Good Rate - Rendezvous Bay in Anguilla
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which is better worth your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quotes here were valid on February, 20 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]
It's never all that easy to find a bargain in the Caribbean, but on the island of Anguilla you're as likely to find a hotel room for $800 a night than one for half that. So we were happy to see one from here in Travel & Leisure's new rundown on affordable beach resorts--Rendezvous Bay Hotel.
The magazine's capsule review just says, "Spotless rooms with a funky B&B vibe," but with rates for a double starting at only $140 (for a garden view), we had to dig a little more to see if there's a catch. There may be one in the future--more on that later--but for now you get the real deal on their web site. They link directly to their reviews on TripAdvisor and they even post photos that their past guests have sent them. No high art shots of dining room plates set up by a food designer, thank you very much. And you've got to admire a hotel confident enough to list "an ever-present bridge game" as an amenity.
The place sits on 60 acres and has a two-mile stretch of beach. So that's incentive enough to either put up with minimal style and no A/C in the standards or to spend $295 to $315 for a villa room with a view. Larger units are available, including a 5-bedroom villa for $1,290 per night. All these rates are high season--they drop from May on.
Go visit soon though: the resort will be closing for a while come August 14. We assume it has something to do with the "Rendezvous Ownership Contact Form" link on the site...