Leave it to Cap Juluca, the legendary resort on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, to create a festive, fun-packed holiday celebration filled with food, fireworks, and music. The celebration runs from Sunday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Events include all-day excursions by boat to Scilly Cay, a sun-drenched private island, to feast on grilled local lobster with all the trimmings as well as snorkeling trips to Little and Shoal Bays, where sea turtles bob contentedly in the calm water. In addition, there are special beach fitness classes; tennis clinics for all ages; BBQ lunches at Blue with Steel Pan music; rum and wine tastings; sunset cruises; and evening performances at Spice, the resort’s Moroccan-style lounge, by local musicians such as Boss & The Horsepower Band.
The resort is also hosting three holiday brunch buffets at Blue. A DJ will spin holiday tunes on Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve brings a beach barbecue with live entertainment, dancing, fireworks and a midnight champagne toast; and a New Year’s Day buffet with entertainment.
Family owned since 1988, Cap Juluca recaptures the elegance and romance of the Caribbean before mega-resorts hit the scene. There’s no music blaring at the pool, no casino, and no disco. The resort’s 179 acres are filled with blooming gardens, winding pathways, and just 70 guestrooms – all with private patios and ocean views. During the holidays, the stunning main building, with its domed ceiling and thick stucco archways, sparkles with trees, glass ornaments, and bright poinsettias.
The resort is as luxurious as it is calming, pairing traditional Caribbean pursuits—croquet, afternoon tea, rum punch, tennis, lunch on a shady patio and afternoon naps on a hammock—with pitch-perfect service (think beach butlers with cooling tropical sorbet and ice-packed coolers filled with water) and wellness activities like massages on the beach (or in your villa), Pilates and sunset yoga.
Breakfast, which is complimentary, includes house-made granola, pastries and made-to-order omelets; the resort will also deliver free coffee to your room if you prefer to a bit of caffeine before breakfast. Dinners at Pimm’s or Spice feature fresh seafood like grilled Anguillan lobster and freshly caught snapper served on a terrace built directly over the water. The resort can also set up private dinners directly on the beach.
Although they’ve got all the modern amenities you need—free Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions—rooms feel gracious and old school with cool ceramic floors, sliding plantation shutters and massive marble bathrooms with showers that open into sunny solariums. Families often upgrade to suites and villas with private plunge pools, multiple bedrooms, and full kitchens.
Then there’s the beach, a gorgeous crescent of sand decorated with a few brightly colored kayaks and lapped by water an unworldly shade of turquoise. Custom lounges as comfortable as beds and shaded by massive umbrellas make it easy to spend a full day enjoying the scene; sporty types can make use of the free kayaks, windsurfers, Sunfish, snorkel equipment and stand-up paddleboards. There’s also the Juluca Star, a 32-foot cruiser that can be chartered for an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing, a picnic on an uninhabited island, fishing—or whatever you choose.