If you’re looking for a villa experience in Anguilla, but don’t want to give up hotel-like amenities such as onsite restaurants, staff, and spa services, consider CéBlue Villas & Beach Resort. Perched on a hillside overlooking Anguilla’s pale blue waters on the central west side of the Caribbean island, the two-year-old property features eight bougainvillea-draped, five-bedroom villas, each outfitted with a salt water swimming pool, immense terraces with ocean views, and beautiful, fully equipped kitchens. And with a maximum capacity of only 75 guests, a visit is almost like renting your own exclusive resort. While the 8,000-square-foot villas are not set right on the beach, as is the case at other prime Anguilla destinations like Cap Juluca and the Viceroy, they are located mere steps from picturesque Crocus Bay, where CéBlue operates its own beach club. Or venture over to the excellent Roy’s Bayside Grill, a bustling restaurant and bar located just off the sand, where traditional Caribbean dishes like conch chowder and fish and chips are served to the beat of steel drums.
During a recent visit, we took advantage of the spacious kitchen by booking an at-home feast prepared by a chef from the nearby renowned Da’Vida Restaurant & Spa: tuna tartare, grilled Caribbean lobster, and local-style rice pilaf, followed by the kicker, apple galette with homemade Bailey’s ice cream. The experience is highly recommended. So too is an in-villa massage with the property’s resident masseuse, Salima Tulsie, who worked out all our of our kinks and soothed our sunburned skin with her special blend of natural oils.
The spacious bedrooms are comfortable, although the sleek, somewhat sparse interior design leaves something to be desired. But it’s no matter because you’ll want to spend most days lounging on your villa’s south-facing terraces, which span nearly the entire length of each house and wrap around the pool. When it’s time to venture out, be sure take a quick drive down to the Historic Lower Valley, a charming area known for its art, especially the 20-year-old Savannah Gallery, which showcases pieces from artists throughout the Caribbean region, including a great selection of bold vintage Haitian paintings.
For more privacy—and quiet—request villa #8, located on the back interior of the property. And with three-bedroom options available, CéBlue stands out as the ultimate pick for large families or groups traveling together.
Villas from $1,800; Valley Rd., 1264 The Valley; 264-462-1000; ceblueanguilla.com.
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