We rented a car for our week on Guadeloupe, which we recommend to you for touring the island after you recover from the trip to the island. It’s a 20-minute or so drive from the airport to Club Med, located just after the city limit sign for the town of St. Anne. We were greeted upon our arrival and had our bags taken to the room, while at the reception area we were given a small welcome drink and registered for the week. We had a garden view room, away from all the nightly noise, with plenty of room and a king-sized bed. The room has a mini-fridge, which was supplied with a new 1.5-liter bottle of water each day, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, wall safe, and HDTV. There was adequate closet space. Lighting in the room was pretty dim for those who like to read at night.
All of the personnel were friendly, and nearly all spoke English, so we had no problem with language. We’ll just summarize the good and the bad; it was a relaxing vacation on a beautiful beach.
Lack of organization. While there is a flyer in the room explaining some of the policies; ours was in Spanish; the one we later obtained at the desk was in French and English, but guests are required to constantly ask questions about what should be in that flyer: How do we get Internet (by signing up for purchases at the resort and then charging 20 euros to your room for the week’s access)? What are the consequences of choosing lobster and champagne at the restaurant La Biguine instead of the other entrees (about $100 US added to your bill per person)? Where do you find beach towels? What are the charges for all the other services offered by the Club (kite surfing lessons, etc.)? Why didn’t anyone tell us there were free sheets of daily news from the U.S. on a table off the beaten path?
No ice machines or ice buckets, although some ice is available at the bar and from a very slow ice machine in the dining area.
Charges for Internet and very poor reception in the rooms—although the charge is not high if you are staying a week—20 euros total. Staff says two best locations are the reception area and beach. We did have much better luck in the reception area.
Inconsistent food quality. The night we ate in the special restaurant, our beef was inedible, partly because it was served rare instead of the medium we had ordered, and partly because it was tough as cowhide. At breakfast, the scrambled eggs were a gooey mess and omelets were unavailable. Overall, the food variety was great but the quality of the food average or less. We went out and ate in three different places during our stay, partly to avoid eating every meal here.
The beautiful palm-lined beach and plenty of lounge chairs if you get one by 10:00 or so. It's a public beach, so particularly on the weekends lots of locals come over, but it was never too crowed for us.
Good air conditioning that doesn’t have to be shut down each time you leave the room.
Friendly and helpful G.O.’s, many of whom speak good English. The chief of the village was particularly helpful and friendly, going through the village each day offering assistance and greeting guests. Our overall experience with the staff was the best we have had at a Club Med, which we frequented all over the Caribbean when we were younger.
The beautiful beach and somewhat clear water.
The afternoon hors d’ouevres and specialty drinks served before dinner each day, especially considering dinner was not available until 7:30, or perhaps 8:30 if you did not reserve the special restaurant far enough in advance.
The shows, which were very entertaining for the children there and which seemed of higher quality than the ones we remembered from the 80’s and 90’s.
The fantastic beach and shade provided by the palm trees.
Lots of exercise classes through the day to try to keep off the weight you are gaining in Paradise.
We recommend this place for a relaxing beach holiday. And if you didn’t rent a car, there are car rentals available in the nearby town of St. Anne, a 5-minute walk from the resort. Do some exploring while you are on this beautiful island!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An all inclusive resort on one of Guadeloupe's finest beaches. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, La Caravelle all inclusive resort is an ideal setting for a vacation retreat. Soak in the Caribbean sun on the golden beaches of Guadeloupe, experience island culture in the markets and shops of Point-A-Pitre, or treat yourself to the ultimate spa treatments at the resort's wellness center. With activities for both parents and children, La Caravelle is the perfect winter retreat for the entire family. Children, young and old, will be thrilled to take a class at the truly unique trapeze and circus school on the resort grounds. While the children try their hand at juggling, trampolines, or tight ropes, parents can enjoy a peaceful meal at one of the many beach side restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med La Caravelle Hotel Sainte-Anne
- Club Med Ste Anne
- La Caravelle Club Med
- Club Med Guadeloupe
- Ste. Anne Club Med
- Club Med La Caravelle Guadeloupe/Sainte-Anne