Where to stay in Anguilla
First, the bad news -- the words “budget” and “Anguilla” are rarely seen in the same zip code. But there are two bits of good news: you don’t have to blow your hard-earned savings on a plush resort, and in any case, you can get a whole lot of bang for your buck.
Take Turtle’s Nest Beach Resort, for example -- it’s smack-bang on the sand at Meads Bay, there’s an oceanfront swimming pool, and you get a free rum punch each day. On the other side of the island, Manoah Boutique Hotel is a good mid-budget bet by the dazzlingly white Shoal Bay.
Or you can go all out. The Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa and sister hotel The Reef are sprawling, multi-talented beachside estates, complete with an eco-friendly hydroponic farm. Not surprisingly considering their kitchen expertise, the food is spectacular (Tokyo Bay is hands-down the best sushi spot on the island), but the homegrown ingredients go into herbal spa treatments too. Hell, they even have a version of pick-your-own -- you can concoct your own individual body scrub.
Zemi Beach is a palm-studded family resort, where the spa is housed in a 300-year-old rice barn imported from Thailand -- fancy, eh? To mix it with the rich and famous, you’ll want the country club vibes of Malliouhana, with 1.5 miles of powdery sand outside. Belmond Cap Juluca is something of an island institution with a 1,800 square foot pool and five (five) cabana bars along its beach. The Four Seasons is, well, the Four Seasons.
Here’s how to get there:
Book a flight to the neighboring island of St Maarten (this should be on your bucket list anyway if you’ve ever seen what landing there looks like). You can take JetBlue from New York JFK, or American Airlines from Miami. You’ll then take a short ride to the port, and hop aboard a speedboat to Anguilla. You don’t need a visa to visit, but to leave the island, you’ll need to pay a $20 fee, and be warned: there’s no ATM at the port.