Anguilla Refreshed

Anguilla Refreshed

Anguilla Island offers hotel and villa renovations, new adventure attractions and value offers By: Mark Rogers
Anguilla will see upgrades to hotels, new excursions and special promotions in the coming months. // © Anguilla Tourist Board
Anguilla will see upgrades to hotels, new excursions and special promotions in the coming months. // © Anguilla Tourist Board

Anguilla plays it cool. It ambles along, refining its tourism offerings at a relaxed pace, leaving the mega-resort developments and huge infrastructure projects to other destinations in the Caribbean. Therein lies Anguilla’s appeal, as it continues to offer the subtle pleasures that make up a memorable Caribbean vacation. In the months to come, Anguilla will unveil hotel enhancements and upgrades, new adventure excursions and attractive promotions.

After a two year closure, Malliouhana Hotel & Spa is on track to reopen in late 2013. The iconic resort overlooking Meads Bay and Turtle Cove will be rebranded and managed by Auberge Resorts. Auberge will lend its experience in luxury resort management and marketing to the 55-room resort, which is under new ownership. Plans call for a top-to-bottom design refresh and enhancement.

Cap Juluca has undergone extensive room upgrades and property enhancements. The resort’s 67 guestrooms located in 15 exclusive villas have been redone and outfitted with new room amenities including new linens and furniture. Cap Juluca also recently added Spice Lounge, a waterfront bar with live music, dancing and a global tapas menu. Maundays Bar, the resort’s signature cocktail lounge, and Blue, the resort’s open-air casual beachfront bistro, have both undergone a redesign to provide ocean views.

Shoal Bay Villas has recently undergone an extensive property expansion and upgrade. The boutique beachfront hotel has nearly doubled its size by adding 10 new deluxe rooms as well as a fitness center and a spa treatment room. The family owned and operated hotel now offers upgraded free Wi-Fi access throughout the property and flat-screen televisions in every room.

Fresh Attractions

Tradition Sailing Charters now offers daily sailing excursions onboard Tradition, a 50-foot traditional gaff-rigged vessel built in the West Indies in 1978. Tradition is one of only a few hand-built wooden boats still sailing in the Caribbean. The ship has a 12 passenger maximum and is managed by a crew of three. Tradition offers a Tropical Cay Lunch Cruise four times a week; a Little Bay Half Day Sail, scheduled two days a week; an evening Champagne Cocktail Sunset Sail, scheduled four days a week; and private Romance Escape sails.

Luxury Lifestyle Professionals is now offering snorkeling and sunset cruise tours. Snorkel tour guests cruise to Sandy Island and Prickly Pear Island — two of Anguilla’s most picturesque off-shore cays — with complimentary snorkel gear and open bar. Snorkel tours run Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. The Friday evening cruise offers sunset views accompanied by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations are required for both snorkel and sunset cruise tours.

Appealing Promotions

Anacaona Boutique Hotel is offering Anguilla Single Travelers Adventure, a new attraction for solo travelers. Guided by experienced solo globetrotter Trudy Nixon, travelers can enjoy catamaran trips, restaurants and beach bars in the company of other singles. Anacaona’s Anguilla Single Travel Adventure packages are available May 11-18, July 20-27 and Nov. 2-9. For $2,995 per person, the seven-night package includes a Superior Room with breakfast; welcome drinks at the hotel; a cocktail party hosted by the managers; four three-course a la carte dinners at the hotel’s poolside restaurant, Firefly; a performance by Anguilla’s acclaimed folkloric group, Mayoumba; and three dinner parties at three of the island’s most exciting restaurants.

Ultimacy Villa Retreat, an eight-bedroom villa overlooking Shoal Bay Beach, is offering 25 percent off rack rates through Oct. 31. The villa features Caribbean interior decor, “The Snug”— an elegant recreation room with a classic Wurlitzer jukebox, a traditional wet bar, a pool deck and a fully equipped gym. The discounted rate includes accommodations, welcome cocktails, continental breakfast, daily housekeeping, a rental vehicle for eight and butler services. Guest bookings of four bedrooms can choose from complimentary activities such as a half-day cruise, a private chef dinner or a farewell champagne cocktail reception. The discounted rate applies to rentals for use of the whole villa for bookings of five days or longer, bringing the villa to $3,000 per day plus tax.

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