Anguilla


Harriet has just come back from touring this unique and very essentially Caribbean island. Existing without American corporations, Anguilla is a small, British, desert, coral island situated next to St. Maarten/St. Martin. Without its own source of fresh water, the island’s vegetation is limited: the islanders cannot grow vegetables without good irrigation. But Anguilla has one wonderful product to offer: its BEACHES!!! 


And along with these, the sun—and the many excellent restaurants that have

sprung up. All the better hotels have high quality chefs. Restaurants like Saphires can meet the standards of the most discriminating diner in
quality of both its food and its service.

Because Anguilla has only its beaches to sell, they do not allow private homes on the beautiful, white, sandy shores. All private property on a beach must be rented 

eleven months out of the year.  So, Cove Castle (above), on the Caribbean side of the island where the seas are calm, rents out two and four bedroom villas which are all privately owned and rented—and very quiet.

Malliouhana is high on the cliffs overlooking a beautiful, white, quiet beach. This distinguished hotel offers huge suites, a famous restaurant, original artwork, and good children’s facilities. Malliouhana is a great choice for vacationers who prefer to spend their trip in one place—with five star service!

 

Carimar Beach Club is next door to Malliouhana. It is a small villa property offering two-bedroom,  two-bathroom suites, including and a full kitchen and sofa bed. 

Great for families! And there are several restaurants on the beach nearby.

 

Sonesta Beach Resort . . . so glad to see it.  I sell Sonesta Beach more than any single property in the Caribbean. Later on this fall I will do a special page just for the Sonesta. It was everything I expected it to be—exotic, delicious, and relaxing, with Moorish architecture, a wonderful restaurant (Casablanca), and pool, beach and more . . .

 

Paradise Cove is another small all-villa property, located next to the Sonesta. It is not on the beach, but is only a short walk away. Smokeys restaurant is nearby on the beach for Paradise Cove guests and others.


The CuisinArt Resort and Spa (below) is the newest and most chic property. As you might expect, food is a high art there. A few days a week the chef gives cooking classes. They maintain their own greenhouse to ensure that their vegetables are fresh—my salads were a miracle of crispness . . . The CuisinArt’s suites are large, with lots of marble in the decor. Some even have a solarium for private tanning. And the two person tubs were special touch.

 

Cap Juluca—what can one say? It is known as one of the best hotels in the entire Caribbean. Its beach, pool, restaurants, and spa all meet the highest standards—and so does the price tag. There are junior suites to pool villas with five bedrooms. The summer is quiet in Anguilla, with a lots of hotel rooms available—but not at Cap Juluca (below).

 

Shoal Bay Villas (below, right) gets my star for the best hotel on the island for a real Caribbean experience.  It is right on Shoal Bay, a beautiful long, public walking beach. 

  

There are only a few very small hotels on this beach, a scuba shack, and a few casual restaurants. The villas are very nice: not fancy, but convenient if you want simply to walk out onto the beach and go snorkeling.

Bring some food with you or order in advance and just hang out. The hotel also has a small pool and a restaurant.

 

But pictures say it better than words . . .

 

 

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