Discovering Celebrity Travel Destinations – Anguilla

Travelers from every country often choose to vacation on a Caribbean island, where the climate is warm and moderate, the beaches are sparkling white sand, the people are friendly, and the atmosphere is inviting. If you want to go where the celebrities go, one of the most popular islands is Anguilla, a small eel shaped island, 16 miles long x 3 miles wide in the British West Indies. Located east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, just 6 miles north of the island of St Martin/St Maarten, Anguilla has played host to many of the rich and famous including Brad & Angie, Uma Thurman, John Malkovich, Robert de Niro, and Ethan Hawke. Even so, it is a vacation destination that should be well within any traveler’s financial planning powers.

Accommodations: The Anguilla Great House resort on beautiful Rendezvous Bay offers 35 large rooms with all amenities, private porches, and views of the sea. Enjoy a variety of water sports, soak up the sun, or just lounge on the beach or beside the freshwater pool at this popular resort. Dine on local Caribbean specialties or try an exotic tropical drink in the open-air restaurant. Open 7:00am for early morning risers. The staff will help you arrange other excursions such as dolphin watching, scuba diving, horseback riding, day & evening cruises, as well as bike and scooter rentals to explore the island on your own.

Seasonal Rates: 1 Oct – 15 Dec 2010 – $210 garden view, single or double; $240 ocean view. 16 Dec – 10 Apr 2011 – $290 single garden view, $310 single ocean view; $310 garden double, $340 ocean double.

Lloyds B&B, a favorite of David Letterman, provides a genuine Caribbean atmosphere near the beach at Crocus Bay, and a short walk to the commercial center, restaurants, and art galleries. It has kept its elegant, old-fashioned charm since it first opened in 1959, and entertained numerous dignitaries and world leaders including the 1973 reception for Prince Charles. Each room reflects a different décor from the traditional and the romantic to the secluded and the inspirational.

Reasonable Rates: $99/single, $145/double (includes breakfast & taxes)

If you’re looking for more private accommodations, consider renting a villa on Anguilla. These range widely in price, depending on size, number of people, and any extras such as a personal chef or dining vouchers, massages, and other services. Couples can splurge on a 5 or 7 night package for $2400 or $3360 at the Jasmine Villa. The Panarea Villa offers a 7-night package for 1 to 3 bedrooms, from $2755 to $3245. Another highly recommended place is the upscale Bellamare Villa on Shoal Bay East, considered one of the 10 best beaches in the world.

Rates: Averaging $800 to $1500 per night, depending on the season.

A $10 million real estate development is ongoing at Crocus Hill, which will bring jobs and increase revenue to the economy. These villas will be environmentally friendly and maintained by a condominium association in keeping with the natural beauty and appeal of Anguilla.

Restaurants: For the ultimate dining experience, visit Santorini at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa, owned by Conair, and located on Rendezvous Beach. With over 860 varieties of wine and a cellar of 4,000 bottles, they offer dinner 5 nights a week – Tuesday is lobster buffet and Friday a Caribbean buffet. They even have luncheons twice a week where guests choose their own produce from the resort’s hydroponic garden.

Hours: 7pm to 10pm, closed Tues, Fri, & Sun.

Prices: Average $95p/p. Under 12, $48.

We need to include the award winning Pimms restaurant at the very exclusive Cap Juluca resort on the southwestern corner of Anguilla, which features 18 private resort villas. (Rates of $1500 a night are definitely out of range for most travelers, unless you’re a celebrity of course.). Renowned Johnny Clero from Savoy & Claridge fame is the culinary expert at Pimms, serving gourmet cuisine such as Kobe Beef and Lobster Ravioli, with manageable prices of $30 to $36.

If you’re looking for the casual open air beachside restaurant, go to Gwen’s Reggae Grill at Shoal Bay East, one of Rod Stewart’s favorite places. After a delicious meal of barbequed ribs or fish, homemade coleslaw, a glass of rum punch or Caribbean beer, you can grab a hammock and relax beneath the palms.

Hours: 8am to 5pm, Mon thru Sat. 8am to 7pm, Sundays, live music 1:30pm to 7pm.

Prices: $12 to $14 – from the grill, $10 to $20 – sandwiches & salads, $8 – kids menu. Seafood is somewhat more expensive.

Other recommended restaurants: Blanchards, Tasty’s, and the Straw Hat.

Things to Do: Besides sunbathing, swimming, diving, fishing, golf, and tennis, Anguilla offers horseback riding on the beach and over the island. Rates at Seaside Stables: $60 1 hour; $40 ½ hour, $75 private rides, $85 moonlight rides. (first time and advanced riders.) Two rides daily; call for times – 1-264-235-3667 or e-mail seahorses@caribcable.com

Swim with the Dolphins: Dolphin Discovery offers several programs including the Royal Swim at $165p/p, the Adventure at $129p/p, the Encounter at $99 and children $89. Ph: 1-866-393-5158

You can visit any number of spas and/or beauty salons on the island or do some shopping for a unique gift or souvenir. Find driftwood carvings at Cheddie’s Studio, beachwear and other fun things at Irie Life near Sandy Ground Harbor or the Why Knot at Crocus Bay, and island art at Lynne’s Gallery.

Attractions: The Anguilla Heritage Trail, officially opened in June of this year, follows interpretive plaques at 10 historic sites including Rendezvous Bay, the Pumphouse, Old Valley Well, and the Factory. The trail is free and visitors can obtain brochures from hotels, car rental agencies, etc. The first stop on the Heritage Trail is the Heritage Collection Museum. Colville Petty, curator of the museum, has an outstanding collection of artifacts representing the archaeological and cultural history of Anguilla. The exhibits feature items used by the Arawak Indians and those used by the British from the 1600’s through the early 1900’s and the 1967 revolution, which led to the island becoming a separate overseas territory of the British. Emphasis is also placed on fishing, boat building, and salt production, which provided a way of life for the islanders.

Hours: 10am to 5pm. Admission: $5 – Adults & children 12+, Under 12 – $3.

Transportation: A few airlines such as Cape Air and LIAT fly into Anguilla, with connections from San Juan, Antigua, or St Maarten – there don’t seem to be any direct flights from North America or Europe. Charter air service is also available, and ferries from St Maarten, about a 20 minute ride, depart every hour from 7am to 7pm, cost – $15/pp + $5 departure tax.

(Note: Prices are always subject to change, and may not be up to date on every website.)

Despite its worldwide celebrity reputation, Anguilla is not on a regular cruise ship itinerary, so it remains a delightful hideaway from the paparazzi and the crowds of tourists seen at other island destinations.

Sharon L Slayton

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  1. Julie says:

    Why would I ever choose a place where the hollywood crowd go. God get a life. There is so much more to this life than these people.

  2. Sharon says:

    The article is a travel article, not intended to be a personal vacation choice for anyone in particular, or about choosing a way of life.

  3. Bunny Blake says:

    Anguilla is definitely one amazing Island! I am looking forward

    to the opening of the newly constructed Ce’Blue Villas on

    Anguilla’s beautiful Crocus Bay. With it’s breathtaking views, it

    truly is heaven on earth! I am planning on staying here on my next visit to the island! http://www.ceblueanguilla.com

  4. Bunny Blake says:

    Also, in Anguilla, you must try the restaurants Luna Rosa for dinner or DaVida for Lunch! I’m sure there are others that are worth mentioning, but those two came to my mind first!

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