My wife and I chose Paradise Cove for our holiday on Anguilla after researching on Trip Advisor. It was a great decision. It is a smaller (28 rooms) and very quiet hotel, ~500 steps from the beach (Cove Bay at Smokey’s). The hotel’s website says it is possible to walk to Rendezvous Bay but that isn’t the case now, with the Cuisinart golf course in the way. The walk around the point is too hazardous to walk from bay to bay. We resigned ourselves to walking to the beach at Cove Bay, or taking a cab to Rendezvous Bay at the Anguillan Great House. At Smokey’s on Cove Bay they allow you the use of the chairs for free, assuming you are having the odd drink and lunch. They ask for your VISA card if you’re running a tab. That seems to be norm on the island as security for the tab. At Anguillan Great House you can rent a chair for $5 each for the day. Some places are more expensive - $40 a chair for the day. Yikes! The hotel actually has some lounge chairs and umbrellas for free if you arrange it.
The standard rooms at the hotel are quite large. The standard room has a small enjoining kitchenette with gas stove, small refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker and microwave. There are enough pots and pans, cutlery and dishes for 4 people. We only used the kitchenette for toast and coffee in the morning but many other guests apparently cook meals in their rooms. The room has a very comfortable king size bed, a desk, two chairs and a small table to eat on. There is also a flat screen 32 inch TV with major North American satellite/cable stations. TV is not necessary in Anguilla, with so many incredible gourmet restaurants on the island – you’re normally too drowsy after a day of sun and sand and eating yourself silly. The rooms are well air conditioned and very dark at night for a great sleep.
The hotel sits on nicely maintained manicured property near the golf course (no access unfortunately). It is a isolated from the busier areas (but there are no really busy areas on Anguilla ). There is a beautiful pool and comfortable lounge chairs. The pool is seldom used and was a welcome relief to jump in, cool down for a few minutes of peaceful tranquility after a day at the beach. At times you think you have the entire place to yourselves, even when the hotel is full. The hotel is divided up into 4 buildings with the major building on the brochure ads also having a gym and conference room in the basement. The hotel is solidly constructed with reinforced steal shutters that can easily be affixed during a hurricane. We had the pleasure of the Governor General visiting during a conference, but it was so laid back you wouldn’t know unless you were told.
Most people rent a car and travel about the island during the day – we didn’t – preferring not to have the hassle of having to drive on the left on very dark roads after dinner. Being on the wrong side of the road and with a few drinks in me, it was worth it for me, and the sanity of my wife, to just cab it. Our driver Malcolm got us home safe. But cabs are not cheap. The island is divided up into several zones, so it will normally cost you $50 return for most restaurants from Paradise Cove. There is no negotiating so don’t even try and embarrass yourself. In comparison, a car for the day is $55 but for me all the beaches start to look alike, thus we stuck close to home during the day and took a cab at night. Most people would prefer a car but being repeat visitors to Anguilla, the isolated location of the hotel worked fine for us – even without a car.
The staff at the hotel are friendly, a little shy but very accommodating – even offering to take you to the store at no charge to purchase groceries. The owner Sherille goes the extra step to make you feel at home. As she said right away, we’re very informal here – if there is anything you want just let us know. I did ask for some fruit and groceries in the room when we arrived but it wasn’t there and didn’t think to comment about it – until we left. It was on our bill but after explaining it wasn’t in our room (hence why we went to the grocery store the 2nd day after we arrived), it was removed from the bill no questions asked.
There is a small café at the hotel that is perfect for breakfast. They discourage people eating there in the evening and that is for a good reason – there are so many other places to eat. We did eat there to watch the Super Bowl; they had good wings and hot dogs but I got the impression, based on the number of times that the restaurant was empty at night, that Super Bowl night was likely the busiest the restaurant has been in a long time.
Any complaints? Minor in nature. The room we had near the conference room was a little noisy in the morning for a couple of days with banging during the setup, and people outside having their break. The water in the room didn’t have a lot of pressure (typical for Anguilla in my experience), with more of a trickle than a shower. And the toilet was one of these water conservation useless things that takes multiple flushes to get rid of the dirty deed. Plus it would keep dribbling all night, so I’m not sure how much water they actually save. All that said though I would go back to Paradise Cove in a heartbeat. We also fell in love with the resident cat – Fluffy. If you go and see her she’s adorable. She loves you sit on your lap in the morning and cuddle up with you at night on your bed.
In summary, I highly recommend Paradise Cove as a comfortable tranquil and relatively affordable hotel. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy paradise with no hassles … this is the place. Some pictures of the hotel are available here:
Miscellaneous things to note while vacationing in Anguilla:
• Water – safe at least from the tap at the hotel. Bottled otherwise recommended.
• Security – likely one of the safest places you can be in the Caribbean but take normal security precautions. i.e. use the in-room safe, and don’t flash your money around, and no jewelry.
• Flashlight – take one with you at night. The power sometimes goes out and the restaurants are pretty dark sometimes to see the menu.
• Money – US dollar is used everywhere on the island although EC is the local currency. VISA is accepted everywhere but carry photo id for shopping at stores, especially grocery stores. Allow $1500 a week for two people for food and drink if eating out. Be sure to have some small US bills for porters.
• Note on the grocery stores … appears to be the norm for the locals to jump queue so just smile and accept it.
• Getting there – the Anguillan ferry from St. Martin, Marigot is reasonably reliable and cheap at $15 a person, or you can take GB Express at $40 a person, that takes you directly to and fro the airport on St Martin. It includes a short van ride from the dock. The GB Express is a little faster, smoother and less hassle without having to worry about a cab. If you are at all prone to sea sickness, it wouldn’t hurt to take a gravol before you embark from the airport, as the crossing can be pretty rough.
• Water Sports: sailing, kayaking, kite surfing. Jet Ski’s are not permitted.
• Things To Do: Very little – swimming, tanning, reading, long walks on the beach, driving around exploring (if you rent a car).
• If you have any other questions about Anguilla the forum here is quite good: http://www.anguillaforum.com/index.php?sid=0cc6a8c496f31bde3ec0ec98ae517723 but don’t hesitate to PM me on Trip Adviser.
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