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Trip Review--The Beginning

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Trip Review--The Beginning

I've so enjoyed reading all of the reviews that I thought I'd post one. Sort of our 2nd trip for wife and I, first time for our daughters, 17&15. I say sort of because 2 1/2 years ago we came to SXM & AXA for 6 nights (split) to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Apparently my wife caught norovirus on the plane because 24 hours into our trip she was violently ill. 72 hours later, on our first night in AXA (at Frangi) I became violently ill. Scott & Shannon were kind enough to keep me in Pedialyte and Saltines but that was the extent of the Anguilla fine dining for me!

Anyhow, Saturday night we stayed at the PHL Marriott in anticipation of our early AM flight to SXM.

We departed on time and actually arrived 35 minutes early. Grabbed a taxi for Marigot ($30) and arrived to see the ferry leaving. Oh well. We never planned on making the 1:30 as our plane was scheduled to land at 1:29. Grabbed a quick bite at one of the little restaurants near the terminal (actually a little place Anthony Bourdain had written up years ago) filled out our paperwork and were on the 2:15 ferry. Boy it was rough! But it was fast and soon we were back on Anguilla. Just up the hill we found our rental car right where Ronnie Bryan promised it would be. It was clean and full of gas and ready to go. Remembering occasionally to drive on the left we were at Turtles Nest minutes later.

Check in was quick and easy and we were escorted to apartment 1AE. We were amazed at the size of the place. And the view down the hall to the pool and the ocean below was as I'd remembered it. Just beautiful. Big, no giant, living and dining area, HUGE master bedroom, and the second en suite room was big too. The bathroom in that room actually has a second sink and toilet thru a door that doubles as a hall bath. So really a 2.5 bath unit. NOTE TO FUTURE RENTERS OF THE EAST UNITS..... the sun is bright and strong and early. Bring some clothes pins and a dark sheet or lightweight blanket to hang over the windows!! Do not bring push pins (as we did) as there is no moulding. The kitchen is fine and functional. Full size fridge, coffee pot, tea kettle, etc. We only got breakfast stuff, snacks, booze as we plan on eating dinners out.

The back deck on this unit is really nice as it flows right onto the pool deck. Also, in the AM its shaded which is great for coffee & breakfast.

Did a quick trip to Best Buy and $150 later had some staples. Cereal, coffee, milk, eggs, chips, vodka, juices, beer, etc. They take Visa (NO Amex)

Mangos for dinner Sunday night, 7p reservation. First ones there although they probably ended up when we left with 6-7 tables. Kurt waited on us and was friendly and efficient. I had the whole snapper (delicious) and he was kind enough to filet it tableside. My wife had the sesame snapper filet which she also enjoyed. One daughter had the Cruzan BBQ chicken which might have been the best BBQ sauce I'd ever had and the other had the stuffed chicken breast. Fantastic for a taste but too rich for me to eat as an entire meal. She, however, had no problem. Ah, youth!

2 cocktails, 2 mocktails for the girls, oh and a shared conch chowder soup (which was awesome) came to $250 US with a little something extra for Kurt.

MONDAY--Cloudy, breezy, stormy. The kids still managed to get plenty sunburned. I know, they know, clouds don't matter. They've been to Aruba (many, many times), SXM, St Lucia, Puerto Rico, etc. They just did a lousy job with the lotion. So, public service announcement---even if it's totally cloudy---LOTION UP GOOD! We all took a long walk, first left to 4S, then all the way back to Mali where it REALLY started to rain. We looked at the dinner menu and made a reservation for Friday night (at the expense of Blanchards). Took a long nap that afternoon before heading to the Beach Shack for Nachos. Huge portion. Took a toll at dinner (Frangi) as we weren't very hungry.

Had some appetizers at Frangi. Seafood chowder and tacos for me, more snapper for my wife, Tuna Poke and Caesar salad for daughters. One drink each and still $150. Word to the wise, my chowder was a special and it was $19!! Very good, but at home that's almost an entree at a decent restaurant. Not complaining, just an observation for others. Finished up and went to Cap Juluca to hear Omalie 360. Had never heard home before (see notes above on 1st trip, lol). He is absolutely fantastic! My wife and daughters adored him. He sang Bob Marley to Drake. Super super talented

And a great venue for music. Coffee, mocktail, 2 baileys on ice....$60. Back to TN by 10p for a well deserved sleep. More to come ......

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1. Re: Trip Review--The Beginning

What a great start - seems like you need a wonderful trip after your first attempt.

Hoping to catch Omalie 360 next week

Thanks for posting - an enjoyable read!

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2. Re: Trip Review--The Beginning

What a great start to your trip. Glad you got to see Omalie 360, they are terrific. Go see Boss on Friday night at Cap if you can (call first to make sure he is playing 497-6666), he is a lot of fun and puts on a good show too. Sprocka plays at Straw Hat on Wednesday night, he's good too.

Your Turtles Nest unit really sounds nice, perfect for your family.

Thanks for taking the time to post.


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Wonderful trip report and I love TN, 1AE. Our first visit my husband thought it was the clubhouse it was so big!!

I had read trip reports before our visit and brought a sleep mask but do wish they would opt for heavy curtains. On the "bright" side, you rise early and don't miss a minute of Anguilla time! Looking forward in our July visit, in the mean time these trip reports keep me going!!

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I think the roosters on site are more likely to wake you than the sun. But that is just another bit of charm that we look forward to every trip.

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5. Re: Trip Review--The Beginning

Enjoying your report, especially the food and drink descriptions, look forward to hearing more.

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Love that Cruzan rum chicken sauce. Mangos has such a lovely view.

Looking forward to more episodes.

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7. Re: Trip Review--The Beginning

You are off to a great start.

I refer to the thin curtains and morning sun as the "Ghost of Christmas Past" effect.

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8. Re: Trip Review--The Beginning

Sounds wonderful so far. I look forward to hearing more of your adventures. And good pick for Friday dinner. Make sure at least one person gets the Shelled Lobster with Cirn Relish. Best dinner of my recent trip.

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