I had a fantastic week at Le Grande Almandier in Grande Riviere, which has to be one of the most beautiful unspoiled parts of the world. The hotel staff and locals are very friendly and helpful and the rooms are clean and comfortable. The restaurant and bar have a great atmosphere and look right out on to the beach, which is wonderfully clean and quiet.
I'd strongly advise staying more than one or two nights as there's actually much more to do in the area than just turtle watching - amazing as that experience is.
There are a number of treks to waterfalls, the hotel rents out kayaks which you can take in the sea or up the river, the swimming and surfing are good and it's a great base to explore the rainforest of Matelot, Shark River, the lighthouse and beach at Toco and various other local landmarks. Ask at the hotel for Nigel Spencer, a local guide who can usually be found around the beach, who will take you on rainforest treks and let you in on the secrets of the area (he also rents out bikes and can arrange boat and camping trips).
A tip: if you want air conditioning and room facing the beach, go for room 6, although room 8 on the corner is also nice with a dual aspect balcony. For evening "liming" (hanging out enjoying a drink with the locals) head into the main village and follow the music to where Roots and Branches rehearse most evenings or enjoy a game of pool at the local bar.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Grande Almandier Hotel North Coast
- Le Grande Almandier Trinidad/North Coast