Local Insights: Susan Coulton

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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. This week, we’re stepping outside of our on-site staff pool and chatting with Susan Coulton, our East Coast-based marketing rep who’s been enjoying all that Anguilla has to offer for over fifteen years. As a regular visitor, Susan’s sharing her thoughts and insight on making a trip to Anguilla spectacular.

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Years at the Frangipani: 5 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The beaches, the people, blue water, and fabulous dining. It’s all the good things wrapped up in one!

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The warm caring staff, the personal attention to detail and care for every customer’s needs… and the beautiful accommodations! 

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Junk’s Hole.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Tasty’s. They consistently serve up incredible local food.

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
There are so many! Go to Little Bay and Shoal Bay to snorkel. Have lunch at Garvey’s Sunshine Shack on Rendezvous Bay. Try your hand at a game of dominos. Try local BBQ at B&D’s. Do a kayak trip at Crocus Bay. Lastly, head to Elvis’ and the Pumphouse for nightlife!

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
If you time it right, catching a full moon over Meads Bay is pretty incredible. 

Local Insights Series

Rasharn HarriganBeach Boy Extraordinaire
Kim BrooksPetals Boutique Manager
Candice RichardsonConcierge

Local Insights: Juman Hughes

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Why Anguilla’s Carnival reigns supreme

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. Juman Hughes, our newest beach boy, shares his thoughts on Anguilla’s Carnival and why local haunt, Boca Chica, is the best kept secret on the island.

Hometown: South Hill, Anguilla
Years at the Frangipani: 
1 year

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
My favorite thing about Anguilla is the Carnival celebration in August. August Monday has become one of the biggest days in the Caribbean and the entire community is out to celebrate. The colors, the splendor, the boat races — it’s an exciting time to be in Anguilla.

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
Me! [laughs] Well, all of us. The staff is what makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests. We get to know the guests personally and they can rely on us. It feels like a home here.

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Boca Chica. It’s a totally different atmosphere than most other places in Anguilla. They have a DJ most nights, a good bar and a pool table, which is hard to find in Anguilla. It’s a great local place to go at night.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
For fine dining, I love Pimms Restaurant on Maundays Bay. The restaurant is on the rocks and it’s a great place to catch a beautiful sunset. For local spots, Flavazz is a new favorite. It’s a small place on Blowing Point Road that serves good burgers — salmon burgers and vegetarian burgers, too — and they’re all at local prices.

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1.     Carnival — It’s a must-see and August Monday’s beach party is quite the experience.
2.     Scilly Cay — The lobster, the rum punch. It’s a good ‘day away’ from Anguilla and just an overall cool spot.
3.     Elvis’ and the Pumphouse — For beach bars in Anguilla, those two are musts.

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
If you like snorkeling, a snorkeling day at Little Bay is a memorable experience. There’s great fish, coral, and underwater exploring, and it’s one of the prettiest places in Anguilla.

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Local Insights: Shanesha Hughes

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Why Anguilla’s beaches live up to their reputation

When it comes to getting to know the island’s hot spots and must-sees, 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. Shanesha Hughes, a concierge at the resort, shares her insights on what makes Anguilla special and why Anguilla’s beaches live up to their hype.

Hometown: South Hill, Anguilla
Years at the Frangipani: 
7 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The people always extend a warm welcome to visitors and are respectful. Plus, our beaches are wonderful!

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The Frangipani is intimate and we’re just steps away from one of the island’s best beaches. It’s really a unique environment due to its small size, and for a luxurious experience with all of our amenities, it’s an affordable option.

What’s the most interesting (or challenging!) that request you’ve received from a guest?
There was one time when a guest wanted to charter a helicopter for his wife for their anniversary which I thought was such a nice idea. Unfortunately, there aren’t any companies in Anguilla who offer helicopter tours but we did get him set up with cake and flowers!

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Sandy Ground. It’s a great place to walk around and explore. You don’t really go to Sandy Ground for the beach but there are lots of restaurants and art galleries, and there’s always something going on.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Veya. Even though it’s not on the beach, the atmosphere is amazing, and the food is scrumptious. It’s literally a tree house!

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1.     Sandy Island for lunch and snorkeling
2.     Little Bay — great snorkeling and it’s only accessible by boat!
3.     On Da Rocks for $5 crayfish on the weekends

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
The beaches — Anguilla’s beaches really are incredible! We have 33 to experience, so you have to put a few on your agenda.

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Local Insights: Rasharn Harrigan

Why Island Harbour haunts reign supreme

RasharnWe’re continuing our Local Insights series to help guests gain some insight on what makes Anguilla — and the Frangipani — so special. We’re talking with our staff members individually to get their thoughts on must-try dining,  favorite experiences, island secrets, plus what makes the Frangipani a unique experience. Beach Boy Extraordinaire, Rasharn Harrigan (affectionately known as Rashey), talks about the island’s best kept secret and Anguilla’s #1 experience.

Hometown: Island Harbour, Anguilla
Years at the Frangipani: 
6 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The culture and the splendor of the island, especially around Carnival. The local boat races, the spirit of Anguilla — it’s all lovely.

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
When you stay at the Frangipani, you get to know the beach boys, the front desk girls, and all the staff personally. You get to build these lifelong bonds. When you come back, we’ll be here with the same smile, welcoming you back to the Frangipani.


What’s the most interesting request or question you’ve received from a guest?

‘Do I need to swim to Sandy Island?’

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Captain’s Bay at Island Harbour is the island’s best kept secret. It’s a beautiful beach with thick powdery white sand. It’s the perfect place to unwind — just you and the blue waters.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Honestly, Straw Hat is the best restaurant in Anguilla. It’s open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they have a great, wide menu. The staff is incredibly friendly and the service is great. There’s one person in particular, Armel Harrigan, who has a beautiful smile that you’ll remember!

{Editor’s Note: Yes, Armel is Rasharn’s mother. Make an effort to meet both of them while you’re in Anguilla and you will see that her infectious personality was definitely hereditary!}

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1.     The Frangipani offers a boat excursion that goes to Shoal Bay, Crocus Bay and Little Bay. It’s a must!
2.     Go SCUBA diving with Shoal Bay SCUBA and see some of our shipwrecks and reefs

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
The #1 thing to experience in Anguilla is Scilly Cay. It’s been around for years and it’s always one of the top places to experience. From Island Harbour, it’s a short (free) boat trip and you can listen to a local string band while you’re having lunch on Sundays. The chicken is lovely and you have to love the $5 rum punch!

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Local Insights: Candice Richardson

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Why off-shore cay exploration is Anguilla’s #1 experience

We’re continuing our Local Insights series and are excited to share more thoughts straight from local sources. During this series, we’re talking with our staff members individually to get their thoughts on must-try dining,  favorite experiences, island secrets, plus what makes the Frangipani a unique experience. Candice Richardson, a concierge at the Frangipani Beach Resort, dishes on her favorite restaurant and explains why off shore cays are a must.

Hometown: North Side, Anguilla
Years at the Frangipani:
7 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The unforgettable tranquility of the island. Being in Anguilla is like waking up in paradise every day. Everyone gets along like family here. The beaches are at your door step and the scenery is beautiful.

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The size of the property enables us to get to know each guest by name, plus the staff are all remembered and referred to by their names. We make guests feel at home here — everyone is treated like family at the Frangipani.

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Savannah Bay! Savannah Bay is not as touristed as other beaches and has calm water for swimming and snorkeling. Plus, with the numerous palm trees there’s plenty of shade.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Flavours Restaurant. The food is the best and the service is unmatched. The view of Road Bay and Sandy Ground from the restaurant is spectacular.

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1.     The Heritage Collection — It’s a museum that exhibits great pieces of Anguillian history. This is a great way for visitors to learn about where Anguilla came from and how it got to where it is today.
2.     Little Bay — Accessible only by boat, it’s secluded and perfect for a quiet, relaxing day at the beach.
3.     Dolphin Discovery — Enjoy a day swimming with the friendly dolphins

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
A day on the sea. Take a trip to the various off shore cays; Sandy Island, Prickly Pear, Scilly Cay. They’re all great spots for snorkeling and seeing the beauty of Anguilla’s shoreline.

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Local Insights: Kim Brooks

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Kim’s tips for top sights and island experiences, plus why Little Bay is a must

When it comes to getting to know the island’s hot spots and must-sees, it’s hard to beat the insight that a local can share with you. I’m sitting down with our staff members individually to get their thoughts on must-try dining, favorite experiences, island secrets, plus what makes the Frangipani a unique setting. Kim Brooks, Manager of Petals Boutique, shares her insights. Be sure to stop by Petals Boutique to say hello to her when you’re on the island!

Hometown: Sandy Ground, Anguilla
Years at the Frangipani: 
2 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The Anguillian people. Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help.

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The hospitality! With such a small resort, you get to know the staff members during your stay. It’s like a little family.

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
There’s a beach in Little Harbour that’s beautiful and secluded. The sand is pink-hued there — it’s really pretty and very different than the bright white sands that you typically see in Anguilla.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Sandbar in Sandy Ground. It’s walking distance from my house!

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1.     Take a trip to Sandy Island for lunch and snorkeling
2.     Head to Scrub Island and take a swim off the shore
3.     Jump off the rock in Little Bay — it’s a must!

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
Little Bay is really a must when you’re in Anguilla. When you go by boat, you get the full experience. The views of Anguilla’s coast and of Little Bay itself are beautiful, Plus, jumping off the rock is a really memorable experience!

A new addition to the Frangipani Family

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The Frangipani welcomes Kaheem, the resort’s tiniest addition

The Frangipani is excited to welcome a new member of the family, Kaheem, Colin’s son. Born two months premature, Kaheem was airlifted from Anguilla to Antigua to be taken care of under the auspices of Mount St. John’s NICU. After fighting for a few weeks in Antigua, Kaheem was ready to make his way back to Anguilla to join the rest of his family. Now a happy, healthy 3 month old, he is continuing to make hearts melt across the island.

Welcome to the world, Kaheem! We’re excited to see you do big things!

Colin with Kaheem:

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Frangipani ladies doting on Baby Kaheem:

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Staff Spotlight: Ross Romney

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Frangipani’s landscape architect doubles as Anguilla’s champion sailor

If you’ve spent time in Anguilla previously, you’re probably already familiar with the island’s passion for boat racing. If you’re planning your first trip to the island, you’ll surely notice sailing is infused into the decor and the souvenirs you see on the island.

Now that we’ve announced our 2013 Carnival Package, we thought it only fitting to spotlight one of our staff members who gives us extra buy-in to the boat races. If you talk to any of our staff members (or any locals for that matter), you’ll quickly see that Anguillans have their loyalties to their favorite sailing teams and their respective boats.

Ross

De Tree, the boat sponsored by the Frangipani, has held its reign as Boat of the Year and Champion of Champions for the past three years and is working on maintaining its title for the fourth year in a row. Ross Romney, who captains the champion sailboat, also works on the Frangipani grounds as our chief landscape architect. Over the past five years, he’s led the landscaping team to revamp the resort’s grounds, conceptualizing the property’s layout and making his vision a reality. While we may be a bit biased, we tend to think he’s done a pretty stellar job!

If you’re staying with us for Carnival (or if you’re keeping up from abroad), you can join us in cheering on Ross and his team as they take us to another victory.

If you’re looking for a bit more insight into Anguillan sailing culture, be sure to watch Nuttin’ Bafflin, The Story of the Anguilla Racing Boat and gain some stellar insight into the history of boat racing on the island. Keep an eye out for Ross (along with his father and grandfather!) in the movie as they talk about sailing in Anguilla, a tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next.

Watch the trailer: