Graced with sun-dappled skies and tie-dyed sunsets, Anguilla packs a big punch for a tiny island. Mother Nature unplugged, the eel-shaped sliver is a ferry away from St. Martin/St. Maarten and the Caribbean playground for twosomes who covet a grand vacation. “Whether you are looking to indulge your senses in relaxation or rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit,” says Candis Niles director of tourism, Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), “Anguilla is the vacation your soul has been yearning for.”
Picturesque on the northeast shore between the villages of Shoal Bay East and Island Harbour, the aptly named Ultimacy is the ultimate super villa with eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, three living rooms including one with cathedral ceilings that invite the cooling easterly breezes, three kitchens, recreation room with a classic Wurlitzer jukebox, formal dining room and three al fresco dining alcoves. “With our unsurpassed amenities,” smiles Sherille Hughs, who with her husband Dr. Frankie Hughes also own Paradise Cove, “there is no need to leave the property.” One of the most majestic villas on the island, service is stellar with Butler Ryan catering to every whim and Chef Shane scrambling the best omelets on the island.
Made for romance and reflection, Ultimacy reigns supreme with quiet nooks and crannies for meditation with nothing more than the tranquil surf against the rocks as the natural soundtrack. Splendid staircases wind up to the top floor, where the main living room and spectacular views of the turquoise waters unfold from the terrace. Comfy couches are idyllic for curling up with a good book or an even better partner. The crown jewel is the pavilion on the pool level. “The villa is so truly majestic with the Pool House positioned for stunning views of the sunrise over the ocean, ” says Sherille Hughes, owner. With 5,000 square feet of space, the oasis with daybeds, whirlpool Jacuzzi and bar is the perfect perch from which to toast the sun as the last speck melts behind the horizon. “At Ultimacy you know you are in the Caribbean,” adds Sherille Hughes, “yes, it is extremely luxurious, but it also has that traditional island feel.” www.ultimacyvilla.com/
Too Good to Miss
Kicking off on June 1 and running through the end of August, The Prix Fixe Summer is a bargain bonanza from restaurant meals to hotel suites. Properties offering two nights gratis for a seven night booking include Cap Juluca ; Paradise Cove; Meads Bay Beach Villas; Spyglass Villa; Temenos Villas; Anguilla Great House; Carimar Beach Club; Ku Resort and Rum Punch Villa. On the dining scene, $45 menu will be served up at Blanchards, Veya, Koal Keel, CuisinArt’s Cafe and The Old Caribe while menus for $35.00 can be ordered at Tasty’s, Roy’s Bayside Grill, Ripples, E’s Oven and Kuyah.
Hosted by the Anguilla Tourist Board since 1997, Anguilla Summer Festival kicks off on July 29 and keeps the island hopping until August 7 with calypso competitions, boat races and soca parties from dusk till dawn. Inspired by the island’s African and Caribbean heritage, the multi-cultural festival is a feast for the senses with May pole dancers, Mock-a-Jumbies and sunrise street jams. http://ivisitanguilla.com