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Planning an Anguilla vacation? You will find inns, hotels, resorts, apartments, condo hotels, guest houses, self-contained holiday suites and more than 300 villas for rent on Anguilla.

Located in the Eastern Caribbean, Anguilla measures only 26 kilometers long and five kilometers wide. The population of Anguilla is 12,000.

Anguilla beach
Anguilla beach
Photo by William A. Boyd Jr.

Here are some places to stay in Anguilla, ranging from luxury hotels to affordable accommodations.

Viceroy Anguilla

Located on 35 acres of beachfront land at Barnes Bay and Meads Bay, Viceroy Anguilla has 166 villas, suites, penthouses and rooms, all with dipping pools. Guests have access to three pools, a small adults-only section, a kids' club and the Viceroy Anguilla Spa.

You can snorkel from the resort and often view sea horses and sea turtles. Chefs prepare beach picnics and even cook dinner in your villa.

Meads Bay
Meads Bay
Photo by William A. Boyd Jr.

Viceroy Anguilla restaurants include Cobá (meaning cliff-top temple sitting atop highest point above ruffled waters, in the Arawak language). The 144-seat restaurant offers ocean views, with indoor and outdoor dining on seafood and local foods, prepared Asian-style.

Aleta features Caribbean cuisine made from Anguilla food specialties. The Half Shell serves morning coffee, evening cocktails and take-out lunches for the beach.

Bamboo offers evening steak and barbecues, with Caribbean music, by the beach. Sunset Lounge serves poolside drinks and light snacks, accompanied by music and ocean views.

Viceroy Anguilla reservations: www.viceroyanguilla.com and www.resorttothebest.com (Canada)

CuisinArt Resort

CuisinArt Resort and Spa has 93 rooms and suites and six new private villas. Three beachfront villas have private pools. Guests receive free breakfast daily, access to an Internet café, a lending library with 1,500 books and tours of the CuisinArt hydroponic farm and gardens.

CuisinArt Resort
CuisinArt Resort
Photo by William A. Boyd Jr.

Activities include cooking classes, wine tastings and free use of tennis courts and non-motorized watersports. After massages in The Venus Spa, couples can relax with Champagne and strawberries.

Santorini restaurant offers fine dining and a Chef's Table. Café Mediterraneo has a brick pizza oven and chefs trained by an Italian pizza chef. Guests can dine on ribs and organic salads on the wooden beach deck.

CuisinArt Resort Anguilla closes in September and October.

CuisinArt Resort & Spa reservations: www.CuisinArtResort.com

Cap Juluca

Cap Juluca resort is located along 3.2 kilometers of pristine white beach. Ninety-eight luxurious suites and bedrooms in 18 guest villas all have ocean views. Resort rooms have large flat screen HD televisions, DVD players, iPod docking stations and free WiFi.

Cap Juluca restaurants include Pimms, which serves European and Caribbean cuisine. Spice is an Asian restaurant. Guests receive free continental breakfasts on their private terraces or at Blue, a beachfront restaurant.

Cap Juluca resort
Cap Juluca resort
Courtesy of Cap Juluca

Couples enjoy afternoon tea in the Main House, romantic torchlight dinners on the beach, as well as in-room dining. Maundays Club has live music and Monday cocktail receptions.

Anguilla vacation activities include golfing on Temenos Golf Course (the only 18-hole golf course on Anguilla), free watersports and day and evening tennis, with weekly tennis clinics. A cardio fitness room supplements the weight room, Cap Juluca Spa and large swimming pool.

Cap Juluca reservations: www.capjuluca.com

Anacaona Boutique Hotel

Located in the West End of Anguilla, near Meads Bay, Anacaona Hotel has 27 rooms and suites, next to a one-mile beach. The affordable Anguilla hotel has two pools, a massage center, free WiFi and use of snorkeling equipment.

A restaurant and bar also serve drinks and food on the beach. Cultural performances include the Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre, Caribbean music and dancing. Special interest weeks entice artists, birdwatchers, photographers, golfers and lovers of West Indian cuisine.

Anacaona Hotel reservations: www.resorttothebest.com (Canada)

Shoal Bay Villas
Shoal Bay Villas
Photo by William A. Boyd Jr.

Shoal Bay Villas

Charming Escapes Collection is a group of small Anguilla hotels, inns, b&bs and villas.

Examples include Shoal Bay Villas on the north coast of Anguilla. Thirteen villas overlook the two-mile long white sand Shoal Bay Beach. Two two-bedroom apartments and two one-bedroom apartments overlook the pool. Guests can snorkel by the offshore reef.

Shoal Bay Villas reservations: www.sbvillas.ai

Paradise Cove resort

Another Charming Escapes Collection member is Paradise Cove resort on the southeast coast of Anguilla. Twenty-nine studio, penthouse one and two-bedroom accommodations offer views of the ocean and garden, kitchens and kitchenettes.

Paradise Cove resort
Paradise Cove resort
Photo by William A. Boyd Jr.

During their Anguilla vacation, Paradise Cove guests have access to a fitness center, Internet café with WiFi, a large pool, a children's pool and two open-air Jacuzzis.

Paradise Cove reservations: www.paradisecoveanguilla.com

How to get to Anguilla

The fastest and easiest way to reach Anguilla is by flying to St. Martin and taking a seven-minute flight to Anguilla on Winn Air or Anguilla Air Service from Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA).

Visitors can also ride the Anguilla ferry from Marigot, St. Martin, to Blowing Point, Anguilla. The ferry leaves every half hour between 7:30 am and 7:00 pm. The 15-kilometer (nine-mile) ferry crossing takes 20 minutes.

From the port, near Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in St. Maarten, speedboats to Anguilla take a half-hour.

Total Vacations, Air Canada Vacations and Enjoy Vacations offer Anguilla packages.


Anguilla Tourist Board: www.anguilla-vacation.com

More information on Anguilla:

Anguilla Spa Treatments and Wellness Centres

Sandy Island, Anguilla