Unmatched Island Luxury
By Tim Cotroneo
If you arrive at Cap Juluca Resort between late morning and early afternoon, be prepared for a first impression unlike any other. There is a striking, almost jarring quality to the water color that vacationers witness as they step out on the lobby terrace. With the sun glistening on the Caribbean Sea, Cap Juluca guests discover an Anguilla shade of turquoise that borders on electric.
Since 1988, Cap Juluca’s attentive staff is one that refuses to take their resort’s turquoise-drenched good looks for granted. From the moment that a new guest is greeted with a cold towel and chilled rum punch, the goal is to turn a Cap Juluca newbie into a return customer.
Concierge Jasmine Connor said it best when asked about the secret to Cap Juluca’s almost 30-year run of Anguilla hospitality success. “Our mission is to exceed a guest’s expectations,” Connor said. One way that Cap Juluca does this is to include a wealth of complimentary services, luxury amenities, and sensory surprises that enhance a guest’s experience.
An Amazing Way to Start Your Day
A new day at Juluca begins with a morning jog on the beach, a swim in the Caribbean Sea, or simply by decompressing in your villa’s indoor-outdoor shower. Once you’ve recharged your battery, head over to Blue for a complimentary continental breakfast that is second to none.
Breakfast is served right on spectacular Maundays Beach at the aptly named Blue Restaurant. Once you get past the remarkable view, long-time Cap Juluca servers ask if you’d like to start your day with hot coffee, tea, and freshly squeezed juice. A first sip is your realization that Cap Juluca luxury is something you could get used to.
The Cap Juluca continental breakfast means choosing from made-to-order omelets, chocolate chip pancakes, fresh fruit, and hot-from-the-oven pastries. What’s great is that this scintillating start to your beach vacation is only the beginning.
One of the signature reasons Cap Juluca is so highly acclaimed is the resort’s crescent-shaped Maundays Beach. Combine talcum-soft sand embraced by high-octane turquoise water and you have a postcard waiting to happen. Juluca service commences as soon as a guest sits down on a rattan recliner. Within moments guests are recognized with a cooler full of bottled water, along with a promise of a fruit sorbet in the afternoon.
Sunning, paddle-boarding, and sailing on Maundays Beach is only the tip of the iced cocktail. The 16-mile long island of Anguilla is renowned for hosting no less than 33 pristine beaches. For Cap Juluca guests looking to explore what Anguilla is all about, one great diversion is island hopping on Juluca Pride, the resort’s luxury cruiser. This 12-passenger sloop shuttles guests to a remote island like Scilly Cay or a world-class beach like Shoal Bay. This is your chance for a Robinson Crusoe-type getaway that’s complete with a beach restaurant, off shore snorkeling, and scenery that no camera can deny.
After a day at the beach, an afternoon at Cap Juluca’s Spa, or 18 holes at the nearby Greg Norman-designed golf course, guests have something special waiting for them as dawn turns to dusk. In addition to Blue serving breakfast and lunch, Cap Juluca is home to Spice and Pimms oceanfront restaurants featuring fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Maundays
If you like the idea of having multiple dining options at a single resort, you’ll love the creativity of Cap Juluca Resort. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the Cap Juluca team offers a delicious way to bond with staff members while enjoying the resort’s trademark views.
Monday night is the Manager’s Cocktail Party at Spice Restaurant. This Morrocan-themed indoor-outdoor restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Caribbean Sea, the Juluca villas, and the sunset. Enjoy tapas-styled appetizers and complimentary cocktails as one of Anguilla’s best vocalist serenades into the night.
Wednesdays are Beach BBQ night in front of Blue. Guests savor pork on the grill, seafood, and even lobster. A night of dining and music under the stars is another prime example of Cap Juluca exceeding guests expectations.
Cap Juluca turned the island of Anguilla on its ear in 1988 when the resort opened featuring luxury villas with a distinctive whitewashed architecture. Each villa is positioned to maximize your view of the Caribbean Sea. For nearly three decades, Cap Juluca has continued to raise the bar when it comes to providing much more than a “room with a view,’ including a recent $20 million renovation.
Expect canopied beds, massive bathrooms, a symphony of ocean waves, and of course, terraced views of the Caribbean Sea. There are a mere 15 private buildings stretching along Maundays Bay, with each suited to accommodate anywhere from one to four sets of guests.
The Cap Juluca icing on your favorite rum drink is the resort’s legendary service. When you inquire how long a particular employee has worked at Cap Juluca, you learn dozens have worked a decade or longer. This kind of longevity in the hospitality world means one thing, people who thrive on exceeding expectations. Combine extraordinary service with electric views of the Caribbean Sea, and you’ll have one choice at the end of your Cap Juluca stay. Return, and return, and return. www.capjuluca.com
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