ARTICLE BY MARIANNE SALAYMEH – November 1, 2015
Marking his return to Meads Bay, Rolf Masshardt joins the Carimar team as General Manager. He spent the past 8 years managing boutique hotels in his native Switzerland. Many will remember Rolf as former developer, owner and manager of La Sirena on the west end of Meads Bay for nearly 20 years. He and his wife, Viviane, have a large network of friends and former employees that they continued to see on their annual visits and they are thrilled to be back on Anguilla full time. Their two children, ages 22 and 26, attended the local schools and still have many friends here.
“When I heard that Carimar was looking for a General Manager, it immediately caught my attention,” said Rolf recently. “Living here for more than 20 years on the same gorgeous Meads Bay as Carimar, this opportunity to manage one of the best situated resorts in Anguilla was too good to pass up. I’ve loved the island and the people of Anguilla for so many years. This just seemed the right time move back to our second home.”
Rolf had high praise for Fred Thompson and the entire staff. He noted, “Carimar was always very well managed and has been a steady icon in the Hospitality industry of Anguilla. It has a long-tenured staff that provides exceptional service and a large number of repeat guests. The owners have continued to invest in updating the units. Under Fred Thompson’s long stewardship, the property is beautiful and in great shape.”
CARIBBEAN JOURNAL article July 18, 2015 – “With 33 stellar beaches fringing its 35 square-miles, we definitely know where we’ll be spending our days in the beach paradise known as Anguilla. But since we can’t sleep on the sand, here are our favorite places to spend the night. These are the best hotels in Anguilla, from small, affordable stays to grand luxury resorts.
Carimar Beach Club – Huge suites with full kitchens that make eating in easy; proximity to great island restaurants when you want to eat out; and room rates that won’t break the bank. What’s not to love about this Meads Bay gem?”
*JetBlue And Seaborne Launch Codeshare Agreement* | *LIAT To Resume Daily Service from Antigua*
The Valley, Anguilla November 3rd, 2015 – Visitors to Anguilla will find it easier than ever to get there, thanks to new airline agreements that facilitate travel from both Puerto Rico and Antigua direct to Anguilla.
A new code share agreement between JetBlue Airways And Seaborne Airlines allows for a seamless connection via San Juan’s San Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico to flights into Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA).
Anguilla passengers flying on JetBlue and Seaborne will enjoy the benefit of traveling on a single ticket which allows for one-stop check-in, baggage transfer to the final destination, and conveniently timed connections in San Juan. Seaborne operates direct service from San Juan into Anguilla three times a week, on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; the flight takes just over an hour.
A further convenience for travelers on this route is that passengers from Anguilla to San Juan will clear immigration and customs in San Juan as their first point of entry into the U.S., thus arriving as domestic passengers at their final destination.
JetBlue is the largest carrier into San Juan. The new codeshare opens up several gateway markets for Anguilla as Jet Blue offers daily service from ni nine U.S. cities into San Juan – New York, Newark, Boston, Washington DC, Hartford, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa. Travel to Anguilla may be booked on JetBlue.com, on a preferred online travel booking website or through a local travel agent.
Starting November 13, 2015, LIAT Caribbean Airlines will be offering daily service from Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) to Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) via a lease agreement with Caribbean Helicopters to utilize their Piper PA31-350 aircraft.
The service is timed conveniently to connect with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights arriving from the United Kingdom. This daily service is expected to increase to eleven flights a week in the winter season.
“These agreements will greatly facilitate access to Anguilla for visitors from our most important markets, the United States and the United Kingdom,” said Donna A. Banks, Chairperson of the Anguilla Tourist Board. “We are delighted that it will now be much easier to locate flights to Anguilla on all the major online booking platforms. We are confident that this will have a very positive impact on our visitor arrivals, as we work to grow the industry by expanding and improving access to our wonderful destination,” she concluded.
Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla’s 33 pristine beaches and spectacular turquoise seas are justly renowned. The island’s understated chic, endless beaches, tony resorts and super villas have earned it a top spot on the Caribbean’s “hot” list, and enjoys an exceptional reputation as a culinary destination in its own right.
VACATION IDEA article April 20, 2015 – “Resting on the shimmering white sands of Mead’s Bay Beach in Anguilla, this beautiful beachfront resort offers discerning guests a sensual seaside escape in the heart of the Caribbean. Luxurious beach villas set right on the sand combine privacy with five-star hotel amenities and outstanding service to offer idyllic retreats. Interiors decorated in cool tones to echo the surrounding landscape are beautifully furnished and fully equipped with modern kitchens, en-suite bedrooms and private balconies with spectacular views. Savor sublime cuisine, including sumptuous seafood at one of five gourmet restaurants, beach bars, and local barbeques around the resort, or enjoy private dining in the comfort of your villa overlooking the sea. Venture into the blue depths of the ocean to explore the life on the local reef, and set sail on the sea breezes off the coast. From romantic cruises to sailing, snorkeling and big game fishing, this luxurious seaside resort offers a choice of activities for every taste. Rooms start at $230 per night.”
THE ANGUILLIAN article Dec. 12, 2014 – “The most prestigious award, Hotelier of the Year, was won by Mr Frederick Thompson, Manager of Carimar Beach Club. He joined the staff there as Facilities Manager in 1982 and was promoted Manager in 1995. Mr Thompson became Treasurer of the AHTA in 1997 and was elected President in 2000 and served for two terms. He was awarded Hotelier of the Year in 2001 and 2006; appointed to the Board of the Caribbean Hotel Association as one of Anguilla’s representatives in 2003; was appointed to the Anguilla Tourist Board in 2006 and served until 2010. He was re-appointed as Anguilla’s representative to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association in 2011 (an appointment he still holds).”
FAMILY TRAVEL NETWORK article by Nancy Schretter 2014 – “Budget–Friendly Boutique Escapes: Anguilla offers for families on a more modest budget, too. Some are beachfront, including the one– and two–bedroom units at the award–winning Carimar Beach Club situated directly on magnificent Meads Bay. “
ANGUILLA-BEACHES.COM article by Nori Evoy. Nori’s Rating: 5 out of 5. “Known for delivering pure relaxation and serenity, Carimar Beach Club is one of a kind. Spacious units, right on majestic Meads Bay’s sandy shores, next door to some of the island’s top restaurants, and all at under $300-450 per night. It’s no wonder Carimar Beach Club is loyally-loved by many.”
RATING FROM TRIP ADVISOR March 16, 2014 – While many people visit Anguilla for singles vacations or couples retreats, the island is also the perfect place to go for a family vacation. If you are planning a vacation that includes children of any age, you’ll want to ensure you are staying at a hotel that caters to families – or at the very least is kid-friendly.
FROM CARIBBEAN TRAVEL+LIFE article by Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon & Debbie Snow: Carimar Beach Club on Meads Bay, Anguilla: Bougainvillea-draped terraces, tropical gardens and friendly staff are sure to impress at this villa-style 24-suite gem, where beach lovers will swoon over the prime location on the sands of Meads Bay. Restaurants are within walking distance, but many guests use of their private kitchens, all recently updated. Frequent potluck beach barbecues bring visitors and locals together. From $199 per night.
The Family Travel Network names Carimar one of the TOP Budget Caribbean Family Vacations.
Great article by Nancy Schretter, Editor of Family Travel Network about enjoying some of the top Caribbean vacations with your family, “without breaking the bank.”
TRAVEL + LEISURE article by Shane Mitchell names Carimar’s own Mead’s Bay Beach as “One of the Best Places to Travel in 2014.” Facing west, 1-1/2-mile-long Meads Bay is ringed by some of the island’s best casual restaurants.
USA TODAY – READERS’ CHOICE article December 2014 – “#3 – Anguila: The island of Anguilla offers a smattering of high-end resorts, gorgeous powder-soft sandy beaches and unparalleled cuisine – everything from upscale restaurants to sunset beach barbecues. Far fewer cruise ships anchor at Anguilla than at nearby islands, which only adds to the sense of sexy seclusion.”
CARIBBEAN JOURNAL September 20, 2014 article by Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, CJ Travel Editor:
Anguillian chef Shawne Bryan runs the pastry kitchen at Zuma, one of downtown Miami’s hottest tables. Celebs such as Gabrielle Union and Pharrell (Williams) come here for the restaurant’s Japanese cuisine, but they keep coming back for the indulgent finales: the deconstructed desserts for which the Johnson & Wales-trained chef is known.
Bryan often sneaks in a little Caribbean flavor by using tropical fruit and vibrant island colors. “I used to work at this great restaurant on Mead’s Bay (Jacala). The setting is beautiful and you never feel rushed here, only relaxed. Go for lunch or dinner with a beachfront view and try one of my favorites: the tuna or the snapper meuniere.”
MEDIANDERBLOG article by Kathleen S. Boodoo:
The perfect beach: Is there such a thing? I think it’s something different for everyone. For me it means soft, powdery sand and clear, calm ocean—and oftentimes delicious food right nearby. I’ve been lucky to find my idea of perfection at several different places around the world. What follows are my top five. Remember, summer may be almost over, but the beach is forever! Plan your getaway now—or at least enjoy the photos.
My favorite beach is Meads Bay on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Not only does it have soft white sand and the clearest—and cleanest—ocean I’ve ever seen, it also features a variety of restaurants along the beach. Their prices vary, for those on a budget to those on not so much of one. Try lobster on the beach at Jacala. Also a benefit: At the resort where I stayed, the Carimar Beach Club, each beach chair comes with its own umbrella. It’s perfect for those who enjoy the beach but don’t want to be directly in the sun. Meads Bay wasn’t crowded when I was there, making it feel like my own private getaway. Bonus tip: Anguilla is easily accessible by a quick, affordable ferry ride from St. Maarten (a.k.a. St. Martin)—see two gorgeous islands in one trip!
CARIBJOURNAL.COM article from March of 2014 – There are more than 100 restaurants on the island of just around 13,000 people, giving it more top-notch eateries per capita than any other place in the West Indies, from local joints to outposts of haute cuisine.
What makes Anguilla’s beaches the best in the world? White, powdery sand that stretches for miles, pristine waters and the laid-back, welcoming attitude of the Anguillan people. Swim and sunbathe all day—and all year round—at romantic public beaches like the aptly-named Rendezvous Bay, then dance to calypso music at Anguilla’s annual summer festival.
CONDE NAST TRAVELER article names Anguilla as #8 on the list of The Friendliest Caribbean Islands. Anguilla is where you’ll find “the best people on earth,” according to one of our readers. Another adds: “While the beaches in Anguilla are truly second to none in the world, it’s the people and the culture that make Anguilla a true gem.”
USA TODAY article by Elaine Glusac names Anguilla one of the top Caribbean Islands. Elaine writes “You can drive 16-mile-long Anguilla in less than 30 minutes end to end, but you could walk its 33 beaches seemingly endlessly…”
CONDE NAST TRAVELER article “You’ll find “the best food in the Caribbean on this island,” one of our readers raves, while another adds that “every restaurant is better than the next, from beach bar to swank. All fabulous!” Restaurants aside, some of the best food on the island can be found at street stalls, which sling everything from plantains to crayfish.” Carimar Beach Club’s own Mead’s Bay Beach hosts THREE of Anguilla’s BEST restaurants – Blanchards, Straw Hat, and Jacala. Just steps away from this gorgeous villa style beachfront hotel.