This was my first trip to Anguilla. And in the last couple of years, i have been to St. Johns (Caneel Bay), Jamaica (Half Moon), and T&C (Regent Palms). While every island has its own unique atmosphere and vibe, Anguilla is very much as advertised -- a beautiful, laid back island with beautiful beaches, and minimal "commercialization". We found the locals to be very friendly and while we did not explore the island extensively, it seemed very safe and comfortable to do. While this island does not have the mountainous terrain found on many other islands, it does have rocky cliffs amongst the many gorgeous beaches surrounding the island. If you fly into St. Maarten, the trip over to Anguilla did require two trips through immigration -- in St Maarten and in Anguilla -- and does require some reshuffling from airport into taxi for 2 min ride to boat ferry, boat ride to Anguilla, then out of ferry, immigration in Anguilla, back into taxi and on to your resort. This is not a huge deal, but it does take some time and effort with your bags in and out of vehicles along the way. Just something you should know if this is important for you.
Now as far as the Viceroy resort goes. Let me get straight to the point. The Viceroy Anguilla might be the nicest place I have ever stayed. The grounds, buildings, rooms and outdoor spaces are spectacular and done in a very contemporary modern style that we really enjoyed. We went for a 50th birthday celebration at thanksgiving and rented two of the villas and a few rooms with our large group of 20. It was perfect. The villas are extraordinary. Rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are like having your own personal spa. Indoor showers, outdoor showers, large tubs, tons of natural light, your own infinity pool and jacuzzi, outdoor grill etc. Everything is done in a elegant contemporary style but still very practical. Very zen like. So as far as the physical accommodations go, unless you just don't like contemporary design, it is a 10. Some of our group stayed in Studio Rooms/Suites -- which were similarly done -- and some even have your own personal jacuzzi on the balcony. We were able to get a special package price for the Villas which was a great value --- not sure what the regular pricing is -- but our package was no doubt a great value.
To be honest, when looking at the Viceroy online, i was concerned about how i would like this contemporary style with lots of marble etc in an island setting --- but it was a huge hit with me and the whole group. It may not suit everyone's taste, but we thought it was magnificent and elegantly done.
The coba restaurant is also wonderful. We ate one night there and while we were at the resort, the breakfast was served each morning here (not sure this is always the case). With outdoor seating and panoramic ocean views from the top of this rocky peninsula that can't be beat. Of course, don't expect cheap prices, but that's just what you get at a place like this.
One of our favorite spots was the sunset bar and infinity pool. Very spacious and comfortable with views that are to die for. A perfect place for a sunset cocktail. We gathered there almost every afternoon/evening to enjoy a drink, the sunset and the views. The large infinity pool right off the bar (which is reserved for adults only -- there are two other pools on property) and with the same stunning views is also a nice place for a dip while soaking in the beauty.
Our villa was on Barnes Bay beach. This beach is nice, but not as large and spacious as Meads Bay on the other side of the resort. We did enjoy cocktails at the Half Shell on Barnes Bay beach, which was small and is located right on the beach. Meads Bay beach is where the main beach and water activities are. I am not sure about how the winds are year round, but my sense is that this side of the island generally has more wave action -- in which case they may limit some of the water activities available. But it is really gorgeous and you can easily walk down Mead Bay to other beach restaurants along the way. While the water was beautiful -- I did not find the snorkeling right off the beach to be anything extraordinary. Nice, but nothing like we experienced at Caneel Bay.
We found the service to be outstanding as well. Whatever you need, the staff was there with a friendly smile to help. The villas included personal lifestyle assistants to take care of your every need. Thank you Deniscio and Kerry for takng care of our every need. With a party of 20, this was key as otherwise it can be rather time consuming to plan and coordinate for the group each day.
Overall -- this is a beautiful resort. If you don't like modern, contemporary design and want more of a old school island feel, then this may not be for you. And the people were polite, friendly and provided wonderful service. In other places you occasionally get the sense the staff is on "island time" and not in a hurry to assist--- this is not the case from our experience at the Viceroy.
- 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