Once upon a time, Anguilla was a sleepy island often overlooked. It didn’t have the buzz of busier counterparts or glamour of St Barths. Fast forward to today, and this cosy haven is exactly what people crave coming out of lockdown. Within its tropical folds, high-end stays have slowly been emerging. Its pristine beaches and reefs are being recognised. Delectable dining completes this triad of luxury. So give into bliss at an up-and-coming destination. This slice of heaven won’t be this untouched for long.

Explore Anguilla

The journey here is similar to that of St Barths. European travellers will likely stop in Paris, from which they can then fly directly to St Martin. Flights coming into this nearby island are daily. After that, it’s just a 20-minute boat ride to Anguilla’s luxury resorts. Once there, exploring via taxi or chauffeured car is best.

Climate & seasons

Anguilla enjoys year-round warm weather, but peak season runs from mid-December to late spring. Activity tends to slow down in the summer, but for this exact reason it can be a good time to go, especially if you want to avoid the crowds. September to mid-October is considered hurricane season, during which most hotels close.

Where to go

This dreamy Caribbean island is only 16-miles long, but that’s not to say it lacks character and beauty. Of its 33 white-sand beaches, Rendezvous Bay and Meads Bay especially stand out. The most happening spot in town is Sandy Ground, where you can go bar hopping or dining amid tourists and locals alike. Those craving private adventures can sail to secluded coves such as Little Bay, or islets like Sandy Island and Prickly Pear Cays. The latter is better for snorkelling, while the former will entertain in the way of eating, drinking and napping by the waves. For something a little different, Big Spring Cave is home to prehistoric petroglyphs, while East End Pond hosts wildlife conservation.

What to do

Beach lovers and seekers of barefoot luxury are perhaps most spoilt. The shorelines here are stunning, backed by ample luxury resorts to supply a covetable escape. You can choose to spend the day sailing or snorkelling, or even just lounging, soaking up the natural paradise that surrounds. Meanwhile, foodies have over 100 restaurants to sample, from French fine dining at Jacala to the live fire cooking at Ember, all the way down to local barbecue shacks. Anguilla isn’t the place for rowdy nightlife. Instead, it offers live music and laidback vibes at scenic beachfront bars.

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