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“The Best Beach Resort Vacation We've Ever Been To”
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Cap Juluca
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in West End Village
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Beverly Hills, California
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“The Best Beach Resort Vacation We've Ever Been To”
Reviewed 16 July 2009

We just returned after a 5 night stay at Cap Juluca (July 7-11) and it was absolutely outstanding on every level. It made our first four nights on St. Martin pale in comparison. Our previous favorite beach resort was The Four Seasons Hualalai (Big Island) but now we've found a place that surpasses even that in terms of magnificent scenery, top-tier service, beautiful grounds and architecture, wonderful staff and great food. We have been to many beautiful beach resorts on Bora Bora, all Hawaiian islands, around Caribbean but this one takes the cake. We also met many people from around the US who are also very well-traveled and it seemed to be unanimous that we were all blown away by the Cap Juluca. It was a big trek getting there from Los Angeles but so worth it.

First let me say that two weeks before our trip we read a couple of negative comments on this website about the rooms and because of those we momentarily considered rebooking to Cuisinart. THANK GOODNESS we kept our reservation!!! We checked out Cusinart (nice - not amazing) and Malliouhanna (a little dated but nice) and Cap Juluca is superior to everything--had we changed we would have been HUGELY disappointed.
The hotel is about to undergo renovations and we were told they did a "soft" renovation a few years ago. We stayed in a Luxury room category and it was very large, very nicely appointed and had a huge bathroom with floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a private patio. Hard to believe they are renovating that! Housekeeping was amazing - we never had to ask for a thing. they were so on top of making up the room and turndown and taking care of us. In fact, everyone at the hotel is so friendly - they go out of their way to be helpful.

Among many of the nice things included in your stay (fully stocked fridge with waters galore, soft drinks, beer; free beach sports incl. water skiing, kayaks, etc; solar golf carts to use as you like) is the spectacular continental breakfast at Blue which is included in with your stay, which we loved. So much food to choose from and amazing service. Another top mention is that you never have to run out and reserve beach chairs as at other hotels. The hotel feels very small and exclusive and the chairs are well spaced and plentiful that you can arrive anytime and find chairs with an umbrella right by your room. You are not on top of people so you it feels so nice and private. The attendants make up the chairs and bring you a cooler with cold waters on ice, again at no charge and such a nice touch. there are also tented bars set up, probably about 5-6 all along the beach) so you never have to go far for a refreshment, plus they come around several times a day with fruit, ice cream, etc.

The two dinner restaurants, Spice and Pimms, were equally stunning, next to each other on the water, with great selections and very delicions meals. we never wanted to leave the property for a meal (tho we did once). Some have commented on the high prices but considering quality and the level of service we felt it was fair. Also both have a great wine selection.

There's only one negative comment i can say, and i so hesitate to say anything negative about Cap Juluca, but we went to the gym on a couple of occasions and found that it smelled very strongly of possibly cleaning solution or something clhemical, which didn't seem like a good idea to work out in. No biggie - we walked miles on the beaches, kayaked, sailed, rode horses on the beach, so who really wants to be indoors anyway.

Hands down you will not be disappointed,. And if the villa we toured that's currently under extensive renovation (with its private infinity pool overlooking the sea) is any indication, this place will blow you away even more once all the renovation is complete. As i said, our room was really large and fabulous before renovation, so you can imagine what amazing plans await. Lastly, this is not really a place to take kids. Maybe around the holidays when we heard there are lots of families, but our daughter (14) would have been bored and it's just not that kind of place. One last, last thing - we were worried about travelling there in July due to hurricanes but the weather was amazing and we were told that you only need to worry about late august/sept.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

Yes, the rooms are older and in need of renovation. Don't let this deter you from staying. They are in the process of upgrading everything and it will be fabulous.

The lobby and grounds are absolutely breathtaking. Service impeccable. One of the best beaches I've seen! Beach beds are great, restaurants fantastic. Blue was surprisingly a favorite...the view was AMAZING!!! Loved the solar golf carts used to get around...such a fun idea. Again room was older but fit our needs, bathroom was beautiful and flat screen tv was great.

HIGHLY recommend GB ferry system. Leaves from police station in simpson bay, 35 dollars a person, cab back to the airport INCLUDED. Great service, on time. Saw many using funtime and having lots of troubles. Brings you to SIMPSON BAY unlike the main ferry which goes to Marigot which is much farther from the airport.

Will DEFINITELY be back! My new favorite resort!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

Cap Juluca was great, but not for the price. We went during the low season and felt like the resort was too big for personal attention - I could only imagine when it is busy...
We were surprised when we got there that they did not have locks on their rooms. When we requested a key it didn't work. But we soon agreed that they must not have problems so we'd just roll with it. A missed breakfast, late wake-up call, and late massage appointment later, we decided that the resort was too big and they didn't have the level of attention to their guests that they should for the price. It was still a beautiful resort and beach, but for the price it didn't seem worth it. We rented a car (which is a great idea in Anguilla) and found that there were a ton of other places to eat that didn't charge an arm and a leg like Cap Juluca. Looking back we really liked Cap Juluca, but for the price we would have stayed somewhere like the hotel Frangipani Beach Resort where you could save $ compared to Cap Juluca...

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 13 July 2009

We stayed 4 nights in Cap Juluca for our first anniversary and my husband and I both thought it was an amazing experience. I LOVED the room....we were in an "updated" room -- Villa 8, Room 4. The bathroom was SPECTACULAR and the built in sofa in the living room was comfy. The views are unparalled. I did get bitten my mosquitos, but there is a net over the bed and next time I will bring some Skin So Soft as a repellant (the room had a can of OFF). The service was 1st class and the food was delicious, albeit pricey. But overall, this vacation was far better than our honeymoon to the Greek Isles! The water is a clear blue and as warm as bathwater, and the white sand is like powder. Cap Juluca is the most relaxing place I've ever been. LOVED IT!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 13 July 2009

We stayed 4 nights in Cap Juluca for our first anniversary and my husband and I both thought it was an amazing experience. I LOVED the room....we were in an "updated" room -- Villa 8, Room 4. The bathroom was SPECTACULAR and the built in sofa in the living room was comfy. The views are unparalled. I did get bitten my mosquitos, but there is a net over the bed and next time I will bring some Skin So Soft as a repellant (the room had a can of OFF). The service was 1st class and the food was delicious, albeit pricey. But overall, this vacation was far better than our honeymoon to the Greek Isles! The water is a clear blue and as warm as bathwater, and the white sand is like powder. Cap Juluca is the most relaxing place I've ever been. LOVED IT!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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new york
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

Wow, the beach that Cap is on, is fantastic! The water is so Blue and sand so white. We had a great time walking the long beach, and floating in the ocean. The rooms are nice, but not the best. They are a little dreary if you keep the doors shut which you have to do because the bugs will come in, and it is very hot with the doors open. They should have sliding glass doors, like most beach hotels do, so that you can enjoy the view and still have the benefits of air conditioning and no bugs. The pool is not good at all, we never once used it, and never saw anyone swim in it. The beach chairs are really nice and the service at the beach is pretty good. We enjoyed the restaurants very much. Especially blue. The atmosphere is stunning and very posh. It's perfect for a great view and great lunch. We also ate at Blue for the Friday night buffet and LOVED it. Great food, romantic atmosphere sitting right on the beach.
We did not like Spice much but thought Pimms was excellent. The people who work at Pimms are extra nice and catering to you. They hug you when you walk in the door! I would return to Cap Juluca in a heartbeat however, I do think they should now focus on updating the rooms...we stayed in a junior suite which is really just a bigger bathroom with a double tub...the villas looked like they are your best bet, big glass windows, your own private pool...

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 July 2009

Saved up from a summer side job to go to Cap Juluca for our honeymoon. We knew it was going to be pricey but we were prepared. Decided on the romance package. I had enough points for two roundtrip tickets. It was great flying in St. Maarten and taking the cap juluca shuttle to anguilla. Well worth it. One other couple on the yacht. cap Juluca greets you right at baggage claim and escorts you every step of the way. I know the ferry is cheaper but you should take the shuttle. I must admit though at first the head concierge seemed a bit frosty. If someone told me they had savedup an entires summers pay to come I would have made a bigger fuss, but by the end of our trip she seemed a little friendlier. We were greeted with rum punches that were delicious, not out of the jar. we were taken immediately to our suite which was right on the water. Some places try to be slick with the oceanview, oceanfront thing but not here. We had louver doors that opened directly onto a terrace that was about 25 steps from the ocean. room was beautiful fresh and new. Nice bose ipod docking station. The beach service was fabulous.(thank you Darren and Carole) we had drinks and lunch on the beach. Staff bought us chilled, fruit, followed by ice cream at 3 and delicious tea cookies at 4 unless you go up ot the lobby and have the tea complete with sandwiches. We are glad we had some dinners at the resort since after laying and drinking in the sun all day it was nice to have dinner close by. My new Husband loved the solar carts on the resort and drove us all over the resort. Yes, it is expensive, but the serviceand food is outstanding. Bring a lot of singles and fives. They have a wonderful library so you don't have to tote a lot of books with you if you like to read on the beach. If you decide not to eat at the restaurant you can use your voucher for room service. we rented a car for one day since my husband had practiced driving on the left hand side of the rode in the solar cart. The island is beautiful. However, there is not a lot of night life and shopping. (that'sokay because you spend all of your money staying at Cap Juluca)Little hints. We took tons of bug repellent. However, the room was well stocked with it and the ocean breeze kept the bugs at bay. We also packed four bottle of champagnes for me and a small bottle of gin and jw black for husband.Wrap in bubble wrap and place in a 2 gallon ziploc bag in your luggage. They gave us one bottle in our room and a nice couple who didnt want theirs gave us one as well. The champagne they gave us was a nice quality one. We did by a few drinks at the bar. Husband's scotch was 10 and a nice portion. Rum drinks were 12. So, if you are used to paying fro drinks in NYC you won't have a problem. Be advised that they add a 15% service charge to everything . We also went on the snorkel trip. It is great to go on even if you don't snorkel. We were told that 13 honeymoon couples checked in the same day as we did. the in room massage was nice as well. Very professional. Yes, the rooms do not lock when you are out. However, you can lock yourself in. Get over it. It was fabulous. Stop by the Pyrate factory and say hi to Shawna while you sip some rum. I am sorry we could not have stayed longer. we will save up again to go back.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cap Juluca
Address: Maundays Bay, West End Village AI - 2640, Anguilla
Region: Caribbean > Anguilla > West End Village
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in West End Village
#4 Top resorts Hotel in West End Village
#5 Romantic Hotel in West End Village
#5 On the Beach Hotel in West End Village
#6 Family Hotel in West End Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Cap Juluca 5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Insulated from the outside world, yet only minutes by air or motor launch from St. Maarten, Cap Juluca resort is a private self-contained enclave along two miles of the best pristine white-sand beaches in the Caribbean. Spacious Moorish villas, five-star restaurants, exotic landscaped tropical gardens, and friendly and abundant service professionals provide an unparalleled level of luxury. Cap Juluca features a comprehensive array of entertainment amenities, including a fully equipped fitness center, private golf carts andbicycles, aqua golf driving range, bunker and putting green, croquet lawn, Junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a library, tennis courts with a full-time resident pro, and water sports, including snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing, and sailing. ... more   less 
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