Secret Beach Getaway: 10 reasons to visit Anguilla now
The view from CeBlue Villas, of Crocus Bay Beach, Anguilla, at sunset
Autumn may be arriving in the great white north, but the weather’s fine on our secret beach getaway, the island of Anguilla. A high-speed ferry ride away from St. Maarten, the island is wonderfully less travelled, highly cultured and high on the list of safest places in the British Caribbean.
The island is a music and foodie lover’s paradise, with Bankie Banx the island’s resident reggae musician and poet, a troubadour lauded as the Bob Dylan of Anguilla. Mr. Banx has his own outpost, Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve, just down the road from the Cuisinart Resort and golf course. Yes, that Cuisinart, of culinary fame, where you can take cooking lessons, then dine on your creations and spend the night.
Villas are the most popular way to stay, and many have set up hotel style services to ensure you get the best of feeling at home, and treated like a guest, without having to make the bed every morning. When we visited, we stayed the weekend at CeBlue Villas, with eye-candy views of Crocus Bay Beach (above), and some of the sexiest bathrooms on the island (below), with that spectacular view included. Boats dot the clear water, bobbing up and down on the gentle tide, in a sea of complex blues and greens that almost defy description. Turquoise, azure, sea foam, teal, sky, indigo – it runs the gamut, a tone-on-tone blue that instantly relaxes you. Gaze into it as mediation, and the mind will feel calm, cool and, even after a sundowner cocktail or two, remarkably collected.
Music Lover? Check out the First Ever Electronic Music Festival
Need some serious R&R? Hit the Best Beaches in the Caribbean
Anguilla boasts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. A recent article on USAToday.com rates Anguilla at the top of the list as one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean, and we can’t help but agree. The island boasts 33 beautiful beaches to choose from, with the softest and sandiest going to Barnes Bay, sandwiched between Meads Bay and West End Bay.
Fly Direct and Get There Early! Increased Airlift
Splurge a Little! You deserve it! Pick a private villa experience, such as CeBlue Villas (above) or why not the New Four Seasons Resort and Residences (below), opening this Fall
Want to Experience Great Food? The Reef by CuisinArt, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, opening in November
For a romantic last minute getaway? The Manoah Boutique Hotel
Looking for more Privacy? Frangipani Beach Resort Reveals Newest Villa
Love Sports? Then Anguilla is Tennis Capital of the Caribbean
Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) partners with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to host the inaugural Anguilla International Tennis Federation Junior Championships from November 12 – 19. The tournament will be organized by Karl Hale, CEO of Sports Travel Experts and Tournament Director for the Rogers Cup in Toronto.