My husband and I took advantage of CJ's "book 5 get 5 free" off-season promotion and recently spent 10 days at CJ for our 25th anniversary. As many of these posts helped me in choosing CJ, I will try to write as informative a review as I can.
ARRIVAL: was smooth. We were met at the AXA airport by a CJ rep who directed us to a cab. Upon arrival at CJ we were greeted warmly and escorted to the lobby where we met Vanetta, who I had corresponded with previously via email. It must be said that I lost patience with Vanetta during my email attempts to clarify how we would get from the airport to the resort and sent Vanetta a less than cordial email. (It was unclear that AXA is actually on the island and doesn't require a boat trip from St Maartin). Despite that unpleasantness, Vanetta was friendly, laughed off my rudeness and, after ordering us rum punches (yumm), upgraded us to a Junior Suite. Our friends who we met on the plane were also upgraded to a Junior Suite, so it may have been because the resort was almost empty and that it was easier on staff to have guests all in one end of the bay, but that is speculation on my part. No complaints!
When we got to our room (via golf cart - carts are available to guests, just grab one and leave it where you like) we were brought a complimentary bottle of champagne for our anniversary. We also had a complimentary bottle of Pyrat Rum in the room, as well as the stocked fridge.
THE SUITE (Villa 2, Room 3): was spacious and beautiful with two sets of large double doors opening onto our patio and a glorious view of the beach (as it appears all the rooms have). The bathroom was especially fun with a huge tub and walk-in shower that opened on one side to a private patio The tub was unusable as the water pressure was so low that it would have taken hours to fill. However, we did not miss having one at all as the shower was perfectly adequate and we spent most of our time at the beach. Private closet with toilet and bidet. As noted in other reviews, the room was a little worn, most notable by the wear in the tub, but we hardly noticed. I loved the look of the place - the dark rich wood contrasting with the clean lines and curves of the architecture.. We found the bed to be very comfy and occasionally slept under the netting, although we had minimal problems with mosquitos. It is interesting that the doors don't lock except from the inside. Most of the time I couldn't figure out how to lock the big doors overlooking the beach, so we left them open, allowing us to see the view first thing on waking.
SERVICE: Service overall was excellent and friendly from our in-room continental breakfast service every morning to the turn down service in the evening. We always had fresh towels in the morning and again in the afternoon when we returned from the beach. The embroidered linens put at the sides of the bed in the evening were especially welcome, as we often had wet feet. The Concierge staff was always helpful, as was staff in Maunday's Club, and at the beach.
THE BEACH: Cap Juluca is the only resort on Maunday's Bay. The crescent beach is stunning. Soft white sand and clear turquoise blue water. The only place I've seen to rival it is Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos. Most days the water was calm - perfect for floating on a mattress. Only a couple times were there minimal swells. Snorkeling along the base of Spice/Pimms was pretty sparse, but diving for shells along the whole of the beach was fun. (Comments re: snorkeling posted elsewhere). Beach service was always good with ample towels provided and a small iced cooler of water which was refreshed throughout the day. We were also treated to chilled towels, cold fruit kebobs, cookies, and sorbet at different times during the day. Kayaks, floaties, hobie cats, snorkel masks and flippers are all available as well as free water skiing. The beach sports staff was great and we became quite chummy with most of them. We did book the snorkeling trip at Cap Juluca which was fun. The Juluca Star is a sweet little boat and the rum punches were potent. We snorkeled at two locations. Eddie and Tercel mostly stayed in the boat, but eventually Eddie came in the water with me and helped me search for turtles, which we (I) found. Lunch at Johnno's on Sandy Bottom is included in this trip and we all had a great time jumping off the pier with the local kids.
There is a swimming pool tucked behind Blue. We went to look at it once, but didn't return. Why would you with such a gorgeous beach? The pool was unimpressive, not quite full, and not very clean. Rather superfluous, in my opinion.
THE FOOD: We opted for the complimentary Continental breakfast in our room every morning. Your meal is brought during a time frame that you select and set up on your patio with white linens and silver. The coffee was dark and delicious. Most days the pastries (croissants, english muffins, sweet rolls, toast - you choose) were fresh and flaky however, I noticed that wasn't consistent. The juices were fresh squeezed. We also received a tray of fresh fruits every day, although it is not advertised as being part of the complimentary breakfast. All in all, very enjoyable to dine privately while reading the morning news and hotel updates that were delivered each day.
We ate one night at Spice. Very expensive and not particularly good. I had fish which was rubbery. My husband had lamb, which was very good and served on a flaming brazierre, but the expense relative to the qality kept us from going back or from trying Pimms. (The restaurants are on two sides of one building which sits at the end of the beach). Had lunch one day at Blue, which was equally unimpressive and costly. Most days we opted to explore the island in a rental car and ate several times at Smokey's (which became our favorite beach bar), Elodia,s, Tasty's (OK, but not spectacular), and once at Veya (delicious but absurdly expensive). Afternoon tea at CJ was pleasant. Enjoyed sitting on the veranda overlooking the bay drinking tea or coffee, eating cookies and tea sandwiches.
CONCLUSION: CJ was well worth the cost on the 50-50 deal. Had we paid full price I would have been disappointed. It is a beautiful location for a relaxing vacation. Only night life is off the resort at places like Smokey's, Elvis' Beach Bar, and the Pump House. Then again, sitting alone on the beach under the full moon sipping our favorite rum punches is really all the entertainment we wanted.
- Also Known As:
- Cap Juluca Hotel West End
- Cap Juluca Hotel Anguilla
- Cap Juluca Anguilla
- Cap Juluca Resort Anguilla
- Cap Juluca Anguilla/West End Village
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Insulated from the outside world, yet only minutes by air or motor launch from St. Maarten, Cap Juluca resort is a private self-contained enclave along two miles of the best pristine white-sand beaches in the Caribbean. Spacious Moorish villas, five-star restaurants, exotic landscaped tropical gardens, and friendly and abundant service professionals provide an unparalleled level of luxury. Cap Juluca features a comprehensive array of entertainment amenities, including a fully equipped fitness center, private golf carts andbicycles, aqua golf driving range, bunker and putting green, croquet lawn, Junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a library, tennis courts with a full-time resident pro, and water sports, including snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing, and sailing. ... more less
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