Anguilla is known for its white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise water and relaxing ambiance—key elements that draw travelers to this Caribbean island.
According to Chantelle Davis, deputy director, tourism, Anguilla Tourist Board, about 54 percent of travelers to Anguilla are from the U.S. (many from the tri-state area), coming for everything from watersports to birdwatching, hiking and destination weddings.
“We promote the destination based on its key attributes, such as the beaches, culinary (big asset for us) and luxury/accommodations,” she says.
Davis describes the target clientele as “a mixture of everyone. Anguilla has a little to offer for everyone, including families, honeymoon couples and couples-only retreats.”
Travelers can expect a Caribbean setting that has a laid-back vibe that is not over developed, she adds. They won’t see high-rises, but travelers will see homes designed in an older style of architecture. “Viceroy Anguilla is the tallest building with about four stories,” Davis says.
While Anguilla features a number of signature resorts, such as the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and Cap Juluca, it is also known for its boutique hotels, like the Anacaona Boutique Hotel. Located in the West End, Anacaona Boutique Hotel features 27 rooms and suites overlooking Meads Bay. When the hotel re-opens on Nov. 1, it will feature a Balinese spa, offering treatments like Indian- and Thai-style massages.
The 55-room Malliouhana Hotel & Spa is also undergoing full-scale renovations by Auberge Resorts, re-opening in February after a 2-year closure. Set on 20 acres, the property features two beaches, two restaurants and bars, and a 15,000-sq.-ft.-spa.
Travelers interested in flying first-class to the island can book with Tradewind Aviation on its Premium Scheduled nonstop service between Anguilla and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting Oct. 31. The 8-passenger flights will run twice daily Thursday through Monday. Rates are $350 each way. For more information, visit tradewindaviation.com.