Well, It looked better than it really was. Don't get me wrong, its not horrible nor bad, the rooms are quite nice, they have bathroom with shower, a phone, air-conditioned, nice beds and a cute "balcony", but something was missing, can't tell what. I was having dinner with my family one day and I looked around, and all the persons I could see were at least 40 years old. Got better for the end (saw some youngsters! hurray!), but still resembled a little with an elderly convention.
The hotel has this VERY big pool, very nice, but rather crowded and noisy. It has also a private beach, wich some umbrellas scattered around, and beach chairs, the beach was not crowded at all, on the contrary, all the people seemed to prefer the pool.. Can't say why, the beach is really cool, and it has a nice restaurant/bar, with very nice food.
Hotel belonging to the French tour operator Nouvelles Frontières.
Quiet location on the white sandy beach at 2 km from the village Saint-François, at the eastern side of the island.
Central part with reception area, restaurant, bar, pool area.
188 rooms spread in the exotic garden in clusters of 8 rooms. Rooms were clean but comfort was rather basic (2 beds, A/C, small bathroom with shower, balcony).
Large pool area facing the sea, private beach with coconut palms.
Club with lots of activities and sports facilities. Own diving and sailing centre.
We stayed at the Callinago Village resort....small but pleasant, located off the city of Gosier, about 10 km east from Pointe-à-Pitre.
Small swimming-pool and garden, rooms are 'apartment' ones including a kitchenette to cook your meals.
The Gosier beach is excellent, one of the best in Guadeloupe
Chalet, Guest house, Bed&Breakfast, Appartment, House...
We visited Deshaies one day and I've learned that residents of this region specialise in renting a room in their house or a guest house and things like that. The ones we've seen looked very nice and I believe it's a good way to connect with the region and it's peoples. There is also the Fort Royal hotel (former Club Med) which seems to be very nice. The village is picturesque, small streets with little boutiques and cafes and the beach is incredible, the best I've seen here I think. Rich deep blue water, nice waves, soft gold sand where you sink to the ankles.
I realised there that I would have to come back to Guadeloupe just to stay here!
790F for a studio
The studio offers you the opportunity to be a little more independent and cook your own food. From the terrace, you'll always have a great view, garden or ocean. Great variety of services and accomodations: kitchenette and lounge area in your studio, safe in the room, conditionned air, tv, phone, restaurant in the hotel (great big buffet in the morning, bistro on the beach during the day and great tables at night) or near-by (pizzeria, ...), bakery and boutiques, pool, free mask and tuba, kayak or boat, chair and towels for the beach, excursions, and so on... I really enjoyed my stay there, it's calm and beautiful, right on the beach. But I found we were far from the cities. If you don't rent a car or a tour bus, you'll be on the beach or pool a lot!!
Best view on Deshaies's bay. Host are very plainsant.
Now they are friends...
Youc can find out in Le Guide du Routard
Just outside Gosier (pic is from road leading up to the place). I cant remember the name of the accomodation, but as far as I could find, it was the cheapest accomodation on the island besides camping. The name will come to me, but if you want to know it, Ill do some research on request.
90 FF per night. Its fine if you can handle the owner.
Grumpy owner. Nice porch. Offers car hire as well.
37 km from Pointe-à-Pitre, it is one of the three big sea resorts of Guadeloupe, that nevertheless has kept its original charm of a little fisher's village. The typical creole houses gather around the covered market near the church and the fisher port with its little restaurants along the seaside while the hotels, the shops, the casino and the only golf of Guadeloupe (18 holes, design R. Trent Jones) are to be found around the marina.
360 ff year-round for 2 people; 2500ff per week.
I am not sure why they don't charge less during low season. The price is pretty average for gites for high season but we could have done better low season.
This is a gite on the hillside above Trois Rivieres. Gites are all over the island and range from small plain cottages to villas. Le Paradis Vert is a 4 plex on the grounds of a typical Creole-type house. Each apartment has a separate bedroom (with one of the most uncomfortable beds I've slept in), a stocked kitchenette, a futon couch, a table and chairs on the terrace. The apartments and house share a flagstone patio with a nice pool and patio lounges, surrounded by lush gardens and an amazing view of the tropical rainforest and sea. I was surprised that towels were not provided. There are two smallish wall-mounted electric fans -- they are almost but not quite enough. The absolutely charming young woman who was managing the gites speaks, besides her native French, fluent Creole, pretty good Spanish and a smattering of English.
Mini Beach Hotel, St. Anne, Guadeloupe, FWI
Regular low-season rate for our room is 400french francs per night. We paid 2450 francs for a week.
One of only three places on the beach in St. Anne (one of which is Club Med) This is a pretty laid back place -- at least in the low season. I guess that in the high season it has a restaurant and live music in its bar. All the time it has 3 bungalows and two rooms with terraces overlooking the beach. It also has several non-view rooms but the terrace and the view are what make staying there special. (The top picture below was taken from our balcony; the other is Mini Beach from the street side.)
Room has air conditioning, queensize bed with mosquito net, double futon, a couple of chairs and tables. Terrace has table & chairs + couch which can make twin size bed. Bathroom has small shower and bidet. We asked for and received small refrigerator.
Breakfast is included and consists of coffee or tea, fresh-squeezed fruit juice, and french bread with guava or banana jam. It is served in a tropical dining room right on the beach (and right beneath the room's terrace). Also in the common area are a grand piano and pool table.
This place is listed in several places as a good 'budget' place to stay.
This is not a recommendation but we spent one night at Hotel Saint-John in Point-a-Pitre. One guide book said it was the most comfortable hotel in Point-a-Pitre. If that's true, we probably won't stay in Point-a-Pitre again. Lots of wonderful places are way too close to put up with this crumbling place.
We had a queensize bed, air conditioning, balcony and bath. We reserved our room a couple of days ahead -- a sign outside (in French) said 370ff. The guy inside told me it would be 400ff. I asked him about the price outside. He said the price just changed but after much hemming and hawing, he gave me the 370 price. When we came back a few days later, the sign was still up outside.
This is right on the water across the street from the public market and across the marina from the boats to Les Saintes, Marie-Galante, etc. Secured building. Clean. It is probably the best situated hotel in Point a Pitre. We were there in July - low season. The building seemed pretty empty. Still, we got temperamental air conditioner and room light, one threadbare bath towel and one threadbare handtowel for two people, a missing panel from the bathroom so there was no way to close it off, a deep bathtub which would be wonderful for a bath except there was no plug, and a shower that wasn't hooked up to the wall (probably because the missing wall panel was at the end of the bathtub). With one exception the staff at the desk was very unhelpful. There is a TV with one English-speaking channel which seemed primarily interested in European sports.
Port a Pitre is definitely worth a day trip or two. But, if you want a modern big hotel, many big names are just down the highway in Bas du Fort or a little farther in Gosier. For those of us who want the real 'island' experience, a gite or small town hotel is better.
Prices in web site are accurate. Our double room was 400ff (exchange rate was 6.53 francs per US$1 while we were there). Most of Guadeloupe has a low season and a high season. The Grand Anse area has 4 seasons: Christmas, High, Medium (when we were there) and Low. Christmas rates are over twice the low rates. 7th day is free.
This is a wonderful series of bungalows running up a hillside arranged for maximum privacy and views. Wonderful gardens. Incredible views. Sitting on our terrace for 15 minutes or so, we might see 3-5 kinds of birds, including several hummingbirds + scampering tiny lizards. The owners are Italian. They came for vacation 10 years ago and never left. French, Italian and Canadian flags fly out front. There is a good restaurant (La Papillon)and a bar with a great bartender and a small pool table and board games. Every one we met there was very nice and helpful.
We stayed in the smallest (and cheapest) place - just a very nice large room and bath (and of course, terrace). Air conditioning and ceiling fan. There is a small refrigerator. No TV but there is a CD/cassette player. The one possible drawback is a very small shower. It was ok for us but I think, for instance, our 300-lb football player son would have had problems in it.
The pictures below are of our little bungalow and from the path from the bungalow to the pool.
Les Résidences Yucca,
From its convenient setting on the beach in Gosier, this popular complex features 100 spacious rooms with king or twin beds, A/C, TV, terraces and kitchenettes. Guests share all the amenities of La Créole Beach Hôtel including its excellent restaurants, white sand beach, generous pool, evening entertainment and complete range of watersports. Squash, volleyball and a putting green are on site and boutiques, restaurants, nightlife and a casino are within easy walking distance. Rates are low to moderate.
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