Shoal Bay Villas
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Second visit even better!
This was our second trip to Shoal Bay Villas. This time we stayed in a beachfront room on the second floor. Spent lots of time on our balcony, enjoying the breathaking views. You can't get more "beachfront" than this hotel.
Full kitchen with everything you could need (microwave, blender, bottled water provided daily). Comfortable beds. Beach towels and bug spray also provided.
They've made some changes since our last visit. Bathrooms have been updated with nice ceramics.Pool area has been re-tiled and is much improved. The staff, thankfully, is the same. A great group there.
Ku (next door) has a new beachfront bar/restaurant and there are plenty of other places within walking distance. To get to all of the great restaurants on the island (many of which are on the west end) I recommend renting a car. Shoal Bay East has gotten busier, but is still a wonderful spot. White sand and decent snorkeling right outfront the hotel. There's a watersports rental place next door.
We can't wait to go back.
Shoal Bay Villas we loved it.
Shoal Bay Villas is a quaint villa/hotel, right on Shoal Bay East. The beach and surroundings are beautiful and the hotel/rooms are sufficient. This isn't Cap Juluca or Cusinart. I loved it, so peaceful and the staff is more than helpful and friendly. You are next door to what I believe is now called Ku, formerly Shoal Bay Beach Hotel. Uncle Ernies is next to that. You are within a short walk to Gwens. Decent snorkeling is about 75 yards directly into the water infront of the property. The water is calm. When we stayed they were installing A/C in the units that didn't have them. The staff keeps the rooms clean and everything seemed to work properly. We did get some 'skeeters in the room at night, but if you put enough OFF on you should be ok. I am strongly considering going back there again this year.
Awful hotel on a great beach
Not a good value for the money. It's true the Shoal Bay beaches are magnificent, as are many other beaches on the island, but this hotel is extremely run down and in desperate need of major remodeling! Our bed had linens that were ragged with holes and the mattress pad didn't fit on the mattress so it made it difficult to sleep, my wife ended up getting bit all night long by what we think were bed bugs. Our room had a stench to it, but probably just because it is pretty old. The pool is in desperate need of refinishing, but let's face it we didn't come for the pool. All the appliances are very old and smell bad and the hotel looks like it has been painted over a hundred times and it shows. I would say this hotel would be a value at about $100 but we were charged $215 for a "deluxe" room that didn't even have TV. It really was a rip off! Also there is not a lot of privacy as we had to share an entry way with the unit below, it's almost like they made a two story unit into two separate units by putting a door at the bottom of our stairway. My wife and I were planning on staying here for three nights but ended up leaving after the first night. The manager wouldn't give us our deposit back after the first night so we forfeited that as well, the moral - think twice before booking here. We were lucky enough to find a beachfront villa at the four diamond Cusinart for $140 more! Expensive as that was it is it is a much better value (see my review on Cusinart) and the sea is much calmer on that side of the island.
A few notes about Anguilla:
There were a lot of mosquito's so don't forget the bug spray - it's really a pain though because each time you go in the water you have to re-apply. Also the island is not as developed as you might think; there is a lot of poverty here which can cause some resentment toward the tourists. However some locals are very friendly as they often waved as we drove by. Really the beaches are the only thing truly magnificent on this island. That is why I felt is critical to stay at a hotel you like, there isn't much else to do but stay around the hotel so you'd better like it. I highly recommend staying on Anguilla a night or two so you can see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
First of all, your accommodation was a standard one bedroom suite not a deluxe suite and with the standard one bedroom suite, televisions are available upon request at a nightly charge of $5.00 per night which is also stated on our webpage.
75% of our guests are repeats who come every year and enjoy their surroundings and accommodations and have never had a problem sharing an entry way with other guests. The privacy is in the room not in the entry way.
We have had one or two guests who checked in and the accommodation were not what they were looking for and we did return their deposit and even help them get into another hotel of their choice. (We are a 3 star hotel unlike Cusinart which is 5 star). If you had been truthful with the Manager and said you were not happy with the accomodations instead of saying you had to leave the island because of an emergency with your Mother-in-law I can assure you the Manager would have given you back your deposit and possibly not even charged you for the night you stayed.
Any tourist who was on the island during the month of May can tell you that we had a tremondous amount of rain, and because of that there were alot of mosquitoes and sand flies, also known as 'no see ums' (we certainly DO NOT have bed bugs) which would have caused your wife's bites.
Anguilla does have a lot more to offer other than great beaches, we are also known for our fine dining and our exceptionally friendly people and as an Anguillan I do take great offense to your comment about proverty on the island and resentment to tourists. This is just not true!
I believe you were looking for a 4/5 Star resort with all the amenities such as Cusinart offers and not a simple friendly laid back beach place like Shoal Bay Villas which our many prior reviews attest too.
The moral here, is if you had said something we would have been happy to help you get what you wanted from your vacation in Anguilla.
Loved Shoal Bay Villas and Anguilla!
My fiance and I just returned from our first visit to Shoal Bay Villas and Anguilla. This small property is ideally situated in the heart of Shoal Bay East, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The location is great with plenty of fun beach bars with reasonably priced food and drinks within easy walking distance. There is good snorkeling right off the beach in front of the Hotel, Shoal Bay Divers next door, and Junior's glass bottom boat and water taxi comes by in the morning if you want to take an excursion. Our first room at Shoal Bay Villas was a poolside bed and bath with A/C. The room had a large bathroom, King bed, mini fridge, and cable TV. There was plenty of closet space and the big bathroom was a bonus. The room was on the small side, but we didn't spend that much time in there anyway! After four nights, we moved to an oceanfront studio. The room had two closets, a fully equipped kitchen, nice sitting area, dining table, Queen bed, cable TV, nice patio, good sized bathroom, and lovely view. I would highly reccomend this room, especially for longer stays. The Hotel provides cushioned lounges and beach umbrellas for their guests as well as beach towels. We enjoyed the pool, especially at the end of a long day on the beach. The staff at Shoal Bay Villas is great. Housekeeping does a wonderful job and everyone was friendly and helpful. Kathy, the Manager, made a point of walking out to the beach to meet us and ask us how are stay was going. A very nice touch. One could easily spend there whole trip at Shoal Bay, but don't. Rent a car and get out and see all that Anguilla has to offer.
Don't miss the Palm Grove(Nat's Place) at Junk's Hole for grilled lobster or crayfish and johnnycakes on a spectacular beach. Don't miss The Dune Preserve, singer Bankie Banks funky Bar and Restaurant on Rendezvous Bay. Be sure to get to Roy's Place in Crocus Bay and Roy's Bayside Grille in Sandy Ground for good reasonably priced food and drinks in an English Pub meets Anguilla atmosphere. Have breakfast at the Roadwell Cafe above Sandy Ground, great lemonade and coffee. Get pastries and bread from Le Petit Patisserie at Koal Keel or have a wonderful dinner in this Historic Home setting. Don't miss a dinner at The Straw Hat, a restaurant that serves great food over the water with views of St. Martin. We also loved Tasty's restaurant. We literally did not have a bad meal or bad service from any restaurant on Anguilla whether we spent $20.00 or $200.00 on a meal. There are also many art galleries spread out over the island that are certainly worth exploring.
All in all, Anguilla has a lot to offer beyond it's spectacular beaches. With it's wide range of accommadations, activities, dining, and lovely people, Anguilla has something for everyone! Living in the British Virgin Islands, my fiance and I have traveled to many islands in our region and we have found our new favorite! Will we return to Shoal Bay Villas and Anguilla? ABSOLUTELY!!!
Loved Shoal Bay Villas
We spent 4 nights at Shoal Bay Villas. It was perfect we had an oceanfront second floor balcony room. You are only steps from the sand. Rooms are nice and clean. The sunsets are unbelievable. We had a bride and groom come over every night from Cap Juluca to see the sunsets.
The beach is breathtaking,and if you are a snorkeler this is the place. There are many offshore reefs to snorkel around. Some only being about 15 feet offshore. We will be back again next year. Also for a returning guest at Shoal Bay you are entitled to 10% off for a future stay. Anguilla is truly a best kept secret. We had been to SXM twice and this is the first we made it to Anguilla. Guess what the only time I will go to SXM again is to catch the ferry from Marigot and stay on AXA.
We were on the ocean, you couldnt beat the view. The staff is very nice and helped us get dinner after hours the first night including a ride! The rooms are nice and housekeeping comes everyday with clean sheets and towels(which smelled great!) Beach towels too! Full kitchen and nice little balcony. Its not a 5 star but its clean and a great location. If you want relaxation come here. Not much to do on this island. The ocean was alittle rough on this side of the island, so we went to Rendevous Bay, very nice, but our side had more places to eat. Best lunch place was Gwens Reggae Grill. Le Bon Pain had the best croissants. Had them every day. Visit Elvis on Rendevous Bay, little boat. Flavours and Mangos good places to eat. Expensive island, not much shopping at all. Very few kids on island but locals. Pool at the villas was kindof gross.
The Good Life
We were there the first week in Nov. for 7 days. You could not ask for a better place to stay on Shoal Bay . Just steps from the Beach. The Staff was great, people staying there were very friendly. Wife and I had a great time. Will be back soon.
Our New Favorite place-Shoal Beach Villas
My husband and myself just returned from Shoal Beach Villas after spending 7 wonderful nights. April 17-April 24 2004. We had a Studio on the floor level, beachfront. It was perfect. We left our slider screens open every night and slept to the gentle sound of the waves touching the shore. The weather was perfect, the beach was the best, and snorkeling right out front. What more could we ask for. We didn't even get a car until the last three days. We thought it would be nice to see a little more of the island even though we were content to stay on our beautiful quiet beach. We ate at allot of the local beach restaurants and they were reasonable and just fine. My husband and myself and are not into food so much that it matters so much about delicious fancy feasts. We did go to Zara's twice and loved it. The service was great and so was the food. Uncle Ernies was a pretty regular place for us and the food was good and reasonable. For the most part we were in front of our hotel on a lounge chair relaxing, and swimming. If you're looking for low key, friendly people, reasonable rates, and a clean comfortable place to stay I can say I'd go back in a minute, in fact we have already reserved a room for this November. I can honestly say Anguilla is our new favorite island. It just seemed so natural and not over run with people. It's a whole new experience compared to the islands we've been to in the past. I can't compliment the people of anguilla enough on their gracious and friendly manners. I'm afraid to brag this place up too much or I may not get a room next time I want one. It is not luxury, it's comfortable. The decor is island, wicker furnture with colorful cushions. Tile floors, a kitchen with all the necessities. Microwave, blender, toaster, fridge, and anything else you might need or want. Two liters of complimentary water a day, which was nice. I could go on and on but just to say I'm anxiously awaiting my next visit. If any one wishes to ask me any questions please feel free to e mail.
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