Tour Sir Richard Branson's private island where he rode out Hurricane Irma

Sir Richard Branson and his team rode out Hurricane Irma on Necker Isand.

Sir Richard Branson and his team rode out Hurricane Irma on Necker Isand.

Hurricane Irma has brought significant damage to much of the Caribbean as it's barrelled towards South Florida. 

One of the islands in the path of the "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane was Necker Island, the British Virgin Island retreat belonging to billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. 

Earlier this week, Branson announced that he and his team would be riding out the storm in the main house's wine cellar. 

Necker Island is in the British Virgin Islands just north of Virgin Gorda.
VIRGIN LIMED EDITION

Necker Island is in the British Virgin Islands just north of Virgin Gorda.

Following the storm's hit on the island, a spokesperson for the Virgin Group told Business Insider: "Virgin Limited Edition can confirm that on the 6th September 2017 Necker Island sustained extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Irma. There were no guests on Island at the time and all staff staying on Island have been accounted for as safe and well."

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This is not the first time that Branson has had to repair the structures on Necker Island. A major fire in 2011 brought major damage to the main house, which took two years to rebuild. 

A prefect spot to catch some sun.  Many celebrities have vacationed here, from Princess Diana to Mariah Carey, and even ...
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A prefect spot to catch some sun. Many celebrities have vacationed here, from Princess Diana to Mariah Carey, and even Nelson Mandela. Kate Moss had her 40th birthday party on Necker, and Google co-founder Larry Page had his wedding there.

Branson bought the 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands for $307,832 after visiting in 1978. He has called it "the best financial move" he ever made. The island has been a getaway for celebrities, entrepreneurs, and even former US President Barack Obama, who visited shortly after he left the White House in January. 

Individual rooms can be rented starting at $7319 a night, for a week minimum, while the island can be rented as a whole for $133,393 a day.

Take a look around the island as it looked in less stormy times. 

The rebuilt house was inspired by Balinese architecture.
VIRGIN/NECKER ISLAND

The rebuilt house was inspired by Balinese architecture.

74-acre Necker Island is located in the British Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean Sea.

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Hitting the waters of the Caribbean. Barack Obama tried his hand at kitesurfing, a favourite hobby of Branson's, during ...
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Hitting the waters of the Caribbean. Barack Obama tried his hand at kitesurfing, a favourite hobby of Branson's, during a visit there in January.

Branson and his team rode out the hurricane in these bunk beds. "All of us slept together in two rooms. I haven't had a ...
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Branson and his team rode out the hurricane in these bunk beds. "All of us slept together in two rooms. I haven't had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid," Branson wrote on his blog. "We were listening to the parrots in their boxes in the next room chattering away. Watching the tortoises congregating together, as if they sense what is coming our way."

There is also a beautiful private terrace.
VIRGIN/NECKER ISLAND

There is also a beautiful private terrace.

Necker Island can accommodate a total of 34 guests.
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Necker Island can accommodate a total of 34 guests.

There is a tranquil spa.
VIRGIN/NECKER ISLAND

There is a tranquil spa.

Actor Kate WInslet and her children had been staying at The Great House when the blaze raged through the idyllic ...
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Actor Kate WInslet and her children had been staying at The Great House when the blaze raged through the idyllic location in 2011. Branson vowed to rebuild.

Guests can even explore in Branson's mini-submarine, the Necker Nymph.
VIRGIN/NECKER ISLAND

Guests can even explore in Branson's mini-submarine, the Necker Nymph.

 - BusinessInsider.com.au

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