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Hello from Four Seasons Anguilla! This was our third stop on our Caribbean vacation – Miami, Nevis, Anguilla, and then St. Maarten. From the moment we flew towards Saint Martin to Anguilla, I was taken back by the beautiful blue waters and lush greenery.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is perched atop coralline bluffs overlooking two of Anguilla’s most beautiful beaches: Barnes Bay Beach and Meads Bay Beach. We spent our days lounging in the warm Caribbean sun, swimming in their three pools, eating the local Anguillian food, relaxing in the seaside spa, and walking along the soft white sand. Anguilla is truly a tropical paradise!
FOUR SEASONS ANGUILLA AMENITIES
This resort offers:
- 181+ guest rooms, suites, residences and villas with Kelly Wearstler–designed interiors and ocean views
- 35 acres of gardens and bluffs
- spa with 11 treatment rooms and oceanfront cabanas
- three outdoor pools
- three restaurants
- sports pavilion with rock climbing wall, tennis courts, and basketball courts
- a fitness center with spin, yoga, and more
- yoga and boot-camp classes
- sea centre for water sports and beach equipment
- kid activities and babysitting services
HOW TO GET TO FOUR SEASONS ANGUILLA
You can fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Saint Martin and then take a boat/ferry over to Anguilla (about 30 minutes). Or fly into Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in Saint Kitts and take a small island plane (about 30 minutes) to Anguilla. From the dock/airport, it’s about 10 minutes to the Four Seasons property.
WHAT TO PACK
Four Season does have sunscreen and aloe cooling gel at all the pools but I like packing my own.
1. EAT THE BREAKFAST BUFFET AT FOUR SEASONS ANGUILLA SALT
We started every morning with breakfast at the breakfast buffet at SALT with panoramic views of Barnes Bay and Meads Bay. The breakfast buffet features two omelet stations, a waffle station, pastry table, fruit stand, salad bar, and my favorite, the Anguillian food table. I loved that I could try a different local ANguillian food every morning – my favorites were the jerk chicken with rice, roasted plantains, and local Johnny cakes!
If you need to detox like me, I got the green juice with celery, apple, and ginger.
Cost: $50 per person for breakfast buffet or order al la carte
2. KAYAKING, KITESURFING, SNORKEL, & MORE AT SEA CENTRE
The Sea Centre has complimentary rentals for kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel kits, and Hobie Cats. If you want to try your hand at kitesurfing, they have IKO-certified instructors to teach you.
The water was pretty chopping during our visit or else I would have been interested to try out kitesurfing.
3. SWIM IN ANY OF THE THREE POOLS
We spent our first afternoon in the family-friendly pool next to Bamboo Bar & Grill because it’s walking steps from our three-bedroom beachfront villa. If you do have kids, Four Seasons Anguilla has a kid center with activities to keep the kiddos occupied if you need some vacation time and a family-friendly pool with floaties.
- Sunset pool – adults only, saltwater infinity pool that overlooks the bluff
- Family-friendly bamboo pool – kid-friendly pool with floaties and a heated mini pool
- Atleta pool – shaded by coconut trees
4. EAT FRESHLY-CAUGHT SEAFOOD AT BAMBOO BAR & GRILL
Bamboo Bar & Grill has freshly caught local seafood every Wednesday and Sunday that you can pick from and have it cooked on the grill. I had the redfish grilled with rice and beans and it was sooo good. We also ordered the fried calamari, local Johnny cakes, and the soft shell crab sandwich.
5. WATCH THE SUNSET FROM THE SUNSET POOL
You have to watch the sunset from the sunset pool – the pool becomes a mirror so it’s incredible for photos.
6. DRINK COCKTAILS AT SUNSET LOUNGE
The Sunset Lounge has been rated the most beautiful bar in Anguilla and I think it’s the most beautiful bar that I’ve ever seen! This open-air lounge has panoramic views of the ocean.
Enjoy vintage rums, tropical cocktails, sushi, and Asian bowls while the DJ spins reggae-tinged sounds or listen to live bands.
7. EAT DINNER AT SALT
We had dinner at SALT and it’s really cool how they put floodlights on the ocean so you can see the fish swimming at night. Highly recommend the local crayfish tails (not to be confused with Texas crawfish), it’s similar to lobster.
I loved the grilled corvina fillet with seasonal vegetables with a side of caramelized plantains and crab coconut rice.
Barnes Bay | Summersalt Marina in leopard
8. HANGOUT ON THE BEACH
You can’t miss the beach when staying at Four Seasons Anguilla since there are so many easy access points. The beautiful, clear, turquoise waters of Anguilla took my breathe away. The blueness of the water is unreal and I really enjoyed taking walks along the white sand beach!
Barnes Bay – if you’re facing the ocean, Barnes Bay is on the left side of the resort and it’s home to the resort’s beachfront private villas and small day-time restaurant, the Half Shell. The waters are calmer thanks to the rock breakwaters built by the hotels that creates small, shallow, clear sea pools. Barnes Bay is open to the public and has Half Shell Beach Bar.
Meads Bay – Meads Bay is one of the most popular beaches on Anguilla that stretches more than a mile. Four Season’s Sea Centre and Bamboo Bar & Grill are located on Meads Bay.
9. RENEW & REFRESH WITH A SPA TREATMENT
Haley and I both got signature massages at the Anguilla Spa. I was super congested so the massage with peppermint oil really helped open my sinuses so I could finally breathe. Other spa services include couple massages, foot massages, facials, body treatments, hair care, manicures, and pedicures.
With any spa treatment, you can use the spa the entire day and enjoy the infinity pool, sauna, and swinging bed. How dreamy is this swinging bed?! I really want one for my future home!
10. DINNER WITH A VIEW AT THE SUNSET POOL
On one of the evenings, we decided to head to the sunset pool early to grab a seat and ended up getting too hungry so we ordered food. Dinner was served on these handy wooden trays so you can eat and watch the sun go down.
Haley had the ebi tempura (shrimp tempura with sweet potato tempura) and I had the nasi goreng (shrimp and egg fried rice with sweet soy and chicken satay skewer).
I highly recommend spraying your body with the bug spray that’s placed in the room because the tiny mosquitos are vicious. I’m sadly going home with a ton of mosquito bites.
11. LOUNGE IN A POOL CABANA
We spent our last afternoon lounging in our private pool cabana at the Aleta pool overlooking Meads Bay. The cabana reservation includes complimentary bottled and sparkling water. You can also order from the cocktail menu.
Thank you Four Seasons Anguilla! After this, we took a ferry over to St Martin to spend two days before flying back to Texas.