The Reef By Cuisinart Anguilla
Unnamed Road,, 2640, Anguilla
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Four Fun-Filled Days in AnguillaMy visit to Anguilla couldn’t have come at a better moment. While most travelers head to the Caribbean in winter, I chose to explore Anguila in the summer. Sure, it was hot, but no hotter than say, New York—and unlike New York, Anguilla has 33 pristine beaches where you can cool off.
There were many luxurious hotels to choose from, and I ultimately opted for four nights at The Reef by CuisinArt. Another perk of traveling during low season was that on some mornings, it felt like I had the whole place to myself. I didn’t of course, but after living in crowded cities the past decade, I really enjoyed the reprieve.
I stayed in one of their suites on the ground floor that overlooked the reef. Due to some damage from the hurricane, the reef wasn’t swimmable, but there was a complimentary shuttle for guests who didn’t rent a car and wanted some beach time. I was out most of the day exploring the island, so I naturally gravitated to the pool.
On my last morning in town, I splurged on 50-minute customized massage at their spa. It’s been a stressful few months for me and I wanted to relax before boarding my flight home. I chose to have my massage in a private suite, you can also get other treatments, like a foot massage or pedicure, right by the pool.
The Reef made it easy for me to lounge about all day, but I had lots of sightseeing to do around the island. My favorite excursion was a sunset sail on a boat named Tradition. During the four-hour sail, there are champagne cocktails, wines, beer and an elaborate dinner spread. One of our two guides, Laurie, even pointed out some nearby caves as the sun went down. On our sail back, he pointed out my star sign—scorpio—in the sky.
Another really unique experience to have in Anguilla is to take the boat from Sandy Ground (a popular beach area with bars, restaurants and accommodations) to Sandy Island. It’s about a ten-minute journey and once you arrive, you have the entire island mostly to yourself. There’s a bar and grill right there on the beach and the conch platter was the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time.
For an even more laid-back vibe, head to Rendezvous Beach where you can sip frozen cocktails mere inches from the turquoise water. When I went, there was even a barge in the ocean where you could lay down and revel in the warm sunshine.