Caribbean

Anguilla Reinvented

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2009

But though the pool area may be the centerpiece of the spa, it’s far from the only exciting new addition. Male travelers can visit the new Men’s Club Room, offering hot towel shaves, facials, massages and a built-in pedicure chair. “About 40 percent of our clients are men, which is pretty high,” she explains, noting that most men visit the spa to experience a couples’ treatment. “Now they have their own special room.”

Further catering to couples, the spa added two couples’ suites, with two couples’ tubs in each. “There’s one indoors and one out on the terrace, so you have a little variety there,” Eggleston describes. “The other treatment rooms have outdoor showers on the terrace.” And topping off the list of new facilities are hammams in each locker room, “a combination steam room and sauna with radiant heat from the floor and steam that comes in also,” and a second floor relaxation room, complete with views to the Caribbean Sea.

The spa’s world-class quality isn’t the only thing it has in common with CuisinArt’s famous restaurants. Both dining venues and spa use ingredients from the resort’s hydroponic garden, which provides the spa soothing and energizing fresh herbs for body scrubs. “We’re using cucumber, mint, lavender, lemongrass and rosemary in some of our treatments,” Eggleston explains. “We have a fresh scrub bar where you can choose a salt or sugar scrub, and then you can combine fresh herbs with it.” And the freshness really enhances the spa experience, she says. “They are so fresh, the fragrance is so strong, that the senses come alive. It’s like an essential oil when it goes under your nose. Especially if you have fresh mint that’s just been picked from the garden, it’s an incredible fragrance.”

Rates at CuisinArt start at $400 per room per night dbl.

new owner, new luxuries Not far from CuisinArt, another of Anguilla’s major resorts, Cap Juluca, is undergoing a transformation of its own. The resort recently came into ownership of famed hospitality executive Adam Aron, known for guiding companies like RockResorts and Starwoodto success, and with the new ownership comes $22 million in enhancements. Rooms have been redesigned, with hand-sewn bedspreads and rugs and bath amenities such as Hermes and Bvlgari. A new executive chef has brought his stylings to the resort’s restaurants, including a new pan-Asian menu at Spice; the other restaurants, the beachfront Blue and “Eurobbean” fusion Pimms, are both sporting new decor. Other upgrades: Morocco-inspired decor including antique gaming tables and urns; a new fleet of solar-powered golf carts and Lexus hybrid vehicles for transporting clients; and a dedicated beach groomer, employed for the sole purpose of ensuring the beach looks and feels like something out of paradise.

Rates at Cap Juluca start at $425 during the summer season and include daily complimentary in-room continental breakfast for two served on the room’s private covered terrace, complimentary mini bar set-up, exercise classes, watersports, tennis, DVD library and afternoon tea.

getting there Although there are no direct flights to Anguilla from the 50 states, clients can connect to the island through San Juan. Best bet is taking American Airlines from the States and onward to Anguilla on the same airline.