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Anguilla continues to grow in all directions. The island is refining its tourism product with the opening of a new resort complex, high-end air access and destination dining.
Resort and residential development Zemi Beach Resort and Spa recently completed its first homes and is on track for a mid-2015 completion. The 5.81-acre resort, situated on more than 1,000 feet of white-sand beachfront in Shoal Bay East, will feature 28 two- and three-bedroom residences that are available for rental. Renters at Zemi Beach will have access to first-class on-site restaurants, a wine cellar, bars and lounges, infinity pools, a luxury spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor yoga terrace.www.zemibeach.com
Up in the AirTradewind Aviation is a provider of first-class short range flights serving difficult-to-reach luxury destinations. The company has introduced its signature “Premium Scheduled” nonstop service between Anguilla and San Juan, Puerto Rico, set to start on Oct. 31. Scheduled flights will be offered five days a week, Thursday through Monday, with morning and afternoon flights offered in each direction. Tradewind Aviation flights accommodate eight passengers in leather seating, with air conditioning and complimentary refreshments, snacks, beer and wine. To celebrate Tradewind’s newest route, travel is discounted to $350 per one-way flight. Travel professionals may book in all major GDS systems.www.tradewindaviation.com
A Change of DishSandy Island is stepping up its dining options. A small cay off Sandy Ground beach in Anguilla, Sandy Island serves as an off-island getaway within easy reach of the mainland. It has announced recent additions to its popular lunch menu and is now offering a three-course dining experience complete with wine pairings. To reach Sandy Island, guests take the Happiness sea shuttle or drop anchor from their own boats.www.mysandyisland.com
Site UpdateAffordable Anguilla, a website dedicated to promoting the Anguilla vacation experience to value-conscious consumers, is also updating its offerings. The website has added new properties to its list of hotels, resorts and villas and also features deals and promotions. Recently added properties include: La Vue Boutique Inn, Three Dolphins Villa, Clear View Villas, Beach Villa Ella, Eden House Villa, Quixotic Villas, Shoal Bay Villas and Patsy's Seaside Villas. www.affordableanguilla.com