Anguilla: Why Go Now
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Anguilla: Why Go Now

Courtesy of Cap Juluca

The island’s crown-jewel resort sparkles once again.

Stay

Set on a postcard-perfect bluff, the 20-acre Malliouhana—now a part of the Auberge portfolio—just went through a much-needed reboot. Pastels liven the interiors and the restaurant has shed its dress code, but the stunning view of Meads Bay beach remains.

On nearby Maundays Bay, the Moorish-inspired Cap Juluca got its own facelift, swapping rattan for fresh furniture with geometric fabrics in all 70 rooms and 15 villas. Guests can board the resort’s new yacht, Juluca Pride, to visit islets and atolls.

The island’s first hybrid villa-resort, CeBlue (three-night minimum), in Crocus Bay, combines eight modern three- to five-bedroom rentals with hotel amenities (concierge, restaurants, spa, watersports). Villas include a game room, a pool, an oversize patio, and a personal chef upon request.

Eat

During low season, the owners of Hibernia Restaurant travel through the Far East collecting ingredients—galangal, durian, Myanmar jungle honey—for their inventive Asian-Caribbean fusion menu. The restaurant doubles as an art gallery for pieces they pick up abroad.

Hungry’s Good Food was serving food from a truck before it was a trend. They dish out bowlfuls of conch and fish soups in the parking lot across from the post office in the Valley, Anguilla’s capital.

A casual roadside barbecue tent in Long Bay, B&D’s BBQ (264/497-6670) tightly guards its recipes for juicy ribs and roast chicken. The family venture—daughter hosts, mom cooks, son grills—is a favorite of celebrities.

Do

Unlike its volcanic neighbors, Anguilla’s flat, limestone landscape gives way to some incredible beaches. Our favorites are Shoal Bay, Meads Bay, and the wild, blustery Junks Hole, where you’ll find offshore reefs that evoke Robinson Crusoe fantasies.

Reggae star Bankie Banx presides over the Dune Preserve, a warren of driftwood and distressed boats that hosts outdoor concerts. If you’re there the weekend of March 13, don’t miss the 25th annual Moonsplash music festival.

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