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Hotel Check: The Reef by CuisinArt Anguilla

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Hotel Check: The Reef by CuisinArt Anguilla

HOW MANY ROOMS? 80 rooms and suites

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS The beachfront villas have large, furnished terraces, and the restaurant menu serves fresh produce from the resort’s hydroponic farm.

Reef Anguilla Seaside 

PRICE Internet rates for a traditional room on the random dates we checked start at $500.

CONTACT The Reef by Cuisinart, P.O. Box 2000, Merrywing Bay, Anguilla, tel +1-264-498-2300, http://www.thereefbycuisinart.com/

VERDICT Millennials and multigenerational families will find this resort both appealing and welcoming with contemporary interiors that rival those of the much-touted Four Seasons nearby.

BACKGROUND This new property was built as an extension of its neighbor and sibling CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, and it sits alongside the 18-hole golf course that draws players from afar. The island is known for its culinary advantage with numerous restaurants serving high-end cuisine in both fancy resorts and beachside cafes. The resort hopes to bring a younger traveler to the island to experience all it has to offer. Take note that the resort closes during the low season between August and late October for renovations and updates.

WHERE IS IT? Nothing is too far on Anguilla. A short ride takes guests to other resorts, beaches, restaurants, and the small airport (although there are limited commercial flights). Most guests arrive by ferry, which is booked separately and takes guests to Saint Maarten airport across the channel.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? An open-air lobby provides a wafting breeze that creates a warm welcome with sit-down check-in and welcome refreshments the norm. There is a refined island vibe that hints at casual elegance, which fits well with the hotel’s membership in Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

ROOM FACILITIES 25 Golfview Junior Suites and 25 Seaview Junior Suites are all in the main building, with four additional beachfront buildings housing 30 accommodations.  All have floor-to-ceiling windows although those in the main building do not open for fresh air. Views range between the perfectly manicured golf course to the lovely pool deck and seafront. Polished tile and marble floors can be slippery, but add a pleasant backdrop to the colorful photography that hangs on white-washed walls. Spacious desks have a power outlet panel for easy access, and bedside USB and charging ports are a nice touch. Oversized king beds with duvets are the centerpiece of the room with large pillows. Units in the beachfront villas add living rooms with sofas.

Reef beachfront suite balcony

Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suite with King bed and Balcony

All come with free wireless Internet, flat-screen cable TVs, espresso machines, minibars with comped bottled water, and walk-in closets with safes, slippers and robes. Bathrooms add deep soaking tubs, dual vanities with Rusk and L’Occitane toiletries, and large showers with rainfall showerheads. Lighting in the rooms is exceptional, especially thanks to plentiful natural light, but pay attention to the master switch by the door and bed to figure out how everything works.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS Dining takes place mostly on the pool level with a menu designed by the same chef, Executive Chef Jasper Schneider, who handles meals at next-door CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. The hotel’s own hydroponic farm supplies most fruits and vegetables, which is a huge draw for foodies who can opt for a daily tour if they wish. All rates include breakfast with both buffet and a la carte items on offer. Fluffy omelets, pancakes, and steel-cut oatmeal with sides like fresh berries and avocado are valuable bonus for guests. Lunch and dinner are also served from this poolside venue. Over at the clubhouse, there’s a dinner-only Italian restaurant producing its own fresh pasta and using organic ingredients from the hydroponic garden.

Reef Anguilla Santorini

The chef, who hails from Sorrento, is a crowd pleaser and complements the offering at the resort’s Japanese fusion dining room quite well. It would be a shame, however, to come to an island known for its cuisine and not venture over to other resorts or island restaurants and beach cafes. Another important thing to spot in the hotel’s gift shop is the locally produced Anguilla Jammin’ spreads made by an American expat (they come in three ounce containers so they can fit into a carry-on bag).  

LEISURE FACILITIES Two whirlpools are on either end of the pool deck where plenty of cushioned lounge chairs beneath umbrellas await guests looking for relaxation. A path also leads guests toward the beachfront, but be careful because the coral reef just offshore can be sharp. Lounging along the private stretch of sand is comfortable even for those sensitive to strong heat thanks to prevailing winds that often blow toward the property (don’t forget sunscreen). Guests can choose to work out in the fitness center or on the tennis or bocce courts; there is also a small spa and 18-hole golf course that provide diversion. The Reef is also home to the island’s first aqua cycling classes.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES Meeting space is limited here, but groups can always hold receptions on the beachfront terrace, in the dining room, by the pool, or in the media room off the lobby. The Clubhouse by the golf course provides additional space as does CuisinArt itself. Free wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel, and two computers provide Internet and printer access in the media room.

Photos by The Reef CuisinArt

By Ramsey Qubein

Ramsey is a regular contributor to Business Traveler across all print, digital, web and social channels.  He travels more than 400,000 miles a year criss-crossing the globe to report on hotels, airlines, loyalty programs, and all things travel.

You can find more from Ramsey at http://www.ramseyq.com/, on Twitter - @dailytraveltips and Instagram - @dailytraveltips

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