As a guest of an upcoming wedding and after a long winter, I decided a tan would complement my outfit. Luckily for me, I knew just where to go to achieve this healthy glow! While springtime in North America is slowly turning up the dial, the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands always brings the heat regardless the time of the year.
Scrub Island, an Autograph Resort, Spa & Marina is situated off the coast of the Island of Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. It is the perfect place to soak up sunshine, float in the clear blue ocean and enjoy island life at its best.
The resort has 52 rooms with 13 villas – all with fantastic Caribbean ocean views. The private marina gives you the freedom to roam the island at your leisure without hesitation.
Kickstart your day on Scrub island with a short hike, or a morning yoga class on the terrace at the Ixora Spa overlooking the ocean. Don’t forget to book a massage too. The talented therapists hail from Bali and India and know how to take care of those knots. If you’re lucky, they will even braid your hair. If you are looking for water sports, they have all the toys to meet your needs. For a peaceful, low power option, you can take a kayak or a paddle board out on to the clear ocean blue. For those looking for a more speedy option, you can enjoy the speed of an inflatable raft while you zip around the surrounding islands, stopping to snorkel in all the hot spots.
For those looking to work on their tan, the North Beach of Scrub Island is a secluded white sand beach, just waiting for you to lounge on the beach chairs and umbrellas provided.
Looking to explore the surrounding islands? Take a complimentary ferry shuttle to one of the larger islands or book an all day charter boat with your friends. The concierge service on Scrub Island can help coordinate your journey.
After your long day of adventures, you are sure to work up an appetite. The resort has two main restaurants: the upscale Cardamom & Co. and the casual Donavan’s Reef Marina and Grill. Both restaurants will have a revamp of the menu by the new executive chef, Chloe St-Cyr. Offering decadent menu options such as 10 Spice Seared Snapper, Fresh Lobster Tail, Cardamom Roasted Duck Breast and Fig Glazed Rack of Lamb, you are sure to find something to strike your fancy while indulging in the finer things in life. Chef Chloe’s wealth of experience and knowledge stems from her work with luxury resorts around the world from the Maldives to Dubai, and Singapore. She now calls Scrub Island her home!
As the warm Caribbean night draws to a close, you’ll retire to your room feeling refreshed, refueled and ready to wake up and do it all over again.
By Elena Murzello