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A little more than 12-miles off the coast of St. Martin, Anguilla has long been home to some the Caribbean’s most beautiful and exclusive hotels. The destination of choice for the luxury travel set and occasional visiting celebrity (including Beyoncé and Jay Z, Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few), travelers to the eel-shaped island come back time and again for the wide range of beautiful beaches, turquoise water, incredible dining scene and, of course, the chance to be pampered with impeccable service at luxury accommodations. The fact that the island has an embargo on cruise ships makes it all the more desirable.
With no shortage of wonderful options to choose from, here are the best hotels, resorts and manors on Anguilla.
Four Seasons Resort & Residences Anguilla
Spanning 35-acres and overlooking Meads and Barnes Bays on the north side of the island, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is not only one of the most luxurious hotels in Anguilla, it’s considered one of the best hotels in the Caribbean. Opened in 2016 and designed by internationally acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler, the hotel features a collection of authentic Caribbean-inspired guest rooms, suites, residences that range from deluxe studios to five-bedroom beachfront villas. From yoga on the beach to sipping mojitos at Sunset Lounge and several fine dining options, this is an excellent resort to relax and indulge in one of the island’s most upscale properties.
Perched along the cliffs in West End Village, Malliouhana has been an Anguilla institution since it first opened more than 30 years ago. Set on 25 tropical acres, today Malliouhana is as elegant as ever. Rooms here are bright and airy with warm Caribbean vibes. For larger parties, a set of twin villas is also available. Leon’s Porch & Beach Bar is a perennial favorite, serving up locally-sourced Caribbean classics—from jerk chicken to a superb rum punch. For something a bit more luxe, Bar Soleil is one of the best places to catch one of Anguilla’s legendary sunsets, with a handcrafted rum cocktail of course.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa
Since opening in 1999, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, has featured a unique blend of relaxed elegance and luxurious service. The hotel’s Mediterranean-inspired architecture, diverse culinary offerings, top-tier golf course and spa make it an ideal getaway. With 91 suites and seven villas overlooking lush grounds and the turquoise waters of Rendezvous Bay, both CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and its sister property, The Reef by CuisinArt, reopened last year after undergoing major renovations following Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Frangipani Beach Resort
Frangipani Beach Resort has long been considered one of the island’s best boutique hotels. Explore Meads Bay using the hotel’s complimentary catamarans or paddleboards, then sidle up to the beach bar or rest under a palapa. However you like to enjoy an island vacation, don’t miss the chance to try some locally caught grilled lobster and sweet plantains at the hotels award-winning Straw Hat Restaurant.
Zemi Beach House
One of Anguilla’s most stylish beachfront hotels, Zemi Beach House features a designated rum bar (and rum concierge), beautifully appointed rooms and suites, and one of the best wellness and sustainability programs on the island. Not to be missed is the chance to pamper yourself at Zemi Thai House Spa, an authentic 300-year-old structure with a hammam, mud deck and Asian-inspired treatment menu.
One of the most romantic hotels on the island, Quintessence Hotel is a Relais & Châteaux hotel that is equal parts tropical mansion and luxurious beachfront resort. Featuring nine gorgeous suites each with 24-hour butler service, this is a popular option for honeymooners and destination weddings due to the manor’s buyout option.
Belmond Cap Juluca
Wrapped around the pristine white sands of a half-crescent bay, Belmond Cap Juluca has long been one of the most beautiful and beloved hotels on Anguilla. With plenty of family-friendly activities, the Arawak Spa (offering bespoke Anguillan-inspired treatments) and an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, this is a great option for travelers craving a true Caribbean escape.