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Frangipani Beach Resort, Meads Bay

Editor's Pick
Anguilla, Caribbean
Meads Bay
Tel: 866 780 5165 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 497 6442's insider take:

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.

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