1 This is the entrance to Viceroy Anguilla, the island's newest resort.
2 This resort is very fancy and very expensive.
3 I loved how all these plants were displayed inside the entrance. The floor is a beautiful patchwork of marble.
4 A very glitzy lobby
5 The landscaping is modern and luxurious.
6 The use of marble is everywhere.
7 We enjoyed the sunset by the aptly named Sunset Pool, a saltwater infinity edge pool overlooking the bluff.
8 The Sunset Pool was unoccupied late in the day.
9 Our driver was extremely gracious and very knowledgeable about Anguilla, past and present.
10 Another beautiful sky upon the water
11 This was our mode of transportation in the Caribbean.
12 We were upon a very pretty sail boat, which is rarely used for sailing. It is primarily used as a motor yacht.
13 It's difficult to get a portrait of a boat but I think this is a good one with the dark sky, the dark water and the white of the hull and masts.
14 This is a chart of Anguilla. We were anchored at Mead's Bay.
15 This is Jack, a Deckhand. Like the entire crew on board the vessel, Jack was wonderful and extremely helpful.
16 Another lovely photo of our hostess, alice. She is really always smiling!
17 This is Sheila in her long distance swimming outfit.
18 Anguilla has high cliffs that are very well occupied - all you have to do is look closely.
19 These sandstone cliffs are fragile.
20 Cacti and regional vegetation thrive here.
21 There are deep caves and excellent underwater coral reefs for snorkeling.
22 Pelicans abound.
23 Sheila went for a half-mile swim from boat to shore.
24 Can you see the pelicans? They love these cliffs!
25 I peered into a giant cave.
26 And another
27 These cliffs are craggy and impossible to climb.
28 But perfect for the pelicans
29 We snorkeled here and saw many types of fish and starfish.
30 This odd seaside rock formation was home to goats.
31 The rocks were impossible for us to traverse but the colorful goats had no issue with the rough terrain.
32 Sheila is tireless! I, too, love to swim, but I was more into the snorkeling.
33 On another day, some of us planned to swim from the boat to shore - look at the outfits!
34 A small boat followed the swimmers.
35 Alice, Deborah, and Sheila are magnificent swimmers.
36 The old Malliouhana Hotel & Spa was recently purchased by a group of investors, who are going to turn it back into a luxury retreat. This is the beach which it shares with some condos and the Viceroy Anguilla.
37 We ate at Jacala, the building on the right. I posted a blog on 1/31 about that restaurant's delicious foods and great service.
38 A closer view of Malliouhana, which is being refurbished.
39 The beach at this hotel is small, but really very, very nice.
40 One evening, we ate a late dinner at Picante, one of Anguilla's most popular restaurants.
41 Picante serves up really good Mexican fare.
42 They also make really great margaritas and Sheila loved hers, as we all did.
43 Everyone was getting happier with the tequila, Deborah included!
44 I was smiling and so was Alice.
45 Sheila and Phyllise
46 The five of us really enjoyed this place.
47 These are the owners of Picante, Chloe and Theron Loizos.
48 I can't stop thinking about our favorite restaurant on the trip, Jacala.
49 This was my all time favorite dish from the ladies' getaway - Anguilla spotted lobsters grilled to perfection at Jacala.
50 I forgot to include these remaining photos taken when we were exploring St. Barth's. Shopping in St. Barth's is fun and dangerous - you want everything! I bought a shirt in this boutique.
51 I wanted many things from this store but was restrained by lack of time. Look at the children's clothing.
52 There were wonderful hand-blown glasses and leather coasters.
53 Beautiful white versions
54 White linen napkins and stacked leather coasters
55 Every dress and shirt is made from white, blue, or brown linen and is impeccably pressed.
56 One of the many cats wandering around St. Barth's
57 Our favorite store sells real pearls strung on leather. I discovered this shop years ago and bought necklaces and bracelets then. They are very, very expensive now, but so chic.
58 Some other offerings
59 And more
60 These bracelets are gorgeous.
61 And the chokers, so lovely
62 Shea butter is the lubricant the designer uses to soften the leather.
63 St. Barth's now has a fabulous gourmet shop with an amazing array of luxury foods. Here is the proprietor, Eric Azagury.
64 The store is called American Gourmet.
65 The architecture in St. Barth's is beautiful. Once a Swedish island, then given to the French, St. Barth's is a very well-visited and chic island.
66 A great example of a Swedish-style building in Gustavia, which was named for King Gustav III of Sweden.
67 This is L’Isoletta Italian St. Barth's, a popular eatery.
68 And this is Bar de L'Oubli, a favorite hangout for drinks in Gustavia.