Zemi Beach House, Resort and Spa
Hotel in Anguilla
5-Star Luxury Hotel and Resort
My first impression of the brand new Zemi Beach House was overwhelmingly blue.
From the azure blue of the ocean in front of the resort to the turquoise water of the swimming pool and the cool tones of the furnishings, this heavenly resort has a serious case of the blues. Zemi just opened earlier this year and is Anguilla’s first luxury opening for six years. It is also the first luxury hotel on this undeveloped side of the island.
Zemi Beach was developed by the Goldstein family of New York, who had been visiting Anguilla for many years before deciding to build a hotel here on the site of an old property.
The resort’s symbol is the three-point stone zemi, worshipped by Anguilla’s ancient Taino Indians who believed it to be the dwelling place of the spirit, and the resort does have a calm tranquil atmosphere throughout.
Designed by Caribbean architect Lane Pettigrew, Zemi Beach House’s architecture was inspired by Anguilla’s natural environment.
Zemi Beach has 65 rooms and 9 suites, all spacious and set in six acres of stunning landscaped grounds facing the beach. The rooms are decorated in neutral tones with Indonesian style furnishings and splashes of colour found in bright local artworks on the white walls. The beds are enormous and have fine linen bedding. I was intrigued by the TV which rises from the end of my bed at the touch of a button.
Wi-Fi is available throughout. The Indonesian feel continues in the bathrooms which have roomy showers as well as a huge bath tub and marble floor. Toiletries are from Malin and Goetz of New York and include delicious smelling rum bar soap and bergamot body wash. Other services include private chefs, in-room dining and in-room spa treatments.
Zemi Beach House sits right on the fabulous beach and also has an elegant pool. An authentic Thai House that was transported from Thailand to Anguilla in the 1980s houses the Zemi Thai House Spa, and there is also a state of the art fitness centre. There is a Kids’ Club and the beach concierge team can arrange activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.
There are a number of places to dine at Zemi Beach. Stone is the resort’s fine dining restaurant overlooking Shoal Bay and offering local cuisine with Asian influences. 20 Knots is a casual dining area and beach bar with tables both on the beach and indoors under a 32 foot ceiling serving Caribbean dishes. The Shoal Bay Beach Club and the Bar & Lounge serve great Anguillan cocktails, and the sumptuous wood-paneled Rhum Room has over 100 rums to choose from and offers rum tasting.
Judith Baker is a London-based freelance travel writer
Photograph courtesy of Zemi Beach House, Resort & Spa
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Beach / Sun|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Health Spa, Family Friendly|
|Dress Code||Beach Casual|
|Ambience||Quiet, Hidden Gem, Elegant, Romantic|
|Number of Rooms||65 rooms and 9 suites|
Deluxe Rooms with ocean views; Superior Corner King Rooms; Two-bedroom and three-bedroom oceanfront Suites with a private terrace and plunge pool; 2 Three-bedroom Penthouses with terraces, a living room, kitchen and rooftop plunge pool. All guestrooms boast balconies or terraces with sea or oceanfront views.
Relaxed, understated elegance with friendly staff and superb service.
Rates start from $699 for a Deluxe Room with breakfast.
Last updated on 04-05-2016