Jetsetters know the Caribbean is full of hidden gems and one of the brightest is the Viceroy Anguilla Resort. About 16 miles long, the tiny island of Anguilla is known for its laidback-luxe vibe, nearly constant sun and azure-blue beaches. The Viceroy capitalizes on these charms with its stunning oceanfront location and low-key design. The 166 rooms, suites, penthouses and villas boast a decorating style any castaway could fall for (the entire space is a Kelly Wearstler design, so we expected nothing less). Picture expansive, open-air spaces, whitewashed plaster and plenty of colonial-inspired wood. The quiet and refined space is the perfect backdrop for the ocean, flowers and sky, which provide the minimalist buildings and grounds their only real pops of colour.
Jutting between two of the island’s best and deeply secluded beaches (Barnes and Meads Bays), the Viceroy is a low-lying architectural showstopper. Clean lines of stone and concrete juxtaposed against a winding, grass-covered rock face set the stage for what’s inside. From the lobby to the bars and spa, each area is a happy marriage of contradictory textures and materials. Here, driftwood meets finely honed stone; aged metals watch over glass and rattan; pillow-soft upholstery turns hard-edged sofa frames cosy and welcoming. Sparse without feeling cold, all the villa interiors let the natural environment take centre stage.