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.
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.