We traveled to Anguilla for a triple babymoon (yes, two of my girlfriends are also pregnant so we dragged our husbands on vacation together!). We flew to St. Maarten then with little hassle took a cab to the ferry port. This is where things got a bit confusing- we thought we were going to be taking the "public ferry" but ended up getting tickets and waiting for the Link Ferry. It was exactly what you read- HORRIBLE. All of us pregnant women felt nauseas and another woman on the boat actually threw up. They also made everyone sitting on one side get up in the middle of the trip and move so they could open the engine and take a look at something (no explanation provided) It was definitely a horrible experience I would not recommend (dirty, smelly, slow)... (shoulda paid for GB Express...)
We stayed at the Viceroy in a 3 bedroom penthouse suite that overlooked mead's bay (Grasby 342 I believe). It was amazing! The room was so well decorated and HUGE (3.5 baths, washer/dryer/full kitchen). We spent considerable time speculating on how much the room would cost if it was a condo in nyc... that night we took a golf cart to the entrance of the resort and walked (literally a 2 min walk) to the grocery store (i think 95?) and bc we had heard that Anguilla was expensive, we assumed the prices were in US$ and had a heart attack. No, they are in Carribean dollars so everything was quite reasonable in our opinions. It was easy to get back to the hotel (a cab driver driving to pick someone else up at the lobby happily drove us back down the longgggg Viceroy driveway). That night we were too tired to venture out so ate at the Bamboo Grill by the pool. We were pleasantly surprised by the food and all thought it was great (we split pizzas, ribs, jerk chicken and salads).
The next day the weather was overcast (a risk you take going in July) but it was still hot so we sat at the beach- GORGEOUS! and just enjoyed. We made breakfast ourselves in our room and had lunch at Tratoria Tramonto. After reading so-so reviews about it on here, I wasn't expecting much- but it was GREAT! I had a simple penne, but the sauce was fresh- big chunky bits of tomato, fresh slivers of garlic, basil, it was very good. We were the only ones in the restaurant so we had fabulous service and a really nice time. For dinner went to Straw Hat- you can walk to it about 15-20 mins from the Viceroy on the beach, but since it was raining we took a cab. Great meal and very cute atmosphere with live music.
The next day, it was overcast but nonetheless we went to Shoal's Bay. An amazing beach! Very, very pretty. Even without the sun the sand was sparkly white and the water unbelievably blue! loved it! We had luch there (nothing special) then the women headed to the Viceroy spa. We had prenatal massages, which were great but had some issues with service. They told us our appointments were at 2:45, but then when we arrived at 2:40, were told we were too late so our massages would be cut my 15 minutes. Now, I know it is standard to appear early for spa appointment- but they should TELL you to come early, which they didn't. They said that they would give us 20% off, but they never did that either (which we did not have time to complain about during checkout- we were running late). The men went to Smokeys and had an amazing time. That night we had reservations for Veya and Blanchards- we chose to go to Veya and when we got there it was closed! The concierge apparently set up the reservations for us about two weeks before our trip, but then no one informed us that the restaurant was closed and they even sent us off in a cab to Veya. At this point we were STARVING (did I mention we were three pregnant women!) so the cab driver swore he knew a good place. I "think" the name was Ed's oven or something? It was HORRID! The prices were extremely high, and the food inedible. We were all so annoyed that we didn't go to Blanchards... Alas, it is what it is...
The fourth day it rained. ALL day. Luckily we had the covered terrace so we sat outside and enjoyed the plunge pool and just enjoyed being outside! We ordered room service for lunch, which was okay (my husband had to send his cheeseburger back because it was overdone, despite the fact that he confirmed that it would be medium twice), but the pizzas were good. We had dinner at Coba (at the Viceroy)- I really do not recommend this restaurant. We didn't think the service was that great (I had to ask twice for a diet coke and they were very slow with everything) and the food was -eh. Seems like there are way better options to be had elsewhere on the island (should have gone to Picantes! but we got lazy with the rain...)
The last day we had the most amazing weather so woke up early and enjoyed 3 hours of amazing beach time before heading home. This time the guys made sure to find out which shuttle would be the largest and fastest and we ended up on the Deluxe II (which I believe IS one of the public ferries). The trip was night and day compared to the Link. It was fast, clean, safe and no one felt sick.
Anguilla was amazing and we hope to be back soon! (As soon as the little one is ready to fly! lol)
*I would recommend renting a car, taxis are very expensive, since there was 6 of us, it didn't amount to much for us, but if we were only 2 or 3 people would have been a pretty penny...