If you're looking for luxurious escapism, a luxury Anguilla holiday is the perfect destination. Exclusive luxury hotels and gourmet island restaurants are all easily accessible by good roads due to the island's flat terrain.
Alongside its casual yet elegant atmosphere, Anguilla also boasts unbelievably spectacular beaches – in fact, its sugary sands are frequently ranked among the most beautiful in the world. Visitors to this luxuriously low-key paradise will also discover a safe and welcoming community, thanks to the low-crime rate and hospitable residents.
It's easy to see why the friendly Anguillians are proud of their status as Crown Colony of Britain – and their happy-go-lucky approach to life adds to the sheer enjoyment of this beautiful island.
Nestled in the north-eastern Caribbean, low-lying Anguilla is situated just ten miles north of St. Martin and approximately 200 miles east of Puerto Rico – a location that is convenient for travellers and residents alike, yet also preserves the island’s valued exclusivity. Anguilla, the most northerly island of the Leeward Island chain, is roughly 16 miles long, with a widest point of around three miles and a population of approximately 15,000.
One of the things we love most about Anguilla is the island’s preservation of its local culture. Unlike some of its neighbouring islands, Anguilla has been developed to the extent that it offers the perfect luxury holiday experience, while sustaining the authentic atmosphere that makes it so much more than just a travel destination. This is thanks to the welcoming Anguillians themselves, who are keen to share all their island has to offer with their visitors. Immerse yourself in the beautifully low-key way of life by foregoing one of the island’s many world-class restaurants to stop off at a traditional roadside barbecue, where local specialities such as chicken and ribs are the order of the day – B & D’s Barbecue at Long Bay, Big Jim’s at Blowing Point and Ken’s in The Valley all come highly recommended.
Visitors to Anguilla are also able to enjoy some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Comprising 33 unspoiled public beaches, the Anguillian coastline boasts the most gorgeous white sands and tranquil waters, as well as an array of activities to meet all of your needs – from the vibrant beach bars of Shoal Bay, to the exclusive Little Bay with its exuberant variety of wildlife, to the endless stretches of Rendezvous Bay, a breathtaking beach ideal for leisurely strolls. Whether you decide to fill your days with nothing or everything, the sheer beauty of Anguilla ensures that no guest is left disappointed.
Water, water, everywhere! If the alluring azure of the Caribbean Sea isn’t enough to entice you from your sun lounger into the island’s serene waters, then the prospect of encountering sea turtles, parrot fish and countless other fascinating marine species and extensive coral reefs should do the trick. The island boasts seven marine parks and jet skis are banned to prevent any disturbance to the vibrant marine life. For novice snorkelers, take a boat to Sandy Island, Prickly Pear or Little Bay to experience world-class snorkelling conditions. For the experienced diver, the underwater world surrounding Anguilla offers a variety of unforgettable scuba diving experiences, such as wreck dives, ledge dives and wall dives. Explore Scrub Island to witness magnificent underwater rock formations, participate in an exciting night dive at Little Bay, or delve into Stoney Bay, the island’s first underwater heritage site and home to the wreck of the El Buen Consejo, which sank in 1772. If you prefer to stay on top of the waves, then Anguilla is also a haven for kite and windsurfers. For the ultimate day out exploring everything that that Anguillian coastline has to offer, take part in The Pelican Trail, which comprises an Eco-park and water sports facility.
The island’s national sport is boat racing. Races take place throughout spring and summer, culminating in a boat racing week at the end of August. Watching the races is a popular pastime on the island, and there are numerous ‘must see’ regattas throughout the year to celebrate this centuries-old tradition.
Perhaps the best thing about Anguilla is that you can still have a fantastic time by doing nothing. While exploring the island is not to be discouraged, spending your whole holiday lounging on one of the world-class beaches is worthwhile in itself. If you can drag yourself away from the pristine stretches of sand, the abundance of secluded coves and the sheer magnificence of the island’s bays, then why not immerse yourself in the unique Anguillian vibe – explore The Valley, the island’s capital, an intriguing mishmash of galleries and shops where the people form just as much of the experience as anything else, or dine at one of the island’s exceptional restaurants, such as Koal Keel in Old Valley or Pimms at Cap Juluca.
In fact, with few ‘must see’ attractions, Anguilla is more about its relaxed way of life and all-embracing natural beauty. After watching an unforgettable sunset from the silky soft sands of Shoal Bay East, laze under the spectacular starry sky at one of the bay’s vibrant beach bars, which often feature live music and are frequented by visitors and locals alike. Or head over to The Dune Preserve at Rendezvous Bay, which is considered by some the best beach bar in the world, thanks to its eclectic mix of people and music. Guests can’t help but soak up the island’s delicious, laid-back atmosphere. Caribbean perfection.
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours
Flight duration: 8 hours 40 minutes (direct to Antigua) with onward connection charter, taking approximately 40 minutes
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (although the US Dollar is widely accepted)
Capital: The Valley
Visa information: British overseas territory; a valid passport with at least six months before expiration.
North-eastern trade winds keep this tropical island pleasantly warm, with the average annual temperature being 27 °C (80.6 °F). The hottest period is from July to October, and the coolest from December to February. Visiting the island between June and August is to be recommended, as the humid hurricane season reaches its peak in September.
Onward connections are available from Barbados and Antigua with Liat.
The most spectacular white sand beaches in the Caribbean, gourmet restaurants featuring the best of Anguillian and international cuisine, glamour and sophistication combined with a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.