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Cap Juluca
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in West End Village
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Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Location, location, location and thats it:(”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

My wife and I spent 3 nights at CJ.
Rooms: Excellent, we stayed in the lowest category (which is not cheap by any means) but we were delighted. Lovely ocean view from the 1st floor, big comfy bed. Not much too complain about other than some minor issues trying to adjust the water temp in the shower. This category room doesn't have a tub.
Location: Excellent, direct access to a beautiful Maundays Bay Beach. Nice comfortable chairs and very quiet. There isn't anything to eat within walking distance, other than Blue (the resorts lunch/breakfast spot). It was a little too quiet for me, not much going on at the resort bars. Most of the people really keep to themselves.
Activities: Excellent, they offer all the water sports as advertised on there website, but at least while we were there we saw very few people actually doing any acitvities.
Staff: Everyone was very nice and helpful.
Food: Here's where I thought the resort is really lacking
Breakfast (730-10): They offer a complimentary continental breakfast, my wife and I both thought it was average at best and not in line with this type of resort. It consisited of some melons, criossants, breads, juice and coffee. They did offer a full breakfast menu, but again I thought it was average and considering the prices not a good value at all. Tried the coconut crusted french toast, sounded great, but what I got was some bland pieces of brioche topped with a sprinkling of coconut and some bananas drowning in sugar and butter. Regardless we had breakfast here twice because it was convenient.
Lunch (12-3): Lunch was better, but again not up to par with this type of resort. After eating lunch around the island at places like DaVida, Strawhat, Blanchards Beach Shack, Mangos and even Sandy Island, the lunch at CJ couldn't compare with any of these places (maybe Sandy Island).
We ate lunch at Blue one time and moved on, luckily we had a car.
Note: I wrote the times in because from 10-12 and 3-630 you have to call room service if you want to eat. We didn't have any issues since we were only there for 3 days but I thought it was rather inconvienent that a resort of this caliber basically shuts down there only daytime restaurant for several hours each day. Considering the amount of money your paying to stay there I think they could afford to keep there only restaurant open all day!!!
Dinner: (630) Pimms- very dissapointing, maybe we caught them on an off day but I tried the corn soup (didn't have much flavor) for entrees we had the jerk mahi mahi and the blackened swordfish (per the waitress recommendation). Remarkably both of the fish entrees were overcooked, the mahi was ok and the swordfish was way below average. We forced it down and never returned. There are way too many good restaurants on the island, we tried Coba, Sunset Grill, Tastys, Dolce Vita, Da Vida, Mangos and Strawhat. Pricewise they are all pretty expensive and I don't mind paying, but Pimms is the only one we wouldn't return to.
Its a shame, a place like CJ has so much going for it, but on an island considered to be one of the culinary capitals of the carribean they are far behind in the food department.
What makes this place great is the beautiful beachfront location. People who want plenty of privacy and quietness will feel right at home. Not so great if your expecting extraordinary cuisine and a lively atmosphere.
I'm in no rush to return, there are other beaches and resorts on the island that can give CJ a run for there money. We spent the first four nights of our vacation at Frangipani and loved it.
We also spent a lot of time at Viceroy. The resort is unbelievable, very modern and beautifully decorated/designed. The food was also excellent here and the views from there clifftop location were unbeatable.
I don't think CJ deserves any less than four stars but it is very difficult to give them more than four. In the end it really was the food (cost, choices and quality) that hurt them in my point of view.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

This has to be the most relaxing place to take a vacation!! It is located on a private beautiful beach. The rooms are spread out into different villas, and you feel like your the only ones on the beach. We didn't even have a key to our room. You can open up your shutters, and your room is like an indoor-outdoor room. It felt like camping in luxury!!! We stayed there for 4 days, but honestly I could have stay for 7!!!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are nice, but I would ask for a room closer to the restaurants. It will save you a...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Amazing.. my husband and I stayed in a villa that opened up to the beach with the beautiful blue water.. breath takin an food was great with mojitos were out of this world! I would recommend Cap Juluca any day of the week for a amazing getaway. Don't forget to do the horse back riding at sunset, it was very romantic!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Westborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

Just returned from a lovely 8 day stay at Cap Juluca. I honestly cannot say enough about this place: breathtaking beach, beautiful room, first class service and the warmest and friendliest staff ever. We had the complimentary continental breakfast delivered to our room each morning - so nice to sit on the balcony overlooking the fabulous beach. Darren on the beach took care of our every need, including bringing a cooler with iced water, delivering iced washcloths around noon, and delicious sorbet at 3. Would not recommend eating dinner on the property, which is too bad because Pimm's (the restaurant on premises) is absolutely beautiful - the food was just O.K. Would highly recommend having cocktails at Maunday's Club: Coralee, Shekida and Jessica could not be more fun and we thoroughly enjoyed talking with them each evening. We met so many people who have been coming to Cap Juluca for 5-10-15-20 years, which says a lot. We rented a car one day but decided that there was really no point going to other beaches after that when we had our own little paradise right there. There are many fabulous restaurants on the island and we explored a different one each evening - all are nearby and the staff will get you a cab in minutes. I would highly recommend asking for Reuben as your cab driver - talkative, funny and informative. We can't wait to go back!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in Villa 9, which was perfect. Quiet yet a short walk to the restaurants/bars/lobby area.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rowayton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Cap Juluca is blessed with natural beauty, with a mile long crescent beach of fine white sand, and gorgeous crystal clear water. The architecture and layout are quite attractive as well, and rooms are spread out so the resort has a nice feel. Water sports are available for free, and attendants are on the beach setting up lounge chairs & umbrellas, bringing water, etc. The restaurants are nice, but the Continental breakfast is very sub-par for such a topnotch resort. Service could have been better in the main building (Maunday's Bar was virtually unstaffed.) Check-in was my biggest complaint, as we were arrived hot, hungry, & excited to be in such a beautiful place. Our room wasn't ready until after 4pm, and there was no place to change. I grabbed my suitcase from the front & changed in the bathroom, which was a little awkward. The gorgeous beach almost makes the price tag worthwhile, but the service drags it down. If a few changes were made, this could be a great resort. It was still a very special & memorable trip, thanks to the sand & sea.

Room Tip: I prefer a ground floor room which is in the less pricey category, but some rooms have private pools...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Ok i know i've taken a while to write my review but after seeing the most recent reviews i decided it was about time to pull my finger out, and give this hotel the five star review it deserves.
Me and my husband travelled here in April into May 2011 for our honeymoon. Travelling is our passion. It is the one thing we really splurge on and the reason why we both work so hard (so we can have such nice holidays) we have been fortunate to have travelled to all parts of the caribbean, usa, indian ocean, middle east etc but this hotel still comes up top for both of us for...
1. Best beach we've ever seen (just like brochure pics) quiet, clear blue sea, comfy loungers (where you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve!) clean, safe, impeccible staff that whizz straight over with water and sorbets etc...
2. Best food we have ever had! Freshly prepared, great presentation, mouth watering taste... Pimms was our personal favourite restaurant, we loved the intimacy, and watching the barracuda every night catch the fish was our entertainment....!
3. Lovely staff. They all make an effort to really get to know you, and they do care, they're not in it for a tip, they do it because it's their job!! They make an effort to remember your name and what you like to drink etc...

Ok....i have had better room quality. NOT to say we were unhappy in the slightest...our room was HUGE, had a lovely outlook, a private garden with hammock, beautifully sized bathroom, massive double wardrobe...l could go on..., it was spotless......felt like a home from home! Yes it could be modernised, but if you really spend all that money to go to such a beautiful location and your worried about a cracked floor tile then i'm sorry but your missing the bigger picture!

If you want a small, boutique style hotel with impeccible service, the best beach in Anguilla (and indeed the best we have ever seen) amazing food and views equal (if not better) to what you see in the brochure book cap juluca. You'll feel part of the family and will be treated as individuals.
If you want a synthetic, huge hotel where you'll feel like a number, not an individual. Book the Viceroy down the road. After all you may well get that sterile, ultra modern hotel your after with a smile if you're lucky.....! (before anyone asks, yes we did go there out of curiosity, and that was our first impression) not forgetting you won't get a cracked floor tile ;-)

We're not just saying it as we were honeymooners (this was the second leg of a twin centre hol and we don't say this about the first leg which was in Antigua) but it really was the best hol we've ever had, and to have such vivid good memories nearly two years later speaks for itself.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is an exquisite property, beautifully maintained with wonderful service. Any beach connoisseur will find this one just about perfect, with immaculate, powder-white sand bordering the calm, warm translucent emerald water. The beach lounges are the most comfortable you can imagine & the beach service (cold wash cloths, fruity sorbets distributed during the day and anything else can be ordered through nearby attendants). Our luxury ground-floor beachfront room had a fabulous bathroom and adjoining solarium. Plasma TV receives all US channels.The room opened on to a totally private, roomy patio area...a tiled path from there led straight to the beach. Golf carts can be summoned to take you to the gorgeous reception building and the restaurants. Food is pricey, but quite good. The entire staff is warm and ultra-helpful. The place has a very private, very low-key vibe.

We got to see a pool villa which has more terraces, huge living room, dining room and kitchen...if you can afford it you can't top it.

We had lunch at Cuisinart, which had more guest rooms/people than we like, and somewhat of a cruise ship atmosphere. Viceroy is sleek and extremely beautiful and no doubt younger and trendiest, with lots of pools but no easy access to the beach. Not the place for beach lovers, anyway, since the beach there is not very big. I'd add that the water on this bay is not as calm and protected as at Cap Juluca.

Cap Juluca has been recently re-acquired by original owners and being retrofitted, so we really hope it will be re-discovered as it deserves to be.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cap Juluca
Address: Maundays Bay, West End Village AI - 2640, Anguilla
Location: Caribbean > Anguilla > West End Village
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in West End Village
#4 Luxury Hotel in West End Village
#5 Romantic Hotel in West End Village
#5 On the Beach Hotel in West End Village
#6 Family Hotel in West End Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Cap Juluca 5*
Number of rooms: 70
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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