We stayed at Bluebay Lodge for six nights in January. If you're looking for an off the beaten track but comfortable Caribbean getaway, then Bluebay is the place for you. What I really liked about Bluebay is that it is beautiful, with all of the amenities you would find at a hotel (air conditioning, tv, pool, bar, chef, comfortable and attractive rooms, lounge, internet) but without the touristy, impersonal feel or hefty price tag. Actually, I think that Bluebay is seriously underpriced, so you should hurry up and go before Lisette wises up and charges a fortune ;)
Lisette, the owner, and Jimmy (who does everything else) made us feel like we were old friends. They set us up with locals who took us on an amazing hike to three beautiful waterfalls, as well as an island tour that took us to a rum distillery, old plantation and secluded beach and a snorkeling trip on a catamaran. Even though we were the only ones there for a couple of nights, Lisette still took the time to take us to a restaurant 30 minutes away to hear live music. I can't really compare it to anywhere else that I've ever stayed because no one has ever gone so out of their way to make sure we got the best possible experience quite like this. Jimmy was always at the ready to make us a drink or bring us our breakfast or just chat, and even invited my boyfriend to go fishing with him. They basically welcome you into their way of life when you arrive, but are also willing to give you space when you desire it.
Bluebay is 20-30 minutes from the main town of St. George but puts you smack dab in the middle of the island and everything else that there is to see. I don't think that we would have gotten nearly the feel for the island had we stayed on the Grand Anse in St. George. The thing that we quickly learned about Grenada is that, unlike Barbados or other more touristy islands, you're sort of stuck at your resort. You can't just go and rent chairs or water sports equipment elsewhere on the beach, and if you do anything through your hotel, they charge you a fortune. Because the infrastructure isn't totally there, you have to know some local people to get the best rates and the best experience. We hardly ever saw a tourist outside of St. George, probably because they didn't know where to go or how to get there! This is why staying at Bluebay was so great.
If you want to lie on the beach all of the time, you should probably stay in the southern part of the island. But I wouldn't recommend Grenada for beach lounging, that's not really the charm of the island or its strong point. BBC was the best beach we found. Just ask one of the minibus drivers to take you there and he'll charge you a small extra fee. I'd also recommend snorkeling the underwater sculpture park, as it was a really unique experience.
My only complaint about Bluebay would be the pace of food service. The food was really excellent (including tons of fresh fruit and juices) but would sometimes take over an hour to come out, which for breakfast is too long, especially when you want to get going with your day. Oh well, we quickly learned that Grenada time is a bit off in general--10 minutes usually means 40 :) I'm sure that things might be a bit quicker or more structured when there are more people staying at the lodge. As it was, they were often only catering to us.
I would highly recommend Bluebay, and think that it is a real gem hidden away in the Caribbean. We have some amazing memories now thanks to Lisette and Jimmy.
- 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