Travel Review Series – Cap Juluca
by Amanda Rooney
I recently had my first vacation experience in Anguilla, and although I am a well traveled person because I work in the industry, this was certainly a memorable trip that totally exceeded my expectations in every way. I have been to other Caribbean Destinations such as the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos, and I knew this was less than a half hour from St. Maarten & St. Barts, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was so pleasantly surprised to see how much Anguilla has it’s own culture, and how much it has to offer. Hard to believe that on such a small island there can be 33 beaches. And to top it off, so many world class boutique hotels to choose from such as Viceroy, CuisinArt Resort and Spa and Cap Juluca to name a few.
I had the pleasure of staying at Cap Juluca, which is wrapped along the white sand beach and turquoise waters, on Maunday’s Bay. This property is literally one of the top rated hotels in the world, and a highly rated finalist for Conde Nast in the Category of Most Excellent Resort – and I give it my own personal stamp of approval, too! The check in experience was quick and personalized – and nicely air conditioned! I loved the open air beachfront lobby and bar, and the Moroccan themed decor with intricately detailed lanterns. Since this beautiful luxury property is quite large, it’s quite spread out for privacy, so I had someone drive me in my own golf cart to my villa.
My Villa suite was a Luxury Room Oceanfront, which had spacious all in one sleeping and sitting area with a large flat screen tv and mini bar. The bathroom was fabulously large with a big closet, a glass encased marble shower, and 2 person jetted tub. The tub faced the beach which was so private I could enjoy the view from my tub and see all the way to St. Maarten! The decor was classic island elegance, and my favorite part was the huge wooden doors that opened up onto my own covered patio on the beach! Every morning, after a peaceful sleep in my perfectly comfortable King bed, I would open up the doors to enjoy my complimentary continental breakfast in the sun. When I think of continental breakfast, I am not usually impressed, but this was huge and delicious and delivered fresh to my door at my requested time. I had a large dish like a Bento Box, full of all kinds of fresh fruit of the day, a basket full of assorted pastries made fresh, and a big pot of really good coffee. Accompanied with a view of Maunday’s Bay and St. Maarten in the distance, it was the perfect way to start the day. Then, repeat with a glass of wine before bed!
I can’t describe my experience here without mentioning the food. The dining at Cap Juluca was fantastic! I already mentioned how good the continental breakfast was, but the breakfast at Blue was even better. I had my first Lobster Eggs Benedict, and it was delectable! Eggs Benny isn’t always my favorite, but this really blew me away, along with the coffee and beach view that went along with it. The service there is also great, and I enjoyed chatting with guests and staff and taking my time. I also was totally impressed with my dinner at Pimm’s. The King Crab Duo I had to start was really innovative and I loved the added flavors and mango garnish. My entree was a huge plate of buttery grilled Lobster with some lightly seasoned rice and fresh vegetables to compliment it, but not overwhelm it with too many strong flavors. Sadly, I was too full for desert, but the beautiful view of Maunday’s Bay with candles lighting up the turquoise waters was my desert. Pimm’s had a really funky and relaxing decor, with over-sized brightly colored pillows, wooden Buddhas, candles everywhere, with a blend of South East Asia and the Island-it was cool, upscale, and romantic.
After dinner I had a night of dancing up at Maunday’s Club, with a local favorite performing, Boss and his band. They played a lot of hits from the 80’s, 90’s and after, with an added Caribbean vibe to it, and we danced until the place closed for the night! The drinks were reasonable and well made, and we met some really fun guests, as well as the Beach Manager Oliver, who happens to own one of the great restaurant’s on Long Bay, appropriately named Oliver’s! It was a classy but social feeling there, so we felt very comfortable even though we were dressed up, and we had some fun. When I’m not dressed up, you’ll find me at Elvis’ or Pump House, ha ha!
Overall, I feel so lucky to have stayed at this serene, luxury oasis and I hope to return to Anguilla and Cap Juluca as soon as I can! This resort literally put Anguilla on the map! For more information on prices and availability, check out Cap Juluca online, or call 800-970-9415.