We take a family vacation every year and have grown very fond of Providenciales in the Turks Caicos Islands. Anguilla and Provo are two different places and provide different types of vacations. Both have beautiful beaches and both provide nice accomodations. We decided to try Anguilla for a week with the thought of enjoying more privacy and a place right on the water. MBBV was a great choice and surprise. We have stayed at some of the best resorts and Villas rentals in the caribbean, but what sets Meads Bay Beach Villas at the top of our list was the staff. After the longest and craziest travel day of my life (Left DFW at 5:45 AM , arrived Miami, flew to St Maarten, took cab to Marigot to catch the ferry to Anguilla, then a cab to MBBV. Went through so many lines I may need a therapist. We were not feeling too good about our choice, but those negative thoughts left the minute we arrived and out front waiting was Delta and Lollie to greet us. Big hugs for everyone and they made it feel like a homecoming. I simply fell in love with these two lovely ladies. You need something, they will get it no questions. Chris was off when we arrived and did not meet him until the next day. He shared the same attitude and offered to do anything we needed. He took the time to give us a map and marked it up with things we might want to consider. He had a car delivered and said use it when you are ready. We used it a couple of days which is more than enough to figure out there is no reason to leave the West End. My review is about the MBBV and the staff. My grade is "excellent" and if you are going to visit Anguilla with a party of 4, you will have made the best choice by staying a MBBV. This year we wanted a quite private place and this is exactly what we got. We stayed in Villa 1 right on the beach and it was like living in a post card. We maybe saw 4-6 people walk by per day. Yes, per "day". The other units were booked but we seldom saw anyone around. Not sure why, but we felt like we were the only ones on the grounds. I am going to give our impression of the island below, but again, if you are desiring a quite private experience in a fabulous Villa with the best staff I have ever enjoyed, this is "The Place". Bring big cans of mosquito repellent...they nearly carried us out to sea the first night, then we found the repellent and candles...problem solved.
Now for what we did and what we liked and disliked about Anguilla. We were a family with the youngest being 27 and no children. From what we read, we felt their would be more restaurants to choose from. We read trip advisor and had a perception things were a little expensive but worth it. This is where we missed Provo as we tried a few Anguilla restaurants and like they say, "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything". The best lunch and breakfast would be the Straw Hat, just 50 yards to the west of MBBV. Another good lunch and even a simple dinner choice would be Blanchard's Beach Shack about a quarter of a mile to the east of the MBBV. We enjoyed dinner at the Viceroy Hotel (1/2 mile to the west) and a Mexican Restaurant "Picante" just a little more to the west of the Viceroy. The four of us had Mexican food and drinks and the bill was just $250. The four of us had Sushi and drinks at the Viceroy at about $100 a person. We were still a little hungry and had some snacks back at the Villa. We ate at some other highly recommended restaurants that left our wallets empty and taste buds disappointed. Sorry, but it is true. Having drinks at the Viceroy in the Sunset Lounge is really fabulous, so do that, but know that a martini with all of the crazy charges added will set you back about $18-$19 each. Strange when you can buy a bottle the best vodka for $25. Truthfully, buy your alcohol at the grocery and make you own. The view is just as nice from the patio of Villa 1. Chris and Delta will be happy to pick up any supplies you desire, so take advantage of that and do not forget to tip (just a reminder) haha. Chris set up a half day boat rental and we used Gotcha 2 and that was a highlight of our trip. We went to Pickly Pear Island for snorkling (fair), we went to Sandy Island (Disappointment), and then to Little Bay (fabulous) we could have stayed at Little Bay for half a day easily. I would say if you want to Venture out for a day, go rent a kayak at Sandy Ground or pay to be dropped off at Little Bay for a few hours. Then you can drive over to Shoal Bay and have a late lunch and walk the beach. Again, Meads Bay is nicer, but you can see another nice beach and get an idea of what has happened to Anguilla. The poor economy has hit this island pretty hard. Prior to the realestate bust, Anguilla was headed for some big development, but it has pretty well dried up and a lot of unfinished projects can be seen all around the island.
Over-all, our first visit to Anguilla provided us with a good overview of why one would pick the Island for an extended vacation. Honeymooners and Families would enjoy it the most. Those that want to relax and enjoy spending time with family. The Viceroy is a very nice place for a couple, but the prices are stupid crazy. A hamburger for $25, "really". Expensive everything brings a lot of competition to this resort. Couples might want to do a couple of days there and then stay in St. Maarten where everything is much cheaper and a lot more to do, especially night life. Anguilla has you in a neck lock when it comes to going back and forth to St. Maarten. First you have the $40 fee for the round trip, plus the last Ferry is around 7 PM ish. So if you wanted to go to St Marrten for a day and even have a early dinner, you would have to spend the night.
My summary is, I would go back for a private quite vacation. I would have the Villa stocked with alcohol, mixes, food, snacks, etc. I would bring a couple of swim suits, some sandals and flip flops, shorts, tees, and a couple of button downs for those wild nights...then enjoy the beautiful ocean right in front of the villa, have drinks at sunset, enjoy the staff and other friendly Island people. That is why you would go there. I already miss my girls "Delta an Lollie".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Meads Bay Beach Villas is a collection of 4 two-bedroom private villas on Meads Bay Beach, on the western shores of Anguilla in the British West Indies. Each villa features 1700 square feet of living space, including a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living room, 2 ½ bathrooms, a large pool and sun deck with private swimming pool as well as a lounge and outdoor dining area. The property offers one of Anguilla’s exclusive beachfront villa settings, where guests step out directly onto the powder white sand of Meads Bay. The warm turquoise ocean water is only steps away from each villa. Meads Bay Beach Villas is the perfect option for honeymooners, couples, families and friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meads Bay Beach Villas Hotel West End
- Meads Bay Hotel
- Meads Bay Beach Villas Anguilla/West End Village