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. 

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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: 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.

Local Insights Series