The Ultimate Barefoot Luxury Escape
Belmond reveals its newly designed flagship Caribbean resort, Belmond Cap Juluca, through the lens of British movie star Naomie Harris, in a short film portraying the serenity and magic of this iconic barefoot luxury escape in Anguilla. Located on one of the Caribbean’s best beaches; wrapped around the pristine white sands of a half crescent bay, Belmond Cap Juluca has been transformed to encapsulate the art of living well.
The film is a soulful reflection on the power of being able to disconnect from the everyday and reconnect with yourself. “For me, Belmond Cap Juluca embraces the soul of the Caribbean; the place where I feel most at home. It is magical to be able to just take a moment to breathe in and do nothing, and simply enjoy the joy of being surrounded by beauty and nature”, says Naomie.
With an authentic connection to the Caribbean, clean-living values and a truly international lifestyle, Naomie’s experience of Belmond Cap Juluca speaks to the modern traveller who seeks sanctuary and the luxury of time to indulge in pure escapism.
Arnaud Champenois, Senior VP Brand & Marketing, Belmond, comments, “We are delighted to work with the beautiful Naomie Harris on this film to capture the essence of ‘barefoot luxury’ that we have created at Belmond Cap Juluca, a true authentic escape. Naomie brings this genuine feeling to the narrative that inspires you to walk in her footsteps.
With the opening of our new flagship property on Anguilla and sister hotel, Belmond La Samanna on Saint Martin, with its retro-chic pastel refresh celebrating contemporary nostalgia, we have redefined luxury Caribbean escapism.”
Designed to create a sense of calm and total escapism from the moment of arrival; every detail of the resort, by US design firm Rottet Studio, complements the outstanding natural beauty of the view and signature Greco-Moorish architecture. The result is a world of timeless glamour and barefoot luxury that is as beguiling as the setting itself.
As guests approach the Main House and heart of the resort, the high domed ceiling is deliberately designed to reveal and dramatically frame the mesmerising view. The resort invites exploration and discovery; with lush hanging botanicals, a shaded courtyard with a deep green tiled Moroccan pool and sensitively placed locally-crafted artefacts, sculptures and botanical prints sourced from V&A London. The aesthetic reflects the style of a private residence that over the decades has acquired beautiful keepsakes from across the globe. The handcrafted limestone floor tiles have been purposely selected to entice guests to walk barefoot, as though meandering through their own home.
Offering new levels of beachfront service and seamlessly connecting the Main House with the cove of Maundays Bay, is the stunning palm-lined terraces with sea view infinity-edge pool. The show- stopping new space offers guests the best of both worlds – direct access to the beach and shaded corners to enjoy refreshing cocktails and healthy poolside tapas.
Located along one of the most spectacular beaches on Anguilla, the 108 newly designed rooms and suites embrace laid back island life – with cosy nooks to read and write and space to dine alfresco. The outrageously large bathrooms open onto walled botanical courtyards, providing serene sanctuaries for relaxation. Flowing natural fabrics, injected with a mix of blues, greens and botanical prints, along with the clever use of handcrafted dark grey floor tiling create an instant sense of calm in a space flooded with natural light.
The three and five-bedroom private villas offer generous space for families and groups of friends to embrace the exclusivity of dining, swimming and socialising in private but with front row access to the island’s best beach.
The Art of Doing Nothing
New traditions and modern luxuries define the guest experience at Belmond Cap Juluca. Mornings begin with an invigorating ‘swim to breakfast’, where staff meet guests at the water’s edge of Cip’s by Cipriani with a fresh towel, robe and fruit juice in hand. Stylish pedal bikes and VW vans, painted in the resort’s signature colour turquoise, provide a novel way to potter about the property. A lesson with the resident yogi at the pavilion offers a tranquil setting for sunrise yoga and a coaching session with the tennis pro or game of basketball and croquet are a fun way to punctuate relaxing beach days. The elegant crescent of the cove and crystal clear waters provide the ideal backdrop for all things aqua – be it paddle boarding, kayaking or swimming the length of the bay.
The Arawak Spa is a space to awaken the senses and experience the healing powers and holistic rituals of the ancient Arawaks, with signature treatments featuring locally-harvested Anguillan-salt and local rum. A haven to disconnect, the villa is nestled within landscaped gardens and boasts a private swimming pool, fitness centre, three all-suite treatment rooms and access to two private beach cabanas for pampering on the edge of the lulling Caribbean Sea.
Feeding The Senses
Whether in the mood for rum punches around the pool or fresh seafood tapas at sunset, Belmond Cap Juluca feeds the senses with relaxed dining experiences unique to Anguilla. Freshly squeezed fruit juices, smoothies and light bites are on offer at the fashionable new Maundays Club and by night, service turns to sophisticated Peruvian tapas as reggae music fills the night air and cocktails flow.
Casual all day dining is on offer at Cip’s by Cipriani where breakfast is served overlooking the water’s edge and delicious Italian cuisine takes inspiration from the famous ‘Cip’s Club’ menu in Venice. For a more sophisticated ambiance, destination restaurant Pimms is an invitation to dine on modern Caribbean classics and Anguillan delicacies in elegant surroundings.
The epitome of barefoot luxury is the resort’s authentic Caribbean beach bar ‘The Cap Shack’ – located on the most remote stretch of Maundays Bay – serving up creatively mixed rum punches, catch-of-the-day beach tapas and snacks. From sunrise to sunset this characterful sun kissed venue is a true seat in the sand.
Deluxe Beachfront King rooms at Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla start from $725/ £568 or approximately USD939/USD 735 per night based on two people sharing, including breakfast. For more information, please visit belmond.com
About Belmond Ltd.
Belmond Ltd. is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates 47 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, eight luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants.