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The Reef by CuisinArt...
A Pre-Opening Look at
Anguilla's Latest Luxury Beachfront Hotel

Update 2017: The Reef has opened! To take a look inside, visit The Reef's official website.

Stay tuned for our new article on The Reef coming soon. In the meantime, for an in depth look inside The Reef, check out our hotel video tour below.

 

The countdown is on. Come November 10th, The Reef by CuisinArt will open its doors and re-define Anguilla luxury.

The Reef by CuisinArt
the reef by cuisinart pool with st. martin and caribbean sea in background

Set on Merrywing Bay (to the west of Rendezvous Bay), this stretch of coastline has long caught the eye of big name developers. Sweeping vistas, exclusive sandy shorelines and a particular curve of land that always catches a cooling sea breeze. It is not hard to see why Temenos and St. Regis pursued a project here in the mid-2000's.

Taken over by CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in 2013, its sister property, The Reef delivers on the promise of this magnificent setting. In addition to all of the usual amenities you would expect, three unique features set it apart.

  • The Reef's ground-floor beachfront suites put modern luxury right on the beach. These would be our first choice. If it is Caribbean Sea view you prefer, those from the resort's top floors (the main house is 5 stories high) are unparalleled. And, with CuisinArt Golf Course immediately behind the hotel, the non-ocean view rooms are sure to delight golfers or anyone who appreciates clean, green vistas.
  • It is the only hotel with certified lifeguards on the beach. Sure to be a big plus that attracts visitors, this may just be the beginning for Anguilla.
  • You actually get two hotels for the price of one. Mere minutes from its big sister, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa you have full access to all amenities (spa, gym, restaurants, beach chairs) with signing privileges.

Anguilla Beaches intern, Louise and I had a chance to sneak a pre-opening peek. Let's dive into The Reef.

Introducing The Reef By CuisinArt

The Reef "wows" at "hello."

Approaching The Reef by CuisinArt
approaching the reef by cuisinart hotel

At five stories high, The Reef is the first hotel of its kind in Anguilla. It is large-scale luxury, immaculately glass-clad. The hotel evokes a "this is going to be special" feeling as you pull up.

Greeted by a grand entrance, you enter the magnificent lobby. Marble lies underfoot and palatial gold pillars surround you.

The Lobby Inside The Reef by CuisinArt
the lobby inside the reef by cuisinart

To the lobby's left is the bar. Elegant and sleek, it is on par with the finest hotel bars in the world's "fastest" cities. One can easily envision busy, bustling evenings at the bar once the season gets going.

The Reef's Elegant Lobby Bar
the lobby bar at the reef

Set back from the bar is the gym with state of the art equipment and the bank of elevators.

Elevators
hotel elevators at the reef anguilla

To the lobby's right is the hotel's boutique and another promising gathering point, a media room with large flatscreen TV. The media room will also be outfitted with iMacs.

Media Room
the media room inside the reef

It all crescendos to the CuisinArt-inspired "runway," the stretch of pool, followed by tiled path that leads to the sea and to...

St. Martin in the Distance
the view from the lobby inside the reef

The panoramic views of St. Martin steal the show. This is "high definition" viewing brought to life. The fresh sea breeze wafts through the open-air space, heightening all senses.

A whimsical spiral staircase leads down to the pool. Before descending, however, Louise and I were enchanted by this centerpiece...

enchanting details at the reef anguilla

An inspired touch that gives a big nod to the resort's name. It will become a favorite for Instagrammers. Let me be the first ;-)

Sparkling Under a Caribbean Sun

Like a mirage emerging from a white-sand desert (island!), the pool invites you to dip in and swim its first length on a walk down the pathway to the sea.

The Pool at The Reef by CuisinArt
the pool at the reef by cuisinart hotel

All at right angles, the words crisp and refreshing come to mind. Again, clearly inspired by CuisinArt, the gardens are still to grow in. It will be fun to watch the landscaping flourish under the determined care of CuisinArt's crack team of gardeners.

The pool will be the site for the resort's spa and fitness classes. Yoga, meditation and aquacycle fitness classes and spa services are all offered pool-side.

pool chaises in the sun at the reef

For those of us who would rather give our bodies a hard-earned rest? There's plenty of space for that, too...

view from poolchaise at the reef at cuisinart

The pool has cleverly been designed with four separate areas. The main area (see photos above) is where fitness classes, such as the aquacycle classes will take place. There is a second pool level for wading (see foreground of photo below) and two jacuzzis.

It all backs onto the hotel's main house and its fine-dining restaurant, the Yacht Club.

looking up at the reef hotel from the pool

Open-Air Dining at The Reef

The Reef features two restaurants. The first opens up onto the resort's pool. Named the Yacht Club, its design exudes elegance, with textured white walls contrasted against sailing murals. The Yacht Club will serve breakfast and dinner. Photos and menus to come.

The second restaurant sits right on the beach. Its name? Breezes...

Breezes' Soon-To-Be Deck (Currently Under Construction)
breezes restaurant setting on the beach at the reef

Aptly named, welcome tradewinds gently blow through all of The Reef. They keep this corner of Anguilla comfortably cooler than most beaches and hotels. The restaurant itself is sure to quickly become a beach bar favorite. Situated right on the sands of Merrywing Bay, with up-close views of St. Martin and constant trades from the south east, it is hard not to see this location start off as a roaring success.

More on Breezes.

A Secret Sandy Cove & The Best Watersports Program in Anguilla

Breezes overlooks The Reef's exclusive hidden cove, Merrywing Bay. Known by few, Merrywing boasts intimate views of St. Martin and an untouched strip of white sand that curves to neighboring beach, Cove Bay. Turquoise shimmers between the area's active reefs, ripe for snorkeling.

Merrywing Bay
merrywing bay at the reef anguilla hotel

The Reef has designed their water sports program with these very reefs in mind. They have teamed up with experts Anguilla Watersports who will be offering stand up paddleboarding (SUP), snorkeling and glass-bottom kayaking. It is all is included in your stay.

Kitesurfing and direct access to Anguilla's Aqua Park is also available at a separate price.

If watersports is your passion, The Reef is "home."

Lazing Away at Merryingway Bay
beach chaises on beach at the reef anguilla

If it is lounging and beaching you prefer, The Reef straddles Cove Bay and Rendezvous Bay. Pop over to these big and popular Anguilla beaches (home to some of the island's best beach bars) or settle into your own cove, Merrywing Bay.

Luxury Rooms & Beachfront Suites

There are two beachfront buildings set right on the edge of the sand. Two stories each, you have a choice of opening your sliding doors onto the beach or onto this beachfront suite terrace...

Beachfront Suite Terrace
beachfront suite at the reef anguilla

The second floor beachfront suites boast over 1,000 square feet in outdoor terrace space, with couches, dining tables, outdoor showers and even a jacuzzi tub. The jacuzzi tub is an especially nice touch, with the sparkling lights of St. Martin in the distance come night fall.

more from the beachfront suite terrace

Inside, oversized walk-in closets and sumptuous bathrooms enhance the plush rooms. Not an inch of space has been spared.

Flanking the beachfront buildings and set further back from the beach are two three-floor buildings. These building house suites and junior suites. All can be adjoined.

TIP: Book the corner junior suite in these buildings. The bathroom is divine and you have a wider view!

three storey beachfront buildings at the reef

Finally, the hotel's main building, at five stories and with fifty hotel rooms, is situated further behind the oceanfront buildings.

The Reef features 80 rooms total. Thirty lay out on the beach in the resort's four separate buildings (the 2 beachfront buildings and 2 set further back from the beachline).

Fifty are set inside the hotel's main building. Half look out to CuisinArt Golf Course and half gaze out to St. Martin with views of the sea and the beach. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide an intimate and intense view that beckons you to the beach - and beyond.

Inside all rooms and suites, modern-chic meets retro-cool...

Inside The Reef Anguilla
the rooms inside the reef hotel anguilla

Wood floors, bamboo head boards and pops of color all bring Caribbean-warmth to the contemporary rooms. The most special touch of all? 3D photography of beautiful Anguilla.

beautiful photography inside the reef hotel rooms

Now that is a picture worth posting! (Photos of all views and interiors to come.)

Final Thoughts & Updates to Come

Opulent to the eye and modern laid-back-Anguilla in feel, The Reef impresses on many accounts. It is a perfect fit for the well-heeled adventure seeker looking for an authentic Caribbean experience and a down pillow on which to lay their head.

Until November 10th, The Reef's all-star team will be putting in long days, completing the finishing touches. We wait in anxious anticipation to see The Reef in all of its glamorous glory.

Stay tuned!

row of beach chaises and palm trees at merrywing bay

hurricane irma

Up-to-date information on Anguilla post-Irma here.

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