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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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Auberge deployed several world renowned designers to revamp the rooms and suites and there are now 44 in total, mostly a study in whites and eggshell blues with shocks of bright colour and mercifully not a hint of the chintz that can prevail in the Caribbean. Malliouhana's location on a panoramic bluff has always been one of the hotel's greatest assets and the rooms all have a private terrace overlooking the impossibly blue ocean and the white sand beaches of Meads Bay and Turtle Cove below.
When not in your supremely comfortable room or on the beach, Malliouhana has one of the best of a very good bunch of restaurants on an island generally considered the culinary capital of the Caribbean. The al fresco restaurant specialises in excellent fresh fish and seafood dishes but there is also an ever-changing menu and regular guest chefs. Excellent appetizers are also available at the Sunset Bar, alongside a range of excellent cocktails and several very good rums (try Pyrat XO, a delicious local Anguillan number, on the rocks). In a nod to Anguilla's British leanings there's also a daily Afternoon Tea service where guests can enjoy both hot and cold infusions.
The Auberge Spa is set in a tropical garden and offers a full range of treatments from facials to the signature (and thoroughly spoiling) Auberge Head to Toe including a scalp massage, a nourishing hair mask and warm towel compresses and smoothing scrub for your feet followed finally by a nurturing massage. If that's not pampering enough, head to the Meditation Garden & Relaxation Lounge. Less inert activities available include snorkelling, diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, tennis and golf at a nearby championship course.
Why we love it
Malliouhana has one of the loveliest settings on this or any Caribbean island, with views out to see and steps down to not one but three white sand beaches.