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 2001/11/04 - Click to enlarge pictures

Serene Anguilla

Why not spend 2 or 3 months in Anguilla this year? You too could spend your days at Shoal Bay, pictured above. We did a quick survey and found some nice resort properties that will offer discounted monthly rates in all price ranges for people who desire a longer stay in paradise. Remember, there may be limited rooms available at these low rates, and perhaps some restrictions, so contact the resorts quickly.

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Allamanda Beach Club

Special Monthly Rate: US$2,000
Description: Beach front air conditioned suites with fully equipped kitchenette.
Web Link:
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Arawak Beach Inn

Special Monthly Rate: US$975
Description: Oceanfront room with fully equipped kitchenette.
Web Link:
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Bay View Apartments

Special Monthly Rate: US$975
Description: Great sea views from room. Fully equipped kitchenette.
Web Link:
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Harbor Lights Inn

Special Monthly Rate: US$2,000
Description: Oceanfront suites with fully equipped kitchenette.
Web Link:
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Madeariman Beach Club

Special Monthly Rate: US$4,500
Description: Beach front air conditioned suites with kitchenettes.
Web Link:
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Shoal Bay Beach Hotel

Special Monthly Rate: US$5,301
Description: Ocean view/ pool view suites with fully equipped kitchenettes.
Web Link:

The rates above are applicable for the 2001/2002 winter season and may apply to a limited number of rooms. Rates are subject to 10% government tax and in some cases an additional 10% service charge. These properties are located on water's edge or a couple minutes walk away. Restaurants and entertainment are also within walking distance.

Altamer Restaurant

[altamer] Altamer Restaurant on Shoal Bay West opened in August 2001 for dinner 6 nights a week. We went for dinner in August and had an excellent time (read our story with pictures).

As of November 15th the restaurant, which is part of the Altamer resort (read our April 2000 story about the construction), will be opened all seven days for dinner and also for breakfast and lunch. There will be nightly entertainment beginning the 1st of December through the end of April from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The restaurant is located right on the water's edge on Shoal Bay West with views of St. Martin as well as the beautiful stainless steel kitchen which is behind glass for views in all directions.

Maurice Leduc the Executive Chef at the restaurant is ready to prepare you an outstanding meal from the extensive menu and specials. He can also whip up a unique dessert for any special occasion. You must order 2 days in advance but it will be worth the time. Chef Leduc is known for his desserts and his cakes are out of this world. We went again on November 3 and had sea bass and Coquilles St-Jacques (aka scallops). Both were delicious and somehow we still found room for dessert (Key Lime Cheesecake and Ice Cream Fritters -yummh).

In addition to the regular menu, there will be daily specials as well as topical specials for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. However, the big night at Altamer Restaurant this year is New Year's Eve. It will be an evening to remember with a gourmet 5-course meal and great entertainment. Dmitri Loutsiv, International pianist will play from 6:00pm to 10:00pm followed by Anguilla's own steel pan player Dumpa and his band for dancing. This will be quite an event. Book early on the web reservation form or call 264-498-4040

There is also the Chef's table, located directly in the kitchen. This is a great evening for those of you who love food or want to see how a kitchen works. You are served directly by the Chef and the cooks from the line. This experience is not to be missed as it is a great deal of fun and the interaction with the kitchen team is never boring. The table is for up to 6 people and has a great view of the dining room and sea through the windows. Privacy can be arranged for those who prefer this. Book early as there is a great deal of planning involved for your perfect evening.

Make your reservations before you leave for Anguilla on the reservation form on the Altamer website. Your reservation will be confirmed within 24 hours.

Opening hours:
Breakfast (closed Wednesdays), 8:00am to 10:30
Lunch (closed Wednesdays and Sundays), 11:30 to 2:00pm
Cocktails (open every day) 5:30
Dinner (open every day) 6:30 to 10:00

Phone 264 498 4040 (reservations)
Fax 264 498 4010

Directions: From Wallblake Airport, proceed to the exit, turn left and left again past the airport entrance. Keep left at the round about heading west. Follow the main road for approximately 7.5 miles to the Altamer sign on the left. Turn left and follow the road for .8 miles to Altamer Restaurant on Shoal Bay West.

Recipe of the Month: Savoury Dried Plum and Apricot Stuffing

This holiday recipe from Chef Leduc makes approximately 9 cups.



In a large skillet sauté the onion and celery in butter until soft. In a large bowl mix together the bread cubes, cornbread crumbs, parsley, dried herbs Salt and pepper. Add the apple cider and ¼ cup reserved liquid from dried fruits.

Bake in a greased covered casserole 350 degrees for approx 35 minutes.

Other suggested additions are a splash of port wine reduce above liquid; 1 tablespoon dried soaked cranberries or apples; walnuts, pecans or chopped almonds.

Weather in Anguilla

Weather Summary Satellite
Overcast 81F 27C 70% Humidity, November 3
Low temp since last news report 77F 25C
High temp since last news report 86F 30C
Low humidity since last news report 58%
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NBA Sponsors Primary School Football

[Click to enlarge] Friday, October 26, 2001, brought an afternoon of festivities to Webster Park, with all island primary schools bringing out their football players for the opening ceremonies of the primary school league in it's 13th year of sponsorship from the National Bank of Anguilla. The ceremonies brought words of encouragement to all the players, coaches and family memebers from NBA CEO Val Banks (picture below).

The Honourable Minister of Lands and Social Services Mr. Eric Reid, reminded players, parents coaches and all participants the importance of sportsmanship and the lessons learned on the football pitch of hard work can bring rewards later on in life.

The highlight of the opening ceremonies was the football juggling competition, whereby each school put their best boy and girl forward to keep the ball in the air using any part of their body other than their hands.

Aidan Scipio of Teacher Gloria Omololu School, won the boys competition with an impressive 161 contacts of the ball (top picture). Aidan kept the ball in the air for quite a long period of time and in very close control.

The girls competition was won by Cynthia Lake of West End school.

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There will be games every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (4pm - 7pm) evening from now until the playoffs in mid November, so come on out and support the young footballers of Anguilla.

Story and pictures by Neil and Aly Armstrong.

The International Food Fair

[Click to enlarge] Many enjoyed a wide array of goodies at the recent International Food Fair held on the Agricultural Department grounds in The Valley.

The Anguillian stalls included delights such as sweet potato dumpling wrapped in sea grape leaf, conch patties, tamarind balls, mauby and passion fruit juice.

The colourful British booth featured delectable pastries from England and Scotland along with syrups and preserves made from local fruits and vegetables. A West African stall also sold various delicacies of that region.

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Story and pictures by Janine Edwards

Introducing Janine Edwards

[Click to enlarge] Let me introduce you to the newest reporter at the Anguilla News: Janine Edwards. Janine Edwards has been living in Anguilla for several years after relocating from the neighbouring island of Montserrat, when the island's volcano became active. She and her husband Ian "Sugar George" Edwards have settled on the island and started raising a family. Kyiv, their son (quite a bundle of energy!) was born in Anguilla.

Janine's background is in Tourism and Marketing, and has a Masters degree in marketing from York University in Canada. She is currently involved in an interesting mix of projects. Janine is part of the Marketing Team at Robelle, my Canadian software company, and writes stories for my Anguilla News page. Janine has come up with some new ideas for, including featuring recipes by chefs on the island. Some of the stories that Janine has written for the news:

She is also heavily involved in Travel Light, an enterprise which rents items such as baby equipment, fax machines and beach gear to vacationers on the island.

Janine also manages Sunset Escapes which rents several vacation villas on the island (with a great concierge service), including their own Splash! Villa. Splash! is the labour of love of "Sugar George" who designed and built this villa. Ian's long-held passion has been to capture a blend of fresh ideas of Caribbean home design in his very own special cottage.

Janine's husband Ian is the Manager of Sunset Homes, a building construction company which has had a lot of success over the years in a variety projects both in Montserrat and Anguilla. Sunset Homes specializes in the complete design and construction of tropical villas and homes. Janine's email is

Story by Bob Green, editor of

The Health Nook

[Click to enlarge] As trends lean more and more towards healthy eating habits, The Health Nook is a useful spot to know. Interestingly, it combines a retail store for health foods and a vegetarian deli. There are a few tables and chairs if you want to have a bite, but it is set up more for take out orders. Located on the main road in South Hill, you can't miss it.

Bertile and Arlette Fleming own and manage The Health Nook which opened its doors in November 1998. Some of the retail products include: soy milk, homemade soy icecream mix, veggie burger patties, tofu burger mix, soy chunks, herbal teas, mixed nuts, granola snacks, beans, homemade whole wheat bread and cereal. They also carry an array of natural herbal remedies such as Golden Seal, Cat's Claw and Charcoal.

Their food prices are very reasonable with veggie burgers at US$2.50 and full meals at US$6.00. Their inviting entrée menu includes: Stuffed Eggplant, Lentil Patties in Creole Sauce, Veggie Roti, Eggplant Lasagne and Fish Supreme in Lemon Sauce. The accompaniment can be rice seasoned with coconut milk, scalloped potatoes, parley potatoes, brown rice, vegetable rice, pasta or rice and peas. A selection of steamed veggies and salads are also served. All the menu items may not be available on a given day so we recommend that you phone on the day you want to order to check out the choices.
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Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm; Friday 8am - 6pm; Saturday night 6:30pm - 10pm; Sunday 9am - 7pm. Call in orders for meals are preferred between 10am and 11am, Monday - Friday. Telephone no: 497-6876.

Directions: starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then left again and past the airport entrance, straight through the roundabout and west on the main island road. When you reach the next roundabout (Sandy Ground), go straight through, not down the hill. You will see The Health Nook in about a mile, on the left, across from Tasty's Restaurant and just before the large Methodist church.

Story and pictures by Janine Edwards

Anguilla Diary: October 8 to November 4, 2001

Here is a day-by-day compendium of news items, as we gathered them - starting with the most recent.

Sunday, November 04, 2001

Sunset Homes Web Site. New site for a building contractor on the island. Be sure to explore the pages of finish details and building tips and they have a form where you can share your own tips.

Saturday, November 03, 2001

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Serenity Restaurant.

On the quieter end of Shoal Bay East you’ll discover Serenity Restaurant & Bar. The open design of the restaurant lets you capture the fresh sea breezes and great ocean views while dining. They specialize in grilled seafood…lobsters, crayfish, fish, shrimp and conch. For the high season (Nov 15 – Apr 14) Serenity will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. There’s also a Happy Hour every day from 5pm – 7pm where you can enjoy Caribbean music, complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at half price.

A couple of interesting items off the breakfast menu are Baked Eggs in Tomato Shells ($9.95) and the Serenity Omelet ($9.95). Fresh fruit, juices, croissants and pancakes are also available. The lunch menu features lots of seafood, chicken and beef dishes. One that sounds really tempting is the Shrimp Scampi ($21.95) …tender shrimp sautéed in lemon butter sauce with garlic and parsley. They also serve lighter items such as burgers, sandwiches and salads. For dinner you can start with Conch Fritters ($9.95)…then try the Fresh Snapper Blackened with a pineapple mint salsa sauce ($23.95) and top it off with a sweet treat.

Serenity sits on a beach that is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. There are also beach chairs and umbrellas available and a cute beach bar. Look out for the Full Moon Bash…a beach party after dinner on full moon nights during the season…drinks, music and fun…Caribbean style!

Opening hours in season: 8am – 11pm, 7 days a week. Dinner served until 10pm. Telephone: 264-497-3328

Thursday, November 01, 2001

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Here are the ladies at All Island Cable TV, all decked out for halloween.

Trick or Treat is not a tradition in Anguilla, but Halloween is an excuse for a few dress-up parties and school events.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Anguilla is Starting Up Again. The summer holiday is over and restaurants are reopening. Hibernia was one of the first, then Pumphouse, and Blanchards. Palm Grove opened on Saturday and we went for lunch; great fish of the day with johnny cakes. The next day Serenity Restaurant on upper Shoal Bay opened - right on a very secluded and beautiful part of the beach. And right after that, Shoal Bay Scuba reopened for diving.

Dates for Moonsplash Changed. Moonsplash 2002. March 22-24, For details, visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Annual AOL Party in Anguilla. On November 28th, America Online subscribers who frequent the Anguilla Travel Board will gather on Scilly Cay to celebrate all being on AXA at the same time AND one of the board members birthdays. Jerry Wilson, generally considered the chairman of the board by the AOL group, will join many of the long time Anguilla lovers and a few first time visitors who have decided from postings on the AOL board that Anguilla might just be ther perfect vacation spot for them. More information available from: or

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Fletch's Cove: new villa in Little Harbour, waterfront 1 airconditioned master bedroom plus 1 bedroom pool cabana, small sand beach, contemporary Mexican architecture, private and romantic.

Thursday, October 25, 2001
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

Shoal Bay West Featured. According to a post at Carib On-Line by Mia , Shoal Bay West is featured in Outside magazine, with a picture of CoveCastles.

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

An Anguilla Trip Report, without pictures.

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at

Art Festival and Competion: Deadline April 30, 2002. The deadline for submissions to the third annual international art festival and competition in Anguilla is now April 30, 2002. The festival will be in November 2002. Due to the events of 9/11, mail delivery to Anguilla was interrupted and submissions could not make the original deadline.

Blanchard's Grand Opening Tonight: October 23. "The Blanchard's staff has been cleaning, painting, ordering wine, and testing new recipes for the season."

Build Your Own:

Visitor Trip Report Web Page. With pictures of Maundays Bay and waves.

Monday, October 22, 2001

New Web Site: Shoal Bay Beach Hotel.

Sunday, October 21, 2001

Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Kittens and Puppys Available. For the first time in several months AARF has 2 kittens for adoption. They are approximately 8- 10 weeks of age. The male is a beautiful black and white and the female is all black with long hair. They also have 3 new puppies for adoption age 10 weeks. These long legged babies will be quite tall when full grown. There is 1 male and 2 females. If you are interested in any of these wonderful homeless animals please click the link above.

Saturday, October 20, 2001

Submit a News Story.

Birdwatching Trip to Anguilla: Report. 15 January – 11 February 2000 , Julian Hughes.

Friday, October 19, 2001

Anguilla Forum:
Carib On-line

Isle of Wight Students' Study Trip to Anguilla. Read all about their geography project - Cowes High School has a link with Anguilla and 20 students and staff visited during term break last February. This is their web page.

Monday, October 15, 2001

Bellavista Villas. Three bedroom suites with ensuite bathroom for each bedroom, 2400 sq ft., overlooking Sandy Ground with views in all directions, swimming pool.

Monday, October 08, 2001

Real Estate

2 Bd House For Sale.

Check out this web site for a newly built house in Anguilla that is available for sale or rental.

house for sale

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Prickly Pear Picnic Remembrance Service
Ital Farming Ital Recipe
House of Tarru October Diary

About Anguilla

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Recommended Vacation Villas

Our villa on Shoal Bay beach: Bellamare.

And ten minutes away by small plane, our Azu villa in St Barth that is totally secluded and private, but walking distance to everything in St Jean, and with unbelievable views.

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