Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Fresh dayboat fish at Cardamom & Co. 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
- 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
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Private island resort with an award-winning spa and a fully equipped dive shop and marina, plus two private beaches
Just a short hop across the harbor from Tortola’s Beef Island airport, Scrub Island Resort is a 52-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. Kick off your trip with a visit to the hillside Ixora Spa and opt for an “Island Dream” massage (which incorporates fresh aloe from the island) 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 guest rooms 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 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, Cardamom & Co. is more upscale, with a menu that tells the story of the spice trade and its impact on the diversity of cultures and flavors found throughout the Caribbean. The other choice on the property is Donovan’s Reef Marina Bar & Grill, an open-air eatery serving local fare (jerked chicken wings; coconut rum grouper) and popular Caribbean favorites. In the mood for a tropical cocktail? Visit One Shoe Beach Bar for drinks right on secluded North Beach. 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
We flew into Tortola Island (EIS), and a hotel representative waited for us after we cleared customs. We were escorted to the hotel transport, and then to the nearby hotel ferry. The hotel has a ferry schedule, but if you have to wait, there is THE cutest, sushi restaurant right next to the ferry dock. The fun music, twinkling lights, and warm welcome put us instantly on island mode. On Scrub Island, we were greeted by a host ready with our refreshing drinks. We checked into our villa, and the complimentary hotel shuttles took us to Donovan's Reef before they closed. The waitresses were kind, and did not rush us, knowing that we had traveled a long way. The grilled Shrimp Mango Salad was delicious!! With help from the concierge, we booked a quick 30-min ferry to The Baths at Virgin Gorda. An excellent half-day excursion to explore the caves and snorkel! Use the taxis, so you don't need to rent a car. For the birthday celebration, Collins Butler, Villa Manager, Raja, the Spa Director, and Raj, F&B Director, accommodated my request to pull THE PERFECT birthday dinner celebration! As a resort first, they approved dinner on the spa premise, overlooking the waters under the full moon. It was the most breathtaking view, with the best service to complement it. We could not have asked for anything more. Thank you to the entire staff for your genuine hospitality. We can't wait to be back and say hello to Collins, Raj, Raja, Justine, Tiffany, Rick, Romar, Junior and Morissa!
If you have a large group, make sure you book one of Scrub Island Resort's houses. The homes have a large common area with a kitchen, dining room table, living room, and a walk out to the private pool. Most houses have two bedrooms connected to the main house. The remaining bedrooms are accessed with private entrances so there is a little separation from the people in your group. The houses are very private and away from the public resort and marina. With a short walk, you are at the resort with the amenities and restaurants.
Let me start by saying Ms. Dee the front desk rep. was awesome through out my stay. She checked us in and took care of our needs when she could. We stayed in the Gov. Suite which was fabulous. Overall stay was relaxing and fun. You must rent a boat to visit all the local BVI.
Downside was the house keeping sucked where they only had 1 wash cloth in the room and after a few days we cleaned our own room. The pool was nice but it had to hazardous drain covers which were loose and I scraped my foot. The food was soso,except for the jerk wings and service was very slow. One hour for wings and a burger. I felt some type of way because everytime I went to the restaurant they asked me was I a hotel guess but didnt ask my white friends. They need to give hotel guess bands. Overall a good time just not up to Marriott standards for a resort of this Rating. 3 out 5