Dig your toes into soft white sand, look up to cerulean seas and revel in your own slice of Caribbean paradise – this is Anguilla. Unlike other party islands nearby, Anguilla is understated, quietly flaunting its own share of luxury hotels but in a discreet, humble manner that makes it all the more appealing.
Anguilla is part in the Leeward Island Archipelago. In the absence of both cruise ships and an international airport, the island enjoys fewer tourists, but those who do make the journey to Anguilla from nearby St Maarten or Antigua are rewarded with a sense of seclusion and tranquillity – as well as 30 immaculate beaches to choose from. The atmosphere is decidedly relaxed, with no more than 15,000 inhabitants sharing the 91sq km of mostly flat land, perfect for getting from beach to beach.
However, Anguilla’s laidback attitude doesn’t mean that its luxury hotels are in any way casual. At the Four Seasons Anguilla, for example, you can expect first-class hospitality to match the beautiful design and fabulous facilities, There’s also a championship golf course on the island, elegant boutiques and art galleries, while active types will find themselves in watersports heaven. This is a fantastic place to master the art of kite-surfing, go stand-up paddle boarding in calm bays or hop aboard a sail boat and explore idyllic spots like Scilly Cay and Sandy Island. Keen divers are kept happy too, with seven marine parks to discover here.
In addition, an important element of Anguillan culture is their cuisine. In fact, the island is fast becoming the foodie hotspot of the Caribbean, packing more than 120 restaurants into its tiny landmass with passionate chefs presenting classic local fare alongside cutting-edge dishes.
So, if tantalising food, rum cocktails, impossibly perfect beaches and friendly locals all sounds like your kind of thing, make your next Caribbean escape a luxury holiday to Anguilla.