Local color completes the palatte….

Most of our owners ”got” Anguilla’s “Tranquility Wrapped in Blue” long before the tag-line and for many, long before Viceroy.  This magnificent Caribbean resort merely sealed the deal, but the inimitable colors, textures, cuisine, water sports….and the joy of the children…provided the perfect setting.  After what may be a dozen or more visits across the years, comparisons to other resorts, other islands, other cultures, Anguilla remains unique.

Relaxing With a Vengeance…..

It’s no accident……

Real Estate

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Anguilla: Viceroy villas top $6.5M

The lure: With a year-round tropical climate, 33 white-sand beaches and only a small number of high-end resorts and villas for rent (some of which can command six figures per week during peak season), quiet and beautiful Anguilla is as close as you can get to a private-island resort (with a lower price tag).

Key developments: The Viceroy Anguilla is set on nearly a mile of beachfront. Each home has its own pool and lots of glassy walls — perfect to watch the sun set or rise. All that beauty sells for $500,000 to $6.5 million, which gives buyers entree to all the resort “samenities.” The competitor: Zemi Beach, a boutique beachfront resort set to open in mid-2015 with 28 two- to three-bedroom residences and penthouses with private plunge pools. It’s being designed by architects Lane Pettigrew Associates, and homes start at $2 million.

NY Post Page 6 - “Media bigs seek surf at Viceroy Anguilla”

The Viceroy Anguilla is yet again hopping with New Yorkers taking in the surf. Our spies have spotted Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, Leonard Lauder, Cablevision/MSG boss Jim Dolan, Stephanie Winston Wolcott, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, TV producer Marci Klein, Fox News contributor John Stossel, power lawyer Allen Grubman and his daughter, power publicist Lizzie Grubman, and Viceroy owner Barry Sternlicht on and around the property.

Our spies describe the atmosphere as more family-friendly than other New Year’s Eve hotspots: “Everyone’s kids are running around,” we’re told.

Folks won’t notice the perfect suit; they’ll notice the man IN the suit…

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Wonder how the smallest details seem to be….”just so”…. at Viceroy Anguilla?  Wait, watch for a bit, and you’ll see the answer, personified in the diligence and conscientiousness of friends like Kiron, Cirilo, and of course Maria.  No detail beneath their attention, all edges to be aligned, all towels prepared precisely, all landscaping perfectly shaped and nurtured…that’s the key.  Guests simply remember how incredibly rested they were at the end of their stay, how much they yearn to be back again, how “impeccable the place looked”…noticing without recognizing…knowing that is what drives star employees like Kiron in beach and pool, and Cirilo and Maria in landscaping who, to their chagrin, try in vain to teach me a few key phrases of the Spanish language. 

Inspiration for my next (i.e. “first”?) hit on the country western music charts, this little dingy, perpetually in evidence on Shoal Bay, named ”Bad Feeling” is certain to drive “I just got a good deal on a bad feeling”….bound to write itself as all great CW songs do.
Actually, in a world where nothing seems to remain the same, there is great assurance that some things tend not to waver, like Anguilla’s ever-present, almost daily, rainbows (“Rainbow City”), Venus as absolutely the  first and brightest star in the early-twilight, Western sky (sometimes paired with a full moon), many extraordinary and varied culinary offerings, sea-borne excursions like Tradition (a traditional, authentic pirate ship on which one simply must take a sunset cruise), Jr.’s Glass bottom boat (sea turtles, stingrays, coral and starfish abound), the delightfully warm sun paired with a cooling breeze this time of year…and the reassuringly perpetual presence of a little dingy with the wholly inappropriate name for Anguilla’s waters. 

Inspiration for my next (i.e. “first”?) hit on the country western music charts, this little dingy, perpetually in evidence on Shoal Bay, named ”Bad Feeling” is certain to drive “I just got a good deal on a bad feeling”….bound to write itself as all great CW songs do.

Actually, in a world where nothing seems to remain the same, there is great assurance that some things tend not to waver, like Anguilla’s ever-present, almost daily, rainbows (“Rainbow City”), Venus as absolutely the  first and brightest star in the early-twilight, Western sky (sometimes paired with a full moon), many extraordinary and varied culinary offerings, sea-borne excursions like Tradition (a traditional, authentic pirate ship on which one simply must take a sunset cruise), Jr.’s Glass bottom boat (sea turtles, stingrays, coral and starfish abound), the delightfully warm sun paired with a cooling breeze this time of year…and the reassuringly perpetual presence of a little dingy with the wholly inappropriate name for Anguilla’s waters. 

Everyone needs a caretaker…  In my case, the need is great so fortunately the number of caretakers at Viceroy, ready to assist, surpasses that need.  Dawn, for instance, always seems to be within arms-reach of the freshest ingredients with which to blend, stir and otherwise concoct a seemingly endless variety of extraordinarily refreshing drinks for guests in the Sunset Lounge (recognize the signature, matched-marble wall?)

Everyone needs a caretaker…  In my case, the need is great so fortunately the number of caretakers at Viceroy, ready to assist, surpasses that need.  Dawn, for instance, always seems to be within arms-reach of the freshest ingredients with which to blend, stir and otherwise concoct a seemingly endless variety of extraordinarily refreshing drinks for guests in the Sunset Lounge (recognize the signature, matched-marble wall?)

Took a ride on Jr.’s Glass Bottom Boat from Shoal Bay, and paused for a time to go snorkeling in Little Bay.  Saw logger-head sea turtles, stingrays, and dozens of starfish….and the water….well……you just have to come to Anguilla to believe it.

Took a ride on Jr.’s Glass Bottom Boat from Shoal Bay, and paused for a time to go snorkeling in Little Bay.  Saw logger-head sea turtles, stingrays, and dozens of starfish….and the water….well……you just have to come to Anguilla to believe it.

Style, like all innovation, is….”creative destruction”

Irrespective of where one looks,….inspiration for its own sake, to its own ends….and it simply….works….everywhere….and obsolesces all that came before.  Gayla, I finally got a chance to use your shot of the view from Villa 20…one of the best….miss you guys.  Thanks also to 30s Magazine and for the air-play, so glad you enjoyed your stay.  Check out the full article at: http://30smagazine.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/hotel-to-heart-viceroy-anguilla/ 

Sometimes the allure rests elsewhere….

Viceroy Anguilla is, as prominent guests and independent appraisers have noted, “the most magnificent resort development anywhere in the Caribbean”, but there’s just so much more to love about Anguilla.  Just keep a camera handy, from sunrise to well past sunset.  The list of worthy subjects is long and glorious, but the best are also spontaneous, like a tender frangipani blossom backlit by the first colors of the sunrise, to the unexpected tracks of a giant leatherback turtle coming ashore on Shoal Bay beach to lay her eggs, and then returning to the sea. 

A young Anguillian companion traveling with us recently, on his first ever visit to the US, revealed what I thought was true wisdom when, after only a few days in America, he said “Now, I understand why the people here want so badly to come to Anguilla…..”  These are yet still more reasons “Why…..”

A perfect combination…..

Today for lunch, I stopped by Viceroy’s Sunset Lounge, often characterized as ”box seats on the sunset”, or perhaps Anguilla’s own “Sky Box”, where tonight I and other lucky resort guests will get our weekly “Sushi and Cinema” fix under the stars.  But the business at hand is lunch, and before the thought is even fully formed, the bartender asks “Arnold Palmer?”….either divinely reading my mind….or choosing for me the perfect complement to the moment.  Carefully pouring the freshly-made, all natural lemonade over ice, she then gently applies the iced tea….ah, a masterpiece of refreshment on a glorious, cloudless Anguillan day with indescribably blue Caribbean waters just below.  Try as one might, there’s just no way to adequately capture it in words and photos, so book your flights and come see for yourself.