ANGUILLA–Paradise Cove hotel, Anguilla, a 29-guestroom property owned and operated by local Anguillians Sherille and Franklin Hughes, was recently recognised as one of the top ten most beautiful Black-owned hotels in the world. Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform that caters to experienced travellers searching for new experiences, described Paradise Cove as a tropical oasis that has bounced back from Hurricane Irma more resilient than ever before. The top ten – that were not listed by number – also included hotels from Barbados, Jamaica and Grenada.
Shellya Rogers-Webster, Manager of Corporate Affairs at the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), said she is so happy for Mr. and Mrs. Hughes, and that this award validates their dedication and hard work of providing visitors to Anguilla with a quality and affordable product over the past two decades. She said ATB had been totally unaware of this award and recognition for Paradise Cove until it was announced. She added, “It is as pure and as organic as you can get – we did not know the writers were on island. Paradise Cove’s recognition as one of the top 10 most beautiful Black-owned hotels in the world is absolutely significant and speaks volumes to the quality of the service and product offered at Paradise Cove. Travel within the North American Afro-American tourist market continues to expand, and this award will expose both Anguilla and Paradise Cove to that growing market.” She noted that the article, written post-Hurricane Irma, validates the message that the island is indeed ready to host visitors.