Richard Branson's Necker Island is back in business a year after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc and new photos show the private island looking more luxurious than ever

Necker Island

More than a year after Hurricane Irma devastated much of the Caribbean, billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands has reopened to guests.

Branson and his team reportedly rode out the 2017 hurricane on Necker Island. While nobody was hurt, they announced afterward that the resort had „sustained extensive damage.“ 

Branson bought the island for a modest $320,000 in 1978, when he was 18 years old, and went on to build one of the most exclusive resorts in the world on it. According to a Necker Island press release, renting out the island for a night will cost you at least $77,500 per night. High-profile vacationers who’ve stayed on the island include Barack and Michelle Obama, Princess Diana, Mariah Carey, Kate Moss, and even Nelson Mandela. Google co-founder Larry Page had his wedding there.

This isn’t the first time Branson has had to rebuild part of the resort: A 2011 fire inflicted major damage on the main house, which took two years to rebuild.

The resort was stunning before the refurbishment, but the updates have left it even more idyllic.

Here’s what it looks like now.

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The 74-acre island, which Richard Branson bought for a modest $320,000 back in 1978, was in need of repairs and refurbishment after Hurricane Irma hit in September 2017.

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The al fresco Great House was completely restored, with the addition of two brand-new rooms and an additional Balinese-style guest house. The Great House has 11 guest rooms total.

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It also has a spacious Mezzanine with skylights and a wraparound sofa.

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