Honeymoon Trip to Anguilla – Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sep 21, 2013 by     2 Comments    Posted under: Caribbean, Travel
Day 4:  For the Baldo reader’s out there who are interested, I thought I’d document our Honeymoon trip to Anguilla. We had a great time for sure. We ate great food, lounged on incredible beaches, met some wonderful people, and walked hand in hand down our new journey of love and life with each other. I hope you enjoy these journal notes as much as we enjoyed living them.

An odd day….every trip needs one I guess. Today was ours. It wasn’t a bad day. It was just…. off.

Viceroy Plunge Pools

Viceroy Anguilla Suite - Plunge Pool

Viceroy Anguilla Suite – Plunge Pool

We started the day with lounging in our balcony plunge pool. It was the first we used it, and it was great. It had heat jets that warmed the entire pool, once you turned it on. We enjoyed the pool so much that we just stayed in it for several hours, enjoying the view and some good conversation.

Anguilla Morning Plunge Pool at Viceroy

Anguilla Morning Plunge Pool at Viceroy

We eventually cleaned up to head out to Sandy Island, our planned excursion and lunch for the day. But by the time we were done fooling around in the tub, it was noon. We felt that may be too late to get started out to the small island key, so we decided to put that adventure off until Saturday. I started looking up different lunch options while Sadie got ready. We had a little miscommunication over the matter, which ended up in some mutual frustration with each other…..our first of the trip. We eventually talked it through and headed out to lunch.

Straw Hat Restaurant, Anguilla

We decided on stopping by Straw Hat to try their tomato pie, then were going to go over to a recommended Italian spot named Tramonto for lunch and some beach lounging. Straw Hat was out of tomato pie, but Meads Bay was so beautiful we didn’t want to leave. So we ordered a Cubano sandwich to share, a couple virgin coladas (banana piña, and mango), grabbed some lounge chairs, and stayed for a couple hours. It was a really hot day, so the water felt especially good. We had a good talk with our server, who had worked at Straw Hat for 16 years! She told us that she flies into Miami or New York about 4 times a year to do most of her major shopping, but otherwise never leaves her native island.  With the beauty of the beaches here, I can see why.

Anguilla Straw Hat Lunch at Meads Bay

Anguilla Straw Hat Lunch at Meads Bay

Anguilla Straw Hat Lunch at Meads Bay - Banana Colada

Anguilla Straw Hat Lunch at Meads Bay – Banana Colada

Anguilla Straw Hat Lunch at Meads Bay - Lounging

Anguilla Straw Hat Lunch at Meads Bay – Lounging

Anguilla Straw Hat Lunch at Meads Bay - Boat

Anguilla Straw Hat Lunch at Meads Bay – Boat

Back at the hotel, we went back in our plunge pool for another hour or so. Such a hot day. Then, we showered and got ready for dinner.

DaVida Restaurant and Bayside Grill, Anguilla

We drove to The Valley and had dinner at DaVida. We were really excited about this place because it has a reputation of being one of the very best on the island. Nobody told us the main restaurant was closed for the low season though. Ugh! However, their Bayside Grill is open year round, and it ended up being absolutely gorgeous deck seating right on the sand. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset together at our table while listening to the sounds of the surf together. Very romantic.

Anguilla DaVida Dinner on Crocus Bay

Anguilla DaVida Dinner on Crocus Bay

Anguilla DaVida Dinner on Crocus Bay with Sadie

Anguilla DaVida Dinner on Crocus Bay with Sadie

Anguilla DaVida Dinner Sunset at Crocus Bay

Anguilla DaVida Dinner Sunset at Crocus Bay

The food was incredible too. The crayfish tails blew our minds, and the Mahi Mahi was perfect.

Anguilla DaVida Dinner - Grilled Crawfish with Linguine and Basil Oil

Anguilla DaVida Dinner – Grilled Crawfish with Linguine and Basil Oil

Anguilla DaVida Dinner - Mahi Mahi

Anguilla DaVida Dinner – Mahi Mahi

Bug Spray Needed on Anguilla

We then drove around trying to find a grocery store for our next day’s cooking lesson with Eulah, the chef we met at the grocery store. The directions our server gave us sucked and we could not find it. So we headed back to the hotel to have a movie night, but the in-room movies at Viceroy cost $13!  We settled for TV instead.  We had a hard time getting asleep and staying asleep due to the massive amounts of bug bites all over our feet and lower legs…..despite the bug spray we kept applying when we’d go out at night. They seemed more itchy than they should, so we were both going insane from them.  We weren’t sure if they were mosquito bites or sand flees, but either way, we scratched ourselves to bloody scabs.

The Bald Gourmet eats well and plays well on the beautiful island of Anguilla for his honeymoon.

 

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  • Yes, the bugs are in the sand – they are called “noseeums”, they are terrible, and the skeeters are relentless, we spray as soon as we get out of the shower and spray our place when we leave.
    Straw Hat is one of our favorites, we never miss.
    Really enjoying your blog, thanks for posting.
    Ellen

    • Oh those filthy little invisible Devil bugs!!!!! We mistakingly thought we only needed to spray at night for mosquitos, but now it makes sense that we should have sprayed anytime we went on the beach too. Wish we would have known that earlier. Ugh!

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