With our teenagers about to flee the nest, we wanted a memorable and special two week holiday to mark the (probable!) end of the annual 'family holiday'. As with most of the other reviews, we found both The Roundhouse and Carriacou to be just outstanding. We stayed in Mango, and the girls had Plum. Ok the lodges and kitchenette facilities are quite basic: but very in keeping with the location and beautifully clean. Look at the website and photos (website and candid), and you will have no surprises. The restaurant and food are fabulous....Phil, Roxanne and staff deserve their praise and reputation. They managed to convert us two reluctant fish eaters into enthusiasts, and also cooked our veggie teens 'the best veggie food ever' . Breakfasts were a lovely start to the day, with home made bread, local fruit and occassional extra home baked treats. Phil and Roxanne were very accessible and helpful, enabling us to get the most out of the stay. There is a very useful purple file with lots of common questions and info....we didn't find it at first (teens had covered with clutter), and by that time Phil had painstakingly gone through all we needed to know.
Carriacou struck me as the sort of place that works best if you are prepared to put effort into it: networking, coping with the heat, mastering the public transport (fantastic and at times very funny) and using the islands natural resources to create very special experiences.
The Roundhouse (as per other reviews) is not on the best beach, but it was lovely for swimming, kayaking and cooling off. Anse le Roche (Roxanne has done an admirable map, but it was a challenge to find) and Paradise beach were both beautiful. Niko, local to the Roundhouse, took us to Tobago Quays, including Petit Tabac (Jack Sparrows rum store Island) which was fantastic and went down very well with the girls. We also sailed to Union Island, and went to Sandy island (from Paradise beach): Great experiences, and snorkelling on both was wonderful.
We were there in the wet season, but that was never a problem: you got wet, then dried off quickly! It did not rain every day. Mossies are a pain though, and it is worth taking some decent deterent.
We arrived on a Wednesday, when the Restaurant is shut, and will always be grateful for Thomas the local Taxi driver picking us up from the airport and going to the Roundhouse via a supermarket for provisions. The two local rum shops at the end of the drive are great for snacks/lunches and drink; but we struggled to get a meal together from their limited supplies.
We loved our holiday, huge thanks to the Roundhouse staff, and hope very much to return.
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