“The place was dreamy, enchanting.”

“There was something about the sea of lime-green chairs set against the aquamarine waters of Meads Bay that put a spell on me. The place was dreamy, enchanting.
I could just see myself sitting here wasting an afternoon or two. Toes in the sand. Swaying coconut palms providing shade. A cool breeze blowing in from Meads Bay…”

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Blanchards earns FODOR’S CHOICE distinction from Fodor’s Travel

Meads Bay, Anguilla – Fodor’s, the leading name in travel guides for over 75 years, announced that Blanchards has been recognized as a Fodor’s Choice selection. This distinction designates Blanchards as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value.

The editors and experts of Fodor’s have been selecting only the top fifteen percent of their listed properties and activities as Fodor’s Choice award recipients since 1988. Every year, Fodor’s writers experience, examine and evaluate thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions in their travels across the globe. While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only those offering a truly remarkable experience are given the Fodor’s Choice designation.

For more than 75 years Fodor’s has presented travelers with the very top recommendations from hidden-away restaurants to can’t-miss museums, to make sure they’re making the most of their travels. The 2012 Fodor’s Choice recipients are the best of the best, providing a remarkable experience in their price range or category.

As a 2012 Fodor’s Choice property Blanchards will receive special recognition in the next Fodor’s guidebook to this area and on

“Blanchard’s Beach Shack is the new place to be on Anguilla’s white sands….”

“Nestled between the upscale eateries of Meads Bay lies the newly opened ‘Blanchard’s Beach Shack’: a casual, barefoot burger bar and already a favourite lunch spot for tourists and locals alike. Opened in December 2011, this comes as the latest innovative addition from Bob and Melinda Blanchard, who have been offering five-star dining next door for decades at their famed restaurant, Blanchards.”

“This absolutely delightful restaurant, a mecca for foodies, is considered to be one of the best in the Caribbean, if not the world.”

“Blanchards, with its tall, teal shutters which open to the tropical gardens, has become one of the most beloved treasures in Anguilla.”

“This is the top on the island. Set in a pretty, floodlit garden in Meads Bay within earshot of the breaking waves, where you dine in a delightful room . . . outside under the eaves. The cuisine gathers influences from around the world to make an eclectic and thoroughly satisfying mix . . . all beautifully presented and delicious. Very elegant. Reserve in advance (people actually fax their reservations down to the island ahead of time.) Excellent wine list.”

Note: James Henderson is also the author and editor of The Definitive Caribbean Travel Guide.

“Perfectly blending sophistication with island charm, the intimate, candlelit dining room looks out over greenery to the sea beyond. Offerings on the ever-evolving menu include chili-crusted sea scallop salad, gumbo ya-ya soup, lemon-glazed lobster dumplings, and seafood imaginatively prepared with local fruits and vegetables. The homemade cinnamon ice cream with peaches or mangoes is mouth-watering.”

“Bob and Melinda Blanchard are the masterminds behind this elegantly casual, intensely fashionable restaurant on a garden-swathed pavilion beside the sea . . .The cuisine is among the most creative and interesting on the island, and they’ve attracted a sprinkling of celebs…”

“. . . you’ll enjoy sophisticated food with a Caribbean flair, enhanced with spices from Spain, Asia, California, and the American Southwest. Dishes change according to the inspiration of chef Melinda but are likely to include . . . swordfish stuffed with toasted corn dressing and a jerk Jamaica-style chicken, with bananas grilled with molasses and rum.”

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