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Hotel & Resort Reviews: Anguilla
Cap Juluca 01/04/02
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
It was a long time comin' and after Lenny blew us out on our first attempt and my not being quick enough to take advantage of the reopening special last year, I finally made it to Cap Juluca. Funny as I looked at my passport it was just a year to the date that I had set foot on Anguilla and had stayed at CuisinArt. Now that was a beautifully manicured property, lovely staff but in some ways it didn't measure up but they tried and Anguilla is such a wonderful destination with those magnificant beaches and great dining! It was with anticipation that I overnited it at EWR airport to catch that 7am flight anticipating problems with security and long lines. Arriving at the airport at 5:30 gave more than ample time. No lines, security was a breeze and I didn't even earn a second look! On to SJU after a breakfast of French toast and mimosas and arrived early enuf to catch that earlier Eagle to AXA. OH! No! All the times that the Eagle has seperated me from my luggage, this was not going to be one of 'em! No amount of begging and whinning convinced 'em to put me on the earlier flight. They wouldn't even check to see if the luggage could make it since I was there well within the window to do so. And all those times I had crossed my fingers that my luggage would make it, this time, I did not care! Patiently read my book and watched the comings and goings at Gate 1 and finally got to Anguilla! A quick taxi ride. And within 45 minutes I had been shown to the room and was in the water! It was just glorious! What a magnificant spot! What a wonderful place! It was magical!Staff could not have been more accomodating and I don't recall having to ask for anything but when I did, it was there! The accomodations are wonderfully furnished Carib-style (no lumpy futons like CuisinArt to act as chair/sofa) and lights that you could read by! Those screened louvered doors that let the breezes in (unlike CuisinArt with the heavy drapes and partially closed front and balconys set so not to take advantage of the breeze so you had to use the a/c). Spacious storage and closet space (CuisinArt has one amoire with 6 small drawers and one of 'em was stuck!). A wonderful tastings of shrimps, chicken wings and other goodies awaited my arrival, a bottle of champagne, a bottle of Pyrat run and bar set up were all within fingertip reach! Love my Ting! Had dinners both at Pimm's and at George's and both were delightful with impeccable service and outstanding food. (Hydroponic Cafe and Med Cafe at CuisinArt were good for lunches but "fine" dining was not so fine and, if memory severs me well, CuisinArt's menu prices seemed to be a bit steeper!) I know people like to criticize both but the waterside dining at Pimm's (almost in the water and I suspect if a good wave came along you might be IN the water!) and George's beachfront location were lovely and the food was excellent with nice presentations. I usually opt for just an appetizer and dessert but this time, most of the time, I went all out and waddled out of each meal! From the pastries and breakfast served at the time you request to the turn down and "lights out," Cap was perfection. The one afternoon that I looked up and saw the double rainbow poised over Pimm's and Cap, I knew that I had found that pot of gold that everyone always talks about finding. It truly is a special place and worthy of the raves that it receives. The accomodations, the amenities and the staff are a wonderful orchestra all playing their part expertly together. Cap was the last remaining on my long lists of musts and I certainly did save the best for last - but, now to make a new list but it's gonna be tough with Cap as the benchmark! The full moon shining on the water and the double rainbow were only some of the extras thrown in for good measure! My only surprises were the pool - yes, I had to look and was surprised but I do not do pools and it seems that no one at Cap does either. Not one of their strong points but who needs it anyway? The wall of the food prep building abuts the pool area. And I wish that they had a sail for the excursions as my preference is to hear the wind and the water rather than the chug of the engine. And those "complaints" I really had to search for! Cap is one of the few places that would definitely be included on my return trip list. Now, just to figure out how soon!

JKaren

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