Bellamy Cay, British Virgin Islands
For 40 years, the names Tony and Jackie Snell were synonymous with Bellamy Cay located in Trellis Bay, BVI. Since the 1970's, this tiny islet has been home to "The Last Resort" restaurant and cabaret which possesses a most intriguing history.
From 1716 to 1718, at the height of lawlessness in the British Virgin Islands, Black Sam Bellamy (a pirate of note) took a keen interest in Bellamy Cay. Black Sam used this tiny Cay, then known as "Blanco" for his base of operations while crew members used the protection of Trellis Bay to maintain their fleet of ships including; Postillion, Mary Anne and finally, Whidah ... amongst others.
Sam discovered that from Blanco, as well as from nearby Sprat Point, ships could be seen sailing through the Sir Francis Drake Channel. His favourite prey were Spanish Galleons laden with treasure intended for the exclusive use of the King & Queen of Spain. However, this pirate wasn't particularly selective. He would plunder any ship he fancied and had a particularly good eye for fast ships!
Unlike many of his contemporaries such as Blackbeard (a deviant and notorious scoundrel), Black Sam had a reasonably kind soul. He did not find it necessary to murder all those aboard ships he captured. He would often set men free and in one instance even returned a ship to her captain as he wasn't particularly pleased with her sailing characteristics. For this kindness, Sam earned the title, "The Prince of Pirates".
Today, the Last Resort at Bellamy Cay is somewhat more tame than it was in the not too distant past, but laughter may still be heard ashore in Trellis Bay! Though Jackie and Tony are no longer with us, and the younger Snell family opted to move on, a new day has dawned after 40 years & a new family has taken over the reins!
Dylan Burrill and his family have taken up residence on the island and have brought a breath of new life to The Last Resort! The tradition of the singing chef will be continued at least one day a week. In addition, theme nights, open mike nights and live entertainment will serve to amuse restaurant patrons. The vision is for the bar and restaurant to be more family oriented than in days gone by, so visitors may expect the entertainment to be somewhat less raucous than it once was ... and the menu more in line with the family budget! :)
The Last Resort offers a fun diversion from your typical BVI beach bar & restaurant scene and children of all ages are more than welcome!
For a lighthearted BVI dining experience, call (284) 495-2520 for reservations and be sure to visit the new and improved Last Resort website for more information about daily offerings!
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Phone: (284) 495-4168 Tortola, British Virgin Islands
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Launched January 18, 2005 - Last Updated: January 27, 2014