An annual, agricultural ‘rags-to-riches’ observance on Anguilla is the re-leafing, and then blooming
of Anguilla’s extraordinary collection of Flamboyant Trees (that’s the Royal Poinciana to Brits, and Delonix regia to the rest of you). Exploding island wide, these flame-colored treasures afford Summer guests a special visual spectacle. The annual observance is usually attended by those adept at ”capturing the life in the tree for all time” as noted artist Roland Richardson of St. Maarten phrased it yesterday.
Delighted to share his passion with island guests, and locals who know him well, Sir Richardson’s works from past years are displayed island-wide.
Albert’s choice was included: Viognier, Dessert Winds, Wahluke Slope,Columbia Valley, Washington State, 2012
The 14oz Striploin – grilled and served medium rare - melts in the mouth. There is nothing fancy about this dish. Just a perfectly seasoned quality cut of meat, expertly cooked. Enquiring about our meal, Chef paraphrases Eric Ripert: “Simple things are hard to get right” and beams back when we concur that this beef was as right as right could be. The steak was perfect by itself, but it would be silly not to try one of the selection of sauces to choose from as an accompaniment, including the traditional Peppercorn or Caribbean influenced Creole - and on recommendation we took the Coba Steak Sauce, a Viceroy version of a classic A1 steak sauce - a tongue-in-cheek homage - a sophisticated improvement on the original and a peppery, piquant counterpoint to the juicy beef.
Just returned from a week in the US; couldn’t wait to get back to “work” here on Anguilla. Rest and hot/cool therapy is prescribed as THE antidote to the city life. Blessed idleness…..warmed by endless sunshine…refreshed by crystalline water…on Anguilla’s notoriously un-crowded Meads Bay beach; a divine combination not found anyplace else on earth. “Ya, ya……true dat” say the locals.
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.
It’s no accident……
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.
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.