Carimar Beach Club was
reviewed by Nori Evoy.
Nori's Rating: 5 out of 5
Known for delivering pure relaxation and serenity, Carimar Beach Club is one of a kind.
Spacious units, right on majestic Meads Bay's sandy shores, next door to some of the island's top restaurants, and all at under $300-450 per night.
It's no wonder Carimar Beach Club is loyally-loved by many.
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People say some of the best things in life are free... Cloud formations in the sky, ripples on the sea, the sun's warm glow in the late afternoon.
But where do you find outstanding Anguilla hotel value? Many think of Anguilla as an island for Wall Street's top financiers and Milan's top supermodels. But they aren't the only ones who visit Anguilla.
So, "for the rest of us," our family has found....
The Best Value Anguilla Hotel
Carimar Beach Club is a true Anguillian landmark. It competes for #1 at TripAdvisor against hotels that cost several times more!
This oft-overlooked gem, known to a fierce and loyal following, sits on magnificent Meads Bay since 1985. Here's a photo of it (and me) bathing in the setting sun...
Carimar was built shortly after Malliouhana in 1985, making these two of the original Anguilla hotels and resorts. Malliouhana continues to exude high-end, expensive Caribbean luxury.
And Carimar has kept up with its mission, too, providing high-value accommodations on a beach that blends perfect white sand, rolling waves, and some of the islands top restaurants
Since its first days it has built a wide following of true Anguilla-lovers. Some of the resort's visitors have been enamored since day one, others new to the Anguilla hotel, are just starting to fall captive to Carimar's charm.
We decided to spend a night and find out what makes this Anguilla hotel a "love of a lifetime"...
Charmed, we were!
What I noticed first? The quiet of Carimar!
The sounds of the waves gently hitting the shore, birds calling to one another, rustling palms... the aural tapestry of nature. Peaceful, relaxing.
We checked in with Carimar's very hospitable hosts...
And both of these lovely ladies wear glasses too!
Good luck identifying the original Laverne ;-)
After warm introductions and getting us familiar with the resort, Laverne (the original Laverne!) brought us to our Anguilla hotel room...
Carimar is made up of 24 apartments (1 or 2 bedroom units, beach-view or beach-front), that form a semi-circle around their lush courtyard, with gardens enhancing the atmosphere with a gentle, floral aroma.
Plentiful bushes surround each building, flowery vines running down the white columns.
The layout provides intimacy, a real feeling of community, and of solitude all at the same time.
It's a spot where you can retire to the seclusion you desire...
Or stay out, befriending your neighbor on her beach chair, calling up to the apartment above, making friends with those neighbors, and their neighbors...
The resort exudes a warm, calm, family feel.
Up, up, up we went!
We were staying in a 2 bedroom beach-view unit.
Each apartment has a living room, dining room and a full kitchen (fridge, microwave, toaster, utensils, pots, pans, coffee maker, blender).
My favorite part? Every unit has a full balcony or patio with outdoor dining furniture and chaises.
Hair dryers, clock radios, ceiling fans and air conditioned bedrooms, reading material, beach towels, daily housekeeping, wireless Internet, safes, and outdoor grills!
Because Carimar's units come with a fully equipped kitchen, eating in is always a possibility and a great way to cut your budget on an Anguilla holiday.
Your apartment may have 1 or 2 bedrooms as well as 1 or 2 bathrooms.
We entered with anticipation...
Update: Carimar has recently overhauled their rooms. Click here for Carimar's upgrades.
The Living Room
The Dining Room
(and my favorite complimentary breakfast! ;-)
Master Bedroom with Queen Bed and Bathroom
Second Bedroom with Twin Beds
Update: Carimar has recently overhauled their rooms. Click here for Carimar's upgrades.
The units are charming and well appointed, decorated with a Caribbean flavor. The choice of furnishings lend a Caribbean feel reminiscent of Anguilla as it was, embracing the typically Anguillian open air concept between the kitchen/living/dining areas, and allowing for so much space!
These Anguilla hotel rooms are truly comfortable, being so spacious, and filled with the comforts of home... a full kitchen, bath soaps, shampoos, books, a flat screen TV with cable, and of course, wireless Internet connection throughout the hotel.
For such low rates, this is the ultimate deal to be had on Anguilla...
Beach-front 1 bedroom for as low as $265 on Meads Bay out of season and for only $510 in season? One of the best beaches in the Caribbean?
We relaxed on their colorful couches, awe-struck.
(As you can see, Yuki was in need of a nap! She fell asleep the minute her head hit their Caribbean-inspired cushions!)
Try and suggest that rate to any other Anguilla hotel or Anguilla condo complex on Meads Bay, and they will laugh, "You're kidding, right?"
This is a super-comfortable, make-yourself-at-home, solid 4-star experience at the price of a 2-star. "How," I later asked the manager, Fred Thompson, can you deliver so much for so little on such a wonderful location.
He told us that since the beginning they have focused on what most travelers want. So this is not a "luxury" hotel. If you want and can afford that, walk a little up the beach and stay at Malliouhana.
Nor is there a hotel restaurant for them to maintain and staff. You are only a short walk from so many terrific restaurants (more on this below). Stock up your full kitchen and you won't find yourself missing room service.
In short, Fred summarizes, "We focus on you having the best possible experience on Anguilla for the dollar." And that is exactly the vibe I felt.
My favorite part of our Anguilla hotel room?
The view from our porch
We were truly taken by the tremendous value Carimar has to offer! The rates are low, the location is prime, and the rooms are spacious, clean, and nicely furnished.
It wasn't over yet!
Eager to see the rest of the resort, my Dad and I left Yuki and my Mom to read and settle in. Off we went...
We had arrived just in time. The sky was light in the west, a blend of pinks, blues and oranges stained the sky.
We sure envied the lucky ones enjoying the sights from the beach-front units! The extra dollars for that location sure seem worth it. But once the sun sets, we all hear and enjoy the same ocean. So... you pick!
It's best to book early! Carimar fills up fast with a long list of regulars. Mr. Thompson did tell me that you can sometimes book a room within a few weeks of your planned trip. So give it a try. Meanwhile, back to our sunset beach arrival...
Malliouhana to the East
We hung around to catch the last light of the day...
"How many idyllic sunsets had those visitors watched from their sandy steps?" I thought...
Could you ever have enough?
As the day's light dissolved, our churning stomachs served as (another) friendly reminder of the coming night... It was supper time!
Another of Meads Bay's wonderful features?
The hotel may not have a restaurant, but you will never starve on Meads Bay... Meads is the beach with most "top Anguilla restaurants."
Our choice for the night? We gave Peter a call at Straw Hat... The snapper and mashed potato was already calling my name.
After one of the best meals I have ever had!, I was pre-comatose.
My Mom, Dad and Yuki were not far behind.
Turn on air con.
Collapse on super-comfortable bed.
Sleep like rock.
Awake to the gentle chirping of morning birds.
Throw pillow at my sister, Yuki (just "because").
My Mom was up early, checking her emails on the porch. My favorite view!
The question of the day? What do you feel like doing today?
The beauty of Carimar's location, apart from its raw, natural beauty of course, is that you can comfortably stay on this beach for a week without a rental car, without ever leaving the property, and still have a tremendous vacation.
The beach is popular, yet quiet, with many activities... waterskiing, sailing, even surfing if the waves get big enough. Walk the full stretch, tip to tip...
To the East
To the West
Carimar provides beach chairs and certain water activities. They can also arrange boat tours, deep-sea fishing, anything you want (you can make good use of all those extra dollars you've saved!).
As I was saying earlier, Carimar is an unpretentious resort that focuses on what it does best... true value accommodations and hospitality!
There's no pool here. Who needs one? Dig your toes in the sand and plunge into the sea.
Want some spa pampering? The Carimar staff will set you up at Malliouhana, a 2-minute beach walk away.
The tennis courts are a few steps in the opposite direction away from the sea.
Perfecting My "Game"
Offloading "frills" is a brilliant strategy for delivering a low-cost, high-value Anguilla vacation.
Our choice for the day?
Swim in the sea, lounge in the beach chairs, and eat, of all things, bratwurst at a BBQ being held by one of the regulars at the hotel. They invited us, and others staying at Carimar, for an afternoon BBQ and fun in the sun.
With Friends on the Beach
Swimming, sunning, eating, drinking, grilling under the sun, and in good company... the day was drawing to a close.
As the sun started to fade, we headed to our car and turned to catch a last look at the sea...
"Nope, you never can get enough," I thought.
No doubt about it.... Carimar Beach Club is the best deal to be had on Anguilla.
Carimar Beach Club is the best value Anguilla hotel you will find on the island, right on one of Anguilla's most magnificent beaches. If you've stayed at Carimar Beach Club, please share your experience. Tell your story in the form below, and I'll be happy to publish it.
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