This small charming hotel (10 rooms) is perfectly located in Grande Terre (the drier east half of Guadeloupe) at Anse a la Barque, only a few minute drive from the town of Saint-Francois, isolated from any traffic, about a 3 minute drive from the highway (route nationale). The manicured grounds, buildings and pools face south with gorgeous views of a small bay and the ocean. The rooms, all with ocean views, are comfortable and nicely decorated. The optional breakfast provides excellent variety for all tastes, with great coffee, fresh fruit and fresh breads and pastries.
As if all this wasn't enough, the real gem is the couple running the hotel, Betty and Francis. They are simply the friendliest and most welcoming people we have come across in a long time, and they make the experience all worth it.
To visit the island, you will need a rented car (good options at the airport). We did various day trips exploring and enjoying stunning scenery: touring Grande-Terre, touring the north half of Basse-Terre (more mountainous and tropical western half of Guadeloupe), going to Sainte-Anne and the beach, and taking a ferry over to Les Saintes islands. There is much to do in Guadeloupe and one week is definitely too short, we have a lot more to see and explore! Every meal we had was great! Saint-Francois also has some of the best restaurants in all of Guadeloupe, where both fine French food as well as local fare is served.
In summary, we fell in love with this group of islands and its people, and will soon return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel AMAUDO , built in colonial style overlooks the bay "Anse à la Barque" situated at a short distance from the city center of Saint-François. Facing the sea and surrounded by well arranged gardens, this charming hotel is a haven of peace and comfort. The overflowing pool in front of the panoramic view invites you to relax and daydream. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amaudo Hotel St François
- Hotel Amaudo Guadeloupe/Saint Francois