After 11 years, Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina’s affiliation with Marriott International’s Autograph Collection will end on Tuesday. (Photo: PROVIDED)

Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina will end its 11-year affiliation with Marriott International’s Autograph Collection on Tuesday, resort officials announced last week while citing a need for more “flexibility.”

The return to the property’s “independent roots” comes amid “a flurry of island-wide enhancements and a major $8 million capital improvement plan,” according to a July 18 press release from the Virgin Islands resort.

Leaders at the 230-acre development said that its hotel became the first in the Caribbean to join the Autograph Collection in 2012 because of its “unique offerings, strength of personality and ideal setting.”

“Since opening in 2010, Scrub Island has only grown in popularity as a prized sanctuary for travelers seeking an exceptional island getaway,” said Joe Collier, president and founder of Mainsail Lodging and Development. “We greatly value our relationship with Marriott, but the time is right for Scrub Island to return to its original status as an independent property, allowing us the creativity and flexibility to further cultivate authentic and elevated vacations in the BVI.”

‘Multi-phase plan’

Mr. Collier added that a multi-phase plan is already under way, and it includes the recently opened Marina Cay Bar & Grill located between Beef Island and Scrub Island.

The restaurant is currently offering lunch and dinner for resort guests, other visitors and residents. Other completed projects include an upgraded Harbour Boutique and the completion of The Leeward House and The Shoreline House villas, according to the press release.

The resort also plans to enhance dining experiences, renovate Marina Village accommodations, and expand offerings on Marina Cay by the first quarter of next year, Mr. Collier said.

He added that the “upcoming enhancements” and expanded villa offerings will target people seeking luxury homes and suites with amenities.

The resort currently has 52 guest accommodations, including suites and 13 two-, three-, four- and six-bedroom villas. The 55-slip marina accommodates yachts up to 160 feet.

Officials at the resort and at Marriott didn’t respond to requests for further comment.