CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa
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Bad name, great resort
My wife and I stayed 5 nights at the Cuisinart in August, 2003. It was our first time in Anguilla, and we had tried to book Cap Juluca, but they were full. Thank goodness!! We thoroghly enjoyed our time in Anguilla in general, and the Cuisinart in particular.
First and most important: the beach was the finest we have seen.
Perfect white sand, warm water, few people and good beach service (including afternoon sorbet -- oooh). The resort had the full range of water toys, snorkels, sailboats, etc, but we were mostly content to read and relax -- it's that kind of place. Extreme vacationers, look elsewhere. the Cuisinart beach stretches about a mile and you'll see about 12 people on it at any given time.
Hotel service was very good. Very attentive, but a little aloof. That was fine with us. Housekeeping was thorough and accomodating to our schedule. I hate coming back from the beach and finding that the room hasn't yet been cleaned. Not a problem here.
Throughout Anguilla, the rooms are very nice. We stayed in a spacious junior suite with a separate tub and shower and double sinks. The room was large, and the terrace was suitable for dining. While we did not have a problem, there are apparently alot of mosquitos, and every room is equipped with a can of Deep Woods Off.
The Food. This is complicated. If you're reading this, you probably already know about the hydroponic farm. It was closed when we were there, but the produce was wonderful. The dining romm actually had a small pot of living, growing basil on every table. Spectacular. The first night we were there, we enjoyed a languid 2-hour feast with sumptuous appetizers, soup, salad, lobster, and dessert. Yum. That's how tourists eat on Anguilla., and that's the problem. We searched in vain for light, casual meal. By the fourth night, we decided to just skip it because we ddin't have the endurance or the gluttony for another 2 hour production. I know, I know, it sounds like a nice problem to have, but I just can't eat that much.
We had a partial meal plan (2 dinners, a lunch and Continental breakfast every day). That was great, because the food was REALLY expensive ala carte. Count on $250-300 for dinner for two without a bottle of wine. Lunch at the Cusinart was great, with a pizza chef from Positano who does nice work. Also pricey.
We did not rent a car, so our dining options were somewhat limited. We took a cab to Pimm's at Cap Juluca. Big mistake. $325 for some DiCecco pasta with Ragu and a decent piece of fish, plus appetizers and dessert and two glasses of wine. The restaurant was unbearably hot, and the bugs were so thick we had to extinguish our tabletop candle to avoid attracting more of them.
On the other end of the spectrum, we chartered a boat (the "Gotcha") for a day. We saw the whole island (Malleouihana looks a little rundown -- we didn't eat there) and had lunch at Scilly Cay. Corny and expensive, but totally worth it. The prawns are like succulent little lobsters and, my God, they make a fabulous rum punch. It's not something I would normally rave about, but they put, like, 40 ingredients into it. Not to be missed.
We loved the Cuisinart, and we will definitely return. It's a wonderful combination of seclusion and luxury, situated on the finest beach in the world.
One last thing. I smoke cigars, and the Cuisinart bar had little cedar strips to light them. I loved that! Oh, and Carib beer goes very well with a nice Hoyo Limited Edition.
Everything we could have imaged but very HIGH $$$$
Our 7 night stay at Cuisinart was part our two week honeymoon in May.
We enjoyed every moment of our stay. The food was delectable and the grounds were beautiful. We enjoyed the spa and the people were very warm and friendly. On a side note I did not enjoy the bodyguards of the celebrities that stood around looking stupid.
A Perfect Vacation
My wife an I spent a perfect week at Cuisinart, June 20-26. Our room (junior suite), the service, the attention to detail, the food (loved the hydroponic garden) and, most of all, the staff were brilliant.
Sabrina poolside kept us in towels, rum, afternoon sorbet and good cheer. A cooking session and lunch with the chef was wonderful. The Spa & Beach are terrific. In one day everyone knows your name ("Norm" would love the place.) Wish I could afford it in December!
I just arrived back from vacation last night. I had a wonderful time at CuisinArt Resort. This was a wonderful hotel..very comfortable and clean. The beach was beautiful. I have never been to a friendlier resort or island in my life. I warn you shopaholics though....there is no shopping on the island to speak of. This is a place to kick back on the white powder beach and relax! I would highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for paradise.
Just what we needed!
WOW! That pretty much sums up our week there. From the moment that we were met at the airport by resort staff, we were under the spell of the warm Anguillan people and the magnificent Cuisinart Resort. We came here to relax, unwind, get back in shape, and to be pampered. We got exactly that. Upon our arrival at the site, we were met curbside with an island drink and a cool towel. Check in was conducted very informerly in a lounge area, followed by a leisurely walk to your villa, and a tour enroute. The rooms were fantastic, huge, and very comfortable. The baths are even more impressive than that shown in the brochure. The grounds and gardens are awe inspring and beautiful. The beach was pristine with fine grain sugar sand, and incredibly blue waters. Spa treatments, the fitness training and the individual training were quite enjoyable. All of our meals were excellent, albeit a bit pricey. We fell in love with the fresh vegetables grown onsite and the wonderful Anguillan lobster. In summation, we will definitely return and encourage you to consider this resort. Everyone from the facility manager, Mr. Ortiz, to the delightful desk concierge staff, to Ms Eggleston at the spa, Peter with Fitness, David with tennis, Petal at the Beach Bar, Garvey on the Beach, and all of the other friendly support personnel seem to have only one thing in mind...and that is that you have the best time you can, and that when you leave, you cannot wait to get back. One last note--Cuisinart has a promotinal office in New York City. Ask for Inez. She is knowledgeable, honest and warm.
An Island Paradise
My wife and I traveled to Anguilla for our honeymoon. After many hours of research (much of it on this site) we decided to go to the Cuisinart Resort and Spa. The comments of travelers were so helpful to us in planning our trip, I feel compelled to share some of our thoughts about what turned out to be an absolutely wonderful vacation.Anguilla is a small island (65 square miles) with little industry outside of tourism. The island is blessed with several of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen. Meads Bay, Shoal Bay West, Rendezvous Bay and Maundays Bay are all absolutely stunning. Soft white sand, clear blue waters and very few people made the beaches the best I have ever seen. There is no real nightlife in Anguilla. There are several fun bars and restaurants that have live music but there is nothing like you will find in Jamaica, St. Martin's, St. Thomas, etc. It is a place to consider if you are looking to relax and take a break from the hectic world. For us it was a perfect break from our busy lives.The Cuisinart is on Rendezvous Bay. The resort is beautiful. Our room (a junior suite) was very large and literally 50 feet from the ocean. We spent many evenings on the patio simply listening to the ocean waves rolling in. The bathrooms had separate shower and tubs with marble everywhere. It was quite luxurious.The best part of the Cuisinart in our opinion was the warmth of the people. There was someone waiting for us at the airport and when we arrived at the hotel. We arrived late at night and the resort had a late night snack and a bottle of wine waiting for us upon arrival. Each employee we met was nicer than the next. Friendly to the core. My wife and I regularly talk about the Cuisinart employees (by name) when reminiscing about our trip.We saw alot of the island during our week there. Here are a few of our favorite spots for various trips. These are just our opinions.Best Place to Watch the sunset-- Roy's at Crocus BayBest Beach Bar- Johno's, Gwen'sBest Food- Santorini at Cuisinart, Tasty'sBest Romantic Louge-- Malihouanna ResortBest Lunch Spot- Scilly Cay-- Scilly Cay is a tiny island 400 yards off the main island that serves barbecue lobster and Anguillan Crayfish that they catch, show you, and then cook. This lunch was part of our package and one of our favorite places.Getting around Anguilla is very expensive if you do not have a car. There are car rental places that rent cars at relatively inexpensive prices (Avis and others). There are ample taxis but they are expensive.Food is very expensive as well. Eating at the resorts will definitely set you back although the food was generally great.While we spent alot on our trip, it was worth every cent. Anguilla is truly a great spot for a beach holiday.
My husband and I spent the first 4 days of our honeymoon here before going to nearby St. Maarten. The resort was fantastic! They do everything for you and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast was delicious, but we preferred to leave the resort for dinner. Mango's is THE best place for dinner on the island.
Our only complaint with the resort was the fees we were charged when we checked out. Seems they add 15% to absolutely everything.
Heaven on Earth
Not only did my wife and I want a relaxing vacation for our 5th anniversary (May 2002), we NEEDED one. Anguilla, and more specifically, CuisinArt Resort and Spa fit that bill to a T. Food was exccellent. The service staff were delightful. The resort itself was meticulously groomed. The rooms spacious and clean (maids twice daily). Enough sporting activities for adults and kids at the resort (although besides water activities kids may grow restless). Spa was luxurious! I could go on and on about how this 5-star resort exceeded our already high expectations! I do not have one bad thing to say about our trip there...which is really saying something if you knew how I can nit-pick hotels/restaurants to death. A word of warning: besides the world's BEST unspoiled beaches and MANY fab restaurants on the island there are NO other attractions / sights to see on Anguilla. St. Maarten--a 15 minute ferry ride away--has the shops and nightlife. If that's going to play a big part in your vacation then you might consider just staying there. However, for pure relaxation CuisinArt Resort and Spa is THE place to stay!
Good, But Not Great Resort
Despite all the rave reviews from Frommers and Fodors (and ...), I was a little disappointed with this resort based on the class of the hotel. If it had been classified as a lesser resort, I would have been a happy camper.First, the disappointments...had a bad experience with a couple of the staff members in the front-office and concierge. In both instances, it was about them misquoting me for the cost of things (first, cost of extra person in our suite [$90/per night which is ludicrous] and then, a snorkeling trip that we took). There was also an incident where my sister ordered Virgin margaritas, and we ended up with margaritas with alcohol. The pool girl refused to replace them with non-alcoholic drinks so the $24 drinks went to waste. These incidents really made me feel like some of the staff (and locals) felt that tourists were to be taken advantage of. We definitely paid through the nose for everything. Anywhere that we went for dinner outside the hotel grounds was a $36-40 cab ride.Our junior suite was nice but very sparesly furnished. Do not expect luxurious accomodations, despite the cost. The bathrooms are nice, though. There was a huge tub and marble shower. The toiletries are really nice, too. Rusk toiletries and a nice hairbrush was left. The only thing about the bathroom was that the wall was made of blocks of glass so showering in the evening with the lights on, was a great peepshow for anyone walking by.The food was just okay. Santorini was very expensive---dinner for 3 without alcohol was $250. I wasn't particularly impressed with the food after being in New York City the week before. The bouillabaise was terrible, but the Spiny Lobster was delicious (and huge, too). Pass on the desserts too.The Spa was one the more memorable things about our stay. We really enjoyed the massages and wraps, and the staff was helpful. Most of the wait staff and the beach staff were very customer friendly and helpful. I just wished that we hadn't had those awful experiences w/the other staately). All in all, if you're hoping to go to an exclusive resort, try one of the others on the island (Cap Julaca or Mallihouna).As for the island, it's not as exclusive as the reviews make it sound. Perhaps, it is exclusive relative to the other islands. For the amount that I spent, I would rather revisit Bora Bora which IS every bit as exclusive as it sounds. No false advertising here. As mentioned early, you really felt ripped off staying on this island. Every time that you leave (whether on a plane or visiting neighbor St.Martin), you had to pay a departure tax. Totally not worth it.
My wife and I went almost a year ago and we're looking to head back. The food was truly unbelievable--and that is something that we cannot say ANYWHERE else in the Caribbean we have travelled. At night you can walk for an hour and maybe see no one. Have one dinner at Cap Juluca, but stay at CuisinArt!
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