Modern enchantment in the Caribbean
Plain and simply put, Anguilla is a place you go to do nothing. The island’s super-flat terrain seems like an anomaly given the rocky makeup of the neighboring islands of St. Maarten, Saba and St. Bart’s, but no one is complaining as the landscape lays claim to some of the most highly regarded beaches in the world. Mediterranean in its overall design and appearance, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is one of the island’s flagship luxury resorts, a property that shows off one fantastic view after another thanks to a location that straddles Meads and Barnes Bay on the northwest side of the island.
Though Anguilla is notoriously flat (its highest point is 213 feet above sea level), the resort has taken advantage of a small series of cliffs that raise it just far enough above the coast to give its guests beautiful vantage points over the surrounding bays. Rooms will put these views on display, as will the luxury hotel’s three perch-like pools. The Sunset Pool is of the saltwater infinity variety that faces west out over the cliffs, giving a view, as the name suggests, of the sunset and Barnes Bay. The Meads Bay Pool is on the other side of the property and overlooks its namesake, and the centrally located Aleta Pool is where you’ll find the luxury cabanas. If you need a break from the water, the Four Seasons has three tennis courts, full basketball and volleyball courts, a watersports shop, clothing boutiques, and an in-house excursion center for scuba diving. Families traveling with children can also take advantage of the hotel’s year-round kids club.
There are five dining options in total, including Aleta, Bamboo Bar & Grill and The Half Shell. These three casual restaurants serve typical a-la-carte fare (think anything from seafood to sandwiches) to go along with a signature Barnes Bay Rum Punch (Mount Gay rum, freshly squeezed lime, grapefruit juice, honey clove syrup and angostura bitters). Still, the two culinary head honchos are the Sunset Lounge and Cobà Restaurant. The former sits adjacent to the Sunset Pool, and has been called the prettiest place on the island. It’s also where you’ll find most guests during the golden hour relaxing on modern coastal lounge furniture while enjoying sushi, aged rum or a Cuban cigar. Cobà, the Anguilla hotel's flagship restaurant, has an equally breezy refinement that comes via an open-air layout, sand-colored place settings and avant-garde art pieces. Perched right on a cliff, the signature eatery always has breathtaking views, grilled steaks and seafood on the menu.
The Private Villas
The architecture throughout the property combines the use of various geometric lines and upscale organic décor, such as furniture carved from driftwood. The 1,000 square-foot one-bedroom suites, designed by Kelly Wearstler, feature shades of sandy beige, private plunge pools, and marble bathrooms with double sinks, deep soaking tubs and oversized walk-in showers. But the two-level, four- or five-bedroom private villas are the class of the Four Seasons. Because of a location on the western side of the property above Barnes Bay, you can expect the best looks at the sunset from the villas, as well as the property’s most luxurious accommodations. Each unit is at least 4,000 square feet and has all the amenities of a one-bedroom suite in addition to two outdoor showers, a private cabana, a washer/dryer and a private pool. Those wanting to switch it up from the restaurant scene can opt to have a private chef prepare a poolside meal overlooking the Caribbean. Villas also have the option of daily butler service.
The 8,800 square-foot spa sits in a two-story villa that provides views of the water from its 16 treatment rooms. Anguilla has a reputation for frequent sightings of double rainbows, resulting in the creation of the Double Rainbow treatment, the perfect complement to a facility that was given a fresh coat of beach chicness during a 2013 renovation. In this signature massage, two therapists go to work simultaneously, one delivering a restorative back massage and the other a skin-illuminating facial.