We have just returned from our two week stay at Guana Islands' North Beach Cottage- the ultimate in privacy and scenery. Each morning, wearing only a cup of coffee, I would sit out on our private deck overlooking the Atlantic and watch the sun rise, the pelicans feed and the spotted rays swim back and forth. Lisa and I would then zoom up to breakfast in our own golf cart before spending the day down at the whitest and cleanest beach we have ever experienced.
The snorkling was amazing: turtles, rays, squid, nurse sharks and schools containing tens of thousands of tiny fish made this an ever-changing underwater paradise. There was also hiking and kayaking to fill the day when we weren't lazing around the beach or our private pool at the cottage.
Each evening was just as magical: drinks and hors d'oeuvres followed by a four course meal: soup (which was always a pureed something with a bit of cream- a little variety would have been nice), salad, a choice of two entrees and dessert. We finished off dinner each night with a ride down to the beach bar for a cup of coffee and a viewing of the fourty or so huge Tarpin hanging around the lighted dock.
We visited at the right time as there were no more than 12 guests total at it's busiest and just us and another couple at it's quietest. Most of the time it felt like we had this 800 acre island all to ourselves.
Kudos to the management and staff- everyone made us feel welcome without being intrusive.
If you are looking for glamorous furnishings, shopping or lobster thermidor go elsewhere. If you are afraid of things that crawl away with almost every step you take then stay home (we have never seen so many lizards, snakes and birds- they are everywhere!).
Guana Island is all about privacy and eco-friendly gorgeous scenery which made it the perfect vacation for Lisa & I- we are already looking forward to a return trip!
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- Guana Island Hotel Guana Island
- Guana Island Hotel Tortola
- Guana Island Tortola
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