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
- 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
My wife and I just returned from a week at the Four Season Anguilla. Our stay was exceptional and even more than we had hoped it would be. We researched this site and others for 1.5 to 2 years before making our decision. We considered all types of Carribean islands and resorts. After our week, we are thrilled with our decision. I'm going to write a lengthy review to help you in making your decision as well. In summary, if you choose to stay here, you will have your dream vacation, you will not want to leave, and you will return with friends and family.
Traveling - we flew into St. Maarten and had pre-arranged with FS to have the boat transfer to Anguilla. The trip was seamless. A FS rep will meet you as you exit the airport then get you into a vehicle to go to the marina, which is about 100 yards from the airport. The boat ride to Anguilla is a lot of fun, so I recommend doing that. It takes about 30 minutes, quick customs check-in with Anguilla, then you are off an a cab ride to the resort, which takes about 10-15 minutes (US$22 for the cab). Coming home was more cumbersome, as we waited quite a while at the St. Maarten airport to depart. The airport is still recovering from Irma, so you are basically in one giant room waiting on your flight to get called. It really wasn't a big deal and we simply reminisced about our trip and talked with some other guests we met on the boat ride who also stayed at FS. As for tips, they add up quickly in getting to and from Anguilla. You will have to tip drivers, porters, cabs. I'd say you need to have $20-30 handy each way. US dollars are accepted around the island.
The island - Anguilla has numerous beautiful beaches. We rented a car one day and traveled to Rendezvous Bay (ate at the infamous Sunshine Shack) then went over to Shoal Bay. Both very pretty beaches worth visiting and that staff from the FS recommended to us. (Concierge arranged the rental and the rental staff made the process very simple, around $55/day with a one-time $15 for a temporary license). Rendezvous Bay had a view of the mountains on the french side of St. Maarten and had gorgeous green water with white sand (Cuisinart is on this beach). We enjoyed our time sitting in front of Sunshine Shack and talking with their staff. Shoal Bay is a long beautiful beach that is ranked one of the top in the world. Gorgeous Caribbean water and sand. We found this beach to be too crowded and commercialized for our taste, with quite a bit of seaweed as well. But it was still very nice to see (Zemi is on this beach). One night, we had dinner at Veya, which was outstanding. Great staff and service and the snapper and crayfish were top-notch. Also had the chocolate dessert which was delicious. The Anguillan people are truly special and are so friendly wherever you go. We felt safe everywhere we went and truly enjoyed our time driving around. As as everyone will tell you, "STAY ON THE LEFT."
Four Seasons Anguilla (the property): I honestly don't know where to begin. Every part of this hotel is immaculate. The rooms, the views, the sidewalks, the landscaping, the furniture - everything is perfectly maintained. It makes you feel special because you are surrounded by such beauty and decor. The hotel spares no expense in making you feel that you are in paradise as you enjoy the pools, restaurants and beaches. Barnes Bay is to the right of the hotel. It is about one-mile long and has the exact green and blue colors you want from a Caribbean resort. There are a lot of activities to do on this beach and plenty of chairs to enjoy laying out, reading, whatever you want to do. Bamboo Grill and Pool are also located next to Barnes Bay. The views from the pool and Grill here are excellent. Even though this might be considered a "Family Pool," my wife and I enjoyed spending time here and taking in the water colors of Barnes Bay. Meads Bay is to the left of the hotel. We spent almost all of our time here. The water clarity here is 20-30 feet on calm days and couldn't be more breathtaking in the daytime sun. There are groupings of rocks here that the waves crash against and that harbor all colors of fish. Not as easy to swim here, but there is easy access as you go to the end of the beach by the resort. I snorkeled here every day and really enjoyed myself. If you go along the cliff of the resort to where the white stairs do down towards the water, then you will see dozens of fish of all kinds. I would just sit in one spot and watch all the fish swim around the rocky outcroppings. It was a great way to spend my days. We also played tennis every day and really enjoyed the nice facilities. I would make reservations if you want to play b/c it was popular. I used the gym as well every morning and found plenty to do to keep myself in shape. As everything is, it was very clean and maintained so well. There is an extra treat if you go to the gym early in the morning. I'll leave it at that:) I got up every day around 5:30, (yea, I know, I'm supposed to be on vacation) and had the resort to myself, except for my special morning visits from "Prince." You'll meet this little guy when you visit.
Staff: The FS is outstanding in every way, but the Anguillan people who make up the majority of the staff are truly what makes this place special. They are beyond friendly, welcoming, kind and fun-loving. Everywhere you go at any time of the day the staff is there to help you and serve you. We felt pampered the entire week - at the beach, pool, restaurants, tennis, reception, everywhere. I must give a huge ovation and thank you to Pool at Meads Bay. We met Pool on our first day there and spent time with him while we were at Meads Bay. Pool's motto is that he is going to take care of his "celebrities," who is anyone that visits his beach. He absolutely did that. Every day he was so kind and friendly and went out of his way to answer our questions about the island, life on Anguilla, the resort, and simply be a fun, outgoing friend, which is what Pool is to us now. To the FS management, Pool is beyond exceptional in what he does. I would return simply to see him! We also appreciated "Jay" at Meads Bay who was very knowledgeable about the fish species around Anguilla and told us what we were seeing as we snorkeled as swam. An extremely kind and friendly young man who also made us feel like stars.
Two examples of great service and care for their guests: I requested a Bible when I arrived, as I enjoyed reading each morning. There was not one on the property when I asked. However, a few hours later, someone was at my door with a Bible. The staff had sent someone out to purchase it for me without me asking. That is one small example of how they want to meet your every need and go above and beyond. At checkout, I reviewed my bill and found some discrepancies, charges that should not have been on my bill. When I brought that to the hotel's attention, they were immediately addressed and removed, no arguing about it. This attitude summed up their excellence in all other areas of service.
Room: We stayed in Room 311, which was a one-bedroom suite. It was excellent, but I would probably just do the one-bedroom if I had to do it over again. You will NOT spend time in your room, so we really didn't need to spend money for the extra space. Another couple we met did enjoy the suite as they went to bed at different hours. We did see one 3-bedroom suite and it was massive. Plenty of room for a family of 5-6 located by Meads Bay. The villas and townhomes are beautiful and are located by Barnes Bay. Wifi is available throughout the property but is not the best. It's slow but you can purchase a higher speed. Rooms were cleaned each day after we left and we had no issues throughout our stay. There was a business meeting there during our stay, but the band would quit playing for them around 9:30 so we really appreciated that. They were just below our room. Very respectful of all guests.
Restaurants: The star of the resort, as you can tell from the website, is Sunset Lounge. It overlooks Barnes Bay with a view out into the ocean. Great sushi here and live music. It gets very crowded at sunset so come early if you want a good seat. After sunset, it's a great place to relax every night. We also ate at the two restaurants by the beaches. Both were great with a variety of apps and entrees to order. We saved Coba, the fine-dining, until the last two nights. One of the best meals we have ever had. They had swordfish one night as a special and I was trying to steal it off my wife's plate when she looked away. It was the best seafood we have ever eaten. If you go, you MUST do the chocolate lava cake for dessert with banana ice cream - we are still talking about it. The breakfast buffet each day was perfect with an assortment of eggs and omelettes made to order, fruits of different kinds, juices, coffee, treats, oatmeal, etc. We loved this as a start to our day. A few days in, the staff knew our coffee preferences and had it ready for us. Very special. FYI, a gratuity is added to every meal and beverage, so no need to walk around with funds.
I trust this has been some help to your decision. Like I said, we agonized over our decision for a long time as we couldn't decide which resort/island to choose. In the end, we went with the Four Seasons brand and here is what I can tell you - we will not go to any other resort now. FS Anguilla will be our permanent vacation spot. My brother was so impressed by the pictures I sent him that he and his family are returning with our family next year.
If you are looking for a truly remarkable, luxurious vacation with breathtaking views and water, exceptional service and people, and fun in the ocean, I could not recommend FS Anguilla more highly. It will be a dream vacation for you.
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Great location on the Island - stunning rooms and quite exceptional service from the entire four seasons team. I believe every room has a view of the ocean and seeing Omalie perform 2 nights was outstanding entertainment in the bar in the evening
My second stay at a Four Seasons. I think they are nice, but not over the top nice. The Anguilla Four Seasons is a beautiful hotel with nice pools , a great fitness center, and located beside a gorgeous beach with some of the best sand I have ever experienced. The beach staff is very attentive and will set up your chair and umbrella and bring you ice water and treats at regular intervals. Very nice. No problem getting chairs when needed like some places. They supply all the sun tan lotion you might need as well. Drinks and food are a bit pricey. We went to Blanchard's and Straw Hat just down the beach for breakfast and lunch. They had very good food at more reasonable prices. The staff was friendly but not proactively going out of their way to make you feel welcomed.
The Four Seasons Hotel in Anguilla is the best Four Seasons in the world
The property is exquisite and maintained to perfection. The staff at every touch point delivered in every aspect. The rooms are more than generous in space and amenities.
If your your looking for the perfect vacation, choose this property.
While the 4 Seasons advertises no smoking rooms, they allow people to smoke on their balconies. If you are above or next to one of those balconies, it would be impossible for you to enjoy your balcony. Fortunately, we did not have a smoking neighbor on our recent visit. Almost nobody smoked during our stay but there was one guest I call "cigar man". He was never seen without a lit cigar. If you were at the same beach as him, you had to move or breathe the stench as opposed to the beautiful clean air. Another time he was on the beach in front of the Half Shell restaurant and we had to eat elsewhere as his smoke blew through the entire restaurant. Another time he was sitting in the lounge area by the adult's pool and you could smell him all over. And another guest was actually in the pool with a cigarette. While they told me smoking is not allowed at the pools, there was no sign nor any enforcement. The room we had was the nicest room with the nicest view of anywhere we have ever stayed. The staff was also excellent. But since only 1% of their guests seem to smoke, they should ban it everywhere except for a remote location where the smokers can congregate by themselves. For this kind of money, we want to breathe clean air. At least on the beach you can move away but you can not move away from a neighbor smoking on a nearby balcony.
The other irksome item is tipping. They added $2000 onto my bill for tips for everyone yet they said it was expected to tip the beach attendants, house cleaners etc. When I go to a high end resort, I want to leave all money in the safe and pay one bill at the end. I really hope the $2000 really went to the staff.
My grand kids loved the kid's club and its amazing staff.
Fix the tipping and smoking policy and this resort is clearly 5 stars.