Guana Island

British-Virgin-Islands | Caribbean

Experience the very best in laid-back luxury

With 850-acres of undisturbed natural beauty in the heart of the British Virgin Islands, Guana Island is a private, family-owned island resort for the discerning traveler. The island is home to seven pristine beaches and miles of tropical forest, mountains and dramatic flora and fauna. With acres of privacy per guest (no more than 35 guests at any given time), and no marina or public facilities of any kind, Guana Island is a truly world-class destination.


Rates
Rentals start from USD 720 per cottage per night (subject to taxes and resort fees), based on two people sharing Guana Island’s charming Sea View Cottage. The more luxurious House Villas start from USD 3,315 per night (again subject to taxes and resort fees) and are available in one-, two- and three-bedroom combinations.

Alternatively, the whole island could be yours for USD 23,500- per night. This rate includes accommodation for up to 32 guests across the island’s fifteen sea-view rooms and its magnificent villa, as well as three meals per day, afternoon refreshments and all standard beverages. Larger or smaller groups can be accommodated – simply contact a member of the Vladi Islands Travel team for further information.

Location
Guana is located in the British Virgin Islands, just minutes by private launch north of Tortola.

Accommodation
Guests can take their pick between fifteen lavish sea view cottages and four magnificent villas. All fifteen Sea View Cottages offer a king-sized bed and a spacious outdoor terrace – one of the cottages even comes with its own private plunge pool.

Those looking for a little more luxury will not be disappointed by the resort’s four incredible villas. The one-bedroom North Beach Villa is located on its own stretch of private beach and comes equipped with a fully stocked fridge with kitchenette, separate living room and his-and-hers closets. Outdoors, the wrap-around deck, cabana and beachfront pool ensure that’ll you’ll be able to soak up the sun with style and in seclusion.

The Harbour House Villa can be arranged in either a 1- or 2-bedroom format. With its elevated location and 270° wraparound terrace, the villa offers truly exquisite views. Home to a Jacuzzi, infinity pool, outdoor shower and shaded dining area, it’s ideal for families, friends and high level business groups.

Larger groups should consider the Anegada House Villa (3 bedrooms, 3 terraces, private plunge pool and private garden) or the Jost House Villa (3 suites). At 10,000 sq. ft., the Jost House Villa is the very epitome of high end living. Highlights include the heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi that winds around the house, a Jacuzzi at the foot of the master bedroom, three tastefully decorated suites, stone and marble bathrooms and a patio with sweeping views of both the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, the Villa boasts its own service staff, a professional kitchen and a maid’s quarter – perfect for families traveling with a nanny or a private chef.

All rooms feature lavish appointments, including high thread-count bed linens, a Nespresso machine, beach bag and Red Flower bathroom amenities. The resort furthermore provides wash-and-fold laundry service at no charge to guests. Contact a member of the Vladi Islands Travel team for more details.

Dining
The Guana Restaurant, led by Executive Chef Xavier Arnau, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon snacks, pre-dinner hors d’ouevres and a full bar.  Using techniques learned during stints at El Bulli and Nobu (London), Chef Arnau’s four-course dinner menu regularly incorporates local seafood, and produce taken from the Island’s organic orchard. With tables set overlooking the ocean, the Restaurant is one of the most visually dramatic spots on the island, and also provides guests the opportunity to socialize with guests before and after dinner.

In-room dining is also available within certain cottages and private dining can be arranged on the island’s Garden of Eden. Alternatively, for the perfect couples’ treat, why not embark on a romantic “Castaway Picnic”? Guests will be provided with a decadent picnic lunch, beach chairs, towels and an umbrella as well as their own private beach, upon which they can enjoy uninterrupted sunshine and seclusion.

Activities
The dazzling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea are ideal for swimming and water sports. Guana Island comes well-equipped with snorkels, fins, fishing rods and a number of beach games on a complimentary basis, meaning there’s nothing to stop you from embarking on an adventure.  Guests are furthermore also invited to use the resort’s Hobie Wave, small sailboats, pedal boats, transparent kayaks and water skis – also on a complimentary basis.

For the active traveler, Guana Island offers tennis, croquet, ping-pong, volleyball, badminton, bocci, lawn bowling and horseshoes. Hiking is another popular activity, with even short hikes offering dramatic views, secret beaches and interactions with the local wildlife. There are about 20 trails throughout Guana Island, well-marked and regularly maintained. Resort staff provides guests with a trail map and a cell phone – just in case.

If all that sounds a little too strenuous, Guana also offers plenty for those in need of some well-deserved rest and relaxation – either on the island’s unspoiled beaches, within the comfort of your spacious living quarters or at the island’s spa, where a team of attentive massage therapists will be more than happy to help you unwind.

Best time to travel
The British Virgin Islands are blessed with great weather throughout the year. August and September are the hottest months, with daytime temperatures climbing as high as 38°C. Don’t worry, though – refreshment is on hand via the occasional brief showers which punctuate the intense heat. The winter months are on average 3°C cooler than the rest of the year but remain an incredibly popular time to travel – especially amongst guests looking to see in the New Year in style. Please note: Guana Island is closed throughout the month of September.

Getting there
International travelers have an array of flight routes at their disposal, including connections via Antigua, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The most convenient – and therefore popular - routes involve flying into St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) before taking a water taxi over to the BVIs or flying directly into Beef Island Airport in Tortola (EIS) via San Juan, Puerto Rico. From Tortola, guests will then be greeted by a representative of the island, before being accompanied over to their final destination on a leisurely 15-minute boat ride.

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