Anguilla Travel Guide
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Anybody catch last night's Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo? If so, you might have noticed the gals were far, far away from their Georgia digs, and kicking back at a luxury resort in the British West Indies.
Ani Villas in picturesque Anguilla was the stunning backdrop to last night's drama-packed episode. The luxury property is all private butlers, private chefs, and private speedboat transfers from the St. Martin airport. Name any amenity required for a luxury getaway, and they've got it.
But this is reality TV, so the minute the Hurricane Housewives touched down in the tropical paradise, the drama began to unfold.
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If You Like Golf, Fresh Veggies, And the Caribbean Sea, You'll Definitely Like CuisinArt Golf Resort
Though we inundated you on Wednesday with a couple of delicious-looking island getaway destinations in our HotelChatter 2012 Caribbean Hotel Guide, here's one more to consider: the picture-perfect CuisinArt Resort, where Bachelor-seeking ladies get their hearts broken, and golf-lovers while away the hours in blissful oblivion.
In between all the golf and the stilted courtship, guests can all unite at the resort's two new signature restaurants: Tokyo Bay and Italia, both of which debuted last month. Located in different parts of the resort, and featuring two distinct cuisines—in case the names didn't clue you in—the view from both spots is pretty much the same, and pretty much awesome.
Our mouths are watering already, and we haven't even read the menu.
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A special Valentine's Day episode of The Bachelor, which of course aired last night, was filmed at the tony CuisinArt Resort on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The hotel, a favorite of Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, his girlfriend Minka Kelly and Oprah hosted Brad Womack, the easy-on-the-eyes love-seeking Bachelor, as well as six young ladies looking to be The One.
The two-hour long episode was filmed during the resort's annual closedown last year, so the man had the whole resort to himself to individually court each gal. It's no wonder he didn't pick a woman the last go-round in 2007. And while we think he was kind of a jerk to leave the women of that season hanging, with perks like this we'd be hesitant to get locked down too. Anyway, CuisinArt just introduced six private three-and five-bedroom beachfront and garden view villas, where the group stayed. We just happen to be here and thought we'd give you a look inside their very swank rooms.
A new program at the resort is covering guests flights--to the tune of $6,000. Of course, that doesn't mean you and 10 friends can fly coach and stay in the cheapest room category. This insane hotel package is reserved for guests who book one of Viceroy Anguilla's four-bedroom villas.
We've got the Caribbean on our mind this week, and now we've heard about this final phase of prettying-up down at the Viceroy Anguilla we've found the next object of our Caribbean-craving daydreams.
As we mentioned recently, the honeymoon-spot of choice for Kerr-Bloom was recently sold to Starwood Capital but will remain a Viceroy, with all the sophisticated design and service that entails.
Starwood Capital has snagged itself a now-finished Viceroy, to boot: the third and final phase of work on the property has added two new restaurants, two new pools, additional rooms, beach access, meeting rooms, and the Spa at Viceroy Anguilla.
Yesterday we reported that the Viceroy Anguilla had been sold to Starwood Capital which had us concerned for the future of the Viceroy brand. Even though Viceroy Hotel Group is primarily a management company, nothing is for certain when a sale is involved.
However, the hotel's reps have assured us today that the Viceroy will remain a Viceroy.
Citibank has recently marketed for sale the loan secured by the Viceroy Anguilla. While the ownership of that loan may change hands, Viceroy Hotel Group’s management of Viceroy Anguilla as part of its Viceroy Hotels & Resorts brand remains unchanged.
Phew. That's good to know. Of course, these things can always change again in the future and we'll do our best to keep you updated.
Got the goss on what's happening with Viceroy Anguilla? Slip it to us!
The Daily Herald, a small island publication, reports that the hotel, which only opened last December, has been sold to Starwood Capital, ole' Barry Sternlicht's company. (Remember, Starwood Capital is different from Starwood Hotels.)
As it turns out the previous owners of Viceroy Anguilla (that would be Viceroy and their partner, the Mubadala Development Company) had not completed its loan payments, forcing Citibank to come in and take over the property. It was Citibank who completed the sale of $500 million to Starwood Capital.
In case you hadn't heard the
devastating happy news: Orlando Bloom is now a married man. He quietly wed his Victoria's Secret model squeeze Miranda Kerr a week or so ago. Details are hazy, but we do know that the pair spent some quality time together at the Viceroy Anguilla last week. (Looks like someone took HotelChatter's Caribbean Guide recommendation to heart.)
People magazine tells us that Kerr was there for a VS shoot but was joined by Bloom in a super-swish villa.
Seclusion seekers will feel at comfortably at ease on the intimate, yet wildly beautiful island of Anguilla. There’s not much to do here; couples are drawn by more than 30 sugar-sand beaches, ideal for swimming, sunbathing and sucking face. One of the best, Rendezvous Bay, backs up against Anguilla’s first AAA Four Diamond Award-winning property, CuisinArt Resort & Spa.
This summer, CuisinArt sweetens you romantic island getaway with its Smart Summer Stay deal. Book three nights, and the fourth night is free. Book five nights, and shack up for the entire week. We’ll pretty much subscribe to any excuse that extends our precious vacay time, especially when we can hole up at one of our fave foodie destinations. (We swoon for what Executive Chef Daniel Le Guenan does with a tasting menu, as well the onsite Hydroponic Farm and Organic Gardens and pick your own produce/create a three-course, Caribbean-inspired lunch.)
There are honeymoon hotels, babymoon or conceptionmoon hotels, divorce hotels and now apparently, makeup or breakup hotels.
The Arawak Beach Inn on the island of Anguilla is putting to good use the recent statistics that the US divorce rate is around 40 percent and capitalizing on the public spits of celeb couples like Reese and Ryan, Pam and Kid, Britney and K-Fed by offering couples a vacation to ultimately decide whether their union is worth salvaging or dismantling.
Boasting plenty of opportunities to talk things out, the Make or Break Escape includes two intimate dinners at the Arawak's Beach Café (or served in-room for the utmost privacy). For couples in need of total seclusion for more heated conversations, the package also features a day trip to an uninhabited island. Arawak's oceanfront accommodations offer a choice of either a queen bed or, for those anticipating a need for space, two beds. For the partner who needs to take a drive to contemplate the future of the relationship, one-day car rental is included. Daily breakfast (regardless if it is a table for one or two) and round trip airport transfers are also built in to the package.
If things end up working out, book your vow renewal and second honeymoon here. Or if not, they got a Me, Myself and I package for ya too. Unfortunately, the hotel has gotten some bad reviews about the accommodations. But maybe these were just from some of the bitter, breaking up couples.
· Arawak Beach Inn reviews [TripAdvisor]
This is what we have been waiting for--
Kú, Anguilla's brand spankin' new luxury resort for the rest of us, has put together a couple killer packages just in time for winter here in the Northeast:
· Love at Ku is a seven day package for two including: continental breakfast daily, and four dinners for two (booze not included), a bottle of wine on arrival, a one-hour massage for two, sunset cruise, and one-day car rental. Must travel January 17-March 31 starting at $2,270-$2,540.
· Escape to Ku is a four night package including double accommodation, two dinners for two, a bottle of wine on arrival, sunset cruise, welcome rum beverage. Must travel January 17-March 31 starting at $1,725-$2,110.
You can also email Ku for more package details.
The resort is on the white powder beach of Shoal Bay East, suites come with air-conditioning, dining + living room, full kitchen, tv, radio, DVD/CD player, and some sort of balcony.
Remeber, Kú is new, and still working out the kinks. Don't expect Cap Juluca, roll with the punches that come with a hotel in beta, and you should be good to go.
We had no idea that dropping over hundreds of thousands of dollars on your kids "education" qualified you for anything besides financial hardship.
Turns out, some hotels realize the financial pinch parents undergo once they send the troops off to college, and offer great deals for recent empty nesters. One such deal is the $999 seven night package being offered at Anguilla's Arawak Beach Inn. Remember "Island Love"? Well it looks like they are lookin' to reconnect empty nest couples as well.
Celebrating the next phase of your life sans kids in the British Virgin Islands with a bottle of champagne and massages, certainly is one way to avoid your kids' empty bedrooms and nagging phone calls for more cash.