Thursday, June 9, 2016

Back to Anguilla

We skipped off to our favorite place in the Caribbean, Cap Juluca in Anguilla. There really is no place else where we feel so relaxed. I don't know if it's the calm water, the soft sand, the friendly people, but you just can't feel anything but calm, relaxed and happy here. It's the perfect place to go when you want/ need to unwind. Basically, a typical day in Anguilla:  stunning beach, fine dining, beach bar with live music, repeat.  

Stunning beaches: 

Fine dining:

Our favorite restaurant on the island is Veya. 
This place is really something, the food is so creative and delicious, 
and the setting is so romantic.  

We dined at and highly recommend Veya, Jacala, Davida and Mango's 
among many other great restaurants on the island.  
Also, make sure you try the local lobster! 

Live Music:

Nightlife on the island is a beach bar with live music.

Bankie Banx at the Dune Preserve. 
He's really so good and no one should visit this island without seeing him.

Bankie Banks' son, Omari Banks is another must see.

Even at lunch one day... 

Some other things we did on this trip:

We did also check out the new hotel on the island, the Viceroy, which reminded us a lot of the D Hotel in turkey.  It was beautiful, but again, I don't think you can reach that level of relaxation there like you do at Cap Juluca. It's a stunning place set on a cliff, so you don't have the beach just outside your room like we do, but it really is pretty.  And it turns out my interior design crush, Kelly Wearstler, designed it.  Just beautiful!

We also wanted to do some adventuring and to check out other parts of the island we haven't seen before, so one day we rented a car and took it to the undeveloped eastern part of the island to do some hiking. We started out by driving as far as the road would take us, which brought us past some stunning homes, then we set out on foot. 

First we passed by Captain's Bay

Then through beautiful dessert. It actually kind of reminded me of Palm Desert in Palm Springs

We wanted to get to Windward Point, so we tacked on through the dessert, trying to be careful to not step on any cacti. They were everywhere!

Then we headed toward Savannah Bay, but man was it HOT! We kept seeing it off in the ditabce, but like a mirage in the desert, it was so close, yet so far. When we finally got there, we ordered food at this sweet little place called owned by this sweet little guy named Nat. 

And while Nat was cooking, I jumped into the water. 

After a refuel and recharge we headed to our car and back to our luxurious hotel. All told we did about 10 miles of exploring on foot. In the desert heat. Phew! 

We'll leave you with this sunset from our last night.  Cannot wait to go back!

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