What We Love
- Idyllic beachfront location, within walking distance of some of Anguilla’s best restaurants
- The intimate size — there are only 19 rooms
- Spacious suites with residential leanings (full kitchens, washer/dryers) and beautiful ocean views
What To Know
- Non-motorized and motorized water sports are included in the rate (a rarity in the Caribbean)
- WiFi is free
- Especially well suited to families, who will appreciate the suites’ various sizes, amenities and beach proximity
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Frangipani’s calling card may be its spectacular Meads Bay location, but its Spanish Colonial Revival façade — pale rose-colored stucco walls, wrought iron railings, clay tile roof and archways aplenty — is equally appealing. Interiors nod to the Caribbean setting — think rattan furnishings, mahogany cabinetry, limestone tile floors, pale yellow walls and more than a few floral throw pillows.
Bed & Bath
The 19 rooms range from a cozy 200 square feet to spacious suites. Residential-style suites are equipped with full kitchens, as well as private patios or balconies, and bathrooms come stocked with frangipani-scented products. Sand lovers should opt for rooms on the ground floor, where you can step straight from your room onto the beach.
The Frangipani is home to the Straw Hat restaurant, an island institution that relocated to the property a few years back. Visitors and locals alike pack into the welcoming space or onto the beachfront deck, for Carib-fusion food like jerk-braised pork belly with sautéed chorizo or grilled local crayfish with sweet plantains. Beyond the culinary offerings, Frangipani is a perfect pick for beach lovers, as it occupies a lovely stretch of Meads Bay. Chill out on comfy loungers in the shade of a palapa or, if you’re more of an active type, take advantage of free non-motorized (kayaks, Hobie Cats) and motorized (tubing, wakeboarding, water-skiing) water sports on offer.
How to Get There
It is really hard to write a review for this fantastic resort and say something that all the other reviewers have not already mentioned. Franipani is truly as wonderful as the reviews state. I wanted to find a resort right on Meads Bay that was within walking distance of restaurants and am so glad I found Frangipani. Did you know it was #3 of Travel and Leisures 2018 World's Best Hotels list? (I cannot include the link but you can search and find it)
First off the hotel is beautiful, well-maintained and clean. The staff is truly as friendly as all others reported. From Scott and Shannon greeting arrivals to the ever so helpful and attentive people at the pool area/boat adventures: Jouman, Colin (Kiam), Angel and Rashi. Thank you all for spoiling us for the week!
Second, the Mead's Bay location is a dream! There are no rocks and the water is as blue as in Bora Bora. The sand is white, clean and soft as silk. Is this where sand is born? We had a variety if restaurants we could walk to such as Waves and Blanchards Beach Shack. The island is very easy to drive so we did not hesitate to drive to restaurants further away for dinner.
This was my first visit to Anguilla and won't be my last. There is no other place I will stay when I return than Frangipani. Until we meet again...which I hope is SOON
We came to Anguilla for the first time and really nailed it when we chose to stay at Frangipani (and by choosing to come to Anguilla).
First, the location is amazing!! Sitting in the middle of Meads Bay, Frangipani gives you access to an amazing beach with soft sand and consistently clear, refreshingly cool and beautifully turquoise colored water. This location also puts you working walking distance of some of the best restaurants on the entire island. Additionally, even though you often hear about snorkeling on Shoal Bay East, we found really good snorkeling by walking down to the ends of Meads Bay bracketed by The Four Seasons on the West end and Malliouhana on the East end and snorkeling around the rock peninsulas. If you choose one, Malliouhana was the most impressive.
In terms of rooms, we booked one of the non-ocean view rooms (2c) and loved it. We were concerned that somehow we would be missing out not having a view and although I’m sure the views are amazing, we never found ourselves in our room during sunset or any other time in the evening other than when we had soaked up as much of Anguilla as we possibly could for the day. The room was very nice, beds comfortable and a great, large shower. Having a small refrigerator in the room was a nice benefit as well. When we walked out our door, we were 30 feet from the beach. Amazing.
Scott and Shannon were both welcoming and helpful with advice about anything island related. Patricia, who cleaned our room, was a true gem. She was always very welcoming and kind.
The island hoping trip on the Frangicat was an amazing way to get a different view of the island as well as a great way to meet and connect with other couples and families staying at the resort. We met several friends during this trip which helped enrich the rest of our time on the island. Another Frangipani specific event not to be missed was the Wednesday cocktail event that allows you to socialize and get to know others at the resort as well as hear some live music, have some great cocktails and eat some great appetizers.
Bottom line, our time in Anguilla and Frangipani convinced us of two things; 1) we will absolutely return to Anguilla (like many do) and 2) we will definitely stay at Frangipani.
Writing from the beach on Meads Bay- our last day staying at Frangipani. Sad to leave and can’t wait to return. It’s a beautiful small boutique hotel- 19 rooms on the amazing white soft sand beach! Lovely infinity pool and the clear tourquoise water of the Atlantic Ocean right in front.
Hotel is immaculate and housekeeping two times a day! Rooms are large and well - equipped. Beds are very comfortable. Breakfast lunch dinner drinks and snacks at the Straw Hat next to the hotel and food is fresh and delicious. The service is great and make sure you meet Shane who has a big personality and will give you all the info about Anguilla since it’s a small island only 16 miles and everyone knows each other.
We found Anguilla to be safe and very welcoming. Scott and Shannon own Frangipani and are lovely and very helpful.
They have a welcome cocktail party for the guests which is so nice and a good chance to meet the other guests. All the staff are great. Patricia cleaned our room daily and such a lovely woman.
Jouman at the pool always wanted to help set us up with towels and water for the day or take us out on the sailboat. Great guy!
It’s awesome to gather at the pool every afternoon and share stories or best restaurants to visit.
It’s so convenient to be able to walk up and down the beach and eat at some of the best that Anguilla offers such as Blanchard’s and their beach bar, Jacala,Straw Hat, Waves and the Four Seasons resort. Loved Ember and Veya . All the restaurants are delicious with fresh local tastes.
We loved the chill vibe of the island. I have never seen such beautiful water and white soft sand that never gets too hot.
Come to Frangipani on Anguilla for a magical and stress free vacation. Very quiet place.
Keep up the great job Scott and Shannon. We love your hotel.
My wife and I stayed at Frangipani for two weeks recently. We've been to Anguilla many times before, but always stayed at Cap Juluca -- after their renovations and price increase, we decided to look for other options, and we're so happy we found Frangipani!
Frangipani is a small resort, with a maximum of about 50 guests. Although it was full for part of our stay, it never felt crowded. Because of the smaller size, it's easier to make friends with other guests (the weekly cocktail receptions help), and we met some great people.
Frangipani is located on Meads Bay, which has always been our favorite beach on Anguilla. There are plenty of dining options within walking distance (including the hotel's Straw Hat restaurant), Even though there are other properties on the beach, it stays pretty quiet. Cap Juluca's beach (Maundays Bay) was beautiful too, but there was nothing else there and nothing within walking distance.
Frangipani is managed by a young couple, Scott and Shannon (Scott's family owns the hotel), and they were awesome! As soon as we arrived and I starting removing luggage from our car, Scott had someone take our bags and welcomed us with rum punches. We had opportunities to chat with Scott and Shannon length at the cocktail receptions, which we really enjoyed.
We had one of the two luxury ocean view rooms, 8B on the third floor. The view from our southwest-facing balcony was awesome, especially at sunset (see my photo). The balcony was uncovered and good for stargazing, though the bright flood lights from Straw Hat didn't help (but they usually went off around 10pm). The cushioned loveseat on the balcony was comfortable.
The room was spacious, with plenty of storage space, though the furniture was a bit dated and worn. The bed was comfortable. The AC kept the room comfortable, but ran most of the time and was noisy. The only accessible electrical outlets were in the bathroom and in a power strip next to a dresser, but the bedside clock radio had two USB ports for charging. There was a mini-safe in the closet. The phone on the TV dresser had lots of unlabeled buttons and no printed instructions, and the display could not be dimmed. The complimentary WiFi didn't work that well in our room, but it was okay. There were a canvas tote bag and two insulated cups waiting for us in the room.
The bathroom was large, with a large shower (no tub); the shower had both a fixed rain showerhead and removable hand-held showerhead; the fixtures were modern but a bit rusty. Water pressure and hot water supply were good. The toilet didn't flush well. Towels were good. There were ghost ants on the vanity and on the wall near the bathroom door, but that didn't bother us and isn't that unusual (we’ve had them in our home too).
We had breakfast daily at the Straw Hat. Breakfast isn’t complimentary, but you get a $15 daily breakfast per room (I assume only if you eat at Straw Hat). We also had one dinner and three lunches there. The food was alway very good and the service was usually very good.
There are lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach for hotel guests, and separate chairs and umbrellas in front of Straw Hat for their customers. The counter where you get chair covers and towels has a water dispenser so you can refill your insulated glasses (though the water isn’t always cold). When you get to the beach, the Straw Hat staff brings you a flag that you can use to call them over to place an order, though we only got the flag once during our stay. Straw Hat has an outside bar on the side of the restaurant that you can’t see from the beach, which we didn’t discover until the end of our stay.
The hotel does a "beach hopper" boat tour every Tuesday and Friday on their catamaran FrangiCat ($80/pp). The price includes adult beverages and soft drinks, but not lunch. We did the tour and loved it! The itinerary isn't always the same: for our tour, we stopped briefly near an arch for photos, then stopped to swim in Maundays Bay at Cap Juluca, then at Sandy Island for a brief swim or snorkel, then at Little Bay for a longer snorkeling session, then for lunch at Falcon Nest in Island Harbor. After lunch we returned to the hotel, and on the way back did a “drive by” of Sandy Ground. We loved the tour, and recommend it to all guests. The only thing that was a bit surprising was that the crew wasn’t very engaging — they were very helpful and professional, but didn’t interact much with the passengers. The maximum number of passengers on the tour is 12, and we had 11. Everyone had a great time!
In addition to the boat tour, you can get a ride to Sandy Island on the hotel’s smaller boat ($25pp/round trip), which we did one day. Also, on Anguilla Day, the FrangiCat took people out to watch the boat race, but we didn’t find out about that until we saw the boat leaving — I don’t know how other people found out about it or signed up.
One of the couples we met on the boat tour suggested that we snorkel off the beach around Malliouhana, and that turned out to be the best snorkeling of the trip (of course, that’s the one time I forgot to bring our underwater camera).
Overall we loved our stay at Frangipani. and we’ll definitely stay there again when we return to Anguilla. None of the minor issues I mentioned detracted from our stay in any way — I just mentioned them to provide feedback to the hotel. I’m glad that Cap Juluca motivated us to look elsewhere, because we wouldn’t have discovered Frangipani (and the new friends we met there). I highly recommend that you consider Frangipani when you visit Anguilla!
We just returned from 10 amazing nights at Frangipani, and somehow, each trip is better than the last. The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful and perfectly positioned in the heart of stunning Mead’s Bay. But, as I have said before, it’s the people that keep us coming back time after time. From the moment you arrive, Scott and Shannon will go out of their way to ensure you have an unforgettable stay. The entire hotel staff is wonderful...from Candice, Shara, and Kenecia at the front desk, to Collin, Juman, and Rashey at the pool and beach area, and even the housekeeping and landscaping team...everyone is there to make sure you have the best experience possible. They all truly care about you, and it is exemplified in their service. And after our many trips there, we now consider these wonderful people our friends. We get there as often as we can, and we are never ready to leave. Frangipani is truly a special place.