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Cocoloba Anguilla Hotel

by Gerda
(Bohemia, NY)

Meet Viceroy Anguilla Resort

Meet Viceroy Anguilla Resort

We stayed at a place called Cocoloba run by Club Valtur at the same time Hurricane Lenny showed up. That was quite an experience. While there was some damage to the hotel, I can't seem to locate it on the Anguilla hotel directory. It was situated on Barnes Bay and was next to Malliouhana.

Nori's Reply: Cocoloba was one of our favorite Anguilla hotels! Though we never stayed there, it always peaked our curiosity. It was one of the "original" Anguilla resorts in more of a traditional style, tucked up on one of the most beautiful pieces of real estate in Anguilla.

You are so fortunate to have had the chance to stay there! Do you have any photos of the Anguilla resort?

By the time we started visiting Anguilla in 2002 Cocoloba was never fully open. Each time we passed by it was deserted, pool green, doors shut.

They tore it down around 2005. It was replaced by the luxurious Viceroy Anguilla. It extends East and West from the point between Meads Bay and Barnes Bay. I uploaded a picture of the resort during construction so you can get an idea of its style and size.

Viceroy is spectacular, but it's too bad Cocoloba didn't make it. It seemed to be the kind of spot you just fall in love with.

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Oct 18, 2011
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Missing Cocoloba
by: "J.R."

We were married in 1992 on the pristine property of the then Cocoloba Beach Resort, located on the beautiful Island of Anguilla. Although it was my wedding, I am proud to say that it was one of the best weddings I had ever attended. Cocoloba Resort and its staff went the extra mile to make sure it was a success, and it really was.

An arrangement of tropical flowers (our wedding colors) along with a bottle of chilled wine and an assortment of cheese and crackers awaited us in our cottage overlooking the starlit beach below. We couldn't resist the invitation by the soft tumbling waves to venture out with our bucket of goodies, sip our wine and reminisce about how organized everything was. Cocoloba's staff was simply awesome. We truly did not have to worry about anything. We woke up next morning on the beach around 3:00 AM to a slight drizzle - the only thing Cocoloba could not prevent.

One year later, we were back at Cocoloba for our one year Anniversary, and once again Cocoloba had pulled out all the stops - they prepared a table for two on their famous look out point and lavished us with a scrumptious three course meal as only they could do.

Where are you Cocoloba? Oh how we miss you!

Mar 15, 2010
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cocoloba
by: gerda

We had a wonderful time there. There were these cottages overlooking the bluff as well as a motel unit in the back. I don't know where our pics. are after a recent move. It was just beautiful. Hurricane Lenny at the time even flooded the Valley. I'm sorry to hear it is gone. I just found this website and already love it!

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Best Mid-Range Anguilla Hotel

by Zuzana
(Toronto, Canada)

Thank you so much for your Anguilla website! I read it through and through and I can't get enough. I fell in love with the place and now I can't get it out of my head :)

We are a couple in early 30s with 2 small children living in Toronto. We are considering an Anguilla vacation (first time ever) just for the two of us.

We have traveled extensively (Australia, NZ, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America) but I am not sure how we missed this beautiful jewel.

We have visited the Caribbean a couple of times (Jamaica (twice), Bahamas and Turks & Caicos).

October 2010 is the plan to experience Anguilla.

We are wondering if you could please give us any tips on Anguilla hotels for 2 people for 5-6 nights. We are looking for something romantic, mid-range or upper mid-range, close to or on the beach and walking distance to the restaurants. We are huge beach lovers and would most likely rent a car (or bikes or scooters) to see as many beaches as we can.

We would love to hear your thoughts and tips. We are getting very excited to start planning our next vacation in beautiful Anguilla!

Many thanks in advance,

Zuzana and Adam

Nori's Reply: Zuzana and Adam, thank you so much for your kind words. Wow! You really have traveled quite extensively... I would love to see the things you have seen! You will have a wonderful vacation in Anguilla, I'm sure. For real travelers like yourself I would highly recommend renting a car and checking out every corner of this beautiful island!

In terms of Anguilla hotels...

If you want to be on the beach, Ku Hotel right on Shoal Bay is lovely and not very expensive.

If you are looking for something more upscale, pricier and more exclusive, I would highly recommend Malliouhana. Malliouhana is truly the epitome of classic Caribbean luxury! The resort's history is remarkable.

You can always explore the option of renting your own Anguilla villa as well. Not all Anguilla villas are extremely expensive. There are many affordable options available.

Have a beautiful trip!

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Feb 22, 2010
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Carimar Beach Club
by: Anonymous

You might consider Carimar Beach Club on Mead's Bay just next to Malliouhana. Perfect for couples or family.....1 or 2 BR with brand new kitchens. The beach is gorgeous and the staff is wonderful. Casual, laid back, and very well priced.

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C-Breeze Inn

by Scott Brown
(Carrollton, GA)

Can you give me an email or phone number to contact Carol at C-Breeze hotel? I would love to go down and stay there. It will be my first time to that island.

Nori's Reply: Unfortunately, Carol has rented C-Breeze Inn for the long term. My best advice would be to contact Jackie Pascher. She will be able to set you up with something perfect!

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Jun 16, 2009
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Anguilla Apartments
by: Nori

Did you see my write up on Anguilla apartments? Try Klasher Apartments in North Hill. They are inexpensive, clean and very accommodating. Click here to read the write up on Anguilla apartments!

Jun 12, 2009
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Cbreeze
by: Scott

What is another good inexpensive hotel to stay at?

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Viceroy Status

by Troy
(North Carolina)

What is the status of the Viceroy? They are taking bookings on July 3rd, which is the day I arrive. Should I risk staying here with a half complete resort or is it nice and ready to enjoy?

Nori's Reply: I am not sure how they are doing right now. I haven't passed by the site in a month or so, and when I did it was still under heavy construction. I hope this opening pulls through, as they already delayed opening once. Also, there have been rumors as to whether they are running out of cash or not. Hmmm...

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Best Anguilla Hotel Option?

by Tim
(Minneapolis, MN)

Hello Nori,

If you had to choose between Carimar, Frangipani, or Ku.... which would be the best option?

Also, of the three, which has the best beach?

Finally, which is most accessible to restaurants on foot?

Thank you.

Tim

Nori's Reply: All of those hotels are fantastic choices! We loved our stay at the Anguilla hotel, Ku. It is inexpensive, right on the best beach in the Caribbean!, the units are clean and comfortable. The beach is lined with many little beach bars and great spots for lunch and a couple for dinner.

Frangipani and Carimar are both on Meads Bay, one of our favorite Anguilla beaches. Frangipani is slightly more expensive than Carimar, but that is reflected in the quality of room (I have not stayed there personally, but heard great things). Meads Bay has a couple of nicer, more refined restaurants for lunch and many for dinner. Either way, I would recommend using the Anguilla car rental service. There is still so much to see on this tiny island!

Have a wonderful vacation!

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Jan 04, 2010
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car rental
by: Anonymous

Car rentals are very cheap....with a sub-compact costing about $25/day. It is absolutely essential to exploring the island. We will put 200 miles on our rental in 7 days exploring every nook and cranny we can.

Jan 04, 2010
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Our hotel pick.......
by: Tim from Windham

My wife and I seem to gravitate towards Sandy ground and Shoal Bay East for the majority of our stays in Anguilla. These are two beaches that are "centrally" located on the island and have everything we love from good food and drink literally on the beach. Ku Hotel is definitely the best bang for the buck in my opinion, offering great amenities and activities all within walking distance of your hotel room. You have Gwen's Reggae Reef, Malakh Day Spa, Kuyah beach bar and restaurant, Uncle Ernies, Meaderimann beach restaurant, Smoothies water sports, snorkeling, boat charter and scuba trips, and a few other great things to do...all within beach strolling distance, and Shoal bay is close enough to everything else.

Jan 04, 2010
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Car Rental for sure
by: David Lee

Tim,
I concur with Nori's comment about a car rental.

Don't let the proximity to restaurants be the deciding factor to hotel selection. There are SO many great restaurants on the island and there is SO much more to see than just one of the 30+ beaches that a rental car is indispensable and worth every dime.

We used our car daily just to get breakfast from Le Bon Pain. Early morning is a great time to explore. A coffee and almond croissant on a secluded beach all to yourself just can't be beat!

Regards,
Dave

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We Want to Come to Anguilla!!!

by Nancy Raymond
(Queensbury, NY, USA)

I've been receiving your e-zine for at least 4 years now and we are coming close to making plans to come to Anguilla. We are in our late 50's, but very young at heart. We are looking for a place on a beach with calm water with beautiful blue color. We love to sit out on the beach and do nothing, except eat and hit the smaller local beach bars. Since our budget is limited from the expense of flying from Upstate New York, we could spend up to $200 a night. I know this is putting a lot on you, and don't blame you if you don't respond, but you are the only person I would trust to steer us in the right direction. This is a special trip for us and hope you can help.

Thank you for all the years of reading your adventures and giving me such a wonderful feel for the island. I look forward to receiving them and feel like I know you and your family.

Have a wonderful summer.

Nancy Raymond

Nori's Reply: I love hearing that readers have been following me for such a long time! :-) I am so glad to hear that you are planning your trip to Anguilla!

Hm... rates depend on when you come to the island. Right now there are many deals on Anguilla with tourism slowing. For sand, swim, drinking and eating the top spot I recommend is Ku Hotel. The accommodations are elegant and affordable! Plus, located on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. You can't go wrong!

Have a wonderful vacation, I would love to hear about it when you get back!

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May 03, 2009
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under $200
by: Anonymous

Like Nori said, the Ku is is Shoal Bay East (said to be the best beach in the world). After Easter all the resorts drop their prices. I think the Arawak is around $200/night after Easter, probably the Ku too. The Ku has at least 4 restaurants and bars within walking distance of your hotel room. The Arawak has some real hospitality and a great cafe/restaurant attached. You'll have to walk to a beach from it, and there's less of a selection of beach bars immediately nearby.

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Short Term Anguilla Rentals
For The Whole Winter

by Zorana
(Canada)

Let me first compliment your talent and hard work at this great site. I've been following its development since 2004!

I have a few questions for you:

My husband and I are thinking about the winter escape.

Last winter we spent on Canary Islands and were not impressed at all. Imagine, we are "digital nomads" with no Internet!!??? Yes, Internet is a great luxury on Canaries. So, we are not going back as you may guess.

Could you please tell me:

1. If we rent an Anguilla apartment for let's say 2 months would we get any discount or $150 is the best we can get in high season? We are flexible here but still the visit would be in the high season.

2. Do these Anguilla apartments have an Internet connection?

That is pretty much all we need to know.

I just sent an email to your Dad's friend Malcolm Hope-Ross regarding offshore company, so we have one more reason to come to your beloved island.

BTW it always amazes me how much you love Anguilla. Only passionate love for this "paradise" can build site like this.

Congratulations!

All the best and hopefully see you in paradise :-)

Zorana

PS, BTW, we are in Montreal at the moment :-) We are staying here for two months, but I guess you and your family do not miss it at all. Jazz festival has just started and as you know, Montreal is beautiful in summer time!

Nori's Reply: Zorana, thank you so much for your kind words!

1. Two months seems short for a long-term Anguilla rental. Generally if you rent an Anguilla apartment for 6 months - 1 year you have more negotiating power. But who knows what is possible in this market? I recommend you shop around and see what is available... Try contacting some of our favorite Anguilla apartments: Klasher Apartments, Cheddie's Long-Term Anguilla Rentals or Jackie Pascher (our favorite Anguilla real estate agent) for more information on availabilities.

Just note that there are vacant Anguilla apartments, and I'm sure, good deals to be made!

2. Yes, generally you can get Internet installed, if not already, for a fee. (You can check with local companies for their costs, we use "LIME.")

Best of luck with your work! I do hope you make it to Anguilla and our paths cross!

Also, have fun in Montreal... It is a great city, my favorite time being summer time. Enjoy the jazz and hot, busy streets. I don't miss Montreal very often, but how could I not in summer? ;-)

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Madeariman Beach Club

by Mary McCully
(Fallston, Maryland)

I love your website - thanks for keeping me updated (and keeping me daydreaming at work).

I was thinking about visiting Anguilla again in Feb and wanted to stay at the Madeariman, but I can't find any recent info for it. Is it still open?

Thanks,
Mary

Nori's Reply: Mary, thank you so much for your nice words. I am so happy that my website has been so useful in planning your Anguilla vacation. Sadly, Madeariman Beach Club is no longer open as an Anguilla hotel, but it's still a nice spot to grab a fish sandwich!

If you are looking for Anguilla's best value hotel, I strongly recommend Carimar Beach Club right on Meads Bay. You won't find better value than that offered by Carimar Beach Club!

Happy vacation planning :-)

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Low Cost Anguilla Accommodations and C-Breeze Inn

by Kimberly
(Kentucky, USA)

I would like information about the cheap Anguilla accommodations, C-Breeze Inn.

Thank you,
Kimberly

Nori's Reply: Unfortunately, C-Breeze Inn is no longer available, now under a long term lease. If you are seeking low cost Anguilla accommodations, and if you are interested in being right on the beach, you will not find anything of greater value than Carimar Beach Club. The Anguilla accommodations are tasteful, clean, and the best part? Right on Meads Bay, and for a great price too!

Click here for more information on Carimar Beach Club.

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James Place Apartments
by: Anonymous

What A beautiful place to stay clean and quiet close to all east end beaches

Oct 10, 2010
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James Place Apartments
by: Anonymous

James Place Apartments is located on the East End of the Island in Mount Fortune. 8 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom, New Fully Furnished, Air Conditioned 8 unit building with laundry on site,quiet and clean, close to the most beautiful beaches. Walking distance to Junks Hole beach or Island Harbor.

May 04, 2010
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Holidays cottage
by: Shawn01

Hi all,
I have heard of “Holiday Cottages” from this blog and I want to thank you for sharing it with us.
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Shawn

May 02, 2010
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cheap accomodations
by: Anonymous

I just got an email about a new apartment building with rooms for rent short and long term. I was told by the owners it's $75/night. It's inland though and not on a beach. Here's a link http://www.jamesplaceanguilla.com/

Another option is the Ferryboat Inn which advertises $99/night. We've stayed there and were pleased with everything

May 01, 2010
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something different
by: Carol Richardson

If you are an artist, Miss Jimmy's Artist Retreat is a quirky, fun place for work and play at a great rate on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. It has an artist studio for your use.

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Viceroy Anguilla or Cap Juluca Resort?

by Cynthia

I love your blog and have found it very informative. I was hoping you could help me decide between these two resorts. I was married at Cap Juluca and got engaged there many years ago.

We want to come back for our anniversary but Viceroy is less expensive and seems to be nicer in terms of email responses in terms of accommodating us.

Not sure if Cap Juluca is still a good place to stay, and having only been there in 2001 and 2002 I am at a loss.

I like luxury and good service. I am hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction since I am really torn and don't know which resort to choose.

We are going this October for two weeks. Reviews online seem to favor Viceroy.

Nori's Reply: Choosing between Viceroy Anguilla and Cap Juluca... What a choice... Where to start? They are both five-star Anguilla resorts, all the way!

Viceroy opened in December 2009, and is very modern and widely considered the super-luxury resort on the island. It has been attracting many celebrities, including Sandra Bullock and Michael Jordan, and has been the site of many Anguilla Victoria Secret photoshoots.

This Anguilla resort really gets it right in terms of scenery, cuisine (some of the best restaurants on the island, don't miss Viceroy Anguilla's Sunset Lounge) and modern style.

This resort is not the traditional Anguilla you may know. Many say that it feels more like a hotel in California, or maybe Miami. The rooms are stylish and hip.

The resort is set in between two beaches, on a rocky promontory. The views are sensational! You will not have direct beach access. You will have to walk down to the beach, and you have Meads Bay or Barnes Bay to choose from. Both sensational.

The only negative I can think of were the issues of "bad service" in the resort's early days. They now have a tremendous staff who work tirelessly. Service is certainly up to par.

Cap Juluca has renovated their main lobby and restaurants, and has a beautiful bar overlooking the beach. It is picturesque in the evening. Through the renovations they have maintained their Mediterranean feel and design.

They have also been renovating their rooms, but have not completed them. I have heard complaints of the rooms being a tad "weathered."

I have not heard many rave reviews for the resort's restaurants, and have not tried them.

The biggest advantage of staying at Cap Juluca is the sandy beachfront, which is literally right at your room's edge.

All in all, if you are looking for an all around five-star experience at the most reasonable cost, Viceroy might be your best bet. If a more traditional Anguilla experience right on the beach is more appealing, perhaps Cap Juluca is for you!

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by: Anonymous

Maurice, I very much appreciate your comments about the wind on the beach at The Viceroy vs Cap Juluca. I had read just the opposite but your comments sound as if you really do know based on your personal experience. Thus clear beach edge to CJ. Given all the recent financial issues, legal wrangling, etc, do you have a 2014 update on CJ room conditions, food, service, management and the like currently at Cap Juluca? Anyone else have a comment?

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Update?
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Maurice, I very much appreciate your comments about the wind on the beach at The Viceroy vs Cap Juluca. I had read just the opposite but your comments sound as if you really do know based on your personal experience. Thus clear beach edge to CJ. Given all the recent financial issues, legal wrangling, etc, do you have a 2014 update on CJ room conditions, food, service, management and the like currently at Cap Juluca? Anyone else have a comment?

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I slightly disagree
by: Maurice

The stay in Anguilla (or any Caribbean resort) is all about the “experience”. Viceroy is on the windy side of the island. The beaches are not pleasant to lay on or even play on. The waves are rougher, the shoreline is not that pretty.

Cap Juluca, on the other hand, has one of the most picturesque beaches in the world. And since the beachfront and ocean experience is a big part of what you are traveling to the Caribbean for, shouldn't that weigh heavily?

The food at Cap Juluca is absolutely fantastic. As a matter of fact, their Executive Sous Chef from PIMMS took the Silver medal at the Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition in Miami in June 2011. I challenge you to find better food on Anguilla.

The rooms were recently renovated, but have always had that wonderful, Mediterranean feel. There is nothing like doors that open up to white sand and ocean like theirs do.

All in all, I would gladly argue that Cap Juluca is by far the better overall experience, if not simply for the beach and food alone. But with everything else they offer, a truly superior exerience.

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