NEW YORK --- Cap Juluca on Anguilla is fully booked for the upcoming holiday season.

No big deal, except that the resort has been closed for more than a year.

It reopens Oct. 28 with new services, new features, a new, multimillion-dollar look -- and a full house from Christmas through New Year's.

No one is happier with that news than general manager Eustace "Guish" Guishard.

"Hurricane Lenny created a wind and water mess for us last November," he said.

"On the flip side, the storm presented us with a great opportunity to revamp decor, rooms, suites and food and beverage operations."

Cap Juluca was looking a little tired, Guishard said. "Now, we have a resort that's primed, polished, pumped and eagerly awaiting guests."

Anguilla's Cap Juluca reopens Oct. 28 wiht new rooms, services and features but with the same views of beach, water, and St. Martin. The revamping became a mega-restoration that touched virtually every aspect of Cap Juluca's 58 rooms and junior suites, seven full suites and six pool villas.

Returning guests will find 24-hour room service (effective Dec. 18) and new room decor that complements the minimalist Moroccan ambience that is the resort's trademark.

Main House rooms have been redone, courtyard fountains added in some of the villas, tennis courts resurfaced and a wedding gazebo built on a sand dune.

The resort's TV-free policy in guest rooms remains in place; sets with wireless headphones can be requested for in-room viewing.

The health club has doubled in size, and Guishard reported that landscaping treatments "incorporating the elements of earth, air, fire and water" include a pond with glowing embers near the entrance.

He said that an Indian burial ground was discovered during restoration excavations at the resort.

"The pond and embers are a memorial to our ancestors," Guishard said.

Not changed, however, is Cap Juluca's bleached white exterior and the Moorish design of its arches, domes, turrets and parapets.

Guishard said that extensive engineering and environmental studies surrounded the project of rebuilding the beach wall that fronts the villas and suites along mile-long Maundays Bay.

"We now have a wall that will stand up to a very forceful hurricane," Guishard said. "Guests won't see the wall from the beach because it will be covered with foliage."

However, foliage will no longer block views of the sea from guest rooms as it had in the past because it will be kept trimmed.

New services and features include:

  • Spa rituals. Cap Juluca's spa debuts next fall, but guests can sample new therapies as a prelude to the opening.
  • Venues for individual and couples' treatments are guest quarters, treatment rooms or outdoors. The spa staff includes two Balinese nationals who will train the staff in the new rituals.

  • Kemia. Cap Juluca's third restaurant and Anguilla's first tapas bar will feature an African motif and appetizer-sized dishes from around the world served until midnight.
  • New menu at Pimms. Cap Juluca's formal restaurant has a new look and new cuisine, including exotic dishes like black truffle, lemon balm consomme and roast Chilean sea bass.
  • Night of the Moors. A Moorish-themed evening each week will showcase Moroccan and North African dishes at George's, the resort's beachside bistro. Barbecues and West Indian theme nights also will be offered.
  • Meet and greet. A Cap Juluca representative will meet guests at St. Maarten's Juliana Airport to facilitate transfer to Anguilla and the hotel.
  • A four-hole golf practice range will open at the resort in the winter of 2001. Guishard said that the government has earmarked a 102-acre site on Anguilla's east coast for the island's first 18-hole course.
  • "Developers are interested, and the government is aggressive about this," Guishard said.

    For additional information, call Cap Juluca at (888) 858-5822.

    The Web site is at www.capjuluca.com.

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