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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cap Juluca Hotel West End
- Cap Juluca Hotel Anguilla
- Cap Juluca Anguilla/West End Village
- Cap Juluca Resort Anguilla