Anguilla burning with Summer color.

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.

   

Dinner at Coba…wine accompaniment

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. 

And they say there’s nothing to do on Anguilla….

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.

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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The 20 hottest real estate spots in the world

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.