A Remarkable Anguillian
by Linda & Larry
(Southern New Jersey)
Our first trip to Anguilla was in November 1985. We stayed at Malliouhana for a week. During this time they had valet parking at the front lobby. We enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness of the island.
The next year, we returned for 8 nights (we keep adding a day each year). On this trip, we took the ferry over to St. Martin for the day to do a little shopping and have lunch.
We were walking around Marigot, when we heard a young man yelling at us, "Mr. & Mrs. Morris! Mr. & Mrs. Morris!". He was waving and waving at us with a huge smile on his face. We just looked at each other and were totally confused as we didn't know any of the locals on St. Martin.
"My name's Oliver...I parked your car at Malliouhana last year when you were there". We were thunderstruck that this young man would remember us a year later after only a week in Anguilla... remember our name and on a totally different island (where he was working at the time).
We immediately fell in love with Oliver and followed his professional career...
from Cinnamon Reef, to Cocoloba, to success at his own restaurant, Oliver's, and other businesses,
to his personal life...
from getting married to Patsy, to building his own home, to having three extraordinary sons.
Since 1985, we have been returning to Anguilla about two times a year, staying at different hotels and villas.
Oliver is only one of many friendly Anguillians who we have met over the years. But it was this friendly, remarkable, young Anguillian man who helped us realize that we were meant to be on this island.