A Classic Revisited: Cap Juluca Delivers
Anguilla's Big Three—CuisinArt, Malliouhana, and Cap Juluca—are all good hotels, but Cap Juluca is our favorite, thanks in part to its magnificent beach. A perfect crescent of white powder edging azure waters, with views of Saint Martin on the horizon, it is a beach that also offers full service, including sorbet served mid-afternoon. But it's not just the beach we love, of course. Rooms in the Moorish-style villas are as plush as they come, with big terraces, huge marble bathrooms, oversized tubs, and private solariums. Spa treatments are available in your room, and room service—which in the Caribbean isn't always a given—is impeccable. Our only quibble is that the food in Pimms, the main dining room, is rather ordinary. But George's, the beach restaurant, makes up for that with wonderful barbecue. Rooms, $780-$5,725. At Maunday's Bay; 888-858-5822, 264-497-6666; www.capjuluca.com.
Hot Table: Hobnobbing, Island Style
If there's a scene on Anguilla, it's at Blanchard's, a restaurant on the beach near the Malliouhana. Everyone comes here at least once during a vacation, especially the Hollywood, Wall Street, and media folks the island attracts. But Blanchard's isn't just a scene. Bob and Melinda Blanchard's classic West Indian cottage, with floor-to-ceiling shutters that open to the sea, is a relaxed candlelit delight. Melinda runs the kitchen, using the best local ingredients for dishes like lobster cakes with tomato tartar sauce, avocado-lime soup, mango-mustard-crusted veal chops, and a chocolate "slab" with Kahlua custard sauce. Bob oversees the dining room and the 3,000-bottle wine cellar, one of the best in the Caribbean. Dinner, $150 (dinner only). At Mead's Bay; 264-497-6100.
Sommelier to Know
Albert Lake at Malliouhana Hotel & Spa oversees the resort's remarkable wine cellar, which features 25,000 bottles. Oh, yes, and dinner comes via Paris' two-Michelin-starred Michel Rostang. 264-497-6111; www.malliouhana.com
Essential Reservation: The Hideaway
When you need a night away from resort food, cookie-cutter smiles, and glitz, seek out Hibernia on Anguilla's quiet east end. The excellent food by French chef Raoul Rodriguez and the warm welcome from his Irish wife, Mary Pat, make meals on the terrace here feel very special. The restaurant smokes its own fish—kingfish, mahimahi, and tuna—that it serves with horseradish cream and Irish brown bread. But, then, everything here is excellent: the red-pepper soup, grilled duck breast with polenta, and the apple-and-ginger crumble with black-currant sorbet. Dinner, $110. At Island Harbour; 264-497-4290; www.hiberniarestaurant.com.
Hotel rates range from the lowest-priced double to the highest-priced suite in high season. In most cases VAT is not included. Meal prices are for a three-course dinner for two, excluding beverage and gratuity.
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