Guana Island

Near Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Built in the 1930’s near 17th-century ruins of a Quaker sugar plantation, Guana Island resort has been painstakingly diligent in preserving its old-Caribbean character. This superb resort has accommodations for only 42 guests on an 850-acre island with seven stunning beaches and miles of walking and hiking trails for the nature lover. Guana may be rented in its entirety by a large family or group, or by the individual guest room. The rates are inclusive of meals and beverages.


  • On its own private island
  • A nature-lover’s paradise
  • Miles of walking and hiking trails
  • 15-minute boat ride from Tortola
7 Stunning Beaches
20 Marked Walking and Hiking Trails
20 Minutes from Tortola Airport

Location and Surroundings:

Guana Island sits off the north coast of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. It is accessible only by boat, a 15-minute ride from the public dock near Tortola’s airport. Tortola is a short non-stop flight from San Juan, with a number of flights offered daily. The whole island is a nature preserve by design. There is an astounding variety of tropical plants and even a little museum with a collection of natural and historic treasures from the Island.


Guana’s rooms and villas are spread out in seven separate clusters. Together they feel like a little hillside village, white-washed stucco and blue-shuttered. Private terraces or decks provide sweeping views of the Caribbean and Atlantic from the high ridge on which the guest rooms sit. Inside, the rooms are spacious, most with sitting areas. They are simply but attractively furnished in white and blue. Bathrooms are a special treat at Guana — oversized and with an open shower. In addition to the 15 hilltop guest rooms, there are four private villas with one, two or three bedrooms; the larger villas are available with private chef if desired.

Experience and Activities:

Beachcombers will find seven beaches on Guana Island, all for the private use of the resort’s guests. White Bay Beach, nearly a quarter-mile of white-powder sand, is the most popular with guests. Of the six others, some are remote and reachable only by boat. For guests’ enjoyment there are small sailboats, windsurfers, snorkeling equipment and, on land, two tennis courts. SCUBA diving and fishing trips can be arranged. There are 20 well-marked trails, from an easy 20-minute walk to a challenging 90-minute climb over Sugarloaf Mountain.