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About Anguilla

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.

What not to miss:

  • Unwind on the beautiful stretches of white sand beach.
  • Explore under the sea on a snorkelling or diving excursion.
  • Hire a bike and cycle around the picturesque island.
  • Head out on a glass-bottom boat and view the brightly coloured tropical fish.

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.

For a special occasion

  • Cap Juluca is a white, Moroccan looking hotel right on the beach. Unique looking inside and out, it offers every luxury. It is a really special place to stay!

For the perfect beach break

  • The Frangipani Beach Club is on Meads Bay, one of the Anguilla's most beautiful Atlantic bays. It offers complimentary watersports facilities, so you'd be mad not to try things against this perfect backdrop! Rooms have large terraces and you're right on the beach.
  • Shoal Bay Villas are a small group of villas with direct access onto a perfect white beach. Each villa has its own kitchen, but there's shared gardens, gym and pool. And you're close to a number of great local restaurants.
  • The CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is a stunning, Grecian style hotel with chic rooms and plenty of resort style entertainment. Right on the beach. One of the best places to stay in Anguilla if you want a beach break with a bit more action and great food.
  • The Malliouhana is a gorgeous hotel set in 25 acres of gardens. The contemporary rooms have four poster beds, nautical striped furnishings and large balconies.

For contemporary style

  • The chic Anacaona is located just five minutes from the beach. The colourful rooms have modern art works, ocean views and pretty bathrooms.

For families

  • Carimar's collection of charming, beachfront villas prove that you don't have to spend a fortune to find one of the best places to stay in Anguilla, with rooms starting from just £142 per night. Family villas have large kitchens and living areas. Expect tropical prints and direct beach access.
  • The Viceroy on Barnes Bay is a much larger and much grander affair: five stars worth of chic furnishings, private pools and watersports facilities. There's also a superb children's program. And excellent West Indian cuisine.
  • Meads Bay Beach Villas benefit from their secluded location on one of Anguilla's best beaches. Each has its own pool and full kitchen, which the hotel is happy to stock for you.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner, where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • The are no direct flights to Anguilla. One of the easiest ways to get to Anguilla is by flying into St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport (on the Dutch side of the island) and boarding the ferry at Marigot Bay (on the French side of the island).
  • Best time to visit - Anguilla is a year round destination with consistently warm days however there is a rainy season that runs from June to November and of course hurricane season covers the same months.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay on Anguilla for you?

  1. Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on Anguilla.
  2. Expand your search to the best places to stay in the Caribbean.
  3. Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.


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Best Hotels in Anguilla

  • Anacaona Long Bay Village, Anguilla 27 rooms from £133

    Hideaway  -  Many of the amenities of a big resort but in much more intimate setting; excellent "wellness" retreat packages
    Birdwatching  -  Anguilla is host to 136 different bird species including white-cheeked pintails and black-neck stilts
    Views  -  Lovely views over Meads Bay
    Sights nearby  -  Wallblake House
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Carimar Anguilla 24 rooms from £180

    Families  -  Villas with kitchens and living rooms are ideal for families to prepare picnics before an island cycling tour
    Great walks  -  Alond Meads Bay
    Sights nearby  -  St Martin
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Charming beach front villas. Beach access, tennis courts and gardens. Quiet, family friendly and great value. See More

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  • Shoal Bay Villas Anguilla from £180

    Groups  -  Villas which open directly onto the white beach, kitchens for low-key dinners and plenty of nearby restaurants and bars
    Lively  -  Located right on the island's liveliest beach.
    Sights nearby  -  Day trips to neighbouring island of St Martin
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • The Reef by Cuisinart Anguilla 80 rooms from £260

    Local exploring  -  There is plenty to explore close to the hotel, from watersports off the coast and a golf course at sister CuisinArt resort
    Beach Life  -  Set on the beautiful Rendezvous Bay in Anguilla, this hotel is perfect for a relaxing beach holiday
    Families  -  Families are well-catered to here, with larger suites that can accommodate children
    Great walks  -  Take a heritage tour and visit protected areas like the Big Spring Cave, known for its prehistoric petroglyphs
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    This luxury resort is located on Rendezvous Bay on the island of Anguilla. The hotel's bright and airy suites have a Caribbean feel, with sea-foam white sheets, wicker accents and terraces with sea views. The hotel pool leads down to a sandy beach, perfect for long afternoons of lounging by the sea. See More

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  • Frangipani Beach Club Meads Bay, Anguilla 19 rooms from £273

    Active Holiday  -  Superb choice of activities and complimentary watersports gives a real incentive to try something new from this beautiful beach
    Sights nearby  -  Near Sandy Ground, great for beach bars
    On the beach  -  Right on Meads Bay beach
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Recommended by  -  Frommers

    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. See More

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  • CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Anguilla 93 rooms from £281

    Foodies  -  Take a tour of the Hydroponic Farm on site and enjoy a cookery lesson or dining at chef's table
    Active Holiday  -  Wide range of watersports, tennis lessons, stunning golf course and cycling rides in the area
    Golf  -  Greg Norman Signature designed champion course
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Zemi Beach House West Indies, Anguilla 65 rooms from £474

    Total relaxation  -  Indulgent private villas, sunset walks on the beach, pampering spa and wonderful food make this the perfect spot to just be
    Families  -  With a kids club, extensive range of water sports, a spa and excellent food and cocktails- everyone will be happy
    Hotel Entertainment  -  The hotel doesn't fall down on their non beach related fun with tennis, volleyball and coconut bowling
    Great walks  -  You can't beat a sunset stroll on the white sands of this magically unpopulated beach
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    A beautiful resort on the thankfully quiet side of Anguilla. All the bells and whistles you would expect, with the simple style and poise of a chic beach-house. The gorgeous suites offer uninterrupted views of the beach and fresh off the boat (literally) catch takes centre stage in the restaurant. See More

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  • Viceroy Barnes Bay, Anguilla 156 rooms from £390

    Families  -  Superb children's programme featuring sailing and tennis, enormous family suites, spa treatments for adults
    Beach Life  -  Everything you could desire is here: watersports, pools, sailing trips, white beaches and relaxed vibe
    Views  -  Great views over both Meads Bay and Barnes Bay
    Sailing  -  Anguilla Youth Sailing Club
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Meads Bay Beach Villas Meads Bay, Anguilla from £390

    Families  -  Private pools with each villa, full kitchens and living rooms; plenty of beach activities for all the family
    Great walks  -  Along one of the best beaches in the Caribbean
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Belmond Cap Juluca West End Village, Anguilla 70 rooms from £464

    Romantic Break  -  With white sands, turquoise waters and in-room spa treatments, this hotel is perfect for a romantic couples' getaway
    Beach Life  -  Sitting on the seafront with direct beach access, this resort makes an indulgent seaside break
    Families  -  Book a private villa with a pool for a family stay; cots are available upon request
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    This luxury Anguilla resort is reopening after a full renovation. Bright and airy guestrooms feature tiled floors, four-poster beds and large terraces, some with private pools. Guests enjoy direct beach access plus a spa, pool and superb dining in four restaurants. Luxurious, laid back and special. See More

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  • Malliouhana Anguilla 46 rooms from £546

    Romantic Break  -  Large, lush gardens, balcony-dining, spa treatments for two and horse back riding on the beach
    Fishing  -  Catch tuna, wahoo or mahi-mahi, then watch Malliouhana’s Executive Chef prepare it for you
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    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. See More

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  • Quintessence Hotel Anguilla 9 rooms from £587

    Foodies  -  Featuring a celebrated restaurant, this hotel is great for foodies. Ask for a pairing with your meal from the hotel wine cellar
    Beach Life  -  Set on the seafront on Long Bay surrounded by white sand beaches, this hotel makes for an island break with added luxury
    Honeymoons  -  Book the penthouse suite for a private terrace with panoramic views for a romantic stay
    Great walks  -  Take a heritage tour of Anguilla and visit protected sites like the Big Spring Cave, known for its prehistoric petroglyphs
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    This luxurious tropical mansion is a quintessential Caribbean stay. Overlooking the white sand beaches of Long Bay, the hotel offers beautifully appointed suites with a hand-selected collection of Haitian art. An acclaimed restaurant and chic spa complete the experience. See More

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