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“Nice hotel - pity about the town”
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Hotel Le Diwali
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Sainte-Anne
London UK
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice hotel - pity about the town”
Reviewed February 27, 2009

Just returned from Guadeloupe where there was a general strike throughout our stay - fortunately we moved on to Les Saintes before the rioting and looting started in Sainte-Anne! I don't think anyone should go to Guadeloupe for a few months in the circumstances.

I pretty much agree with everything said about the hotel and Thierry and Valerie. Its lovely, they're lovely and the breakfast is lovely although I paid over E300 for a sea view room and breakfast and would normally expect for that good towels, bathrobes and reasonable quality soap and such like which you don't get.

The main problem is Sainte Anne. While the beach is very nice and there is one ok restaurant - the Kon Tiki (I think) - open during the day I would say that there are no decent restaurants within walking distance of the hotel in the evening - so if you want a nice meal you'll have to hire a car and do whatever is appropriate about drinking and driving. Equally its not a town you really want to walk about in in the evenings. I think the Lucullus is pretty bad by any standards and not cheap for indifferent food. We actually preferred the pizza joint on the main street which provides an honest well-cooked pizza but that's not what you want every evening. (By the way, we did find nice places in Les Saintes and we did like walking about in the evenings there although it was pretty quiet because of the strike.)

I understand there are nicer towns such as St Francois. I'm not sure why the owners of Le Diwali picked Sainte Anne to set up in.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Cornwall
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35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2009

The Diwali is one of life's finds. Not only is it in a stunning location right on the beach but it's run by its new owners as a change of lifestyle rather than an exercise in making money. You are encouraged to feel "at home" and nothing is too much trouble from the free rum in the spacious, airy reception to free snorkels etc. The breakfast is even lovely (we are in France) taken overlooking the beach with a multitude of local jams, fruits, pastries and bread. Don't miss booking a day-long taxi to explore the island, good-value, knowledgable, English-speaking driver. No restaurant regularly but good local recommendations from the owners. A down-side, you discover what's available at the Diwali, the owners won't "sell, sell, sell" but maybe that's not so-bad.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Tamarvalleylady
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Hong Kong, China
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32 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2009

The french couple has clearly big joy and pleasure running their small boutique hotel with lots of love and passion. Lovely breakfast! Clean and adequate rooms but not luxiourious. Nicely located in St. Anne with a picturesque beach. But: Mosquitos kept us awake :-). St. Anne doesn't boast a big selection of restaurants unfortunately but we can recommend heartily 'Luculus'. Overall, a very nice experience and we enjoyed the presence and advice of our hosts a lot. We wish them all the best & we might come back some day!
Pierre & Corinna, Switzerland

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  • Disliked — Mosquitos
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Pierre_Corinna
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Coimbra
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2008

This is a nice charming hotel just on the eastern side of Sainte Anne`s public beach.
Deluxe rooms (with a balcony and sea view) worth the money, but the other rooms are overpriced for its size. Rooms are very small, some with just 1mt free outside bed.
Breakfast is nice. It´s always nice to have breakfast in a quiet environment, right on the beach.
Bathrooms are good looking, but not very functional, although it´s not a big problem.
Owners are very sympa and really try to make us feel as at home.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank __JCRibeiro__
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2008

November 2008
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday at the Diwali hotel in Guadeloupe. This is a very special place – calm and peaceful and right on the edge of a beautiful beach. Our spotlessly clean room had a wonderful view over the sea with a very comfortable bed, plus air conditioning, hair dryer, mini-bar fridge, safe deposit box, iron and ironing board. Breakfasts were lovely with fresh bread, croissants and a large selection of fresh fruit each morning. The owners Thierry and Valerie were always on hand to offer help and advice when needed and made us feel very welcome. A good variety of restaurants were nearby, where both French and Creole food was available at reasonable prices. We had such a happy time there and will definitely be going back.
John and Rosalind
London

  • Liked — Beach, owners attitude to guests, breakfast
  • Disliked — Liked everything
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank JRBLondon
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Europe, Scandinavia
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2008

We spend 8 nights in this beautiful and small hotel. It is located right on the beach of St.Anne and has only 8 rooms. Everything was amazing: room, style of the hotel, location, people, restaurant (especially the breakfast), service and attitude. Thanks a lot to Eddy, Marie-Jo and others for helping us and paying their attention to us. This is a perfect place to spend a romantic vacation on the beautiful island of Guadeloupe.

  • Liked — Intimate and private hotel
  • Stayed October 2007
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Thank Cosy_Traveller
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2007

We just returned last night from a week at Le Diwali. It's a lovely little hotel right on the beach. Truly "right on the beach", and just a minute's walk from many cafes.

The common areas are so lovely that initially I was a touch disappointed with the room itself. I would recommend getting one of the "deluxe" rooms if you can swing it, but you likely won't spend much time in the room anyway, no? The rooms are small, but clean and pleasant. The deluxe rooms face the beach, ours faced a lot of trees bordering the tennis court of the neighboring condo building. Could be worse.

Breakfast, which is included, was simple but lovely (croissant, fruit, coffee). The staff were very friendly and accommodating, and other guests did what they could to help us along with our french (which is middle-school level in my case and non existant in my husband's). The website advertised a restaurant, but when we were there it wasn't operational, other than the continental breakfast. Supposedly, it's starting up in mid-January '07, but don't count on it and you won't be disappointed. You don't need it anyway, there are so many fun places to eat within a few minutes.

From a details standpoint, they could use some training (one of the light fixtures in the bathroom was missing, they don't replace the shampoo and soap, the door to the bathroom was hard to close, breakfast coffee sometimes cold). If you get hung up on those kind of things, well, frankly, Guadeloupe as a whole is not your kind of place. But the hotel is lovely, and what few shortcomings it has are more than compensated for by its many strengths.

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  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Le Diwali
Address: Plage de Sainte Anne, Sainte-Anne 97180, Guadeloupe
Location: Caribbean > Guadeloupe > Grande-Terre Island > Sainte-Anne
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Beach
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Sainte-Anne
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Le Diwali 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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