The previously posted reviews really say it all, so I will try not to re-hash much here, but Bluebay Lodge is simply excellent.
If you are looking for an all-inclusive "Sandals" type resort where you sit on the beach, drink chi-chis and meet only the "locals" who work at the hotel: this is not the place for you! But since you are considering a trip to Grenada in the first place, you're probably looking for an experience with a little more adventure and authenticity than packaged sunshine can offer. If that sounds like your bowl of nutmeg porridge, then Bluebay might be juussssttttt right for you Goldilocks.
It is still possible and quite easy to get involved in the lives of the local people and have a delicious and authentic slice of Grenadian life; however you may need to make some contacts, find your comfort zone and hit your stride first. This is where Bluebay and Lisette et al come in. All the other nice things that past reviewers have said about the lodge, the staff, the food, etc. are true and accurate but the standout feature of Bluebay is that you WILL meet locals, you WILL have unexpected and brilliant experiences and you WILL feel like part of the family - if You WILL it to be so.
You may not know it yet, but you have the opportunity to experience the many facets of life on the island outside of the touristy areas of Grand-Anse and La Sagesse and Jimmy, Lisette and the rest of the staff at Bluebay will make it their personal quest to see that you get the most out of your time in Grenada. They will suggest fun things to do, cool places to go, show you how to get around the island, (tip: take the buses whenever possible, they're way more fun and cheaper than renting a car) give you names and numbers of people to meet and often they will accompany you on excursions. They are fantastic people and the top reason to start your trip at Bluebay.
We stayed at another guest house on Grenada and one on Carriacou and they were simply not in the same league. Having said that, our experiences at the next two places were still awesome and greatly enhanced because we'd got the hang of things by staying at Bluebay first. If we'd done things in a different order, I believe our trip to Grenada would have been much more forgettable.
Read the reviews, check the facts, choose Grenada, then book your stay at Bluebay. Or don't and leave more for me ;) !!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bluebay Hotel St John
- Rumboat Retreat Grenada/Saint John Parish