Not really a hotel but a collection of modest rooms and a large veranda. The 'paradise' bit is important, however - it's a hop and a skip from your room to one of the best beaches in the Caribbean - and there's almost no one around, apart from the fishermen and the odd local, taking their constitutional.
This is real Caribbean living - not a synthetic holiday experience that you would find in one of the larger Caribbean islands. And are precious few visitors on the island, largely from neighbouring Grenada. The rooms have low grade, sometimes home made, amenities. There's the odd hole in the floor. And definitely no air-conditioning - if that is a must, don't even bother to visit the island.
After a year's gap, we came back for another month at Sunset Beach. In the earlier visit, the staff were awful - loud, rude and unhelpful. This time, the Manager was on her own and the sense of calm was palpable. She was delightful and fun. We ate breakfast each day in the hotel's tiny bar on the beach, which was perfect. Our evening meals were taken elsewhere - a couple of minutes walk in the gentle surf in either direction takes you an acceptable beach bar. For people staying for more than a week, the menu at either location might become repetitive.
Why did we return? The location is outstanding. The rooms are very basic, but in a warm climate (40 - 45 C in the sun each day) you tend to sit in the shade or go into or under the water. And the island is a treasure...please don't tell anyone.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Affordable hotel rooms direct on paradise beach with view of Sandy Island and Mabouya Island. Ideal for divers and families. Relaxed informal atmosphere. Here you will find a second home. We will cater for all your wishes like dive trips, fishing adventures or grill your lobster on the beach. On Carriacou you will find your unspoilt Caribbean dream island. ... more less