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tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla in the British
West Indies is hardly the kind of place you’d
expect to find an enclave of exotic Moorish villas.
That’s what sets the exquisitely private
Cap Juluca apart. The setting may be Caribbean—powdery
white sand beach and lots of palm trees—but
the mood is pure Morocco, beginning with distinctive
domed architecture silhouetted against opalescent
elegance reigns in the spacious rooms with their
cool white tiles underfoot and lazily turning
ceiling fans overhead. Accommodations are housed
in two-story villas, which include six private
pool villas. All rooms have their own walled terraces
overlooking the sea, and exotic accents include
Brazilian walnut doors and windows. The absence
of TVs adds to the laid-back mood. To make matters
even better, a guest-to-staff ratio of one-to-one
means requests for just about anything you desire
are instantly fulfilled.
Another way in which this property shines is its
dining scene. At the central Beach Pavilion, George’s
(named after executive chef George Reid) serves
tropical cuisine right on the beach—dining
under the stars is a must. At the eastern end
of Maundays Bay, perched on a coral outcrop, Pimms
offers French Asian dishes, and the hors d’oeuvrerie,
Kemia, provides romance with its candlelight dining
in a Moroccan tent.
Anguilla, you’ll find,
unlike many other Caribbean islands, is very much
in the “no”—no time-shares,
no crowds, no heavy industry, no pollution, no
buses and no traffic jams. Driving is a cinch.
On the one and only main road, you needn’t
worry about getting lost, and should you leave
your car unlocked—even with the motor running—don’t
worry. You’ve entered a crime-free zone.
Wish we could say the same of the mosquitoes;
arm yourself with bug repellant.
Other than the bugs, nature is
no problem here. In fact, it’s one of the
hotel’s great assets. Year-round trade winds
temper even the hottest days, and rainfall seldom
mars the view from your oleander-hibiscus-bougainvillea
draped terrace, where you can sunbathe in the
buff (when we say private, we mean private) or
fall to sleep to the lullaby of gently lapping
a good night’s slumber, you’re ready
for a day of windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing
or working out in the fitness center. When you’re
not playing a game of tennis or socializing with
fellow guests at the weekly croquet tournament,
you can content yourself with turning the pages
of a good book while lazing in a hammock or indulging
in a “ritual” from the wellness center.
After all, wellness—mental, spiritual and
physical—is what Cap Juluca is all about.
(Updated: 01/13/09 HC)