It is true that all of earth pulsates with indigenous and unreplicable beauty and the Caribbean got its fair share. The 35 square mile island of Anguilla that was found to be inhabited with Arawaks who worshipped the sun and the moon, and who believed that the caves known as Big Springs at Island Harbour, and The Fountain at Shoal Bay is where mankind originated, is one such island. Back then it was called Malliouhana. Anguilla was later annexed with St. Kitts and Nevis but as this was not a desirable state, the federation collapsed in 1962.
The Fountain cavern, which is a major attraction, is believed to be the Eastern Caribbean’s most intact ceremonial site dating back to when the Arawaks settled there. It features petrogylphs, offering bowls, and a stalagmite carved in the likeness of Jocahu, meaning “Giver of Cassava,” the Supreme Deity of the Arawak people, probably because cassava was their main crop. Besides cassava, they ate conchs, shellfish and whelks. Corn and sweet potato were also cultivated. The Arawaks adorned themselves with jewelry made from seeds, bones and sea shells.
Today, Anguilla’s economy depends heavily on tourism, fish and lobster exports, offshore banking and remittances from its emigrants. There are no sales or income tax in Anguilla. For its coffers, the government relies on import duties, taxes on services, corporate registrations, and various licensing fees.
Ani Villas, which was built on a 2 acre estate perched atop the cliff known as Little Bay, is another of the Caribbean’s all inclusive, eco-tourist luxury resorts.
Quite apart from its offering of breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea, guests have all the amenities they may desire, including: infinity swimming pools, cliff top hot tubs, roof decks, open lounges, a cliff top ceremony platform and state of the art gym.
Additionally, there is blue whale watching or kayaking under limestone cliffs, mixologist-curated bars, executive chefs and stimulating children’s activities. Ani Villas offers the ideal package for the discerning tourist experience. Not to mention that within a short stay one could actually bask in the sun at several of the island’s 33 beaches.
Built primarily to host large groups or families, the two villas offer a combined experience of ten bedrooms, which is essentially the entire estate.
So, there is more to see and do in Anguilla than just beautiful beaches and villas. The island has a unique history bolstered by its historical sites which are all within a 20 minute drive from any given point.