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Altamer Resort
Shoal Bay West
Anguilla
Tel: 888 652 6888 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 498 4000
info@altamer.com
www.altamer.com

Architectural Digest darling Myron Goldfinger first stunned Anguilla in 1985 with his modernist Covecastles enclave at the opposite end of the Shoal Bay West. The new Altamer sets the pace for Anguilla's super-villa trend with 12,000- to 14,000-square-foot manses of bold geometric forms. Each named after a precious stone, the three super villas have five to eight bedrooms, a private 45-foot pool, a gym, game and entertainment rooms, and even that island rarity—an elevator. The Russian Amethyst villa is adorned with objets d'art from Russia and Turkey; the African Sapphire with tribal art and furnishings; and the Brazilian Emerald in tropical colors and South American sculptures. However, be sure to ask about construction when booking, as this jewel box will soon be adding six more beachfront gems and a megayacht marina next door. Meanwhile, what was once the restaurant now houses a sales office. However, private chefs can be added to each villa's already nine-strong staff (including two personal butlers and a concierge), so you can dine en suite like recent guest Sheryl Crow.

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Cap Juluca
Maundays Bay
Anguilla
Tel: 264 497 6666
info@capjuluca.com
www.capjuluca.com

Cap Juluca rambles along a two-mile swath of one of the most beautiful beaches on an island known for beaches. The whitewashed Moorish architecture, with its arches, domes, and parapets, houses 72 white-tiled rooms and six pool villas, all of the tumble-out-of-your-bed-onto-the-beach variety. Rooms are big and airy, with banquettes piled with fluffy pillows, and Moorish touches such as silk carpets from the souks of Morocco. All accommodations have balconies; some units have kitchenettes, and some have private or shared pools. As with all famous respites, Cap Juluca has a following that still has a fondness for the first dozen villas, noted for their proximity to the main house and Pimms restaurant. Special favorites are the junior suites with their enormous bathrooms including sexy double bathtubs and glassed-in showers, flanked by private gardens for sunning in the buff. The hotel has always had great celebrity appeal, so don't be surprised if you see some familiar figures draped in haute beachwear and clustered around the beachfront restaurant, George's. Amenities include water sports, tennis on three courts, croquet, afternoon tea on the main house terrace, and sorbet on the beach.

Closed September through October.

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Covecastles
Shoal Bay West
Anguilla
Tel: 800 223 1108 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 497 6801
covecastles@anguillanet.com
www.covecastles.com

When New York architect Myron Goldfinger was chosen to design this modern, secluded enclave, he imagined castles in the sand. Now guests can live out their own royal fantasies in The Point, a five-bedroom villa with soaring ceilings, a big private pool on a raised terrace, an outdoor hot tub, and decks overlooking the villa's own sandy cove. Well-to-do commoners can also choose from 15 smaller villas and beach houses just steps from the water, all with a distinct, highly stylized, white-stucco grace that has been twice featured in Architectural Digest. Interiors by Goldfinger's wife, June, are sumptuous but relaxed: custom rattan furniture with raw-silk cushions in jewel shades, hand-embroidered linens, fully equipped kitchens with chef-grade appliances, and Georg Jensen flatware. Some people find the atmosphere so relaxing that they never want to leave their houses; and since all meals can be delivered, they don't have to.

Closed late August through mid-October.

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CuisinArt Resort & Spa
Rendezvous Bay
Anguilla
Tel: 264 498 2000
reservations@cuisinart.ai
www.cuisinartresort.com

This beachfront hotel brings the Greek islands to the Caribbean with blue-domed, stark white villas cloaked in award-winning botanical gardens with more than 37,000 plants. CuisinArt joined the island's uber-luxury hotels (including Malliouhana and Cap Juluca) in 2000, and it's the one that has best withstood the test of time. Although its 93 generously proportioned rooms and suites are furnished in uninspired rattan and wood furniture, the marble bathrooms are grand, and the restaurants are known for their innovative healthy cuisine. The hotel grows its own vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers in the world's first resort-based hydroponic farm. The Santorini Restaurant has a Chef's Table for up to 16 guests offering regular culinary demonstrations, tastings, and wine pairings with Executive Chef Denise Carr. The poolside Cafe Mediterraneo offers an informal al fresco alternative, and spa dishes are found on all of the resort's menus. The resort is tripling the size of the full-service spa by July 2008 as well as adding six new private pool villas by the end of the year. However, a soundproof wall should minimize any unwelcome noise.

Closed September through October.

$300-$399
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Frangipani Beach Resort
Meads Bay
Anguilla
Tel: 866 780 5165 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 497 6442
reservations@frangipaniresort.com
www.frangipaniresort.com

On the same beach as the tony Malliouhana is the newly refurbished Frangipani Beach Resort, a placid boutique hotel the rosy color of an Anguillan sunset. A change from the stark white architecture now sweeping the island, Frangipani's free-flowing form is reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda, capped with multi-levels of clay tile roofs, balconies with intricate ironwork, and outdoor staircases rising with hand-painted ceramic tiles. A total of 16 rooms are rented as reasonably priced one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, and a penthouse with panoramic views. While all suites face the beach, if you're renting just one bedroom you could land a "garden" or parking lot view, so it's best to book one of the larger units that come with beachfront terraces or patios, some with fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. Interiors have Mexican saltillo floors, high-pitched exposed-beam ceilings, arched windows, and walls of French doors in stained hardwood. The new decor is somewhat generic, and a few pieces don't fit—the TV in front of a wall hanging, a white mini-fridge in an otherwise rustic bedroom. And while bathrooms are ultra modern and sleek, the puzzling shower fixtures often require a call to front desk on first use. Hopefully a general manager will also be added to oversee the friendly, if not always efficient, "management team." Still, some snafus are worth the relatively modest price of this charming property, well suited to honeymooners or beachniks seeking quiet comfort within walking distance to several upscale restaurants.

Closed September through October.

$300-$399
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Shoal Bay East
Anguilla
Tel: 800 869 5827 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 497 2011
ku@anguillanet.com
www.ku-anguilla.com

Kú offers a fun, more affordable alternative to the posh and pricey properties along the island's western shores. "If it's quiet and privacy you're looking for, Kú is not the place for you," says general manager Delroy Lake. And that's readily apparent from the lively restaurant to the mix of locals and guests crowding the bar. Located on Shoal Bay East, one of Anguilla's best beaches, Kú features 27 one-bedroom suites, each with an open living/kitchen area and a patio or balcony. The decor lacks the slickness of the island's pricier properties, but does well by keeping to a clean white-on-white shabby chic look with splashes of lime and turquoise. To ensure a full night's sleep, request the suites farthest from the bar and Kuyah, an open air restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner under Jamaican Chef Deon Thomas. Lunches include lots of salads and sandwiches, while dinner features typical upscale island fare with Eurasian accents, such as tuna tartare with wasabi ginger sorbet, and a whole reef fish grilled with okra and marjoram. Deon sometimes spreads himself a bit too thin—be sure to order your fish "rare," unless you like it overcooked island-style. But all in all, Ku adequately compensates for any minor inconveniences with its spirited vibe, friendly efficient staff, and onsite amenities, including a dive shop, convenience store, and boutique.

Closed September through October.

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Malliouhana Hotel & Spa
Meads Bay
Anguilla
Tel: 800 835 0796 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 497 6111
reservations@malliouhana.com
www.malliouhana.com

Malliouhana put Anguilla on the luxury map in the early '80s, setting the exclusivity bar for this upscale island. Modeled on the grand hotels of the Cote d'Azur with its soaring cliff-top views, huge marble baths, panoramic French restaurant, and 25,000-bottle wine cellar, the resort provided a perfectly private retreat for celebrity honeymooners and sophisticated gastronomes. But the romance fizzled somewhat in 1996 with the opening of the children's playground, its 26-foot faux pirate ship and 60-foot slide. While couples may no longer find the seclusion or five-star touches they seek, families too are often disappointed by the dining deadlines imposed on kids and lack of in-room televisions. In addition, the 55 rooms and spacious suites seem somewhat dated, with the exception of the newer two-story private pool suite overlooking secluded Turtle Cove. On the plus side, the public areas with their tall arches and Haitian art have retained their sumptuous French Riviera style and casual island charm, and a modern 15,000-square-foot spa offers more than 65 treatments. Malliouhana may have set the standards by which later luxury hotels would be judged, but it has lost its first place rating by trying to please too many disparate groups.

Closed September through October.

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Temenos Villas at Long Bay
Long Bay
Anguilla
Tel: 264 498 9000
info@temenosvillas.com
www.temenosvillas.com

Named after the Greek word for "sanctuary," this trio of grand Mykonos-style villas perched on a cliff seventy feet above the ocean, represents the ne plus ultra of lodging luxury. Each has its own infinity pool paralleling the sea, a Jacuzzi at one end, an al fresco dining table with cliff-top views at the other. Here, indoors, or at the beach, your full-time butler will serve you breakfast, or major meals ordered from a catering kitchen servicing the three villas. Although booked in their entirety, the villas are practically broken down into separate suites ideal for family reunions or for several couples vacationing together. Each has its own private terrace and marble bathroom, the largest of which is an over-the-top 20- by 25-foot indoor/outdoor multi-room complex, with sunken marble bathtub and glistening Grecian pillars. Every detail has been well-planned and creatively executed, from the remote-controlled floor-to-ceiling shade between the outdoor shower and the indoor space to the chef-worthy kitchen. All three villas have cathedral ceilings, circular staircases, sexy nooks and crannies, an office with computer and internet access, a flat-screen plasma TV, and a state-of-the-art sound system. Named after the color palette of their individual interiors, Sand and Sky have four suites, while Sea, the largest of the three, has a fifth or "nanny" suite, which alone would qualify as five-star accommodation at other resorts. Sea also boasts an oft-photographed outdoor meditation pavilion conducive to an eternal 'Om.' Our only complaint was with the accounting office, which persistently erred on the billing, so get your rates in writing before you go. And if you'd like to own one of these, ask about the residential sister property at the golf course on the opposite shore (www.baccaratanguilla.com).

Closed September through October.

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Viceroy Anguilla Hotel
Barnes Bay
Anguilla AI-2640
Tel: 866 270 7798 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 497 7000
reservationsva@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/anguilla/

Upping the chic quotient on laid-back Anguilla, the Viceroy Hotel Group's first island outpost is as sleek as a gin martini. The main building, a highlight of this 35-acre resort, mixes modernist planes and angles, an allée of towering palms stretching toward the sea, and a sumptuous array of natural materials—juxtapositions of marbled stone slabs, whorls of exotic woods, matte sheets of metal, sinuous and spherical ceramic objets. The 166 rooms, done in a pale palette, feel comfortable and are artfully arranged. Distressed mirrors provide a surface for sconces, the furniture is low-slung (dark leather in public areas, soft beiges in rooms), chairs are of woven jute and bent wood, and lots of driftwood is displayed. It's evident that much thought has been given to framing vistas that are either open or through glass, including the centerpiece dark-granite infinity pool, beside which you can enjoy cocktails while gazing out onto the sea. The waterfront villas are steps from the broad, soft-sand beach of Barnes Bay; swimming, however, is easier at the resort's other beach, on Meads Bay. Many finishing touches were still being worked on at the time of our visit, but even in the early weeks the friendly, attractive staff were eager to please.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.