The Luxury Travel Bible - CELEBRITY TRAVEL: Naomie Harris

Proving that the new Carribean resort from Belmond is fit for a James Bond movie Belmond reveals its newly designed flagship Caribbean resort, Belmond Cap Juluca, through the lens of British movie star Naomie Harris  (who plays Moneypenny in the  James Bond films) . However this time around she stars in a film which portrays the serenity and of this new barefoot luxury escape in Anguilla.
The film is a soulful reflection on the power of being able to disconnect from the everyday and reconnect with yourself. “For me, Belmond Cap Juluca embraces the soul of the Caribbean; the place where I feel most at home. It is magical to be able to just take a moment to breathe in and do nothing, and simply enjoy the joy of being surrounded by beauty and nature”, says Naomie.
Arnaud Champenois, Senior VP Brand & Marketing, Belmond, comments, “We are delighted to work with the beautiful Naomie Harris on this film to capture the essence of ‘barefoot luxury’ that we have created at Belmond Cap Juluca, a true authentic escape. Naomie brings this genuine feeling to the narrative that inspires you to walk in her footsteps. 
With the opening of our new flagship property on Anguilla and sister hotel, Belmond La Samanna on Saint Martin, with its retro-chic pastel refresh celebrating contemporary nostalgia, we have redefined luxury Caribbean escapism.” 
Located on one of the Caribbean’s best beaches; wrapped around the pristine white sands of a half crescent bay, Belmond Cap Juluca has been transformed in homage to the art of living well. As guests approach the Main House and heart of the resort, the high domed ceiling is deliberately designed to reveal and dramatically frame the view. US design firm Rottet Studio has created a sense of calm. Every detail of the resort, complements the outstanding natural beauty of the view and signature Greco-Moorish architecture. The aesthetic reflects the style of a private residence that over the decades has acquired beautiful keepsakes from across the globe with locally-crafted artefacts, sculptures and botanical prints sourced from V&A London.

Mornings begin with an invigorating ‘swim to breakfast’, where staff meet guests at the water’s edge of Cip’s by Cipriani with a fresh towel, robe and fruit juice in hand. Stylish pedal bikes and VW vans, painted in the resort’s signature colour turquoise, provide a novel way to potter about the property. A lesson with the resident yogi at the pavilion offers a tranquil setting for sunrise yoga and a coaching session with the tennis pro or game of basketball and croquet are a fun way to punctuate relaxing beach days. The elegant crescent of the cove and clear waters provide the ideal backdrop for all things aqua - be it paddle boarding, kayaking or swimming the length of the bay.

The Arawak Spa is a space to awaken the senses and experience the holistic rituals of the ancient Arawaks with signature treatments featuring locally-harvested Anguillan-salt and local rum. A haven to disconnect, the villa is nestled within landscaped gardens with s a private swimming pool, fitness centre, three all-suite treatment rooms and access to two private beach cabanas on the edge of the  Caribbean Sea. 
Freshly squeezed fruit juices, smoothies and light bites are on offer at the fashionable new Maundays Club and by night, service turns to Peruvian tapas  and cocktails as reggae music fills the night air .All-day dining is on offer at Cip’s by Cipriani where breakfast is served overlooking the water’s edge and Italian cuisine takes inspiration from the famous Cip’s Club menu in Venice. For a more sophisticated ambiance, destination restaurant Pimms I offers modern Caribbean classics.  The epitome of barefoot luxury is the resort’s a Caribbean beach bar ‘The Cap Shack’, located on the most remote stretch of Maundays Bay, serving up rum punches, catch-of-the-day beach tapas and snacks. From sunrise to sunset this characterful sun kissed venue is a true seat in the sand, so that’s where we’re heading first. - hope to see you there Naomie. 

Lisa Edwards, 18/1/19 


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