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11 Top-Rated Resorts in Anguilla

Written by Freddy Sherman
Sep 12, 2019

Known for its coral reefs and its 33 beautiful beaches, Anguilla is a tiny but mesmerizing Caribbean island nation. As an international luxury getaway destination, the island has some incredible luxury resorts. These large properties, like the Four Seasons Anguilla, offer a wide range of accommodation types and styles, along with multiple dining options and a seemingly endless list of activities.

Some visitors prefer smaller, more intimate vacation experiences, like what you get at the Quintessence Hotel, a nine-suite boutique luxury resort. Others may want to opt for a more self-sufficient experience like you get at a condo-resort such as Shoal Bay Villas.

Most visitors to Anguilla fly into Saint Maarten's Princess Juliana airport (SXM) and then take the short, 20-minute ferry ride to the island. Aside from lounging on the beautiful beaches, popular activities include sailing, fishing, and snorkeling. Anguilla is home to world-class reef and wall scuba diving.

Find the best place to stay on this idyllic Caribbean island with our list of the top resorts in Anguilla.

1. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

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This luxury resort sits on a bluff overlooking two of the island's best beaches, one on Barnes Bay and the other on Meads Bay. Accommodations at the Four Seasons range from luxurious single hotel rooms to incredible five-bedroom beachfront villas. Even the basic rooms are quite spectacular, with a modern Caribbean design. They feature wood-plank floors; terraces or patios; and spa-like marble bathrooms with separate, sunken soaking tubs. Many rooms have a private plunge pool and their own little sundeck.

There are three outdoor pools to enjoy and all kinds of beach activities and water sports. The resort's Sea Centre beach club handles everything. The resort has an extensive fitness program that includes a gym. It's part of a sports pavilion that also has a rock climbing wall and basketball and tennis courts. There's also yoga and boot camp classes. Kids, teens, and families have a whole program of entertainment and activities as well.

Coba is the resort's main restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner along with amazing bay views. The Half Shell Beach Bar is the resort's beach grill and casual café. Of course, you just might want to order room service and relax and enjoy the sunset.

Address: Barnes Bay, West End Village AI-2640 Anguilla

Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

2. Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection

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When it was first opened in the 1980s, the Malliouhana Anguilla helped lead the way into turning Anguilla into one of the world's ultimate luxury romantic getaway destinations. Although the 26-acre resort is private and secluded, its central location means you can venture out and walk to local shopping and dining.

The Malliouhana is on two beaches: To the west you have the mile-long Meads Bay Beach. To the east is the very secluded Turtle Cove beach. Meads Bay Beach is where you'll find all the water sports activities, including scuba dives and sailing lessons. All the non-powered stuff like rafts, stand up paddleboards (SUPs), kayaks, and snorkel gear is free for guest use. There's also a compact spa with a surprisingly large menu of beauty and body treatments and its own spa pool.

Rooms, suites, and villas have a modern Caribbean design, and all have large private terraces. Most have ocean views. The resort is also home to the Kishti Villa, an eleven-bedroom beachfront mansion, which offers full hotel access and amenities.

When you get hungry, Cafe Celeste is the resort's Mediterranean-inspired bistro, overlooking the ocean. Leon's Porch is the resort's barefoot, on-the-sand beach shack café. Different culinary events are also present, from visiting guest chefs to cooking classes in the resort's kitchen.

Address: Meads Bay, West End Village AI2640 Anguilla

Accommodation: Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection

3. Belmond Cap Juluca

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Belmond is the luxury hotel and adventure company, formerly known as Orient Express. Their hotels around the world are iconic properties in iconic places. The Belmond Cap Juluca brings their 5-star level of luxury and service to the Caribbean.

The beachfront resort is nestled in a cove on Maundays Bay with a pristine white-sand beach and warm, gentle water. It's secluded and offers privacy, but you need a car or taxi to go shopping or eat off-property.

The powdery white-sand beach is a great place to have fun or just relax in the sun. No need to reserve beach chairs, each accommodation comes with a pair reserved just for you. The resort has the usual vast array of beach and water toys, all free for guest use. Popular things to do include snorkeling among the coral reefs just offshore, kayaking around the island, or going on a scuba diving adventure.

The Belmond Cap Juluca is a popular vacation destination for foodies as it has some of the island's best restaurants. Pimms serves what they call elevated Anguillan cuisine and has a long history as the island's most popular fine-dining option. Cip's by Cipriani is the island's best Italian restaurant, an offshoot of the one at Venice's Belmond Hotel Cipriani. There's also the funky Cap Shack, a beachfront café with food truck cuisine (and live reggae and Calypso music).

Address: Maundays Bay, West End Village AI - 2640 Anguilla

Accommodation: Belmond Cap Juluca

4. Frangipani Beach Resort

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Another beach resort on Meads Bay in the West End Village area, the family owned and operated Frangipani brings an Italian style and vibe to the West Indies. It's a luxury boutique hotel with only 19 rooms and suites (and one big villa). The accommodations are ocean-view rooms and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites. Lower-priced non-view rooms are also available.

The resort has its own 36-foot catamaran, the FrangiCat. It makes daily snorkeling and lunch excursions to a local uninhabited island. All kinds of water sports are all included with your accommodations, both motorized and non-motorized. Things like SUPs, kayaks, and rafts, also sailboats and water-skiing with the resort's ski boat.

Straw Hat is the Frangipani's popular and highly rated restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also dine on the beach or in your suite.

Address: Meads Bay West End, West End Village Anguilla

Accommodation: Frangipani Beach Resort

5. CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

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This luxury, culinary-themed resort is on the beautiful Rendezvous Bay, with a championship Greg Norman-designed golf course behind it. The resort has a sleek, all-white European design in the accommodations and public spaces. The all-suite resort also has penthouses and villas with more space and amenities.

It's all about the food here, and there are a few dining options. Mosaic presents a seasonally changing international menu, showcasing different cuisines at different times. Tokyo Bay is the resort's Japanese restaurant and sushi/raw bar. Santorini has a Mediterranean, Italian-inspired menu, and there's even a casual Caribbean beach shack café.

There's a spa and full gym with yoga and wellness classes offered each day. This CuisinArt resort has a spectacular swimming pool, with a long rectangular extension that seemingly goes right into the sea. It's surrounded by teak lounge chairs and private cabanas. Join the kids and have fun in the Splash Pad, a wet play area and separate pool.

Address: Rendezvous Bay AI-2640 Anguilla

Accommodation: CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

6. Carimar Beach Club

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This beachfront resort gives you a more residential experience than some of its neighboring West End resorts. It's on Meads Bay and has 24 ocean-view and oceanfront suites. Oceanfront means they're right on the beach, and you walk out your front door onto the sand. They're large units with full modern kitchens. The suites have one or two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms and are good for groups and large families. The suites have tile floors and a modern island style with rattan furniture. All have either balconies or patios.

Meads Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and home to luxury resorts like the Four Seasons and the Malliouhana. You can walk to both. The resort has free loaner bikes to explore the area, a big fitness center, two tennis courts, and a small beach club. There's no pool but the warm, shallow ocean is right there. Carimar guests can use the pool at an adjacent resort. They also get complimentary snorkeling gear at the adjacent hotel's beach activity center.

There's no on-property restaurant, but you can walk to all kinds of dining options. A popular Caribbean café called Blanchard's Beach Shack is right next door. Your unit comes with a full kitchen, and there's a large supermarket five minutes away.

Address: Meads Bay, West End Village AI2640 Anguilla

Accommodation: Carimar Beach Club

7. Turtle's Nest Beach Resort

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Another vacation destination on Meads Bay Beach, this centrally located condo resort also offers apartment-like units for a more residential, less expensive holiday experience. There are 21 stylish units, ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites.

You get resort amenities like daily maid service; two oceanfront swimming pools; and a concierge desk, which can help with car rentals, excursions, and dinner and tour suggestions. The resort lacks a restaurant, but with your full kitchen and so many nearby restaurants (and a big supermarket), it's great to eat on your own terrace while gazing out at the Caribbean Sea.

The big draws are the reasonable prices and the perfect location among all the big luxury resorts. You get to enjoy the same white sandy beach and warm water as the guests at the Four Seasons next door.

Address: Meads Bay, West End Village Anguilla

Accommodation: Turtle's Nest Beach Resort

8. Royal Palms Holiday Suites

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For guests looking to do more island exploring who don't need a beachfront resort, the Royal Palms Holiday Suites is an excellent choice. The garden-setting in South Hill is only a few minutes away from popular beaches like those on Rendezvous Bay and Meads Bay.

The one- and two-bedroom suites are luxuriously furnished, and all have private balconies. Some units on the higher floors have ocean views. They are apartment-like, with full kitchens and separate dining and living areas. Units receive daily maid service. The complex has free Wi-Fi, and the helpful staff can arrange anything from airport or ferry pickups to babysitting services.

Address: South Hill, Anguilla

Accommodation: Royal Palms Holiday Suites

9. Zemi Beach House, Hotel & Spa

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This highly rated resort is on the north shore of the island, in an area called Shoal Bay. It's less developed and more secluded than the Meads Bay area.

The spa hotel has 65 rooms, suites, and villas, each offering luxe upgrades like Bluetooth sound systems, furnished patios or balconies, Frette linens, and free calls to the U.S. and Canada. The colors are warm and neutral, with light wood finishes and white bedding. That neutral palette forces your attention to the bright blue of the ocean and sky outside. The whole resort is on six acres of lushly landscaped beachfront. The larger units, up to three bedrooms each, are perfect for large families (the resort has a kids' club), honeymoons, or destination weddings.

Hit the beach for some stand up paddleboarding or get a kayak to explore the bay. Afterwards, head to the spa for an outdoor body treatment. Maybe play some tennis or enjoy a swim in one of the three resort pools. Try the beachfront pool with a glass aquarium wall and swim alongside some local fish.

All those activities will make you hungry, and there are two dining options. If you're lucky enough to be visiting on a Wednesday, you can enjoy the resort's legendary Caribbean beach barbecue with live music. The barbecue happens at 20 Knots, the resort's casual dining café. It's open for breakfast (included in your room rate), lunch, and dinner. Stone, open for dinner only, is the resort's fine-dining option with a menu focusing on fresh-caught (like that very day) seafood.

Address: Shoal Bay Village, Anguilla

Accommodation: Zemi Beach House, Hotel & Spa

10. Shoal Bay Villas

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Another condo-resort on Shoal Bay, this one gives you a central beachfront location and apartment-like units. Each studio, one-, or two-bedroom unit has a full kitchen and large patio or balcony. Some units are beachfront on the sand, and some face the pool.

You're not totally on your own, there is a concierge staff who can help with things like beach rentals, tours, dive trips, even things like car rentals or babysitting. The resort has a fitness center and a mini spa with massages and beauty treatments available. When you want to hit the beach, you get free beach towels and chairs, a beach umbrella if you want it, and free snorkel gear to use. There is great snorkeling in the current-free water just off the beach.

There is no on-site dining, but many of the area's restaurants are only a short walk from the resort.

Address: Shoal Bay Village AI-2640 Anguilla

Accommodation: Shoal Bay Villas

11. Quintessence Hotel, Relais & Chateaux

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This tropical grand mansion, as it's known, is a unique accommodation option on the island. It's a full-service luxury resort, part of the Relais & Chateaux group of luxury properties, with nine distinctive suites. It's more like visiting a very, very rich friend's private mansion than staying at a hotel. In fact, if your vacation budget is large enough, you can rent out the whole property yourself and invite up to 21 other people to join you.

Each suite has a butler, and the design and furnishings are again like a luxury mansion. Bathrooms are like Turkish baths, with Turkish marble and huge Roman soaking tubs. The suites have smart TVs and Bluetooth sound systems. They all have ocean views and huge furnished terraces.

Julians is the resort's tropical French bistro, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu is available 24 hours a day via room service. You have several pools to enjoy, along with a tennis court, or just step onto the beach

Address: Long Bay, Anguilla, BWI, Long Bay Village Anguilla

Accommodation: Quintessence Hotel, Relais & Chateaux

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