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Anguilla Beach Lovers, Issue #170
April 30, 2024

Combing Anguilla's Beaches for the Best

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Anguilla Beach Lovers

Issue #170, April 30, 2024

Did somebody say "beach day?" 🤗💗🏝

Every day is a beach day in Anguilla! One of our favorites?

The stunning Crocus Bay.

Crocus Bay is a picturesque white-sand beach that is spectator to some of the most magnificent sunsets in Anguilla.

There is something special to the sounds of Crocus Bay, too. The waves lapping so rhythmically, the laughing of kids and families at play...

It's enough to make your whole day 🥰

Just 2 minutes away from this majestic beach...

New Anguilla Card Partner: Grand Outlook Villa

Perched high on cliffside, enveloped by lush tropical gardens, Grand Outlook Villa is a beacon of luxury.

This villa isn't just a place to stay, it is a sanctuary where sky meets sea, offering unrivaled serenity and privacy, and unbeatable vistas.

This spectacular property is part of the Downing Realty Portfolio, which has luxury properties across the Caribbean and the United States.

Known for its sensational sunsets, let's step inside one of Anguilla's most unique properties.

From the moment you arrive at Grand Outlook, you are transported to a whimsical tropical world.

The villa's concierge LaToya greets you with a warm smile. She is kind, friendly and available to assist with your every need. She can arrange babysitting services, dinner reservations, private chefs, the list goes on.

She welcomes you in with a cool piña colada, Grand Outlook-style!...

Perched high between two of Anguilla's most pristine beaches, Crocus Bay and Little Bay, Grand Outlook commands a position like no other.

Inside Grand Outlook Villa, classic Caribbean charm meets sophisticated elegance.

You enter into a spacious living area crowned with a two-story atrium.

The living area features plush contemporary furniture and large flatscreen TV with Netflix and Sonos. The entire space opens onto the expansive outdoor terrace.

The kitchen is adjacent to the living area. A chef's dream, it is equipped with everything you need to whip up tasty treats.

The dining area sits by large sliding doors. It can feel like indoor or outdoor living, depending on how wide you leave the doors open, allowing for the breeze to blow through.

After satisfying your cravings in the kitchen, the vast terrace beckons you outside.

Plush lounge chaises fan out around the infinity pool that sparkles in the sun.

Sit and sip pool-side in your lounge chair or take your drink into the pool. There is bench seating right at the pool's edge. Another brilliant touch by the villa's owners.

The terrace is complete with an outdoor kitchen with large grill, mini fridge and wet bar.

There is also plenty of soft Grand Outlook towels, pool floats and Sonos with portable speaker. With all of the essentials for a relaxing pool day, you could easily spend all day on this spacious veranda.

The villa's downstairs master bedrooms open onto the terrace. They each feature a private patio complete with swaying hammock.

Inside, the bedrooms are furnished with tropical touches. We love the marrying of Caribbean warmth with traditional elegance.

These suites are complete with large flatscreen TV with Netflix, luxurious linens, walk-in closet with Grand Outlook robes and slippers and private ensuite bathroom.

The bedrooms take full advantage of their natural surroundings.

The eastern bedroom offers a stunning view of the Caribbean Sea, while the western bedroom gazes out to Crocus Bay.

The grand master suite is noteworthy.

Oversized, this room features hard wood under foot, high vaulted ceilings overhead and one of the loftiest ensuite bathrooms we have ever stepped foot in.

Cavernous, yet light and bright, this ensuite is sublime.

There is an opulent double vanity as well as a double outdoor shower encased in stone!

Tour complete and with the sun hanging low in the sky, let's settle into the most special part of Grand Outlook.

What better way to celebrate a grand outlook than with a grand dinner?

Chef Dale Carty and his team answer that call.

Nobody cooks crayfish quite like Chef Dale and his team, either. They always serve their crayfish with rice & peas, veggies and salad. From sides to the star of the show, Chef Dale and his team hit every high note with their culinary techniques.

Enhancing the flavors of the evening? It is the sun setting into the sea. The view elevates the meal into a moment you will not soon forget.

At Grand Outlook, the sunset doesn't simply mark the end of the day, it is an event, a time to be savored and enjoyed to the fullest.

We marveled at the sky as it went from orange to pink, to purple. The colors lingered long after the sun disappeared from the sky. "This is perhaps the greatest show on earth," We all agreed.

As night fell, the villa became a sanctuary of peace. The only sounds were the gentle lapping of waves against the cliffs below and the rustle of palm leaves in the soft night breeze.

This setting, under a canopy of stars, beckoned us back into the pool...

With its stunning location, grand interiors, and unmatched views, Grand Outlook is a sanctuary of tranquility.

Whether basking in the glow of a sunset or waking to the sounds of Crocus Bay's soothing waves, every moment at Grand Outlook is a moment to remember.

Grand Outlook Villa is an Anguilla Card Partner. You save 10% on your stay when you book direct with the owner with your Anguilla Card.

For a full read and video tour, click here!

To book your stay, email the owner Michael Downing, directly at:

For more on Grand Outlook, visit their official website here.

Speaking of dreamy experiences...

Sunset Sails with Tradition: NEW YouTube Video

Anguilla is a sunset paradise. Come sun down, skies glow in a cascade of purples, pinks and oranges. Each night is a show as the blazing orb descends to kiss the horizon. From da'Vida on Crocus Bay, to Four Seasons' Sunset Lounge on Barnes Bay, everyone has a favorite sunset spot.

Perhaps the most magical sunset spot of all? Aboard Tradition Sailing on a sunset cruise.

Click here for our NEW YouTube video onboard Tradition.

Drifting atop Caribbean waves. Lulled by the gentle rocking of the boat. Puffs of sea breeze powering the sails. The only sounds? The whisper of the wind above and the gentle murmur of the sea below. Here, all anxieties drift away.

The Tradition experience begins with her owners, Captain Laurie Gumbs and Deborah Vos.

Together, they have crafted a most unique sailing experience. Tradition brings authentic old world charm and the history of the Caribbean into modern day, with all of the bells and whistles. Free-flowing champagne cocktails? Check. A variety of fine wines and rum punch? Check. Gourmet appetizers? Check, check, check!

First step? The Tradition Champagne Cocktail.

Then, she is off, chasing those sunset views...

As the vessel makes her way to Little Bay, Laurie and Deb are your perfect hosts. Laurie handles the ship, Deb tops up your champagne glass, and they both rivet you with fascinating stories of voyages around the Caribbean. These are two people who live life to the fullest.

The sun ever so slowly makes its way to the horizon, casting an orange and pink glow. We all anxiously await "the moment," the "green flash." On extra-clear nights, a sharp electric-green flash appears the moment the sun hits the horizon. It is the exclamation mark to a jaw-dropping Anguilla sunset.

The orange and pink sky dissipates to deep blues. A star-speckled night sky takes over. Gaze up and you will count at least a dozen shooting stars.

Under a magical Anguilla evening sky, surrounded by sea and kissed by sea breeze, the atmosphere pairs perfectly with Deb's gourmet appetizers...

Deviled eggs, a fine selection of French cheese, meats, hummus, Deb's homemade tapenade, a selection of breads and bacon-wrapped figs are all on the menu. This is eating well.

Tradition's sunset cruise is for lovers. Lovers of the sea, of sunsets and of the Caribbean.

Tradition is an Anguilla Card Partner. You save 10% on your stay when you book direct with the owner with your Anguilla Card.

For a full read and the sunset sail video experience, click here!

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Introducing the Arawak Villa

Set within picturesque Arawak Beach Club, the Arawak Villa is a true gem right by the Caribbean Sea.

The 2 bedroom 2 bathroom oceanfront villa features a private pool, fully equipped kitchen and spacious living room right in the heart of Island Harbour.

Let's step inside your home away from home...

As you approach the villa, its pastel yellow exterior immediately catches your eye. Painted in tropical yellows and blues, the villa blends perfectly with the lush gardens on property.

Here you are just steps away from Island Harbour's shore.

There is plenty of space to enjoy the villa's vistas of Island Harbour and Scilly Cay from the large private pool deck.

The views from the patio are especially breathtaking and breezy.

Stepping through the front door, you are welcomed into a spacious living area adorned with Caribbean-inspired decor.

Comfortable couches look out to the ocean through the glass sliding doors. These doors let in natural light making the space bright and refreshing.

I mean, would you ever get tired of those views?

Every glance outside reveals a postcard-perfect scene.

A full-sized dining table is set across from the living area.

Natural light pours into the dinging area via the French-style doors that lead out onto the pool deck.

The open-plan layout allows for a bar area with high stools, perfect for entertaining. It goes hand in hand with the dining area, located just next to the big wooden table.

The bar backs onto the modern kitchen. It is stocked with everything from a coffee machine to full-size appliances including microwave, dishwasher, fridge, oven and stove.

You will be impressed by the amount of counter space in this kitchen.

Not only is there a large wrap around counter, there is also a huge central island, ideal for preparing family meals or calling in a private chef.

On the main floor you will find the first bedroom and bathroom.

The downstairs suite features a king-sized bed and a bunk bed. This room can sleep up to four people, making it perfect for families traveling with children or groups of friends.

Children will delight in having their own cozy nook, complete with a foosball table.

Up the stairs to the second floor is the very comfortable master bedroom.

The master bedroom features a plush king-sized bed, ensuring a restful night's sleep amid the sounds of the sea.

The bedroom is spacious with big flatscreen TV and a large ensuite...

It is complete with a beautiful walk-in rain shower. The bathroom also has windows that gaze out to Island Harbour. What a special touch!

We can't mention the master suite without talking about its private balcony. Don't you love those sweeping Island Harbour views?

Ideal for enjoying one-of-a-kind sunrises over Island Harbour!

The villa's private pool will be a highlight of your stay. Unwind with a refreshing dip in the pool while soaking in the Caribbean ambiance...

Prefer to heat things up? The villa is complete with a hot tub!

Owners Judd & Mindie's renovations have done justice to this property that is so near and dear to all of our hearts.

Without a doubt, this villa boasts a whole lot of value.

Read the full article here.

Watch the video tour here.

To Book Your Stay at the Arawak Villa

How to Get to Anguilla with Calypso Charters: NEW YouTube Video

Our favorite way to get to Anguilla? Fly to St. Maarten and catch Calypso Charters over 🤗💗🏝

When it comes to getting to Anguilla, we always love flying into St. Maarten's airport, Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). 

Getting here is easy and affordable! From St. Maarten, Anguilla is just a 20 minute boat ride away. We love riding over with Calypso Charters. Their captains always make sure your crossing is as smooth as can be.

Join us in this video for a look at how to get to Anguilla with Calypso Charters🥳

To book...

  • Select your dates via their online reservation system.
  • To save 10% on your trip, enter and apply your Anguilla Card number before checking out.

There's no better way to enjoy the trip over from St. Maarten!

Aurora Golf Course - a Caribbean Best

A huge round of applause for Aurora Anguilla as their International Course has recently been named the #2 Best Caribbean Course by USA TODAY'S 10 BEST READERS' CHOICE AWARDS!

Aurora Anguilla proudly hosts the island’s exclusive golf course.

Greg Norman designed, 7,000+ yards of 18 manicured holes stretch along the south shore of Anguilla, gazing out to vistas of the Caribbean Sea and St. Martin's majestic mountains.

In pristine condition, with sweeping views and a clubhouse that serves gourmet cuisine, it's not hard to see why Aurora International Golf Club makes the mark.

Playing Aurora should be on every golf lover's bucket list and every Anguilla's lover list, too, for that matter.

With such sensational scenery, golfer and non-golfers alike are sure to be taken aback by the breathtaking beauty of this special course.

For More on the Golf Course at Aurora...

Need even more fun in the sun?

Aurora's grand Entertainment Park sprawls along the south side of Anguilla. With a water park, activity center and concert venue, the Entertainment Park delivers on its promise to keep you entertained from sun up to well after the sun goes down.

Join us in this video for an afternoon of liquid fun as we test out the Aurora Entertainment Park.

A must-do, especially for families visiting Anguilla, the Aurora Entertainment Park sure knocks it out of the park 😉💗🏝

For more on the Aurora Entertainment Park, click here.

For More on Aurora Anguilla

A Luxurious Beach Escape

If it is a villa experience you seek, no villa fits the bill quite like aptly named, Beach Escape Villa!

Set on secluded Sandy Point beach, at Beach Escape you are directly on sandy beachfront.

This special spit of sand has long been a family favorite for quiet days at the beach. The water sparkles in a million shades of blue. Gazing out to St. Martin, Sandy Point is one of Anguilla's best kept secrets.

The five-bedroom property opens directly onto this special made. The property is made up of two buildings surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. Marrying classic West Indian charm with contemporary beach house chic, Beach Escape is the dream Caribbean villa.

Renovated with luxurious stone tiles, European range, and plush couches and king beds, Beach Escape offers it all.

More on Beach Escape Villa

Book Your Beach Escape

Real Estate Corner

Thinking of buying in Anguilla? Our good friend Jackie Pascher of Island Dream Properties has some of the best listings.

Here is just one example...

Welcome to Villa Alison.

Villa Alison is a 3 bed, 2 bathroom villa situated on North Ridge with mesmerizing views over the salt pond to Sandy Ground beach and village. Sunsets are unbelievable and are best enjoyed from the pool deck.

The villa consists of a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with tub and shower, kitchen and living room and two additional bedrooms which share a bathroom with walk in shower.

Sliding glass doors off the living area go to the tiled pool deck with an infinity edge pool with roll up cover.

Stairs down from the pool deck lead to a lower level with laundry room, mechanical area, bathroom, and large unfinished area that could be made into a 1 bedroom apartment, gym, or office.

The fenced parcel of land has low maintenance indigenous plants and flowering shrubs. There is a manual gate, ceiling fans and A/C in each bedroom. Furniture and appliances convey in sale.

Villa Alison is currently listed at $850,000.

More on this listing...

Caribbean Corner: Best Beaches in Antigua & Barbuda!

One of the benefits of living in Anguilla is exploring its beautiful neighboring islands! We love to travel and sea what the Caribbean has to offer.

This winter we had the chance to visit the beautiful sister islands with Tradewind Aviation.

Click here for our guide to Antigua & Barbuda.

For Our Guides to Neighboring Islands...

That's all for April!

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We can't wait to SEA you on the beach 💗🏝

With lots of warming Anguilla sunshine,
Nori & Louise

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