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Malliouhana Hotel & Spa, Meads Bay

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Anguilla, Caribbean
Meads Bay
Tel: 800 835 0796 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 497 6111's insider take:

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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