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
Super place to stay. Great food. Nothing to do at night. Seating plans at dinner mean guests all meet each other but if you don't like someone you don't have o sit next to them. Seating also flexible. wonderful beach . nice hiking. Not glitzy but lovely.
We are returning guests, Guana is a nature preserve and luxury resort all in one (gourmet food, wine, amenities). Hard to describe, easy to fall in love with. We will be back next year and the year after and the year after that, etc.
Guana is a sanctuary, an exquisitely peaceful and gorgeous refuge from the stress of our complicated 21st-century lives. For nearly two decades, we’ve returned each year to this Garden of Eden, our spirits restored.
This was our 34th visit. You will not find a better place among any of the islands. The complex has been totally restored after the hurricanes and is better than before. The staff is delighted to help you in any way to make your stay special. The food is the best we have ever had in the islands and better this year than before. You will not be disappointed and I highly recommend Guana for anyone looking for a quiet island with a glorious beach, unique views, well appointed rooms, delicious food and a great staff. Five stars is not a high enough rating!
Guana is an annual tradition for us and our group of friends. It's beautiful and relaxing, with great food and a very attentive staff. The resort has many modern amenities, but one of the beauties of the island is that some common "amenities" are missing - e.g. TV and phone in the rooms. There is a nice balance of privacy and social interaction.