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Where to go?

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Where to go?

Please help? A Group of 6 friends are travelling from New Zealand and want to holiday in the caribbean, but have NO IDEA where to go?

We want somewhere hot, beautiful beaches - a bit of nightlife (ie beach bars and dancing) - snorkelling, diving and other watersports.

Don't want anywhere too commercialised and will be renting a villa.

Will be flying from New York - any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Where to go?

Just back and consider renting Eden House Villa or I suggest Spy Glass Hill Villa depending on your budget and there availabilty. PS There is some nightlife (beach bars etc) on Anguilla.

This is a combination review of the Eden House Villa, which overlooks Little Harbour, with spectacular views of St. Maarten/St. Martin and neighboring islands plus a trip report. This is our seventh visit to this beautiful Island of Anguilla. My wife and I stayed here for a week, and overall we really loved and once again enjoyed Villa life over Hotel life. We have stayed at all the “ISLAND’s MAJOR RESORTS” on previous trips to the Island.

First and foremost, a little about the Island, Anguilla is beautiful. The people are friendly and helpful, the beaches second to none, the weather is perfect (limited rain) and it is the definition of tranquility. If you are looking for a party scene Anguilla is not for you but if you want to hit a different beach every day, re-charge your “batteries” and catch up on your reading, rekindle that special relationship, then Anguilla is the place for you. We are starting to see and hear about increased development on the Island but the Island should hold it’s current flavour for another five to ten years.

Also rent a car when on the Island it is a lot of fun & easy to drive on the left.

Eden House Villa:

You can rent just the main house which consists of; three air conditioned bedrooms (main suite with Queen Bed, sitting area and large luxury private bathroom, the other room has a King bed and another room offers two double beds – with bathroom off the hallway) All bedrooms offer privacy and there is another bathroom by the TV (2nd)/ library/office/free internet room. The Villa has a fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances, however you need to provide, if you want your own food, salt/pepper etc. Coffee and Tea is included with the Villa. The living and dinning room open on to a spacious porch with a sitting/dining area, lounge chairs and beautiful view. The villa also includes laundry area and fitness room. Beach chairs, BBQ etc are included with the Villa.

You can rent just the Pool Suite, which consists of an air-conditioned bedroom with bathroom & a small kitchen living and dining area. This suite also has free Internet access. This is one large room right off the pool. You can rent just the Pool suite with use of the pool.

The villa would be great for honeymooners, families (mom/dad, kids, &/or Grandparents even a Nanny – pool suite), single traveler (pool suite), one or two couples - depending on your budget you could just rent the Pool Suite, Main House or both. Various rental packages are available.

The house was cleaned daily and the pool is nice. We had the property manager shop, prior to our arrival and stock the villa for breakfast items etc. The supermarket in the Valley has a large selection of food, wine, and liquor etc. but there is also a smaller supermarket up the street from the Villa. Fresh fruit from the Villa garden was waiting for us & always available, we blended some great drinks and relaxed on the porch.

We had two important decisions to make everyday, which restaurant to have lunch/dinner and which of the many beaches to relax on.

Restaurants: Anguilla has many great places to eat, some I consider “LOCAL” – locals go or recommended, some I consider “TOURIST” – everyone goes because it’s the place to go – their hotel concierge told them to go. We go to the “LOCAL” places to eat.

Depending on where you are from, food is expensive on the Island but well worth the money – Average lunch with drinks was $40. to $60., dinner average was $120. to over $200. dessert, bottle of wine. NOTE: All restaurants include a 15% service charge, which is your tip, but feel free to add based on your service. Also call ahead if possible for reservations even if the Island is slow plus some restaurants are closed one day a week.

Sand Piper Restaurant (Old Le Beach) – part of Shoal Bay Villas – Shoal Bay East coming down the road to SB East last right turn at KU right before stone wall on the left. Friday lunch, great fish sandwiches – “best on the Island”, good drinks & Great Beach. Service was good.

Jackie is the Manager; if it is OFF SEASON and space is available she will let you use their lounge chairs – complementary if you have lunch at the restaurant.

Deon’s Overlook – Friday Dinner – Back Street

Great view of Sandy Ground – We have enjoyed dinner here before and Deon did not disappoint us. My wife had Crayfish, which was good, and I had fresh fish – great. Deon offers breakfast and added a deck. He also has a restaurant in Chilmark, MA. Overlook is #5 out of our top 5 places for dinner.

Le Bistro – at Malliouhana Hotel & Spa – Meads Bay Beach – Lunch Saturday. Nice beach used our Villa Chairs. Lunch – Fish Sandwich – was fair, Conch Fritters good – French Fries great. Ice Tea was also great and served in a beautiful large glass. Beach is beautiful.

Barrel Stay - Dinner Saturday night – Sandy Ground – NEW OWNERS!

Our number one restaurant and place to eat on the Island. They also serve lunch.

Jill Shepard – Great Hostess and Graham Belcher the master chef came from England and now operate this great establishment. They still offer the Famous Seafood Soup and Graham makes Lobster Ravioli (a big piece of lobster stuffed into an al dente ravioli with some other stuff in there too) - appetizer that will keep you coming back for more. Jill checks on how you’re doing, chats a bit but also allows you to enjoy your dinner in private.

Forget their Great Menu items their specials were fantastic, the Tempura Shrimp appetizer was cooked to perfection with a great flavor and the FRESH Wahoo with a sweet & sour sauce also had great flavor. Service was excellent with the atmosphere and setting perfect. Too full tonight for dessert, had them pack up the leftover food and back to the Villa with our snack.

Oliver’s Seaside Grill - Dinner – Sunday night

Our 2nd favorite spot. The food, atmosphere, setting and staff are all above and beyond. The staff was very attentive, yet unobtrusive service, live jazz played in the background.

For an appetizer try the Cinnamon Basil shrimp over pasta, it was so great you will wish you had it for your entrée(which you can get) and the lobster cake, which was chock full of succulent lobster with a light lobster sauce was also excellent. For an entrée the Island Snapper was scrumptious.

Bea is the Manager and a wonderful hostess; she came around a few times to chat and check on us but also gave us our privacy. No room for dessert but they offered a great selection.

Sand Piper Restaurant – back on Monday for another fish sandwich lunch and relaxing on our favorite Beach.

Banana’s by the Sea - Meads Bay - Monday Night - Dinner -

Bob has a Banana’s on St. Maarten/St. Martin and recently opened on Anguilla. What a lovely restaurant with a nice location. Wonderful food, service and setting.

No offense to Bob, his place is #4 out of 5 on our favorite places for dinner, they also serve lunch. Bob was a great Host and his staff provided efficient service.

For an appetizer try their delectable green salad or calamari – not spicy but tastes great.

The Mahi Mahi stuffed with crab and shrimp in a white wine sauce was great and the Shrimp Scampi was good. Consider their Snapper in Lobster Sauce. For dessert we shared the Triple Banana, which was fantastic. You may also want to try their homemade Key Lime Pie.

We couldn’t leave the Island without another great meal at Barrel Stay so we had dinner there Tuesday night. Once again the Fresh Fish Special was great, Lobster Ravioli appetizer was wonderful and this time we shared their Chocolate dessert, which was excellent.

E-Oven’s for lunch on Wednesday – Great fried Fish sandwich and Chicken Salad on Pita. Service was good. They also serve dinner. “Nice Local Establishment”.

Ferry Boat Inn – Blowing Point area - Dinner – Wednesday – our last evening on the Island! #3 out of 5 of our favorite places for dinner.

We heard from locals and read on the Internet, about the Ferry Boat Inn having great burgers and the best rum punch drinks on the Island and we were not disappointed. Marjorie is the owner and her assistant Rhona took great care of us. Wednesday was Wing night so we had to have some delicious hot chicken wings and they were tasty. The hamburger with sautéed onions was great and their French fries were also good. Other items are available for lunch or dinner.

Nice relaxing evening and some of our local friends were enjoying dinner here as well. Great way to end the perfect vacation.

Misc:

Beaches are wonderful on the Island, Shoal Bay East is our favorite, Meads Bay is also nice.

Spa Treatments – Suggestion – have Jill Walker of Tainos Wellness provide you with the best on the Island face/body treatments and massage. Depending on where you are staying she can travel to your Villa or Hotel or you can go to her location. Service is great and prices are reasonable compared to HOTEL SPA’s.

Day Trip – We took a fantastic speedboat day trip to St. Maarten/St. Martin via Offshore Sunsations - Jack and Meredith Tramonte are the owners with Pascal being the Captain of the 32 ft SONIC boat. Pascal took us around the Island of St. Maarten/St. Martin for some great snorkeling sites, great lunch – have the Tuna – the best around on Pinell Island (Cash Only about $100. with drinks) play in the mud (make your own) on Tintimarre then rub it ALL OVER your body and bake in the sun. Great Full body treatment worth the price of the boat trip. You could also make arrangements for pick up from St. Maarten/St. Martin to Anguilla.

Hope this was helpful and not boring!

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2. Re: Where to go?

Scubadasm, your reply is really wonderful, I would be ready to pay to got reply like this for each hot location i'd like to visit on my summer vacations, I was plannin' to visit Anquilla this summer (altough I dont know if it is good idead to go there over august, but I had no choice since that is only month I can go off for 15 days).

However I think my chances to go just have been increases after your reply, Ill take that villa for sure, it seems like pure heaven.

T

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3. Re: Where to go?

Tommy:

Thank you for your kind words about my reply. I gain a lot from travel boards and try to post helpful information for folks. It makes it all the more worthwhile when someone reponds as nice as you did.

I wish I had the time to join you on Anguilla as it is all "PURE HEAVEN" your rates for August/Summer should be reasonable and the Island should be nice a quiet. Enjoy!

Please do not hesitate to ask any additional questions or if you need other suggestions.

Scubasam

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