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
Just returned from a glorious vacation in a magnificent villa with views t die for on Scrub Island! What stands out the most about this trip are the staff and how they go out of their way to make you happy! Greeted by Andrew at Airport driven t the ferry less than 5 minutes away..ferry arrived on time at Trellis Bay Dock..(Had time to pick up provisions at market i.e...water snacks etc.) another short trip across t Scrub upon arrival at the dock greeted with a warm welcome n cold towel n a delicious rum punch cocktail! I cannot speak as to the accommodations in the actual hotel as I believe they were still under repair from hurricane damage however the Villa we stayed in was beyond spectacular!! Restaurant staff exemplary as well...do take advantage of the ferry they run t Trellis Bay dinner Red Rock and lunch on Marina Cay.. highlight of the trip for us was the sunset that Lalon drove us up to on Big Scrub:) very special n not t be missed. He mentioned it earlier n the week and when weather permitted knocked on our door and very spur the moment he said , let’s go to the sunset so thoughtful and well worth the excursion it was an adventure I am told people hike up to this Vista point! The North Beach was quiet n peaceful...Kimberly excellent at the bar and DJ at t beach! Sidenote very important DO NOT take InterCaribbean Airlines as a connecting flight out of Puerto Rico to Tortola! Disastrously pitifully horrendously ineptness on every level. Suffice it to say we waited nine hours for a plane to take off when we left to go back to Puerto Rico missed connecting etc...others waited 12 Hours! there was almost a mutiny do not take Inter Caribbean Airlines they are awful perhaps when I write this and post it they will be out of business hopefully so worst travel experience ever! In the future when we return to Scrub which hopefully we will have the opportunity to go back I will fly into Saint Thomas and take the ferry over to Tortola a cab ride from the West End to the east and trellis bay doc is far better than the absolute nightmare it was to travel on inter-Caribbean Airlines. The pictures just don’t do this beautiful peaceful island justice nor does it capture the warmth and hospitality shown by all the staff they are All to be commended!!!
Love the island and the resort. Ready for business and almost completely rebuild after the hurricane. The marina is big and beautiful and it has a perfect view, from all resort corner. Resort perfect for small families and villages great for big families. You can fly to Tortola, then a 5 min ferry to Scrub or get there by boat from San Juan, PR.
Scrub is a fantastic location and the time to go , if you want that “ this island is special and all mine feeling “ ( especially at North beach )
is now especially with the grand opening only weeks away.
Yes there is still work continuing at pace to have Scrub ready but this does not detract from the fantastic beauty , vistas , food , service and friendliness of all the staff who are at your beck and call
Accommodation is excellent with views to die for and the standard of rooms are a credit to the housekeeping staff.
Dining experience was fantastic with great food and excellent wines on offer .
The marina with its new lights are beautiful at night as is the pool area during both day and night hours.
Tierra Tierra is again almost fully operational and great for daytime cocktails and light meals by the pool.
Ixora Spa is not to be missed and bargains are available.
If you are feeling energetic a walk on Big Scrub is well worth the time giving breath taking 360 views of the BVI.
If you are looking for some place to fall in love with....
Do not by pass Scrub Island
My wife and I spent a week at Scrub Island from July 14 - 21. Before I start, let me say that there are some hurricane renovations still taking place. With that out of the way, this is clearly the time to go. Nature is taking back rapidly and the only signs of Irma’s wrath are some stranded boats (great photo ops) and some structures still being repaired.
What was really great though is the crowds have stayed away. Attractions that may typically be packed with tourists you may find you have to yourself. We wondered the Baths with almost no interruption from others. Swam the caves in the baths by ourselves. Visited Willie Ts and drank plenty of pain killers and jumped from the back with just a couple other couples. We visited Jost Van Dyke and the Soggy Dollar and there were just a handful of boats and people. We Snorkeled caves and the Indians with just the members of our boat. On many days, we sat on the beach at Scrub Island and had the beach and ocean to ourselves. We ventured into Tortola one day, not much to see but we did find our way into Pusser’s for lunch, drinks and a great gift shop.
We hiked the steep hills of Scrub Island almost daily and felt like we were on our private island. We ate breakfast and dinner at the resort everyday. We ate many lunches poolside. The food was excellent and contrary to what others have said, I didn’t think the prices were as high as others led me to believe. We spent $2000 on the island. That includes a day at the spa where we spent a quarter of that. Well worth every penny I might add. We consumed LOTS of beverages, champagne, fantastic meals for an entire week. Bought wine in the resort market and the gift shop on sight had a sale while were there so we stocked up on $10 t-shirts.
The resort was quiet, relaxing and beautiful. The other thing we really noticed was the people. I can’t say enough about how friendly everyone was. On one hand, I wish for them that more people were visiting so they could earn a better living and they could personally put Irma behind them but on the other hand, it was amazing to enjoy one of the most beautiful Caribbean vacations in relative peace.
Transfers were simple to and from the airport. Ferry service runs all the time and is on schedule always. We had a basic ocean front suite. It was comfortable and well equipped. There are some rooms with bigger balconies. It would have been nice to have that but not a deal breaker. We snorkeled on the Main beach in front of the resort. Plenty to see and very easy snorkeling. North Beach waters were very shallow. The pool and snack bar on North Beach was not open yet. But the couple times we ventured down to it, we had the beach all to our selves. Found a good stash of shells and sea fans that had washed ashore. Let me mention the spa again. A must while you are there. Evening strolls to the end of the dock to watch the dozens of large Cobia gather and fees became our nightly ritual. Words can’t describe it. You just have to see it.
All I can say is go now and have a slice of paradise to yourself. The tourists will be back soon and it will still be great...it just won’t be all yours.
A luxury resort in paradise...Don’t let the recovery from the hurricane turn you off, this resort is functioning and is almost back to being fully in business.
We spent a few days here at the tail end of our holiday, largely in part to the ideal location close to the airport.
Our two families who shared a luxurious villa complete with private pool were treated like royalty. Attention to detail was noticed and appreciated. The villa and pool newly renovated, the staff were helpful and friendly. The kids particularly enjoyed the water trampoline in the cove and the tiered swimming pools. We adults had loads of fun at the spa, which had lots of pampering options performed by skilled technicians. The restraurant served fresh seasonal specials and was complimented by excellent friendly service and a knowledgeable sommelier. We would come here again and would recommend this resort in the beautiful BVI’s.