However Shoal Bay is the most famous beach on the island and consistently ranks as not only one of the top beaches in the Caribbean, but in the world. With two miles of pink-hued white sand and intense turquoise waters, it is easy to see why. Zemi Beach House will be the first resort to open on Shoal Bay East, in Anguilla’s East End. It will also be the first new- build hotel to open on the island in six years.
Developed by the Goldstein family of New York, the luxury beachfront resort will open to the public in February 2016 and has just begun to take reservations for stays commencing February 15, 2016. The boutique property will open with 70 keys, by the end of 2016 the beachfront resort will expand to 129 keys composed of 54 dedicated hotel rooms and 50 luxury residences that can be placed into a rental program managed by award-winning hotel and resort management company, Trust Hospitality.
The Zemi Beach House Experience
The resort’s symbol is the three-point stone zemi, worshipped by Anguilla’s ancient Taino Indians who believed it to be the dwelling place of the spirit.
“Zemi Beach House will be a touchstone for living, providing guests who seek quality and substance in their lives with the opportunity to renew, reflect and evolve with every stay through meaningful encounters,” said Rachael Goldstein, vice president of development at the Goldstein Family Partnership.
Designed by internationally renowned Caribbean architect Lane Pettigrew, Zemi Beach House’s architecture was inspired by Anguilla’s natural environment, blending modern, clean lines with classic Caribbean building details. The interiors of all public spaces were designed by Miami-based interior designer Cuba Fernandez.
Accommodations consist of Deluxe rooms with ocean views starting at £460 per night; Superior Corner King rooms; Two-bedroom and three-bedroom oceanfront suites with a private terrace and plunge pool; 2 Three-bedroom penthouses with terraces, a living room, kitchen and rooftop plunge pool. All guest rooms boast balconies or terraces with sea- or oceanfront views.
In-room amenities will include a loud speaker with Bluetooth, Caribbean mini bar, high-speed Wi-Fi, Cable TV with international channels, motion sensor AC system and Malin + Goetz toiletries. Services will feature private chefs, in-room dining and in-room spa treatments.
Other amenities and services at the resort’s first-class facilities will include around-the-clock concierge services; a beach concierge; a Zemi Beach House Kids Club; snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, glass bottom kayaks and other non-motorized water sports at Zemi’s Shoal Bay Beach Club; two pools with cabanas, including an oceanfront pool with an underwater window facing the beach; tennis courts and a fitness centre outfitted by TechnoGym.
Food & Beverage
Providing much-needed dining options on the east end of the island, Zemi Beach House will house five food and beverage concepts including Stone, 20 Knots, Shoal Bay Beach Club, Rhum Room and Provisions. Stone will provide a fine dining experience featuring seasonal, locally sourced, farm- and ocean-to-table cuisine. For a casual dining option open all day, including a breakfast buffet, 20 Knots will feature international cuisine with signature Anguillan specialties. Shoal Bay Beach Club’s Beach Bar and Palm Court will cater to sun worshipers with toes-in-the-sand beachfront dining. A destination in itself, the Rhum Room will boast world-renowned, small-batch estate Rhum and serve as a gathering place for late night cocktails, private dinners, meetings and tastings. Provisions, Zemi’s one-stop marketplace, will offer sundries, beach picnic baskets and snack staples such as coffee and ice cream.
Zemi Thai House Spa
Nestled inside an authentic Thai House that was transported from Thailand to Anguilla in the 1980s, the Zemi Thai House Spa will be the resort’s crowned jewel. Carefully restored to offer a ground breaking wellness experience and spanning 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the spa will house the island’s first co-ed ‘House of Wellbeing’ with a heated gobek tasi, sun deck for mud and salt body treatments, outdoor showers and vitality pool. Central to the wellness experience will be the Taino Bathing Ritual which will offer a social, highly unique treatment process allowing guests to journey through different temperature changes using ancient plants and herbs used by Anguilla’s native Taino Indians.
Spa facilities will include oversized private spa villas, couples villas, a wellness boutique, outdoor rest areas with wave loungers and spaces for yoga and Pilates; and a mediation garden where guests will enjoy classes on mindfulness and relaxation. A fresh juice bar at the ancient Thai Rice House will feature teas and cold-pressed juices made from fruits, herbs and plants from the spa garden.
How to Get There
Zemi Beach House is set along over 1,000 feet of beachfront at Shoal Bay East adjacent to Fountain Cavern National Park. The island of Anguilla is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and spans 35 square miles featuring 33 white sand beaches. The island is known for its multi-cultural cuisine, its national sport of sailing and a refined exclusivity that remains intact despite its proximity to the highly trafficked St. Maarten.
Currently, there are no direct international flights to Anguilla. However, from the United Kingdom- British Airways and Virgin Atlantic all have excellent services into Antigua and St. Kitts with onward connections to Anguilla.
Prices start from £460 per room, per night.