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. Please inquire at the front desk.
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 to the left – Blanchard’s Beach Shack and next door to the right is the newly opened Malliouhana’s Leon’s Beach Bar. In addition, we have several five-star restaurants next door or within walking distance on the beach – The famous five-star Blanchard’s Restaurant is directly next to Carimar and Jacala and Straw Hat are steps away down the beach. The world-class Cafe Celeste at Malliouhana is right next door on the east side of Carimar. Click here for a comprehensive restaurant listing as well as many online menus. 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. You can also have delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, and appetizers delivered to your room by the fabulous Geraud’s Catering.
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 a Great Meal on Anguilla”. Picante’s Mexican taqueria up the road is also a family favorite. There are also several five-star restaurants within walking distance from Carimar including Jacala, Blanchards Restaurant, Straw Hat, and the Restaurant at Malliouhana. Click here for a comprehensive list with menus.
Q: Does Carimar have air conditioning?
A: All units have air conditioning in the living areas and the bedrooms (new as of Ocober 2019). 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 a fitness center?
A: Carimar has a brand new fitness center as of January 2019 with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, a universal, free weights, stretching and yoga equipment, and a full bathroom with shower.
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 to 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 sports services for you – including boat charters, sailing cruises, snorkeling and diving trips, stand-up paddleboarding, 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. Contact the front desk at least two weeks ahead of your visit if you would like your refrigerator stocked with essentials upon your arrival.
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 spa-like bathrooms. They are truly beautiful.
Q: Can I smoke at Carimar?
A: Smoking is not permitted on the Carimar property (rooms, balconies, patio, beach, etc.). Smoking has been an issue with our non-smoking guests and as a result, a new non-smoking policy has been put in place as of October 12, 2019. If you notice any guests smoking on property, please feel free to discuss these concerns with the front desk.
Q: Do you allow pets at Carimar?
A: Carimar does not allow pets or emotional support animals. Certified service dogs that provide assistance to an individual because of a medical disability are allowed. A guest needing to bring a service dog to Carimar must:
1. Notify the General Manager prior to booking the reservation.
2. Provide written documentation stating that the animal is required because of a
medical disability and what work/task the dog has been trained to perform.
3. Provide animal’s health certificates and obtain permits per the Anguillan government. Please refer to http://www.gov.ai/pets.php for required information on health certificates and permits.