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Guana Island
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

Guana Island is the place you can visit to live out your own private island fantasy. My husband and I visited the island for a week to celebrate his 50th birthday. We wanted a place where we could escape from our hectic everyday lifestyle and not feel like a tourist. The island is original and untouched, easy to reach but still far away.

Getting There: It is an easy flight from NYC with a quick transfer in Puerto Rico to Tortola. If you choose an early morning flight you will be on the island in time for lunch and can enjoy your entire afternoon on the beach. How civilized!

Island: Pure, beautiful, and impressively safe. I am pretty sure there has never been one incidence of crime. Perhaps because it is a private island, but none-the-less we felt at home from the moment we stepped off the boat and onto the beautiful Caribbean beach.

Beaches: Though the island is only about the size of Central Park there are seven gorgeous beaches. White Bay Beach is the most popular with powdery white sand and a cabana stocked with a full bar and every water toy that you could ever imagine. The entire week we were there, we never encountered more than four other people on this beach. We always managed to feel like we were all alone...it was wonderful. North Beach, on the Atlantic side of the island, is a great place to go if you enjoy more robust surf and there is amazing shelling as well. Monkey Point and Crab Cove are the best places to visit for great for snorkeling (the owner has actually grafted Elk Coral to rejuvenate this already healthy reef back into pristine condition). Bigelow Beach is a terrific option for a romantic castaway picnic but you will have to make arrangements for the boatman to take you there for a nominal fee. Each beach has a personality all its own and it is wonderful that you have the freedom to travel to a beach that suits your mood for the day! :)

Accommodation: We stayed at the premiere villa on the island, Jost House. This place rivals the most luxurious houses anywhere on earth (…and trust me I know). It is beautifully appointed with meticulous surfaces and thoughtful details throughout the house complete the most amazing 360 degree views. Because it is one of the more upscale villas, we had our own golf cart to roam about wherever and whenever we pleased. The house was extremely clean and new. Additionally, we had our own private housekeeper during the day (though she was very discrete) and we enjoyed complete privacy to dip into the pool au naturale without fear of embarrassment. She also made sure that we didn’t come home with any dirty laundry. That in itself was amazing! We peeked into some of the other villas including North Beach Cottage which is also gorgeous and romantic with its own pool and sundeck nestled privately in the mangroves and the sound of surf. Some of the other cottages are less luxurious but all are remarkable in their own respect. They are not your average vacation cottages but prime settings, each with their own distinctive characters. Guana Island gives you plenty of options for a variety of budgets.

Dining Experience: Meals are all-inclusive and served on the dining terraces at the Club unless you make other arrangements. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style with regional specialties and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables grown right on the island. There is ample variety no matter what your eating preferences may be. Dinner is more formal and you have a choice of two entrée selections each evening. My husband and I tended to order one of each because we didn’t want to miss out on the unique culinary experience. The sunsets are not to miss on the Sunset Terrace...they are simply breathtaking.

Bottom Line: We experienced an extremely pampered yet unique and lively vacation. In my opinion, this is one of the most peaceful and alluring holiday destinations worldwide. The owners have gone to great lengths to create a pristine and natural environment (complete with flamingos, iguanas, lush coral reefs, pina coladas and sunsets). Guana Island is an amazing place with a staff that is fun and devoted to customer service. We always felt we were their highest priority. Fritz and Jenny are managers that would make any business owner proud and honestly provided the best service we have had in a long time. Jason in reservations is also very personable and will make sure you have everything you need to be comfortable either before (through email) or during your trip. This destination may be a bit more pricey (but don’t forget it’s all inclusive) than other resorts you will find in the Caribbean but this is not just a resort but your own private experience in Paradise.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

I vacationed on Guana Island at the beginning of the summer and the entire experience was even better than I expected. It was a great mix of nature, history and luxury. The accommodations had a rustic feel, which I loved, and had every amenity. If I needed something, the resort staff was right there to help. Everyone was relaxed, friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent and fresh. The candle-lit dining terrace was lovely, very private, and the views during the day were breathtaking. Great hiking, iguanas, several beaches, tropical flowers, flamingos, tennis, massage - I'm definitely going back again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

The best thing about Guana Island is that you get a place away from crowd. There’s complete private touring experience. We spent our three wonderful days and nights at this beautiful and small island. Things are a lot that you can do. Explore the flora and fauna or simply look at the sea, take a lazy stroll or go for adventurous trails. All depends on the mood, we preferred relaxation to anything. Peace is in the air and the natural beauty scattered all around make Guana Island a perfect destination for the travelers like us who look for a relaxation and rejuvenation in the lap of nature. A highly recommend tour.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank AndreyVanita
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Reviewed March 22, 2011

We have been there for seven days und we couldn’t expect such a great experience!

First- sincere thanks are given to all the people (in front and behind) who work for this great island to make this experience happened!

It is even not only the beautiful Caribbean Sea, the private island, the cozy architecture or the delicious food.. it is the overall unique concept and feeling to be a friend and not only a guest which as a priceless advantage to the most other resorts.
The only way to understand this feeling we highly recommend to visit Guana Island!
Again- thanks for the great time!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank lacorrida
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

For total rejuvination.. from a massage,chilling out on the gorgeous white powdry sand beaches ,nature walks or more challenging hikes,gourmet meals and pampering services nothing beats Guana Island.
If you want the feeling of being on your own private island , this is the place! It is exciting to be sharing the most beautiful 850 acre island in the Carribbean with only a handful of other guests! Enjoy...C

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank chacha4820
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Reviewed December 18, 2010

Everything we read about Guana Island prior to arriving was spot on - it truly is a beautiful, serene, calming luxury resort in the BVI with a feel that is warm, welcoming, and never pretentious. We stayed in a cottage hillside room, nestled amongst tropical flowers and trees that afforded an amazing view of the sea. We rocked ourselves to sleep almost every night on our private, covered veranda to the sweet sound of the birds singing their melodies. During the day, we hiked the many trails around the island, including Long Man's Point and Chicken Rock, the outcropping of natural rock formations on the northwest tip of the island. When we needed to relax, we headed to the beach, played a board game in a shaded spot on the terrace, or headed to the Garden of Eden to more amazing views and sweet nature sounds. We look forward to returning with our family, and next time hope to experience one of the amazing villas or the North Beach Cottage.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank ThisandThatGirl
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

Thankfully for my husband and i, the secret is not out at this private island destination where those "in the know" get to experience heaven on earth. I went for my honeymoon and from the moment i stepped on the island, everything was perfect. Whether we were hiking on beautiful trails to private white sand beaches or feasting on organic gourmet cuisine catered by the private chef, we were in utter bliss. I've traveled the world and have a very picky palate when it comes to highly coveted vacations and I have never found such a perfect spot. The staff is down to earth, warm and fun and if ever there were a place to erase work stress, blackberry overdrive and satisfy all of your vacations dreams, it's Guana Island. I'm not sure how the owner concocted such a perfect experience---but if you've ever wanted to turn back the clock to a time when all was simple, elegant and perfect...3 words: go to Guana. Just don't tell everyone you know, please:)

Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
5  Thank MaggieNYCLosAngeles
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Address: P.O. Box 32, Guana Island
Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Guana Island
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Price Range: $595 - $895 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Guana Island 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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