Cruising to Anguilla

Anguilla – the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean lies five miles north of St. Martin. Once a part of a federation with St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla gained its independence from that association in 1980 and has since been a self-governed British possession. Only 16 miles in length, the island is easily traversed by rental car or taxi.

Anguilla boasts some of the finest resorts in the Caribbean. Malliouhana at Meads Bay is perhaps the most perfect property in the Caribbean, and a marvelous place to spend your day. The beach is among the best on the island. The children’s aquatic playground and the state-of-the-art spa/fitness center are extremely impressive. The incredibly charming indoor/outdoor restaurant perched on a cliff overlooking the sea is not only romantic, but features the imaginative French cuisine of the Rostang family. Whether you opt for lunch or dinner, it is one of those uniquely perfect dining experiences that we constantly seek but rarely find.

Cap Juluca at Maundays Bay is a unique Moorish-style retreat spread along a lovely strand of white-sand beach featuring Pimms, an outstanding restaurant, and a new fitness/spa facility. CuisinArt, with its Mediterranean-influenced architecture, is yet another outstanding beachfront resort. If time permits, you will want to visit at least one of these fabulous properties.

The best public beaches are at Shoal Bay and Sandy Ground, where there are some colorful restaurants and small shops. A top choice for a day trip would be a snorkeling expedition to either Sandy Island or Little Cay Bay. Sandy Island, accessible by ferry or motor boat from Sandy Ground, is a tiny islet with a few palm trees surrounded by powder-fine sand and good reefs for snorkeling. The open-air restaurant features barbecued ribs, chicken, and lobster, accompanied by cold beer or rum punch. Little Cay Bay is a picturesque secluded cove accessible only by boat. Island Harbour Restaurant at Scilly Cay is a good choice on the beach. Here you will find a tiny, white-sand beach with turquoise, azure, and verdant green waters—a romantic spot for a private picnic with good snorkeling possibilities.