When it comes to getting to know Anguilla’s must-see spots and local hangouts, it’s hard to beat the insight that a local can share with you. We’re continuing our ‘Local Insights’ series by talking with our staff members individually to get their thoughts on the Frangipani, island secrets, must-try dining and favorite experiences. Lisa Thompson, Petals employee and President of the Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF), shares her thoughts on Anguilla’s best dining experiences and why Spring is a great time to visit the island.
Hometown: Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
Years at the Frangipani: 1 1/2 years
What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The beaches are my favorite thing about Anguilla. The fact that you can often go to a beach and be the only person on it is pretty spectacular.
What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The staff. When guests check out, I love that they hug the staff goodbye. When guests come back for a repeat visit, they hug them to say hello!
What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Kayaking at Crocus Bay. The rugged, rocky shoreline is incredibly beautiful and you can always see sea turtles there!
When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
It’s really hard to pick just one as there are so many great places. I love Barrel Stay, and the squid ink risotto at Dolce Vita is to die for.
When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1. Prickley Pear with Allen and Sue — Great lunch and just a relaxing fun adventure.
2. Anguilla’s Museum — The museum is really well done with lots of local history, historical articfacts and tiems recovered from sunken ships. Curator, Colville Petty, is well known for his knowledge of Anguilla.
3. Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF): Stop by to visit with the puppies and kittens that have been rescued and have been made available for adoption. You can even take one home with you or transport them back to the US for other interested families!
What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
If you’re here during March and April you can watch the whales passing through the Anguilla Channel. Magical.
Local Insights Series