Anguilla, one of the most luxury holiday destinations in the Caribbean features fantastic beaches, out-of-this-world guest accommodations and world-class dining opportunities more...
Anguilla, one of the most luxury holiday destinations in the Caribbean features fantastic beaches, out-of-this-world guest accommodations and world-class dining opportunities.
The Europeans changed the island’s original name “Malliouhana”, meaning arrow-shaped sea serpent, into Anguilla for its long eel (Anguillidae) shape. The first inhabitants of Anguilla who arrived some 4000 years ago were the Amerindians, most likely Taino Indians, who migrated from South America. They sustained themselves by living off the sea and the land, and established farms and villages.
The island with a generally warm, pleasant climate and low humidity became a tourist destination during the 1980’s when the Anguillan government decided to allow for small-scale tourism development. You won’t find casinos, large cruise ships, or shopping malls on this island that measures just 25 by 5 kilometers. Apart from some roosters that may wake you up at night, the island is an oasis of tranquility. Those of you who prefer a non stop party atmosphere should consider a visit to Anguilla’s neighbor St. Maarten/ St. Martin, which is just a short 15-minute ferry ride to the north.
The luxury properties are mostly concentrated on the western part of the island namely Shoal Bay West, Rendezvous Bay and Meads Bay. The luxury hotels and villa accommodations are without exception spectacular and priced accordingly. Don’t be surprised to come across hotels that charge more than one thousand dollars per night. The eastern part is more residential. It is here where you are most likely to find some more affordable places to stay.
Sailing is the national sport in Anguilla and all festivities, like for example the Anguilla carnival, include some kind of boating event. Diving is also very popular in Anguilla since the waters around the island offer an assortment of underwater treasures, including ancient shipwrecks, caverns and cliffs.
Known as “the cuisine capital of the Caribbean,” Anguilla’s award-winning dining scene offers travelers more than 70 restaurants ranging from elegant gourmet eateries to casually chic beachfront bistros and much more affordable roadside grills. No matter if you prefer the on-the-water setting at the Straw Hat, which serves a great red snapper salad or a more casual dining experience like Tastey’s and Smokeys (awesome BBQ), all of these popular restaurants life up to the standards of the most discerning customer. Hotel Malliouhana, awarded the best hotel for food in the Caribbean by Condé Nast Traveler's, also boasts a wine cellar with more than 25,000 bottles of wine, while the cellar of restaurant Koal Keel’s consists of more than 35,000 bottles.
The island is relatively easily to get to by air and by sea from Puerto Rico, St. Maarten/Martin, Antigua and St. Kitts. The nearest international airport is located in St. Maarten/ St. Martin.