are now a part of the Biras Creek family

The resort itself has just had a half-million dollar renovation of its 31-room luxury boutique resort.

Form Guide Exclusive Caribbean elegance

Yearlings Ages 5 and over can participate in the horse classes, although all ages can meet and spend time with the horses.

Pace Paso Fino Horses are a rare breed, born with a distinct gait where each hoof contacts the ground independently in a regular sequence, creating a seemingly motionless ride. Biras Creek has three interactive classes for horse lovers and equestrains of all ages and levels, including the Empowerment Experience, intended for children and teaching the general anatomy of a horse and the Natural Horsemanship Class, designed to help participants learn how to communicate with horses non-verbally. There is also a freshwater swimming pool and spa, while activities include hiking trails, tennis, kayaks, bicycles, snorkelling, water sports and free use of the Boston Whalers motor boats – an ideal way to explore nearby beaches and islands

Stables Suites have pillow-top king beds, and three interconnecting suites are available to make two-bedroom, two-bath suites. All rooms have 350-thread count linens and Frette towels, air conditioning, a sitting area, minibar, coffee makers, outdoor showers, complimentary wifi internet access and views of the ocean or tropical gardens. Grand and Premier Suites have private plunge pools and TVs.

Feedbag The award-winning hilltop restaurant serves breakfasts, BBQ lunch and afternoon teas, as well as formal dinner.

Purse Seven nights for a family of four in two interconnecting Garden Suites costs from US$5,500 (two adults and two children aged 6 to 11), including daily breakfast and dinner and return water taxi transfers, with Turquoise Holidays.