By Alice and Danny Scott

Anguilla is the West Indies’ most Leeward Island in the Caribbean. Merely 16 miles long and 3 miles at its widest point, 33 creamy sand beaches contrast with the turquoise sea, bright bougainvillea, and fuchsia flamboyant trees, proof that great things come in small packages.

In 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Irma struck the island causing unimaginable devastation. The population of 14,000 unified to survive three months without electricity and bonded to clean up and rebuild. Anguillans are genuinely friendly and according to our driver, they need not lock their doors.

Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club lies on 380 acres with a jaw dropping open reception view of the palm framed pool and brilliant Caribbean Sea beyond. Warm greetings come with a scented cold towel, a woven basket held for its disposal, and an offer of spiced rum punch or refreshing water from their own RO plant. This is check in, midway through the spacious lobby with sofas and the dreamy view promising a vacation like no other. A wooden bead bracelet unlocks your ocean suite where amenities and service are over the top. The room is designed with almost a private personal veranda overlooking the sea, steps away from the reserved thick cushioned beach chairs, quickly draped completely with a soft towel, and umbrella adjusted to your liking.

The Caribbean water is like a chameleon changing hues of tropical teals and blues by the varying lights of day, always inviting a swim to the floating dock. Water vessels are included to glide across the gentle waves in a kayak, sunfish, or hobie cat. Stroll the beach or luxuriate by the pool and either way, feel the cares of the world completely disappear.

The full-service Sorano Spa delivers more serenity and bliss with a large jet pool and heated chairs, saunas, and relaxation room on the second floor overlooking the resort and sea. Above the spa is Tokyo Bay serving evening sushi with a sky-high view. More