Here’s Why You Should Discover Anguilla For Your Next Luxury Island Getaway
With 33 powder-white beaches and aqua blue water that looks like it’s straight from an ad, it is no wonder that Anguilla has been voted the number one island in the Caribbean two years in a row by Travel & Leisure.
This destination located in the eastern Caribbean is composed of a small main island and several offshore islets. Located less than ten miles north of St. Martin and 200 miles east of Puerto Rico, two of the major gateways, Anguilla is a small step off the beaten path, making it accessible but still somewhat protected from over tourism. At 16 miles from east to west and three miles wide, this tiny island is a luxurious gem waiting to be discovered.
We’ve put together a little guide to help you discover all the best things to do on Anguilla!
Relax on Anguilla’s Lavish Beaches
You’re most likely coming to Anguilla looking for a beach experience, and it will not disappoint. Most beaches are calm and tranquil, creating a serene coastal atmosphere. Beach options range from extended sandy stretches like Rendezvous Bay, overlooking neighboring Saint Martin Island, to secluded coves reached by boat, such as Little Bay. Charter a boat and have the tiny stretch of sand at Little Bay surrounded by dramatic high cliffs all to yourself – the perfect romantic getaway. For a less private but still shockingly beautiful day on the beach, the two-mile stretch of sand at Shoal Bay has been ranked as the number one best beach in the world by the Travel Channel. With the sky, water, and sand forming the perfect color palette, and bright beach bars dotting the shore, you can find a secluded spot to lounge or choose to be among the action. Enjoy Anguilla’s colorful underwater world by snorkeling at the coral reef or viewing it from above aboard a glass bottom boat. Occasionally, the Atlantic side of the island can see some swells during the winter months, and surfers, wind surfers, and kite surfers can enjoy the faster paced beach life.
Charter a Catamaran
With so many tiny islands and hidden coves to explore around Anguilla, a day aboard a private yacht is a luxurious way to travel. Well-appointed galleys, knowledgeable crew, and lavish amenities will give you a romantic day on the water discovering the exclusive locations around Anguilla.
Stroll the Quaint Towns
While the fishing village Sandy Ground offers plenty of restaurants and bars for travelers, wandering the streets of its sister town, Island Harbour, will provide a quainter, more local experience. Watch colorful fishing boats come and go, reeling in the day’s catch, and stroll along the pier jutting out toward Scilly Cay. This is day to day island life.
Take in a Sunset & Romantic Dinner
Crocus Hill is the highest point at 213 feet above sea level, providing the perfect vantage point to catch a sunset. Watch as the sky spreads to pink and gold as the sun sinks below the horizon. Nearby Crocus Bay is also home to DaVida’s, an elegant fine-dining experience. Enjoy a plate of tamarind grilled sea scallops or Crocus Bay lobster, and top off the night with roasted banana spring rolls or mango-coconut panna cotta.
Step Back in Time
Taking some time to understand the rich history and culture of Anguilla will enrich your stay on this beautiful isle. Take a step back in time while you trace along the petroglyphs recently uncovered and preserved at an Amerindian Ceremonial Site.
Indulge in a Round of Golf or Spa Day
Soak in the views and work on your stroke at the 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed championship golf course in the Rendezvous Bay area, with most holes providing long ocean views. If you’re not into golf, you can relax at the spa while you wait for your family and friends. Enjoy a Thai massage, anti-aging facial, or custom herb-infused scrub and wrap with ingredients from their Hydroponic Farm. Join a workshop to create your own custom scrubs and salts to take a little piece of Anguilla home with you.
Where to Stay
Luxurious accommodations abound on this island destination. For a boutique experience, the oceanfront pool and large verandas opening to the ocean are alluring at Manoah Boutique Hotel on Shoal Bay. If you’re looking for private villas, look no further than Belmond Cap Juluca’s 5-star hotel, which provides a quiet resort atmosphere perched on Maundays Bay’s mile-long stretch of white sand. Each Greco-Moorish-style villa offers a luxurious oceanfront view and private terrace. The sand dotted with beach umbrellas is just steps from your door.
Zemi Beach House, Resort & Spa on Shoal Bay East offers a flawless outdoor infinity pool overlooking the ocean. The spa at Zemi will not disappoint, located in a 300-year-old Thai house and featuring a hammam, rain showers, juice bar, and meditation garden.
Anguilla is a breathtaking, luxurious island. Soak in the views, discover hidden coves, and relax on the lavish beaches of this exclusive destination!
About The Author: Natasha is a travel writer who has written about a variety of luxury locations around the world, which is exactly why Anguilla was such an appeal. Natasha currently writes for https://www.ceblueanguilla.
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