Beach Hopping Boat Trip

Frangipani Beach Resort, Anguilla, BWI

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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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. 

Local Insights Series

Rasharn HarriganBeach Boy Extraordinaire
Kim BrooksPetals Boutique Manager
Candice RichardsonConcierge

Local Insights: Lisa Thompson

Lisa

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. Lisa Thompson, Petals employee and President of the Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF), shares her thoughts on Anguilla’s best dining experiences and why Spring is a great time to visit the island.

Hometown: Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
Years at the Frangipani: 1 1/2 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The beaches are my favorite thing about Anguilla. The fact that you can often go to a beach and be the only person on it is pretty spectacular.

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The staff. When guests check out, I love that they hug the staff goodbye. When guests come back for a repeat visit, they hug them to say hello!

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Kayaking at Crocus Bay. The rugged, rocky shoreline is incredibly beautiful and you can always see sea turtles there!

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
It’s really hard to pick just one as there are so many great places. I love Barrel Stay, and the squid ink risotto at Dolce Vita is to die for.

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1. Prickley Pear with Allen and Sue — Great lunch and just a relaxing fun adventure.
2. Anguilla’s Museum — The museum is really well done with lots of local history, historical articfacts and tiems recovered from sunken ships. Curator, Colville Petty, is well known for his knowledge of Anguilla.
3. Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF): Stop by to visit with the puppies and kittens that have been rescued and have been made available for adoption. You can even take one home with you or transport them back to the US for other interested families!

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
If you’re here during March and April you can watch the whales passing through the Anguilla Channel. Magical.

Local Insights Series

Rasharn HarriganBeach Boy Extraordinaire
Shanesha HughesConcierge
Candice RichardsonConcierge

Local Insights: Shanesha Hughes

Shanesha Hughes

Why Anguilla’s beaches live up to their reputation

When it comes to getting to know the island’s hot spots and must-sees, 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. Shanesha Hughes, a concierge at the resort, shares her insights on what makes Anguilla special and why Anguilla’s beaches live up to their hype.

Hometown: South Hill, Anguilla
Years at the Frangipani: 
7 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The people always extend a warm welcome to visitors and are respectful. Plus, our beaches are wonderful!

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The Frangipani is intimate and we’re just steps away from one of the island’s best beaches. It’s really a unique environment due to its small size, and for a luxurious experience with all of our amenities, it’s an affordable option.

What’s the most interesting (or challenging!) that request you’ve received from a guest?
There was one time when a guest wanted to charter a helicopter for his wife for their anniversary which I thought was such a nice idea. Unfortunately, there aren’t any companies in Anguilla who offer helicopter tours but we did get him set up with cake and flowers!

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
Sandy Ground. It’s a great place to walk around and explore. You don’t really go to Sandy Ground for the beach but there are lots of restaurants and art galleries, and there’s always something going on.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Veya. Even though it’s not on the beach, the atmosphere is amazing, and the food is scrumptious. It’s literally a tree house!

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1.     Sandy Island for lunch and snorkeling
2.     Little Bay — great snorkeling and it’s only accessible by boat!
3.     On Da Rocks for $5 crayfish on the weekends

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
The beaches — Anguilla’s beaches really are incredible! We have 33 to experience, so you have to put a few on your agenda.

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

Local Insights: Kim Brooks

Kim Brooks

Kim’s tips for top sights and island experiences, plus why Little Bay is a must

When it comes to getting to know the island’s hot spots and must-sees, it’s hard to beat the insight that a local can share with you. I’m sitting down with our staff members individually to get their thoughts on must-try dining, favorite experiences, island secrets, plus what makes the Frangipani a unique setting. Kim Brooks, Manager of Petals Boutique, shares her insights. Be sure to stop by Petals Boutique to say hello to her when you’re on the island!

Hometown: Sandy Ground, Anguilla
Years at the Frangipani: 
2 years

What’s your favorite thing about Anguilla?
The Anguillian people. Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help.

What do you think makes the Frangipani a unique experience for guests?
The hospitality! With such a small resort, you get to know the staff members during your stay. It’s like a little family.

What do you think is the island’s best kept secret?
There’s a beach in Little Harbour that’s beautiful and secluded. The sand is pink-hued there — it’s really pretty and very different than the bright white sands that you typically see in Anguilla.

When it comes to dining, what’s your favorite restaurant on the island?
Sandbar in Sandy Ground. It’s walking distance from my house!

When it comes to must-sees and attractions, what are your top recommendations for guests?
1.     Take a trip to Sandy Island for lunch and snorkeling
2.     Head to Scrub Island and take a swim off the shore
3.     Jump off the rock in Little Bay — it’s a must!

What do you think is the #1 thing a guest should experience?
Little Bay is really a must when you’re in Anguilla. When you go by boat, you get the full experience. The views of Anguilla’s coast and of Little Bay itself are beautiful, Plus, jumping off the rock is a really memorable experience!