Surrounded by lush vegetation and overlooking turquoise waters and a white sand beach is a five-star Anguilla escape: Quintessence Hotel. This boutique Relais & Châteaux property is a must-visit for travelers looking for an intimate, bespoke Caribbean getaway with an artful twist.
Often referred to as the Tropical Grand Mansion, Quintessence took a full decade to design, build and decorate. But once you step foot inside, 10 years won’t seem so long considering the fine craftsmanship and thoughtfulness in each and every detail. An open-air lobby greets guests with vaulted cedar ceilings, fine furnishings from around the world, and a view of the glittering infinity pool.
The property consists of nine exquisite suites with more on the way. Quinn, a three-suite extension of the main resort, is set to debut later this year. Between Quintessence’s private nature and the attentiveness of the staff, you’ll feel as if you’re the only guest there. Concierge and 24/7 butler service complement the opulent and intimate nature of the hotel.
The warm and luxurious suites, named after Haitian artists and popular Anguillian beaches, are clad in leather, rattan and stone. Standout features include large private terraces and floor-to-ceiling Turkish marble bathrooms. Plus guest quarters are outfitted with the finest in sleeping accommodations; sounds of ocean waves, Frette linens, and top-of-the-line Hästens mattresses guarantee a great night’s sleep.
The Tropical Grand Mansion sets itself apart from other resorts on the island in more ways than one, with a focus on art being one of them. The hotel is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Haitian art and antiques outside Haiti, all part of proprietor Geoffrey Fieger’s personal collection. Art aficionados will love exploring the paintings and sculptures tucked around every corner, both in the common areas and in their suites. Henry-Robert Brésil’s botanical landscapes are favorites amongst many.
To continue the theme of art, an onsite gallery is open to the public for viewing and purchasing. And later this year, the Q Art Gallery will unveil the Art Bar, an outdoor lounge where guests can grab a drink before and after browsing the extensive collection.
Now that you’re dreaming of an artful Anguillian getaway, you’re likely wondering how to get there. Until now, there has never been a direct flight to the island from the United States. Simplifying travel to Anguilla, American Airlines just launched direct flights from Miami. Wheels up.