Unlike many other cities of the world, Guyana’s capital of Georgetown is blessed with easy access to diverse nature and adventure experiences. Since two of the largest rivers of the country – Demerara and Essequibo – skirt the city, there are many options for relaxation and adventure along these waterways. One of the most popular activities during the weekend is to head to one of the resorts that lie on the edge of the Essequibo River and enjoy nature, go on bird watching hikes, try new water sports or just lounge with a book. Along with the comfort and beautiful natural surroundings, the resorts offer many activities to keep the whole family happy. Here are some of the best resorts for a relaxing weekend break:
Aruwai White H2O Resort
Located at the point where the Mazaruni River meets the Essequibo, the cheerful yellow building of Aruwai is a veritable beacon when you arrive by a boat. The cheerful vibe, lush gardens and atmospheric rooms that overlook the stunning surroundings are a feast for the eyes. Well-appointed rooms circle the gardens or open out up to views of the river. Rooms are fitted with modern amenities and facilities. But most guests like to spend the day around the pool and explore the area around the resort. There are numerous beautiful waterfalls accessible via short hikes, and the atmospheric town of Bartica is just a short drive away. Find more on www.aruwairesort.gy.
Baganara Island Resort
One doesn’t have to travel deep into the country to see the towering rainforests and their fascinating inhabitants. You can just head to the 187-acre Baganara Island Resort on the Essequibo. The resort has a strong appeal for outdoor enthusiasts. Nature walks, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking trails, birdwatching, and enjoying a soothing time under the canopy of trees keep guests occupied during their visit. There are 15 spacious rooms, so the place never gets too crowded. In fact, it is ideal for a large group of family and friends. You can also book a day trip to Parrot Island and the scenic Marshall Falls to cool off. Find out more on www.baganara.net.
Lake Mainstay Resort
A water-adjacent address and great facilities provides Lake Mainstay Resort with serious bragging rights. Scenic walking trails around the property and the lake facing Wabure deck to watch the sun dip in the evenings, are the most memorable things about the resort. The proximity to the lake offers an opportunity for some high-octane fun like jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, speed boating, and fishing. The resort organises exciting beach volleyball games in the evening and is ideal for an activity-filled weekend, as well as a base for relaxation. Find more on www.lakemainstayonline.com.
Sloth Island Resort
Situated a short thirty-minute boat ride from Parika and a five minute boat ride from the town of Bartica, Sloth Island is a perfect place for travellers that want to get back to nature in a calm and relaxing environment. Enjoy bird watching, short excursions to local villages, nature hikes through the pristine rainforest and wildlife spotting, especially for the adorable sloth! The resort is a favourite for many locals and travellers that want an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of the daily routine. Find more on www.slothisland.com.
Other resorts that you can enjoy on the Essequibo River include Hurukabra River Resort, famous for its water activities and relaxing atmosphere, or have a family day at the famous Saxacalli Beach. For a great day trip to visit all these resorts and more, contact Old Fort Tours for a spot on their Essequibo River Tour.
Travel Better with Guyana: Guyana is working hard to conserve its vibrant wildlife and ecosystems and protect its culture and heritage. We realise that it is often difficult to understand how you can support these aims and make a difference when you travel. That’s why we’ve set out to help you by creating Visitor Guidelines For Sustainable Travel. All passionate globetrotters, curious culture seekers and bold adventurers are encouraged to do all they can to leave a positive impact on the people and places you visit in Guyana.