Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, in Anguilla will reopen for the 2021/22 season on Oct. 22 with a new Peruvian restaurant, two new guest experiences, special programming for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, and a new direct flight from Miami launching on Dec. 11 with American Airlines. 

New Restaurant: Uchu
Taking inspiration from Belmond’s collection of properties in Peru, Uchu, named after the Quechuan word for spice, will feature a menu of contemporary Peruvian cuisine. The restaurant will offer a casual seafront dining option by day featuring a lunch menu based on local seafood, including ceviche, Anguillan crab cakes, and Quinoa Poke. At night, Uchu will transform into an elegant lounge offering live DJ entertainment. 

Highlights on the menu will include Pollo Pachamanquero traditionally prepared in a clay pot; Lomo Saltado, a traditional stir fry; and a Red Snapper Patarashca, originating from Peru’s Amazon region. The launch rounds out Cap Juluca’s extensive food and beverage options with four restaurants, also including traditional Caribbean at Pimms, Italian in partnership with Cipriani at Cip’s by Cipriani, and the casual beachside Cap Shack, the property’s vintage food truck.

Island Experiences
Cap Juluca is launching two new experiences this season. Honoring Anguilla’s reverence of the sea, Belmond guests can join local third-generation Anguillan fisherman Shawn Romney to learn about the importance fishing has for the local community. Using a traditional yo-yo reel, they will head over to the eastern point of Maundays Bay and cast a line searching for a yellowtail snapper, blue runner, or parrotfish before taking the fresh catch back to Uchu for a private ceviche lunch. The 2-hour fishing experience is offered complimentary for up to four guests at a time, excluding the ceviche lunch. 

Cap Juluca
Guests can explore the island in a Volkswagen van. (Photo courtesy of Cap Juluca.)

Guests can also set off in the property’s vintage Volkswagen van to explore the island’s 33 beaches. Guided by a Belmond Villa Host, this beach day will be equipped with beach chairs, towels, a cooler stocked with refreshing water, lemonade and frozen fruits, and a polaroid camera to capture candid shots from the day. A gourmet picnic lunch will be set up filled with a la carte menu items such as a smoked salmon poke bowl or lobster sandwich. As the sun sets, guests can opt for a champagne toast and sunset cruise back to Maundays Bay. The experience starts at $800 plus service fees for two people; additional $500 for the optional sunset cruise, depending on available boat.

These two new offers further enhance the variety of experiences on property. Guests can also venture on an offshore trip to the tiny chain of uninhabited islands of Prickly Pear Cays, acquire an open water dive certification, or take part in windsurfing, water skiing, or snorkeling off the coast. As the sun rises, avid bird watchers can join local conservationist Jackie Cestero on a morning walk around Cove Pond, a nesting habitat for over forty species of tropical birds. Guests looking for a little relaxation can spend the afternoon at the Arawak Spa Villa, located just 30 steps away from the water’s edge, featuring a private pool, a fitness center, three all-suite treatment villas and private relaxation terraces that overlook the Caribbean Sea.

Celebrate by the Sea
Your clients can skip the below freezing temperatures and head south for miles of beaches and 80 degrees days. The holiday season in Anguilla is centered around great food and family fun, savoring coconut tarts and rum cakes or decorating the native, white flowered five-finger bush. Cap Juluca will host a variety of daily programming for couples and families alike, including wine tastings, sunset sails, tennis lessons, rum tastings, salt-scrub-making classes, an iron man swim along Maundays Bay, and more. For some extra holiday spirit, there will be a choir performance, Carol of the Bells, on Dec. 24 and a kids’ gift opening along with eggnog and s’mores on Christmas Day. Then, raise a glass to the new year island-style at the all-white New Year’s Gala featuring a 4-course dinner menu, live music, dancing, and fireworks over the sea.

Private Pool Villas
Cap Juluca’s 3- and 5-bedroom villas offer seclusion for family and friends traveling this winter. The multi-story pool villas include a full kitchen with a dining atrium for private meals, direct beach access, and a personal freshwater swimming pool. Offering 5,540 sq. ft. of space and located in a private area of the property’s beachfront, guests will be able to enjoy a 24/7 villa host service on hand to assist with arranging group activities from a sunset cruise to tennis lessons, assist with dinner reservations, and share local insight into island experiences. 

How To Get There
This winter with American Airlines is launching a new direct route from Miami to Anguilla on Dec. 11, 2021. This will be the only direct flight from a U.S. destination to the island. There are also flights from major U.S. cities into Anguilla with connection through San Juan. Travelers can also fly into St. Martin and take a 25-minute boat ride to Anguilla. Those arriving via private jet can also fly directly into Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA). 

Entry Requirements
Visitors to Anguilla who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, must be fully vaccinated (last dose or only dose 21 days prior to arrival) to be granted entry to Anguilla. Visitors must also fill out an application form prior to scheduled travel, including the desired time frame of stay, proof of health insurance, and a negative PCR test within three to five days before arrival. Upon arrival in Anguilla, a PCR test will be administered, and travelers will be asked to remain within the resort until receipt of the negative test result (results are usually received within 6 to 12 hours of testing). Once guests have received the negative PCR test result, they can leave the resort and explore the island. There is a cost of $200 pp to cover the testing fees.

For more information, visit escape.ivisitanguilla.com.