Here are answers to frequently asked questions. If we don’t answer yours, please let us know, and we will get back to you promptly.
As of March 2020, the World Health Organization has confirmed Anguilla’s “Covid-free” status, reflecting its citizens’ fastidious response to the pandemic.
As of November 1, 2020 Anguilla will—on a limited and highly regulated basis—”open” its borders to its first visitors since winter 2020.
While those protocols are still evolving (we will provide you the most up-to-date information upon request; see, also, the Visit Anguilla Web site), generally, they seek to ensure the safety of Anguilla and its cherished visitors, and to stimulate the economy (every villa and large resort has been closed since winter ’20; everyone is eager to say, “Welcome home”).
You are going to a foreign country — a passport is required. During the Covid be sure that you are up-to-date on all medical requirements for entry, including a negative test before seeking AXA entry.
Whether your party rents some or all of the bedrooms, you get exclusive use of BeachCourt; it is a private villa, not a hotel. Your party only will be on the property, and no one else will be using your pool, your tennis court, or your house.
Visit our Bedrooms At A Glance page for more information.
Owing to Anguilla’s low-density, high quality construction—and the resiliency, tenacity, and industry of its citizens—you would never know that Anguilla was savaged by 200 MPH sustained winds in September 2017. The Government promised, “Lights by Christmas,” and that promise was kept. The electric and internet infrastructure was levelled and rebuilt, giving us outstanding service.
BeachCourt Villa’s residential buildings were spared; however, the tennis court and outbuildings were severely damaged, resulting in a new court, pergola, and updates all around. We wish that we hadn’t gone through it, but we came out “better than before.” The new two-tone Omnicourt is beautiful and—hard to imagine—plays even better than the prior one.
Your concierge will meet you, whether you arrive at the airport or ferry terminal. If you are delayed (and you are unable to reach us), cab service is available at all times.
We strongly recommend that you rent a vehicle (car, van, or jeep—rental agencies have many options, and we will be happy to help you). As beautiful as your home here will be, there is so much more to see on Anguilla; and a car is the best way to see it. If, for any reason, you do not wish to drive, cabs and drivers are available; and—again—we will be happy to make arrangements for you.
Yes, Gwen’s Reggae Bar, Tropical Sunset, Hank’s, Olas Tacos, Madeariman, The Manoah, Elodia’s, and Serenity are all directly on Shoal Bay and the farthest is no more than 1+ mile walk. Immediately next door to BeachCourt is Zemi Beach Hotel, which has several bars, restaurants, and a high-end rum bar. By car, there are numerous restaurants within a 10-15 minute drive. These represent the smallest proportion of the culinary treasure that is Anguilla, from the best roadside BBQ’s to 5-star haute cuisine.
There are many convenience and grocery stores within a 10-minute drive of the house. Every year the quantity and quality of groceries improve. Nonetheless, do not expect extensive selection of beef or fresh produce. There is something of everything, but not what you are used to in the United States or Canada. On the other hand, there is fresh fish, lobster, and crayfish. Also, great baguettes and pastries at Le Bon Pain, in Island Harbor (about a 10-minute drive from the house) or the Village Bake Shop. Beer, wines, and all liquors are widely available, at reasonable prices.
Also, for an extra charge and with advance notice we can provide you with a chef or catering service, for a single “special event” or 3 meals a day for the entirety of your stay.
Laying in staples (coffee, milk, cereal) costs about the same as in the northeast United States. Nothing is outrageously expensive. Most stores show prices in Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollars. The EC dollar equals slightly less than $.40 US, so that EC prices can give you “sticker shock” until you realize that the US dollar price is only 40% of the EC price. Everyone accepts US currency (or credit cards), and the cashiers are scrupulously honest in all respects (including converting EC to US and vice versa). Visa and Master Card are easily used in all larger stores and restaurants. Some, but fewer, accept American Express or Discovery.
Phone service on Anguilla is excellent, and there are numerous phones within BeachCourt to receive or place local calls (great for confirming restaurant or snorkel-boat reservations). Once you have made arrangements to stay, we will provide you with the telephone number, and others may call you (there is an answering machine that will be programmed to handle your in-coming calls, should you desire). BeachCourt provides complimentary, high-speed Wifi throughout its buildings and on most of its grounds. Internet speeds are high and service is reliable (although, as is true everywhere, there are occasional “hiccups”.
Everything on Anguilla is similar to 110 voltage currency in the US. No adapters are required for anything that would work in the U.S.