Anguilla Celebrates Return of Malliouhana Hotel
After a several month hiatus, Anguilla announces the return of one of the most celebrated luxury resorts on the island: The Malliouhana Hotel & Spa. The vaunted Auberge Resorts, developers and operators of small luxury resorts and private clubs, assumes management of the hotel and are currently in the process of rebranding and preparing the Malliouhana for a grand unveiling, better than ever.
“We are delighted to be chosen to put the landmark Malliouhana back in the spotlight and restore it to its former glory,” said Mark Harmon, CEO of Auberge Resorts. “Malliouhana’s timeless grace and character are unparalleled, and we believe that the addition of Auberge’s signature style of service, cuisine and spa experiences will be hugely attractive to Caribbean-bound luxury travelers.”
The change in ownership marks a new beginning for the hotel that had been privately owned and operated by the same family for the past 25 years. The 55-room resort is set on a dramatic 20 acres of beachfront land, with two private beaches of stunningly white sand. Accommodations range from guest-rooms, the smallest of which offers more than 700 square feet of space, to private beachfront villas. Resort amenities include two restaurants and bars, a 15,000-square-foot spa and an extensive array of sports and fitness facilities.
Auberge Resorts’ plans call for a top-to-bottom design update and enhancement – and the buzz is exciting. The Malliouhana is already legendary as one of the finest luxury resorts in Anguilla and indeed the Caribbean and the call for elevation of its status and return to glory has people looking forward to making bookings already.
If you haven’t heard of the Malliouhana, here a couple reviews. It will be interesting to see what changes the new owners to choose to make. But rest assured My Anguilla Vacation will keep you posted with updates and opening dates as soon as we know – so you can book yourself a room and find out for yourself.
“You dine ever so dramatically in a sweeping open-sided pavilion set on a cliffside promontory over the sea; down below big bass float, mesmerized by the lights illuminating the rocks. It makes for a truly memorable night — and the food lives up to the magical setting. The menu — classic Mediterranean infused with Caribbean accents — is supervised by the Parisian two-star Michelin chef Michel Rostang and prepared by head chef Fred Cougnon and a staff of 26. Many of the Malliouhana classics remain on the menu, but the house specialty is a whole snapper baked in a case of salt with vegetables in papilotte (for two). Equally good is the pan-seared scallops on a bed of buttery sautéed leeks. Start with lobster and sweetpea soup under a golden crust of pastry or the marinated snapper and scallop tartar. Kids dine on a special children’s menu from 6 to 7pm and then are whisked away so the grownups can have some fun. The extraordinary wine cellar — overseen by sommelier Albert Lake for the past 20 years — holds some 25,000 to 35,000 bottles, many rare vintages.”
“Our stay in Malliouhana was excellent, I could have not asked for anything better. The hotel was not very busy and very quiet with more of a distinguished list of guests staying there. The staff where friendly, polite and courteous. The property has a rustic, European, British flair to it which gives this resort it’s own style. The property is very well maintained considering it’s long history. The rooms were spacious, clean and not to mention the gorgeous view of the ocean we had. I loved having my morning coffee and delicious breakfast on the balcony. They offered free internet service downstairs in the library which was very accommodating….again watch those mosquitoes. The one thing I was shocked about, which I guess if I did my research or if my husband told me there are no TV’s or clocks in the room. This provided me with a bit of an uneasy feeling for the first 10 minutes but afterwards I realized vacationing is about leaving the fast world behind you and relaxing (versus just saying you’re going to relax). In our room we were greeted with a hand written, signed thank you note from the owner with a complementary bottle of wine and a few appetizers – a nice touch. The beach at Malliouhana, was absolutely full of beauty. Crystal Clear, clean, clam and warm, I am still at awe about the waters there. The sand was white, and you can walk for miles….”
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