Escape Winter in Anguilla, Caribbean

As many parts of the country head into the dreariest part of winter, those weary of snow and cold start daydreaming of sun and surf. If a secluded island escape is on your mind, the island of Anguilla and the beachfront Zemi Beach House Resort and Spa should be too.

Located on six ocean-front acres of Shoal Bay east, situated along the powdery white sand beaches and surrounded by lush greenery, this sprawling Caribbean resort is a gorgeous cure for wintertime blues. Surrounded by exotic wildlife and a reef just inches from shore, it’s truly a paradise.

Soak up the sun from the ocean-view pool and Jacuzzi, or head into the ocean to kayak or snorkel. The adventurous might prefer hiking through wildlife-filled landscapes on a network of trails that cross this tiny (15 miles long and 3 miles wide) island. The resort also offers day excursions by private boat to the neighboring islands including St. Barths and  Saint Martin.

Sailing and boating are national passions here. There are regular sailing regattas on holidays which are contested by locally built and designed boats.

After your day of trekking and water sports relaxation is just steps away. Thai House Spa is a gem dedicated to rejuvenation, with an extensive menu of treatments including massages, detox cleanses, mud baths and rain showers, and a gorgeous meditation garden.

Sip small-batch rum in the elegant Rhum Room, an ideal setting for a late night cocktail, or start your morning with a visit to Provisions, the on-site marketplace that sells snacks and sandwiches, fresh breads, cheeses, wines and beer to take on your excursions to the beach and beyond.

Accommodations here are contemporary and comfy. Each of the 54 guestrooms and 9 suites is decorated island-style with light woods, white linens and private furnished terraces with an overlook of the ocean. Rooms have wireless Bluetooth sound systems, complimentary WiFi, and a fully stocked mini-bar. All guests can enjoy luxury services including 24-hour room services, private chef sessions, and butler services via an iPad application.

If you want a more private experience, expansive two and three bedroom suites offer comfortable private living and dining spaces, a full kitchen, and the penthouse suites also include a furnished rooftop terrace with panoramic views and a private punch pool.

If you’re feeling social, drop by the Shoal Bay Beach Club for a light lunch, snack, or specialty cocktail. It’s a sandy-bottom bar with palm trees and crystal clear turquoise water. Join the fun and make friends at the indoor Bar and Lounge, serving pre and post-dinner cocktails, wine by the glass and offering a casual night of live music.

As you’re shivering through the early-year cold, remember that Anguilla’s average annual temperature is 80 degrees. The island is known for spectacular and ecologically important coral reefs and beaches. Apart from the main  island, the territory includes a number of other small islands and cays – mostly tiny and uninhabited, but interesting to explore on a day trip.

This spectacularly scenic destination could be the perfect winter get-away with rates that start around $550. For more information, visit Preferred Hotels here.

Photo credit: Preferred Hotels