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
No one is happier with that news than general manager Eustace
"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
Cap Juluca was looking a little tired, Guishard said. "Now, we
have a resort that's primed, polished, pumped and eagerly awaiting
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
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
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
Not changed, however, is Cap Juluca's bleached white exterior
and the Moorish design of its arches, domes, turrets and
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
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
"Developers are interested, and the government is aggressive
about this," Guishard said.
For additional information, call Cap Juluca at (888)
The Web site is at www.capjuluca.com.