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From a branded private jet and 18-hole golf course to pristine beaches and a hydroponic farm, there’s no shortage of reasons to visit this serene resort.

There’s a time and a place for an intensive adventurer-worthy escape with a jam-packed itinerary, early wake-up times and carefully laid out plans. There’s also nothing wrong with treating yourself to a vacation that’s all about rest and relaxation, where the most pressing items on the agenda are selecting the day’s beach chairs and picking the perfect tropical beverage. When you’re in the mood for a sunny beach jaunt that’ll leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Caribbean. More specifically to Anguilla, because while there are plenty of lovely Caribbean locales, when you want luxurious, serene and unpretentious relaxation, there’s something special about this isle.

The relatively tiny island (it’s just 16 miles long) is home to a few luxe hotels, but the freshly renovated Aurora Anguilla Resort & Spa is a serious standout. The property originally opened in the late 1990s as CuisinArt Resort & Spa, but in late 2020, was purchased by billionaire Best Buy founder Richard M. Schulze. Shortly thereafter, the property received a multimillion-dollar renovation and was relaunched as Aurora, with Salamander Hotels & Resorts brought on to manage the hotel.

The renovation gave the hotel a well-appointed yet low-key elegance, with a revamped neutral color scheme primarily made up of polished shades of white, beige and grey, as well as wood and stone accents, with refreshed rooms and brand-new builds. The aesthetic is clean and crisp, and fits right in with the pristine sandy beach you’ll spot upon entering the open-air lobby. Even so, that’s just the initial reno; there’s still much in the works for the property—but we’ll get to that.

Aurora feels like the ultimate getaway, with luxury, convenience and ease at the forefront of the stay—including the actual journey. Here’s what to know about Aurora Anguilla Resort & Spa.