Rooms With A View

Looking for the last word in resort luxury? The hillside villas of Scrub Island take refinement to a new high

Once a pit stop for European explorers – Christopher Columbus first encountered it almost 500 years ago – Scrub Island is now the ultimate private resort.

Putting the ‘Treat’ into Retreat

Once a pit stop for European explorers – Christopher Columbus first encountered it almost 500 years ago – Scrub Island is now the ultimate private resort. It’s a serene haven situated one mile from Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, and its name supposedly comes from the pirates who dropped anchor in the area to “scrub” the barnacles off their boats.

Now guests use the lavish facilities and bucolic setting to cleanse themselves of workday cares. Scrub Island’s Marina Village serves as both a departure point for diving and snorkeling tours to explore island sea life and a destination for fine waterfront dining and the award-winning Ixora spa.

The island’s exquisitely appointed villas, discreetly nestled amid the tranquil hillsides, are the ultimate expression of low-key luxuriance. Wraparound verandas offer stunning views of
the beaches and azure waters, and other amenities include private pools and gourmet kitchens.
The services of personal chefs and butlers can be arranged on request.

Two-bedroom villas, such as the Beach House and the Sunset House, look across to the island of Great Camanoe to the west, while the Passage House looks over the open waters of the Atlantic. The Mariner House, a three-bedroom villa, faces southwest and offers one of the most diverse panoramic views on the island. The four-bedroom Villa Mila complements its natural surroundings with inspired interior design to create a relaxing living space. The villas encapsulate the appeal of Scrub Island – it’s the place that puts the treat in retreat.