DISCOVERING THE ISLAND
By Reem Kanj / Photography a mix of iPhone 6 and Canon
I decided that I have so many pictures on my phone which I love from Anguilla, so for the first time ever, I’ve done a mix of both iPhone images and images from my Canon 5D. Anguilla was too pretty for words, it was cloudy during our entire stay as I mentioned in my first post, but this didn’t dampen things, I just wish you could have seen just how crystal clear the waters were. the whole island is filled with colour, after paddle boarding on our first day, we found the cutest little house, and of course had to stop for an Instagram.
This is what you can expect to see dotted around the island. Bursts of colour surrounded by greenery and the smiles of the locals.
Getting the opportunity to spend my birthday in Anguilla was such a nice gift. I woke up to an adorable surprise in my hotel room, courtesy of Carrie who, knowing I’m a sucker for all things birthday related, decorated our room with balloons, star confetti, and a big happy birthday banner. So sweet!
We then headed off to meet the other girls and ended up at Gwen’s Reggae Grill, a local eatery on the beach with live music courtesy of a scratch band, who sang my very own reggae version of Happy Birthday. It was such a lovely way to start things off.
THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO EAT
Da Vida, Crocus Bay for the perfect lunch on the beach.
Stand Up Paddleboarding with Anguilla Watersports for the best hour of your day!
Veya, North Hill Village for a delicious dining experience.
Moonsplash at Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve will have you wanting to make your visit an annual tradition.
Gwen’s Reggae Grill in Shoal Bay for lunch with live music courtesy of the most talented scratch band by the beach.
Another great way to spend your birthday is to be at a Moonsplash beach party. It was the third and final instalment of Moonsplash and for the finalé, the event moved into the daytime and on to the beach. Everyone was on good vibes with live music from Mighty Mystic in the background, coconuts in hand and birthday cake being offered to all our new friends that Carrie insisted on bringing out with us.
We joked about taking my birthday banner with us and turning it into my very own B-Day bash, with our without it being an official Reem party, it goes down as one of the most memorable birthdays in a long time.
We all left wishing we could make Moonsplash an annual tradition, it was so much fun, the music was on point, the vibes from everyone around you were just good and I’ve had no experience quite like it. I either need to get out more or move to the Caribbean.
For the second portion our trip, we moved from the beautiful Ce Blue villa that the six of us shared, to the vast Cuisinart resort. Kicking off our stay with a cooking class and a visit to the resort’s greenhouse where I got a chance to learn a thing or two about all the vegetables. Did you guys know aubergines (or eggplant) grew from little purple flowers?
Anyway, I soon became extremely accustom to Cuisinart, it was literally a stones’ throw away from Moonsplash, so to get to Dune Preserve, all we had to do was walk about 90 seconds down the beach. I would spend any free time I had lounging on the white sand and before leaving, decided I needed to learn how to sail a Hobie Cat, and managed to get Carrie and Alicia to climb aboard as I took to the North Atlantic. It was so much fun, of course after finding my new found passion for jumping into the ocean, we stopped sail and had a quick dip in the beautiful, crystal clear water.
It was the best way to end our trip, and although all I wanted was to stay a little bit longer, I do feel like I got a great impression of Anguilla and everything it has to offer.
Just in case you were interested in booking a trip, flights to Antigua start from £617 and from there you can charter a Liat flight to Anguilla which starts from $269 return.