Anguilla

Zemi Beach Anguilla

Ever fancied a less touristy Caribbean island? Anguilla should be on the top of your list.

This is my first time to the Caribbean and I was really looking forward to seeing what Anguilla has to offer before heading over to Antigua.

We started our trip with Virgin Atlantic in the upper class lounge at Gatwick. As we get settled we’re offered a great choice from the breakfast menu followed by a delicious Virgin red head cocktail. After an hour or so in the lounge we boarded our flight in the upper class cabin and settled in for the 8 hour journey.
 
The staff were all really friendly and we were seated with a glass of champagne. The in flight entertainment was pretty good with a wide choice of new films and tv programmes. Shortly into the flight our meal orders were taken and I had the gnocchi to start and the delicious beef tenderloin for main. The table was all really nicely setup and we offered a really good choice of wines with the meal. After lunch I lowered my seat into the fully flat bed and caught up on some needed sleep.
 
Before I knew it, we had landed in Antigua and were greeted with a steel band and connected on to our short 50 minute flight to Anguilla.
Virgin Upper Class
Our first hotel in Anguilla was the Zemi beach club where we were greeted with a tasty rum punch and lots of welcoming smiles. The team escorted us to our rooms, which were so fresh and modern. A really nice beach themed feel to the accommodation. I had an ocean view suite which is great for 2 people, however after having a tour of the hotel they have an array of stunning suites, particularly good for larger families or those who like their space.
 
My favourite room type was the beach front deluxe rooms with their own private pool, these can be extended into a 2 / 3 bed option and all have full kitchen and dining facilities with a stunning view of Shoal Bay.
 
Our first evening we had dinner in 20 knots which is their casual dining and worked really well as I didn’t want something too formal. The Caribbean Curry is a great option. Breakfast was my favourite as they had such a great variety of options. Fresh omelettes, bagels, smoked salmon and really fresh tasty fruit.
Our 2nd hotel for the 3rd night in Anguilla was the Four Seasons (previously Viceory). This resort and hotel is stunning. We were given a 4 bedroom private villa which would be perfect for and families or friends looking to share. The resort itself has a very chilled atmosphere and the dining was top notch. One thing that did stand out at the four seasons was the service. All the staff greeted us around the resort and nothing was too much trouble.
 
Both of the hotels above have great facilities for families with kid’s clubs aged 4-12. However they do offer a babysitting service for the younger ones so that they can be taken into the kid’s clubs on a 1-1 ratio.
 
On 2 of the days we were in Anguilla we ate out, at the Da Vida beach restaurant and also the ocean echo restaurant. Both were fantastic, with some amazing fish dishes but also a variety of meat options too. One of group was a veggie and still found plenty of choice too.
Anguilla Four Seasons

Anguilla is a stunning destination and for anyone looking for a beautiful beach, excellent food and friendly service then this place is perfect. Having suffered hurricane Irma last year, it is unbelievable how quickly the island has managed to get up and running and you really wouldn’t know there’d been any significant disruption. Anguilla’s number one industry is tourism so do support this beautiful destination and enjoy the relaxed way of Anguillan life.

Favourite family hotel – The Zemi Beach
 
Favourite Boutique option – The Quintessence
 
Best for couples – Four Seasons
 
On a budget – The Frangipani
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