Anguilla is just a tiny limestone knob of an island, but it's got some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of the Caribbean: superb bright white coral sand which goes on for mile after peaceful mile, lapped gently by an electric blue sea. On these perfect beaches you'll find a number of ramshackle beach bars, and a smaller number of good hotels, which are among the best places to stay on Anguilla.
For an island so tiny, Anguilla has an excellent collection of restaurants - across several price brackets. Which is why some compare it to St-Barts. But Anguilla is much more down to earth - a proper Caribbean hideaway island. Anguilla was first colonised by the English, and is still a self governing British Overseas Territory, so has English, rather than French flavours.
Anguilla isn't just sand. The sand is fringed by graceful palm trees. And it's not just bright blue waters. Below the surface are some truly stunning reefs.. And if you don't fancy yourself as a diver or snorkeller, you can catch a glimpse of their beauty on a glass bottomed boat trip.
Anguilla is probably best suited to travellers looking for somewhere idyllic to relax, but the island's history and its modern fishing and lobster catching industry make for a pretty interesting study.
If you hire a bike to explore, you can see a truly wonderful variety of beautiful beaches.
The easiest way to get to Anguilla is via St. Maarten, and the majority of our selection of the best places to stay in Anguilla are on the Western edge of the island, a short hop from where the ferry arrives.
Long Bay Village, Anguilla
Chic hotel just five minutes from beach. Colourful rooms have modern art works, ocean views and pretty bathrooms. Two outdoors pools, spa and lush gardens. Fantastic Eurasian cuisine and friendly bar. Secluded, very relaxed with excellent service. Great value for money.
Charming beach front villas. Beach access, tennis courts and gardens. Quiet, family friendly and great value.
Low-key villas on the beach. The rooms feature tiled floors, full kitchens and verandahs. Outdoor pool, gardens and gym. Plenty of nearby restaurants and water sports centres. Relaxed, charming and quiet. Excellent value for money.
Meads Bay, Anguilla
Charming hotel with Atlantic views. The rooms have wooden shutters, mosaic bathrooms and large terraces. Outdoor pool, beach access, tennis courts and spa treatments. Outstanding cuisine in the Straw Hat restaurant - an island favourite. Complimentary watersports and beautiful views. Great value.
Stunning Grecian style hotel on the beach. Chic rooms have colourful furnishings, high ceilings and elegant bathrooms. Outdoor pool, excellent spa, tennis courts, golf course, beach access and gym. Superb Mediterranean cuisine, relaxed bar. Family friendly, quiet and excellent service.
Barnes Bay, Anguilla
Sensational 5* hotel. Gorgeous, contemporary rooms have four poster beds, sumptuous bathrooms, chic furnishings and some with private pools. Outdoor pools, beach access, tennis, golf, water sports and gardens. Excellent West Indian cuisine, cool bar. Luxurious, slick and stunning.
Meads Bay, Anguilla
Secluded villas on the beach. The villas are styled with wooden shutters, mahogany furniture and elegant bathrooms. Each comes with private pool and balcony plus direct beach access. Hotel can provide groceries for the villa kitchens. Ideal for families and couples wanting a quiet atmosphere.
Gorgeous hotel in 25 acres of gardens. The contemporary rooms have four poster beds, nautical striped furnishings and large balconies. Outdoor pool, spa, gym and tennis courts. Faultless Mediterranean cuisine, relaxed bar. Luxurious, romantic and very chic.
Architecturally striking villas on private beach. The rooms are spacious with high ceilings, modern kitchens, ocean views and some with private pools. Private beach, spa treatments and some complimentary water sports. Secluded, stylish and modernist; perfect for families or groups.
West End Village, Anguilla
Stunning hotel on the beach. The Moroccan style rooms feature tiled floors, dark wood furniture and large terraces; some with private plunge pools. Outdoor pool, lush gardens, spa, gym and direct beach access. Superb dining in both restaurants, ambient bar. Luxurious, laid back and special.