Pictures and words won't do...you just have to see it for yourself. Beautiful water and views! Exceptional staff... a place where "I can't" is not in the vocabulary of anyone you meet at Guana Island. Hike, swim, take the tour of the orchard. Relax on the beach and feel the breeze whisk your stress away. Wonderful meals where any seat will be the best seat with the most wonderfully prepared treats every time! Don't worry, be happy...and go!
Beautiful, peaceful, relaxing spot. Incredible place to go off grid. Perfect white sand beaches, kind and thoughtful staff that have been there for years says everything you need to know about the quality of the place. The food is a work-in-progress as of Summer 2021, sourcing during the pandemic seems to be difficult compared to the way we'd imagined the food... other than that, would return in a heartbeat and become one of the many that come every year.
Guana Island now has a special place in our hearts. We look forward to coming back many more times. There is a culture on this island that gets passed on by the guests and carried through the staff that is extremely unique. Everything about this place is perfect -- the tastefulness and thoughtfulness for every last detail is apparent. This is a highly curated experience that comes off effortlessly.
My husband and I stayed at Guana Island resort for 8 glorious days at the end of June. We could not have been more pleased with our time there. Everything exceeded our expectations. The resort is just the right combination of pampering and independence. Let me share some of the highlights: Arrival: We were met at Beef Island airport by a representative of Guana Island, who shuttled us over to Trellis Bay in a private minivan where we boarded the resort boat for a quick 10 minute ride to the resort. We were met at the dock by the wonderful Nicole and Sylvia, who shuttled up us up to our room. Nicole gave us a brief tour of our room and the clubhouse where we would be having dinner. We arrived about 10 minutes before dinner seating, so we quickly washed up and changed and then met back at the restaurant. We were seated in an outdoor dining area with a fantastic view of the water. Dining: You are served breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the clubhouse. Due to Covid, they are no longer serving buffet style, so all three meals are served to you. Breakfast had a special of the day plus cooked to order options for just about anything you could want. At the end of the breakfast meal, you are given a choice of 3 main dishes for lunch, which you may take in the dining area or on the beach. At lunch, you pick your from 3 main dishes for dinner. The food was wonderful. Out of the 24 meals we ate, there was not one single bad dish. Some nights the meals were fancier than others, but all were tasty and fresh. They incorporate fresh veggies, herbs, and fruits from their own orchard. Unlimited beer and wine were served at lunch and dinner. The service in the dining area was outstanding. Guests may dine alone, or at larger tables with groups of other couples. We met so many interesting and friendly people. We loved getting to know the other guests on the island over dinner and drinks. Tables are all arranged on patios. Dinner dress was smart casual, but I think you could get by with jeans and t-shirt. My hubby wore shorts and a collared shirt, while I alternated between some big flowing pants and skirts for dinner. Shorts and t-shirts are fine for breakfast and dinner. Activities: We are an active couple in our late 50's/early 60's who enjoy watersports and hiking. We chose Guana because we felt like we could have access to both activities without the crowds of a big all inclusive resort, and without the hassles of driving/shopping/cooking of staying in a self-catering villa on Virgin Gorda or Tortola. Guana fit our needs perfectly. The beach was gorgeous. We snorkeled everyday, kayaked several days, and took a couple of long hikes. All of it was fantastic. They also have tennis available (we did not play, but saw another couple use the courts several times). The resort is very hilly, so we would catch a ride down to the beach and back up to our cottage every day, and sometimes we went back and forth several times a day. The staff were always friendly and happy to give rides. The snorkeling was very good at Monkey Point (we kayaked there). It was also good to the right of the pier, with many bait fish and larger tarpon and barracuda. We saw a turtle, several rays, a eel, and tons of smaller fish. The reef in front of the beach house is mostly dead, but if you walk down the beach toward Harris beach, the reefs out toward the mooring balls have some spots of beautiful healthy coral. There were lots of jellyfish our first couple of days at the beach, but we just took the kayak out to other areas where there were no jellies. After the first couple of days, the jellyfish moved on (they were moon jellies, so they don't really hurt much, just creepy). Accommodations: We stayed in the least expensive lodging, and were in the Barbados cottage. The room had a comfortable king size bed (quite firm), a separate bathroom with a big shower, and built in storage closet for clothes. The porch overlooked the other side of the resort and we had a beautiful view of the ocean and muskmelon bay. The porch was furnished with two nice chaise lounges and two regular chairs. It was large and the landscaping around it ensured privacy. It was divine. There was a mini fridge and expresso maker in the room, which we used daily. The air-conditioning and ceiling fan kept the room comfortable. Staff: AMAZING. Every single person was so helpful and kind, always smiling, always taking great care of the guests. Shout out to Nicole, Jason D, Sylvia, Kathleen, Sampson, and Ricky. Lessa in the spa is outstanding. Mr. Lee, and Xiichin (spelling?) in the orchard were so kind and patient with us. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. Must do: Orchard tour, castaway picnic, snorkel monkey point. Guana Island may not be the place for you if you like parties, loud games, and a constant barrage of noise and people. At less than 40 guests on the island at any time, it is tranquil and relaxing. The most we ever counted on the beach while there was 16 people. Don't be fooled by the rustic looking accommodations, this is a luxury resort, perfect for the independent traveler looking for pampering.…
Guana Island is the perfect hideaway for couples or families. My wife and I stayed at the property with our 3 boys (ages 14, 12, and 10). We couldn’t be more impressed or pleased with our experience. Plenty of activities for the kids; balanced with exceptional spa and relaxation for the parents! From the beaches and snorkeling to the hiking and exploring … Guana felt like our own private island. Amazing all around!