Malliouhana Boutique Hotel – Anguilla, Caribbean
Where? Anguilla, in the Caribbean
Exactly? Malliouhana Hotel
When? November 2015
Special thanks to? ATB Anguilla Tourist Board for inviting me and making my stay so much fun.
For the second leg of my Aguillian adventure I decided to try out another hotel on the island with a very different vibe, in order to get a slightly different perspective. So I moved from the Miami style, modern, decadence of The Viceroy to the charming, boutique character of the Malliouhana Hotel a little further up the coast.
The Style Traveller, Bonnie in the mirror floored hallway at Malliouhana wearing lace top by The Jet Set Diaries, white cullottes by French Connection at Atterley, bag by YSL and shoes by Ugg.
Set atop a tropical hillside over looking the white sand expanses of Meads Bay, The Malliouhana is a truly chic and individual property. The decor is 1930’s and nautical inspired, with quirky, floral touches and objet’s d’art dotted around the open plan, high ceilinged interiors.
The main thing that strikes you when you stay here is how colourful it all is. From the vibrant, sweet scented flower beds all around the grounds, to the wonderful, whimsical animal and fauna prints on paintings and upholstery. The main hues of the colour schemes are predominantly duck egg blue and buttercup yellow, with white lattice work and striped awnings spotted about the place. This hotel feels suitably decadent with its Palladian architecture, yet hints of softness in fabrics juxtaposed with splashes of bold colour, work beautifully to create a lovely calming environment. The whole place provides real stimulus for the senses.
Always a happy face at reception. Sunshine is on tap at The Malliouhana.
The hallways and reception areas are open plan, inviting and elegant. The service is impeccable and staff are always keen to please and have a chat. You’ll come away on first name terms with everyone who works there. It really is a special hotel with a wonderful atmosphere. Keep scrolling to see how my stay went.
Breakfast is served
Start each morning with a turquoise view as far as the eye can see, at the nautical inspired restaurant (above and below). Fresh fruit, pastries, eggs and fantastic coffees set you up for the day. Much of the interior decor is reminiscent of being onboard a cruise ship in the golden age of travel.
The Piece de Resistance – The Infinity Pool
My favourite view of the hotel was of the infinity pool seemingly cascading into the sea. Relax in the chic, striped cabanas and languish in the splendour of your surroundings. Style Traveller Tip: I highly recommend the chocolate cookies with salted, caramel ice cream on the bar snack menu, it’s delicious!
The rooms are designed in a pretty, feminine, colonial Caribbean style. Colours are soft pastels and soothing. The charm of the place is that even though it’s all recently been refurbished, the Malliouhana tries to keep the look of the room relatively traditional. There is a wide screen TV in the room, but it’s hidden in the mirror, so you can pretend it’s not there and you’re living in a bygone era, if you so wish.
Above: Me feeling relaxed, post my massage at the luxurious in-hotel spa wearing floral kimono and bikini top by Seafolly, shorts by Jet Set Diaries, bag by Mint Velvet, sunglasses by Le Specs and sandals by Accessorize.
When the sun goes down the best place to watch the sunset is from the Malliouhana bar. Indulge in a signature cocktail, rum based obviously, we are in the Caribbean.
Then adjourn to the restaurant to sample some delectable dishes, from the menus nightly specialities. The fish dishes are divine and also try the local cray fish before you leave.
Above: Me wearing blue jumpsuit by Lazul in the restaurant at Malliouhana.
Below: Burratta and tomato Caprese salad with flower petals.
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