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Ani Villas Anguilla, a stylish Caribbean paradise

Paul Rubio
Ani Villas sits atop a craggy outcrop along Anguilla.
The curve living room's minimalist design is punctuated with bolts of color and natural accents.
The dining room is the epitome of style and sophistication, with a view.
Sandy Island is the perfect place to spend an afternoon when visiting Anguilla. The restaurant shack serves freshly caught crayfish and lobster, as well as Blue Rum Punch.
The master bedroom merges Scandinavian style with superior comfort.
A nighttime shot of the south side of Ani Villas on Anguilla.

   Anguilla - Ani Villas - Paul RubioContrary to the intentional ostentation on neighboring St. Barths, Anguilla is a refreshing paragon of understated exclusivity. Long known in small circles as the Caribbean’s seductive secret hideaway, Anguilla showcases the Caribbean’s most crystalline waters and boasts a judicious selection of unpretentious, upscale accommodations.

   Pioneering a more exclusive and private product than the island’s existing resorts, Ani Villas combine romantic tropical elegance with haute minimalism. Distinguished and luxurious yet humble and simple, the two-villa estate exudes an intrinsic magnificence much like its island host.

Ani Villas - Sunset - Anguilla   Perched over the cliffs of magical Little Bay, the two villas function as either mutually exclusive entities or a single, grand estate. Near mirror images of one another, each villa stands at 10,000 square feet with five grand, glass balconied bedrooms and open-air common spaces surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. The design purposely draws attention to the azure serenity beyond the cliffs and the striking natural panoramas. Likewise, the geometrically perfected infinity pool, elevated hot tub, and sprawling lounge area of each villa reside at calculated vantage points, ideal for absorbing Anguilla’s natural wonders.

Anguilla - Paul Rubio   Within the villas, every last detail honors the immaculate taste, sophistication, and worldly sagacity of its jet setting developers, Ira and Bonnie Bloom. For example, bedrooms are endowed with the one of the world’s most high-end mattresses- Serta Enrapture Double Pillow Top Mattresses. Furnishing concepts were envisaged on the couple’s intrepid travels through Indonesia, resulting in timeless pieces like the custom-made 1700-pound hardwood kitchen table, shipped from Asia as an entire tree trunk and then crafted in country. Furthermore, the clean Scandinavian design stems from Bonnie’s Danish heritage and passion for exquisite symmetries.

Anguilla - Ani Villas   Beyond Ani Villas, the rest of Anguilla awaits with open arms. Places like Sandy Island, a tiny stretch of sand with a restaurant shack and lounge chairs, serving freshly caught crayfish and lobster and Blue Rum Punch, embody true island lifestyle. The nearby Greg Norman-designed championship golf course thrills avid golfers while the renowned restaurant scene has caught the attention of global foodies. Prior to arrival, Villas managers help create a bespoke itinerary for each guest and facilitate desired activities.

   The two villas can be rented separately or together as an Estate, but require a five-night minimum in either case. Villas come with a full house staff, house car, airport transfers, and all outdoor gear (bikes, kayaks, tennis raquets, snorkel). $30,000-$40,000 (villa), $51,000-$68,000 (full estate) per week. +1.264.497.7888, anivillas.com

 

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