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
- 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 recently stayed at Scrub Island and were pleasantly surprised. We were staying there as we took our Sailing Courses through Off Shore Sailing School, which is based at Scrub Island.
We stayed for two nights, then did our week on our boat for the course, and returned for another night before departing .
The hotel staff is amazing ! Dre welcomed us upon arrival with a welcome drink, and gave us a tour of the property and escorted us to our room. Every employee introduced themselves to us and had genuine conversations with us. We met so many wonderful people !
Randy at the towel and sports cabana, Ramona, Brenda and Eddy , in the restaurant and Bar were fantastic! The service is real, personal and the most genuine. The food was great and the drinks were too! The beds are heavenly !
The rooms were spacious, clean and nicely appointed. We will definitely return and make this a spot on our itinerary when we head to the BVI and go sailing!
Thanks Scrub Island !
You know a place must be really great when you write a lengthy review, it gets accidentally deleted (aargh) and you're willing to write it all over again!
So here I go again! If you're trying to decide if Scrub Island is the resort for you, stop worrying and GO! It's fantastic! For our 20th anniversary we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom villa overlooking the sea with a plunge pool and full gourmet kitchen. Collin D. Butler (who really should be named Collin D. Angel!) is the villa manager and he took care of us from the moment we began travel plans to the hugs goodbye on the dock. He arranged so many special surprises and even serenaded us on top of the mountain at sunset. Did I mention he's an angel?
The resort itself is beautiful, filled with happy and helpful staff members. The restaurants and bars are wonderful. We enjoyed most of our meals onsite or delivered to our villa and even to the bar on North Beach. There's also a small deli onsite with great breakfast sandwiches-perfect for the early morning departures/charter boat trips. The market onsite is limited, but does have essentials. If you prefer to make use of that mack daddy villa kitchen, plan a true market run before the boat ride over to Scrub. The kitchen was very well appointed with gourmet appliances and even had sharp knives!
Check out the spa-I had an incredible massage and loved sitting on the verandah overlooking the water. Heaven.
On a final note, the locals shared incredible stories of Hurricane Irma and the devastation that followed. The recovery effort has been tremendous and is still ongoing in most places. However, Scrub Island is up and running like a champion. Keep in mind that the best way to help is to come visit! You won't be disappointed!
Rebuilding continues, and the property seems around 80% complete. There were plenty of workers around, replacing metal roof sections, painting rebuilt fences, fixing up remaining units. That said the workers were uniformly courteous, reasonably quiet, and concentrating on their work. The main resort is in excellent shape and the staff extremely attentive and knowledgeable. The food was expensive but that was expected out here. As for the unit itself, it was in excellent shape as well - with minor items needing fixing. I write this knowing that for me, none of these mattered a bit; others might care more: the microwave oven didn't work, the electric lighters for the gas range, when the unit was plugged in, were constantly igniting even when the gas was turned off (you unplug it, this stops); the fan cover in the main bathroom was missing, with exposed wires. On the positive side, the bed was super comfortable, the AC easily up to the task, the fridge large, the other comforts (TV, room condition, pillows, shower, bath) were all top notch. Staff was courteous and quick. Dive BVI there on site was outstanding: Becca, Elin, Yuhon, Rupert were all very friendly and professional. They knew the history of the islands and had good stories during our trips out and back. I went on four dives and none disappointed - the Rhone was especially captivating. Clayvorne, the office manager (my title) was efficient and knowledgeable. Kept everything on schedule. All in all I'd go back in a heartbeat and be quite accepting of the little things remaining after the Irma disaster.
Stayed for five nights in the Cliff House Villa. The Villa could not have been any nicer. It was extremely clean, huge, had an amazing view, two large decks and a small pool. Collin, the head butler, and his staff were outstanding!! I truly cannot wait to come back.
Do not miss the opportunity to go to the top of big scrub for a sunset view.
This place is an amazing place to relax, watch people come and go on their sailboat charters, enjoy the pool, or the spa. I highly recommend chartering a small boat for island hopping 1-2 days during your trip.
The only opportunity for the resort is within the restaurant, Donovan‘s reef, some staff did not seem to enjoy working much and the food was mediocre. For me, there was so much spice in the hamburger I could not eat it. Others may enjoy that spice.
Cannot wait to get back!
We went their in our boat, great adventure! Love the route to the hotel. The one bedroom suite is beautiful and with a great view of the island. Wish I could stay more to enjoy the hotel facilities. Has a restaurant, very good service and food