Guyana is fortunate to be blessed with a vast diversity of unspoilt landscapes that provide travellers with first row seats to nature’s wonders. Be it dense rainforests with trees jostling to find sunlight, unique biodiversity, hiking trails with outstanding rewards for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts, or just plain relaxation by one of its many waterways, Guyana never disappoints. Those who love the outdoors are sure to fall in love with the Demerara River and its tributaries, which are home to some of the best resorts in the country. For those who want to explore Guyana’s forest and wildlife close to Georgetown, these resorts are the perfect weekend getaway for relaxation, family bonding, and for those looking for adventure.
Arrowpoint Nature Resort
Found at the edge of the Kamuni Creek, a tributary of the Demerara River, Arrowpoint packs in a lot of activities for any visit. Eco-friendly cottages made from local materials, situated in the warm embrace of the rainforest, makes it a top weekend getaway from Georgetown. Hiking and mountain biking trails, canoeing, birdwatching, and night walks and river safaris to spot local wildlife can easily fill 2-3 days. For those who want a relaxing holiday to kick off your shoes and rock in the hammock by the river, this is a great place to do just that. If you would like to experience an Indigenous community, a stop by Santa Mission is in order. Book at (www.roraimaairways.com)
The best of the laid back Caribbean culture and the natural delight of South America merges at Splashmins Resort. It’s the perfect place to unwind from city life. Barbeques, swimming, and hours of hammock time with a book and crisp clear air of the outdoors, are the cornerstone for having a great time at Splashmins. The resort lies only 20 minutes from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and an hour from the city center, amongst the Madewini wetlands. Its close proximity from Georgetown makes it one of the most coveted resorts on the Demerara. Book at (www.splashmins.com)
Pandama Retreat and Winery
Pandama Retreat and Winery checks all the boxes for relaxation, good times and great wine! Found just a stone’s throw away from Splashmins Resort and the blackwater creeks of the Demerara River, Pandama Retreat is the perfect place for an eco-friendly escape or a couple or girls weekend getaway. An extensive array of outdoor activities such as bird watching, nature walks, swimming or just relaxing in one of the many hammocks are all options at Pandama. The biggest pull for this resort are their delicious meals and homemade wine! Fused with the flavours of some of Guyana’s local fruits, Pandama Wines are a real treat. Art and sculpture classes with the owners are also great additions to your stay at the retreat. Book at (www.pandamaretreat.com)
Located on the west bank of the Demerara River, Aracari is all about blending comforts of a larger hotel with the best of the outdoors. There is also a spa and salon to unwind, a swimming pool to relax by and great dining options to treat yourself to. This resort is the perfect place if you are looking for modern conveniences outside of the busy city scene. There are 51 rooms to choose from across various categories, which means there’s something for every budget. Book at (www.aracariresort.com)
The resort life on the Demerara is tailor-made for those who love the outdoors, high-energy activities but also want to wind down in comfort and enjoy tasty food and good company. Experienced naturalists and guides from the resorts open the world of wildlife and birding to travellers who want a quick getaway from the City or begin or end their Guyana adventure on a high note. Come experience all that they have to offer.