ANGUILLA, WEST INDIES
“I'd heard mixed reviews about this resort since they opened a few years ago, and was curious to check it out myself! We were a group of five friends, who spent a 4 day / 3 night stay and all agreed that the resort is both aesthetically very pleasing, as it is well thought out and more than comfortable. Typically, I'm not a fan of very large hotels - but somehow with the many areas, pools, views and varied places to eat & drink, it flowed and was thoroughly enjoyable. The developer did not skimp, and it shows...”
(Experienced November 2013)
A three to seven day break to enjoy the balmy weather, gorgeous sea and multi-resort amenities including all kinds of water and land sports.
Group of friends, your partner, as a family - even with the grandparents. There were a few guests who we met that were there solo - with plenty to read and spa treatments combined with sport, also a great option
Sunsets at the bar, two nights out of three were stunners.
Best time to go
November through March is high season, for a reason.
Everything is charged separately, and nothing is provided gratis except sea sport equipment (eg: yoga and Bootcamp workouts are $20, tennis comes with a fee, morning coffee is not provided; nor are cocktail bites). This being said, while it's New York prices, the quality of everything is good to very good.
There are 300+ rooms! suites and villas to choose from - to suit any need of any guest's group. Click here to see accommodation options.
Service & vibe
All in our group have been to many Carribean islands and agreed, the service here was more than a step up from most locales. Staff were very friendly, "can do" and helpful. The great smiles don't hurt!
Each dining spot, including the sunset bar, is very attractive and cleverly designed to take in the outdoors while staying cool if need be. The main restaurant Coba is truly stunning, not only the views it boasts, but the very high ceilings, cool furniture and objets make for a beachy-elegant ambience. The cuisine was excellent.
Breakfast is an impressive array (via a very tastefully laid out buffet) of fresh baked goods, in-season fruits, high quality yogurts and more. The open, airy room looks into a stunning pool which is seaside.
The beach restaurant Bamboo Bar 7 Grill is charming, has soul, and feet in the sand simple fare. Tasty, but could be improved on, especially with the addition of more entree salads. Our last night we were at a stunning indoor/outdoor bar and watched part of a film projected onto a huge screen. Fun!
Price per night
From $400 per night, season depending
To Do & See
Other than kite and windsurfing on other parts of the island, I'd opt to stay at the resort and enjoy all it has to offer.
Sport & Activity
Tennis courts (certain days clinics are offered), all kinds of water sports (complimentary), a good stretch of beach to jog/walk, sparkly gym, ashtanga yoga classes most days, two wonderfully large pools and a separate spin studio. Last but not least, many days they offer morning island bike tours. My kind of place! See this link for more.
Spa & Grooming
The modern crispness of the 8,000 sq. foot spa is exactly what the landscape calls for; and the relaxation deck jutting out over the rocks and sea is truly a meditative treat. Ahhhh...
We popped over to the old-fashioned, famed Cap Juluca hotel where the water practically laps at your feet. Dinner was delicious, very well prepared; desert was nothing to write home about. One day for lunch, a few of us walked the Viceroy beach to the Straw Hat for a late lunch bite. Eh, so-so, but nice for a little change.
Nothing to note! Outside of most everything in the Viceroy shop, which is beautifully curated and presented.
Mr & Mrs Smith Anguilla Destination Guide
Approximately 15 minutes drive from both the small port and airport of Anguilla. (NB: the resort doesn't provide transfers, but taxis are readily available.)
One can fly non-stop from many international airports in the US and Europe to St. Marteen (SXM) and take the short boat ride over to the island (the hotel concierge can set this up or book it yourself for a slight savings using Funtime charters). Or, fly private and land at Anguilla International Airport (AXA) *St. Barth is a 15 minute flight away; private charters any time of day you wish can be booked for $600+ with Trans Anguilla Airways.