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Tourism on Anguilla is a fairly recent phenomenon—most development didn't begin until the early 1980s. The lack of native topography and, indeed, vegetation, and the blindingly white expanses of beach have inspired building designs of some interest; architecture buffs might have fun trying to name some of the most surprising examples. Inspiration largely comes from the Mediterranean: the Greek Islands, Morocco, and Spain, with some Miami-style art deco thrown into the mixture.
Anguilla accommodations basically fall into two categories: grand resorts and luxury resort-villas, or low-key, simple, locally owned inns and small beachfront complexes. The former can be surprisingly expensive, the latter surprisingly reasonable. In the middle are some condo-type options, with full kitchens and multiple bedrooms, which are great for families or for longer stays. Private villa rentals are becoming more common and are increasing in number and quality every season as development on the island accelerates.
A good phone chat or email exchange with the management of any property is a good idea, as units within the same complex can vary greatly in layout, accessibility, distance to the beach, and view. When calling to reserve a room, ask about special discount packages, especially in spring and summer. Most hotels include Continental breakfast in the price, and many have meal-plan options. But keep in mind that Anguilla is home to dozens of excellent restaurants before you lock yourself into an expensive meal plan that you may not be able to change. All hotels charge a 10% tax, a $1 per room/per day tourism marketing levy, and—in most cases—an additional 10% service charge. A few properties include these charges in the published rates, so check carefully when you are evaluating prices.
Private Villas and Condos
The tourist office publishes an annual Anguilla Travel Planner with informative listings of available vacation apartment rentals.
Anguilla Connection. You can contact the Anguilla Connection for condo and villa listings. 264/498–0123 or. www.luxuryvillas.com. na.
Anguilla Luxury Collection. This operator also manages the Anguilla Affordable Collection, another group of less-expensive villas. 264/497–6049. www.anguillaluxurycollection.com.
Ani Villas. Two stunning cliffside villas for up to 24 guests offer breathtaking views and total luxury to families or groups looking for total pampering. Included in the rental rate comes private boat transfers from St. Martin, rental car, a full service team: concierge, butler, chef, housekeepers, breakfasts, dinner chef service, and all beverages. Tennis pros, spa services, trainers and guides are all available on demand. There is room for 100 guests for a party or a wedding; and a dramatic and romantic promontory for the ceremony. A tennis court, bikes, fitness room, pool, cliffside hot-tubs, and playrooms mean that except for beach going, you never have to leave. Check for promotions that include unlimited golf at the CuisinArt Golf Course. 264/497–7888. www.anivillas.com.
myCaribbean. Gayle Gurvey and her staff manage and rent more than 100 local villas, and have been in business since 2000; it's he largest local company for private villa rentals. The "last minute" deals on the website offer good deals for the impulsive. 321/392-0828. www.mycaribbean.com. 0.
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