The viceroy is a classy operation and this property is exemplary of cool modern LA-style in the Caribbean! The hotel is a modern and well designed property of suites, and villas spread out over two beaches in perfectly manicured gardens. With three pools ( infinity for adults and chilled), a square sun longer pool and a heated kids pool with jacuzzi, plus two beaches to choose from... There is never a shortage of public spaces to sun and relax. The views are gorgeous and the water is warm and turquoise... Absolutely idyllic. Fresh towels almost everywhere, sunscreen dispensers (10 SPF and 30) and umbrellas/lounge chairs aplenty you can always find somewhere to catch the rays. Staff are helpful but not obsequious or fawning, and the choice of restaurants is excellent! There is almost no reason to go 'off property' however...do! The island is unique and amazing for choice of beaches and friendly and unhurried casual hospitality. We found very little attitude or lack of service at any establishment we patronised and generally found Anguilla to be a refreshing change to other Caribbean islands whee the locals are apathetic to hostile towards tourists and visitors. Perhaps because Anguilla is not spoiled yet by hordes of cruise shippers or property speculators! The viceroy is a 'new' property aimed at the monied 35 - 45 hipster urban boho crowd of NY,LA or London.
The room facilities
Cool and modern designs with tasteful furnishings, art and space! Huge bathrooms of marble with terraces and jacuzzi tubs on the balconies. We were in the closest block to the hotel with a view of the Aleta pool. But, all rooms have nice views and the villas are ultra private with pools. There are three businesses going on here... Hotel business, weddings and residence sales ... But at no time did you feel the hotel was overrun with people or management didn't take their eye off the ball! The rooms have great beds, large toiletries, mini fridge kitchens and comfy furniture. Wifi everywhere is free and the room service and housekeeping was excellent and thorough. Baths and showers, ample closet space and storage with wooden hangars!! The details matter!
Excellent! Gluten free and vegetarian options! coba is the formal dining and the fish was excellent, with a great wine cellar! The halibut and Mahi Mahi were our faces and the gluten free pasta excellent!! bamboo cafe was our favourite for lunch with the best staff at the resort by far! The cheeseburgers with sweet potato fries were exceptional as werenthe salads, fish and desserts! Illy coffee too with great smoothies and cocktails very day and evening steps from the azure seas and sugar white sands! The half shell is small, with a Greek-med style menu ( delicious hummus, pita and vine leaves) but be warned.. At mid day in April it is hot!! There is no a/c or fans and if there is no breeze you will sweat! The main cocktail lounge is also a restaurant with fantastic sushi and some unusual dishes which give you a break from big meals and a sense of variety! However.. Do considerbgoingnoffbresort to eat... We loved Smoky's on the beach a bike ride away (free bikes or golf carts at reception), picante Mexican (walk to the endnofbthe driveway and turn right 200 yards!) or try out local restaurants ( Veya, Hibernian - worth the drive or get the pick-upbservicebeyboffer!), Blanchards ( walk 100 yards down the beach) which was our favourite meal on the island by far!, and Flavours. The concierge will be happy to help with tips and advice! Room service was excellent and the hotel will set up dinner for you anywhere on property you want...anywhere! The only disappointment was Aleta for breakfast. Too small and too crowded with an ambivalent staff. It is thebonebthingbthat really let's the resort down and hopefully it will improve! If it isn't included consider going off property for breakfast (giraud's patisserie 2 km away!) or straw hat on the beach!
There are free water sports equipment for guests and tennis, gym activities and yoga every day. A kids club and there is a small and stylish boutique ( with great fashion items and long sleeve swim shirts for snorkelling or boogie boarding...vital!) Orelar & Brown swimwear, sundeck's and ray bans if you need them, and jewels, sarongs, hats and ephemera to keep the ladies interested and the wallets open!
I have to say, the management redeemed themselves by what could have been a very tricky situation! I can only say how professional and helpful they were! The hotel had an 'A' list wedding of 225 guests which took over the hotel, over three days the wedding party took over the hotel and various facilities were closed. One night the Aleta pool became a super-club with lights, dj, balloons and all sorts of things. However, the hotel management really looked after us as practically the only non-wedding guests and offered compensation as well as some special privileges. They offered to move us too which we declined because of the hassle of packing but we appreciated the offer! I will say this... It is an amazing place for a wedding if you can afford it..but if you are staying T the resort and not part of the wedding be careful and ask on check in what will be closed and/or open! That is the only downside to a property that has a wedding business as part of its revenue and business plans.
The hotel is not traditional Caribbean and owes more to LA style, and for some it may be too big and soul-less but we found the modern luxury to be perfect as a winter sun escape with style. Mind you, it is not a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton and does not capture real European luxury however it is a very young and stylish place to stay to enjoy anguilla!
- 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