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Caribbean tour – Anguilla

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Posted on 09th Dec 2013

Part 3 of Atarra’s Caribbean tour, on to Anguilla…

“After a short 30 minute skip back on LIAT airlines, I touched down in the picture postcard island of Anguilla where the sunset is beyond spectacular! Anguilla is a very small flat island, only 35 sq miles with a population of 14,000, compared to 80,000 in Antigua, 270,000 in Barbados and 171,000 in St Lucia. It is a very quiet, gentle paced and safe island, filled with island-style beach bistros, roadside barbeques, amazing endless stretches of white sand beaches, coral reefs and turquoise waters and to top it all the Anguillan folk are so friendly. In fact, the Caribbean folk are extremely chatty and friendly but I somehow had a real soft spot for the Anguillans. There are a number of options to get to Anguilla which involve changing a plane en route and we at Tots Too can take care of this for you.

Anguilla airport is like the island itself – tiny, friendly and ever so charming and it makes the whole flying experience very easy. Once we cleared immigration and customs, we were met by a Viceroy Representative and escorted to the next available taxi to my next hotel – the Viceroy Anguilla which took approximately 20 minutes. Whilst on the subject of flights and transfers it is worth noting that there is a $20 cash departure tax per person due at that time of departing Anguilla which is payable at the airport.

The Viceroy Anguilla is a beautiful luxury hotel set between Barnes Bay and Meads Bay and although it is extremely welcoming to families with children and has a kids club, it retains a strong adult feel and attracts many couples due to its sophisticated style and overall chilled, calm ambiance. The hotel is all about relaxation and pampering yourself, it oozes luxury, the interiors are stylish and contemporary with many examples of tasteful modern art pieces in the form of earth tones, animal prints, wood, stone and gold. The luxurious suites, residences and villas are majestic offering lots of space, some have their own pools, the residences and villas have equipped gourmet kitchens and the ocean views are dreamlike.

There are three pools here; the Meads Bay Pool which is family friendly, the Sunset Pool which is the saltwater infinity edge pool and my favourite the Aleta Pool next to the luxurious shaded cabanas which have the most comfortable lounge chairs, a 26-inch television and a deluxe sofa bed in the sun – pure luxury!

All 5 restaurants are superb and specialize in locally caught seafood, Italian pasta, Caribbean and Asian cuisine and the breakfast here was mouth-watering. The hotel boasts an 8,000 sq ft Spa on the oceanfront, 3 tennis courts, a Techno gym, a Sea Centre which provides complimentary non-motorized water sports; Hobie Cats, kayaking, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, windsurfing, snorkeling and sunfish sailing.

There is the superbly high standard kids club ‘Generation V’ for children from 4 to 11 years. I was very impressed with the kids club and the professional child care staff here are lovely. They organise a whole host of fun activities such as cookie and cupcake decorating classes; treasure & scavenger Hunts; beach Olympics on Meads Bay Beach; nature walks; jewellery making/beading classes; face painting and sand art. Children under the age of 4 years can attend the kids club with a parent, nanny or hotel baby sitter. They also have a teen’s club with activities including cooking classes and day trips.”

Coming soon, Atarra moves on to St Lucia…

Read earlier installments about her stays in Antigua and Barbados, too.

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