Anguilla is blessed with some of the best beaches in the world – long stretches of clean, pale sand that are never crowded and are enclosed by an intensely blue sea. Jet skis are banned, hawkers are rare, and the only cruise ships calling are of the small, smart variety.
Known for its 5-star dining, coral reefs, and postcard-perfect beaches, Anguilla is an unspoiled and relatively undiscovered paradise, recognized by Travel & Leisure for the fourth year in a row as “Best Island in the Caribbean.” Thanks to its world-class cuisine and 33 beaches, many of which are ranked among the world’s best, it is no surprise Anguilla has become an escape haven for the most discerning travellers.
In winter Anguilla is a magnet for the well-to-do, and Hollywood A-listers, including celebrities, who jet in to enjoy their five-star beach resorts, designer villas and thriving foodie scene. Sandra Bullock, Shaquille O’Neil, Bill Bellamy, Ellen Degeneres and Portia and Julianna Margulies, Janet Jackson, Paris Hilton, Denzel Washington are just a few of them!
You could anticipate that this Caribbean sanctuary, with its sophisticated yet laid-back vibes, is reserved only for the wealthy elite. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a Hollywood A-lister to enjoy the island’s silky soft sand and warm, translucent waters. Anguilla can be done on a budget and still be the trip of a lifetime. With incredible price offerings on many resorts and villas, you can turn a one-week vacation into a long-term stay. We know the world is closed for travel now, but when travellers emerge from behind closed doors, the island of Anguilla is waiting with open arms.
Below a list of our favourite affordable Anguilla accommodations for every type of traveller.
Fountain Anguilla Villa Resort, Shoal Bay
Located just steps away from beautiful Shoal Bay Beach, the Fountain Anguilla offers studio, one and two-bedroom condominium styled accommodation as well as beachfront villa rentals. This small boutique property is surrounded by tropical landscaping and offers a beautiful, pristine pool area to enjoy. The property has high-speed wireless internet and all rooms are air-conditioned and lavishly appointed with teak furnishings. The villas offer fully equipped kitchens, king-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms with walk-in showers, private verandahs and concierge service. Great for families, as every building has shared laundry facilities.
Shoal Bay Villas, Shoal Bay
Shoal Bay Villas embodies the natural beauty of Anguilla in an oasis-like setting. As a family-run business that has been in operation since 1985, Kathy Haskins and her daughter Rachel take their responsibility to ensure your stay is one of pure relaxation and rejuvenation very seriously. The 23 villas are all located on Shoal Bay East, one of the island’s best beaches. Visitors call this two-mile-long, sandy beach an “absolute must-see.” There is more written about Shoal Bay East than any other beach in Anguilla. The villas range from studio to two-bedrooms units, all large rooms with full kitchens and pool or ocean views. Enjoy the excellent amenities including a fitness centre, small spa, complimentary WiFi, beach towels, umbrellas, beach chairs, and snorkel gear. If you’re planning on staying a while, you want to be as comfortable as possible. The Haskins and their warm and friendly staff have you covered!
Paradise Cove Resort
Paradise Cove Resort is a stone’s throw (well, 500 yards to be exact) from The Cove, one of the most natural and pristine white-sand beaches in Anguilla. Located in a secluded garden, each of the 29 suites provides spacious and private living areas, a private bath and shower, a fully screened terrace, and a full kitchen or kitchenette. As a unique service to guests, staff can stock the suite’s kitchen with groceries, wines, fruits, and other requested items – to ensure you can make yourself at home as soon as you arrive. With enough amenities to keep the whole family entertained, Paradise Cove is the perfect setting for a long-term stay. Spend days swimming in the oversized pools situated under bountiful mango trees. Start each morning in the fitness centre with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance training equipment. The grounds are also home to a croquet court, playground area for the kids, and a barbecue area to cook up this morning’s catch. To top it off, right behind the hotel is the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa with its 18-hole Greg Norman signature designed Championship Golf Course. If you feel like taking a pleasant afternoon stroll, you’re only a mile from lovely Shoal Bay Beach.
Bella Blu Anguilla, Meads Bay Beach
The newly-renovated Bella Blu is a boutique condominium resort located on the edge of beautiful Meads Bay Beach. Offering studio, one and two-bedroom units, Bella Blu is perfect for couples and families alike. There are 8 villa units; the one and two-bedroom units have a large living/dining room area that opens out onto a private balcony which overlooks Meads Bay Beach. Although fully equipped kitchens are included, the location can’t be beat as guests staying here are just steps away from popular restaurants like Straw Hat, Blanchards and Ocean Echo.
Twin Palms Villas at Meads Bay
Steps away from Meads Bay Beach are the best value villa rentals in Anguilla. The pair of two and three-bedroom villas that make up Twin Palms can be rented separately or combined to accommodate a group of friends or a multi-generational family. The two homes, connected through a tropical garden pathway, feature their own saltwater swimming pool, free WiFi, cathedral ceilings, and stainless-steel appliances. The Twin Palms Concierge Service can arrange for restaurant reservations, personal chefs, tennis lessons, spa treatments, and horseback riding. The homes are the perfect property for a large group including bachelor/bachelorette or wedding parties. The beach access will have you returning year after year. Meads Bay Beach is one of the most popular west end beaches in Anguilla and one of the island’s genuinely untouched shores. Sink your toes into the soft, white sand and swim in the crystal-clear waters.
When the world opens up, there is a hammock overlooking Shoal Bay East waiting for you. This oceanfront property is the centre of paradise with three-bedroom suites, all with ensuite bathrooms, a gorgeous private pool and deck, and an outdoor dining patio. Anguilla’s Personal Concierge Services can help you plan every element of your vacation, from car rental, butler services, grocery provisioning to spa treatments. During your long-term stay, this is the perfect home away from home with all the features you left behind, but with so much more. The Waves Villa is fully equipped with amenities, including a gas grill, gourmet kitchen, private pool, and outdoor shower.