Anguilla, also known as ‘Eel Island’ or ‘Snake Island’ owing to its shape is an island in the British West Indies. If the gods had a home, it would surely be here. The pristine blue waters are as blue as god intended and beaches as beautiful as he originally made them. Anguilla boasts of 33 such faultless beaches making it difficult for any avid traveler to pick a favourite. If a Caribbean dream vacation is on your list then Anguilla with its shimmering white sand beaches, open-sided beach bars and an air-filled with foot-tapping reggae tunes is the destination for you.
Where to stay:
For the traditionalist- Villa Nevaeh, Long Bay
Anguilla may not be a very big place, but when here you won’t be leaving in a day or two which means you need a place that helps you enjoy the beach, the sun, and sand while feeling at home. Anguilla luxury villas are plenty and will cater to your every need whether you are traveling in pairs or big groups. While there are umpteen luxury villas and vacation rentals available you can find your own Caribbean paradise at Villa Nevaeh. This stately luxury villa has a breezy modern feel, and eight bedrooms spread between the main house and guest house. There are five bedrooms in the main house at Nevaeh, three in the guest house and a free-standing cabana, so there’s room for everyone. Your stay at Nevaeh includes full breakfast, chef service for three meals per day, butler service, ground transfers on Anguilla, open bar and your very own four-seater UTV and golf carts for cruising around the villa property and through the local village.
For the young, rich and fabulous – Four Seasons Resort, West End
Four Seasons Resort is a gorgeous property is located along the island’s northwest shore and overlooks not one but two of Anguilla’s most pristine beaches. This makes the idea of consuming your days with water sports completely sensible. You can add to the natural beauty experiences like relaxing pool time, pampering spa treatments and exotic dining sessions to make it one memorable stay. You can opt for the 5, 4 or 3-bedroom beachfront or ocean-view villa adorned with driftwood lamps, petrified-wood tables, and travertine marble floors. The villas are as beautiful as the majestic outdoors with their aesthetically pleasing organic design elements which are balanced with modern amenities. They do their best to make you feel at home by equipping their villas, townhomes, and residences with gourmet kitchens, washers and dryers, dining rooms and indoor-outdoor living spaces. You’re surely never leaving this place.
Where to shop:
While on an island like Anguilla you don’t really go looking for run-of-the-mill possessions. Trust to find one-of-a-kind treasure in the little specialty stores, boutiques and galleries you may find on your way as you explore the locality. You will be impressed by the many talented artisans scattered throughout Anguilla and their fantastic craftsmanship. One such noted gallery is Devonish Art Gallery, where high-quality local sculptures and handcrafted jewelry will mesmerize you. A lot of shops will have things made of materials like wood, stone, clay, and beads. To see the magic that can be created by using driftwood, coral and stone one must visit Cheddie Richardson Carving Studio for sure.
Where to eat:
It should come as no surprise that this is a seafood paradise. You go into any relaxed beachside restaurant and you will find fabulous delicacies for you and your family to enjoy. However, if you’re not in the mood to experiment and find what you like, we have some recommendations too. One should certainly try the coconut-crusted snapper at ‘The Place’ on Rendezvous Bay, grilled local crayfish, served Anguillan style with plantains, rice, and peas and a ginger vinaigrette at ‘Straw Hat’ on Meads Bay. Burger lovers don’t need to feel left out as Anguilla’s best burgers are found at Le Bar on Sandy Ground. To make special occasions even more memorable, always trust the fine dining restaurant called ‘Blanchards’ to deliver the very best culinary experiences, which includes its seriously delicious lobster bisque.
Do not limit your experiences to just cays and bays, Anguilla National Trust can take you on excursions and tours to untapped locales. You can get great photos at the stunning natural rock and limestone arch in West End hike the coral rock cliffs at Captain Bay or find Iguana Cave in Latouche. An island holiday doesn’t have to be just about soaking in the sun. Plan your trip in August to be part of the colorful festival of August Monday, a 24-hour beach party held on the first Monday of the month that draws thousands of visitors to the island. For those who prefer a more private and calm time at Anguilla, take a sunset cruise with your partner or walk down any of the 33 fantastic beaches for breathtaking moments.