For me, nothing beats a day at the beach. Well, I just found something that takes the cake. Glamping on the beach!! If you’re new to the term, “glamping” is a mash up of “glamorous” and “camping”-two words that I don’t normally associate with each other until now.
I recently spent 5 nights with some girl friends at the Anegada Beach Club in one of their deluxe oceanfront tents and let me tell you…I don’t know how I’ll go back to staying in regular old resorts or hotels now!
The Anegada Beach Club (ABC) is located on, you guessed it, Anegada which is the most remote island in the British Virgin Islands. Being so remote and isolated, Anegada is popular because of its unspoiled nature and the fact that it’s still largely undeveloped. The ABC blends the perfect mix of luxe amenities with undisturbed rugged beauty to create a truly unique and magical experience for guests.
My friends and I arrived on Anegada via ferry from Virgin Gorda and were met on the dock by Kosha, our super bubbly hostess who drove us to the resort, helped us get the lay of the land, and generally looked after us the whole time. After a quick tour of the property, we had a wonderful breakfast and were shown to our tent. WOWZERS!!!
It was one of five tents that front the beautiful white sand beach (there were two others set back on a second row as well as some more traditional guest rooms situated more towards the pool and restaurant area).
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Obviously, apart from it being a tent, there was nothing rustic about our setup. The tent easily slept three adults, as the couch/daybed was a super comfy twin mattress. And oh boy that bathroom! I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in a place with such a luxe bathroom. It was completely private and accessed through a second zipper in our tent with a little wooden enclosed catwalk that led to it.
But the best part of it was the bathtubs out on the deck-look at that view! We joked that we were probably in the honeymoon tent but we enjoyed it anyways.
So you’re probably wondering what it’s like to sleep in a tent on the beach? Here’s the lowdown:
- The bug situation on Anegada wasn’t great, but with the screens on the front of the tent, we never had any problems with them IN the tent. The rooms were equipped with an electric mosquito killer (still trying to figure out how that one works) and we’d brought an Off! Coil to light so we really didn’t have any problems.
- We were also a little worried about sleeping in the heat but one stand up fan was provided and they brought us a second one for the other bed and we did just fine! Although only the front of the tent was open (ours didn’t have side flaps), we seemed to get plenty of breezes and all slept comfortably.
- Also, we rode out a couple of stormy and windy nights in our tent and I’m happy to report that although it sure sounded like we were going to blow away, we didn’t! And we also had no leaks!
So besides the ah-mazing beachfront tents at the ABC, the resort has quite a few nice amenities. The resort boasts the only pool on Anegada (and they keep it at the perfect temperature) and up by the restaurant/bar/pool areas are plenty of hammocks and places to lounge around in.
The restaurant had some of the best food we had on the island and they served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The staff was also nice enough to fill our Yeti tumblers up with ice for us so we had cool drinks down at the beach. Speaking of the beach, the ABC had plenty of beach loungers and palapas that provided shade.
After spending 5 nights at the ABC, here’s my takeaway: the Anegada Beach Club is like a really cool summer camp for adults! Now mind you, I never went away to summer camp but I have my ideas. Maybe it’s the tents, or maybe it’s the small but super friendly staff or the other tent dwellers that were oh-so-happy to sit around the beach bar and chat over Pain Killers, but the ABC has a real community feel that makes it perfect for a true getaway.
Here’s a tip: even if you’re not staying at the ABC, you can totally visit for the day! If you’re coming for the day on the ferry (from Tortola or Virgin Gorda), you may want to call ahead but one of the staff members is usually always at the ferry dock to pick up guests and transport them to the ABC. Have lunch, swim in the pool, snorkel off the beach, and laze the day away on those comfy sunbeds. You won’t be sorry.
So here’s your mission: do yourself a favor and book a stay in one of these sweet tents. And now I’m off to research other beach glamping spots. I’m hooked.