Three Different Ways to Enjoy a Vacation in the Sun

Coverage on Quintessence Hotel as seen in Globe and Mail – Published on November 13, 2018

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a wealthy friend with a mansion in the Caribbean? If you’re a rich buddy short, the Quintessence Hotel in Anguilla has you covered.

If you’re looking for something that’s the exact opposite of an overrun, all-inclusive resort this winter, consider the tropical island of Anguilla in the British West Indies and the Quintessence Hotel.

The luxurious escape, which opened its doors on Jan. 1 of this year, feels nothing like your typical cookie-cutter resort. Rather, the Q Hotel (as it’s also known) is a tranquil grand mansion on a white-sand beach accompanied by nine swanky suites and villas. Surrounding the property is a supporting cast of tall palm trees providing peace and privacy.

The Quintessence is one of the newest additions to the Relais & Châteaux boutique collection and, more importantly, it’s an upscale addition to lesser-known Anguilla, which had been lacking that upper crust. It’s not as if the Caribbean is overstocked with Relais & Châteaux offerings; this is just the sixth resort with such a designation in the area.

On the inside, no expense was spared. From handmade fixtures to owner Geoffrey Fieger’s incredible Haitian art collection scattered throughout (paintings and sculptures), the interior surrounds guests with luxury. In the rooms, the Hastens Beds, marble bathrooms and Gilchrist & Soames amenities continue the rich atmosphere.

Throughout the grounds, you’ll find an array of activities for every type. The tennis court and yoga pavilion will appease the active crowd while the massages and beach life will satisfy the sedentary. The swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters is particularly recommended, as visibility of the reef and colourful fish is excellent.

One particularly standout feature of the resort is the five-star dining at Julians. Good restaurants can be found throughout the Caribbean, but few and far between offer a French bistro experience with this type of execution. And it’s a fun spin on tradition as they apply locally sourced tropical ingredients to the classic cuisine. Chef Dominique Thevenet, who was born in Lyon, France, oversees the operation.

Sure, it might seem a bit odd to savour French dishes on a British territory in the tropical Caribbean. But you’re on vacation. Rules don’t apply.

 

Article Written by Dave Golokhov, Special to The Globe and Mail
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