The Art of Well-Being

by Margaret Russell

It’s been a long, cold winter. Now that tiny buds are beginning to bloom, and the sun is peeking through the clouds, who isn’t dreaming of a soft, sandy beach; the lull of ocean waves; and the warmth of the Caribbean sun, in a restorative environment where relaxation and recalibration are inevitable?

Without doubt, that would be Zemi Beach House, tucked away on six picture-perfect acres on Shoal Bay in Anguilla, widely considered one of the most pristine beaches in the world. Zemi Beach House is the first property to be included in the Americas debut for LXR Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s luxury collection brand. Designed by the renowned Caribbean architect Lane Pettigrew, the award-winning resort was inspired by the natural Anguillan environment, and is a flawless blend of clean, modern lines and classic Caribbean detailing. The 76 rooms, many with private terraces, feature garden or ocean views and wellness infused into every detail.

Extraordinary culinary delights are showcased in five restaurants, from Stone, featuring fine dining that draws from locally sourced sea-to-table cuisine, to 20 Knots, a casual beachfront that fuses flavors of Latin America. In May, Anguilla will present the Anguilla Culinary Experience (ACE), where local and international chefs host culinary experiences around the island. Those who upgrade to the VIP package will experience an after-hours rum tasting at Zemi Beach House’s famous Rhum Room.

The Zemi Thai House Spa is set in an authentic 300-year-old Thai home brought to Anguilla from Thailand in the 1980s. With 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the Spa offers holistic and therapeutic treatment rituals, including a hamman, outdoor rain showers and body temperature vitality pool. Five spa suites feature carved mahogany walls, vaulted ceilings and hanging lanterns. The Taino Bathing Ritual is a tribute to the indigenous Taino people, where guests experience detoxifying temperature changes; natural herbs, muds, fruits and salts that hydrate the skin, boost the immune system, and create an immense sense of calm and well-being.

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