What We Love
- The castaway vibe — with just 18 rooms, the resort is secluded and intimate
- White Bay Beach, along with the resort’s six other nearby beaches
- Gourmet selections at the on-site restaurant
- An aromatherapy massage overlooking the beach
What To Know
- Not all units have AC, but ocean breezes are plentiful
- No TV or phones in Seaview Cottages (but there is WiFi)
- There’s no gym or pool
- No locks on any of the doors, except the wine cellar
- Free WiFi
Getting yourself on island time is easy on Guana. After arriving on a skiff, guests hop in a golf cart, tropical drink in hand, and whizz past resident flamingos and salt ponds before arriving at check-in. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be swimsuit-clad and lounging on the beach. Named for a prominent rocky outcropping that resembles the head of an iguana, Guana Island is an 850-acre nature preserve where meandering stone paths bordered with fragrant jasmine and frangipani trees lead to detached cottages and villas perched on a ridge, each with crisp whitewashed walls and floors and private terraces, a great spot to enjoy the trade wind breezes. The “club,” a historic stone building dating to the 18th century (when the island was a Quaker sugar plantation), serves as a gathering place for meals and the nightly cocktail hour.
In the Area
Mornings are best for a hike on one of the 26 diverse trails; as for the afternoon, enjoy a sun-soaked seat on the beach. Come dinner, the resort’s restaurant turns out delicacies like conch chowder and grilled local lobster with melted butter. While there are not many people on this island, there are numerous activities and chances to see wildlife, including the Guana iguana.
How to Get There
My wife and I have been back home for only two days, and we are already longing to be back on Guana Island. From the moment we arrived at the airport on Tortola, a staff member from Guana was there to meet us and whisk us away to our island paradise! Each and everyone at Guana treated us like family: Andrea, Vernon and Chelsea were supremely helpful and always had a smile on their faces, and Stacey made us feel like we were dining in her own home. If you have the chance, you must tour the Orchard with Jamaal who is truly a magician! And last but certainly not least, Akeem was a delight, and watch out for his fashion designs on the red carpet!
Our room (Jerusalem Fallen) was gorgeous, quite clean, and extremely comfortable. The view from the terrace was unreal.
What really made this trip special for us was the friendships we made with other guests. We were given the option to dine privately or with a larger group for dinner, and we chose each night to dine with the other guests... who by the end of our stay felt like close friends we have known for years.
Truly the most wonderful stay -- counting down already to our visit in 2019!
Mike & Abby
We are thrilled to say Guana Island has returned to it's past beauty, charm and uniqueness. While things are not quite 100% yet, the recovery from Irma is amazing to see. If you had never visited Guana before you likely would not know the difference. It was so heart wrenching for us to see the devastation after Irma last Sept. We were so happy to see the many long time staff members safe and happy again. This resort is special in many ways...beauty, service, 5 star meals and maybe the most important the friendliness and hospitality from the staff. If you want to relax in a unique way, make a trip to Guana. You will return for years to come like we do!!
As we prepare to leave Guana Island, my heart and thoughts are with the wonderful people we met on this trip. Beautiful, strong, resilient, and optimistic describe each person who shared his or her story in the aftermath of last year’s hurricanes. These were personal stories and professional ones, and it is clear that the staff are working to rebuild with a team bond that is unbreakable. Vernon and Andrea lead a talented and dedicated crew.
Angel was a very helpful tour guide and assistant from the moment we arrived. Chelsea always greeted us with a smile and was ready to help or just visit anytime we wanted to chat. Jamal proudly showed off the orchard that he and his team are building, stronger and better than ever. Stacey and Candia ensured we enjoyed every morsel our before us at meals, serving with pleasure and smiles. Chef Kael delighted us with his creative use of island herbs, fruits and vegetables. Laverne, Paula and Paru made sure our stay was comfortable. Hakim made the best Pina coladas ever, even delivering them to us in the ocean! Lissa ensures that our last day was completely relaxing by providing much needed massages.
All of the best parts of Guana are coming back, with improvement and upgrades too. I am amazed, and honored, that we got to visit during the soft re-opening month of August while they are still rebuilding. We were the only two guests here for six days, and it was spectacular. We will be back! #bvistrong
The news from Guana Island is all good: our beautiful hideaway is back and thriving. As frequent return guests, we were grateful to be among the first visitors back on the island since it was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September. We can happily report that as the island continues to rebound, the resort is in many ways better than before as a result of improvements and upgrades implemented during the repairs. The new roofs on the main building and our favorite villa are higher, the spaces are brighter, and the fixtures and furnishings are brand-new and gorgeous.The sands of White Bay Beach are now wider than before the storms, and the water has never been clearer. Best of all, Guana has retained its fantastic staff -- the finest in the Caribbean -- who, led by Andrea and Vernon, are to thank for bringing the island back. The food, always excellent, is even better now under head chef Kael who is passionate about showcasing the fruit and produce from the island's lush orchard. Our visit could not have been better; we can't wait to return again.
Post Irma. Rooms have been completely redone, with new bath fittings, new furniture, air con, beds. Farm to table cuisine is made possible by the reconstruction of the on island orchard and food production. Guana Island retained its excellent staff during the reconstruction, and everyone was obviously over the top happy to see guests returning. Food was excellent, salads from the orchard plentiful and of great variety. Beach is beautiful, spa great, staff incredible.
Again, no thumping music, no night life, no screens, no phones, no crowds. If that is your scene, this is not for you. Instead, imagine your own luxurious island, with fabulous meals, incredible staff, and serene views in every direction. Great people, great food, serenity. That is Guana.
Not for everyone (thankfully), but perfect.