Celebrate New Year’s Like a Celeb on Meads Bay

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Ring in 2018 at a Luxury Villa on Meads Bay ūüćĺ

Been dreaming about a Caribbean escape for your New Year celebration? We’ve got you covered with an extra special villa package to ring in 2018! Bring your friends or family to Anguilla for the ultimate beachfront escape. Plus, with the villa’s perfect position in the middle of Meads Bay, guests can enjoy two gorgeous NYE fireworks shows with Malliouhana and Four Seasons’ displays on either end of the beach. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Five-night stay¬†from December 28, 2017 through January 2nd, 2018, with additional nights available upon request
  • Stay includes a complimentary private charter aboard¬†FrangiCat
  • A magnum of champagne on arrival (is there any other way to celebrate?!)
  • Complimentary motorized and non-motorized water sports included – kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, Hobie Cats, wake boarding, water skiing, and tubing
  • Access to our fitness center, with the best gym view on the island, plus access to our tennis court included
  • Concierge service to assist with all pre-arrival and stay details
  • A daily breakfast credit to award-winning Straw Hat Restaurant included
  • $6000/night + taxes, available exclusively through the hotel

Learn more about this gorgeous beachfront villa in Anguilla on the Frangipani Beach Resort website. Download the full PDF for more details on the rooms, plus all of the wonderful perks of staying at Frangipani Beach Resort!

Contact us directly at info@frangipaniresort.com or by phone at 1-877-593-8988 to book your stay!

Anguilla Day Boat Race Photos

Celebrating #Anguilla50 with the Anguilla Day Boat Race

Anguilla Day celebrations cue the start of summer. May is winding down and June is beginning as we celebrate the anniversary of the 1967 Anguilla Revolution on May 30th. With the 50th anniversary upon us, this year has been extra special in the efforts the island has put in to celebrating the revolutionaries, island tradition and heritage. By the end of May, the weather begins to sizzle just a bit more; the seas sit calmly, perfect for days of boating and paddleboarding; and cultural festivities begin to come alive.

The Anguilla Day boat race is the kick off, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by being on a boat watching the sailboats pass by on their journey around the island.

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Loaded up with guests, we took FrangiCat on a spin around the island, departing Meads Bay and heading east to Little Bay, then onto Shoal Bay and Scrub Island before making our way around the southern side. We continued on, back to Sandy Ground where the races culminate in a beach party to celebrate the winners with island BBQ and music.

For us, no boat trip is complete without a stop at Little Bay, and it’s a place on the island that always stuns me with its beauty; the dramatic cliff side, the turquoise waters, and bright white sliver of sand the waxes and wanes throughout the season. On Anguilla Day it’s not quite the calm oasis that it is most other days, but it still brings the natural beauty, complemented by soca music blaring from neighboring boats.

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For many of¬†visitors and expats, it’s an excuse for a¬†lively boat day. For locals, boat racing has cultural ties though and is part of the tradition of the island, dating back to early days of trading. As the island’s¬†national sport, Anguillians are out en masse on racing days, watching boats zip by from the beach or from clifftops with binoculars in hand. Most locals support a boat (there are few people here that we’ve met that don’t have a boat¬†that they root for), and many organizations on the island help back a boat with financial contributions (you’ll see sails with logos on them, each boasting their sponsors).

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We pulled into Sandy Ground ahead of the sailboats in time to watch the race culminate with a winner swooping into shore, nestled right next to us to claim its win. I’m not much for the beach party scene but it’s always prime for people watching and taking in the festivities. Plus, if you’re in the mood for fresh of the BBQ ribs and chicken, you’re in luck. ūüĎĆūüŹĹ

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A huge congrats to¬†Real Deal¬†who claimed the win this go around! We’re excited for a summer of boat races and festivities ahead. The countdown to Carnival is officially on!

Shannon Kircher, The Wanderlust Effect

This post appeared in its original form on www.thewanderlusteffect.com

#ExperienceFrangipani Instagram Contest

We are honored to have been named Caribbean Journal’s Best Boutique Hotel in the Caribbean!
While our location is hard to beat, we believe it’s the entire Frangipani experience¬†that has guests
returning year after year. In honor of our win, we’re excited to share the ultimate
Frangipani experience with one lucky winner!

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A handcrafted rum punch on arrival. Basking in the sun under our palapas. Taking in the sunset from the infinity pool. Jetting across the Caribbean on one of our beach hopping boat trips. Dancing to live music at the Pumphouse with Frangipani staff.

All of our repeat guests have a special reason for returning to Frangipani and their own idea of what makes the #FrangipaniExperience a unique one. We want to hear from you!

What do you think makes the Frangipani experience special?  

Tradition Sailing, Anguilla

Head over to Instagram for your chance to win a four-night stay for two in a one-bedroom suite, complimentary locally crafted rum on arrival, a complimentary boat trip for two on the FrangiCat, and a half day sail aboard Tradition Sailing courtesy of the Tradition team!

To Enter:

  • Follow @frangipaniaxa on Instagram
  • Upload a special photo from a stay at Frangipani with a caption that explains what makes the Frangipani experience special to you!
  • Tag @frangipaniaxa and #ExperienceFrangipani in your caption
  • Tag 3 friends that would enjoy a trip to Meads Bay, too!

Haven’t been to Frangipani Resort before? You can still enter! Share a photo of the resort on your Instagram account with what intrigues you most about Frangipani. Feel free to regram snapshots from @frangipaniaxa or share any other photos from the resort that resonate with you!

Winner Selection:

  • Winner will be announced on February 14, 2017 {contest closes at midnight AST on February 13, 2017}
  • Winner will be selected at random using an online generator based on the criteria above
  • Winners will be notified via Instagram and winner’s Instagram handle will be shared through Instagram and Facebook

Terms & Conditions:

  • Entries are open to all Instagram users
  • Winning stay is valid for a maximum of two (2) people
  • Dates of stay are valid from May 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017, pending availability
  • Winning package does not include airfare or travel expenses

You can see more details on our website here.

[DOWNLOAD] Your Starter Guide to Anguilla

Check out our newest publication, available for download for visitors to Anguilla! In this 15-page magazine, we’re sharing top 10 musts in Anguilla, reasons to visit the island in the summer, local events and what it’s like to rent out the entire resort¬†(!) for your friends or family.

Read it below or download to peruse during your flight to AXA!

What do you want to see added to this publication?

Destination Wedding in Anguilla: Mr. & Mrs. Tillman

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A destination wedding in Anguilla is something out of a storybook, and the evening of¬†Mark and Eryn’s nuptials was nothing less than magical. What made the experience even¬†more¬†special? Their friends and family had been here for a few days in advance and would wake up with them as newly minted Mr. & Mrs. the following day.

Pre and Post-Wedding Festivities

With a full buyout at the Frangipani Resort, Mark and Eryn’s group occupied the entire hotel for 3+ nights, where the resort morphed into a private villa dedicated to their experience. Eryn, planner extraordinaire, mapped out events for the three-day itinerary that had guests delving into a range of what Anguilla has to offer, balancing regular activities with a healthy dose of poolside marination.

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Most people will tell you that a visit to Little Bay is a must during your time in Anguilla. Accessible only by boat, Eryn and Mark had an afternoon scheduled with Frangipani’s boat,¬†Relentless,¬†shuttling guests to Little Bay to watch Mark & Eryn ‘take the plunge’ from the famous rock at Little Bay. Not a bad way to kick off a wedding weekend, right?

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The day after the ceremony (see below for ceremony and reception photos!), Eryn and Mark hosted an awesome beach BBQ on Meads Bay where guests had the option of chicken, ribs or fish for a toes-in-the-sand dinner. To top it off? A bonfire with a s’mores station to cap off the evening.

The Ceremony + Reception

Eryn and Mark’s wedding day was a gorgeous affair; a chic beachy ceremony with perfectly placed touches. The bride walked along the white sand beach, dress trailing in the sand, to the ceremony site. Local musician, Dumpa, played¬†Here Comes the Bride¬†on steel pan while onlookers watched the bride walk down the aisle to the archway, just steps from the water. The duo’s personal pastor came to the island to officiate for an incredibly heartfelt ceremony.

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Straw Hat Restaurant provided a gourmet Caribbean dinner which was complemented by Tropical Treats ice cream for dessert. For reception music, Darvin Mussington and Keira got the crowd dancing and kept the energy up until it was time for a send off. Can you beat dancing in the sand with sparklers?

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And then there was the wish lantern grand finale, something that is always so fun and mesmerizing to watch. In truth, the setting has to be just right for the wish lanterns to take flight, and this night brought all of the right elements. The Tillmans now hold the record for most wish lanterns to make it into the sky (16!), which means lots of well wishes for the newly hitched duo.

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Cheers to a gorgeous destination wedding in Anguilla! We couldn’t be happier to watch these two tie the knot, and couldn’t feel more honored to be a part of their big day. Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Tillman – here’s to a lifetime of happiness!

Anguilla’s AHTA Gala

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Anguilla’s ‘Rising Star’ at the Frangipani

On December 5th, Frangipani’s management team took part in the island’s AHTA Gala to honor the island’s best, from Anguilla’s best ferry service to Employee of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. In addition, Juman Hughes, Frangipani’s nominee for Employee of the Year joined the team for the evening.

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Frangipani General Manager, Scott Kircher, had the honor of presenting a special award for the evening which went to Entertainer of the Year, Sprocka. Sprocka is a great friend of the resort, and his much-anticipated Christmas album makes it to the island this week {you can get your copy at Petals Boutique beginning this weekend}.

An extra special honor went to our very own Juman Hughes, who won the AHTA’s newest award, the Rising Star award, which recognizes an employee on the island who has overcome obstacles in life to excel in the workplace. As anyone who has stayed here can attest, Juman certainly excels! The win was an exciting one not only for Juman, but for the entire Frangipani family. Cheers, Juman, for a great three years and for an incredibly bright future ahead!

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Thank you to Keroy Browne for capturing some extra special moments!

 

Beach Hopping Boat Trip

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With guests in tow, we headed out for our first beach hopping boat trip of the season! The weather was perfect, the seas were calm, and all of our guests were fabulous, as usual. We made the rounds to Prickly Pear Cays for a float and a bit of snorkeling, then headed to legendary Little Bay where three of the bunch took the plunge from the famous rock. Following a delicious group lunch at da’ Vida (frozen mojitos, please!), we took a slow cruise around to the south side of the island to glimpse different beaches by boat.¬†Perfection.

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Tell us: What is your ideal boat trip on Anguilla?

August Thursday Beach Party

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After the madness of August Monday had come to a close, we were gearing up for Thursday’s events. The Meads Bay boat races takes place on Thursday, making the Frangipani the perfect place to watch the races while taking in the energy of onlookers.

In honor of the races, the resort hosted a private party for in-house guests, complete with live music, appetizers from Straw Hat restaurant and a DIY bar to whip up rum cocktails. For many, it was the highlight of Carnival week. Floating in the pool, watching the boats take off, and listening to the Mussington Brothers play while the sun began to set was absolute perfection on every level. Check out this quick video of the Mussington Brothers in action – absolutely incredible:

Here’s another quick clip captured on an iPhone:

Below are some of ¬†pictures from the day’s festivities:

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Were you here for Carnival week? What were the highlights for you?

xo from Anguilla,

Shannon Kircher

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:

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Featured in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Frangipani Beach Resort, Destination Wedding and Honeymoon

Thinking about doing a destination wedding or honeymooning in Anguilla? Our recent feature in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons talks all about why the Frangipani Beach Resort is the premier boutique property for romantic getaways.

As a honeymoon destination, the island is second to none and the Frangipani Beach Resort has embraced the spirit of the island in its offerings. The resort prides itself on providing a luxurious experience in an environment that continually reminds you that you are, in fact, in Anguilla. You’ll get to know the beach boys, sip cocktails by the pool deck with the managers, and chat with fellow honeymooners fresh off of their personal adventures. First time guests arrive as visitors, leave as friends and often times return for many anniversaries to come.

Check out our recent feature here, and check out a video on the top 3 reasons you should pick the Frangipani for your upcoming destination wedding.

Did you get married or honeymoon at the Frangipani? We’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts below on exchanging vows in paradise or enjoying post-wedding relaxation in Anguilla.