Lunch at Scilly Cay

The island of Anguilla in the Caribbean is little more than a glorified sandbank, albeit a sandbank with some of the best beaches and finest hotels in the Leeward Islands, but what really makes this island stand out is the food. The quality of the eateries is exceptional, and the cherry on top of this delectable cake is the small island restaurant of Scilly Cay.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

8:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs

We can't think of a more perfect place to have lunch, and the experience starts from the quayside in Island Harbour where you wave to the island, a couple of hundred yards offshore. A boat will zip over to pick you up, and once on Scilly Cay itself you realise there is no electricity, and it's little more than a collection of glorified shacks, with the walls inlaid with vivid pink conch shells.

There is a menu of sorts, but it's all about the lobster here so pop round the back, single out your own crustacean and the chef will read it the last rights before cleaving it and two and whacking it straight onto the grill. (You don't have to see this bit, obviously!) Next, settle back to enjoy the view clutching a potent Eudoxie Rum Punch, named after the owner, Eudoxie Wallace, a former professional tennis player and all-round smoothie.

The lobster is served on a bed of coconut leaves with a very mild and extremely delicious curry sauce and it is, quite frankly, delicious.

Post lunch, you can snooze on the beach, snorkel around the tiny island or have another rum punch after which, Eudoxie assured us, 'you can walk on water.'

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Where to stay

Viceroy Anguilla, luxury hotel in Mexico

Four Seasons Anguilla

The Four Seasons Anguilla is among the best of the Caribbean luxury hotels, and on one of our favourite islands, too.

View at Cap Juluca, luxury hotel in Anguilla

Cap Juluca

Insulated from the outside world, the hotel is a private, self-contained enclave set along two miles of pristine white-sand beaches on the southwest coast of Anguilla, looking out across the sea to the mountains of St Maarten.

Malliouhana

Malliouhana

In the 90s Malliouhana was, alongside Cap Juluca, one of Anguilla’s shining lights but of late – and with love – the place had been getting a little tired of late. That is until the cavalry, in the dashing form of the excellent Auberge Hotel Group, came riding to the rescue in 2014 and breathed new life into a Caribbean classic.

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