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... were going to the airport. So after a long week, we were subjected to twisty, bumpy, winding roads all over the island to places we could care less about. Finally at long last, after nearly losing my lunch from the back of the van, we arrived at the airport.
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... or Friday, and there were even more barrels of stuff on it than on ours. However, I now understand why. One lady was telling me that the perfume she buys for $90 US in St. Kitts is available in St. Maarten for $25. The deodorant you can get in St. Kitts $10 US for 3 sticks is $5 US for 6 sticks in St. Maarten. Everything is so much cheaper here, that you can easily pay for the ferry fare and night at a hotel by filling a barrel. Instead of buying ...
... It was hot and the water inviting, so I jumped into the water. Refreshing. And I wonder how much more different the water would feel if I had spent $40 going to another beach on the island? This was just next to the jetty from which I took the ferry back to the pier. The Eclipse was scheduled to sail at 5 pm, so I returned in time for a late lunch of burger at the outdoor grill.
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We've been reading so many rave reviews about the upscale hotels - Malliouhana, Cap & Cuisinart that we wanted to let people know it is possible to have a great time on Anguilla without spending a ton of money.
My girlfriend and I visited La Sirena for three days in Feb 05 whilst island hopping to see what Angulla had to offer.
Best Beach at the best price
My husband and I just returned from a one week vacation to Anguilla. The island is perfect for those travelers who are content with getting to know the people and relaxing on any one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. La Sirena is located on the most beautiful beach on Anguilla. We were in walking distance of several great restaurants; Blanchard's, Frangipani, Mango's and Malliouhana. La Sirena is clean and the staff there incredibly accommodating and helpful. I would recommend the hotel and the island to anyone desiring a relaxing vacation at a great price.
We stayed at La Sirena in June 2002 on the recommendation of two families who had stayed there in prior years. We recommend the villas for a family - great value. 3 br/3ba. The living room and kitchen are not air conditioned but the bedrooms are. A bit warm in the late afternoon but otherwise comfortable. And the summer was a terrific time to go - there we were with a villa overlooking the Carribean for the same price as a beachside condo in North Carolina. The weather was great - not too hot (mid 80s) and the off-season pace was great for a family. La Sirena is a bit rough around the edges - you'll see a tossed planting pot here and there and perhaps broken roof tiles - like the rest of Anguilla. The friendly Anguillans more than made up for that. We felt safe and La Sirena is a very pleasant place to stay. For instance, some boys getting off their school bus showed us how to pick and eat kinettes (ping pong ball sized fruit that you break open and suck like a sour ball) growing over the porch of the Iri Life t-shirt shop.
Perfect informal resort
We recently returned from a six night stay at La Sirena and found it to be just the sort of hotel we love. The owners were accessible and quite friendly as were the rest of the staff, the other guests an interesting mix of Europeans and Americans Our room, the pool and dining room all met or exceeded our expectations, and the short walk to the beach (which gave us pause when we initially booked) turned out to be quite pleasant. We visited many of the other hotels on the island during our stay, and were glad we had chosen La Sirena.
My family has returned to stay at La Sirena on numerous occasions precisely because it does stay open when other hotels on that island close. Anguilla is at its best during this quiet time-- when people desperate for "beach services" crowd off their cruise ship and march onto some other island. The owners, Vivian and Rolf and their lovely staff are friendly and warm. They will positively go out of their way to ensure that any need that you have is attended to. Moreover, La Sirena's adorable, spotless rooms, huge villas and popular suites could not be a better value, yes, even in winter. The friendly, safe island has tons of jaw-droppingly gorgeous public beaches with crystal clear water. There are no casinos and no little plastic wrist-bands. If you want that, then please, go complain somewhere else and leave the beach all for me...
Anguilla is a beautiful island nation. The people are amazingly friendly. St. Bart's used to be my favourite island, but now it is Anguilla. La Sirena is nestled in the northwest tip of Anguilla in Meads Bay, secluded yet a short distance into 'town' and the airport.
La Sirena is fabulous
La Sirena is exactly what you would expect: an affordable hotel, clean, quiet on one of the most beautiful beaches in Anguilla. Sorry if the food (and/or food service) did not live up to another NY, NY reviewers expectations but it is fine for breakfast/lunch. Go out to dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments on the Island with the money you saved on lodging.PS LA Sirena gardens have one of the most interesting herbal gardens in the Carribean.
La sirena was one of the worst trips I have personally encountered. Not only was the service as slow as a moped but you are waiting for something that taste like something out of a dumpster. You know on the brochure how it says a quick walk through the "beautiful gardens." I thought the walk was annoying as ****. No only did you walk on rocks....THERE WAS NO GARDEN!. And you were basically walking through peoples lawns. You DO NOT wanna know what our family saw..... dirty houses laundry lines naked natives. So you would walk down to a actually true part of the brochure it is A NICE BEACH. The water is clear and warm, the sand is pearly white. BUT there is no food serivce so they were basically asking for you to drag a the pad for the chair ALL the way back down the gravel path. and if you were hungry there are no people to serve you. For example my wife and children wanted something to drink and we ended up ordering food from the GARDENERS. And to note they burn god **** leaves in front of the god forsaken hottel area. Which I could personally smell. So as my family took a walk down the beach we would see the most beautiful hotels ever (3X amount of money) and wished that we could be there right this second. and lastly the trip was so bad that we were actually looking for other hotels DURING the trip. BEWARE ALL TRIP'ES THIS IS NOT THE HOTEL FOR YOU IF YOU DONT LIKE THE THINGS I have LISTED ABOVE.
We've been to La Sirena several times and have nothing but praise for all aspects of the hotel. The staff is warm and friendly, the location is superb, the facilities are wekk kept, the grounds are beautiful, and the price is fair. I highly recommend Anguilla and La Sirena as the perfect destinations for quiet, lazy, peaceful getaways.