Ho-hum, another year and more accolades and awards for Cap Juluca, honeymoon central and dreamy special-occasion retreat. If you're wondering what, indeed, is so magical about Cap Juluca, consider the following. The resort parallels a long, cinematic stretch of Maundays Bay, easily one of the loveliest beaches on an island known for beautiful beaches. Each of the 18 resort villas (comprising 70 guestrooms and suites) is beachfront, with paths leading directly onto the soft white sand of Maundays Bay. Personal beach loungers dot the shore, and staff at the five cabana bars are at the ready to serve drinks and food while you loll about. Watersports toys like kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddleboards, and windsurfers are at your disposal, and the Greg Norman–designed Temenos golf course is practically next door. The architectural style is also pretty nifty, a kind of casbah comes to the Caribbean, but done in elegantly simple and built-to-last fashion. We love the classical symmetry of the egg-white arches, and domes framed in palms and tropical greenery.
But what we love most about Cap Juluca are the rooms, newly refreshed with maximum relaxation in mind, outfitted with Stearns & Foster bedding, tile floors, and louvered mahogany doors to let in the breezes. Spacious indoor-outdoor bathrooms have two-person soaking tubs and solariums. The beachfront one- and two-bedroom suites are insanely spacious, from 1,500 to 2,250 sq. ft. respectively. Six pool villas have their own freshwater swimming pools. And did we mention that all rooms are beachfront?
It's easy to come to Cap Juluca and never leave. Of the four on-site restaurants and lounges, newly remodeled Pimm's offers "Eurobbean" cuisine, Spice serves a pan-Asian menu, and Blue is a casual beachside spot that hosts the Wednesday–night Island Beach BBQ ($65 per person). Although the food is quite respectable, we urge you to go off-site and experience more of the island's wonderful restaurants.Note: A prolonged wrangling over ownership had not been resolved at press time. Here's hoping the parties involved (including the Anguillan government) come to an agreement; the fate of some 400 employees (many of them here for 20-plus years) is at stake, not to mention all that Cap Juluca magic.