Four Seasons Resort and Residence Anguilla
What We Love
- Kelly Wearstler’s glamorous interiors that feature sculptural furniture and floor-to-ceiling travertine bathrooms
- Multiple room options for families and groups, from One-Bedroom Ocean View Suites to Four- to Five-Bedroom Villas
- The spa's indoor and outdoor treatment rooms with sweeping sea views and a soundtrack of crashing waves
- Two distinct beaches—serene white-sand Barnes Bay or lively Meads Bay
What To Know
- At 35 acres with over 181 keys, this is the biggest resort on the island
- There are three pools, including one for families and the cliffside, adults-only infinity Sunset Pool
- The atmosphere is very-family friendly
- Villas, set apart from the rest of the resort, offer more privacy as well as their own pools
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With its sleek architecture, glamorous Kelly Wearstler-design, rows of palm trees, and open-air Sunset Lounge, the Four Seasons Anguilla exudes an LA-meets-the-Caribbean vibe. The 35-acre oceanfront resort offers a spectacularly beautiful backdrop with two distinct beaches, cliffside pools, and killer ocean views at every turn, whether you are getting a spa treatment or eating breakfast at Coba. Rooms are done in soothing tones with gold accents, and oversized bathrooms in travertine marble with deep soaking tubs and separate showers. Villas, set by the quieter Barnes Bay beach, offer a distinct experience from the rest of the resort: the Four-Bedroom Villas are roomy at over 4,700 square feet with a central living space, kitchen, dining area, and four ensuite bedrooms laid out to ensure privacy. If you can tear yourself away from your private pool and view, head down to the Half Shell Beach Bar for lobster rolls and a Dean Supreme Cocktail. Don’t miss the Sunset Lounge, where Instagram-worthy sunset views, sushi bites, and rum cocktails await.
In the Area
Anguilla is known as much for its restaurants as its beaches, and many of the island’s best foodie spots are can be reached by walking from the Four Seasons down Mead’s Bay beach. Be sure to visit the French-Caribbean restaurant Jacala, loved for its candlelit Moroccan-inspired backdrop, or the cheery, beachfront Straw Hat. If you only go to one restaurant on your stay, make it Blanchard’s for food you will be dreaming about on your return flight back. At the far end of the mile-long beach is the cliffside resort Malliouhana—a lovely spot for a sunset cocktail.
How to Get There
We traveled with my wife in late Feb 2019. We had a terrible experience as far as service went. 4 months later I’m still fuming over the experience. I rarely leave reviews, but my experience here was bad enough that I am making the exception. We stayed 3 nights at Four Seasons and then 4 nights at Belmond Cap Juluca. The service at Belmond was far more superior than the experience we had at the Four Seasons.
Let’s address my gripes:
We arrived at the hotel around 4pm. We were told our room was not yet ready because there was some miscommunication regarding our room preferences. Ultimately it was ready around 5pm despite the fact that check-in was 3pm.
In the meantime, they asked if we wanted dinner reservations and we said yes, let’s book one of the restaurants on the property for 8pm (Coba). Meanwhile, we went and had lunch by the pool and they said they would buy our drinks to make up for the delay in getting our room. When the bill came, they didn’t cover our drinks. I suppose there was miscommunication between the person at check-in and the restaurant. We did not even bother mentioning this initially. But then, later that evening, we showed up at dinner, and the hostess asked for our name, and told us she didn’t see a reservation for us. We asked if they could seat us, and they said we would have to wait 30 minutes (even though the restaurant looked quite empty). We immediately asked them to call the front desk, explained that they told us they would make a reservation for us, and clearly they did not. They apologized, but we still had to wait about 20 minutes to get a table. Quite frustrating especially because we even asked the guy who showed us into our room to make sure that they made a reservation for us for dinner that night. Miscommunication seems to be a common theme already.
They asked us to stop by the front desk after dinner, and we did and mentioned everything that happened, including them not covering our drinks at lunch even though they said they would. The woman at the front desk apologized and then asked us how much the drinks were because the computer system was down and she couldn’t find the receipt. We said we didn’t know...she said she wanted to go get cash out of the register to pay us back. Quite awkward as we didn’t pay cash in the first place...we said don’t worry about it and just credit something back to our room bill, we didn’t want cash. Very strange and unprofessional to even offer that.
Okay so first day was an array of miscommunication and overall flops. Let’s move on and enjoy vacation.
Day two begins with us going to the breakfast. Overall, a fine breakfast but nothing special. Can’t say Belmond was much better on this front though. We went back to the main pool to relax, went to jump in, but it was quite cold (not at all heated). Perhaps that’s a personal preference. But you got to have at least one properly heated pool on a property that large. Anyways, lunch time rolls around and we decide to go Bamboo Bar and Grill. Turns out that on whichever day it was we decided to go there they didn’t offer an a la carte menu, only a mixed grill option which was basically 45 bucks worth of chicken, beef, ribs, etc and sides. Maybe that’s what some people want to eat, but when I’m on a beach vacation, I prefer a lighter lunch. Didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t opt for that at Bamboo, so we said okay, let’s go to Half Shell Beach Bar instead. Asked the hostess to call us a golf cart so that we didn’t have to walk 15 minutes across the property to get there. They told us it would be there in 5 mins. 10 mins pass, still no cart. We ask what’s going on with the cart, and they call back and say there was some confusion but it’s on it’s way now. Another 5-8 mins pass and now it’s been nearly 20 mins that we have been waiting for the cart, and I’m losing it. I say okay forget it, we are skipping lunch and going to the beach and relaxing. I go lay down on a lounge chair in front of Bamboo, and a band comes on there and starts playing music quite loudly. Fine, I get some people want live music with their lunch, and so I try to just chill and read my book. But it just so happens that right next door, there’s a restaurant that’s hosting a reggae party that evening and they start doing sound checks. Speakers blasting at full bass, literally feels like the beach is bouncing. Band still playing, and these sound checks don’t last a minute. They come on and off for at least another 20 minutes. And then back again over the next couple hours. So I’ve got bass blasting and all sorts of cacophony from the sound check, mixed with this band at Bamboo blasting at the same time. I couldn’t imagine a less peaceful and un-zen experience. I am fuming and about to lose it after this mix of horrific communication, general lack of competence, and appalling mix of sounds as I try to relax on my lounge chair. I live on the corner of a busy block in Manhattan and I can tell you I found my apartment far more peaceful than this experience. And I paid 1600 bucks a night for this? I like to spend on staying at nice places, but I expect a good experience. This was about as bad as I could imagine.
Anyways, our third day was much less eventful (good thing). We eventually made our way to the Belmond Cap Juluca, spent 4 nights there, and everything was exceptional in terms of service, the room, and the beach. Food situation in neither was great, but I take that as a generally common theme across the Caribbean (in contrast to Mexico). Two exceptions on the island that are worth eating at: Jacala and Blanchard’s Beach Shack.
If you’re debating at staying in the Four Seasons or the Belmond, go for the Belmond. In fact, if you’re thinking of going all the way to Anguilla to stay at the Four Seasons, you might as well go to a hotel in Miami. Service will likely be equally bad, but at least you’ll have better food.
We had a lovely stay at this resort. We had booked a studio but got upgraded to a 1 bedroom at check-in. We stayed for 6 nights and ate at all of their spots & never had a bad meal. Bamboo Grill was our least favorite. The room was spotless & had everything you needed - even an umbrella. There are no black-out curtains in the bedroom & no hot tubs at the pools. We had a plunge pool on our balcony but it didn’t get hot. Food isn’t cheap - think $30 for a burger for lunch at the pool - but it was all very good. The sunsets were amazing.
The hotel and grounds are beautiful and expansive; there were a few business conventions the week we were there but they were easily avoided and the property is so large we really did not notice. Beaches are gorgeous and the staff will take fantastic care of you!
The food at the beach, pool, Sunset Lounge and restaurant was delicious and both places we went off property were also yummy!
Staff was gracious and welcoming at every turn, we really felt welcome and acknowledged wherever we went.
The transfers were arranged by the hotel from St. Maarten and they were seamless which was very nice of course.
We cannot wait to return with our family!
This place is exceptional. By far this was one of my top 2 trips of my life. The location of the property, the ease of getting there, the condition of everything and the people working there are all outstanding. We felt like we were the only ones there.
Our suite was ground level, overlooking the beautiful waters, with a large covered balcony with soaking tub. Every day, twice a day, everything was well taken care of. Great accommodations.
The grounds were perfectly kept. The Spa is also a must and the exercise facility has the best equipment around. The meals we had on site were very good. You also have some fantastic places on Meads Bay to walk to. At night though you should use some sort of transport just because of how dark it is to walk a beach.
The sunset bar is the place to be every afternoon. It’s so beautiful. You also have to visit with Caroma at the half shell. She’ll hook you up.
Cheers to our new Anguillan family. We will absolutely be back.
Four Seasons is a beautiful resort. My family of 5 spent a week here and just returned. The people are wonderful and extremely attentive. Dr Chill at the pool was our favorite. While at the pool, we were given samples of smoothies, hummus and rum punch. We also had a foot and hand massage. Dr Chill gave us a wonderful facial and finished it off with a wonderful ice cold towel and cleaned all of our sunglasses. He was the BEST! Pool service was quick and drinks and food were wonderful. Cold ice water was delivered to us throughout the day.
Breakfast was very good. We had omelettes, bacon, sausage, toast, fresh cut fruits, wonderful juices and an assortment of sweets. Again, very attentive.
Food at Coba was good. We were able to experience dinner out every night and ate at some wonderful places. Jacala was our favorite. Straw Hat was also wonderful with a beautiful view. Pimms..just ok. Dolce Vita has some wonderful pasta dishes. Another favorite was Veya. Cab rides are pricey however. Ran our family $60 round trip every night. We had our own personal taxi and friend Harry. Ask anyone in Anguilla to call Harry if you need a taxi. He was the best. Felt like we made a friend. We had him for our entire stay and was always a phone call away. Sunset lounge was wonderful for after dinner dessert and drinks with live bands every night.
Rooms were very nice. Didn’t get our promised upgrade when checking in, but after emailing the manager, our room was upgraded to a three bedroom just 2 hrs after checking in. We appreciated that with a large family. Only problem with rooms were they never seemed to get cool enough. Had air on 68 the entire time but at night seemed very warm.
Beaches were beautiful. We experienced all three while we were there.
We used the tennis courts and workout facilities while there and both are very nice. A cooler of water bottles was given to us before playing tennis. The workout facilities and trainers were very very good.
While the roosters and chickens were entertaining during the day, not so much at 6am outside our room. I jokingly mentioned having chicken for dinner the first morning he woke us up to one of the pool attendants. Needless to say, we didn’t here the rooster outside our room the rest of our stay. Coincidence?? Haha!
The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was for the larger groups that came in mid week and confusion on the package we purchased. We experienced the intimacy of the hotel the first half of week before groups came in so maybe it spoiled us. They were loud and partying at night which didn’t bother us. However breakfast service and food went down hill once the groups came in. Food ran out at breakfast, waited 10-15 minutes for an omelette. Also the beach ran out of chairs, however they did bring down chairs from the pool area for seating. My main compliant was on Friday they completely shut down the Atleta pool and beach around noon and Sunday they closed the main beach and other family pool for a private event at noon. It was a bit frustrating having the entire beach and pool shut down for the afternoon when we are also paying so much money to use these facilities.
We purchased the residence retreat package for our family. We asked front desk on THREE occasions what would happen to any money we didn’t use since we were eating off site a lot. On three occasions we were told a $2800 one time fee would be credited to our account and whatever we didn’t use would be deducted from our final bill. This was not the case, we only used $1500 of it and when checking out were told the rest would take off any additional charges we had (taxes, tips, surcharges),. We ended up losing about $1300 of our credit because it could not be used for the nightly room charge. If it had been clearer we would have went to spa, rented a cabana for the day, drank a bit more at the pool, had room service. It’s a shame it wasn’t made clear that if not used you loose and do not receive credit for the amount. Lesson learned.
We used Four Seasons private boat charter from and to Saint Maarten. We also used the public ferry for a day trip to SXM. Trust me when I say, get the private boat!!
I would recommend four seasons to anyone going to Anguilla. Just do your research. On to the next island!