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/
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…..”
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.
Ben and Katrina Pobanz enjoy an August evening at Smokey’s Restaurant with Omari Banks, professional Caribbean cricket hero turned prominent singer-songwriter. Solid evidence that talent runs deep in his family, Omari is the son of Anguilla’s own living legend, the iconic reggae artist, Bankie Banx.
Local artist Cheddie does extraordinary things in driftwood and bronze….and also sells me my pool supplies…a bit like the store in the Valley where you can buy your children’s back to school clothing and supplies….and pick up a weed whacker while you’re at it.
All the island residents are friendly, but some are a bit more cuddly….or colorful than others. From the perpetually frisky island pups, to our mischievous pair of Iguanas that play on the bluffs from time to time.
Relaxing and romantic, at Viceroy Anguilla? Oh, yeah…..without a doubt….
"While some paparazzi-stalked stars and financiers choose glitzy St. Barts as their see-and-be-seen Caribbean island, just a hop, skipper and puddle jumper away is a destination for A-listers looking for a more under-the-radar experience. They’ve traded in their Louboutins for the barefoot-casual vibe of Anguilla — and for good reason."
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Look who is awarded the top spot - Viceroy Anguilla!
This sunny tax haven in the Caribbean has attracted the likes of Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z. Perhaps its cerulean waters are what inspired the two to name their daughter Blue. The Viceroy Anguilla is the popular spot for celebs (Sandra Bullock and Michael Jordan are two of many who have stayed here) with its cool Kelly Wearstler-designed interiors, ocean views and lengthy list of alluring amenities (like a basketball court, two-story spa and cooking classes).