Welcome to Anguilla!
This lovely little oasis is a VIP magnet! Though St. Barts might be best known in the Caribbean for attracting the jet set, it also attracts the paparazzi that follow them. But Anguilla is well known among the elite as an idyllic refuge where they can totally escape the global spotlight to relax, kick back, and just be on barefoot holiday. Of course, the 33 glorious beaches of powdery white sand where one can often walk for hours without running into another soul are a big draw. And the five-star resorts that boast all the upscale amenities and first class services the rich and famous expect are also enticing. But it’s the overall vibe of the friendly little island that boasts ‘more goats than people’ that allows for a truly laid-back holiday for stressed-out stars.
The stars come out day and night on Anguilla…
The trend of escaping to Anguilla began with the old guard that discovered they need not give up on the kind of creature comforts they are accustomed to in order to have a secret holiday in the tropics there. Well-established stars like Robert de Niro, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and superstars like Paul McCartney had quietly discovered Anguilla as a perfect spot to bring family and friends for a relaxing break. Word soon filtered down to the next generation of celebrities like Liam Neeson, Kevin Bacon, Uma Thurman and David Duchovny, and soon the glitterati like Beyonce, JZ and Janet Jackson were visiting. And though this island did become the location of the world famous break-up of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, it was the only time the paparazzi managed to infiltrate the sanctuary of the island. (Rumor has it that they now have paparazzi chasing patrol boats on alert for that very reason). Other celebs like Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Howard Stern, John Malkovich, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donatella Versace, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Kline, Janet Jackson, Michael J Fox, John Mayer and Celine Dion to name just a few, have all enjoyed Anguilla’s signature brand of both hospitality and respect for their privacy. And those are just the ones we know about. The rich and famous often quietly slip ashore from their private yachts for a beach day or lobster lunch at Gorgeous Scilly Cay.
Article courtesy of Susan Campbell.