Where are we today? If you are just joining us, check out the first installment of TC Travel Diaries, which follows our team of experts and top travel professionals halfway around the world to Thailand to experience some of the country’s most elite hotels – not to mention the sacred temples, gastronomic journeys and elephant encounters.
Today, our TC Travel Diaries brings us to the beautiful beaches of St. Martin and Anguilla. Just a twenty minute boat ride from each other, this island combination offers the perfect Caribbean escape.
Featured above (left to right): Ismael Salvatierra- GSP Travel; Carianne Nicholson-Mann Travel; Shari Shocket- Cleveland Circle Travel; Ronni Forrest-Krull- ProTravel; Kristen Levy-Donovan Travel; Suzan Nemati- Willett Travel; Joan Gerson- Rainbow Travel; Elina Lanavoja- Island Destinations.
Belmond La Samanna is stretched across the best beach on the northern, French side of St. Martin. After a sun kissed day lounging cabana-side, we were treated to an elegant cliff top dinner in one of the resort’s private villas, and beautiful accommodations that left us all wanting to stay just one… more… day.
ID’s Insight: This resort’s location can’t be beat – after a long day of traveling, there is nothing better than stepping off the plane and onto the beach in under an hour. We recommend the One Bedroom Plunge Pool Suite, where you can relax in your private pool with a perfectly blended sunset cocktail in hand – perfection!
After a short ride aboard the FunTime Ferry, we arrived at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on the powder-white sand shores of Anguilla. The highlight here is the spectacular dining, crafted using produce from the resort’s hydroponic gardens – the first in the Caribbean.
ID’s Insight: Exploring the foodie side of Anguilla is a must! And what better way to do this than with a tour of the CuisinArt’s hydroponic farm followed by a personalized cooking class with the resort’s charismatic Executive Chef, Jasper Schneider (delicious seared salmon and tomato gazpacho – yum!).
PS – ID loves CuisinArt’s fare so much, that they were recognized as our 2017 Ultimate Cuisine Award winners! (You can see a full list of our award winners here).
We fell in love with the setting of Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort – this boutique property has a beautiful two-tiered infinity pool with an Amalfi Coast vibe and pristine beach on Mead’s Bay. Plus, it is one of the first luxury resorts to call Anguilla home, with a recent renovation honoring the historic integrity of its island heritage.
ID’s Insight: The perfect way to end the day at Malliouhana is with a rum tasting at the casual-chic Sunset Bar, hosted every Monday evening. The in-house “Rummelier” will guide you through a tasting of four Caribbean rums, the history of their creation and the important role they play in the region’s history.
Our last stop on Anguilla was Four Seasons Resort and Residences (formerly Viceroy Anguilla). The architecture at this ultra-modern cliff top hideaway emphasizes the expansive island views and pristine beach, perfect for morning walks and hours of snorkeling and sunbathing.
ID’s Insight: A pre-dinner cocktail at the Sunset Lounge is a must. This Caribbean-chic setting features Asian-inspired tapas and fresh sushi, champagne, and a DJ with paradisiacal beats. The vibe is perfection, and the striking sunset views can’t be missed!
That’s all for now… next we’re off to Turks and Caicos!