The hotel is beautifully situated on a small but clean beach, with a good size pool nearby. Plenty of umbrellas and sunbeds available. Rooms are basic but clean with a small fridge (useful for stocking with water - there is a supermarket in Deshaies - but a car is essential - see further comments below). No kettle so take your own if you need tea! Staff are friendly and helpful and speak several languages.
The hotel is let down by the food. The quality of the evening buffet is appalling (hot food stone cold, coffee tastes like dishwater) and vastly overpriced at €30 per person. Even breakfast was not that good, with a very disappointing selection of fresh fruit and, again, awful coffee. Much better to eat in Deshaies, where the food was invariably excellent and better value (menus e.g. at €10-€15 per head). However, you will need to hire a car to do this as the bus service is sporadic and does not run late in the evening; the hotel does not offer any kind of shuttle service. The Plage de La Grande Anse, just five minutes drive away, is great for lunches (restaurants are not open in the evening). In the evening, restaurants do not serve dinner prior to 19:00. Don't bother to dress up. It's all very casual.
There is very little to do at the hotel itself (parents note, the kids club was closed all the time we were there) and advertised events (e.g. aqua, zumba) frequently just don't happen. A car is also vital to explore Basse Terre, which is well worth doing.
It is advisable to book excursions before you leave home, otherwise you will find ( as we did, when we tried to go whale watching) that they are already full and no effort is made to put on extra trips.
On a broader note, if you are flying from London and transferring to the Guadeloupe flight at Orly, beware. Orly is a nightmare. It may be a small airport, but it takes ages to get through security; allow at least 2 hours between your flights if you can. Staff are unhelpful and the whole process - which should be simple - is inefficient, hugely stressful and slow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Deshaies, alongside the Caribbean sea, Langley Resort Fort Royal welcomes you to discover a wild and natural part of Guadeloupe. Deshaies, a small fisherman’s village, is the perfect place for a national park adventure or water excursion in the Caribbean. Its unique location, modern facilities and impeccable services promises a memorable Caribbean experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Fort Royal
- Fort Royal Hotel
- Langley Resort Hotel Fort Royal Guadeloupe Deshaies