Belmond Cap Juluca
What We Love
- Within 30 steps of the beach
- A celebrity favorite, thanks to the resort's intimacy and discretion
- First-rate dining in three water's-edge restaurants
- Great location on Anguilla’s chic West End
- In-room spa treatments, water sports and morning poolside yoga
What To Know
- Naturally romantic vibe makes it a good choice for couples
- A 25-minute boat ride from St. Martin
- Many guests rent a car to explore the island; just remember that they drive on the left here
- Golf at CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa is pricey, but the course is beautiful (and challenging)
- Fees for motorized water sports during high season
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Cap Juluca in West End Village, you’ll be on the beach and convenient to Barnes Bay and Meads Bay Beach. This 5-star hotel is within the region of Rendezvous Bay Beach and Crocus Bay Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 70 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Rooms have private furnished patios. 40-inch LCD televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and bathrobes.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and body treatments. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an outdoor pool, and an outdoor tennis court. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a library. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Wonderful resort with a private beach that is second to none. Staff members are incredibly friendly and do an amazing job remembering your name and making your stay special; Spent 5 days there and would have been perfectly content to stay at the resort the entire time, even though there is much to see and do elsewhere on the island.
I love what Belmond has done with the resort…keeping with the traditional feel but taking it up to a new level of comfort and luxe. Everything looks fresh and well cared for which is wonderful. The way they've incorporated the Pimm’s building into the everyday guest experience with an incredible breakfast every day is really lovely and the Cap Shack is a really fun addition to the property as well. I also appreciate the environmental considerations like the steel straws in maunday’s club and compostable plates and utensils at Cap Shack.
The new vibe and overall fresh feel to the resort is wonderful, but my favorite part of our stay truly comes down to the people who really make Cap Juluca a special and a treasured experience every time … On the beach you could not beat the attention from Carol…he is an asset to their team, and very attentive and on top of things every single day. Jermaine , Moises and Alexander were also great and super friendly. Jessica at Cap Shack was super energetic and a delightful person to chat with. At breakfast (which was wonderful every day, compliments to the kitchen staff, and a great addition to the overall experience) Alicia, St. Clair, Floyd, Jacqueline, Michline, Ashanti and Priscilla were all incredible and so kind….what a great way to start the day with such nice people who really focus on the guest experience. The attentive and caring staff really sets Cap Juluca all apart from other travel experiences .
We also appreciated Ingrid in housekeeping and last but not least is Megan, who is another huge asset to the resort and always had a big smile, positive outlook and willingness to make our stay the very best.
Cap Juluca is back and better than ever. Amazing island. Amazing stay. Amazing trip.
Belmond, the current owners of Cap Juluca, market themselves as delivering "A Sense of Place". The Cap certainly delivers on this promise. Few would argue it has the best beach on the Island (and private enough that few outsiders visit), a protected cove so that the water is calm, and a tranquil laid back vibe that makes you feel you're truly on a small Caribbean Island with endless sun and shore.
Every room, regardless of category, is beach front. This means you can be bed to beach in less than 1 minute. The rooms truly are only about size and layout, not location. They are comfortable but not overly designed and come with every amenity you would require - though you likely won't be in it much.
The beach is beautiful - a long cove of endless white sand. The buildings are arranged down the curved beach from main house (this is where the lobby, restaurants and pool are located) to the end of the property (where you'll find the lunch only beach shack and bar). The spa and fitness center is located midway down the stretch of buildings. Each "villa" houses the individual rooms and suites, with no more than 6 in each building. This gives one a sense of being in your own place, despite having neighbors. Junior Suites and above come with a "Villa Host" who you can communicate with via phone or text. They are indispensable here and can make your stay really work if you utilize them. Anything you need can be arranged and they genuinely care. Suites come with golf carts, which are helpful given the long road between food and the most distant villas (10-15 minute walk at max)
The pool and deck , next to the main house is small and only can accommodate a dozen or so comfortably. The beach however has plenty of room and loungers and umbrellas for everyone on property. Each umbrella has a call button to summon the staff to bring you food and drink. This is good to know, since they don't roam constantly -- which you'll love, or find frustrating, which is the primary consideration when choosing Cap Juluca.
While the room prices here are on-par with the nearby Four Seasons, they are not comparable properties. What the Belmond has, the Four Seasons doesn't, and vice versa. Belmond has the best beach, room locations and sense that you're actually in Anguilla. Four Seasons has stunning, modern architecture, 3 times the number of rooms (plus permanent residents), large scale facilities, and legendary Four Seasons service, but could literally be on Miami Beach save the accents. There are some long-time employees at Cap Juluca that are truly amazing and will make your stay like family (see Sonia at the pool, Priscilla at Cips, Alexander or Koreen on the beach), overall the service is uneven at best. It's a little stunning to walk in a restaurant at this price and wait 5 minutes to even be greeted, or have staff walk by and not say hello. You'll certainly be given anything you ask for with a smile, but you'll first need to find and ask someone. Everyone is extremely friendly if you break the ice, you have to know that going in not to be disappointed. It is, like moving into a neighborhood -- once you know people, it's amazing. The first few days might make you wonder if you picked the right spot.
There are 3 restaurants (tapas, casual Italian, and upscale carribean) which all have great food. The best food however is on island - so ask for the local spots and explore. The spa is geared toward relaxation and rejuvenation, and again is tranquil and peaceful.
That said, if you choose to come here to relax, romance, have true family time, and experience the real Caribbean with minimal distractions, this IS the placee. As promised, by Belmond.
This was our 4th visit to Cap Juluca. We were excited to see the renovations and they did not disappoint. The rooms are amazing: redone top to bottom. The new furnishings were great including the new patio furniture and beach chairs/ umbrella. Also, Belmond added some nice new touches like the enhanced mini bar and the Bang & Olufsen travel speaker, which can be taken to the beach. However, I was surprised to see big bottle dispensers for shampoo and conditioner like you would see at Embassy Suites in the bathrooms. Did not feel very luxurious. Cap Juluca used to have small individualized bottles of Bvlgari shampoo, conditioner, and soap. With Belmond and Bvlgari both being owned by LVMH, I would hope to have the same caliber products instead of what was provided. The smell of these always takes us back to Cap Juluca and has summoned the need to book a return trip! We were disappointed this touch was gone.
Cap Juluca’s new restaurants were good. The food truck venue at the end of the beach: Cap Shack has great bar/food setting. My fish taco was great; however, my wife’s tuna poke was average. The drinks were fantastic. We had dinner one night at the BBQ on the beach. I would highly recommend. Muandays’ new bar was great. We enjoyed unique cocktails by Barbi and her quick wit. We had breakfast every morning at Cips. Excellent breakfast buffet with beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, we never made it to Pimms. Just ran out of time with so many good restaurants on Anguilla.
We made a visit to the spa and thought it was great. This was a fabulous upgrade. I had read some reviews about the spa and fitness center being too small. There are quaint, but perfect size for vacation. If you are exercising too much at Cap Juluca, you are doing something wrong.
The beach and beach service continue to be one of the hallmarks for Cap Juluca. Jermaine and Carol took great care of us. It was so nice to see Carol is still there. He encompasses so much of what Cap Juluca is all about. Also, it was great to see Gene and Myron at the front again. They have always welcomed us to Cap Juluca and have been so helpful with restaurants and taxis.
With all the accolades, we are concerned that Cap Juluca is losing its quaintness and excellent customer service, becoming too corporate. To start, there was a large group from H&R Block who was clearly on the corporate credit card. They were loud, rude to staff, and consumed a lot of the resort attention, which detracted from our stay. For example, I could not get the concierge or the manager to respond to my e-mails and phone calls before we arrived to arrange dinners. Also, we could not get seats at the pool or Maundays bar one afternoon/ night because it had been reserved for H&R Block employees. It would have been nice for management to notify us about this large group when we booked our arrangements. We would have probably changed dates. I would recommend asking in the future.
We were also sad to see the honor system for golf carts no longer existed. Previous visits, you just took golf cart from one place to another. It was part of the special nature of Cap Juluca trusting environment. However, now to use golf cart, you must rent one. Maybe with the more corporate group travel the honor system is hard to enforce. Sad.
Belmond has clearly invested resources into Cap Juluca. With such improvements, I hope Cap Juluca does not lose its personality that has made it such a special place. The staff have always remembered the little things to make your special stay special, where the employees felt like family that you would see with a smile every visit, and where families and couples came to relax. One happy family. We hope Belmond does not change this.
When my wife and I decide to try a new place, we usually book it for a shorter stay. So we decided only to stay 4 nights mid June. We flew into St. Maarten and opted for the shared Ferry transport (approx 25 minute ride time) to Anguilla. After a short taxi ride, we were at the resort. The architecture is really nice and the views of the beach from the main building are great.
We stayed in a 1st floor room right on the beach. The room was well appointed with big comfortable bed, table and chairs, a couch and coffee table. There was also a cabinet that was basically a mini bar fridge thingamajig. The bathroom had a marble shower complete with rain shower head and a separate wand shower extension that comes in handy when washing one’s undercarriage. There was a walk in closet, big enough to house a dresser and hold two suit cases a full length mirror and plenty of room to hang clothes. The dresser also has a combination safe. There were very sturdy hurricane proof sliding glass doors that opened to let you out onto the terrace. The terrace was covered and had two lounges a table and a couch. From there you can walk right out to the beach, just a few paces away.
We had always heard that the beaches in Anguilla were beautiful. It is true. The beach at the resort is a wide beach with soft white sand. The beach is outfitted with comfortable lounges and umbrellas and serviced by the friendly staff in the various bars located along the beach. They offer food and drink service right to your lounge, and come by several times a day with free bites and libations. The beach is quiet and peaceful. At the end of the beach is Cap Shack, a wooden structure where you can sit in the shade and get a drink or some food from the food truck. My wife’s favorite was the Quinoa burger, while my favorite was the Taco. Be careful when ordering drinks, as some are priced reasaonably, but others are not ($24 for a Patron single is ridiculous. Maybe they are getting a bad deal from their distributor, because they serve more expensive liquors at lower prices than Patron.)
So, breakfast everyday is included. And it is very good. The view from the restaurant over looking the water is fantastic. The buffet includes eggs, sausage, bacon, various pastries, fruits, various freshly squeezed fruit juices (which I mixed together), cured meats, lox, various breads and Johnny Cakes, etc. You could also order an egg dish like an omelet or pouched eggs or whatever that was included with the buffet. They would bring water and coffee as well. We would sit and read the concise versions of Newspapers that they provide. Breakfast was peaceful bliss.
For Dinner they serve Italian food. It’s good, but not great.
The views are amazing looking out over the water at night. The food is fantastic. Just go.
Peruvian food and cocktails at night. Regular food during the day. The Peruvian food was very good.
So each night @6:00 they have a ritual wherein they give large swords to drunk people that were drinking all day on the beach and tell them to chop off the top of a Prosecco bottle and try leave all of their fingers intact. So when we arrived the first day of course I had to try it and was successful on my first try. It’s fun and I suggest having a family member or friend take a video. Even if you don’t try it, you still get to sip Prosecco at the end of the day with an incredible view.
If you are there on the night they have it, go. Lots’ of tasty food options and music right on the beach.
The staff can make or break a stay. So we’d like to mention those that helped make our stay great. Delano and Euliline from the beach. Andre who seemed to be all over the place from Cap Shack to Maundays Club. Tiago also seemed to be everywhere chatting with guests and making sure everything was good. Henrique also was everywhere from helping us with Sabering to an awesome Rum Tasting experience. Plus he’s a huge Gator fan, which by definition makes him Cool. Last but not least we’d like to mention Matthew our Villa Host. He was helpful and attentive and took care of our requests promptly. And he checked in with us from time to time to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. The amount of attention he gave us was just right.
We should have stayed a couple of extra days. 4 nights was not enough. If you like a quiet resort, where you step right out onto the beach from your room this place will do the trick.