Necker Island, the private Balinese-style resort where Kate Winslet rescue Branson's mother from fire

Sir Richard Branson bought the uninhabited island for £180,000 in 1979 after seeing its potential to explore the island, climb the hill and see some wildlife on the island. He was fascinated and developed it into a resort, which at first no one was there except get attracted to the coconut trees on the other side of the beach and several kinds of edible sweet berry fruits.

Necker Island only form a small spot in a map of Caribbean Sea in the British Virgin Islands, just north of Virgin Gorda, the entire island converted into such a resort that can accommodate 28 guests. The island also attracted the attention of stargazers, astronomers, one of the best places in the world to see the stars.

Surely a privileged when invited by the owner of the house, among the celebrities interested in visiting this island, like the late Princess of Wales, Diana, as well as the famous actor Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey, the famous soccer player, David Beckham and his wife, Victoria Beckham... It was a magnet for the famous and super rich, luxury exotic place that is different from routine daily life.

Sir Richard is also a great lover of animals and conservationist, so it's no wonder when there he was importing some types of plants and animals, such as flamingos, lemurs, iguanas. giant tortoises and a variety of other wildlife can be found there.

The Great House, the Balinese-style wooden building dominant and other building structures - Bali Hi and Bali Lo, two cottages in a tree with an open shower, give natural feel for guests who want a different holiday. Not far from here there is Sir Richard's private home, where he hosted a small group of statesmen who came together to discuss current issues, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu.

Travelers who are interested in visiting this island would need to reach deep into the wallet at a cost of about £34,000 a night, enjoy the many luxuries that are available at this luxury resort is equipped with tourist facilities, sailboat, diving, snorkeling, trampoline in a bay, two tennis courts, relaxing in a spa and more.

An unexpected event on Monday, August 22, 2011 and then, making the island is becoming the news headlines, the resort burned to the ground by fire lightning tropical storm hurricane Irene, eight bedrooms in the Great House, including a house of Sir Richard Branson himself on fire.

Sir Richard wrote on his blog, "We had a tropical storm with winds of up to 90mph. A fierce lightning storm raging around 4 am and hit the house. My son Sam and my nephew Jack rushed to the house and help out everyone."

Kate Winslet, a movie starring the famous "Titanic" was among 20 guests who were forced to flee from the fire, when the panic occurred Winslet also could save the homeowner's mother, Eve, 90 years from the flames quickly took her out of the house, on Monday morning local time.

Thanks are due to Kate Winslet helping to carry my 90-year old mother out of the main house for safety. She said it was like being on a film set where you’re waiting for the word 'cut’, but it just didn’t come," he said to ITV News.

The charming Necker Island with its relaxed atmosphere as well as owner of characters, a resilient and optimistic person, though it fire cost him a lot, he would rebuild the resort immediately.

(Sources The Telegraph, Kompas /Images CC)


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