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A Silver Lining Through The Clouds

Anguilla, British West Indies: The Resorts & Residences by CuisinArt, set on 400 beachfront acres, is comprised of two sister hotels: The Reef by CuisinArt and CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. Both offer true five-star service and amenities, but with a slightly different culture. “The Reef is the place to ‘see and be seen.’ It has an urban chic vibe reminiscent of architecture and interior design you would find in New York City’s Soho district,” described Stephane Zaharia, president and managing director of both properties, “while CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, with its Mediterranean and Moorish accents, is ideal for families looking for the ultimate beach vacation. No matter which hotel you choose, rest assured both are united in a common goal to provide the best luxury experience in the Caribbean.”

A Legacy Resort Transformed

Last fall, Anguilla took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, resulting in the closure of both hotels for repair.

“We are remote. That’s our biggest appeal. Unlike other beach destinations, guests don’t have to fight for a beach chair,” explained Zaharia. “Reconstruction required extra care and planning to get it just right. After such an extraordinary event, it required a full year of rolling up our sleeves and working long hours to prepare for our grand reopening. We simultaneously juggled assisting our hundreds of staff to get back on their feet, arranged meetings with architects and suppliers, and established strict building schedules.”

Instead of simply rebuilding, plans were approved to transform both hotels to be bigger, better, and more grander than their predecessors.

“Thankfully the damage is now distant in the rearview mirror,” emotionally continued Zaharia. “We reopened The Reef during the summer and CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa will welcome its first guests the 1st of November.

“Many Caribbean resorts have a reputation for sloppy, uneven service. We have worked diligently to provide a best- in-class experience. Warm, receptive service is becoming a lost art. Most big chain hotels have become mechanical and robotic in nature. The connection between staff and guests has drifted away. At CuisinArt, it’s different and, as a result, the majority of our guests are repeat customers.”

The Culinary Capital Of The Caribbean

In 1959, Leandro Rizzuto and his father Julian decided to take a risk and launched Continental Hair Corporation with a brand of fast-drying hair curlers. Their start-up capital was $100 raised from the $5,000 sale of Leandro’s Cadillac. Later renamed Conair Corporation, the family operated company is a multi-billion dollar juggernaut, operating in more than 100 countries, with brands that include, among others, Conair and CuisinArt cooking appliances.

During a vacation, Leandro learned about a prime 35-acre parcel of land in Anguilla. The country prohibits foreign ownership of beachfront property for personal use, so he decided to purchase the real estate and committed to building a boutique resort and brand it with the name CuisinArt—a shrewd move to help market the hotel. Today, the resort’s stewardship is continued by the Rizzuto family.

As expected, the resort is a foodie’s paradise with a selection of restaurants to suit every palate. The Yacht Club (at The Reef) is a true gastronomic journey, using a farm-to-table approach with locally sourced fish. On the Rock (also at The Reef) offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea with a menu infused with sweet bites. Over at CuisinArt Resort, Tokyo Bay sets the stage for a night of fun. As Anguilla’s first authentic Japanese dining experience, sushi, sashimi, and Omakase are on the menu.

An Endorsement Worth Its Weight In Gold

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards named The Reef by CuisinArt the No. 1 resort in Anguilla and the No. 2 resort in the Caribbean.

“It’s an honor,” said Zaharia. “One walk on our soft powder sand beach and a dip in our turquoise blue water, I’m confident you will agree with the accolade.”

Greg Norman’s Signature design at CuisinArt gives the beach a run-for-its-money as the best amenity at the resort. “My course is nothing short of spectacular,” extolled Greg Norman. “Building in an isolated location, especially on an island, creates special obstacles to overcome. With the ocean so close, careful attention to the level of salinity in the water table was of particular concern.

“Prevailing winds are always a factor when I lay out a golf course, especially the trade winds of Anguilla. I was cognizant of the wind and ensured longer holes played down wind and shorter holes into the wind. I also took advantage of the incredible scenic vistas by routing several holes for long views overlooking the bay and the island of St. Maarten.

“At the end of the day, we created an incredibly breathtaking course with long ocean views on the majority of golf holes,” summarized Norman. “Anguilla, as a destination, has so much to offer. It’s well worth the trip!” 

Traveling to Anguilla: Located 1,200 miles southeast from Miami and directly north of the popular cruise ship port of Saint Martin. Unlike many other islands in the Caribbean, Anguilla is flat and fairly dry. Major carriers offer non-stop service from East Coast hubs to St. Maarten (airport code SXM). Fun Time Shuttle is located adjacent to the SXM Airport for a 30-minute boat ride to Anguilla.

In the know: English is spoken almost everywhere and U.S. dollars are the preferred currency. Anguilla is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. The best time to visit is December through April when the weather is in the low 80s and the humidity is comfortable. Summers are hot and humid.

For more information on The Reef by CuisinArt, please visit TheReefbyCuisinArt.com.

For more information on CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, visit CuisinArtResort.com.

 

 

 

 

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