The island is Anguilla, tucked away in the the British West Indies (Northern Caribbean)
The resort is Viceroy, known for its luxury hospitality.
Back in March, when I produced the Academy for Planners + Designers, I had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world that traveled to attend our event. One of them was the charismatic Virgil Napier, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Viceroy resorts. He enticed me, amongst others, to check out his beautiful resort sitting atop a bluff in the middle of the Caribbean. All it took was one look at the Viceroy Anguilla website, and I knew it was worth the 19 hours of travel time to do a site inspection there.
My husband calls me a discriminating traveler. I have to agree with him. In my line of work, I get to experience the best of the hospitality world all the time, so my expectations are pretty high when I travel. When the head of the concierge at Viceroy Anguilla emailed me days before my arrival to ask for my itinerary and special needs, I knew that they would have no trouble surpassing my expectations....
There is no direct flight from San Francisco to Anguilla. We had to fly to Los Angeles, transfer to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then transfer again to Anguilla. Many choose to fly to St. Martin, a nearby island, and then take a ferry to Anguilla. Despite the extensive travel time, it's all worth it as soon as you catch a glimpse of the turquoise water surrounding the island glimmering in your eyes.
The Viceroy Anguilla has amazing ocean views all around the property, and there are a number of exquisite areas with dramatic views to host a wedding, depending on your guest count. The climate is warm year-round, with an average temperature of about 80 degrees. When we were there, we enjoyed a cool breeze throughout the day, and the temperature dropped by about 5 degrees in the evening. I've traveled to some pretty nice places in the past, including Bora Bora, Phuket, Jamaica, etc....but Anguilla now tops my list as the official 'paradise island'!