It's hard to believe it’s already December! With the holiday season fully underway, we’re featuring some of our favorite places to unwind in front of a fireplace this winter—hopefully with some of your favorite people. Speaking of winter, we’re highlighting a recent trip to the Scandinavian Arctic, complete with a viewing of the Northern Lights. Beaches more your speed? We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best hotels in Anguilla. From all of us at First in Service, we wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. Cheers to 2019!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Looking to escape the cold? There are plenty of islands to visit in the Caribbean—many of which have re-built from the damaging effects of recent hurricanes. One to consider: Anguilla. The British island in the West Indies was hit hard by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Fast forward over a year later and there are lots of great places to stay—including a few of our favorites:
This hotel on Long Bay Beach has a collection of one-bedroom suites—plus an over 2,000-square-foot, up to 2-bedroom penthouse that offers stunning water views—and offers a host of lux amenities, including 24-hour butler service, a spa where you can indulge in an open-air massage, an infinity pool, and lots more. Really want to go all out? You can rent the entire mansion for as many as 22 people. When it’s time for lunch or dinner, the five-star Julian’s, on-site, bills itself as “a tropical French bistro”—and the hotel offers guests a number of private dining options, from the Grand Gazebo overlooking the water to the wine cellar. Do note that the hotel is only open to kids over age 12.
Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa
You’ll find various accommodations, including suites of up to three bedrooms, plus amenities like 24-hour room service and breakfast included at this Shoal Bay East hotel, which re-opened in February after renovations to the spa and guest rooms, among other post-hurricane fixes. There are two restaurants on site, as well as a rum tasting room, a beach bar and a lounge. And wellness warriors are in luck: the hotel boasts the Zemi Thai Spa House, including treatment rooms, yoga, and lots more. Bringing the kids? There’s a complimentary kids club for kids starting at 4 years old.
Belmond Cap Juluca
Just opened in mid-November, this hotel on Maundays Bay has over 100 guest rooms and suites, as well as villas, including 5 bedroom option with its own pool. Guests looking to relax can lounge by the infinity pool, on the beach—two reserved lounge chairs are included—or at the spa. For the more active travelers, there’s scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, and court sports like tennis and basketball. For restaurant options, there’s Anguillan food at the on-site Pimms restaurant, the casual Cap Shack, a beach food truck, and more.
Four Seasons Resort & Residences
There are a number of accommodation options at this hotel—from guests rooms with ocean or resort views to suites, villas and townhomes (with up to five bedrooms) and residences that offer “personal residence assistants.” Once there, have a drink at the outdoor Sunset Lounge, or try the signature lobster at the Cobà restaurant, among other dining options. Plus, along with hanging on the beach, there’s tons to do: There are heated outdoor pools, kite surfing lessons, yoga classes, and a spa—plus a kids program starting at age 5, for when you need some kid-free time.