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Anguilla - Trip Reports

CuisinArt & Covecastles

April 15-24, 2001

CuisinArt was wonderful, could not have been much better. They met us on arrival at airport, greeted us at the hotel, escorted us to our room, which was 900 square feet and very nice with a great, spacious bathroom with shower and spa tub. Arranged our rental jeep which was delivered the following day, as scheduled.

There was a great pool and spa, wonderful white beaches with no rocks, excellent twice-a-day maid service, good restaurants (just slightly disappointing), great bocce court, wonderful art, continental breakfast every day at our room's private deck overlooking the ocean, computer with fast connection for use by guests to check email, etc. The place is beautiful and we would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants to go to Anguilla. Comparable to our favorite place, Four Seasons in Wailea.

However, Covecastles was very disappointing. The beach in front of us (#7 beach house) was very, very rocky so we could not swim and the beach nearer the main house was also rocky so we did no swimming at all at Covecastles. Also there was no pool for our use, although there is a picture of a pool in the (misleading) brochure. Turns out there is one pool in the largest private villa, but only residents of that villa can use it. When we were there that villa was not occupied (nor were most of the other houses) but we were still not allowed to use it, although it was about 25 yards from our beach house.

Our Covecastles "beach house" had two rather small bedrooms (one of which was locked) and a small bathroom. Shower was terrible, with very low water pressure, one of the worst showers I have ever had in any hotel.

There was a bottle of champagne and a tray of snacks when we first arrived, but nothing else besides that. We elected not to try the restaurant since there were lots of interesting restaurants on the island and we didn't have much faith in Covecastles delivering what they promised.

We went to St. Martins and stayed there two nights rather than stay the whole time at Covecastles. We enjoyed it very much.

Anguilla is a rather poor country with not a lot of diversions other than the resorts. Restaurants in Anguilla were quite good (like Blanchards, Cap Juluca), but the prices are literally higher than the top places in New York City (which we visited last fall for a food and wine trip) and not up to New York City standards. I know the cost of importing raw materials is high in Anguilla but the cost of the labor and the land can't be anywhere near NYC.

Thanks to Terry for this trip report ...
May 2001

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