Marooned atop Dunbar Rock Villa

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Since the definition of a World Heritage Site includes “a masterpiece of human creative genius”, I cast my vote for Dunbar Rock! As for history, this landmark was once used as a mooring for the notorious English pirate Blackbeard.

Local legend has it that buried treasure still exists on the tiny island. 15 years ago, when the owner was constructing the villas, he discovered a hidden cave. He found many pieces of pre-Columbian era pottery, but sadly no treasure.

For a truly memorable stay, Dunbar Rock Villa wins me over with their sheer will of imagination and construction. This historic landmark resort is undergoing major transformations that includes a framework for additional suites, a large swimming pool, a narrow golf-cart size trail around the property and a helicopter pad on top.

Surrounded by beautiful shallow coral reefs, the villa is only a short water-taxi away from the coastline. By why leave?

The villas include two burgeoning white-washed buildings with all the amenities of a resort. All 8 suites include a full bath with walk-in shower, queen bed, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and a private balcony. A smiling staff prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner made with fresh local ingredients from a 24-acre garden the owners manage on nearby Guanaja Island.

Between villas sits an oasis of tall palms and garden paths. Three stories up is a full service bar for sipping cocktails as you watch the sun set. Isolation never felt so good marooned here for 24-hours – much too short in my opinion.

A diving excursion with Padi-certified Dive Master Denis and his jovial young crew rounded out my quick stay. They operate onsite and also service a liveaboard called the C-Angel to explore the surrounding cays. Fingers crossed, I’ll be back after construction is complete (as early as this Spring) to enjoy a longer stay.

To learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime excursion, visit the Dunbar Rock Website .