Harley Viera-Newton on the beach

Vacationing in Anguilla’s West End

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Just back from Anguilla, New York designer and DJ Harley Viera-Newton cannot say enough about the new Belmond Cap Juluca, set in the deep green trees along the white-sand beaches of Maundays Bay. “I’m not exaggerating when I say the beaches are the most breathtaking I’ve ever seen,” she says. “I spent my afternoons swimming, reading, and resting—it felt like a dream. I’m so grateful for the ultimate reset.” Here, Viera-Newton’s guide to her favorite vacation in recent history and the essentials she packed that helped make the trip.


“Meads Bay beach is a spectacular stretch of white sand and dazzling water.”


“Little Bay beach is accessible only by boat, so it’s not easy to get to but definitely worth the trip. It’s a perfect tiny beach in a secluded cove. If you go at the right time, you could luck out and be the only one there.”


“On the way to Prickly Pear Cay—where you’ll also find Anguilla’s best seafood at the Prickly Pear Bar + Restaurant.”

Prickly Pear Cay, Anguilla


“The tacos are amazing, too.”

Blanchards Restaurant
Meads Bay, Anguilla


West End, Anguilla


SunShine Shack
Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla


“I love the colorful décor here, too.”

West End, Anguilla

Even the trip there is beautiful.

“It’s a 20-minute boat ride from St. Maarten, and it’s absolutely spectacular. The locals say Cap Juluca is known as the jewel of Anguilla—all it took was a first glimpse from the lobby of the sweeping white sand of Maundays Bay to understand why.”

Harley Viera-Newton walking on the beach

Bike to breakfast.

“One of my favorite feelings is the buzz of waking up on the first day of vacation as the morning light reveals your new surroundings. And wow—Cap Juluca does not disappoint.”

eating with a view of the ocean

“On the first day, my husband, Ross, and I grabbed a pair of pastel bikes and rode over to breakfast, with fresh mango juice, at an oceanfront table at Cip’s by Cipriani. (When I say oceanfront, I mean we were directly in front of that turquoise water.) Note: I also recommend treating yourself to room-service breakfast at least once—also overlooking the beach, set to the sound of the waves.”

Harley Viera-Newton riding a bicycle

“We made a habit of taking a beachside stroll from breakfast back to the room—the views are just stunning. We were surprised when a horse accompanied us one morning, splashing through the shallow water.”

view of the beach
  • Harley Viera-Newton riding a bicycle
    view of the beach
  • Spend serious time in your bathroom.

    “The rooms are gorgeous, but I gasped when I saw this bathroom—I could definitely get used to showering under Cap Juluca’s swaying palm trees. I really spread out on the bathroom counters.”

    bathroom counter top bathroom view
  • bathroom counter top
    bathroom view
    1. Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
      Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream goop, $280

      “This cream is the most luxurious face moisturizer I’ve ever tried. Your skin will thank you after, and a little goes a long way!”

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    The beaches are next-level; dress accordingly.

    “Most of our time at the hotel was spent on the beach, so items that were easy to throw over bikinis, like this perfect A-line denim skirt, became a holiday uniform.”

    Harley Viera-Newton
    1. G. Label Harlow A-Line Denim Mini Skirt
      G. Label Harlow A-Line Denim Miniskirt goop, $275
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    1. Medina Mercantile Simple Open Weave Basket
      Medina Mercantile Simple Open Weave Basket goop, $65

      “This cute basket bag fits the holiday essentials: sunscreen and a book (I read Agatha of Little Neon, by Claire Luchette, on the trip—so good).”

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    2. Unsun Hydrating Full Coverage Body Lotion SPF 30
      Unsun Hydrating Full Coverage Body Lotion SPF 30 goop, $32

      “Even in the mornings, full-body sunscreen—I love this one—is essential in Anguilla.”

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    3. Claire Luchette, Agatha of Little Neon
      Claire Luchette Agatha of Little Neon Bookshop, $24
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    4. Lack of Color The Vista Hat
      Lack of Color The Vista Hat goop, $139

      “This simple handwoven hat completes every beach look.”

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    5. CasaCarta The Eye Backgammon Set
      CasaCarta The Eye Backgammon Set goop, $330

      “I’ll challenge anyone to a game of beach backgammon, especially when my set looks like this.”

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    6. Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses
      Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses goop, $153

      “Ray-Ban sunglasses are
      timeless, and I love this shape.”

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    7. goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean Nourishing Lip Balm Trio
      goop Beauty GOOPGENES Clean Nourishing Lip Balm Trio goop, $42

      “I make sure to have one of these balms in my purse at all times, perfect for a quick touch-up.”

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    Harley Viera-Newton walking on beach dinner fried seafood

    Make lunch a full-on voyage.

    “Take a boat excursion to the gorgeous island of Prickly Pear; on the way, you can stop off at a reef for snorkeling, swimming alongside rainbow parrotfish and bright coral. Though the island looks deserted, the small, colorful restaurant above the beach, Prickly Pear Bar + Restaurant, serves some of the best seafood in Anguilla—we recommend the crayfish and shrimp.”

    1. G. Label Fabian Striped Button-Up Shirt
      G. Label Fabian Striped Button-Up Shirt goop, $395

      “My new G. Label striped shirt was both the perfect nautical look and important sun protection!”

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    “Another amazing lunch spot: SunShine Shack, for delicious ribs barbequed in front of you on the beach. The walls inside are adorned with paintings and messages from past guests—it’s super charming. Get the killer piña colada.”

    pina colada decorated wall
  • Harley Viera-Newton on the beach
    fried seafood
    decorated wall
    pina colada
    1. HVN Label Bucket Hat
      HVN Label Bucket Hat HVN Label, $75

      “I made this bucket hat out of swimsuit material, so it’s perfect for protection from the sun while you’re splashing around!”

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      HVN Label Bra Bikini Top HVN Label, $95

      “I love a matching look, and this bikini has a coordinating bucket hat.”

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    Dress for dinner.

    “For cocktails and early dinner, I love Cip’s at the hotel—sit in the open-air bar, watch the sun set over the ocean, and get the tequila-infused Smoky Dove.”

    The carrot cake is worth the trip.

    “Everything’s good at Blanchards, but I seriously cannot stop thinking about the carrot cake.”

    1. Olio E Osso Lab Balm
      Olio E Osso Lab Balm goop, $28

      “These cheek balms are so sheer and so natural.”

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    2. HVN Label Laura Cotton Dress
      HVN Label Laura Cotton Dress HVN Label, $495

      “I love a printed dress, and the apple-print Laura is at the top of my list.”

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    The spa is amazing.

    “I treated myself to a deep-tissue massage at the Arawak Spa. The entrance leads you past a gorgeous, sun-drenched pool into a grand room with large arched windows framing the ocean. The treatment was incredible, and the room had a panoramic view of the sea with other islands in the distance.”

    poolside view
    1. Eleven Unrivaled Sun Sun Serum SPF 35
      EleVen Unrivaled Sun Sun Serum SPF 35 goop, $50

      “The translucent finish of this sun balm makes it a great, purse-friendly SPF.”

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    2. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
      goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15%
      Glycolic Acid
      Overnight Glow Peel
      goop, $125/$112 with subscription

      “If my skin starts to feel dry or dull from traveling, I use one of these pads in the evening—I wake up glowing.”

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    My Vacation Suitcase Essentials:

    1. RE/DONE ‘90s Baby Tee
      RE/DONE Tee goop, $115

      “A classic white tee is always the first thing I pack.”

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    2. Birkenstock Arizona
      Birkenstock sandals goop, $125

      “I live in Birkenstocks whether I’m on vacation or not.”

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    3. Kule The Spaghetti Tank
      KULE Tank goop, $68

      “I adore Kule’s easy, breezy tanks.”

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    4. RE/DONE ‘90s Low Slung Shorts
      RE/DONE Shorts goop, $185

      “I love the length of these denim cutoffs.”

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    5. Olivia von Halle Bella Silk Tank Pajama Set
      Olivia von Halle Pajama Set goop, $340

      “This little silk set is perfect for sleeping in warmer temperatures.”

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    6. HVN Label Triangle Bikini Top
      HVN Label Triangle Bikini Top HVN Label, $95

      “This bikini top glitters in the sun, which makes it a beach showstopper!”

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    For different vacation ideas (and packing strategies), read this story on Deplar Farm in northern Iceland and this one on The Maker in Hudson, New York.

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