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Anguilla - Trip Reports

Hotel/Resort vs. Villa Rental

I just returned May 7th-14th from our 4th Trip to the beautiful Island of Anguilla and once again had a great trip. One thing I noticed and found out about Anguilla is there are a number of Hotels/Resorts and New (old) Villas on this small Island. Via this report, I wanted to offer some advice of which to choose a Hotel/Resort or a Villa. Including some suggested or recommended Villas and Resorts.

If you have $ 21,000.00 Plus in low season or around $ 31,000.00 in high season, you can rent the New Altamer Villa on Shoal Bay West. This is for the Ultimate in Pampering. Private Chef, Valets, Butlers etc…. It is a Beautiful and Very modern Villa. Contact: 264-498-4000 or e-mail: info@altamer.com Web Site: www.altamer.com

If you are like me and don't have any extra cash lying around then you may want to consider the following location:

Splash Villa - Beautiful 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths. On a Hill with beautiful views of St. Martin, Very Private area. Contact: Janine at 264-497-3666 or e-mail: Edwards@anguillanet.com Web Site: www.splash.ai This is one to consider Renting. Janine can also help you with other Villa's that she manages.

Another location, you may want to consider is The MainStay@Elsie Bay Web Site: www.mainstayvilla.com. I do not know much about this Villa, just heard about it.

Advantages to a Villa.

After four (4) stays on the Island, I found them to be more cost effective. I would rather have the coffee maker, make my coffee and enjoy it when I am ready rather then at a Hotel/Resort where they bring you the Continental Breakfast during a certain time that you determined the night before. What if you and your someone special want to sleep in?

Privacy - The Pool is yours unless you are sharing the Villa with your family (in a Villa you do not have to rent another room for the kids) or another couple (also a benefit - spread the price of the Villa out).

Food - If you feel like eggs or cereal at a hotel/resort you go out to their restaurant or have room service deliver. A bowl of cereal at a Resort cost us about $ 6.00 delivered. At the Villa, you can shop and make your own breakfast.

Villas - feels more like home away from home Caribbean style, most give you more living space and are great for families.

Independence - convenience of your own cooking, washing facilities etc.

Advantages of a Resort/Hotel:

If you enjoy being pampered and not having to shop then consider a resort/hotel.

Someone bringing you bottled water and sherbet when you are beach, poolside, or delivering a continental breakfast room with coffee to your room every morning.

Turndown service in the evening, I am sure you can arrange it at the Villa.

Resorts/Hotels to Consider:

Cap Juluca for the ultimate in luxury and one of my favorite hotels. No, in-room TV. Pool is ok. Beach is beautiful. Rooms are the best. Complete continental breakfast also, your in-room refrigerator is stock with complimentary beverages. Web Site: http://www.capjuluca.com/

CuisinArt Resort also offers you a luxury resort. Rooms are nice. Landscape is the best and their Art Gallery is beautiful. Pool is Fantastic. TV in the room. Very Limited continental breakfast and your in-room refrigerator is also limited, complimentary BOTTLED WATER ONLY. Soda etc is about $ 3.00 can plus SC. Beach is very nice. Try for a 3rd Floor Luxury Jr. Suite. Web Site: www.cuisinartresort.com One note: Use Jill Walker at TainoWellness (tainowellness@hotmail.com) vs. their own Spa… She is much better at a reasonable rate. Jill can also come to your Villa for in-Villa Body Treatments.

Cinnamon-Reef appears to be a nice resort. Featuring individual villas. I do not know a lot about this location, they have a nice secluded inlet and they are a little off the beaten (no pun) path. Great Restaurant - Palm Court. Web Site: www.cinnamon-reef.com

If you need a quick get-a-way in the off season and are on a budget but want something a little special Jill Walker has linked up with Allamanda Beach Resort on Shoal Bay for a Spa Retreat package. Tel. 264-497-5217 For more details contact Ava at allamanda@offshore.com.ai or info@allamanda.ai Web Site: www.allamanda.ai

In summary; my next stay on the Anguilla, will most likely be in a Villa obtained via Janine at Splash. Good luck. There are many great choices out there, enjoy yourself and the beautiful Island of Anguilla.

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

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