Anguilla has some of the most desirable high-end properties in the Caribbean -- no wonder it's a hot honeymoon destination. But it also has charming small hotels, inns, and guesthouses, many just steps from a gorgeous beach. Villas, another increasingly popular lodging option, range from breathtakingly sumptuous to serviceable.
If you're looking for ways to cut costs, consider visiting in the shoulder or low seasons, when rates plummet. Be sure to get on a resort's e-mail list: Many offer terrific money-saving packages (especially during the low seasons) advertised via e-mail or Twitter.
Keep in mind that the government imposes a mandatory 10% room tax, and resorts tack on an additional service charge of 10%.
Down on the (Hydroponic) Farm
It's the world's only hydroponic farm in a greenhouse setting, where hundreds of ripe red tomatoes, foot-long cucumbers, dewy lettuces, and fragrant herbs ripen spectacularly with little more than water and a sprinkling of plant nutrients. There's no soil, no weeds, no bugs. To help feed guests and staff in a country where much of the soil is non-arable and most of the fresh produce must be flown in, CuisinArt hired plant scientist and horticulturist Dr. Howard Resh, Ph.D., to devise a greenhouse that could produce vegetables year-round and withstand strong winds. Today the farm supplies both resort restaurants and the employee cafeteria with an average harvest of 128 heads of lettuce a day. Call tel. 264/498-2000 to join one of the regularly scheduled free tours with Dr. Resh, who is passionate about every aspect of the farm. You'll even get to sample sweet cherry tomatoes right off the vine.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.