Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Fresh dayboat fish at Caravela restaurant, paired with locally grown veggies
- Colorfully dressed Tortolan churchgoers come over on the boat to partake in Scrub’s Sunday brunch
- The open-air lounge has a Wii to keep both kids and adults entertained
What To Know
- A $25 resort fee per person, per night, will be collected at checkout on Jetsetter
- Airport transfers via van or ferry from Tortola are included in the rate, but must be arranged through the property a week in advance
- Boats to Tortola depart only every hour or so
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Just a short hop across the harbor from Tortola’s Beef Island airport, two-year-old Scrub Island Resort is a 50-room getaway where guests can make like Robinson Crusoe on an island all to themselves. After arriving via private launch, it’s easy to slip into island time thanks to a lounger lined beach and pool overlooking the marina, which offers a long list of free water activities. Kickoff your trip with a visit to the hillside Ixora Spa and opt for an “Island Rock” massage in an open-air treatment room overlooking the Caribbean.
Bed and Bath
Rooms and suites are furnished in an understated style that befits the West Indies. The guestrooms have bamboo ceiling fans, teak furniture and private patios or balconies, while suites include kitchens with Subzero and Wolf appliances and granite countertops. All bathrooms include L’Occitane products and separate showers and tubs. And no matter where you stand in the public spaces or in your room, you’ll have a view of the harbor — even in the shower, courtesy of a tiny window carved out of the tile.
Of the resort’s two restaurants, Caravela, is more upscale, with a four-course prix-fixe menu that changes daily and wine-pairing dinners on Thursdays. The other choice on the property is Tierra! Tierra!, an open-air eatery serving local fare such as island creole chicken and pan-fried snapper alongside basic pizzas and burgers. In the mood for a tropical cocktail? Visit One Shoe Beach Bar for drinks right on the sand. The island’s Marina Village includes Antilia boutique where guests can pick up swimsuits, flip-flops and other resort wear, as well as Gourmet Market & Cafe for provisions, plus a 24/7 fitness center.
How to Get There
Stayed at Scrub Island Resort recently at the end of our week long boat charter and absolutely fell in love with the place. We rented our boat charter through Marine Max Vacations. Since MMV has an office at Scrub Island, they gave us the option of returning our boat to Scrub instead of Nanny Cay. After a week on the boat with six people, it was really nice to end our vacation here for a couple days and unwind and get some space.
The resort grounds, while still recovering from last years storms, is still beautiful and relaxing. It has a little bit of everything; a small beach with pretty good snorkling, a two level pool and hot tub, a marina, a deli, and a great restaurant. The (suite) rooms were spacious with great kitchens (wolfe stove, sub-zero fridge), and nice large balcony overlooking the marina. All staff were very nice and extremely helpful. My wife and I cannot wait to come back, skip the boat, and just spend a week here.
Having rang the resort to book lunch, was told there would be a 10.45 ferry from Trellis Bay to the resort, also no coordination with theVG ferry service. The boat never turned up so waited two hours. Rang the resort and spoke to the manager to be told they have no fuel in the ferry!!! So wasted a whole morning!!!! Do yourselves a favor and go to Oil Nut Bay instead,
I was initially interested in this place because travel channel did a review on this calling it a private island with 5 star impeccable service. Its hard to get to so consider this when deciding. We took a little plane from the main airport then a van drove us to the ferry. When you get to scrub island its very pretty but its more on a marina not a real beach. You can walk to a small beach but its not a "kept up beach" with servers bringing drinks and delicious unique lunch nor does anyone get you a lounge and put down towels covering every inch of your lounge. Thats the opposite of what you can expect. In fact the servers don't get cup to help you at all and the water although very blue is very filled with seaweed and muck. It skeeved me a little. Its very rustic looking. The whole place needs better service for instance outside of several rooms were food carts that sat and flies collected and it was not good. They try really hard but miss on so many levels. Theres no way to get to the mainland if you forgot something so try hard not to forget anything otherwise you'll be stuck looking at their resort shop that was little more than a souvenir store with higher prices. No magazines to buy or anything like that so don't skip stocking up at your airport on reading materials or you'll be stuck reading what the resort puts in your room. Wifi is very inconsistent The hiking is fantastic and the spa was great. I actually went back to the spa. Food just average and inconsistent and not enough variety.
They only have 3-4 restaurants which basically all funnel through the same kitchen so you are getting in essence the same food all week you are there. Its a scuba divers dream. The person who would love this would be someones who could appreciate the beauty and get passed the lack of amenities, nightlife, restaurant options, etc who wants to get away from it all for peace and quiet but is a very easy going person. If you can deal with inconsistent service, minimal food choices, hard to get to and not a full service beach then go somewhere else. It reminded me of Caneel bay. Disappointing.
We spent the first week of July 2018 at this resort, and yes, they are still rebuilding from hurricane damage. However, the rooms that are available are excellent, the food is good, Dive BVI has supplies, deli and pool are open, the beautiful water at the beach remains unchanged, and what makes it an excellent resort is the friendly, helpful, and marvelous staff. We expected that Scrub and BVI were not going to be back to what they once were so soon, and they are working hard at restoration; but I would continue to go back to this resort if it was left unchanged. A quality resort on a private island offering easy access to island hop BVI makes this resort a gem. It far exceeded what my wife and I expected. Scrub Island is the best "beach" location we have ever visited!!
Although Scrub was damaged by Hurricane Irma it didn’t stop us from having a great time. The staff was wonderful and we never wanted for a thing. We docked our 2 power catamarans at Scrub. From there we enjoyed the pool, hot tub, spa, restaurant, beaches and bar! Thanks for a great time!