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!

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!

Local Insights Series

Local Insights: Candice Richardson

Candice Richardson

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.

Local Insights Series