Anguilla News: December 1995
News reports from on the island, as they were posted to the Net:
Windsurfing and Sailing at Cove Bay
Dandy has reopened his sailing center on Cove Bay
for the season. He rents Mistral windsurfers,
and a Hobie Cat 14, and gives lessons.
Open 9:30am to 4pm every day, 809-497-5781.
Vince Cate and I are going
out every Thursday afternoon to see if we can learn
to sail this fast catamarran.
Scilly Cay Rebuilding
Scilly Cay Restaurant in Island Harbour was swept
90% clear by the hurricane (one small beach hut made
of pond fronds survived--makes you wonder about the
structural engineering). A shipload of greenheart
lumber came from Guyana and was landed
on the little islet. Workmen are busy rebuilding
the restaurant and the beach huts. They report that
this tropical wood is so hard that they burn out
drill and saw motors every day.
Casablanca Becomes Sonesta
The Casablanca Resort has changed hands--it is now
Sonesta Beach Resort Anguilla and plans to
reopen on January 18th. If you are interested in
visiting, give the new General Manager Matthias
Kammemer a call at 809-497-6999. He just arrived
from Egypt where he ran Sonesta resorts on the Red Sea!
Cap Juluca Reopens
Cap Juluca has quietly reopened with 7 villas in operation.
About 1/2 the beach has been reconstructed and the dredge continues
operation in Maunday's Bay (progress is slow because the
dredge operators must be careful to preserve the coral reefs under
the layers of sand that Luis deposited in the bay).
They expect to be fully operational on February 1st, with
Pimm's restaurant and all the remaining villas.
New Villa Overlooking Sandy Hill Bay
Lucia at Chinchary has just completed construction on a new
luxury one-bedroom villa. We went for a visit and found
it very spacious (1500 sq ft for a couple)
and well appointed, with king size bed, full kitchen,
big living room and porch, and nice views
toward St. Martin. $1100/wk (850 summer).
She also has a smaller
one-bedroom, closer to the water at $750 ($550 summer).
The location is on Betty Hill,
close to the beach, and the clay tennis court should
be repaired in 2 weeks.
Lucia has furnished this villa with Mary Chase,
an interior designer from the US; they are also using
it as an informal showroom of the rattan and
tropical furniture that they can order for
you and deliver in Anguilla.
Smitty Has New Place on the Beach
We went for a great Pina Colada (the secret seems to
be cinammon sprinkled on top) last night at
Smitty's new lobster house on the beach in Island
Harbour. Smitty bought the derelict restaurant
building that you see as you drive into town,
remodeled the downstairs into a restaurant and bar,
started a new shack on the sand, and plans to redo
the upstairs next year as a nightclub. A wedding is
planned at Smitty's Saturday, with the grand reopening
on Sunday, December 24th. 809-497-4300.
Merry Christmas from Bob and Mary Ann Green
Best wishes for the holiday season and the new
year from us in Anguilla. We have been here a year
now and are settling in. We have purchased a piece of property and are
proceeding to fulfill our dream: to build a home and
a software development lab on
the beach in Anguilla. Watch this page for more news in 1996.
Great Massage Still Available
Louis Price is no longer working at The Studio, but is still giving
a great massage, either at his office or at your
hotel, villa, or home. Highly recommended. Telephone: 809-497-3962.
T-Shirt Production Resumes
Phillipe at Carribean Silk Screen reports that
they have finally finished repaired Luis damage and
have power back from Anglec, so they are back in
business making t-shirts again. 809-497-2272.
Fountain Beach Hotel has Reopened
The Fountain Beach Hotel on Shoal Bay (east) is open again.
Shoal Bay West Functioning Again
Anguilla has two beaches called Shoal Bay. The
famous one with Uncle Ernie's is at the east end of
the island, between Crocus Bay and Island Harbour.
The less well-known one is Shoal Bay West at
the west end facing St. Martin (it is the next beach
after Cap Juluca).
On Shoal Bay West, the Paradise Cafe restaurant
has reopened for business. 809-497-3559. They are also open for dinner.
The Blue Waters beach apartments are also
open; I have a report that they look good as new.
The elegant Cove Castles resort is open also.
I talked to someone who owns one of the condos there and
found out that the restaurant has a new chef from
Los Angeles who is very good.
The physical damage has been repaired and the beach is repairing
itself naturally. 809-497-6801.
Arlo's Restaurant Is Rebuilding
Arlo's is an Italian restaurant on the cliff
about Road Bay (turn at the Anguilla Trading Company
at South Hill).
The new French owner of Arlo's is repairing the
structure and will reopen soon. 809-497-6810.
. . . continue virtual vacation