British Virgin Islands
based on 7 nights
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per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing a sea view cottage on a full board basis, including private boat transfers.
At a Glance
Privately owned natural and unspoilt island
Traditional and low-key luxury
Seven secluded beaches on the island
No TVs or telephones in the rooms, great for a get-away-from-it-all holiday
All cottages have private entrances and private terraces
Great for flora and fauna lovers
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Offering warm temperatures throughout the year the Caribbean is a perfect year round destination. With an average of 9 hours sunshine a day the peak season runs from December through to April which is the dry season when you can expect very little rainfall. May to November are the slightly wetter months where you will find an increase in rainfall as the summer season goes on and with that some humidity, however the Summer months are still a great time to travel as the temperatures are hot and the rain tends to come in short heavy bursts but not all day long. The wettest months with the most humidity are September and October and these are the most probable months for hurricanes to occur in the region although many islands have not experienced hurricanes for a number of years. The average daily temperatures range from the mid-seventies in the winter months and mid-eighties in the summertime.
To start planning your holiday to Guana Island
Guana Island is a romantic private island resort in the British Virgin Islands. With stunning views overlooking pristine white sandy beaches, tropical forests with the hills beyond, Guana Island definitely offers a taste of Caribbean paradise.
Guana Island comprises 850 acres of untouched natural beauty in the British Virgin Islands. If nature and the outdoors is not your preference then this is probably not the place for you. However, if you like the idea of seclusion, beautiful scenery, tropical forests, hiking, snorkelling, sailing, white sandy beaches and wildlife you will find yourself booking to come back before you’ve even left the island.
Named after an iguana shaped rock found on the south side of the island, Guana Island has been occupied since the 18th century, but it wasn’t until 1975 that the facilities were improved making it an appealing destination for nature lovers. Guana Island offers guests a fabulous service, a social as well as a private atmosphere, wonderful rooms, fine dining and a relaxing vibe amongst natural surroundings. It has been minimally developed to deliberately retain a rustic feel and they are committed to conserving the beauty and wildlife. You will find lizards, pelicans, insects, variety of birds and even harmless snakes.
The island accommodates no more than 35 guests in 19 types of accommodation. There is a selection of cottages and villas for you to choose from depending upon your preferences. The rooms are individually decorated and are named after local islands. The rooms were renovated in 2012 and offer wonderful sea views and ultimate comfort in a peaceful and private atmosphere.
Dining on Guana Island plays a big part in your stay. Breakfast and lunches are buffet style whilst dinner is a more sociable affair. Seating plans give you an opportunity to mingle with other guests and possibly make friends for life as well as ensuring you benefit from different views whilst you dine. However, you can of course choose to dine privately.
The beaches on the island consist of beautiful white sands, palm trees and turquoise waters – idyllic. On the main beach there is a beach house with showers, restrooms, lockers and a bar. There are comfortable loungers dotted along the sands. You can take out a full body length float, a paddle board or a kayak to enjoy some time marvelling at the crystal clear waters. There is also some great snorkelling. Head inland for some magnificent hiking trails to spot some wildlife or to the orchard to learn about the food grown on the islands and to taste the delicious coconuts and sugar cane.
A stay on Guana Island whether it is for a couple of nights or a couple of weeks is magical with its beautiful scenery and service to match, so much so that many guests find themselves returning year after year.
Guana Island has 14 Sea View Cottages, one Sea View Pool Cottage and four villas. Each room has been individually decorated giving them unique characters. They feature luxurious amenities such as high thread-count bed linens, a Nespresso machine, beach bag and Red Flower bathroom amenities. There is a complimentary wash-and-fold laundry service. As the resort has been designed to be a retreat from the stresses of our daily lives, there are deliberately no phones or TVs in the rooms to retain the peaceful atmosphere.
|Sea View Cottage||
A large room with ceiling fan, king-size bed, double closets, outdoor terrace with seating and a bath.
|Sea View Cottage with Private Pool||
One-bedroom suite featuring a small living room with ceiling fan, full bedroom and master bath. There is a large outdoor terrace with deck chairs and a private plunge pool.
|North Beach Villa||
Located on its own private beach. Has a master bedroom, a fully stocked fridge with kitchenette, separate living room and double closets. There is a wrap around deck with lounge chairs and a cabana. Has its own beachfront pool with sun chairs and is surrounded by tropical plants providing the ultimate privacy.
|Harbour House Villa||
Has panoramic views of both the Caribbean and the Atlantic due to its heightened positions. The wrap-around terrace has a Jacuzzi, infinity pool, outdoor shower and shaded dining area. Villa can have one or two bedrooms, has a stocked bar, air conditioning, TV and a private golf cart. Ideal for families or groups.
|Anegada House Villa||
A three-bedroom villa with a distinct Caribbean feel. Has three terraces and a private garden offering views of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Has a private plunge pool and tropical garden.
|Jost House Villa||
A three-bedroom villa with a heated infinity pool and jacuzzi, marbled bathrooms, patio, kitchen and dining rooms and a stocked bar according to your preferences. There is a TV, private golf cart and private service staff.
Children are welcome to come and stay on the island, however it is more adult friendly in terms of amenities. The villas are a good option if you are travelling as a family, alternatively, extra beds can be added to the cottage rooms.
Guana Restaurant, headed by executive chef Xavier Arnau, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to afternoon snacks and pre-dinner canapés. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style whilst dinner is a four-course affair. Local seafood and produce from the orchard are heavily featured and savoured on the menu. The restaurant boasts a superb location overlooking the ocean. During dinner, guests are given the opportunity to sit with each other to socialise. Meals are all-inclusive to include wine and after-dinner coffee and liqueurs. There is a fully stocked honorary bar for guests who would rather a beer or an exotic cocktail. If you are after some privacy, you can opt for in-room dining or dine in the Garden of Eden.
There is an in-house spa therapist if you are after a bit of pampering. You can choose to have your massage in your room or in the open-air (but secluded) beach cabana. Private and group yoga sessions can be organised in the Garden of Eden.
The natural surroundings of Guana Island mean that you can make the most of the tranquil settings by relaxing with a good book on the beach or explore the surroundings further. The sparkly azure waters provide ample opportunity for some fantastic swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing. The more active can try some water skiing, play a spot of tennis, volleyball or badminton to name a few. The hiking trails on the island are renowned for their dramatic views and opportunity to see some wildlife. The 20 trails are well marked and the easy to read trail maps and a complimentary cell phone mean you are unlikely to veer of the path, unless of course you want to.
Juliet Morris (Staff)
I absolutely love Guana Island - my favourite hotel/island from my recent visit to the British Virgin Islands. It has such a friendly, laid back and welcoming atmosphere, but with fantastic service levels. I loved the style of the cottages which are white-washed and scattered around the hillside - reminding me a bit of the Mediterranean. There is nothing flashy or pretentious about Guana Island which I think fits so well with the overall feel of the BVI. I loved the flexible, individual approach - nothing is too much trouble philosophy, and with their 'honesty bar' concept it was easy to feel at home and part of Guana Island. The beach is stunning and a perfect bay for swimming and water sports. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore the natural surroundings and wildlife including lizards, birds and pelicans. I would highly recommend a visit to their fruit plantation where you can sample some delights such as papaya, coconut, sugar cane plus many more delicious fruits (depending on the season).
Delicious food, friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere, understated ambience and excellent service. I can't wait to go back.
Location & directions
British Virgin Islands
Guana Island is an 850 acre private island in the British Virgin Islands. The Island boasts 7 idyllic beaches and miles of mountains, hills, valleys and tropical forests. The Caribbean Sea is to the south of the island and the Atlantic to the north.
How to get there
9-hour international flight (non-stop) to Antigua. From Antigua it's a 1-hour 15-minute domestic flight to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Tortola, and then a 15-minute boat trip to Guana Island.
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