October also happens to be a month when many Caribbean restaurants and hotels close down for vacation and renovation, so this trip was quite different from previous ones. The place we usually stay is closed through the end of this month, so we had to scramble to find someplace else--it was actually the perfect opportunity to try a villa in a different location on the island. While still technically in the West End, Sweet Return villa is more centrally located than any place else we've stayed and it turned out to be perfectly lovely.
|Anguilla from the air|
|Our hospitality platter|
|This trunk unfolds into a twin bed|
|The patio & pergola of the lower level bedroom|
|The cabinet & drawer "map"|
|The two chaises longues|
|View of pool and St. Martin beyond from the dining table|
|My DH in particular loved this chandelier|
But most of all, what we appreciated were the pool and the views (well, except for all of the power lines). We spent a lot of time outside, either reading in the shade, taking the early morning sun, or kicking back in the pool. The sliding doors in our bedroom faced full east, so we slept with the curtains open in order for the sunrise to wake us up in the morning--then we'd either head out to the chaises longues to enjoy the earliest morning rays if the cushions were dry, or thrown open the doors and crawl back on top of the bed if it had rained in the night. We didn't have a full-on sunset view, but we craned around, we could get close to one. The plot of land behind the villa has an incomplete house on it, as does the plot of land to the one side, and the rebar from both construction sites shows up in most photos where I tried to snap the sunset.
|The first sunrise we were awake for|
|The eastern sky at sunset|
|Sunset behind the neighbor's house|
|This shot was from the window in the sunroom|
|If you squint, you can just make out Saba's shadowy outline in the middle of the photo|
|A tired but happy self-portrait.|