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Cap Juluca: The Ultimate Barefoot Escape

Cap Juluca has established a steady following around seasoned travelers who truly appreciate its authentic Anguillan feel since its opening in the 1980s. Established on 179 acres of land on the western tip of Anguilla, the 108-room Cap Juluca has one of the most pristine stretches of coastline on the island and a warm staff, many of whom have been on property for decades.

The hotel's 66 rooms, 42 suites and eight villas (ranging from two to five bedrooms) are split into a series of dwellings in the moresque style. Each has no more than six structures, a layout that encompasses a sense of privacy, as each villa emerges into beautiful gardens. All rooms and suites have views of Maundays Bay via vast floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, direct access to both the beach and private patios or lounge terraces, ideal for relaxing with a book or enjoying brunch al fresco. Every villa has been significantly upgraded with modern touches, such as bedside charging ports and Bluetooth speakers throughout, and a coastal palette of neutrals and pastels. True to the Belmond brand and testament to local touches, the rooms are fitted with an inviting sense of place, such as a rope-bordered mirror above the bed, framed sketches of the flora and fauna of Anguilla and coastal bird species, or shell-collecting guidebooks.

Most guests will spend their days on the beach, an ideal alternative to the remarkable and recently renovated infinity pool, which sits behind the chic Maundays Club, an al fresco restaurant beyond the open-air lobby that serves fresh fruit juices, smoothies and light bites during the day, and after sunset, a classy ceviche and tapas menu. The sea here is calm enough that even small children can splash about, unlike some of the north-facing beaches, such as Meads Bay. Water sports, sailing, a driving range, tennis courts, a fitness center, a croquet lawn and a media room provide amenities and venues for those inclined to leave the beach. Three treatment rooms, a swimming pool with a relaxation area, a fully fitted fitness studio and a wellness boutique are located in the resort's standalone Arawak Spa. There are also two al fresco beach cabanas for al fresco pampering.

Additional dining options at the resort include the casual Italian seaside restaurant Cip's by Cipriani, named after the iconic restaurant at the sister hotel in Cap Juluca, Belmond Hotel Cipriani. Its positioning on the water means that diners are surrounded by enchanting turquoise Caribbean seas, and the atmosphere is picturesque and stunning. Live music begins in the evening and flows down the beach and into the sea, where guests watch the sunset from their plush lounges. Pimms, the hotel's flagship restaurant, sits next to Cip's and is an institution at Belmond Cap Juluca. Executive chef Andy Gaskin creates elevated Caribbean classics with Moroccan influences, showcasing seafood-focused delicacies. He also presents a tasting menu for the chef's table. The casual "shack" beachfront, called The Cap Shack, is suitable for fun beach BBQs in the late afternoon.

This resort is perfect for couples and families looking for a chic and seamless experience, a stunning beach with tranquil turquoise waters and five-star white glove service. Year after year, Cap Juluca has a loyal and dedicated following of guests who return. Once experiencing this remarkable resort you are sure to return as well.

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