New York parents Jamaal and Danielle share their tips on Anguilla after returning from a recent trip with sweet baby Gigi, 5 months old. Read about the best beaches, a favorite new restaurant and which hotel went the extra mile.
Where We Stayed
We spent 2 nights at Cap Juluca, one night at the Viceroy, and one at Malliouhana. We wanted to be sure to spend time at the relatively calm beaches on the southern side of the island (Maundays Bay and Rendezvous Bay) while also experiencing some of the other beautiful beaches and having access to swimming pools for our infant. The staff at the hotels we visited were all incredibly helpful and generous in accommodating our baby. Malliouhana in particular went the extra mile by providing changing pads, a stuffed goat for our baby, and other baby-friendly items. Both Malliouhana and Viceroy also mentioned babysitting services available on the premises, which we did not utilize.
Where We Ate
While in Anguilla, we wanted to take advantage of the island’s full range of gastronomic offerings. To that end, we made dinner reservations at Veya and Blanchard’s for the earliest possible time slot (6:30). We figured the restaurants would be emptier at that time in the event that our infant had a meltdown. During one of those meals, we made the mistake of ordering dessert at the end of an otherwise good meal for our baby. Then came a blowout diaper, and once that was addressed, she became very cranky, forcing us to rush the check. Again, this wasn’t too bad, since the restaurant wasn’t yet crowded. But we learned that our daughter dictated our dinner timetable! During our stay, we also dined at Smokey’s on the Cove, Trattoria Tramonto and Sarjai’s (an excellent new restaurant with homemade type Caribbean cuisine and great prices).
What We Did
Our visit during Easter weekend coincided with Festival Del Mar, so we drove to Island Harbour to celebrate. There was great music, tasty seafood, along with boat races and other competitions. A great way to truly feel the pulse of Anguilla.
How We Got There
We flew from Newark to St Maarten and then took a 20 minute airport boat shuttle to Anguilla (GB Ferries had terrific service!). During our time on Anguilla, we used a rental car from Junie’s Car Rental (don’t forget to drive on the left!).