New Executive Chef Joins Scrub Island Resort in British Virgin Islands

Posted by Juliana Jiménez, February 2023

Chef Greg Best Directing Culinary Operations at Private Island Resort • Link to headshot

SCRUB ISLAND, British Virgin Islands (Feb. 3, 2023) – Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina has appointed Chef Greg Best as Executive Chef of the luxury, private-island getaway. Chef Best will oversee operations and menu development at the resort’s various food and beverage outlets and will direct events taking place in the 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting/banquet space.

“In addition to exceptional service, an incomparable location and outstanding amenities, Scrub Island is widely recognized for offering outstanding dining options,” said General Manager Michael Schoonewagen. “With his exceptional track record leading kitchens throughout the Caribbean, I’m confident Chef Best will build on our stellar reputation, taking our culinary team to even higher levels for our guests.”

Chef Best has spent nearly two decades perfecting his skills in culinary leadership at several exceptional resorts, including several in the Caribbean. Most recently, he was Chef de Cuisine at the refined Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda. His career also includes positions as culinary director at various resorts in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and West Indies, where he received his professional culinary training.

From laidback and rustic to haute cuisine, Scrub Island offers a variety of dining options for overnight guests, island residents, and island-hopping day visitors to enjoy. The resort’s signature restaurant, Cardamom & Co., features an exciting menu telling the story of the spice trade and its impact on the diversity of cultures and flavors found throughout the Caribbean. Open Friday through Sunday for dinner, guests will feel comfortable in dress shorts, collared shirts and evening resort wear. At the relaxed Donovan’s Reef Marina Bar & Grill, popular Caribbean favorites are served under a thatched roof with open-air views of the resort and neighboring islands. A swim-up bar is a bonus, with picturesque views from the upper pool. Located on North Beach, One Shoe Beach Bar features a private pool, refreshing cocktails and an authentic Caribbean vibe. For “grab & go” options, Scrub Island Outpost offers a deli menu with fresh fruit, salads, made-to-order sandwiches and pizzas, in addition to a wide assortment of provisions, including baked goods, deli meats and cheeses, snacks, sweets, and premium wines and liquor.

Tucked along a rugged cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands, the resort has offered a serene haven for travelers since opening in 2010, providing exceptional on-island experiences and an ideal location for island-hopping exploration of the best of the BVI.  The resort offers several overnight options for guests and sailing vessels, with 52 guest accommodations, including suites with gourmet kitchens, spacious living areas and private/oversized balconies, as well as a collection of two-, three-, four- and six-bedroom villas, and a 55-slip marina with five for mega yachts up to 170 feet. Two private beaches, a waterfront infinity pool, an intimate spa, world-class dining, and on-site access to dive and sailing charters complete the overall experience on Scrub Island. A year-round tropical climate, balmy breezes and crystal-clear waters are the perfect setting to enjoy other island adventures, such as hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling and more.  An on-site boutique with high-end resort wear and accessories, sundries shop with grab & go options, and full-service provisions store with gourmet foods, fresh produce, meats, seafood, beer, wine, spirits and more are all available to resort and mooring guests.

For reservations or more information, visit or call (877) 890-7444.


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