If We Took A Holiday
Sizing up the Caribbean’s new hotspot
The Caribbean is Ground Zero for babymoons and those first-time getaways without the baby. It’s also many new parents’ go-to for quick and easy beach vacations with the wee ones. So when a new property opens that’s both family-friendly and sexy, we take note.
There’s a cosmopolitan vibe at the Viceroy Anguilla that’s completely unexpected in the Caribbean: the romance is less about steel drum-serenaded strolls at sunset, and more about eating gin-soaked olives and playing footsie in a sleek poolside cabana. It’s kind of like Bacara-meets-Parrot Cay, only on a way grander scale.
You can spend your time at the Viceroy chasing poolside rum punches with naps and spa treatments, or you can fill your days with tennis, spin classes, Hobie Cats and kayaks; families and couples are more or less segregated.
Accommodations run the gamut, from standard hotel rooms bordering a family-friendly pool to isolated cliff-top villas with private chefs. Sea views come with just about every room, but easy beach access is rare—your best bet is to book a room in the soon-to-be-completed section closest to Meads Bay, where the beach is just a few steps away from the pool area.
Currently in its “soft opening” stage, Viceroy Anguilla is still a work in progress—service is being perfected and construction is expected to be completed by early fall. But if they pull off what they’re aiming for, this resort will be the one to beat.
Rates: From $695 for a studio to $4500 for a five-bedroom villa
Getting there: Anguilla is a 30-minute boat ride from St. Martin. (Note: it may be worth the $400 cost to charter a private boat transfer—to avoid long waits on both ends of the trip.)