We just returned from a week's vacation at Club Med La Caravelle. After visiting several Club Meds in the North American region, we were ready but a little nervous about adventuring to a new resort with fewer English speaking people. We had the best week ever and our girls (ages 6 and 8) shared in our excitement.
Guadeloupe is a beautiful island and the French influence makes it unique. The resort is a bit outdated in some areas but the restaurant was top notch (more French than American which we liked) and recommend paying extra for a room in the updated Marie Galante section.
Mathias is one of the best chief of the villages we have ever encountered. His energy is contagious and he runs a great group of GOs who really went out of their way to get everyone involved. It was a beautiful group of people and they were happy to speak in English or let us practice French.
Leslie and Ann at the Mini Club / Sailing area were gems. They really integrated our english speaking children into the mix and gave them the courage to try many activities which they did not try at other Club Meds (e.g. archery, circus, windsurfing).
My husband and I also had a good time at the tennis courts with Marc and would love the club to provide private lessons for an additional fee.
The windsurfing area is awesome and loved the fact they offered paddle boarding. The spa is limited but the massages were very relaxing off the dock. We tried a massage offered by Karol K at the beach one afternoon which was a nice experience.
We went into the village for an afternoon and friends tried a restaurant in town which they said was good. The pool was nice and never crowded (as with the gym). We do wonder why the gym carries only small weights and why no one needs to lift more than 3 lbs.
All in all, a very good time. Evening shows were definitely more French influenced and as always the circus shows at night were highlights and among the best we have seen. We did miss the lack of chocolate bread at dinner, no syrup at breakfast, and no ice cream except for lunch but we thought the positives outweighed the negatives and can't wait to go back. We had been to Ixtapa, Punta Cana, Cancun more than 3x each and think we might have found our new favorite Club Med! The beach is super relaxing but did wish it was closed off to the public on Sundays (very crowded with local teenagers).
- 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
- 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