Discover Guana Island,
the Virgin Island that still is.
850 acres, 35 guests, 7 beaches, 1 Island
Imagine the Caribbean before it went public …
One of the few private islands in its part of the world, Guana remains the most unspoiled jewel of the British Virgin Islands. Our 850 acres, seven beaches, mountains, gardens, organic orchard, dozens of hiking trails, and even our flock of flamingos are the exclusive domain of a handful of guests for the duration of their stay. There is no public bar, marina, or any other commercial facility on the Island. Guana’s understated elegance and absolute privacy (only registered guests are permitted) have made it a hideaway retreat for a century’s worth of luminaries from the worlds of art, literature, politics, and industry.
This is our busiest beach
White Bay Beach, often cited as the BVI’s finest beach, is a half-mile expanse of powder-white sand. Six other pristine beaches provide even greater privacy. Snorkeling opportunities abound, especially at Guana’s northern tip, which is a Protected Fisheries Area.
Guana’s luxury boutique hotel, established in 1934, is built of native stone and coral, on the foundations of an 18th century Quaker estate. Sprinkled along a scenic ridge and cooled by gentle trade winds, each of our 18 unique rooms and villas offers commanding views of the Caribbean and the Atlantic.
Guana’s internationally trained chefs create exquisite, farm-to-table cuisine, bolstered by produce from our own organic orchard, and breads and muffins from our ovens. All meals and wines, as well as snacks like tropical fruit and fresh-baked cookies, are included.
Activities and Spa
A fleet of beach toys like stand-up paddle boards, paddle boats, kayaks, Sunfish & Hobie-Cat, snorkeling gear, and tennis equipment, stand at the ready. Further adventures include water skiing, kitesurfing, local and deep-sea fishing, wake-boarding, and scuba.
For those who prefer something less strenuous, our intimate Hibiscus Spa provides massages and beauty treatments at the water’s edge.
The original private island hideaway
Accepting our first guests nearly a century ago, Guana has been a welcoming retreat for families and couples, writers, actors and musicians, and global leaders in business and politics. Over the decades, it has provided the locations for notable productions from the 1958 classic film Virgin Island starring Sidney Poitier and John Cassavetes, to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The “Queen’s Terrace,” named in honor of the Queen Mother for her visit to Guana in March 19, 1964, is where guests still gather to wait for the elusive “green flash”
It’s easy to get to the Island that’s like no place on earth.
From the US or Europe, fly by commercial airline into Tortola’s Beef Island Airport (EIS) via San Juan, St. Thomas, or Antigua. Or fly privately or by charter. Our boatmen will be waiting for you with a smile, and then it’s just minutes in our launch to Guana’s White Bay.
As we hope you’ll soon find out for yourself, the only difficult part about a trip to Guana is leaving it.
“Guana is secluded, undisturbed, and undiscovered…it may be the last B.V.I. still “virgin” in any meaningful sense.”
“Imagine the Caribbean 200 years ago. Uninhabited islands. Calm, breezy beaches. Wildlife-dense tropical forests. It’s gone forever right? No. You can still find it on Guana Island, a private patch of land with a low-key vibe.”
“This private island is a socking 850 acres but there are only ever 35 guests, so it feels – almost – like it’s all yours.”
“Yes, 90 percent of Guana Island remains wild but the resort, which holds just 35 guests in 18 rooms, finds its decadence in privacy and natural beauty.”
“If escaping somewhere far from the madding crowd is your idea of heaven, this privately owned isle in the British Virgin Islands will render you starry-eyed. With a maximum of 35 guests, and no other island inhabitants, Guana offers blissful serenity and the chance to get back to nature (850 glorious acres worth).”
“Ever fantasize about getting stranded on a deserted island? If so, this small slice of paradise will tempt you to throw your return ticket out to sea.”