The Four Seasons Anguilla

Jana Beauchamp, Families Contributor

Four Seasons Anguilla Villa

If there’s one vacation your kids will remember besides Disneyland, it may be the Four Seasons Anguilla. This hotel hits all the right notes. From family-friendly abodes that set the standards almost too high to top food, it’s the Caribbean resort you’ll want to know.

Overview

There are some places that are a required course when it comes to travel, and the Four Seasons Anguilla for families is on that list. From the moment you step into the open-air lobby, it is a clear win. Your eyes will lock with the Caribbean Sea and a rum punch will slip into your hand. The rest is family history.

The Four Seasons has all the right ingredients; top accommodations, dining, and activities yet, it also has an environment that makes everyone want to chill out and relax. Situated between two crystal-clear bays, the resort immediately makes you feel right at home. The staff is in sync with the best of the best for both the adults and the little ones. There are four restaurants, three pools, two beaches, and endless adventures, but who’s counting? It’s a vacation after all. You can spend the day in the Caribbean Sea, splash around in the pool, or play tennis at the Sports Pavilion. Whatever adventure you choose, Anguilla will be your vacation home.

Accommodations

From suites to beachfront villas, The Four Seasons Anguilla has some of the best rooms to accommodate your brood. The one-bedroom ocean-view suites can sleep a family of four. They feature dining and living areas; the kids will love their bath time in the deep soaking tub and the oversized shower. You can start and even end your day from the patio by jumping into the personal plunge pool.

Wine + Dining at the Hotel

The Four Seasons Anguilla is a resort that’s like a destination itself when it comes to dining. There are casual spots to walk to from the hotel’s beach, but some of the best food is on the property. In signature Four Seasons style, dining includes traditional children’s fare, where no one will judge you if you end up ordering the chicken fingers too.  For those kids and parents alike with more adventurous palates, the chefs step up to that plate too. As you would expect from the Four Seasons, special requests, allergies, and dietary issues are their specialty, so no one will go hungry.

Breakfast + Lunch of Champions

Start the day at the breakfast buffet at SALT with a make-your-own omelet station, avocado station, fresh fruit and pastries, and kids buffet. You can also order a la carte at Bamboo Bar & Grill with both healthy options and local favorites.

At the Half Shell Beach Bar, you can take in a casual lunch with views of Barnes Bay. It’s a life-is-good moment over fish tacos and sips of a frozen drink knowing you’ll never be ready to go home. Families will also love the Local Fisherman’s Market Experience. The Chef personally helps with picking the best local catch and preparation to grill for your lunch.

Dinner + Drinks

Perched blufftop with views of Barnes Bay and Meads Bay, SALT is a must-visit to experience Anguilla’s freshest seafood and local flavors with a modern twist. The tableside preparation of the Johnnycakes and signature ceviche is half the fun. It’ll be a full family experience. While the parents enjoy their bites and sips, kids can enjoy spotting the sea turtles swimming over to say“hi”.

Also of note is the weekly Barefoot BBQ at Mead’s Beach which serves up the island flavors of freshly cooked seafood and local favorites like creole shrimp and crayfish. There’s live music to dance under the stars to the live music.

The real showstopper is the sunset and scene at the Sunset Lounge. This is the spot to take in an Anguilla sunset and stay for dinner and the nightly live entertainment. The open-air restaurant is situated right at the convergence of Barnes and Meads Bays, for some of the top views on the island. The Pan Asian-inspired small plates like Shrimp Pad Thai and the Omakase are a hit for the entire family.

Playing on Land and Sea

There are three, heated, infinity edge pools each with stunning oceanfront views. The Sunset Pool is ideal for sunsets (hence the name) and is for adults only – enough said. The Aleta Pool is right in the center of it all. Choose to swim with the kiddos or chill in a lounger at the water’s edge. The family-friendly Bamboo Pool is a fun fav spot for families. Frozen slushies or Aperol Spritz make cameos every afternoon to the delight of the whole family. Splash and play all day and then head down to Mead’s Beach.

On Mead’s Beach, your feet will easily slide on the silky-smooth white sand. Sand buckets for castle-building are plentiful. Calm, crystal-clear waves await the kids; you can forget about getting their attention for the rest of the day The Sea Centre is steps away with complimentary water accessories like kayaks, SUPs, and snorkel gear. When snorkeling, always keep your eyes peeled since the sea turtles are awaiting your visit.

Off-Campus Excursions

Barnes Bay

It’s almost time for the sunset, so head across the property to Barnes Bay Beach. In addition to some more scenic spots, it is the ideal place to watch the sunset. You can play on the white sand and swim until it gets dark. Interestingly, this beach has some rocky barriers that create rougher waves which are surprisingly fun for adults. But exercise caution even while having enormous fun. Barnes Bay also has small, gentle enclaves for kids to catch tiny waves and still be part of the action.

Later, the kids can keep busy at the Sports Pavilion basketball court while you dry off. Additionally, there are also tennis facilities, rock climbing opportunities, and more. There are also seasonal weekly activities like ceviche-making classes, Wellness Pop-Ups, and Sip and Paints.

Island Excursions

You can also explore the island by MOKE, visiting iconic spots in the classic ride. Our advice is to request the Seagrape (IYKYK) and prepare the fam for ample adventure and Insta photo ops. The Arch, Shoal Bay, Rendezvous Bay, or Sandy Ground top the list. There are plenty of beautiful backdrops for some family frame-worthy clicks, and more importantly, for your tween’s selfies, because trust me, they’ll need plenty of those.

Blue Tranquility at the Spa

Vacation is hard work, so luckily there is a top spa on the property. Every treatment room overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Plus, the outdoor treatment huts are ideal for seaside massages. The signature Blue Tranquility massage is a transporting experience itself for the ultimate in relaxation. After a treatment, you can sit in the full-size bed swing overlooking the sea. Kids will also love a special visit to the spa for hair braiding or mani-pedis. And for their turn in the bed swing.

Kids For All Seasons

Kids For All Seasons offers island-specific activities and crafts for your young ones. Think shell necklace-making, nature walks, painting, and a seasonal Inter Soccer Academy Camp. There are also featured festive time pop-ups that add to the fun like The Craft Studio.

This is one of those places, that no matter where you take the family afterwards, they’ll want to return. In fact, don’t be surprised if you plan the next trip to the Four Seasons Anguilla before you even leave.

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