Article in Newsday from November 17:
<blockquote>My assignment: Go behind the scenes of a celebrity vacation. Test the waters, so to speak, of Anguilla, a 35-square-mile island in the eastern Caribbean that ranks high on the list of √ľber-chic superstar hideaways.
I didn't object. Who would complain about a winter trip to the British West Indies? Besides, Anguilla (rhymes with vanilla) has been generating a lot of buzz: Town & Country magazine has called it the "new luxury capital of the Caribbean"; VH1 named it "celebrity winter vacation destination of the year"; and Travel & Leisure readers laud it annually for having one of the top resorts in the Caribbean.
So I flew to Miami and, from there, three hours southeast to the island of St. Martin, then climbed aboard a rolling interisland ferry for a 25-minute ride to this newly recognized Eden.
After all the hype -- and the effort to get here -- it was sort of a shock to see how, well, downright homely Anguilla is. Flat, dry and covered with thickets of scrub brush and brackish ponds. It's no Bali Hai. In fact, it's woefully lacking the rudimentary qualities needed for World's Favorite Island status: no cascading waterfalls, soaring volcanic mountains or luxuriant tropical foliage. There aren't even many palm trees. And if you're looking for a nightclub or casino -- or some boutique shopping -- forget it.</blockquote>
Much more <a href="http://www.newsday.com/travel/am-anguilla19,0,6763717.story?track=rss">here</a>.