When it comes to visiting Anguilla, travelers know better than to try and book rooms at their favorite resorts in September and October. After all, most of them are closed. However, that might not be the case much longer if a newcomer to the island’s resort scene becomes a trendsetter. And given all that has gone into the redesign and renovations of Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club, the property could soon be all that and then some.
Formerly the CuisinArt Resort, this 300-acre masterpiece reopened its doors in December last year, and the reception has been so strong that owner Richard M. Schulze and his management team recently decided there’s no reason they shouldn’t remain open all year long. “Secret Season,” as the experience is known, even gifts guests with an additional night for every four nights booked, in addition to other resort credits and perks.
Visitors will likely be thrilled by the new look of the resort’s 178 rooms, as they have been designed as a tribute to the surrounding natural beauty, as they incorporate some of the elements that make Anguilla so special. From the Tower’s deluxe rooms paying tribute to the island’s sailing history to the top-floor island suites with their wraparound terraces that rely on the views as living artwork, the accommodations are authentic and soothing, making them idyllic settings for unwinding after a long day of enjoying this special destination.
Families and larger groups will also be over-the-moon in the spacious villas, which boast amenities like full kitchens and open living concepts that are great for milestone celebrations and other special events. The crown jewels, however, are the massive Estate Homes—a whopping 6,300-sq. ft. of interior space with nearly 2,000-sq. ft. in outdoor area—that each exist as a mini-resort within the resort.
All guests will want to experience the Sorana Spa, which, with 16 treatment rooms, is now one of the biggest of its kind in the Caribbean. It will make for an especially necessary appointment following a round on the Greg Norman-designed Aurora International Golf Club, which is Anguilla’s only course. Already a big deal for that reason and the awesome views of the Caribbean Sea, the 18 holes are about to be joined by another 9-hole short course (also a Shark design). That debut will happen this fall.
Somehow there’s still so much coming that will make the experience even more remarkable. Families will go crazy for the waterpark, while fitness and wellness enthusiasts will need to pack multiple performance outfits for the volleyball, pickleball, tennis, basketball, and bocce ball courts. Needless to say, the spa will be busy. And nights will probably be even livelier when the 500-seat amphitheater opens.
For Schulze, though, it’s as much about the island as it is the resort. One of his goals with keeping the resort open year-round is attracting even more types of travelers and putting the Caribbean’s spotlight on Anguilla. And that is all while his family foundation works to improve the quality of life, health, and education for residents.