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Not just another pretty face
I had stayed at the Sonesta Beach Resort featuring a Moorish theme when I went to Anguilla.
I had also visited the CuisinArt Resort and it was just breathtaking. The resort grows their own fuits and vegetables to ensure your meal is as fresh as possible.
This oceanfront resort is perfect for honeymooners and people looking to re kindle that old flame or for those of us that just want to relax. The facilities are what impressed me the most. They take very much pride and quality in their resort and it shows. The staff here is great!
#1 Hotel on Anguilla-5 Star Hotel, oh so luxurious
Overall I would say this beautiful, charming, and quaint island will steal your heart away and Cuisinart is the perfect place to stay at. Cuisinart also had delicious food at their main restaurant, Cafe Med. Everyday I would have a great breakfast there, hang out at the beach, have an amazing lunch, go back to the beach and walk along the beautful and sometimes delsolate shore, then finish off the day with a dip in the pool and hot tub. It was paradise and I can't stress enough how beautful the beaches and water are there. We met many other couples and families who regularly return to the Cuisinart every year and many of them said it is there favorite place in the Carribean. Plan on spending lots of money on food though, it is expensive but well worth it.
Loved Rendezvous Bay and Anguilla
We stayed at RBH in a beachfront villa in May 06 for part of our 20th anniversary trip. We loved it!
We prefer small, laid-back, quiet properties, and this was perfect. The room was immaculate and had all the basics. We appreciated the refrigerator and complimentary bottle of water each day. The setting is not over-manicured and has an authentic feel to it.
The food at the restaurant on the property, Cedar Grove, was superb and we loved the small, intimate setting. Some nights after dinner we got drinks and sat on the porch near the community room and art gallery and just enjoyed the warm, convivial atmosphere.
The beach is sooooooo beautiful; the water is warm and incredibly clear, and there were very few people. We had folks in the villa next to us, but dividers between the porches worked well to maintain a feeling of privacy. The beach is great for walking and its not too far to walk down to Bankie Banks Dune Preserve (super fun and funky) for drinks and music; it is just past the Cuisinart resort.
We loved Anguilla. We loved that it is not super-developed; the only US chain we saw any sign of was a Subway shop. (We don’t travel to find same old, same old.) The people are warm and friendly. We drove all over and had no problems. Bart, RBHV Manager, arranged rental of a right-hand driving car, which was delivered to the resort. (We traveled to some “other-side” driving countries last year and having the right-hand drive car, kept my husband oriented.)
In sum, if you like a nice, casual, warm, uncrowded place to stay and not break the bank, the RBH villas are the ticket. The “Garden Rooms” are in need of updating, and are a bit back from the beach, but depending on your budget and expectations, could be just fine too. Note: There are plans to do a major upgrade of this neat, older resort. If you check the website and click on "Rendezvous Ownership" there is some information of the long-term vision to upgrade and completely change the nature of this property. Certainly parts of this resort are in need of updating (particularly the "Garden Rooms" which are older than the villa in which we stayed), but it looks like the quiet, quaint nature of the resort will change with the move to becoming a luxury destination. It is not clear when these upgrades will occur. The good news is that this property is owned by native Anguillans, so at least islanders are behind this effort. Hopefully it will be sensitively executed.
One of the most interesting parts of this little island! The Cuisinart Resort (where we of course stayed) has a hydroponic farm. For an island that doesn't receive much rainfall and depends on St. Martin for supplies, this is an oddity. The produce was wonderful and the Farm tour with Dr. Howard Resh was extremely interesting.
An extraordinary resort.
If you're considering a vacation in the Caribbean, we highly recommend the CuisinArt Resort and Spa on the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies (www.cuisinartresort.com). Don't be put off by the name (as we initially were), this resort is exquisite. The CuisinArt offers impeccable service, superb facilities, great restaurants, extensive amenities and stylish accommodations (our beachfront Junior Suite was approximately 1,000 square feet).
My wife and I chose to fly non-stop from New York's JFK airport to Saint Maarten, and took a ferry to Anguilla (the resort arranged our transfers). We chose this route over flying to San Juan, Puerto Rico and catching a connecting flight to Anguilla. The direct flight to Saint Maarten was 4 hours, customs and the ground transfer to the ferry terminal at Margiot took about 30 minutes, the ferry to Blowing Point Anguilla took about 25 minutes and the taxi to the resort took about 10 minutes. Overall, our 5-hour trip from New York to Anguilla was pleasant.
Upon arrival at the CuisinArt, the first thing that strikes you is the airy lobby with sweeping views of the resort grounds and the negative edge pool that appears to extend to the Caribbean Sea. The CuisinArt's facilities, including the spa, shops, restaurants, lobby, grounds, beach and pool, are extraordinary. The friendly staff is courteous and attentive. CuisinArt guests are pampered with twice a day room service, beach beverage service, occasional appetizer pairings that are "complements of the chef" and other delightful amenities.
We booked a Junior Suite located in a Greek-style "villa" adjacent to the beach. Our ground floor suite was spacious with subtly elegant furnishings. The large marble bathroom included a garden tub and separate shower. Our terrace opened up to a magnificent view of Rendezvous Bay and the island of Saint Maarten. The room rate was a very reasonable $275/night (plus 10% service charge and 10% tax).
The CuisinArt's beaches and food are among the best we've experienced anywhere.
The beach is spectacular with pure white sand and turquoise-blue water. We frequently walked on the resort's 1-mile stretch of Rendezvous Bay and didn't see anyone else on the entire beach. We traveled to Anguilla during the off-season (early June), so it's probably much more crowded during the winter.
Anguilla has many renowned restaurants, and the CuisinArt's Santorini Restaurant is among the best. In the spring of 2004, the CuisinArt's owner hired Executive Chef Daniel Orr and Chef de Cuisine Christopher Heath, both from New York City's Guastavino and La Grenouille. We dined at two of the resort's restaurants, Cafe Mediterraneo and Santorini, and also attended several of Chef Orr's cooking demonstrations (as a break from the mid-day sun). The CuisinArt's inspired "Caribbean flair" menu includes freshly caught local seafood and scrumptious produce from the resort's hydroponic farm. Chef Orr's and Heath's well-deserved culinary reputations are expressed in the resort's delicious food and excellent table service.
Another great place to dine on the island is Tastey's Restaurant. Executive Chef/Owner Dale Carty was trained at Anguilla's Malliouhana Hotel & Spa as well as in France, and his restaurant is wonderful. One day, we visited the Pyrat rum factory and stopped at nearby Tastey's for lunch. It was so good that we returned a few days later for dinner. Both meals were excellent and the service was friendly.
We thoroughly enjoyed every meal in Anguilla (unlike the other islands we've visited). Lunches averaged $25/person and 3-course dinners averaged $75/person at the better restaurants on the island (a continental breakfast is included in the CuisinArt's room rate). The meal prices are reasonable considering the quality, presentation and flavor of the food combined with the level of service provided.
We've stayed at some wonderful resorts in the Caribbean and Hawaii, but none that we've visited measure up to the CuisinArt's combination of stylish accommodations, superb facilities, great restaurants, spectacular beach, impeccable service and VALUE. We can't say enough good things about the resort.
We had such an enjoyable experience that we plan to visit the CuisinArt Resort and Spa annually from now on.
We Loved Cuisinart and Anguilla!
My boyfriend and I just spend 6 days at Cuisinart Resort and were very impressed. We had read all of the reviews here prior to our travels and did as much research as possible to make sure we knew where we wanted to stay and as much as possible about the island. We had a hard time deciding whether to stay at Cap Juluca or Cuisinart and ultimately decided for the extra money for Cap, that we'd stay at Cuisinart. We knew it would be nice as well. I would have to say that the resort exceeded my expectations. It was beautiful. We did not want to stay in a large hotel and wanted something a bit smaller and quiet. That is what we got.
Probably most noteworthy was the friendliness of the staff at the resort and on the island everywhere. People were so incredibly nice and helpful. We were able to travel during low season and so got a great rate - $275/night. The resort was pretty quiet - not full. We were in a ground floor unit - which at first we thought we would be disappointed with - but it was perfect. We flew into Anguilla late Sunday night and were met at the resort by staff who took us directly to our room. It was late and we were hungry, but everything was closed. Thankfully, they let us know a snack was waiting in our room. There was a delicious display of food - a spinach wrap with beacon, lettuce and tomato, some salad, cheese and olives - perfect for what we were looking for. There was a sitting area in the room that faced the window looking out to the beach. We had large bottles of water replaced each day in the refrigerator and bottled water in an icechest on the beach each day. The rooms were large, with tiled floors and a patio that had a view of a palm tree and the ocean beyond. We never saw anyone walking by our unit and were able to walk out the patio down a few steps the beach - very convenient. The bathrooms are huge - with a large tub and glass doored shower, two sinks, etc. The beach was windy, but the best of any of the others we went to. We enjoyed the quiet there as there were never more than a few people and the beach itself is beautiful. We only ate at this resort for the Lobster BBQ, which was awesome and for the "Manager's Reception" right before we left. The appetizers at the reception were prepared by Santorini chefs and was quite good. The manager of the resort introduced himself and was very friendly, spending a few minutes with us talking about the resort.
My only complaint was the staff at Cafe Mediterraneo where the continental breakfast was served. They were less than friendly and did not seem anxious to wait on guests. We ended up paying the $5 to have the breakfast on our balcony at the end of the week so we didn't have to deal with them.
I'd highly recommend a trip to this resort!
Can't wait to return
Just returned from a 4 night/5 day stay at the CuisinArt resort and my husband and I are looking forward to returning there next year. This was a suprise trip for my birthday and he picked the resort based on recommendations from friends and colleagues that regulary visit Cap Jaluca. Apparently Cap Jaluca was booked and he made a reservation at CuisinArt. I was a little disappointed at first since I knew little about the resort- but once I learned more about it I was looking forward to our trip.
Our stay at CuisinArt surpassed my expectations! Everything from the service to the rooms, the food, and the grounds were exceptional. If you love to relax, be yourself, enjoy heathly food all while at the most beautiful location then this is the place for you.
The resort has a new executive chef, Daniel Orr from NYC who is as nice as he is talented. He is in the process of updating the resort's menu to take advantage of the local carribean seafood and the resorts own hydrophonic farm.
You won't be disapointed with the rooms either. We had a top floor luxury junior suite w/a very beautiful view and bathroom with a solarium.
The few improvements we suggested on our departure were changing the in room "mini bar" offering to include more healthy choices and a fitness staff to live-up to the rest of the resort staff's approachability and light heartedness.
Definitely a trip worth taking!
CuisinArt and Cap Juluca: The Good, The Bad, and The Very Ugly
My wife and I got married in December 2003 at the CuisinArt resort in Anguilla. We spent five nights at the CuisinArt followed by three nights at Cap Juluca followed by two final nights at the CuisinArt (yes, we went back). It would be easy enough to fill this review with exclusively positive commentary about the beauty of both resorts, the food, and the charm of the island itself. However, my goal in this review is to draw on our experiences to provide specific comparative information about the good, the bad and the ugly parts of these two resorts (which have more similarities than differences).
The Good: The beaches, accommodations, and architecture are outstanding at both resorts. I liked the large, happy colorful rooms at CuisinArt better, but Cap Juluca has the better beach (albeit the sand is softer at the CuisinArt).
The front office manager at CuisinArt is a former wedding coordinator who was helpful to us -- at first. She offered us a room upgrade (which she said was standard practice for wedding couples), and provided a number of useful pre-wedding tips. The best tips were (a) ask for a food tasting session, (b) request meetings with each person who was responsible for a significant aspect of our wedding (e.g., photographer, cake maker, chef, florist, musician, etc.), and (c) scrap the florist and request free local flowers for our tables. Surprisingly, she also told us to dump our band (King Gossip) – one that came highly recommended by CuisinArt's sales office, and one that we had already hired in our contract with CuisinArt. I list this point here in “the good” section because numerous others subsequently confirmed that the replacement band she recommended was outstanding (in contrast to King Gossip who was merely OK). However, we felt that it was unethical to replace our band a few days before the wedding and so we did not follow her advice here. As you will see in “the ugly” section below, ethics are not the strong suit at either the CuisinArt or Cap Juluca.
The Bad: The most obvious bad at both resorts is the price. A single room that CuisinArt calls a “Junior Suite” costs (in 2004) $625 in the winter (1/4-4/15), $375 in the spring/fall (4/16-12/15) and $805 in the holiday season (12/16-1/3). Add another 20% to these 2004 rates for the mandatory taxes and service charges and the actual rates are $750, $450, and $966 respectively. Stay five consecutive nights or more in a Junior Suite during the spring/fall season and CuisinArt will drop the rate to $275 ($330).
Comparing rooms at CuisinArt and Cap Juluca is tricky because the resorts use some of the same labels to describe very different rooms. For example, whereas a Junior Suite at the CuisinArt is a large single room, a Junior Suite at Cap Juluca includes an extra room. The Luxury room at Cap Juluca is most comparable to CuisinArt’s Junior Suite. However, it is smaller and pricier. 2004 rates for this room at Cap Juluca (after adding the 20% taxes and service fees) are $936 in the winter, $642 in the spring and fall, and $504 in the summer. Holiday season rates are even higher. Notice that the price you'll pay for short stays at CuisinArt and Cap Juluca prices is most similar from 5/1–11/12 ($450 vs. $504) because Cap Juluca discounts this period further whereas CuisinArt does not. However, if you’re staying five days or more during the spring/fall season, CuisinArt is a much better deal than Cap Juluca ($330 vs. $504).
Is the magnificent Cap Juluca beach worth the difference? Close call. I say no, but my wife says yes.
Here are a few specific bads:
* Both Cap Juluca and CuisinArt had a mosquito problem, particularly around and just after sunset. It was worse at Cap Juluca – mosquitoes in the room forced us to use an electric repellant that the resort provides – but this may be because our room at Cap Juluca was on the ground floor whereas our room at CuisinArt (both times) was on the 3rd floor.
* Our “superior room” at Cap Juluca was, in reality, an inferior room. This room is the middle room in a suite of rooms. As such, it looked like what it was: a living room in which the staff stuck a bed where the couch normally would be while moving the couch to a side wall. There were empty hooks on the ceiling where flowers presumably decorated the living room when it wasn’t being passed off as a bedroom. The layout was ridiculous. Also, the bathroom in this room was Motel 6 quality. It was small, dark, and had no ledges for soap or shampoo. More importantly, though, there was little privacy in our superior room. During our first night, we could hear the guests in the adjoining room opening candy wrappers. From that moment on we began speaking in whispered tones. Incredibly, we could see directly into their room through a large space in the adjoining door. We could actually see their bed! When I asked for a different room the assistant manager asked me if I would be willing to pay for an upgrade to a luxury room and I readily agreed. However, she was not able to offer us a luxury room that we could stay in for 5 consecutive nights (she would have had us hopping from room to room). This was odd because the resort was not even close to full. So we stayed one more night in our peek-a-boo superior room (which my wife made bearable by hanging her wedding dress over the adjoining doorway). Shame on Cap Juluca for renting these rooms without warning. The view from our terrace was terrific, but for $504/night, we expected more.
* The message light on the phone at Cap Juluca blinks constantly, whether you have a message or not. To retrieve messages, one doesn’t push the prominent “messages” button on the phone. Instead, one must push *#101. Kind of funny, really.
The Ugly: The ugly parts concern the financial ethics and practices of both establishments.
* Cap Juluca – THE MANAGER'S COCKTAIL RECEPTION TRICK: Cap Juluca left the following invitation in our room: “The management team of Cap Juluca invites you to join us at our Monday Night managers cocktail reception at George’s from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of conversation and delicious hors d’oeuvres.” A separate invitation told us that there would be an $80/person dinner in that same location after 7:30 p.m. At 6:45 p.m. that Monday night, my wife and I stopped by the reception. We took some food and, like many others, sat down at a table on the sand. After a few minutes, a waiter approached us and asked for our room number. Not unreasonable – after all, they need to guard against free loaders – but I was suspicious enough to place a quick call to the front desk. Sure enough, Cap Juluca had charged us $160 for this Cocktail Reception. When I pointed out that we had only stayed for the reception and that the $80/per person dinner had not even begun yet, Cap Juluca removed the charge. I wonder how many other couples unwittingly paid an extra $160 just for attending what they thought was a complementary cocktail reception.
* Cap Juluca – LOCAL PHONE CALL TRICKERY: The in-room manuals explain that the charge for a local telephone call is 75 cents “regardless of duration.” However, I noticed that my local phone calls cost several dollars, and one cost $13.95. When I inquired, I was told that the phone company “requires” Cap Juluca to charge local calls at a rate of 45 cents per minute. Right.
* Cap Juluca – BEAUTIFICATION FUND: Upon arrival, Cap Juluca asks guests to indicate in writing whether they would be willing to pay an optional daily beautification fee. I object to this type of marketing tactic and checked no. Nevertheless, the fee appeared on my bill.
* Cap Juluca – SNEAKY TIPPING: Service charges at a rate of 15% are generally incorporated into restaurant bills throughout Anguilla. Therefore, the credit card slips do not include a space for “gratuity” as they do in the U.S. However, one of Cap Juluca’s elite restaurants (Kemia) uses a deceptive practice to elicit higher tips. When the bill arrives, a 15% service charge appears as a line on the food bill. When guests pay by credit card, the credit card slip – which is returned *without* the itemized food bill – appears with a line for “tip.” Diners who missed the service charge on the original bill are likely to inadvertently tip another 15% or so.
* Cap Juluca – LEAVING EARLY: Per our disappointing room situation at Cap Juluca, I contacted the management to request an early departure. However, Cap Juluca said that it would charge me for a minimum of three nights regardless of whether we stayed or not (I had already paid for five days in full).
* CuisinArt--PADDING THE ALCOHOL BILL: There were 37 guests at our wildly successful CuisinArt wedding. However, CuisinArt padded the bar bill. According to this bill, the average guest ordered 6 drinks apiece that night. That would mean that for every guest who consumed only 1 or 2 drinks (and there were many light drinkers), other guests consumed 10 or 11 drinks. C'mon.
*CuisinArt—BAIT AND SWITCH ROOM PRICES: Following our wedding at CuisinArt, the General Manager welcomed us to return to the CuisinArt at the 2003 special rate ($250/night) after we spent a few nights at Cap Juluca. I thanked him for the offer, and indicated that we just might return, thereby becoming a walking advertisement for CuisinArt over their upscale rival Cap Juluca. Two days later, I contacted him to say that we would indeed like to return to the CuisinArt. Once again, he guaranteed the rate to me, and assured me that there would be no problem (the resort wasn't crowded). So we packed up our belongings, checked out of Cap Juluca, and looked forward to our return to CuisinArt. However, when we arrived at the CuisinArt, the front office manager (the very same one who gave us wedding tips a few days earlier) told us that the General Manager had “forgotten” that holiday rates were now in effect. The charge would be $790/night rather than $250/night. Obviously, I disputed this bait and switch gambit and asked to speak to the General Manager. In response, the front office manager told me that I could speak to him only if I immediately paid (in cash) for the long-distance phone call to reach him. I’m serious! She also said that the arrangements we made with the General Manager were not binding on CuisinArt because our contract with him was merely oral. Here I should say that she conveyed this information in the most hostile manner imaginable -- she seemed almost gleeful to stick it to us. After speaking to another member of the office staff (who was marginally less hostile), the resort eventually honored our agreed-upon rate. However, my wife was in tears by this point, and this shocking scene provided an ugly final chapter to our experience with CuisinArt.
Bottom line: both resorts are absolutely gorgeous, expensive, and run by astonishingly unethical people.
Heaven on Earth!!!
My husband and I just returned from a one week stay at the CusinArt Resort & Spa and it was absolutely fantastic! The resort is beautiful, the beach is terrific, the service is first rate, the food is delicious (especially the salads made with fresh vegetables from the resort's hydrophonic and organic gardens), the spa services are very relaxing and the staff are incredibly friendly. I highly recommend the fitness classes with Peter, free of charge - aquatic kickboxing, power walks on the beach, yoga and pilates, to name a few. The classes were a wonderful way to start each day. I also recommend a catamaran ride with the water sports staff, a fun way to spend part of an afternoon. If you do venture off the resort to dine, which you should - Blanchards and Flavours are both great. Straw Hat is a unique dining experience as it is situated right over the ocean. The only negative was lunch at George's at Cap Juluca, the restaurant itself (while right on the beach) is in need of a significant face lift and the food was only average. We had a wonderful stay at the CusinArt - we could not have asked for more - and we recommend it without reservation.
run, do not walk. This place is amazing. Great service, beautiful beach, pool is incredible, June is a great time to go. Hardly crowded at all and the rates are much better. We really debated a lot between Cap & Cuisinart - glad we chose Cuisinart. Cap looked VERY spread out - but I'm sure it's nice as well, but Cuisinart is much newer and not as "british" feeling, more modern I guess. The gym was very well-equipped, never full, the rooms are ENORMOUS, we had a junior suite on the 2nd floor, Building 4, would definitely recommend that & the "sea of love" package - well worth it with everything that is included and the price of the dinners. EVERYTHING is imported to Anguilla, so food is not cheap, but you will LOVE all of the fresh fruit & seafood.Scily Cay is great, and ALL OF THE SPA TREATMENTS WERE INCREDIBLE. Anguilla is a gorgeous place, no crime, no casinos, no one trying to sell you a time share or jewelry, the people there are so proud of their island, it's wonderful to see. Can't WAIT to go back and will go back to the Cuisinart. The only minor thing was they changed the format of the continental breakfast towards the end of our week due to the hotel not being as full, but they will bring you ANYTHING you want. Sabreena at the pool is a delight, as were all of the housekeeping staff. ENJOY!
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