Newly Acquired Marriott Autograph Collection Hits the Caribbean Destination Mark!

Blog Post created by ebgascoyne on Feb 27, 2012

just returned from the new Marriott Autograph Collection Property: Scrub Island, BVI


If you enjoy the Caribbean you MUST experience the new Marriott Autograph Collection property, Scrub Island. My husband and I just returned from a 9-night stay and I cannot sing high enough praises. We have stayed numerous times at The Ritz properties, Waldorf Astoria properties, JW Marriott properties, etc. and Scrub Island Resort is right up there with the best of them - beautiful resort, excellent staff, great dining - I've traveled the Caribbean extensively, and find Scrub to be ideally located in the BVI's for either lazy rum punch sipping, or active archipelago exploration. Pricing is reasonable in comparison to similar top-rated resorts.


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{view from top of Little Scrub - North Beach along right, Big Scrub in foreground, Virgin Gorda in distance}


Food: two restaurants (casual Tierra! Tierra! and upscale Caravela - the duck with fig/potato hash appetizer is simply divine), both excellent, both offer full menus and/or varying themed buffets (hats off to the chef buffets: Tini’s and Tapas, Burgers in Paradise, Prime Rib and Seafood); decent, reasonably priced wine list. Be sure to order the Anegada lobster for dinner at Caravela at least once – if you don’t want the whole, Sous Chef Telso might do an off-menu twin tail entree any way you want it - one can always ask!


Staff: as this is a new Marriott property ALL staff are exceptionally attentive and aim to please; though we rarely make special requests when traveling, an emergency situation necessitated calling in favors. A traveling companion was injured on Virgin Gorda (she jumped off a dock, landed badly….), the day before we checked into Scrub - she required hospitalization for several days. Upon discharge she joined us at Scrub Island where every level of management did any and everything they could to ensure a relaxing comfortable recovery. Fortunately she was able to fly home within days, and is in good health today. I cannot thank Mr. Binny Sebastian (Resort Manager) and Anderson (Assistant Manager) enough for all they did. Also hats off to Julio (Reception), Nelson (fabulous bartender), Diane and Jennifer (always smiling waitresses) and Angeline (Caravela hostess) - you ALL deserve praises forever.


Site/Amenities: upscale elegance yet casual and relaxing; three swimming pools, one with slide, one with adjoining hot tub, two with swim-up bars (lower pool has underwater seats to sit at the bar while in the pool); three beaches, the most expansive being North Beach – dotted with charming deck platforms and chaises, some quite private - it offers a small pool, outdoor shower, bar and lunch delivered from Tierra! Tierra!


Gift shop carries nice selection of the hard-to-find Desigual line, lots of Tommy Bahama and a few lesser known labels, all reasonably priced.


Though I never went into the exercise gym, through the windows it looked plenty sufficient.


On-site gourmet market sells fresh bread and croissants, lovely cheeses and charcuterie, basic and gourmet pantry items, juices, water, other beverages, wine, liquor, beer, etc. Pack a picnic and hit the beach or order lunch and have it delivered - can't miss either way!


Spa: I’m not a spa-gal, but I spoke with several guests who said it was fantastic.


Rooms: gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! We could only book a single room with points but called and asked about a cash upgrade for a junior suite, with full kitchen - you won't be sorry; its' extra-large covered balcony is perfect for watching the various sailboats and yachts in Sir Francis Drake channel, and coming/going from Scrub harbor ....serene....


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{view from our balcony, room #1725, overlooking entry to Scrub Marina, Great Camanoe and Marina Cay}


To Do: only a sampling here, and suited for quasi-active sun n sea lovers (my husband and myself!) who aren't looking for tremendous physical exertion: boat watch from any vantage point (sail boats and yachts from small to mega-sized) .... excellent snorkeling across from Scrub at Diamond Point ... numerous day-trips available with Dive BVI (extra fee) for exploring, snorkeling, diving or awe-inspiring sight-seeing (don't miss Anegada.... most extensive pink sand beaches I've seen in the Caribbean) .... walk the upper and lower road loops on Scrub – amazing views in all directions .... kayaks available from Scrub (complimentary, first come first serve) ... inquire about a Scrub dinghy ride over to Great Camanoe Preserve beach (complimentary, but we tipped the dinghy captain, seemed quite fair!) ... scout Trellis Bay for lite fare and local souvenirs – check out the renowned Aragorn Studios’ fire balls and pottery or take windsurfing lessons .... I'm not a vacation shopper but in my advance travel reading there is plenty to tempt .... and so so so much more!

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{amazing to watch this 145' catamaran anchor just beyond our balcony, the largest sailing cat in the world!}


How to get there: Scrub's complimentary ferry to/from Trellis Bay is a scant 10 minutes, rather delightful, smooth trip. Trellis Bay is minutes from Tortola airport at Beef Island (get there via short island hopper flight from San Juan/St Thomas, or take fast ferry from St Thomas to Roadtown, Tortola, then either ferry or taxi to Trellis Bay.)


Retirement/Investment: If you can’t stand to leave Scrub, buy a turn-key Marina Suite or build a villa. On-site real estate services/tours. Personally I’m not just dreaming…. I’ve got my lot picked out!