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 have just left the Four Seasons (FS) Anguilla staying from 3/30-4/7. This will be the fifth FS we have been to this year (Lanai, Ko Olina, Firenze, Milano, and Beverly Hills) and maybe the 30th one in the last few years. We choose the FS for consistency and quality. Clearly, there is a difference between the city properties and resort ones. The Anguilla resort is beautiful and our room 141 was equally nice. The physical resort reminds us of the FS Maui while the rooms are like the FS Lanai without the expensive electronics (and 6k Toto toilets). The staff is pleasant and helpful. The 4 restaurants were beautiful with wonderfully prepared food.
Besides the room air conditioning problem which was addressed twice, their were a number of unaddressed issues: 1. The culture of money. While we want the facility to make a lot of money, we don’t want to be nickled and dimed or ripped off. This systemic philosophy will ultimately cost the company more money in the end. The resort has a 15% built in gratuity: great! yet, when we asked the first day about the “extra gratuity” every server said: the 15% is split amongst everyone, while what you leave “extra” is for me. Since the prices charged are on the higher end of resort costs; maybe the 15% gratuity should be added in so the guest isn’t leaving 30/35%. Or if the guest doesn’t want to leave the extra gratuity they shouldn’t be smacked down by every associate. 2. We tend to spend our days at the pool and spend a lot of money on food and alcohol during our stays. However, on our first day at the pool, we clearly ordered our usual resort drinks, However, when the bill came it was for upgraded alcohol which we didn’t ask for or want at $40 a pop each with tip for 6 drinks ($400). Rather than being rude, I went to the local Best Buy market and bought liquor for the rest of the week. That was our first and last day at the pool. In addition, we tend to go to the spa daily but when asked if we wanted hot rocks in the therapy session we were billed an extra $30 for 5 minutes. That was our last spa day. Finally, at the restaurants we asked for Celery with our appetizers rather than chips or pita. We were charged $8 for the crudité.
3. The bug issue. My wife got bit a lot. When she stopped using the plunge pool, jacuzzi, the bites stopped. Why was she bit here but at no other similar FS? No one attended to the room pool water. There were larva on top of the water. No one came by to service it. No chlorine was added. In fact the last day the water was so low, I had to find a hose and fill the water up so the filter would work.
While, there were many wonderful aspects of Anguilla Four Seasons the management needs improvement. I sent a more detailed email to the manager and didn’t even get a cursory response.
The island was still recovering from the horrible storms from the prior year but Four Seasons was at 100%. Our family flew into St. Martin and were greeted with a wonderful member of the FS staff that took us directly to our transportation, first van and then boat to get to Anguilla - painless. Once arrived into Anguilla again, someone took good care of us and welcomed us into the property as if we were family returning home. I could go on about just about everyone couldn't have been kinder to us and made our son, who was happen to be celebrating his 3rd birthday feel like a rockstar. It took us a month to explain that you will not be getting a sparkler at every meal :-).
The property is lovely and well looked after and we never had a bad meal.
If you are willing to spend the extra time to get to Anguilla - GO NOW - it is a beautiful island, filled with amazing people.
This is our 3rd trip to Anguilla and the now 4 seasons property. We love it because it’s a short trip from the east coast and it’s is a stunning place with really great people. Everyone on the island is very appreciative for your visit and is very kind.
This is the second time we've stayed at this property (first was 4 years ago when it was a Viceroy). It's better than ever, completely recovered from the hurricane--you'd never know it ever blew through--and one of the best hotels we've ever visited. It's not cheap but if you want to treat yourself, you cannot do much better.
It's main area with the adults-only infinity pool is beautifully designed with amazing elevated ocean views, especially good for the sunset which always gathers a crowd (my pics don't do the ocean justice - the water is stunning). Food from the Sunset Lounge is excellent incl sushi and various different asian dishes. And the cocktails go down easily (shoutout to Santiago who operated the floating pool bar with a smile and Jeison, Chad, Brusie, Speedy, Shaq and others for their equally great service)
Pro tip - we booked a 'King bed, Resort-view' room last second via AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts which includes daily breakfast for two ($85 value), early checkin/late checkout, $100 spa credit and, most importantly, a free room upgrade if available. Could've booked elsewhere for what initially seemed like a slightly lower rate BUT would strongly recommend using FHR b/c it can offer far greater value when it's all added up. When we checked in, I asked about the upgrade and we were rewarded with an enormous 1,300 sq ft 1BR King Bed suite (w living room/kitchenette) overlooking the ocean/pool with huge balcony and plunge pool, from where I am writing this review. This was an upgrade of 3-4 levels which would've easily cost another $500+ per night). We also received a complimentary fruit, wine and chocolates plate :) The rooms themselves are generally huge and beautifully decorated (some reviewer tried to denigrate the furniture by describing it as 'Restoration Hardware-like' which is accurate and, um, RH makes beautiful stuff!) Bathrooms are enormous with powerful showers and large tubs.
The service generally is over-the-top and nearly all the staff are kind, attentive, and interesting. Props to Natasha as well who effortlessly handled check-in with a warm smile and great service. Same goes for the concierge staff which arranged several dinners and the housekeeping staff which switched out mattresses for us on a moment's notice when we mentioned ours was a bit too soft/'sinky'.
The hotel is a short walk from several restaurants on Meads Bay, which is very long and wide. We ate at Blanchard's for dinner which was excellent and pricey. Recommend walking to/from on the beach as it's just 15 mins (and saves you $20 for a 4-minute taxi). HIGHLY recommend Blanchard's beach shack for lunch which serves delicious and well-priced tacos, mahi sandwiches and a wide variety of other options. Also great drinks. Breakfast buffet at Coba may not quite have the variety of some other top hotels at which we've stayed but it's really very nice and provides everything you'd generally want from a buffet, plus beautiful views of the ocean. Heading to Veya tomorrow which we visited on our last trip and loved. Recommend making reservations at some of these restaurants before you arrive as they can book up.
One more tip - book transport from/to airport with Funtime directly - saves $40/person for same exact service as booked through hotel, which uses Funtime. Also the Funtime dock is literally 100 yards from the terminal - walking may even be quicker than their shuttle.
We're moving to the Malliouhana for our last 2 nights--which was pre-planned for variety--but we'll definitely miss the Four Seasons and its staff. Thank you to everyone who made it so special. A great great stay - we'll be back!
Incredible hotel and staff with a beautiful setting. I usually go to St Martin or St Barts but now have a new favorite island.The beaches and restaurants are second to none with the advantage of not being overcrowded. This island reminds me of how the carribean used to be