Cocktail Party at Scilly Cay

Frangipani Cocktail Party on Scilly Cay by Ben Killion.

We’re all about finding ways to help our guests experience Anguilla. We have a privileged location right in the middle of gorgeous Meads Bay, but there’s so much to enjoy beyond our white sand beach and our collective goal is to help our guests discover which parts of the island resonate most with them. Many of our festive season guests have stayed at the hotel for years, with some visiting Anguilla for more than two decades in a row, yet many hadn’t moseyed on down to Island Harbour to visit Scilly Cay, one of our favorite gems on the island.

In lieu of our traditional weekly cocktail party, we decided to up the ante with a cocktail party on Scilly Cay with hosted rum punch, rosé, and one of our favorite bands, Omalie360. We had a couple of musical guest stars – including a performance by one of our guests! – and plenty of fun had by all of our guests. We couldn’t imagine a better way to say goodbye to 2016!

Cheers to a great 2017!

Anguilla in 3 days

Beach

Planning for a quick jaunt to the island

There’s no doubt about it, three days in Anguilla is a quick trip to the island. There are typically two types of guests that fall into this category: folks from Miami or NY hopping down for a quickie Caribbean getaway (with direct flights to SXM, it’s a fairly easy trip) or guests who do a St. Martin/Anguilla or St. Barths/Anguilla combo trip. We see the latter a fair amount; guests want a taste of two distinctly different islands and pop on over to see the tranquility of Anguilla while getting the nightlife of St. Martin or the glitz of St. Barths on the front or back end of their trip.

If you’re planning on spending a few short days on the island, here are a few ways to get the most out of your time here:

Rent a car.

Yes, Anguilla is small, but it’s not walkable unless you want to stay on one beach for the extent of your stay (which some people happily opt to do). If you want to get out and explore — or even leave your home base for dinner — the easiest, most cost-effective way is to rent a car. Car rentals will cost you $40+ per day plus a one time temporary license fee of $20. Considering taxi costs, rentals are a worthy investment.

Explore other beaches.

Rendezvous Bay

Anguilla is famous for its 33 extraordinary beaches and each one has its own unique character and charm. If you’re staying at the Frangipani on Meads Bay, you’ll have access to one of the island’s best beaches, but you’ll probably want to scope out some other views as well. Head down to gorgeous Rendezvous Bay for a long stretch of sand or venture down to the East End’s secluded Savannah Bay for pinky-golden sands and a beach all to yourself.

My choices for three days of exploration? Meads Bay, Rendezvous Bay, Savannah Bay and Shoal Bay.

Book your dinners in advance.

Anguillan Dining

Besides beaches, one of Anguilla’s top draws is its culinary scene. Frequently touted as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, the island has a shocking number of fantastic high-end eateries with a few mid-priced gems mixed in. If you’re coming during high season, play it safe and make reservations in advance. Most of the big name spots (Dolce Vita, Straw Hat, Veya, Picante and others) will be too jammed to accept walk-ins (especially with groups larger than two). Want some eatery ideas? Check out our restaurant spotlights.

My personal choices for three nights in Anguilla? Picante, Straw Hat and Dolce Vita.

Tip: Plan your lunches strategically and see different sides of the island over a mid-day meal. da’Vida, Smokey’s, Gwen’s and Scilly Cay offer awesome — and totally different — lunch experiences.

Experience the nightlife.

Elvis' Beach Bar

You’re not going to experience the same nightlife as St. Maarten (no clubs and casinos here), but Anguilla’s late night scene is charmingly Caribbean and extraordinarily memorable. Head down to Elvis’ Beach Bar in Sandy Ground for a toes-in-the-sand experience or make your way to Elvis’ neighbor, the Pumphouse, for live music in a historic Anguillan building. If you’re here on a Thursday, be prepared for a buzzing late night scene in Sandy Ground!

Charter a boat.

Relentless - Charter a boat

When it comes to exploring the nooks and crannies of an island, what better way is there than by boat? If you’re staying at the Frangipani, you can charter our 34′ boat, Relentless, for a half day or full day, depending on what you’re looking to do. You can also jump on board for a cocktail cruise or a snorkeling trip to Little Bay! Looking for other charter options? Try Calypso, Funtime or Gotcha! for different offerings and availability.

Want something more classically West Indian? Check out the newest addition to charter options, TraditionTradition is a 50′ Carricou wooden sloop built in 1978 that offers day trips, snorkeling trips, lobster lunch cruises and custom charters.

Now we need fellow Anguilla lovers to chime in! If you have just three days to spend in Anguilla, what’s on your to-do list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below for future visitors to the island!

Join the conversation: #AnguillaLive

#AnguillaLive

Frangipani Beach Resort joins in on the first Anguilla Twitter chat

During this coming week, we’ll be participating in Anguilla’s first twitter chat where we’ll be talking about all things Anguilla and fielding questions from those looking for some insight. Co-hosted by Nori from Anguilla-beaches.com and the Caribbean Tourist Board, hotels, restaurants, and locals alike will be doling out stories, thoughts and insights with fellow Anguillaphiles.

Get involved in the conversation

If you’ve participated in a Twitter chat previously, you know how this all works. If you haven’t, here’s the scoop on how to get involved:

  • Sign into your Twitter account. If you don’t have a Twitter account yet, sign up here with your own handle. Keep in mind, you don’t have to participate, you can always just ‘listen in’.

Twitter chat

  • In the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the screen, type in #AnguillaLive to see the conversation.  When the chat goes live, you’ll see a stream of questions, answers and thoughts from users around the world that are participating in the conversation. Note: You’ll notice that all of the comments shown in this string have a within the content (or at the end of the comment). For tweets to fall into this thread, they must include the #AnguillaLive hashtag.
  • Ready to contribute or ask a question of your own? To compose a new Tweet, head to your homepage where you will see a box prompting you to ‘Compose new Tweet…’. Toss your thoughts into the box (140 characters or less!) and include #AnguillaLive. Your comments will be added to the thread where other folks can respond to you!

Compose

  • Head back to the conversation to see what others have to say on the topic. If someone mentions you, they’ll include your Twitter handle by using the @ to designate that a comment is meant for you. (e.g. if someone is talking to the Frangipani directly, they will include @frangipaniaxa in their tweet to ensure we see their thoughts.) If you want to mention someone specifically, make sure you include their handle, preceded by the @ symbol.

Feel free to throw in your questions or comments below! If you’re looking for some folks to follow that will be involved in the chat, here are a few people that will get the conversation started:

Are there any questions you have that you want to include in our chat this week?