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When the Viceroy opened in 2009, it brought an ultramodern chic that was unlike anything else on island—more Miami Beach than Meads Bay. As impressive as it was, it's now poised to be that much better in its new incarnation as a Four Seasons property, bringing with it an unparalleled service ethic and top-notch management cred. The resort is still cooly glam; the Kelly Wearstler–designed rooms, suites, and villas kitted out in marble bathrooms, down duvets, and a raft of entertainment modcons. The four- and five-bedroom villas are some of the finest in the Caribbean, each with gourmet kitchen, pool, and outdoor cabana, hot tub, and provisioning and laundry services. The location, on a bluff overlooking Barnes Bay, is pretty fabulous, too. With five interesting places to eat and drink, the resort is reasonably self-contained—but unless you're staying in the newer residences, right on neighboring Meads Bay, the better beaches will be a short walk (or shuttle ride) away. Cobà, the main restaurant, has eye-popping sea views and a smart steakhouse menu. The Sunset Lounge is the resort's beating heart, with light fare and an adults-only infinity pool. As for amenities, the Four Seasons easily has the most toys of any resort in Anguilla, including an NBA regulation basketball court (with charity games hosted by NBA stars like Carlos Boozer), a rock-climbing wall, and a putting green. Seasonal packages help to take some of the air out of the chillingly inflated rates, but expect to pay big bucks in high season. Closed Sept–Oct.