What happens when you send two fashion editors, one cute Peruvian photographer, and a smoking hot Victoria’s Secret model to Anguilla? The sexiest photo shoot Yahoo Style’s ever produced.
With three (official) weekends left of summer 2015, there’s still time to grab a new suit and head to the closest beach or, if you’re really feeling inspired, one very far away. (May we suggest Anguilla, a tiny British island in the Caribbean?) We took Victoria’s Secret model Bregje Heinen, a leggy, 23-year-old Dutch model, from the plane to the white sand beaches to show off a string of suits.
Want a suit to take you from day to night? Try Norma Kamali’s liquid gold suit. How about something sporty, in case you meet a surfer? Try Kassia Surf’s zip-up striped one-piece. For the ‘80s dance queen, there’s Lisa Marie Ferndandez’s mint green terry look and if it’s sex on the beach you are seriously after—try Thapelo Paris’s strappy blue and yellow bikini.
It’s a question we get asked very often. “Which Caribbean island has the best beaches?” Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. That’s because it’s hard to go to any island in the Caribbean and not find a world-class beach. But if you’re looking for a pure beach vacation, some islands really are in a class by themselves. These are the islands with multitudes of great beaches, with one marvelous beach after another — the ones where the sand is just right, where the beaches are easy to get to and easy on the eyes, where there are vibrant beach bars and beautiful beach hotels to match. These are the Caribbean’s best beach destinations.
When it comes to Caribbean beach destinations, Anguilla is right at the top. With 33 superb beaches on a tiny, easy to navigate island, it’s the best bet for a pure beach getaway. Of course, choosing which beach is best is rather difficult, from Rendezvous Bay to Maundays Bay to Shoal Bay, among others — but figuring it out is the best part of the trip.
Savannah Bay is the main preferred Anguilla kitesurfing spot.
Facing directly the North-East Trade winds, it brings the best regular wind and waves but also, time to time, some Sargasse seaweeds. The last two years all Caribbean islands have been affected and even African coast. These floating seaweeds are in expansion and moved by currents. Then it is a lottery. This year Martinique French island seems to be the most affected.
But the good news is that our preferred Anguilla kitesurfing spots has clear water now. This video is the proof.
If you want to take kitesurfing lessons or rent some equipment, you can fill the form in this page.
Etihad Airways has successfully defended its title as the World’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2014 in Anguilla.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa welcomed 300 international hospitality industry leaders to the sunshine island to witness the Abu Dhabi flag-carrier take the title for the sixth consecutive year.
After touring the globe in search of the world’s best hospitality organisations over the past year, World Travel Awards celebrated its 21st year by hosting the crème de la crème of the industry in Anguilla for the first time.
Other winners on the night included Sandals Resorts International, which was recognised as the World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company, while Katara Hospitality of Qatar took the title of World’s Leading Hospitality Company.
World Travel Awards voters also selected Anguilla as the World’s Leading Luxury Island Destination.
Award-winning actress Vivica Fox hosted the hotly anticipated Gala Ceremony, which also saw leading entertainers from Anguilla and across the Caribbean take to the stage.
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It has been a privilege to welcome the leaders of international hospitality here to CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and to the island of Anguilla. Tonight has been nothing short of sensational and my heartfelt thanks go out to all those who have made our Grand Final 2014 such a success.”
He added: “Congratulations to all of our winners; this is the recognition you so richly deserve.”
Joining those honoured with awards were hundreds of dignitaries, luminaries and international media, as well as government and industry leaders who continue to set the standard of excellence in travel.
“Hosting the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony is a very exciting milestone for Anguilla,” said Haydn Hughes, Anguilla Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Tourism and Sports.
“Tourism is a vital part of our economy, and we have been working closely with the local and international businesses community to implement a number of ground breaking initiatives over the last two years to generate tourism growth.
“I am pleased to say that our hard work is bearing fruit with a solid increase in the number of tourists visiting Anguilla over this period. To welcome the World Travel Awards cements our commitment and further provides us with reason to celebrate.”
Also celebrating was Frasers Hospitality, which took the title of World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand, while Ecuador was recognised by World Travel Awards voters as the World’s Leading Green Destination, and Rovia took the title of World’s Leading Online Travel Agency.
This year has been one of the most successful to date for World Travel Awards, with the annual Grand Tour beginning with the Middle East Gala Ceremony, which took place at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai in May.
This was followed by the Europe Gala Ceremony at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, in Athens, Greece, before the organisation was welcomed to Quito, capital of Ecuador, for the South & Central America Gala Ceremony in August.
Most recently World Travel Awards visited The Oberoi, New Delhi, in India, for the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony, completing the regional events for the year.
The multi-award winning CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa harbours an exceptional setting for the World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony.
Situated in the crescent curve of Rendezvous Bay, CuisinArt offers luxurious suites and villas, an exceptional range of fine dining experiences, the highly revered Venus Spa, and a thrilling challenge for golf aficionados at the resort’s stunning 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Design Championship Course.
The World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the most celebrated event in the travel industry, a venue for government and industry leaders to connect with international print and broadcast media.
Winning a World Travel Award has a proven track record of significantly raising a company’s profile, and escalating profitability and recognition.
“An impressive array of local businesses and attractions also headlined the winners lists landing top honors including: Anguilla’s Dolphin Discovery (Anguilla’s Leading Attraction), Anguilla Air Services (Anguilla’s Leading Air Service), Ani Villas (Anguilla’s Leading Ultra Luxury Villa), Scilly Cay (Anguilla’s Leading Private Island), CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa (Anguilla’s Leading Resort), Viceroy Anguilla (Anguilla’s Leading Hotel), and Calypso (Anguilla’s Leading Ferry Operator).
The project entails a Mega yacht Marina that will handle up to 150 large yachts and another 100 smaller vessels. A hotel comprising of 100-150 rooms and 100 villas as well as other hotel related public spaces and a convention center. A number of high end retail outlets are envisioned as part of the project.
From Anguilla Government page:
Anguilla – Acting on behalf of the Government of Anguilla, Chief Minister Hon. Hubert Hughes today signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with American based development company ECMA for a Megayacht Marina for the Southern coast of the island. The MOU was witnessed by Trade and Investment officer in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Perin Bradley. The MOU was signed by Mr. Ellington Ellis of ECMA.
The partnership between the Romney’s family, the developers and the Government of Anguilla will create an ultra-luxurious Mega yacht Marina to accommodate the best yachts in the world. It is envisioned that the project will have a mixture of hospitality products, high end shopping and other services.
On hand were, Permanent Secretary M. Foster Rogers, Chairman of the Tourism Investment Committee, Hon. Jerome Roberts and Hon. Haydn Hughes who are also members of the Tourism Investment Committee.
“This project is long overdue and will create employment for 100s of jobs for the Anguillian people. Anguilla has a number of world class hospitality products and we have been challenged to encourage investment for a mega yacht Marina for many years. This opens the door for the development of this marina and these investors are serious business people. I would like to thank my Ministers, Miss Mary Clare Haskins for her hard work, the Tourism Investment Committee, Ms. Lavan Hoyoung and most of all, the Romney’s family for making this dream a reality” the Chief Minister Hughes stated at the signing.
The Anguilla United Movement Government, economic and investment strategy is to diversify Anguilla’s economic base by the development of Marinas of this kind. This is a deliberate effort to do so as stated in the Anguilla United Movement’s, ‘BLUEPRINT FOR ANGUILLA’S RESCUE AND DEVELOPMENT.”
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July stats show 16,096 visitors to AXA, largest number since figures start in 1993.
Overnight visitors in July were 6,159 (of 16k overall visitors), up 0.3% on July ’13, but still below earlier peaks.
These good numbers should be bigger next year with the opening of new hotels (Malihouana, Maona, Cuisinart 2, Zemi Beach…) and villas (Meads Bay villas, Solaire Project…)
Lessons and rental for paddleboard, surf and kitesurf. More information on Watersports page.