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.

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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.

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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!

Meads Bay ranked amongst best beaches in the world

Meads Bay

Islands Magazine ranks Frangipani’s beachfront amongst the world’s best

While some may assume I’m a bit biased, I’ve always touted Meads Bay as the island’s best beach. The soft, white sands and turquoise waters provide a picture-perfect Caribbean backdrop and the long expanse of beach makes it one of the best for those long sunset strolls. Like many of Anguilla’s other beaches, Meads is unspoiled; a few palapas dot the beach and the low density makes it a haven for those looking to escape the crowded beaches of other, more touristy Caribbean retreats.

Islands Magazine, a publication that looks at islands around the globe, recently put together their own list showcasing Best Island Beaches in a Top 10 list. After ranking hundreds of beaches around the world, the Hawaiian and Caribbean islands ranked supreme, with Meads Bay coming in at #2 (#1 in the Caribbean).

Awe-inspiring view aside, Meads is also home to a stellar array of restaurants (think Jacala, Blanchard’s and Straw Hat amongst others) which make it a great jumping off point for exploring and dining. Of course, it might be a bit tough making reservations at Malliouhana like the magazine recommends (a bit outdated on the info), but no matter; you’re still sure to find fab, luxe accommodations along the beach.

Top 10

Top 5 excerpted from Islands Magazine

Interested in staying on Meads Bay? Check out the Frangipani’s summer rates here and get traveling! (Read our review on why we think summer rocks.) Don’t forget your camera — if your friends are anything like mine, I’m sure they’ll want to see what the Caribbean’s best beach looks like through your lens.

What do you think of this Top 10 list?

Join the conversation: #AnguillaLive

#AnguillaLive

Frangipani Beach Resort joins in on the first Anguilla Twitter chat

During this coming week, we’ll be participating in Anguilla’s first twitter chat where we’ll be talking about all things Anguilla and fielding questions from those looking for some insight. Co-hosted by Nori from Anguilla-beaches.com and the Caribbean Tourist Board, hotels, restaurants, and locals alike will be doling out stories, thoughts and insights with fellow Anguillaphiles.

Get involved in the conversation

If you’ve participated in a Twitter chat previously, you know how this all works. If you haven’t, here’s the scoop on how to get involved:

  • Sign into your Twitter account. If you don’t have a Twitter account yet, sign up here with your own handle. Keep in mind, you don’t have to participate, you can always just ‘listen in’.

Twitter chat

  • In the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the screen, type in #AnguillaLive to see the conversation.  When the chat goes live, you’ll see a stream of questions, answers and thoughts from users around the world that are participating in the conversation. Note: You’ll notice that all of the comments shown in this string have a within the content (or at the end of the comment). For tweets to fall into this thread, they must include the #AnguillaLive hashtag.
  • Ready to contribute or ask a question of your own? To compose a new Tweet, head to your homepage where you will see a box prompting you to ‘Compose new Tweet…’. Toss your thoughts into the box (140 characters or less!) and include #AnguillaLive. Your comments will be added to the thread where other folks can respond to you!

Compose

  • Head back to the conversation to see what others have to say on the topic. If someone mentions you, they’ll include your Twitter handle by using the @ to designate that a comment is meant for you. (e.g. if someone is talking to the Frangipani directly, they will include @frangipaniaxa in their tweet to ensure we see their thoughts.) If you want to mention someone specifically, make sure you include their handle, preceded by the @ symbol.

Feel free to throw in your questions or comments below! If you’re looking for some folks to follow that will be involved in the chat, here are a few people that will get the conversation started:

Are there any questions you have that you want to include in our chat this week?

Restaurant Spotlight: ‘A’ Burger

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Keeping it casual with budget-friendly island eats

Despite its small size, Anguilla is renowned as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. As tourists can attest, there’s no shortage of five-star options for foodies looking for their fix in the British West Indies. For many visitors, though, a mix of high-end dining and casual bites makes for the perfect blend during their getaway.

Enter ‘A’ Burger.

This casual island eatery sits in Lower South Hill and is the only traditional burger joint on the island. Serving up variations on burgers, hot dogs and fries (think sweet potato, garlic and cajun), visitors and locals alike pop in for an affordable meal. Not a meat-eater? ‘A’ Burger’s got you covered with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Not entirely sure what to expect, we stopped in for a quick lunch, armed with about $30 in cash. With a fish burger, cheeseburger and an order of cajun fries to our name, I handed over $20 and some change for the entire meal. Naturally, you’re wondering if that $20 actually got us good food. The answer is a resounding yes! My fish burger was a switch-up from the traditional fish sandwich of the island; more like a zested up fishcake, perfect with a hearty dose of Rockfield Pepper Sauce. Our small order of cajun fries was plenty for the two of us to share, though they have large sizes available if you’re feeling extra hungry. All of their buns are baked fresh daily in Anguilla, burgers are ground fresh daily, their produce is locally sourced, and their fish is locally caught.

At first glance, it would seem that ‘A’ Burger’s business is probably equal parts dine in and take out, and their service is surprisingly fast by island standards. For visitors on the go, reservations are not required so pop in at your leisure.

A bite of their menu:

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To keep up to speed with ‘A’ Burger happenings, follow them on Twitter at @aiburger.