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
But for Hervé Villechaize standing on shore pointing out the planes landing, our stay on Guana was nothing short of fantasy island. The island is a beautiful getaway to relax and play a bit. If you're looking for a bunch of nightlife and city-like activities, this is not the place for you. But, if you are looking for an unplugged getaway on an island with no cars, really no TV, and a limited capacity for how many people you'll share the island with, give it a hard look. The accommodations are great, amenities and food even better and the beaches, views and the like will leave you breathless. We'll definitely be back.
We have been vacationing in the Caribbean for years and Guana Island is one of our favorite destinations.
Excellent staff, accommodations and meals.
Great beaches and miles of hiking trails to beautiful views.
This was our third time returning, the first after Hurricane Irma, In two years the island has been returned to its old self with subtle tweaks that only enhance your stay.
Vernon's team have done an outstanding job at restoring the island, so much so that you have to look twice, we thought the beach bar looked exactly the same from when we last visited but unbeknown to us it had been completely destroyed by Irma, Sugar does an amazing job at looking after you when you’re down at the beach.
Jamal who manages the orchard, works closely with chef Kael, providing fresh fruits, vegetables and lovely herbs to the kitchen, making the most fantastic meals, the orchard is improving every day, Jamal and his team are working extremely hard and working on amazing projects that will only make the orchard bigger and better and even more self efficiency for the island.
We did notice one change, the island now has free range chickens for their eggs funny to see them walking around, the eggs are absolutely delicious we had them every morning for breakfast “you don’t get any fresher” and served by all wonderful staff, Stacy, Candida and Samson, I could go on but all are just a treasure, it’s so wonderful hearing them sing they made going for breakfast, lunch and dinner joyful and put a smile on our faces every time.
We stayed in such a beautiful cottage with dream views to White bay beach and the Atlantic, beautifully presented and housekeeping who are all so sweet and friendly.
I could go on and on but the real driver is the staff, you will have read this in every other review but unfortunately you could not write a review without them as they have such an incredible warmth and make you feel very much at home and very much part of the family and will go above and beyond to make your stay as relaxing as possible.
Big thank you to you all.
We are already planning our next visit.