Perched on a craggy cliff jutting between Meads Bay and Turtle Cove Beach, Malliouhana has views of the glittering aquamarine sea that will hypnotize guests from the moment they arrive to its chic porte cochere. The bright, cerulean open-air lobby with mirrored mosaic-tile flooring tumbles out to a deck where tiered infinity pools are punctuated by ruffled yellow umbrellas, and a cliffside restaurant serves fresh seafood and farm-to-table fare that could just as easily be at home on the Côte d’Azur. Built in 1984, this is Anguilla’s original luxury resort, which reopened in 2014 after a three-year closure and 18-month renovation by Auberge Resorts Collection. While guests may find it hard to take their eyes off the dazzling Caribbean, the 44-room boutique hotel’s interior design offers its own portal to the sublime with an aesthetic that can best be described as tropical eclectic. Guest rooms are painted sorbet yellow or robin’s-egg blue and boast white lacquer four-poster beds, mural panels by Haitian artist Jasmin Joseph, Venetian glass lamps, and sea-green marble bathroom vanities. All of this somehow swirls together for a look that’s both regal and untamed.
By Shayne Benowitz, AFAR Contributor
Meads Bay British West Indies Ai, British West Indies 2640, Anguilla