Not ready for prime time A review of Ku Hotel
This property is located on one of the most beautiful beaches to be found anywhere. Alas, this resort now under new management by the Cap Jalucca folks was a major disappointment during our recent 5 night stay--especially at those prices. It must be said that we are seasoned BVI travellers and we were concerned that the exessive expense of this island would not be justified. Ku was off kilter from the moment we arrived. Check in provided early clues that this might be a little iffy as particularly hideous 'dentist waiting room' music is piped into the reception area. The checkin itself was chaotic and even the free rum grog was a hassle standing in line while one overworked bartender was attending to participants in a silly spin the wheel happy hour game. At $360 bucks a night (including the 10% tax and 10% SC), our garden/'ocean view' unit was separated from the adjacent Shoal Bay Villas by a beat up construction fence and fronted a parking lot.Behind the building and up a small embankment was a local house and its rather loud occupants were heard from regularly (especially in the mornings).You could see the ocean but on the rare occassion that I hung out on the balcony, a truck came into the lot and idled for about 20 minutes spewing diesel fumes while resort garbage was collected.We could not wait to get off the property and explore Shoal Bay and the rest of the island on our own and it appeared that many other people felt the same way. The restaurant and bar were sparsely attended during our stay. My mother-in-law contacted Ku to surprise my wife on her 40th birthday with a bottle of wine and one-hour massage. They got us the bottle but forgot the massage certificate.
The island itself does have supurb beaches and the Anguillans are extremely friendly and helpful. There are a number of first rate restaurants but plan on being north of $200 for 2 with a moderately priced wine and appetizer. The Straw Hat and Koal Keel were particularly memorable as was a night at the very expensive Malliouhana Resort (snapper for 2 cooked in a salt brick-highly reccommended).Other spots to visit include Gwen's Reggae Shack (live music on Sundays)KoKo's up on the northeast corner,Smokeys for lunch, Olivers, and Pumphouse.
This island is clearly on the way to becoming an exclusive enclave for the uber-rich and it was sad to see the new 'Greg Norman" golf course open for business. It seems possible that the beautiful spirit of Anguilla and the Anguillans could be diluted by the relentless onslaught of monied interests. It is unlikely that we would return to Anguilla but we definitely will not visit Ku again.