Sunday, November 11, 2007

Anguilla Update - By Anne Grethe

Jim and I just spend 7 nights at CuisinArt in Anguilla.

We arrived at the brand new airport which is a dream compared to
the old one. We were met by the VIP service arranged by the hotel
and escorted across the street to the " Fun Time Ferry Service " which
will whisk you over to Anguilla in 30 minutes or less. This is a very
convenient service ( they will clear customs for you while you wait
in the boat ), but keep in mind the waters can be rather rough.
( One lady staying at Cap Juluca broke her wrist in two places
during the crossing the day after we arrived ).

It proved that CuisinArt was a very good choice for us. The food and service both excellent. Their new chef from Dubai is turning the crop from the organic/hydroponic farm into gourmet creations ( the tomatoes were to die for ).

The accommodations are all large and comfortable - most of them ocean front where you step right into the soft white sand of Rendevouz-Bay's 2 mile long beach. Large walk in closets and huge marble bathrooms - double sinks - very large tub and separate shower with GREAT water pressure.

The landscaping is absolutely gorgeous housing hundreds of different species of blooming trees, bushes and plants.

Venus Spa offer a very large variety of treatments. They are building a 10 million addition to this already wonderful spa which should be ready by next December. They also offer a wide variety of exercise classes. You may choose from Yoga - pilates - relax and stretch - sand and surf - aquatic conditions - beach power walk and more.

The general manager Stephane Zaharia will personally greet every guest upon arrival as well as upon their departure.

Outside the resort:
The great new golf course at St. Regis just opened and the beautiful Club House offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. This now proves to be one of the best restaurants on the island. The golf course is located right next to CuisinArt - ( we could walk to the golf course.) Some of the villas are completed and quite a few under construction sitting right at the water's edge - the hotel coming later.

I also did my second site inspection at Cap Juluca. Still a very beautiful resort. They seemed to have some problems with maintenance/plumbing. A few couples we met at CuisinArt checked out of Cap Juluca due to leaks and management problems. I also thought the landscaping needed updating. From local people and newspapers I understand this may be caused by the feud going on between the two owners and the
government. Hopefully this situation will improve when the ownership of the resort is established.

Other great choices for dining is The Strawhat - Tastees - Olivers and many more.

Why is this one of my favorite islands ?

The best beaches and the best food - everyone you meet is friendly. Just wish I had time to do more exploring.

Anne-Grethe Parkin
Travel Exchange - A Virtuoso Agency
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