Hi All -
Returned to the US from 16 days in paradise, and thought I'd follow up on my first post:
The Great . . .
- Turtles Nest: rented a two bedroom unit in the new building, right on the pool. Unit was clean, large, and recently decorated. Staff was outstanding. Walk out the door to feet in the sand. The good part of first floor was no steps; the bad part would be if the pool/resort was busier, there would not be alot of privacy in this unit.
- Blanchard's Beach Shack: As mentioned many times, well prepared "gourmet beach food" at very reasonable prices. Very friendly and accommodating staff, with great location.
- Big Spring Restaurant: On the east end by Island Harbor you'll find a french-trained chef from Lyon who makes fabulous food at bargain prices. Not the best view in the world, but you can always close your eyes while you chew!
- Henri, the artist: Henri, who used to have an art studio by Maderimean on Shoal Bay, spent the morning painting with our two girls for no charge (we did, of course, buy some of his beautiful artwork). What an amazing artist and gentleman!
- Managers Cocktail Party at Viceroy: happening, chic, packed, and . . . free!
Straw Hat: Went with friends. Lovely setting right on the beach. Friendly hosts and staff. Overcooked fish (which I know is easy to do), and owners offered to removed it from our bill (which we did not accept).
Mead's Bay: I can hear the howls already. I admit it, I am a Shoal Bay person, but IMHO, Mead's Bay is just "nice". Pretty, but not spectacular, hard to walk on (by water, there is a noticeable slope and the softer sand is very soft), and although I loved staying at TN, it was rather an eyesore to look at from the beach.
Corner Bar Pizza: decent Caribbean pizza at reasonable prices
Anguilla Power: For those other "middle aged" posters, waking up in the middle of the night bathed in sweat as the power is out (and so is the A/C). Windows opened, a touch of brandy, finally back asleep then BAM, we have power again. Time to give up and get coffee already! LOL
The Elephant Family who arrived at TN halfway through the week: Well, they must have been elephants, as humans cannot possibly make that much noise on said blackout night on the steps as these folks. Certain there were no librarians in the bunch!
Maundays Bay: Fourth visit to Anguilla, first time at Maundays. Diamonds in the water, incredible beach, beautiful manicured resort. If there were beach chairs for me to use, I might still be there. If you haven't seen it, put it on the list.
Until next time!