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Anguilla Turns 40April 9, 2007 By: Joe Pike, Anastasia (Stasha) Mills Healy Travel Agent
Island promotes its new celebrity golf course and tennis stadium
Not everyone dreads turning 40. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Anguilla's secession from the association of states of St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla, and island representatives are touting this landmark year with the slogan "40 and Fabulous."
Six miles from
Anguila is 35 square miles (16 miles long and three miles at its widest point)
and has a population of 13,000.
The Honorable Donna Banks, special advisor to tourism for
the island of Anguilla, tells Travel Agent that the island's independence
came about when "a crowd surged police headquarters" in a
"bloodless coup" after centuries of rule by other entities including
Great Britain and France.
Banks characterizes the island as "low volume, high
value," and asserts that "large-scale developments and cruise ships
are not encouraged."
Charming Escapes Collection
On the lodging front, she discusses the island's Charming
Escapes Collection, whose 16 properties have been given a "seal of
approval." The collection is comprised of 16 inns, villas and other
accommodations that, according to Banks, offer "a unique and affordable
way to experience
All of the properties offer 10 percent commission for
agents. A spokesperson for the Anguilla Tourist Board told Travel Agent
that a travel liaison hasn't been assigned for the properties. For now, agents
can call the Anguilla Tourist Board's general number (877-4ANGUILLA) to book or
agents can visit www.anguilla-vacation.com.
Another aspect of the island that Banks seemed particularly
proud of is its increasingly high culinary profile. Banks says that the island
is being referred to as the "gourmet capital of the
and that "our restaurants are becoming as renowned as our beaches."
"Thirty-three powder white sand beaches," to be exact.
New Course Draws Golfers
Opened in November, the Greg Norman-designed course at the
Temenos Golf Club is at the island's St. Regis hotel. Golfers are greeted by a
vista of St. Martin and the
the tee box of the 390-yard starting hole. The fairways drop more than 40 feet
to a narrow, two-tiered green. The course has large sand dunes on the left and
a saltwater pond on the right. The 16th hole is 440 yards and the narrowing
fairway on the 18th hole ascends 40 feet through rugged terrain to a narrow
green carved out of the native shrub.
Tennis is another sport the island is gearing up for, with a
1,000-seat stadium in the works at the
was established in 1996 to offer the island's children an opportunity to learn
the sport through summer camps and after-school programs.
Board: 877-4ANGUILLA, www.anguilla-vacation.com