The Anacoana Boutique Hotel is in the classic Caribbean style, stucco buildings weaving through lush tropical gardens and coconut palms. It is smallish in comparison to its large neighbor, the Viceroy. But unlike the Viceroy with all of it’s glittering marble, glass and chrome, at the Anacoana you can feel comfortable walking around in beach wear. I was vacationing with my wife of 45 years and our daughter who was in need of some serious R&R from here job. Thus we had a two-bedroom suite that was connected by a screened in porch. I am guessing that it was one of the first unattached buildings in the hotel complex. It was showing its age. The rooms were roomy enough, but there were very limited flat surfaces to put things, especially in the bathrooms. There were some rips along the edges of the screens in the porch, the outside light in the unscreened in patio did not have a bulb, the batteries were dead in one of the air-conditioning remote controls, and there was no draw fan in the bathroom. But the rooms where clean and the house staff did an exceptional job keeping everything clean, including the coffee pot and wine and drink glasses in the kitchen area. I did not have occasion to look at any other rooms or suites.
There are two well-maintained swimming pools. The larger of the two is near the main hotel building and close the hotel’s Firefly restaurant. The second pool is much smaller and closer to the beach. This pool should be “adults only” because it was invaded by young children who upset the tranquility of that secluded pool. The remainder of the grounds could have used a little more care. The lawn areas, though limited, needed to have the tall weeds mowed. And the lights that illuminated the walkways at night needed attention. Some were not working and lying on their sides.
We timed the walk to Meads Bay beach. It was almost exactly 5 minutes at a leisurely pace, once we knew the way. The first time you take the walk, you encounter a “T” intersection on an access road, facing a stucco wall. Do you go right or left? If you look sharp left you will see a small sign on a distant stucco wall pointing to the beach. We were not the only ones to have that initial problem as other newly arriving guest asked us how to get to the beach. And what a beach it is! As advertised, the resort has comfortable beach chairs and umbrellas there for the guests. There is also a beach bar/grill there run by the hotel.
This is a wonderful resort, though a little long in the tooth. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The restaurant is very good. It is very relaxing and peaceful, even with the crowing rooster. It is a Caribbean beauty with a few small warts, but I am already looking forward to a return trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anacaona Boutique Hotel on the island of Anguilla is a small, intimate, privately-owned and privately-run oasis set in tropical gardens, overlooking (and just a few paces from) one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, the mile-long, white-sand expanse of Meads Bay. It has 27 stylish guest rooms, that include junior suites, 2 & 3 bedroom villa suites and two swimming pools.The goal is affordable chic. The property's amenities also include full beach service, ZaZaa boutique and both on and off beach massage centers. All rooms feature either King, Queen Bed or 2-Double Beds and bathroom with large shower, Balcony/Patio, Frette Linens, Mini Fridge, Air Conditioning,Ceiling Fan, Cable TV, I-Pod Docking Station, Iron & board, Laptop size in Room Safe, Complimentary Wireless Internet, Melita-Javapod Coffee Maker, Phone, Hairdryer and Locally Crafted Bathroom Amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirena Hotel The Valley
- Anacaona Boutique Hotel Anguilla/West End Village