Malliouhana Hotel & Spa
Dining & Room Description
The French-born head chef, who has overseen the kitchen for many years, expands and updates the menu several times annually. The 30,000-bottle wine cellar, which is fully stocked at the beginning of each season, can provide just the right companion regardless of the dish.
With almost a half dozen soups, a dozen salads/appetizers, a selection of fois gras and 20 main courses to select from, the menu provides an amazing dining experience.
From personal experience I can highly recommend for appetizers the lobster and crab pancake and layered artichoke filled with smoked salmon. The mahi mahi with sweet potato puree and peppercorn sauce, and the roast duck breast with orange sauce and a turnip and potato pancake are impressively delicious.
The dress code is smart casual, with no jackets required. However, French cuisine is not to everyone's liking, but there many other good restaurants on the island and the hotel will happily recommend them.
Some Malliouhana guests stay for such extended periods that they arrive with several trunks full of clothing. Others actually store belongings on Anguilla for their next two-week or two-month visit.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there is a tremendous amount of closet space; unusually large bathrooms, too, which set a new standard for the Caribbean when the hotel first opened.
The Malliouhana started in 1982 with only two villas. The full hotel opened in 1984. More villas have been opened since, for a total of 55 rooms including ones with private Jacuzzi and one with a private pool.
Some rooms have garden views while other overlook the mile long Mead's Bay Beach or the one-third mile long Turtle Cove. Spaciousness is a hallmark regardless of every room category. The smallest start at 720 square feet and go to as large as 8,500 square feet. The pool suite even has a walking machine in its bathroom.
A 15,000-foot spa features therapeutic and specialty massages, body exfoliations and wraps, facial treatments, hair and nail services, waxing, Ultra Bath therapy. The facility, also open to guests from other hotels, can be used by the day or through weekly, monthly or annual memberships.
TV addicts would not be happy here. No room has a TV, although there is a TV/video room and a library with internet access. The hotel also features two freshwater pools and several outdoor Jacuzzis, fitness center, four Championship Laykold tennis courts with wind shields, plus free equipment for snorkeling, fishing, waterskiing, windsurfers and sunfish, catamarans, and free cruises to nearby cays.
Malliouhana has become increasingly child-friendly. It has a large children's playground with a 60 foot waterslide emerging from a large-scale replica pirate ship, a separate children's dining menu, complimentary water sport equipment, a selection of board games in the Main House and video games at the playground as well as DVD and video movies.
The Malliouhana is one of those rare hotels that rarely advertises but relies totally on word of mouth; the very best kind of endorsement that no money can buy.
And although it attracts a lot of celebrities, the guest list is as closely guarded as a U.S. President in Iran . As you would expect, this kind of service isn't inexpensive, but it's not as exorbitant as you might expect, either.
Rates for the high season start at $620 for a double room with a garden view (based on double occupancy). In summer, the same room is only $290. The Malliouhana has joined the rest of the world and now accepts credit cards.
Contact information: 800/835-0796;Tel: 264/497-6111; Fax: 264/497-6011 Web Site: www.malliouhana.com. The hotel closes in September and October.
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