Will you ever tire of the bliss of laying on the soft sand, the gentle waves of the warm sea washing over your feet, the sun slowly recharging your batteries with its solar power? Perhaps not. But…
Just in case you do manage to rouse yourself from the torpor induced by the turquoise sea, the rhythmic rustle of palm trees, the near year-round summer sun and the impeccable white sand – the island of Anguilla has some fascinating ‘other attractions’.
Ask Jo Abbott, our Anguilla consultant, and she’ll mention Sandy Ground. It’s not another beach; it’s actually a charming, quiet village by day, transforming itself into the island’s entertainment capital by night. A Mecca of offbeat beach bars, light-hearted restaurants serving seriously good seafood and places for dancing, drinking and meeting up.
The island has courts for tennis players or, if you’re a golfer, a challenging championship course.
And then there is the architecture. Wallblake House, across from the Old Cotton Gin, is the island’s last original plantation house. But Miss Marjorie’s, the Warden’s Place, Rose Cottage, the Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse are all living illustrations of Anguilla’s picturesque past.
There’s a picturesque present too. Island Harbour is astonishingly pretty – a delight for photographers – and if you’re a collector of breath-taking views you should climb Crocus Hill in time to witness the full glory of a fiery sunset spreading a golden cloak over the turquoise bay below.