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
The island was beyond spectacular. The service was fantastic. The weather was perfect. The rooms were beautiful. But the food was not all that great. They try too hard to be avant-garde and foodie and it misses. Nothing is simple. They would do well to be a little more traditional with the cuisine.
Guana island is another world of peace, sun, sand and nature. The hiking trails are awesome. Great outdoor activities or just relax at the beach. The views from the rooms and from the restaurant are amazing.
This is an ideal island retreat. The island has a beautiful white sand beach which is ideal for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, or just soaking up the sun. The accommodations are first rate with air conditioning and all modern conveniences. The food is to die for. The chef is very creative at every meal. But the best part is the caring and friendly staff. It’s like an extension of your family.
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.