Overall, we loved the accommodations. Every morning we were presented with a nice spread of fruits, fresh bread, cereal and juice / coffee to dine on while we looked out onto the Caribbean from the patio area of the restaurant. We stayed in the Mango cottage which has a porch which faces Sparrow Bay and the garden area of the Round House's compound (see our pictures).
The Mango cottage was very large and came equipped with a toilet / sink area, a separate shower, a kitchenette area w/sink and then a large living room / sleeping area. The bed was nice and surrounded by a mosquito net (definitely needed it to keep the bugs out at night). There was also a day bed in the living room area. The kitchen is equipped with a small sink, refrigerator, and two burner stove. We cooked one meal there and it turned out fine. It tended to get a little warm during the day as the sun hits one side of the cottage head on. Also, it would get a bit stuffy at night, even with both fans on. The warm water on the shower was malfunctioning, so we just turned it off and showered in cold water during our stay.
The food we ate at the Round House restaurant (all breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner) were all spectacular. Roxanne is definitely a talented chef and I think she is even has one of her employees learning under her wing. We ate Thanksgiving meal and it was great...only surpassed by my lobster tail lunch the day before we left.
As stated above, there is a nice garden area where the dogs run loose. It leads down some steps to Sparrow Bay. The weather had kicked up during our stay, so the waves were quite large. We did manage to get some swimming in though. One great thing about the Round House is its close proximity to two rum shops. You can go in and get most stuff you would want there. You can also catch the bus quite easily from the top of the driveway.
Downside to the Round House is that it is pretty secluded up in Bogles. You are close to the path to Anse la Roche beach (it will take you at least 45 minutes once you reach the goat track) and some hiking trails to the north. Be careful when walking to Anse al Roche b/c once you turn onto the goat track it is not very well marked (at least when we visited). The cottages / restaurant are about a 15-20 minute bus ride into town...even more if you are headed to Paradise Beach, since you have to change buses. The only regret about our time on Carriacou is that we were not able to get out on the water and explore nearby islands like the Tobago Cays and Union Island. Like I said previously, the weather had kicked up and made traveling on the water kind of hairy. Still, we enjoyed our time there. The staff and owners are great and we met some great people from Scotland that gave us some good information for future visits to Carriacou.
If you aren't staying at the Round House you should at least visit for dinner or lunch one night. The food should not be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bogles Round House Cottages & Restaurant, situated in the quiet village of Bogles, on Carriacou. All our cottages are self contained and just 60ft from the beach. On site (in the Round House itself) is our restaurant featuring our award winning chef Roxanne Russell, recently crowned "Grenada Chef of the year 2006/7". Come and enjoy great hospitality & food in a truly unique setting. ... more less
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- Bogles Round House Cottages Hotel Carriacou Island