The Anguilla Tourist Board is delighted to announce that Anguilla, long regarded as the Caribbean’s best kept secret, is one of the stunning destinations featured in the highly coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017, which launches on February 15. With an unprecedented reach of over 60 million readers worldwide, the silky, pristine beaches, crystal clear, azure waters and vibrant colors of Anguilla, will be revealed in all their glory.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit crew, accompanied by SI Swimsuit model search girls Hunter McGrady, McKenna Berkley, Anne de Paula and Lisa-Marie Jaftha, arrived in Anguilla in early January for a ten day body painting shoot on the gorgeous beaches of Merrywing Bay and Rendezvous Bay.
The host property for the SI Swimsuit team was The Reef By CuisinArt, a beachfront contemporary oasis that debuted to rave reviews in November 2016. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Reef by CuisinArt offers a host of complimentary activities for guests wishing to maintain their active lifestyle while on vacation.
“When you’re shooting body paint you need to be, well, secluded,” says MJ Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Assistant Managing Editor. “The Reef by CuisinArt offered just that, flawless beaches and gorgeous sunsets that we had to ourselves. It is important to be able to work out of a resort or hotel because each painting is a masterpiece that takes artist Joanne Gair and team over 15 hours to complete. We don’t want to mess that up by going too far! So, the convenience of The Reef’s beach was fabulous, and the photos are some of the best body paint images we have ever taken.”
“The launch of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 is a highly anticipated event with a massive, global audience,” said Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary in Anguilla’s Ministry of Tourism. “This publication is an excellent vehicle for generating awareness and creating a buzz among our prospective visitors, particularly in the celebrity driven US market, where the association with high profile influencers and stars becomes significant over the short and longer terms,” he continued.
This is the second time that Anguilla has been featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. Contestants from the popular TV show The Bachelor filmed on location in Anguilla and were featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011.