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Guana Island

Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

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.

At a Glance

  • Privately owned natural and unspoiled 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 vacation

  • All cottages have private entrances and private terraces

  • Great for flora and fauna lovers

Beach, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Adventure

Insider's View

Take a tour of the orchard and get inside information from the resident ornithologist and master gardener

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Watch out for the stout Rock Iguana - some of them are pretty large!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Not all of the Cottages have air conditioning, so if you feel this is important for you, make sure you request this at the time of booking.

Juliet Morris

Insider's View

The Anegada House Villa is a three bedroom villa which is comprised of the Sea View Pool Cottage and two Sea View Cottages.

Juliet Morris

Insider's View

The North Beach is also referred to as 'Treasure Beach' due to all the beautiful shells that can be found here.

Juliet Morris

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Guana Island or take a look at our itineraries to Private Islands

Description

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, snorkeling, 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 snorkeling. 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.

Accommodation

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.

Childcare

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 traveling as a family, alternatively, extra beds can be added to the cottage rooms.

Facilities

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 savored 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 organized in the Garden of Eden.

Activities

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, snorkeling, 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.

Location & Directions

Guana Island, 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.

When to go

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.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Guana Island or take a look at our itineraries to Private Islands

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