Escape to Anguilla

Mark and David's verdict
Anguilla is a tiny low-lying Caribbean island that offers a real sense of escape. It’s a coral island, so the beaches are powdery and white, and you can only get there by ferry or a short flight from one of the bigger islands. The hotels and villas are outstanding, and the food is out of this world.

Recommended tour operator: Inspiring Travel Company

Inspiring Travel Company says

There’s something magical about an island which can only be reached on a small aircraft or boat – the Caribbean island of Anguilla may be just a short hop from Antigua or St Martin but it feels a million miles away. Think vast swathes of tropical white sand beaches, a handful of exclusive hotels and luxurious villas, superb restaurants from casual toes-in-the-sand to haute cuisine, happening beach bars and a sense of pure escapism.

  • Barefoot luxury
  • Spectacular beaches
  • Stylish hotels

Anguilla is a favourite choice amongst honeymooners and couples looking for somewhere with a heavy dose of romance.

Reopened in December 2018 following a spectacular refurbishment, Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, is one of our top picks. Bright, light and super-stylish, there are just 44 spacious rooms and suites, set along a dreamy beach. Add a top notch spa and world-class restaurant and you have the perfect recipe for holiday heaven.

Choose from three restaurants at Belmond Cap Juluca, distinguished by its low-rise Moorish architecture and fabulous rooms with exceptional marble bathrooms – some have their own private pool.

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is our top pick for modernistas with its clean lines, lavish hospitality, great food and its own 18-hole PGA-standard golf course and Venus spa.

Families and couples alike will love the Four Seasons Anguilla (formerly the Viceroy) for its modern style and choice of rooms plus four- and five-bedroom beachfront residences.

For more of a barefoot feel, the Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa is a delight, set on picturesque Shoal Bay East and boasting an exceptional spa.

Properties in Paradise and the sensational Altamer villas are great options if you prefer self-catering accommodation.

Island activities include sailing (kids can go to the Youth Sailing Club), heritage walks, horse-riding, cycling, tennis, snorkelling and a wide range of water sports. Anguilla Watersports offers paddle boarding, kite-surfing and surfing.

Anguilla is a foodie paradise with more than 100 restaurants to choose from. Our favourites include Cha Cha San for Pan-Asian cuisine, The Pumphouse at Sandy Ground and a lobster feast, best enjoyed on board a luxury yacht with Tradition Sailing.

Find out more about our holidays in Anguilla and browse the Tourist Board’s website for more details on things to see and do.

Covid-19 update: Anguilla re-opened its borders on 1 November 2020, implementing strict application protocols to protect the island community as well as visitors. Double-vaccinated visitors will need to submit an online application and provide evidence of an approved PCR test ahead of their journey. Find more details here.

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