Still the One
When the Malliouhana Hotel & Spa opened in 1984, the cliffside property almost single-handedly established Anguilla as a new Caribbean hideaway for travelers of taste. But the trendsetting darling, with its whitewashed walls and slender arches, eventually succumbed to age, closing in 2011 after being surpassed by several neighboring resorts for which it had helped pave the way. Three years later, in November, the Malliouhana reclaimed its place among Anguilla’s elite when it reopened following an 18-month renovation by Auberge Resorts Collection.
The new Malliouhana—the Auberge brand’s first property in the Caribbean—makes an immediate impression with its eclectic blend of midcentury-modern and colonial styles. In the lobby, a collection of vintage scuba-diving helmets in brass and copper lines the wall, and a mosaic of mirrored floor tiles reflects the views of the Caribbean Sea. Dramatic changes are also apparent in the guest rooms (green marble in bathrooms, neon-orange loungers on balconies) and the restaurant (run by Jeremy Bearman, formerly of Manhattan’s Rouge Tomate).
The Malliouhana’s Moorish architecture and towering arches will be familiar to returning guests, as will the Sunset Bar, where dark walnut columns and jungle paintings by the Haitian artist Jasmin Joseph remain as they were in the resort’s former life. Most recognizable, however, is the property’s picture-perfect sandy stretch of Meads Bay. Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, 877.733.3611, aubergeresorts.com