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“A lifetime experience, outstanding pleasures...” 5 of 5 stars
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Rumboat Retreat
Mount Nesbit, Grenada (Formerly Bluebay Lodge)   |  
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Hampstead, London
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“A lifetime experience, outstanding pleasures...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2008

14 Jan - 27 January 2008: Bluebay Lodge, Mount Nesbit, Gouyave, St John, Grenada, West Indies.

"Gouyave", the name of the small town grown from a fishing village, nearest to the charming string of dwellings that is Mount Nesbit, is derived from the French word, "goyave" meaning guava, the fruit. No doubt for years in abundance in the locality, as well as a centre for the nutmeg industry, the countryside abounds with fruits and spices growing wild and cultivated.

Bluebay Lodge is just 10 minutes walk from the sea and a further five minutes from Gouyave - where there is a bank and ATM, shops for everything one would wish for, including a pharmacy - local buses go everywhere - for pennies! Importantly, Gouyave is the location for the famous Fish Friday weekly feast in the streets, hosted by local chefs and rum distilleries, offering music too and happy welcoming faces...

Arriving on a Sunday as most visitors do - but on other days also, Lisette Davis usually presents a barbecue around the Bluebay Lodge pool, often featuring a steel drum band or other musical entertainment. If one needed an ice-breaker that would certainly do the job, but the truth is that one is immediately so welcome and made to feel at home - from the moment one emerges from the airport to be transported by the kind and supportive driver Lisette has sent to collect you... ...to the welcome she gives you herself with her wonderful staff.

Having introduced a personal concoction to the list of cocktails, it is also true that the local rum and beers extend that welcome very pleasantly - although I saw no drunkenness throughout my two weeks stay - and almost not a swearword heard, having travelled all over the island and met dozens of delightful people who were so hospitable and helpful.

Grenada is a very special place, quite unlike the most popular Caribbean island venues, unspoiled and determined to maintain that charm by resisting the worst that touristic hordes can bring...

Even having thoroughly checked out the excellent Bluebay Lodge website (www.bluebaylodge.net), I was unprepared for the delightful surprise of the facilities, the rooms, the hospitality provided by Lisette and her team. Scrupulously clean, bright and airy (with air-conditioning in each room), en suite bathrooms and a breakfast view across the Caribbean Sea to die for - this is a Lodge-cum-B&B-cum-3-Star+ by many measures 4-Star even: within a delightful family atmosphere...

...with these pleasures accentuated by meals combining the best of local dishes and flavours, fresh-picked fruits followed by familiar breakfast stuff like scrambled eggs - a la Mnt. Nesbit - or ham, or fish, more, and always with fresh baked coconut bread... ...months later the aroma of which lingers with me still in chilly, grey and snowy March London...

Lisette asked me by email whether I sought a beach holiday, a relaxing lie about, an energetic hiking time, an exhaustive exploration of the island and all things Caribbean - we even arranged an overnight stay at neighbouring Carriacou, one the three islands of the island state of Grenada group, crossing easily by ferry, or you can fly.

In truth, one can do all of these holidays with ease based at Bluebay Lodge and more: I'm not yet a scuba diver, but that's to be had, see sea-horses, turtles, barracuda, sting rays, shark, dolphins, flying fish and many, many more - and snorkelling too of course. On land there are monkeys to amuse too - elusive though they can be...

Enterprising to a fault, Lisette has collaborated on a new Grenada treks guide to be launched later this year - watch this space...! A day-long trek up the Concorde river, to two of the three beautiful waterfalls, the first, Concorde itself flanked by unobtrusive artisan's craft shops and a walkway constructed to enable bathing in the cooling pool as the falls crash around one, only impressed me more of the beauty of the place - and once again the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone I met: guides, artisans, refreshments vendors, spice- and rum-shop proprietors, and neighbours and farmers...

...Ascending into the rainforest, the vegetation becomes an exotic mix of deciduous and tropical vegetation, soaring hillsides and (extinct) volcanic peaks, dramatic cliffs as rivers cut through from distant sources in the hills, giant trees, butterflies, hummingbirds, herons and grackles, fresh water streams to drink from, edible fruits, delicious and refreshing, unknown in Europe... ...walk to the lip of an ancient summit to find a perfectly circular lake cradled in the volcanic mouth, cloud-mist drifting through the trees, white egrets fishing at the waters edge.

...even returning seven hours later I was exhilarated, excited and enthralled, soaked in a hot bath and was ready to go again for the evening's entertainment: relaxing locally or 20 minutes bus ride in to the capital, St Georges to eat at one of many restaurants, check out the bars, wander about the charming town.

Impossible to fault, I was ready to return before I left! Since I returned to London, Lisette has kept me posted on improvements she's introducing, work done about the grounds, and within the already comfortable house. And I continue to share that same experience reported by many others: I'm one of the family!

Perhaps I'll return this July/August for Carnival - climaxing early August. Certainly I'll be back early next year, looking for cricket to watch - maybe play - and dozens of other pastimes offered from Bluebay Lodge.

  • Liked — Location, comfort, food, people.
  • Disliked — Many houses here are built on piles - stilts - for the vista; this necessitates a steep staircase.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2008

With a view of the Caribbean largely formed via movies and 1980's Bounty adverts, I did not know what to expect of Grenada.
Upon arrival at Blue Bay Lodge it became clear that we had truly landed on our feet with perhaps the friendliest proprietor you could hope for.
Lisette cares not only about those that stay with her at Blue Bay but also what they think of Grenada, hence her personal involvement in our holiday, from arranging waterfall excursions to taking us into the local town and introducing us around.
Blue Bay Lodge is made up of rooms that make you feel like you are visiting a friend, warm (or cool if you need the aircon) and comfortable, everything you could need for a room that you should be only be spending time in to sleep on this fantastic island.
When we dined in, we did so with the other guests and Lisette on local specialties such as "oil down" and of course more types of fish than you could think of.
Blue Bay is not for the 5 star hunting hotel lingerers, it is for those of us who are more adventurous and are the type that leaves with another firm friend and a feeling that we actually experienced Grenada. A high recommendation from us, my parting words in the Lodge visitor's book "it was like staying with a member of the family" couldn't be more appropriate.

Stayed January 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2008

Bluebay lodge is situated in the middle of the island which is convenient for sightseeing.
You can enjoy seaview from the dinner terrace and it takes 10 mins walk to the nearest beach.

Nearest village Gouyave (with banks, shops and Fish Friday event) is 15 mins walk. Concord waterfall - 10 mins ride.

Rooms are in good condition and contain TV, A/C, private bathtub, safe box, hot water and daily cleaning.
Little swimming pool is available in the yard. BBQ with live steel band music happened in the yard on Sundays.
Car parking is behind the entrance gate.

On the second floor there is a hall with big-screen TV and leather sofas. You can also sit in chairs on the balcony.
Internet with computer and printer is also available.

All staff was very friendly. We were treated very warm and hospitably.
The place sort of conducive to join all the guests into one big family. Lisette, the owner of the place, plays key role helping different people to find understanding. However if you prefer to do on your own you can be perfectly aside.

Hotel owner is communicative, delicate and helpful. She readily helps to work out the route and can recommend certified drivers who also play role of guides.

Price policy is more than loyal. Prices for dinners and drinks are fully reasonable. Daily-baked coconut rolls for the breakfast are incredibly tasty. All dished we ate were delicious.

Nearby beach at Palmsite bay is nice but if you need infrastrucutre incl. сhairs, umbrellas, beachbars etc - it's better to go to Grand Anse beach. It roughly takes 30 mins to St. Georges by bus, then change the bus and 10 mins to Grand Anse.

I would definitely stay in the Bluebay lodge again.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2007

First, I want to recommend everyone to come to Grenada. It is a lovely island offering various possibilities to everyone. And almost the most secure place in the world as local people are the friendliest I have ever seen...
Secondly, I want to recommend to stay at the Blue Bay Lodge at Mount Nesbit. This place is perfect for independent travellers, solo travellers or for everyone who does not like the fuss in big and expensive hotels.
The lodge is situated at the hill of Mount Nesbit in the very green forest of banana and mango trees. You will be around 20-25 min from the capital of St Georges. You will be very close to Gouyave, the city famous for Fish Fridays, close to Concorde Falls - a beatiful place which is a must in Grenada. You will be approx 30 min from the most famous island's beaches - BBC, Grand Anse etc. And you will be very close to sea anyway as it is only 10 min walking to the nearest beach....And anyway you will enjoy taking the buses in Grenada as it is fun!
You will get a very spacious and a very clean room with everyday hot water which is not a very common thing in Grenada. You will get an excellent breakfast or dinner arrangement depending what you want. You will get the best recommendations from Lisette who runs the house and who would arrange for you all the local attractions. All the staff are nice and friendly so I am sure you will enjoy the stay there as I had.
In summary, travel to Grenada and stay in the Blue Bay Lodge...

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Mount Nesbit, Grenada (Formerly Bluebay Lodge)
Location: Caribbean > Grenada > Saint John Parish
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint John Parish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Rumboat retreat . Our modern intimate inn is situated on a picturesque hillside in Gouyave, home to Fish Friday. All rooms are en-suite, come complete with cable television and full air-conditioning. Our small eatery has gained popularity for serving some of the tastiest organic Caribbean dishes. Local bus service operates very close to our lodge so commuting is easy! ... more   less 
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Bluebay Hotel St John
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