Anguilla

Experience peace and quiet on an unspoilt exclusive Caribbean island.

 Anguilla is all about taking life at a gentle pace while enjoying every moment of it

The island is long and thin, 16 miles by 3 miles, and lies 100 miles west of Antigua and only 9 miles north of St Martin. It is blessed with endless stretches of glorious white sands which are considered some of the best in the Caribbean. Combine this with its luxurious resorts and intimate hotels, and this island should certainly be at the top of the list for many discerning clients seeking exclusivity and peace and quiet. Very few cruise ships call at the island, and only one of the smaller luxurious ships.

Getting There

The easiest way to travel to the island is a direct flight from London to Antigua and then a local flight taking only 40 minutes.

Accommodation

Cap Juluca is set in 179 acres of tropical gardens situated on the beach at Maundays Bay. This property with its stylish Moorish architecture has an elegant romantic feel, one of the most stylish hotels in the Caribbean.

CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is a popular retreat with its whitewashed Mediterranean style villas. As the name implies the hotel takes its food and drink seriously, four restaurants offer the finest cuisine with many of the meals’ ingredients taken from their own hydroponic farm.

The luxurious Viceroy overlooks two magnificent bays: Barnes and Meads Bay where various dining options are on offer. Their popular Rooftop Suites offer their own plunge pools and spectacular ocean views.

Dining Out

For its size the island has outstanding restaurants with some 100 to choose from! The luxury hotel restaurants are superb including The Pimms at Cap Juluca or Le Bistro at Santorini at CuisinArt.

Blanchard’s or Straw Hat overlook beautiful Meads Bay; Straw Hat is more upmarket and Blanchard casual.

Mangos Seaside Grill at Barnes Bay is a great lunch spot with beautiful views.

Places to Visit – Things to Do

An interesting day out is to hire a jeep and with the help of the Heritage Trail Map take off round the island visiting Anguilla’s historical sites, including the National Heritage Museum, The Old Courthouse and the 18th Century Plantation House.

For a more active day out hire a bike (the island is flat) and explore the 33 beaches the island has to offer including Savannah Bay in the northeast, one of the best snorkeling beaches.

Six islands belong to Anguilla: Scrub Island, Sombrero, Dog Island, Sandy Island, Prickly Pear and Anguillita. You can take an organised day cruise or hire a private boat to one of them.

The Diving on the island is excellent with seven marine parks and a sunken galleon to explore.

Culture and History

Anguilla was first settled by Amerindian Tribes from South America. Some say Columbus sighted the island in the 1490s and others say the French discovered it in the 1560s. The first colonists arrived from St Kitts in 1650 but were wiped out by Carib Indians not long afterwards.  In 1666 the French took control and for around 150 years the French and British fought for control. In 1824 the British gave control of the island to St Kitts & Nevis. This unpopular decision did not work well for the Anguillans and they battled for direct administration from Britain for nearly 150 years. As recently as 1967 they forcibly expelled the Police Authorities from the island and finally in December 1980 Anguilla became a British Dependant Territory.

All details quoted are thought to be correct at time of posting but are always subject to confirmation at time of booking.

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For further information and advice concerning all types of holidays and cruising (including tailor-made packages) please contact Simon on Tel: 01475 540350 or email: simon@designertravel.co.uk

All details quoted are thought to be correct at time of posting but are always subject to confirmation at time of booking

Photo: Beach-Roof-Terrace-View – Cap-Juluca (Tourist Board) 138

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