Once upon a time (last week) we arrived at Anacaona for the first time ever from Boston (flew from JFK/ drove to NY) no later than 2:30 p.m. via taxi from ferry (we caught the 1:30 p.m, ferry and happened to encounter a rough sea day – at least 8 foot waves). The public ferry was easy to get on, but if you don’t stomach a rough sea, I would suggest flying. I was just scared, not sick. The way back was much more calming for sure. We had the taxi driver stop at a grocery store to pick up a few things. Upon arrival we were greeted with a nice rum punch and to the room we went. I would love to upload all of my pictures, but my camera broke the second day! Here’s the dish on Anacaona (and yes it took us like 5 tries to even say the name):
Standard queen rooms: Quaint, simple, TV, Refrigerator, coffee maker, ceramic coffee cups, glass drinking cups, silverware, ice bucket (ice available at bar), small deck with table and 2 chairs, safe, walk in shower, toiletries provided, plush towels, beach towels- can be exchanged daily at front desk, extra blanket/bedding, hand written note cards thanking us for our stay/ invitation to the managers reception – Monday nights, closet, alarm clock, IPod docking system, regular keys to the room- no cards, air conditioner, screen on deck door, a couple of paintings, pamphlets/ maps of Anguilla and much more.
Firefly/ D’ Sand Pit/ Folkloric Theatre:
Tweety – is a gem! She will mix you up any drink and greets you with a welcome, an introduction and a smile. The pizza was pretty good. It was actually quite healthy since they don't butter or oil the bottom. It seemed like a big hit on the island for we saw many people ordering it “to go” throughout the week. The menu at Firefly was delightful and the prices were comparable to other restaurants on the island, which I felt were very high. D’ Sand Pit is great- march right up on the beach around 10:30 -11 a.m. (time they open) and they will mix you up a delicious beach cocktail. The folkloric theatre on Thursdays was decent. The vocals of the performers were entertaining- harmonies and all, the band was uplifting and the buffet was filling. The one woman on the right all the way to the end was our favorite with her facial expressions. Would I see it again? Probably not. It was really difficult to understand the main character because of the microphones/ speakers. Don't get me wrong, it was nice, but I wouldn’t pay to see it again. It was however the busiest I saw the restaurant all week.
Location, Pool, Grounds:
Prime Meads Bay! You can't get any better than that. After touring the island via rental car- I prefer Shoal Bay East, but Meads Bay was great! The best thing about the hotel is the location- YES! You can walk to Best Buy Market, which I thought was the best one on the island. You can also walk to a variety of restaurants including the Viceroy, Blanchard’s Shack and Restaurant, Straw Hat, Ocean Echo…etc. (I will add my reviews soon to those establishments as well.) ZazAA boutique is quaint and offers a variety of clothing and trinkets. Pools galore- 2 total. We used them every day when we returned from the beach. I liked the one lower to the beach and I was surprised, but completely content with how deep they go. The grounds were great- hammocks, well marked paths to the beach (the walk isn’t that long at all), gives you a little exercise in the morning and by exercise, I mean a 3 minute walk. Speaking of exercise- no, they don’t have a gym. I was bummed since I hit the gym almost every day back in Boston. The lack of this didn’t bother me, it actually made me find other ways to exercise. Swim laps, jog to Cap Juluca- or the Viceroy (no the cars won’t run you off the road)- all in all, the lack of the gym wasn’t the worst thing ever. Spa- didn't try, but would give it a go next time for sure. The fountain was a nice touch and the cat lounging around was always nice to bump into. Yes there are roosters and yes, they may wake you up. Enjoy it! It’s not the blaring beep- beep- beep sound of your alarm clock; it makes you realize you’re in Anguilla, so I say take it all in and don’t let it ruin your vacation.
Conclusion: Value, Smiles and Simplicity go a long way at Anacaona. I am so glad that I stumbled upon the Blanchard’s book A Trip to the Beach and I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to have stayed at the Anacaona on Anguilla. I hope to be back one day. The End.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anacaona Boutique Hotel on the island of Anguilla is a small, intimate, privately-owned and privately-run oasis set in tropical gardens, overlooking (and just a few paces from) one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, the mile-long, white-sand expanse of Meads Bay. It has 27 stylish guest rooms, that include junior suites, 2 & 3 bedroom villa suites and two swimming pools.The goal is affordable chic. The property's amenities also include full beach service, ZaZaa boutique and both on and off beach massage centers. All rooms feature either King, Queen Bed or 2-Double Beds and bathroom with large shower, Balcony/Patio, Frette Linens, Mini Fridge, Air Conditioning,Ceiling Fan, Cable TV, I-Pod Docking Station, Iron & board, Laptop size in Room Safe, Complimentary Wireless Internet, Melita-Javapod Coffee Maker, Phone, Hairdryer and Locally Crafted Bathroom Amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirena Hotel The Valley
- Anacaona Boutique Hotel Anguilla/West End Village