Situated on the Atlantic Ocean side of Tortola in the
For nearly 4-decades, Guana’s owner, Dr. Henry Jarecki, an American academic, psychiatrist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and his wife, Gloria, have cultivated their island treasure into a haven for birdwatchers and lovers of the environment in an elegant pristine setting.
In the 18th century, two families came to Guana as part of the “Quaker Experiment” in the
In 1975, the Jareckis purchased Guana from another American family, and they have been improving accommodations and facilities ever since. Today,
Don’t look for telephones, TVs, restaurants or shops. In fact, the food for the superbly prepared culinary meals on Guana must be brought in by boat from neighboring
Guana is one of two islands the Jareckis own in the BVI. The other is the uninhabited
Life on Guana is eternal summer, and the livin’ is always easy.
Lunch and transportation will also be arranged for those who wish to enjoy the seclusion of one the four “hidden” beaches that ring the island.
From a natural veranda that faces a breathtaking setting for nightly sky-shows that seem to swallow the heavens in a palette of brilliant yellow, gold and orange, visitors absorb the twilight through their pores.
Above the rocky shores below, some 50 species of birds glide along unseen currents of air as if they are drawing the darkening curtain of night across the water to envelope surrounding cliffs that plunge to the sea.
Hikers can enjoy a network about 20 trails that lead past flocks of
Guana is not a place for travelers who enjoy glitzy nightlife, neon lights and crowded pubs that close in the wee hours of the morning. It may take several hours or a day to ease yourself into the rhythm of the island’s beguiling charms. Be warned however, Guana is infectious, and once you yield to its contagious allure, it may take weeks to recover.
Rates are seasonal for a Sea View Cottage at $695 a night, per person, double occupancy to a high of $1,550 a night, PPDO. Rates include three meals, wine at lunch and dinner, cocktails, most recreational equipment, laundry service and round-trip taxi and boat service for stays of four nights or longer. There is a 17 percent tax added to the bill upon departure.
It’s possible to rent the entire island if you have a group that wants to savor the experience of having an entire island to yourself. Based upon 32 guests, the lowest exclusive rental is from October to mid-December at $22,000 per night. The highest rate is $33,975 a night from mid-December until January 3rd. Rates can also be quoted for less than 32 guests or a maximum of 36.
Getting to Guana is relatively easy. You can fly into
The iguana shaped rock formation jutting from Monkey Point is the source of the island’s name, by the way. If you’re looking for a total escape from the cares of the world,
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