Boutique Caribbean: The Best Anguilla Hotels
Just 16 miles long and 3.5 miles wide, Anguilla specializes in the serenity of small by eschewing massive cruise ships, 747s, megaresorts, and giant duty-free malls. Instead, perfect days on the limestone-coral key in the Eastern Caribbean involve white sand beaches, crystalline waters, indigenous crayfish feasts on a sandbar, live music at an open-air bar and intimate luxury properties that offer a high level of hospitality and a low number of guests to share it with. For #HAPBoutiqueCaribbean series, journalist Carrie Bell (@misscarriebell) checks into three of the best.
Zemi Beach House: On the isle’s opposite end, on six acres of scenic Shoal Bay East, sits this 76-room coastal chic boutique that wows with myriad ways to relax like private balcony plunges, soaking tubs, a palm-lined infinity pool with sorbet service and the Caribbean’s largest hammam at the tranquil spa built out of 300-year-old imported Thai houses. Even the gym looks out at the ocean. After kayaking or yoga, dig into sustainable seasonal cuisine at two excellent restaurants. Finish with a nightcap of small-batch estate rums selected by the in-house rummelier. Altamer Resort: This geometric trio of crisp white Myron Goldfinger-designed villas are true thrillas in Anguilla perfect for big families or several couples. Beyond the unique exteriors, there’s the direct access to Shoal Bay West beach, impressive art collection, rooftop terrace with 360-degree views to St. Martin, tennis and basketball courts, home theater and a poolside hammock in which you should definitely sip multiple Mint Conditions, the butler’s signature drink. Oh, did we forget to mention the included butler service? Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel: The southside hideaway on Maundays Bay is a sophisticated airy blend of Greek, Moorish, and British colonial design and details. Rooms, suites, and villas are exceedingly plush (sexy peekaboo bathrooms!) and all feature sightlines to the powdery sand and sea that fronts the resort. Some have their own pools. Fill days with windsurfing, waterskiing or nature walks.