We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 days on Anguilla - it's a beautiful island with great nightlife and outstanding dining options by any standard. My wife and I have typically approached the Caribbean as more of a low-key vacation to be spent hanging out in a room with a plunge pool or villa (Jade Mountain, Cayo Espanto), but we quickly realized that's not what Anguilla is all about. There are a lot of things to do off-resort, so I would not recommend paying up for a more expensive room as you're unlikely to spend a lot of time in it.
As for the Viceroy, though parts of it's faux-Miami architecture look a bit out-of-place with the rest of the island, it is a lovely resort with great views, helpful staff, and some solid dining options. We really enjoyed sitting out by the pool on the Sunset Deck and grabbing lunch on the beach at the Half Shell. You can easily walk up the beach to other great dining spots, including Blanchards and the Straw Hat. That being said, if you're looking for a quiet, private couples vacation, I would choose your room carefully unless you're staying in one of the villas (and even some of those have pools that are in plain view of the pedestrian path). Other than Buildings 32/33, most of the ocean-view suites look out onto the pools (same for roof-top suites) and directly into other suites (see photos). You have very little privacy and can hear everything your neighbors are doing, as well as noise from the fitness center, bar, etc. The balconies are covered so you can't get much sun on them anyway. This is all especially true on lower floors. I really didn't see anyone using their balconies or pools (the pools are basically small little hot tubs) at all during our stay. There are a ton of families and kids, so, again, be prepared if you're looking for a secluded/private couples retreat.
The beaches around the Viceroy are pretty eroded right now so there's was less of a beach scene than a pool scene. Unfortunately, the view from the beach on one side of the resort is currently marred by off-short dredging, but that is expected to be temporary. There are plenty of other beaches to visit, including the beach at Smokeys, which is close by, and the gorgeous Shoal Bay, which requires driving. The adult pools are great - plenty of people mingling, live music at night, easy access to drinks, great view of the water.
The staff is friendly and did everything they could to make our experience enjoyable. The concierge arranged any number of activities and dinner reservations, while the front desk found us a room in Building 33 when we weren't initially happy with our room in Building 34.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla invites you to make yourself at home in 166 villas and resort accommodations, more than 80% of which overlook the breaking surf and blue horizons of two of Anguilla's 33 spectacular beaches. Relax in the seaside spa. Sample fresh cuisine with those you love, in a place where every sunset is theatrical. Immerse yourself in Anguilla's unique culture and stunning natural beauty as Four Seasons expertise takes the Caribbean to new levels of seaside luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viceroy Anguilla Hotel West End
- Four Seasons Resort And Residences Anguilla West End Village