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Altamer Resort, Shoal Bay West 

Shoal Bay West
Tel: 888 652 6888 (toll-free)
Tel: 264 498 4000
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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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