The small Caribbean island of Anguilla has put the woes of 2017 firmly behind it following the announcement by the Anguilla Tourism Board of several exciting new openings and developments for 2018. These include new hotel and restaurant openings, new flight routes, a number of post-Irma re-openings and more.
Carolyn Brown, Director for the UK, Ireland & Scandinavia for the Anguilla Tourism Board, said: “We’re starting 2018 on a high with a number of new developments planned for the year, including a new scheduled flight from Antigua, making Anguilla easier to access for UK travellers.”
She continued: “Since Irma hit in September 2017, Anguilla has flourished, making a remarkable and robust recovery. Over 30 hotels and villas have already reopened and we’re delighted to announce that a number of the five-star hotels damaged by Irma are set to re-open over the coming months, ahead of schedule. A large number of the islands restaurants have re-opened and the festivals are also back.”
She concluded: ‘There’s really no better time for new and existing visitors to experience all that Anguilla has to offer”.
Hot New Openings….
Quintessence Hotel, a new luxury boutique property in the style of a grand tropical mansion, opened its doors to visitors on 1st January 2018. Located on Anguilla’s west side, overlooking the white sandy beaches of Long Bay, the property is owned by US Attorney Geoffrey Fieger who lives on the Island. A passion project which has been ten years in the making, no expense has been spared with handcrafted fixtures and custom artwork throughout, including a priceless collection of Haitian paintings and sculpture collected over decades by Mr. Fieger. The hotel features nine lavish suites and villas, a five-star destination restaurant named Julian’s, spa, bars, an infinity pool, fitness centre, yoga pavilion, boutique, and state-of- the-art business suite. There’s a dedicated around-the-clock butler and concierge service plus Gilchrist & Soames products are offered in-room.
Julian’s, a Tropical French Bistro, located at the new Quintessence Hotel has recently opened. Headed up by Executive Chef Dominique Thevenet, the restaurant offers a menu that blends locally-sourced tropical dishes with traditional French cuisine into a style named “island soul food.” Signature dishes include an array of soups and salads, including Grand Mansion Gazpacho and Caribbean Fish Soup; starters such as Burgundy Escargot and Lobster Medallion; and decadent desserts including Mango Crème Brule and Chocolate Pepper Cake. Hand-selected liquors and cocktails, along with the Caribbean’s finest wine cellar, complement the menu. The restaurant is open for dinner and lunch Tuesday through Sunday.
New scheduled service between Anguilla and Antigua to commence Tuesday 16th January: From Tuesday 16th January, UK travellers with be able to reach Anguilla with ease thanks to a new scheduled service between Anguilla and Antigua, operated by Trans Anguilla Airways. The service will run four days per week, connecting visitors with the popular British Airways and Virgin Atlantic services from London to Antigua. The short flight, which takes 50 minutes, will operate both ways on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Return fares from $480 UDS (approx. £355).
Post-Irma re-openings: Zemi Beach House and Four Seasons set to re-open ahead of schedule…
The stylish Zemi Beach House located on the iconic Shoal Bay, thought to be the most stunning beach in the Caribbean, is set to re-open two months ahead of schedule on Tuesday 15 February, following the completion of repairs to the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The resort will be the first five-star property to re-open on the Island. Zemi Beach House's restaurants – Stone (fine dining) and 20 Knots (casual dining) – will also reopen with all new menus along with the 300-year old Thai House Spa.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences is set to re-open on March 23, over a month earlier than previously planned, following damage sustained during Hurricane Irma. As the island’s largest private employer, the announcement has been welcomed by residents and local businesses. For those wishing to stay at the hotel, which opened as a Four Seasons just one year ago, there’s currently a fifth night free package available on all one-bedroom suites and villas.
Confirmed Festival Dates…
Moonplash the Caribbean’s oldest and most popular independent, music festival has been confirmed to take place from the 15-18 March at The Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay, overlooking St Maarten. The festival is hosted by founder and international reggae artist, Bankie Banks. The full line up will be announced shortly. For further information visit via www.ivisitanguilla.com.
The Annual Festival Del Mar is slated to take place in March 2018, with the dates expected to be announced shortly on www.ivisitanguilla.com.
Later on in the year…
Cap Juluca will reopen in November following its acquisition by the Belmond Group and a complete refurbishment.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is undergoing a complete multi-million-dollar refurbishment following Hurricane Irma and will re-open towards the end of 2018.
Other new developments continuing in 2018 include the completion of the new Blowing Point Ferry Terminal and the runway extension at Clayton J.Lloyd International Airport.