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
My husband and I live on ST John and took our boat over to Scrub for a mini vacation. We could not have been more pleased. The room was amazing. The staff was courteous and the price was reasonable. We enjoyed a bbq on the beach with a lovely wine reception before it started. The only small recommendation is that coffee was available outside in the morning hours without the commitment of a breakfast table. Also wanted to add that I had one of the best massages ever at the spa. I can’t wait to stay here again. I highly recommend it to others.
Our family just spent 6 nights at this resort and were highly disappointed. They are clearly benefiting from a lack of competition in the BVI as several other premier resorts are not yet up and running after the big hurricanes. The property itself is well located but many of the facilities are suffering from deferred maintenance, including the main pool hot tub which was only lukewarm for our entire stay (and had been that way for some time). The photos on the website are highly selective and not representative of the condition of the facilities. Moreover, while the staff was generally friendly and I believe tried to provide a good service experience, they were in the aggregate not well trained. We had a comedy of errors of poor execution and misinformation before and during our stay (many but not all involving the concierge) including a major misrepresentation of the features of our accommodations, several logistical busts (including one which almost caused us to miss our outbound flight) and several situations which would have easily been avoidable had the staff been more attentive or simply better trained. If you need to stay here overnight before chartering a boat at their marina, fine. But if you’re looking for a spot to park for multiple days on either end of your vacation (or as your vacation), I’d look elsewhere. We’ve had much better experiences on Grand Cayman and Turks within the last 24 months for less money and less hassle.
Had a great time here. Take a bout to a small private island. This resort is more for boaters then anything but the island person will also have a good time. The food was very good, not crazy priced like most Islands. Needed to leave a day early for a family emergency. Staff was very attentive to our problem, even reimbursed me for the last day i missed even though i payed in advance, made me feel like they actually cared. I will definitely return just for that reason alone.
This is the first time I have written a review just 2 days into my vacation stay but I just wanted to say if you are looking at this resort for an upcoming vacation stop looking and book. We arrived at the dock in Trellis Bay and were met by the Scrub Island resort ferry staff. From that point every person we have interacted with associated with the hotel has been wonderful. The food at breakfast, lunch and dinner has been top notch with no disappointment in quality or service. Same can be said for the bartenders. There are so many names to mention, Kelly, Jennifer, Lou, Eddy and more I need to mention in a final review after our stay. Every expectation I have had has been exceeded so far.
This is a stunning property. It is just as beautiful as you imagine. The team did an amazing job repairing the hurricane damage. Staff was great. Lou, the head concierge was awesome in arranging activities. Junior who is one of the folks on the launch to and from the island was a great tour guide and conversationalist. Kelly became our favorite server in the restaurant. The rooms are excellent with very usable kitchens.The dive shop on site can support snorkeling or full dive adventures. The beaches are pristine and one day we had North Beach all to ourselves.
Things to be aware of:
Scrub Island is not easy to get to. I originally booked to St Thomas but that involves hours of additional travel, 2 taxis, and a water ferry between St Thomas and the dock to the island. Flying into Terrance B. Lettsome Airport on Beef Island is the better choice as it is 100 yards to the Scrub Island dock. I booked on interCaribbean Airways from San Juan. That flight was cancelled and I rebooked last minute on Seaborne. They use small turboprops, and it was an easy 45 minute flight.
This resort is loosely part of the Marriott family, but don't expect any special treatment for Bonvoy status. I am Lifetime Platinum Elite and assumed if I paid for the room, I would get an upgrade. That was a rookie mistake. I should have used points. We ended up with a room at the very end of the resort next to a service road with noisy service vehicles driving back and forth well into the night.
Like everywhere in BVI, food and drink are expensive. The 3 of us spent an additional $1800 on food and drink for a week. The food at the resort is only average. Definitely go to Pussers on Marina Cay which is close and get a boat to the other Islands for lunches and dinners. There is also a $30/day resort charge per person.The resort is fantastic but other than the beach can get boring over a week. Expect to spend another $1000-$2000 on excursions. Highly recommend chartering a boat for a day to take you to the other islands.