Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina

Chilling and Recharging
Indulging in the island-style treatments of exotic oils and scents is a must. The Ixora Spa is located in one of the villas nestled in island terrain near the resort. All villas have either their own plunge or infinity-edge pools and panoramic views of the Caribbean.


If You Go...

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
(284) 440-3440
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The Baths at Virgin Gorda
(284) 852-3650
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Gertrude’s Beach Bar
(284) 495-9104

Soggy Dollar Bar
(284) 495-9888
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Another must-do is a quick ferry trip to see the Baths at Virgin Gorda at Devil’s Bay National Park. The volcanic rock formations provide a day of amazing photography and fun swimming adventures.

The effects of Tropical Storm Rafael keep us from experiencing snorkeling or scuba diving, but we do manage to make it by charter boat to Jost Van Dyke Island, where the Soggy Dollar Bar serves up its signature rum-flavored drink, the Painkiller. And we make it to Gertrude’s Beach Bar, home to the one-of-a-kind rum-Kahlua drink known as the Bushwacker. Both drinks are perfect on a carefree day.

Back at the resort, we enjoy Caribbean Night, which features local favorites such as conch stew, pig-tail soup (and, yes, we try it), curried goat and Caribbean jerk chicken. After a day at the beach, the Tapas and Tinis night is a great way to relax poolside.

Time to Get Back to Texas
As we leave Scrub Island, we board the ferry at sunrise with a young married couple and their adorable, curly-haired, blue-eyed toddler. We have a short chat on the ride to the airport, discussing our trips and my upcoming marriage. They congratulate me and, in the most sincere way, tell me to embrace this special time in my life. They are such a sweet family, and as we depart the ferry to the airport, I can’t help but get emotional thinking this could be me in a year — ­married to a wonderful man, baby on the way, career change. And at that point, I would look back at Scrub Island and say “thank you” for the quiet, peaceful time to recharge and prepare myself for the next steps in my life. And I’m sure anyone who ventures to that impressive resort for a honeymoon or vacation — or simply a place with magnificent peace and quiet — will feel the same way.


Tammy Dombeck is an award-winning TV personality in Dallas/Fort Worth. She spent 12 years as a morning-show reporter for NBC’s Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate. Her father walked her down the aisle at her wedding last month.