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1. Céblue Villas and Beach Resort

You’ve got to love a place that greets you with a freshly cooked margherita pizza at check-in. Set atop a hill that overlooks Crocus Bay on the island’s west coast, CéBlue’s turquoise-roofed villas blossom like wildflowers in their green surroundings. Head up the slope to your rooms and enjoy your pie under the large umbrellas that shade your personal 3,000-square-foot deck. With a wall of windows overlooking the peaceful bay in each bedroom, you might find the view hard to leave, so ask the front desk to send one of the island’s classically trained chefs to grill fresh fish in your villa’s fully equipped kitchen.

1264 The Valley, Crocus Bay, 800-304-1484, ceblueanguilla.com

2. Blanchards

With its blue shutters permanently open, rustling palm trees and crashing waves are your soundtrack at this family-friendly restaurant run by married couple Melinda and Bob. The decision-averse should order the Caribbean Sampler, a three-tiered smorgasbord of their most popular plates: succulent crayfish, jerk chicken with grilled cinnamon-rum bananas, and tangy mahi mahi with coconut, lime and ginger.

Meads Bay, 264-497-6100, blanchardsrestaurant.com

Sunset Lounge

Photo: courtesy of Sunset Lounge

3. Sunset Lounge

Call ahead to see what time the sun is setting, then head over to this open-air bar, overlooking the point where Barnes Bay and Meads Bay collide. The lounge has an extensive selection of sweet rum punches and tart cocktails (try the Spicy Jalapeño Margarita, a house specialty), but the true highlight is the view. Stay past sunset and settle in to snack on wasabi prawns while local musicians play tight sets of reggae-tinged pop into the night.

Barnes Bay, fourseasons.com

4. Devonish Art Gallery

Barbadian artist Courtney Devonish got his creative start 50 years ago, as a student handcrafting hearts out of mahogany; they’re meant to relieve stress and tension when rubbed (pick up a few to remind yourself of Anguilla’s peace and tranquility when back on the mainland). His wooden cheese knives and ceramic puffer fish are also up for grabs, along with pottery, quilts, jewellery and woodwork from dozens of other Caribbean artists.

Route 1, 264-497-2949, devonishart.com

5. Tradition Sailing

Spend the afternoon at sea aboard a 1978 West Indian wooden sloop, which once ran the trade routes of the Caribbean – captain Laurie Gumbs will even let you take the helm. After the two-hour trip to Little Bay, on the island’s north side, explore the teal-blue waters and aquatic life (sea turtles!) around its coral limestone cliffs, then climb back aboard for chunky lobster rolls and chocolate-chip cookies.

Sandy Ground, Road Bay, 264-476-7245, tradition-sailing.com

Beach umbrella

3 Sandy spots to leave your footprints

Shoal Bay has some of the softest sand on the island (it’s like walking on confectioner’s sugar), and with a three-kilometre-long shallow shelf, it’s the defini-tive place for those long walks on the beach.

Shoal Bay Village

 

Go barefoot as you bar-hop along the strip of local watering holes at Sandy Ground. Elvis’ Beach Bar is located right on the shoreline, with a five-metre beached sailboat serving as its counter.

Sandy Ground, 264-476-0101, elvisbeachbar.com

 

Scilly Cay, a tiny island and restaurant that’s a two-minute boat ride from Island Harbour, has no electricity and only four things on the menu: lobster, chicken, crayfish and red snapper.

Scilly Cay, Island Harbour, 264-497-5123, scillycayanguilla.com

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