For an off-the-grid Caribbean escape, savvy travelers flock to the island of Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory. The idyllic destination offers an abundance of unspoiled (read: not jam-packed) beaches, turquoise waters prime for swimming and snorkeling, and natural beauty from nearly every angle. The breezy, laid-back vibe can be felt the moment you step foot on the island, and it continues at Zemi Beach House. A luxury resort set on tranquil Shoal Bay, this oceanfront oasis is well worth a spot on your bucket list. Ahead, our full review.
The Look of Zemi Beach House
Spanning six scenic acres at the end of Shoal Bay (famous for its white sand beaches and regular dolphin and sea turtle sightings), the 76-room Zemi Beach House was designed by Caribbean architect Lane Pettigrew, who drew inspiration from the island’s lush surroundings. As such, expect a combination of clean, modern lines and Caribbean flair. The lobby features crisp white walls with dark brown accents and a striking chandelier, while the outdoor lounge area just off of it has pops of blue (perhaps an ode to the glimmering water down below) in the form of throw pillows. Meanwhile, the 76 rooms and suites are spread across three buildings. All offer contemporary décor, gorgeous ocean or garden views, private balconies, beach-inspired artwork, deep soaking tubs, and breezy touches ranging from lush plants to ocean blue throw pillows. Select units also have private pools.
The common areas, including the beach and four pools, have a similar beachy-chic aesthetic, as do the bars and restaurants. The Thai House Spa is unique in that it’s housed in an authentic, imported 300-year-old Thai structure. In addition to Thai-inspired design elements, you’ll also find Middle Eastern influences, especially in the Hamman. The traditional Turkish bath is decorated with Moroccan lanterns and dark wood accents.
The Vibe at Zemi Beach House
You’ll feel at ease from the moment you enter the property. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a team of staff members — and a tropical cocktail. After checking in, you’ll be whisked away on a private golf cart tour of your temporary home away from home.
The relaxed come-as-you-are vibes continue at the stylish all-day restaurant, 20 Knotts, which offers indoor and outdoor seating with prime ocean views. For an even more casual ambiance, make a beeline to Shoal Bay Beach Club, which serves fan favorites like fruit skewers, frozen daiquiris, and sushi.
On the other end of the spectrum, both the Rhum Room and Bohio Bar & Sushi Lounge offer a more swanky ambiance — and the crowd certainly reflects that (think: couples and friends gussied-up in their chicest vacation outfits). And then there's Stone, a fine-dining establishment that serves up Asian-Caribbean fusion in an air-conditioned indoor dining room (most folks come here before or after their drinks at the aforementioned Rhum Room or Bohio Bar & Sushi Lounge).
Who Will Love Zemi Beach House
Zemi Beach House attracts sun-seeking, luxury-loving travelers of all ages. As such, expect a mix of couples and families, the latter of whom will appreciate the multi-bedroom penthouses and suites. Those traveling with younger children can also take advantage of the on-site kids’ club, which offers crafts, games, and more for children ages four through 12.
Who Might Not Love Zemi Beach House
With nightly rates starting around $700 per night, a stay here does not come cheap. That said, budget-conscious travelers may want to look elsewhere.
The Best Amenity at Zemi Beach House
With its striking architecture and pristine seaside surroundings, the Thai House Spa, which spans 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, is a highlight. Facilities include a juice bar, a swimming pool, a hammam, an outdoor yoga deck, and tennis courts. The Rhum Room is a close second, especially for cocktail connoisseurs. The hidden-gem haunt boasts a collection of 140 small-batch rums — best enjoyed with a cigar, of course.
What’s Included at Zemi Beach House
Your stay includes access to the four pools, fitness center, beach, and bars and restaurants, along with:
Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About at Zemi Beach House
According to the property’s website, rates are “subject to a nightly 13% Goods & Services Government Tax (GST), 10% Service Charge, and 2% Reef Recovery Fee.” Spa treatments, which include access to spa facilities, cost extra, too.
How to Get a Deal at Zemi Beach House
Zemi Beach House is part of the Hilton portfolio, which means Hilton Honors members can score discounted room rates. Also, don’t forget to check the offers tab to view the latest packages and promotions.
The Sweet Season
The property is typically quietest in mid-October through November and then again in February. During these months, you’ll feel like you have the resort — and its postcard-worthy surroundings — all to yourself.
In the Neighborhood of Zemi Beach House
As previously mentioned, Zemi Beach House is located at the end of Shoal Bay, which is home to one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Popular activities include swimming, snorkeling, boating, and hiking — that is, in addition to lounging on the beach.
Nearest Airport to Zemi Beach House
Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is less than five miles from the property (approx. 10 minutes by car). Miami, San Juan in Puerto Rico, and Simpson Bay in St. Maarten offer direct flights here.
Nearest Public Transportation
Public transit is nonexistent here. However, the hotel concierge is on hand to arrange any necessary transportation.
Those craving a luxury beach vacation that feels like a true home away from home will love Zemi Beach House.