Exploring a Caribbean island paradise at Guana Island
At the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea, beyond the bordering waters where Puerto Rico meets the Atlantic Ocean, lie the British Virgin Islands. The island nation of Anguilla lies twenty miles further east, where the Windward Islands form their long chain stretching southwards, and the capital city of Puerto Rico, San Juan, is the same distance to the west. The British Islands are lightly populated and well-known for their tropical beauty, and just a little north of Tortola, the second biggest one, is Guana Island, a luxury resort that since 1975 has provided the ultimate in romantic island castaway settings. Henry and Gloria Jarecki took on the existing facilities in that year, and began a process of modernisation and updating that has made Guana Island one of the most popular Caribbean destinations in the world. Their emphasis on ecological integrity and the preservation of the areas biodiversity led them to create the Guana Island Science Program, which hosts an annual conference. The marine science programme, created by Dr. Lianna Jarecki, Ph.D., the daughter of the owners, supports studies and regulations for the three reefs surrounding the island. A triangle of about two miles width, Guana features seven beautiful white sand beaches, and covers 850 acres, most of which is tropical forest to the south.
A Selection of Lavish Comfort on the Hillside of Paradise
Guana Island has four villas and a selection of Sea View Rooms available. The North Beach Villa is a true beach house, and it lies on the North Beach in perfect solitude. The Harbor House Villa is set like a jewel on top of the rise near the center of the island, with a commanding view of the entire horizon. All of the Villas feature private infinity pools and lavish décor suited to an island paradise. As an island resort, water sports are one of the most popular activities that Guana offers, and bespoken activities in the sea can be easily arranged, along with massage and yoga instruction. The entire island can also be rented for groups or individuals on a bespoke basis.
Diving Among the Lost Ships in North Bay
For the traveler seeking bespoke adventure in the Caribbean, the Guana Island resort is the perfect locale. The staff can gladly arrange bespoke exploration of the island’s twelve miles of hiking trails, which include the Sugarloaf Mountain’s 860-foot summit. A Castaway Picnic can also be enjoyed on any of the local beaches. The Caribbean waters around the island are gentle and clear, and they are filled with some of the best reef diving in the world. Simply ask for a bespoke charter, and you can snorkel near monkey point, or try the more advance scuba exploration of shipwrecks in the windward North Bay.
A Hilltop View, or a Sail Into The Sun?
A long day of diving can be topped off with a tour of the resort’s Organic Orchard, where fresh tropical fruits are grown for the guests’ tables and their delicious gourmet dinners. Chef Xavier Gili honed his skills in London’s Nobu Restaurant, and the menu has a fine breadth of vision. At the top of the central hill of the resort stands the Club, where cocktails can be enjoyed with an incredible vista on the terrace. Or perhaps the perfect end of the day will feature a sunset cruise, heading into the west with cocktails in hand. Whatever way you end your day, you’ll be glad to have visited this luxurious island paradise.