For accommodations near the Baths, your first and best choice is Guavaberry Spring Bay (The Valley, 284/495-5227, fax 284/495-5283, www.guavaberryspringbay.com, $230 winter, $150 summer). Circular, with high ceilings and exposed beams, these guesthouses are comfortable, private, and within walking distance of the island’s best beaches. There are one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Each comes with a full kitchen and an AM/FM radio. There is no cable TV, Internet, or air-conditioning; count on breezes and ceiling fans to do the cooling. There is a small commissary (but no restaurant) on the property, so you can even avoid a trip to the grocery store if you like.
The best thing about Guavaberry Spring Bay is the charming setting—units are nestled between giant boulders, coconut palms, and brightly colored bougainvillea. Guests can walk down to Spring Bay right next door or take a slightly longer hike to the Baths. Also noteworthy is the knowledgeable and friendly staff (messages are delivered in person). A family atmosphere permeates the property.
The newest rooms on Virgin Gorda are at Olde Yard Village (The Valley, 284/495-5544, U.S. toll-free 800/653-9273, fax 284/495-5986, www.oldeyardvillage.com, $250–295 winter, $180–210 summer), an attractive condominium development on the outskirts of Spanish Town. The village includes one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos, all of which come with a full kitchen, air-conditioning, telephone, cable TV, and modern, new decor and appliances. A pool and restaurant are on the property.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition