Location, location, location: it’s no accident that this resort makes the most of the virtually private mile-long beach overlooking Maundays Bay. The 66 rooms and 42 suites have direct beach access and either private balconies or patios with panoramic views. Most guests come for days with nothing more on the agenda than reading, strolling the strand or cooling off in the sea or pool before lunch at Cip’s, the Maundays Club or The Cap Shack (you had us at Conch Carpaccio). But there is plenty to do, too, including sailing, snorkeling, scuba, golf, tennis, croquet or treatments at the Arawak Spa. The vibe is casual-chic with rooms and suites—all ocean facing—featuring four-poster beds and linen curtains that billow just so. Days end with sunset cocktails and a daily champagne sabering ritual before guests head to a multi-course dinner at Pimms or the chef ’s table.
The Standout: The incredible three- and five- bedroom Private Pool Villas Don’t Miss: A day trip by boat to Scilly Cay, Shoal Bay or Prickly Pear Cay to snorkel the reef
The location on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches with calm waters (good for all ages)
The crisp white Moorish-style architecture and distinctive domed villas
Four restaurants—Uchu, Cip’s by Cipriani, Pimms, The Cap Shack
Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla Review
Since opening in the 1980s, Cap Juluca has gained a steady following among well-heeled travelers who appreciate its authentically Anguillan feel. Situated on 179 acres of land on Anguilla’s western tip, the 108-room Cap Juluca has one of the island’s most beautiful beaches and a warm staff, many of whom have been on property for decades.
The hotel’s 66 rooms, 42 suites and eight villas (ranging from three- to five-bedroom) are divided among a series of Moorish-style buildings, all of which come with a dedicated butler throughout one’s stay. Each has no more than six rooms, a layout that provides a sense of privacy, and lush vegetation grows between each villa. All of the hotel’s accommodations have views of Maundays Bay through large sliding glass doors, direct beach access and private patios or terraces with loungers ideal for relaxing with a book or enjoying an al fresco breakfast. Each of the villas was fully renovated in a beachy palette of neutrals and pastels, with modern touches such as bedside charging ports and Bluetooth speakers. True to the Belmond brand, the rooms feature a welcoming sense of place thanks to local touches, such as a rope-bordered mirror above the bed, framed drawings of Anguilla’s flora and fauna and coastal bird or shell-collecting guide books.
Most guests will spend their days on the beach, a preferable alternative to the newly rebuilt infinity pool, which sits behind the fashionable Uchu, an outdoor restaurant off the open-air lobby that serves sophisticated Peruvian cuisine. Unlike some of the north-facing beaches, such as Meads Bay, the sea here is calm enough that even small children can splash around. Activities and venues for those inclined to leave the sand include water sports, sailing, a driving range, tennis courts, a fitness center, a croquet lawn and a media room. The spa is currently being renovated.
The hotel’s additional dining options include the casual seaside Italian eatery Cip’s by Cipriani, named after the iconic restaurant at Cap Juluca’s sister hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani. Its stunning location on the water means diners are surrounded by beautiful turquoise Caribbean seas and hanging lights that illuminate the property once the sun sets. Live music begins in the evening and carries across the water and down the beach, where guests watch the sunset from their loungers. The hotel’s main restaurant, Pimms, sits next to Cip’s and is a Belmond Cap Juluca institution. Executive chef Andy Gaskin creates elevated Caribbean classics, showcasing seafood-focused plates with Moroccan influences. He also offers a chef’s table tasting menu. The casual beachfront “shack,” called The Cap Shack, is open in the late afternoon for fun beach barbecues.
Who Should Go
Couples and families looking for laid-back luxury, direct beach access and five-star service. Cap Juluca has a loyal following of guests who return year after year. Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer for assistance reserving this hotel.
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From an Indagare member: “There was not a whole lot offered for things to do for kids. The water sports folks did not have a great amount of supplies and service was a bit slow at times. However, it did not sour our experience; it was a great week.”
From an Indagare member: “It was exactly what we needed and so relaxing. The hotel is the perfect size, the beach is as good as it gets and we made lots of friends. The staff is friendly and not too formal, and while the rooms need to be renovated, the stunning views make up for it. The food is good not great, so we went into town for a number of meals which were all excellent (although the taxis are very expensive). There were a lot of repeat guests there, which contributed to the wonderful, unfussy ambiance. We would definitely go back.”