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The newly revamped Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club in Rendezvous Bay will stay open during the shoulder season so travelers can experience the island during the fall when many other resorts close. 

The move was met by enthusiasm from Anguilla’s director of tourism, Stacey Liburd, who sees the decision as a “tremendous vote of confidence in our island and in our tourism industry,” according to a press release. She added: “Becoming a 12-month destination has long been a strategic goal of the Anguilla Tourist Board, and this moves us that much closer to realizing our objective.”  

Formerly CuisinArt Resort, the 300-acre complex in the British West Indies underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment and rebranding after its sale to Bust Buy founder Richard M. Schulze in January 2021. Among the renovations to the property, which is now managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, was a thorough remastering of the golf course, now called the Aurora International Golf Club. The 18-hole championship layout was originally designed by Greg Norman Course Design and further enhancements by Norman include the addition of a 9-hole Short Signature golf course offering panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea that is due to open this fall.

This fall will also see the opening of several new amenities, including a golf instructional facility and a revamp of the resort’s Japanese restaurant, Tokyo Bay. Other improvements in the pipeline include an entertainment center with waterpark, a 500-seat amphitheater and sports courts for sand volleyball, pickleball, tennis, basketball and bocce ball.

Currently, Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club has five eateries, including the new steakhouse D. Richard’s, featuring ingredients sourced from local producers and the resort’s own farms and seafood sourced from surrounding waters. It also boasts the 27,000-sq. ft. Sorana Spa—the largest on the island—with 16 treatment rooms, including couples suites.  

The 178-room resort offers several room and suite types, from Deluxe Rooms with ocean or island views to Island Suites, again with ocean or island views, that feature wraparound terraces and Jacuzzis. There are also 3- and 5-bedroom Garden Villas and Beachfront Villas with private pools as well as a private 6,300-sq. ft. Estate Home that has five bedrooms, five baths, a private pool and a dedicated butler.

Travel to Anguilla will be easier from Aug. 8, 2022, when vaccinated travelers will no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test upon entry and unvaccinated travelers only need to provide a recent negative COVID-19 test result and are not required to quarantine or take a post-arrival test.

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