Bird of Paradise has been ranked as one of the top 15 villas in the Caribbean by both both Islands and Ocean Home magazines, but the best Anguilla reviews come from our guests. Please read below and check back as we’re continually updating.
Anguilla Reviews 2017
K.M. - Glen Mills, Pennsylvania - March 2017
"Everything was great! We particularly enjoyed your staff... Wonderful people. Please give them our love!"
K.J. - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - February 2017
"The villa was exactly what we expected… just beautiful! The staff was great…Jose, Anna and Brenda were always friendly and helpful. Chef was top notch."
TripAdvisor Review - January 2017
"This was indeed the best Villa hands down than any we have ever stayed. The location was beautiful. The rooms were like being in a museum. They were superbly decorated and very comfortable. I can't thank Melody enough for working with me to secure a most wonderful eight nights in paradise. You will not find more beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. The staff (We loved you all) were very attentive and we wanted for nothing. My husband and I traveled with our three adult daughters and their three boyfriends. The Villa is located very close to a supermarket that is decently stocked. We found driving in Anguilla very easy and beach bars etc. easy driving distance to the Villa. The Bird is by far the nicest and best value for the luxury you receive."
Anguilla Reviews 2016
A.K. - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin - August 2016
"We have been back for a few weeks now, but if I close my eyes, I can still vividly picture the views from Anguilla Bird! I just wanted to let you know that we had such a wonderful time, and my husband had an amazing 50th birthday celebration. Your home is simply stunning and set up perfectly for island living. Our friends kept saying they were living in a dream!
All of your staff were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed Chef Kylon’s meals. His Caribbean Barbecue was especially delicious. My one friend keeps texting me about how much she misses Chef Kylon! We did have a chance to explore the island a bit. We did have a lobster lunch at Johnno’s on Prickly Pear Cay which they opened just for us, so the hospitality was amazing! We also visited Meads Beach, and while I appreciate the attraction of a long white sand beach, I liked the beach at Anguilla Bird better!
All in all the trip was even more fantastic than we were hoping for."
Posted on TripAdvisor - August 2016
"Truly paradise at the Bird. We just took 8 friends to stay at Bird of Paradise, and loved it. Chef Kylon and Tristan were fantastic as was the entire staff. The house is breathtaking. The Island was a blast to explore. From the beach bars to the resorts, all were awesome. We could not recommend this property more. Thanks for the great week!!"
T.F. -Tampa, Florida - July 2016
"We all made it home safely from our wonderful trip in Anguilla! Thank you for the use of your extraordinary home! It was just fantastic and everyone enjoyed themselves! Everyday, we discovered another treasure from your round the world travels-they just made your beautiful home!
"The staff were very welcoming, friendly, accommodating, and wanted to make sure, everyday, that we were happy and taken care of and satisfied. The food that Chef Kylon prepared was presented so lovely and tasted delicious! Tristan, was a consummate host and set a beautiful table each evening. The housekeepers, Brenda and Anna, were so sweet and kept us full with towels and our rooms/clothes perfect! Jose was there with a smile each morning!
"We took your advice about going to the different beaches/bars each day. Our group looked forward to exploring different places and all of the island! We truly had a fantastic time! Thank you, again, for opening your wonderful home to our friends and family last week! We’ve already recommended it to our friends!"
D.M - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - August 2016
"We are having a wonderful time! The villa is beautiful and the staff could not be nicer!"
J. and M. - Chevy Chase, MD - June 2016
"Just a note to say how much we loved your home. The staff was wonderful and the food terrific. It seemed as if every day we discovered another treasure as we enjoyed the many different spaces. The beach was terrific. Each evening my wife and I enjoyed the private pool before dressing for dinner…it provided a perfect space for us to have some private time while the ‘kids’ (23-33 years!) enjoyed their cocktails. We ate most of our meals on the outside dining area and one day hired a photographer to do some portraits. It proved to be an amazing 40th and your home provided a wonderful gathering place for our 4 plus 2 significants. The pool was a source of great pleasure and fun….swimming up to the far end (towards the entrance) was akin to swimming in a tropical forest! The living room was perfect for some rousing after dinner games and we finally got to the fire pit on our last night for s’mores!
My wife and I loved our suite as did the kids. The double queens were perfect for our daughters to reconnect as siblings. Of course the other two couples debated as to who really had the best room!
Now back to reality."
J.G. - Chatham, MA - June 2016
"First of all, your home is lovely. It's a perfect venue for our 40th anniversary with our four children and two significant others! The staff is wonderful and the food has been great."
Y.D. - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada - June 2016
"We had an AMAZING time at the bird. Everything was so beautiful and serene- something my husband and I always appreciate when we are away. We especially loved Chef Kylon, whose food was so scrumptious and Jose, who has such a friendly demeanour. You and your family have put in so much love and care into the home, we really loved all the pieces you have collected on your travels. The kids, as well, had a wonderful time, and we all had lots of bonding time."
C.F. - Charlotte, NC - May 2016
"Wanted to follow up as to our stay at the BOP! Let me start by repeating what I said in Trip Advisor...At the end of a perfect week, we say goodby to one amazing place. Thank you Melody and your staff for introducing us to your incredible home and open hospitality. With Anguilla and her awesome beauty, we found a diamond over looking the bay. Bird Of Paradise, with it's beauty will forever burn into my memory. Yes indeed...a lasting memory. We were all blown away when we set foot on the property. Chris did an amazing job keeping the BOP a secret to his wife Amelia. We had one incredible stay and look forward to another venture in Anguilla soon."
S.H. - Birmingham, AL - May 2016
"Everything here is fantastic. Your team did give us a very warm welcome. They continue to make our stay wonderful. They are all personable, kind, smiling, and very eager to please us. They all take great pride in themselves, your property, and Anguilla. You have put together a perfect crew from our standpoint.
Your beach is beautiful as is the water. We are all enjoying your beautiful paradise. We are not in need of a single thing! All is well in paradise. Thank you for checking on us!!"
A.P. - Washington, DC - April 2016
"From the moment we entered this art-filled property, we knew we were in for a vacation to remember. Celebrating my 40th, we splurged on "The Bird" and we were so glad we did. Everything was amazing. Chef Kylon cooked up the most amazing dinners for our large group (accommodating those with food restrictions with no problem) which were served by our butler al fresco each night on a beautiful veranda overlooking the ocean. While the house isn't necessarily set-up for those with disabilities or children, it accommodated both in our group with no major problems. Our toddlers spent their days in the heated pool or playing on the beach. Each room, as noted by others, is amazing and filled with art and luxury touches like Frette linens and Bulgari toiletries. It really is as good as it looks in the professional photos. The staff was equally as amazing and made sure we were taken care of and everything was, well, impeccable. From fresh towels at the pool to setting up beach chairs. They have this thing figured out."
G.K. - Illinois - April 2016
"The house is amazing. There is not a single bad room. They are all magnificent! We had little kids with us, and as such the heated pool was a huge deal."
A.P - Michigan - March 2016
"We DID have the absolute best time. I’d actually been meaning to write you from the moment we returned to tell you how amazing everything was. The staff was so wonderful, the place was everything we could have hoped for. We spent a fair amount of time admiring all of the amazing art. While it was a total extravagance for us, we’re already plotting our return :-)"
R.P. - New York City - February 2016
A travel agent writes, "I am writing to you as your recent guest who stayed at your property (departure date: February 19th) has completed our guest survey. I am happy to let you know that he loved his stay. He commented the villa was in pristine condition and especially enjoyed the heated pool. He also enjoyed the large living space along with the “top shelf” furnishings, guest suites, and bathrooms. Lastly he mentioned how pleasant and helpful the staff was “from the concierge all the way down to the groundskeeper."
B.Y. - Toronto Canada - January 2016
"We were four couples that travel together each year on a couples retreat. The house was spectacular and we'll appointed."
DBL - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - January 2016
"The Bird of Paradise taxi was waiting and scooped us up and drove us about 10 minutes to the deceptively unadorned turn to the Bird of Paradise. As the gates automatically opened the most beautiful home and view of the ocean materialized before our eyes. It was just stunning....the most lush greenery was everywhere... the art was amazing. A few steps down to an outside dining table and a spectacular view of the ocean and in the distance St. Martin & St. Barts. Wow! A stunning, spacious property on a perfect island with gracious people."
M.M. - New York City - January 2016
"The Bird of Paradise is up there in location, beauty, comfort and cost. I LOVED the quiet evenings under the stars, reading a book, listening to music, the beach trips, the food, the weather and NO BUGS. The housekeepers and the pool attendant are fabulous, among the best anywhere. As we are leaving, we go with the thought that we have been privileged to spend a magical few days at a very special home designed by very special people and maintained immaculately."
Anguilla Reviews 2015
C.D. - Appleton, Wisconsin - November 2015
"We had such a wonderful time at your beautiful home. We wouldn't change a single thing except for the outbreak of sargassum seaweed, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We were able to spend one day on the beach in front of the villa but then went out to enjoy four different beaches. We absolutely fell in love with your island. We loved each beach we visited even though they were all different. We loved the "laid back vibe" and casual atmosphere of each beach restaurant we visited. Your staff was warm and welcoming... going out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Thank you so much for sharing your home!!!!"
S.A. - Williamstown, New Jersey - November 2015
"Everyone was spectacular and friendly at Bird of Paradise. The food amazing! The staff amazing! The villa amazing! We had a really wonderful time. The beaches were each more beautiful than the last."
J.K. - Dayton, Ohio - July, 2015
"We enjoyed our 12 days there and the staff was excellent. We have traveled to many Caribbean islands and Anguilla is now one of our favorites. We also have rented villas in many different areas including the Caribbean, Jamaica and Hawaii and The Bird is definitely one of the best."
S.S. - Short Hills, New Jersey - July 2015
"Just wanted to take a moment to reach out regarding our stay at the beautiful Bird of Paradise. Not sure if you were made aware or not but our extended family had decided to do something special for my father and my father-in law who both turn 70 this year. Being that parents and in-laws, my sister and my brother in law and the kids are all one big happy family, we thought it best to rent a house someplace quiet and just relax and enjoy each other’s company. We couldn’t have been happier with our selection. The house is absolutely amazing. The staff is just great. Kylon is an amazing chef. Brenda and Ann were very hospitable and Tristan was extremely attentive and welcoming. The memories we created on this trip will be forever remembered. We can honestly say that it was one of our best vacations. We will recommend it to anyone!"
TripAdvisor - July 2015
"The Bird of Paradise was beyond what I expected. The lush landscaping, beautiful rooms, over the top staff and food truly made our first experience to Anguilla amazing. Chef Kylon and Tristan take care of you the moment you arrive; we became friends with them by the end of our week stay.... I would not change one thing about our vacation and in fact, I had tears in my eyes when we left!"
J.H. - Spartanburg, SC - June 2015
"Melody, It was wonderful. The Staff is perfect! Don’t change a thing. We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and we both had a wonderful time. We have been to most of the islands in the Caribbean and came away thinking Anguilla is the best. This is the best villa we have stayed in the Caribbean...by far!"
A.A. - Berwick, Louisiana - May 2015
"As we begin to pack for our departure this morning, it is with heavy hearts as the family have fallen in love with your slice of paradise. We had a wonderful time and I can not give the staff enough accolades for the service they have provided. Your are to be commended on assembling such a fine team. Last evening we had a photographer come in and shoot at the Villa and here is just a sample of our smiling faces after a fabulous week at the Bird of Paradise. We have not stopped talking of what to date is our unanimous best trip as a family. We enjoyed every moment and probably the only thing we would do different is enjoy Chef Kylon’s creations for every meal!"
M.E - New Canaan, Connecticut - April 2015
"Bird of Paradise is extraordinary. Beautifully and thoughtfully appointed and extremely comfortable. You certainly selected an awesome island for a perfectly lovely ocean front home. Chef Kylon and Jose could not be more accommodating. Very sweet and professional men. We are enjoying ourselves more than we anticipated! The weather has been perfect and the seas warm! Perfect for all!"
B.G. - Los Angeles, California - April 2015
"Thank you SO MUCH for the most spectacular vacation. The house was everything we had hoped for, and more. Your attention to detail is just incredible, and the artifacts you have collected through your travels are absolutely spectacular. We kept discovering new things each day, and all were so interesting, unique, and beautiful.
Michelle and Barbara were so attentive and helpful, we appreciated all their advice, and special assistance with travel and recommendations. Kylon is so very talented, and such a warm person; he prepared some of our very favorite meals from the trip. We adored Tristan as well, he was also very pleasant, and engaging. The support staff of Jose, Brenda and Anna, were all great…very friendly, and attentive.
We’re still glowing from the trip!"
Anonymous - Posted on HomeAway - March 2015
"We booked this home with several friends for a very special occasion (50th birthday), and had the absolutely most amazing vacation. The home is as beautiful in person (maybe more so) than the photos, there is such attention to detail, and it is maintained with such care. The house comes with a fantastic staff, and is so smartly designed for entertaining. The bedrooms are pretty evenly balanced, so each of our guests were very happy with where they stayed. The property managers are very attentive and helpful, and the home comes with a chef that makes beautifully prepared meals. The other household staff is very friendly, and they keep everything together whether it's keeping Frette towels available for swimming, or the bedrooms in perfect order. As mentioned, there is such eye for detail, and the home has many interesting artifacts collected from travels around the world...as well as pretty planted flowers, and native plants. We could not recommend a stay more highly. Go and ENJOY!"
T.J. - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - March 2015
"We are having a fabulous time. The staff here is the best we have had at any house we've stayed at. They are very friendly and helpful. We have been having wonderful breakfasts and suppers by the chef. I absolutely love your landscaping."
J.S. - Atlanta, Georgia - March 2015
"We are having a wonderful time here in Anguilla. Your home is spectacular and just the perfect setting for our vacation! Our daughter Katie, is heading to Bali in May for a study abroad program, so she is enjoying all the beautiful things in your villa!
The staff has been fantastic. Michelle was delightful and very thorough in greeting us and making us feel welcome! Chef Kylon is probably one of the best chefs we have ever had! His food is delicious and the presentation amazing! Tristan, Jose, Brenda and Anna are all so wonderful and helpful. We couldn't have asked for a better crew!
We have been scuba diving, discovering beautiful beaches and eating at some delicious spots on the island. Thanks for your great notebook of places to go and eat!"
S.S. - Chicago, Illinois - January 2015
"The Bird or Paradise in Anguilla is even more beautiful than what we expected from the online photographs.... After a long day of travel, we enjoyed the magnificent view of turquoise waters and warm breeze as the chef prepared drinks and delicious island cuisine to welcome us to Anguilla. We had the villa to ourselves and it was wonderful. Attention is paid to every detail from the Bulgari bath products to the cheerful and helpful staff. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The chef prepared breakfast every morning, and then we hopped around the island enjoying beaches, beach bars and restaurants at Mead's Bay, Sandy Ground, Shoal Bay and Crocus Bay....We would highly recommend the Bird of Paradise and Anguilla. Pack lightly because it's a very casual island."
Anguilla Reviews 2014
D.H. - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - November 2014
"Thank you for a wonderful week stay at your beautiful villa. We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, tranquil and luxurious place to stay on the island.
We want to give a special shout out to your marvelous staff. Anna and Brenda for taking such special care of us and our rooms and all the lovely amenities they offered us. To Jose who gave us an upbeat welcome every morning and made sure all our accommodations were met. Especially being our traffic guard when we left the villa each morning. To Tristan and Chef Kylon for 4 for our most favorite meals on the island. Tristin took great care in serving us and setting a gorgeous table and Kylon's magnificent creations in the kitchen gave us the welcoming feeling of the island people and Caribbean food.
Also to Gillian who met us at the harbor and made all of our travel arrangements on the island. From the private boat transfers to the rental cars awaiting at the villa. Everything went seamlessly and with no hassles.
You have an amazing home in Anguilla and some very special people working for you. We feel so fortunate to have been able to experience the island and its people in such a remarkable place."
D.R. - Washington, DC - October 2014
"What a wonderful place. The service was exceptional."
S.H. - Stuart, Florida - September 2014
"This was our fourth trip to the Bird and it did not disappoint. It was spectacular. The Chef was responsive to our dietary needs, and his artistic presentations were beyond our expectations. The staff, as in the past, we're friendly and helpful when needed and had the property in perfect condition. Having traveled to Anguilla for 30years, and experiencing many villas and hotels, our family is now spoiled by the Bird of Paradise and will not stay anywhere else on the island."
M.F. - Monte Carlo, Monaco - August 2014
"Thanks for letting us use your house. You have a fantastic house on a fantastic island and I must congratulate you for your attention to details. I have been in many places and some of them ranked at the top of their category but I must say your house is really special and all your staff is top notch."
A.C. - Waltham, Massachusetts - July 2014
"We’ve been having a fantastic time here, the whole family have been enjoying the beach, the pool and the superb cooking that Patrick has been doing for us. You really have a beautiful house - the views are stunning and we have felt right at home."
S.K. - July 2014
"Our trip has been wonderful! Gillian has made sure that all our needs are met and questions answered. Brenda, Anna, and Jose are very attentive and enthusiastic ( much more so than staff at any of the other places we have stayed on Anguilla) and they have made our stay very comfortable. And Chef Lee was spectacular! The meal was great and we are actually having him come for another dinner on Thursday. We love this place and I'm fairly certain we will be back."
TripAdvisor Posting - March 24, 2014
"World Class Luxury - Wonderful Owners and Staff"
"This Villa has it all. Tremendous views, fantastic staff, dinners on the patio watching the lights come up on St Maarten, poolside drinks, unique and uber comfortable furnishings, short walk to what amounts to a "private" beach, classy and relevant art collection, after dinner drinks by the secluded fireplace...
But wait, there's more-
The staff has morning coffee brewing as you rise and is ready for any request including preset beach chairs on the "private" beach complete with umbrellas and fully stocked cooler or personal laundry service while you relax. Take the time to read the owner's Villa guide on arrival. Very well organized with many great suggestions to get you started with our favorite island. Lots to see and do in Anguilla but you will find yourself wondering "why leave the Villa".
We were hopefully a simple group and have developed our own Anguilla routine over the last several years (most days at nearby Shoal Bay beach). Our "education" this year was the real value of staying in "Paradise" each night and taking advantage of the Villa chef (complete with stunning presentation and table service). While there are numerous highly rated restaurants "on island", Chef Guy and Sheldon proved to be the best value with a nightly menu that left our entire group looking forward to the next evening's culinary experience.
Lots of great fun and conversation with everyone supporting the Villa. Great to see old friends and meet new friends. We will definitely return.
Room Tip: There are no bad choices with the impeccable rooms."
J.S. - Little Rock, Arkansas - March 2014
"The 'Bird Team' has been wonderful to us and has taken care of our every whim. Your staff at the Bird of Paradise has made wanting to leave for any activities or sightseeing very difficult. You seem to have everything that we came to Anguilla for be it beach, warm pool, great views and Guy's wonderful meals right here. Everything during our stay has been top notch and we appreciate the attention to detail that you and your staff have provided during our stay at your slice of paradise here in Anguilla."
C.B. - Amarillo, Texas - March 2014
"Thank you for the opportunity to stay at Bird of Paradise. Your home is absolutely gorgeous! Many times photos can be misleading…..Not true for the "Bird"!! It is everything advertised and more. The villa itself is magnificent and yet so warm and inviting, making it easy to relax completely.
Your staff is awesome!! Gillian was very professional and ready to help with any request we had. Rich was great to stop by daily to ensure everything ran smoothly. Colletta was absolutely precious and kept the villa immaculate!! Jose was so friendly, never without a smile and willing to take care of our every need!! We must admit, you were right about Chef Guy!! We initially scheduled him for three meals but after the first night of a delicious Caribbean barbeque, we scheduled him for the rest of our evening meals except one. If you ever have anyone hesitate about using his services please feel free to have them contact us. He is absolutely a MUST!! Sheldon (Guy's server) was delightful and we enjoyed great conversations with him as well.
It was a great privilege to share time with our family in Anguilla, but especially the "Bird"! This is the fourth year for our family and hope to return again!!"
R.N. - Rochester, New York - March 2014
"Our family cannot thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to experience the incredible beauty and serenity of the Bird of Paradise. We have been blessed to have made trips to some very special places in the past. I can assure you that none is more special to us than this magical place and it is our fondest hope to return again in the not to distance future.
Please accept a huge thank you from our family for a fabulous week that will live in our memories always."
N.G. - New York, New York, February 2014
"The Bird of Paradise is beyond expectation. Thank you for sharing this gem with us along with the personal touches of your encounters with the worlds people. We shall not forget this place."
Travel agent writes:
"Clients are over the moon. In their words, the pictures do not do justice to the villa."
Anguilla Reviews 2013
E.L. - Washington, DC - December 2013
"A five time visitor to Bird of Paradise writes: "Villa still an architectural treasure. Brilliantly designed."
G.G. - Eugene, Oregon - December 2013
"It is rare that very high expectations are exceeded by the reality. In this case that was absolutely the case."
G.G. - Texas - December 2013
"We are 'blown away' by your home. Your staff is as amazing as your home. Everything was perfect!"
W.F. - California - October 2013
"Thank you for the very warm welcome to Bird of Paradise. The villa feels like a home where every need is met and not a detail is missed. We are thoroughly enjoying our time at the villa and we are falling more in love with the island with each passing day. Thank you again for your hospitality!"
M.A. - Vermont - October 2013
"Everything was wonderful at your accommodations. The staff were wonderful, and weather completely cooperated. Running a Resort with a guest cottage/residence, I am fully aware how much planning is involved with what you offer. I see how much effort you have put in to cover every need a guest may have while away in unfamiliar surroundings. You are to be commended with your results in making a guest stay as seamless as possible."
T.G. - Naples, Florida - April 2013
"We had a wonderful stay at Bird of Paradise. You have a beautiful home that is made all the better with your amazing crew - Dora & Jose were so kind, friendly and helpful that we all wanted to bring them home with us. And Zoe was so helpful with all the information we could ever want about the island and her meals were delicious. It has been difficult readjusting to the real world and we miss our week in paradise."
J.G. - Naples, Florida - March 2013
"We were just talking about how wonderful our trip was. Your home is stunning and your staff is some of the best around—I can't imagine the experience without their help and warmth!"
M.B. - Chesapeake, Virginia - March 2013
"Thank you for your kind welcome. If it weren't raining today I would be on your exquisite beach right now instead of writing you. But, even with rain I look at my surroundings and see nothing but beauty!
The entire experience of renting your villa has gone so smoothly with every imaginable detail carefully thought out. (Even thinking to have umbrellas in each room and a cell phone with emergency numbers keyed in to take while out on our island adventures!).
We are all overwhelmed every day with the beauty and luxury of your villa and gorgeous Sandy Hill Bay. You are blessed with several true "NATIONAL TREASURES" --- your villa, your beach, Zoe, Dora, and dear Jose. Shanette has been very dear as well. Zoe's meals are incredible! Truly the most delicious food i've ever been served! And she is so special in every way. Throughout this week we have felt extremely pampered.
We will never forget this vacation in your PARADISE. We all hope to return in the future.
Thank you for thinking of every detail to pamper your guests. Tomorrow has come too soon!"
S.W. - Virginia - March 2013
"I am sure you have been told many times how well you did when you designed and built the house, it is wonderful, and I am sure you have been told how tasteful all the selections of furniture and art are that you have added, all is as nice as it could be. I wanted to add to that however, that the staff, made the trip a true memory. Zoe, with her endless energy, and talents, and grand personality, along with Dora, and her daughter Shanette, and the always positive Jose made a beautiful place an even more beautiful place. I compliment you and Jon on your place in Paradise, and on your choice of people that make it better. Thank you for creating such a place, and adding the personal touch of great people."
John - U.K. - March 2013
"Guest comments sent to travel agent: The Bird of Paradise surpassed all my expectations.Whilst I went with a particular intention of what I would be doing and ended up not doing anything remotely as expected it was fabulous in every regard!!
The house is wonderful, Anguilla is just heaven, but as far as your agency is concerned, the element I would most like to commend is all who work at the house, and Zoe the manager.
Zoe ensured every day we were taken care of. Restaurants booked, she prepared some wonderful meals ( the best restaurant on the Island!! ), any query or event we thought to attend, places we wanted to visit she arranged with a cheery keenness to please.
Dora is a joy. She not only kept the house immaculate but became everybody's friend who visited between January and March. She nurtured us and made sure everything was taken care of, whilst always respecting our space.
Jose, Carlos and Theo, made sure the gardens, and all maintenance was taken care of, and again what was such a pleasure, was the joy they were to be around. Nothing was any trouble. I was honoured to be looked after by them all.
So in summary, yes I would definitely recommend Bird of Paradise and hope one day if circumstances allow I will return."
N.W. - New York City - February 2013
"I just got back to New York after 10 days at Bird of Paradise. It's a beautiful and magical place, and I take my hat off to you for making it happen. I think we all came close to feeling like gods on Mount Olympus. I so enjoyed being amid all the art work—every piece deserves more than a few moments of contemplation and enjoyment. Inspired, I even did a couple of sketches myself! The staff—Zoe, Dora, Carlos, Theo, and Jose—they are really great, they are personable and helpful, good fun, and they represent you well. Thank you for making my life considerably sweeter!"
J.D. - London, UK - January 2013
"Melody, Bird of Paradise is quite beautiful, I could run out of adjectives!! You and Jon have created a wonderful home. Your taste is extraordinary and it is a great privilege to stay here. Thank you. If the next 8 weeks are as perfect as the first day...well I'm lost for words!!"
Anguilla Reviews 2012
C.L. - Washington, DC - December 2012
"We just returned from a wonderful week at the Bird of Paradise. Weather was perfect as was everything at the villa from our wonderful welcome by Zoe, Dora and Jose to the magnificent setting, scrumptious meals, and new hammock and game table. Thank you so much for letting us share your fabulous home."
J.B. - New York - November 2012
"Our group had a fabulous time at the Bird of Paradise. We went there with big expectations, and they were exceeded in every way. It's difficult to believe after looking at the website, but it is more spectacular in person, and equally spectacular are Zoe, Dora, and Jose who not only accommodated our every need, they anticipated most of them. I can't imagine the meals at any restaurant being better than the meals Zoe prepared for us. The villa has great areas for the group to gather, and plenty of private spaces as well. The beach is extremely private, many times we were the only ones there. Thank you to everyone at the Bird for a vacation we will never forget."
K.G. - Newport Beach, California - November 2012
"Words cannot express my gratitude! You have given me and my friends a trip of a life time. I am so grateful to have met Zoe, Dora, Velma, Jose and Ruben. I am always amazed at how life surprises us with gifts that we don't expect. I not only had a wonderful vacation with my darling friends but i walk away with a new life long friends. I know we will stay in touch and see each other again! All my love!!"
T.M. - Cincinnati, Ohio - October 2012
"We love your exquisite property....and the island. It was our first visit, and we will return. Your staff is lovely and has been treating us royalty!"
K.H. - Arlington, Virginia - August 2012
"We wanted to let you know that the villa and setting was beautiful, and met every expectation. As owners of a vacation rental property ourselves we appreciated all of the thoughtful 'little' touches that go into creating a great environment. Dora and Jose are as sweet and helpful as can be, and we really appreciated them. Zoe really looks out for your interests and cares for the property as if it were her own."
Y.P. - Villas of Distinction - May 2012
"The Bird of Paradise is such a magical place from the time you drive up the slope to the driveway and walk through the beautiful tropical flowers surrounding the pool and entrance.
"The smell of Zoe's homemade brownie bites filled the air as the ocean breeze swept through my hair. I've completely fallen in love with Zoe and her tender spirit. Hopefully she will come and visit my family in Edenton, North Carolina the next time she comes to the states. She was so kind to us and the property just took my breath away. The photographs of your son placed throughout the home you took during travels. The dining room table on the porch overlooking the most gorgeous waters and beach on earth. The outdoor seating area cozy with a fireplace for evenings of relaxation and possible romance. Dora was nice enough to show me a smile and a pose with Zoe. I've copied and pasted this picture for you to view. I was breathing a bit deeper and was able to really and truly appreciate living as I walked through the Bird of Paradise.
"There is nothing but positive vibes throughout your home and I hope one day I will be fortunate enough to bring my family to this property and allow them to experience the peace and harmony at the Bird of Paradise. In the meantime, I will be sure to wear my Bird of Paradise ball cap with nothing but pride and will always have the memories of how special it felt to be in Anguilla in one of the most wonderful homes on the planet."
J.D. - New Jersey - May 2012
"Attached is a picture of all us departing the Bird of Paradise. We had an absolute wonderful week in Anguilla. Your home was the perfect setting for the 8 of us to rest, relax and spend quality family time. The layout we found was private yet family friendly for our expanding family. We also can't say enough about the staff. Zoe, Dora and Jose were extremely accommodating and exceeded all our expectations. We had an amazing trip."
F.B. - Virginia - April 2012
"We really had a great time and can't say enough about how wonderful your home and staff were. We miss Zoe, Dora and Jose!!! We are already looking forward to next year!"
J.H. - Mequon, Wisconsin - March 2012
"Unbelievable! We had the most incredible visit to 'the Bird' and Anguilla. I think I can safely say it was the most relaxing, enjoyable visit I have had anywhere! Not only is the villa wonderful, but all the people on the island as well. In fact when we asked our sophomore daughter what her favorite part of the visit was she said 'the people'. It's hard to think of anything that can improved. The artwork in beautiful and the layout works so well. Zoe, thank you again for making the week at the Bird so special. Your whole team was so welcoming and accommodating. Your food recommendations were right on, and your meals even better! We are really looking forward to the next visit!"
D.C. - Delaware, Ohio - March 2012
"I just wanted to let you how much we enjoyed our stay the villa. Everything was absolutely perfect in every way. We fell in love with island and it's people. The staff was fabulous and so good to us. It was the best way I can think of to spend my 50th birthday with my family. We are already looking forward to returning in the future."
A.L. - Kansas City, Missouri - March 2012
"We had such a fantastic time at the 'Bird'!!!!! The weather was wonderful and your home is spectacular! Zoe and Dora are treasures—they made us feel completely at home (Jose was wonderful too!). With 5 teenage girls I couldn't have done it without Zoe steering me in the right direction to the sights and things to do on Anguilla—not to mention all the reservations she made for us! We all enjoyed it so much. Gary and I are already thinking about when we can come back to the 'Bird'."
J.H. - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - March 2012
"Unbelievable! Just dropping you a quick note to let you know that we (including our daughters) are here that it is absolutely incredible! Zoe and all the staff are delightful and very welcoming. It is more beautiful than the pictures and the breeze, rustling leaves and glistening water are everything we had hoped for."
Anguilla Reviews 2011
Repeat Guest - Washington, DC, December 2011
"We all had a spectacular time at the Bird. It was such a treat to see you and everyone and we feel totally spoiled by the wonderful people, exquisite food and fabulous setting….thank you, thank you one and all! Please give our warmest and best wishes and our thanks to Dora, Velma, Ophelia, Jose and whoever else I am forgetting for making our stay so special. And, of course, to you, no words are enough to convey how much we appreciate all you do for us while we are visiting and your friendship year round."
S.H. - Stuart, Florida, September 2011
"We had an absolutely fabulous time at the Bird of Paradise! What a great vacation - the weather was milder and nicer than in Florida! The fishing was terrific, including a 37" mahi-mahi caught right off a beach. Smokey's prepared this fish for us with two wonderful sauces, and we ate it while listening to music on the beach. The only consolation of being back home is that we now have the joy of planning a return."
Ruth - London, England, August 2011
"Wedding awesome!! Everything went without a hitch!! Everyone made it perfect! What a beautiful setting!"
Laura - Florence, Alabama, July 2011
"Our trip was truly wonderful! Your villa was perfect in every way. Zoe and the staff were excellent and we couldn't have asked for more! We hope to return to Anguilla and to the Bird of Paradise soon."
May 2011 a guest writes
"We have returned...so sad. I don't know where to begin! Your villa is simply breathtaking. I love everything about it..from the architectural design to the interiors. You and Jon must have had a blast traveling and collecting pieces with Bird of Paradise in mind. I am so envious and would love to hear the stories. I love your eye.
"We had an excellent time in Anguilla. The weather was perfect and EVERYTHING ran smoothly due to Zoe. She is a treasure. I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore her. Because of her, I must have gained 5 pounds. She runs a tight ship and everyone associated with her from Dora and Jose to her meal servers were gracious and extremely professional. You are so fortunate to have Zoe in your life. I would steal her in a second if I owned a villa in Anguilla!
"Carlos was at the villa, within an hour of our arrival, to explain the TV, DVD and music systems. By the way, the family loved your DVD collection. They said "finally. Americans who know movies." We were in Mykonos last year and they did not approve of the DVDs...such snots!
"Although we have never met, I feel as though we have been friends for ages. Again, thank you for sharing your paradise with us and I do hope that we can meet in the near future."
Robert - Short Hills, New Jersey, June 2011
"We loved our time in your home. When we rent villas around the world we have this little secret scan between us: would WE do THIS place in this way? Mostly it's great fun . . . mostly we decide we would not. In your case, we both smiled at each other as we were escorted in: we looked at each other and said – without speaking – "we like these people.
"So from the moment we arrived, we knew we had to do our utmost to respect what was YOU among us. I hope that Zoe reported that we were suitable stewards of your gifts. We have known and employed several architects and designers . . . and yet, while chatting in the pool . . . we said to each other almost simultaneously: "I wouldn't change a thing . . .
"You travel as much as we do . . . and so you know that a PLACE is only as good as its PEOPLE.
"One of the many reasons we have not invested in foreign property is the worry about who is watching it. From afar, I would always wonder . . . despite the fact that I'm a Psychologist . . . despite the fact that my wife is one of the most street smart people I have ever met . . . would I trust a place to someone.
"I wish to assure you . . . without reservation . . . that you should shower Zoe with all the love you can. We've travelled too much; we've seen too much. Your property is in extraordinary hands.
"The reason we will tell others to visit your home – is PARTLY because of the architecture, partly for the Frette linens, but will MOSTLY be because Zoe, Dora, and Jose (and some wonderful servers) who worked SO hard to try to know us . . . and then worked so hard to figure out how they might delight us. And every day they did."
Anne - Chicago, Illinois
"You have created both a magnificent villa and a superb vacation experience. Two weeks was not enough. We could have easily taken a third week just to focus on the wonderful art and artifacts that you have so carefully selected and placed throughout Bird of Paradise. Every time we sat in a different chair or looked around from a new angle, there were fabulous surprises! Very special, indeed. "
Mike - Miami, Florida, July 2011
"I wanted to thank you for such an amazing time in both Anguilla and Bird of Paradise. Anguilla would not have been as enjoyable without Bird of Paradise, we were so WOWED by your beautiful and so well planned home. Every step and turn in your home was as amazing as the next. The view and breeze made for such a great vacation.
"We are already planning our vacation there next year and look forward to maybe one day meeting you.
"We will share pictures and fill you in on some of our great times we had. We are service oriented people and finally were able to enjoy some of the greatest service Anguilla offered. Your entire team from Zoe, Jose, Ophelia, and Dora and If I forgot anyone it's not because of service, it's because I am still on vacation because I did not want to return home.
"Mimi and her team made my wedding also amazing and easy.
"Zoe fed us well and every bite was fantastic, the food and service in Anguilla was outstanding.
"My only wish was I had another week to stay longer."
Hillary - Miami, Florida, July 2011
"I just had the pleasure of staying at your Bird of Paradise. I have never been so sad for a vacation to be over in all my life. I must say it was the graciousness of your staff that made it so hard to leave. I became a bit attached to them all! Your home is as beautiful as it gets. The lovely breezes that swirl through the living room were tantalizing. Again thank you, thank you. We will definitely be back.
"Things I will miss at Bird of Paradise:
The outdoor shower (never felt so clean)
The food (best I have ever eaten and my hubbie is a caterer!)
The service (I was treated like a princess)
The comfortable master bed (what a heavenly sleep)
The view and that whispering breeze (it speaks for itself)"
Cindy - New York, New York, June 2011
"I don't know where to begin! Your villa is simply breathtaking. I love everything about it..from the architectural design to the interiors. You and Jon must have had a blast traveling and collecting pieces with Bird of Paradise in mind. I am so envious and would love to hear the stories. I love your eye.
"We had an excellent time in Anguilla. The weather was perfect and EVERYTHING ran smoothly due to Zoe. She is a treasure. I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore her. Because of her, I must have gained 5 pounds. She runs a tight ship and everyone associated with her from Dora and Jose to her meal servers were gracious and extremely professional. Claude was at the villa, within an hour of our arrival, to explain the TV, DVD and music systems.
"You are so fortunate to have Zoe in your life. I would steal her in a second if I owned a villa in Anguilla!"
G.H. - Yardley, Pennsylvania
"I want to thank you for helping make our stay at Bird of Paradise so special last week. From your helpful advice before we left home, to the meticulous preparation of the villa, to knowing you were just a phone call away if we needed help while on the island, everything was simply perfect. I would be remiss in not mentioning Jose, Carlos, Dora and Garrilyn as well. They were just the best…friendly, polite, efficient and a joy to be around each morning. By the end of the week, they were part of our family!"
L.S. - Washington, DC
"Your villa is absolutely stunning—truly breathtaking! The design and furnishings are exquisite; you have a special eye that is clear. What a gorgeous spot in paradise."
The P. Family and the H. Family - Minneapolis and Nashville
"We thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful villa, which is unsurpassed in our travels around the Caribbean."
J.D. - California
"We had an awesome time at Bird of Paradise! The villa surpasses the photos on the web - you've done an amazing job of designing, furnishing and landscaping the property. It was like the best of the Four Seasons and Aman Resorts combined. The staff was great."
J.C. - Birmingham, Alabama
"The Peace of the Lord is in this place! Words can not express how incredible these nine days have been. We came for rest and received SO much more."
N.M. - New York, New York
"Extraordinary—an Anguillan asset."
The A. Family - Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
"The best home, scenery, beach/ocean, staff, food, vacation. We loved every day here - can't imagine anything better than this."
D.A. - Milan, Italy
B. J. - Nashville, Tennessee
"We loved our sojourn at the Bird—however, there were a few things missing: one iota of stress; stifling, windless days; worries about anything; and bad vistas."
D.W. - Scottsdale, Arizona
"We came and had absolutely no idea we were about to land in one of the most beautiful homes ever - Bird of Paradise!! The house is wonderful and every detail is perfection! A feast for the heart and soul!"
T.B. - Dallas, Texas
"The beauty and warmth of your home made it very difficult for us to leave - we simply love everything about it. The house's architecture, gardens, furnishings, artwork, finishings, views, etc. are exceptional."
R.G. - New York, New York
"As I told the concierge as she was showing me the villa upon my arrival, there is no adjective in the English language that truly describes the wonderment that is the Bird. I simply walked around with my mouth agape, frequently uttering 'Wow!', as I took in the beauty, elegance and homliness of the villa and its surroundings. In a nutshell, my family and I had a FANTASTIC time—one that will be talked about for years to come."
A.M. - Houston, Texas
"We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Anguilla. Your home is nothing short of spectacular—the architecture and layout are stunning; the furnishings and artwork make every inch of the house inviting. I honestly could go on and on...."
J.C. - Toronto, Canada
"We are enjoying the time of our lives in Anguilla. The Bird of Paradise is, in one word, 'perfection'!!!! We have all marveled at the attention to detail and the spectacular overall feel to the property. Job well done!!!!"
L.M. - Boston, Massachusetts
"We had a wonderful time. The owners created an amazing retreat and we feel very lucky to have experienced it. They clearly put a great deal of time and thought into each and every decision about their home. It probably has ruined us for future homes as I am sure it will be challenging to find any other home of such quality and impeccable taste!"
D.M. - Altoona, Pennsylvania
"The Bird of Paradise is absolutely one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen. Funny, as stunning as Aruba was, I remarked to Will that it still was no match to Anguilla. I have been to Cancun, St Barths, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, etc.... none are as unique and intriguing as Anguilla. This home belongs there. Perfect!"
S.K. - Sarasota, Florida
"We just returned from spending four days at the Bird of Paradise Villa and we were just blown away!!! We thought your villa was nothing short of spectacular!!! We were particularly fascinated by the decorating and furnishings from Indonesia. We had a marvelous time at your villa."
K.N. - Quebec, Canada
"The chef was terrific, the nanny did a great job, the pre-stocking of the villa was just what we requested, and all of the baby gear was in great shape. Plus, the dinner reservations were perfect."
W.M. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"I must have taken a hundred photos of the pools at night. Magical!"
Conrad Erb, Photographer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conrad Erb was flown to Anguilla to photograph a wedding at the Bird of Paradise: "Anguilla is an outstanding place to photograph because of the sheer beauty of the island. Photographing at a villa as lovely as the Bird of Paradise only makes the work easier—it is impossible to take a poor photograph in such a stunning setting! The owners have carefully created an atmosphere that is warm, inviting and gracefully beautiful, and their attention to fine detail enhances Christina and Jonathan's wedding photographs. At once elegant and relaxed, Anguilla—and the Bird of Paradise in particular—offers a superb setting for capturing the joy of celebrations while interacting with an intimate group of guests." www.conraderb.com
Bob Greens Anguilla News
"There are a lot of new villas in Anguilla, but one of the best that we have visited is the newly constructed "Bird of Paradise" villa in Sandy Hill. The owners have travelled the world to gather the perfect materials and decorations for their home, which they named after the rare and exotic bird of Papua New Guinea."
M.K. - Travel Agent, New York, New York
"I can assure you that I will not forget your villa and also never will. You put so much love into your house and it just breathes you. When the right person, one that really appreciates the beauty, comes along, you will certainly hear from me!"
S.P. - Odessa, Florida
"This week at the Bird goes down as one of the BEST vacations we've had, if not THE BEST! From our arrival into the main atrium to the beach walk on our final day, our experience at the Bird of Paradise has outdone anything we could have expected. The breathtaking view upon our entrance was unimaginable. The crystal clear water at the beach—incredible. No words are "great" enough to describe Zoe and her graciousness and delicious meals. We've made a new friend and could not have asked for more with everything she cooked and created for us. "
S.N. - Gainesville, Georgia
"Our week at The Bird was absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and making such wonderful, lifelong memories."
E.D. - Greenwich, Connecticut
"There is no word in the dictionary to describe the Bird and the view! If my friends say, 'they wonder what heaven is like,' I will answer, 'just ask me—I know, I've been there.' Such beauty overwhelms me. I am deeply touched."