Anguilla Carnival Celebrations

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Snapshots from August Monday

For those that have visited peaceful Anguilla during any other week of the year, you’ll know that the island is synonymous with utter tranquility. Besides the sounds of laughter, ocean lapping up on the sand, and the clinking of rum punch glasses, the beaches are generally a place of unadulterated relaxation.

Then comes Carnival week, Anguilla’s Summer Festival, with August Monday’s festivities. During this one week – this one day – the island is transformed. BBQ stations line Sandy Ground, Heineken tents dole out rum punch in quantity, and a stage situated in the sand is home to live bands that get the crowd  dancing  from day to night. Boats from St. Martin and St. Barths pull into Sandy Ground to tie up and celebrate at one of the Caribbean’s biggest beach parties. It’s a holiday on the island, and for many, the countdown to August Monday begins 364 days in advance. Even those that prefer to skip the madness of the beach party should pop down for a moment to take it in; it’s people watching at its finest and it’s an event that captures the spirited culture of Anguilla and the joie de vivre of its people.

The Frangipani Beach Resort was completely booked up for this year’s Carnival celebration and it was a week for the books. For some guests it was a first. For many, it was a tradition. Here are some snapshots from August Monday:

#AXASumFestAXA Summer Festival#AXASumFest#AXASumFest#AXASumFest#AXASumFest#AXASumFest#AXASumFest#AXASumFest#AXASumFestWas anyone in Anguilla to experience Carnival this year? What’s your favorite time to be on the island?

 

 

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.

Local Insights Series

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.

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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:

Carnival 2013 is making a splash

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Frangipani Beach Resort’s Annual Carnival Package is announced

We’re thrilled to announce our 2013 Carnival Package, where we will introduce guests to a hearty slice of Anguillan culture. Anguilla’s annual Carnival is renowned in the Caribbean as one of the biggest and liveliest celebrations. 2013 marks 46 years of celebrating boat racing – Anguilla’s national sport – by day, along with traditional Carnival festivities by night. Onlookers can check out the pageants, the calypso competitions, Band Clash, street dancing and revelry that continues throughout the week.

August Monday marks the #1 beach party in the Caribbean. On August 5th, locals and visitors alike will take to the streets in the Valley at 4:30am to dance their way down to Sandy Ground.  Boats from Anguilla and neighboring islands tie up to enjoy beach activities throughout the day with live music and local BBQ guiding the way.

Join us as we take part in one of the year’s most anticipated celebrations.  We’re thrilled to share the festivities of Carnival and what is sure to be an incredible and memorable event. Our 34’ boat, the Relentless, will be waiting in Sandy Ground for our guests. You’ll enjoy on-and-off privileges throughout the day as you listen to live music, dance on the beach and sip on rum punch. Bring your outside voices to help us cheer on De Tree, the Frangipani-sponsored sailboat, as it fights to hold on to its championship title for the fourth year in a row!

Here’s our official release:

Carnival 2013 Package

Have you been to Anguilla for Carnival? Are you planning on coming this year?

If you’re interested in joining us for this celebration, contact us and reference our 2013 Carnival Package. We can be reached by email or by phone at 1.877.593.8988.

7 reasons to visit Anguilla in the summer

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Visitors flock to the warm beaches of Anguilla during the winter months. Some join us to celebrate the holidays beachside with their families, while others are excited to leave the frigid winters in New York, Chicago, Vancouver and the like. While winters in the Caribbean never fail to dazzle, summers certainly have their perks. For those that aren’t necessarily set on their winter warm-up in the Caribbean, I could make a serious argument that May and June are prime months for planning a getaway to Anguilla (in fact, I’ve mentioned this to friends and family alike on a number of occasions). Here are 7 reasons to get you thinking about your summer getaway:

Low season prices are in effect.

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1. It’s no secret that an Anguillan getaway can be a bit of an investment during the winter months, but rack rates drop considerably across the island during low season. Sure, our one bedroom suite may not play into your romantic getaway budget during the holidays, but you can enjoy the same luxury at half the price if you book for the summer.

The weather still rocks.

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2. I know what you’re thinking. There’s a reason people go to the Caribbean in the winter — the weather is at its peak! Well, yes, the weather is great during December, but it’s just as great during May or June. Expect weather in the high 70s – high 80s for most of the year, low season included.

You can get into your favorite restaurants.

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3. There’s a fair likelihood that your favorite restaurants on the island are other visitors’ favorite restaurants, too. The reality is that many people make their restaurant reservations in advance; months in advance in some cases. If you’re looking to make a reservation at Blanchard’s, Straw Hat or Barrel Stay (amongst many others in demand) over the holidays, you’ll probably want to make those reservations early. If you’re looking to get into those same restaurants during the summer, you’ll have a much easier time getting a reservation and fewer visitors to share your space with.

You’ll have your own stretch of beach.

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4. Low season brings fewer visitors which means there’s a strong likelihood you’ll have a large stretch of beach all to yourself. In reality, this happens even during high season in many spots (it’s one of the perks of Anguilla being a rather undiscovered gem), but low season is impressively relaxing and personal. Sure there are spots that you can go if you’re looking for a lively crowd, but if you want some quiet beach time during the day, you’ll be able to find a place to enjoy your very own patch of white sandy beach.

You’ll get a rental car.

5. I realize this doesn’t sound like a bonus, but it really is. There are a number of rental car vendors on the island, but there isn’t always sufficient stock to supply all of the tourists that visit during the bustling winter months. Some people opt for taxis over rental cars of course, but that can be an expensive prospect. During the summer months, you’re almost guaranteed to find a rental car for your stay. Remember: Drive left. (A post on why you should rent a car is forthcoming.)

Enjoy some local flair.

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6. If you’re looking for a serious local experience, Anguilla’s annual Carnival celebration is not to be missed. The entire celebration spans nearly two weeks, beginning at the end of July and heading into August, but the most noteworthy is arguably August Monday. The first Monday of August (the 5th this year) marks one of the most famous beach parties in the Caribbean. Locals are out en masse to celebrate Anguillan culture with local fare, local music and a whole lot of dancing.

If you’re not up for a Carnival experience, the summer months will still give you a glimpse into local living. When beach bars and restaurants aren’t loaded up with visitors, you’ll get a better chance to chat with locals and expats about Anguillan living (plus gain some insights into their favorite to-dos).

Family vacations make sense.

7. Last, but not least: family vacations make sense during the summer. If you’re looking for a family getaway instead of a romantic rendezvous, summer becomes the most ideal time to book. With the kids out of school and the new year crunch time dissipating at work, taking a week for family time becomes a bit more doable. Plus, with rates being 50%+ lower than high season rates, the two or three-bedroom suite makes your getaway more comfortable and more affordable.

Do I have you convinced? What’s your favorite time to join us in the Caribbean?