Went for an impromptu 2 night getaway from my Tortola base for a little stress relief. If you come from a big city, any city or even a place as small as Tortola, this is a seriously laid back place. 300 people in total for the island, and it is unspoiled. Re: the Anegada Reef Hotel, Lorraine, her mom and staff are very friendly. Everything is easy. We had a few breakfasts at the hotel, and they were good with courteous, and prompt service. Coffee, tea and juice is complimentary with breakfast. The room we stayed in (I think we were the only guests), was large and had the basics. King size bed, A/C a ceiling fan, bathroom vanity and a dresser. A few chairs. Although the interior is a throwback to way back when, it is more of an English standard, as opposed to an American standard. There is a shortage of outlets, no hairdryer (although the desk provided one when asked), and a very dark bathroom. It really needs a renovation, but is certainly clean and a welcome relief after the ferry. You do not lock your room. Although the hotel will store something in their safe, this is a low crime area. Doors are unloved. You leave your keys in the car, and everyone "really knows" everyone else. There is a little history to this place Lorraine's mom told me. Interesting how it got built, and their family took it over--and have run it for about 37 years. Great location; 3 minute walk from the ferry dock. You have to make reservations for dinner here (and all restaurants by 4PM.). As far as getting around, you do not need a taxi. You can rent motorbikes across the street from the hotel or elsewhere. A few places have a car if you want. Motorbikes are an enjoyable way to get around, although we went during a period when there were periodic very short rain showers. There is no traffic. If you head out for the day, you might see 3 cars on the road. No ATM or a bank on the island, so bring cash. The island has a couple of very nice beaches; Loblolly, Cow Wreck and Anegada Beach club are all nice and each have a restaurant/bar. Lobster is king in Anegada and most restaurants will BBQ it or put it in a salad. I think we were on lobster overload as it is so rare to find it this fresh and offered at all restaurants. All and all a very pleasant few days. The hotel is a very nice place to unwind. A no hassle experience.
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