We visited Anguilla during late December. We adore this island and the friendly people here. We have stayed at two of the signature 5-star hotels previously, but this time, we rented an 8-bedroom villa at Sheriva Villas. We traveled with our entire family and this suited us perfectly! My husband and I took the ground floor pool suite, which has 3 bedrooms in all. Our three kids loved being “independent” as they had two connecting rooms a little bit away from our master suite, right next to the entertainment room. The pool on the ground level is also bigger and shallower for kids. My parents took the main floor master suite, my brother and his fiancée took the Loft Suite and my sister and her husband opted for the garden master suite, which is on the ground floor with our suite. My 17-year old niece took the other suite on the main floor, and her 14-year old brother took the twin bedroom right next door (of course, closest to the office area with the computer). All in all, we were a perfect fit and we each had space and privacy. The master suites are HUGE and very homey. They thought of everything from luggage racks, to ceiling fans for days when we didn’t want to use the AC, Wifi, kitchenettes…it was just great. We’d recently stayed on St. John at a villa, but nothing could compare to our Sheriva villa.
We enjoyed the breakfasts every morning which was great while sunning on our pool deck. The staff made us feel right at home. We initially told them we’d want breakfast every morning at 10 a.m., but the kids woke up earlier than at home and the staff easily switched our breakfast service to 9 a.m. From about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. we would hang out at the beach (Sheriva isn't beachfront, but it is not a big deal. It’s a blast to take the large golf cart down to Maundays Beach. We requested an extra one and it was available, so we had two golf carts.) There were reserved beach chairs, towels, a water cooler and umbrellas set up for us every day and the kids just loved playing in the sand and the crystal clear water. We ate lunch at Spice and Blue at Cap Juluca a few times, where we had signing privileges. Was very convenient as we were already on the beach.
A few of us went to the gym every morning and it was pretty comprehensive. I loved the total body machine, yoga mats, and multiple cardio machines. There is also a game lounge upstairs in the main office. This was my kids’ favorite place. I don’t know how the ladies in the office worked that week, because the kids were constantly goofing around with them and they just smiled through it all. They were so warm and friendly. Both Jeannine and Latoya, the managers, are former teachers and it shows. This really is the Sheriva difference. Just as other people said, the staff is simply awesome!
We loved our housekeepers and the ladies who set up our breakfasts. One evening, we didn’t plan to take the kids with us out to dinner and Simone was just about to leave. We asked her if we could get something for the kids somewhere nearby. She told us not to worry, she would take care of them. She managed to whip up home-made French fries and chicken nuggets in about 20 minutes, much to the kids’ (and our) delight!
Speaking of food, we took a different approach to dining on Anguilla this trip. We made sure to try all the places we wanted to try previously, but didn’t. We highly recommend the following: Dolce Vita, Sandbar, E’s Oven, Jacala (hard to get into for dinner, but go for lunch!) and the new Italia restaurant at the golf course (formerly Zurra). All of these restaurants were impressive, especially the unique tapas at Sandbar. It's on Sandy Ground beach and you can stroll down to Elvis' beach bar for an after-dinner drink. We also went to Sandy Island and had a lovely day on our “private island”. Try the lobster and the ribs on Sandy. The absolute best there is!
For activities: Junior’s Glass bottom Boat, Pelican Trail Watersports and Leroy’s (he comes to Cap Juluca and gives you personalized water sports. We all loved Leroy.) The most memorable things about Sheriva are the privacy, the grand size of the rooms, the beauty of actual villa and grounds, the feeling of being in a home away from home and last, but not least, the amazing staff. We consider ourselves a bit difficult to please, but we were truly spoiled at Sheriva. They bend over backwards to make you feel special...very much unlike St. Barts. (That's a whole different review....)
If you are looking for the perfect family vacation, this Sheriva Villas does it right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning SHERIVA VILLA HOTEL offers the serenity of understated elegance with elitist luxuries. Recognized as a 2009-2010 Condé Nast Johansens Recommended Property and a 2008-2010 AAA 4-Diamond Property, SHERIVA mesmerizes even the most distinguished traveler. Accommodations range from 1-bedroom Grand Villa Pool suites to 7-bedroom villas. Fine finishes of marble, granite and rich hardwoods adorn the villas as well as the Conference Suite and new Events Pavilion - perfect for weddings and group functions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheriva Villa Hotel Anguilla/West End Village