There are those of us who live in paradise and know exactly what we did during 2015. Then again, even the person who is most in tuned with Anguilla can miss some very important happenings. As we draw closer to the New Year, 2016, we take this time out to reflect on what we did in Anguilla in 2015.

January

Feature: 2015 Best Hotels in the Caribbean Winners, January 27, 2015

USNews.com

Capjuluca and Viceroy Anguilla were ranked as some of the best hotels in the Caribbean for 2015 by U.S. News Travel. Ranked 26th and 28th respectively, Capjuluca and Viceroy are also ranked as #1 and #2 Best Anguilla Hotels with Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa coming in at #3, in the U.S. News Travel listing.

Feature: The Best Spas in the Caribbean, January 30, 2015

Departure.com

“The Venus Spa at CuisinArt is a veritable temple of wellness: It spans three levels, and has its own hydroponic vegetable eatery and cafe on its top floor for après-spa nourishment.”

February

Feature: 36 hours in Anguilla, February 4, 2015

New York Times

New York Times shared a video entitled 36 hours in Anguilla. An experience of 36 hours of what we do in Anguilla in just 6+ minutes.

Feature: Languorous luxury in Anguilla

Miami.com

“There’s a Spanish proverb that goes, “How wonderful to do nothing, and then rest.” It’s found printed on t-shirts at Ernie’s Bar, a humble beach shack on Anguilla’s Shoal Bay, a stretch of powder white sand and endless turquoise-teal water, once named the number one beach in the world by Travel Channel.”

Feature: Secret Caribbean: Where In-The-Know Island Hoppers Vacation, February 26, 2015

Makeitbetter.net

“St. Clair also steers winter-weary Midwesterners to this island in the Lesser Antilles: “Anguilla consistently tops ‘Best Beaches’ lists…”

March

World War II planes fly to Anguilla, March 16, 2015

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“Eight pristinely-restored vintage bomber and fighter aircraft, which fought in World War ll, flew to Anguilla on Tuesday, March 16, on a “Freedom Flight”, attracting crowds of persons including schoolchildren.”

Feature: 25th Annual Moonsplash Festival, March 27-29, 2015

LargeUp.com

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Moonsplash began 25 years ago as an intimate session where Bankie Banx and all of his friends would just jam and sell food to raise money for the band. That homegrown kind of vibe still continues with the festival today, even has its grown into an international event considered one of the Eastern Caribbean’s biggest and best annual live music events. Performers in recent years have included the likes of John Mayer, Buju Banton, Jimmy Buffett and Chronixx.”

“Fronting the blue sea, CuisinArt Golf Resort is all about the green for St. Patty’s day. Not only the green at the Greg Norman-designed champion golf course but the green gourmet eats served at Le Bistro at Santorini; the swishy resorts upscale eatery and the laid-back Cafe Mediterraneo.”

Feature: Tiny Caribbean isle has become a culinary powerhouse

Chicagotribune.com

“Think of the islands of the Caribbean and images of beaches, turquoise water and steel-drum bands come to mind. Fine dining? Not so much — unless the island is Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory just a 10-mile ferry ride from St. Martin.”

“You have two choices; either you climb down the cliff clutching a rope or hop a boat from Crocus Bay. Yes, it may be hard to find but Little Bay Beach is a sandy secret worth discovering. Tucked away with ridiculous views of just about everything, this unspoiled spit that is bookended by cliffs is one of those coveted unsullied spots on the sand.”

Feature: Island Bites – Ken’s BBQ Grill in Anguilla, March 21, 2015

CaribJournal.com

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“…if you really want an authentic taste of Anguilla, you can’t miss Ken’s BBQ Grill, otherwise known as Ken’s Ribs and Chicken, a food stand in the heart of the capital, that’s home to some of the best chicken and ribs you’ll find.”

April

Annual Festival Del Mar, April 4-5, 2015

The “Celebration of the Sea” in Anguilla, held annually in Island Harbour, is a culmination of culture, food and people celebrating the sea for its bounty. Fishermen compete, sail boats race, grills blaze, string bands ring and the village is abuzz.

May

Anguilla Day, May 30, 2015

“Anguilla Day commemorates the island’s independence from the associated statehood of St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, formed in February of 1967 by British Parliament.  The annexed statehood had its own constitution and a considerable degree of self-government, but it held Anguilla in strenuous and continued subservience to St. Kitts.  On May 30th, 1967, the people of Anguilla began a revolution marching on the Police Headquarters and evicting the St. Kitts police, disassociated the island from the union.”

This very special day is celebrated with a parade and speeches at the James Ronald Webster Park and the highly anticipated Round-the-Island Boat Race.

June

Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa Open Golf Tournament, June 21, 2015

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“We have created this event once a year, bringing golfers from all over the Caribbean and also from the United States. It is sponsored by General Electric, and many other sponsors who are seeing the value of golf in the community and in the Caribbean. All the funds that we are collecting are used for junior golf education in Anguilla.” said Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa Gm, Stephan Zaharia.

 

ATB hosts South Florida’s Top Travel & Luxury Media, June 23, 2015

“Representatives from 15 of Miami’s leading outlets and publications including The Miami Herald, Huffington Post, Recommend, Caribbean Journal and Local 10 News – sat down to enjoy gourmet cuisine and a stunning signature Anguilla-themed dessert [at Zuma Restaurant, Downtown Miami]”

ACOCI Starry Night Dinner, Dance & Auction

“Anguilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (ACOCI) 4th Annual Starry Night Dinner, Dance and Auction was held on Saturday June 20th, 2015 at Italia Restaurant at Cuisinart Resort and Spa. The proceeds from this black tie event are in support of the ACOCI Scholarship for an Associate Degree in Business or Hospitality at the Anguilla Community College (ACC).”

July

Celebrating 25 years of What We Do, July 11, 2015

Cocktail - Award_Fotor“What We Do In Anguilla commemorated 25 years of service to the tourism industry and Anguilla during a cocktail and awards ceremony with its advertisers, supporters, contributors, well-wishers and other fellow stakeholders at DaVida Restaurant and Bayside Grill.”

 

Opening of the Fountain National Park, July 25, 2015

“The Fountain National Park located in lower Shoal Bay East on the Northeast coast of Anguilla. The park covers an area of 14.5 acres, and comprises a series of limestone terraces rising from the sea level to 92 feet.  As the area has been designated as a National Park, these lands must be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of Anguillians and visitors; and would be open to the public under conditions pertaining to its long-term preservation.”

August

Summer Festival 2015

Parade of Troops, August 7, 2015

“Locals, tourists and other spectators line the roads of the capital, much like the banks of a river, to see the revelers, intoxicated by the sound waves of music and the rapids of adrenaline-induced waist movements, flowing down The Valley.”

5 things to learn from Anguilla Carnival by Rachel Rudwall

“Rachel Rudwall of How 2 Travelers paid Anguilla a visit during our 2015 Summer Festival and documented her experience reveling in the Parade of Troupes. She has now brought to our attention 5 things that you can learn at Anguilla Carnival, especially when doing what we do!”

Feature: Best Caribbean Honeymoons – Anguilla ranked #2

USNews.com

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“Nothing can soothe the stress of wedding planning like soft sands, calm waters and a warm Caribbean breeze. Newlyweds can’t get enough of these islands’ swanky beachfront resorts and laid-back vibes.” Anguilla is ranked #2. “Anguilla oozes romance. Accommodations here are some of the region’s most luxurious and the spas are equally divine. As for beaches, you have to visit Rendezvous Bay to take advantage of calm waters and plenty of seclusion.”

September

Feature: How to Vacation in Anguilla without Breaking the Bank, September 10, 2015

Fodors.com

“Known for its pristine, powdery, white-sand beaches, the British overseas territory of Anguilla is a playground for the rich and famous—but the island isn’t just for the yachting elite. Even if your budget isn’t sky-high, Anguilla can still provide a much-needed escape if you’re willing to skip the luxury hotels and experience more of the local flavor instead.”

Sombrero Island as Anguilla’s first Ramsar Site, September 21, 2015

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“The Ramsar Convention was the world’s first multilateral environmental agreement…the Convention promotes and supports the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

Sombrero island which was once world renowned for its light house, is now home to five nesting bird species: Brown Booby, Brown Noddy, Soothy Tern, Briddled Tern, Masked Booby; 900 pairs of nesting sea birds; 222 nesting pairs of Bridled Tern; and the endemic (IUCN Redlist) Black Lizard; rich marine life with giant barrel sponges and vibrant coral reefs and patchy seagrass beds.”

October

Feature: Best Caribbean Beaches – Anguilla ranked #1

USNews.com

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“You visit Canada for undisturbed nature and friendly locals, and Europe for its history and rich cuisine. But you jet-set to the Caribbean for the beaches.” Anguilla ranked #1 “Anguilla’s silvery sands are legendary. Even though the island only stretches across 16 miles, it’s home to 33 beaches. Shoal Bay East is a traveler favorite thanks to the convenient on-site equipment rental, but if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, head to Rendezvous Bay instead.”

Feature: Best Beaches in the World – Anguilla ranked #5

USNews.com

“…our ranking of the best beaches in the world showcases what makes a beach stand out: ambiance, accessibility, affordability and approval among experts and travelers.” Anguilla ranked #5 “Sparkling white-sands and laid-back vibes make Anguilla a top spot for sun seekers. And with more than 33 beaches to choose from, including Shoal Bay East and Rendezvous Bay, beachgoers can find plenty of spots to lay down a towel.”

Feature: The 50 Best Caribbean Beaches, October 14, 2015

CaribJournal.com

“Our number one beach in the Caribbean is the perfect Caribbean beach: it’s a wide stretch of soft, sugar-white sand with relaxing turquoise waves, one of the region’s best beach bars (Garvey’s SunShine Shack), all the privacy you need and spectacular views of neighboring St Martin. That’s what makes Rendezvous the best beach in the Caribbean – and it’s fitting, as Anguilla is the region’s beach capital.” Anguilla also has 4 other beaches on the list,

November

Epicurea Event – Cuisinart hosts large gathering of USA business leaders, November 16, 2015

“CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa had the distinct pleasure of hosting its 2nd Annual Epicurea – a Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) event which attracted a large number of business executives to Anguilla from throughout the United States.”  says The Anguillian Newspaper. The event was portrayed as “merging culinary experiences with golf experiences.” Stephan Zaharia, General Manager of Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa

December

Celebrating Christmas in Anguilla

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“Christmas season in Anguilla is in full swing! The temperature has fallen to 26 degree Celsius, the sun rays are covering the ground and the beaches predict that it’s going to be a white Christmas this year – like every day in Anguilla.”

Launching the 2016 What We Do In Anguilla, December 19, 2015

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“Caroling and musical renditions by the ALHCS School Choir and Steel Orchestra created the atmosphere of a Caribbean Christmas while the ACC Hospitality Club greeted visitors with a smile and handed out the 2016 Official Island Guide. Persons at the port also got the opportunity to sample locally made ice-cream and jam from Tropical Treats and Anguilla’s Jammin’…”

 

Did we miss anything? What else did we do in Anguilla in 2015?

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