By Judy Sweetland
Everyone knows the Caribbean is a tropical paradise and a great escape from the winter chill, but when it comes to choosing islands, Anguilla offers a multitude of reasons to anchor there. Located just eleven miles north of St. Martin, there are no mass cruise ships or high rise hotels on Anguilla, which allows the integrity of the island to remain intact. So, kick off your shoes, dig in your toes, and grab an umbrella drink, because you’re about to discover why Anguilla ranks at the top of our list for favored island destinations.
- Breathtaking Beaches ~ There’s no shortage of beaches to explore with a strong count of 33, but our favorite is the award-winning Maunday’s Bay Beach. The white powdery sand sifts effortlessly between your toes, and contrasts the
glistening turquoise waters in the distance. Set on the southwest coast of Anguilla’s West End, this serene cove offers the perfect balance between busyness and blissfulness. It can get a little populated at times, but it’s hardly noticeable with the relaxed vibe of the beachgoers.
- Sunsets ~ are nothing short of dreamy and you might want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. Painted skies seamlessly melt with the sun into a calm Caribbean Sea, promising to return the next day for another opportunity to be blessed. Head to Sandy Ground for some of the most
stunning sunsets you will ever witness.
- Drinks ~ Of course, no sunset would be complete without an umbrella drink in hand, and the island mixologists will have you on your way to swaying like the island palms, while singing your own personal rendition of, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Whether you belly up to the bar, or prefer your beverage seaside on the sand, there’s a rum punch with your name on it. Start your day the island way; after all, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
- Villas ~ Where you stay and play is of ultimate importance. After all, returning well-rested with great memories is what vacation is all about. We absolutely love the villas at Sheriva, and they are all about Service and Guests Experience. As winner of the Conde Nast
Johansen’s Award in 2016 for Best Exclusive Villa in the Caribbean and Pacific, this ultra-private AAA Four Diamond luxury enclave is perfect for large family gatherings, reunions, and retreats. The largest villa offers a sprawling 21,000 square feet with six bedrooms, 8.5 baths and three pools; while the other two villas are 8-bedrooms each with 14,000 square feet and two pools. Don’t need the entire villa? Sheriva’s versatile accommodations also cater to smaller, more intimate getaways. Chef service is available, as well as concierge, housekeeping and other hotel-type service and amenities. Guests of Sheriva appreciate their beach butler service, and along with the villa rental comes with the use of an 8-10 passenger golf cart. Guests can shuttle to the neighboring Cap Juluca Resort where they can enjoy exclusive signing privileges for dining, spa, watersports, bars and more.
Cap Juluca, also a AAA Four Diamond beachfront resort, has been honored with distinguished awards for everything from Best Beach Resort Worldwide by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report to Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Accommodations range
from Guest Rooms and Suites to 3-5 Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villas of 5,180 square feet. Cap Juluca offers both intimate romantic escapes and family-friendly vacations. We recommend Pimm’s overlooking Maunday’s Bay for a fine dining experience of the freshest mouth-watering seafood you can find. For a more exclusive culinary experience consider dining in the private Wine Room, where they offer a carefully selected five-course meal paired with delectable wines.
- Horeseback riding ~ This is one of those things you must experience to appreciate. As beautiful as it looks, there is nothing quite like it. Riding horseback where land and sea meet seems almost paradoxical, yet the blending of nature’s elements is really quite special. To feel the wind in your hair as the salt air kisses your skin, while riding on such a magnificent creature is something to be added to your bucket list. While this child-friendly activity is not for everyone, many will surely enjoy the ride.
- Dolphins ~ Who doesn’t love dolphins? They’re playful and happy, and they seem to be smiling at you from wherever you stand. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with the dolphins and share the love while on this beautiful island.
- Food ~ The mouth-watering flavors of the Caribbean are a delightful fusion of food and culture. Drawing from the abundant resources all around, the hardest decision will be where to eat next. Of course, private chef service is available at your villa if choosing to stay at Sheriva, and meals can be special ordered with consideration to favored dishes and food allergies; but there are also options all around the island in regards to gourmet dining with international flair, beach bars and grills, or roadside local favorites. In the mood for something a bit more adventurous? Hop on a boat and sail away to one of Anguilla’s stunning offshore cays such as Prickly Pear, Sandy Island, or Scilly Cay for fresh, delectable meals in total island style. For additional dining delights we recommend you check out this post featuring the 7 Best Restaurants on Anguilla!
- The Locals ~ With an attitude of gratitude the locals embrace tourists with kindness and a willingness to serve. Their genuine bright smiles and amiable personalities will truly lift your spirit. Just as Hawaiians have Pau Hana time (happy hour!), those on Anguilla have Limin’ which refers to hanging out somewhere. “Where are we limin’ tonight?” or “Where’s the lime tomorrow?” will put you in with the locals!
- Music ~ The islands echo with music. Catch the rhythm of calypso, reggae or a steel drum band from any number of places on the island. Music on Anguilla is like a fragrance filtering through the air, and even those who can’t keep a beat will find themselves dancing on the breeze. Local resorts feature live bands, and Johnno’s Beach Stop will reel you in with their Sunday jazz sessions. Don’t miss the Dune Preserve for a chance to “lime” with Anguilla born, reggae superstar Bankie Banx.
- Relaxation ~ If relaxing was an Olympic sport, visitors of Anguilla would take home the Gold. Even the most severely caffeinated individuals have to relax on Anguilla. Why? All of the above. The beaches, sunsets, food, drinks, music, locals, and ultra-luxe villas will have you like putty upon arrival. The worst part of your vacation will be saying goodbye to this chic island paradise.
So, shake off the stress and grab your sunglasses. Island time is just a flight away, and Anguilla is the place to be!0