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Some of you may have noticed that the posts for the month of May were both lightweight and sporadic. This is because I have spent the last few weeks island-hopping through the Caribbean and in the process have found loads of inspiration for the blog.  These posts will be featured over the coming weeks interspaced with the usual finds, but I wanted to start with a review of one of the more spectacular properties I was able to visit.

The Viceroy, Anguilla is situated over 35 acres in the western end of the island overlooking Barnes and Meads Bays.  The property was amazing to me particularly because last time I visited Anguilla it did not exist.  The property is extremely impressive.  It was a real eye-opener to see the massive, solid buildings of the hotel (and they are huge) nestled in what appears to be mature, landscaped gardens.  I am used to a certain level of luxury of hotels and villas in Anguilla, but to my mind the Viceroy takes this to an entirely different level. A lot of emphasis has been placed on the interiors of the hotel which were designed by Kelly Wearstler who I've featured on numerous occasions on this blog, so that was an additional treat for me.  She effectively mixes natural materials (stone, marble, wood, metals and glass) which speak to the resort's location rather than a clich├ęd or stylised version of the Caribbean.  Kelly's fashion line and jewellery are also featured prominently in the boutique, which will be the subject of a separate post in the coming weeks. 

Is the Viceroy incongruous?  I'm not sure; there's no denying that the ostentatious elegance of the property is definitely a boon to the island.  The most jarring aspect to me as mentioned above was the fact that the hotel was not in existence the last time I visited the island and so seeing such a grand and mature property in situ was personally a surreal experience.

 
 
 
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