Getting to Anguilla from Atlanta yesterday was a bit of a trek – Laura and I were up at 5 AM to catch our 7:55 AM flight on American. It’s the first time I’ve flown anything besides Delta in years since the direct flights to St. Martin do not run year-round. We made a quick stop in Miami, where I navigated the current zombie infestation (if you haven’t heard about this in the news, do NOT Google it. You won’t be happy with what you find), met up with another travel partner, Josh Alexander (@JourneysJosh), and made it to St. Martin by 2.
A friendly Viceroy Anguilla staff member greeted us at the airport and drove us to the ferry station, where we hopped on a 12-seater sea shuttle to Anguilla. We were lucky enough to be the only ones onboard (Viceroy offers a private sea shuttle, too) and it was the perfect adrenaline rush to get the trip started. I thought the shark diving boat ride in False Bay was pretty rough – this transfer threw us all around for the 20 minute ride. To me, it was a blast. To those who could get seasick, you should definitely take the flight instead. This is not for the faint of heart.
Upon arriving to the Viceroy Anguilla, it didn’t take long to decide that the travel day was definitely worth it – the super-modern property is just my cup of tea. I’ve heard it compared to the Gansevoort in Turks and Caicos and I agree, but it’s on a larger scale with its own unique flare.
Our gracious hosts, Tamara, Brent, and Beatrice, have arranged spectacular accommodations (and a fantastic goodie bag):
The girls are in villa 138 (technically a townhouse since it’s attached to another one next door, but you won’t hear me complaining), situated on a corner for spectacular views of the ocean and beach. It’s a 4 bedroom, four thousand square foot modern masterpiece. The decor is simple grays, whites, and browns, but the architecture is so modern that it’s mouthwatering. I love this kind of look, from the heated infiniti pool spilling over into the sea to the glassed-in living area upstairs. Between this and my accommodations in Africa, I think I’m going to have a hard time staying in anything besides a villa from this point forward. The man I marry one day is going to have a small problem on his hands.
As far as the crowd, I had been told beforehand that this resort is for the beautiful people – it’s a younger crowd, tons of honeymooners, here to see and be seen (you did hear that Sofia Vergara was here last week, right?). With that being said, it’s not any sort of major club scene or infused with snob appeal. It’s a celebrity haven because of the lack of paparazzi. Everyone, from guests to staff, has been incredibly friendly and eager to meet us.
We were thrown into the swing of things very early. Right after we arrived, the resort cleared out the main bar for an Iron Chef Cocktail Challenge, dividing us into two teams and presenting a secret ingredient: the Soursop Fruit. Josh, Kelly (from Kelly Millington Travel), and I created the Not-So-Soursop, a mango-daiquiri-like drink complete with muddled blackberries and mint that was an easy winner for taste and presentation. However, the resort was fair and gave us both the grand prize: our cocktails were photographed and are available to guests all weekend.
During the thirty minute competition, all the nearby guests gathered around the bar to watch the buzz – we passed out taste tests and got their feedback on what to add next. It was really a blast and we made quick friends with everyone there, many of whom we’ve seen on property since.
The Viceroy does a fantastic job at connecting people in a classy way – one of the most successful events has been a live DJ, who performs twice a week. They spin some music while guests mix and mingle in the main lounge area after dinner. We were treated to a private beach BBQ with every flavor of the Caribbean (jerk sauce, conch, rice & peas, and much more) before checking out the buzzing scene. While I would’ve loved to stay later, my 5 AM wake up call started setting in early. My Africa friends would be disappointed, but Jamo has already been acting as a mole through Tamara, one of the reps here, so I feel like everyone is here in spirit 😉
Looking forward to today, which will feature a scavenger hunt, spa treatment, site inspection (we get to see the REAL villas) and much more.