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This isn’t the first time the CEO and founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Records, V2, and Virgin Mobile has entered into the hospitality world. His own private island (no big deal), Necker Island, is home to his exclusive resort in Virgin Gouda. Despite the 2011 fire and continuing rebuild of the main house, the entire island still functions as a resort and accommodates up to 28 guests. Necker Island is part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection of retreats which offers exclusive experiences in some of the world’s most exotic locations.
The new hotels, however, will be more accessible to the public for quick getaways, business travel, or staycations. Prior to Virgin’s New York hotel, their Chicago location is set to open in 2014 and is currently under construction. The NYC location will take up residence next to the Ace Hotel, the NoMad Hotel and the Tommie Hotel.