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Malliouhana, Anguilla: A Symphony of History, Elegance, and Caribbean Luxury

Tracing the Legacy of Malliouhana, Where Timeless Elegance Meets Modern Opulence

In the heart of Anguilla, where the Caribbean Sea paints its azure canvas, The Malliouhana stands not just as a bastion of luxury but as a living testament to the island’s rich history and the timeless allure of Caribbean elegance.

The Legacy Begins:

Malliouhana’s story dates back to the 1980s when visionary entrepreneur and Anguillian pioneer Leon Roydon initiated the creation of an upscale resort that would redefine luxury on the island. The word “Malliouhana” itself carries historical weight, derived from the Arawak language spoken by the indigenous people of the Caribbean. It translates to “arrow-shaped sea serpent,” paying homage to the island’s indigenous roots. The romantic story told by resident Rum Pairing’s connoisseur and long-standing employee, Chesney, explains Roydon originally built this hotel for his wife to live in. The story goes that Roydon fell in love with the island and told his wife, “I’m going to build you a villa, and you can invite your five friends to keep the lights on. “

A Historical Tapestry:

As you traverse the corridors of Malliouhana, you are walking through a historical tapestry that narrates the evolution of Anguilla and the hotel itself. Originally opening its doors in 1984, Malliouhana quickly became a symbol of excellence in Caribbean hospitality. The architecture, a blend of Mediterranean aesthetics and Caribbean vibrancy, reflects the island’s colonial past while embracing its indigenous heritage.
Over the years, Malliouhana has witnessed the ebb and flow of the Caribbean’s cultural currents, adapting and evolving while maintaining its commitment to providing guests with an unparalleled experience.

Elegance Redefined:

Malliouhana’s commitment to elegance is not just reflected in its luxurious accommodations but also in the preservation of its historical charm. The original architecture, carefully maintained and enhanced through meticulous renovations, allows guests to step into a world where the past and present harmoniously coexist.
The hotel’s rooms and suites, adorned with contemporary comforts, pay homage to the island’s history through subtle nods to its colonial past and Arawak influences. Private terraces offer a glimpse of the same breathtaking views that captivated the hotel’s first guests, creating a seamless connection between Malliouhana’s storied past and its modern-day splendour.

Culinary Heritage:

The culinary journey at Malliouhana is an exploration of Anguilla’s diverse heritage. Leon’s at Malliouhana, situated on the beach and named after the visionary founder, showcases a menu that blends local flavours with international sophistication. The onsite restaurant, Celeste, becomes a living celebration of the island’s culinary traditions, paying homage to the indigenous roots that inspired the hotel’s name.
If I had the option to have one of everything on the evening menu, I would – with a variety of dishes to choose from. Still, the chef’s kiss has to be the Table-side Ceviche, which packs a spicy kick with lime, jalapeño, and cilantro that dances around the mouth, awakening the senses.
The same restaurant houses breakfast with a relaxing sea view and exceptional service. Choose from fresh avocado toast or smoked salmon and eggs, and if you are feeling extra hungry, the Johnny Cakes and pulled pork looked like a triumph.

Wellness and Continuity:

The Spa at Malliouhana, a sanctuary of modern wellness, seamlessly blends contemporary luxury with the healing traditions of the Caribbean’s indigenous people. Drawing inspiration from the island’s rich history, the spa offers rejuvenating treatments that go beyond the physical, creating a holistic wellness experience. As the morning sun paints the sky in hues of pastel, guests are invited to commence their day with a tranquil yoga session. The gentle rustle of palm leaves and the rhythmic sound of the Caribbean waves provide the backdrop to a session that harmonises mind, body, and spirit. Led by experienced instructors, the yoga experience is tailored to all levels, whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a beginner seeking a serene introduction. It’s a mindful start to the day, fostering a sense of balance and continuity. Afterwards, bask in the serenity at the pool, extending your wellness journey amidst the lush surroundings, where time seems to slow down, and the embrace of tranquillity becomes a lasting memory.

Rum & Chocolate Pairing

Indulgence takes on a new form at Malliouhana with the exquisite Chocolate and Rum pairing experience, a sensory journey that unveils the rich history and flavours of two Caribbean treasures. Inspired by Anguilla’s heritage, this tasting extravaganza celebrates the island’s historical ties to the cultivation of cacao and sugarcane. As you embark on this delectable adventure, under the expert guidance, tales of Anguilla’s colonial past are shared, and the history behind Glo’s rum and the hotel homemade chocolate pairing. The carefully curated selection of chocolates, each infused with local ingredients, complements the nuanced profiles of premium rums. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a curious novice, the Chocolate and Rum pairing experience at Malliouhana is an invitation to explore the intricate dance of flavours, where the velvety sweetness of chocolate harmonises with the robust notes of aged rum. It’s not just a tasting; it’s a journey through time, a homage to the Caribbean’s flavorful history, inviting guests to savour the decadence of the past and present.

The Eternal Allure:

As the sun sets over Meads Bay and the name “Malliouhana” whispers through the gentle sea breeze, the hotel stands as a guardian of Anguilla’s history, pathing the way as a shining example for the other hotels and is an embodiment of Caribbean luxury. Malliouhana isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a living chapter in the story of Anguilla, where the arrow-shaped sea serpent eternally weaves its magic into the hearts of those who seek the pinnacle of Caribbean elegance.

So, how would I sum up my experience? Simply put, Malliouhana is not just a hotel; it’s a grand production, where my experience unfolds like a captivating movie. This place transcends the mere definition of a hotel; it’s a living time capsule that captures the very spirit of Anguilla. Here, the enduring allure of the Caribbean paradise is not just witnessed but felt, as the dance of history and elegance unfolds in perfect harmony. Every guest steps into a starring role, becoming a cherished part of the island’s living legacy. But what elevates this stay from a mere scene to a blockbuster is the exceptional ensemble cast – the Malliouhana team. In this cinematic journey, they are not just staff; they’re protagonists operating with unwavering pride, seamlessly forming a family unit that goes above and beyond to script the ultimate experience for every guest.

Truly exceptional, Malliouhana. Thank you for the memories.

To read more about my journey exploring the island and all it has to offer, click here for another article in this three part series.


For information on Anguilla, please visit the official website: www.ivisitanguilla.com.


Prices start from USD$450 per night, including taxes and daily breakfast. This price is based on a stay in low season, June-August 2024.