Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional jetsetter? Each month, we feature travel tips and off-the-record experiences by various jetsetters and journalists who have visited Cap Juluca.
Next up, our curious friend and Austinite, Becca Hensley. Becca has written for Coastal Living, Travel + Leisure and the Austin American-Statesman to name a few and is an all-around bon vivant! Becca’s a seasoned travel expert, and her beat is luxury travel, which makes her a fabulous guest to check in with on her love for Cap Juluca.
CJ: What is your all-time favorite experience at Cap Juluca?
BH: I’ve had so many magical moments at Cap Juluca. I love just sitting on my deck watching the sea. But in some ways, stepping off property with the hotel’s stellar staff defined my recent stay most of all. We boarded the resort’s boat for a sunset sail anchoring for a bit in Little Bay, sipped champagne and snorkeled. We watched crazies jump from the cliffs, never contemplating to participate. We were having far too much fun with our entourage. Kudos to Elvis who made the jaunt magic.
CJ: What’s your most memorable indulgence at the resort?
BH: I love Cap Juluca – from the bounty in the gift shop to the way the staff remembers you from last time and truly wants to know how you are feeling. The live music, the clapping of waves against the shore, the croaking of frogs – it’s all a beautiful, barefoot-elegant kind of indulgence.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional jetsetter? Starting this month, we will feature travel tips and off-the-record experiences by various jetsetters and journalists who have visited Cap Juluca.
First up, our talented friend and wordsmith, David Lansing. David has written for National Geographic Traveler and Islands Magazine, to name a few, and refers to himself as a modern-day flâneur – a French term meaning gentleman stroller of the streets and aimless wanderer. David’s relaxed approach and taste for the finer things in life make him an ideal guest to check in with on all things Anguilla.
Photo: David Lansing
CJ: What is your all-time favorite experience at Cap Juluca?
DL: I love going out on the resort’s 32-foot sailboat for a sunset cruise. Captain Eddie and his crewmate, Elvis, are extremely gracious, and sipping champagne while watching a squall play out far over the horizon is always a treat. And you just know that at some point on the cruise, Elvis is going to tell you a great story. My favorite is about the honeymooning couple from Oklahoma who were completely hammered when they jumped off the boat, swam to a nearby limestone cliff with a prominent sign at the top that said in big bold red letters ABSOLUTELY NO JUMPING, used a rope to climb up the sheer rock and then jumped like lemmings into the sea some 30 feet below. They were a little scratched up from climbing the cliff but otherwise fine, according to Elvis. Before this story can fully sink in, Elvis says, “Did I tell you about the group of rich Russians we had on board one time?” He did not. But he will.
Photo: David Lansing
Palm tree swaying in the light breeze. Lounge chairs casually strewn across the sand with swimsuit clad vacationers sipping on a cocktail decorated with a colorful little umbrella.
There’s a distinct reason why this is a common image seen and imagined when it comes to the Caribbean – because it’s what really happens.
The Caribbean is a destination that offers both an unyielding array of activities or the option to be utterly lazy.
Plenty of vacationers opt for the occasional excursion, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking or scuba diving, but for the most part people retreat to the Caribbean to lounge around and do a whole lot of nothing.
Each picturesque island is a slice of paradise where nothing is expected from visitors and every luxury awaits.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular Caribbean pastimes is consumption of tropical beverages. If you’re in the Caribbean, chances are it’s for a vacation, so the time is ripe to sit beachside and sip on an iconic rum punch.
With a vast array of islands, and even more beach bars, to choose from, one might wonder how such a decision is to be made?
“Why is the rum gone?” ~Captain Jack Sparrow (aka Johnny Depp)
Yes, rum and the Caribbean go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s a marvelous combination that seems to have existed since the dawn of time. Alas, this synonymous pair has not existed forever, but it does have quite the history.
It all started with garbage.
One of the truest luxuries and pleasures in life is flying privately. Setting one’s own schedule, traveling with friends and family, and not dealing the politics of airlines is a delight that only few enjoy. Besides that, one of the greatest advantages of flying privately is being able to access the most remote, private vacation destinations easily.
Some of the most exotic destinations on the Earth require multiple flight changes, hours in customs, and generally take 3-4 times as long commercially.
If you’re one of the privileged individuals with the ability to fly privately, the questions remains, where to fly to? If your heart is set on the Caribbean, you have several exquisite choices at your disposal.
What’s it called when temperatures are cozy, the sea is warm, the scenery is stunning, and the people are welcoming? Anguilla. Set in the idyllic British West Indies, Anguilla is arguably one of the closest Earthly places to what we might refer to as “Shangri-la, heaven, or paradise.” With temperatures rarely rising above 90 or dipping below 80 degrees, every Anguillian day embraces its residents and visitors alike with open arms.
Between weather, cultural activities and tourism, each month on the island brings something a little different. Each Anguillian month is splendid, and they all offer something a little different. Certain months have more rainfall, larger waves, or warmer temperatures, but when it’s all said and done, you can visit Anguilla any month of the year and have an absolutely lovely experience.
After two months of hibernation so to speak, Anguilla has had its grand re-opening. Though the Caribbean has unbelievably phenomenal weather all year long, it still has seasons. Seasons in the Caribbean refer more to the ebb and flow of tourism, than they do the weather. For example, high season, which attracts the most tourists to the island each year, spans mid-December through March 31.
Anguilla features two large festivals a year: Festival Del Mar, and Carnival. Festival Del Mar takes place Easter weekend, and is a celebration of the island’s seafaring heritage. Carnival, the biggest event of the year on Anguilla, takes place in August, and afterwards, much of the island literally shuts down. The months of September and October are dedicated to rest, renovations, and utter detachment from tourism. As quick as a snap, it’s back to beautiful business as usual beginning November 1st. Except, a little known fact is that between now and Christmas is the premier time to visit Anguilla.
Crystal clear, turquoise waters, sand nearly as white as snow, and 33 of the most enviable beaches in all the Caribbean – welcome to Anguilla, a petite island nestled in the Northeastern region of the Caribbean.
Not only is this dash of paradise already one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, it also boasts the most delectable and worldly cuisine options in the entire region. To the islander’s delight, Anguilla continues to attract accomplished chefs from all over the world, while retaining homegrown Caribbean chefs, serving up local favorites year round.
Embracing local culture, while welcoming influences from across the globe, is the essence of what makes Anguilla such an idyllic place. Anguilla is calm and removed from the stresses of our fast-paced lifestyle, but it’s also lively, colorful, and simply delicious.
To paint a clearer picture of just what makes Anguillian cuisine so divine, here are a few examples to get your mouth watering.
“Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya, bermuda, bahama, come on pretty mama, key largo, montego, baby why don’t we go.”
It’s certainly no secret why the Beach Boys, and so many others, fell so deeply in love with the Caribbean. What is a secret, one that the Beach Boys never discovered, is that the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean are on the small island of Anguilla. Even if they had known, “Anguilla” doesn’t quite rhyme so effortlessly into the song. Thankfully, since there aren’t any world famous songs about Anguilla, the magnificent beaches remain pristine, serene, and uncrowded.
Pirates, nobility, natives, and now – luxury vacationers. The Caribbean has drawn quite the array of people to its tantalizingly beautiful and serene islands throughout history. These days the region is home to a colorful mix of peaceful people and serves as one of the premier vacation destinations in the world.
With around 7,000 islands, including islets, cays, and even inhabited coral reef, the Caribbean is a luxury vacationers paradise. Except which idyllic isle does one choose? At just 16 miles long and three miles wide, and nestled in the North Eastern region of the Caribbean, Anguilla is the ultimate Caribbean paradise for the discerning traveler.
Stunning views and immaculate landscapes describe nearly all of the Caribbean islands, yet Anguilla has a great deal more to offer than one might expect. Pristine white sand, paired with an incredible array of dining options, are just two of the compelling reasons to choose Anguilla.