Q: Is Carimar a hotel or a condo?
A: Carimar is a hotel with the “feel” of a condo. We are lucky that we can offer our guests large “Home Away From Home” accommodations with 1100 square feet of living space, a large living room, a dining room that accommodates six persons, a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lanai or balcony, and free wireless internet and flat screen TV. You can reserve your space directly through the front desk reservations at 866-270-3764 or through your local travel agent.
Q: Does Carimar have a swimming pool?
A: Carimar does not have a swimming pool on site, however, the water in front of Carimar is so blue and clear that it has been called “the world’s biggest swimming pool.”
In addition, Carimar has a swimming pool sharing agreement with a hotel close-by. Their guests use our tennis courts and beach and our guests can use their swimming pool.
Q: Does Carimar have a restaurant?
A: Carimar does not have a restaurant on-site, however, the best value beach bar is right next door – Blanchard’s Beach Shack. In addition, we have several five-star restaurants next door or within walking distance on the beach – Blanchard’s Restaurant is directly next to Carimar and Jacala and Straw Hat are steps down the beach. The Restaurant at Malliouhana is right next door on the east side of Carimar. Every Carimar villa has a fully equipped kitchen with dishes, glassware, silverware, appliances, full refrigerator, range, microwave, blender, etc. to make as many meals in-house as you want. The Best Buy Supermarket is located right up the road and has everything you will need for in-room meals including beer, wine, and spirits. The dining room accommodates six people – perfect for families with young children.
Q: Are there any other budget and/or family restaurants nearby?
A: There are several budget and family-friendly restaurants close to Carimar. One is the aforementioned Blanchard’s Beach Shack. B&D’s BBQ is a favorite within walking distance up the road and Ocean Echo (moderately priced) is down the beach to the west. See our blog “Cheap Eats on Anguilla – You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Enjoy and Great Meal on Anguilla”. Picante’s Mexican taqueria up the road is also a family favorite.
Q: Does Carimar have air conditioning?
A: All beachfront units have air conditioning in the living areas and the bedrooms. All beach view villas enjoy air-conditioning in the bedrooms. Most of our guests have commented that they do not use air conditioning during the day as the trade winds blow beautiful cooling breezes through every villa. Our guests prefer opening up the sliders and windows to take advantage of these breezes and prefer not to shut themselves inside. Anguilla’s average temperature is 80F. Northeastern trade winds keep the island relatively cool and dry. In the summer months, as with any destination near the equator, there can be a sultry day, so take advantage of the “biggest swimming pool in the world” right at your feet.
Q: Does Carimar have on-site water sports?
A: Carimar does not have a contracted water sports company on-site, however, right next door there is a water sports outpost where you want rent many types of water sports equipment. In addition, Carimar gives our guests free use of snorkel equipment, and our “Carimar Caring” Concierge will gladly procure water sport services for you – including boat charters, sailing cruises, snorkeling and diving trips, stand-up paddle boarding, kite surfing, water skiing, tubing, etc
Q: Does Carimar offer tennis?
A: Carimar has two championship tennis courts on-site with free equipment to use.
Q: Is there grocery shopping nearby?
A: Best Buy opened a large grocery store right up the road within a fifteen-minute walk. You can purchase anything from groceries to wine, beer, and spirits.
Q: Is the water rough or calm?
A: The water in front of Carimar is very calm – see the photo above. However, like every Caribbean island, there are occasional storms out at sea that can churn up some waves on the island. On rare days when the red flag is up, the beaches on the south side of the island tend to be calm. This works both ways – when the south side of the island is rough, Carimar is usually calm.
Q: Can we fit five or six people in a two bedroom villa or three people in a one bedroom villa?
A: For a two bedroom villa, the bedding is one king bedroom with en-suite bathroom AND one bedroom with two twin beds and a bathroom across the hall. For a one bedroom villa, the bedding is one king bedroom with en-suite bathroom OR one bedroom with two twin beds and a bathroom across the hall. In the twin bedroom, the beds may remain separate or can be pushed together. Please let the reservations group know your preference upon booking the villa. Please note that if you book a one bedroom villa, the second bedroom and bathroom will remain closed during your stay.
Occupancy for a two bedroom villa is four persons (inclusive of children) with existing bedding, with a fifth or sixth child (maximum) using roll-away beds at a cost of $75 per day per bed or cribs for children under the age of two at a cost of $10 each per day.
Occupancy for a one bedroom villa is two persons (inclusive of children) with existing bedding, with a third person (maximum) using a roll-away bed at a cost of $75 per day. Cribs for children under the age of two are available for only $10 per day.
Q: I heard that the bathrooms have been renovated and upgraded. Can you confirm?
A: We are so excited to share our newly renovated bathrooms. They are truly beautiful These are being done in phases during the off-season so as not to interfere with our guests’ exceptional experience. We have completed bathrooms in six of the eight villas thus far and will finish these renovations in the off-season of 2019. We will do our best to place our guests in these newly renovated villas, however, please understand that this is not a guarantee due to the high occupancy of our hotel.