By Patricia Canole
Where do stressed-out celebs go when they need a break from the glamour grind? Anguilla, of course. Blissful beaches, gourmet cuisine, and total seclusion. Those seeking relaxed luxury won’t find a more perfect setting.
LUXURIATE IN EXCLUSIVITY
Celebs flock to tiny Anguilla more for what it doesn’t have than what it does. There are no high-rise resorts, casinos, boutiques or even historical sites, which means the 16-mile-long island doesn’t have crowds, either. Sure, the scenery isn’t as lush as other Caribbean islands, but you will find lovely beaches (such as Shoal and Mead’s Bay), as well as exclusive beachfront resorts. And while there is limited nightlife, there are rustic reggae bars where the boldfaced names can let their hair down, away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. And with more than 30 beaches, it’s never hard to find a cove to get away from it all!
International bold-faced names have stayed in the whitewashed domed-and-turreted villas at Cap Juluca (capjuluca.com). Strung along 179 acres of breathtaking Maundays Bay, these villas are a favorite, thanks to the caring staff, excellent sports facilities, and plenty of privacy and comfort. The atmosphere makes this resort famous for romantic escapes or destination weddings. Amenities include a fitness center and a water-sports pavilion. Spa services can be provided in the privacy of your villa. Daily activities including beach fitness and nature walks may even tempt you to leave your beach chair. Enjoy the complimentary afternoon tea which is served under the dome.
Not too far away is Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa (cuisinartresort.com) which offers an excellent family-friendly full-service resort: miles of stunning beach, world-class golf, a gorgeous spa, and health club, top dining, and sports galore. Roomy guest rooms have flat-screen TVs. A daily continental buffet breakfast is included in all rates. Guests return here because of its casual atmosphere, extensive facilities, and the concierge crew who will grant every wish: They’ll get you nannies, and hard-to-get reservations. Cuisinart offers great packages for the Greg Norman Golf Course. There are five restaurants, a hydroponic farm providing organic produce, and tours of the greenhouse. Cooking classes and demonstrations are conducted in the teaching kitchen and enjoyed at the Chef’s Table twice weekly.
Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla (fourseasons.com/anguilla) truly wows sophisticates. Go ahead and book one of the spacious two- to five-bedroom villas, complete with private pools and hot tubs, indoor/outdoor showers, gourmet kitchens, not to mention your very own house manager. The five on-site restaurants satisfy with beach barbecue to fine dining and cocktails are a must at the Sunset Bar. You’ll find a fully equipped spa, gym, yoga center and even a camp-like kid’s program.
DINE AROUND THE ISLAND
DO NOTHING (AND DON’T FEEL GUILTY)
For more information on Anguilla, go to visitanguilla.com.