Viceroy Anguilla Brings Luxury To a New Level
One of Viceroy Anguilla’s featured accomodation options is its array of villas, which come in seven different types and range from one to five bedrooms and 1,335 to 5,356 square feet.
One of the area’s newest and most visually appealing treasures is the five-star Viceroy Anguilla, which gained immediate praise after opening in 2010. Part of the world-renowned Viceroy Hotels and Resorts family – which includes top-flight locales in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia – Viceroy Anguilla is a slice of paradise nestled on a 35-acre property that has left its guests in awe of its vast array of amenities and breathtaking views.
It may not have been around long, but Viceroy Anguilla’s reputation is growing by the minute, winning accolades from the world’s most seasoned travelers and resort aficionados. Viceroy Anguilla made Travel + Leisure magazine’s “It List” in 2010, was named a top 10 Caribbean resort in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards and was voted the No. 4 resort in the Americas and the Caribbean in Conde Nast Traveller UK’s 2012 Reader’s Travel Awards.
As its reputation grows, the picturesque resort has seen its traffic multiply on a grand scale.
“Our growth in the last few years has been just incredible,” says General Manager Jeff David. “There are just so many reasons why it’s so special. First and foremost, there hasn’t been anything built quite like it. It’s such a vast property that it appeals to so many different generations and walks of life.”
No expense was spared in creating the one-of-a-kind resort, which carried a $550 million price tag. Its modern, open-air design was crafted by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, the Hilgendorf Corporation and George W. Girvin Associates, Inc., who were able to seamlessly weave the architectural forms that include nearly a million square feet of silver Italian Travertine marble and imported dark wood into the natural environment.
“That kind of money is just not spent anymore, especially for something that has just 188 units,” David says. “It was almost like building a modern-day Taj Mahal. It’s pretty amazing.”
Luxurious and welcoming, the resort’s interiors were designed by Kelly Wearstler, and, coupled with a warm and friendly staff, make guests feel right at home during their stays. Whether it’s a honeymooning couple, a business group retreat, family getaway or personal vacation, Viceroy Anguilla has something for everyone.
Every elite resort considers itself a “one-of-a-kind” property, but Viceroy Anguilla has clearly separated itself from the rest.
“There’s nothing like it in the Caribbean,” David says. “Back in 2006 when we were starting the project, the mantra was that we wanted to be the best in the Caribbean. That’s always a good mantra to have.”
Rooms with Views
Viceroy Anguilla features a number of accommodation choices – from standard suites and private oceanfront villas to blufftop guest rooms and permanent residences – that are sure to delight its guests. Private oceanfront villas, beachfront suites and blufftop guest rooms with private pools are all available for visitors to enjoy.
Rooms and suites vary from 486 to 976 square feet and come with four-poster king beds, deep soaking tubs, outdoor sun decks, chaise lounges, rooftop decks, private plunge pools and oversized walk-in showers, just to name a few amenities. Seven types of oceanfront villas, ranging from one to five bedrooms and 1,335 to 5,356 square feet, offer guests a smorgasbord of tantalizing features, including full gourmet kitchens, cabanas, outdoor showers, private chefs, spa pools, sun decks and even butler services.
With its unique layout and design, the resort can feel like a blend of several properties at a single location, giving guests of varying types the privacy and vacation experience they desire.
“We’re basically three resorts in one,” David says. “There’s a wide array of choices, so honeymooners and children alike can enjoy themselves. It’s separated quite nicely. You can be part of a resort and not know there’s a convention going on because of the way it’s laid out.”
Visitors who want to make Viceroy Anguilla their part-time home can purchase condominium-style residences that are all-encompassing and that provide a welcome respite to life elsewhere.
“Some people who work remotely spend about three to six months at a time out here,” David says.
Eat, Drink and be Merry
Food connoisseurs will be delighted by Viceroy Anguilla’s wide variety of cuisine and its host of restaurants and bars that bring visitors’ taste buds alive with an assortment of flavors. Traditional Caribbean dishes are the featured options, but guests can also enjoy delights from every corner of the globe.
Coba is the resort’s signature restaurant, which blends its dishes with ocean views and breezes. Popular for its breakfast buffet, Coba features delicious Italian dinners, scrumptious seafood and a top-shelf wine list.
Another can’t-miss dining option is Aleta, Viceroy Anguilla’s popular restaurant that overlooks the sunrise pool on Meads Bay. Fresh seasonal selections, organic breakfasts, Caribbean dining and poolside lunches with salads, curries and West Indian rotis are available on a daily basis.
Guests can enjoy amazing views of the bay at the Sunset Lounge, which serves Asian-inspired dishes in addition to sushi and sashimi. With an adults-only infinity pool, a disc jockey mixing Reggae and European sounds, Cuban cigars, exotic rums and champagnes at the ready, the Sunset Lounge is perfect for pre-dinner treats and nightcaps.
One of the island’s most intimate enclaves, The Half Shell features a resident barista who awakens visitors with lattes and cappuccinos that are perfect for morning walks on the beach. The restaurant serves Southern Mediterranean dishes and exotic cocktails from its cliff-side locale.
If it’s a simple dish, juicy steak or a light snack a guest craves, the Bamboo Bar & Grill is the place to go. The hot spot transitions from a snack haven during the day to a steakhouse and barbecue joint at night, giving guests a comforting and familiar taste of home.
“What’s good about the restaurants is that there’s something for everyone,” David says. “We have pizzas, salads and burgers, but we also have sushi, Middle Eastern, Asian and Caribbean cuisine. You can have exotic flavors, but also simple plates, so it’s great.”
A Spa Like No Other
Oh, to be pampered.
It’s an inherent trait present in virtually everyone that being catered to and doted upon is a relaxing and therapeutic way to forget their troubles and become re-energized. The Spa at Viceroy Anguilla is a luxurious paradise where stress melts away and bodies and minds are rejuvenated.
The 8,000-square-foot oceanfront spa spans throughout a two-story villa and includes every pampering and treatment option under the sun. From massages, body scrubs and wraps to facial treatment combos that include reflexology, magnetic massage and sun repair treatment, the Spa at Viceroy Anguilla has it all.
Guests can enjoy facials, black lava exfoliations, ultrasonic skin treatments and collagen eye masks in the spa, as well as nail, hair, waxing, bridal and cosmetic services in the spa’s salon. If it’s poolside pampering a guest desires, they can receive chair massages, hydrating massages or even an oil-infused Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask.
The spa also features a state-of-the-art fitness center that includes a yoga and pilates studio, cardio, strength and Kinesis equipment and private fitness training. Visitors can also benefit from exercise, meditation, cooking and healthy lifestyle classes, presentations and excursions through the spa.
One of Viceroy Anguilla’s most popular features is its 3,200 feet of sandy beaches along Barnes and Meads Bays. From its Sea Center – its headquarters for aquatic recreation – visitors can enjoy picnic lunches, utilize towel and umbrella services, enjoy yachting and charter boat opportunities and sign up for scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions.
The resort also boasts a saltwater infinity pool on a bluff overlooking the sea, a water play area for children and plenty of other beach-related activities for its guests.
“The beach is pretty amazing,” David says.
For a change of pace, visitors can enjoy the coral- and limestone-clad island via bike rides, horseback and bird-watching tours. Viceroy Anguilla was built with a trio of championship tennis courts, a pro shop, rock climbing wall, putting green and volleyball and basketball courts to keep guests entertained.
Simply put, if there’s an activity a guest can think of, Viceroy Anguilla can accommodate.
Anguilla, a small, low-lying island that measures 16 miles long by 3.1 miles wide, is a British territory that was colonized in 1650. Its population of approximately 13,500 consists of a laid-back and friendly people who are accustomed to welcoming visitors from abroad.
Much of Viceroy Anguilla’s staff consists of locals who enjoy sharing their beautiful island and hospitality with others. In fact, a down-home atmosphere is just what the resort’s management is aiming for.
“There’s a certain characteristic Anguilla has over other islands, which is the personnel and the people,” David says. “Compared to the other islands – especially our neighbors St. Barts and St. Martin – our people are friendlier and more hospitable.”
The modern resort employs a certain philosophy welcomed by today’s travelers, one of inclusion and personal attention.
“We try to redefine what luxury hospitality is, and our hospitality is more what people want nowadays,” David says. “It’s more Generation X and Generation Y, and that means a lot more name recognition and a lot less robotic type of approach. It’s a lot less formal – formal is pretentious – but still precise.
“What we try to do is consider a hotel guest like family. We know their names and their children’s names, and we really just custom-make their vacations for them.”
Keeping tabs on the public’s desires, as well as trends in the travel and resort industries, is important for Viceroy Anguilla.
“We really study how the generations work, and whether you’re a grandparent or a grandchild, we try to have something for everyone,” David says. “We really try to keep our ear to the ground and study what today’s society’s needs and wants are. The days of a formal jacket-only restaurant in the Caribbean are done. So, what we try to do is get the formalities out of the way and have great original food and great Anguillan service.”