Anguilla Off to Deluxe Start with Upscale Hotels
The British Overseas Territory of Anguilla may be small but there are some big developments taking place on Island for 2019 according to the Anguilla Tourist Board, including a trio of luxury hotel openings, new culinary and activity developments and a full program of festivals and events.
Carolyn Brown,Director for the UK, Ireland & Scandinavia for the Anguilla Tourism Board, said: “We’re set for a bumper year in 2019 and one of the most significant in terms of new product and improvements to the overall Tourism offering that I have seen in over a decade.”
Brown continued: “The opening of the Belmond Cap Juluca and the re-opening of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and Malliouhana Hotel, an Auberge Resort, places the Island firmly on the map for the luxury market in 2019, but there are also many other developments to tourism product taking place across the board. Fifteen months has now passed since Hurricane Irma, and many hotels, restaurants and attractions are re-opening with new and improved facilities.”
The highly anticipated Belmond Cap Juluca has now officially opened its doors (15th December 2018) to welcome its first guests to the newly reimagined resort, located on the picturesque white sand beach on the tip of Anguilla’s West End Village. Featuring 128 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, the resort claims to add a new era of beach-chic glamour and laid-back luxury to the Island.
Highlights include the show-stopping infinity edge swimming pool and the Arawak Spa, located just steps from the water’s edge and offering a range of Anguillan-inspired treatments.
British Executive Chef Andy Gaskin brings healthy, fresh Caribbean and international cuisine to the resort’s new eateries including Pimms (Anguillan and International fine dining), CIP’s by Cipriani (Italian), Maundays Club (juices and light bites) and ‘The Cap Shack’ (beach BBQ, tapas and sundowners).
Prices start from £523 per night for a Deluxe Beachfront King including breakfast.
The sophisticated five-start resort which oozes old Hollywood glamour has just re-opened (20th December 2018) following a post-Irma refurbishment. Ideally perched on the bluff overlooking the turquoise waters of Meads Bay and Turtle Cove, the 46-room resort is also set to unveil 11 new beachfront suites in early 2019 including four garden suites and a two-bedroom villa. The new Auberge Spa will also open early 2019 along with added meeting space. The resort is currently offering 30% off new bookings.
The iconic Rendezvous Bay resort – part of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World collection - officially re-opened in December 2018 following a complete multi-million dollar transformation following Hurricane Irma. A fresh design concept has been introduced throughout along with an expanded golf programme, a new spa concept and meeting and conference space.
The resort’s signature Japanese restaurant, Tokyo Bay, which reopened during the summer, is now complemented by four new dining venues, all under the direction of new British Executive Chef, Alan Larch, and will all be powered by the expanded hydroponic farm, currently under construction. These include KazBar (Meze and North African influenced fine dining), Beach Bar (Caribbean dishes), Mosaic (all-day international cuisine) and Santorini Restaurant (Mediterranean cuisine in the Clubhouse).
The 91 spacious suites and seven villas have all been re-designed and offer stunning views overlooking either the resort’s lush gardens or the beach. Other enhancements include the addition of a water park for families; a refreshed infinity pool area with new teak loungers and private cabanas; a new spa concept at the Spa by CuisinArt including a new programme of monthly expert-led workshops; and a new 5,000 square-foot meeting space and ballroom. Prices start from £436 per night based on two sharing.
Anguilla Great House has just re-opened and almost completed its recovery following hurricane Irma. Set right in the middle of Rendezvous Bay, the longest continuous stretch of sand on the island, guests can enjoy the gentle turquoise waters and the islands easy local vibe all from the comfort of the West Indian cottage styled hotel.
Enviably located on Backstreet of South Hill with a breath-taking view of Sandy Ground and Road Bay, the family owned La Vue Boutique Inn is also now welcoming guests with open arms. Just a short stroll away from Sandy Ground Beach and never more than a 10-minute drive from the 33 white sand beaches, golf course and many other attractions of the islands, La Vue is the perfect base to explore the island from.
For a more secluded base, the beautiful Paradise Cove can be found nestled in a quiet garden just a stone’s throw from two of the world’s most pristine beaches, offering the perfect spot to enjoy the easy, relaxed lifestyle of Anguilla.
The world-renowned Caribbean beachfront hotel Carimar Beach Club, which has recently undergone an extensive upgrade, offers guests the chance to escape from main island life with a stay on the exclusive island of Anguilla. With spacious villa suites situated on the tranquil Mead’s Bay guests can relax and rejuvenate on the soft pearl-white sands and crystal-clear waters once again.
Tranquillity Beach - New residential development/stylish holiday lets to open December 2019… Comprising 36 luxury private residencies on a prime spot on Meads Bay, Tranquillity Beach is set for completion in December 2019. The stunning new villas and condos, which can be managed via a rental pool on behalf of owners, will benefit from a number of shared resort facilities including swimming pools, gym facilities, concierge, private chefs, childcare and spa services.
Following a year-long hurricane recovery effort, the popular 25-year-old beach shack style restaurant has re-opened following a £650K rebuild effort. Offering three dining options including fine dining in the main restaurant, casual dining on the patio and local specialities to go from the beach shack. The menu has been fully reimagined and features Caribbean dishes with distinctly Asian, America and Mediterranean influences. Located on Meads Bay, the restaurant was used as a relief centre for those impacted by hurricane Irma in the aftermath, helping up to 1,000 people per day.
On the same stretch of beach Jacala Beach Restaurantand Straw Hat, part of the Frangipani Beach Resort, have also re-opened following Irma and are serving up a range of traditional Caribbean delights with dedicated menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Perched on a hilltop with stunning sea views across Sandy Ground, Flavours at La Vue has reopened with new Head Chef Kevin Paul at the helm. The restaurant, which is best known for its steaks and ribs, is set to continue its reputation as one of the best on the Island, serving a range of Caribbean fusion dishes.
A popular off-island getaway, Sandy Island has rebuilt following hurricane Irma and is now open for business. One of Anguilla’s offshore cays, the restaurant offers guests the chance to taste some of the best food on the island while enjoying a Robinson Crusoe feeling of being pleasantly disconnected.
The Caribbean’s oldest and most popular independent music festival has been confirmed to take place from 21st to 24th March at The Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay, overlooking St Maarten. The festival is hosted by founder and international reggae artist, Bankie Banks. The full line up will be announced shortly.
The Annual Festival Del Mar returns to Island Harbour from 20th to 21st April 2019 for two days of celebrations to honour all things from the sea. There will be live music throughout with events including deep sea fishing competitions, swimming races, crab races, boat races and culinary competitions.
Anguilla Day, which falls on 30th May 2019, will be marked by a three-day regatta, paying tribute to the Island’s boating and sailing heritage. All proceeds raised at the Regatta fund the Anguilla Sailing Association, whose central purpose is to teach sailing to the young boys and girls of Anguilla.
Pure Anguilla, who have a number of properties throughout the Island, havelaunched a series of adventures tours which uncover Anguilla’s natural treasures and archaeological history, with hikes through the Katouche Valley. Visitors can explore ancient caves, thought to be the oldest in the western hemisphere, including Cavannagh Cave & Katouche Cave, reaching depths of 180ft below the ground. In addition, the expert guide will educate visitors on the local flora and fauna and there is even the opportunity to learn how to make soap from Mauby leaves and a cap from seagrape leaves.
Experience paddling through the crystal-clear waters of Anguilla by day or more spectacularly, by night with Liquid Glow kayaking tours. Glide over the waters from sunset in a transparent kayak illuminated by colourful LEDs that light up the ocean and attract tropical fish to the kayaks. The tours, which are led by an experienced tour guide, also offer kayakers the opportunity to spot turtles and stingrays in their natural environment. Day tours are available to Little Bay, one of Anguilla’s most remote beaches and an ideal spot for snorkelling.
Not only is salt picking thought to be lucky, bringing rain to the Island, it’s also an important part of Anguilla’s history and heritage. This now largely abandoned skill was the basis of Anguilla’s economic growth prior to tourism. Guests can join organised tours from Sandy Ground where they will have the opportunity to pick salt directly from the salt ponds and learn about the process.
Anguilla’s National Trust has expanded its programme of nature, heritage and walking tours to include new experiences including a dedicated tour of Anguilla’s remote Sombrero Island. Just a leisurely 1.5 hour boat ride from Anguilla’s mainland, the Island is a nature lovers paradise and home to endangered Sombrero Island Lizard as well as providing key nesting grounds for birds including the Brindle Tern, Brown Noddy and Brown Booby. Price from £397 per person based on a minimum of four passengers.
Wherever you turn, Anguilla is picture-postcard perfection, which is why AnguillArts is helping visitors to bring out the artist within with group art sessions. Capture some of the amazing landscapes and seascapes along with the pallet of bright Caribbean colours on a canvas to treasure forever. Guests can either join a group art lessons or book a bespoke event at locations throughout the Island.
As the island’s national sport, many locals have learnt to sail from the moment they could walk. As well as being a highly competitive sport on the island, it is the perfect way for visitors to enjoy the glorious six marine protected areas of Anguilla including Prickly Pear Cays, where they can new enjoy a day trip with a picnic with Tradition Sailing.
CuisinArt Golf Club, home to the Island’s only 18-hole championship golf course designed by Greg Norman, has re-opened following hurricane Irma with special offers for a full round of golf. Cuisinart Resort and Spa guests can tee-off for just $100 (approx. £79) while non-guests can play a full round on the par 72 course from just $295 (£237) including clubs and equipment.
Visitors can now enjoy a range of treatments and yoga sessions from what is thought to be one of the best beaches in the world. Relax to the sounds of the gently shelving waters as Malakh and her team provide signature therapeutic messages with the aim of improving breathing and achieving a sense of calm. Other treatments include facials, reflexology and manicures, all from the comfort of private beach cabanas.
There have been significant developments in terms of access to the Island following the 2018 launch of Trans Anguilla Airways scheduled services from Antigua. Anguilla Air Services, has now also gone live on the Global Distribution System (GDS), enabling travellers to book flights from St Martin to Anguilla via the likes of Expedia, Travelocity, KAYAK, priceline.com: It is now possible to book one ticket from the UK all the way through to Anguilla (via Paris and St Martin).
Source: Incentive Travel