Anguilla News: August 1996
News reports from on the island, as they were posted to the Net:
Lloyds Guest House, Anguilla's first hotel.
Coccoloba Hotel is now Meta Resort
Coccolaba Hotel has been
sold to Montreux Group from the USA.
They are planning to reopen it as a spa based on the
wellness concept, with
exercise and therapeutic faclities. The hotel was damaged
in Hurricane Luis and is the only hotel in Anguilla
that has not yet reopened. The new owners plan to repair the
damage, refurbish the rooms and open for the coming season.
The Barrel Stay Reopens on Sandy Ground
Went down to Sandy Ground Sunday to see the warmup boat race
for Carnival (the big races are Monday through Friday) and
noticed that the Barrel Stay had been rebuilt. As you may
recall, the original buildings put together out of
discarded barrels were destroyed by Hurricane Luis
last September. The building is still beach style, but
more substantial looking. The main structure posts that
hold the structure together are recycled telephone poles
that Luis also made available (you can see the sawn off
ends of them nearby with insulators still attached!).
The final result is nicely decorated and comfortable,
although the seats on the breezy side are more enjoyable
on a hot summer afternoon.
They still make their special Fish Soup, the Anguillian
speciality with the roule and croutons and cheese to play
with. We shared one mixed salad
one soup and one creme brulee for a light lunch and it was
delicious and plenty to eat.
Here is there current menu
[ other menus].
- Specialty: Bouillabaisse, $40 pp, min 2, order 24 hours in advance.
- Fish Soup, $7
- Onion Soup, $7
- Grilled Corn, $6
- Mixed Salad, $7
- Tuna Salad, $12
- Crab Cocktail, $12
- Crab farci, $12
- Acra, $7
- Conch ceviche, $12
- Escargots, $12
- Island fish, blackened, $24
- Conch creol, $23
- Grilled lobster, $30
- Veal Marsala, $24
- Black Angus Tenderloin, 10 oz. $26
- Black Angus NY Strip, 12 oz. $32
- Black Angus Rib Eye, 12 oz. $26
- Black Angus Porterhouse, 18 oz. $35
- Canard a l'orange, $25
- Grilled honeless chicken breast, $23
- Hawaiian Ham Steak, $19
- Creme Brulee, $7
- Profiterolles, $9
- Chocolate Mouse, $7
- Ice Cream, $5
New Area Code 264 "ANG"
Anguilla's will get its own area code in March 1997:
264. The general 809 Caribbean area code will continue to reach
Anguilla for at least six months. Mark your phone book.
Arlo's Has Reopened
According to a
posting on Julian's Anguilla Web site, Arlo's Italian restaurant
in South Hill has finally reopened after last year's Hurricane Luis.
Reported to have delicious food and reasonable prices.
From the main road, turn north at Anguilla Trading and
proceed to the coast.
Closed on Sundays.
New Prison Handed Over
The British government is building prison's on all
its Caribbean islands and ours has been constructed in
record time (less than 10 months). From the prisoner's
point of view, Anguilla's new prison is ideally located between
the Caribbean Commerical Bank and the National Bank of Anguilla.
Pictured above is Oliver Brooks,
the local contractor for the new prison, standing in front of
the Maximum Security section.
Project management was provided by Alan Veeran of
Johnston Construction, a company located in the Turks and Caicos
that does hotels, airports, and other major projects.
This is one of the coolest buildings on the island, due to
the double roof: a concrete roof with vent holes at
the top, then an air space and another asphalt sheet roof.
Quality of the construction is very high.
Although the prisoners will have much better facilities than
in our tiny old jail, those sentenced to hard labour no longer
have a shady tree under which to break rocks (no kidding).
Bluebird Wins Champion Boat Race
Bluebird won the first race of carnival (the Heinekin
regatta) and the final Champion of Champions race too.
New Photos Available for Old News Items
I have been playing with my new
Kodak DC-50 digital camera
HP Scanjet 4P scanner, so here are
see some new pictures of the sites described
in previous issues of the Anguilla news:
Studio Hair Spa Salon
Anguilla has its own trendy spot for spa beauty treatments,
I sometimes even go there myself to get my hair cut by Paula.
Summer services include all the salon treatments (hair, nails,
waxing, makeup, wedding preparations), plus facials. When
the masseuse is back from vacation, they add massage, aroma
therapy, scalp therapy, and mineral water clay back treatment.
waiting room is elegantly decorated with beautiful antiques and
art work. (photo)
Located at George Hill, 264-497-3220.
Shopping: Curiosity Gift Shop
Curiosity is a new shop in South Hill with a nice selection of
bathing suits, housewares, clothing, and gifts.
It is located in the same building as
the Red Dragon Disco where we went to the
which is held on the last Friday of every month starting
at 10 PM.
Other places to shop!
Anguilla Web Sites
Junior Fleming's web page has been updated with a
picture of his glassbottom boat.
Julian Niles has added a Tete-a-Tete forum section to the
Anguilla Web Site
where people can post reviews of their visits to Anguilla.
It is already full of comments on Blue Waters,
Sonesta, Malliouhana, and Anguilla Great House. I should
warn you though: most people's favorite hotel in Anguilla
is the one they stayed in first.
Hilde Kron has a new picture of Shoal Bay on her
Villa Dina web page.
Palm Shore Villas, a
duplex at Corito, now has a web page.
We have updated our beach shack web site for the house
we are building, including new plans for the software lab.
Steve Donahue has updated his home construction
web site, including information on how to rent his new home and
this news flash:
Aug. 19, 1996 - Caribbean Magazine has
just named Maundays Bay one of the "50
Best" beaches in the Caribbean - along
with Shoal Bay East and Little Bay
beaches. They recommend "Time your visit
for a full moon: With the silvered sea, the
radiant beach, and the lights of St. Martin
flickering in the background, Maunday's is
. . . continue virtual vacation