By Tova Syrowicz
Twenty-five years after it first opened on Anguilla’s pristine Maundays Bay, Cap Juluca is back in the hands of its original developers and financiers, New York-based Charles and Linda Hickox, who worked feverishly from late summer to November 15, 2012 to give the property a much-needed refresh.
Twelve million dollars later, Anguilla’s flagship upscale resort (whose previous owners, it appears, defaulted on their loan and left Cap Juluca in disrepair) is back in spanking luxury order.
The iconic, whitewashed, Greco-Moorish architecture and fragrant Caribbean gardens are still there, as are the three miles of white, white beach, but all the behind-the-scenes infrastructure (kitchens, laundry facilities) is new, as are the 67 guest room interiors, from paint to linens to furniture to artwork. Clean lines and fresh pops of color set the perfect scene for unimpeded seaside relaxation. Especially exciting is the resort’s brand new luxury villa, the 3,290-square-foot Jonquil Suite, touting two master bedrooms, a living area, full kitchen, oceanfront dining terrace and private freshwater infinity pool.
The food & beverage scene at Cap Juluca is also newly enticing: Spice Lounge, an exotic waterfront locale with Arabian flair, offers live music, dancing and small plates, while Maundays Bar at the Main House has been updated with chic rattan furniture, rich dark woods and dramatic lighting.
Activities Director Cardigan Connor, a longtime fixture at Cap Juluca, is still managing all things active, from tennis to water sports to the driving range to croquet. Originally from Anguilla, Connor is a masseuse, trainer and former English cricket player who has worked with Jennifer Aniston, Liam Neeson and Kevin Bacon, among other A-listers. Of course, soaking up the sun on Cap Juluca’s powdery sands, then swaying to the breezy tunes at Spice Lounge come nightfall, is as good a reason as any to check out this beautifully refreshed Caribbean spot.