In the weeks leading up to my trip to Guana Island, friends and colleagues tried to convince me I had no idea where I was going.
“Guana?” one asked. “You sure you don’t mean Ghana?”
“Could it be Guyana?”
“Wait, Guano? As in bat—”
“And again, no. Guana.”
“Never heard of it.”
“That’s the whole point.” Although Guana has been a Caribbean destination for nearly 80 years—and was once home to an 18th-century Quaker sugar plantation— it has kept a relatively low profile in the British Virgin Islands. In many ways, Guana is the last Virgin Island. First developed by Beth and Louis Bigelow in the 1930s, it was originally a private club where guests would often stay for months at a time. In 1975, entrepreneur and philanthro- pist Dr Henry Jarecki and his wife Gloria purchased the 850-acre island, and while they have built new villas and upgraded the existing Mykonos-like white cottages, the Jareckis have preserved the rustic paradise they first encountered. Or, as Dr Jarecki describes the island: “It’s a wildlife sanctuary with a cock- tail hour.”
No matter which room you choose, it comes with a panoramic view of the ocean. In fact, from just about any spot on the island, you can see water—including a pond filled with flamingos. From the spacious Harbour House Villa, where I stayed, you can look out at the Caribbean Sea while on the patio, as well as the Atlantic—if you can muster the energy to turn your head to the left.
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(This story appears in the Nov-Dec 2014 issue of ForbesLife India. To visit our Archives, click here.)
Rent the whole island for $22,000 a night ?? I would instead construct a beach house and invite everyone for a house party!on Dec 16, 2014